EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/11/2012

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. ABA-Canada 0-0
Atlantic South
 1. Athens R. 5-0
 2. Atlanta E. 4-0
 3. Heartland H. 3-1
 4. Jacksonville 2-0
 5. Atlanta Aliens 1-0
 6. Georgia G. 1-1
 7. Florida T. 0-0
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0
 9. Savannah Storm 0-0
 10. Tampa 0-0
 11. Columbus R. 0-2
 12. E.Point Jaguars 0-7
California NW
 1. S.Francisco R. 5-1
 2. Central Valley T. 5-4
 3. Seattle M. 4-0
 4. Bay Area M. 4-1
 5. Richmond R. 3-3
 6. Port City P. 2-1
 7. Modesto H. 1-0
 8. E.Bay Pitbulls 1-1
 9. Alaska Q. 1-2
 10. California SK 0-0
 11. Chico Rage 0-0
 12. Washington R. 0-0
 13. Sacramento H. 0-6
California South
 1. Arizona S. 11-2
 2. San Diego Sol 9-2
 3. San Diego S. 4-3
 4. LA Slam 3-6
 5. Riverside R. 1-2
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2
 7. SoCal Swish 0-2
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-5
Colonial
 1. NoVa Wonders 4-4
 2. Richmond E. 3-3
 3. Lynchburg L. 2-1
 4. W.Virginia B. 2-1
 5. Portsmouth C. 1-2
 6. E.Kentucky En. 0-0
 7. Norfolk Sh. 0-0
 8. Seven Cities 0-0
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 5-0
 2. Milwaukee B. 3-0
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0
 4. Indy S. 0-0
 5. Midwest Flames 0-0
 6. Oshkosh 0-0
 7. Cleveland H. 0-1
 8. Porter County P. 0-2
Mid Atlantic
 1. Carolina C. 7-2
 2. Carolina Ch. 6-2
 3. East Carolina T. 4-4
 4. Nashville S. 3-0
 5. S.Carol.W. 1-0
 6. Tennessee MH 1-6
 7. Fayetteville F. 1-9
 8. Clarksville C. 0-2
 9. Carolina J. 0-3
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 4-0
 2. Greencastle GK 2-0
 3. Indianapolis 2-0
 4. Flint Fire 0-0
 5. Lansing L. 0-0
 6. Detroit Hoops 0-1
 7. Dayton GCHF 0-2
 8. Michiana M. 0-2
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 5-0
 2. Jersey Expr. 4-6
 3. Island Vipers 1-3
 4. Conn. Chill 0-0
 5. NY Red Riders 0-0
 6. Rochester 0-0
 7. Syracuse SW 0-0
 8. New York Ch. 0-1
 9. NYC Thunder 0-2
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 6-1
 2. Louisiana U.P. 0-0
 3. Mobile Bay H. 0-0
 4. Panama City D. 0-1
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 11-0
 2. Colorado C. 4-4
 3. Crusaders 2-4
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4
South Central
 1. Bluff City R. 10-0
 2. Conway C. 9-2
 3. Little Rock L. 5-3
 4. Missouri R. 1-3
 5. St.Louis P. 0-0
 6. Delta S. 0-8
 7. N.E. Arkansas 0-8
South West
 1. Texas Fuel 7-2
 2. North Dallas 6-1
 3. West Texas W. 3-4
 4. Dallas Impact 1-4
 5. Oklahoma 1-5
 6. Houston R.S. 0-0
 7. N.Texas F. 0-0
 8. Team Havok 0-0
Touring Team
 1. Rocky Mountain S. 0-0
 2. Team Haiti 0-1
 3. West Virginia B. 0-1
 4. Appalachian R. 0-2
 5. Calgary C. 0-2
 6. Chicago F. 0-2


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic League round 14 best performance: Milan Macvan - by Eurobasket News
Center Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Partizan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat KK Zagreb CO (#9, 7-7) 94-85. Partizan maintains the 4th position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Partizan will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Macvan had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Partizan's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Radnicki K.. Scott had a very good evening with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Radnicki K. to edge Cibona (7-7) 87-81. This victory allowed Radnicki K. to move up to 6th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Scott is a newcomer at Radnicki K., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#2). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm (#12). Savovic showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Savovic's great performance Hemofarm lost 73-81 to Crvena Zvezda (4-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hemofarm can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have rather bad season and 4-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Savovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Savovic has individually a great season in Adriatic League. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K. - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Shawn James (208-C-83) of Maccabi T-A - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ivan Ramljak (203-F-90) of Siroki WWin - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Fran Pilepic (192-G-89) of Siroki WWin - 26 points
9. Jure Lalic (212-C-86) of Krka - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Sean May (206-F-84) of KK Zagreb CO - 19 points and 4 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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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 11-1 
 2. Penarol 10-2 
 3. Libertad S. 9-3 
 4. Atenas 7-5 
 5. Sionista 7-5 
 6. Lanus 7-5 
 7. Quimsa 6-6 
 8. Regatas C. 6-6 
 9. La Union 6-6 
 10. Boca Jrs 6-6 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 5-6 
 12. San Mart.C. 4-8 
 13. Olimpico LB 3-8 
 14. GECR Indalo 3-9 
 15. Club 9 3-9 
 16. Quilmes MP 2-10 


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Gutierrez, Obras18.7 
 2. Smith, La Union18.1 
 3. Villegas, Sionista17.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.16.7 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.6 
 6. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 7. Mojica, Wuber-Es.16.2 
 8. Pittman, Libertad.16.0 
 9. Mikulas, La Union15.8 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  Atenas
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras9.3 
 3. Sandes, Sionista9.2 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.8.8 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 6. Truscott, Quilm.8.3 
 7. Cowan, Club 97.6 
 8. Mikulas, La Union7.2 
 9. Matthews, San M.7.2 
 10. Meyinsse, Wuber-.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.8 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.6 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.9 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista5.2 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.4 
 7. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 8. Smith, La Union3.8 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.4 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 3. McHopson, Quilm.1.8 
 4. Beitzel, San M.1.7 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. Funes, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Washam, Obras1.5 
 8. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.5 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 10. Pau, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hakeem ROLLINS
  Sionista
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rollins, Sionista1.6 
 2. Roe, Regatas C.1.2 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 4. Ayarza, Club 91.1 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.1.1 
 6. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 7. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 8. Clancy, Atenas0.9 
 9. Gamble, Club 90.8 
 10. Kante, Regatas C.0.8 


LigaA: Round 12 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
LigaA top team - Obras (11-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Club 9 (3-9) in Rio Tercero 94-82. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 51-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Obras made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Club 9 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) who added 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Obras have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Club 9 lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with nine games lost. They share the position with GECR Indalo. Obras are looking forward to face San Martin Corrientes (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Club 9 will play against Sionista in Parana and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Santiado Estero was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Libertad Sunchales (9-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Quimsa (6-6). Libertad Sunchales managed to secure a 6-point victory 73-67. The winners were led by American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and Joshua Pittman supported him with 22 points. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) did not help to save the game for Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-3 record having just two points less than leader Obras. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Libertad Sunchales will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimsa will play against Atenas (#4) in Cordoba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Buenos Aires between Boca Juniors and GECR Indalo. Ninth ranked Boca Juniors (6-6) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked GECR Indalo (3-9). Boca Juniors managed to escape with a 1-point win 79-78 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Will Graves who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Edward Nelson who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds. Boca Juniors have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Club 9. Boca Juniors will meet at home Regatas Corrientes (#8) in the next round. GECR Indalo will play against La Union (#9) in Formosa and hope to secure a win.
Sixteenth-ranked Quilmes MP (2-10) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Lanus (7-5) in Mar del Plata. The visitors from Buenos Aires managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for Juan Pablo Cantero who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lanus have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Atenas and Sionista. Quilmes MP lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Lanus' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Penarol in Mar del Plata and it may be the game of the week. Quilmes MP will play at home against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca.
An interesting game took place in Cordoba where higher ranked Atenas (7-5) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-8) 93-89 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Atenas. Worth to mention a great performance of John DeGroat who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to thirteenth place. Atenas at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Atenas will play against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.

In the last two games of round 12 La Union lost to Regatas C. on the opponent's court 72-84. Sionista managed to outperform San Mart.C. in a home game 80-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by Gabriel Mikulas of La Union.


Regatas C. - La Union 84-72

There was a minor upset when higher ranked La Union (6-6) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Regatas Corrientes (6-6) 84-72 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 assists and American swingman Ronald DuPree (199-81, college: LSU, agency: Priority Sports) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Regatas Corrientes and four La Union players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated La Union. Regatas Corrientes will face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: R.DuPree 17+5reb+1ast, J.Martinez 16+3reb+7ast, N.Romano 15+3reb, D.Kante 10+12reb+1ast, L.Roe 10+7reb+3ast, P.Quinteros 9+2reb+2ast
La Union: G.Mikulas 19+8reb, J.Smith 11+1reb+1ast, G.Lewis 11+12reb, A.Pau 11+1reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 6+5reb, J.Caceres 5+2reb
gschID: 141230


Club 9 - Obras 82-94

LigaA top team - Obras (11-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Club 9 (3-9) in Rio Tercero 94-82. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 51-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Obras made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Club 9 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) who added 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Obras have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Club 9 lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with nine games lost. They share the position with GECR Indalo. Obras are looking forward to face San Martin Corrientes (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Club 9 will play against Sionista in Parana and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 33+16reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 14+2ast, A.Konsztatd 12+1reb, T.Field 10+4reb, A.Elsener 9+1reb, T.Smith 8+3reb
Club 9: J.Ayarza 22+5reb, M.Melo 18+1reb+1ast, J.Cowan 16+7reb, D.Gerbaudo 10+3reb+1ast, R.Jones-Jennings 6+3reb, P.Orlietti 4+3reb
gschID: 141231


Quilmes MP - Lanus 75-77

Sixteenth-ranked Quilmes MP (2-10) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Lanus (7-5) in Mar del Plata. The visitors from Buenos Aires managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-17. But Quilmes MP won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international guard Juan Pablo Cantero (184-82) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Quilmes MP. Four Lanus and five Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Lanus have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Atenas and Sionista. Quilmes MP lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Lanus' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Penarol in Mar del Plata and it may be the game of the week. Quilmes MP will play at home against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca.
Top scorers:
Lanus: J.Pablo Cantero 21+5reb+5ast, A.Boccia 14+4reb+1ast, J.Levy 13+1reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 10+2reb+5ast, T.Taylor 9+12reb+2ast, D.Guaita 5+3reb
Quilmes MP: A.Weigand 14+6reb+1ast, J.Maye 12+3reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 12+3reb+2ast, P.McHopson 11+5reb+3ast, L.Truscott 11+6reb+2ast, F.Pinero 9+3reb
gschID: 141225


Atenas - Olimpico LB 89-93

An interesting game took place in Cordoba where higher ranked Atenas (7-5) was upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-8) 93-89 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Atenas. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 4 points. Olimpico de La Banda made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Atenas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to thirteenth place. Atenas at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Atenas will play against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: J.DeGroat 25+11reb+1ast, G.Grays 17+2reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 13+3reb+1ast, E.Villares 12+2reb+4ast, F.Malara 9+5reb+2ast, C.Romero 8+4reb+1ast
Atenas: M.Melvin 25+9reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 15, M.Lescano 15+2reb+4ast, M.Gerlero 12+5reb, S.Clancy 9+6reb+2ast, F.Sucatzky 8+2reb+10ast
gschID: 141226


Sionista - San Mart.C. 80-74

Rather predictable result in Parana where eighth ranked Sionista (7-5) defeated 12th ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-8) 80-74 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. San Martin Corrientes trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-80 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) who added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Italian guard Pablo Albertinazzi (174-78) scored 16 points. Sionista moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Atenas and Lanus. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes keeps the twelfth position with eight games lost. Sionista will face Club 9 (#15) in Rio Tercero in the next round which should be an easy win for them. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against the league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Sionista: M.Sandes 18+8reb+1ast, J.Villegas 16+5reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 14+3reb+4ast, L.Cequeira 11+6reb+10ast, H.Rollins 8+8reb, D.Hure 4
San Mart.C.: C.Matthews 17+7reb, P.Albertinazzi 16+3reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 13+6reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 6+1reb+3ast, M.Maciel 5+3reb, D.Beitzel 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 141228


Boca Jrs - GECR Indalo 79-78

A very close game took place in Buenos Aires between Boca Juniors and GECR Indalo. Ninth ranked Boca Juniors (6-6) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked GECR Indalo (3-9). Boca Juniors managed to escape with a 1-point win 79-78 on Sunday evening. GECR Indalo trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 24-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-79 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Italian point guard Diego Ciorciari (184-80, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively. Boca Juniors have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Club 9. Boca Juniors will meet at home Regatas Corrientes (#8) in the next round. GECR Indalo will play against La Union (#9) in Formosa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: W.Graves 16+8reb, J.Brussino 14+1reb, D.Alston 14+4reb, L.OBannon 10+1ast, M.Delia 8+11reb, M.Stanic 7+5reb+10ast
GECR Indalo: E.Nelson 20+5reb, S.Scala 14+1reb, D.Ciorciari 14+2reb+5ast, F.Mansilla 11+1reb, C.McGowan 8+5reb, D.Davis 7+11reb+1ast
gschID: 141229


Quimsa - Libertad S. 67-73

The game in Santiado Estero was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Libertad Sunchales (9-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Quimsa (6-6). Libertad Sunchales managed to secure a 6-point victory 73-67. It looked good early as Quimsa took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Libertad Sunchales took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. Libertad Sunchales made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Quimsa was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 22 points. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) did not help to save the game for Quimsa. American forward Bernard Robinson (198-81, college: Michigan) added 9 points and 7 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-3 record having just two points less than leader Obras. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Libertad Sunchales will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimsa will play against Atenas (#4) in Cordoba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Pittman 22+1reb+2ast, R.Battle 15+14reb+1ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 10+1reb+1ast, J.Treise 8+2reb+4ast, J.Bucknor 7+7reb, F.Calvi 6+7reb+5ast
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 20+10reb+1ast, J.Williams 12+5reb, B.Robinson 9+7reb+2ast, C.Schattmann 8+1reb+1ast, H.Salles 6+3reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 5+2reb+2ast
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Argentinian LigaA round 12 (Second Stage) best performance: Juan Gutierrez - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Obras, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Club 9 (#15, 3-9) 94-82. It allowed Obras to consolidate first place in the Italian LigaA. Obras has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. In the team's last game Gutierrez had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Obras and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Juan Gutierrez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.1ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.0rpg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg,60.0% FGP and 45.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Libertad S.. Battle had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Libertad S. to edge the lower-ranked Quimsa (#7, 6-6) 73-67. Libertad S.'s 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Battle is a newcomer at Libertad S., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Olimpico LB (#13). DeGroat scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Olimpico LB, leading his team to a 93-89 win against the higher-ranked Atenas (#4, 7-5). Olimpico LB can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for DeGroat he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. DeGroat has a very solid season. In 11 games in Argentina he scored 16.3ppg. He also has 6.4rpg, FGP: 52.1% and 3PT: 41.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78) of La Union - 11 points and 12 rebounds
5. Marcus Melvin (203-F-82) of Atenas - 25 points and 9 rebounds
6. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80) of La Union - 19 points and 8 rebounds
7. Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) of Lanus - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) of Quimsa - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of Club 9 - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Djibril Kante (201-C-80) of Regatas C. - 10 points and 12 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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Jerai Grant claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kings and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Blaze (#7, 6-7) 102-96. Kings is placed at 5th position in Australian NBL. Kings 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 8-9 record. Grant turned to be Kings' top player in his first season with the team. Clemson University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Grant is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 57.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of second-ranked Breakers. Jackson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 11 points and 11 assists. Of course Breakers cruised to a 90-79 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Tigers (#3, 9-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Breakers consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Jackson is a newcomer at Breakers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of 36ers (#8). Simpson scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Simpson's great performance 36ers lost 67-72 to the higher-ranked Taipans (#4, 8-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of 36ers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Simpson could try to bring 36ers' a little bit higher in the standings. Simpson has individually a great season in Australia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 63.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) of Crocodiles - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83) of Tigers - 22 points and 7 rebounds
6. Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) of Kings - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Andrew Warren (195-G-87) of Taipans - 25 points and 4 rebounds
8. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87) of Breakers - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88) of Kings - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83) of Tigers - 17 points, 9 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)


Woolpert opts for phone hearing - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League has announced that Townsville Crocodiles Head Coach Paul Woolpert (agency: SportsTalent ) has elected to have the charges against him heard by telephone by the NBL Tribunal.

Woolpert was charged with Abusive Language and Unsportsmanlike Conduct following the Townsville Crocodiles versus Wollongong Hawks match on Saturday night at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong.

The Townsville Crocodiles club advised the NBL head office this morning that Woolpert had elected to have the matter heard via a telephone hook-up, rather than opting for a formal Tribunal hearing.

NBL Tribunal Chairman Scott Derwin will now conduct individual phone interviews with all parties to the charges on Tuesday afternoon. The outcome will be advised as soon as the Tribunals ruling has been handed down.

As per standard NBL rules, all parties are forbidden from publicly discussing the charges now that the matter has been referred to the Tribunal.

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


Andrew Bogut returning to Bucks - by Eurobasket News
Bucks center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) is returning to the United States on Sunday and is expected to be ready to play for Milwaukee on Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs, his agent, David Bauman, said.

Bauman said that 'given the time difference and the length of the flight back to the U.S., it is unlikely he will be able to make it back in time for the Bucks' game in Phoenix' against the Suns on Sunday night.

Earlier Sunday, Bruce Kaider, his Australian-based manager, had told The Associated Press that he expected Bogut to return to the Bucks soon as he sorts out some family issues.

'Andrew feels bad that this serious personal matter caused him to miss four games and he will be ready to play Tuesday without limitations or restrictions,' Bauman said.

'We do not expect to comment further, but Andrew appreciates the support and understanding during this difficult time that he has received from his teammates, Bucks' management and the Bucks' fans. In particular, he also appreciates how the media and fans respected his request for privacy during these past few days.'

Kaider told the AP that Bogut is completely fit, but the Aussie is in his hometown of Melbourne and dealing 'with those things we all have to go through in life, certain personal issues that he is experiencing at the moment.' Kaider did not elaborate.

On Saturday, the Bucks lost 92-86 to the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee's third game in a row without Bogut.

Bogut, who has 63,500 Twitter followers and has posted nearly 14,500 tweets, has been silent on the social networking site since Jan. 3.

Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft in 2005, is averaging 14.3 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks after elbow surgery late last season.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Gmunden Swans add Dwight Burke - by Stefan Prager
Austrian runner up and acting Cup champs Gmunden Swans announced that the club has signed power forward Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) to a try- out contract. Due to the signing of Burke and the return of the injured Peter Huetter (197-F/G-80) forward Mike Oppland (204-F-84, college: Valparaiso) is a practice/standby player again. The 6'8'' 25 year old Burke last played in France for Nantes in the ProB. In 7 appearances he averaged 2.1ppg along with 3.4rpg while shooting just 30% from the field. In 2011 he was an All Star in the Czech Republic. Burke a native of Brooklyn NYC played four years of College Basketball at Marquette University. With 124 appearances he ranks ninth all time in games played for Golden Eagles. Burke is expected to have his debut on Sunday when the Swans host the still winless UBC St. Poelten.

Christoph Nagler claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Klosterneub. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Klosterneub. in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team St.Polten (#11, 0-14) with 21-point margin 101-80. It allowed Klosterneub. to jump to the first place in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Klosterneub. have a solid 13-2 record. In the team's last game Nagler had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Klosterneub., through which he has constantly improved. Christoph Nagler averages this season 15.8ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Jeremy Fears (196-G-85) of Kapfenberg. Fears impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Kapfenberg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Arkadia (#10, 4-12) 86-65. Kapfenberg's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Fears is a newcomer at Kapfenberg and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) of Oberwart (#5). Shaw scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Oberwart, leading his team to a 103-85 easy win against the lower-ranked BC Vienna (#8, 6-10). Oberwart needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Shaw has a very solid season. In 16 games in Austria he scored 16.6ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92) of Arkadia - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of BC Vienna - 35 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of Furstenfeld - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vernard Hollins (190-G-80) of Oberwart - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86) of Kapfenberg - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) of St.Polten - 25 points and 8 assists
10. Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of Kapfenberg - 16 points, 9 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)


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 13-2 
 2. Gmunden 12-3 
 3. Wels 11-4 
 4. Kapfenberg 10-5 
 5. Oberwart 9-7 
 6. Gussing 8-7 
 7. UBSC Graz 7-9 
 8. BC Vienna 6-10 
 9. Furstenfeld 5-11 
 10. Arkadia 4-12 
 11. St.Polten 0-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.1 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Drenovac, Arkadia20.7 
 4. Djuric, Gussing20.2 
 5. Reed, Oberwart20.2 
 6. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.19.5 
 8. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 9. Bobb, Klosterneub.17.5 
 10. Curry, Gmunden17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels8.7 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.6 
 4. Reed, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.9 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.4 
 7. Trmal, St.Polten6.9 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.8 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.6 
 10. Ware, Furstenfeld6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg5.9 
 2. Danek, Arkadia5.8 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.2 
 5. Vay, Arkadia5.0 
 6. Lanegger, Klostern.4.9 
 7. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 8. Shavies, Furstenf.4.6 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Arkadia
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Vay, Arkadia2.6 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.4 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 5. Milosevic, St.Polt.2.0 
 6. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 7. Scott, Gussing1.8 
 8. Brown, Wels1.7 
 9. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 3. Scott, Gussing1.0 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 5. Brown, Wels0.7 
 6. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.6 
 8. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 9. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 
 10. Vay, Arkadia0.6 


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EuroChallenge: Aalstar edged Telekom Baskets in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Aalstar - Telekom Baskets 98:86

Aalstar edged Telekom Baskets in their start of the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Belgian team needed a strong first half and reached 98:86 victory in Aalst.
The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Telekom Baskets was better in third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar made 23-of-27 free shots during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Justin Holiday (198-F, college: Washington) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.

Telekom Baskets: Chris Ensminger 22, Jared Jordan 15, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 15, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 13, Talor Battle (183-PG-88, college: Penn St.) 11
Aalstar: Christopher Copeland 27, Justin Holiday 17, Jackson 14, Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) 13



EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons defeated Antwerp in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Artland Dragons 63:67

Artland Dragons defeated Antwerp in Belgium for the first victory in Group L of EuroChallenge. The German side needed a strong first half to take 67:63 win.
Antwerp Giants trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 25-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-67 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons made 20-of-25 free shots during the game. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for center Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants.

Antwerp: Darnell Wilson 16, Michael Roll 12, Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) 10
Artland Dragons: Darren Fenn 26, Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) 12, Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) 10, David Holston 10



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Tijuca announce Miguel Da Luz - by Eurobasket News
Tijuca announced the hiring of Miguel da Luz . Well-known coach will guide the NBB newcomers for the reminder of the season. Miguel da Luz was last seen in Venezuela. He worked with Marinos de Anzoategui in LPB. Previously he had spells with Vasco de Gama, Olaria, Jequia, Grajau, Uberlandia, Flamengo, Ulbra, Botafogo, Telemar, Telemig. Miguel da Luz worked with Brazilian Womens Junior National Team in 1993. In 1994 he took over the Womens National Team. He led Brazil to Silver medals at 1996 Olympic Games. Miguel da Luz was named the Best Coach at the tournament. Latinbasket.com named the specialist All-Brazilian BNL Coach of the Year in 2005. He guided Mexican National Team in 2006.


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Aleksandr Yanev claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Aleksandr Yanev (203-F/C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cherno More and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 21-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Spartak Pleven (#8, 2-11) 88-84. Cherno More maintains the 5th position in Bulgarian NBL. Cherno More 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 7-6 record. In the team's last game Yanev had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Cherno More's top player in his first season with the team. Yanev has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 65.9% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American guard Andre Owens (193-G-80) of league's best team Lukoil Academik. Owens impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Lukoil Academik to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Chernomorets (#7, 2-11) 117-63. Of course Lukoil Academik still keep 's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Lukoil Academik managed to win all 13 games keeping perfect record. Owens is a newcomer at Lukoil Academik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Lukoil Academik's star - American Brandon Heath (193-G-84). Heath showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Lukoil Academik, helping his team with a 117-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Chernomorets (#7, 2-11). Lukoil Academik have amazing season winning all 13 games without a single defeat in . Heath turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Heath has a great season in Bulgaria. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.3apg (2nd best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 72.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamont Mack (201-F-87) of Lukoil Academik - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) of Spartak Pleven - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tencho Banev (209-C-80) of Lukoil Academik - 9 points and 14 rebounds
7. Lamont Mack (201-F-87) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Isiah Martin (203-F/C-89) of Balkan - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Pavel Marinov (197-G-88) of Lukoil Academik - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Tundja Yambol - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 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)


American center enforcing Yambol - by Maria Mitzova
American C Tony Gugino (207-C-86, college: Hillsdale) signed with Bulgarian bronze medalist Tundja Yambol.
Gugino will fill the spot of Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Interperformances), who was released from the team.
Gugino started the season with the Swiss SAM Basket Massagno, and his pro carrier also started in Switzerland - with BC Boncourt Red Team.
Tony Gugino is the third American in the team of Tundja Yambol after John Ofoegbu (206-C-84, college: Idaho St.) and Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, college: High Point).
The transfer period in Bulgaria ends on Jan 21.




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Storms McDowell named Player of Week - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada named Summerside Storm's Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 8.

McDowell joins Chris Cayole as Storm players who have received this honour this year.

A 511 guard from Tennessee-Chattanooga, McDowell averaged 28.5 points per game in two Summerside contests. He scored 28 points and 10 rebounds in Summersides 119-104 victory over Moncton Miracles; and then scored 29 points in a 106-98 road loss to the London Lightning.

