EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/12/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 14-1 
 2. Cedevita 12-3 
 3. Partizan 11-4 
 4. Buducnost 10-5 
 5. Union Olimpija 9-6 
 6. KK Zagreb CO 8-7 
 7. Cibona 8-7 
 8. Radnicki K. 7-7 
 9. Siroki WWin 7-7 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 5-10 
 11. Krka 4-11 
 12. Hemofarm 4-11 
 13. Helios 3-12 
 14. Zlatorog 2-13 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.7 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.18.5 
 3. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.16.5 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.16.4 
 7. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 8. Kasun, KK.15.4 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki13.9 
 10. Barbour, Cibona13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.5 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.9 
 4. Kasun, KK.6.8 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.6 
 6. Pasalic, Helios5.8 
 7. Pavic, Krka5.7 
 8. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.6 
 9. May, KK.5.5 
 10. Sakic, Siroki WWin5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Markovic, Radnicki8.2 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.1 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.5.3 
 5. Mocnik, Union O.4.6 
 6. Papaloukas, Macca.4.6 
 7. Vladovic, Siroki W.4.5 
 8. Draper, Cedevita4.1 
 9. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.0 
 10. Covic, Crvena Z.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gay, Helios2.5 
 2. Papaloukas, Macca.2.0 
 3. Simon, KK.1.9 
 4. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 5. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 6. Draper, Cedevita1.7 
 7. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.6 
 8. Zubcic, Cibona1.5 
 9. Green, Union Olimp.1.4 
 10. Pavkovic, Radnick.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 3. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.1.0 
 5. Simon, Radnicki K.0.9 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 7. Kasun, KK.0.8 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 9. Thompson, Union O.0.8 
 10. Ilic, Crvena Zvez.0.7 


Round 15: Buducnost is upset by Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (10-5) and tenth ranked Serbian Zvezda (5-10) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Buducnost was defeated by Zvezda in a tough game in Beograd 57-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Buducnost. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Buducnost won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) who recorded 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda maintains tenth place with 5-10 record. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Zvezda are looking forward to face higher ranked Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buducnost will play at home against KK Zagreb CO and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Zagreb. Local Cedevita (12-3) beat 5th ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (9-6) 93-75. It was a good game for forward Miro Bilan (213-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Marko Car contributed with 18 points for the winners. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Union Olimpija. Cedevita maintains second place with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Union Olimpija at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Cedevita will play against bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Union Olimpija will play at home against Zvezda (#10) in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Partizan defeated Helios in Beograd 72-64. KK Zagreb CO beat Hemofarm at home 77-67. Cibona won against Krka on the opponent's court 86-77.
The best stats of 15th round was 31 points and 8 rebounds by Miroslav Raduljica of Partizan.


Helios - Partizan 64-72

There was no surprise in Domzale where 13th ranked Slovenian Helios (3-12) were defeated by third ranked Serbian Partizan (11-4) 72-64. It looked good early as Helios took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Partizan had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and Helios were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-72. Partizan made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Helios 33-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) contributed with 8 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) answered with 12 points and 4 assists and Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Helios. Five Helios players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Partizan have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Serbian champion maintains third place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Helios at the other side keep the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Partizan will play against Radnicki K. (#8) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Helios will play at home against Hemofarm (#12) in Vrsac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Helios: D.Pasalic 13+2reb+3ast, D.Gay 12+3reb+4ast, S.Cebular 12+1reb, D.Bubnic 11+6reb+2ast, K.Prepelic 10+2reb+4ast, T.Bolcina 2
Partizan: M.Raduljica 31+8reb+1ast, D.Kecman 10+2reb+2ast, M.Macvan 8+13reb+1ast, M.Cakarevic 6+1reb+1ast, V.Lucic 6+3reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 4+2reb
gschID: 133029


KK Zagreb CO - Hemofarm 77-67

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (8-7) defeated at home 11th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (4-11) 77-67. The game was mostly controlled by KK Zagreb CO. Hemofarm was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for KK Zagreb CO especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. It was a good game for guard Damir Rancic (199-83) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds and center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points in the effort for Hemofarm. Four Hemofarm players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cibona. Hemofarm lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Krka. KK Zagreb CO will play against higher ranked Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hemofarm will play on the road against Helios (#13) in Domzale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Pantic 16+4reb, I.Maras 10+9reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 10+3reb+1ast, B.Savovic 10+3reb+3ast, M.Sutalo 9+4reb+1ast, N.Krstic 8+1reb
KK Zagreb CO: D.Rancic 21+1reb+2ast, S.May 11+8reb+1ast, P.Babic 10+2ast, D.Markota 9+5reb+3ast, P.Diasse 8+4reb, K.Simon 7+4reb+6ast
gschID: 133030


Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 63-57

The game between third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (10-5) and tenth ranked Serbian Zvezda (5-10) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Buducnost was defeated by Zvezda in a tough game in Beograd 57-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Buducnost. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Buducnost won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) who recorded 15 points and center Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda maintains tenth place with 5-10 record. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Zvezda are looking forward to face higher ranked Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buducnost will play at home against KK Zagreb CO and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: J.Anderson 15+1reb+1ast, B.Dubljevic 10+6reb, A.Popovic 9+6reb+1ast, B.Krstovic 6+4reb+1ast, M.Milosevic 6+6reb, N.Ivanovic 5+1reb
Crvena Zvezda: S.Lesic 13+3reb+1ast, O.Thomas 10+5reb+3ast, M.Ilic 9+4reb+1ast, P.Popovic 8+5reb, F.Covic 7+4reb+5ast, B.Popovic 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 133031


Cedevita - Union Olimpija 93-75

The game with biggest result difference took place in Zagreb. Local Cedevita (12-3) beat 5th ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (9-6) 93-75. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Union Olimpija was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Miro Bilan (213-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Marko Car (188-85) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Cedevita players scored in double figures. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jaka Blazic (193-90) added 15 points in the effort for Union Olimpija. Cedevita maintains second place with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Union Olimpija at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Cedevita will play against bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Union Olimpija will play at home against Zvezda (#10) in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: D.Thompson 20+5reb, J.Blazic 15+4reb+2ast, J.Mocnik 12+1reb+6ast, D.Muric 8+3reb+2ast, R.Rothbart 8+3reb+2ast, V.Dasic 5+4reb+1ast
Cedevita: M.Car 18+1reb+1ast, M.Bilan 17+11reb+1ast, I.Opacak 13+1reb, D.Draper 13+3reb+2ast, L.Warren 10+1reb, H.Owens 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133032


Krka - Cibona 77-86

Rather expected game in Novo Mesto where 11th ranked Slovenian Krka (4-11) was defeated by eighth ranked Croatian Cibona (8-7) 86-77. The guests were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 30-24 last quarter charge of Krka cut the lead to 86-77 at the end of the game. Cibona made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Marin Rozic (201-83) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jure Balazic (204-80) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Krka. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cibona moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hemofarm. Cibona will play against league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Krka will play on the road against HKK Siroki WWin (#9) in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krka: B.Hansbrough 16+1reb, J.Balazic 13+6reb+1ast, J.Lalic 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 11+7reb+3ast, U.Lucic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Nissim 7+3reb+6ast
Cibona: A.Barbour 22+1reb+2ast, M.Rozic 12+8reb+2ast, D.Rudez 12+3reb, A.Zizic 10+2reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 9+3reb+1ast, G.Suton 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 133027




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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings
ASEAN League Standings
 1. Bangkok C. 0-0 
 2. KL Dragons 0-0 
 3. Petron Blaze 0-0 
 4. Philip.Patriots 0-0 
 5. Saigon H. 0-0 
 6. Satria Muda 0-0 
 7. Singapore S. 0-0 
 8. Thailand S. 0-0 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 13-2 
 2. Gmunden 12-3 
 3. Wels 11-4 
 4. Kapfenberg 11-5 
 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 0-15 


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. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.8 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.8 
 10. Gordon, Kapfenbe.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Danek, Arkadia5.8 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.7 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.3 
 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, Kapfenberg2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.4 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Scott, Gussing1.8 
 7. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.8 
 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. Brown, Wels0.7 
 5. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.6 
 8. Vay, Arkadia0.6 
 9. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 10. Greimeister, Klos.0.6 


BC Vienna and Alen Trepalovac part ways - by Stefan Prager
According to numerous sources and the player himself, Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85, agency: World Sport Agency) and the BC Vienna have parted ways. The big man was signed as an replacement for dominating center Zarko Rakocevic, who left to play for Valencia in the Spanish ACB, a few weeks ago. Trepalovac also played the first game of the season for Vienna before coming back in December. In an overall five games for the BC Trepalovac averaged 9.4 ppg along with 3.4rpg while shooting just a bit more than 40% from the field. Meanwhile BC Vienna announced that the club is about to sign three new players within the next few days. Vienna has already used 15 different players this season. Every now and then players like Dragan Miletic, Zarko Rakocevic, Mirza Ahmetbasic and Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85, agency: World Sport Agency) parted ways with the club for different reasons.

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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 5-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 3-2 
 3. Mornar Bar 3-2 
 4. OKK Beograd 2-3 
 5. Torus Skopje 1-4 
 6. Timisoara 1-4 
Group B
 1. Levski Sofia 5-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 4-1 
 3. Feni Indistrija 3-2 
 4. Napredak 2-3 
 5. Ulcinj 1-4 
 6. Zrinjski HT 0-5 


Second win in Balkan league - by Zoran Popovic
OKK Beograd team made second win in Balkan league against KK Torus 87-81 (24:25, 27:22, 24:17, and 12:17). After minimum advantage of guests after first quarter OKK Beograd team showed much better game in second quarter and finish first half with 4 points advantage 51:47. In the second half hosts continued with aggressive game and after third quarter increase advantage on 11 points, which enough was to routinely finish the game. The most efficient players in OKK Beograd were Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82) with 23 scored points and Luka Drca who adds 18 points. The most efficient player for the guests was Bojan Trajkovski with 23 scored points.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Bowles, Siauliai20.1 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.7 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.4 
 4. Barinov, Naglis P.18.0 
 5. Hallik, Tarvas17.2 
 6. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.6 
 8. Reminas, Naglis P.16.5 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja16.3 
 10. Runkaukas, Neptu.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.5 
 2. Ringmets, Rapla9.3 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.8.8 
 4. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.6 
 6. McClure, Kedainiai8.6 
 7. Nelson, Jelgava8.4 
 8. Arnold, TT.8.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 10. Barinov, Naglis P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas5.5 
 2. Maceina, Juventus5.4 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.4 
 4. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.0 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas4.8 
 7. Janavicius, Baltai4.5 
 8. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 10. Benn, Naglis Pala.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Oskars VIRSIS
  Valmiera
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Virsis, Valmiera2.2 
 2. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 3. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 5. Kriisa, Tarvas2.0 
 6. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava1.9 
 8. Oja, Tarvas1.8 
 9. Elksnis, Valmiera1.8 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.9 
 3. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.8 
 5. Staniulis, Techasas1.6 
 6. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 9. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 10. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 10-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 8-3 
 3. Triumph 8-3 
 4. Rudupis 7-3 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 6-5 
 6. Ventspils 6-5 
 7. Juventus 5-6 
 8. Tartu Ulikool 4-8 
 9. Kedainiai 3-8 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 2-9 
 11. Liepaja 2-10 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Naglis Palangos 5-1 
 2. Neptunas 5-2 
 3. Tarvas 4-2 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 3-5 
 5. Jelgava 0-7 
Group B
 1. Techasas 6-2 
 2. Sakalai 6-2 
 3. Valmiera 6-3 
 4. TTU/Kalev 3-5 
 5. Rapla 2-6 
 6. Turiba 2-7 


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  BELARUS   


Stanislav Ovdeenko heads to Grodno-93 - by Eurobasket News
Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-G-84) joined Grodno-93. The guard will have a tryout period with the Belarusian team. Stanislav Ovdeenko has been playing for Ferro-ZNTU in Ukraine since 2004. He tallied 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game last season. This season his stats read 0.2 points and 0.3 rebounds per just over three minutes action time in Superleague.


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Belgian League News - by Peter Buyse
We have received unconfirmed news that Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) could be the replacement for the departed Demond Mallet at Charleroi. Andrew played for Efes Pilseon this past season. He has extensive experience in bigger European teams such as Maccabi Tel Aviv, Cibona Zagreb, Udine, Red Star Belgrad, Bonn, Ural Great Perm and Spartak St Petersburg.

Former Oostende forward Dusan Sakota (208-PF-86t) is headed to Russia to play for Enisey for the rest of the season. The player mentioned this on his facebook page.



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  BELIZE   


Association elections sheduled for this month!!!! - by David Magana
All District Associations of the Belize Basketball Federation will be holding elections for executive officers for District Associations on January 21, 2012. Deadline for submission of nominations is January 7,2012. Nominations can be sent to the president of the BBF at pthompson@bbfbelize.org or to vice president of the BBF at charlellis@yahoo.com. The following district associations will be holding elections: Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Belmopan, Dangriga, San Ignacio and Santa Elena and Toledo. Teams that participated in the last tournament held by District Associations will be eligible to vote along with representatives from Member Association which are; NSSSA, ATLIB and Referee Associations for the specific district. Teams will have two votes while member associations will have one vote. Each District Associations executive body will have a maximum of 4 votes. Information regarding eligible teams and their representatives are shown below.

