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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Cibona hire Jasmin Repesa - by Eurobasket News
Cibona will enter New Year with a new head coach. They agreed on terms of contract with Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ). He will replace Daniel Lutz on the bridge. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) worked with Benetton Treviso over the last two seasons. He led the Treviso outfit into EuroCup semifinals in 2011. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) also guided the Polish National Team in 2011. Previously the Croatian specialist worked with Dona Zagreb, Tofas Bursa, Split, Slask Wroclaw, Fortitudo Bologna, Lottomatica Roma. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) was at helm of Craotian National Team in 2005-09. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) is not new to Cibona either. He used to work with the team back in 1995-97 and 2001/02.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 10-4 
 2. Wildcats 9-5 
 3. Tigers 8-6 
 4. Blaze 6-5 
 5. Crocodiles 6-5 
 6. Taipans 6-7 
 7. Kings 6-8 
 8. 36ers 4-9 
 9. Hawks 3-9 


Dellavedova keeps starring on US college basketball scene - by Eurobasket News
Matthew Dellavedova (193-G-90) could walk down Mitchell Street in Bendigo relatively unnoticed.
While his six foot, four inch stature would turn a few heads, few people would look twice at the 21-year-old.

In Moraga near San Francisco its a different story. Dellavedova is hot property.

The Maryborough-raised, former Bendigo Junior Braves basketballer is a celebrity.

Dellavedova is the St Marys Gaels premier player in the prestigious NCAA basketball competition.

In his third season at St Marys, Dellavedova this week went past the 1000 point milestone with the division one school.

With potentially one-and-a-half seasons still to play in his college career, Dellavedova already ranks among the top 10 in school history in assists and free-throw percentage and is about to break into the top 20 in scoring.

This season hes averaging 14 points, six assists and three rebounds per game to lead the Gaels to a 9-1 record going into a tough game yesterday against Baylor, which is ranked the sixth-best team in the United States.

St Marys head coach Randy Bennett is an unashamed Dellavedova fan.

He rates Dellavedova as one of the best point guards in the NCAA.

In my opinion he does (get overlooked), but I dont care. He doesnt care, Bennett said in a pre-season interview.

Well find out between the lines. Well get a chance to prove it and hell get a chance to prove it.

Dellavedovas start to the season has gone a long way to ensuring he gets the recognition he deserves.

Hes been rated in the top five passers in college basketball and some scribes have him listed as an outside chance of being selected in next years NBA Draft.

Next year shapes as the biggest in Dellavedovas life to date.

St Marys have a good chance of winning the Western Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA tournament for the best 64 teams in the country.

Then theres the NBA Draft, followed by the London Olympics.

The Olympics appear a more realistic target than the NBA Draft.

Twelve months ago Dellavedova wasnt being mentioned as a potential Boomer for the Olympics.

But his class and work ethic was not lost on Australian Boomers head coach Brett Brown.

Brown didnt hesitate in promoting Dellavedova to the Boomers squad for tours to England and China and the all-important Olympics qualifiers against New Zealand.

Dellavedova didnt let him down.

Despite his inexperience at international level, Dellavedova more than held his own against some of the worlds best guards, including Frances San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker.

Dellavedovas star is rising and by the end of 2012 you get the feeling he will be a household name in Bendigo.
By ADAM BOURKE
Courtesy of: bendigoadvertiser.com.au


Isma'il's NBA hopes dashed - by Eurobasket News
Ismail Muhammad (198-F-83, college: Georgia Tech)'s NBA dreams have again been dashed after he was released by the Charlotte Bobcats on the eve of the season.

However, it is still uncertain if Ismail Muhammad will return to the Geelong Supercats in 2012.

The club yesterday announced the signing of new import Theron Wilson (195-F-87, college: Bradley), a 195cm forward who played with the Bradley Braves in NCAA division 1 during his college days.

The Bobcats yesterday confirmed Ismail Muhammad had been cut from their preseason roster after he played in a practice match during the week against the Atlanta Hawks and Supercats coach Jamie O'Loughlin said there was a chance he would be offered a position with their NBA Development league team.

'It's hugely disappointing that he hasn't got in because that's twice now he's gotten so close (to an NBA contract),' O'Loughlin said.

'But it may not be totally over for Issy yet.'

Along with Wilson, the Supercats have added former Melbourne Tigers guard Yusuf Qaafow (190-G-87) to their roster and promoted Nathan Freind off their rookie list.

O'Loughlin said the Supercats have had their eye on Wilson for the past 12 months and are excited to have him joining the team.

The 24-year-old, who originally comes from Kansas, played with former Supercats championship player Matt Hardiman at junior college and led the Braves in scoring (14.1ppg) in his senior year.

He's spent the past two seasons playing in Europe.

'His name came up last year and Matt Hardiman suggested us to him as a possible (import) candidate),' O'Loughlin said.

'We did a bit of research and found out that he'd already signed to play elsewhere.

'When we started searching again, his name was thrown at me that was available.

'He's a pretty highly regarded import and a tremendous athlete. He'll be up there with the best in the league.'

Qaafow made 14 appearance with the Tigers' NBL side over the last two seasons and also played with their Big V team.
Courtesy of: geelongadvertiser.com.au

'He's a very focused and passionate player and I just think he'll fit in quite well with our group,' O'Loughlin said.

'He's keen to test himself out in the SEABL because it's a step up from the Big V.'
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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 15: Raiffeisen Wels defeat Kapfenberg Bulls in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 15 in the A Bundesliga took place in Wels. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Kapfenberg Bulls (8-5) to third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (10-3) 87-85 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Gmunden. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fourth position with five games lost. Raiffeisen Wels are looking forward to face league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against St.Polten and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
A Bundesliga top team - Gmunden Swans (12-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (8-6) 82-76. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a quality performance for guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) who led the winners and scored 21 points. Dan Oppland accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) came up with 29 points and 4 assists for Oberwart Gunners in the defeat. Gmunden Swans have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-2 record. Oberwart Gunners lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the fifth position with six games lost. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oberwart Gunners will play on the road against Gussing Knights (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-13) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to tenth ranked Arkadia Lions (4-10) 84-77 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Fabricio Vay who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Martin Speiser who recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds. Arkadia Lions moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Furstenfeld. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Arkadia Lions will meet at home higher ranked UBSC Graz (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. St.Polten will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Graz supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked BC Vienna (6-8) played at the court of eighth ranked UBSC Graz (5-9). UBSC Graz did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 97-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Vienna. It was a good game for Samo Grum who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 10 assists. UBSC Graz maintains eighth place with 5-9 record. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. UBSC Graz's next round opponent will be Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen.
Important game to mention about took place in Furstenfeld. Sixth ranked Gussing Knights (7-7) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (4-10) 88-86 on Monday evening. It was a great evening for Aleksandar Djuric who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Gussing Knights maintains sixth place with 7-7 record. Furstenfeld Panthers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Gussing Knights will face higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against BC Vienna (#7) in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


St.Polten - Arkadia 77-84

Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-13) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to tenth ranked Arkadia Lions (4-10) 84-77 on Friday evening. St.Polten trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-84 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 30 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) who recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Florian Trmal (193-89) added 10 points and 15 rebounds respectively. Arkadia Lions moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Furstenfeld. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Arkadia Lions will meet at home higher ranked UBSC Graz (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. St.Polten will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: M.Speiser 22+8reb+1ast, D.Friedrich 15+6ast, F.Trmal 10+15reb+1ast, L.Gvozden 8+1reb+3ast, F.Kramer 7+4reb, N.Milosevic 5+2ast
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 30+2reb+3ast, F.Vay 27+8reb+2ast, B.Danek 9+3reb+6ast, J.Blazevic 6+2reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 5+5reb, S.N'Diaye 5+1reb
gschID: 137147


Oberwart - Gmunden 76-82

A Bundesliga top team - Gmunden Swans (12-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (8-6) 82-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Oberwart Gunners won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oberwart Gunners were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a quality performance for guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) who led the winners and scored 21 points. Forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) came up with 29 points and 4 assists and forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) added 17 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Oberwart Gunners in the defeat. Gmunden Swans have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-2 record. Oberwart Gunners lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the fifth position with six games lost. Gmunden Swans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oberwart Gunners will play on the road against Gussing Knights (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: V.Hollins 29+2reb+4ast, D.Reed 17+13reb, J.Dean Shaw 13+5reb+2ast, H.Artner 6+1reb, H.Ochsenhofer 5+3reb+2ast, D.Jandl 3+1reb+3ast
Gmunden: M.Curry 21+4reb+2ast, D.Oppland 19+5reb, R.Poiger 11+6reb+4ast, R.Arnold 10+3reb+5ast, M.Mayer 8+4reb+2ast, M.Oppland 6
gschID: 137148


Furstenfeld - Gussing 86-88

Important game to mention about took place in Furstenfeld. Sixth ranked Gussing Knights (7-7) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (4-10) 88-86 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 27-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gussing Knights made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Thomas Klepeisz (188-91) helped adding 14 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Gussing Knights maintains sixth place with 7-7 record. Furstenfeld Panthers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Gussing Knights will face higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against BC Vienna (#7) in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 24+4reb+2ast, J.Robinson 20+10reb+1ast, G.Ware 20+8reb+2ast, B.Matthews 9+4reb+1ast, M.Graf 8+2reb+2ast, T.Burnette 5+2reb+1ast
Gussing: A.Djuric 21+9reb+1ast, E.Kadic 19+2reb, C.Scott 18+7reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 14+4reb+9ast, M.Klepeisz 7+3reb+1ast, S.Koch 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137149


UBSC Graz - BC Vienna 97-77

The game in Graz supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked BC Vienna (6-8) played at the court of eighth ranked UBSC Graz (5-9). UBSC Graz did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 97-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Vienna. The game without a history. UBSC Graz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded BC Vienna 31-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. UBSC Graz shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by BC Vienna's players. It was a good game for Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 10 assists. point guard Sebastian Schaal (189-90) contributed with 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Bosnian guard Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-87, college: Abil.Christian, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) added 18 points in the effort for BC Vienna. UBSC Graz maintains eighth place with 5-9 record. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. UBSC Graz's next round opponent will be Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: M.Ahmetbasic 23+6reb+5ast, M.Kovacevic 18+3reb+1ast, S.Stazic 17+1reb+2ast, J.Francois 9+5reb, A.Trepalovac 6+2reb, S.Malus 4+1reb
UBSC Graz: S.Grum 36+6reb+10ast, M.Stegnjaic 19+5reb+2ast, S.Schaal 16+4reb+7ast, M.Moric 12+7reb+3ast, C.Knor 9+6reb, T.Ambrose 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137150


Wels - Kapfenberg 87-85

The most exciting game of round 15 in the A Bundesliga took place in Wels. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Kapfenberg Bulls (8-5) to third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (10-3) 87-85 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Gmunden. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fourth position with five games lost. Raiffeisen Wels are looking forward to face league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against St.Polten and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: S.Knabl 15+2reb, L.Gordon 15+9reb+2ast, C.Gray 13+5reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 13+3reb+2ast, D.Nelson 12+7reb+1ast, J.Fears 12+2reb+8ast
Wels: J.Werner 21+7reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 19+1reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 13+11reb+3ast, Q.Pryor 13+5reb+4ast, T.Brown 10+8reb+3ast, M.Kohlmaier 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137146




Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 12-2 
 2. Klosterneub. 11-2 
 3. Wels 10-3 
 4. Kapfenberg 8-5 
 5. Oberwart 8-6 
 6. Gussing 7-7 
 7. BC Vienna 6-8 
 8. UBSC Graz 5-9 
 9. Furstenfeld 4-10 
 10. Arkadia 4-10 
 11. St.Polten 0-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart21.3 
 5. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 6. Drenovac, Arkadia19.8 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.19.2 
 8. Djuric, Gussing19.1 
 9. Bobb, Klosterneub.18.4 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels8.8 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.6 
 4. Reed, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden8.0 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.6 
 7. Trmal, St.Polten7.2 
 8. Ware, Furstenfeld6.9 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.9 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg6.0 
 2. Danek, Arkadia5.6 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 4. Vay, Arkadia5.0 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.9 
 6. Schreiner, Kapfe.4.9 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.4.6 
 8. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.6 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Arkadia
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Vay, Arkadia2.6 
 2. Pryor, Wels2.5 
 3. Fears, Kapfenberg2.4 
 4. Milosevic, St.Polt.2.3 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 6. Scott, Gussing1.9 
 7. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 8. Brown, Wels1.9 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.5 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.3 
 3. Scott, Gussing0.9 
 4. Brown, Wels0.8 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 
 6. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.6 
 8. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 9. Vay, Arkadia0.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.5 


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  BELGIUM   


Falco Gent U18 finished second in Floralux Cup - by Eurobasket News
Falco Gent U18 finished second in Floralux Cup with 18 participating teams. Falco Gent first won the group with 3-0 record. They overcame Sparta Bertrange 59:47 and edged Antwerp Giants 68:50. Later they won over Black Eagles Rosmalen 76:29 to finish with 3-0 record.
In the Semifinals Bcm Gravelines beat Okapi Aalst 63:38 and Falco Gent outscored New Bavi Vilvoorde 63:58. In the Final rolled over Falco Gent 61:45.


Kortrijk Sport Cb triumphs at MU16 Betafence cup - by Eurobasket News
Kortrijk Sport Cb triumphs at MU16 Betafence cup with 20 participating teams. The team from Belgium first won Group F beating Nurnberger Bc 60:43 and then Black Eagles 53:46. In the Quarterfinals Kortrijk Sport Cb edged Bavi Vilvoorde 49:47 and then beat Bs Waregem 64:47 in the Semifinal. In the Final Kortrijk Sport Cb outscored Willibies Antwerp 58:53.


Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Former Oostende and Charleroi power forward Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, college: Florida)t is headed back to Belgium to once again play for Oostende. Telenet Oostende has annouced that the player has signed a contract till the end of the season. Brent is a member of 3 championship teams in Belgium winning the league title with every team he played for. He also won championships in Latvia and Croatia. Last time he played in Oostende he averaged 14.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg in leading the team to the title in 05-06. Played in several European and American teams since leaving Florida at the end of the 2000-2001 season.Other teams he played for over his career are Maccabi Haifa, Ventpsils, Cibona Zagreb, Ural Great Perm, BC KyivAnd Esfahan in Iran. Came back to Charleroi at the end of the 09-10 season where he stayed till the end of the past season. In 2010-2011 he also played Euroleague with Oostende and had averages of 10.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 16 games.

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  CHINA   


Williams' 48-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old swingman Marcus Williams (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Shanxi Zh. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 48 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Shanxi Zh. in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fujian XX (#10, 8-9) with 16-point margin 128-112. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Shanxi Zh. is placed at 9th position in Chinese league. Shanxi Zh. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-8 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Shanxi Zh.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Arizona graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (3rd best: 29.8ppg), assists (9th best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 2.2spg,67.3% FGP and 80.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of Jiangsu D.. He is American-Lebanese in his first season at Jiangsu D.. In the last game Vroman recorded impressive double-double of 45 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Jiangsu D. to edge the higher-ranked Liaoning H. (#6, 9-8) by 4 points 122-118. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Jiangsu D. managed to get this year. Vroman is a newcomer at Jiangsu D. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.0ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 11.9rpg and 3.2apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C. (#4). Boone showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Zhejiang C., leading his team to a 97-92 win against #2 ranked Guandong ST in a game of the week. Zhejiang C. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Boone has a great season in China. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.6rpg (8th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 61.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Beijing Ducks - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Will McDonald (211-C-79) of Fujian XX - 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Josh Powell (206-F-83) of Liaoning H. - 39 points and 11 rebounds
7. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80) of Foshan - 32 points and 11 rebounds
8. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh. - 29 points and 12 rebounds
9. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of DongGuan L. - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. J.R. Smith (198-G-85) of Zhejiang C. - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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2011 Ends without changes in the Colombian basketball - by Victor Garcia
The 2011, is coming to its end, without changes in the situation of the Colombian Basketball, beyond some good results of the National Teams in the Southamerican challenges, the local Basketball still have not found a leadership that takes it to a better competitions level.
Internatonally just Hanner Mosquera Perea and Freddy Asprilla looks as true prospects, both players are already linked to the NCAA Div1, Asprilla is waiting his time at Canisius College, and Hanner Mosquerea Perea is beginig an very promise career with his commitment with the well known Indiana University program, Perea will be the second Colombian in the Hoosiers after Magnus Pelkowski.

The 2011 Federation Cup had an interesting final, but still needs to be longer and with more stable teams.

International results of the Colombian Basketball in the 2011
5th Place in the men U-15
3rg Place in the men U-17
7th Place in the women Fiba Americas (Pan American).
4th Place women Basketball at the Pan American games.
5th Place in the women U15
1st Place in the women U-17

Most of the results were achieved thanks to the effort of some Leagues and with support of the regional goverment.



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Boras Basket sign Milos Paravinja - by Eurobasket Center
Boras Basket signed 32-year old Croatian-Slovenian power forward Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-105kg-79). In his first game he scored 4 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Norrkoping 93-76. Paravinja played most recently at Parklji Bezigrad (Slovenia). While playing 8 games for Parklji last season his stats were: 12.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Paravinja is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Poland and Slovenia.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Cibona hire Jasmin Repesa - by Eurobasket News
Cibona will enter New Year with a new head coach. They agreed on terms of contract with Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ). He will replace Daniel Lutz on the bridge. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) worked with Benetton Treviso over the last two seasons. He led the Treviso outfit into EuroCup semifinals in 2011. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) also guided the Polish National Team in 2011. Previously the Croatian specialist worked with Dona Zagreb, Tofas Bursa, Split, Slask Wroclaw, Fortitudo Bologna, Lottomatica Roma. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) was at helm of Craotian National Team in 2005-09. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) is not new to Cibona either. He used to work with the team back in 1995-97 and 2001/02.


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First all star game!!!!!!!! - by Michael Aristidou

Last night we had very first all star game here in Cyprus. The federation decides to make the all star game and for that reason in the past days you could vote in the official web page of the federation, which players could participate.
During the all star we had some other events like slam dunk contest and three pointer contest.
Also we had a veteran match and three pointer contest among the spectators.
For the history the EU team won the American team 76-60.




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Keaton Grant claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Keaton Grant (193-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Levice and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 31 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat BK Decin (#5, 14-7) 80-74. Levice maintains the 11th position in Czech Republic NBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Levice have already lost 14 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Grant had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Levice's top player in his first season with the team. Purdue University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Grant is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.2ppg. Grant is in league's top in and averages solid 1.1bpg and 54.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International) of BK Pardubice. Arnold impressed basketball fans with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as BK Pardubice was edged by slightly higher-ranked BK Prostejov (#2, 16-3) 76-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. BK Pardubice still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 4th loss this season, while they won 16 other games. Arnold is one of the most experienced players at BK Pardubice and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#9). He also registered 8.4 boards per game. University of Illinois alumni Arnold played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Chomutov (#9). Lowery showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Chomutov, leading his team to a 85-73 win against the lower-ranked Plzen (#12, 5-15). The chances of Chomutov not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lowery could try to bring Chomutov's a little bit higher in the standings. Lowery has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Hughes (211-C-83) of NH Ostrava - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) of USK Praha - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76) of Chomutov - 25 points and 5 rebounds
7. Lukas Bazant (198-F-89) of Usti n/Labem - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) of Svitavy - 13 points and 9 rebounds
9. Travis Peterson (208-C-85) of BK Prostejov - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Levell Sanders (189-G-75) of BK Decin - 19 points and 7 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 10-4 
 2. Canton C. 7-5 
 3. Springfield A. 7-7 
 4. Dakota W. 5-6 
 5. Erie Bay H. 5-9 
 6. Sioux Falls S. 5-9 
 7. Maine RC 4-8 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 4-8 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 10-6 
 2. Austin T. 9-3 
 3. Bakersfield J. 8-5 
 4. Rio Grande VV 8-6 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 7-6 
 6. Reno B. 6-7 
 7. Idaho S. 6-8 
 8. Texas L. 5-9 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.26.2 
 2. Costner, Los A.25.7 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 4. Millsap, Los A.23.7 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.21.7 
 6. Pigram, Maine RC21.0 
 7. Biggs, Canton C.20.9 
 8. Garcia, Sioux F.20.8 
 9. Emmett, Reno B.20.6 
 10. Mitchell, Sioux F.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers14.4 
 2. Harris, Maine RC11.2 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.10.8 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.10.4 
 6. Dawson, Austin T.10.3 
 7. Thomas, Reno B.9.9 
 8. Brown, Springfield9.4 
 9. Foote, Springfield9.1 
 10. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.10.4 
 2. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 3. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 4. Coleman, Sioux F.7.3 
 5. Cooksey, Texas L.7.3 
 6. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 7. Ahearn, Reno B.7.0 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.6.5 
 9. Bailey, Idaho S.6.4 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.3 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Curry, Springfield2.4 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.3 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 7. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 8. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 9. Dentmon, Austin T.2.0 
 10. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Foster, Idaho S.3.5 
 2. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 3. Daniels, Erie B.2.0 
 4. Dove, Dakota W.1.9 
 5. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 
 6. Fazekas, Reno B.1.5 
 7. Anderson, Dakota1.5 
 8. Goldcamp, Erie B.1.4 
 9. Major, Bakersfi.1.4 
 10. Kent, Maine RC1.4 


Collins is back at Los Angeles D-Fenders - by Eurobasket Center
Los Angeles D-Fenders agreed terms with 27-year old guard Mardy Collins (198-G-100kg-84, college: Temple). Its actually Collins comeback to Los Angeles D. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 15 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and 5 assists helping his new team beat Ft.Wayne MA 104-97. Collins played most recently at Iowa Energy (D-League). He played also pro basketball in China and Turkey. Collins graduated Temple University in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Efevberha comes back to Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket Center
Iowa Energy added to their roster 27-year old naturalized Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (199-G-84, college: CS Northridge). Its actually Efevberhas comeback to Iowa E. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 8 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Idaho S. 108-86. Efevberha played most recently at Lugano Tigers (Switzerland). While playing 11 games for Lugano Tigers this season he averaged 16.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg. Efevberha helped them to win the championship title and the cup. It was a very successful year in his career as He received an award of Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year. Efevberha is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, New Zealand, Switzerland and Nigeria. Efevberha graduated Cal State - Northridge in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Fort Wayne Mad Ants lands Hobson - by Eurobasket Center
Fort Wayne Mad Ants strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old swingman Darington Hobson (201-G/F-95kg-87, college: N.Mexico). In his first game he scored 2 points. However his new team lost to Los Angeles D. 97-104. Hobson played most recently at Milwaukee Bucks (NBA). He graduated University of New Mexico in 2010 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Tommy Smith joins Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket Center
Dakota Wizards agreed terms with 31-year old power forward Tommy Smith (207-F/C-80, college: Arizona St.). In his first game he scored 11 points helping his new team beat Sioux Falls S. 111-98. Smith played most recently at Liaoning Panpan Hunters (China). He is a very experienced player. Smith played also pro basketball in China, Croatia, Germany, Philippines and Syria. He graduated Arizona State University in 2003 and actually missed last season. It will be his nineth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Friday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 99-98
Juan Pattillo (6'6''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) scored a team-high 18 points, including a jumper with 9.3 seconds remaining in the game, to lead the Bakersfield Jam to a 99-98 victory over the visiting Reno Bighorns on Friday night. The Jam improve to 8-5 record on the season, while the Bighorns drop to 6-7. Similar to the start of the game last night, the score was tied at 26 points even at the end of the first quarter but the final outcome was in favor of the Jam this time around. Bakersfield controlled the second quarter outscoring Reno 36-28 and entered halftime with a 62-54 advantage. But the Bighorns would not surrender as they rallied back in the third behind Andre Emmett's (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) 9 point quarter and finished the period on a 13-0 run to lead 80-76 going into the final 12 minutes of the game. Reno led for the majority of the fourth but Bakersfield would not quit as they took back the lead on a Renaldo Major put-back layup with 2:38 remaining in the game. The Jam held the lead until 15.9 seconds to go in the game when Mo Charlo got fouled and converted both free throws to bring the score to 98-97 in favor of the Bighorns. Pattillo hit a jumper from the top of the key to give the Jam their final lead. Terrance Thomas could not get a long three pointer to go as the time expired. Adam Koch, finished the game with his first double-double of the season (14 points and 10 rebounds) and David Palmer recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds of his own. Jeremy Hazell (6'5''-G-86, college: Seton Hall) tallied 13 points on the night and Major had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Reno guards had another solid night for the Bighorns as Emmett scored 29 points and Blake Ahearn added 20. Terrance Thomas contributed a 13 point 10 rebound double-double and Charlo recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. The Jam will open the New Year on the road against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Wednesday, January 4 at 7 p.m. PT. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Texas L. - Tulsa 66ers 96-87
The Tulsa 66ers fought valiantly in order to shrink the Legends 22 point lead down to 7, but Tulsa ran out of gas as Texas prevails 96-87. Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) paced the Legends with 19 points, but it was a total team effort as Texas had five players score in double-digits. On the flip side, Tulsa was more of a one man show with Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) providing 12 points and pulling down an astronomical 25 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards. Tulsa struggled from the field and the free throw line shooting 37.5% and 56.4% respectively. The Legends were strong from beyond the arc, connecting on 50.0% from outside making eight of 16 attempts. The second quarter was abysmal for the 66ers as Texas outscored Tulsa 26-11. The game changing moment came on back to back steals and dunks by Chris Roberts and Ramon Dyer on consecutive possessions as the Legends pulled ahead. Dominique Johnson had an efficient 17 points on nine shots from the field, sinking three from long range and all four of his free throw attempts. Texas (5-9) and Tulsa (7-6) will battle again on January 5th, as both teams enjoy some time off after each playing in back to backs. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Austin T. - Springfield A. 106-90
The Austin Toros stayed hot defeating the visiting Springfield Armor 106-90 Friday night behind 17 points and 14 rebounds from big man Eric Dawson (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) and 23 points and six rebounds from forward Terrance Woodbury (6'7''-G/F-86, college: Georgia). Austin used a 29-12 second quarter blitz to push their halftime advantage to 15 points and would never trail again. Former Miami Heat small forward Da'Sean Butler tallied 15 points in a winning effort and point guard Justin Dentmon added 21 to go along with eight rebounds for the victorious Toros. The Armor (7-7) were led by JamesOn Curry's 22 points and five assists while center Jeff Foote chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Austin's stingy defense forced the Armor into 23 pivotal turnovers on the night. The Toros have won four straight and six of their last seven ball games to now sit firmly in first place in the West Conference standings with an impressive 9-3 record. Leo Lyons scored 3 points on 1-of-4 shooting in just 14 minutes of action in this his second game back. Toros' small forward Jamarr Sanders put in a solid effort stuffing the stat sheet with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes of action. Austin will next face the Maine Red Claws at 8:30 PM from the Cedar Park Center in Austin, TX on Thursday, January 5th. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Los Angeles D. 97-104 OT
The game between the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Los Angeles D-Fenders took an extra three minutes of play to determine a winner as the Los Angeles D-Fenders prevailed 104-97. Los Angeles finished the contest with five players scoring in double-digits. Los Angeles point guard Courtney Fortson (5'11''-SG-88, college: Arkansas) carried his D-Fenders to an eight point lead at the end of the first quarter. Fortson penetrated through the Fort Wayne defense at will and did not miss a shot in the opening frame, finishing the quarter with 12 points. Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) scored 10 points in the first quarter to pace the Mad Ants. Fort Wayne started the second quarter on a 19-7 run to take a four point lead with four minutes remaining before the half. Lazare and Ron Howard combined for 29 of the Mad Ants' 44 first half points, but the D-Fenders countered the Fort Wayne run by closing out the quarter strong and heading into the locker room with a 50-44 advantage. The D-Fenders came out of the locker room on fire in the third quarter building their lead up to 13 points midway through the period. The fourth quarter began with a spirited Mad Ant effort that made the 11 point D-Fender advantage disappear. Fort Wayne and Los Angeles matched each other's energy and intensity down to the final buzzer. Walker Russell's runner between two D-Fender big men gave Fort Wayne a two point lead with less than 30 seconds remaining. Los Angeles responded with a lay-up of its own with barely 10 seconds left. When the buzzer sounded both teams were tied up at 91. Los Angeles began the extra period of play with a 7-2 run from which the Mad Ants could not recover. Fortson continued his strong play as he led the D-Fenders through the overtime period. Lazare led the Mad Ants with a double-double of 27 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Howard chipped in with 23 points and Russell added a game-high 11 assists. Fortson finished with a game-high 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, and Gerald Green added 24 points for the D-Fenders. Darington Hobson, who was sent down by the Milwaukee Bucks yesterday, made his debut for the Mad Ants. Hobson, a second round pick by the Bucks in the 2010 draft, scored two points in 16 minutes of action. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Dakota W. - Sioux Falls S. 111-98
Behind a triple-double from point guard Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.), the Dakota Wizards coasted to 111-98 victory over their rival the Skyforce of Sioux Falls. Dakota used a 31-13 run in the third quarter and never look back in Friday night's game at the Bismarck Civic Center. Baker finished the night with 14 assists to go along with 15 points and 11 boards. The Wizards held the Skyforce to just 33.3% shooting in the first quarter as they jumped out of the gates in the first quarter behind Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) 12 of his team high 22 points. Dakota would find themselves up 33-21 heading into the second. Quarter number two turned out to be the exact opposite as Dakota shot 35% from the field and Sioux Falls would outscore the Wizards 35-17 to take a 6 point lead heading into the locker room. Sioux Falls pushed their lead up to 11 with 9:40 left in the third quarter but over the next two minutes, the Wizards went on a 13-2 run to tie the game at 68. The Skyforce went cold and found themselves down 7 heading into the final quarter. Dakota pushed the lead to 15 in the fourth on an Edwin Ubiles lay-up. Sioux Falls would try to make a comeback but Dakota had an answer for every bucket to seal the victory. Anthony Goods lead the way with 22 points going 3 for 5 from behind the arc. Marcus Dove recorded a double-double scoring 14 points and snagging 12 rebounds. Sioux Falls was led by Casey Mitchell as he scored a game high 24 points on 4 for 9 from the 3-point line. Billy McShepard tallied a double-double with 10 rebounds and 10 points. The same two teams battle tomorrow for round 2 right here in Bismarck. Dakota improved to 5-6 on the season while Sioux Falls dropped to 5-9. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

Iowa E. - Idaho S. 108-86
The 2011 NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy got 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists from point guard Nicholas Covington (6'2''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Oklahoma City) as they defeated the Idaho Stampede 108-86 Friday night. Covington, making his second start of the season since being signed on December 17, was 8 of 9 from the field, including 4 of 4 from 3-point land on his way to his career night. Ehambe (19 points), Blakely (15), Michael Tveidt (11) and Andrew Drevo (10) joined Covington in double figures for the Energy. The win moves Iowa to 10-4 on the season. The Energy play their next four games at home before returning to Des Moines for a game on Sunday, January 15 vs Tulsa. *Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com




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Kirilenko will finish the season with CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) will finish the season with CSKA and will join the team in January 3rd. After leaving the team to NBA, the Russian star did not accept any of the teams options and decided to stay in CSKA until the end of the year.
In October Andrei Kirilenko was back to Russia. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with the Russian powerhouse. The deal is meant for three seasons with an option of coming back to the NBA in case of lockout end.
He has been playing for the Utah Jazz since. Last season Andrei Kirilenko posted 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Previously Andrei Kirilenko played for Spartak Saint Petersburg and CSKA Moscow. The player has been the member of Russian National Team since 1999.
In 2011/2012 season he averaged 13.8 points per game in Euroleague. In VTB League his stats read 10.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds, while in PBL he showed 14.9 points per game.