The Storm play next at home, Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. facing the Oshawa Power.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


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Chinese CBA round 22 best performance: Marcus Williams - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Marcus Williams (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shanxi Zh., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (49 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Zhejiang C. (#5, 12-8) with 18-point margin 128-110. Shanxi Zh. is placed at 9th position in Chinese CBA. 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 10-9 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Shanxi Zh.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Arizona star has very solid stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (3rd best: 30.8ppg) and averages impressive 2.3spg,68.8% FGP and 82.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American J.R. Smith (198-G-85) of Zhejiang C.. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 57 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Zhejiang C. lost that game 110-128 to the lower-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#9, 10-9). Zhejiang C. managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smith is a newcomer at Zhejiang C., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 34.3ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 7.4rpg and 4.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Will McDonald (211-C-79) of Fujian XX (#7). McDonald got into 30-points club by scoring 41 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of Fujian XX, leading his team to a 109-105 win against the higher-ranked Beijing Ducks (#3, 14-7). Fujian XX 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. McDonald has a great season in China. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.2ppg (4th best). He also has FGP: 56.1% and 3PT: 48.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh. - 30 points and 16 rebounds
5. Gani Lawal (206-F-88) of Xinjiang F.T. - 30 points and 26 rebounds
6. Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin R. - 22 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing Ducks - 31 points and 10 rebounds
8. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai S. - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Shandong FB - 22 points and 14 rebounds
10. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of DongGuan L. - 22 points and 18 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)


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong ST 17-4 
 2. Guangsha L. 14-7 
 3. Beijing Ducks 14-7 
 4. DongGuan L. 13-8 
 5. Zhejiang C. 12-8 
 6. Shanghai S. 12-8 
 7. Fujian XX 12-9 
 8. Liaoning H. 11-10 
 9. Shanxi Zh. 10-9 
 10. Xinjiang F.T. 10-9 
 11. Qingdao DS 9-12 
 12. Shandong FB 9-12 
 13. Jilin NE T. 8-13 
 14. Bayi Fubang 6-13 
 15. Foshan 6-14 
 16. TianJin R. 6-15 
 17. Jiangsu D. 5-16 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.3
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.3 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.0 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.8 
 4. McDonald, Fujian X.28.2 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.1 
 6. Chandler, Guangsha.28.1 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan.25.7 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.25.6 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Fujian XX
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Abbas, Fujian XX14.8 
 2. Harvey, TianJin R.13.6 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.4 
 4. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.3 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 7. Hunter, Shandong12.9 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.5 
 9. Randolph, DongGua.12.5 
 10. Harris, Shanghai12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.7 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.7 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.4 
 4. Yang, Liaoning H.6.0 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.3 
 6. Mengke, Xinjiang.5.1 
 7. Brooks, Guandong4.9 
 8. Anderson, Shandon.4.6 
 9. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 10. Lee, Beijing Ducks4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.2 
 2. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 3. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.8 
 4. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.5 
 5. Anderson, Shandon.2.5 
 6. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 7. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.5 
 8. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.5 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.3 
 10. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dan GADZURIC
  Jiang.
  (211-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.9 
 3. Xu, Bayi Fubang1.8 
 4. Douthit, Foshan1.8 
 5. Randolph, DongGua.1.7 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 9. Carney, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Watkins, Jilin N.1.4 


Mavericks recall Yi Jianlian from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks have recalled forward Jianlian Yi (7'0''-F/C-87) from their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

Yi is expected to join the Mavericks for Tuesday night's game against the Pistons in Detroit.

Yi was signed by the Mavericks as a free agent on Jan. 6 and then was assigned to the Texas Legends. Yi averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in two games with the Legends.

The former Chinese Basketball Association standout was picked sixth overall by Milwaukee in the 2007 NBA draft. In his 242 NBA games, Yi has averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.

Courtesy of www.china.org.cn


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Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 12-0 
 2. Apollon 9-2 
 3. Etha 8-3 
 4. APOEL 6-4 
 5. AEK 6-5 
 6. Omonia 4-7 
 7. ENAD 3-9 
 8. AEL 1-10 


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EuroChallenge: Besiktas Milangaz open Group K with the victory - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Milangaz-BK Pardubice 78:70

Besiktas Milangaz open Group K with the victory over BK Pardubice. The Turkish favorites won 78:70 to continue their streak.
David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) gave the hosts an 11-2 run as they reached 21:16 at the end of the quarter. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) reduced to 23:20, while Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) improved to 38:25. Besiktas Milangaz also managed to win the second period and led 44:37 at the halftime. The third quarter however belonged to the guests. They grabbed 47:46 lead after Petr Bohacik (202-F-85)s three-pointer, but trailed 6 points after 30 minutes. Kotas kept the difference at 76:70 at the end, while Carlos Arroyo closed the game with a lay-up.
Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) stepped up with 22 points and Carlos Arroyo nailed 17. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) and David Hawkins followed them with 13 points each in a win. Petr Bohacik ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Corey Muirhead scored 17 and Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) notched 13.

Besiktas Milangaz: Ersin Dagli 22, Carlos Arroyo 17, Zoran Erceg 13, David Hawkins 13
BK Pardubice: Petr Bohacik 20, Corey Muirhead 17, Maurice Hampton 13


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Former NBA player Mikki Moore signs with the Idaho Stampede - by Eurobasket News
The Idaho Stampede acquired former NBA star Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) as a free agent, the club announced today.

Moore (6-11, 225, Nebraska) played 12 seasons in the NBA after going undrafted, beginning in 1998-99 with the Detroit Pistons. Moore also played with Boston, Atlanta, New Jersey, Utah, Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle, Sacramento and Golden State. Born Nov. 4, 1975, Moore played 557 games (181 starts) in the NBA, averaging 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Moore, while with the New Jersey Nets in 2006-07, averaged 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while leading the NBA in field goal percentage (60.9).

Before the 2011-12 NBA season, Moore was in training camp with the Memphis Grizzlies. Moore also played in the CBA and NBA D-League, making the CBA All-Rookie team in 1997-98 and All-NBA D-League first team and Defensive Player of the Year in 2002-03.

While at the University of Nebraska, he averaged 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 114 games in four seasons from 1993-97.

The Stampede roster stands at 12, after waiving Reggie Larry and David Bailey due to injury.

Courtesy of www.kivitv.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 12-4 
 2. Canton C. 8-8 
 3. Springfield A. 8-9 
 4. Erie Bay H. 8-10 
 5. Dakota W. 7-7 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 7-11 
 7. Maine RC 5-12 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 5-12 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 14-6 
 2. Austin T. 12-3 
 3. Rio Grande VV 11-8 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 9-7 
 5. Bakersfield J. 9-8 
 6. Reno B. 9-9 
 7. Idaho S. 7-10 
 8. Texas L. 5-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.5 
 2. Costner, Los A.24.6 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.0 
 5. Millsap, Los A.22.5 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.4 
 8. Biggs, Canton C.19.8 
 9. Curry, Springfield19.5 
 10. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers14.2 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Milligan, Canton C.10.4 
 4. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 5. Harris, Maine RC9.6 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.5 
 7. Daniels, Erie B.9.4 
 8. Thomas, Reno B.9.3 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 10. Andrews, Los A.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 3. Coleman, Sioux F.7.1 
 4. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.6.7 
 6. Ahearn, Reno B.6.5 
 7. Cooksey, Texas L.6.4 
 8. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 9. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 10. Curry, Springfiel.6.1 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millsap, Los A.2.6 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 5. Curry, Springfield2.2 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 8. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 9. Coleman, Sioux F.2.1 
 10. Emmett, Reno B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Foster, Idaho S.3.1 
 2. Thomas, Los A.2.7 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Smith, Rio G.1.8 
 6. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 7. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 
 8. Kent, Maine RC1.5 
 9. Anderson, Dakota1.5 
 10. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.5 


Wizards claim Taylor Griffin - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizard announced that they have claimed forward Taylor Griffin (6'7''-F-86, college: Oklahoma) from the available player pool. Griffin will be in uniform tomorrow when the Wizards take on the Canton Charge at the NBA Development League Showcase in Reno, NV.

Griffin was drafted in the second round (48th overall) by the Phoenix Suns in the 2009 NBA Draft. He split the 2009-10 season with the Suns and their NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy where he averaged 9.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 12 games (11 starts). Griffin appeared in 8 games with the Suns averaging 1.3 points and 0.3 rebounds. He most recently played for Belgacom Liege of the Belgium Basketball League.

As a senior, he averaged 9.6 points on 53.6% shooting with 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. With his younger brother, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Taylor helped lead Oklahoma to the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The current roster stands at 10 players.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Manny Harris activated by Canton Charge - by Eurobasket News
Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan) has been added to the Charge roster and is available for Tuesday nights game in Reno, Nev. against the Dakota Wizards.

The Charge acquired Harris on Dec. 28 via the affiliate player rule after he was cut from Cleveland Cavaliers training camp. He then was injury-waived to buy the Charge extra time from making a roster move as he recovered from a foot injury, during which Canton maintained his rights.

To make room for Harris, forward Trent Strickland was waived Monday after spending less than a month with the team.

The 22-year-old Harris played in 54 games last year for the Cavaliers as an undrafted rookie. He averaged 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists and made 15 starts. He was unable to participate during Cavaliers training camp last month because of a freak freezer burn injury to his right foot.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Harris joins a crowded wing position for the Charge with Christian Eyenga, Antoine Agudio, Antonio Graves and Kyle Gibson. Eyenga is on assignment from the Cavaliers.

A first-team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore, Harris averaged 17.0 points a game in his three-year career at the University of Michigan.

Canton faces the Dakota Wizards at 10 p.m. Tuesday as part of the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno.

The 27-year-old Strickland, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound Wake Forest product, played in nine games with Canton, averaging 6.4 points on 38.9 percent shooting.

Since going for 15 points and seven rebounds during a New Years Day loss to Fort Wayne, Strickland had only played eight total minutes over two games.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


Iowa Energy re-sign Curtis Stinson - by Eurobasket News
The Iowa Energy have re-signed reigning NBA D-League MVP Curtis Stinson (6'3''-G-83, college: Iowa St.), according to a press release issued by the team Monday.

The point guard most recently played in Slovenia.

Stinson averaged 19.3 points, 9.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds last season for the Energy. During the Energys playoff run, Stinson averaged 24.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists in eight games while leading the Energy to their first league crown.

With Stinson at the helm, the Energy recorded the best regular-season record in league history each of the past two seasons; finishing 37-13. Last seasons team also set the all-time league record for most wins in a season at 43 including the playoffs.

The Iowa State product will join the Energy on their trip to the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev., this week. The team will play Reno on Wednesday and Canton on Thursday.

The Energy return home on Sunday, January 15th at 4pm vs. Tulsa.

Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com


D-League Showcase: Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande VV - Reno B. 99-116
Marcus Morris (6'8''-F-89, college: Kansas) brought his lottery credentials, but Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) and Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) left with the winning ticket. Emmett, a former 2004 second-round pick, scored 36 points, while Ahearn added 26 points and 12 assists, as the hometown Reno Bighorns (9-9) defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 116-99. 'A lot went right for us tonight,' said Ahearn, the NBA D-League's leading scorer (25.4 ppg). 'When you have a bunch of guys clicking on the same page that know how to play, it's fun to be out there.' Emmett shot a red-hot 16-for-23 from the field, and also had nine rebounds and a game-high five steals. Morris, the fourteenth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft currently on assignment from the Houston Rockets, finished with 24 points and nine boards. Willie Warren, a former second-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers, added 14 points. Reno will play Wednesday against Iowa. The Vipers (11-8) return to action Thursday against Springfield. *Courtesy of http://thedailysportsherald.blogspot.com

Erie Bay H. - Idaho S. 103-101
The Stampede fell to the BayHawks 103-101 in front of NBA scouts and personnel in Reno on Monday. Armon Johnson (6'3''-PG-89, college: Nevada), on assignment from the Portland Trail Blazers, led Idaho (7-10) with 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Fellow Portland assignee Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Stampede. Idaho's next Showcase game is Wednesday against Bakersfield. The game will air on NBA TV at 1:45 p.m. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

Los Angeles D. - Springfield A. 97-82
Another staunch defensive effort found the D-Fenders on the winning end as they edged the Springfield Armor 97-82 for their sixth consecutive victory. With the win, the D-Fenders (14-6), who held the Armor to 35.3 percent shooting in the Monday matinee, tied the 2007-08 team for the longest win streak in franchise history. Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.), who opened the game with 15 first quarter points, scored a game-high 29 points (8-12 FG, 9-13 FT) to go with two blocks in 32 minutes. Meanwhile, Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals, Otis George (6'9''-C-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) totaled 12 points and five rebounds off the bench, and Courtney Fortson added 13 points and four rebounds. The D-Fenders also saw solid outings from Mardy Collins (10 points, 9 rebounds) and Zach Andrews (6 points, 12 rebounds) in the win. Springfield (8-9) was paced by JamesOn Curry, who totaled 19 points and eight assists, and L.D. Williams, who finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. In addition, Jeff Foote contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds and Jerry Smith tallied 14 points to round out the Armor double-digit scorers. With the win, the D-Fenders improve to 4-0 in Monday games this season and are now 14-8 all-time against the Armor. The D-Fenders return to action January 11th against the Maine Red Claws at the NBA Development League Showcase. The game will be broadcast live on NBA TV at 10 a.m. PST. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Ft.Wayne MA 96-100
Mad Ants point guard Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) picked a great time, in front of a slew of NBA scouts, to have his finest game of the season. Russell scored 19 points and dished out a NBA D-League season-high 19 assists in leading the Ants to a 100-96 win over the Bakersfield Jam on Monday at the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev. 'We've had players leaving, coaches leaving, no practices, but we're finally starting to get that chemistry,' Russell said in a telephone interview with The News-Sentinel. 'Guys are filling in their roles and we're looking like a brand new team.' The Ants (7-11) came back against Bakersfield after falling behind 13-0 and 19-2 to start the game. They had closed the margin to 33-27 by the end of the first quarter and settled in for the long haul. The win was the first ever in the Showcase for the Ants. 'We started off shaky, but we showed the heart we can have and the team we can be,' Russell said. 'We didn't have our legs at the start, but we kept fighting and the next thing you know we were up. We just have to continue to believe in each other.' Ants forward Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) also had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Jarrid Famous scored 20 points with nine boards and Sadiel Rojas came off the bench to hit 7-of-8 shots and finish with 16 points and eight rebounds. The Ants were without Ron Howard, who missed the game with a hand injury. Rojas, filling in primarily for Howard, hit a big three-point shot late in the game. 'We gave Sadiel the game ball,' Russell said. 'He came in rebounding, playing defense, hitting some tough shots in crucial moments. He definitely deserved the game ball. Going from not playing at all, to playing a big part, that was great.' Russell said he feels the team is getting back to playing 'Mad Ants basketball' since the transition to new coach Steve Gansey, who improved to 2-1 as coach. 'We're more confident than we've been,' Russell said. 'Steve brought us back to where we're saying, 'Let's have fun with it.' Steve's been doing a great job keeping the enthusiasm and confidence with everybody. The sky's the limit.' Fort Wayne will play Tulsa at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the Showcase, and the game will be televised on NBA TV. Renaldo Major led Bakersfield with 14 points, but hit only 2-of-10 shots from the field. *Courtesy of www.news-sentinel.com

Texas L. - Maine RC 102-113
The Maine Red Claws ended their six-game losing streak with a 113-102 win over the Texas Legends Sunday at Dr. Pepper Arena. 'Winning at this point when you haven't won in a long time is rewarding,' Red Claws Coach Dave Leitao said. 'You feel a sense of relief more than anything else.' Maine (5-12), which won for just the second time on the road, set a season high in points. Its previous high came in a 106-99 win over Erie on Dec. 17. The Legends (5-12) were led by Jianlian Yi (7'0''-F/C-87), who finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Jianlian, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, was making his NBA Developmental League debut after being signed by the Dallas Mavericks last week. After trailing by as many as nine in the second quarter, the Red Claws went on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 24 with 2:28 remaining and never trailed again. With Maine's starting center Anthony Kent (6'10''-F/C-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Ball St.) in foul trouble for much of the game, Justin Brownlee -- who has spent a majority of the season as a starter -- contributed 24 points off the bench and also had five steals. But Brownlee was not the only reserve to deliver as the Red Claws' bench outscored the Legends' 71-38. 'He has been starting up until this point,' Leitao said. 'He and the other group that had been starting gave us a lot of energy off the bench.' The game was tied at 36 after one quarter and Maine carried momentum into the second quarter, outscoring Texas 29-18, including an 18-5 run late for a 65-54 halftime lead. The Red Claws also had a lot of success in their transition game, outscoring the Legends, 27-15. 'We try to do that with everybody but we were more successful today than we have been in the past few games,' Leitao said. Getting so many points on the break was a big reason his club won, but Leitao said he didn't feel it was the deciding factor. 'We were more mindful on the defensive end. It was a 36-36 first quarter and then they scored 18 in the second quarter,' Leitao said. 'We really turned the tide and got a double-digit lead with our defense in the second quarter. Then, we were able to maintain that lead and extend it. I felt it was more our defense than anything else.' Maine's last win was Dec. 24, 101-86 vs. Iowa. It was the second straight year the Red Claws snapped a losing streak at Texas. Last January Maine beat the Legends 95-89 to end a five-game losing skid. The Red Claws head to Reno, Nev., for the 2012 D-League Showcase, where they will face Sioux Falls at 1 p.m. Tuesday. 'You always feel better on a win than a loss,' Leitao said. 'We're going to build off of it.' Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Tulsa 66ers - Austin T. 90-91
Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) scored a game-high 25 points and Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) notched his ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 boards, but the Tulsa 66ers (9-7) were edged by the Austin Toros (12-3) by a 91-90 final score Sunday afternoon inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Brady Morningstar with 14 and reserve Dwight Buycks with 12. Tulsa's defense forced 17 Toro turnovers and created eight steals, led by Dyson and Curtis Sumpter with two thefts each. Offensively, the 66ers shot 36-of-70 (.514) from the floor, including 7-of-16 (.438) from 3-point range. Tulsa recorded 22 assists as a team, led by Morningstar with a team-high five dishes. 'We didn't execute down the stretch as well as we needed to,' 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. 'This will continue to be a learning process for our guys. We will keep our heads up and continue focusing on getting better as a team.' Austin, who entered the contest in first place in the Western Conference, used a 29-19 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to post the win. Tulsa began the final period leading 71-62. Leading the Toros in scoring was Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) with 23. Eric Dawson (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) added 19 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year. The 66ers return to action at the 2012 NBA D-League Showcase, held this year in Reno, Nev. Tulsa will take on the Texas Legends on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. CT inside the Reno Events Center. Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Springfield Armor lands Knowles - by Eurobasket Center
Springfield Armor strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old guard Preston Knowles (185-G-89, college: Louisville). In his first game he scored 6 points. However his new team lost to Los Angeles D. 82-97. Knowles played most recently at SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk (Ukraine). While playing 3 games for DniproAzot this season he averaged 1.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg. Knowles just graduated University of Louisville and actually missed last season. It will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  EBA   


Metro All-stars Roster - by Justin Moore
The Metropolitan All-stars for the 2012
Calvin Brown (6'9''-C-83, college: Norfolk St.)
Burgess Williams (6'10''-C-82, college: W.Virginia St.)
Eric Poole (6'9''-F/C-76, college: Richmond)
Elyon Bush (6'7''-F-85, college: Delaware St.)
Curtis Crews (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Montgomery CC)
kevin summer
Terrance Carter (6'5''-F-84, college: JMU)
Darnell Evans (6'3''-G, college: Queens, NC)
Antwon Hawkins (6'5''-G, college: District of Col.)
Cedrick Stewart
Andrew Harding (5'10''-G-82, college: Glenville St.)
donald fleming
Michael McIlwain
William Schwartzstein (6'9''-F/C-84)

I think coach Alvin Brown has done a great job in selecting talent for this up coming season. With the success from last season we had to get bigger, faster ,stronger and be as hungry as we were before the season started. 'We have a guys that see the big picture' says owner Calvin Brown jr All the guys bought into the system, and really worked hard in the off season to get better and it shows. We just have to put all the peices together


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 13-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 10-1 
 3. Tarvas 10-4 
 4. Rapla 8-7 
 5. TTU/Kalev 7-7 
 6. Tln Kalev 4-11 
 7. Parnu 2-12 
 8. Valga/CKE 2-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Pilk, TT.18.6 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas16.8 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.16.4 
 4. Soo, Rapla16.3 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.16.1 
 6. Raadik, Parnu15.9 
 7. Raap, Parnu15.4 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas14.3 
 9. Arnold, TT.14.2 
 10. Cunda, Va.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.1 
 3. Cricelli, Va.8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.1 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.5 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.2 
 8. Keedus, TT.6.8 
 9. Raadik, Parnu6.6 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Pilk, TT.3.7 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 5. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 8. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.2 
 9. Keedus, TT.3.1 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 3. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 4. Karner, Parnu1.9 
 5. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 6. Laane, Rapla1.9 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.1.8 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.8 
 9. Saks, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.2 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 7. Makke, TT.0.7 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.6 
 9. Veski, Tarvas0.6 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


EuroChallenge Round: 1 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
EWE Baskets - Ventspils 77-69
EWE Baskets victoriously opened their EuroChallenge Last 16 campaign. They held off visiting Ventspils in Oldenburg. Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) posted 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. EWE Baskets opened the game with seven straight points. The hosts arrived at the first break up by five points 16:11. The German team stretched the margin to 10 points midway through the second term. The Latvian team did not surrender and trimmed the gap at three points 27:30. Ronald Burrell made it 45:32 midway through the third quarter. EWE Baskets cruised to a 61:42 advantage at the final intermission. Ventspils could not get within striking distance in the fourth stanza as EWE Baskets rolled to the win at the end. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) and Kenny Hasbrouck notched 15 points apiece in the victory. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) answered with 23 points for Ventspils. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

Leiden - Roanne 63-68
Roanne earned the first win in EuroChallenge Last 16 Group I. They fired past ZZ Leiden in Netherlands. Philippe Braud (194-G-85) delivered 18 points to lead the effort. Roanne ensured a strong start to the game. The visitors limited Leiden to 8 points in the first ten minutes taking a 19:8 lead. ZZ Leiden bounced back in the second term. The hosts adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit to 8 points at the interval 26:34. Leiden got within just three points following a three-pointer from Slagter. But Roanne accounted for several timely buckets and cleared off to a safe 7-point lead with one quarter remaining 40:47. Leiden refuse to go away as they narrowed the gap to three points again midway through the fourth term 51:54. The hosts got within two points with 41 seconds to go however Dylan Page nailed a triple and Hillman followed with a hook as Roanne escaped with a tough win at the end. Dylan Page posted 16 points, while John Holland, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 7 points each in the victory. Worthy de Jong delivered 22 points for ZZ Leiden. Seamus Boxley and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) had 12 points each in the loss.

Group J
Chalon - Szolnok 85-64
Elan Chalon opened win count at EuroChallenge Last 16 round. They toppled Szolnok at home court for the starting win in Group J. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) accounted for 20 points, 6 boards and 6 assists. Elan Chalon cleared off midway through the opening frame. They posted a 19:11 lead. However Szolnok narrowed the gap to just 4 points at the first intermission 19:23. Soos and Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put the Hungarian team in front early in the second quarter. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the period before Szolnok made it 41:37. The home team tipped off the second half on a 9:2 rally to spur back in front. They arrived at the final break up by one point 54:53. The final quarter turned disastrous for Szolnok. Chalon exploded with 31 points to leave their opponents behind and cruised to the victory at the end. Alade Aminu notched 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) added 13 points for the winners. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) responded with 18 points, 6 assists and 3 boards for Szolnok. Hristo Nikolov had 16 points in defeat.

Aalstar - Telekom Baskets 98-86
Aalstar edged Telekom Baskets in their start of the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Belgian team needed a strong first half and reached 98:86 victory in Aalst. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Telekom Baskets was better in third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar made 23-of-27 free shots during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Christopher Copeland who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Justin Holiday contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Chris Ensminger answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.

Group K
Besiktas - BK Pardubice 78-70
Besiktas Milangaz open Group K with the victory over BK Pardubice. The Turkish favorites won 78:70 to continue their streak. David Hawkins gave the hosts an 11-2 run as they reached 21:16 at the end of the quarter. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) reduced to 23:20, while Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) improved to 38:25. Besiktas Milangaz also managed to win the second period and led 44:37 at the halftime. The third quarter however belonged to the guests. They grabbed 47:46 lead after Petr Bohacik's three-pointer, but trailed 6 points after 30 minutes. Kotas kept the difference at 76:70 at the end, while Carlos Arroyo closed the game with a lay-up. Ersin Dagli stepped up with 22 points and Carlos Arroyo nailed 17. Zoran Erceg and David Hawkins followed them with 13 points each in a win. Petr Bohacik ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Corey Muirhead scored 17 and Maurice Hampton notched 13.

Fuenlabrada - N.Novgorod 73-70
Fuenlabrada won their opener of the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Spanish team overcame Nizhniy Novgorod 73:70 in the second game of the day in Group K. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game. Fuenlabrada needed 18-16 in the second quarter to reduce to 8 and then won the third quarter 17-10. Moreover the host reached the victory due to 20-16 in the last stanza. BC Nizhny Novgorod was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for swingman Saul Blanco who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Czech swingman Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures.

Group L
Antwerp - Art.Dragons 63-67
Artland Dragons defeated Antwerp in Belgium for the first victory in Group L of EuroChallenge. The German side needed a strong first half to take 67:63 win. Antwerp Giants trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 25-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-67 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons made 20-of-25 free shots during the game. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for center Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. David Holston contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants.

Triumph - Karsiyaka 75-90
Karsiyaka opened EuroChallenge Last 16 with victory. They upset Triumph in Lyubertsy. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) fired 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Triumph controlled the tempo in the opening frame. They ensured a 23:16 after ten minutes of action. However Karsiyaka opened the second term with a 12:0 run to surge ahead. Jovo Stanojevic soon boosted the Turkish team lead to 10 points 37:27. Karsiyaka arrived at halftime up by 8 points 44:36. Triumph got within a single point midway through the third period. But Mire Chatman and Jovo Stanojevic helped the visitors gain a 60:54 lead with one quarter remaining. Mire Chatman unloaded 12 points in the fourth term as Karsiyaka gave no chance for the hosts to restore the intrigue. Jovo Stanojevic posted 26 points, while Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) added 13 points for the winners. Victor Zvarykin (198-G-86) answered with 18 points for Triumph. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) and Dmitry Kulagin added 16 points each in the loss.




Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Roanne 1-0 
 2. EWE Baskets 1-0 
 3. Leiden 0-1 
 4. Ventspils 0-1 
Group J
 1. Chalon 1-0 
 2. Aalstar 1-0 
 3. Telekom Baskets 0-1 
 4. Szolnok 0-1 
Group K
 1. Besiktas 1-0 
 2. Fuenlabrada 1-0 
 3. N.Novgorod 0-1 
 4. BK Pardubice 0-1 
Group L
 1. Karsiyaka 1-0 
 2. Art.Dragons 1-0 
 3. Triumph 0-1 
 4. Antwerp 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas33.7 
 2. Washington, Turk T.22.0 
 3. Stanojevic, Karsi.20.4 
 4. Copeland, Aalstar20.1 
 5. Roll, Antwerp19.0 
 6. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.0 
 7. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.6 
 8. Karadeniz, Turk T.18.3 
 9. Stimac, Olin Edirne18.0 
 10. Richardson, Armia17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Armia
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Thomas, Armia11.3 
 2. Bader, Szolnok10.0 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia9.8 
 4. Majok, Nitra9.3 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 6. Mejri, Antwerp8.6 
 7. Young, Aalstar8.3 
 8. Ignerski, N.Nov.8.3 
 9. Dagli, Besiktas8.3 
 10. Stanojevic, Karsi.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Jordan, Telekom9.1 
 2. Eldridge, Minsk-20.6.5 
 3. Slagter, Leiden6.1 
 4. Moore, Keravnos6.0 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.9 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 7. Barrett, Roanne5.6 
 8. Holston, Art.Drag.5.6 
 9. Gaines, Armia5.5 
 10. Wright, Olin Edir.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 2. Frazier, Keravnos2.7 
 3. Moore, Keravnos2.6 
 4. Diane, Nitra2.5 
 5. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 6. Young, Ventspils2.3 
 7. Greene, Hoverla2.3 
 8. Washington, Turk T.2.3 
 9. Pandula, BK Prost.2.3 
 10. Hasbrouck, EWE B.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.3 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 4. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 5. Erden, Besiktas1.7 
 6. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 7. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 8. Knox, Minsk-20061.5 
 9. Pustovyi, Khimik1.4 
 10. Baxter, Enisey1.4 


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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 19-4 
 2. Nilan Bisons 14-5 
 3. Kauhajoki 14-8 
 4. Pyrinto 13-8 
 5. ToPo 12-10 
 6. Kouvot 9-12 
 7. Salon Vilpas 9-14 
 8. LrNMKY 8-13 
 9. KTP 8-14 
 10. Korihait 8-14 
 11. Namika Lahti 5-17 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 11-2 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 11-3 
 3. BC Nokia 9-4 
 4. Pyrinto II 9-4 
 5. Lapua 9-4 
 6. Oulun NMKY 7-6 
 7. Huima 6-7 
 8. Ura Basket 5-9 
 9. Porvoon Tarmo 4-8 
 10. SayRi 4-9 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 3-11 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-12 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.1 
 2. Conerly, SayRi25.5 
 3. Phillips, Oulun N.24.6 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.6 
 5. Manning, Huima21.7 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 7. Nofflet, Oulun N.20.8 
 8. Abdullah, SayRi20.2 
 9. Henderson, Porvoo.20.0 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.6 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.6 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.5 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia10.8 
 6. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 7. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 8. Coleman, FoKoPo10.2 
 9. Williams, Lapua10.0 
 10. Green, Ura Basket9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Conerly, SayRi5.5 
 2. Manning, Huima5.4 
 3. Phillips, Oulun N.4.9 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.7 
 5. Viertola, Huima4.1 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia3.5 
 7. Henderson, Porvoo.3.3 
 8. Jackson, Lapua3.2 
 9. Storrs, Jyvaskyla2.9 
 10. Robinson, FoKoPo2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.6 
 2. January, BC Nokia2.1 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.9 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 6. Conerly, SayRi1.8 
 7. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.8 
 8. King, Porvoon1.7 
 9. Green, Ura Basket1.6 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.4 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.2 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.2 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.1 
 6. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.9 
 8. Townes, BC Nokia0.8 
 9. Britton, Huima0.8 
 10. Molenius, FoKoPo0.8 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Blue, KTP21.7 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.6 
 3. Crocker, KTP20.7 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.8 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.19.7 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 8. Griffin, ToPo17.6 
 9. Hamm, LrNM.17.5 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.3 
 2. Blue, KTP11.2 
 3. Newson, Kataja9.2 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.0 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.3 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto7.9 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.5 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.4 
 4. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 5. Moore, Namika L.4.0 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP3.9 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.3 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.2 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 5. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 8. Moore, Namika L.1.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.1.6 
 10. Brooks, Namika L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.3 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.1 
 5. Blue, KTP1.0 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. Price, Kataja0.7 
 9. Bell, KTP0.7 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 


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EuroChallenge: Roanne edge ZZ Leiden away from home - by Eurobasket News
ZZ Leiden - Roanne 63:68

Roanne earned the first win in EuroChallenge Last 16 Group I. They fired past ZZ Leiden in Netherlands. Philippe Braud (194-G-85) delivered 18 points to lead the effort.
Roanne ensured a strong start to the game. The visitors limited Leiden to 8 points in the first ten minutes taking a 19:8 lead. ZZ Leiden bounced back in the second term. The hosts adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit to 8 points at the interval 26:34. Leiden got within just three points following a three-pointer from Slagter. But Roanne accounted for several timely buckets and cleared off to a safe 7-point lead with one quarter remaining 40:47. Leiden refuse to go away as they narrowed the gap to three points again midway through the fourth term 51:54. The hosts got within two points with 41 seconds to go however Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) nailed a triple and Hillman followed with a hook as Roanne escaped with a tough win at the end. Dylan Page posted 16 points, while John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.), Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 7 points each in the victory. Worthy de Jong (194-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) delivered 22 points for ZZ Leiden. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) had 12 points each in the loss.

ZZ Leiden: Worthy de Jong 22, Seamus Boxley 12, Jevohn Shepherd 12
Roanne: Philippe Braud 18, Dylan Page 16, John Holland 7, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 7, Alexis Tanghe 7



EuroChallenge: Blake Schilb leads Chalon past Szolnok - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - Szolnok 85:64

Elan Chalon opened win count at EuroChallenge Last 16 round. They toppled Szolnok at home court for the starting win in Group J. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) accounted for 20 points, 6 boards and 6 assists.
Elan Chalon cleared off midway through the opening frame. They posted a 19:11 lead. However Szolnok narrowed the gap to just 4 points at the first intermission 19:23. Soos and Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put the Hungarian team in front early in the second quarter. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the period before Szolnok made it 41:37. The home team tipped off the second half on a 9:2 rally to spur back in front. They arrived at the final break up by one point 54:53. The final quarter turned disastrous for Szolnok. Chalon exploded with 31 points to leave their opponents behind and cruised to the victory at the end. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) notched 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) added 13 points for the winners. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) responded with 18 points, 6 assists and 3 boards for Szolnok. Hristo Nikolov had 16 points in defeat.

Chalon: Blake Schilb 20, Alade Aminu 18+10 boards, Joffrey Lauvergne 13
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 18, Hristo Nikolov 16



N'Diaye's double-double lands him NM1 Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
27-year old Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-C/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Souffel and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Roche (#9, 9-6) 64-62. Souffel is placed at 5th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Souffel will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for N'Diaye as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Abdoulaye N'Diaye averages this season 9.1ppg and 6.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois. He is Finnish forward in his first season at Blois. In the last game Kaunisto recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Blois was edged by the higher-ranked Charleville (#1, 13-2) 90-88. Blois managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kaunisto is a newcomer at Blois and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#4). He also registered 11.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Karim Gourari (195-F-84) of Rueil (#15). Gourari showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Rueil, leading his team to a 85-80overtime win against slightly higher-ranked Lievin (#13, 7-8). The chances of Rueil not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gourari could try to bring Rueil's a little bit higher in the standings. Gourari has a very solid season. In 9 games in France he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 3.4apg and FGP: 50.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jessie Begarin (190-G/F-88) of Souffel - 25 points and 5 rebounds
5. Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Challans - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81) of Clermont - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyler Sanborn (209-C-88) of Lievin - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Roderick Pegon (199-G-77) of Roche - 18 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ian Caskill (207-C-81) of Cognac - 12 points and 13 rebounds
10. Regis Aubry (199-F-82) of Montbrison - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 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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Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 15-2 
 2. Ratiopharm 14-2 
 3. Art.Dragons 12-5 
 4. ALBA 11-5 
 5. NY Phantoms 10-7 
 6. EWE Baskets 10-7 
 7. s.Oliver Baskets 10-7 
 8. Bremerhaven 9-8 
 9. Telekom Baskets 9-8 
 10. B.Muenchen 9-8 
 11. Bayreuth 7-10 
 12. Fraport SKY 7-10 
 13. Walter Tigers 6-11 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 6-11 
 15. EnBW L'burg 5-12 
 16. LTi 46ers 5-12 
 17. TBB Trier 5-12 
 18. Goettingen 2-15 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 12-3 
 2. Vechta 11-4 
 3. SU Medien 11-5 
 4. Stahnsdorf 9-6 
 5. Dorsten 9-7 
 6. Schwelm 9-7 
 7. Herten 8-6 
 8. Wolfenbuettel 8-8 
 9. Wulfen 7-9 
 10. Rist Wedel 6-10 
 11. Bayer Giants 5-10 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 4-11 
 13. Bernau 1-15 
Group South
 1. Gotha 12-3 
 2. Noerdlingen 12-3 
 3. BSW Sixers 10-5 
 4. Leipzig 10-5 
 5. Dragons 9-5 
 6. Hanau 8-7 
 7. Langen 8-7 
 8. Licher Baeren 7-8 
 9. TSV Troester 6-9 
 10. Fraport SKY II 4-11 
 11. BG Illertal 2-13 
 12. Giessen 2-13 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets18.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.17.2 
 3. Carter, Phoenix16.9 
 4. Jonusas, Phoenix15.5 
 5. Foster, B.Muenchen15.5 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.15.2 
 7. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 8. Burrell, EWE B.14.1 
 9. Sykes, Goettingen13.9 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 4. Evans, Goettingen8.0 
 5. Davidson, Fraport7.9 
 6. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.6 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm7.0 
 9. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.4 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.5 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 4. Brown, EWE Baskets5.2 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 6. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.8 
 8. Campbell, Walter T.4.5 
 9. Gibson, Bayreuth4.2 
 10. Everett, Bremerha.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.9 
 2. Dorris, EnBW L.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Redding, Walter T.1.5 
 5. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.5 
 6. Carter, Phoenix1.4 
 7. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 8. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.3 
 9. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 10. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.9 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 6. Davidson, Fraport1.5 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.1 
 9. Chubb, EWE Baskets0.9 
 10. Boone, s.Oliver.0.9 


EuroChallenge: Aalstar edged Telekom Baskets in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Aalstar - Telekom Baskets 98:86

Aalstar edged Telekom Baskets in their start of the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Belgian team needed a strong first half and reached 98:86 victory in Aalst.
The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Telekom Baskets was better in third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar made 23-of-27 free shots during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Justin Holiday (198-F, college: Washington) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.

Telekom Baskets: Chris Ensminger 22, Jared Jordan 15, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 15, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 13, Talor Battle (183-PG-88, college: Penn St.) 11
Aalstar: Christopher Copeland 27, Justin Holiday 17, Jackson 14, Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) 13



EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons defeated Antwerp in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Artland Dragons 63:67

Artland Dragons defeated Antwerp in Belgium for the first victory in Group L of EuroChallenge. The German side needed a strong first half to take 67:63 win.
Antwerp Giants trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 25-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-67 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons made 20-of-25 free shots during the game. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for center Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants.

Antwerp: Darnell Wilson 16, Michael Roll 12, Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) 10
Artland Dragons: Darren Fenn 26, Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) 12, Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) 10, David Holston 10



Pascal Roller Has Farewell Game January 28th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In the Frankfurt sports world, Bernd Holzenbein and Jurgen Grawborski were legends for soccer club Eintracht Frankfurt and Jiri Lala was for the once ice hockey team Frankfurt Lions and Pascal Roller (180-G-76) is for the Frankfurt Skyliners. Roller played for the Frankfurt team from 1999-2011 with one season (2006-2007) in Italy and was able to win the cup in 2000 and the German championship in 2004 and reached two finals in 2005 and 2010. Roller retired last year and will say farewell on January 28th at 18:00 with a farewell game with the Pascal Roller (180-G-76)) Allstars against the current Fraport Skyliners team at Basketball city training facility. Some players that have already given the green light for playing are Alexander Frisch (1999-2000) Nino Garris (2005-2008), Denis Wucherer (2001-2002), Gerrit Terdenge (2000-2001) Robert Maras (2000-2004), Jukka Matinen (2002-2006) Robin Grey (1999-2001), Niklas Ltcke (1999-2002) and Zvonimir Paradzik (1997-1999 in Freiburg). The game will have three quarters with 11 minutes in each quarter. 'I cant really estimate how fit the guys are, but some have said that they will need a jersey in XXXL', joked Pascal Roller (180-G-76).

Source: Fraport Skyliners


EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets prevail against Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets - Ventspils 77:69

EWE Baskets victoriously opened their EuroChallenge Last 16 campaign. They held off visiting Ventspils in Oldenburg. Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) posted 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
EWE Baskets opened the game with seven straight points. The hosts arrived at the first break up by five points 16:11. The German team stretched the margin to 10 points midway through the second term. The Latvian team did not surrender and trimmed the gap at three points 27:30. Ronald Burrell made it 45:32 midway through the third quarter. EWE Baskets cruised to a 61:42 advantage at the final intermission. Ventspils could not get within striking distance in the fourth stanza as EWE Baskets rolled to the win at the end. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) and Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) notched 15 points apiece in the victory. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) answered with 23 points for Ventspils. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

EWE Baskets: Ronald Burrell 20+13 boards, Rickey Paulding 15, Kenny Hasbrouck 15
Ventspils: Martins Meiers 23, Jahmar Young 16



Dawit Villarzu moves to Hannover - by Moritz Korff
The UBC Hannover Tigers, league leader of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B Group North, have added Dawit Villarzu (195-G/F-91) to their roster. The 20-year-old Berlin native tranfers from 2. Regionalliga team Schoeneberg to Hannover. The former German U16 international appeared in eight games for Schoeneberg this season and produced 11.8 points per contest. Villarzu has previously played in the Pro B for ALBA Berlin II (3 games: 1.7ppg throughout the 2010-11 campaign).

Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Adnan Hodzic Is Quicker Than Most Bigs And Physical Enough To Survive On The Block - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket after the 82-60 win in Tuebingen.



A big 82-60 win on the road in Tuebingen. What was your impression of seeing this young team for the first time?

We played them in the preseason and knew they were talented but felt we were deeper. They came out on fire and hit first, but we were able to settle down and bring it in waves from there on out. They are going to beat some teams in this league though because they never quit.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg had the slim 37-32 lead at halftime. What did John Patrick want the team to do better in the second half?

We missed a few easy shots and gave them some easy baskets early in the game. But once we got into a little groove and stopped that we just needed to continue to play hard.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen sustained a 26-6 shell shocking by Wurzburg. Did you make any new adjustments on offense which gave the Tigers problems?

No, they played tough defense throughout, we were just able to start hitting shots in the second, third and fourth quarters. When a team dares you to beat them from outside, and you do, you have to give credit to our shooters. Little and Jacobson hit some huge shots for us.

What was your impression of Adnan Hodzic? He had a slow start into the season, but has picked up his game in the last month.

He told me after the game I should play in the NFL. But from one 'undersized center' to another, it was clear that he's a matchup problem for guys in this league. He is quicker than most bigs and plays physical enough to survive on the block.

Everyone knows how good a defender Chester Frazier is, but in last talk you lauded his offense as well. And he stepped it up in Tuebingen with 11 points, 4rebounds and 6 assists and 3 steals. How has he improved since the first day in Goettingen in 2009?

He's an all around hard worker and will do whatever it takes to win. I can't applaud his efforts enough and it's definitely inspired the team to play harder everyday. He continues to improve, and I'm excited to see what we can do with him leading us.


What are your NFL picks for Houston-Baltimore and why?

Houston played a very physical game against the Bengals which never helps. And the Ravens beat them earlier in the season. I would have to go with the guys from Baltimore. Plus if I don't say that I will have to listen to Chester Frazier and Ricky Harris (Baltimore Guys) all week.

New England Patriots/ Denver/Pittsburgh?

Did you see Tebow do it again last night? I don't know how you root against him? Unless of course he's playing Tom Brady in the playoffs. In either case, I'm on the Broncos Bandwagon.


What new movie do you want to see?

The new Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds movie called Safe House is a top my list, but currently, the only thing consuming my free time is Dexter Season 6. Possibly the greatest show on television.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Giessen Pointers land Jarrel Smith - by Moritz Korff
The Giessen Pointers (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have signed combo guard/small forward Jarrel Smith (200-F). Smith began his NCAA division 1 career playing with Colorado State University. Following CSU, he transferred and finished his NCAA career with Towson University in Maryland and attended NAIA school Concordia Irvine as a senior.
He scored 10.8 points a game for the Eagles as a senior and pulled down four rebounds per contest.
'I'm very excited to sign and be apart of the Giessen Pointers. I'm looking forward to doing everything I can, to not only impact this league, but help lead my team to victory', Smith said.


Blake Young replaces Brandon Chappell in Lich - by Moritz Korff
Pro B club Licher Basket Baeren has parted ways with Brandon Chappell (183-G-83, college: Lamar) and signed Blake Young (188-G-85, college: Kansas St.) instead, according to the website of the 2. Bundesliga.
Chappell had 14 appearances for the Lich team this season, averaging 14.9 points and 4.1 assists per contest. Young has played for the Schwenningen Panthers from 2009 to 2011. The 26-year-old guard from Orlando, Florida has the reputation of being a terrific scorer with the ability to score in a variety of ways. He tallied 21 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest through 24 Pro B games for Schwenningen last season. The year before he was named the Eurobasket.com All-German Regionalliga South-West Player of the Year.


Michael Umeh (It Is The responsibility Of A Player To Make Adjustments To Help A Team) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Houston, Texas. Currently he is in Madagascar playing in the 2011 African championships. He started jis basketball career in 2003 with UNLV (NCAA) where he played until 2007 reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in his senior year. He turned professional in 2007 and played for the Giessen 46ers until 2009. In his second season with Giessen,he played 33 games: 13.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 81.8%. In 2009, he made the jump to Spain and played for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 48 games: 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 79.7%. Last season, he made the jump to the best league in Europe playing in the ACB for C.B. Murcia playing 32 games: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 88.0%. He started the current season for : Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB) before moving back to Germany to play for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig.He spoke to Eurobasket after the 77-62 win against BBC Bayreuth.

Congrats on the 77-62 win against BBC Bayreuth. Braunschweig won their second game in row. What has the team been doing better in the last two games?

We have just been preparing doing what we do as a team better and understanding what our opponents are going to attack us with.

You limited BBC Bayreuth to 27 points in the first half. What was key on defense for letting up so little points?

Our coaches prepared a very detailed scouting report that helped in reading certain situations in the game early for us to take away. As a result I felt it made things difficult for Bayreuth since we did a good job.

BBC Bayreuth stayed in the game in the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter, the Phantoms closed the door on BBC Bayreuth. What was key in the fourth quarter for getting the win?

I felt just controlling the tempo and executing on both ends was the key factor in closing the game.

How important was it holding Osvaldo Jeanty and Danny Gibson combined to only 13 points scoring?

We knew those two are a heavy part of producing for their team and we would have to key in and limit their opportunities as much as we can.

What has been the most valuable thing that you have learned from Sebastian Machowski in the short time?

I have learned many good detailed things that helps in understanding how he wants our team to play, Many coaches like different things it is just a responsibility of the player to make adjustments to help the team.

Kylie Visser led the team in assists. How rare do you see that and is his passing game underrated?

Kyle does a good job when he gets it in the post or in position of looking up and seeing cutters. He found some guys during the game and it is a big plus for any team to have a good passing big.

What NBA team would you like to be successful this season?

I'm from Houston so I always want to see the Rockets do well but I'm not sure if that will happen.
Who will win NBA rookie of the year?


Tough to say right now but Rubio is surprising me more than expected and Irving looks good as well.

Thanks Michael for the chat.




Alex Gordon Gets Contract Extension From The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have announced that Alex Gordon (184-G-85, college: Vanderbilt) has recieved a contract extension until the end of the season. Gordon who is known as Red is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Pensacola, Florida had arrived in Bremerhaven at the end of December 2011 for a 2 week try out period after ex NBA player Jamison Brewer had left the team and has convinced management for his further services. In four games, he averaged 11ppg and 3,3apg and was shooting 47,8% from outside. 'Alex showed in four games a quality that we didnt have before he came. He is atypical scoring point guard that also has an eye for his teammates. He still has things to work on. But as soon as he knows the plays, he will help us', stressed Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley. Gordon who last played for . JSF Nanterre (France-ProA,) where he averaged only 4,7ppg and 1,3apg is happy about staying. 'I have been taken in well here. Its never easy to find yourself in a team after not having game shape for 8 weeks, but it is getting better from day to day and we have a talented team to make the playoffs', stressed Alex Gordon (184-G-85, college: Vanderbilt).

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




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  GREECE   


Nikos Psileas claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lavrio and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Lavrio in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team AEK/Argous (#16, 0-13) with 26-point margin 92-66. Lavrio is placed at 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lavrio will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. Psileas has many years of experience at Lavrio, through which he has constantly improved. Psileas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.8ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP and 48.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old forward Alexandros Raptis (200-F-81) of Pagrati. Raptis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Pagrati lost that game 63-82 to the higher-ranked Arkadikos (#5, 7-6). This loss caused Pagrati to drop to 13th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Raptis is a newcomer at Pagrati and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: FCM) of OFI (#6). Toutziarakis scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Toutziarakis' great performance OFI lost 53-64 to the lower-ranked Nea Kifisia (#10, 6-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing OFI needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Toutziarakis has a great season in Greece. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Stevovic (191-G-90) of AEK/Argous - 28 points and 9 rebounds
5. Spyros Magounis (200-G-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 22 points and 4 rebounds
6. Stratos Nisiotis (203-F-78) of Ermis Lagkada - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Spyros Kekelis (181-G-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Thomas Nikou (185-G-79) of Panelefsiniakos - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Panagiotis Ifantis (203-F-80) of Arkadikos - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Doxa Lefkadas - 21 points, 8 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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The political side of the game is out of your control!!!! - by Glenn Stokes
Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!! Today I am going to update you guys on whats going on in Mexico and briefly touch on the politics of the game and the difference between playing in Europe and Latin America.....

First of all, I would like to start by welcoming a good friend from my hometown to our team, Louis White (192-G-76, college: Voorhees)!! Lou and I have played on multiple teams at home and I know his game and know that he is a piece of the puzzle that we needed and with him im looking to do big things... If you are new to my blog; my name is Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, college: American) and I am currently playing in Mexico in the LNBP for the Barreterros of Zacatecas. We are in the first round of the playoffs (best of 5) playing against Abejas of Guanajuanto, who is coached by Joey 'Jelly Bean' Bryant (The father of Kobe Bryant).

We started the series with homecourt advantage but we lost it by losing a close game 1 at home before winning a controversial game 2. Then we went to Guanajuanto and lost game 3 before beating them by nearly 20 points in a much needed game 4 forcing a game 5 and regaining homecourt advantage. This is where the politics came in and the difference of being in Mexico as opposed to being in Europe took place. Earlier I told you guys that we won a controversial game 2.... The controversy was the fact that the 24 second shot clock went out early in the game which meant the announcer had to talk into the mic letting us know when the shot clock was at 10 seconds. Supposedly, they called someone of the board and they gave the ok to play the game!!! Sooooooo, fast forwarding to game 3, where again we lost a close one but turned around and blew them out in game 4; my team, organization and our fans were looking forward to a much anticipated game 5 that was suppose to take place on Monday, January 9th.

That game didnt happen due to Abejas protesting our win saying that our shot clock didnt work and that they deserved to win game 2 by way of forfeit................ The league made a decision based on the information Abejas forwarded to them and they didnt give us a chance to provide anything to appeal it; meaning we lost the series 3-0 but the league said we lost 3-1. Our argument was how can we lose 3-1 if we lost game1, game 2 by forfeit, and game 3 in Guanajuanto.. We actually got swept 3-0 and there was no need to play game 4!!! I guess it was a chance for them to make the extra money and then protest..... ONLY in Mexico have I seen or heard such a thing...

So, yesterday we practiced as usual and just left it in the hands of the league to hear our side and either appeal it or end our season. The rule is that if your scoreboard clock and shot clock is non-functional then you lose by way of a forfeit, BUT...... If one of the other is functional and the other is not, you must pay a fine!!! Since our scoreboard was working we shouldnt lose by forfeit.... Late monday night the decision was made and the outcome was, we will play game 5 on Wednesday but at a neutral site!!!!!

Stay tuned to see how the series ended, but you can expect us to punish them for putting us through the troubles!!!!!

I thank you guys for taking the time out to read my blog and I hope you will continue to follow me and my career... Until next time PEACE, Adios, Ciao!!!!!!

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EuroChallenge: Roanne edge ZZ Leiden away from home - by Eurobasket News
ZZ Leiden - Roanne 63:68

Roanne earned the first win in EuroChallenge Last 16 Group I. They fired past ZZ Leiden in Netherlands. Philippe Braud (194-G-85) delivered 18 points to lead the effort.
Roanne ensured a strong start to the game. The visitors limited Leiden to 8 points in the first ten minutes taking a 19:8 lead. ZZ Leiden bounced back in the second term. The hosts adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit to 8 points at the interval 26:34. Leiden got within just three points following a three-pointer from Slagter. But Roanne accounted for several timely buckets and cleared off to a safe 7-point lead with one quarter remaining 40:47. Leiden refuse to go away as they narrowed the gap to three points again midway through the fourth term 51:54. The hosts got within two points with 41 seconds to go however Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) nailed a triple and Hillman followed with a hook as Roanne escaped with a tough win at the end. Dylan Page posted 16 points, while John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.), Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 7 points each in the victory. Worthy de Jong (194-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) delivered 22 points for ZZ Leiden. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) had 12 points each in the loss.