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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 13-1 
 2. Bosna 11-2 
 3. Capljina 10-4 
 4. Varda HE 9-5 
 5. Leotar 9-5 
 6. Mladost 8-6 
 7. Hercegovac 6-8 
 8. Borac Nektar 5-8 
 9. Servitium 5-9 
 10. Celik 4-10 
 11. Zrinjski HT 4-10 
 12. Brotnjo 4-10 
 13. Vogosca 2-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Martin DURCHEV
  Tundja Y.
  (200-G-87)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Durchev, Tundja Y.20.1 
 2. Harper, Levski S.18.7 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.4 
 4. Stankov, Spartak16.5 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.5 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.14.8 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.14.4 
 8. Pavlovski, Chernom.14.3 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.2 
 10. Hall, Levski Sofia14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.10.8 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.8 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More9.6 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.5 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.7.2 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.8 
 7. Vukosavljevi., Ril.6.8 
 8. Slaveykov, Sparta.6.3 
 9. Todorov, Spartak6.3 
 10. Tsenov, Spartak5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.7 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.5.3 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.1 
 4. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.8 
 5. Filipov, Balkan4.2 
 6. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.2 
 7. Jefferson, Tundja3.6 
 8. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.4 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja3.2 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitar ROSHMANOV
  Chernomo.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.7 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.6 
 3. Jefferson, Tundja2.4 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.2.4 
 5. Harper, Levski S.2.2 
 6. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.0 
 7. Marinov, Balkan2.0 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 10. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.1 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.8 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 7. Mijajlovic, Rilski0.7 
 8. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 9. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 10. Yanev, Cherno Mo.0.4 


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  CANADA   


CIS Round 14: Thunderwolves take over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Thunderwolves as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunderwolves smashed 8th ranked Mustangs in Thunder Bay, ON 87-66. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-66. Thunderwolves looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Venzal Russel (188-87, college: Vermilion CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 4 assists. Guard Greg Carter (178-90) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Peter Scholtes (196) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for Mustangs. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderwolves have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Victoria and Laurier. Mustangs at the other side keep the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Calgary. Mustangs will play next round against Gryphons trying to get back on the winning streak. Thunderwolves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Another interesting game for Bisons (6-4) which played in Kamloops, BC against Wolfpack (5-5). Sixth ranked Bisons won 86-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Wolfpack. Guard Jonar Huertas (183) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kevin Oliver chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals during the contest. Justin King responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bisons have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Wolfpack at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Panthers (6-2) against sixth ranked Huskies (4-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Panthers were defeated by Huskies in a tough game in Halifax, NS 83-91. Tory Fassett notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 29 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) by Jonathan Cooper did not help to save the game for Panthers. Huskies moved-up to fourth place. Loser Panthers keep the second position with two games lost. They share it with UBC. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Huskies (6-3) against fifth ranked Thunderbirds (6-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Huskies were defeated by Thunderbirds in a tough game in Vancouver, BC 60-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Huskies. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The best player for the winners was Nathan Yu who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderbirds moved-up to second place, which they share with UPEI. Huskies at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Panthers (6-2) against sixth ranked Huskies (4-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Panthers were defeated by Huskies in a tough game in Halifax, NS 86-93. Riley Halpin orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Huskies moved-up to fourth place. Loser Panthers keep the second position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Alberta were beaten by Victoria on the road 83-77. UFV lost to Lethbridge on its own court 78-87. Winnipeg unfortunately lost to UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC 70-79. Memorial recorded a loss to Dalhousie at home 82-92. Calgary was defeated by TWU on the opponent's court 97-107. Windsor beat Guelph in a home game 70-59. Toronto Univ. won against Queen's on the road 69-56. Winless York were outscored by Ottawa on its own court 71-92. Regina managed to beat Brandon in Regina, SK 83-74. UQAM defeated Bishop's at home 73-60. Carleton smashed Laurentian on the opponent's court 98-51. Laurier destroyed Brock in a home game 93-70. Ryerson outscored RMC on the road 92-19. Memorial recorded a loss to Dalhousie on its own court 76-89. New Brunsw. lost to undefeated St.Francis X. in Antigonish, NS 68-87. McMaster beat Waterloo at home 97-84.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 32 points and 5 assists by Yassine Ghomari of UBC Okanagan.


St.Mary's - UPEI 91-83

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Panthers (6-2) against sixth ranked Huskies (4-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Panthers were defeated by Huskies in a tough game in Halifax, NS 83-91. Panthers trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 30-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 83-91 at the end of the game. Huskies dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Panthers' 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Tory Fassett notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Jerome Smith supported him with 13 points and 6 assists. Four Huskies players scored in double figures. Even 29 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) by guard Jonathan Cooper (183-88) did not help to save the game for Panthers. Guard Terrence Brown (186) added 23 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Huskies moved-up to fourth place. Loser Panthers keep the second position with two games lost. They share it with UBC. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
St.Mary's: T.Fassett 27+10reb+5ast, J.Smith 13+4reb+6ast, R.Halpin 13+2reb+2ast, W.Liang 13+2reb, B.Rouse 13+5reb+2ast, M.Pink 8+8reb+6ast
UPEI: J.Cooper 29+2reb+3ast, T.Brown 23+9reb+1ast, M.Lual 9+7reb+2ast, D.Moss 8+6reb+2ast, G.Doane 6+4reb, J.Duke 6+6reb
gschID: 155744


Victoria - Alberta 83-77

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Vikies (9-1) beat one of their biggest challengers Golden Bears (6-4) in Victoria, BC 83-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Vikies made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Michael Acheampong orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Guard Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Daniel Ferguson (191, college: Valdosta St.) added 26 points in the effort for Golden Bears. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vikies maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Laurier and Lakehead. Loser Golden Bears dropped to the second place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Victoria: M.Acheampong 23+4reb+2ast, R.Mackinnon 20+4reb+4ast, P.Anderson 9+2reb+1ast, T.Evans 8+2reb+3ast, Z.Andrus 7+6reb+1ast, M.Berg 6+3reb+2ast
Alberta: D.Ferguson 26+1reb+3ast, J.Baker 25+12reb+4ast, R.Dewar 8+5reb+2ast, L.Taylor 6+2reb, M.Cardoza 5+4reb+2ast, N.Manojlovic 4+1reb
gschID: 155740


UFV - Lethbridge 78-87

There was an upset when one of their biggest challengers Cascades (6-4) lost to ninth ranked Pronghorn (5-5) in Abbotsford, BC 78-87 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-16. But Cascades won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cascades were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Dominyc Coward (198) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Morgan Duce contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Pronghorn players scored in double figures. Pronghorn's coach Dave Adams used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Samuel Freeman (191) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jasper Moedt (203) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cascades. Pronghorn moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Cascades dropped to the second position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: D.Cooper 18+4reb+2ast, D.Coward 17+9reb+2ast, M.Duce 17+4reb+3ast, N.Kovac 10+7reb, D.Waldner 9+4reb, L.Reiter 8+3reb+2ast
UFV: S.Freeman 23+5reb, J.Moedt 20+6reb, J.Friesen 15+1reb+5ast, K.Grewal 6+3reb+1ast, M.James 6+6reb, J.Blackman 3+2reb
gschID: 155741


UBC Okanagan - Winnipeg 79-70

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourteenth ranked Heat (2-6) won against 13th ranked Wesmen (2-8) in Kelowna, BC 79-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Yassine Ghomari orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 5 assists. Bret Macdonald contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mark McNee (198) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Benny Iko (198) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Wesmen. Four Wesmen players scored in double figures. Wesmen's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Heat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with New Brunsw. Wesmen lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Heat will have a break next round. Wesmen will play on the road against Bobcats (#9) in Brandon, MB.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: Y.Ghomari 32+3reb+5ast, B.Macdonald 16+6reb+3ast, E.Dane Medi 11+9reb+2ast, I.Con 7+3reb, S.Pelland 6+3reb, S.Morrison 4+3reb
Winnipeg: D.Brown 16+4reb, M.McNee 14+7reb+1ast, E.Zimmerman 14+3reb, B.Iko 12+9reb, A.Cunningham 7, B.Duff 3+1reb
gschID: 155742


Memorial - Dalhousie 82-92

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-7) lost to sixth ranked Tigers (3-4) in St.John's, NL 82-92 on Sunday. Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Guard Stephen Lopez (188, college: Bossier-Parish CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Jason Shepherd (193-89) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Mark Woodland (183-87) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sea Hawks. Five Tigers and four Sea Hawks players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tigers maintains sixth position with 3-4 record. Sea Hawks lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: W.Yengue 18+5reb+2ast, A.Arthur 15+2ast, S.Lopez 14+7reb+8ast, R.Nortmann 13+3reb+1ast, C.Fox 11+4reb+5ast, S.Williams 8+5reb
Memorial: M.Woodland 20+5reb+2ast, J.Shepherd 19+7reb+7ast, R.Habib 16+6reb+4ast, M.Helsby 12+3reb+7ast, T.Haley 5+1ast, J.Alliman 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 155743


UBC - Saskatchewan 69-60

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Huskies (6-3) against fifth ranked Thunderbirds (6-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Huskies were defeated by Thunderbirds in a tough game in Vancouver, BC 60-69. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Huskies. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Huskies won fourth quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderbirds forced 20 Huskies turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was international point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Kamar Burke (196-86) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Michael Lieffers (203-87) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and American point guard Jamelle Barrett (180) added 17 points and 5 steals respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderbirds moved-up to second place, which they share with UPEI. Huskies at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC: N.Yu 22+6reb+2ast, T.Nixon 13+5reb+3ast, K.Burke 9+12reb+1ast, M.Williams 8+2reb, D.Plumb 7+8reb+5ast, B.Bains 4+3reb+1ast
Saskatchewan: J.Barrett 17+1ast, M.Lieffers 11+15reb+3ast, P.Lomuro 10+2reb, M.Forbes 7+3reb+1ast, B.Baker 7+6reb+3ast, E.Ostertag 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 155737


TWU - Calgary 107-97

Everything could happen in Langley, BC at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Spartans and 10th ranked Dinos had identical 3-6 record. This time Spartans used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Calgary, AB 107-97 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Spartans. Dinos was better in third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Dinos' 40. Spartans forced 22 Dinos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Kyle Coston (203-87, college: Portland St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Calvin Westbrook (193-88, college: CS Stanislaus) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances) replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Tyler Fidler (206-89) added 23 points in the effort for Dinos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spartans (4-6) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Brandon and Waterloo. Loser Dinos dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TWU: K.Coston 28+7reb+2ast, S.Peter 25+4reb+1ast, C.Westbrook 22+7reb+4ast, T.Smith 17+5reb+10ast, K.Osborne 8+6reb+2ast, N.Monachini 4+1reb
Calgary: T.Fidler 23+4reb+1ast, B.Bakovic 22+7reb+4ast, A.McGuinness 20+1reb+3ast, J.Wolfram 15+5reb+1ast, D.Reding 6+1reb+1ast, D.Wiersum 6+2reb
gschID: 155738


TRU - Manitoba 78-86

Another interesting game for Bisons (6-4) which played in Kamloops, BC against Wolfpack (5-5). Sixth ranked Bisons won 86-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Wolfpack. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 22-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Bisons forced 23 Wolfpack turnovers. Guard Jonar Huertas (183) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kevin Oliver (198) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals during the contest. Justin King responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and forward Chas Kok (196) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Wolfpack players scored in double figures. Bisons have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Wolfpack at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: J.Huertas 23+7reb+1ast, K.Sansregret 22+3reb+4ast, K.Oliver 19+7reb+5ast, B.Speer 5+3reb, K.Omoerah 5+12reb+2ast, Y.Ozsayiner 4+3reb
TRU: J.King 24+13reb+3ast, C.Kok 15+10reb+2ast, K.Pribilsky 14+3reb+4ast, B.Rouault 10+2reb+1ast, A.Pierre 8+4reb+6ast, B.Parker 5+2reb
gschID: 155739


Windsor - Guelph 70-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Gryphons' (5-5) road loss to fifth ranked Lancers (7-3) in Windsor, ON 59-70 on Saturday. Lancers forced 23 Gryphons turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lancers made 8 blocks. Guard Josh Collins (186-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jahmal McQueen (201-89) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Guard Kareem Malcolm (183) replied with 21 points and guard Drew Morris (183) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gryphons. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lancers have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Brock. Loser Gryphons dropped to the third position with five games lost. Lancers will face Warriors (#7) in Waterloo, ON in the next round. Gryphons will play on the road against Mustangs (#8) in London, ON.
Top scorers:
Windsor: J.Collins 26+6reb+6ast, J.McQueen 16+3reb+2ast, L.Phillip 10+7reb+1ast, R.Christie 9+5reb, H.Araia 6+3reb, R.Osuntola 3+4reb+1ast
Guelph: K.Malcolm 21+4reb+3ast, A.Bering 10+8reb, D.Morris 9+6reb+3ast, D.McCarthy 9+6reb+2ast, J.Beatty 6+1reb+1ast, A.Beney 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155733


Queen's - Toronto Univ. 56-69

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Blues (5-5) beat bottom-ranked Golden Gaels (0-10) in Kingston, ON 69-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Blues. Golden Gaels was better in third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Golden Gaels to just 7 points in first quarter. Blues made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Center Andrew Wasik (201) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Justin Holmes (180) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Michael Farine replied with 17 points and forward Matthew Baker (193) added 10 points in the effort for Golden Gaels. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Blues moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Golden Gaels still closes the standings with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: J.Holmes 21+3reb, A.Wasik 17+7reb+1ast, A.Kumar 10+4reb+1ast, A.Hill 9+3reb+3ast, M.Savel 7+1reb, D.Glisic 3+6reb+1ast
Queen's: M.Farine 17+4reb+2ast, M.Baker 10+4reb+2ast, M.Simpson 8+2reb+2ast, J.Lenz 7+2reb, N.Misljencevic 4+2reb+1ast, J.Macvicar 3+2reb
gschID: 155734


York - Ottawa 71-92

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Lions (0-10) were smashed by second ranked Gee-Gees (6-4) in Toronto, ON 92-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gee-Gees. Lions was better in second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gee-Gees forced 26 Lions turnovers. Michael L'Africain orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Gee-Gees players scored in double figures. Guard David Tyndale (180) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Richard Iheadindu added 19 points in the effort for Lions. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gee-Gees have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-4 record having four points less than leader Lakehead, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Lions still closes the standings with ten games lost. Gee-Gees will have a break next round. Lions will play on the road against Voyageurs (#5) in Sudbury, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: M.L'Africain 21+2reb+4ast, J.Berhanemeskel 16+4reb+5ast, C.Anderson 14+7reb+1ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 12+7reb+2ast, V.Gill 11+3reb, J.Gibson-Bascombe 10+5reb+2ast
York: R.Iheadindu 19+1reb+3ast, D.Tyndale 18+6reb+3ast, M.Noble-Mohamed 8+1reb+2ast, N.Tufegdzich 8+4reb, C.Coldea 7+2reb+4ast, A.Rados 6+4reb
gschID: 155735


Brandon - Regina 74-83

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Cougars (3-6) won against higher ranked Bobcats (4-6) in Brandon, MB 83-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-74. Cougars looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Jared Janotta (191) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Paul Gareau (201) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Cougars' coach James Hillis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jordan Reaves replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Donovan Gayle (193) added 12 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Bobcats. Four Bobcats players scored in double figures. Cougars moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Bobcats dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Cougars will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Regina: J.Janotta 22+12reb+5ast, P.Gareau 21+5reb+3ast, G.Childerhose 11+4reb+2ast, S.Nostedt 9+5reb+1ast, B.Hebert 9+9reb+10ast, C.Burns 6+5reb+1ast
Brandon: J.Reaves 21+5reb+1ast, A.Mounir 12+9reb+2ast, D.Gayle 12+14reb, M.Smith 10+2reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 9+8reb+4ast, K.Vince 6+6reb
gschID: 155736