European awards 2011 - by Eurobasket
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for the last year.
It's the 10th such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (10-11) and this (11-12) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA).
Similarly like last year, for All-Europe, votes were dominated by
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80), shooting guard of Regal Barcelona which helped Spanish National Team in winning European Championships in Lithuania. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Navarro's most impressive performance was in the semifinal against Macedonia, where La Bomba 35 points.
La Bomba Navarro won the Player of the Year award for the third consecutive year and his also in the 1st Team for the sixth time (05, 06, 08, 09, 10).

Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was voted for the best point guard of the year. The Greek superstar was a key player for Panathinaikos which won last Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player and Guard of the Year awards for the 2010/2011 season.
Shooting Guard of the Year is also the MVP, as mentioned above,
Juan Carlos Navarro.
FC Barcelona's
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) won the title for the best small forward in Europe. American player spent last season at Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He was one of the best players for Israeli powerhouse which earned antoher Isreali League Championship. They also, surprisingly, reached Euroleague Final where they where beaten by Barcelona.
Power forward of the year award goes to Bosnian
Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) from Caja Laboral Vitoria. Teletovic led the team from Spain to reach Euroleague Quarterfinal last season. He was also fourth best scorer with 15.5 points per game.
Greek
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) definitely deserved to get All-Europe Center of the year. Toghether with Chuck Eidson he took part in a great season for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He was also voted best center in Euroleague last season
The second team is also dominated by European player. There is only one non-European Player - a Panathinaikos icon
Mike Batiste (203-F-77). He is joined by Greek guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82), Lester 'Bo' McCalebb (183-PG-85) (American who also has Macedonian citizentship), Russian Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) who decided to leave Utah Jazz for CSKA Moscow and Polish center Maciej Lampe (210-C-85). Unfortunately Lampe got injured in September and is still not ready to play again.
All-Europeans awards, as in the previous seasons, are dominated by Europeans plaing in the NBA. Some of them decided to play in Europe during the lockout, but when it ended they got back to the States.
This year our correspondents had no choice than selecting
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) as the Player of the Year. The German power forward was the key player of Dallas Mavericks in winning their first NBA title. Nowitzki was also named NBA Finals MVP. German star won the Player of the Year award for the fifht time (previously in 05, 06, 07, 08).
Another NBA player, French
Tony Parker (183-PG-82) is traditionally voted as the European Point Guard. Parker led French National Team to the European Championships final in Kaunas, where they were beaten by Spain. He was third best scorer of the tournament with 22.1 points per game. During the NBA lockout Parker went to France and played at ASVEL.
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) is for sure best shooting guard from Europe.
The small forward of the year award goes to
Andrei Kirilenko from CSKA Moscow. Russian player had an impressive last season. Together with Russian National Team he won Bronze Medal at Europen Championships in Lithuania. He was selected to All-Tournament 1st team and voted as the Best Forward. After NBA lockout ended the Russian star did not accept any of NBA teams options and decided to stay in CSKA until the end of the year.
In power forward position was named, as previously said, Dallas Mavericks star
Dirk Nowitzki.
Center of the Year is
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80). The Spanish big man had another impressive individual season with Lakers (18.2ppg, 9.9rpg), but his team unexpectedly lost in NBA Western Conference Semifinals against Oklahoma City Thunder.
In the second team we have two Spanish players:
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) at shooting guard position and the younger brother of Pau Gasol - Marc (212-C-85) as a center. Dimitris Diamantidis was named the second best European point guard. At small forward position there is Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) from Portland TrailBlazers. Italian power forward Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) closes the 2nd team.
The Eurobasket.com All-European Coach of the Year Award goes to Serbian
Zeljko Obradovic , who lead Panathinaikos Athens to the championship titles in both Euroleague and Greek League. Obradovic was already voted by Eurobasket.com correspondents as the Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2009.

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Awards 2011 - only players, who played in Europe in 2011 (both domestic and imports). There were over 70 players who received votes in the category

All-Europe 1st Team 2011
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Juan Carlos Navarro
Navarro
Dimitris Diamantidis
Diamantidis
Chuck Eidson
Eidson
Mirza Teletovic
Teletovic
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Schortsanitis
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Player of the Year: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Point Guard of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Small Forward of the Year: Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Power Forward of the Year: Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) of Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)
Center of the Year: Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi Electra (Israel)
Coach of the Year: Zeljko Obradovic of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) of Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team:
Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia) * Kirilenko received smaller number of votes, considering that he played extremely short period of time this season in Europe, getting injured in November
Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of Unics Kazan (Russia) / Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention:
Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) of Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)
Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) of Boston Celtics (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83) of Valencia B.C. (Spain) / Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Panathinaikos (Greece) / EA7 Emporio Armani (Italy)
Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83) of Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain) / Real Madrid (Spain)
Romain Sato (194-G/F-81) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Keith Langford (193-G/F-83) of BC Khimky (Russia) / Maccabi Electra (Israel)
Milan Macvan (206-C-89) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Partizan MT:S (Serbia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Awards 2011 - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2011

All-Europeans 1st Team 2011
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Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki
Tony Parker
Parker
Juan Carlos Navarro
Navarro
Andrei Kirilenko
Kirilenko
Pau Gasol
Gasol
#e#5

Player of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Point Guard of the Year: Tony Parker (183-PG-82) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA) / Villeurbanne (France)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Small Forward of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Power Forward of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Center of the Year: Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Tony Parker (183-PG-82) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA) / Villeurbanne (France)
Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) of Portland TB (NBA) / Read (Spain) / Denver N. (NBA)
Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of Portland TB (NBA) / Sluc Nancy (France)
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) of Toronto Raptors (NBA)
Marc Gasol (212-C-85) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention:
Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88) of Denver N. (NBA) / EA7 Emporio Armani (Italy)
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) of Toronto Raptors (NBA)
Luol Deng (201-F-85) of Chicago Bulls (NBA)
Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Olympiakos (Greece) / CSKA (Russia)
Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) of Boston Celtics (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) of Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Mirza Teletovic of Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)
Vassilis Spanoulis (206-F-85) of Olympiakos Pireus (Greece)
Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) of Oklahoma City T. (NBA) / Real (Spain)


Kristaps Valters decided not to prolong contract Unicaja Malaga - by Eurobasket News
Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) decided not to prolong contract Unicaja Malaga in 2012 season. He averaged 11 points per game in Spain and 10.9 points per game in EuroLeague. In his top EuroLeague game Unicaja managed to grab their first Euroleague win this season. The Spanish team beat Zalgiris 85:78 in overtime. Kristaps Valters missed a deep three and the game went to an extra period. Unicaja made plus four quickly and few moments later jumped to 76-69 thanks to triple by Kristaps Valters. The latter scored 20 points and handed out 7 assists, while Tremmell Darden helped his team with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
In Spain the Latvian star moved in 2008-2009. He joined Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain-ACB) and in 32 games averaged 11.1ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-4 (4.8apg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT-3 (48.0%), FT: 86.3%. In July signed a 2-Year contract with DKV Joventut Badalona and in 2009-2010: DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB, starting five) in Spanish League showed 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg, Assists-4 (4.3apg), FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 85.1%. In EuroCup after 12 games his stats read 6.8ppg, 1.5rpg, Assists-2 (4.7apg), FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 87.5%. In 2010-2011 joined Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in 34 games averaged 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-4 (4.5apg), FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 87.0%.



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European awards 2011 - by Eurobasket
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for the last year.
It's the 10th such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (10-11) and this (11-12) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA).
Similarly like last year, for All-Europe, votes were dominated by
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80), shooting guard of Regal Barcelona which helped Spanish National Team in winning European Championships in Lithuania. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Navarro's most impressive performance was in the semifinal against Macedonia, where La Bomba 35 points.
La Bomba Navarro won the Player of the Year award for the third consecutive year and his also in the 1st Team for the sixth time (05, 06, 08, 09, 10).

Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was voted for the best point guard of the year. The Greek superstar was a key player for Panathinaikos which won last Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona. He earned Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player and Guard of the Year awards for the 2010/2011 season.
Shooting Guard of the Year is also the MVP, as mentioned above,
Juan Carlos Navarro.
FC Barcelona's
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) won the title for the best small forward in Europe. American player spent last season at Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He was one of the best players for Israeli powerhouse which earned antoher Isreali League Championship. They also, surprisingly, reached Euroleague Final where they where beaten by Barcelona.
Power forward of the year award goes to Bosnian
Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) from Caja Laboral Vitoria. Teletovic led the team from Spain to reach Euroleague Quarterfinal last season. He was also fourth best scorer with 15.5 points per game.
Greek
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) definitely deserved to get All-Europe Center of the year. Toghether with Chuck Eidson he took part in a great season for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He was also voted best center in Euroleague last season
The second team is also dominated by European player. There is only one non-European Player - a Panathinaikos icon
Mike Batiste (203-F-77). He is joined by Greek guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82), Lester 'Bo' McCalebb (183-PG-85) (American who also has Macedonian citizentship), Russian Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) who decided to leave Utah Jazz for CSKA Moscow and Polish center Maciej Lampe (210-C-85). Unfortunately Lampe got injured in September and is still not ready to play again.
All-Europeans awards, as in the previous seasons, are dominated by Europeans plaing in the NBA. Some of them decided to play in Europe during the lockout, but when it ended they got back to the States.
This year our correspondents had no choice than selecting
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) as the Player of the Year. The German power forward was the key player of Dallas Mavericks in winning their first NBA title. Nowitzki was also named NBA Finals MVP. German star won the Player of the Year award for the fifht time (previously in 05, 06, 07, 08).
Another NBA player, French
Tony Parker (183-PG-82) is traditionally voted as the European Point Guard. Parker led French National Team to the European Championships final in Kaunas, where they were beaten by Spain. He was third best scorer of the tournament with 22.1 points per game. During the NBA lockout Parker went to France and played at ASVEL.
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) is for sure best shooting guard from Europe.
The small forward of the year award goes to
Andrei Kirilenko from CSKA Moscow. Russian player had an impressive last season. Together with Russian National Team he won Bronze Medal at Europen Championships in Lithuania. He was selected to All-Tournament 1st team and voted as the Best Forward. After NBA lockout ended the Russian star did not accept any of NBA teams options and decided to stay in CSKA until the end of the year.
In power forward position was named, as previously said, Dallas Mavericks star
Dirk Nowitzki.
Center of the Year is
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80). The Spanish big man had another impressive individual season with Lakers (18.2ppg, 9.9rpg), but his team unexpectedly lost in NBA Western Conference Semifinals against Oklahoma City Thunder.
In the second team we have two Spanish players:
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) at shooting guard position and the younger brother of Pau Gasol - Marc (212-C-85) as a center. Dimitris Diamantidis was named the second best European point guard. At small forward position there is Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) from Portland TrailBlazers. Italian power forward Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) closes the 2nd team.
The Eurobasket.com All-European Coach of the Year Award goes to Serbian
Zeljko Obradovic , who lead Panathinaikos Athens to the championship titles in both Euroleague and Greek League. Obradovic was already voted by Eurobasket.com correspondents as the Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2009.

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Awards 2011 - only players, who played in Europe in 2011 (both domestic and imports). There were over 70 players who received votes in the category

All-Europe 1st Team 2011
#s#
Juan Carlos Navarro
Navarro
Dimitris Diamantidis
Diamantidis
Chuck Eidson
Eidson
Mirza Teletovic
Teletovic
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Schortsanitis
#e#5

Player of the Year: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Point Guard of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Small Forward of the Year: Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Power Forward of the Year: Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) of Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)
Center of the Year: Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi Electra (Israel)
Coach of the Year: Zeljko Obradovic of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) of Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team:
Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia) * Kirilenko received smaller number of votes, considering that he played extremely short period of time this season in Europe, getting injured in November
Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of Unics Kazan (Russia) / Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention:
Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) of Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)
Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) of Boston Celtics (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83) of Valencia B.C. (Spain) / Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Panathinaikos (Greece) / EA7 Emporio Armani (Italy)
Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83) of Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain) / Real Madrid (Spain)
Romain Sato (194-G/F-81) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Keith Langford (193-G/F-83) of BC Khimky (Russia) / Maccabi Electra (Israel)
Milan Macvan (206-C-89) of Maccabi Electra (Israel) / Partizan MT:S (Serbia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Awards 2011 - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2011

All-Europeans 1st Team 2011
#s#
Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki
Tony Parker
Parker
Juan Carlos Navarro
Navarro
Andrei Kirilenko
Kirilenko
Pau Gasol
Gasol
#e#5

Player of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Point Guard of the Year: Tony Parker (183-PG-82) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA) / Villeurbanne (France)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Small Forward of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Power Forward of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Center of the Year: Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Tony Parker (183-PG-82) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA) / Villeurbanne (France)
Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) of Portland TB (NBA) / Read (Spain) / Denver N. (NBA)
Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of Portland TB (NBA) / Sluc Nancy (France)
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) of Toronto Raptors (NBA)
Marc Gasol (212-C-85) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention:
Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88) of Denver N. (NBA) / EA7 Emporio Armani (Italy)
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) of Toronto Raptors (NBA)
Luol Deng (201-F-85) of Chicago Bulls (NBA)
Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of Olympiakos (Greece) / CSKA (Russia)
Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) of Boston Celtics (NBA) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) of Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Mirza Teletovic of Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain)
Vassilis Spanoulis (206-F-85) of Olympiakos Pireus (Greece)
Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) of Oklahoma City T. (NBA) / Real (Spain)


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KORISLIIGA: Year 2011 in the package - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish basketball top league (Korisliiga) is becoming more interesting the longer the season (2011-12) goes on. During the last two weeks of this 2011 year the top teams (Kataja, Bisons, Pyrinto) have lost even at home and the winners have been teams with worst records (YMCA Lahti, KTP, Vilpas)! Right now there is no more an undefeated team at home court and there are no teams not able to win on the road. For instance Pyrinto (Tampere), last season Finnish Champion, made an impressive record 37-7 during 2010-11 season, but has now lost already seven games in 19 contests. During the last two weeks Pyrinto has won just one game out of four! When # 11 team YMCA Lahti can win # 1 team Kataja in Joensuu by 22 points (72-94) and # 10 team KTP is able to cause season opening home loss to Bisons at Loimaa (87-97), it's hard to predict any results in the future. KTP newcomer Jeremy Williams (200-SF-87, college: UTEP) started with 19 pts (2 - 5/5, 3 - 3/4) and eight rbs in 28:18 minutes. Not so bad.
Top League regular season will be over by April 4 (40 games this season). Then the eight best teams continue with the play-off-games.
Interesting and Happy New Year 2012!


Chase Griffin claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Chase Griffin (188-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for ToPo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 28-year old guard had a double-double of 28 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Korihait (#8, 8-12) 82-74. ToPo maintains the 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ToPo will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. In the team's last game Griffin had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be ToPo's top player in his first season with the team. Pepperdine University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Griffin is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.2ppg) and averages solid 52.9% FGP and 45.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) of KTP. Blue impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Of course KTP cruised to a 97-87 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Nilan Bisons (#2, 13-5). KTP's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Blue is a newcomer at KTP and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#1). He also registered 11.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Todd Hendley (206-F-84) of Kauhajoki (#5). Hendley scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 84-79 win against slightly lower-ranked Kouvot (#6, 9-10). Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 8 lost games. Hendley has a very solid season. In 14 games in Finland he scored 16.0ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 65.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Kouvot - 19 points and 13 rebounds
5. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81) of Namika Lahti - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cory Johnson (200-F-88) of Korihait - 28 points and 9 rebounds
7. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85) of Namika Lahti - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 20 points and 6 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Bcm Gravelines celebrates in MU18 Floralux Cup - by Eurobasket News
Bcm Gravelines celebrates in MU18 Floralux Cup with 18 participating teams. Bcm Gravelines first won Group D with perfect 3-0 record. They edged Nurnberger Bc 78:29 and overcame Leuven Bears 40:32. In the last game of the group they outscored Basket Stars Weert 56:32.
In the Semifinals Bcm Gravelines beat Okapi Aalst 63:38 and then in the Final rolled over Falco Gent 61:45.


Nancy release Kenny Gregory - by Eurobasket News
Nancy decided not to prolong contract with Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas). The guard signed a short-term deal with the team in December. He was meant to replace Nicolas Batum (201-F-88). Kenny Gregory tallied 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in Euroleague. In ProA the guard notched 4.0 points, 1.0 assist and 1.0 board per appearance. Last season Kenny Gregory spent in Slovenia. He played for Union Olimpija. The guard posted 11.1 points, 3.1 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Adriatic League. In Euroleague his stats read 14.0 points, 6.1 boards, 1.6 assists. In Slovenian League Kenny Gregory produced 10.6 points, 3.4 boards and 1.1 assists. Eurobasket.com named the guard into Slovenian League All-Imports Team.


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The Fraport Skyliners Keep Michael Thompson And Add Devin Gibson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Fraport Skyliners announced four hours before the new year that rookie point Michael Thompson will get his contract prolonged until the end of the 2011-2012 season and have also added Devin Gibson (182-G, college: UTSA). Thompson came to the Fraport Skyliners has a rookie out of Northwestern and developed slowly, but since the injury to American Justin Gray, his minutes sky-rocketed which really helped him get added self confidence and his game has improved greatly. In 11 Beko BBL games, Kool aid juice Thompson has averaged 8,6ppg, 1,8rpg and 2,0apg and in Eurocup play was averaging 7,0ppg, 4,0rpg and 3,3apg. His best game in the Beko BBL was 22 points in Braunschweig. 'Michael came as a rookie after playing four years at college. His situation wasn't easy since the starter Justin Gray has been injured a long time. But he showed charachter got used to the situation and improved. The way he has played, he has deserved the contract extension and I am happy to have him further in the team', stressed Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin.

The Fraport Skyliners also announced that they have brought in Devin Gibson (182-G, college: UTSA).Gibson is a 182cm guard that was born on May 21st and comes from Houston, Texas. he played at
UTSA (NCAA) from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 17.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.4apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 78.1%. Gibson was part of the San Antonio Spurs preseason roster, but was recently cut. 'We have been playing a long time without Justin Gray and the time has come to bring in a point guard. The current situation isn't easy, but the team has shown a lot of charachter. We hope that we have taken a good choice with Devin. He is a very talented point guard that can score and pass', stressed Muli Katzurin.Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been All-Southland Conf. 2nd Team -08, 10, All-Southland Conf. Freshman of the Year -08, Southland Conf. Tournament Finalist -09, Southland Conf. All-Tournament Team -09, 11, All-Southland Conf. 3rd Team -09, Southland Conf. Tournament Winner -11, All-Southland Conf. All-Tournament MVP -11, All-Southland Conf. 1st Team -11, and NABC Division I All-District 23 1st Team -11.

Source: Fraport Skyliners




German 1.Bundesliga round 15 best performance: Adam Chubb - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for EWE Baskets, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (8 points, fourteen rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush LTi 46ers (#15, 5-10) with 19-point margin 83-64. EWE Baskets is placed at 6th position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. EWE Baskets will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Chubb as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former University of Pennsylvania star has very solid stats this year. Chubb is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.1rpg) and averages impressive 59.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Sean Evans (203-F-88) of Goettingen. Evans had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Goettingen lost that game 77-83 to the higher-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#13, 6-9). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Goettingen is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Goettingen managed to get this year. Evans is a newcomer at Goettingen, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Goettingen's star - American forward Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86). Sykes scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Sykes' great performance Goettingen lost 77-83 to the higher-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#13, 6-9). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Goettingen can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sykes he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sykes has individually a great season in Germany. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.1rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73) of Telekom Baskets - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Kurt Looby (208-F/C-84) of EnBW L'burg - 21 points and 3 rebounds
6. Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) of Brose Baskets - 14 points and 5 rebounds
7. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) of Phoenix Hagen - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) of B.Muenchen - 22 points and 4 assists
9. Terrell Everett (193-G-84) of Bremerhaven - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84) of Fraport SKY - 19 points and 13 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Scoring Takes A Back Seat As The Artland Dragons Outgrind The Fraport Skyliners 49-44 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Artland Dragons have gotten used to winning a lot in the last months as they have won 13 of their last 15 games, but the cozy living room of the Fraport Skyliners hasnt been as inviting for the Quackenbruck team the last years as the last time that they exited the floor victorious, current dragon Anthony King was still cruising down south beach enjoying the waves and creating havoc under the boards in the NCAA for Miami, the Spanish national soccer team was still dreaming of winning a major title as the 2008 European championships and 2010 World Cup werent in their grasp yet and Justin Bieber posters hadnt been made yet and werent filling the bed room walls of teenage girls around the globe yet. The last time the Artland Dragons were able to defeat Frankfurt, the date was April 15th 2007 as they prevailed 77-69 as Chad Prewitt led them with 15 points and nine rebounds. For a team that averages 88 points a game, anyone who came into the Fraport arena in the last minute and see the score had to rub their eyes first to believe that the Artland Dragons were kept under 50 points, but still won 49-44 in front of 4,860 patrons. It was the first win after losing the last four attempts and some players had to think strong and hard where they were back that spring day in 2007. I was a junior and was averaging 9ppg and 8rpg and was the second best shot blocker in the ACC. Germany was far from my mind, but I was thinking about possibly turning professional after my junior year, but my mom talked me into staying and getting my degree. I am just happy I won here, because my rookie season in Frankfurt was tough, stressed ex Skyliner Anthony King. Another player that had to take some seconds to recollect where he was in 2007 was Brandon Thomas who had lost twice with Braunschweig in Frankfurt and had unplesant memories of the Fraport arena. Back in 2007, we beat Alabama at Jermareo Davidson in the NIT with a last second shot by Chris Lowe. Two years ago, we lost in Frankfurt on the last game day and had to watch TV to see if we would get in the playoffs and another team lost so we got in. Last season, Dashaun Wood beat us with a last second shot. It felt good to win here even if it was an ugly win, commented Artland Dragon Brandon Thomas.

After the game two opponents were all smiles and joking around as one player was reminding the other to pick up the phone when he calls as Jimmy Mckinney and Anthony King were catching up on lost time as both were teammates in the 2008-2009 season in Frankfurt. King didnt get much playing time that season in the Beko BBL, he played 31 games averaging 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg. However in the last two years, the big man from Durham, North Carolina who played at Miami (NCAA) developed further in Cyprus with InterCollege Etha Engomis where two seasons ago he gobbled up the league averaging 23,6ppg and 14,8rpg and last season 17.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (2.0bpg) in 8 Eurochallenge games before ending the season season in Greece with Aris Thessaloniki. King returned back to Frankfurt and had a solid game scoring six points, grabbing five rebounds, dishing out one assist and swatting away three balls in 27 minutes. Both guys only had the fondest memories of their time together in Frankfurt. I always talk to Jimmy even now. It was nice to be on the court with him again. He is a real good guy and he really made the adjustment easier for me when I was a rookie, stressed Anthony King. Mckinney remembered one game in particular of King where he took a part an ex NBA player. King is a very funny guy. I have been through many players and I can say that I have a long term friendship with him. I remember the game in Bamberg where he came cold into the game as a starter and had a great double double against Alexander Johnson, stressed Jimmy Mckinney.

There is a famous saying that when something is working, stick with it and dont change anything. It is only obvious if a Jimmy Mckinney, Brian Roberts or Dashaun Wood are hot, then these guys should continue to get the ball. However only 96 hours earlier, the Fraport Skyliners sailed into Goettingen and relied on a six man rotation and no classical point guard to win. Michael Thompson had hurt his shoulder in practice prior to the Goettingen game and sat out. The last days, it wasnt clear if Thompson would play, but after 40 minutes against the Artland Dragons, Muli Katzurin had done it again playing with a six man rotation, no classical point guard as Thompson sat out again and four guys that played the full 40 minutes. Frankfurt did an incredible almost unbelievable act limiting the Dragons to 19 points at halftime, but couldnt keep it up in the second half as the Quackenbruck found their rhythm on offense and improved the intensity of their defense to escape the Fraport arena with a 49-44 win. We wanted to keep the score low, because we knew that they can score a lot and fast. It was tough playing without a point guard again. Everybody stepped up which made us play better together. We just didnt have enough at the end to pull out a win, added Skyliner forward Jacob Burtschi. For the Artland Dragons, they achieved a hard fought win which keeps them near the top with the big guns Alba Berlin, Bamberg and ratiopharm Ulm. We didnt underestimate Frankfurt. We knew they had beat BG Goettingen with a small rotation and that it would be a tough game. It is never easy to play with six players, but we had to run at them. We got our defense going which got our offense going, expressed Dragon guard David Holston.

If one would of predicted that the Artland Dragons would be kept under 50 points before the game started, one would have been declared as crazy as if Paris Hilton announced she would run for office. The 49-44 result was the second lowest in the history of the Beko BBL and the 21-19 halftime score was the lowest ever in the history of the Beko BBL. I think that this has to rank at the top of my lowest game point as a team in my career. The score could have been 2-0. All that would have mattered was that we got the win, smiled David Holston. The Artland Dragons didnt waste any time taking their scoring guns out of their holsters as they quickly jumped on Frankfurt taking a 5-0 lead as Brandon Thomas hit a fade away jumper and Detroit native David Holston a three pointer. The rapid begin by the Artland Dragons didnt faze the Fraport Skyliners as they retaliated quickly going on a 6-0 run to lead 6-5. Davidson who has had good starts in the last games, started with an air ball, but hit his second shot with a typical fade away jumper, Jimmy Mckinney then nailed a pull up jumper and Davidson scored again with a finger tip roll in. King then made two free throws and Brandon Thomas snuck into the zone getting a bucket on a lay in as Artland led 9-6. Mckinney then converted on a fade away jumper and Thomas made one of two free throws as the Artland Dragons had a slim 10-8 lead after one quarter. Both teams were having big problems getting their offense to work. Both teams defended very well especially Artland who were very physical, stressed Fraport Skyliner PRO B player Jan Novak. The Artland Dragons were shooting 27% from the field and 25% from outside while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 25% from the field and 0% from outside. Artland had the slim 12-10 rebound edge and two turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.

In the second quarter, both teams stayed as close to each other on the score board with points as Bryan Bailey does on his opponent. Basketball usually is a game of runs, but this game had few in the first half. In the first three minutes of the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners stayed on the basketball heels of the Artland Dragons three times to knot the score. German national player Johannes Herber got Frankfurt on the board first with a jumper to tie the score 10-10. American Darren Fenn then scored on an easy lay up getting a shovel pass from Holston to take the lead 12-10. Then it was time for a new installment of the Jermareo Davidson show. The ex NBA player had shown in Braunschweig that he can score in bunches would score 10 consecutive points leading Frankfurt on a 10-2 run to lead 20-14. Davidson made a lay up to tie the score at 12-12. Fenn then scored an untypical basket making a floater standing as Artland led 14-12. Davidson then drew two fouls getting four points on free throws and then scored two easy cherry picking lay ins as Quantez Robertson penetrated twice and set up the American for the easy buckets. With a few minutes remaining, the Skyliners were unable to increase their lead allowing the Dragons to go on a 5-1 run to trail Frankfurt only 21-19. Ex Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Johannes Strasser made a three pointer and Bryan Bailey scored inside. Frankfurt was defending very well as Artland was having difficulty with their zone/man defense. Davidson carried the team on offense, but they missed some lay ups, but Artland were very physical under the basket in which Frankfurt had problems scoring, commented Jan Novak. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 30% from the field and still 0% from the three point line and the Artland Dragons were shooting 30% from the field and 25% from the three point line. The Artland Dragons had the 20-17 rebound edge, but six turnovers and Frankfurt had only three turnovers.