ZZ Leiden: Worthy de Jong 22, Seamus Boxley 12, Jevohn Shepherd 12
Roanne: Philippe Braud 18, Dylan Page 16, John Holland 7, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 7, Alexis Tanghe 7



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Hungarian A Division round 14 best performance: Obie Trotter - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized American guard Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Szolnok, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Jaszberenyi (#13, 3-11) 89-88. Szolnok maintains the 4th position in American A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Szolnok will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. In the team's last game Trotter had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Szolnok and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Alabama A&M star has very solid stats this year. Trotter is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 52.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Janou Rubin (193-G-82) of Soproni. Rubin had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Soproni to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked ZTE KK (#14, 1-13) 100-67. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Soproni keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Rubin is a newcomer at Soproni, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of league's second-best Kormend. Townes scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kormend, leading his team to a 82-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Kaposvari (#7, 6-7). Kormend is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 12-2 record is not that bad... Townes has a great season in Hungary. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (5th best). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 66.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Kaposvari - 27 points and 10 rebounds
5. Benson Egemonye (207-C-83) of Soproni - 18 points and 9 rebounds
6. Marko Derasimovic (200-F/G-84) of Kecskemeti - 21 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jibril Hodges (188-G-84) of Jaszberenyi - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84) of Marso NYKK - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Jaszberenyi - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Damjan Kandic (208-F-84) of Marso NYKK - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 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 - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 12-1 
 2. Kormend 12-2 
 3. Falco-Szova 12-2 
 4. Szolnok 10-3 
 5. Atomeromu 8-5 
 6. PVSK Pannon 7-7 
 7. Kaposvari 6-7 
 8. Kecskemeti 6-7 
 9. Marso NYKK 5-9 
 10. Szedeak 5-9 
 11. Soproni 5-9 
 12. FS Debrecen 3-10 
 13. Jaszberenyi 3-11 
 14. ZTE KK 1-13 


Standings - B Division
B Division Standings
East
 1. EKF Hesz Gep. 8-2
 2. MTK Torokbalint 7-2
 3. Salgotarjani 7-2
 4. Kecskemeti Foi. 7-3
 5. Bajai FKE 6-4
 6. Nagykorosi 5-5
 7. DEAC 4-6
 8. EnterNet Vas. 4-6
 9. Phoenix KK 4-6
 10. Obudai 2-8
 11. Szerencs 0-10
West
 1. Kanizsa 10-1
 2. Veszpremi 9-2
 3. Bonyhadi 7-4
 4. Gyorszol 7-4
 5. SMAFC-NYME 7-4
 6. Bp. Honved 6-5
 7. PTE-PEAC PVSK 6-5
 8. TF Budapest 5-6
 9. Ceragem 3-8
 10. MAFC 3-8
 11. Treff 2-9
 12. FKSZC-Sarvar 1-10


A Division Round 14: No surprise as #1 Albacomp defeats FS Debrecen - by Eurobasket News
A Division top team - Albacomp (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked FS Debrecen (3-10) 88-53. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. FS Debrecen managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Albacomp forced 20 FS Debrecen turnovers and had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Albacomp especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Forward Spencer Perrin (195, college: E.Kentucky) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-1 record. FS Debrecen lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with ten games lost. Albacomp are looking forward to face Szedeak (#10) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Szolnok in Szolnok and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Pecs supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Falco-Szova (12-2) played at the court of 6th ranked PVSK Pannon (7-7). Falco-Szova smashed PVSK Pannon 89-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of PVSK Pannon. Swingman Tamas Will (196-87, agency: TSS Management) notched 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Laszlo Kalman supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) did not help to save the game for PVSK Pannon. PVSK Pannon's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Falco-Szova have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kormend. PVSK Pannon at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Falco-Szova will play against bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round which should be another easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play on the road against Kecskemeti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kaposvar supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Kormend (12-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Kaposvari (6-7). Kormend smashed Kaposvari 82-60 on Sunday. Kormend moved-up to second place, which they share with Falco-Szova. Loser Kaposvari keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Kecskemeti. Kormend will meet at home Marso NYKK (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play against Jaszberenyi and hope to secure a win.
Thirteenth-ranked Jaszberenyi (3-11) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Szolnok (10-3). The visitors from Szolnok managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected much easier game. Obie Trotter saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Szolnok maintains fourth position with 10-3 record. Newly promoted Jaszberenyi keeps the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be FS Debrecen (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Jaszberenyi will play against Kaposvari.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Kecskemeti lost to Marso NYKK on the opponent's court 68-73. Soproni outscored ZTE KK in a home game 100-67. Atomeromu managed to beat Szedeak on the road 94-84.



Marso NYKK - Kecskemeti 73-68

There was a minor upset in Nyiregyhaza where 8th ranked Kecskemeti (6-7) was defeated by tenth ranked Marso NYKK (5-9) 73-68. Kecskemeti was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 37-31 second half run of Marso NYKK. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Kecskemeti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Montenegrin forward Damjan Kandic (208-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kecskemeti. Four Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. Marso NYKK moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Soproni and Szedeak. Kecskemeti lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Marso NYKK's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kormend on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 21+5reb, K.Wittmann 14+6reb+2ast, Z.Bencze 10+4reb+1ast, G.Denes 10+5reb+1ast, T.Kelley 7+3ast, G.Hegedus 2+1reb
Marso NYKK: D.Kandic 21+9reb+2ast, M.Mohacsi 17+5reb+1ast, I.Miskovic 15+7reb+1ast, E.Sitku 7+4reb, L.Polyak 5+4reb+1ast, R.Laszlo 4+3reb
gschID: 146705


Soproni - ZTE KK 100-67

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Soproni (5-9) smashed at home bottom-ranked ZTE KK (1-13) 100-67. Soproni made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Soproni outrebounded ZTE KK 33-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by ZTE KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Soproni players scored in double figures. American swingman Tim Whitworth (198-81, college: Drexel, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and center Gyorgy Kinter (213-88) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ZTE KK. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Soproni moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Marso NYKK and Szedeak. Defending champion ZTE KK stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Soproni's next round opponent will be higher ranked Atomeromu (#5) in Paks and it may be quite challenging game. ZTE KK will play on the road against Falco-Szova (#3) in Szombathely.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: T.Whitworth 14+5reb+3ast, G.Kinter 11+5reb, G.Toth 10, B.Perine 8+2reb+2ast, A.Vertetics 7+5reb+1ast, D.Gaspar 6+1reb+4ast
Soproni: J.Rubin 23+10reb+3ast, D.Thomas 20+1reb+1ast, B.Egemonye 18+9reb, A.Molnar 13+3reb+4ast, G.Gombas 8+2reb, Z.Vesztergom 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 146706


PVSK Pannon - Falco-Szova 62-89

The game in Pecs supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Falco-Szova (12-2) played at the court of 6th ranked PVSK Pannon (7-7). Falco-Szova smashed PVSK Pannon 89-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of PVSK Pannon. The game without a history. Falco-Szova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 26 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded PVSK Pannon 38-24 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Falco-Szova players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Swingman Tamas Will (196-87, agency: TSS Management) notched 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Five Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) did not help to save the game for PVSK Pannon. Serbian guard Nikola Vasojevic (195-86) added 12 points and 4 assists for the hosts. PVSK Pannon's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Falco-Szova have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kormend. PVSK Pannon at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Falco-Szova will play against bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round which should be another easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play on the road against Kecskemeti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 15+5reb+2ast, N.Vasojevic 12+3reb+4ast, J.Eilingsfeld 10+4reb, A.Ciric 8+3reb, N.Toth 4+4reb+2ast, A.Lepsenyi 4+1reb
Falco-Szova: L.Simon 18+2reb+2ast, T.Will 13+6reb+4ast, L.Kalman 12+6reb+5ast, Z.Szabo 12+7reb+1ast, T.Harazin 11+7reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 10+6reb+4ast
gschID: 146707


Szedeak - Atomeromu 84-94

Not a big story in a game in Szeged where 9th ranked Szedeak (5-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Atomeromu (8-5) 94-84. Szedeak was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. International swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) contributed with 11 points and 7 assists for the winners. Serbian Tomislav Ivosev replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Szedeak. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Atomeromu maintains fifth position with 8-5 record. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be Soproni (#11) at home where they are favorite. Szedeak will play against the league's leader Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: T.Ivosev 20+7reb+2ast, N.Dukic 18+6reb+4ast, A.Tanacs 14+4reb+1ast, J.Levy 12+5reb+2ast, G.Drahos 11+5reb+7ast, Z.Kiss 5+1ast
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 26+4reb+1ast, G.Koertelyesi 17+5reb, A.Toth 15+5reb, L.Williams 11+4reb+7ast, F.Morgen 10+5reb+2ast, T.Kaman 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 146708


Jaszberenyi - Szolnok 88-89

Thirteenth-ranked Jaszberenyi (3-11) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Szolnok (10-3). The visitors from Szolnok managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 8-point deficit before their 30-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. International guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) replied with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Jaszberenyi. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Szolnok maintains fourth position with 10-3 record. Newly promoted Jaszberenyi keeps the thirteenth place with 11 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be FS Debrecen (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Jaszberenyi will play against Kaposvari.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: J.Hodges 23+7reb+9ast, K.Austin 20+9reb+2ast, B.Horti 14+8reb+1ast, R.Dramicanin 12+6reb+2ast, B.Sormaz 9+2reb+5ast, M.Medve 4+4reb+3ast
Szolnok: O.Trotter 34+12reb+2ast, H.Nikolov 14+6reb+2ast, J.Mills 9+5reb+1ast, P.Grebenar 8+3reb+1ast, M.Fodor 8+3reb+5ast, Z.Trepak 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146709


FS Debrecen - Albacomp 53-88

A Division top team - Albacomp (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked FS Debrecen (3-10) 88-53. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. FS Debrecen managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Albacomp forced 20 FS Debrecen turnovers and had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Albacomp especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Forward Spencer Perrin (195, college: E.Kentucky) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) scored 14 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-1 record. FS Debrecen lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with ten games lost. Albacomp are looking forward to face Szedeak (#10) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Szolnok in Szolnok and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: S.Perrin 16+7reb+1ast, J.Ingram 14+4ast, M.Schachtner 6+4reb+1ast, M.Szabo 6+7reb, M.Stretea 5, D.Takacs 4+6reb
Albacomp: M.El Amin 20+2reb+3ast, W.Chism 15+6reb, Z.Supola 14+1reb+2ast, A.Keller 11+4reb+1ast, D.Hollis 9+6reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 146703


Kaposvari - Kormend 60-82

The game in Kaposvar supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Kormend (12-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Kaposvari (6-7). Kormend smashed Kaposvari 82-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Kaposvari managed to win third quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kormend moved-up to second place, which they share with Falco-Szova. Loser Kaposvari keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Kecskemeti. Kormend will meet at home Marso NYKK (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play against Jaszberenyi and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 146704




A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.8 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak23.5 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.22.9 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.3 
 5. Ciric, PVSK P.21.0 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.19.2 
 8. Wilson, Kaposvari18.7 
 9. Townes, Kormend18.6 
 10. Miskovic, Marso N.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.3 
 3. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 4. Townes, Kormend9.3 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak9.1 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.9 
 7. Egemonye, Soproni8.5 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari8.1 
 9. Fey, Kaposvari8.1 
 10. Hines, ZTE K.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.7 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari6.2 
 3. Fekete, Marso N.5.7 
 4. Simon, Albacomp5.6 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.5 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu5.3 
 7. Ingram, FS Debre.5.1 
 8. Drahos, Szedeak4.6 
 9. El Amin, Albacomp4.2 
 10. Vasojevic, PVSK P.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fekete, Marso N.3.2 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.9 
 3. Doyne, PVSK P.2.7 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari2.5 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 6. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.5 
 7. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 8. Toth, PVSK P.2.3 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.3 
 10. Chism, Albacomp2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Townes, Kormend2.1 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.9 
 3. Levy, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 5. Morgen, Atomeromu1.2 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 7. Chism, Albacomp1.1 
 8. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 9. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari1.0 


EuroChallenge: Blake Schilb leads Chalon past Szolnok - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - Szolnok 85:64

Elan Chalon opened win count at EuroChallenge Last 16 round. They toppled Szolnok at home court for the starting win in Group J. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) accounted for 20 points, 6 boards and 6 assists.
Elan Chalon cleared off midway through the opening frame. They posted a 19:11 lead. However Szolnok narrowed the gap to just 4 points at the first intermission 19:23. Soos and Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put the Hungarian team in front early in the second quarter. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the period before Szolnok made it 41:37. The home team tipped off the second half on a 9:2 rally to spur back in front. They arrived at the final break up by one point 54:53. The final quarter turned disastrous for Szolnok. Chalon exploded with 31 points to leave their opponents behind and cruised to the victory at the end. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) notched 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91) added 13 points for the winners. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) responded with 18 points, 6 assists and 3 boards for Szolnok. Hristo Nikolov had 16 points in defeat.

Chalon: Blake Schilb 20, Alade Aminu 18+10 boards, Joffrey Lauvergne 13
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 18, Hristo Nikolov 16



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  ICELAND   


Powerade Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from Powerade Cup Final sixteen.
Breidablik 82 KFI 93 Arnar Petursson 14 for Breidablik Chris Miller-Williams 27 & 13 boards.
Hamar 100 Thor Ak 96 Louie Kirkman 27 Ragnar Nathanelson 24 pts & 21 rebounds for Hamar. Eric Palm 37 for Thor.
Tindastoll 78 Thor Thorl 76. Mo Miller 22 for Tindastoll. Darren Govens 23 for Thor.
Njardvik 102. Hottur 80. Travis Holmes 23 for Njardvik. Michael Sloan 30 for Hottur.
Skallagrimur 74. Keflavik 88. Lloyd Harrison 23 Magnus Gunnarsson 27 for Keflavik
Stjarnan 68 Snaefell 73. Keith Cothran 19 for Stjarnan. Palmi Sigurgeirsson 23 for Snaefell.
Fjolnir 80 Njardvik B. 72. Calvin O''Neil 27 for Fjolnir. Pall Kristinsson 24 & 15 rebs for Njardvik B.
The BIG game in this round where between last years finalist KR & Grindavik. Again KR came out with a win.
Joshua Brown led KR with 27 points. J'Nathan Bullock 18 for Grindavik

Games in final eight are as follow.
KFI vs. Hamar
KR vs. Snaefell.
Fjolnir vs. Keflavik
Tindastoll vs Njardvik


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  INDONESIA   


Sucipto's 10 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Juliano Sucipto (188-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Pelita Jaya and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 10 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Pelita Jaya in his team's victory, helping them to crush Muba Hangtuah (#5, 4-2) with 18-point margin 72-54. Pelita Jaya maintains the 2nd position in Indonesian league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Pelita Jaya will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. It's Sucipto's second year at Pelita Jaya and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Juliano Sucipto averages this season 4.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Anton Sujarwo (186-G-84) of Stadium Jak.. He is a guard in his first season at Stadium Jak.. In the last game Sujarwo recorded impressive 19 points and 4 rebounds. Of course Stadium Jak. cruised to a 62-50 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Bima Sakti (#10, 1-5). Stadium Jak.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sujarwo is a newcomer at Stadium Jak. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Isman Thoyib (202-C-84) of Aspac (#4). Thoyib scored 7 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Thoyib's great performance Aspac lost 62-64 to slightly lower-ranked CLS Knights (#6, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Aspac needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Thoyib has a very solid season. In 10 games in Indonesia he scored 3.9ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and 1.8bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 11 points and 7 rebounds
5. Octoviano Sura (190-PF-84) of Garuda - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bima Sakti - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Christ Gideon (188-F-84) of Garuda - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sandy Febiansyakh (190-SG-86) of CLS Knights - 12 points and 4 rebounds
9. Kelly Purwanto (177-PG-83) of Pelita Jaya - 8 points and 3 rebounds
10. Denny Sartika (175-PG-80) of Bima Sakti - 13 points, 7 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)


NBL Round 12: No surprise as #1 Satria Muda defeats Pacific Caesar - by Eurobasket News
NBL top team - Satria Muda (7-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eighth ranked Pacific Caesar (3-5) in Surabaya 58-45. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pacific Caesar. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 61-34 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) who added 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Gege Nagata (185-88) with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Undefeated Satria Muda have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Surabaya to the arena CLS Knights.
Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to tenth ranked Bima Sakti (2-5) 64-58. The winners were led by center Gipsona Virgian (187-88) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 rebounds and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro supported him with 16 points. Even 15 points by guard Yo Sua (180-91) did not help to save the game for Satya Wacana. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bima Sakti moved-up to ninth place. Satya Wacana at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Pandang was also quite interesting. Third ranked Garuda (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Muba Hangtuah (4-3). Garuda defeated Muba Hangtuah 59-47 on Monday. The best player for the winners was Octoviano Sura who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Mei Joni who recorded 16 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Pelita Jaya. Loser Muba Hangtuah keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with CLS Knights and Stadium Jak.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
9th ranked Comfort Mobile (2-6) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Aspac (5-2) with the biggest margin this round 101-47. It was a good game for Pringgo Regowo who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aspac maintains fourth position with 5-2 record. Comfort Mobile lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with six games lost. Aspac will have a break next round. Comfort Mobile's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Stadium Jakarta.



Comfort Mobile - Aspac 47-101

9th ranked Comfort Mobile (2-6) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Aspac (5-2) with the biggest margin this round 101-47. The game without a history. Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 5 points in first quarter. Aspac held Comfort Mobile to an opponent 20.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.2 percent accuracy of the winners. Aspac forced 20 Comfort Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 51-24 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Comfort Mobile's players. It was a good game for forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. International swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) replied with 11 points and 6 rebounds and guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) added 4 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Comfort Mobile. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aspac maintains fourth position with 5-2 record. Comfort Mobile lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with six games lost. Aspac will have a break next round. Comfort Mobile's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Stadium Jakarta.
Top scorers:
Comfort Mobile: A.Sabara 11+6reb+2ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 7+1reb+1ast, J.Ingutali 7+2reb, S.Afriatna 6+2reb, R.Rudini 5+3reb+1ast, P.Susanto 4+2reb+1ast
Aspac: P.Regowo 21+12reb+1ast, X.Prawiro 20+2reb+1ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 12+8reb+2ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 7+3reb+1ast, H.Santosa 7+3reb, D.Gerungan 7+5reb+9ast
gschID: 166052


Muba Hangtuah - Garuda 47-59

The game in Pandang was also quite interesting. Third ranked Garuda (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Muba Hangtuah (4-3). Garuda defeated Muba Hangtuah 59-47 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Garuda. Muba Hangtuah managed to win fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Muba Hangtuah to just 6 points in first quarter. Garuda forced 19 Muba Hangtuah turnovers and outrebounded them 40-22 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Octoviano Sura (190-84) who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mei Joni (188-89) who recorded 16 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Ary Sapto (188-80) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Pelita Jaya. Loser Muba Hangtuah keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with CLS Knights and Stadium Jak.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Muba Hangtuah: M.Joni 16+4reb, T.Wilopo 11, A.Sigar 7+1reb, A.Sapto 7+5reb+2ast, J.Sagala 6+2ast, H.Hardianus 0
Garuda: H.Ramli 14+5reb+1ast, O.Sura 11+8reb+4ast, F.Minallah 8+5reb, H.Agustinus 6+4reb+1ast, C.Gideon 6+6reb, V.Nolland 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 166053


Bima Sakti - Satya Wacana 64-58

Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to tenth ranked Bima Sakti (2-5) 64-58. It looked good early as Satya Wacana took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bima Sakti had a 13-7 second period charge getting the lead and Satya Wacana was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-64. Bima Sakti dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 24 Satya Wacana turnovers. Satya Wacana was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by center Gipsona Virgian (187-88) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 rebounds and Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) supported him with 16 points. Even 15 points by guard Yo Sua (180-91) did not help to save the game for Satya Wacana. Forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) added 5 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bima Sakti moved-up to ninth place. Satya Wacana at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 15+1reb+1ast, J.Lolowang 11+1reb+1ast, V.Wuwungan 9+6reb+1ast, A.Abraham 8+2reb+1ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 5+9reb+3ast, J.Hasoloan 4+6reb
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 16+4reb, G.Virgian 15+8reb+2ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 9+5reb, D.Sartika 7+3reb+1ast, U.Gendro Maryono 6+1ast, G.Novonsen 4+3reb
gschID: 166054


Pacific Caesar - Satria Muda 45-58

NBL top team - Satria Muda (7-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eighth ranked Pacific Caesar (3-5) in Surabaya 58-45. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pacific Caesar. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 61-34 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) who added 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Satria Muda's coach Octaviarro Romely used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Gege Nagata (185-88) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Dewa Galih (185-87) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Satria Muda have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Surabaya to the arena CLS Knights.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 19+6reb+1ast, D.Galih 9+7reb+6ast, E.Sasmito 6+4reb+1ast, H.Listiyono 5+5reb, R.Anggakara 4+5reb+1ast, I.Widyanto 2+3reb+2ast
Satria Muda: F.Julius Ahmad 17+6reb+2ast, B.Siregar 11+2reb+1ast, A.Wisnu 10+9reb+2ast, V.Michel 7+6reb+4ast, W.Situmorang 6+14reb+1ast, G.Gunawan 5+14reb
gschID: 166051




Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 7-0 
 2. Pelita Jaya 6-2 
 3. Garuda 6-2 
 4. Aspac 5-2 
 5. CLS Knights 4-3 
 6. Stadium Jak. 4-3 
 7. Muba Hangtuah 4-3 
 8. Pacific Caesar 3-5 
 9. Bima Sakti 2-5 
 10. Comfort Mobile 2-6 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 1-6 
 12. Satya Wacana 0-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gege NAGATA
  Pacific .
  (185-F-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Nagata, Pacific15.2 
 2. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.13.2 
 3. Chandra, Pelita J.13.1 
 4. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.12.9 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda12.9 
 6. Dewanto, Pelita J.12.8 
 7. Wuwungan, Satya W.12.7 
 8. Sapto, Muba H.12.5 
 9. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.5 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.11.7 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.9.3 
 3. Poedjakesuma, Peli.7.6 
 4. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 5. Wuwungan, Satya W.7.2 
 6. Haryoko, CLS K.7.1 
 7. Regowo, Aspac6.9 
 8. Situmorang, Satria6.7 
 9. Sasmito, Pacific6.5 
 10. Indrawan, Pelita6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.0 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.4 
 3. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.2 
 4. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.1 
 5. Yusran, Stadium2.8 
 6. Uniputty, Comfor.2.8 
 7. Muharri, CLS K.2.7 
 8. Wilopo, Muba H.2.6 
 9. Dhay, Pacific2.5 
 10. Trisakti, Aspac2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.4 
 2. Uniputty, Comfor.2.8 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.4 
 4. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.3 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Sura, Garuda2.2 
 8. Gerungan, Aspac2.1 
 9. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.1 
 10. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian Ronaldo SITEPU
  Satria M.
  (200-C/F-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Sitepu, Satria M.2.7 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium2.4 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.0 
 4. Teguh, Muba H.2.0 
 5. Damanik, NSH G.1.6 
 6. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.1.6 
 7. Sasmito, Pacific1.4 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.1 
 9. Arizki, Aspac1.1 
 10. Gunawan, Satya W.1.0 


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Interview with Erez Edelshtein, Head Coach of Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Amir Fleischman
Erez Edelshtein,Hapoel Tel-Aviv's head coach leads the team to a promising season that should end with the club's return to the Israeli premier league

Erez, Hapoel Tel-Aviv is looking good so far. You are ranked 2nd in both national league and Balkan league (BIBL), and this week you defeated Galil Gilboa (Israeli premier league) in the Israeli Cup's 1/8 finals. What is the club's main goal for the 2011-2012 season?
The main goal of Hapoel Tel-Aviv is returning to the premier league, where it truly belongs. We hope that the experience gained by participating in competitions like the BIBL will help us get ready for the playoff games in April-May.


What were the reasons for participating in BIBL?
It was important to me that our young team would participate in two competitions, rather than just in one. Participating in BIBL assists us to get to know different game styles that could hardly be found in our local national league. The opponents are aggressive, less tactic-concerned, something that makes you adjust to different intensity. It helps you develop yourself a player, and it certainly provides game-time for our youngsters. Apart from that, it is good and important for the club to be a part of an international competition, whatever that involves: competing abroad, hosting teams in Israel etc. After all, Hapoel Tel Aviv has great name and prestige in Europe and in Israel.


What is your impression of the team's local players?
Most of the players are fit to play in the premier league, period. I regard Matan Naor, Corry Carr and Jonathan Skjoldebrand as legitimate premier league players. You saw their performance on Sunday (Hapoel Tel-Aviv's win over Galil/Gilboa).


As one that has coached for many years in the premier league, what is your impression of the national league?
Personally it is more difficult and challenging to me than coaching in the premier league. The orientation is basically different than that of the premier league, very tactic. The professional level of the coaches is very high, and many of them can easily coach premier league teams. Erik Alfassi (head coach of Ironi Ashkelon, premier league) and Danny Franco (head coach of Elitzur Netanya, premier league) who coached here are just few names to mention. I nevertheless would like to see more players developing themselves and improving their skills in order to play in the premier league in future.


With your considerable record and experience in the Israeli basketball, how come you decided to coach a club that is in the national league over one that's in the premier league?
It is all because it's Hapoel Tel-Aviv, a club I love and appreciate. It doesn't matter where they play. When they offered me to coach them I did not hesitate for a second, and with fans like ours, coaching here is an unbelievable experience and fun. You also must realize the outstanding reform the club has gone through both on court and with management (the club is run by a fan association), and it is clear to me that the ultimate place for such a club is nothing but the premier league.


Any plans to coach elsewhere in future, perhaps in Europe?
No, I am happy where I am and focus only in Hapoel Tel-Aviv.



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Pazzi's 27 points and 6 rebounds give him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old center Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Trento and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Trento in his team's victory, helping them to crush Treviglio (#3, 11-7) with 16-point margin 81-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Trento to consolidate first place in the Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Trento has a very solid 13-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Pazzi had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Trento's top player in his first season with the team. Marco Pazzi averages this season 13.8ppg and 7.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Fabio Zanelli (196-G-76) of league's second-best Orlandina. He is former international guard in his first season at Orlandina. In the last game Zanelli recorded impressive 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Orlandina cruised to a 92-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Matera (#5, 7-11). Orlandina's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 12-6 record is not bad at all. Zanelli is a newcomer at Orlandina and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#7). He also recorded 3.2 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Marco Tagliabue (206-PF-86) of Ruvo (#6). Tagliabue scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Tagliabue's great performance Ruvo lost 69-70 to the higher-ranked Recanati (#2, 10-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ruvo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tagliabue he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Tagliabue has a very solid season. In 18 games in Italy he scored 13.3ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefano Spizzichini (202-F-90) of Firenze - 17 points and 4 rebounds
5. Marco Portannese (192-G-89) of Torino - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) of Comsum.it SI - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Paolo Rotondo (205-F/C-89) of Napoli - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Matteo Raminelli (203-C-83) of Castelletto - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86) of Ferentino - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) of Napoli - 18 points, 5 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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Best players of Japanese BJ League round 28 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Lance Allred (211-C-81, agency: SportsTalent) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kyoto Hannar. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 14 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Sendai 89ers (#4, 12-12) 87-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kyoto Hannar. is placed at 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kyoto Hannar. will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. Allred turned to be Kyoto Hannar.'s top player in his first season with the team. Weber State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Allred is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 50.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80) of Shiga L-Stars. Gomez Camargo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Shiga L-Stars to another comfortable win 79-64 over slightly lower-ranked Shimane SM (#6, 13-11) being unquestionably team leader. Shiga L-Stars' 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 16-8 record is not bad at all. Gomez Camargo is a newcomer at Shiga L-Stars and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of second-ranked Niigata Albirex. Holm scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Niigata Albirex, leading his team to a 94-80 easy win against the lower-ranked Miyazaki SS (#7, 12-14). Niigata Albirex needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Holm has a great season in Japan. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of Osaka Evessa - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Shinshu BW - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Akita NH - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Niigata Albirex - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Iwate Big Bulls - 31 points and 8 rebounds
9. Cohey Aoki (167-G-80) of Osaka Evessa - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 23 points, 5 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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Trepca releases Vrsaljko - by Dren Shporta
Leader of BKT Superliga, Trepca, has notified that the team has released Croatian center Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). 29 year old center has assisted Trepca in their four last matches of the winter season 2011/12. He came to Trepca in the beginning of a December and took part in Trepcas only defeat in the season against Sigal Prishtina in Pallati i Rinise dhe Sporteve.