St.Mary's - UPEI 93-86

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Panthers (6-2) against sixth ranked Huskies (4-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Panthers were defeated by Huskies in a tough game in Halifax, NS 86-93. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-86. Huskies forced 23 Panthers turnovers. Strangely Panthers outrebounded Huskies 50-38 including 19 on the offensive glass. Forward Riley Halpin (203) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jerome Smith contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Donathan Moss replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and Sudanese forward Manock Lual (198-89) added 15 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Panthers. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Huskies moved-up to fourth place. Loser Panthers keep the second position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
St.Mary's: R.Halpin 23+5reb+2ast, J.Smith 16+7reb+6ast, T.Fassett 14+2reb+2ast, M.Pink 13+7reb+2ast, I.Robertson 12+12reb+2ast, B.Rouse 11+4reb+3ast
UPEI: D.Moss 26+10reb+2ast, T.Brown 20+3reb+1ast, M.Lual 15+14reb+1ast, J.Cooper 14+6reb+3ast, J.Duke 10+11reb, G.Doane 1+4reb
gschID: 155729


UQAM - Bishop's 73-60

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Gaiters' (0-5) road loss to fourth ranked Citadines (3-3) in Montreal, QC 60-73 on Saturday. Citadines moved-up to third place, which they share with Acadia and McGill. Loser Gaiters still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 155730


Laurentian - Carleton 51-98

Everything went according to plan when top-ranked Ravens (10-0) outplayed 5th ranked Voyageurs (2-8) in Sudbury, ON 98-51 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-51. Ravens dominated on the defensive end, holding Voyageurs to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Voyageurs' 20. They outrebounded Voyageurs 42-26 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. International forward Tyson Hinz (199-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Ravens players scored in double figures. Guard Manny Pasquale (183) replied with 18 points and guard Isiah Pasquale (191) added 8 points in the effort for Voyageurs. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ravens have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Voyageurs lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Ravens will have a break next round. Voyageurs will play at home against Lions (#8) in Toronto, ON.
Top scorers:
Carleton: T.Hinz 23+9reb+5ast, P.Scrubb 21+4reb+4ast, W.Manigat 16+3reb+1ast, D.Penner 10+3reb, K.Smendziuk 9+3reb, T.Scrubb 8+1reb
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 18+1reb+2ast, A.Ratte 8+1reb, I.Pasquale 8+3reb+3ast, J.Weldon 6+5reb, N.Yengue 5+2reb, M.Hull 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 155731


Lakehead - Western 87-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Thunderwolves as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunderwolves smashed 8th ranked Mustangs in Thunder Bay, ON 87-66. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-66. Thunderwolves looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Venzal Russel (188-87, college: Vermilion CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 4 assists. Guard Greg Carter (178-90) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Thunderwolves players scored in double figures. Forward Peter Scholtes (196) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and Jermaine Bernard added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Mustangs. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderwolves have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Victoria and Laurier. Mustangs at the other side keep the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Calgary. Mustangs will play next round against Gryphons trying to get back on the winning streak. Thunderwolves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: V.Russel 25+4reb+4ast, J.Jones 16+2reb, G.Carter 13+5reb+5ast, R.Thomson 10+6reb+3ast, B.King 8+3reb+1ast, J.Nitychoruk 6+1reb+1ast
Western: P.Scholtes 35+5reb, J.Bernard 10+2reb+4ast, N.Diloreto 7+5reb+1ast, G.Morrow 5+4reb, C.Drouin 3+4reb+4ast, N.Berardi 3
gschID: 155732


Laurier - Brock 93-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd ranked Badgers' (7-3) road loss to second ranked Golden Hawks (9-1) in Waterloo, ON 70-93 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Golden Hawks. Badgers was better in fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Golden Hawks forced 25 Badgers turnovers and had a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Badgers' players. Center Matthew Buckley (215) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Kale Harrison (196) contributed with 24 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Golden Hawks players scored in double figures. Forward Michael Williams (188) replied with 23 points and forward Mark Gibson (198) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Badgers. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Golden Hawks keep a position of league leader, which they share with Victoria and Lakehead. Loser Badgers dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Golden Hawks' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Waterloo, ON .
Top scorers:
Laurier: K.Harrison 24+4reb+2ast, M.Buckley 19+10reb+2ast, P.Donnelly 13+12reb+2ast, W.Coulthard 11+2reb+3ast, C.Meschino 8+1reb+2ast, M.Allin 7+3reb+7ast
Brock: M.Williams 23+2reb, J.Tipping 10+2reb+1ast, B.Nahimana 8+4reb, D.Mukendi 8, M.Gibson 8+6reb, A.Kraus 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 155726


RMC - Ryerson 19-92

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Rams (5-5) crushed bottom-ranked RMC (0-10) in Kingston, ON 92-19 on Saturday. The game without a history. Rams led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RMC to just 3 points in fourth quarter and to 8 points in second half. Rams held RMC to an opponent 14.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.0 percent accuracy of the winners and made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while RMC only scored three points from the stripe. They outrebounded RMC 52-16 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. RMC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Aaron Best orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 steals. Forward Nemanja Stankovic (208-90, college: Chicago St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Rams players scored in double figures. Rams' coach Roy Rana felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Timothy Boettcher replied with 2 points and 7 rebounds and guard James Byun (185) added 7 points in the effort for RMC. Rams maintains third position with 5-5 record having five points less than leader Lakehead, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser RMC still closes the standings with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: A.Best 24+4reb, N.Stankovic 16+10reb, G.Berry 11+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 11+7reb, A.Gebrekerestos 7+4reb, B.Michaelsen 6+5reb+1ast
RMC: J.Byun 7, S.Hui 3+3reb, K.Chung 2, T.Boettcher 2+7reb+1ast, K.Hicks 2+1reb, A.Lavoie 2+4reb
gschID: 155727


Memorial - Dalhousie 76-89

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-7) lost to sixth ranked Tigers (3-4) in St.John's, NL 76-89 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Guard Casey Fox (193) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Bahamas forward Robert Nortmann (198) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Tigers players scored in double figures. Center Jason Shepherd (193-89) replied with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Mike Helsby (193) added 20 points and 8 assists in the effort for Sea Hawks. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tigers maintains sixth position with 3-4 record. Sea Hawks lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: C.Fox 24+2reb+1ast, R.Nortmann 21+5reb+1ast, W.Yengue 13+6reb+3ast, R.Kanza Mata 12+5reb+4ast, J.Mullings 8+1reb+2ast, A.Arthur 4+4reb+2ast
Memorial: J.Shepherd 29+7reb+4ast, M.Helsby 20+4reb+8ast, R.Habib 9+1reb+1ast, J.Alliman 5+5reb+1ast, M.Woodland 5+4reb+4ast, T.Stanoev 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 155728


St.Francis X. - New Brunsw. 87-68

Very predictable result when top-ranked X-Men (7-0) rolled over 6th ranked Varsity Reds (2-6) in Antigonish, NS 87-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. X-Men led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when X-Men made 8 blocks. Guard Terry Thomas (193) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tyrell Vernon (185-88) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four X-Men players scored in double figures. Guard Alex Desroches (193) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and Matthew Daley added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Varsity Reds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. X-Men have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Varsity Reds lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. X-Men will face Capers (#3) in Sydney, NS in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: T.Thomas 21+9reb+3ast, J.Dunn 16+3reb+1ast, M.Clayton 14+2reb+1ast, T.Vernon 13+4reb+7ast, W.Donkoh 10+4reb+2ast, S.Coupland 7+10reb+2ast
New Brunsw.: A.Desroches 20+14reb+4ast, M.Daley 18+6reb+3ast, W.McFee 11+2reb+2ast, A.O'Brien 9+6reb+1ast, R.Linton 6+2reb+1ast, D.Anthony 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 155724


McMaster - Waterloo 97-84

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Warriors (4-6) lost to fourth ranked Marauders (8-2) in Hamilton, ON 84-97 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Marauders. Warriors was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marauders looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Joe Rocca orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Aaron Redpath contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Wayne Bridge (188-90) replied with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Mike Wright (180-91) added 18 points in the effort for Warriors. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Marauders moved-up to third place. Warriors lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. Marauders will face Badgers (#4) in St.Catharines, ON in the next round. Warriors will play on the road against Lancers in Windsor, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
McMaster: C.Michaud 21+1reb, J.Rocca 20+5reb+1ast, V.Raso 11+5reb+3ast, A.Redpath 10+6reb+8ast, A.Presutti 7+4reb+6ast, T.Black 6+6reb+4ast
Waterloo: W.Bridge 20+6reb+5ast, M.Wright 18+2reb+2ast, C.McIntyre 16+3reb+1ast, J.Johnson 11+4reb, Z.Angelini 9+6reb+2ast, T.Stevenson 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155725




Rainmen defeat Miracles, 101-91 - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen defeated the Moncton Miracles in a Tuesday night road game at the Moncton Coliseum. The final score was 101-91.

The leading scorer for the Rainmen was Canadian guard Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) with 23 points, followed by forward Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) with 18 points, and Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) with 16.

Moncton's newest player, Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.), led the Miracles with 20 points, followed with Boubacar Coly (6'9''-F-83, college: Morgan St.) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Also scoring in the double-digits for Moncton were Jazzmar Ferguson, Darrell Wonge and Trayvon Lathan with 13, 12 and 11 points respectively. The box score statistics can be found attached to this email, or at www.dakstats.com.

The Rainmen will play their next game against the Saint John Mill Rats at the Halifax Metro Centre on Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


2nd FIBA U17 World Championchip For Men - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca The draw for the second edition of Fibas U17 World championchip took place in Kaunas lithuania with a ceromny also serving as a platform to offically launch the events logo. The 12 qualified teams were divided into two groups of six .
Here are the results of the draw:
Group a Australia China Czech Republic Egypt France and USA
Group B Argentina Canada Croatia Korea Lithuania Spain
The 2012 FIBA U17 World Championchip will be played in Kaunas from June 29-July 8. In the first round each team will play the other five in their respective groups. The top four teams from each group will advance to the quaterfinals at which point the competition continues through to the final on July 8 in a standard knock out format.


Fassett's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old forward Tory Fassett (F) put on an amazing game in the last round for St.Mary's and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat UPEI (#2, 6-2) 91-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. St.Mary's is placed at 4th position in Canadian league. St.Mary's 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 4-5 record. It's Fassett's second year at St.Mary's and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Fassett has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.8ppg) and averages solid 63.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Matthew Buckley (215-C) of league's second-best Laurier. He is a center in his 5th season at Laurier. In the last game Buckley recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Laurier to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Brock (#4, 7-3) 93-70. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Laurier consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 9-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Buckley is one of the most experienced players at Laurier and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) of league's leader Carleton. Hinz showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Carleton, leading his team to a 98-51 easy win against the lower-ranked Laurentian (#5, 2-8). Carleton have amazing season winning all 10 games without a single defeat. Hinz 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. Hinz has a very solid season. In 10 games in Canada he scored 15.5ppg. He also has 4.2rpg, FGP: 72.6% and 3PT: 47.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yassine Ghomari) of UBC Okanagan - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Tristan Smith (183-G-86) of TWU - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Terry Thomas (193-G) of St.Francis X. - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jordan Baker (192-G-91) of Alberta - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Josh Collins (186-G-90) of Windsor - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Aaron Best) of Ryerson - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Boris Bakovic (201-F-88) of Calgary - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 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)


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Francis X. 7-0 
 2. UPEI 6-2 
 3. Cape Breton 4-3 
 4. St.Mary's 4-5 
 5. Acadia 3-3 
 6. Dalhousie 3-4 
 7. New Brunsw. 2-6 
 8. Memorial 1-7 
CanWest
 1. Victoria 9-1 
 2. UBC 6-2 
 3. Saskatchewan 6-3 
 4. Alberta 6-4 
 5. UFV 6-4 
 6. Manitoba 6-4 
 7. Lethbridge 5-5 
 8. TRU 5-5 
 9. Brandon 4-6 
 10. TWU 4-6 
 11. Regina 3-6 
 12. Calgary 3-7 
 13. UBC Okanagan 2-6 
 14. Winnipeg 2-8 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 10-0 
 2. Ottawa 6-4 
 3. Ryerson 5-5 
 4. Toronto Univ. 5-5 
 5. Laurentian 2-8 
 6. Queen's 0-10 
 7. RMC 0-10 
 8. York 0-10 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 9-1 
 2. Laurier 9-1 
 3. McMaster 8-2 
 4. Brock 7-3 
 5. Windsor 7-3 
 6. Guelph 5-5 
 7. Waterloo 4-6 
 8. Western 3-7 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 4-0 
 2. Laval 3-2 
 3. UQAM 3-3 
 4. McGill 3-3 
 5. Bishop's 0-5 


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Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. Liceo Mixto 15-2 
 2. U.Concepcion 14-0 
 3. Dep.Espanol 11-6 
 4. U.Espanola 9-8 
 5. Sokol de Antof. 6-9 
 6. U.Catolica 5-11 
 7. San Luis 2-12 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-14 


Standings - DIMAYOR
Liga Standings
Championship Group
 1. Los Leones 8-2 
 2. Dep.Castro 8-2 
 3. Osorno Basq. 6-4 
 4. Boston Coll. 4-6 
 5. Aleman 4-6 
 6. Dep.Valdivia 4-6 
 7. Sagrados 3-7 
 8. Puente Alto 3-7 
Places 9-18
 1. Temuco Basket 11-3 
 2. Dep.Ancud 10-4 
 3. San Juan 8-10 
 4. Sabuesos 8-10 
 5. Sportiva Italiana 7-11 
 6. Providencia 7-11 
 7. Stadio Italiano 6-12 
 8. Las Animas 5-9 
 9. Dep.Pucon 1-13 
 10. Palestino 0-18 


Dimayor: Danridge replace Elliot - by Daniel Valencia
CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes agreed to terms with the american Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) in order to replace Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who left the team to play in the Venezuelan league. In 14 games, Elliot averaged 21.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.2 steals in 29.9 minutes per game.

Anthony Danridge is a 25 year old guard/forward with playing experience in the NCAA, the NBDL, Lebanon and Ecuador In his first three games with Liceo, Danridge has scored 18, 31 and 27 points respectively.