It was only a matter of time before The Artland Dragons would escape from their shell and explode on offense like a Dragon who had had his fire sprouting capability dismantled for a while. The Artland Dragons raced out on a 14-3 run to lead 34-23. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) started the run with a bang dropping two three pointers in a row as the Artland Dragons led 25-21. Mckinney then hit his most reliable shot the pull up jumper as Frankfurt trailed 25-23. Artland continued to pour on the offense which also was helped with heads up defense as King made a monster block on Burtschi as Holston got the ball and fed Thomas and he finished with a dunk. Strasser then hit a fade away jumper, King made two free throws and Holston made a floater. Mckinney made a big three pointer and Robertson free throws to cut the gap to 36-28 lead for the Artland Dragons after three quarters. In the first half, our offense was running too slow. Coach wanted us to run more after getting the rebound and we did that better in the third quarter, added David Holston. We had some mental lapses in the third quarter. They got their rhythm, we had silly turnovers and couldnt hit our shots. That is why they are one of the top teams in the league, said Jacob Burtschi. The Artland Dragons were shooting 34% from the field and 29% from the parking out while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 27% from the field and 14% from the parking lot. Artland had the slight 28-26 rebound advantage and seven turnovers while the Skyliners had nine turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Fraport Skyliners continued to play with a six man rotation and quickly let the Artland Dragons jump on a 6-2 run to heighten their lead to 42-30. Little used German Guido Grunheid who has won 7 German titles started the fourth quarter scoring with a lay in. The heart and soul of the Dragons Bailey stepped it up on offense and defense scoring inside with a sweet penetration from the wing and a steal and coast to coast sprint for a layup while Quantez Robertson scored on the other end with a pretty head and pass fake to the right and finishing with his left hand. With time running down, the Fraport Skyliners had one last gasp of energy as they got back into the ball game with a fascinating 9-0 run to cut the Dragon lead to only 42-39. Mckinney started the run with a catch and pop, Herber made a rare reverse under hand layup, Davidson a lay up and Mckinney a gigantic jumper with one second left on the shot clock and the Fraport arena cooking with pure adrenaline. Frankfurt played consistent defense forcing Grunheid, Holston, Thomas and Peavy to difficult shots. Bailey then hit a difficult shot in traffic in the lane as the Dragons led 44-39. After a Mckinney miss, Peavy made two free throws as Frankfurt trailed 46-39. Davidson then made a tricky floater as Frankfurt trailed only 46-41. Frankfurt then made a huge stop forcing Artland to a turnover as they didnt get a shot off in the 24 second time. Frankfurt had possession and Mckinney missed a three pointer to cut the lead to 46-44. I hesitated a bit and should off come off the screen. Peavy had a hand up. I wanted the ball at the end like I always do in those kind of situations, but it didnt want to fall, stressed Jimmy Mckinney. Holston and Peavy then made free throws sealing the win for the Artland Dragons. Robertson hit a three pointer with a few second remaining, but it wasnt enough as the Dragons won 49-44. We left it all out on the court. We just ran out of gas and were a bit flat on the shots. We gave 110% on defense, stressed Jacob Burtschi. The key for the win at the end was that we kept our composure. We got the needed stops, rebounds and worked the ball inside well, added David Holston. We could of gotten flustered, but we stayed composed on offense even if we only scored 49 points, added Anthony King,

The Artland Dragons were led by Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) with 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners only had four players who scored and were led by Jermareo Davidson with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Jimmy Mckinney had 13 points. Both teams shot a miserable 33% from the field and 24% from outside by the Dragons and only 18% for the Skyliners. It was a defensive game as both teams showed a strong effort limiting each other on the offensive end. Many say that we cant play defense, but we held a good team to 44 points, warned Anthony King. We did all possible to win this game. We kept them in a half court game and not let them run. It was a great defensive effort, added Jimmy Mckinney. Frankfurt did another great job taking care of the ball having only 11 turnovers with out a classical point guard. The Fraport Skyliners visit the LTi Giessen 46ers on January 2 and are coming off a 83-64 loss in Oldenburg and have lost four of the last five games. We have to continue to play good defense and step up our offense in Giessen to have good chances of winning, stated Jacob Burtschi.




Breitengussbach wins Haris Memorial - by Eurobasket News
Breitengussbach wins Haris Memorial with 8 participating teams under 18.
In Day 1 Breitengussbach won over Magic U18 71:49 as Johannes Thiemann (203-F/C-94) stepped up with 11 points and Lucas Wagner netted 9. Later Breitengussbach overcame Scotland 66:30 as Johannes Thiemann posted 13 and Phillip Daubner (194-G-94) nailed 11. Later the German side won over England U16 85:47 as Christopher Wolf top-scored for the winners with 11 points.
On Thursday 29th December Breitengussbach edged Luxembourg 72:49 when Phillip Daubner poured in 19 points.
In the game for the top place Breitengussbach overcame Magic U18 64:56 as Phillip Daubner erupted with 24 points for the winners.
The Haris Memorial Tournament is an annual holiday event which pays tribute to Haris Charalambous (208-C-84), one of the top players to come out of the Magic youth programme. Haris died suddenly while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team in October 2006. He showed all the qualities we need in a Manchester player, both on and off the floor. Haris' parents, Kypros and Polly, and his sister, Elena, always attend the Tournament to see some games and present the trophies.



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Rahmon Fletcher replace injured DeMario Anderson - by Fred Roggen
It was announced few days ago that Stepco BSW will be without guard DeMario Anderson for the remain of the season. Stepco BSW has found a replacement in Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay).
Fletcher was already in the Netherlands to play for WCAA Giants, but this club went at the beginning of the season bankrupt.
Rahmon Fletcher arrives from the university of Wisconsin - Green Bay, averaging 15.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.4% in 32 games.



Results Basketball Days in Zwolle: Landstede Basketball Wins Tournament - by Sanders Jackson

In the first annual Basketball Days Tournament at the Landstede Sportcenter, the team of Landstede Basketball head coach Herman van den Belt took care of business, closing off the 2011 year in good fashion, winning convincingly over Brazilian team Gremio Mogby the score of 90-67. Landstede won all four games by at least a 10-point difference, including their second win over the Brazilian team. Landstede raced out to an early 13-2 lead and never looked back. Landstede's defensive prowess, team congenuity and tenacity on the boards made the difference in their winning the Basketball Days tournament. Tournament MVP was Damon Huffman (187-G-85), who led all scorers with 25 pts. With the tournament win, this should pay dividends for the Landstede team in the second half of the DBL season, with their play this week affording them the opportunity of building of relations, team chemistry development and confidence. Barring injury, look for Landstede to be a sleeper in the second half of the season.


On behalf of Eurobasket Holland, would like to wish everyone an enjoyable, safe and blessed 2012 year!



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Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
CAI Zaragoza wirth Jon Stefansson on board won Blusens 80-71 in ACB, Spain. Stefansson scored 5 points, grab 4 rebounds and dished out 2 assist.
Results from top league in Sweden lately.
08 Stockholm 66 LF Basket 83 Helgi magnusson scored 5 pts, 4 rebounds & 1 qassist for 08
Uppsala 86 Solna 66 Logi Gunnarsson 10 pts, 3 rebs & 3 assist for Solna.
Norrkoping 72 Jamtland 86. Brynjar Bjornsson 9 pts, 3 boards & 2 assist for Jmatland.
Sundsvall 94 EcoOrebro 84 Hlynur Baeringsson 17 pts, 11 boards and 4 assist. Pavel Ermolinskij 11 points, 7 rebs 11 assist.Jakob Sigurdarson 28 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assist for Sundsvall
Jamtland 86 LF Basket 70 Big win for Jamtland who are fighting for play-offs spot. Brynjar bjornsson 3 points in the win


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Maccabi Haifa officially signed Jeremis Smith to a two-years contract - by Netanel Dahan
After parting ways with the forward Qyntel Woods, Maccabi Haifa announced today they have signed center Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) to a two-year contract.

Smith, 25, played this season in the LNBP, Mexicos top division, for Fuerza Regia Monterrey, posting averages of 18.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 33 games played. On Wednesday, the 6-foot-8 center was named LNBP Player of the Week for Round 41 by Latinbasket.com, after recording a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds, topping Correcaminos UAT Victoria 99-98.

Smith has played in numerous leagues in South America, including the top leagues in Venezuela and Argentina. During the 2009-10 season, Smith played for the defending Mexican champions, Halcones UV Xalapa, and moved to the Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder in Liga A in Argentina. During the 2010 season, Smith was named All-Mexican CIBACOPA Defensive Player of the Year for the Lobos UAD Mazatlan, where he posted averages of 23.5 points and 11.7 rebounds (1st in the League). During the 2010-11 season, Smith was awarded All-Mexican LNBP Forward of the Year playing for Fuerza Regia Monterrey, where he averaged 17.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 47 games played.

'Since we released Sean Williams, who left on his own accord, we were lacking physicality and rebounding in the paint and Jeremis Smith has those qualities that we are missing, which will help the team', said Haifa coach Mickey Gorka.

'Jeremis is a hungry and talented player who understands our situation and is coming to Israel to fortify our team', said Maccabi Bazan Haifa's owner Jeffrey Rosen.

Smith, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, played four years at Georgia Tech from 2004-08, finishing 12th All-time in career rebounds at Georgia Tech (708) as well as 11th All-Time in career steals (135). Smith joins a Maccabi Haifa roster that features former University of Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg, former NBA guard Jermaine Jackson, former University of South Carolina forward Carlos Powell, former Marshall University forward Tyler Wilkerson, former Dalhousie University guard Simon Farine, and strong Israeli players including Avi Ben-Chimol, Daniel Aidan, Tamir Ariely, Sean Labanowski, and Guy Josipovich.



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Italian SerieA round 13 best performance: Tony Easley - by Eurobasket News
American forward Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Banco di Sard., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Scavolini PS (6-6) 84-83. Banco di Sard. is placed at 7th position in Italian SerieA. Banco di Sard. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-6 record. Easley turned to be Banco di Sard.'s top player in his first season with the team. Tony Easley averages just after two games 12.5ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old Greek Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76, agency: Interperformances) of Lottomatica. Kakiouzis had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Acea Roma cruised to a 89-80 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Umana Venezia (#8, 6-6). This victory allowed Acea Roma to move up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Kakiouzis is a newcomer at Acea Roma, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Slovenian forward Marko Milic (201-F-77) of Vanoli CR (#16). Milic scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Vanoli CR, leading his team to a 76-72 win against slightly higher-ranked Fabi Shoes (#15, 4-8). The chances of Vanoli CR not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Milic could try to bring Vanoli CR's a little bit higher in the standings. Milic has a very solid season. In 13 games in Italy he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Sidigas AV - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Armani MI - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of CS Bologna - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Daniel Hackett (198-G-87) of Scavolini PS - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mustafa Shakur (192-G-84) of Novipiu CM - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77) of Pepsi Caserta - 23 points and 7 rebounds
10. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Umana Venezia - 19 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Spain U18 wins IV International Tournament Ciudad de Barakaldo - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18-Italy U18 71:54

Spain U18 wins IV International Tournament Ciudad de Barakaldo with 4 participating teams. In the decisive game the Spanish side overcame Italy U18 71:54.
The Spanish outfit started with 23-14 and never looked behind. They added defensive 9-7 in the second frame to lead 32:21 at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Spain won the third quarter 17-14 and 22-19 to win the game.
Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Abalde notched 10. Marin, Pauli and Adrian Chapela (94) each posted 8 apiece. Andrea Amato (187-G-94) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Vincenzo Pipitone (202-C-94) scored 10. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) produced 9 and Alessandro Procacci (180-G-94) netted 8.

Spain U18: Guillermo Hernangomez 15, Abalde 10, Marin 8, Pauli 8, Adrian Chapela 8
Italy U18: Andrea Amato 15, Vincenzo Pipitone 10, Simone Fontecchio 9, Alessandro Procacci 8



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Miyazaki Shining Suns bring in Oneal Mims - by Eurobasket News
Miyazaki Shining Suns bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Oneal Mims (208-F-83, college: Angelo St.). The forward started the season with Sendai 89ers. He tallied 19.3 points, 10.4 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per BJ League game. Last season Oneal Mims started in Saudi Arabia. The forward played for Al Fateh before leaving the team in December. Oneal Mims then moved to Fos Ouest in France. The player appeared in just one game in ProA posting 2 points, 3 boards and 2 steals. Previously Oneal Mims had stints in ABA, D-League, PBL, IBL, Mexico, Turkey and Bahrain. He was ABA and IBL finalist in 2007 and 2008 respectively.


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VEF Riga juniors clinch Rinus de Jong tournament title - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga juniors team claimed Rinus de Jong tournament title in Netherlands. They held off CBA U18 team in the title game. CBA U18 team led throughout the opening quarters. But VEF Riga proved the difference in the final period. They went on a decisive surge and eked out a tough 77:68 win. Kristaps Gluditis (188-PG-95) finished with 20 points to lead the effort. He was well helped by Davis Geks (183-G-95). Shane Hammink (198-G-94) responded with 18 points for CBA U18. Floris Versteeg (200-F-94) had 16 points in defeat. IBA Tel Aviv overcame Atletas Kaunas 106:79 for the third position in the tournament. Daniel Sealian finished with 27 points to pace the winners. Yossef Sayof accounted for 18 points in the victory.


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Atletas Kaunas U18 wins Belgacom Invitational Cup - by Eurobasket News
Atletas Kaunas U18 wins Belgacom Invitational Cup with 8 participating teams. The Lithuanian squad first beat Belgium Junior team 88:67 and then edged Ramat Gan 86:45. Atletas Kaunas finished the group undefeated after the victory over Ibba Berlin 107:53.
In the Final game Atletas Kaunas U18 outscored Canarias 65:61.


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Exciting Friday (11 games) - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz - Philadelph.76 102-99
Chalk one up for the young guys. And while you're doing that, mark a win down for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz bounced back from a pair of rough road games to open the season with a riveting 102-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night in their home opener at EnergySolutions Arena. Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) had a humongous night with 20 points and 11 rebounds after filling in for usual starting center Al Jefferson, who sat out with an inflamed right ankle. Fellow second-year player Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) also made a big impact in this game, hitting a clutch jumper in the final minute and scoring 15 points. Devin Harris scored 19 points and Paul Millsap, reinserted in the first five, added a strong double-double with 14 points and 12 boards as the Jazz improved to 1-2. Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia (1-2) with 20 points. The Jazz were in an unfamiliar position at halftime. They actually went to the locker room with a lead - 53-51. Harris had 14 points at the half, including 13 in the second quarter when the Jazz rallied out of a 13-point deficit. The Jazz also received double-digit performances from Millsap (11 points) and Favors (10) in the opening half. Both Millsap and Favors started - Millsap because he'd been put back into the opening lineup to help Utah get off to a better start, and Favors because of Jefferson's injury. Philly jumped out to a 29-22 edge at the end of the first quarter, and then upped its lead to as many as 13 points as the Jazz looked lost and listless. Harris was even taken out - getting replaced by backup point Earl Watson - four minutes into the game. But the starting point guard came out with a vengeance in the second quarter. Interestingly, Favors had eight first-quarter points on a day when he was benched and then named a starter within hours. Rookie Enes Kanter also contributed with a strong interior defensive presence, finishing with four points and six rebounds. C.J. Miles added 10 points, Watson scored nine and Josh Howard had eight in what was easily the Jazz's best game of the season. The Jazz travel to San Antonio for a New Year's Eve showdown with the Spurs. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Minnesota T. - Miami Heat 101-103
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) hit a jumper from the wing, then scored on an inbounds pass from LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) with 4.6 seconds to play to lift the undefeated Miami Heat to a 103-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Playing on a sore foot, Wade finished with 19 points, while James had 34 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds on his 27th birthday. Ricky Rubio had 12 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love had 25 points and 12 boards for the Timberwolves, who led 100-99 with 55 seconds to play. But Wade hit a jumper and then lost Rubio on an inbounds play to make the winning bucket, one game after beating the Charlotte Bobcats with a last-second shot. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Dallas M. - Toronto R. 99-86
Reserve center Ian Mahinmi (6'9''-F/C-86) scored a career-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) contributed 18, and the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks rallied for their first victory of the season, 99-86 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Jason Terry added 10 of his 17 points in the final quarter for the Mavericks (1-3), who hadn't started 0-4 since the 2006-07 season. The last defending NBA champs to open a season at 0-4 were the 1969-70 Boston Celtics. Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points and Leandro Barbosa had 20 for the Raptors, 1-2 under first-year coach Dwane Casey, Dallas' top assistant and defensive architect last season. Toronto used a 17-2 run in the third quarter, completed by Amir Johnson's follow dunk, for a 68-61 lead. But Dallas finished the quarter with a 16-2 spurt, capped by Vince Carter's three free throws, for a 77-70 edge heading into the fourth quarter. Toronto never got closer than five points the rest of the way. The Mavericks carried a 29-23 lead into the second quarter, riding a 17-6 rebounding advantage in the opening 12 minutes. Dallas got off to a better defensive start, a point of emphasis by coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavs had allowed 32, 32 and 28 points in the first quarter of their three games. The Mavericks went on to lead by as many as 12 in the second quarter. But Bargnani scored 13 of his 18 first-half points in the period, and Toronto's late 12-0 run narrowed the halftime gap to 50-46. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

LA Clippers - Chicago B. 101-114
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) had 29 points and 16 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-101 Friday night. Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Joakim Noah added 19 points apiece and Richard Hamilton had 16 for the Bulls against their former coach, Vinny Del Negro. Blake Griffin had 34 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who kept it close most of the way coming off a 25-point loss at San Antonio. Caron Butler added 16 points and Chris Paul had 15 points and 14 assists in his matchup against Rose, the NBA's MVP last season. The Clippers, who outshot the Bulls and outscored them in the paint, got within three early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by rookie Trey Thompkins. Then the Bulls took over. Ronnie Brewer hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws before Rose made two free throws, then Deng hit a 3-pointer from in front of the Clippers' bench to give Chicago its largest lead of the game, 97-84. Griffin singlehandedly fueled the Clippers' offense with eight straight points that included a ferocious dunk in which he walked away with his fists clenched and his teeth gritted. Still, it left his team trailing by eight points with less than five minutes to play. The Bulls effectively used 3-pointers to keep the Clippers at bay in the fourth, when they hit four, including two by Rose. Chicago moved out to a seven-point lead in the third quarter, when the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan picked up his fourth foul. He finished with 10 points. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Indiana P. - Cleveland C. 98-91 OT
Another ugly game, another win for the Indiana Pacers. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored nine of his 22 points in overtime, after No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) missed a layup that would have won it at the end of regulation, and Indiana beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91 on Friday night. Indiana has shot below 40 percent from the field in each game this season, yet is off to a 3-0 start. Indy went 0-19 last season when shooting under 40 percent, but the Pacers have a new identity this season under coach Frank Vogel, a hard-nosed approach that emphasizes defense and rebounding. Gone are the days when the Pacers flung 3-pointers at will - Indiana made just two against the Cavaliers. Indiana had three players with double-doubles for points and rebounds for the second time this season: Roy Hibbert had 17 points and 13 rebounds, David West had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyler Hansbrough added 11 points and 12 boards. It's what Vogel calls 'smash mouth basketball.' And the Pacers say they are only going to get better. 'When we start shooting over 40 percent, it's going to look a lot prettier out there, and we won't have to grind these wins out,' Hibbert said. 'Just to be able to do this now is great.' Part of the reason Indiana has been able to get away with shooting so poorly is the team's ability to make shots at key moments. Granger shot just 5 of 17 in regulation, but was 3 of 5 in the extra period. On Wednesday against Toronto, Granger made two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after struggling throughout the game. 'That's what Danny does,' Hibbert said. 'He makes big shots down the stretch and we follow his lead. David and I try to be defensive anchors, and everything else falls into place.' George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) added 15 points for the Pacers. Irving led Cleveland with 20 points in his best game so far, but missed a layup that would have won the game at the end of regulation. Irving got by his defender and drove the lane for an open shot, but the ball rimmed out, and the game went to overtime. 'I had a great look at it,' the 19-year-old Irving said. 'Wish it would have gone down for me and my teammates to get this win, but it didn't. We fought hard in overtime. We just didn't come out with the win.' The Pacers knew they got away with one. 'Irving is a heck of a player,' Vogel said. 'Not 'going to be,' but right now. He got by our pick-and-roll defense and got penetration to the basket. Fortunately, he missed.' Irving said he'd learn from the experience. 'I left it all out there in the floor,' he said. 'All you can do is leave it out there, play hard, and go to sleep and get better the next day.' Anderson Varejao added 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison each scored 12 points for the Cavaliers. The score was tied late in regulation until West made a pair of free throws with 2:12 left to give the Pacers an 82-80 lead. Irving made one of two free throws to cut it to 82-81 heading into the final minute. Parker's 3-pointer as the shot clock expired gave Cleveland an 84-82 lead with 17.5 seconds left. Indiana, with no timeouts, immediately went into its offense. West nearly lost the ball, regained control, drove and dropped in a floater with 4.4 seconds left to tie the score. Granger took over in the extra period. He hit a layup while closely defended by Alonzo Gee. Jamison's 3-pointer was blocked by West, then Granger hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to put the Pacers up 93-87, and Indiana maintained its lead from there. The Pacers led 70-61 at the end of the third quarter. Cleveland made just 4 of 18 shots and committed seven turnovers in the period. Hill carried the Pacers early in the fourth quarter. He hit a baseline jumper, then converted a three-point play to push Indiana's lead to 75-64. Cleveland rallied, and a reverse layup by Irving trimmed the Pacers' lead to 76-72 and forced Indiana to call timeout with 6:40 remaining. The game remained close the rest of the way. 'We took some bad shots, made some bad plays down the stretch, and we added fuel to the fire by giving up layups on the other end and giving Anthony Parker open threes,' Granger said. Cleveland coach Byron Scott said it was a positive step for his young team. 'We had an opportunity to win the game before the overtime period, but I just loved the way our guys competed, against a team we feel is one of the better teams in the East,' he said. 'Our effort was fantastic and something we should be proud of.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - Detroit P. 96-85
Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F/C-78) scored 19 points as he and the Boston Celtics ended a dismal start to their season with a 96-85 victory in their home opener over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. O'Neal, who played passively in totaling just eight points in the first three games, all losses, was aggressive throughout. He had 10 points in the first half, which ended with Boston on top 50-43. Then he scored seven in the third quarter, when the Celtics outscored the Pistons 36-21 to take an 86-64 lead. Ray Allen (6'5''-SG-75, college: Connecticut) and Brandon Bass added 17 points apiece for Boston and Paul Pierce had 12 in his debut after being sidelined with a bruised right heel. Greg Monroe had 22 points for Detroit, which fell to 0-3. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Memphis G. - Houston R. 113-93
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) led the Memphis Grizzlies in scoring, though coach Lionel Hollins wanted to talk about something else. 'That's the best defense I've seen Zach play since he's been here,' Hollins said after Randolph's 23 points led the Grizzlies to their first victory of the season, 113-93 over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Marc Gasol, who was 6 of 8 from the field, added 20, as the Grizzlies had six players in double figures. Randolph shot 11 of 14 and grabbed nine rebounds. Gasol and Rudy Gay, who finished with 10 points, each had eight boards as Memphis outrebounded the Rockets 42-33. 'Any time you have Randolph and Gasol go 17 of 22, you are going to have major issues,' Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. Randolph, who doesn't have a reputation as a strong defender, was part of a Grizzlies front line that held Houston starters Chase Budinger, Luis Scola and Jordan Hill to a total of 17 points, 11 from Budinger. While Randolph didn't necessarily agree with Hollins' assessment of the defensive effort being his best, he did acknowledge trying to concentrate more on that end of the floor. 'That's what I'm trying to focus on, just better D, helping my guys out and being in the right position,' Randolph said, adding, 'Defense wins games. I know I can score with the best of them, and rebound with the best of them. (Working) on defense there's going to be a trickle-down effect, and everybody gets to playing defense and moving their feet and helping each other out.' Jeremy Pargo, starting in place of injured Memphis point guard Mike Conley, finished with 14 points, while Quincy Pondexter, picked up in a preseason trade with New Orleans, had 13. Kevin Martin led the Rockets with 21 points, while Kyle Lowry had 15 points and eight assists. Rookie Chandler Parsons scored 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, all in the fourth quarter. Memphis shot 56 percent and forced 20 Houston turnovers. The Grizzlies put away the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Rockets 31-16. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Milwaukee B. - Washington W. 102-81
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) wouldn't let the Milwaukee Bucks blow another big lead. Jennings scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Bucks to a 102-81 victory over the winless Washington Wizards on Friday night. 'Right now we should really be 3-0,' Jennings said. 'We were up at halftime against Charlotte, and we lost a lead. And tonight we were up (24) at half and let a team come back. That is something we really need to focus on, especially going on a West Coast road trip. On the road in hostile environments you have got to be able to contain the lead and take over.' Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier), benched in favor of Nick Young after scoring one point in a loss at Atlanta on Wednesday, led Washington (0-3) with 24 points. John Wall had six points on 1-of-9 shooting and four turnovers. Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points, and Carlos Delfino, who missed the first two games of the season with a sprained right wrist, added 15 off the bench for Milwaukee (2-1). Andrew Bogut had 13 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Jennings has scored 22, 24 and 22 points in three games this season. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Charlotte B. - Orlando M. 79-100
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 20 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) scored 23 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-79 on Friday night for their third straight victory. Orlando jumped to an 11-0 lead and never trailed, eventually leading 56-43 at halftime and building the lead up to as many as 21 in the second half. Charlotte never got closer than nine points in the second half. Anderson was 5 of 12 from 3-point range, as the Magic shot 43 percent from beyond the arc. Howard also had four blocked shots and four assists. The Magic also got 16 points from Jason Richardson, 15 from Hedo Turkoglu and 11 from J.J. Redick. Corey Maggette led Charlotte (1-2) with 20 points. The Bobcats also got 14 points from D.J. Augustin, 12 from Byron Mullens and 10 from Boris Diaw. But Gerald Henderson struggled through a 4-for-13 shooting night and the Bobcats, forced to settle for jump shots all night because of Howard's presence, shot just 36 percent from the field. The 6-foot-11 Howard was imposing inside from the start, often going up against Diaw, 6-8, and Charlotte's backup centers. The only flaw in his performance was a 6-of-14 night from the free throw line. Howard set the tone immediately with a follow shot on Orlando's first possession. Richardson made a jumper and a 3-pointer, Howard hit a hook, and Richardson scored on a fast break to give the Magic their quick 11-0 lead. It was the second straight night that Howard had more than 20 rebounds. He had 16 points and 24 rebounds in a win over New Jersey on Thursday night. Charlotte came into the game leading the NBA in rebound margin, but the Magic won the rebound battle 49-41 and limited the Bobcats to only 20 points in the paint. Orlando played without point guard Jameer Nelson, who sat out with neck spasms. Tyrus Thomas missed his third straight game for Charlotte because of a sprained left ankle. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Atlanta H. - New Jersey N. 105-98
Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) scored 22 points, Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks won their third straight game to open the season, beating the New Jersey Nets105-98 on Friday night. Deron Williams finished with 23 points and rookie MarShon Brooks added 21 to lead the Nets, who have dropped three straight and fell to 1-3. The Hawks, who earned a 36-point victory at New Jersey earlier this week, were in a tight game for the first time this season. Their biggest lead was nine early in the fourth quarter before Brooks' 17-footer made it 95-94 with 2:18 remaining. After Williams' reverse layup cut the lead to 98-96, New Jersey failed to score another field goal, but Brooks made a big mistake after Johnson's 8-footer put the Hawks up 100-96 with 20.6 seconds remaining. The Nets had no timeouts remaining as he was trying to make an inbound pass from the left sideline with his teammates covered, but Brooks signaled for a timeout. Johnson hit the ensuing technical free throw and closed the game with four more free throws on the final two possessions to end the scoring. Mehmet Okur added 15 points and Kris Humphries and Sundiata Gaines each scored 10 for the Nets. Al Horford finished with 12 points for Atlanta. Marvin Williams added 11 points and six rebounds, and Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

N.Orleans H. - Phoenix Suns 78-93
Hakim Warrick (6'9''-F-82, college: Syracuse) scored 18 points in a reserve role, and the Phoenix Suns won for the first time this young season while handing the New Orleans Hornets their first loss, 93-78 on Friday night. Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) added 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Suns, who had opened the season with two losses, one to New Orleans in their home opener Monday night. Jared Dudley added 16 points, while Steve Nash dished out 12 assists. Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon missed a second straight game with a bruised right knee, and this time New Orleans could not compensate for the prolific scorer's absence. Carl Landry led New Orleans with 17 points, while Emeka Okafor had 10 points and 16 rebounds, but the Hornets shot only 29 percent (26 of 90). Marcin Gortat scored 12 points while playing with a splint on his injured right thumb. Shannon Brown added 11 points and Grant Hill 10 for Phoenix, which shot 42 percent (33 of 78). Warrick was 6 of 12 from the floor and 6 of 7 on free throws. Jarrett Jack scored 12 points and Marco Belinelli grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which outrebounded Phoenix 57-47 and had 24 offensive boards, more than any team in the NBA so far this season. The Hornets had 23 second-chance points, but could have had a lot more if not for their shooting woes. *Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com




Pacers Suffer First Loss tp Pistons, 96-88 - by Daniel Gibson
DETROIT---On opening night the Indiana Pacers easily took care of the Detroit Pistons in a game that saw them lead by as much as 24 points. Tonight, on the last night of 2011, the Pistons were determined to end the year on a good note.

Jonas Jerebko and the Pistons were a step ahead of the Pacers all night en route to a 96-88 victory.

Jerebko had his best game of the young season after missing nearly the entire season last year with an injury. He finished with 20 points but his sixteen first half points helped the Pistons to pull away.

The Pacers fought back hard but their energy came a little too late. Coach Frank Vogel went to a small speed lineup throughout the fourth quarter with Tyler Hansbrough at the center position with Paul George, Danny Granger, Darren Collison and George Hill.

The speed lineup was able to get out and run and not down shots cutting the lead down to seven at 89-82. Tayshaun Prince drilled a big three-pointer from the corner to push the lead back to double digits and put an end to the Pacers comeback attempt.

Down the stretch the Pistons repeatedly turned the ball over but the Pacers couldnt capitalize on them by missing shots or turning the ball over themselves.

With the loss the Pacers fell to 3-1 and Pistons broke the seal on the win column with a record of 1-3. Both teams had flight issues coming into Detroit early in the morning but neither team looked to make excuses.