212 cm. long Croatian, Vrsaljko, played in games against Sigal Prishtina (A), Peja (H), Drita (A) and Futura (H). He had an average of 13 points per game. The Mitrovican managing staff thanked the Croatian for his contribution during the last month of the winter season.

The greens from now have to fill the empty place on the pitch. The deadline for transfers is the end of the January, respectively the 25th of January.




Futura registers Sutulovic - by Dren Shporta
The first team of BKT Superliga to register officially a new player for the second part of the season 2011/12 is Futura. Jeton Nixhas team has signed the Montenegrin player Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90), reports Basketball Federation of Kosova (FBK).

Sutulovic is a young guard, who has been tested in many teams. He was the player of Podgorica before coming to Futura. Before that, he played for Bosnian team Igokea, Primorje of Montenegro and Olimpija of Slovenia. He did not spend too much minutes on the court, but being in those teams with his age - speaks a lot. He is actually 21 year old.

He will be first international player of Futura for this season after the reds have released Brandon Ward and Darrin Williams when the first half of the season ended. Futura is in the bottom of the table of BKT Superliga, but Coach Jeton Nixha is working hard to create a team that could keep the elite Kosovo league status.



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EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets prevail against Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets - Ventspils 77:69

EWE Baskets victoriously opened their EuroChallenge Last 16 campaign. They held off visiting Ventspils in Oldenburg. Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) posted 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners.
EWE Baskets opened the game with seven straight points. The hosts arrived at the first break up by five points 16:11. The German team stretched the margin to 10 points midway through the second term. The Latvian team did not surrender and trimmed the gap at three points 27:30. Ronald Burrell made it 45:32 midway through the third quarter. EWE Baskets cruised to a 61:42 advantage at the final intermission. Ventspils could not get within striking distance in the fourth stanza as EWE Baskets rolled to the win at the end. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) and Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) notched 15 points apiece in the victory. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) answered with 23 points for Ventspils. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

EWE Baskets: Ronald Burrell 20+13 boards, Rickey Paulding 15, Kenny Hasbrouck 15
Ventspils: Martins Meiers 23, Jahmar Young 16



Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 16-0 
 2. Liepaja-2 15-1 
 3. Barons/Keizar. 14-2 
 4. Saldus 12-3 
 5. Riga 10-6 
 6. VEF Kadeti 9-6 
 7. RSU 9-6 
 8. VA 9-8 
 9. DSN 7-9 
 10. Livani 5-11 
 11. Cesis 5-12 
 12. Valmiera U21 4-12 
 13. Ogres 4-12 
 14. Jelgava/LLU 4-12 
 15. Ridzene 3-13 
 16. Gulbene 2-15 


LBL2 Round 20: Top-ranked VEF Riga junior wins another game - by Eurobasket News
The round 20 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

LBL2 top team - VEF Riga junior (16-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Ridzene (3-13) 89-65. The game without a history. VEF Riga junior led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Undefeated VEF Riga junior have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Ridzene lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. VEF Riga junior are looking forward to face Zemgale/Juniors (#14) in Jelgava in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Ridzene will have a break next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Cesis was beaten by DSN on the road 90-77. Riga won against VA on its own court 78-61. Bottom-ranked Gulbene unfortunately lost to VEF Kadeti in Riga 78-90. Ogres recorded a loss to Valmiera U21 at home 67-77. DSN were defeated by VA on the opponent's court 65-70.



DSN - Cesis 90-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked DSN's (7-9) home victory over 10th ranked Cesis (5-12) in Riga 90-77 on Tuesday. Newly promoted DSN maintains ninth position with 7-9 record. Cesis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Riga - VA 78-61

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (9-8) lost on the road to fifth ranked Riga (10-6) 78-61 on Monday. Ventspils Augstskola was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 32-13 charge of Riga, which allowed them to win the game. Riga have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-6 record. Ventspils Augstskola at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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BK VEF - Ridzene 89-65

LBL2 top team - VEF Riga junior (16-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Ridzene (3-13) 89-65. The game without a history. VEF Riga junior led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. VEF Riga junior have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Ridzene lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. VEF Riga junior are looking forward to face Zemgale/Juniors (#14) in Jelgava in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Ridzene will have a break next round.
gschID: 165381


VEF Kadeti - Gulbene 90-78

Very predictable result when eighth ranked VEF Kadeti (9-6) won against bottom-ranked Gulbene (2-15) in Riga 90-78 on Tuesday. The game without a history. VEF Kadeti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. VEF Kadeti moved-up to sixth place, which they share with RSU. Gulbene lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. VEF Kadeti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gulbene will play at home against Saldus (#4) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
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Ogres - Valmiera U21 67-77

There was a minor upset when 12th ranked BS Ogre (4-12) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Valmiera U21 (4-12) 77-67 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 44-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera U21 moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Jelgava/LLU and Ogres. Valmiera U21 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BS Ogre will play on the road against the league's second-placed Liepaja-2 (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
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VA - DSN 70-65

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Ventspils Augstskola (9-8) defeated at home 9th ranked DSN (7-9) 70-65 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But DSN won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Ventspils Augstskola went down to eighth position due to points difference. Newly promoted DSN keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 165377




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South Wins Luxembourg All-Star game 134-117 in Stadtbredimus!!! - by John Thomas
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Stadbredimus, Luxembourg The 2012 All-Star Game for Luxembourg basketball was held last Sunday, Jan. 8 in Stadtbredimus. The Coaches and players were chosen via a vote from the public, coaches, press and the clubs. The South, coached by Jan Enjebo of T71 won the match 117-134!

Here is a look at the Squads:

For the North:
Pit Koster - Residence
Jerome Gumbs - Residence
Philip Perre - Musel Pikes
Laurent Schwartz - Musel Pikes
Brandon Gary - Musel Pikes
Nelson DelGado - Etzella
Billy McNutt - Heffingen
Tim Schmit - Heffingen
Christopher Jones - Amicale
Alex Jones - Amicale
Eric Jeitz - Amicale
Head Coach Frank Baum - Musel Pikes
Assistant Coach: Kevin Magdowski Residence

For the South:
Kasey Ulin - Sparta
Larrie Smith - Sparta
Lamonte Ulmer - Soleuvre
Bill Arre - Nitia
Thomas Schumacher - T71
Wolzfeld Ren - Sparta
Tom Dreesen - Sparta
Jairo Delgado - T71
David Reichel - Basket Esch
Andy Schammo Soleuvre
Head Coach Jan Enjebo -T71

North: 49 field goals; 7 three pointers; 2/4 free throws; 3 fouls
Koster 13, Schwartz 11, Gumbs 4, Perre 18, Gary 21, also: N. DelGado 5, McNutt 8,, Christopher Jones 14, Alex Jones 14, Jeitz 6 and Schmit 3
South: 55 field goals; 2 three pointers; 2/2 free throws; 4 fouls
Ulin 24, Ulmer 22, Arre 13, Smith 12 Schumacher 16, also: Reichel 13, J. DelGado 8, Schammo 10, Dreesen 12 and Wolzfeld 4

Score by quarters: 1st Q 27-30, Halftime 54-64, 3rd Q 89-97, Final 117-134
800 spectators



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Westports Dragons nip Singapore Slingers ASEAN League pre-season game - by Eurobasket News
Westports Dragons - Singapore Slingers 78:76

Westports Dragons faced Singapore Slingers in ASEAN League pre-season encounter. The Malaysian powerhouse clinched a narrow victory. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) knocked down a buzzer-beater to help Westports Dragons to the victory. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports) accounted for 24 points and 21 rebounds to pace the winners. Tiras Wade added 21 points for Westports Dragons.
Singapore Slingers looked better in the first half. They accumulated a 47:36 halftime lead. However the Dragons turned the tables in the third term. They jumped in front and entered the final frame up by three points 58:55. Wei Long Wong nailed a trey to level things up at 76 with 9 seconds remaining. But Tiras Wade stepped up for Westports Dragons to seal the victory. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with game-high 27 points for the Slingers.



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Athleta open title defence with victory - by Eurobasket News
Maltese National League tipped off at the weekend. The reigning champions Athleta got to a winning start. They held off Floriana 73:47. Omar Said (177-G-80) stepped up with 21 points to lead the effort. Athleta led from start to finish. They gained a 44:22 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) knocked down 14 points, while Addison Bonnici (195-F-84) added 17 points for the winners. Brad Williams (203-G-75) responded with 20 points for Floriana.
BUPA Luxol secured a narrow 82:78 win over Loyola. Jeron Belin (198-F-88, college: St.Peter's) knocked down 36 points to pace the charge. BUPA Luxol relied on a 7-point buffer built in three first quarters to escape with a tough win at the end. Lee Ross (182-G-89) contributed 24 points for the winning side. Rashanti Harris (203-F) answered with 45 points for Loyola.
Depiro stole an 83:71 road win over Siggiewi. Roderick Vella (85) nailed 22 points, while Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) contributed 21 points in the victory. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) responded with 30 points for Siggiewi.



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  MEXICO   


LNBP 1/8 Finals: Huracanes blast Correcaminos in crucial Game Five, 92-65 - by Eurobasket News
LNBP 1/8 Finals, Game 5: Huracanes - Corr.Victoria 92-65 (3-2)

Huracanes smashed Correcaminos 92-65 in crucial Game Five and advanced to LNBP Quarterfinals. Of course, Huracanes won the 1/8 Finals series with 3-2 and their next rival will be Fuerza Regia. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-65. Huracanes dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Correcaminos' 34. They outrebounded Correcaminos 51-24 including a 26-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Huracanes players scored in double figures. American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Robert Brown (195-80, college: Buffalo, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Correcaminos. LNBP Quarterfinals schedule is not announced yet.

Huracanes: E.Fuqua 22+17reb+3ast, N.Colmenares 19+14reb+2ast, R.Hornsby 19+3reb+2ast, E.Medina 10+2ast, L.Davis 8+7reb+3ast, O.Bailey 6+3reb+1ast
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 15+2reb+5ast, J.Green 12+2reb, R.Brown 8+6reb+2ast, D.Lamont 8+3reb, G.Burris 7+1reb, F.Harris 6+4reb+2ast


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  MONTENEGRO   


It is official: Bakic joins Metalac - by Darko Pekic
As eurobasket.com announced over a week ago, Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) decided to return to Serbia. He will finish the season in Metalac. It is a well know area for Bakic who spent the second part of the season 2009/2010 in the club from Valjevo. The ex member of Serbia and Montenegro U21 National Team and Buducnost top talent started will make the league debut on January 15 against Tamis and he is expected to perform well because Metalac is currently struggling in the A division (4-10 record).

After the promissing start in Buducnost at the beginning of this century, Bakic changed a lot of clubs and countries (Serbia, Latvia, Slovenia etc). He is also known as older brother of current Radnicki Kragujevac point guard Boris Bakic (194-G-86, agency: Beo Basket).


Buducnost ends its winning streak in a terrible game - by Darko Pekic
The game between Red Star Belgrade and Buducnost ended with the victory of the Serbian team and thats the only (63:57) and thats the only thing woth to be mentioned after tonight's game. The team from Podgorica had a very bad performance finishing the game with 2/25 from the three point line! Coach Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances )'s guys were not a lot better than Buducnost, they made many mistakes too, but at the end they deserved to win the game although the finish was tied and they won it only thanks to Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP)' courage and mistakes made by the opposite team.

Red Star had a 10-0 run at the very beginning of the game and they were able to maintain that lead until the last two minutes of the last quarter. However, Buducnost's players did not take an advantage of some empty minutes in coach Pesic's team and they had to return home with empty pockets. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) was the best scorer in the home team with 13 points while Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) was the only one to had a solid game in blue and white team. He scored 15 points with great percentages but was unable to distribute the ball like he is used to.

Buducnost will play the next Adriatic League game next Saturday in Podgorica against the Euroleague side Zagreb.


Milorad Sutulovic moves to Kosovo - by Darko Pekic
Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90), one of the leaders of surpising good newcomers KK Podgorica, decided to move abroad. He will spend the second part of the season in Kosovo. Sutulovic signed the contract with Futura, the bottom placed club from Kosovo SuperLeague. This will not be his first experience abroad though. He has played in Slovenia and Bosnia also.

Sutulovic has played for the Montenegrin junior NT's and he is a product of Buducnost basketball program. He will have a hard task to avoid relegation with Futura. The team from Kosovo has a 2-12 record after the first part of the season.


Tausan new head coach of BC Mogren from Budva - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Mogren from Budva member of MNE1A division and DELFI SMG Basketball Agency announced that ex Basketball head coach of Basketball Club Ulcinj Vladimir Tausan will be new head coach of Baksetball Club Mogren from Budva until end of basketball season 2011-12.Before Basketball Clubs Mogren from Budva and Ulcinj Vladimir Tausan was head coach of Basketball Clubs Borac from Banja Luka BIH and Ibon from Niksic.

Radulovic inks for Teodo - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Teodo from Tivat member of MNE1A division and DELFI SMG Basketball Agency announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Zrinski from Mostar Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) inks for Basketball Club Teodo contract until end of basketball season 2011-12.Before Basketball Club Teodo and Zrinjski Aleksandar Radulovic play for Basketball Clubs Danilovgrad and Ulcinj in MNE1A division and S.Centar in MNE1B division.In season 2011-12 Radulovic for Basketball Club Zrinjski play 12 games (24,5min) : 9.3ppg, 5.4rpg

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D2 Top 25 ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Northwood Fl.
 2. Dordt
 3. Oregon Tech
 4. Davenport
 5. Grace
 6. McPherson
 7. Bellevue
 8. Warner Pacific
 9. Cardinal Stritch
 10. Jamestown
 11. Indiana East
 12. Northwest
 13. Northwestern, IA
 14. Ind.Wesleyan
 15. Southeastern
 16. Southwestern (KS)
 17. Warner
 18. St.Francis, IN
 19. Indiana SE
 20. Indiana Tech
 21. Briar Cliff
 22. Huntington
 23. Valley City St.
 24. Grand View
 25. St.Ambrose


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 LeBron JAMES
  Miami Heat
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 30.1
 1. James, Miami Heat30.1 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers27.6 
 3. Anthony, New Y.26.6 
 4. Durant, Oklah.Ci.25.7 
 5. Griffin, LA Clipp.24.7 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 7. Love, Minnesota T.24.0 
 8. Bargnani, Toron.23.7 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.22.6 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew BYNUM
  LA Lakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Bynum, LA Lakers15.7 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.9 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.14.6 
 4. Humphries, New J.10.6 
 5. Gasol, Memphis G.10.4 
 6. Haslem, Miami Heat10.3 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.3 
 8. Hawes, Philadelph..10.3 
 9. Cousins, Sacramen.10.1 
 10. Varejao, Clevelan.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.10.5 
 2. Lowry, Houston R.10.0 
 3. Nash, Phoenix Suns9.8 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.0 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.8.4 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.8.1 
 8. Jack, N.Orleans H.7.9 
 9. Williams, New J.7.7 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Conley, Memphis G.3.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.8 
 3. Shumpert, New Y.2.2 
 4. Teague, Atlanta H.2.1 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Granger, Indiana P.2.0 
 7. James, Miami Heat2.0 
 8. Varejao, Clevelan.1.9 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 DeAndre JORDAN
  LA Clippers
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jordan, LA Clippers3.0 
 2. McGee, Washingt.3.0 
 3. Gasol, Memphis G.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Stiemsma, Boston2.2 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat2.0 
 8. Johnson, Toronto1.9 
 9. Hawes, Philadelph..1.8 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 6-2 
 2. New York K. 5-4 
 3. Boston C. 4-4 
 4. Toronto R. 4-5 
 5. New Jersey N. 2-8 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 8-2 
 2. Indiana P. 6-3 
 3. Cleveland C. 4-4 
 4. Milwaukee B. 2-6 
 5. Detroit P. 2-7 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 8-1 
 2. Atlanta H. 7-3 
 3. Orlando M. 6-3 
 4. Charlotte B. 2-7 
 5. Washington W. 0-8 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 8-2 
 2. Portland TB 6-2 
 3. Denver N. 6-4 
 4. Utah Jazz 5-3 
 5. Minnesota T. 3-6 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 6-4 
 2. LA Clippers 4-2 
 3. Phoenix Suns 4-4 
 4. Sacramento K. 3-6 
 5. Golde State W. 2-6 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 6-3 
 2. Dallas M. 4-5 
 3. Memphis G. 3-5 
 4. N.Orleans H. 3-6 
 5. Houston R. 2-6 


Wizards' Rashard Lewis denies spat with Sam Cassell - by Eurobasket News
As practice came to a conclusion on Monday, Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) huddled along the sideline for a few minutes with Wizards assistant Sam Cassell. Lewis walked away from the conversation laughing, then shot a long jumper before the leaving the court. Before he headed to the locker room, a flock of reporters was standing by, waiting, and he asked with a smile, Is this for me?

Lewis sat out the Wizards 93-72 loss to Minnesota on Sunday with what the team said was a sore right knee, but CSNWashington reported that Lewis decided not to play after getting into an argument with Cassell before the game. Lewis denied that there was a dispute - or that any spat would ever keep him from playing in a game. When asked about the report, Coach Flip Saunders said simply, Thats not true.

The only reason I didnt play was because my knee was sore, Lewis said. No argument. No argument at all. I dont know whats going on. Maybe because we havent won a game yet somebody is trying to make up stories, I guess. Point the finger at somebody. I dont know.

Lewis dealt with knee tendinitis all last season and had a platelet rich plasma procedure to generate a more natural healing process last March. He trained during the offseason in Houston and arrived in camp healthy, but he has had a difficult campaign, averaging just 8.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. Lewis also had a disappointing game against the New York Knicks on Friday and was benched for the entire fourth quarter.

Even if I did get into an argument with Sam, I still wouldnt have played, Lewis said. Regardless of what the argument was about a football game, whatever it was still wouldve played. My job is to come out and play. Thats what Ive been doing.

Lewis said he was feeling better physically during Mondays practice after giving himself a day off, but he is upset that the Wizards are off to a franchise-worst 0-8 start. Its very frustrating. Not only for me, but for everybody. Nobody wants to keep losing ball games. I havent been playing well. We havent been shooting the ball well. Nobody really to point the finger at. Weve got to come out here every night to get better and win ball games.

After ruling himself out of the game against the Timberwolves, Lewis said he got treatment and stimulation in the training room and also did some exercises. He watched the game from the locker room because he didnt bring a sport coat with him to the arena. Lewis added that he had a friendly disagreement with Cassell that was obviously misinterpreted.

Everybody knows Sam. Sams a loud talker, regardless of what hes talking about. If hes talking to you in a friendly manner, hes just a loud talker. I dont know. Somebody must have took it and thought that me and Sam were arguing, Lewis said. Maybe we was just talking. I know at one point, he was talking about how he was playing with the Clippers and I played in Seattle and he busted up [Minnesota Timberwolves point guard] Luke Ridnour and was bragging and talking noise. Maybe somebody took it out of [context, that] we was arguing, when he was talking about how he killed us when he was playing for the Clippers and I played for the Sonics. I have no idea whats going on.

Saunders said there was nothing to it. He didnt play because of his knee. I guess theres a lot of stuff that comes out when things are going bad. A lot of things come out and a lot of times people read too much into situations.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Kings notes: Whiteside to stay in D-League for now - by Eurobasket News
The Kings need more size in the frontcourt.

But they won't prematurely recall second-year center Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C/F-89, college: Marshall) from the NBA Development League.

Whiteside was assigned to the Reno Bighorns on Jan. 1 with rookie forward Tyler Honeycutt.

Whiteside attended Sunday's 104-97 loss to the Orlando Magic at Power Balance Pavilion.

The Kings will be without forward-center Chuck Hayes for three to four weeks because of a dislocated left shoulder.

That leaves the Kings with DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson and Jason Thompson as the only healthy big men on the roster while Whiteside is in the D-League.

Whiteside is averaging 10.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games with the Bighorns. He has appeared in one NBA game in two seasons.

Kings coach Keith Smart said it wouldn't be fair to throw the inexperienced Whiteside into NBA games amid a coaching change and having been with Reno.

'We'll just use what we have,' Smart said. 'And if we need more on the road somewhere, we can always call him back up. But he needs to get some playing time right now.'
Smart said there are no plans to add another player to the roster. The Kings have 14 players under contract, one below the league maximum.

'Hopefully, we won't be so banged up that we have to go out and get someone,' Smart said. ' We'll look around and see what might be there and see what we can possibly do. But we're not at that point yet because we still have an 11-man crew.'

Hot start Former Oak Ridge High School and Cal star Ryan Anderson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando.

Anderson, a 6-foot-10 forward, entered Sunday's game averaging 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Anderson is in his fourth NBA season and third with Orlando. He averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds last season.

'Obviously, when you have consistent minutes, I feel like you can play more consistent,' Anderson said. 'I just want to go in with the opportunity that I'm given and just battle and have the consistent effort.'

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


Monday's games (6) review: Landry scores 21 as Hornets beat the Nuggets - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - N.Orleans H. 81-94
Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) scored 21 points, Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) added 20 and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Denver Nuggets 94-81 on Monday night. Marco Belinelli scored 19 and Jarret Jack had 13 points and nine assists for the Hornets, who lost at home to the Nuggets on Friday. Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson had 14 points each and Rudy Fernandez added 14 for Denver, which lost at home for the first time in five games. Denver shot just 39 percent from the field, including 35 percent on 3-pointers. New Orleans led by eight at halftime and increased it to 15 on Kaman's layup with 7:27 left in the third. Consecutive 3s by Arron Afflalo and Lawson sparked a 10-2 Denver run, but a running jumper by Jack and a block by Emeka Okafor helped the Hornets lead 78-64 heading into the fourth. Denver never threatened in the final 12 minutes. Fernandez's 3 cut the lead to 80-69 early, but two jumpers by Kaman started the Hornets' 12-2 run that gave them a 92-71 lead with 3:22 left. Jack, who was questionable before the game with a right leg injury, scored five points in the spurt. His 3 gave the Hornets an 87-71 lead midway through the fourth. The Hornets had just 11 players available but were still able to lead for most of the first half. Belinelli, who averages seven points a game, sparked New Orleans with 16 and Landry came off the bench to score 13 before the break. The Nuggets led 27-26 after the first quarter, but the Hornets took control in the second. Belinelli scored five straight points, including a 3, to put New Orleans ahead 39-31. Landry had a dunk and a layup, and Belinelli hit another shot to increase the lead to 45-35 late in the second. Gallinari scored 12 points and Lawson had 10 to try to keep the Nuggets close, but the Hornets led 54-46 at halftime. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Chicago B. - Detroit P. 92-68
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 23 points and the Chicago Bulls beat Detroit 92-68 on Monday night for their 13th consecutive victory against the Pistons. Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 22 points and eight assists for Chicago, which bounced back from Saturday night's lackluster 109-94 loss at Atlanta. Ronnie Brewer finished with 12 points, and Boozer also had eight rebounds. The Bulls improved to 4-1 during their first stretch of nine games in 12 days in 30 years. They play again each of the next two nights, hitting the road to face Minnesota on Tuesday before returning home to face Washington on Wednesday. Greg Monroe had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Detroit, which has lost four straight games. Rookie Brandon Knight scored 13 points, and Tayshaun Prince and Ben Gordon had 11 points apiece. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Toronto R. - Minnesota T. 97-87
As the missed shots piled up, Timberwolves center Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) started wondering what was going wrong. Could the baskets be working against him somehow? 'It felt like there was a cap on the rim at some point,' Love said. 'I remember (missing) a reverse layup and looking at it like 'You've got to be kidding me.'' Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) matched his season-high with 31 points, Amir Johnson had a season-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double and the Toronto Raptors beat Minnesota 97-87 on Monday night. Jose Barea scored a season-high 16 points and Love had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which hasn't won in Toronto since Jan. 21, 2004. Toronto has won 14 of its last 15 games against the Timberwolves. Subpar shooting was the big reason Minnesota was unable to reverse its losing trend north of the border. The Timberwolves shot a season-low 34 percent for the game, making just six of 20 field goal attempts in the fourth. Love struggles more than anyone, hitting only three of his 16 shots and missing half of his 10 free throw attempts. 'Five for 10, that's not like me,' Love said. 'That's kind of how the game went for me today.' Minnesota was playing the second in a stretch of three straight games, while the Raptors were playing the first game in their only back-to-back-to-back this season. ' (Love) just didn't look like he had the energy he needed tonight,' Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. 'He's going to have games like that. He missed five free throws and that's really uncharacteristic.' In the first meeting between Spanish point guards Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio, the Toronto veteran finished with a narrow edge over the Minnesota rookie. Calderon had 14 points, six assists and three rebounds in 40 minutes, while Rubio had 10 points, six assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes. 'He's a great player,' Calderon said of Rubio. 'Minnesota has an unbelievable player for the future. He's going to be even better, this is just the beginning.' Rubio, who missed seven of nine shots, credited Toronto for playing tough defense. 'They stayed in the paint and we couldn't score threes or jump shots,' Rubio said. 'We didn't have luck today.' Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score 13 points for the Raptors, who won for the first time in three games. Luke Ridnour and Derrick Williams each had 13 points for Minnesota. Down 47-39 with 5:20 left in the second, the Raptors went on a 16-2 run to finish the quarter, taking a 55-49 lead into the half. Barea scored seven points as Minnesota ended the third quarter with an 8-0 spurt, cutting it to 73-69. Williams opened the fourth with a dunk and Barea made a driving layup as the Wolves tied it at 73-73 with 10:53 to play. Bargnani's reverse layup with 6:36 left knotted it again at 80-80, and no one scored for the next 3:20 until Johnson tipped in Bargnani's missed jumper, putting the Raptors ahead 82-80 with 3:16 remaining. Calderon and Bargnani followed with jumpers, making it 86-80 with less than two minutes to go. 'We got stuck on 80 for a while,' Barea said. 'I think that killed us. They made us take tough shots and the ball wasn't going in.' *Courtesy of www.chron.com