Dimayor: R17 victories for Sokol and Liceo - by Daniel Valencia
On tuesday night were played games from round 17. Antofagasta Sokol defeated to Espanol de Talca 101-86, led by Michael Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) with 21 points. In Santiago, Liceo Mixto defeated to Union Espanola 90-84, led by the foreign couple of Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) and Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford), who scored 27 and 24 point respectively. These are the complete results.

Round 17

Antofagasta Sokol 101 - Espanol de Talca 86
Sok
: Michael Smith 21 pts. Xavier Keeling 15 pts.
Esp: Francisco Bravo 22 pts. Bayo Arigbon 17 pts.


Scorers

Union Espanola 84 - Liceo Mixto 90
Uni
: Decorey Young 17 pts. Juan Jose Salazar 13 pts.
Lic: Anthony Danridge 27 pts. Howard Wilkerson 24 pts.


Scorers




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CBA Round 23: Last-ranked Jiangsu Dragons beat Shanxi Zhongyu - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they edged ninth-ranked Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan 102-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. Shanxi Zhongyu trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 33-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 100-102 at the end of the game. Jiangsu Dragons forced 22 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Shanxi Zhongyu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Yahui Liu (206-88) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the hosts. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu Dragons maintains seventeenth place with 6-16 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Xinjiang F.T.. Jiangsu Dragons are looking forward to face higher ranked Bayi Fubang (#14) in Ningbo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against the league's second-placed Beijing Ducks (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Guandong Tigers delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Shandong Bulls (9-13) 102-92 in Jinan. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shandong Bulls. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Dong Hanlin contributed with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for Shandong Bulls. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers (18-4) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Shandong Bulls at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Jilin NE T. and Qingdao DS. Guandong Tigers will play against Foshan (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shandong Bulls will play against DongGuan Leopards (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (10-10) made lots of trouble for third ranked Beijing Ducks (15-7) in Urumqi on Wednesday. The visitors from Beijing managed to secure only one-point victory 101-100. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Stephon Marbury who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 8 assists. Tim Pickett responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Beijing Ducks moved-up to second place. Xinjiang Flying Tige lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Beijing Ducks will meet Shanxi Zhongyu (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against TianJin Rongcheng in Tianjin and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Tianjin. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (12-10) to sixteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng (7-15) 114-111 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fujian SBS XunXin. It was an exceptional evening for Nan Zhang who led the winners and scored 26 points and 4 assists. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TianJin Rongcheng moved-up to fifteenth place. Fujian SBS XunXin at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. TianJin Rongcheng's next round opponent will be higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#10) in Urumqi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Ningbo, where higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (12-9) lost to fourteenth ranked Bayi Fubang (7-13) in a road game 101-105 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was ZhongHao Xu who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Bayi Fubang maintains fourteenth place with 7-13 record. Loser Zhejiang Cyclones keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Bayi Fubang will face bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#17) in Nanjing in the next round.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Foshan was defeated by Liaoning H. in Yingkou 116-101. Jilin NE T. beat Shanghai S. at home 95-82. Qingdao DS lost to DongGuan L. on the opponent's court 93-103.
The best stats of 23th round was 30 points and 20 rebounds by Dejun Han of Liaoning H..



Liaoning H. - Foshan 116-101

There was no surprise in Yingkou where 15th ranked Foshan (6-15) was defeated by eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (12-10) 116-101 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 23-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 116-101. Liaoning Hunters made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Liaoning Hunters outrebounded Foshan 45-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Foshan's players. The best player for the winners was center Dejun Han (215-89) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 20 rebounds (perfect from the field making all twelve shots !!!). Guard Ming Yang (193-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 assists. Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) produced 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) added 27 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Liaoning Hunters and four Foshan players scored in double figures. Foshan's coach gave the chance to play for eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fujian XX. Loser Foshan dropped to the sixteenth position with 15 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Foshan will play against the league's leader Guandong Tigers (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: H.Dejun 30+20reb+1ast, C.Rodney 21+3reb+1ast, G.Ailun 17+2reb+5ast, P.Josh 12+8reb+1ast, Y.Ming 12+4reb+18ast, Z.QinPeng 11+1reb+3ast
Foshan: M.Michel 35+5reb+4ast, D.Marcus 27+13reb, Y.Wenbo 15+4reb+4ast, H.Marcus 13+2reb, Z.Zhun 9+3reb+2ast, H.Ben 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 158229


Shandong FB - Guandong ST 92-102

Leader Guandong Tigers delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Shandong Bulls (9-13) 102-92 in Jinan. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shandong Bulls. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Shandong Bulls was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Shandong Bulls 49-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. Guandong Tigers brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. International forward Dong Hanlin (207-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and center HanLin Tao (206-91) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers (18-4) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Shandong Bulls at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Jilin NE T. and Qingdao DS. Guandong Tigers will play against Foshan (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shandong Bulls will play against DongGuan Leopards (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: S.James 21+9reb+2ast, B.Aaron 17+3reb+6ast, H.Dong 15+12reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 10+2reb, Z.FangYu 10+6reb+1ast, R.JunFei 8+5reb+2ast
Shandong FB: H.Othello 18+11reb, X.JiaHan 17+1reb, T.HanLin 15+6reb, A.Alan 12+5reb+3ast, Y.Ding 10+1reb+2ast, W.Ke 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 158226


Bayi Fubang - Zhejiang C. 105-101

We should mention about the upset which took place in Ningbo, where higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (12-9) lost to fourteenth ranked Bayi Fubang (7-13) in a road game 101-105 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-101. Bayi Fubang made 35-of-43 free shots (81.4 percent) during the game, while Zhejiang Cyclones only scored seventeen points from the stripe. Bayi Fubang forced 21 Zhejiang Cyclones turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bayi Fubang made 9 blocks. Zhejiang Cyclones were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) chipped in 27 points and 5 rebounds. American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) produced 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Fei Cao (194-91) added 17 points and 5 steals respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Bayi Fubang maintains fourteenth place with 7-13 record. Loser Zhejiang Cyclones keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Bayi Fubang will face bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#17) in Nanjing in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: W.ZhiZhi 27+5reb+2ast, X.ZhongHao 24+11reb+1ast, W.Lei 18+5reb+2ast, Z.Bo 16+2reb+4ast, D.Lehei 10+7reb+1ast, H.Shuo 6+6reb+7ast
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 34+8reb+8ast, C.Fei 17+3reb+3ast, B.Josh 11+6reb, T.Hai 11+5reb, Z.Dayu 9+1reb, D.Jinhui 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 158227


Jilin NE T. - Shanghai S. 95-82

There was a surprise result in Changchun where thirteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (9-13) defeated higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-9) 95-82 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Jilin Tigers. Shanghai Sharks was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) who scored 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Shanghai Sharks' coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jilin Tigers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Shandong FB and Qingdao DS. Loser Shanghai Sharks dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Jilin Tigers will face higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#3) in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: M.Cartier 37+5reb+2ast, L.Wei 16+2reb+1ast, D.Osama 14+11reb+11ast, W.Jameel 11+14reb+1ast, L.Tao 8+1reb, Z.Biao 6+2reb
Shanghai S.: H.Mike 24+11reb+3ast, L.Marcus 12+8reb+2ast, Z.ZhaoXu 8+4reb, W.Yong-Liang 8+4reb, L.Ziqui 8+3reb+1ast, P.Fei 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 158228


Xinjiang F.T. - Beijing Ducks 100-101

Tenth-ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (10-10) made lots of trouble for third ranked Beijing Ducks (15-7) in Urumqi on Wednesday. The visitors from Beijing managed to secure only one-point victory 101-100. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. Beijing Ducks made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) helped adding 23 points and 5 rebounds. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Tal Co (191-91) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Beijing Ducks moved-up to second place. Xinjiang Flying Tige lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Beijing Ducks will meet Shanxi Zhongyu (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against TianJin Rongcheng in Tianjin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 25+4reb+8ast, M.Randolph 23+5reb+2ast, J.Zhe 17+11reb+1ast, Z.Xiaochuan 11+6reb, X.LiBin 9, Z.YanXi 6+3reb
Xinjiang F.T.: X.GuoChong 25+3reb, C.Tal 22+6reb+1ast, P.Tim 20+10reb+4ast, M.Bateer 8+5reb+6ast, P.Duo 7+1reb+2ast, L.Gani 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 158223


DongGuan L. - Qingdao DS 103-93

Very expected game when 11th ranked Qingdao Double Star (9-13) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked DongGuan Leopards (14-8) 103-93 on Wednesday. Qingdao Double Star was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. DongGuan Leopards made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 28 points. Five DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards' coach Brian Goorjian used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and Palestinian power forward Sani Sakakini (203-88) added 28 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for DongGuan Leopards. They maintain fourth place with 14-8 record. Loser Qingdao Double Star keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. DongGuan Leopards will face Shandong Bulls (#13) in Jinan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against Fujian SBS XunXin in Jinjiang.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 28+3reb+2ast, Z.Kai 23+10reb+3ast, R.Shavlik 15+8reb+1ast, S.TongLin 13+10reb+2ast, Q.Biao 10+3reb+4ast, H.ZhongMian 6+3reb+1ast
Qingdao DS: S.Sani 28+9reb+3ast, H.Lester 27+13reb+7ast, L.Gen 20+3reb+1ast, O.Olumide 7+12reb+6ast, L.Yan 5+2reb+1ast, C.Liang 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 158224


TianJin R. - Fujian XX 114-111

A very interesting game took place in Tianjin. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (12-10) to sixteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng (7-15) 114-111 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fujian SBS XunXin. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 34-28 run, which allowed them to win the game. TianJin Rongcheng made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Fujian SBS XunXin outrebounded TianJin Rongcheng 49-27 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. TianJin Rongcheng brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Fujian SBS XunXin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for forward Nan Zhang (197-81) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 4 assists. Forward GuiJun Xu (202-80) accounted for 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 20 rebounds and American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) added 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds respectively for Fujian SBS XunXin in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TianJin Rongcheng moved-up to fifteenth place. Fujian SBS XunXin at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. TianJin Rongcheng's next round opponent will be higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#10) in Urumqi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: Z.Nan 26+4reb+4ast, X.GuiJun 25+6reb+2ast, H.Donnell 21+4reb+4ast, H.David 16+10reb+4ast, S.Chun 13+5ast, X.Lei 10+3reb+2ast
Fujian XX: R.Anthony 33+8reb+1ast, A.Zaid 29+20reb+3ast, M.Will 16+3reb+2ast, L.Hang 13+6reb, Z.TaiLong 12+2reb+2ast, Z.Qixin 5+2reb
gschID: 158225


Shanxi Zh. - Jiangsu D. 100-102

Bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they edged ninth-ranked Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan 102-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. Shanxi Zhongyu trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 33-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 100-102 at the end of the game. Jiangsu Dragons forced 22 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Shanxi Zhongyu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Yahui Liu (206-88) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Five Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) added 28 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu Dragons maintains seventeenth place with 6-16 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Xinjiang F.T.. Jiangsu Dragons are looking forward to face higher ranked Bayi Fubang (#14) in Ningbo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against the league's second-placed Beijing Ducks (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: M.Da 24+1reb+2ast, L.Yahui 21+7reb+1ast, V.Jackson 18+15reb+6ast, Y.Li 16+2reb+3ast, W.Marcus 13+2reb+2ast, S.KangMing 7+7reb+1ast
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 29+11reb+2ast, W.Marcus 28+2reb+2ast, L.XiaoMing 12+4reb+10ast, X.Zhijiang 9+2reb+1ast, R.Junwei 7+4reb, B.ZhaoBao 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 158222




Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong ST 18-4 
 2. Beijing Ducks 15-7 
 3. Guangsha L. 14-7 
 4. DongGuan L. 14-8 
 5. Zhejiang C. 12-9 
 6. Shanghai S. 12-9 
 7. Liaoning H. 12-10 
 8. Fujian XX 12-10 
 9. Shanxi Zh. 10-10 
 10. Xinjiang F.T. 10-10 
 11. Qingdao DS 9-13 
 12. Jilin NE T. 9-13 
 13. Shandong FB 9-13 
 14. Bayi Fubang 7-13 
 15. TianJin R. 7-15 
 16. Foshan 6-15 
 17. Jiangsu D. 6-16 


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 DS32.8 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.7 
 4. Chandler, Guangsha.28.1 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.1 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.27.6 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 8. Martin, Jilin N.26.1 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan.25.8 
 10. Roberson, Fujian25.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Fujian XX
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Abbas, Fujian XX15.1 
 2. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.4 
 3. Harvey, TianJin R.13.2 
 4. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.2 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.1 
 6. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 7. Hunter, Shandong12.8 
 8. Randolph, DongGua.12.3 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.1 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.9 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.7 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.5 
 4. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.5 
 6. Mengke, Xinjiang.5.1 
 7. Brooks, Guandong5.0 
 8. Anderson, Shandon.4.5 
 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. Anderson, Shandon.2.5 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.5 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.5 
 7. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.4 
 8. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 9. Daghles, Jilin N.2.4 
 10. Mills, Xinjiang.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.1 
 2. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.9 
 4. Randolph, DongGua.1.8 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.7 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.6 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 8. Carney, Liaoning H.1.5 
 9. Morris, Beijing Du.1.5 
 10. Abbas, Fujian XX1.3 


Guangdong Continues to Win - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong continued its winning ways with a 102-92 triumph over Shandong. It moved to 18-4. James Singleton had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Aaron Brooks had 17 points and 6 assists. Dong Hanlin had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Wang Shipeng and Zhu Fangyu each scored 10. Ren Junfei and Zhou Peng each had 8. Othello Hunter had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Shandong. Young guard Xu Jiahan, listed as born in 1993, scored 17. Sui Ran, the formerly hyped young guard, played 3 minutes and was scoreless. Tao Hanlin had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Allan Anderson had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Ding Yanyuhang scored 10. Wu Ke had 7 points and 5 rebounds.

Stephon Marbury had 25 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists as Beijing rallied 27-20 in the fourth quarter to edge Xinjiang 101-100. Beijing now is in second place at 15-7 as Zhejiang Guangsha had a bye this round. Randolph Morris had 23 points and 5 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Zhai Xiaochuan had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Xie Libin scored 9. Chen Lei again did not play. Xu Guozhong scored 25 for Xinjiang. Xirelijiang had 22 points and 6 rebounds. Tim Pickett had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Mengke Bateer had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Gani Lawal had 6 points and 7 rebounds and fouled out in 31 minutes.