Hill had another good game leading the Pacers with 16 points and Collison had 15 points and eight assists.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 LeBron JAMES
  Miami Heat
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 33
 1. James, Miami Heat33.0 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.31.3 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.28.0 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.8 
 5. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 6. Anthony, New Y.25.7 
 7. Jennings, Milwauke.22.7 
 8. Lawson, Denver N.22.3 
 9. Nowitzki, Dallas M.22.0 
 10. Bargnani, Toron.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.17.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.7 
 3. Hawes, Philadelph..12.7 
 4. Hibbert, Indiana P.12.3 
 5. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 7. Humphries, New J.11.3 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.11.0 
 9. Hansbrough, India.11.0 
 10. Diaw, Charlotte B.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Paul, LA Clippers10.7 
 2. Lowry, Houston R.9.3 
 3. Rose, Chicago B.9.3 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.0 
 5. Miller, Denver N.8.3 
 6. Nash, Phoenix Suns8.3 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.0 
 8. Diaw, Charlotte B.7.7 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.7.7 
 10. Rubio, Minnesot.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ty LAWSON
  Denver N.
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lawson, Denver N.4.0 
 2. Curry, Golde S.4.0 
 3. James, Miami Heat2.8 
 4. Lowry, Houston R.2.7 
 5. Paul, LA Clippers2.7 
 6. Johnson, Toronto2.7 
 7. Chalmers, Miami He.2.5 
 8. Wall, Washington W.2.3 
 9. West, Dallas M.2.3 
 10. Harrington, Denve.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 DeAndre JORDAN
  LA Clippers
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Jordan, LA Clippers4.7 
 2. Stiemsma, Boston3.5 
 3. Dalembert, Houst.3.0 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.3.0 
 5. Chandler, New Y.2.7 
 6. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.7 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.2.7 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat2.5 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers2.5 
 10. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. New York K. 1-2 
 2. Philadelph.76 1-2 
 3. Toronto R. 1-2 
 4. Boston C. 1-3 
 5. New Jersey N. 1-3 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 3-0 
 2. Chicago B. 3-1 
 3. Milwaukee B. 2-1 
 4. Cleveland C. 1-2 
 5. Detroit P. 0-3 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 4-0 
 2. Atlanta H. 3-0 
 3. Orlando M. 3-1 
 4. Charlotte B. 1-2 
 5. Washington W. 0-3 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 4-0 
 2. Portland TB 3-0 
 3. Denver N. 2-1 
 4. Utah Jazz 1-2 
 5. Minnesota T. 0-3 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golde State W. 2-1 
 2. LA Lakers 2-2 
 3. LA Clippers 1-2 
 4. Phoenix Suns 1-2 
 5. Sacramento K. 1-2 
Southwest Div.
 1. N.Orleans H. 2-1 
 2. San Antonio S. 2-1 
 3. Memphis G. 1-2 
 4. Houston R. 1-2 
 5. Dallas M. 1-3 


Amare Stoudemire sprains ankle - by Eurobasket News
New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) suffered a left ankle sprain during the Knicks' 99-82 loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stoudemire told reporters in Los Angeles that his status is 'day to day.' His availability for Saturday night's game in Sacramento is uncertain.

'It's wrapped up. I'll get some treatment on it [Friday], get another assessment on it [Friday], see how it feels. My situation is day to day,' said Stoudemire, who missed 13 of his 17 shots against the Lakers and finished with 15 points.

Stoudemire said he suffered the injury while coming off of a pick-and-roll play.

'I rolled down the lane, I forget who it was, but he put a shoulder into me. He hit me on the roll and I twisted my ankle,' he said.

If Stoudemire can't play Saturday, it would severely compromise a team already dealing with other injuries.

Guard Iman Shumpert and forward Jared Jeffries, two of the Knicks' top reserves, are out -- Shumpert is sidelined two to four weeks with a sprained right MCL, and Jeffries is sidelined one to two weeks with a right calf strain.

After beating the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day to open their season, the Knicks have lost two straight road games.

Courtesy of ESPN


Dwight Howard refuses to talk about possible trade from Orlando Magic to Nets - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) admitted he watched some of the Nets 106-70 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, but claimed he didn't hear the Prudential Center fans chanting for him because he had the sound muted.

Other than that, Howard didnt say much about the Nets - certainly nothing that would explain why he reportedly has asked the Orlando Magic to trade him, with the Nets being his No. 1 preferred destination.

Were not talking about the Nets right now, Howard said. Were talking about the Magic. Thats the team I play for. Theres no need to talk about any other team whos interested in them or not. Im not going to get into a discussion about it.

Howard and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said they werent looking at Friday nights game between the Magic and the Nets as something special because of the circumstances surrounding the two teams and their common interest in Howard. The five-time All-Star center can opt to become a free agent next summer, and the Nets are trying to acquire him via trade before that, having reportedly offered a package centered around their own center, Brook Lopez, plus draft picks and the willingness to take on the contract of Hedo Turkoglu.

The broken foot suffered by Lopez in last Wednesdays preseason game against the Knicks, however, has complicated the Nets efforts to trade for Howard.

It is presumed that the Magic want to hold on to Howard as long as they can, in an effort to try to persuade him to stay with Orlando, and most likely wouldnt trade Howard until closer to the March 15 trade deadline.

Lopez, who had surgery last Friday, is projected to be out 6-8 weeks, the Nets said, and according to that timeline, hed be back playing perhaps a month before the deadline.

The Nets, could be drowning in the Eastern Conference standings by then, and may not present an attractive destination for Howard at that time particularly if Orlando is holding a playoff position in mid-March and the Nets are not. Without Lopez, the Nets are 1-1, and they have been hamstrung by the lack of an inside scoring threat.

With no Lopez in the middle, teams are focusing their defenses on point guard Deron Williams and so far, at least the Nets outside shooters have started the season cold. Anthony Morrow is 5-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-10 from 3-point range, and Williams is 11-for-33 from the field. Shawne Williams is 1-for-7 from the field, including 0-for-5 from 3-point range, and as a team, the Nets are shooting 35.7 percent from the field, including 22 percent (11-for-50) from 3-point range.

Courtesy of www.nj.com


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No. 23 Cavs survive scare, beating Towson 57-50 - by Eurobasket News
Towson's Pat Skerry was one happy man Friday night in at least one regard.

The first-year coach of the Tigers wasn't pleased that his team fell to 0-13 on the season with a 57-50 loss to No. 23 Virginia, but Skerry had a smile on his face when pointing out that this was Towson's final non-conference game.

'I am 100 percent glad that our non-conference schedule is over,' said Skerry. 'The one we inherited.'

Towson's pre-Colonial Athletic Association schedule included three ranked teams, including Kansas and Michigan in addition to Virginia, as well as Oregon State, Vermont and Massachusetts.

'You'd have to be pretty sadistic (to put a young team through this schedule),' said Skerry, who started two freshmen and two sophomores against a veteran Virginia lineup.

In spite of their inexperience, the Tigers managed to take the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena out of it early by jumping to a 10-2 lead and kept battling all the way until the final minute.

This was also Towson's 32nd straight loss dating to last season.

'I told the guys, there are no moral victories,' said Skerry. 'We lost. But I told them I got no problem with us going 0-32 if we defend like that. The reality is, we won't go 0-32 if we defend like that every night.'

Behind freshman point guard Kris Walden (6'1''-G) (15 points) and sophomore forward Marcus Damas (6'7''-F) (13), the Tigers trailed 24-16 at halftime and 30-21 early in the second half before coming back and making it a four-point game with less than a minute to go.

'This can obviously help our confidence,' said Walden. 'Obviously, we struggled early on in the season, and our coaching staff has done a great job of making us play harder, from the way we practice to how we're eating. Everything across the board.

'Playing them close and tough, of course, it hurts even more than losing by 20 or 30, because it was within arm's reach. But it definitely shows us what we're capable of, so when we go into conference play, it should give us a little competitive edge over those teams.'

With the Tigers trailing by four, Walden missed back-to-back 3-point attempts before Virginia freshman Malcolm Brogdon nailed a 3 to give the Cavaliers a 52-45 lead with 46 seconds left. The Cavaliers made five of six free throws down the stretch to ice it.

'If you guard well, and you don't turn the ball over a lot (Towson had 13 turnovers), you are going to have chances to win basketball games,' said Skerry.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


No. 21 Murray State cruises past Eastern Illinois - by Eurobasket News
Donte Poole (6'3''-G-89) and Jewuan Long (6'1''-G) started and finished a 25-2 run in the first half Friday that lifted No. 21 Murray State to a 73-40 blasting of Eastern Illinois.

Murray State improved to 14-0, its best start to a season in 76 years. The Racers are 2-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play.

With Murray State owning a one-point lead, Poole hit a 3-pointer with 15:19 to go in the opening half. Eastern Illinois managed only two points during the next 10 minutes and Long finished off the big run with a jumper.

Stacy Wilson (6'3''-F) scored 16 off the bench to lead the Racers, one of four unbeaten teams left in major college basketball. Missouri remained unbeaten Friday with a victory over Old Dominion. Syracuse and Baylor are the other teams with a perfect record.

Eastern Illinois (6-6, 0-1 OVC) lost its fourth straight. The Panthers were led by Jeremy Granger (6'1''-G) with 12 points.

Courtesy of www.upi.com


ODU falls to No. 8 Missouri 75-68 in hard-fought loss - by Eurobasket News
Old Dominion avoided the pitfalls that have undone so many teams that have been steamrolled by Missouri this season.

The Monarchs took decent care of the ball, keeping their turnovers to a manageable number. They didn't let the game degenerate into a track meet - Missouri's preferred pace.

They answered every Tigers run except the last one, and walked off the court wondering what might have been, after falling to No. 8 Missouri 75-68 at an amped-up Constant Center on Friday night.

'We gave them a tussle,' coach Blaine Taylor said. 'We really felt like we could have done a little more.'

ODU (6-7) gave itself a chance - about as much as anyone could reasonably ask against an unbeaten team burying opponents by an average of 26 points, the best margin in the nation.

The score was tied at 67 before Marcus Denmon (6'3''-G-90) made a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:02 left.

'I just took a shot I shoot a thousand times a week,' said Denmon, a senior guard who finished with 19 points.

Denmon had spotted an opening in the ODU zone on the previous trip down court, and he ran to that spot. It was a veteran play from one of the nation's top guards, and it typified the way Missouri (13-0) played. The Tigers got buckets when they really needed them, responding to every ODU surge with senior-led cool and efficiency.

ODU, meanwhile, was unable to sustain a run long enough to separate itself.

'We've got to put the dagger in them,' guard Kent Bazemore said.

The Monarchs couldn't, but not for lack of effort. They took a team that specializes in making opponents uncomfortable out of its own comfort zone, sending Missouri into halftime trailing for the first time this year.

The Tigers' 33 points also were a halftime low. They had just a couple pedal-to-the-floor sequences and made just one 3-pointer.

'We played pretty good defense,' Taylor said. 'We didn't give them a lot of 3-point looks.'

Missouri remedied that early in the second half, sinking five 3-pointers in the first four minutes to open a nine-point lead. It was vintage Tigers basketball - fast and efficient.

ODU came back with a 9-2 run to trim the lead to two. Missouri pushed it to five, and the Monarchs responded again, tying the score at 58 after Trian Iliadis hit a 3-pointer, then stole a pass and scored on a breakaway layup.

The game was still anyone's when Denmon hit his corner 3, his fourth of the evening. He shot just 5 of 13, but each basket was timely.

'There's no question we made big plays,' Missouri coach Frank Haith said. 'We got good leadership. Our seniors made plays down the stretch.'

Seniors Kim English (6'6''-G) and Ricardo Ratliffe (6'8''-F) added 16 and 14 points, respectively. English hit 3 of 4 3-pointers. Ratliffe, a Kecoughtan High graduate who leads the country in field goal percentage, hit 6 of 8 shots.

ODU grabbed 41 rebounds to 31 for Missouri, an indication of how tenaciously the Monarchs were in their last nonconference game leading into Colonial Athletic Association play. The Monarchs had 15 turnovers to the Tigers' 12.

Victory was still within reach when Denmon hit his late 3, but Chris Cooper traveled after getting the ball near the basket. Two Denmon free throws then made it 72-67, and Bazemore missed a 3-pointer from the corner with 32 seconds left. Missouri grabbed the rebound, and ODU was forced to foul Michael Dixon. He hit one of two to put the Tigers up six with 19 seconds left.

'We'll take positives from this game and we'll move ahead,' Bazemore said.

The Monarchs play at James Madison on Monday.

Courtesy of http://hamptonroads.com


No. 7 Duke hits fast forward breaks past Western Michigan 110 70 - by Eurobasket News
Duke returned from its holiday break looking to run and Western Michigan did little to slow the Blue Devils.

No. 7 Duke utilized its depth to aggressively push the ball, rolling past the overmatched Broncos 110-70 Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

'That's fun', Duke guard Seth Curry (6'2''-G-90) said. 'That's what you want, especially as a guard, you want to get opportunities to attack the rim, have open space and shoot free throws. Coach (Mike Krzyzewski) is telling us to be aggressive, rebound and run. That showed by the amount of points we were able to put up tonight. '

The Blue Devils (11-1) produced their highest point total of the season while sinking their most 3-pointers (14). Duke also made 28 of 35 free throws, a season-best 80 percent, as it extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 42.

Duke did it by adhering to Krzyzewskis instructions to constantly hit fast-forward.

Even on (opponents') makes were getting it and going and going, Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) said. Our guys are in such good shape right now. Weve been running and running in practice. ... Were going to try to outrun teams and score.

That wasnt a problem against Western Michigan (5-8), which lost starting forward Nate Hutcheson to a separated shoulder during the first half.

Dukes aggressive play caused Western Michigan to commit 18 of its 26 fouls in the first half. The Blue Devils scored 21 points at the free throw line and built a 63-35 halftime lead.
Coach put us in a situation to attack our man 1-on-1 and we got some calls, Curry said.

A 19-0 first-half run allowed Duke to build a 28-6 lead a little more than 10 minutes into the game. Ten of the points in that run came at the foul line.

Duke also rained in 3-pointers, both on kick-outs and in transition. The Blue Devils hit 8 of 15 in the first half (53 percent) and finished at 14 of 27 for 51.9 percent.

When our bigs get offensive rebounds they knock them back out, Krzyzewski said. Those are the best threes. The next best three is the transition three because the defense flattens out if they collapse. So we got a number of those threes tonight.

Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins feared a game-changing run like the 19 points in a row Duke scored could overwhelm his team.

Its like going in a heavyweight bout, Hawkins said. You may get in a punch or two in the early rounds. But they wear you down with body shots. When you let your guard down, they dont just score two. They score 10, they score 12, they score 14.

Curry (22 points) and Rivers (20) led the way for Duke, which had five double-figure scorers.

Freshman Quinn Cook played a season-high 23 minutes and produced 16 points and eight assists as he shared point guard duties with Tyler Thornton. Cook played a turnover-free game.

Thornton made four 3-pointers for 12 points while logging three assists with only one turnover.

Our guard play at the point was outstanding, Krzyzewski said.

Playing their first game since Dec. 19, the Blue Devils showed they were raring to go. With a home game against Pennsylvania next up on Sunday, Duke gets a chance to regain rhythm quickly.

This shows how focused we are, Rivers said. We havent played a game in, like, two weeks. Its been a lot of time off. Instead of coming out rusty and getting back into it, we cane out from the get-go. Im proud of everybody.

Courtesy of www.heraldsun.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Chase TAPLEY
  San D.
  (187-G-)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Tapley, San D.17.3 
 2. Eikmeier, Colorado.17.2 
 3. Lyons, Air Force16.3 
 4. Stanback, UNLV15.5 
 5. Franklin, San D.15.4 
 6. Snell, N.Mexico14.1 
 7. Drmic, Boise St.14.0 
 8. Moser, UNLV13.9 
 9. Green, Colorado St.13.4 
 10. Gordon, N.Mexico12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  N.Mexico
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Gordon, N.Mexico11.2 
 2. Moser, UNLV11.1 
 3. Cadot, TCU7.3 
 4. Hornung, Colorado.7.0 
 5. Green, San D.6.8 
 6. Franklin, San D.6.1 
 7. Washington, Wyomi.6.1 
 8. Stephens, San D.5.9 
 9. Broekhuis, Air F.5.2 
 10. McKinney, TCU5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Xavier THAMES
  San D.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Thames, San D.5.4 
 2. Marshall, UNLV5.3 
 3. Bellfield, UNLV5.3 
 4. Williams, N.Mexico4.7 
 5. Thorns, TCU4.5 
 6. Luster, Wyoming3.7 
 7. Fletcher, Air Force3.4 
 8. Stewart, Air Force3.2 
 9. Perryman, Boise S.3.2 
 10. Greenwood, N.Mex.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Pierce HORNUNG
  Colorado.
  (195-F-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hornung, Colorado.2.3 
 2. Hawkins, UNLV2.2 
 3. Tapley, San D.2.1 
 4. Fletcher, Air Force1.8 
 5. Moser, UNLV1.8 
 6. Martinez, Wyoming1.7 
 7. Cadot, TCU1.7 
 8. Thorns, TCU1.6 
 9. Marshall, UNLV1.6 
 10. Williams, N.Mexico1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonard WASHINGTON
  Wyomi.
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Washington, Wyomi.1.2 
 2. Lopez, UNLV1.1 
 3. Nance, Wyoming0.9 
 4. Thomas, UNLV0.9 
 5. Gordon, N.Mexico0.9 
 6. Fields, TCU0.8 
 7. Hornung, Colorado.0.8 
 8. Hardeman, N.Mexico0.8 
 9. Moser, UNLV0.7 
 10. Cadot, TCU0.7 


Franklin leads No. 25 SDSU over Redlands 94-43 - by Eurobasket News
Playing against outmanned Division III Redlands, any of the San Diego State Aztecs could have gotten the hot hand.

Guard Jamaal Franklin (6'5''-G) did, and he responded with 26 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double to lead the No. 25 Aztecs to a 94-43 rout of the Bulldogs on Friday night.

'I had a good night,' Franklin said. 'Chase (Tapley) was feeding me the ball, James (Rahon) was looking for me and they saw that I had the hot hand and we always go to the hot hand. I was hot for a little bit so I'm excited to have a good game.'

Franklin also had five assists, six steals and three blocked shots in only 28 minutes.

Franklin feigned disappointment when he was taken out during a mass substitution with 12 minutes left. He came back in with about 4 minutes to go because Alec Williams had a sore knee.

'I was excited when I got back in,' Franklin said.

The Aztecs (12-2) won their fifth straight game and matched the 1984-85 team for the second-best start in school history. They made their season debut in the AP Top 25 on Monday. SDSU was ranked all of last season, when it went 34-3 and reached the NCAA regional semifinals before losing to eventual national champion Connecticut.

Franklin said it wasn't as easy as it looked.

'We both just played hard. They're a good team,' he said. 'We're probably a little more athletic, a little better, but that's expected for D-I. But Redlands is a good team and I expect them to do a lot of winning in their division.'

It was the kind of game where even the guys who rarely play got in and scored. Jeremy Castleberry hit a 3-pointer and Narbeh Ebrahimian made a layup.

'It's a god game to have fun with,' Tapley said.

Brian Kuklok, who's from suburban Poway, had 11 points to lead Redlands (4-6).

Kuklok said coach Jim Ducey kept encouraging the Bulldogs despite the tough odds they faced.

'Coach kept on telling us at every timeout, every huddle, 'We're not worried about the score, we're just going to play our hardest and work on the stuff that's going to make us better,'' Kuklok said. 'When we get into league play we know we played 20 good minutes against a Division I team that got us better for when we play our Division III competition and try to win another league title.'

SDSU leads 25-13 in a series that dates to 1925, although this was the first meeting between the schools since 1968.

'I thought we played pretty doggone good at the beginning,' Ducey said. 'And we went 1 for 8. That doesn't help you.'

Franklin put on a show in the first half with 20 points, including making 4 of 6 3-point shots, and added five rebounds and five steals. He had a steal and a tomahawk dunk, and then made a 3-pointer the next time down the floor to give the Aztecs a 24-11 lead. The Aztecs extended the run to 16-0 before Kuklok interrupted it with a jumper.

'He plays hard,' coach Steve Fisher said. 'When you play as hard as he does, you're going to be in the mix in a lot of things, from rebounds to shots to points to turnovers to diving over the table to all kinds of stuff. He's a fun guy to watch and I'm glad we've got him on our team.'

SDSU led 58-24 at halftime.

Tapley had 16 points for the Aztecs, Labradford Franklin (6'2''-G) 11, and Rahon, Williams and Garrett Green had 10 apiece.

The Aztecs are currently playing the easiest portion of their schedule. They beat Elon 81-55 last week and have home games in the next two weeks against San Diego Christian and Chicago State.

San Diego State then opens Mountain West Conference play at home on Jan. 14 against preseason favorite UNLV, which currently is ranked No. 19. SDSU and BYU shared the regular-season conference title last year before the Aztecs beat the Cougars in the conference tournament title game.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Top 25 - Men
MW Standings
 1. UNLV (19) 0-0 (14-2) 
 2. San Diego St. (25) 0-0 (12-2) 
 3. Wyoming 0-0 (12-2) 
 4. N.Mexico 0-0 (11-2) 
 5. Boise St. 0-0 (9-4) 
 6. Colorado St. 0-0 (8-4) 
 7. TCU 0-0 (8-4) 
 8. Air Force 0-0 (7-4) 


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Efevberha comes back to Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket Center
Iowa Energy added to their roster 27-year old naturalized Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (199-G-84, college: CS Northridge). Its actually Efevberhas comeback to Iowa E. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 8 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Idaho S. 108-86. Efevberha played most recently at Lugano Tigers (Switzerland). While playing 11 games for Lugano Tigers this season he averaged 16.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg. Efevberha helped them to win the championship title and the cup. It was a very successful year in his career as He received an award of Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year. Efevberha is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, New Zealand, Switzerland and Nigeria. Efevberha graduated Cal State - Northridge in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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RazorSharks and Steamers will play in the PBLs Season Opener - by Gianni Pascucci
The Premier Basketball Leagues 2012 season kicks off on New Years Eve when the Rochester RazorSharks will host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester at 7:05pm EST.
With high caliber athletes and new teams joining the league, this season will be action packed for the fans throughout both the Eastern and Central divisions. After winning the PBL Championship last year, the RazorSharks are excited about defending their title as they begin yet another competitive season against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers.
With both teams drafting experienced and well trained players for the upcoming season, this game will deliver excitement in the form of competitive professional minor league basketball as well as celebrating the arrival of the 2012 New Year. With the leagues exponential growth over the past few months, teams are ready to excite their fans.
'We have been preparing since the PBL Finals earlier this year to improve and learn from scenarios where we could do better. We are finally hear and more excited than ever. With new teams and one of the best draft classes in PBL history, the 2012 PBL season is going to be action packed', commented Brij Desai, President & CEO of the Premier Basketball League.


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My Top Local Basketball Stories of 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
The Future of Philippine Hoops: The 2011 Milo BEST SBP & Passerelle Champs
In their first time ever to play in the National Finals, the Lourdes School of Mandaluyong Trojans subdued the Ateneo de Davao Blue Knights, last years runner-ups, to bag the crown. The Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles, meanwhile, defeated the Holy Child School of Davao Reds for a title repeat in the Passerelle Division. The guys to look out for? LSMs Luis Miguel Velasco and Benedict Cruz formed a formidable scoring pair, while Dariel Manliguez was the top-scorer for Ateneo de Davao. LSMs Gian Mamuyac is also another player making waves in the elementary hoops level. Rendell Senining and Janjan Jaboneta from SHS, Kenneth Aguanta from Holy Child and Xaviers Jarrell Radley Lim and Isaac Go are the guys to watch from this age group. Take note of these names, because in 4 or 5 more years, we could be seeing them leading our favorite UAAP or NCAA teams.

Ray Parks as a Yellow-Jacket? Ray Parks was one of the most hotly-recruited and hyped players coming into the UAAP. He was a star in the Tennessee high school circuit and was reportedly signed-up by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the 2011-2012 US NCAA season. Instead of that, of course, we all know he chose to stay here to become an NU Bulldog and member of the Sinag-Pilipinas National Team. Despite all the awesomeness he showed during his stint in the UAAP and the 2011 SEA Games, Parks will be remembered, at least by the guys on the other side of the Pacific, as a lost boy in one of the strangest recruiting scenarios in US NCAA history.

The Phenom stays a Blue Eagle Despite a plethora of offers from every school in the collegiate spectrum (and even if they wont openly admit it), Kiefer Isaac Ravena made the choice to stay with the Blue & White. No hoopla. No presscon. No TV exclusive. Just him posting his decision on Facebook and Twitter. And why is this so significant? Because Kiefer Ravena is good enough to be the face of Philippine Basketball for years to come. Because hes good enough to change not just the fortunes of a game or a team, but perhaps of a country as well. And, for Ateneans, his decision may have desensitized the sting of a similar scenario more than 10 years ago.

Ateneo nabs 4th straight UAAP crown The Ateneo Blue Eagles were tagged to win it all in Season 74 of the UAAP. After all, they had the most enviable pair of newcomers in the Seniors ranks Greg Slaughter and Kiefer Ravena join the remnants of the 3-peat core Nico Salva, Justin Chua, Bacon Austria, Kirk Long and Emman Monfort among others. Norman Black remaining as coach and winning the Filoil Flying V Summer League further hyped up their chances. And they didnt disappoint. Towards the end of the elimination round, people were even talking sweep, until the Adamson Soaring Falcons derailed that objective. The Eagles, however, disposed of UST in the Final Four and then got two straight over the FEU Tamaraws to bag the schools first 4-peat. And with only 3 guys exiting the roster outright, Ateneos chances for an historic 5-peat are still rock-solid.

PBA on the rise There was a time when the PBA was THE basketball league in town. There was a time when traffic was nonexistent and crime rates dropped because Toyota and Crispa were playing each other. Now that kind of phenomenon is reserved for Manny Pacquiao fights and, to a lesser extent, Ateneo-La Salle games. The PBA has fallen behind the NBA and the UAAP as the most-watched basketball tournament/league in the local shores. But the PBA is coming back strong and 2011 has injected more relevance in the league, which was floundering early on in the 2000s. Because of the influx of great talent, the trust that the new commissioner invites, the return to a 3-conference format, improving media coverage, and, well, the NBA Lockout, the local play-for-pay league saw a steep rise in receipts and revenue. The PBA will probably never enjoy another golden age akin to the Robert Jaworski days, but it will definitely not fade into obscurity anytime soon.

The Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend The next time Filipinos will see Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Javale McGee, Derek Fisher, Tyreke Evans and Derrick Williams all in the Araneta Coliseum to play against Philippine selections will be never. Both the PBA Selection and Smart-Gilas wound up on the losing end, but all the Filipino fans all wound up the winners. And thats the most important thing. Thank you Manny Pangilinan! Anything you touch turns to gold! Well, almost (read on).

National Teams = National Tears 2011 was a big year for our National Basketball Teams. We had the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, the Jones Cup, the SEABA tourney, the SEA Games and the all-important FIBA-Asia meets (qualifiers for bigger tournaments). Needless to say, all we have to show for are a third-place finish in the Jones Cup, a mens gold in the SEABA and SEA Games, and a womens silver in the SEA Games. Smart-Gilas wound up fourth both in the Champions Cup and the FIBA-Asia Mens Competition, Energen Pilipinas finished fourth in the U16 tournament in Vietnam, and our U16 Womens team was humiliated in Jinan, China. Despite having an effective naturalized big man in Marcus Douthit and a load of corporate sponsors, our National Basketball Teams still failed to come up with gold in the Asian-level competitions. Were getting there, but the road will still be tough. And those Koreans really are our contrapelos. Damn.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


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Ponitka's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
18-year old guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for AZS PW and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed PBG Basket (#11, 5-12) with 22-point margin 77-55. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. AZS PW maintains the 12th position in Polish league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 13 games and recorded just four victories. Ponitka has many years of experience at AZS PW, through which he has constantly improved. Mateusz Ponitka averages this season 12.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Stanley Burrell (190-PG-84) of Energa Czarni. He is American guard in his first season at Energa Czarni. In the last game Burrell recorded impressive 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Energa Czarni lost that game 84-89 to slightly higher-ranked Trefl Sopot (#1, 12-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Energa Czarni still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Burrell is a newcomer at Energa Czarni and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84) of Kotwica (#5). Harris scored 13 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kotwica, leading his team to a 85-58 easy win against the lower-ranked LKS Lodz (#13, 3-14). Kotwica needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Harris has a great season in Poland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.4rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Zastal ZG - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) of Slask Wroclaw - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Jakub Dluski (200-F-87) of LKS Lodz - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jermaine Mallett (190-G-88) of Trefl Sopot - 19 points and 2 rebounds
8. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Anwil - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. John Turek (205-F/C-83) of Trefl Sopot - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87) of Siarka Jezioro - 15 points and 2 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


BM Wegiel Stal Ostrow win Ostrow Tournament - by Eurobasket News
BM Wegiel Stal Ostrow celebrated victory in New Year tournament in Ostrow. They overcame Rosa Radom in the Final 82:77. Mariusz Matczak (180-G-86) came up with 18 points to pace the winners. Wegiel Stal Ostrow surged ahead in the first half. They piled up a 39:31 halftime lead. Rosa Radom erased the deficit in the third term. They levelled things up at 55 heading into the final period. However Wegiel Stal Ostrow erupted for 27 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the win at the end. Wojciech Szawarski (195-F-76) netted 14 points, while Lukasz Olejnik (203-F/C-79) and Marcin Dymala (185-G-90) posted 13 points each for the winners. Piotr Kardas (182-G-78) answered with 23 points for Rosa Radom. Artur Donigiewicz (185-G-84) accounted for 19 points in the loss.
SKK Siedlce clinched the third position. They held off AZS Kutno 82:81 in the consolation final. Pawel Kowalczuk (207-C/F-80, agency: Promotex, college: St.Francis, NY) accounted for 14 points for the winners. Radoslaw Basinski (188-PG-78) had 13 points in the victory. Tomasz Deja (200-C/F-83) topscored with 22 points for AZS Kutno.



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  PORTUGAL   


Mix news in the portuguese basketball - by Bruno Baltazar
We have some mix news and transactions this week during christmas and new years break.
Jabyron Wilson (202-F/C-87, college: Elizabeth City) former Barreirense and PF/C will play in the CNB1 for Imortal,last season for Barreirense he averaged 6.5PPG and 6.4RPG in 13 games with them,a very good and solid aquision by Imortal that wants to be a contender in that league.

Jonas Pierre (209-C-80, college: Lincoln, MO) the 30 years old center for Terceira Basket is no longer their player ,both parties decided after this christmas break to not keep being togheter ,the experienced inside players left his mark in the league but specially in the team as he was a inside key player for them.

Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) also is no longer a player for Academica ,the 27 years old center and well experienced player went to christmas break back to his homeland in the United States and decided to not comeback ,he sent a email from his country to the team saying that he wouldnt like to return to the team and the team after taking care of their interests too decided to release him as well ,their managers told us they were surprised by the players decision .Another hard situation for a team that has been having alot of problems having wins and their players...Now they are already looking for a replacement guy for him.


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Berdiel traded to Bayamon: - by Luis Modestti
Caciques de Humacao traded guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso) to Vaqueros de Bayamon for Ray Barbosa and Kennel Sanchez.

Berdiel, who averaged 14 points and 3.6 assists last season, will join Vaqueros from day one of their training camp.

The first Latin-American imports were signed for the upcoming season. Capitanes de Arecibo announced Panamanian Ruben Garces while Indios de Mayagez secured Venezuelan forward Luis Bethelmy.



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  RUSSIA   


Kirilenko will finish the season with CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) will finish the season with CSKA and will join the team in January 3rd. After leaving the team to NBA, the Russian star did not accept any of the teams options and decided to stay in CSKA until the end of the year.
In October Andrei Kirilenko was back to Russia. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with the Russian powerhouse. The deal is meant for three seasons with an option of coming back to the NBA in case of lockout end.
He has been playing for the Utah Jazz since. Last season Andrei Kirilenko posted 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Previously Andrei Kirilenko played for Spartak Saint Petersburg and CSKA Moscow. The player has been the member of Russian National Team since 1999.
In 2011/2012 season he averaged 13.8 points per game in Euroleague. In VTB League his stats read 10.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds, while in PBL he showed 14.9 points per game.



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  SCOTLAND   


Rocks end the year on a high with a 72-64 victory over the Sharks - by Eurobasket News
Glasgow Rocks 72 (19,34,51) (Danny Huffor (193-G, college: Newberry) 19, Green 15, Deaundre Cranston (206-F-88, college: Mississippi) 14)

One Health Sharks Sheffield 64 (16,32,47) (Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) 21, Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: E.Michigan) 15, Tuck 10)

A near double-double by Danny Danny Huffor helped Glasgow Rocks bounce back from successive losses and post an important 72-64 success against play-off rivals One Health Sharks Sheffield.

Danny Huffor scored 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds at Kelvin Hall to inflict a fifth league loss of the season on the Sharks.

The hosts started strongly with eight of the first ten points in the contest which gave them some early confidence and while Sharks tied the game up shortly before a dunk by Justin Dobbins put them 14-12 in front, Rocks finished the period as they started.

A triple by Gareth Murray helped them to a 19-16 first quarter lead and when Danny Huffor scored five points in a row early in the second period, the Rocks found themselves with an eight point advantage.

However, the Sharks then tightened their grip defensively by holding their hosts scoreless for almost six minutes and also posted a 12-0 run to move in front.

Thankfully for home fans, Deaundre Cranston finally broke the drought and with Mychal Green and Danny Huffor sharing eight points during the last 90 seconds of the half, Rocks held a slender 34-32 advantage heading to the locker rooms.

Both teams continued their struggle for supremacy during the third quarter and it was still the Rocks who prevailed at 51-47 heading into the final quarter where they would eventually make a decisive break.

Still in control at 63-56 with four minutes remaining, the hosts scored seven points without reply and that effectively sealed the win - despite being without the services of experienced duo Sterling Davis and EJ Harrison.

At least the Coach Davis will have gleaned satisfaction from seeing his side win again having lost three of their last four games and it was a solid and efficient contribution by Deaundre Cranston which went a long way to securing victory.

Nathan Reinking top scored in the game with 21 points for the losing team while Mike Tuck claimed a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Posted on 31 December, 2011
Courtesy of: www.glasgowrocks.co.uk


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  SERBIA   


BF Belgrade win Rinus de Jong tournament - by Eurobasket News
BF Belgrade - Canarias Basketball Academy U21 81:80 (OT)

BF Belgrade clinched the Rinus de Jong tournament title. They defeated Canarias Basketball Academy U21 in the Final. It was a close game from start to finish. Luka Maksimovic (194-SG-91) made the difference for BF Belgrade. He drained a triple late in regulation to send the game into overtime. Later Luka Maksimovic converted a layup to seal the win for BF Belgrade in overtime. Luka Maksimovic was named the tournaments MVP after the game. Boris Bojanovski became the topscorer of the competition. Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) was trumped the Best Defensive Player of the Rinus de Jong tournament. His teammate Ivars Zvigurs (193-G-95) received the Most Talented Player award.



Hemofarm Stada dominates Heba Junior League of Serbia - by Nenad Ilijev
Hemofarm Stada junior team stays perfect after first part of championship as they won 91-82 at Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Home team recorded second loss in last three games despite senior team player Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-PG-93) was re-called for derby game. Vojvodina Srbijagas used this situation to strenghten itself at second position although played last three games without key player Igor Vujcic (180-G-93). Team from Novi Sad recorded one more important victory on the road as they celebrated 98-91 at Beovuk 72. Partizan mt:s easily defeated low-performers Zdravlje 09 while Mega Vizura achieved 4th victory this season celebrating 85-73 @Knjazevac which recorded fifth defeat in a row. Radnicki Kragujevac defeated weak Sloga Kraljevo 78-63.
Mladost Cacak will try to rise over four consecutive defeats in game vs. Sloboda Uzice scheduled for January 15th. Round 11 is scheduled for January 21/22, 2012. Milos Jankovic (200-C/F-94) of Mladost Cacak is current MVP of Heba Junior League averaging 31.8 index points per game.




Eurobasket.com wishes healthy and successful New Year to all Heba Junior League players, coaches and team officials!

Round 10

Partizan mt:s - Zdravlje 09 119-60
Knjazevac - Mega Vizura 73-85
Radnicki Kragujevac - Sloga Kraljevo 78-63
Crvena Zvezda Beograd - Hemofarm Stada 82-91
Beovuk 72 - Vojvodina Srbijagas 91-98
Mladost Cacak - Sloboda Uzice
January 15th, 2012


Standings

1. Hemofarm Stada 10-0
2. Vojvodina Srbijagas 9-1
3. Crvena Zvezda Beograd 7-3
4. Partizan mt:s 7-3
5. Beovuk 72 6-4
6. Mega Vizura 4-6
7. Radnicki Kragujevac 4-6
8. Sloboda Uzice (-1) 4-5
9. Mladost Cacak (-1) 3-6
10. Knjazevac 2-8
11. Zdravlje 09 2-8
12. Sloga Kraljevo 1-9


Top scorers (points per game)

1. Vujcic (Vojvodina Srbijagas) 20.7
2. Jankovic (Mladost Cacak) 19.8
3. Vasic (Vojvodina Srbijagas) 19.7
4. Vuckovic (Radnicki KG) 19.4
5. Babic (Beovuk 72) 19.3

Top rebounders (rebounds per game)

1. Jankovic (Mladost Cacak) 15.4
2. Popovic (Radnicki KG) 11.0
3. Milutinov (Hemofarm Stada) 10.7
4. Mitrovic (Hemofarm Stada) 9.7
5. Miskovic (Partizan mt:s) 9.4

Top assistants (assists per game)

1. Pejcic (Knjazevac) 8.6
2. Ristic (Sloga) 7.9
3. Miljenovic (Partizan mt:s) 6.1
4. Milosavljevic (Radnicki KG) 5.6
5. Vasic (Vojvodina Srbijagas) 5.2




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South Korean KBL round 34 best performance: DeShawn Sims - by Eurobasket News
American forward DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for KCC Egis, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Mobis Phoebus (#6, 13-18) 86-82. KCC Egis maintains the 4th position in South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KCC Egis will need more victories to improve their 21-11 record. In the team's last game Sims had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be KCC Egis' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Michigan star has very solid stats this year. Sims is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.5ppg) and averages impressive 55.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) of league's leader Dongbu Promy. Benson had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Dongbu Promy lost that game 70-76 to the lower-ranked ET Land (#5, 16-15). Dongbu Promy managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 26-7 record. Benson is well-known at Dongbu Promy and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of Mobis Phoebus (#6). Leather scored 28 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Leather's great performance Mobis Phoebus lost 82-86 to slightly higher-ranked KCC Egis (#4, 21-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mobis Phoebus ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Leather could help Mobis Phoebus to bring them higher in the standings. Leather has a great season in South Korea. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.9ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 14.4rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of LG Sakers - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT - 32 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dong-Geun Yang (181-G-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Sang-Oh Park (196-F-81) of Sonic Boom KT - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dong-Uk Kim (195-F-81) of Daegu Orions - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of ET Land - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tony Akins (180-G-80) of KCC Egis - 27 points and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 26-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 24-8 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 21-11 
 4. KCC Egis 21-12 
 5. ET Land 16-15 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 14-18 
 7. LG Sakers 13-19 
 8. SK Knights 12-20 
 9. Daegu Orions 8-25 
 10. Samsung Th. 6-26 


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Kristaps Valters decided not to prolong contract Unicaja Malaga - by Eurobasket News
Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) decided not to prolong contract Unicaja Malaga in 2012 season. He averaged 11 points per game in Spain and 10.9 points per game in EuroLeague. In his top EuroLeague game Unicaja managed to grab their first Euroleague win this season. The Spanish team beat Zalgiris 85:78 in overtime. Kristaps Valters missed a deep three and the game went to an extra period. Unicaja made plus four quickly and few moments later jumped to 76-69 thanks to triple by Kristaps Valters. The latter scored 20 points and handed out 7 assists, while Tremmell Darden helped his team with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
In Spain the Latvian star moved in 2008-2009. He joined Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain-ACB) and in 32 games averaged 11.1ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-4 (4.8apg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT-3 (48.0%), FT: 86.3%. In July signed a 2-Year contract with DKV Joventut Badalona and in 2009-2010: DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB, starting five) in Spanish League showed 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg, Assists-4 (4.3apg), FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 85.1%. In EuroCup after 12 games his stats read 6.8ppg, 1.5rpg, Assists-2 (4.7apg), FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 87.5%. In 2010-2011 joined Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in 34 games averaged 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-4 (4.5apg), FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 87.0%.



Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.3 
 2. Quezada, Leon18.7 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.4 
 4. Feldeine, Breogan18.3 
 5. Antelo, Caceres17.9 
 6. Guillen, Canarias17.4 
 7. Leonavicius, Hues.15.9 
 8. Phillip, Burgos15.5 
 9. Knutson, Mallorca15.5 
 10. Donaldson, Canari.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo9.6 
 2. Sikma, La Palma8.4 
 3. Diouf, Palencia8.3 
 4. Donaldson, Canarias8.1 
 5. Starosta, Navarra7.9 
 6. Mortellaro, Leon7.8 
 7. Williams, Caceres7.6 
 8. Orfila, Huesca7.4 
 9. Phillip, Burgos7.3 
 10. Krabbenhoft, Breo.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Alvarado, La Palma5.8 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 3. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 4. Lopez, Burgos3.9 
 5. Riera, Melilla3.9 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.9 
 7. Perez, Menorca3.7 
 8. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 9. Bivia, Mallorca3.6 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus Vinicius TOLEDO
  Burgos
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Toledo, Burgos2.6 
 2. Xavier, Palencia2.6 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.2 
 4. Alonso, Mallorca2.0 
 5. Abrines, Clinic.1.8 
 6. Norris, Lleida1.8 
 7. Sanz, Navarra1.6 
 8. Arco, Melilla1.6 
 9. Guerra, Granada1.6 
 10. Lopez, La Palma1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.1.7 
 2. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 3. Green, Mallorca1.5 
 4. Odiakosa, Melilla1.4 
 5. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.3 
 6. Samb, Granada1.2 
 7. Antelo, Caceres1.1 
 8. El Hadji Mal., Cli.1.0 
 9. Coleman, Girona1.0 
 10. Tillman, Burgos0.9 


LEB Gold Round 16: #1 Canarias are defeated by Lobe Huesca - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Canarias (13-3) on the court of fifteenth ranked Lobe Huesca on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Lobe Huesca 92-89. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Canarias. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 25-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Levi Knutson (193-88, college: Colorado, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and the other American import Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Lobe Huesca (7-9) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Canarias at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Lobe Huesca is looking forward to face higher ranked UB La Palma (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Canarias will play against CB Tarragona 2017 and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Pamplona. Seventh ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (9-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Ford Burgos (11-5) 69-67 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ford Burgos. The winners were led by Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) who scored that evening 13 points and 8 rebounds and Jorge Garcia supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) did not help to save the game for Ford Burgos. Ford Burgos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Grupo Iruna Navarra maintains seventh position with 9-7 record. Ford Burgos at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Grupo Iruna Navarra will play against higher ranked Menorca Basquet (#3) in Mahon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ford Burgos will play at home against Leche Rio Breogan in Lugo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lleida Basquet (10-6) against sixth ranked Melilla Baloncesto (10-6) on Friday night. Visiting Lleida Basquet was defeated by Melilla Baloncesto in a tough game in Melilla 80-86. Jose Salvador Arco fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Melilla Baloncesto's coach Gonzalo Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Charles Ramsdell produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Melilla Baloncesto moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lleida Basquet. Lleida Basquet lost fourth consecutive game. Melilla Baloncesto will meet Girona FC (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lleida Basquet will play against Palencia Baloncesto (#12) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Lugo. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 17th ranked CB Granada (5-11) to tenth ranked Leche Rio Breogan (8-8) 64-63 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a very good performance for James Feldeine who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Girona and Caceres. CB Granada at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 11 games lost. Leche Rio Breogan's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ford Burgos on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CB Granada will play against Clinicas Rincon (#18) in Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Palencia. Fourth ranked UB La Palma (10-6) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Palencia Baloncesto (7-9) 67-64 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Worth to mention a great performance of Lucas Sikma who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. UB La Palma's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. They have a solid three-game winning streak. UB La Palma moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Palencia Baloncesto lost fifth consecutive game. Loser Palencia Baloncesto dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. UB La Palma will face Lobe Huesca (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Palencia Baloncesto will play against Lleida Basquet.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Caceres won against Mallorca on the opponent's court 88-83. Knet Clavijo managed to outperform Girona in a home game 77-67. Menorca rolled over CB Tarragona on the road 89-65. Bottom-ranked Clinicas Rincon was defeated by Leon on its own court 76-81.



Mallorca - Caceres 83-88

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Caceres 2016 and 12th ranked Basquet Mallorca had identical 7-8 record. But Basquet Mallorca was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Caceres 88-83 on Friday night. Basquet Mallorca was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Caceres 2016 made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and guard Pedro Robles (192-77) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and Fiji guard Marques Whippy (196-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Basquet Mallorca players scored in double figures. Caceres 2016 (8-8) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Breogan and Girona. Newly promoted Basquet Mallorca dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Caceres 2016 will face CB Clavijo (#16) in Logrono in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basquet Mallorca will play on the road against Baloncesto Leon (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: J.Carles Bivia 19+3reb+5ast, M.Whippy 18+8reb, S.Alonso 13+1reb+3ast, J.Amador 11+13reb, S.Green 9+7reb, M.Angel Garcia 8+1reb+1ast
Caceres: J.Angel Antelo 24+11reb+1ast, P.Robles 17+5reb+1ast, A.Zengotitabengoa 11+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 9+3reb, D.Bouldin 9+1reb+2ast, D.Rodriguez 9+4reb+5ast
gschID: 134705


Knet Clavijo - Girona 77-67

There was a surprise result in Logrono where sixteenth ranked CB Clavijo (6-10) defeated higher ranked Girona FC (8-8) 77-67 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by CB Clavijo. Girona FC was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CB Clavijo had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Girona FC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Alberto Ruiz de Galarreta (198-83) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Nigerian power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI) who added 6 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Lawal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. CB Clavijo's coach Jesus Sala allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Latvian power forward Rolands Freimanis (207-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 25 points and American power forward Thomas Coleman (205-88, college: N.Carolina A&T) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. CB Clavijo moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with CB Tarragona. Loser Girona FC keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. CB Clavijo will face higher ranked Caceres 2016 (#10) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Girona: R.Freimanis 25+3reb+1ast, T.Coleman 13+9reb+1ast, A.Labuckas 8+6reb, J.Vallmajo 7+1reb+2ast, I.Ordin 4+2reb+1ast, S.Pino 4+3reb+1ast
Knet Clavijo: A.Ruiz de Galarreta 24+3reb+1ast, S.Zagorac 12+6reb, B.Arevalo 8+4reb+2ast, D.Mediano 8+1reb+2ast, E.Suarez 7+1reb, D.Mesa 7+5reb
gschID: 134706


Palencia - La Palma 64-67

Important game to mention about took place in Palencia. Fourth ranked UB La Palma (10-6) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Palencia Baloncesto (7-9) 67-64 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Palencia Baloncesto cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to three at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. UB La Palma's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side swingman Carles Bravo (192-79) responded with 19 points and American forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. They have a solid three-game winning streak. UB La Palma moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Palencia Baloncesto lost fifth consecutive game. Loser Palencia Baloncesto dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. UB La Palma will face Lobe Huesca (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Palencia Baloncesto will play against Lleida Basquet.
Top scorers:
Palencia: C.Bravo 19+2reb+2ast, A.Moss 9+7reb, I.O'Leary 9+8reb+2ast, M.Diouf 7+11reb, J.Xavier 6+2reb+2ast, J.Pedro Garcia 4+2reb+1ast
La Palma: L.Sikma 17+10reb+1ast, R.Schaftenaar 12+5reb+1ast, R.Martinez 9+2reb, C.Diaz 9, A.Pena 9+1reb+1ast, A.Lopez 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 134699


Huesca - Canarias 92-89

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Canarias (13-3) on the court of fifteenth ranked Lobe Huesca on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Lobe Huesca 92-89. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Canarias. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 25-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Levi Knutson (193-88, college: Colorado, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and the other American import Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) scored 15 points. Four Lobe Huesca and five Canarias players scored in double figures. Lobe Huesca (7-9) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Canarias at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Lobe Huesca is looking forward to face higher ranked UB La Palma (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Canarias will play against CB Tarragona 2017 and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Canarias: J.Donaldson 19+8reb+1ast, N.Richotti 16+2ast, R.Guillen 15+4reb+2ast, I.Yanez 13+5reb, A.Sabat 10+2ast, F.Lampropoulos 10+9reb
Huesca: L.Knutson 23+4reb+1ast, A.Franklin 18+6reb, G.Leonavicius 16+3reb+3ast, O.Herrero 13+4reb+6ast, J.Orfila 8+9reb+1ast, A.Garcia 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 134700


CB Tarragona - Menorca 65-89

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (6-10) was rolled over at home by fifth ranked Menorca Basquet (10-6) 89-65 on Friday. The game without a history. Menorca Basquet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.7 percent from the field. Menorca Basquet forced 19 CB Tarragona 2017 turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of center Albert Moncasi (209-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Menorca Basquet players scored in double figures. At the losing side Latvian center Andrejs Selakovs (210-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Alejandro Alba (193-77) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Menorca Basquet moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser CB Tarragona 2017 dropped to the fifteenth position with ten games lost. Menorca Basquet will face Grupo Iruna Navarra (#7) in Pamplona in the next round. CB Tarragona 2017 will play on the road against the league's leader Canarias (#1) in Tenerife.
Top scorers:
CB Tarragona: A.Selakovs 12+7reb+1ast, A.Alba 11+2reb+3ast, A.Schreiber 10+3reb, I.Martinez 9+2reb, A.Llorca 8+5reb+3ast, J.Mitchell 8+5reb+1ast
Menorca: A.Moncasi 20+4reb, O.Arteaga 16+4reb, R.Morentin 11+5reb+6ast, D.Perez 10+3reb+7ast, C.Bravo 8+3reb, U.Otegui 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 134701


Navarra - Burgos 69-67

Important game to mention about took place in Pamplona. Seventh ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (9-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Ford Burgos (11-5) 69-67 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ford Burgos. The hosts were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 20-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Grupo Iruna Navarra forced 22 Ford Burgos turnovers. The winners were led by Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) who scored that evening 13 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Jorge Garcia (203-77) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Grupo Iruna Navarra players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) did not help to save the game for Ford Burgos. Guard Jesus Castro (191-83) added 15 points for lost side. Ford Burgos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Grupo Iruna Navarra maintains seventh position with 9-7 record. Ford Burgos at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Grupo Iruna Navarra will play against higher ranked Menorca Basquet (#3) in Mahon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ford Burgos will play at home against Leche Rio Breogan in Lugo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Burgos: J.Castro 15+1reb+1ast, D.Phillip 14+6reb, J.Tillman 11+5reb+1ast, J.Ortega 8+6reb, D.Lopez 6+3reb+4ast, J.Aguilar 6+1reb+2ast
Navarra: J.Garcia 14+6reb, O.Starosta 13+8reb+1ast, M.Uriz 13+4reb+2ast, I.Narros 10+7reb+3ast, I.Sanz 6+2reb, K.Langford 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 134702


Breogan - Granada 64-63

A very interesting game took place in Lugo. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 17th ranked CB Granada (5-11) to tenth ranked Leche Rio Breogan (8-8) 64-63 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. CB Granada was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 21-9 charge of Leche Rio Breogan, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded CB Granada 40-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Jesus Fernandez (204-75) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Eduardo Ruiz (205-83) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for CB Granada. Leche Rio Breogan moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Girona and Caceres. CB Granada at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 11 games lost. Leche Rio Breogan's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ford Burgos on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CB Granada will play against Clinicas Rincon (#18) in Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Granada: J.Fernandez 21+5reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 11+6reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 9+4reb+4ast, M.Samb 9, J.Manuel Coego 5+1reb, R.Guerra 4+4reb
Breogan: J.Feldeine 18+7reb+1ast, B.Sales 15+9reb+1ast, S.Ogirri 10+4reb+4ast, A.Navajas 7+3reb+2ast, M.Gomez 6+9reb+1ast, J.Krabbenhoft 5+6reb
gschID: 134703


Clinicas Rincon - Leon 76-81

Everything went according to plan in Malaga where thirteenth ranked Baloncesto Leon (7-9) beat bottom-ranked Clinicas Rincon (2-14) 81-76 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Clinicas Rincon won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baloncesto Leon made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Clinicas Rincon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Dominican point guard Emmanuel Quezada (188-85, college: USF) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and American-Italian power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-82, college: Drury) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Bosnian center Ognen Kuzmin (215-90) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Alejandro Abrines (198-93) scored 23 points. Clinicas Rincon's coach Manuel Povea tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Baloncesto Leon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Clinicas Rincon stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Baloncesto Leon will face Basquet Mallorca (#13) at home in the next round. Clinicas Rincon will play against CB Granada (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Clinicas Rincon: A.Abrines 23+3reb, O.Kuzmin 22+9reb+1ast, J.Pozas 12+1reb+1ast, M.Nguirane 6+4reb, M.Lorenzo 5+2reb+2ast, A.Diaz 4+2reb+2ast
Leon: E.Quezada 25+2reb+1ast, C.Mortellaro 17+5reb+1ast, J.Alberto Gonzalez 15+5reb+1ast, J.Durley 9+4reb+1ast, F.Rocchia 7+2reb, J.Calvo 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134704


Melilla - Lleida 86-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lleida Basquet (10-6) against sixth ranked Melilla Baloncesto (10-6) on Friday night. Visiting Lleida Basquet was defeated by Melilla Baloncesto in a tough game in Melilla 80-86. Lleida Basquet trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 29-14 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 80-86 at the end of the game. Melilla Baloncesto made 17-of-17 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Melilla Baloncesto outrebounded Lleida Basquet 39-22 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-85) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Melilla Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Melilla Baloncesto's coach Gonzalo Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Madagascar power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American-Croatian guard Marcus Norris (185-74, college: Ball St., agency: SportsTalent) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Melilla Baloncesto moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lleida Basquet. Lleida Basquet lost fourth consecutive game. Melilla Baloncesto will meet Girona FC (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Lleida Basquet will play against Palencia Baloncesto (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lleida: C.Ramsdell 22+5reb+1ast, M.Norris 15+1reb+4ast, J.Detrick 14+3reb+2ast, J.Kale 9+7reb, A.Alzamora 8+3reb+3ast, M.Feliu 6+1reb+2ast
Melilla: J.Salvador Arco 25+8reb+1ast, T.DeVries 17+2reb+4ast, H.Manzano 12+4reb, C.Odiakosa 10+7reb+1ast, R.McKeither 8+6reb+2ast, K.Wachsmann 8+7reb
gschID: 134698




Spanish ACB round 13 best performance: Bracey Wright - by Eurobasket News
American guard Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for CAI Zaragoza, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, five rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Blusens M. (#15, 4-9) 80-71. CAI Zaragoza is placed at 7th position in Spanish ACB. CAI Zaragoza is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-6 record. In the team's last game Wright had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be CAI Zaragoza's top player in his first season with the team. Former Indiana University star has very solid stats this year. Wright is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.3ppg) and averages impressive 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old British Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of league's second-best Unicaja. Freeland had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Unicaja to edge the lower-ranked Cajasol (#6, 7-6) 72-68. This victory allowed Unicaja to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 10-3 record is not bad at all. Freeland is one of the most experienced players at Unicaja and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jason Robinson (196-F-80) of B.de Rueda V. (#18). Robinson scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of B.de Rueda V., leading his team to a 74-65 win against the higher-ranked Valencia (#9, 6-7). B.de Rueda V. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-10 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Robinson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Robinson has a very solid season. In 13 games in Spain he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) of Gescrap BB - 20 points and 3 rebounds
5. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) of Caja Laboral - 24 points and 7 rebounds
6. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid - 12 points and 8 rebounds
7. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) of Lucentum - 8 points and 17 rebounds
8. Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Cajasol - 18 points and 7 rebounds
9. Carlos Cabezas (186-PG-80) of CAI Zaragoza - 15 points and 7 assists
10. Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82) of UCAM Murcia - 16 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


CB Cornella finished third at the U18 International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
CB Cornella finished third at the U18 International Tournament. Manchester farewell to Haris Memorial as Breitengussbach wins it with 8 participating teams under 18.
In the game for the third place CB Cornella edged Luxembourg 79:49. Alejandro Blanco (194-F-87) and Adrian Jimenez top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while Jaume Pla nailed 13. Matt Hilger ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.
The top team of the tournament was Alejandro Blanco Cornella, Max Hilger Luxembourg, Jordan Whelan - Magic U18, Conor Porter - Magic U18 and Johannes Thiemann (203-F/C-94) Breitengussbach.
The Haris Memorial Tournament is an annual holiday event which pays tribute to Haris Charalambous, one of the top players to come out of the Magic youth programme. Haris died suddenly while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team in October 2006. He showed all the qualities we need in a Manchester player, both on and off the floor. Haris' parents, Kypros and Polly, and his sister, Elena, always attend the Tournament to see some games and present the trophies.



Spain U18 wins IV International Tournament Ciudad de Barakaldo - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18-Italy U18 71:54

Spain U18 wins IV International Tournament Ciudad de Barakaldo with 4 participating teams. In the decisive game the Spanish side overcame Italy U18 71:54.
The Spanish outfit started with 23-14 and never looked behind. They added defensive 9-7 in the second frame to lead 32:21 at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the home side. Spain won the third quarter 17-14 and 22-19 to win the game.
Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Abalde notched 10. Marin, Pauli and Adrian Chapela (94) each posted 8 apiece. Andrea Amato (187-G-94) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Vincenzo Pipitone (202-C-94) scored 10. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) produced 9 and Alessandro Procacci (180-G-94) netted 8.

Spain U18: Guillermo Hernangomez 15, Abalde 10, Marin 8, Pauli 8, Adrian Chapela 8
Italy U18: Andrea Amato 15, Vincenzo Pipitone 10, Simone Fontecchio 9, Alessandro Procacci 8



Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Canarias 13-3 
 2. Burgos 11-5 
 3. Menorca 10-6 
 4. La Palma 10-6 
 5. Melilla 10-6 
 6. Lleida 10-6 
 7. Navarra 9-7 
 8. Girona 8-8 
 9. Breogan 8-8 
 10. Caceres 8-8 
 11. Leon 7-9 
 12. Palencia 7-9 
 13. Mallorca 7-9 
 14. Huesca 7-9 
 15. CB Tarragona 6-10 
 16. Knet Clavijo 6-10 
 17. Granada 5-11 
 18. Clinicas Rincon 2-14 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. LF Basket 13-6 
 2. Boras 13-7 
 3. Sodertalje 11-8 
 4. Sundsvall 11-8 
 5. Norrkoping 11-8 
 6. Uppsala 11-9 
 7. 08 10-9 
 8. Solna 9-10 
 9. Jamtland 8-12 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-20 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.9 
 3. Krayem, Boras19.7 
 4. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.2 
 5. Mbemba, LF Basket18.9 
 6. Palm, Boras18.9 
 7. Smith, Sodertalje18.4 
 8. Klaric, Jamtland18.2 
 9. McKnight, Boras17.5 
 10. Gunnarsson, Solna17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Palm, Boras11.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.1 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala10.5 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro10.0 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.7 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland8.8 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje8.6 
 8. Safford, LF Basket8.1 
 9. Ayuba, Norrkoping8.0 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.5 
 2. Krayem, Boras6.5 
 3. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.1 
 4. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.5 
 5. Carter, Uppsala5.5 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje5.1 
 7. Zabas, Jamtland4.0 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.0 
 9. Beck, Solna3.8 
 10. McKnight, Jamtla.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Uppsala
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Carter, Uppsala2.7 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.7 
 3. Mbemba, LF Basket2.5 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.4 
 5. Krayem, Boras2.1 
 6. Johnson, Sundsvall1.9 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.9 
 8. Ramsey, LF Basket1.9 
 9. Ermolinskij, Sunds.1.9 
 10. McDowell, Solna1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket2.1 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala1.9 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje1.8 
 4. Lalugba, Jamtland1.6 
 5. Gregory, Sundsvall1.3 
 6. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.2 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro1.1 
 8. Doychinov, Solna1.1 
 9. Palm, Boras0.8 
 10. Seay, Norrkoping0.8 


Boras Basket sign Milos Paravinja - by Eurobasket Center
Boras Basket signed 32-year old Croatian-Slovenian power forward Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-105kg-79). In his first game he scored 4 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Norrkoping 93-76. Paravinja played most recently at Parklji Bezigrad (Slovenia). While playing 8 games for Parklji last season his stats were: 12.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Paravinja is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Poland and Slovenia.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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MRBA to Celebrate Robert Cup's 10th Anniversary - by Eurobasket News
Mwanza Regional Basketball Association (MRBA) is expected to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Robert Cup tournament in the region this weekend.