New York K. - Charlotte B. 91-87
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) swooped in to score eight of his 22 points in the last three minutes and deliver the New York Knicks a 91-87 home victory over the Charlotte Bobcats today. The Knicks had lost a double-digit lead in the second half and the game was tied 82-82 when Anthony made his decisive intervention to lead New York to their third consecutive win. D.J. Augustin missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds for the Bobcats (2-7) as they fouled Anthony, who added another free throw to the score. 'A wide open three from our best shooter? I'll take that,' Charlotte coach Paul Silas told reporters of Augustin's miss. 'I really love the way we stuck in there and battled. We really gave ourselves a chance.' New York (5-4) fell to Charlotte at home last Wednesday before embarking on their current streak. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds despite making just 7-of-25 shots in what was a difficult shooting night for both teams. Anthony connected on only six of his 18 field goal attempts but his accuracy improved when his team needed it the most. The scoring forward made two layups to give the Knicks an 86-82 lead then made four free throws in the last 35 seconds to seal the game. 'I'm trying to get to the basket every time. And tonight I was able to get there, the shots just wasn't falling,' Anthony said. 'I'm pretty sure I'm capable of making those shots.' Boris Diaw had a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who lost their third straight game. Charlotte opened the contest on a 10-0 run but it was a short-lived advantage. The visitors trailed by 11 late in the third before clawing back to make it a nail-biter. New York has regularly struggled defensively under fourth-year coach Mike D'Antoni, but they showed signs of life for a second straight game. After holding Detroit to 80 points in a win on Sunday, the Knicks restricted the Bobcats to 41 percent shooting. Tyson Chandler led the way with three blocks and three steals to go with his 20 points and 13 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.tvnz.co.nz

Philadelph.76 - Indiana P. 96-86
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) scored 20 points and Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) added 13 to help the Philadelphia 76ers win their fifth straight game, 96-86, over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Led by Iguodala and a deep roster, the Sixers are dominating in the second half to turn close games into comfortable ones. Against the Pacers, it was a 15-3 run in the third quarter that helped them pull away. The Sixers used a 30-8 run in the third to beat Toronto on Saturday night. The Sixers have made the most of their favorable home stretch, winning in Philly for the third time in four nights. After an off day Sunday, the Sixers played the first game of a three-night stretch, that includes Sacramento and Wednesday's game at New York. Indiana's Danny Granger, averaging a team-high 14.9 points, sat out with food poisoning. Pacers guard George Hill (back) also did not play. Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with 19 points and David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds. After spending most of the last few seasons out of the playoff picture, the Pacers and Sixers have emerged as two of the top up-and-coming teams in the Eastern Conference. Indiana (vs. Chicago) and Philadelphia (vs. Miami) both played competitive first-round playoff series a year ago against East favorites and more was expected out of them this season. It's early, but both teams are in the hunt for a division crown. The Sixers are winning without any superstars, and entered with six players averaging 9.9 or more points. Sure enough, six players reached double figures against the Pacers and there was no one person for the Pacers to key on. Nikola Vucevic hit a 3-pointer that capped the Sixers' 15-3 run in the third and gave them a 69-54 lead. Jrue Holiday got the lead back to double digits in the fourth with a 3 and help them win five straight for the first time since Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 2010. The Sixers (6-2) are off to their best start since they went 10-0 in 2000-01. Tyler Hansbrough scored 10 points for the Pacers. He was hit in an eye in the third quarter and did not return. Sixers center Spencer Hawes started after suffering a strained back against Toronto and scored 12 points. Hawes and Thaddeus Young went inside in the final minutes for a couple of clutch baskets that held off the scrappy Pacers. Williams forced a turnover and Iguodala went down and buried a 15-foot fadeway for a 94-84 lead. Hawes took a charge on the next possession and a small, but enthusiastic, crowd stood and applauded their first-place Sixers. Darren Collison and Holiday, former teammates at UCLA, didn't have quite the epic showdown expected out of the young star guards. But both will have plenty of more chances as their teams blossom into threats in the East. The Sixers reversed a 2 of 8 start with an 8 for 12 finish in the first quarter and stretched their lead to 45-40 at the half. The Sixers failed to keep a double-digit lead because of a general sloppiness that led to 11 turnovers. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New Jersey N. - Atlanta H. 101-106
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored a season-high 26 points and the Atlanta Hawks shot nearly 54 percent from the field in beating the New Jersey Nets for the third time this season, 106-101 on Monday night. Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) added 22, Jeff Teague had 20 and Al Horford had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks led for all but a few seconds in winning their third straight game overall. Anthony Morrow had 20 points and rookie MarShon Brooks 19 as the Nets (2-8) remained winless in four games at home. Deron Williams added 15 points and 14 assists, but he also had six of the Nets' 16 turnovers. The Nets made the final 2 minutes interesting, cutting a 100-88 deficit to five points with roughly 30 seconds to play, four points with 11.1 seconds to go and eventually three points on a 3-pointer by Morrow with 4.2 seconds remaining. After the Hawks called a time out, Johnson took the inbounds pass and iced the game with two free throws. This game was almost a repeat of the first game here between the teams. The Hawks started quickly, opened a 16-point lead in the second quarter and put it on cruise control. The only difference this time was the Nets' kept coming back and they got within 84-79 on a jumper by Brooks with 8:29 to play. Johnson then posted up Brooks for a jumper to start a 16-9 spurt that put the Hawks ahead 100-88 on a floater in the lane by Teague with 2:27 to play. Johnson had six points in the run, Smith had three and fed Horford for a dunk and Vladimir Radmanovic, who was starting for the injured Marvin Williams, had a 3-pointer. Radmanovic finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Smith, who had a season-high 25 in a win over Chicago two nights ahead, had 14 points in the first half in helping Atlanta jump to a 56-45 lead. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Dwight Howard still wants to be traded - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) remains adamant about his request to be traded by the NBA's March 15 transfer deadline, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday.

Magic general manager Otis Smith said in an interview with the newspaper that Howard has not reversed his demand for a trade nor to his knowledge changed his list of preferred new clubs.

The Magic have given Howard's agent permission to speak with the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets about a trade deal.

Orlando made a first-round exit in last season's NBA playoffs and Howard has said the team has not done enough to surround him with players he wanted with him in quest of an NBA title.

Howard could be the second superstar big man to leave the Magic, who saw Shaquillle O'Neal leave in 1996 for a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. 'Shaq' helped the Lakers to three consecutive NBA titles starting in 2000.

Orlando was swept by Houston in the 1995 NBA Finals and lost to the Lakers in five games in 2009 in the Magic's only trips to the best-of-seven NBA Championship series.

Courtesy of www.abs-cbnnews.com


Celtic Green's heart surgery termed a success - by Eurobasket News
As the Celtics were going through a practice session on Monday afternoon, Coach Doc Rivers received a visit from Danny Ainge.

The news that the teams president of basketball operations delivered brightened Rivers day.

Ainge let Rivers know that the surgery Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) underwent at the Cleveland Clinic to repair an aortic aneurysm earlier in the day was termed a success.

The surgery went well, said Rivers. I understand it went great. Obviously, our thoughts and our prayers and every part of our being is with Jeff right now. I am (relieved).

The 25-year-old Green, who was acquired by the Celtics last February in the Kendrick Perkins trade, was diagnosed with the aneurysm during his presason physical last month.

He had signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Celtics, a deal that has been voided, and is an unrestricted free agent after the team negated the qualifying offer Green received last summer.

Before getting back to his basketball career, Green will undergo rehabilitation. Doctors had told Green he would be able to return to the NBA.

The second news we want to hear is that hell be able to play, said Rivers, who talked to Green last Friday. That would be terrific. I dont care if its with us. I want him to be with us, obviously. I just want him to be able to fulfill his life.

Really, at the end of the day, thats what we want.

Courtesy of www.enterprisenews.com


Andrew Bogut returning to Bucks - by Eurobasket News
Bucks center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) is returning to the United States on Sunday and is expected to be ready to play for Milwaukee on Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs, his agent, David Bauman, said.

Bauman said that 'given the time difference and the length of the flight back to the U.S., it is unlikely he will be able to make it back in time for the Bucks' game in Phoenix' against the Suns on Sunday night.

Earlier Sunday, Bruce Kaider, his Australian-based manager, had told The Associated Press that he expected Bogut to return to the Bucks soon as he sorts out some family issues.

'Andrew feels bad that this serious personal matter caused him to miss four games and he will be ready to play Tuesday without limitations or restrictions,' Bauman said.

'We do not expect to comment further, but Andrew appreciates the support and understanding during this difficult time that he has received from his teammates, Bucks' management and the Bucks' fans. In particular, he also appreciates how the media and fans respected his request for privacy during these past few days.'

Kaider told the AP that Bogut is completely fit, but the Aussie is in his hometown of Melbourne and dealing 'with those things we all have to go through in life, certain personal issues that he is experiencing at the moment.' Kaider did not elaborate.

On Saturday, the Bucks lost 92-86 to the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee's third game in a row without Bogut.

Bogut, who has 63,500 Twitter followers and has posted nearly 14,500 tweets, has been silent on the social networking site since Jan. 3.

Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft in 2005, is averaging 14.3 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks after elbow surgery late last season.

Courtesy of ESPN


Raptors' Gray has procedure to fix rapid heart rate - by Eurobasket News
Raptors center Aaron Gray (7'0''-C-84, college: Pittsburgh) underwent a procedure Monday aimed at preventing episodes of a rapid heart rate that have kept the four-year veteran out of action so far this season. He's expected to return in two weeks.

The procedure, known as an ablation, was performed at a Toronto hospital.

Gray, who signed a free-agent deal with the Raptors on Dec. 11, played in both of Toronto's preseason games before being sidelined by a rapid heart rate.

He was initially cleared to return for Toronto's Dec. 28 home opener against Indiana, but the team decided to get him through a full practice before he returned to game action.

A second-round pick by Chicago in 2007, Gray has also played for the New Orleans Hornets. The seven-footer averaged 3.2 points and 4.2 rebounds last season.

Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson of the Toronto Maple Leafs underwent a similar procedure in 2009.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Dwyane Wade (foot) day to day - by Eurobasket News
After a week of rest Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) has still not been cleared by the Miami Heat's training staff to return to the floor.

Both he and the team still aren't completely certain what is causing him so much discomfort in his left foot.

Wade missed the Heat's practice Monday afternoon and is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Golden State Warriors. He has missed three games with the injury, which occurred on Dec. 28. Lingering soreness forced Wade to shut it down last week.

Wade said for the first time that he could be dealing with plantar fasciitis, which can be a slow-healing injury. The Heat have been calling it a foot contusion.

'I don't know, it's just hurting,' Wade said. 'It could be three different things. It could be (plantar fasciitis), a bruise is one of them, maybe it's a combination of the two. I don't know. I just know it's in the area of plantar fascia. I know it's bruised as well. Whatever it is, it's just taking its course, taking its time to get healthy.'

The Heat are 3-0 without Wade, and since it is early in the season and they are off to an 8-1 start, they are clearly in no rush to get him back.

However, for the time being it does seem like Wade is truly day to day.

'It's serious enough where our training staff feels I should continue to stay off it,' Wade said. 'I've been around the block a few times, so I've had a couple injuries in my nine years. So, I'm as smart as it gets when he comes to players who know when and when not to play.'

Starting point guard Mario Chalmers did not practice either on Monday as he recovers from a bruised shoulder suffered Saturday in New Jersey. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he expected Chalmers to be able to play Tuesday night.

Mike Miller, who has yet to play this season while recovering from hernia surgery, did practice for the first time Monday. He will not play against the Warriors, but there is a chance he could return during the three games the Heat have on this current road trip.

Eddy Curry also took part in his first practice of the season. He has been out since the second day of training camp with a hip flexor. The team has not set a timetable for his return.

Courtesy of ESPN


Sources: Flip Saunders safe, despite slow start - by Eurobasket News
Despite the Wizards being off to a franchise-worst 0-8 start, the organization does not have any intention of firing Coach Flip Saunders at this time, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

In more than two seasons with the team, Saunders is just 49-123 and the Wizards have set franchise records for consecutive road losses (25) and consecutive losses overall (16). After the Wizards suffered a humiliating 21-point home loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Saunders was asked if he felt that he was running out of chances to get through to his players.

No I dont fear that, Saunders said. I think I know the process that were going through, and I know its a painful process.

Saunders is in the third year of a four-year, $18 million contract that he signed in April 2009.

He was hired to lead a team featuring Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison to the playoffs but was forced to lead the franchise through its rebuilding efforts after Arenas brought guns into the locker room and forced President Ernie Grunfeld to blow up the roster.

According to one source, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis doesnt want to change course on the rebuilding plans and incorporate a plan B just eight games into the season. Leonsis would like to see progress with the team but has never been known to make emotional or rash decisions, given his history with the NHLs Capitals. He has also written several times on his blog that the process of building through the draft would be difficult.

Leonsis wrote on Monday, There is a lot of noise right now and lots of angst I have found the best thing to do in times of stress and turmoil is to do research; be analytical; NOT emotional; and try to find ways to improve. ... Obviously no one is happy with the progress we are making as a team; it is important that we be measured and smart in how we move forward.

Saunders said he would have to do a better job but complained that the players arent doing their homework, though his staff equips them with scouting reports well in advance of games. His players agreed.

I dont feel everybody is listening and following behind what he says and doing what he wants us to do, Andray Blatche said.

Saunders is the third coach for Blatche, Nick Young and JaVale McGee, a trio that remains inconsistent despite enhanced roles within the team. When asked if Saunderss message was getting through the players, Wall said, I think its getting through. Its just tough playing out there.

Rookie Chris Singleton criticized the Wizards losing culture after his first game but noted that the players arent displaying the toughness needed to turn around the situation. They held a players-only meeting after starting the season 0-6, but have yet to produce any different results.

You got to want to win, he said. Like coach says, if it doesnt work the first time, you got to fix it. The main two words he uses in practice are Fix it. Thats when the players have to come together and fix it. We can talk about to all we want but we have to show it out there on the court.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Mavericks recall Yi Jianlian from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks have recalled forward Jianlian Yi (7'0''-F/C-87) from their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

Yi is expected to join the Mavericks for Tuesday night's game against the Pistons in Detroit.

Yi was signed by the Mavericks as a free agent on Jan. 6 and then was assigned to the Texas Legends. Yi averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in two games with the Legends.

The former Chinese Basketball Association standout was picked sixth overall by Milwaukee in the 2007 NBA draft. In his 242 NBA games, Yi has averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.

Courtesy of www.china.org.cn


Detroit Pistons' Ben Wallace to retire after season - by Eurobasket News
Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) apparently is down to the last 58 games of his National Basketball Association career.

The 37-year-old Detroit Piston confirmed before Saturday night's game against the New York Knicks that his 16th NBA season will be his last.

'I'm done,' he said.

Would one of his era's preeminent defenders and rebounders, particularly for a 6-foot-9 forward, consider coaching big men?

'Nope. Done,' Wallace said.

Wallace contemplated retirement before this season and last season, and the idea that this would be last year was widespread. Returning this year actually was a more arduous decision than his impending retirement.

Asked when he made the decision to retire, Wallace replied, 'I made that decision two years ago.'

That's advance planning.

'That's what you've got to do, you've got to plan,' he said.

Wallace returned to the Pistons two seasons ago. He signed a two-year contract with the team in July 2010.

'Two years was max I knew I was going to play, another two years,' he said. 'Me and Joe Dumars talked about that back before I signed. So that was it.'

He said a long-stated desire to go to law school after completing his basketball career is, 'something I want to do and will probably go forward with.'

As for what he hopes to achieve in his final season, with a rebuilding franchise, Wallace said he doesn't know.

'I guess we've all just got to stick around and see,' he said.

Eight games into the season, Wallace made it clear to a radio reporter that it's far too early for career retrospective.

'Man, I'm not about to sit here and answer them questions,' he said.

Courtesy of www.mlive.com


Obama welcomes Dallas Mavericks to White House - by Eurobasket News
President Obama welcomed the defending champion Dallas Mavericks to the White House on Monday, saying the team has 'a heart that's the size of Texas.'

'This was a remarkable run, a great victory,' said Obama, a noted fan of the Windy City team. 'It's too bad that next year, it'll be the Chicago Bulls here.'

Typically, White House visits take place when a championship team plays in Washington. With the lockout-shortened season, the Mavericks don't play at the Wizards this year. Owner Mark Cuban says he made the arrangements.

Courtesy of www.shreveporttimes.com


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Storms McDowell named Player of Week - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada named Summerside Storm's Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 8.

McDowell joins Chris Cayole as Storm players who have received this honour this year.

A 511 guard from Tennessee-Chattanooga, McDowell averaged 28.5 points per game in two Summerside contests. He scored 28 points and 10 rebounds in Summersides 119-104 victory over Moncton Miracles; and then scored 29 points in a 106-98 road loss to the London Lightning.

The Storm play next at home, Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. facing the Oshawa Power.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


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No. 11 Georgetown upset by Cincinnati 68-64 - by Eurobasket News
Georgetown led by six with 6 minutes to play. The Hoyas were shooting better than 60 percent at the time.

They didn't get many more shots.

Henry Sims committed a turnover. So did Nate Lubick. Then came a pair by Hollis Thompson (6'8''-F), and a final one by freshman Otto Porter, who stepped out of bounds trying to drive the baseline with the Hoyas trailing by two in the final 10 seconds.

Georgetown finished with 17 turnovers, matching a season-high, in Monday night's 68-64 loss to Cincinnati, the second straight loss for the No. 11 Hoyas after an 11-game winning streak.

'We cannot turn the ball over like that,' coach John Thompson III said. 'That was the ball game. You've got to give them credit, but then after you do that, most of our turnovers were what I call unforced turnovers. ... It was just us not being good passers, not being good receivers.'

Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark (6'2''-G) scored 14 points apiece and combined to go 11 for 13 from the field for the Hoyas (13-3, 3-2), whose 59 percent shooting was undone by their carelessness with the ball.

Georgetown lost for the first time this season at home, having started 9-0 at the Verizon Center. The Hoyas have committed at least 15 turnovers in three straight games.

'You don't lose two in a row and just walk out the door and don't think about it,' coach Thompson said. 'So you've got to sit back, you've got to analyze, but at the same time I think we know what makes us good and we know the mistakes the last two games which have caused us not to come out on the victorious end of the ledger.'

Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G) scored a career-high 27 points and had four steals, and Cincinnati went 6 for 6 from the free throw line in the final 70 seconds. Dion Dixon (6'3''-G-89) added 22 points and had two of his four steals in those vital closing minutes for the Bearcats.

'They were shooting, like, 60 percent or something until then,' Dixon said, 'so we got into the huddle and told everybody, 'Let's dig in. Let's get stops this last six minutes of the game.''

Cincinnati (13-4, 3-1) has won eight of nine, and it recovered well from a home loss to St. John's over the weekend.

'We had a debacle on Saturday where we weren't ready to play,' Bearcats coach Mick Cronin said. 'And we had a little wakeup call. Any time your team's able to respond to adversity, which our team really has for the last month, you've got to be proud.'

Cincinnati also shut down Hollis Thompson in the second half. He was 4 for 4 from 3-point range including a buzzer-beater at halftime but he attempted only one shot in the second half as Kilpatrick shadowed him.

'I wasn't real happy, as you can imagine, at halftime that he was 4 for 4,' Cronin said. 'It's not a rocket science move. Every scouting report says you can't let him shoot, so needless to say I was a little vocal at halftime that he doesn't need to get any more attempts from the 3-point line.'

Cashmere Wright broke a 62-62 tie with two free throws with 1:07 remaining his only points of the game. Georgetown missed its first chance to tie when Porter couldn't convert on a drive to the paint. Thompson grabbed the rebound, but Porter stepped out of bounds with 7.2 seconds left.

Dixon then went 4 for 4 from the line in the final seconds to seal the victory.

Cincinnati freshman guard Ge'Lawn Guyn suffered a head injury midway through the first half in a collision with Georgetown's Greg Whittington as both dove for a loose ball. Guyn wasn't able to lift his legs as he was helped to the bench, and then was taken to the locker room during the next timeout.

Guyn was back on the bench for the start of the second half, but then was taken to a hospital.

'With the concussion, you don't know, so you've got to take him and find out,' Cronin said. 'He's OK. Our doctors are with him at the hospital.'

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


Syracuse easy No. 1 again in AP poll - by Eurobasket News
Syracuse, one of three unbeaten teams in Division I, is on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the fifth straight week.

The Orange received 60 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky, which got the other No. 1 votes, North Carolina and Baylor remained second through fourth.

Ohio State moved up one spot to fifth and was followed by Michigan State, Indiana, Duke, Missouri and Kansas in the Top 10.

Baylor and No. 15 Murray State are the other unbeatens.

Creighton, which was out of the poll for one week, moved back in at No. 23, while Seton Hall, which has won 11 of 12, moved in at No. 24, its first appearance since January 2001.

Wisconsin, ranked as high as No. 9, fell out from 18th after its third straight loss. Harvard, which was ranked three of the last five weeks, fell out from 22nd.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman suspended by school - by Eurobasket News
Morgan State basketball coach Todd Bozeman has been suspended indefinitely without pay after being involved in a physical altercation with one of his players during a victory at South Carolina State on Saturday night.

Bozeman is accused of punching senior guard Larry Bastfield (5'11''-G-90) during the game. The extent of the contact between Bozeman and Bastfield is being reviewed by officials of both schools.

The story was first reported by The (Baltimore) Sun.

'It's definitely overblown,' Bozeman told The Associated Press on Monday. 'I didn't hit him.'

The coach said Bastfield also contends he was not hit in the face.

Bozeman has been asked by athletic director Floyd Kerr to separate himself from the team and avoid contact with his players, pending an investigation by the school. Bozeman will not coach the Bears on Monday night for their game at Savannah State.

'There should have been an investigation already,' Bozeman said shortly before boarding a plane for Baltimore.

A school official said Kerr was out of town.

The newspaper said South Carolina State University President George Cooper confronted Bozeman about the incident after the game and told him he was going to contact the authorities.

University spokeswoman Erica Taylor told the AP Monday that Cooper does not plan to talk publically about what he thinks happened at Saturday night's game.

Bozeman has been coach at Morgan State since the start of the 2006-2007 season. He arrived after an eight-year ban for NCAA violations.

The Bears are 3-9, 1-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, after their 73-68 win on Saturday night.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


ASU basketball dismisses leading scorer Keala King - by Eurobasket News
Upon his return from Los Angeles this morning, Arizona State coach Herb Sendek dismissed sophomore guard Keala King (6'4''-G) from the team.

King, the team's starting point guard, was suspended last week for 'unacceptable conduct' and didn't make the trip to Los Angeles for ASU's games against USC and UCLA. Sophomore forward Kyle Cain and junior guard Chris Colvin also were suspended. As of now, they remain with the team, giving the Sun Devils just eight eligible scholarship players.

'We have decided that Keala will no longer be with the team,' Sendek said in a statement. 'We wish him nothing but the best in his future.'

King had shown great improvement in some areas since his freshman season. In 13 starts, he averaged 13.7 points, which tied for the team high with teammate Trent Lockett. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists, shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 38.7 from 3-point range.

With freshman point guard Jahii Carson academically ineligible, King ran the point, which wasn't an ideal fit. He often held onto the ball for too long and turned the ball over too much (3.9 times per game.)

Attitude was an issue since his arrival last year. King admittedly butted heads with Sendek last season. In October, he told The Republic that at one point he was set to transfer, but decided to stick it out.

Coming out of Mater Dei High in Southern California, King was considered a big-time recruiting catch for Sendek and his staff. Recruiting service Rivals ranked him as the nation's No. 26 prospect. King had reported scholarship offers from schools such as Arizona, California, Kentucky and Stanford.

King is the third player from Sendek's seven-man 2010 class to leave the program early. Guards Corey Hawkins and Brandon Dunson transferred after last season. Overall, eight ASU players with remaining eligibility have left since 2008.

With the suspensions, ASU defeated USC on Thursday with just six scholarship players. The Sun Devils started fast Saturday night against UCLA, but fizzled in a 75-58 loss. They are 5-10 and 1-2 in the Pac-12 entering Thursday's home game against Oregon.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Carl JONES
  St.Joseph''s
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Jones, St.Joseph''s18.4 
 2. Lyons, Xavier17.1 
 3. Moore, Temple16.9 
 4. Holloway, Xavier16.7 
 5. Wilson, Rhode Isla.16.4 
 6. Gaston, Fordham16.3 
 7. Johnson, Duquesne16.3 
 8. Wyatt, Temple15.8 
 9. Williams, Massachu.15.7 
 10. Galloway, La Salle15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris GASTON
  Fordham
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Gaston, Fordham11.3 
 2. Bristol, Fordham8.0 
 3. Braswell, Charlotte7.4 
 4. Barnett, Charlotte7.1 
 5. Walker, Xavier6.9 
 6. Kanacevic, St.Jose.6.9 
 7. Outerbridge, Rhode6.9 
 8. Jefferson, Temple6.7 
 9. Lee, Temple6.6 
 10. Nicholson, St.Bon.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 T.J. MCCONNELL
  Duque.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. McConnell, Duque.6.3 
 2. Williams, Massachu.5.9 
 3. Dillard, Dayton5.4 
 4. Holloway, Xavier5.0 
 5. Duren, La Salle4.6 
 6. Fernandez, Temple4.2 
 7. Taylor, G.Washin.4.1 
 8. Mitchell, St.Louis4.0 
 9. Lindsay, Richmond3.9 
 10. Moore, Temple3.6 
Steals Per Game
 T.J. MCCONNELL
  Duque.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. McConnell, Duque.3.0 
 2. Henry, Charlotte2.8 
 3. Williams, Massachu.2.5 
 4. Holloway, Xavier2.1 
 5. Dillard, Dayton2.0 
 6. Wyatt, Temple2.0 
 7. Duren, La Salle1.8 
 8. Jones, St.Joseph''s1.8 
 9. Pettis, La Salle1.8 
 10. Taylor, G.Washin.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 C.J. AIKEN
  St.Joseph''s
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Aiken, St.Joseph''s4.4 
 2. Garrett, Richmond3.7 
 3. Bristol, Fordham2.3 
 4. Edwards, G.Washin.2.1 
 5. Outerbridge, Rhode2.1 
 6. Kanacevic, St.Jose.1.9 
 7. Gaston, Fordham1.9 
 8. Marhold, Duquesne1.6 
 9. Frease, Xavier1.6 
 10. Lalanne, Massach.1.5 


Top 25 - Men
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Syracuse 15-0
 2. Kentucky 15-1
 3. N.Carolina 12-0
 4. Baylor 15-0
 5. Ohio St. 15-2
 6. Michigan St. 15-2
 7. Indiana 15-1
 8. Duke 11-1
 9. Missouri 14-1
 10. Kansas 12-3
 11. Georgetown 15-2
 12. UNLV 16-2
 13. Michigan 13-3
 14. Louisville 12-5
 15. Murray St. 16-0
 16. Virginia 13-1
 17. Connecticut 13-3
 18. Kansas St. 11-2
 19. Florida 12-4
 20. Mississippi St. 13-3
 21. Gonzaga 16-2
 22. San Diego St. 13-2
 23. Creighton 13-2
 24. Seton Hall 14-2
 25. Marquette 10-4


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Matt Schneck: "I'm kind of just creating my own path at the moment." - by Daniel Poerschke
Matt Schneck (203-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Cloud St.) is in his second year as a pro playing for the Cheshire Jets in the british BBL. After 8 games so far, the soft-spoken Schneck is averaging 15.9ppg and 11.3rpg. Eurobasket.com had the chance to sit down and speak with him.