Zhang Kai had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists as Dongguan defeated Qingdao 103-93 and now has a 14-8 record. Josh Akognon scored 28. Shavlik Randolph had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Sun Tonglin had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 10. Sani Sakakini had 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for Qingdao. Lester Hudson had 27 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Li Gen scored 20. Olumide Oyedeji had 7 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists.

Wang Zhizhi had 27 points and 5 rebounds as Bayi edged Zhejiang 105-101. Xu Zhonghao had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks. Wang Lei had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Bo had 16 points and 4 assists. Delehei had 10 points and 7 rebounds. J. R. Smith had 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for Zhejiang. Cao Fei had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Josh Boone had 11 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Tang Hai had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Dayu scored 9. Ding Jinhui had 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Cartier Martin had 37 points and 5 rebounds as Jilin defeated Shanghai 95-82. Lu Wei scored 16. Osama Daghlas had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Jameel Watkins had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Li Tao scored 8. Zhong Cheng had 3 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Michael Harris had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Shanghai. Marcus Landry, who has replaced the injured Ryan Forehan-Kelly, had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Yong, Liu Ziqui and Zhang Zhaoxu each scored 8. Peng Fei and Meng Lingyuan each had 7.

7-1 300 Han Dejun (215-C-89) had a massive game for the second time this season, with 30 points and 20 rebounds, hitting all 12 of his shots as Liaoning defeated Foshan 116-101. Rodney Carney had 21 points and 3 rebounds. Yang Ming had 12 points and a phenominal 18 assists. Guo Ailun had 17 points and 5 assists. Zhang Qingpeng scored 11 and He Tianju scored 8. Josh Powell had 12 points and 8 rebounds. He Tianju scored 8. Michel Maadanly had 35 points and 5 rebounds for Foshan. Marcus Douthit had 27 points and 13 rebounds. Yang Wenbo had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Marcus Haislip scored 13. Zheng Zhun had 9 points and 3 rebounds.

Tianjin defeated Fujian 114-111. Xu Guijun had 25 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Nan had 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Donnell Harvey had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. David Harrison had 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Shen Tujun had 13 points and 5 assists. Xu Lei had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Anthony Roberson had 33 points and 8 rebounds for Fujian. Zaid Abbas had 29 points and 20 rebounds. Will McDonald had 16 points and 3 rebounds. Li Hang had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Zhao Tailong scored 12.

Jiangsu topped Shanxi 102-100. Meng Da scored 24. Jackson Vroman had 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Liu Yahui had 21 points and 7 rebounds. Yi Li scored 16. Marcus Williams scored 13. Song Kangming had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Charles Gaines had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for Shanxi. Marcus Williams had 28 points and 4 steals. Lv Xiaoming had 12 points and 10 assists. Xing Zhiqiang scored 9. National teamer Duan Jiangpeng scored 2 in 20 minutes, continuing his regression.



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Standings - A2 League
A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Gorica 9-1 
 2. Bosco 7-3 
 3. Samobor 7-3 
 4. Dubrava 7-3 
 5. Sanac Karl. 5-4 
 6. Mladost Z. 5-5 
 7. Kaptol 5-5 
 8. Sus.-Moslavina 4-6 
 9. Rudes 4-6 
 10. Hermes Anal. 4-7 
 11. Zrinjevac 3-7 
 12. Novska 0-10 
Group East
 1. Osjecki Sokol 8-1 
 2. Mladost C. 8-2 
 3. Vinkovci 7-2 
 4. Zupanja 5-3 
 5. Vukovar 5-4 
 6. Meteor D. 4-4 
 7. Belisce 4-5 
 8. Virovitica 4-5 
 9. Vrijednosnice 3-6 
 10. Olimp Inspekt 3-6 
 11. Klasije 1-7 
 12. Valpovo 1-8 
Group North
 1. Medjimurje C. 9-0 
 2. Vindija V. 8-1 
 3. Radnik 6-3 
 4. Cakovec 6-3 
 5. Ivancica 5-4 
 6. Petar Zrinski 5-4 
 7. Rudar-Cimper 5-4 
 8. Podravac Virje 4-5 
 9. Mladost D. 4-5 
 10. Bjelovar 1-8 
 11. Koprivnica 1-8 
 12. Graficar 0-9 
Group South
 1. Metkovic 7-2 
 2. Policnik 7-2 
 3. Kastela 6-3 
 4. Jazine 5-4 
 5. Cetina 5-4 
 6. Trogir 5-4 
 7. GKK Sibenik 5-4 
 8. Omis Galeb 3-6 
 9. DOSK 3-7 
 10. Solin 2-7 
 11. Vostarnica 2-7 
 12. Drazen Petrovic 0-0 
Group West
 1. Crikvenica 9-0 
 2. Kraljevica 8-1 
 3. Skrljevo 8-1 
 4. Otocac 6-3 
 5. Stoja Pula 5-4 
 6. Jadran 4-5 
 7. Rovinj 4-5 
 8. Pula 1981 4-5 
 9. Zamet 2-7 
 10. Ghia Staff 2-7 
 11. Kastav 2-7 
 12. Fazana 0-9 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Mimica, KK Split23.7 
 2. Ross, Jolly18.3 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner17.8 
 4. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 5. Vrbanc, Zadar16.5 
 6. Simovic, Kvarner16.4 
 7. Ciklic, Dubrovnik16.0 
 8. Mrva, Jolly15.9 
 9. Sarlija, Borik14.5 
 10. Zitko, Krizevci14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip SOBIN
  KK Split
  (203-G/F-89)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Sobin, KK Split7.6 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.5 
 3. Poscic, Svjetlost7.4 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner7.4 
 5. Kastropil, Zadar7.0 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20107.0 
 7. Cakarun, Borik6.9 
 8. Mrva, Jolly6.8 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.5 
 10. Peraica, Darda6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci7.0 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner4.0 
 4. Ross, Jolly3.7 
 5. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.6 
 6. Mimica, KK Split3.5 
 7. Subotic, KK Split3.5 
 8. Tomas, Zabok2.9 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ross, Jolly3.2 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.4 
 3. Blazevic, Borik1.8 
 4. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.7 
 6. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 7. Surina, Kvarner1.6 
 8. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 9. Tomeljak, Svjet.1.5 
 10. Panduric, Darda1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Domagoj VUKOVIC
  KK Split
  (204-C-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Vukovic, KK Split1.5 
 2. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.3 
 3. Buva, Krizevci1.2 
 4. Sarlija, Borik1.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 6. Bubalo, Zabok0.9 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 8. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.8 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar0.8 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.7 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 9-2 
 2. Zadar 8-3 
 3. Jolly 7-4 
 4. Zabok 6-5 
 5. Svjetlost 5-5 
 6. Alkar Sinj 5-6 
 7. Krizevci 5-6 
 8. Kvarner 2010 5-6 
 9. Darda 5-6 
 10. Borik 4-7 
 11. Dubrovnik 1-10 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


KK Borik Puntamika Zadar lands Jurlina - by Eurobasket Center
KK Borik Puntamika Zadar strengthened their roster with addition of 19-year old guard Roko Jurlina (188-G-93). In his first game he scored 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. However his new team lost to Jolly 63-72. Jurlina played most recently at Prigorje Financije Krizevci (A1). While playing 10 games for Krizevci this season he averaged 5.2ppg and 2.6rpg. Jurlina helped them to make it to the semifinals.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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SLUNETA Usti nad Labem Complete Roster Turnover with Signing of Brad Reese - by Surujh Roopnarine
A whirlwind month and a half has come to an end for SLUNETA Usti nad Labem as they found their last foreign import for the remainder of the season. After Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) last week, the team announced the signing of first year forward Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech). Reese, 6-6, played his college ball at Texas Tech, where as a senior during the 2010-11 season he averaged 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting 39.9% from the field in 32 games. The 21-year old Reese began his first professional season in Spain's LEB-Gold division (second division) with CB Lobe Huesca. In eight games he averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds while averaging 10.0 minutes per contest. Before parting ways with the team in November. Reese took place and was part of the winning team at this past summer's Eurobasket Summer League in Houston, averaging 22.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in three games. Reese and Gottselig will serve as replacements for the departed Lekendric Longmire (196-G-87, college: Oregon) and Joshua Dollard (203-F-86, college: USC Aiken).

1Liga Round 16: B&W Opava B loses to Proton Zlin - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Opava between third ranked B&W Opava B (12-4) and fourth ranked Proton Zlin (12-4) on Wednesday night. B&W Opava B was defeated by Proton Zlin in a tough game at home 76-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of B&W Opava B. B&W Opava B was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Proton Zlin, which allowed them to win the game. Proton Zlin have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Opava B. Proton Zlin is looking forward to face Sokol Vysehrad (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B&W Opava B will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (16-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (4-12) 81-58. Undefeated BK Lions Hradec have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 12 games lost. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Prostejov B (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Kara Trutnov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Praha between Sokol Prazsky and BC Benesov. Seventh ranked Sokol Prazsky (9-7) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked BC Benesov (6-10). Sokol Prazsky managed to escape with a 3-point win 70-67 on Friday evening. Sokol Prazsky moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Trutnov. BC Benesov lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Vysehrad. Sokol Prazsky will meet Kladno (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Benesov will play against BK Kondori Liberec (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sokol Hradec Kralove (10-6) and BK Prostejov B (5-11), which took place in Prostejov. Higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked BK Prostejov B 87-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. BK Prostejov B maintains eleventh position with 5-11 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. BK Prostejov B's next round opponent will be league's leader BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play at home against B&W Opava B (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Trutnov beat Kladno on the road 67-60. Sparta Praha won against Liberec on its own court 69-63. Bottom-ranked Mlada Boleslav unfortunately lost to Vysehrad in a road game 69-81.



Prostejov B - Sokol H.Kralove 87-64

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sokol Hradec Kralove (10-6) and BK Prostejov B (5-11), which took place in Prostejov. Higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked BK Prostejov B 87-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. BK Prostejov B maintains eleventh position with 5-11 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. BK Prostejov B's next round opponent will be league's leader BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play at home against B&W Opava B (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
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Litomerice - J.Hradec 58-81

1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (16-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (4-12) 81-58. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 12 games lost. BK Lions Hradec will play against BK Prostejov B (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Kara Trutnov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Kladno - Trutnov 60-67

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Kara Trutnov (9-7) beat on the road 13th ranked Kladno (1-15) 67-60. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Kara Trutnov moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sokol Prazsky. Kladno lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be Slavoj BK Litomerice (#12) at home where they are favorite. Kladno will play against Sokol Prazsky in Praha.
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Sokol Prazsky - Benesov 70-67

A very close game took place in Praha between Sokol Prazsky and BC Benesov. Seventh ranked Sokol Prazsky (9-7) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked BC Benesov (6-10). Sokol Prazsky managed to escape with a 3-point win 70-67 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-67. Sokol Prazsky moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Trutnov. BC Benesov lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with Vysehrad. Sokol Prazsky will meet Kladno (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Benesov will play against BK Kondori Liberec (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sparta Praha - Liberec 69-63

Very expected game when 8th ranked BK Kondori Liberec (8-8) lost on the road to second ranked Sparta Praha (13-3) 69-63. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as BK Kondori Liberec took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sparta Praha had a 18-11 second period charge getting the lead and BK Kondori Liberec was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-69. Sparta Praha have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-3 record having just three points less than leader J.Hradec. BK Kondori Liberec at the other side keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Sparta Praha's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Mlada Boleslav (#14) on the road which should be an easy win for them. BK Kondori Liberec will play against BC Benesov (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Vysehrad - Mlada Boleslav 81-69

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (6-10) won against at home bottom-ranked Mlada Boleslav (1-15) 81-69. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Vysehrad. Mlada Boleslav was better in second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Benesov. Mlada Boleslav lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Sokol Vysehrad's next round opponent will be higher ranked Proton Zlin (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mlada Boleslav will play against the league's second-placed Sparta Praha (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
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Opava B - Proton Zlin 76-83

The most important game in the last round took place in Opava between third ranked B&W Opava B (12-4) and fourth ranked Proton Zlin (12-4) on Wednesday night. B&W Opava B was defeated by Proton Zlin in a tough game at home 76-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of B&W Opava B. B&W Opava B was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Proton Zlin, which allowed them to win the game. Proton Zlin have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Opava B. Proton Zlin is looking forward to face Sokol Vysehrad (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B&W Opava B will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 16-0 
 2. Sparta Praha 13-3 
 3. Proton Zlin 12-4 
 4. Opava B 12-4 
 5. Sokol H.Kralove 10-6 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 9-7 
 7. Trutnov 9-7 
 8. Liberec 8-8 
 9. Benesov 6-10 
 10. Vysehrad 6-10 
 11. Prostejov B 5-11 
 12. Litomerice 4-12 
 13. Kladno 1-15 
 14. Mlada Boleslav 1-15 


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 16-1 
 2. Bakken 15-1 
 3. Naestved 10-7 
 4. Aalborg 7-9 
 5. SISU 7-10 
 6. Horsholm 7-10 
 7. Horsens IC 6-11 
 8. Vaerlose 6-11 
 9. Aabyhoj 6-11 
 10. Falcon 4-13 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. White, Aalborg25.6 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC23.8 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.3 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.1 
 5. Kingsley, Svendborg19.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj19.4 
 7. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.9 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg18.7 
 9. Bak, Horsholm16.5 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bishop, Aalborg10.8 
 2. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.4 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm9.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.5 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 7. Harris, Horsens IC8.4 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Colas, Horsholm8.3 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. White, Aalborg4.8 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.2 
 4. Colman, Svendborg4.1 
 5. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.3.2 
 9. Sakne, Horsens IC3.2 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Henry, Naestved4.6 
 2. White, Aalborg2.9 
 3. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg2.5 
 5. Dennis, SISU2.2 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon1.9 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.8 
 9. Sattler, Horsens IC1.7 
 10. Kristiansen, Aalb.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Phillips, Aabyhoj2.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.9 
 4. Colas, Horsholm1.8 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.3 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 


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Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 12-4 
 2. Canton C. 9-8 
 3. Springfield A. 8-9 
 4. Erie Bay H. 8-11 
 5. Dakota W. 7-8 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 7-11 
 7. Maine RC 6-12 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 5-13 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 14-6 
 2. Austin T. 13-3 
 3. Rio Grande VV 11-8 
 4. Bakersfield J. 9-8 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 9-8 
 6. Reno B. 9-9 
 7. Idaho S. 7-10 
 8. Texas L. 6-12 


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. Dentmon, Austin T.23.3 
 4. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 5. Millsap, Los A.22.5 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.19.9 
 8. Curry, Springfield19.5 
 9. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.19.4 
 10. Biggs, Canton C.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.9 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.6 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.10.1 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.9.6 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.5 
 7. Thomas, Reno B.9.3 
 8. Harris, Maine RC9.1 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 10. Dyer, Texas L.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. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 4. Coleman, Sioux F.7.0 
 5. Cooksey, Texas L.6.7 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.6.7 
 7. Ahearn, Reno B.6.5 
 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. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.2.2 
 5. Curry, Springfield2.2 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 7. Coleman, Sioux F.2.1 
 8. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.2.0 
 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.2.3 
 5. Ojougboh, Tulsa2.0 
 6. Smith, Rio G.1.8 
 7. Anderson, Dakota1.7 
 8. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 10. Dawson, Austin T.1.5 


Blazers recall Babbitt and Nuggets recall Stone - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers recalled forward Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) from the Idaho Stampede, and he was in uniform for the Blazers home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Babbitt played in three games for Idaho, averaging 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Also Tuesday, the Stampede announced that the Denver Nuggets recalled rookie guard Julyan Stone (6'6''-G-88, college: UTEP).