The association's Acting Chairman, Kizito Bahati, said the event, which will include a series of matches, has been scheduled to take place at the Butimba Teachers College (BTC) venue for two consecutive days, in which it is set to start today and come to a close on Friday.

Robert Cup, which is among the major club events in Mwanza, was officially inaugurated in 2001 in honour of the late Robert Chacha Kabaka, who was one of the founders of the Butimba Spiders basketball club and an avid basketball stakeholder in the region.

Bahati said MRBA will also use the same occasion to award several sports stakeholders including companies and other individual sponsors, who have financially supported Mwanza to either host competitions or participate in different events in and outside the region for the past 10 years of the sport's development there.


'The association will honour all people that financially supported the body, which known as MWAREBA by then, from the time it operated under the former system governed by the national association, Basketball Tanzania (BATA), to the present time when the national body has been transformed to Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF),' he said.

'MRBA, thus, requests basketball stakeholders to attend the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Robert Cup, as well as celebrating the development of the sport in the region throughout the 10 years,' added Bahati.

He said the event's guest of honour is expected to be the Minister for Labour and Youth Development, Gaudensia Kabaka, while Mwanza Oil (MOIL) Company and Nyanza Bottling Company Limited (NBCL) have sponsored the event.

Butimba Spiders Club has since then emerged as one of the feared outfits in regional competitions, in which the club has been able to hold its own against other giants like Bugando Planet and Bugando Heat.

The club contributed five players in the region's men squad, popularly known as Rocky City Boys, which participated in this year's Taifa Cup tournament held at the Leaders Club and Don Bosco venues in Dar es Salaam early this month.


The players are Evodius Henga, Vincent Shinda, Enock Charles, Samwel Mujanja and Ally Issa. Shinda, in particular, has been one of the most reliable players at his club and in the regional squad thanks to his spirited displays on the court.

He, together with another veteran, Henga, has been representing Mwanza in various major competitions at the domestic level and in the East African Region.

The duo, though, were unfortunate to have wrapped their campaign with the Rocky City Boys' squad in the Taifa Cup disappointingly after the team was controversially disqualified from the tournament despite having qualified for the final.

Unguja, who lost to the Rocky City Boys in the semi-final duel, protested against the latter's decision to field two players, Spiders' Charles and Ahmed Said of Dolphins Pasiansi Club, in the event claiming the two were not in the list of the team's players, which was submitted to the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) before the event.
Courtesy of: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)


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TBL Round 12: #1 Anadolu Efes are defeated by Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Anadolu Efes (10-2) in Istanbul on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Besiktas (9-3) 83-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Anadolu Efes. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-76. Besiktas had a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds and American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) who added 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Kerem Tunceri (190-79) with 17 points and 5 assists. Besiktas moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Anadolu Efes at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Besiktas is looking forward to face Tofas (#8) in Bursa in the next round where they are favorite. Anadolu Efes will play at home against Turk Telekom (#9) in Ankara and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Fourth ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (9-3) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging second-best Galatasaray (9-3) 80-79 in the fight for the second place. The winners were led by the former international center Oguz Savas (212-87) who scored that evening 14 points and 9 rebounds and James Gist supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84, college: Virginia Tech) did not help to save the game for Galatasaray. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Galatasaray. Fenerbahce Ulker will play against Hacettepe Univ. (#11) in Ankara in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galatasaray will play at home against Mersin (#13) in Akdeniz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Bandirma Kir. (0-12) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 12th consecutive match to ninth ranked Tofas (7-5) 69-65 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Jurica Zuza who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Tofas' coach Nihat Izic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Ibrahim Yildirim who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds. Tofas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Bandirma Kir. still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Tofas will meet at home higher ranked Besiktas (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bandirma Kir. will play against Trabzonspor (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Karsiyaka was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Aliaga (6-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Karsiyaka (7-5). Karsiyaka managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81. It was a good game for Mire Chatman who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Karsiyaka have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Aliaga at the other side dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Karsiyaka's next round opponent will be Antalya (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Aliaga will play against Olin Edirne (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Ankara. Tenth ranked Turk Telekom (7-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Hacettepe Univ. (5-7) 75-73 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hacettepe Univ.. Worth to mention a great performance of Aleksandar Capin who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Turk Telekom moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Hacettepe Univ. keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Turk Telekom will face league's leader Anadolu Efes in Istanbul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hacettepe Univ. will play at home against Fenerbahce Ulker (#5) in Istanbul.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: Banvit BK won against Mersin on the opponent's court 83-70. Erdemir managed to outperform Olin Edirne in a home game 67-64. Trabzonspor was rolled over Antalya on the road 98-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Corey Fisher of Antalya.



Fener.Ulker - Galatasaray 80-79

Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Fourth ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (9-3) saved a 1-point derby victory at home edging second-best Galatasaray (9-3) 80-79 in the fight for the second place. Galatasaray was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Fenerbahce Ulker, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by the former international center Oguz Savas (212-87) who scored that evening 14 points and 9 rebounds and American forward James Gist (205-86) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84, college: Virginia Tech) did not help to save the game for Galatasaray. Croatian center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Galatasaray. Fenerbahce Ulker will play against Hacettepe Univ. (#11) in Ankara in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galatasaray will play at home against Mersin (#13) in Akdeniz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: E.Atsur 16+1reb+1ast, O.Savas 14+9reb+2ast, J.Gist 14+8reb, M.Tomas 10+1ast, C.Jerrells 10+4reb+1ast, O.Onan 8+1reb+2ast
Galatasaray: J.Lakovic 12+4ast, L.Andric 12+5reb+1ast, F.Aldemir 10+5reb+1ast, P.Shumpert 10+3reb, J.Shipp 9+2reb, D.Songaila 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 134372


Mersin - Banvit BK 70-83

Very expected game in Akdeniz where 13th ranked Mersin (4-8) was defeated by fourth ranked Banvit BK (9-3) 83-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-70. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and American center Lance Williams (206-80, college: De Paul) who added 13 points during the contest. Four Banvit BK players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Central African forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and American swingman Vincent Grier (195-83, college: Minnesota, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Banvit BK have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Mersin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Banvit BK will face Erdemir (#6) at home in the next round. Mersin will play against Galatasaray (#3) in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: K.Bajramovic 21+4reb+1ast, L.Williams 13+2reb+3ast, C.Davis 11+5reb+1ast, B.Ermis 10+1reb+5ast, C.Nalga 9+6reb+1ast, E.Veyseloglu 6+1reb
Mersin: J.Mays 22+16reb+2ast, V.Grier 16+7reb+2ast, M.Demir 10, E.Bibo 9+2reb+2ast, A.Pars 8+2reb+2ast, A.Grundy 3+4reb+4ast
gschID: 134373


Bandirma Kir. - Tofas 65-69

Bottom-ranked Bandirma Kir. (0-12) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 12th consecutive match to ninth ranked Tofas (7-5) 69-65 on Friday evening. Bandirma Kir. was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Tofas forced 22 Bandirma Kir. turnovers. The best player for the winners was Croatian center Jurica Zuza (207-78, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Ronald Steele (187-86, college: Alabama) chipped in 12 points. Tofas' coach Nihat Izic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Ibrahim Yildirim (190-90) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Safak Edge (188-92) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Bandirma Kir. players scored in double figures. Tofas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Bandirma Kir. still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Tofas will meet at home higher ranked Besiktas (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bandirma Kir. will play against Trabzonspor (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tofas: R.Steele 12+2reb+2ast, J.Zuza 12+8reb+2ast, B.Buckman 9+4reb+1ast, A.Nichols 6+4reb+1ast, C.Altintig 6+2reb+2ast, C.Ozcan 6
Bandirma Kir.: I.Yildirim 17+6reb+3ast, S.Edge 15+2reb+4ast, G.McGhee 11+6reb+1ast, T.Onen 10+2reb, P.Miller 7+3reb, A.Cantitiz 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 134374


Erdemir - Olin Edirne 67-64

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Erdemir (7-5) edged at home 12th ranked Olin Edirne (4-8) 67-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 17-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Erdemir dominated on the defensive end, holding Olin Edirne to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Gerrod Henderson (192-78, college: Louisiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and the other American import power forward KZell Wesson (201-77, college: La Salle) who added 18 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) during the contest. Erdemir's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (209-87, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Mustafa Abi (197-79) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Erdemir moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Olin Edirne keeps the twelfth position with eight games lost. Erdemir will face league's second-placed Banvit BK in Balikesir in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olin Edirne will play on the road against Aliaga (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Erdemir: G.Henderson 19+4reb+2ast, K.Wesson 18+4reb, A.Robinson 10+8reb+3ast, M.Akpinar 6+1reb+3ast, C.Ercan 6, Y.Cankaya 5+2reb
Olin Edirne: V.Stimac 20+12reb+2ast, M.Abi 16+5reb+2ast, F.Videnov 13+4reb+3ast, R.Oz 6+3reb+1ast, C.Wright 4+3reb+3ast, P.Kocaoglu 3+1reb
gschID: 134375


Besiktas - Anadolu Efes 83-76

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Anadolu Efes (10-2) in Istanbul on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Besiktas (9-3) 83-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Anadolu Efes. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-76. Besiktas had a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds and American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) who added 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Kerem Tunceri (190-79) with 17 points and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Besiktas and five Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Besiktas moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Anadolu Efes at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Besiktas is looking forward to face Tofas (#8) in Bursa in the next round where they are favorite. Anadolu Efes will play at home against Turk Telekom (#9) in Ankara and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: Z.Erceg 28+9reb+2ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 15+4reb, F.Can Akin 13+3reb+4ast, D.Hawkins 12+3reb+6ast, C.Arroyo 9+5reb+3ast, E.Dagli 6+6reb+2ast
Anadolu Efes: K.Tunceri 17+3reb+5ast, S.Barac 14+4reb+1ast, D.Savanovic 14+5reb, S.Vujacic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Guler 10+5reb+4ast, C.Akyol 5+1reb
gschID: 134376


Turk Telekom - Hacettepe Univ. 75-73

Important game to mention about took place in Ankara. Tenth ranked Turk Telekom (7-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Hacettepe Univ. (5-7) 75-73 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hacettepe Univ.. Hacettepe Univ. was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Hacettepe Univ. 45-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian-Slovenian point guard Aleksandar Capin (186-82, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington, agency: Interperformances) with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Ricardo Marsh (207-81, college: ODU) scored 14 points. Turk Telekom moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Hacettepe Univ. keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Turk Telekom will face league's leader Anadolu Efes in Istanbul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hacettepe Univ. will play at home against Fenerbahce Ulker (#5) in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: A.Karadeniz 19+6reb+1ast, K.Kambala 17+4reb, A.Capin 14+6reb+9ast, C.Altay 10+10reb+2ast, N.Yucel 8+11reb+1ast, M.Guler 4+5reb
Hacettepe Univ.: M.Bryan-Amaning 17+8reb, R.Marsh 14+4reb, S.Collins 12+2reb+1ast, M.Sanders 9+6reb+2ast, R.Murat Kaya 9+1reb+5ast, D.Yannier 7+5reb+5ast
gschID: 155138


Karsiyaka - Aliaga 88-81

The game in Karsiyaka was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Aliaga (6-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Karsiyaka (7-5). Karsiyaka managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81. It looked good early as Aliaga took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Karsiyaka had a 25-18 second period charge getting the lead and Aliaga was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-88. 28 personal fouls committed by Aliaga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ryan Toolson (193-85, college: Utah Valley) replied with 20 points and Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points in the effort for Aliaga. Four Aliaga players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Karsiyaka have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Aliaga at the other side dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Karsiyaka's next round opponent will be Antalya (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Aliaga will play against Olin Edirne (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: J.Stanojevic 26+10reb+1ast, M.Chatman 22+10reb+6ast, A.Saruhan 9+1reb+2ast, G.Ikonic 8+2ast, I.Karaman 7+7reb+1ast, E.Bayav 7+7reb+1ast
Aliaga: R.Toolson 20+4reb+3ast, B.Ratkovica 17+2reb+3ast, E.Goerkem 10+4reb, O.Haciyeva 10+9reb, B.Qvale 9+8reb+2ast, K.Pinkney 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 134370


Antalya - Trabzonspor 98-77

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Antalya and 15th ranked Trabzonspor had identical 1-10 record. This time Antalya used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Trabzon 98-77 on Saturday night. Antalya made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Trabzonspor was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Corey Fisher (185-88, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Kedrick Brown (201-81, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) who added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Antalya players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Russell Robinson (185-86) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Trabzonspor's coach Halil Uner gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Antalya maintains fourteenth position with 2-10 record. Trabzonspor lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 11 games lost. Antalya will face higher ranked Karsiyaka (#7) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Trabzonspor will play against Bandirma Kir. (#16) in Balikesir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antalya: C.Fisher 30+7reb+5ast, S.Jelovac 19+4reb+1ast, K.Brown 12+8reb+4ast, M.Mahmutoglu 12+3reb+1ast, R.Basak 11+5reb+3ast, G.Gen 7+3ast
Trabzonspor: E.Brown 19+9reb+2ast, R.Robinson 16+2reb+4ast, J.Gibson 13+4reb+1ast, K.Ozkan 9+5reb+1ast, L.Bilgin 7+2reb, F.Kaan Uner 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 134371




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas19.7 
 2. Gibson, Trabzonspor18.8 
 3. Washington, Turk T.18.4 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.4 
 5. Kemp, Besiktas18.4 
 6. Grundy, Mersin18.1 
 7. Karadeniz, Turk T.17.1 
 8. Marsh, Hacettep.16.9 
 9. Fisher, Antalya16.9 
 10. Toolson, Aliaga16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elton BROWN
  Trabzonspor
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Brown, Trabzonspor11.8 
 2. Stimac, Olin Edirne10.4 
 3. Sanders, Hacett.8.9 
 4. Okur, Turk Telekom8.2 
 5. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.6 
 6. Wesson, Erdemir7.6 
 7. McGhee, Bandirma.7.3 
 8. Sonkol, Aliaga7.2 
 9. Buckman, Tofas6.9 
 10. Ilyasova, Anadolu6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit BK
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Ermis, Banvit BK6.8 
 2. Williams, Besiktas6.4 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.3 
 4. Ratkovica, Aliaga6.0 
 5. Washington, Turk T.5.7 
 6. Tunceri, Anadolu5.1 
 7. Senturk, Erdemir4.8 
 8. Wright, Olin Edirne4.7 
 9. Steele, Tofas4.5 
 10. Gordon, Galatasar.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Mersin
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Grier, Mersin2.2 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK1.9 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka1.9 
 4. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.9 
 5. Vujacic, Anadolu1.8 
 6. Kinsey, Anadolu1.8 
 7. Sanders, Hacett.1.5 
 8. Marsh, Hacettep.1.5 
 9. Grundy, Mersin1.4 
 10. Cantitiz, Bandirm.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.4 
 2. Qvale, Aliaga1.3 
 3. Erden, Besiktas1.2 
 4. Yucel, Turk T.0.9 
 5. Barac, Anadolu Ef.0.9 
 6. Davis, Banvit BK0.9 
 7. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 8. Koc, Tofas0.8 
 9. Stimac, Olin Edirne0.8 
 10. Turkyilmaz, Banvi.0.8 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Anadolu Efes 10-2 
 2. Banvit BK 9-3 
 3. Galatasaray 9-3 
 4. Besiktas 9-3 
 5. Fener.Ulker 9-3 
 6. Erdemir 7-5 
 7. Karsiyaka 7-5 
 8. Tofas 7-5 
 9. Turk Telekom 7-5 
 10. Aliaga 6-6 
 11. Hacettepe Univ. 5-7 
 12. Olin Edirne 4-8 
 13. Mersin 4-8 
 14. Antalya 2-10 
 15. Trabzonspor 1-11 
 16. Bandirma Kir. 0-12 


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UBA 2012 Roster Up Dates and Trades - by Griselle Martis
David Walls Reports:
January 1, 2012

The New Years are very important time in the UBA. Not only the celebration of a new year but the trade and players signing rules. There are several teams league wide that are making moves to better their championship chances for May. Below you will find the Team by Team break down.

Free-Agent Signing:

Southern Generals add:
Ben Jackson : Named Generals Head Coach December 31, 2011
Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84, college: So.Poly State): Returned from Iceland (sign and trade)

GIE Morrow Disciples add:
Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, college: Morgan St.)
Davis Lorenzo (6'10''-C-82, college: Mountain St.): Returning from Taiwan

Georgia Lions add:
Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian): Returning from China (sign and trade)

Tennessee Dragons add:
Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, college: Beth.-Cookman): retuning from Dominican Rep.
Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F-86, college: Arkansas St.): Returning from Uruguay

Dallas Stars add:
Jay Bowdy (6'5''-F-83, college: W.Georgia)
Jamil Terrell (6'7''-F/C-80, agency: TSS Management, college: W.Texas A&M): Returning from Turkey
Tedric Hill (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Gulf Coast CC)

Trades:

GIE Morrow Disciples trade:
Terrence Green (6'10''-C, college: Augustana, IL), Daniel Bolick (5'10''-PG-89, college: N.Carolina) to the Atlanta Assault

Atlanta Assault send:
Future 1st Round Pick (2012) and Cash

Overseas Contracts in 2011:

Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Ill.-Chicago) (Venezuela)
Kevin Sims (5'10''-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tulane) (Romania)
Davis Lorenzo (Taiwan)
Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) (Iceland)
Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia) (Iceland)
Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F/C-84, college: CS Dominguez H.) (Iceland)
Dominique Holmes (Iceland)
Edward Horton (6'4''-G-85, college: Murray St.) (Iceland)
Calvin O'Neil (6'4''-G-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) (Iceland)
Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (Japan)
Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F-86, college: Arkansas St.) (Uruguay)
Ephrem Davis (6'9''-F-86) (Uruguay)
George Akpele (6'10''-F-88, college: Grambling St.) (Qatar)
Sylvester Morgan (6'10''-C-83, college: Georgia St.) (Lithuania)
Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina) (Canada)
Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Auburn) (Canada)
Carlos White (6'8''-F-80, college: Rhema Bible) (Argentina)
Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, college: Beth.-Cookman) (Dominican Rep)
Damel Wilson (6'9''-F/C-87, college: Southwestern, TX) (Italy)
Brian Moultrie (6'6''-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (Finland)
Daniel Horace (6'7''-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) (Luxemburg)




Will De La Cruz join Georgia Lions via Sign And-Trade With Generals - by Griselle Martis
David Walls Reports:
January 1, 2012

Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian) is the newest member of the Georgia Lions. By the time the sign-and-trade deal reported earlier Saturday involving the Southern Generals became official, it was expanded to include the rights of Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84, college: So.Poly State) who is also returning from overseas.

Dominique Holmes would join the Southern Generals and reunite with former Atlanta Assault coach Ben Jackson . Holmes is returning from Iceland where he played for U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes. In 10 games Holmes average a team best 19.0ppg and 9.3rpg. He ranked 5th in scoring and 4th in rebounds in the 1st Division.

De La Cruz is returning from China where he was named D2 Most Valuable Player. He also played on the UBA championship team last season where he was named Usbasket.com All-UBA Import Player of the Year. De La Cruz averaged an impressive 15.6ppg and 9.0apg for the Generals. Shortly after he joined CPN Pueblo Nuevo in the Dominican Republic.

This is a big move for our team, said Lions Head Coach Campbell. After losing Sims this puts us right back in the hunt.

De La Cruz will join the Lions January 14 where the two players will meet.



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Mitchell's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Khimik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He got a double-double of 29 points and 10 assists, while his team was edged out by Budivelnyk (#1, 15-5) 97-95. Khimik maintains the 5th position in Ukrainian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Khimik will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-8 record. Mitchell turned to be Khimik's top player in his first season with the team. Louisiana State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mitchell is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.6ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.1apg) and averages solid 46.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Zach Morley (203-F-83) of top-ranked Budivelnyk. He is American forward in his 2nd season at Budivelnyk. In the last game Morley recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Budivelnyk to edge the lower-ranked Khimik (#5, 13-8) by 2 points 97-95. Of course Budivelnyk still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 15-5 record. Morley is well-known at Budivelnyk and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Randy Culpepper (182-G-89) of Ferro-ZNTU (#6). Culpepper got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He was a key player of Ferro-ZNTU, leading his team to a 88-86 win against the higher-ranked Azovmash (#3, 13-6). Ferro-ZNTU needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Culpepper has a great season in Ukraine. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) of Budivelnyk - 25 points and 6 rebounds
5. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83) of Azovmash - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Shawn King (208-C-82) of BC Odessa - 19 points and 17 rebounds
7. Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86) of Khimik - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Derrick Zimmerman (191-G-81) of BC Kyiv - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) of Azovmash - 23 points and 5 rebounds
10. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) of Azovmash - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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BBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Bolds, MK Lions25.5 
 2. Gordon, Worceste.20.3 
 3. Green, Glasgow20.2 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.20.1 
 5. Chapman, Newcastl.18.9 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.18.8 
 7. Rundles, Leiceste.18.8 
 8. Cole, Cheshire Jets18.7 
 9. Bell, Plymouth R.18.6 
 10. Dobbins, Sheffiel.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Northern, MK Lions13.0 
 2. Dobbins, Sheffield11.5 
 3. Schneck, Cheshire.11.4 
 4. Tuck, Sheffield S.10.1 
 5. Gordon, Worceste.9.9 
 6. Williams, Plymouth9.3 
 7. Bucci, Durham W.8.9 
 8. Defoe, Newcastl.8.7 
 9. Thomson, Newcastl.8.6 
 10. Cole, Cheshire Je.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Adam BROWN
  Cheshire.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Brown, Cheshire.5.0 
 2. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.9 
 3. Green, Glasgow4.9 
 4. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.5 
 5. Bucci, Durham W.4.3 
 6. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.1 
 7. Rundles, Leiceste.4.0 
 8. Bolds, MK Lions3.9 
 9. Chapman, Newcastl.3.5 
 10. Elderkin, Durham3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.5 
 2. Brown, Cheshire.2.8 
 3. Gause, Newcastl.2.5 
 4. Hardy, Leicester R.2.0 
 5. Smith, Newcastl.2.0 
 6. Elderkin, Durham W.1.9 
 7. Bell, Plymouth R.1.9 
 8. Capocci, Durham W.1.8 
 9. Huffor, Glasgow1.7 
 10. Bucci, Durham W.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets1.8 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.8 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.4 
 4. Williams, Plymouth1.3 
 5. Royster, Leiceste.1.1 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.1.0 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.0.8 
 8. Sullivan, Leiceste.0.7 
 9. Cranston, Glasgow0.6 
 10. Martin, Guildfor.0.5 


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 9-1 
 2. Worcester W. 9-3 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 7-5 
 4. Leicester R. 6-1 
 5. Plymouth R. 5-2 
 6. Sheffield S. 5-5 
 7. MK Lions 4-6 
 8. Cheshire Jets 3-5 
 9. Mersey Tigers 2-7 
 10. Guildford Heat 1-7 
 11. Durham W. 1-9 


Manchester farewell to Haris Memorial - by Eurobasket News
Manchester farewell to Haris Memorial as Breitengussbach wins it with 8 participating teams under 18. England was represented by Magic U18, England U16 and Manchester Magic U16.
In Day 1 Breitengussbach won over Magic U18 71:49 as Johannes Thiemann (203-F/C-94) stepped up with 11 points and Lucas Wagner (200-F-94) netted 9. In the game for the top place Breitengussbach overcame Magic U18 64:56 as Phillip Daubner erupted with 24 points for the winners.
The top team of the tournament was Alejandro Blanco (194-F-87) Cornella, Max Hilger Luxembourg, Jordan Whelan - Magic U18, Conor Porter - Magic U18 and Johannes Thiemann Breitengussbach.
The Haris Memorial Tournament is an annual holiday event which pays tribute to Haris Charalambous (208-C-84), one of the top players to come out of the Magic youth programme. Haris died suddenly while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team in October 2006. He showed all the qualities we need in a Manchester player, both on and off the floor. Haris' parents, Kypros and Polly, and his sister, Elena, always attend the Tournament to see some games and present the trophies.



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Trouville defeated Hebraica, the LUB leader - by Hector Lopez
Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) netted 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds leading Trouville to beat 70-66 Hebraica Macabi, the LUB leader suffering its third defeat in a row. Trouville is in the 7th position with a 13-11 record, while Hebraica is still the leader with 19-5, one point ahead from Malvn. Also for Trouville Martin Aguilera (197-F-87) netted 18 points, while Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) netted 10 with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. For Hebraica Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted 19 with 6 rebounds. The other import player for Hebraica, Kodi Augustus (203-F-87, college: Mississippi St.) already left the team.
Other results:
Bohemios 77 - Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, college: E.Kentucky) 24 points 11 rebounds 2 blocks, Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) 16 points 10 rebounds 5 blocks
Union Atletica 72 - O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion) 17 points 3 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 14 points 8 rebounds 6 blocks
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Cordon 78 - Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Georgetown, KY) 21 points 10 rebounds, Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) 8 points 3 rebounds 6 assists
Olimpia 75 - Michael Gale (193-G-82, college: Centenary) 30 points 3 rebounds Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, college: Georgia) 9 points 6 rebounds
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Welcome 81 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 17 points 6 rebounds, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 13 points 4 rebounds
Cader 74 - Willard Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) 28 points 9 rebounds, Terry Evans (196-F-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 14 points 7 rebounds
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Larre Borges 79 - Justin Keenan (201-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 27 points 17 rebounds, 2 assists
Defensor Sporting 75 Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) 20 points 10 rebounds 4 assists, Rashad Chase (201-F/C-87, agency: Promotex, college: Georgia St.) 10 points 10 rebounds



Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Hebraica 18-2 
 2. Malvin 16-6 
 3. Defensor 15-6 
 4. Aguada 14-9 
 5. Welcome 13-8 
 6. Bigua 12-10 
 7. Trouville 11-11 
 8. Larre Borges 11-11 
 9. Un.Atletica 10-11 
 10. Cordon 9-12 
 11. Olimpia 8-13 
 12. Bohemios 8-13 
 13. Guruyu Waston 8-14 
 14. Montevideo 8-15 
 15. Sayago 7-16 
 16. Cader 5-16 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 4-0 
 2. Remeros 3-1 
 3. Wanderers 2-2 
 4. Universitario S. 1-3 
 5. Juventus Salto 0-4 
South
 1. Lagomar 5-0 
 2. Plaza 3-2 
 3. Lavalleja 2-2 
 4. Maldonado 2-3 
 5. Flores Trinidad 0-5 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Willard CREWS
  Cader
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Crews, Cader24.6 
 2. Brown, Trouville23.8 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua23.7 
 4. Herring, Bohemios22.7 
 5. Keenan, Larre B.22.3 
 6. Roland, Sayago22.1 
 7. Eddie, Cordon21.7 
 8. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
 9. Evans, Cader20.9 
 10. Garcia Moral., Bi.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Polk, Montevideo14.4 
 2. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.12.9 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua11.9 
 4. Davis, Aguada11.7 
 5. Shellman, Sayago10.9 
 6. Crews, Cader10.6 
 7. Jackson, Defensor10.4 
 8. Passos, Hebraica10.2 
 9. Keenan, Larre B.10.1 
 10. Douglas, Bohemios9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.8 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin5.6 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada5.3 
 4. Taboada, Larre B.5.2 
 5. Braggs, Guruyu W.5.0 
 6. de Gouveia, Monte.4.8 
 7. Silvarrey, Sayago4.7 
 8. Cambon, Bigua4.7 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.6 
 10. Muro, Aguada4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tornaria, Trouville2.7 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.6 
 3. Shellman, Sayago2.4 
 4. Clarkson, Larre B.2.4 
 5. Garcia Moral., Big.2.3 
 6. Vazquez, Olimpia2.3 
 7. Aguilera, Trouville2.3 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago2.1 
 9. Evans, Cader2.1 
 10. Jeffries, Malvin2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Bigua
  (203-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Humphrey, Bigua2.0 
 2. Polk, Montevideo1.9 
 3. Crews, Cader1.8 
 4. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 5. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 6. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.1.6 
 7. Newsome, Malvin1.5 
 8. Suarez, Cordon1.5 
 9. Augustus, Hebraica1.5 
 10. Douglas, Bohemios1.4 




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Women News

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  ANGOLA - Women  


Good Year for Female Basketball Team - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The African title won by the national basketball female team, in Bamako, Mali, which guaranteed the presence of Angola, for the first time, in the Olympic Games, marked the events in this sport in 2011.

Another highlight for this year that nears its end is the loss of some hegemony of the national senior males basketball team, who lost to Tunisia in the final of the 2011 African championship and missed the pass to the Olympic Games, after 20 years of regular presence in that competition.

Against all odds, the national female basketball team managed the win the continental cup for the first time, thus securing the presence in the London Olympic Games scheduled for 2012.

Meanwhile, the Angolan senior males basketball team still have the hope to participate in the London Olympic Games, since they will dispute the pre-Olympic tournament that qualifies other teams for the Olympic competition.

This Pre-Olympic Tournament, to happen in July next year, in Venezuela, will be disputed Angola, Dominican Republic, Macedonia, Greece, Jordan, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Russia and the host country.