1. You came back to the Cheshire Jets for a second season. Tell us, what is so special about the team, the town and the organization that made you want to come back?


I felt its not often in this line of work that you find an organization which you are comfortable with. Its a nomadic lifestyle in that you are constantly trying to reach the next level, which requires movement between leagues and countries. The Jets were very supportive during a difficult time for me last year, and I felt in essence that I owed another year to them and to these fans and this community. Im not positive where next year will take me, but I am positive that British basketball will continue its improvement and this organization will always be important to me. As long as they will have me, I will consider it an option.

2. What can we expect from the Jets and especially Matt Schneck in 2012?


The club hasnt gotten off to the start which it envisioned. However, that allows for us to peak at the right time. When you throw a group of professionals into a situation where they havent performed together before, it takes time to adjust. Everyone comes from a situation where they were the most pivotal piece to an equation, and it takes effort to balance that. The period of adjustment has taken longer than should be expected for us at this level, but as an organization weve started to take responsibility. In the maturity to do that, there is potential for a team here that could make a real playoff push, if we band together and make it there first. As far as from a personal standpoint I am always in search of improvement. It is important for me to meet the clubs expectations after which I can expand my game with the extra time I put in. While Ive stretched my game to include a 18 foot jumpshot, and the ability to push the ball on the break, my primary focus for the club is to bring them a double double each game. Depending on the flow of certain games, there are times where Ill achieve below that expectation and time where Ill achieve far above. It is relative to feeding the right players at the right time and trying to bank Ws. However if Im not around there in every contest, Im not earning my paycheck, and out of respect for the organization that is important to me.

3. What can you tell us about your two new American teammates Adam Brown and Bill Cole?
Both of the new Americans have just graduated from a level of high competition, Adam from Conference USA, and Bill from The Big 10. Its unique from a personal standpoint to have teammates come from the conferences I watched growing up as a child, Marquette in CUSA before they were Big East and Illinois in the Big Ten. Its almost like a full circle thing for me, a constant reminder that Ive reached the level I envisioned for myself in youth. You have an underlying respect for the people that are able to give you that sort of reflection in life, and thats what I have for them. Adam is a 63 lengthy guard, who is a pure scorer. He gives teams a world of trouble on the fast break or when the shot clock is winding down. I think his natural position would be a SG but hes adapted to the clubs expectations and put together an excellent year thus far as a floor general. Bill is a 69 SF, whom from a teammate and skill set standpoint you cant say enough about. He is fundamentally solid in every single aspect of the game. When you have a player of his length who can match up with a 65 guard, you have something special. Offensively he can do a little bit of everything, shoot the three, post up, face up, take the ball on the dribble. The defender isnt left with many options. Hes the kind of player which the opposing coach admits in a pre-game speech is going to get his 20 and 10 that night no matter how you guard him. In honesty I havent seen a team contain him once this year, and only on one or two occasions limit him. I think with another summer in the weight room his potential is limitless, and he will be a great asset to his agency in the entirety of his career.

4. You worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA last summer. Tell us about that experience and what you have learned from playing against these big time players?
Its interesting now for me to reflect on the series of workouts I had with the Milwaukee Bucks. At the time you dont put much thought into it, its kind of the expectation you set for yourself in this career to get to that level. Looking back however, I feel there is a certain pride associated in being invited to participate in the summer workouts. Not many people in the entirety of the world get that opportunity, maybe 400-500 each year, 200 of which are established players in the league. I feel blessed for that and have a lot of respect for Coach Peterson and Coach Goldwire for looking out for local talents and giving me the opportunity to see what needed to be done if I were ever to reach that pinnacle. As far as from an actual workout standpoint, probably the one thing you take away from it is the level of sacrifice that it takes. Beforehand you dont truly understand how incredible that level is, its almost inhuman. When you watch the NBA on television they make it look effortless, but when youre in the gym for them with 3 hours at a time its anything but. That month period of my life is a blur to me. Any time where I wasnt in the gym, I was in the ice bath or in bed, the physical strain those athletes put on their body to achieve that level is incredible. Youre forced to push yourself to a point where you dont have anything left, and then forced to push yourself more. Its all about the extra hours you put in, you learn that very quickly. In some European systems it can get lackadaisical, but you understand if you want to reach that level you cant become victim to that. From a player standpoint, I got to work a lot with Joe Alexander. Hes another guy I cant say enough about. You look at a guy who was a first round pick in the NBA, and expect a certain level of egotism, not because you stereotype, but because you understand that the level of media scrutiny and expectation causes thick skin. Outside of Nick Bellore, a high school friend, whom leads the NY Jets in special teams tackles, I havent seen a professional athlete with a better work ethic or a more humble attitude. You dont really expect when you show up the Bucks facilities in a used car that youll fit in with a bunch of millionaires, yet Joe put me at ease. While I was supposed to be there mainly for him to have a large body to work against, I gathered more in that two weeks of workouts from him, than I had previously in 21 years of previous experience. Thats not a knock on the coaching Ive received as much as it is a testament to that level, and the kind of positive personalities you maybe wouldnt expect. Ive also got to mention they had 4-5 refrigerators of free Gatorade, which I couldnt complain about.

5. What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Im kind of just creating my own path at the moment. I try not to put too much thought into the future, but I think it happens for me naturally. Most people dont know that I work 3 days a week with AVC Group, which is a digital media energy company that sponsors the club. I spent around four hours a day in the gym last year, and the rest of the time napping, playing video games or casually dating, but where does that take you in life. I didnt want to sit around again this year, I wanted to set up myself for life post-basketball, and although I dont see that being anything soon, you can never be too certain in a career which relies on your body. There have been some big name players whose careers have ended before their time and although I try to live in the moment Im always conscious of that. I have the viewpoint there is no reason to have wasted hours in my life while there are so many people doing incredible things outside of athletics. As long as I understand basketball is my primary focus, which I have no trouble with, there are no negatives from getting that work experience. From a time management standpoint, and keeping myself mentally sharp, it has been nothing but positive. I understand that its unique to work when athletics can more than support me, but its not about financials to me, its about life experience. Being 4000 miles away from home is enough for most people in that department, by why settle with what I know, when I can learn more. I love basketball, its a release for me, I see it being in my life for a long time, and Im very enthusiastic to be working with an agency in Scorers First that can make that happen.




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PARAGUAYAN U13, U15 and U17 tournaments ready to start. - by Santiago Maciel
By the end of february is scheduled to begin U13, U15 and U17 male tournaments. This year the competition will have a different system of games. The tournament will be played by 14 teams. The first round will consist of 26 games. After those 26 games the 6th best qualified teams will play an HEXAGONAL of 5 games.
Out of this roud, only 4 will qualify fo the so called QUADRANGULAR.
THE QUADRANGULAR will hold road and home games, totallizing 5.
The best 2 will qualify for the finals.
This system will be used for every category involved, including U20




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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. David, Powerade T.23.8 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.19.0 
 4. Santos, Petron B.17.8 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze16.8 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 7. Lassiter, Powerade.16.1 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull15.8 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces15.4 
 10. Cabagnot, Petron15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.9 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text10.3 
 3. Kramer, Powerade.10.2 
 4. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.1 
 5. Taulava, Meralco9.9 
 6. Sena, Shopinas.9.4 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 8. Espinas, Meralco9.1 
 9. Williams, Talk N.8.8 
 10. Peek, Talk N Text8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Cabagnot, Petron6.5 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.3 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.1 
 5. Mercado, Meralco5.0 
 6. Castro, Talk N Te.4.7 
 7. Lee, Rain or Shine4.7 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 9. Lassiter, Powerade.4.1 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze1.8 
 2. Arboleda, Barako B.1.8 
 3. Miller, Barako Bull1.7 
 4. Lassiter, Powerade.1.6 
 5. Cardona, Meralco1.5 
 6. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 7. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 8. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
 10. Cabagnot, Petron1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.2.2 
 2. Quinahan, Rain o.1.5 
 3. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.3 
 5. Reyes, Petron Bla.1.3 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 7. Peek, Talk N Text1.3 
 8. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 9. Reyes, Alaska Aces1.0 
 10. Espiritu, Shopin.1.0 


2011 PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals: Elasto Equalizer - by Enzo Flojo
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over POWERADE TIGERS, 110-95
As promised by their coach, the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters fought back to forge a 2-2 deadlock with the Powerade Tigers in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal faceoff.

Losing Game Three by throwing bricks, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao vowed they would work on their shooting and they would spring back in Game Four.

The Elasto Painters made good on Guiaos words.

Rain or Shine used hot shooting to repulse Powerade and get even. Even Rain or Shine big men JR Quinahan (198-C-84) and Beau Belga responded as the Elasto Painters foiled the Tigers bid to stretch their series lead to 3-1.

With crucial outside bombs, the Elasto Painters took a 53-43 cushion late in the first half and essentially won the game at the outset of the fourth quarter at 81-61.

Jeffrei Chan (191-F-83), Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, TY Tang, Ryan Arana, Belga and Quinahan combined for 10 triples and a 38.5-percent clip from rainbow land. Chan knocked in 3 of 5 three-pointers to pace the Elasto Painters with 19 points while Lee contributed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Gary David (187-G/F-78) got away with yet another 30-point performance, but his effort went down the drain together with Doug Kramers double-double stats of 12 points and 14 rebounds.

ROS 110 - Chan 19, Lee 15, Matias 12, Norwood 11, Belga 10, Tang 9, Quinahan 9, Rodriguez 6, Buenafe 6, Arana 5, Cruz 4, Ibanes 4, Uyloan 0, Jaime 0.
POW 95 - David 30, Lassiter 18, Kramer 12, Anthony 11, Casio 9, Vanlandingham 7, Lingganay 4, Adducul 2, Antonio 2, Martinez 0, Allera 0, Cruz 0, Crisano 0.
QS: 25-21, 53-45, 79-61, 110-95

Source: Game recap was compressed and compiled from PBA.ph



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  POLAND   


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.3 
 2. Edwards, Anwil17.1 
 3. Kulig, PBG Basket16.8 
 4. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.5 
 6. Corbett, Siarka J.16.5 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.5 
 8. Koszarek, Trefl S.16.1 
 9. Miller, Siarka J.15.6 
 10. Kickert, PGE Turow15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica11.5 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.4 
 5. Eziukwu, AZS K.8.3 
 6. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.1 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.0 
 8. Edwards, Anwil6.5 
 9. Dluski, LKS Lodz6.5 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.2 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.5 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.4 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.3 
 5. Moore, PGE Turow4.9 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil4.8 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.6 
 10. Milicic, AZS K.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.1 
 2. Sapp, Kotwica1.6 
 3. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 5. Edwards, Anwil1.4 
 6. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 7. Cesnauskis, Energa1.4 
 8. Nikolic, PBG Basket1.3 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszal.1.3 
 10. Ponitka, AZS P.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.2.0 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.5 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.5 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.4 
 6. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 7. Mladenovic, Slask1.2 
 8. Harris, Kotwica1.2 
 9. Barycz, Siarka J.1.1 
 10. Edwards, Anwil0.9 


Morrison's 27 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Scott Morrison (212-C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Energa Czarni and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds for Energa Czarni in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kotwica (#6, 12-8) with 32-point margin 95-63. Energa Czarni maintains the 4th position in Polish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Energa Czarni will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Morrison as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Scott Morrison averages this season 10.8ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was John Turek (205-F/C-83) of top-ranked Trefl Sopot. He is American forward in his first season at Trefl Sopot. In the last game Turek recorded impressive 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Trefl Sopot cruised to a 71-64 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked PBG Basket (#11, 6-14). This victory allowed Trefl Sopot to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team has currently 14-5 record. Turek is a newcomer at Trefl Sopot and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Zastal ZG (#5). Hodge scored 26 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Zastal ZG, leading his team to a 91-59 easy win against the lower-ranked LKS Lodz (#13, 3-17). Zastal ZG needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Hodge has a great season in Poland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (best scorer) and assists with 6.5apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. LaMarshall Corbett (190-G-88) of Siarka Jezioro - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84) of Kotwica - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) of Slask Wroclaw - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Adam Waczynski (199-F-89) of Trefl Sopot - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of AZS Koszalin - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) of Energa Czarni - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. George Reese (201-F-77) of AZS Koszalin - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 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)


Jaroslaw Zyskowski - from Wroclaw to Lodz - by Maciej Paszyn
Perspective 20 years old small forward - Jaroslaw Zyskowski (201-G-92) - is transferring himself from the WKS Slask Wroclaw to the LKS Sphinx Petrolinvest Lodz. The contract with the club from Wrocaw was terminated by mutual agreement. With the club from Lodz the player joined up until the end of the current season.

Zyskowski in the current season played both in PLK and in the 2 liga. Definitely better he looked playing for second-division WKK Obiekty Wroclaw. In six matches he managed to score 123 points essentially what is giving the average almost 21 'of' eyes to the match.



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Proliga Round 9: Top-ranked Alges win another game - by Eurobasket News
Proliga top team - Alges (8-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Fisica (4-5) in Torres Vedras 89-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fisica. The game was mostly controlled by Alges. Fisica managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Alges forced 19 Fisica turnovers. It was a good game for American forward DeSean White (203-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. The former international swingman Joao Manuel (192-79) contributed with 27 points and 4 steals for the winners. Naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Fisica. Fisica's coach Ivan Kostourkov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Alges maintains first place with 8-1 record. Fisica at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Oliveirense and Electrico FC. Alges are looking forward to face Electrico FC (#8) in Ponte de Sor in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fisica will play against Oliveirense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Povoa (2-7) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Illiabum (7-2). The visitors from Ilhavo managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Forward Pedro Azevedo (193-81) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Dain Swetalla chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac) with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Illiabum moved-up to second place, which they share with Galitos-Tley. Povoa at the other side dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Maia Basket and Gaeirense. Illiabum will play against league's second-placed Galitos-Tley in Barreiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Povoa will play against Gaeirense (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between ninth ranked Electrico FC (4-5) and 10th ranked Gaeirense (2-7) in Ponte de Sor on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Electrico FC outscored guests from 107-50. Mario Neves nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Amadeu Cordeiro came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Gaeirense in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Electrico FC moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Fisica and Oliveirense. Newly promoted Gaeirense keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Povoa and Maia Basket. Electrico FC will meet league's leader Alges on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gaeirense will play against Povoa (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Oliveirense was beaten by Sangalhos on the road 75-70. Maia Basket lost to Angra on its own court 59-75. Guifoes was outscored by Galitos-Tley in Barreiro 50-78.


Sangalhos - Oliveirense 75-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Sangalhos' (6-3) home victory over 5th ranked Oliveirense (4-5) 75-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 20-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Sangalhos dominated on the defensive end, holding Oliveirense to just 6 points in third quarter. Swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) nailed 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Nuno Bizarro (192-80) accounted for 25 points. American forward Deantre Jefferson (203-88, college: Chattanooga) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Marco Pinto (180-87) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for Oliveirense in the defeat. Four Oliveirense players scored in double figures. Sangalhos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 6-3 record. Oliveirense lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Fisica and Electrico FC. Sangalhos will meet at home Angrabasket (#5) in the next round. Oliveirense will play against Fisica in Torres Vedras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sangalhos: N.Bizarro 25+1ast, E.Silva 21+8reb+4ast, M.Carmo 12+3reb+3ast, L.Fonte 8+11reb+3ast, A.Duarte 7+4reb+1ast, J.Seabra 2+1reb+6ast
Oliveirense: D.Jefferson 21+15reb, M.Pinto 20+3reb+4ast, A.Pereira 12+5reb, S.Johnson 10+12reb+1ast, N.Freitas 5+2ast, R.Azevedo 2+1ast
gschID: 132848


Maia Basket - Angra 59-75

Very expected game when 10th ranked Maia Basket (2-7) lost at home to fifth ranked Angrabasket (5-4) 75-59 on Saturday. Angrabasket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 5-4 record. Maia Basket lost third consecutive game. Loser Maia Basket keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Povoa and Gaeirense. Angrabasket will meet higher ranked Sangalhos (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maia Basket will play against Guifoes (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 132843


Galitos-Tley - Guifoes 78-50

Very predictable result when third ranked Galitos-Tley (7-2) rolled over 9th ranked Guifoes (3-6) in Barreiro 78-50 on Saturday. The game without a history. Galitos-Tley led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Galitos-Tley moved-up to second place, which they share with Illiabum. Loser Guifoes keep the ninth position with six games lost. Galitos-Tley will meet Illiabum (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Guifoes will play against Maia Basket (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 132844


Povoa - Illiabum 76-77

Eleventh-ranked Povoa (2-7) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Illiabum (7-2). The visitors from Ilhavo managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Povoa took an 16-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Illiabum took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. Forward Pedro Azevedo (193-81) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac) with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Andre Silva (193-89) scored 18 points. Five Povoa players scored in double figures. Illiabum moved-up to second place, which they share with Galitos-Tley. Povoa at the other side dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Maia Basket and Gaeirense. Illiabum will play against league's second-placed Galitos-Tley in Barreiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Povoa will play against Gaeirense (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: P.Azevedo 22+6reb+1ast, P.Morgado 17+1reb+2ast, D.Swetalla 14+5reb+2ast, K.Richard 9+9reb+2ast, J.David 9+5reb, A.Pereira 4+1reb+2ast
Povoa: F.Fernandes 20+1ast, A.Silva 18+4reb, V.Teixeira 10+5reb+5ast, R.Moreira 10+6reb, K.Jolley 10+11reb+4ast, L.Pires 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 132845


Electrico FC - Gaeirense 107-50

The game between ninth ranked Electrico FC (4-5) and 10th ranked Gaeirense (2-7) in Ponte de Sor on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Electrico FC outscored guests from 107-50. The game was mostly controlled by Electrico FC. Gaeirense managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Electrico FC dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Gaeirense's 30. Electrico FC forced 23 Gaeirense turnovers and outrebounded them 38-22 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Electrico FC looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Gaeirense's players. Naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Tiago Pinto (183-88) accounted for 22 points and 7 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Five Electrico FC players scored in double figures. Swingman Amadeu Cordeiro (192-78) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Hugo Aurelio (-80) added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Gaeirense in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Electrico FC moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Fisica and Oliveirense. Newly promoted Gaeirense keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Povoa and Maia Basket. Electrico FC will meet league's leader Alges on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gaeirense will play against Povoa (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: T.Pinto 22+2reb+7ast, J.Lanzinha 18+2reb+3ast, M.Neves 17+17reb+7ast, A.Medeiros 14+4reb+3ast, P.Afonso 13+4reb, T.Brito 9+6ast
Gaeirense: A.Cordeiro 15+7reb+2ast, R.Rochete 10+1reb+1ast, H.Aurelio 6+6reb, T.Emidio 5, F.Canha 4+6reb, E.Lucas 2
gschID: 132846


Fisica - Alges 76-89

Proliga top team - Alges (8-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Fisica (4-5) in Torres Vedras 89-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fisica. The game was mostly controlled by Alges. Fisica managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Alges forced 19 Fisica turnovers. It was a good game for American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood Fl.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. The former international swingman Joao Manuel (192-79) contributed with 27 points and 4 steals for the winners. Naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Mozambican guard Ricardo Rodrigues (185-81) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Fisica. Four Fisica players scored in double figures. Fisica's coach Ivan Kostourkov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Alges maintains first place with 8-1 record. Fisica at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Oliveirense and Electrico FC. Alges are looking forward to face Electrico FC (#8) in Ponte de Sor in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fisica will play against Oliveirense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alges: J.Manuel 27+4reb+1ast, D.White 25+7reb+1ast, A.Pires 15+3reb+7ast, F.Mendonca 8+1reb+2ast, D.Vieira 8+9reb+2ast, S.Santos 4+1reb
Fisica: J.Cardoso 19+10reb+2ast, R.Rodrigues 17+4reb+4ast, M.Salvador 16+1reb+4ast, C.Dias 13+3reb+4ast, H.Medina 4+4reb, E.Rosario 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132847




Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 8-1 
 2. Galitos-Tley 7-2 
 3. Illiabum 7-2 
 4. Sangalhos 6-3 
 5. Angra 5-4 
 6. Fisica 4-5 
 7. Oliveirense 4-5 
 8. Electrico FC 4-5 
 9. Guifoes 3-6 
 10. Gaeirense 2-7 
 11. Maia Basket 2-7 
 12. Povoa 2-7 


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CSU Asesoft Ploiesti announced Arvydas Cepulis - by Eurobasket News
According to Alexandru Iacobescu CSU Asesoft Ploiesti announced Arvydas Cepulis (196-G-79) for the rest of the season. The Lithuanian player comes back to Romania.
In 2007-2008 he moved to CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania-Div.A, starting five) and in ULEB Cup averaged 16.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 51.5%, FT: 85.7%. In Romanian League after 16 games his stats read 16.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 47.3%, FT: 91.1%. In 2008-2009 for CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Romania-Div.A, starting five) in EuroChallenge he showed 9.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg and in Romanian League had high 15.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 64.2%, 3PT-3 (44.9%), FT: 82.4%.
In 2009-2010 for CSU Ploiesti (Romania-Div.A, starting five) his stats read 13.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 78.1% in EuroChallenge and in Romanian League after 40 games he averaged 12.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 79.5%.
In 2010-2011 Arvydas Cepulis appeared for BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL) and in EuroCup had only 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg. He left in Dec.'10, but in Jan.'12 moved to Delikatesas Joniskis (NKL, starting five) and played two games.



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EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada won their opener of Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada - Nizhniy Novgorod 73:70

Fuenlabrada won their opener of the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Spanish team overcame Nizhniy Novgorod 73:70 in the second game of the day in Group K.
The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game. Fuenlabrada needed 18-16 in the second quarter to reduce to 8 and then won the third quarter 17-10. Moreover the host reached the victory due to 20-16 in the last stanza.
BC Nizhny Novgorod was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for swingman Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Czech swingman Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures.

Novgorod: Ernest Bremer 14, Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) 14, Semen Antonov 12, Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) 12
Fuenlabrada: Saul Blanco 18, Lubos Barton 11, Joseph 11, Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) 9



Enisey land Brian Chase - by Eurobasket News
Enisey secured the services of Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech). The deal is meant till the end of the season. Brian Chase is meant to replace Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) who left the team. Brian Chase started the season in Croatia. He played for KK Cibona. Brian Chase posted 9.5 points and 1.0 board per Euroleague Qualifying Round game. In EuroCup the guard notched 6.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. Brian Chase also delivered 10.4 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds per Adriatic League game. Previous season Brian Chase spent with Igokea Aleksandrovac in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Eurobasket.com named the player All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Guard of the Year. Previously the guard had stints in NBDL, CBA, USBL, Turkey, France, Russia and Spain.


EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka surprise Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Triumph - Karsiyaka 75:90

Karsiyaka opened EuroChallenge Last 16 with victory. They upset Triumph in Lyubertsy. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) fired 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the effort.
Triumph controlled the tempo in the opening frame. They ensured a 23:16 after ten minutes of action. However Karsiyaka opened the second term with a 12:0 run to surge ahead. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) soon boosted the Turkish team lead to 10 points 37:27. Karsiyaka arrived at halftime up by 8 points 44:36. Triumph got within a single point midway through the third period. But Mire Chatman and Jovo Stanojevic helped the visitors gain a 60:54 lead with one quarter remaining. Mire Chatman unloaded 12 points in the fourth term as Karsiyaka gave no chance for the hosts to restore the intrigue. Jovo Stanojevic posted 26 points, while Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) added 13 points for the winners. Victor Zvarykin (198-G-86) answered with 18 points for Triumph. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) added 16 points each in the loss.

Triumph: Victor Zvarykin 18, Artem Kuzyakin 16, Dmitry Kulagin 16
Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 29, Jovo Stanojevic 26, Birkan Batuk 13



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D1 Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Fath 5-0 
 2. Al Ahli 4-0 
 3. Al Ittihad 4-0 
 4. Uhud 4-0 
 5. Al Hilal 2-0 
 6. Al Ansar 1-1 
 7. Al Wehda 1-3 
 8. Al Jubail 0-3 
 9. Al Nahdha 0-3 
 10. Al Qadisiya 0-3 
 11. Al Kweldeeh 0-4 
 12. Al Safa 0-4 


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KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo lands Tyler - by Eurobasket Center
KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American center James Tyler (218-C-150kg-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management). Tyler played most recently at Ejercito (Peru). While playingin Superior League he was averaging impressive 17.3ppg and 9.2rpg. He played also pro basketball in Canada and Iran. In 2010 he was selected to the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas All-Big Man Team.