Stone played in three games for Idaho. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Courtesy of www.idahopress.com


D-League Showcase: Tuesday's games - by Eurobasket Center
Austin T. - Erie Bay H. 111-88
Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) had 26 points and nine assists, and former University of Texas player Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) added 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals as the Austin Toros defeated the Erie BayHawks 111-88 on Tuesday at the NBA D-League Showcase. Leo Lyons had 14 points for Austin (13-3), and Lance Thomas had 12 points and seven rebounds. For Erie (8-11), Chris Daniels scored 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting, to go with 12 rebounds. B.J Jenkins added 17 points. Austin (13-3) returns to action on the road Thursday, against Dakota. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

Tulsa 66ers - Texas L. 86-94
Booker Woodfox (6'1''-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Creighton) came off the bench to score 22 points as the Texas Legends defeated the Tulsa 66ers 94-86 on Tuesday in the NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev. Reserve Dwight Buycks (6'3''-PG-89, college: Marquette) scored a team-high 21 points for the 66ers (9-8), while Jerome Dyson scored 20 and Nkem Ojougboh blocked a season-high seven shots. Former Oral Roberts standout Larry Owens added 18 points and seven rebounds for the 66ers. Ramon Dyer had the game's only double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Texas (6-12). Up next: Vs. Fort Wayne 2:45 p.m. Thursday in D-League Showcase. TV: NBA-256. Next home game: Vs. Canton, 7 p.m. Monday at the Convention Center. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Canton C. - Dakota W. 99-94
The Canton Charge used a strong fourth quarter to propel them to a 99-94 win over the Dakota Wizards in their NBA D-League Showcase contest on Tuesday night. The victory improved Canton to 9-8 while Dakota slipped to 7-8 in the lone matchup of the season between the two teams. Dakota came out hot in the third quarter, going 10-for-17 from the floor, and outscored Canton, 28-19, to take a 74-39 advantage into the final period. The Charge responded with a 14-3 run to begin the fourth quarter to take an 83-78 lead with 5:53 left in the game. After the Wizards clawed their way back to be down just one point late on a Shy Ely 3-pointer, former Cavaliers player Manny Harris drilled a 19-foot jumper and two foul shots on back-to-back possessions to put the game away for Canton. Harris finished with 15 points and four rebounds in his Charge debut. The Charge grabbed a season-high 53 rebounds to Dakota's 32. Canton was also a season-best 22-of-27 from the charity stripe. Keith McLeod (6'3''-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) led the team with 18 points, nine assists and four rebounds. Tyrell Tyrell Biggs (6'8''-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) provided 14 points and four rebounds. Dakota was paced by Mike Anderson's 19 points and six rebounds. Edwin Ubiles gave a strong effort with 15 points, eight assists and four boards. All five Dakota starters scored in double figures as they tallied 74 of the team's 94 total points in the game. Frank Hassell got his third double-double of the season with 14 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to go along with his three steals off the bench. Hassell also tied a team season-high with 10 offensive rebounds in 26 minutes of play. Former Cavaliers No. 1 draft pick Christian Eyenga had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists in just 23 minutes. The Charge will take on the Iowa Energy on Thursday night at 10 p.m. for their concluding contest in the NBA D-League Showcase. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Sioux Falls S. - Maine RC 92-98
Xavier Silas (6'5''-G-88, college: N.Illinois) scored a game-high 21 points and the Maine Red Claws won consecutive games for the first time this season with a 98-92 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League Showcase at the Reno Events Center. Silas capped a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter with a layup and a foul shot that put Maine ahead for good, 94-83. Jerome Randle (5'10''-G-87, college: California), who had six assists, scored all his 11 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer during the run and a field goal in the final minute. Ricky Davis finished with a season-high 13 points, and Kenny Hayes added 12 points for the Red Claws (6-12). Silas had 11 points in the first quarter and gave Maine a 30-26 lead with a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter. Davis took over in the second quarter, scoring nine points on a 3-pointer, two field goals and a pair of free throws. The teams traded leads for much of the period. Despite missing three baskets in the final two minutes, including two 3-point attempts, Maine was able to maintain a four-point lead, 54-50, on a driving layup by Hayes as time expired. Maine increased its lead to eight, 70-62, on a driving hook shot by Silas with 7:10 left in the third quarter. However, the Skyforce scored the next eight points to tie it at 70. With the score tied at 74 with under two minutes left in the third, Maine took the lead on a basket by Paul Harris and two buckets by Hayes before Gabe Pruitt answered with a 3-pointer before the quarter ended. Sioux Falls (5-13) had five players in double digits, led by Charles Garcia with 20. Pruitt, Anthony Mason and Casey Mitchell each had 15 points, followed by Trey Gilder with 14. Maine plays its final game of the Showcase at 1 p.m. today against the Los Angeles Defenders. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com




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  EBA   


Hudson Valley Hype vs. Washington Madness on Saturday - by Eurobasket
Coming off the extended holiday break the Hudson Valley Hype look to solidify their dominance in the Northern Division against the Southern Division powerhouse Washington Madness this Saturday. Coach Allen Pickett explains, 'Playing at home does give you some advantage when you are playing a team making such a long trip but the Madness Team is a force to be recognized. They are coming off a close 2-point victory in their season opener just like we did, but we need to keep the momentum going and make a statement about the competition level in the Northern Division.' The Hype currently stands atop their division at 2-1 with the NY Wizards a close second place. Stay tuned for the internet link to listen to the live play by play if you are unable to attend the game in person.

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Chatman's 29 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
33-year old guard Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Karsiyaka and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 29 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Karsiyaka in his team's victory, helping them to beat Triumph (#3, 0-1) 90-75. It allowed Karsiyaka to consolidate first place in the EuroChallenge group L. But it's just the very beginning of the Top 16 and Karsiyaka won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Chatman had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Karsiyaka's top player in his first season with the team. University of Texas-Pan American graduate has very impressive stats this year. Chatman is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.6ppg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) of league's second-best Art.Dragons. He is American center in his 4th season at Art.Dragons. In the last game Fenn recorded impressive 26 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Art.Dragons to edge Antwerp (0-1) by 4 points 67-63. His team has extremely good start of the Top 16. They won their first game. However the Top 16 is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Fenn is one of the most experienced players at Art.Dragons and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of league's second-best Aalstar. Copeland showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Aalstar, leading his team to a 98-86 win against #3 ranked Telekom Baskets in a game of the week. Aalstar has a very good start of the Top 16. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Copeland also has a very good start of the Top 16 with very strong stats. Copeland has a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81) of Besiktas - 22 points and 8 rebounds
5. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) of Ventspils - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73) of Telekom Baskets - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) of Triumph - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka - 26 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ronald Burrell (204-F-83) of EWE Baskets - 20 points, 13 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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Brad Newley joins Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) is moving to Spain. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with Valencia. The deal is meant till the end of the season. Brad Newley started the season with Lietuvos Rytas. He tallied 3.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in Euroleague Qualifying Round. In VTB League Brad Newley posted 2.4 points and 3.2 rebounds. The Aussie also notched 4.5 points and 3.4 boards per game in LKL. Brad Newley joined Lietuvos Rytas in 2010. Previously he had spells for Townsville Crocodiles, Panionios, Panellinios and Besiktas. He has been the member of Australian National Team since 2006.


Buducnost Voli officially signs Matt Bouldin - by Eurobasket News
Matt Bouldin (196-G-88, college: Gonzaga) is officially a new member of Buducnost Voli. Two sides agreed a deal more than 10 days ago, but an injury delayed the signing. Matt Bouldin started last season in Greece. He had 9.7 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.4 apg for 19 games with Iraklis Thessaloniki, after what they parted ways. In March this year Bouldin joined NBA D-League team Tulsa 66ers collecting 6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3 apg for 12 games. Matt Bouldin is a product of Gonzaga University, where he graduated in 2010. He had 15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4 apg for 33 games as a senior. Bouldin was named All-WCC Player of the Year -10. Gonzaga was the winner of WCC Tournament four times. Bouldin played for the U19 USA National Team at the World Championships U19 in Novi Sad (2007). He had 3.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 9 games, while USA won the Silver.

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Olympiakos bring in Joey Dorsey - by Eurobasket News
Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) quite quickly found the new employer. The centre signed a deal with Olympiakos. Joey Dorsey parted ways with Caja Laboral just days ago. The centre joined the Vitoria team at the start of the season. He tallied 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 2.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per appearance. Last season Joey Dorsey played for the Toronto Raptors. The centre averaged 3.2 points and 4.5 boards per game in NBA. Previously he had stints with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and D-Leagues Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Joey Dorsey participated at D-League All-Star Game in 2010.



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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. LrNMKY 9-13 
 7. Kouvot 9-13 
 8. Salon Vilpas 9-14 
 9. KTP 8-14 
 10. Korihait 8-14 
 11. Namika Lahti 5-17 


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. Hamm, LrNM.17.7 
 9. Griffin, ToPo17.6 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.5 
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. Brown, Kouvot7.8 
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. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 6. Moore, Namika L.4.0 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP3.9 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.3.2 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.2 
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. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 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. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 
 9. Bell, KTP0.7 
 10. Price, Kataja0.7 


KORISLIIGA: The Bisons are rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 23: The Bisons from Loimaa are rolling. Tonight last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) had to believe newcomer Bisons are too tough - even at the home court in Tampere. Bisons American Head Coach Greg Gibson led his team to 72-82 (39-30) victory. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) scored game high 25 points, Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) added 19 and Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) 17 pts. Bisons have lost only five games this season and they are # 2 team just behind Kataja (Joensuu). YMCA Lappeenranta defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 77-70 (44-34) in the game, where sharpshooters Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) (22 pts) and Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) (21) helped a lot the hosts. YMCA Lahti was winning again and Korihait (Uusikaupunki) losing the sixth time in a row. YMCA Lahti scored last time 58 points vs Kouvot - and won. This time Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple), Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) and others scored 95 points. That was 16 points more than Korihait was able to score. Karhu (Kauhajoki) scored 36 points during the third quarter vs KTP (Kotka) and came back in the game after a poor first half. Finally Karhu won the thriller 79-76 (20-35). Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) had a double-double 21pts/10rbs for the hosts.
Pyrinto - Bisons (Loimaa) 72-82 (39-30). (Antero Lehto 20, Damon Williams 13, Antwine Williams 13 - Martin Zeno 25, Jeb Ivey 19, Mikko Koivisto 17. A: 1022).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Kouvot 77-70 (44-34). (Tyler Tiedeman 22, Lawrence Hamm 21, Matias Ojala 13 - Antoine Jordan 20, Anthony Brown 18, Josh Gonner 11).
YMCA Lahti - Korihait 95-79 (43-36). (Ryan Brooks 24, Brant Bailey 16, Jimi Koskinen 16 - Cory Johnson 16, Mikko Jalonen 14, Nigel Moore 13. A: 857).

Karhu - KTP 79-76 (20-35). (Kelly Beidler 21/10, Clevin Hannah 18, Todd Hendley 16 - Tim Blue 22, Jeremy Williams 14, Juho Lehtoranta 13).



KORISLIIGA: No upset in Joensuu - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 23: Only one contest on Tuesday night. Top League leader Kataja (Joensuu) in tiny troubles with # 7 Team Vilpas (Salo), but after all no upset, when the hosts winning 75-67 (42-32). Kataja got a 12-0 run during the first quarter, when figures 9-11 were changed into 21-11. All other three quarters were close, but Vilpas never reached into a lead. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) again leading Kataja with 21 points and into victory # 19 this season. Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) added 14 pts and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) 12 pts. Virtanen gave also eight assists.list: Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led visitors with 23 pts. John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) had a double-double 13pts/17rbs (10 offensive rbs). G Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) DNP (on injured list: ankle).

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Rouen invite Kevin Swinton - by Eurobasket News
Rouen are trying to bolster their roster. They have invited Kevin Swinton (203-F-87, college: Oklah.Baptist) for one week tryouts. Kevin Swinton started the season in Switzerland. He played for SAM Massagno. His stats read 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. The forward left the team in January. Kevin Swinton is in his first pro season. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist in 2011. The forward posted 18.8 points, 7.7 rebounds per game in his senior season in college. Kevin Swinton made it into All-NAIA D1 1st Team. He was also NAIA D1 champion with the Bison back in 2010.


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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


SV Haspe 70 Bring In Thomas Ble - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Regionaliga team SV Haspe 70 have reacted to the injury of Florian Tomann and signed Thomas Ble (186-G-89) Ble is a 22 year old 186cm guard from Norway who had already played for the team this season, but wasn't kept, but on account of the injury to Tomann was rekept. He started his basketball career in 2005 for Ammerud (1Div.): 9 games: 4.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg. In 2007-2008 he played for Ammerud (BLNO, starting five): 15 games: 15.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 55.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for Centrum Tigers Oslo (1Div.). In 2009-2010, he played for Harstad Vikings (BLNO, starting five): 21 games: 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-5 (4.0apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 63.5%. Last season, he played for Centrum Tigers Oslo (1Div., starting five): 20 games: 21.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.9apg, 3.6spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 70.8% and Team Belgrade (Eurobasket Summer League in Cologne, Germany): 3 games: 8.7ppg, 1.7rpg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Norwegian U18 National Team -06, Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Newcomer of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com Norwegian BLNO All-Domestic Players Team -10, Norwegian Div.1 Semifinals -11, Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian 1.Division Guard of the Year -11
Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian 1.Division Defensive Player of the Year -11, and Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian 1.Division 1st Team -11.