In the end of the dispute, the two top teams of each group go to the semi-finals, after which the two finalists are automatically qualified for the London Olympics, whereas the other two dispute the third pass.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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WCBA Round 17: #1 Shenyang Golden Lions are defeated by Shanghai Octopus - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Shenyang Golden Lions (13-4) in Dandong on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Shanghai Octopus (11-6) 69-67. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Shenyang Golden Lions outrebounded Shanghai Octopus 44-30 including a 25-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and point guard Xiufeng Shi (178-87) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. International center Dan Liu (194-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Shanghai Octopus maintains fourth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Liaoning. Shenyang Golden Lions at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Shanghai Octopus is looking forward to face Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan in the next round. Shenyang Golden Lions will play at home against Jiangsu Phoenix (#3) in Yixing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 Jiangsu won against Yunnan on the opponent's court 67-53. Bayi managed to outperform Zhejiang in a home game 73-67. Guangdong rolled over Henan on the road 100-80. Heilongjiang defeated Shandong on its own court 87-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by Chante Black of Shandong.


Yunnan - Jiangsu 53-67

Very expected game when 9th ranked Qujing Yunnan (7-10) was defeated at home by third ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (12-5) 67-53 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Jiangsu Phoenix. Qujing Yunnan was better in fourth quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Qujing Yunnan to just 1 points in first quarter and to 11 points in first half. They outrebounded Qujing Yunnan 49-32 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. International point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and power forward Huan Huan (185-90) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Lin Zhu (180-88) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Qujing Yunnan's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jiangsu Phoenix have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Beijing. Loser Qujing Yunnan keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix will face league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions in Dandong in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Qujing Yunnan will play at home against Guangdong Dolphins (#7) in Guangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: C.Xiaojia 21+10reb+5ast, H.Huan 13+12reb+2ast, L.ShanShan 13+2reb+3ast, N.Xu 9+14reb, J.Amy 8+9reb+1ast, X.Hou 2+1reb
Yunnan: Z.Lin 17+7reb, T.Lindsay 15+7reb, L.XiaoLei 5+4reb+3ast, L.Xiao 4+3reb+2ast, J.Yang 4+1reb+1ast, D.ChuanXing 4+4reb
gschID: 156888


Bayi - Zhejiang 73-67

There was a small surprise in Yinzhou where eleventh ranked Bayi Kylin (4-13) defeated 8th ranked Zhejiang Far East (8-9) 73-67 on Saturday. Zhejiang Far East was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 20-9 charge of Bayi Kylin, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International center Nan Chen (197-83) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and international forward Lu Wen (188-90) chipped in 12 points and 10 assists. International forward Lan Bian (185-86) responded with 25 points and American center Katie Mattera (202-82, college: Liberty) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bayi Kylin moved-up to tenth place. Loser Zhejiang Far East keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Bayi Kylin will face bottom-ranked Henan Elephants (#12) in Jiyuan in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bayi: C.Nan 18+8reb, J.Zheng 14+1reb+2ast, W.Lu 12+4reb+10ast, S.Xiaoyun 11+4reb+5ast, C.Lisha 7+3ast, Z.Liting 7+6reb
Zhejiang: B.Lan 25+3reb+2ast, M.Katie 15+11reb+1ast, S.Tong 13+4reb+4ast, S.Binbin 13+6reb+1ast, D.Xue-Mei 1+2reb, S.Yi 0
gschID: 156889


Henan - Guangdong 80-100

Not a big story in a game in Jiyuan where 12th ranked Henan Elephants (1-16) were rolled over by seventh ranked Guangdong Dolphins (10-7) 100-80 on Saturday. The game without a history. Guangdong Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Henan Elephants' 38 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Henan Elephants 42-31 including 20 on the offensive glass. Guangdong Dolphins looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. International center Wei Wei (207-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American forward Swin Cash (187-79, college: Connecticut, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Guangdong Dolphins players scored in double figures. Guangdong Dolphins' coach Wei Pan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Jie Sun (183-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and guard Yunyun Lin (172-87) scored 18 points. Guangdong Dolphins moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Heilongjiang. Henan Elephants lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Guangdong Dolphins will face Qujing Yunnan (#9) on the road in the next round. Henan Elephants will play against Bayi Kylin in Yinzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangdong: W.Wei 20+10reb+1ast, H.Hongpin 16+3reb+3ast, C.Swin 16+8reb+6ast, Q.Siyue 12+4reb+3ast, D.Yuan 11+6reb+6ast, W.Jinzhu 11+5reb+4ast
Henan: S.Jie 34+10reb+2ast, L.Yunyun 18+4reb+3ast, W.Jing 11+6reb+3ast, T.Ying 5+3reb+1ast, M.Huan 4+3reb, W.Yang 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 156890


Beijing - Liaoning 83-84 OT

Liaoning edged Beijing in overtime 84:83. Zengyu erupted with 34 points and Yu scored 15.

Top scorers:
Liaoning: M.Zengyu 34+1reb, Z.Yu 15+2reb+2ast, R.Ruth 14+11reb+6ast, Y.BanBan 7+3reb+3ast, C.Feng 7+3reb+1ast, C.Xiaoli 4+5reb+2ast
Beijing: Z.Lin 18+4reb+1ast, A.Nicky 15+12reb+4ast, Z.Fan 14+2reb+5ast, K.Yeong-Ok 14+4reb+1ast, S.XiaoYu 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Yu 8+1ast


gschID: 156885


Shenyang - Shanghai 67-69

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Shenyang Golden Lions (13-4) in Dandong on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Shanghai Octopus (11-6) 69-67. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Shenyang Golden Lions outrebounded Shanghai Octopus 44-30 including a 25-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and point guard Xiufeng Shi (178-87) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. International center Dan Liu (194-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and international guard LiJie Miao (180-81) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Four Shenyang Golden Lions players scored in double figures. Shanghai Octopus maintains fourth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Liaoning. Shenyang Golden Lions at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. Shanghai Octopus is looking forward to face Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan in the next round. Shenyang Golden Lions will play at home against Jiangsu Phoenix (#3) in Yixing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: S.Xiufeng 23+6reb+1ast, L.Camille 20+12reb+2ast, H.Jing 19+6reb+1ast, J.Lan 4+3reb, W.Jue 3+3reb+2ast, M.Yao Jie 0
Shenyang: L.Dan 18+11reb, M.LiJie 14+2reb+4ast, S.Liwei 12+4reb+2ast, W.Xuejiao 12+7reb, S.Zhao 5+9reb+2ast, Z.Han Lan 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 156886


Heilongjiang - Shandong 87-77

Everything went according to plan in Harbin where sixth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (10-7) beat 10th ranked Shandong (3-14) 87-77 on Saturday. Shandong was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-13 charge of Heilongjiang Chenneng, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American center Rashidat Junaid (193-87, college: Rutgers) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman YanYan Ji (182-85) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Four Heilongjiang Chenneng players scored in double figures. American center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international power forward Xiao Ji (193-85) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Heilongjiang Chenneng have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-7 record, which they share with Guangdong. Newly promoted Shandong dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Heilongjiang Chenneng will face league's second-placed Beijing Great Wall on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shandong will play against Zhejiang Far East (#8) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 24+5reb+1ast, G.Song 20+4reb+1ast, J.Rashidat 15+16reb, L.JiaCen 12+5reb+3ast, Z.Yongfu 9+1reb, S.HaoXiao 3+1ast
Shandong: B.Chante 26+14reb+3ast, J.Xiao 23+7reb+2ast, Y.Jie 20+3reb+3ast, S.YingYing 4+4reb, S.Weiying 2+2reb+1ast, X.JiaWei 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 156887




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Camille LITTLE
  Shanghai
  (188-F/G-85)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Little, Shanghai27.6 
 2. Ji, Heilongjiang25.8 
 3. Miao, Shenyang24.6 
 4. Camille, Shanghai24.4 
 5. Taylor, Yunnan23.5 
 6. Mattera, Zhejiang23.1 
 7. Ji, Shandong23.1 
 8. Bian, Zhejiang21.3 
 9. Cash, Guangdong19.3 
 10. Junaid, Heilongji.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang14.4 
 2. Junaid, Heilongjia.13.0 
 3. Black, Shandong12.6 
 4. Little, Shanghai12.1 
 5. Ruili, Liaoning11.1 
 6. Cash, Guangdong10.7 
 7. Anosike, Beijing9.6 
 8. Jaeschke, Jiangsu9.6 
 9. Taylor, Yunnan9.5 
 10. Camille, Shanghai8.5 
Assists Per Game
 LiJie MIAO
  Shenyang
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Miao, Shenyang5.5 
 2. Chen, Jiangsu5.4 
 3. Bian, Zhejiang5.0 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang4.2 
 5. Wang, Shanghai3.7 
 6. Cash, Guangdong3.6 
 7. Wen, Bayi3.4 
 8. Ding, Guangdong3.2 
 9. Kim, Beijing3.1 
 10. Liu, Yunnan2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Zhao SHUANG
  Shenyang
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Shuang, Shenyang3.3 
 2. Camille, Shanghai2.9 
 3. Wang, Shanghai2.8 
 4. Anosike, Beijing2.6 
 5. Rosigi, Henan2.4 
 6. Bian, Zhejiang2.3 
 7. Miao, Shenyang2.3 
 8. Li, Jiangsu2.2 
 9. Liu, Yunnan2.2 
 10. Zhang, Beijing2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Yunnan
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Taylor, Yunnan2.5 
 2. Ruili, Liaoning2.4 
 3. Black, Shandong1.6 
 4. Mattera, Zhejiang1.5 
 5. Anosike, Beijing1.5 
 6. Cash, Guangdong1.4 
 7. Wei, Guangdong1.2 
 8. Junaid, Heilongjia.1.0 
 9. Nuo, Jiangsu1.0 
 10. Zhang, Beijing1.0 


Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Shenyang 13-4 
 2. Beijing 12-5 
 3. Jiangsu 12-5 
 4. Shanghai 11-6 
 5. Liaoning 11-6 
 6. Heilongjiang 10-7 
 7. Guangdong 10-7 
 8. Zhejiang 8-9 
 9. Yunnan 7-10 
 10. Bayi 4-13 
 11. Shandong 3-14 
 12. Henan 1-16 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


European 2011 awards - by Eurobasket
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.
It's another such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff for women basketball in Europe. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (10-11) and this (11-12) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in WNBA).
The top player in Europe was unquestionably Penny Taylor from Fenerbahce Istanbul. Australian forward was the second best scorer in Euroleague last season with 19.2ppg. Penelope was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Forward and Import of the Year. During the summer she played for Phoenix Mercury in WNBA and helped her team to reach Semifinals.
Point Guard of the Year is American
Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) who received Russian citizenship in 2011. She spent 2010/2011 season at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia). She was the key player for the team which advanced to both Euroleague and Russian Superleague Final. Prince averaged 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg in 17 Euroleague's games last season and 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg (second best) in Russian Superleague.
The shooting guard of the year award goes to
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87). American player played last season at Rivas Ecopolis in Spain, this season she moved to Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca. With almost 19 points per game she was fourth best scorer in the Euroleague last season.
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) is also the Small Forward of the Year.
For power forward position our correspondents selected
Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84). The American superstar was one of the key of Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Slovakia). She was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team for the second consecutive season. She also won Slovakian Extraliga Championship. During the summer Candice moved to Phoenix Mercury and together with Penny Taylor advanced to the Semifinals. This season she represents Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia)
Last season's best center was without any doubt
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca helping them to win 2010/2011 Euroleague title. Moreover, she was voted as Euroleague Player of the Year averaging 13.5ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0spg. In the summer she moved to Ros Casares Valencia.
Coach of the Year is Spanish
Lucas Mondelo who lead Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca to win Euroleague.
The All-Europe 2nd Team includes
Elina Babkina (173-G-89) (last season in Lotos Gdynia, now she plays for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu), Erin Phillips (173-G-85) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland), Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray Istanbul (last season at Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca), Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) and Tina Charles (193-C-88), both from Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul.
All-Europeans Player of the Year goes to
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Russian center from UMMC Ekaterinburg. During last European Championships in Poland she was voted as Best Center (she averaged 12.3ppg, 8.9rpg - third best in the tournament). With UMMC Ekaterinburg she reached Euroleague Semifinals. She is joined in the 1st team by Elina Babkina, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic, Alba Torrens and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of CCC Polkowice. The second best team is combine of Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) of Nadezhda Orenburg (last season at Vologda-Chevakata), Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu, last year's Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team player - Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80)of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu, Sancho Lyttle of Ros Casares Valencia (previously at Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe awards 2011 - only players, who played in Europe in 2011 (both domestic and imports). There were in total 39 players, who received votes in this category


All-Europe 1st Team 2011
#s#
Penny Taylor
Taylor
Epiphanny Prince
Prince
DeWanna Bonner
Bonner
Candice Dupree
Dupree
Sancho Lyttle
Lyttle
#e#5

Player of the Year: Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Point Guard of the Year: Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Spartak (Russia) / Chicago S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Shooting Guard of the Year: DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Rivas (Spain) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Perfumerias (Spain)
Small Forward of the Year: Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Power Forward of the Year: Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Dobri Anjeli (Slovakia) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Spartak (Russia)
Center of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain)
Coach of the Year: Lucas Mondelo of Perfumerias Avenida (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team:
Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Spartak (Russia) / Chicago S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Rivas (Spain) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Perfumerias (Spain)
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Dobri Anjeli (Slovakia) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Spartak (Russia)
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team:
Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Erin Phillips (173-G-85) of Wisla Can-Pack (Poland) / Indiana F. (WNBA)
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray (Turkey) / Chicago S. (WNBA)
Tina Charles (193-C-88) of Nadezhda (Russia) / Connecticut S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention:
Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86) of CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans awards 2011 - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2011

All-Europeans 1st Team 2011
#s#
Maria Stepanova
Stepanova
Elina Babkina
Babkina
Sandra Mandir
Mandir
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Iva Perovanovic
Perovanovic
#e#5

Player of the Year: Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Point Guard of the Year: Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)
Small Forward of the Year: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Power Forward of the Year: Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of Lattes Montpellier (France) / CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Center of the Year: Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of Lattes Montpellier (France) / CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team:
Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) of Vologda-Chevakata (Russia) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain) * St.Vincent born Lyttle received smaller number of votes as some correspondents did not consider her European despite her Spanish passport

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention:
Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74) of Mcell-ALGES (Portugal) / Los Angeles S. (WNBA) / ZVVZ USK (Czech R.)
Paula Muxiri (184-F/C-81) of Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) of Mcell-ALGES (Portugal) / Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of TS Wisla Can-Pack (Poland) / Seattle S. (WNBA)
Laura Macchi (187-F-79) of Famila Wuber Schio (Italy)
Elodie Godin (190-C-85) of Cras Taranto (Italy)




Rivas Ecopolis add Sandra Pirsic - by Eurobasket News
Rivas add Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) for year 2012 to join the team. The Slovenian player moves from Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza.
In 2004-2005 she started with Lek Jezica Ljubljana (1A, starting five) and averaged 13.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.6spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 54.3%. In 2005-2006 for Lek Jezica Ljubljana (1A, starting five) showed19.6ppg, 14.7rpg, 2.2spg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 74.7%. In 2006-2007 moved to Universitat de Barcelona - FC Barcelona (Spain-LFB) and in EuroCup after 10 games her stats read 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 60.5%, FT: 63%. In Spanish League she averaged 5.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 43.8%, FT: 59.6%.
In 2007-2008 played for Cadi la Seu D'urgell (Spain-LFB) and in Spanish League improved to 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, FT: 58.0%. In 2008-2009 joined EBE Ibiza-PDV (Spain-LFB) and stayed until December 2011. This season she recorded 19 points as Gran Canaria beat Ibiza 99:59 on December 17, 2011. Gran Canaria outrebounded Ibiza 37-23 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slovenian center Sandra Pirsic produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Catherine Scanlon added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


European 2011 awards - by Eurobasket
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.
It's another such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff for women basketball in Europe. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (10-11) and this (11-12) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in WNBA).
The top player in Europe was unquestionably Penny Taylor from Fenerbahce Istanbul. Australian forward was the second best scorer in Euroleague last season with 19.2ppg. Penelope was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Forward and Import of the Year. During the summer she played for Phoenix Mercury in WNBA and helped her team to reach Semifinals.
Point Guard of the Year is American
Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) who received Russian citizenship in 2011. She spent 2010/2011 season at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia). She was the key player for the team which advanced to both Euroleague and Russian Superleague Final. Prince averaged 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg in 17 Euroleague's games last season and 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg (second best) in Russian Superleague.
The shooting guard of the year award goes to
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87). American player played last season at Rivas Ecopolis in Spain, this season she moved to Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca. With almost 19 points per game she was fourth best scorer in the Euroleague last season.
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) is also the Small Forward of the Year.
For power forward position our correspondents selected
Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84). The American superstar was one of the key of Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Slovakia). She was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team for the second consecutive season. She also won Slovakian Extraliga Championship. During the summer Candice moved to Phoenix Mercury and together with Penny Taylor advanced to the Semifinals. This season she represents Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia)
Last season's best center was without any doubt
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca helping them to win 2010/2011 Euroleague title. Moreover, she was voted as Euroleague Player of the Year averaging 13.5ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0spg. In the summer she moved to Ros Casares Valencia.
Coach of the Year is Spanish
Lucas Mondelo who lead Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca to win Euroleague.
The All-Europe 2nd Team includes
Elina Babkina (173-G-89) (last season in Lotos Gdynia, now she plays for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu), Erin Phillips (173-G-85) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland), Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray Istanbul (last season at Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca), Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) and Tina Charles (193-C-88), both from Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul.
All-Europeans Player of the Year goes to
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Russian center from UMMC Ekaterinburg. During last European Championships in Poland she was voted as Best Center (she averaged 12.3ppg, 8.9rpg - third best in the tournament). With UMMC Ekaterinburg she reached Euroleague Semifinals. She is joined in the 1st team by Elina Babkina, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic, Alba Torrens and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of CCC Polkowice. The second best team is combine of Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) of Nadezhda Orenburg (last season at Vologda-Chevakata), Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu, last year's Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team player - Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80)of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu, Sancho Lyttle of Ros Casares Valencia (previously at Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe awards 2011 - only players, who played in Europe in 2011 (both domestic and imports). There were in total 39 players, who received votes in this category


All-Europe 1st Team 2011
#s#
Penny Taylor
Taylor
Epiphanny Prince
Prince
DeWanna Bonner
Bonner
Candice Dupree
Dupree
Sancho Lyttle
Lyttle
#e#5

Player of the Year: Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Point Guard of the Year: Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Spartak (Russia) / Chicago S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Shooting Guard of the Year: DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Rivas (Spain) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Perfumerias (Spain)
Small Forward of the Year: Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Power Forward of the Year: Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Dobri Anjeli (Slovakia) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Spartak (Russia)
Center of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain)
Coach of the Year: Lucas Mondelo of Perfumerias Avenida (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team:
Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Spartak (Russia) / Chicago S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Rivas (Spain) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Perfumerias (Spain)
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Dobri Anjeli (Slovakia) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Spartak (Russia)
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team:
Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Erin Phillips (173-G-85) of Wisla Can-Pack (Poland) / Indiana F. (WNBA)
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray (Turkey) / Chicago S. (WNBA)
Tina Charles (193-C-88) of Nadezhda (Russia) / Connecticut S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention:
Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86) of CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans awards 2011 - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2011

All-Europeans 1st Team 2011
#s#
Maria Stepanova
Stepanova
Elina Babkina
Babkina
Sandra Mandir
Mandir
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Iva Perovanovic
Perovanovic
#e#5

Player of the Year: Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Point Guard of the Year: Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)
Small Forward of the Year: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Power Forward of the Year: Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of Lattes Montpellier (France) / CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Center of the Year: Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of Lattes Montpellier (France) / CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team:
Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) of Vologda-Chevakata (Russia) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain) * St.Vincent born Lyttle received smaller number of votes as some correspondents did not consider her European despite her Spanish passport

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention:
Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74) of Mcell-ALGES (Portugal) / Los Angeles S. (WNBA) / ZVVZ USK (Czech R.)
Paula Muxiri (184-F/C-81) of Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) of Mcell-ALGES (Portugal) / Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of TS Wisla Can-Pack (Poland) / Seattle S. (WNBA)
Laura Macchi (187-F-79) of Famila Wuber Schio (Italy)
Elodie Godin (190-C-85) of Cras Taranto (Italy)




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  HOLLAND - Women  


Dutch U17 girls win first test in preparation for Worldcup 2012 - by Bas Hendriks
The Dutch U17 squad, which will be the hometeam for Fiba's World Cup U17 next august, headed towards Belgium for their first serious preparationgames of the season. Led by national headcoach Meindert van Veen the squad teamed up in Kortrijk for a two day tournament. After winning the first game vs Bratislava they faced STOL/Grasshoppers from Katwijk, one of the premier teams in the U20 league in Holland. The first real test was against the English U17 team that led for most of the game but saw Holland close the game on a furious finish to win the third game of the tournament.

Hometeam Blue Cats Ieper was no match for the Dutch team that easily clinched a birth for the final. Normally spoken the opponent would have been the Belgium U17 team but Bratislava held on to their lead for a major upset beating the Belgium national team and thus facing the Dutch team again. Both teams went into the finals having some jitters in their system but after a little more than 2 quarters the Dutch team used a big run to claim an eventually big win: 58-40 at the end of fourt quarter for tournament victory. To top it all off Lekdetec.nl/Batouwe forward Lisanne de Jonge was elected MVP of the tournament.


Dutch U18 squad in preparation for Euro2012 - by Bas Hendriks
While lots of attention in Holland goes to the U17 team that will be the hosts for the u17 worldcup that will take place in Amsterdam next year, the U18 team has high hopes for a succesfull campaign in the new year. The Europeans will take place in Romania and Holland will aim for a top 5 spot. The federation stated that the goal for this team is qualifying for the Worldcup U19 in 2013.

The team that will be lead by Remy de Wit will be chosen out of the first selection that consists of the U17 group and following players: Kourtney Treffers (Rivas Ecopolis), Yordi Kathmann (Lekdetec.nl Batouwe), Jacobine Klerx (Almonte), Isabella Slim (181-F-95) ( CTO) Britt Zappeij (CTO), Lisanne de Jonge (Lekdetec.nl), Merlin Lammerink (Eurosped Twente), Laura Cornelius (1996), Janine Guyt (STOL Grasshoppers), Emese hof (UBall), Lisa Schoen (CTO), Renee Hoveling (UBall), Indya Duivenbode (BV Hoofddorp), Susanne de Jager (STOL Grasshoppers), Aggie Schalkwijk (Almonte), Carmen Droste (Eurosped Twente), Inez van Hulsen (Lokomotief), Ollie Clerx (Black Eagles), Marlou Peters (Lekdetec.nl Batouwe) en Donna Franken (Almonte)




Netherlands U17 triumphed at Etixx Cup - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U17 triumphed at Etixx Cup with 8 teams participated. The Dutch side first won Group B with 3-0 record. They overcame Grasshoppers 56:33 and then edged Bratislava 58:41. In the decisive game the Dutch side overcame England 43:42.
In the Semifinals Netherlands U17 won over Blue Cats Ieper 65:30 and edged Bratislava in the Final 58:40.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Jinga Gosschalk joined Hapoel Tel Aviv! - by Gil Goshen


The Jewish guard Jinga Gosschalk joined Hapoel Tel Aviv
Jinga will be a massive reinforcement for Hapoel.
Jinga started this season with M. Ashdod.
Two season ago she played for Elitzur Ramla.
Hapoel Tel Aviv will play vs.Elizur Netanya.

2010-2011: ProBuild Lions Landslake (Eredivisie): 8 games: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg; then moved to B.V. Batouwe (Eredivisie): 7 games: 12.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 76.2%
Jinga Gosschalk


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  KENYA - Women  


Coop and Wings Prove Best in 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Cooperative Bank of Kenya and Eagle Wings retained their crowns beating KCB Lions and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) respectively to become the year's biggest domestic basketball achievers.

The greatest rivalry in Kenyan basketball in both the men's and women's categories saw upbeat Co-op and Wings finish on top. Co-op shut out fellow bankers KCB Lions 2-0 while Wings came from a game down to claim the series 2-1 in the best of three finals.



Co-op narrowly beat KCB 71-69 in a fiercely fought Game One where they received as good as they got. But when Lions thought they were in with a chance in Game two, they found out early that they were no match for the winners who had 15 points from the much travelled Peter Kiganya before wrecking them 79-60. But the architect of the show was non other than diminutive play maker, Titus Musembi.

Wings reclaimed their national title by clobbering KPA 82-65 in the decisive Game Three. The saddest part of the day was the porters decision to boycott the awards ceremony leaving behind their runners up trophy, medals and certificates. KPA had won Game One at their back yard in


Africa Awards 2011

Divine Ndhlukula, Founder and Managing Director of SECURICO, winner of the 2011 Africa Entrepreneurship Award.

Mombasa with a close 53-46 triumph but in Game Two Wings pounded them 68-58 in an entertaining show.

Samba Mjomba (G-85) led with 22 points, Angela Okoth (F-85) collected 19 while Silalei Shani scored 17 for the champions. Mjomba and Titus Musembi were named Most Valuable players. The duo bagged Sh5,000 each for their feat during the play off finals.

Basketball Initiative gave out Sh50,000 each to the winners while the runners up were each given Sh20,000. In the same breadth.

Coast branch chairman Hilmi Ali also rewarded Co-op with Sh20,000 and KCB Sh15,000.

In the Lower Division, Kisumu Lakeside, another self sponsored side topped the rest beating University of Nairobi 'Terrorists' to claim the title at home. But they had to do it in overtime as they found the campus lads were no pushovers.

At the regional level, Co-op, KCB and KPA were the country's representatives in the Zone Five club competition in Dar es Salaam. After training for weeks Eagle Wings sadly failed to make it to the Tanzanian port city due to financial constraints. KPA found the going tough finishing fourth before finally regrouping to beat home girls Jeshi Stars to win the regional event. Co-op suffered a shock loss at the hands of Burundian side, Urunani.

Both KPA and Urunani then flew the Zone's flag in the Africa club event in Nigeria and Morocco respectively. KPA wound up fifth position losing to eventual winners Inter Clube (Angola) 81-33, First Bank (Nigeria) 93-49, Deep Water (Nigeria) 78-50 and MG Maculoss (Angola) 59-56. It was even worse for the Burundians who finished 10th in the 12 team festival. They went down 77-90 to Al Ahly of Libya, 43-110 to AS Sale of Morocco, 51-70 to Al Ahly Libya and 44-84 to Union Bank Nigeria.

At the national level Kenya sent the women's side to Maputo, Mozambique for the 10th All Africa Games where the team finished sixth, one position short of the last continental festival in Algeria four years ago. The Inter provincial show in Mombasa was dominated by the Nairobi Basketball Association teams with Kenya Airways and Upper Hill School doing the branch proud by making it to the national Division One.

The incoming year (2012) will be an election year.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)



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Texas Tech rallies past San Diego to go to 12-0 - by Eurobasket News
Kierra Mallard (6'3''-F/C-90) scored on a putback with 7.6 seconds left, and No. 13 Texas Tech remained undefeated with a 58-57 win over San Diego on Friday night in the Surf N' Slam Classic.

Casey Morris (5'9''-G-90) missed a jumper before Mallard grabbed the rebound, took one dribble and scored to give the Lady Raiders one of their few leads of the game.

San Diego's Felicia Wijenberg missed a wide open layup at the buzzer after taking a pass from Dominique Conners.

Texas Tech (12-0) had to overcome an 11-point deficit in the first half - its largest of the season. Chynna Brown (5'8''-G-91) had 14 points, and Mallard added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Raiders, who came in as one of seven unbeaten teams in the nation.

Morgan Woodrow (6'0''-F-90) scored 20 points for San Diego (9-3), which was held to one field goal in the final 4:41 after taking a 53-50 lead.

Courtesy of http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Hill leads No. 9 OSU women past Wisconsin, 77-61 - by Eurobasket News
Wisconsin has shown it can hang with ranked teams for a half. The Badgers still haven't proven they can finish against them.

For the second straight game, Wisconsin faded in the second half against a ranked team, this time losing 77-61 to No. 9 Ohio State Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

'We're tired of moral victories,' said Wisconsin's Taylor Wurtz (6'0''-G). 'We want to get the 'W.''

Last week, the Badgers (4-9) led No. 18 Wisconsin-Green Bay 34-28 at the half only to score just 15 in the second half and lose 65-49. This time, Ohio State (14-0) led 38-37 at the half after the Badgers came out uncharacteristically hot from the floor.

The Badgers have struggled offensively over their last four games, averaging less than 49 points and shooting 36 percent from the floor.

But Wisconsin shot 44 percent from the floor in the first half, including 6 of 13 from 3-point range, and trailed 38-37 at the break.

Then the Badgers reverted back to their bad old ways, and Ohio State found its form.

The Buckeyes reeled off a 20-2 run to open the second half, pushing their lead to 58-39 to take control. The Badgers were just 1 of 11 from the field in that spurt and committed four turnovers.

Wisconsin was able to cut it back to 10 points at 60-50, but didn't get any closer. After shooting so well from behind the arc in the first half, the Badgers were just 2 of 7 in the second.

Wurtz and Ashley Thomas (6'2''-F) scored 10 points apiece to lead the Badgers.

'We were much more aggressive, post players much more aggressive getting out and setting guards higher,' Ohio State coach Jim Foster said. 'They were not getting the same looks.'

Tayler Hill (5'10''-G-90) scored 21 points to lead Ohio State, while Samantha Prahalis added 12 points and 11 assists. Ashley Adams finished with 14 points, while Amber Stokes added 10.

The Buckeyes had the success when they consistently pushed the ball inside, finishing with 38 points in the paint to 16 for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey said it wasn't that Ohio State was posting up as much as the Buckeyes were able to penetrate the lane, effectively work back door cuts and drive around Badger defenders.

'You can't give them everything they want,' she said. 'If you sit back, they're going to shoot it. If you don't, they're going to go around you.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Griner, No. 1 Baylor women top Miss Valley, 93-55 - by Eurobasket News
Mississippi Valley State coach Nate Kilbert normally likes his chances when De'Kisha Fondon is on the mark.

Against top-ranked Baylor, Fondon's sharpshooting wasn't enough to overcome the Bears' depth.

Fondon scored 23 points for Mississippi Valley (2-8) in a 93-55 loss to Baylor on Friday night.

'She's one of our spot-up shooters that we can get them to sag off of her and get her some good looks,' Kilbert said. 'She can really knock it down. When she's shooting the ball well, we're a pretty good team.'