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  SINGAPORE   


Westports Dragons nip Singapore Slingers ASEAN League pre-season game - by Eurobasket News
Westports Dragons - Singapore Slingers 78:76

Westports Dragons faced Singapore Slingers in ASEAN League pre-season encounter. The Malaysian powerhouse clinched a narrow victory. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) knocked down a buzzer-beater to help Westports Dragons to the victory. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports) accounted for 24 points and 21 rebounds to pace the winners. Tiras Wade added 21 points for Westports Dragons.
Singapore Slingers looked better in the first half. They accumulated a 47:36 halftime lead. However the Dragons turned the tables in the third term. They jumped in front and entered the final frame up by three points 58:55. Wei Long Wong nailed a trey to level things up at 76 with 9 seconds remaining. But Tiras Wade stepped up for Westports Dragons to seal the victory. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with game-high 27 points for the Slingers.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Keller and Ron Meet Again - by Tomas Kottra
They met earlier this season in Levice and now they will fight together for another team's glory.
Dominique Keller (203-F-88, college: Illinois) has landed in Slovakia just yesterday to strenghten his new team in next away match against Handlova. He came to city of Komarno to do his business under the basket where J.C. Mathis (204-F-82, college: Michigan) used to play from the beginning of season. But then, JC was not able to put together papers to be allowed to play the league, so he missed last few matches. Instead of waiting, management of MBK Rieker Komarno decided to bring new player to the team.
Doninique started earlier this year in team of Levice. As a forward, he was part of both Levice teams participating in Czech MNBL (Astrum Levice) and Slovakian Extraliga (Onyx Levice). But suddenly, in half of December, Dominique left Slovakia and recent Slovak Champion. 'It wasn't working out. For some reason the coaches felt like i wasn't the type of player for the new system. So we mutually agreed to part ways,' said Dominique.
Curiosity of this case is that Keller's old coach from Levice - Frantisek Ron also switched teams in December and he now works for Komarno too. So they both know what to expect. 'Yes i know what to expect from Coach Ron. He has always wanted me to play fast, strong and aggressive. He wants me to rebound and that's what I'm going to do.' As he added, 'Expectations are to win a championship and thats not going to change. Thats what they brought me in to do. I'm going to do my best make that happen.' Dominique scored in 13 games (22.7 minutes per game) 12.9 points and rebounded 4.5 balls per game in yellow-green uniform.
We'll see, how a red-white one will work for him.


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Julevic's 23 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Mensud Julevic (200-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Elektra and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 23 points adding five rebounds for Elektra in his team's victory, helping them to beat Polzela (#7, 5-6) 83-73. Elektra maintains the 2nd position in Slovenian league. They are still close to the very top. Elektra would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. In the team's last game Julevic had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Elektra's top player in his first season with the team. Mensud Julevic averages this season 12.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Travis Nelson (211-C-87) of Sentjur. He is American center in his first season at Sentjur. In the last game Nelson recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Sentjur lost that game 86-94 to slightly higher-ranked Zlatorog (#3, 7-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sentjur still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 7-4 record is not bad at all. Nelson is a newcomer at Sentjur and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#2). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84) of Rogaska (#6). Miljkovic scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Rogaska, leading his team to a 72-61 win against the lower-ranked Parklji (#10, 1-10). The chances of Rogaska ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Miljkovic could help Rogaska to bring them higher in the standings. Miljkovic has a great season in Slovenia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boban Tomic (190-G-88) of Rogaska - 15 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Zlatorog - 17 points and 5 rebounds
6. Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82) of Parklji - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84) of LTHcast Mercator - 18 points and 11 rebounds
8. Andrej Podvrsnik (186-G-87) of Polzela - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85) of Polzela - 16 points and 10 rebounds
10. Alen Omic (213-C-92) of Zlatorog - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 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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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 29-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 26-10 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 23-13 
 4. KCC Egis 22-14 
 5. ET Land 19-17 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 16-20 
 7. SK Knights 14-22 
 8. LG Sakers 14-22 
 9. Daegu Orions 10-26 
 10. Samsung Th. 7-29 


Moon Tae-jong's Last Second Heroics Lead Incheon ET Land Past KT - by Jeff Liebsch
Moon Tae-Jong's (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) 30 foot buzzer beater gave Inchon ET Land Elephants a 76-74 road win against the KT Sonic Boom in Busan.

'I tried to get it up as fast as I could, and luckily it went in,' he told Eurobasket after the game.

Moon scored 14 of his game high 26 points in the fourth, as Incheon erased a seven point deficit with 6:30 left to go in the game. He also added nine rebounds and six assists. Herbert Hill (208-F-84, college: Providence) added 15 points and six rebounds, while Lee Hyun-Ho (192-F-80) added 12 points.

KT used a 9-0 run in the second quarter to build a 29-19 lead, as Incheon went 4:18 seconds without a basket until Lee Hyun-Ho hit a three to cut the lead to six.

Moon Tae-Jong led an Incheon comeback, scoring seven straight points, and Hill Herbert's free throw with 0.5 seconds left in the half cut the KT lead to 35-34.

Incheon raced out to an 8-2 run to start the third, but Song Young-Jin's (198-C/F-78) three pointer at 3:51 gave KT a 46-45 advantage.

In the fourth, Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) picked up two fouls 45 seconds to foul out with 3:51 left and the score tied at 65.

Herbert Hill missed two key free throws with 1:12 left with Incheon leading 70-67, but Cho Dong-Hyun's (188-G-76) put back with 47.1 seconds left brought KT to within one at 70-69.

'Charles (Rhodes) played great tonight, and they played great, so we were lucky to get the win,' Hill said after the game.

Moon Tae-Jong missed a free throw after an offensive rebound and putback off a Kang Hyuk (188-G-76) miss, leaving Song Young-Jin to be fouled own the rebound and hit both free throws to bring KT back to within one with 22 seconds left.

Moon Tae-Jong once again missed a free throw to give KT a chance, and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) hit a jumper to take a one point lead with 5.7 seconds left.

But Moon hit a beautiful 30 foot buzzer beater at the end to cap off the win for Incheon.

'It was a good redemption after them free throws. I was pretty disappointed with myself,' he said after the game.

Charles Rhodes led KT with 20 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, while Cho Sung-Min added 20 and Kim Do-Soo (193-F-81) 12 in defeat.

Game Notes: Incheon forward Lee Hyun-Ho left the game at 4:44 of the third quarter with an apparent neck injury., though he returned in the fourth quarter. He said he was okay after the game. There were 13 ties or lead changes in the game. KT outrebounded Incheon 34-26 in the game. Moon Tae-Jong was fouled a game high 8 times. Incheon hit 10 3 pointers, while KT hit 8.


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EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada won their opener of Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada - Nizhniy Novgorod 73:70

Fuenlabrada won their opener of the EuroChallenge Last 16. The Spanish team overcame Nizhniy Novgorod 73:70 in the second game of the day in Group K.
The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game. Fuenlabrada needed 18-16 in the second quarter to reduce to 8 and then won the third quarter 17-10. Moreover the host reached the victory due to 20-16 in the last stanza.
BC Nizhny Novgorod was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for swingman Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Czech swingman Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures.

Novgorod: Ernest Bremer 14, Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) 14, Semen Antonov 12, Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) 12
Fuenlabrada: Saul Blanco 18, Lubos Barton 11, Joseph 11, Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) 9



Albert Ros claims Spanish EBA weekly honour - - by Mariano Galindo
Albert Ros (193-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sedis La Seu D'Urgell (Group C) and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. The 30-year old forward posted 35 points, received 10 fouls and had 40 index rating in his team's victory, helping them to beat Recambios CB Gaudi Mollet. Albert Ros is the top scorer of Group C, averaging 29 points per game.

Breogan add Carlos Cobos - by Eurobasket News
Breogan deepened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Carlos Cobos (193-G-88). The guard started the season in Granada. The Brazilian tallied 8.6 points, 2.4 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Last season Carlos Cobos started in Unicaja Malaga. He moved to Ricon later. The guard averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance in LEB Gold. Carlos Cobos had stints with Unicaja II Malaga, Clinicas Rincon. The guard was the member of Brazilian National Team in 2010. Carlos Cobos can debut for Breogan as soon as Round 19 against Canarias.


Caja Laboral and Dorsey parted ways - by Natxo Mendaza
Caja Laboral and Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) have reached an agreement to break contract, the club officially announced today. Dorsey saw no action in the last four games the team played in the domestic competition, so it's not a surprise that both parts decided not to prolong their relationship. Dorsey was one of the three NBA players that joined Caja Laboral during the summer, being the last one to be released. Kevin Seraphin, who had to join the Washington Wizards once the NBA lockout was over, and Reggie Williams -injured-, preceded him. Dorsey, who missed the four first games of Liga Endesa because of an injury -broken finger- has averaged 2.1 ppg and 3.0 rpg in 11 minutes so far in the domestic competition.

Fuenlabrada adds C Robert Joseph - by Eurobasket News
Robert Joseph (204-C-78, college: Union, TN) is a new member of Fuenlabrada. He penned a short term deal with Fuenla and will try to help them under the basket. The experienced big guy started this season with Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila. He appeared 11 times in LEB Silver averaging 10 points and 6.8 rebounds. Robert Joseph spent last season with Navarra in LEB Gold. For 36 games he had 7.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. In 2009/10, he was a member of Cornella. From 2007 to 2009, Robert Joseph played for Coruna and before that for Cornella, Muro, Ferrol and Menorca. Robert Joseph will make debut for Fuenla today in EuroChallenge. Fuenlabrada stayed without Gustavo Ayon recently (left to NBA), while Leo Mainoldi and Mou Sene are injured.

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Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 12-0 
 2. LF Future 10-3 
 3. Taby 10-3 
 4. Akropol 9-4 
 5. Haga Haninge 8-5 
 6. Blackeberg 7-6 
 7. Orongo 6-7 
 8. Talje 5-8 
 9. Jarva Devils 5-8 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 3-10 
 11. BG Lulea 1-11 
 12. Eskilstuna 1-12 
South
 1. Malbas 13-0 
 2. Nassjo 11-2 
 3. Hoganas 9-3 
 4. Srbija 9-3 
 5. Brahe Basket 9-4 
 6. Helsingborg 5-7 
 7. Solna Branten 4-8 
 8. Hogsbo 4-9 
 9. Fryshuset 4-9 
 10. Norrkoping BK 2-9 
 11. Eos 2-10 
 12. Sanda 2-10 


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 Binyam FEGHADU
  Jarva D.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 28
 1. Feghadu, Jarva D.28.0 
 2. Fitzgerald, Malbas27.3 
 3. Banks, Taby21.2 
 4. Vukovic, Helsingbo.20.5 
 5. Olson, Orongo19.7 
 6. Bergstrom, Black.18.8 
 7. Nilsson, Orongo18.7 
 8. Nordin, Taby18.6 
 9. Sundstrom, Talje18.2 
 10. Johansson, Haga18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Petkovski, Srbija12.2 
 2. Rawlins, Up.11.8 
 3. Nilsson, Orongo11.7 
 4. Hartmann, Akropol11.2 
 5. Urban, Eskilstuna10.4 
 6. Damjanovic, Nassjo10.4 
 7. Robinson, Brahe B.10.2 
 8. Eliassson, Solna B.9.9 
 9. Vukovic, Helsingbo.9.7 
 10. Fitzgerald, Malbas9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy LUNDIN
  Taby
  (184-G-90)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Lundin, Taby5.6 
 2. Nouri, Blackeberg5.5 
 3. Fitzgerald, Malbas5.0 
 4. Ghebremeskel, Eag.4.9 
 5. Kovacek, Talje4.8 
 6. Hultman-Boye, Hag.4.8 
 7. Kutra, Hoganas4.6 
 8. Wazzi, Nassjo4.5 
 9. Strazdauskas, Hog.4.3 
 10. Nguyen, Fryshuset4.1 
Steals Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.4 
 2. Rawlins, Up.3.1 
 3. Feghadu, Jarva D.3.1 
 4. Wazzi, Nassjo2.9 
 5. Taylor, Eagles2.9 
 6. Strazdauskas, Hog.2.6 
 7. Dilek, Fryshuset2.6 
 8. Dawit, Fryshuset2.5 
 9. Kutra, Hoganas2.5 
 10. Carbone, Jarva D.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre NILSSON
  Orongo
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nilsson, Orongo3.0 
 2. Robinson, Brahe B.2.2 
 3. Rawlins, Up.2.0 
 4. Flink, Helsingborg1.9 
 5. Taylor, Eagles1.9 
 6. Bergstrom, Black.1.7 
 7. Urban, Eskilstuna1.4 
 8. Williams, Sanda1.4 
 9. Sinani, Malbas1.3 
 10. Femic, Eagles1.3 


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Burrows number one in Switzerland for round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Starwings, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed SAM Massagno (#9, 1-12) with 31-point margin 75-44. Starwings is placed at 6th position in Swiss LNA. Starwings is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. Burrows turned to be Starwings' top player in his first season with the team. Former Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne star has very solid stats this year. Burrows is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.9ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 55.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Serbian guard Stefan Petkovic (186-G-92) of Fribourg. Petkovic had a very good evening with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Fribourg to edge slightly higher-ranked Geneve Lions (#2, 9-3) in overtime 90-85. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Fribourg consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 8-4 record is not bad at all. Petkovic is one of the most experienced players at Fribourg and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82) of league's second-best Geneve Lions. Bing showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Bing's great performance Geneve Lions lost 85-90in overtime to #4 ranked Fribourg. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Geneve Lions needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Bing has a great season in Switzerland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matt Schneiderman (204-F/C-81) of SAV Vacallo - 13 points and 10 rebounds
5. Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78) of Fribourg - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Pape Badji (206-F/C-92) of SAV Vacallo - 14 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ronald Yates (201-F-83) of Fribourg - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rod Brown (186-PG-78) of Lugano Tigers - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Terry Smith (185-PG-86) of Monthey - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 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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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emmanuel JONES
  Taiwan Beer
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Jones, Taiwan Beer19.5 
 2. Broxsie, KKL18.2 
 3. Yang, Taiwan Beer18.0 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.18.0 
 5. Davis, Pure Youth17.6 
 6. Felix, Dacin Tigers17.6 
 7. Chang, Dacin Tigers16.8 
 8. Lu, Yulon Luxgen16.3 
 9. Hsu, Bank o.16.0 
 10. Vaudreuil, Bank o.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JOHNSON
  Yulon L.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Johnson, Yulon L.17.2 
 2. Broxsie, KKL14.5 
 3. Carr, Taiwan Mobile13.2 
 4. Carr, Taiwan Beer11.0 
 5. Jones, Taiwan Beer10.5 
 6. Vaudreuil, Bank o.10.0 
 7. Davis, Pure Youth9.9 
 8. Felix, Dacin Tigers8.6 
 9. Cheng, Taiwan Beer8.6 
 10. Hsu, Bank o.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yi-Chieh SU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Su, Taiwan Mobile6.1 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.4 
 3. Chen, Pure Youth3.3 
 4. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.1 
 5. Johnson, Yulon L.3.1 
 6. Ke, Pure Youth3.0 
 7. Chou, KKL2.8 
 8. Lin, Bank o.2.4 
 9. Hsu, Dacin Tigers2.4 
 10. Tien, Dacin Tigers2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cheng LIU
  KKL
  (192-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Liu, KKL2.4 
 2. Chang, Dacin Tigers2.2 
 3. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.1 
 4. Chuan, Bank o.1.8 
 5. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.8 
 6. Ke, Pure Youth1.7 
 7. Creighton, Pure Y.1.6 
 8. Lin, Bank o.1.6 
 9. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.5 
 10. Cheng, Taiwan Be.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine BROXSIE
  KKL
  (209-F-79)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Broxsie, KKL4.3 
 2. Davis, Pure Youth3.0 
 3. Felix, Dacin Tigers2.8 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.2.0 
 5. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.4 
 6. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 7. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 8. Carr, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 9. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.2 
 10. Chen, Taiwan Mobi.1.1 


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JKT start title defence with win - by Carlos Pereira
By Brown Msyani, The Citizen Correspondent
Dar es Salaam. JKT began their title defence on a winning note after seeing off a hard fighting ABC 65-55 in the opening match of the RBA League at the National Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Difficult to beat when in tandem, Francis Mlewa and Frank Kusiga scored 15 and 12 points respectively to guide the defending champions into a bright start.
The match was a repeat of last years final when JKT trounced their fierce opponents 59-37 in a tension-packed game to lift the trophy
ABC went to the court hoping to avenge the defeat and started on a strong footing scoring droves of points in quick succession with Adam Jegame and Juma Kisocky running the
ABC took a deserved 19-12 lead in the first quarter, leaving the defending champions with a lot to ponder about.
JKT, however, came back fighting in the second quarter and notched four quick points that forced ABC to change their approach.
The champions managed to score 18-12, thus heading for the halftime break trailing by a point.
It proved to be a seesaw game in the third quarter with both sides outdoing opposite guards to add points, but they were ABC who won 16-15 making the scoreboard read 47-45.
JKT showed the character of the champions in the last quarter when they ran ABC ragged to score 15-8 and seal the 10-point margin win.
Kisocky grabbed 15 rebounds followed by JKTs Frank Simkoko with seven.
We were very poor in service and blocking in the final quarter. It is a big blow to start on a losing front, but we shall bounce back in our next game, said ABC head coach Leonard Kwale.
His jovial counterpart Turbet Matiku said he was satisfied with his teams general performance and hoped that they will maintain the rhythm.
I'm happy with our victory even though we struggled in the first and third quarters.
What was important was to make a winning start and I am confident that well keep the rhythm going, he said.
The day also saw Savio wallop Police 91-39 at the same venue while in the womens event, Lady Lioness were too hot for Vijana Queens to handle after winning 80-56.






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Delic's double-double lands him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84, agency: TSS Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Genc Telekom and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Pertevniyal (#12, 7-10) 75-68. It allowed Genc Telekom to consolidate first place in the Turkish TB2L. Genc Telekom have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Delic had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Genc Telekom's top player in his first season with the team. Delic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 1.2bpg,61.0% FGP and 40.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Henry Antwan Dobie (183-G-78) of Selcuk Univ.. He is American guard in his first season at Selcuk Univ.. In the last game Dobie recorded impressive 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Selcuk Univ. cruised to a 83-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Gelisim (#14, 6-11). Selcuk Univ.'s 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-4 record is not bad at all. Dobie is a newcomer at Selcuk Univ. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Charles Jackson (203-F-87, agency: Court Side) of Balikesir (#16). Jackson scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Jackson's great performance Balikesir lost 78-79 to the higher-ranked Final Genclik (#5, 12-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Balikesir not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jackson could try to bring Balikesir's a little bit higher in the standings. Jackson has individually a great season in Turkey. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Admir Kan (185-G-83) of Istanbulspor - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Antabia Waller (188-G-88) of Gaziantep - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Troy Barnies (200-F-89) of Istanbulspor - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Burak Can) of Pertevniyal - 16 points and 14 rebounds
9. Cihad Sahin (203-F-83) of Optimum TED - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Caner Erdeniz (188-G-87) of Maliye Milli - 16 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)


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld22.0 
 2. Gray, Baskent21.4 
 3. Jackson, Balikesir20.4 
 4. Waller, Gaziantep19.9 
 5. Delic, Genc Telekom19.0 
 6. Harris, Usak18.7 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale18.7 
 8. Senol, Pamukkale16.4 
 9. Sevda, Baskent16.2 
 10. Can, Pertevniyal15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles JACKSON
  Balikesir
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Jackson, Balikesir11.5 
 2. Gray, Baskent11.2 
 3. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.6 
 4. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.5 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.4 
 6. Can, Pertevniyal9.2 
 7. Pastal, Usak8.8 
 8. Washington, Gelisim7.9 
 9. Ozdemir, Vestel7.7 
 10. Okkali, Final Gen.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.2 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep6.1 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.8 
 4. Kavaklioglu, Optim.5.6 
 5. Bayraktar, Tire G.5.5 
 6. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.4 
 7. Harris, Usak5.1 
 8. Senol, Pamukkale4.6 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.4.5 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevn.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.7 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.4 
 3. Okkali, Final Genc.2.3 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.1 
 5. Carter, Vestel2.0 
 6. Harris, Usak1.9 
 7. Jackson, Balikesir1.9 
 8. Mentese, Gelisim1.9 
 9. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.1.9 
 10. Ufuk Kacar, Selcu.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 De Vaughn WASHINGTON
  Gelisim
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Washington, Gelisim1.4 
 2. Gray, Baskent1.2 
 3. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.2 
 4. Delic, Genc Telekom1.2 
 5. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 6. Boswell, Tire Gucu1.1 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.0 
 8. Carter, Vestel1.0 
 9. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 
 10. Kolaric, Istanbul.1.0 


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Genc Telekom 14-3 
 2. Gaziantep 13-4 
 3. Selcuk Univ. 13-4 
 4. Optimum TED 12-5 
 5. Final Genclik 12-5 
 6. Akhisar Bld 12-5 
 7. Maliye Milli 12-5 
 8. Darussafaka 9-8 
 9. Vestel 9-8 
 10. Pamukkale 8-9 
 11. Tire Gucu 8-9 
 12. Pertevniyal 7-10 
 13. Istanbul B.B. 7-10 
 14. Gelisim 6-11 
 15. Baskent Genclik 6-11 
 16. Balikesir 6-11 
 17. Istanbulspor 5-12 
 18. Usak 5-12 
 19. Orman Genc 4-13 
 20. TED Istanbul 2-15 


EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka surprise Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Triumph - Karsiyaka 75:90

Karsiyaka opened EuroChallenge Last 16 with victory. They upset Triumph in Lyubertsy. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) fired 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the effort.
Triumph controlled the tempo in the opening frame. They ensured a 23:16 after ten minutes of action. However Karsiyaka opened the second term with a 12:0 run to surge ahead. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) soon boosted the Turkish team lead to 10 points 37:27. Karsiyaka arrived at halftime up by 8 points 44:36. Triumph got within a single point midway through the third period. But Mire Chatman and Jovo Stanojevic helped the visitors gain a 60:54 lead with one quarter remaining. Mire Chatman unloaded 12 points in the fourth term as Karsiyaka gave no chance for the hosts to restore the intrigue. Jovo Stanojevic posted 26 points, while Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) added 13 points for the winners. Victor Zvarykin (198-G-86) answered with 18 points for Triumph. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) added 16 points each in the loss.

Triumph: Victor Zvarykin 18, Artem Kuzyakin 16, Dmitry Kulagin 16
Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 29, Jovo Stanojevic 26, Birkan Batuk 13



EuroChallenge: Besiktas Milangaz open Group K with the victory - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Milangaz-BK Pardubice 78:70

Besiktas Milangaz open Group K with the victory over BK Pardubice. The Turkish favorites won 78:70 to continue their streak.
David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) gave the hosts an 11-2 run as they reached 21:16 at the end of the quarter. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) reduced to 23:20, while Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) improved to 38:25. Besiktas Milangaz also managed to win the second period and led 44:37 at the halftime. The third quarter however belonged to the guests. They grabbed 47:46 lead after Petr Bohacik (202-F-85)s three-pointer, but trailed 6 points after 30 minutes. Kotas kept the difference at 76:70 at the end, while Carlos Arroyo closed the game with a lay-up.
Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) stepped up with 22 points and Carlos Arroyo nailed 17. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) and David Hawkins followed them with 13 points each in a win. Petr Bohacik ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Corey Muirhead scored 17 and Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) notched 13.

Besiktas Milangaz: Ersin Dagli 22, Carlos Arroyo 17, Zoran Erceg 13, David Hawkins 13
BK Pardubice: Petr Bohacik 20, Corey Muirhead 17, Maurice Hampton 13


Antalya tab Scottie Reynolds - by Eurobasket News
Antalya announced the arrival of Scottie Reynolds (188-G-87, college: Villanova). The guard started the season with Talk N Text in Philippines. He tallied 12.8 points, 4.3 boards, 4.3 assists per game in PBA. Later Scottie Reynolds joined the Utah Jazz training camp. The guard however did not sign a deal in the NBA. Scottie Reynolds is in his second pro season. Last season he started in Italy. He posted 12.3 points, 2.5 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.8 boards for Prima Veroli. Later Scottie Reynolds moved to D-League. His stats read 13.1 points, 5.9 assists, 3.8 boards and 1.9 steals per appearance for the Springfield Armor. He participated at D-League All-Star Game.


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2012 Virgin Islands Boys High School Preview - by David Edole
ST. CROIX --This is the year of What could have been? Several stars have vacated the territory in search of basketball glory and almost left the cupboard empty. Along with the natural progression of seniors that left, underclassmen Agyei Gregory, Xavier Richards, Kareem Harris and Nick Springer also flew the coop. However, we still have some talent in the Virgin Islands and the athlete that I choose as preseason player of the year is someone who works extremely hard on the court. This guy showed that he is a force on the glass internationally as well as locally. Dornell Weaver (94) is big, strong and has a nasty streak. He averaged 8.4 rebounds this summer in U17 action with double-digit rebounds in a loss to Puerto Rico and wins over Bahamas and British Virgin Islands.
Weaver is more than just a rebounder; he uses his 6-foot-6 frame to finish with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Antilles to a 62-51over visiting Eudora Kean last year. Weaver had another double-double in a one point loss to Eudora Kean, 47-46, in the rematch. Weaver had a team-high 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds. His game had his Coach George Tipton impressed. 'A lot of his points came off rebounds and he was very active down low,' Tipton said.
A pair of St. Croix Central High Caribs and Charlotte Amalie Chicken Hawks rounds out the first team. Razeem Huggins and Shomari Francis (94) fit the bill. Huggins is an athletic big man that had 16 points and seven rebounds in the Sunstroke All Star game. If he ever gets aggressive Central could be unstoppable. Why? Shomari Francis is just as athletic. Francis averaged five points and five rebounds in international play. His best offensive game was 11 points versus Puerto Rico and 10 rebounds versus British Virgin Islands. Francis had a break out game of 22 points in a win over Country Day last season. Expect more of the same. If Charlotte Amalie is to repeat, Shanoui Miller and Sekayi Petersen will guide them there. Miller does a little bit of this and little bit of that. He will not end up with 30 points but a modest 10 points, six assists, five boards and three steals. Miller considers that a good day. The 5-10 guard has made the transition from small forward to point guard gracefully. Millers favorite target is Sekayi Petersen. Petersen averaged about 15 points per game at the 2011 Puerto Rico Hoops championship. The junior transferred to Charlotte Amalie after a pair of seasons in Orlando. Petersen also played with Virgin Islands junior team in Antigua.
The All V.I. preseason second team consists of two Barras, two Rays and a Hawk. Deshaun Garvey and Stephaun Adams had a great tournament in Puerto Rico. Garvey had 19 points in the preseason opener and appears to be ready to assume leadership of the young Barras. Adams, only a sophomore, in the game that I saw against S.E.S.O. looks to have some serous talent. He was the best JV talent that I saw. The inside duo of Jecoy Julius and Deland Isidore rebounds like no ones business. Julius recently won the most blocks at the Froggy Johnson Hoops Tourney. If Kean plans on making any push with the big boys it is up to Isidore. He has the potential to score but prefers to haul down rebounds and set screens. The man in the middle for the Hawks, Dekwani Norford, is the fifth and final member. The big guy has been making strides and should be a shot blocking menace this season.
The third team has another Carib and the most talented athlete in the Vi