Source: SV Haspe 70




Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) I Believe In Tim Tebows Motto. If You Have The Right Focus And Live Right, Then Good Things Will Come To You - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his second season in Germany and first for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. Last season, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the Tuesday wellness day.

In the 83-50 win against BG Goettingen you went 0/8 from the field registering one point. Can you ever remember having such a bad shooting night?

I have never experienced anything like that before, but one has to remember just how much I have played recently. We had games on the 18th, 20th, 23rd, 27th and 30th of December and the second, fifth and eighth of January. At the end of that game streak, it just showed that I was tired in the Goettingen game. One of the reasons why I came to play in Berlin was that I wanted to be around so many great players. Even if I have a night like that, we can still have good chances to win.

You logged 30 minutes in Frankfurt, but didnt seem to be tired like you are now. What has changed?

We didnt have as a tough schedule in Frankfurt. We started with Eurochallenge last season and after that was done, we had one game per week. The schedule has just been tough this season, but I am looking forward to the second half of the season. I will be fine. I cant just blame myself for being tired, because I did get the shots that I wanted to, was getting into good position, but the yjust didnt go in. Great players have nights like this. And just because they werent falling, I didnt want to continue to shoot 15-20 shots, because we had a good flow.

You have averaged 7ppg in the last six games. Despite the tough schedule, are teams figuring you out now?

I had my best games this season against top teams like FC Bayern Munich, Bamberg and ratiopharm Ulm. This season is totally different, its not like last season where I had to take like 16 or 17 shots. I dont think it has anything to do with being defended better. For example I may take only one shot in the first quarter of a game this season. It has to do with how the game is going for us and how we are trying to accomplish our goal to win the game.

Alba Berlin had a relaxing wellness day yesterday in Berlin. How was this experience for you?

We had Monday off and we went to the gym and did some running to get a little sweat. We spent time in the sauna and whirl pool. It was a great rejuvenation for the body. Marko Simonovic hopped into the whirl pool, but quickly jumped out as the water was cold. That was kind of funny.

When you were relaxing in the sauna, were you thinking more about game situations or life matters?

I thought about all kinds of things. I was thinking about what I can do better on and off the court and about life things. The sauna is a great place to release the mind.

Alba Berlin has many top players, but also other players like a Derrick Allen wont always score in double figures. The players seem not to be worried about stats as much.

That is how the game goes. D.A has had some great games this season, but some days Yassin Idbihi or Torin Francis will have good games and then you just go with who is playing well. D.A is always positive. We have had many guys that have played well this season. I think the more that we are able to have many playing well, the harder it will be for the top teams to beat us.

The next game is against BBC Bayreuth. Alba Berlin beat them recently, but you have unfond memories from last season where Frankfurt lost 86-79 despite 29 points by you.

I remember the loss, but I try to throw out what happened last season. I know that you know that this season is completely different than last season. The BBL is even more competitive. A Bamberg loses in Giessen or wins by two points against BBC Bayreuth. You have to be ready to compete every night. It doesnt matter how much money Munich or Oldenburg spend, you have to be ready to compete every night. It is very loud in Bayreuth and we have to be ready and be focused from the start.

Alba Berlin has a nice group in Eurocup play with Benetton Treviso, Rytas Vilnius and Lok Kuban. What will be key to advancing?

This is a very strong group. You will see some very competitive games. The teams that make the least mistakes and want it most will move on. We want to advance very badly. We will need to have everyone ready and hope of stealing some games on the road. The Eurocup is a lot different than the Beko BBL. Once you get set in the Eurocup, you have to be ready to play as if its your last game.

You will be facing off against ex NBA player Lionel Chalmers. What do you like about his game?

I played against him when I was in Italy. I know how he likes to play. He likes to score and is a great defender. There are great guards in this group and it will be a basketball show to see for the fans as there is much talent.

Last season you dueled against Tyrese Rice. How excited about playing him again?

I am looking forward to playing him again. There really isnt much that he cant do. He has great leadership skills, can shoot and pass and I will have my hands full.

You told me recently that this season you can focus more on defense as there are enough players to score. How has your defense improved in the last months?

I have been checking the best perimeter shooters each game and I think that I have been doing a good job controlling them. Playing like this has helped our team. When we played Braunschweig, Robert Kulawick didnt hit a three pointer on me.

On January 28th ex teammate Pascal Roller will have his farewell game. If you had time and were invited would you come and face off against him?

Pascal Roller is my guy. I have a lot of respect for him and would come if I had time.

What NCAA team besides Wright State do you want to see do well this season?

UCONN. They might have lost Kemba Walker, but they still have many great players.

What are your NFL playoff predictions? Patriots-Broncos?

I am from Michigan and Tom Brady is my guy. I am not on the Tim Tebow Bandwagon, but I believe in Tim Tebows motto. If you have the right focus and live right, then good things will come to you. But I have to go with the Patriots.

Baltimore-Houston?

Baltimore.

Saints-49ers?

Saints.

Green Bay-Giants?

I want the Giants, but I have to go with Green Bay.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Blue Streak.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.






Patrick Sparks Heads To Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Phoenix Hagen have brought back a known face to the Beko BBL with Patrick Sparks (184-G-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Kentucky). Back in the 2007-2008 season, he played for 14 games: 10.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 70.6%; in Dec.'07 moved to Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 18 games: 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, Assists-5 (2.5apg), 2FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 81.1%. Last season, he played for AEK Athens (Greece-A1): 8 games: 5.4ppg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%, in Jan.'11 moved to BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 22 games: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.8apg), Steals-3 (1.8spg), FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 87.5%. The club gave the 28 yera old 185cm guard a one month contract. He is an excellent shooter, who has also excellent basketball IQ. Great FT shooter, is very good in controlling clock when the game is near to the end. Passes well in the open floor, and feeds the post very well. 'I am carefully optimistic. We have to see how he is integrated. He has experience and plays intelligent. I think the other players will profit from him. Our goal is to keep him until the end of the season if he fits to us', commented Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Freyer.

Sparks started his basketball career in 2001 for
W.Kentucky (NCAA) where he played until 2003. he then played at : Kentucky (NCAA) form 2004-2006 and in his senior year played 35 games: 9.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, FG: 42%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 77.5%. In 2006-2007, he started his professional basketball career fro Spartak St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague, starting five), Russian League: 9 games: 9.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 75.0%; left in Nov.'06, in Jan.'07 moved to Sport Lisboa Benfica (Portugal-UZO Liga, starting five): 14 games: 7.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 33.9%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 87.5%, left in March'07. In 2008-2009, he played for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-UBL) until 2010. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS first-team All-Stater -00,01, HS Third Region Player-of-the-Year -00,01
All-conference selection -03, SEC Regular Season (Eastern Div.) Champion -05, SEC Tournament Finalist -05, All-SEC 3rd Team -05, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight -05
USA University National Team -05, World University Games in Izmir -05, SEC Tournament Semifinals -06, Ukrainian UBL League All-Star Game -09, and Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL Honorable Mention -09.

Source: Phoenix Hagen


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 12-3 
 2. Kirchheim 12-5 
 3. Crailsheim 11-5 
 4. Chemnitz 9-7 
 5. Heidelberg 8-7 
 6. NBC 8-7 
 7. Webmoebel 8-7 
 8. Jena 8-8 
 9. Duesseldorf 8-8 
 10. Ehingen 8-8 
 11. Cuxhaven 7-9 
 12. Karlsruhe 7-10 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 6-10 
 14. Braves 5-11 
 15. Leitershofen 2-14 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.7 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf19.6 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel19.3 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.7 
 6. Hassan, Leitersh.17.9 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.4 
 8. Webb, Crailsheim17.3 
 9. Reid, MBC17.1 
 10. Howard, Karlsruhe17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.6 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.6 
 3. Black, Jena8.2 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim8.1 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz7.7 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven7.4 
 7. Richardson, Leiter.7.1 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel6.9 
 9. De Michael, NBC6.8 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.1 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.5 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.4 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.9 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim4.7 
 6. Diggs, Webmoebel4.5 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.5 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.4 
 10. Reese, Duesseldo.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.2 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.1.9 
 3. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.8 
 5. Capel, Cuxhaven1.7 
 6. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.6 
 7. Harris, NBC1.5 
 8. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 9. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.8 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.5 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.2 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.1 
 5. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 8. Okoye, NBC0.9 
 9. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


*****************************************************
  GREECE   


Olympiakos bring in Joey Dorsey - by Eurobasket News
Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) quite quickly found the new employer. The centre signed a deal with Olympiakos. Joey Dorsey parted ways with Caja Laboral just days ago. The centre joined the Vitoria team at the start of the season. He tallied 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 2.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per appearance. Last season Joey Dorsey played for the Toronto Raptors. The centre averaged 3.2 points and 4.5 boards per game in NBA. Previously he had stints with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and D-Leagues Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Joey Dorsey participated at D-League All-Star Game in 2010.



A1 Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
A1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise of round 13 in A1 was guest Panathinaikos' (11-1) road victory over their biggest opponent Kolossos (10-2) 81-71 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kolossos. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Kolossos managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) produced 17 points and 4 assists for lost side. Panathinaikos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Kolossos at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Panathinaikos are looking forward to face Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kolossos will play on the road against Panionios (#4) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Olympiakos delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Ilysiakos (4-8) 77-73 in Athens. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Vassilis Spanoulis contributed with 15 points for the winners. Olympiakos' coach Dusan Ivkovic let to play all 12 players in such tough game. Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds for Ilysiakos. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Olympiakos. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Ilysiakos at the other side keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Olympiakos will play against PAOK (#6) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ilysiakos will play on the road against Kavala (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Marousi (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-70 loss to twelfth ranked Ikaros (3-10) in Kalitheas on Wednesday evening. Romel Beck stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Nestoras Kommatos responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Ikaros maintains twelfth place with 3-10 record. Marousi lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Ikaros will meet at home higher ranked AGOR (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marousi will have a break next round.
The game in Dramas was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked AGOR (7-5) played at the court of 8th ranked KAOD (5-8). AGOR defeated KAOD 79-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KAOD. Zack Wright nailed 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted AGOR maintains fifth place with 7-5 record. KAOD at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. AGOR's next round opponent will be Ikaros (#12) in Kalitheas and are hoping to win another game. KAOD will play at home against Peristeri GS in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Panionios (8-4) outscored 9th ranked Kavala (5-8) 87-64 on Wednesday night. Jon Diebler fired 20 points for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios maintains fourth place with 8-4 record. Kavala lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Panionios will face higher ranked Kolossos (#3) in Rodou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play at home against Ilysiakos (#11) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Peristeri GS was defeated by Aris in Thessaloniki 71-66.



KAOD - AGOR 67-79

The game in Dramas was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked AGOR (7-5) played at the court of 8th ranked KAOD (5-8). AGOR defeated KAOD 79-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KAOD. It looked good early as KAOD took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then AGOR had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and KAOD was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-79. American guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Central Mo., agency: Court Side) nailed 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Giorgos Dedas (200-80) accounted for 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four AGOR players scored in double figures. American guard Jeremy Hunt (196-83, college: Memphis) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for KAOD in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted AGOR maintains fifth place with 7-5 record. KAOD at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. AGOR's next round opponent will be Ikaros (#12) in Kalitheas and are hoping to win another game. KAOD will play at home against Peristeri GS in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AGOR: G.Dedas 20+1reb, B.Petway 17+3reb, Z.Wright 16+9reb+8ast, D.Latovic 10+7reb+1ast, D.Christmas 8+4reb+1ast, N.Papanikolaou 6+6reb+2ast
KAOD: J.Hunt 19+10reb+1ast, E.Bavcic 16+5reb+1ast, K.Charalampidis 12+6reb+3ast, K.Kakaroudis 9+2reb+1ast, C.Monroe 4+3reb, T.Zaras 4+1ast
gschID: 152423


Ikaros - Marousi 82-70

Bottom-ranked Marousi (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-70 loss to twelfth ranked Ikaros (3-10) in Kalitheas on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-70. Ikaros shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. American-Mexican swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side the former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 assists. Four Marousi players scored in double figures. Ikaros maintains twelfth place with 3-10 record. Marousi lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Ikaros will meet at home higher ranked AGOR (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marousi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: R.Beck 26+2reb+1ast, J.Baxter 24+3reb+1ast, V.Karaboulas 15+1reb, S.Vasiljevic 6+3ast, F.Koumpouras 6+5reb+4ast, A.Baynes 4+4reb+3ast
Marousi: N.Kommatos 23+5reb+2ast, D.Haritopoulos 17+9reb+2ast, Y.Gagaloudis 14+3reb+12ast, F.Elegar 11+6reb, L.Akepsemaidis 3+1reb, V.Sakellariou 2+2reb
gschID: 152424


Olympiakos - Ilysiakos 77-73

Leader Olympiakos delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Ilysiakos (4-8) 77-73 in Athens. Ilysiakos was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 24-13 charge of Olympiakos, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Ilysiakos was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Olympiakos' coach Dusan Ivkovic let to play all 12 players in such tough game. Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and the former international guard Nikos Chatzis (196-76) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Ilysiakos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Olympiakos. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Ilysiakos at the other side keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Olympiakos will play against PAOK (#6) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ilysiakos will play on the road against Kavala (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: G.Printezis 20+8reb+3ast, V.Spanoulis 15+3reb+2ast, K.Papanikolaou 13+6reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 10+1reb, K.Hines 8+6reb, M.Gecevicius 3+2ast
Ilysiakos: D.Thompson 17+3reb+1ast, H.NaNa 16+17reb, N.Chatzis 14+8reb+5ast, G.Galiotos 13+7reb+1ast, L.Kaselakis 7+3reb+1ast, G.Tsiakos 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 152425


Kolossos - Panathinaikos 71-81

The biggest surprise of round 13 in A1 was guest Panathinaikos' (11-1) road victory over their biggest opponent Kolossos (10-2) 81-71 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kolossos. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Panathinaikos. Kolossos managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) produced 17 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Panathinaikos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Kolossos at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Panathinaikos are looking forward to face Aris (#7) in Thessaloniki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kolossos will play on the road against Panionios (#4) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: S.Perperoglou 18+7reb+4ast, M.Batiste 13+6reb, S.Jasikevicius 13+3ast, D.Diamantidis 10+7reb+8ast, K.Kaimakoglou 9+4reb, N.Calathes 6+1reb+2ast
Kolossos: M.Hatten 17+4reb+4ast, S.Hopson 14+3reb+1ast, R.Boykin 10+5reb, A.Tsamis 8+2reb+2ast, K.Charissis 8+5reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 7+3ast
gschID: 152420