Unfortunately for the Devilettes, Baylor applied full-court pressure from the start, opening the game with a 12-0 run, Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) scored 20 points in 27 minutes and Destiny Williams (6'1''-F/C-91) added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Bears, who reached 13-0 for the second time in the program's history.

'We understood what our problem was,' Kilbert said. 'There's just too much depth. They're too good. They're too big. There were too many things we couldn't stop them from doing. I thought we executed, especially in the first half. We got some of the looks we wanted to get.'

Alia Frank (5'10''-F) had 10 points and Kanesha Smith (5'9''-G) added 10 rebounds for Mississippi Valley.

'Brittney scared us away from doing some of the things that we like to do as far as penetration,' Kilbert said. 'She scared us away from it. We tried to do a lot of screen-and-roll and bring her outside. I thought we did that well in the first half. We had a lot of good looks. But they're just good, man. They're just good.'

Griner and Frank were each assessed a technical foul with 2:42 left in the first half. They became tangled after falling to the floor under Baylor's basket. The technicals were called as they attempted to get back to their feet.

'I really didn't see enough to take her out of the game and reprimand her,' Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. 'I felt like I trusted my coaches there, and they felt like (Frank) was trying to take charges all night and kind of undercut Brittney, and they got tangled up and Brittney kind of kicked her off of her or something like that. I'm going to trust that because I didn't see it that it wasn't anything dirty. It was a reaction to something she did that probably wasn't dirty either.'

Griner wasn't sure exactly what happened.

'I was going to try to just run off, but got tied up,' she said. 'I don't know, I just looked down and had somebody on my legs. It's just part of the game. It got hot for a moment, but I cooled down a little bit.'

Griner was suspended two games last March after throwing a punch that broke the nose of Texas Tech's Jordan Barncastle.

Baylor didn't make a basket in the final 5:22 of the first half, but did make six of 10 free throws down the stretch. Mississippi Valley's Olivia Kennedy banked in a 3-pointer just before the buzzer, and Baylor led 45-29 at the break. Kennedy's basket, however, accounted for the lone Mississippi Valley points in a 13-minute stretch that carried over until midway through the second half. Brittney Lakes made a turnaround jumper off the glass with 11:34 left in the game for the Devilettes' first points of the second half.

Baylor put the game away by opening the second period on a 30-2 run, with seven Bears scoring during the stretch.

'I think they played with a little bit more intensity,' Kilbert said. 'They got up on us a little bit more when it came to being aggressive out of their man-to-man. But we just missed some open shots. We got the same looks we had in the first half. We just missed them.'

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey liked what she saw during the Bears' run.

'I thought the first five minutes of the second half was probably the brightest spot as a group in the entire game,' she said. 'I thought all five had a lot of energy, all five were running the floor.'

Mississippi Valley shot its first free throws of the game with 5:28 left in the second half. Aspen Clemons made one of her two attempts. For the game, Baylor made 23 of its 44 free throw shots (52 percent), while Mississippi Valley was two-of-four from the line.

'Look at the way the fouls were called,' Kilbert said. 'And I'm not saying they weren't fouls, because they were. Their inside just wore us down to the point where we were fouling and they were scoring baskets. Everything we did was from the perimeter. That was the big difference in the game.'

'They had someone they could go to and get them an easy basket. When we struggled, we didn't have nobody who could get an easy basket. We got long shots, but we couldn't get any easy baskets.'

Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com


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Bratislava finished second at WU18 Etixx cup - by Eurobasket News
Bratislava finished second at WU18 Etixx cup with 8 teams participated. The team from Slovakia finished first second in Group B with 2-1 record. They edged England 60:57 and beat Grasshoppers 77:25. Netherlands U17 overcame Bratislava 58:41, but then beat Belgium U17 58:57 in overtime. In another Semifinal Netherlands U17 won over Blue Cats Ieper 65:30 and edged Bratislava in the Final 58:40.


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Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 20-3 
 2. Winnus 14-9 
 3. Bichumi 13-10 
 4. KB Stars 10-13 
 5. Cool Cats 7-15 
 6. Woori Hansae 4-18 


WKBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jung-Eun KIM
  Cool Cats
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Kim, Cool Cats19.1 
 2. Jung, KB Stars16.4 
 3. Kang, S-Birds15.9 
 4. Kim, Cool Cats14.9 
 5. Cho, Winnus14.8 
 6. Han, Winnus14.7 
 7. Lee, S-Birds14.3 
 8. Sin, Winnus14.0 
 9. Lim, Woori Hansae14.0 
 10. Kim, S-Birds13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jung Ja SIN
  Winnus
  (185-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Sin, Winnus12.8 
 2. Heo, Cool Cats9.1 
 3. Kang, S-Birds8.5 
 4. Jung, KB Stars7.0 
 5. Bae, Woori Hansae6.5 
 6. Gang, Cool Cats6.3 
 7. Kim, S-Birds6.2 
 8. Kim, Bichumi6.1 
 9. Choi, S-Birds6.0 
 10. Yang, Woori Hans.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lee, Bichumi7.0 
 2. Kim, Cool Cats6.6 
 3. Choi, S-Birds6.0 
 4. Lee, Winnus4.3 
 5. Sin, Winnus4.2 
 6. Heo, Cool Cats3.9 
 7. Park, KB Stars3.9 
 8. Kim, S-Birds3.7 
 9. Park, Bichumi3.5 
 10. Kim, Cool Cats3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lee, Bichumi2.4 
 2. Han, Winnus2.0 
 3. Choi, S-Birds1.7 
 4. Lee, S-Birds1.7 
 5. Roberson, Bichumi1.6 
 6. Jung, KB Stars1.4 
 7. Beon, KB Stars1.2 
 8. Cho, Winnus1.1 
 9. Sin, Winnus1.0 
 10. Bae, Woori Hansae1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sun-Hwa JUNG
  KB Stars
  (184-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Jung, KB Stars1.7 
 2. Kang, S-Birds1.3 
 3. Gang, Cool Cats1.3 
 4. Sin, Winnus1.2 
 5. Kim, S-Birds1.2 
 6. Kim, Cool Cats0.9 
 7. Ha, S-Birds0.7 
 8. Roberson, Bichumi0.7 
 9. Bae, Woori Hansae0.6 
 10. Kim, Woori Hansae0.6 


WKBL Round 23: KB Stars lose to S-Birds in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Very significant was S-Birds' (#1, 20-3) victory against 4th placed KB Stars (10-13) 68-61. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. S-Birds made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when S-Birds made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for international center Eun-Joo Ha (200-83) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. The former international center Young-Suk Kang (187-81) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International center Sun-Min Jung (185-74) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. S-Birds (20-3) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. KB Stars at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. S-Birds are looking forward to face Bichumi (#3) in Yongin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KB Stars will play at home against Woori Hansae in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was S-Birds' (#1, 20-3) victory against second-ranked Winnus (14-9) 75-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Winnus. It was an exceptional evening for international center Eun-Joo Ha (200-83) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Danbi Kim accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. International power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for Winnus in the defeat. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for S-Birds. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-3 record. Winnus at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. S-Birds will play against Bichumi (#3) in Yongin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Winnus will play on the road against Cool Cats in Bucheon and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bucheon was also quite interesting. Third ranked Bichumi (13-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Cool Cats (7-15). Bichumi did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-56 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Tae-Eun Park who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Ji-Yoon Kim produced 18 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bichumi maintains third place with 13-10 record having seven points less than leader S-Birds. Cool Cats lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 15 games lost. Bichumi will meet at home league's leader S-Birds in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cool Cats will play against the league's second-placed Winnus (#2) in Guri and hope to secure a win.



Cool Cats - Bichumi 56-73

The game in Bucheon was also quite interesting. Third ranked Bichumi (13-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Cool Cats (7-15). Bichumi did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-56 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Bichumi. Cool Cats managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cool Cats 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Bichumi looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Tae-Eun Park (170-87) who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Kwe-Ryong Kim (192-79) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Ji-Yoon Kim (170-76) produced 18 points and 7 assists and center Yun-Ha Heo (183-79) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bichumi maintains third place with 13-10 record having seven points less than leader S-Birds. Cool Cats lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 15 games lost. Bichumi will meet at home league's leader S-Birds in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cool Cats will play against the league's second-placed Winnus (#2) in Guri and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cool Cats: J.Kim 18+2reb+7ast, Y.Heo 15+6reb+1ast, J.Gang 14+4reb, J.Kim 6+7reb+1ast, N.Kim 2, B.Kim 1
Bichumi: S.Lee 16+5reb, T.Park 16+6reb+5ast, K.Kim 14+8reb+2ast, B.Hong 9+3reb, Y.Lee 6+1reb+1ast, K.Roberson 6+7reb+5ast
gschID: 146861


S-Birds - KB Stars 68-61

Very significant was S-Birds' (#1, 20-3) victory against 4th placed KB Stars (10-13) 68-61. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. S-Birds made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when S-Birds made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for international center Eun-Joo Ha (200-83) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. The former international center Young-Suk Kang (187-81) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International center Sun-Min Jung (185-74) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and international power forward Sun-Hwa Jung (184-85) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four KB Stars players scored in double figures. S-Birds (20-3) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. KB Stars at the other side keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. S-Birds are looking forward to face Bichumi (#3) in Yongin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KB Stars will play at home against Woori Hansae in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KB Stars: S.Jung 18+7reb+1ast, A.Kang 14+2reb+2ast, S.Jung 12+9reb, Y.Beon 10+4reb+6ast, S.Park 7+4reb+5ast, S.Yang 0
S-Birds: E.Ha 20+10reb, Y.Kang 17+9reb+2ast, D.Kim 14+5reb+2ast, Y.Lee 9+4reb+2ast, Y.Choi 8+7reb+6ast, H.Choi 0
gschID: 146862


S-Birds - Winnus 75-70

Very significant was S-Birds' (#1, 20-3) victory against second-ranked Winnus (14-9) 75-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Winnus. Winnus were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Winnus 40-24 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. S-Birds players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for international center Eun-Joo Ha (200-83) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International forward Danbi Kim (180-90) accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. International power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and center Ji-Nah Won (182-84) added 19 points respectively for Winnus in the defeat. Four Winnus players scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for S-Birds. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-3 record. Winnus at the other side keep the second position with nine games lost. S-Birds will play against Bichumi (#3) in Yongin in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Winnus will play on the road against Cool Cats in Bucheon and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Winnus: J.Won 19+4reb+1ast, B.Kim 16+4reb+1ast, C.Han 16+2reb+3ast, J.Ja Sin 14+12reb+6ast, J.Kim 3+4ast, J.Kwak 2+2reb+1ast
S-Birds: E.Ha 18+7reb, Y.Lee 18+4reb+1ast, D.Kim 12+6reb+7ast, Y.Kang 9+11reb+4ast, Y.Choi 8+6reb+5ast, S.Seon 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 146860




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Rivas Ecopolis add Sandra Pirsic - by Eurobasket News
Rivas add Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) for year 2012 to join the team. The Slovenian player moves from Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza.
In 2004-2005 she started with Lek Jezica Ljubljana (1A, starting five) and averaged 13.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.6spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 54.3%. In 2005-2006 for Lek Jezica Ljubljana (1A, starting five) showed19.6ppg, 14.7rpg, 2.2spg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 74.7%. In 2006-2007 moved to Universitat de Barcelona - FC Barcelona (Spain-LFB) and in EuroCup after 10 games her stats read 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 60.5%, FT: 63%. In Spanish League she averaged 5.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 43.8%, FT: 59.6%.
In 2007-2008 played for Cadi la Seu D'urgell (Spain-LFB) and in Spanish League improved to 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, FT: 58.0%. In 2008-2009 joined EBE Ibiza-PDV (Spain-LFB) and stayed until December 2011. This season she recorded 19 points as Gran Canaria beat Ibiza 99:59 on December 17, 2011. Gran Canaria outrebounded Ibiza 37-23 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slovenian center Sandra Pirsic produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Catherine Scanlon added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.



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Hartman and Ragin featured in SLAM Magazine - by UBA media


David Walls Reports:
December, 22, 2012


The WUBA has been spotlighted in by far the best sports magazine in the country. Why you may ask? Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.) and Patechia Hartman (5'7''-G-83, college: Georgia St.) of the GIE Lady Disciples (WUBA).

The ladies have had very successful careers as you may know but it's get to see them receive the credit they deserve. Below you will find the link and the full article as it's shown in SLAM. For the WUBA and the UBA we would like to say congratulations.

http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/womens/2011/12/a-league-of-their-own/

A League of Their Own
The WUBA is writing a new chapter for womens basketball.
by SLAMonline.com

Over the years, womens basketball has continued to make its presence felt in the professional sports world, dating back to the days when players like Sheryl Swoopes (6'0''-F/G-71, college: Texas Tech), Dawn Staley (5'6''-G-70, college: Virginia), Cynthia Cooper, Rebecca Lobo, Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC), and a slew of other great female ballers were dominating the courts year after year with championship rings and gold medals.

The expansion of the WNBA has brought even more attention to womens hoops, and its great to see how far the professional league has come since it started after 15 seasons. And it keeps getting better when you see talent like Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut), Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-G-89, college: Gonzaga) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut). But just like every other sport, womens basketball has great, under-the-radar players.




As hoop fans, we know that minor league sports (with the exception of the NBA D-League) dont receive a lot of attention. But, it has been proven time and time again that there are very talented players in these establishments. But who would have thought there would be a new minor league for women that contained so much talent in its first official season? The WUBA (Universal Womens Basketball Association) is on its way to writing a new chapter for womens basketball.

The WUBA was created to give women who dont play in the WNBA or overseas an opportunity to showcase their skills. In order to launch a new market, especially in professional sports, you need stars and Patechia Hartman and Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.) are answering the call. Both players have professional experience overseas and are now looked upon as the best backcourt duo in the WUBA.

Patechia Hartman has one hell of a resume. While at Georgia State, Hartman was named All-CAA Player of the Year twice. She was also named Associated Press NCAA All-American her senior year and was nominated for the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award. At the end of her tenure at GSU, her jersey was retired and she was labeled as the best womens player ever at Georgia State. After playing four years at Georgia State University, Hartman signed a two-year contract with Szolnoki NKK (Hungary) where she led the team in scoring and was third in the league in assists.

After a respectable two-year start to her professional career, Hartman attended two WNBA camps and had short stints in other leagues before joining the WUBA. The 27-year-old Atlanta product is currently averaging over 20 points a game and leading the league in assists with 12 per.

Assisting Hartman in the backcourt is Clayton State University product Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.). While in college, Ragin was ranked in the top 10 in scoring, rebounds and assists. More than anything though, Ragin is a winner. During her two seasons at Clayton State, she helped lead the Lady Lakers to an incredible 56-9 record. She finished her college career with an average of 16 ppg 8 rpg and 5 apg and was named to the All-Peach Belt First-Team both years. Ragin started her professional career in the Ukraine and wasted no time letting the world know who she was. She averaged a double-double right of the bat with stats of 22 ppg and 11 rpg for Dynamo-NPU Kyiv . And you can add Eurobasket Import Player of the Year and league MVP to that list of achievements too.

Both Ragin and Hartman were making it happen before their debut in the WUBA. But, a simple change of scenery was very positive for both players. Looks like this new league has great plans for their players; its always good to see a stage being set for under-the-radar ballers.







Teshymia Tillman Joins Lady Dragons Via Sign-And-Trade With Generals - by UBA media

Teshymia Tillman (5'9''-F/G-86, college: Clayton St.)s the newest member of the Tennessee Lady Dragons. By the time the sign-and-trade deal reported earlier Saturday involving the Southern Lady Generals became official, it was expanded to include the rights of Amber Blackwell (5'6''-G-89, college: Carson-Newman) who is second in the WUBA in assist with 7.0.

Tillman is currently returning from Femenino Caceres (Spain) were she played in 10 games. She was second in every major category on the team averaging 14.5ppg and 7.8rpg. Tillman will dress for the WUBA return January 8th.



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WUSBA announce new promotion for single ticket buyers; The Single Ticket Extravaganza is sponsored by Toyota - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (December 31, 2011) ----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today, announced its plans for an unprecedented single ticket promotion that will include all teams. According to league officials the WUSBA will initiate the inaugural season with a special single ticket offering. The promotion will include all twenty teams who will play in the spring season beginning April 11, 2012. This marks the second promotion the WUSBA will offer fans for their first season.

The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach has joined forces with Feeding America, Inc. and the local churches, to play great basketball and to stamp out hunger at the same time. The WUSBA will initiate its inaugural basketball season with The 2012 Single Game Ticket Extravaganza. This limited promotion will be offered tall fans in each of the leagues twenty cities. The WUSBA will set aside 800 single game tickets per game in each team city for this promotion. Each team will offer a single game ticket for $8.00 and with the purchase of one ticket and the bringing of three can goods of food that will be donated to the churches pantry or to Feed America's food bank in the teams town; the fan will receive one additional ticket for free. In addition to the buy one single game ticket and get one single game ticket free, the purchasing ticket will receive a complimentary hot dog, hamburger or chicken sandwich and a large drink. Each purchaser of the single game ticket will be included in raffle drawing sponsored by the the WUSBA Youth Outreach and its sponsors. The drawing will be held during the course of the last home game. The goal of the league and our commitment to fight hunger, the WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach will attempt to collect 100,000 cans of food. The WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc. will donate $5,000.00 to Feed America and their local food banks in each of the leagues twenty cities. A grand total of $80,000.00 will be donated to this fine organization as a result of this limited promotion.

'This collaborated effort includes the WUSBA, the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers, said league president Duane Allen Jenkins. With this promotion the league will offer a single game ticket for the low cost of $8.00. With economy on the mend, we would like to offer the fans high intensity basketball and first class entertainment at a great price'. The promotion will begin at game time on April 11, 2012 and end at 7:35 pm on June 30, 2011

According to the league, each single ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc. The prize give-away will take place during the last home game of each WUSBA team. All single ticket holders are eligible to participate in this drawing sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc.

Each team will play games in gymnasiums at colleges, universities and larger high schools. 'We have iron clad commitments from arenas and all are in the process of being finalized in each city. We will announce the final locations and the official schedule to the public on January 3, 2012.'

WUSBA teams play in the Southeastern Conference. The league has four divisions:

The Southern Division teams are the Atlanta Platinum, the Columbus Gold, the Mobile Spirit, the Tallahassee Cypress and the Birmingham Starz.

The Piedmont Division will house the Augusta Raging River, the Macon Storm, the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia Breeze and the Winston Salem Cardinals.

The Atlantic Division will field the Jacksonville Surf, the Richmond Colonials, the Savannah Seahawks, the Norfolk Blaze and the Charleston Cadets.

The Appalachian Division sends in the West Virginia Capitals, the Huntsville Rockets, the Nashville Thunder, the Chattanooga Royal and the Knoxville Reign.

The single ticket will be offered to public in this way;

Regular Single Ticket Prices $8.00 for Adults
Students (17 years old and under, ID required).......$4.00
Senior Citizens (67 years old and above).........$4.00
Free admittance, a free hot dog and drink for Kids 5 years old and under
All students who produce a current year progress report with a 3.5 GPA or 87% (B+), will receive free hotdog, hamburger or chicken sandwich and a drink.
(Single Ticket Extravaganza promotion is applicable to regular adult tickets only. For a limited time and during the Single Ticket Extravaganza all tickets sold will receive a complimentary ticket to that game).

The 2012 WUSBA Single Game Ticket Extravaganza Raffle Drawing Prizes:

Grand Prize: One 2012 Toyota Corolla CE 4 Door Sedan
(One automobile given away in each team city, 20 total league wide)

2nd Prize: Disney World Family Vacation Extravaganza
(Family of four, four days and nights, airfare on Air Tran Airlines, transportation, four days and four nights, accommodation at a Disney Theme Park Resort Hotel with meals, daily theme park passes for the family.
2 vacations given away in each team city, 40 total league wide)

3rd Prize: Seafarer Odyssey Extravaganza
(Trip for two to Miami, Florida, airfare on Air Tran Airlines, two day stay at an Intercontinental Hotel, a roundtrip one day cruise for two to the Grand Bahamas aboard Discovery Cruise, dinner for two at Outback Steak House, breakfast for two at International House of Pancake, and a one day car rental from Enterprise Car Rental, two trips given away in each team city, 40 total league wide)

4th prize: Outback Steakhouse Family Feast
($60.00 gift card, twenty- five gift cards given away in each team city, 500 total league wide.

5th Prize: Kroger Fuel Center Gas Card
($40.00 gas gift card, twenty-five gas gift cards given away in each team city, 500 total league wide)

6th prize: Visa Gift Card
($25.00 gift card, twenty-five gift cards given away in each team city, 500 total league wide)

7th Prize: Papa John's Pizza Explosion
(One large specialty pizza, fifty pizzas given away in each team city, 1000 total league wide)

8th Prize: AMC Movie Ticket Fiesta
(One pair of AMC movie tickets, fifty pair of tickets given away in each team city, 1000 total pairs league wide)

Rules and Disclaimer.
The purchase of a single game ticket to any 2012 WUSBA team home games necessary to be included in the raffle drawing. The WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc. is the sponsor of this promotion. This promotion is open to all residents of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Kentucky, who purchase a single game ticket during this promotion. The Promotion begins with the first home game and ends June 30, 2012. The promotion will end at 7:35 pm on June 30, 2012 or at 7:35pm of the teams last home game, whichever is applicable

WUSBA employees, family member of WUSBA employees, team members, Single Game Ticket Extravaganza sponsors, their employees and their families are ineligible to participate in this promotion. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this promotion. One entry in raffle per single game ticket purchased. No other restrictions apply.

No substitution of prizes. Prizes are not refundable or transferable. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes and /or gratuity associated with prizes won in this promotion.

Odds of winning any prize in this promotion will be determined in direct relation of the number of single game tickets sold during this promotion. (Example: 20,000 single tickets sold per WUSBA team season, Grand Prize winning odds are 20,000 to 1, 2nd prize winning odds are 10,000 to 1, 3rd Prize winning odds are 10,000 to 1, 4th Prize winning odds are 800 to 1, each, 5th prize winning odds are 800 to 1, 6th Prize winning odds are 800 to 1, 7th Prize winning odds are 400 to 1 and 8th Prize winning odds are 400 to 1). The WUSBA has set aside 20,000 single game tickets per WUSBA team city to be sold. An odd of winning a prize in this promotion is derived on a per city basis only. If two single game tickets are purchased by the same individual during the course of the 2012 basketball season and before June 30, 2012 or the teams last home game, the odds will increase to give the ticket holder double the chance of winning a prize.

This promotion is a WUSBA Youth Outreach sponsored event. The WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not for Profit Company. Season ticket purchases are not included in this promotion. 2nd and 3rd Prize winners must make travel reservation through the WUSBA. Travel blackout periods may affect certain travel dates. Grand Prize winners have a choice of color and transmission. Promotion is void where prohibited by law.






WUSBA announce final roster of teams for 2012 season; twenty teams set to play - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (December 16, 2011) ----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA), a new professional basketball league, will be dribbling onto the hardwood with twenty teams when it begins its inaugural basketball season on April 11, 2012. The league will concentrate all of their teams in the southeast United States.

The newly organized WUSBA will seek to begin play with twenty franchises. The league is scheduled to begin its inaugural season this coming spring.

The league will operate from college and large high school gymnasium for each team. Contracts are confirmed and are being finalized.

The league plans to operate four divisions. Each division will house five teams. Each team will play a thirty game schedule. 'All home arena sites have already been approved and an approved schedule and are now available to the public.' 'This is huge and we are ready to roll,' said WUSBA president and C.E.O. Duane Jenkins. 'We have had two trial runs and this is the real deal'.

'The league had plans to initiate a women's league to play in the summer, however some of the gymnasiums contracted by the league did not have central air conditioning and with the absence of abundance of professional womens basketball in the United States, we tied to activate the WUSBA in the fall, however the available dates for most venues were already taken by other departments of the schools, besides, fall is not basketball season,' said Jenkins. 'We believe they can use the WUSBA to provide an additional place for players to the showcase their skills and to earn a reasonable living while playing.'

The WUSBA, based in Atlanta, Georgia has begun marketing itself as the right balance between the NCAA and the various professional leagues and teams around Europe . Women, who wish to continue their professional career, now have an additional organized league to play within the United States. The basketball players receive $350.00 per week, lodging, a daily meal at Golden Corral and commission on sponsorship sales and appearances.

'We're ready to put a good product on the floor and make it affordable for the fans,' said Jenkins, a businessman from Atlanta. Women play on a very high level, and their opportunities here in the states are limited, the WUSBA will provide competitive league play and top quality entertainment for the fans.' 'We have rock solid commitments from all college and high school venues we are renting, we also have back-up gymnasiums in each city, just in case a scheduling situation envelops and we need to switch venues.'

As a way to attract fans, Jenkins said the WUSBA plans a multitude of value-added activities for families, such as the WUSBA Season Ticket Extravaganza and the Single Ticket Extravaganza. 'These promotions are a joint promotion with our sponsors and advertisers. 'We really want to make this a total entertainment package for the families in our communities,' Jenkins said. 'Each home game will be an event for the families.'

'The WUSBA is a great basketball program, and we feel like we could be a real benefit to female basketball players, said Jenkins 'We will be a good fit to assist them continue their careers.'

'So far we have had positive response from a great many people, particularly on the upper level of womens basketball and we have seen a lot of response from European basketball players inquiring to be placed on a team'.

This new organization has vowed to bring competitive basketball to each city. 'The basketball size and three point line will be standard for all teams,' Jenkins said. 'Plenty of talented players come from the college ranks. ' 'We want to be a reliable league for women's basketball, the same way the AFL was to the NFL, before the merge was developed, at this point we do not have the backing of other professional leagues, but who knows what the future holds.'

'Many American players come back from overseas in the spring of each year and wish to continue the competitive play of European professional leagues. With the NCAA tournament sounding the end of college basketball season, collegiate players will be approached.' 'Most of them don't have anywhere else to play and get paid here in the states, this will give players a place to play and earn an income while there at home,' Jenkins said. He added that he is confident southeastern United States sports fans will turn out to see the new WUSBA this coming season. 'People support women's basketball as much as they do the men, what we've done is given the game of basketball more variety.'

The league will sponsor an Open House, Open Tryouts and Job Fair on March 17, 2012. The public will be invited attend and meet the teams. Free refreshments and entertainment will be supplied by the WUSBA.

WOMENS UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
1201 Peachtree Street 400 Colony Square Atlanta, Georgia 30361 Office: (678) 464-6276 Email: wusbateam@yahoo.com

LEAGUE PERSONNEL
Executive Department:
Commissioner - Jeanne Hunter (Honorary)
President / C.E.O. - Duane Allen Jenkins
Executive Vice President / Basketball Operations - Kenneth Green
Director of Operations - Regina Eubanks
Director of League Personnel - Terry Truax
Director Dance Teams - (TBA)
Director of Player Personnel- Corin Adams
Director of Administration - Elyria Skyill
Director of Marketing - Duane Allen Jenkins
Director of Human Resources - Clare Irving
Director of Media Relations - (TBA)
Supervisor of Officials - Simmie Lavender
Chief of Security - (TBA)
Director of Community Affairs - (TBA)
General Counsel- Jackie Paterson ESQ
Accounting- Floyd Green and Associate
Web Master- Joey Johnson

Womens United States Basketball Association 2012 Team Directory

Southern Division

Atlanta Platinum
Norcross High School
NHS Gymnasium (2500)
5505 Spalding Drive
Norcross, Georgia 30092

Birmingham Starz
George Washington Carver High School
Carver Gymnasium (2700)
3900 24th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35207

Tallahassee Cypress
Florida A & M University
Gaither Gymnasium (4000)
1700 Lee Hall Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32307



Mobile Spirit
University of South Alabama
Jaguar Gymnasium (2500)
307 University Blvd North
Mobile, Alabama 36688

Columbus Gold
Columbus State University
Lumpkin Center (5000)
4525 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907

Piedmont Division


Augusta Raging River
Richmond Academy High School
Richmond Academy Field House (2500)
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, Georgia 30904

Charlotte Blue Wave
Johnson C. Smith University
Bray Boy Gymnasium (2800)
100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28216

Columbia Breeze
Benedict College
HRC Arena (2300)
1600 Hardin Street
Columbia, South Carolina 28204

Macon Storm
Mercer University
University Center (3500)
1400 Colman Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31207

Winston Salem Cardinals
Winston Salem State University
C. E. Gaines Center (3500)
200 C.E. Gaines Center Avenue
Winston Salem, North Carolina 27110



Appalachian Division

Chattanooga Royal
Tennessee Temple University
McGillivray Gymnasium (2500)
1815 Union Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404

Knoxville Reign
Austin East High School
Austin East Gymnasium (2800)
2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37934

Nashville Thunder
Tennessee State University
Gentry Center (5000)
3000 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37209


West Virginia Capitals
Capital High School
CHS Gymnasium (2500)
1500 Greenbrier Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25311

Huntsville Rockets
Alabama A & M University
T M Elmore Gymnasium (3500)
4900 Meridian Avenue
Huntsville, Alabama 35765





Atlantic Division

Savannah Seahawks
Sol Johnson High School
Johnson Gymnasium (1700)
3012 Sun Set Blvd.
Savannah, Georgia 31214

Richmond Colonial
Virginia Union University
Barco-Stevens Arena (3000)
1500 North Lombardi Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Norfolk Blaze
Norfolk State University
Echols Hall (3000)
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23504

Jacksonville Surf
Edward Waters College
Adams-Jenkins Sports Center (2800)
1658 Kings Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32209

Charleston Cadets
College of Charleston
Carolina 1st Arena (3500)
66 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29424

(This is a list of all WUSBA teams are confirmed home team gymnasiums. Players and agents can contact the Head Coach directly with inquires. All locations have given their permission to secure the gymnasium. Agreements of Usage are in place. Final contracts are in the process of being finalized and apporved from each location. Each Client Arena has a confidentially agreement and is not at liberty to disclose certain contents of any agreements made with the Womens United States Basketball Association without written permission of the WUSBA and the Client Arena).