Panionios - Kavala 87-64

The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Panionios (8-4) outscored 9th ranked Kavala (5-8) 87-64 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Panionios 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 Kavala's 30. Panionios forced 20 Kavala turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Kavala's players. American guard Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St.) fired 20 points for the winners. Center Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-90, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Panionios players scored in double figures. American center Patrick O'Bryant (213-86, college: Bradley) produced 14 points and power forward Vassilis Symtsak (205-81) added 11 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios maintains fourth place with 8-4 record. Kavala lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Panionios will face higher ranked Kolossos (#3) in Rodou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kavala will play at home against Ilysiakos (#11) in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panionios: J.Diebler 20+4reb, Z.Sarikopoulos 19+3reb, V.Kavvadas 12+4reb, S.Nadjfeji 10+3ast, W.Keys 10+4reb+3ast, G.Athanasoulas 5+1reb+2ast
Kavala: P.O'Bryant 14+2reb, V.Symtsak 11+1reb+2ast, M.Pasalic 10+1reb+2ast, T.Garrison 8+1reb, M.Taylor 7+3reb+1ast, C.Stefanidis 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 152421


Aris - Peristeri GS 71-66

There was a minor upset in Thessaloniki where 7th ranked Peristeri GS (5-7) was defeated by tenth ranked Aris (5-7) 71-66 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-82) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-German forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. Aris' coach Vangelis Alexandris allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Ernest Scott (201-82, college: Valdosta St., agency: VVG Sports) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (206-89, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Aris moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Peristeri GS. Peristeri GS lost their fifth game in a row. Aris will face league's second-placed Panathinaikos in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Aris: C.Tapoutos 16+6reb+1ast, G.Bogris 10+6reb+1ast, S.Kerusch 9+7reb+2ast, D.Mavraides 9+1ast, D.Verginis 8+2reb+1ast, D.James 8+2reb+3ast
Peristeri GS: E.Scott 24+9reb, H.Giannopoulos 14+7reb, A.Petroulas 9+2reb+4ast, G.Edwards 9+5reb, J.Mocnik 5+5reb+3ast, P.Kafkis 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 152422




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Romel BECK
  Ikaros
  (203-G/F-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Beck, Ikaros20.3 
 2. Kommatos, Marousi18.9 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.18.0 
 4. Christmas, AGOR17.4 
 5. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris16.0 
 7. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.7 
 8. Bavcic, KAOD15.0 
 9. Baynes, Ikaros14.5 
 10. James, Aris14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Baynes, Ikaros9.0 
 2. Bavcic, KAOD8.2 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.9 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.7 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. Giddens, PAOK6.7 
 8. Kommatos, Marousi6.5 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris5.9 
 10. Muldrow, Aris5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.1 
 2. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.4 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.8 
 5. James, Aris4.4 
 6. Charalampidi., KAO.4.2 
 7. Wright, AGOR4.2 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.6 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.5 
 10. Tsamis, Kolossos3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Wright, AGOR2.3 
 2. Thompson, Ilysi.2.1 
 3. James, Aris1.8 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 5. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.5 
 7. Tsamis, Kolossos1.4 
 8. Koumpouras, Ikaros1.4 
 9. Gardener, Ilysiakos1.3 
 10. Apostolidis, Ilys.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.8 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.6 
 3. Hines, Olympiakos1.4 
 4. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 5. Edwards, Perister.1.1 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Elegar, Marousi1.0 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Giddens, PAOK0.8 
 10. Scott, Peristeri0.8 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 12-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 11-1 
 3. Kolossos 10-2 
 4. Panionios 8-4 
 5. AGOR 7-5 
 6. PAOK 6-7 
 7. Aris 5-7 
 8. Peristeri GS 5-7 
 9. KAOD 5-8 
 10. Kavala 5-8 
 11. Ilysiakos 4-8 
 12. Ikaros 3-10 
 13. Marousi 0-13 


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  HOLLAND   


PromotieDivisie Scores Round 14: The Second Movement - by Terry Cooper
As teams return to play after the Christmas and New Years break, some teams have come in focused and with purpose while others have continued with the same play and energie from last year. Binnenland has continued punishing anyone that comes in their ways as they greased the Jugglers winning 103-71 while GOBA got sweet revenge on Rotterdam2 winning on the road 87-74. BC Amsterdam defeated Cangaroes 85-75 while BV Hoofddorp got a key win over Punch Delft winning 73-64. Jeffrey de Vries Andries (180-G-84) and De Hoppers were too much for Almonte as they jumpstarted the new year with a 85-55 thrashing of their guest while Z&Z Leiden2 continued wining close games as they edged VBC Akrides on the road 77-74. De Groene Uilen and Red Giants game will be played at a later date. So far some things have changed with teams while the winning of Binnenland remains the same. I guess they are trying for the 'Perfect Season'. Stay tuned...

Round 14 Scores:

De Hoppers - Almonte 85-55
VBC Akrides - Z&Z2 74-77
Punch - BV Hoofddorp 64-73
Jugglers - Binnenland 71-103
Rotterdam2 - Goba 74-84
Cangeroes - BC A'dam 75-85
De Groene Uilen - Red Giants - Rescheduled


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 11-3 
 2. Groningen 10-4 
 3. Leiden 8-4 
 4. Leeuwarden 8-7 
 5. Zwolle 8-7 
 6. Nijmegen 7-6 
 7. Rotterdam 2-12 
 8. Weert 2-13 


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 14-0
 2. Amsterdam 12-2
 3. Leiden 2 11-3
 4. De Hoppers 11-3
 5. Cangeroes 9-5
 6. Red Giants 7-5
 7. Hoofddorp 6-8
 8. Goba 6-8
 9. Almonte 5-9
 10. Akrides 4-9
 11. Punch 4-10
 12. De Groene 3-10
 13. Rotterdam 2 3-11
 14. Jugglers 1-13


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.3 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam17.9 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen16.5 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen15.8 
 6. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.0 
 7. Wesby, Groningen15.0 
 8. Boxley, Leiden14.8 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.14.4 
 10. Wesley, Den Bosch14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Coleman, Weert8.8 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.6 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.8 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.3 
 5. de Randamie, Groni.6.9 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch6.7 
 7. van Kempen, Weert6.6 
 8. Van Paassen, Den6.4 
 9. Boxley, Leiden6.3 
 10. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.2 
Assists Per Game
 DeMario ANDERSON
  Weert
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 2. Harman, Weert4.4 
 3. Turner, Den Bosch4.4 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.9 
 5. Wells, Zwolle3.5 
 6. Acker, Nijmegen3.5 
 7. Huffman, Zwolle3.1 
 8. Bell, Groningen3.1 
 9. Defares, Groningen3.1 
 10. Slagter, Leiden3.0 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.6 
 2. Harman, Weert2.5 
 3. Wells, Zwolle2.5 
 4. Huffman, Zwolle2.4 
 5. Turner, Den Bosch2.0 
 6. de Jong, Leiden1.9 
 7. Acker, Nijmegen1.8 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch1.7 
 9. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 10. Wesby, Groningen1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.4 
 3. Bekkering, Nijme.1.3 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.3 
 5. Zondervan, Zwolle0.9 
 6. Minter, Weert0.9 
 7. Boxley, Leiden0.8 
 8. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 9. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 
 10. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.6 


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  HUNGARY   


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 


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. Bell, Kormend18.3 
 10. Townes, Kormend17.9 
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. Hodges, Jaszberen.2.4 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.3 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.9 
 3. Levy, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 5. Morgen, Atomeromu1.2 
 6. Chism, Albacomp1.1 
 7. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 8. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 9. Fey, Kaposvari1.0 
 10. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 


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  IBA   


Standings
IBA Standings
Winter League
 1. Kankakee S. 12-5
 2. Rockford RD 11-7
 3. Gary Splash 10-8
 4. Battle Creek K. 8-7
 5. Chicago R. 7-7
 6. Lake County S. 0-14
Spring League
 1. Holland Blast 0-0
 2. Lansing C. 0-0
 3. Springfield S. 0-0


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  IBL   


IBL Brings on Strong New Front Office Team - by Kip Leonetti
International Basketball League commissioner Sharleen Graf has assembled a core group for the leagues front office team including Ike Durham as Director of Officials and Kip Leonetti as Media Coordinator.

Durham joins the IBL team with an impressive officiating career spanning over 20 years. He has officiated everything from high school basketball games to pro-ams, NBA practices, IBL games and all levels in between. Commissioner Graf commented, ''The professionalism and experience Ike brings will elevate officiating in the IBL,'' adding, ''the consistency, integrity and evaluation that will be executed by Durham is key to the infrastructure of our game.'' When asked about the move Durham noted, ''I couldn't be more excited to join the IBL as Director of Officials.'' He also shared, ''It signifies a big step for the future of the IBL, to focus on quality officiating.''

Leonetti joins the league's front office as an experienced member of the IBL community, having spent the past six years with the Bellingham Slam, serving as the teams Vice President. Leonetti is an integral member of team operations with the Slam and contributes on many levels. His vast knowledge and variety of skills will make him a big asset to the league office. About his new role, Leonetti said, ''The IBL is a progressive league and I look forward to helping it grow into a professional basketball powerhouse.''

In addition to Durham and Leonetti, the IBL has also welcomed Catherine Marzi as an advisor on Marketing and Communications. The addition of these three seasoned professionals in the front office is a harbinger of the 2012 season, which promises to impress the basketball community.


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  INDONESIA   


Indonesian NBL round 12 best performance: Pringgo Regowo - by Eurobasket News
Forward Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aspac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Comfort Mobile (#10, 2-6) with 54-point margin 101-47. Aspac maintains the 4th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Aspac will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Regowo had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Aspac and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pringgo Regowo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.9rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Aspac's star - 24-year old international point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-PG-87). Gerungan had a very good evening with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course together with Regowo he helped Aspac with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 2-6) 101-47. Aspac's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Gerungan is well-known at Aspac and together with Pringgo Regowo are proven team's leaders.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) of league's top team Satria Muda. Ahmad scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Satria Muda, leading his team to a 58-45 easy win against the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#8, 3-5). Satria Muda have amazing season winning all 7 games without a single defeat. Ahmad 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. Ahmad has a very solid season. In 9 games in Indonesia he scored 12.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-G-89) of Aspac - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gege Nagata (185-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Octoviano Sura (190-PF-84) of Garuda - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) of Aspac - 20 points and 2 rebounds
8. Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) of Satria Muda - 5 points and 14 rebounds
9. Welyanson Situmorang (188-F-82) of Satria Muda - 6 points and 14 rebounds
10. Dewa Galih (185-SF-87) of Pacific Caesar - 9 points, 7 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)


NBL Round 13: CLS Knights beat Pacific Caesar in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Surabaya: CLS Knights (#5) and Pacific Caesar (#8). CLS Knights (5-3) crushed visiting Pacific Caesar (3-6) by 35 points 92-57. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Pacific Caesar managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CLS Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 28. CLS Knights forced 25 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 45-29 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. CLS Knights looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-C-83) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Sandy Febiansyakh (190-86) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Eko Sasmito (188-85) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. CLS Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 5-3 record, which they share with Stadium Jak. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Pelita Jaya (7-2) outscored 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-7) 100-38. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Ary Chandra contributed with 18 points for the winners. Center Max Yanto (215-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 7-2 record having just -2 point less than leader Satria Muda. NSH GMC Riau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with seven games lost. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against Bima Sakti (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Jakarta: Stadium Jakarta (#6) and Comfort Mobile (#10). Stadium Jakarta (5-3) crushed visiting Comfort Mobile (2-7) by 29 points 75-46. Merio Ferdiansyah stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 steals for the winners. At the losing side Richardo Orlando Uniputty responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stadium Jakarta have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with CLS Knights. Comfort Mobile lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Satria Muda.

The best stats of 13th round was 7 points and 8 rebounds by Kelly Purwanto of Pelita Jaya.


Stadium Jak. - Comfort Mobile 75-46

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Jakarta: Stadium Jakarta (#6) and Comfort Mobile (#10). Stadium Jakarta (5-3) crushed visiting Comfort Mobile (2-7) by 29 points 75-46. The game without a history. Stadium Jakarta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 26. Stadium Jakarta forced 26 Comfort Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 42-24 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Stadium Jakarta looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Comfort Mobile's players. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 steals for the winners and Mohammad Wicaksono (189-89) chipped in 7 points and 4 assists. At the losing side point guard Richardo Orlando Uniputty (163-87) responded with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Andri Hermawan (180-92) scored 13 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stadium Jakarta have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with CLS Knights. Comfort Mobile lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Satria Muda.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 23+1reb+1ast, R.Ariestedes 8+2reb, M.Wicaksono 7+3reb+4ast, R.Ruslan 6+2reb, C.Nurhadi Yusran 6+2reb+2ast, D.Iskandar 6+5reb+2ast
Comfort Mobile: A.Hermawan 13+1ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 10+6reb+6ast, R.Rudini 8+5reb, H.Herlusdityo 5, H.Kurniawan 4, A.Sabara 4+6reb
gschID: 166057


Pelita Jaya - NSH GMC Riau 100-38

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Pelita Jaya (7-2) outscored 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-7) 100-38. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 6 points in second quarter and to 14 points in first half. Pelita Jaya held NSH GMC Riau to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.9 percent accuracy of the winners. Pelita Jaya forced 43 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. International forward Ary Chandra (182-84) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Pelita Jaya players scored in double figures. Center Max Yanto (215-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and Reza Israelli (182-82) added 2 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 7-2 record having just -2 point less than leader Satria Muda. NSH GMC Riau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with seven games lost. Pelita Jaya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against Bima Sakti (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: E.Sebayang 21+3reb+3ast, A.Chandra 18+4reb, P.Indrawan 13+3reb, V.Palopo 12+1reb, D.Aryo Dewanto 10+2reb+3ast, K.Purwanto 7+8reb+3ast
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 18+16reb, A.Pamungkas 5, M.Yesyurun 4+2reb, S.Agustinus 3+1ast, B.Damanik 3+2reb, W.Chandra 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 166055


CLS Knights - Pacific Caesar 92-57

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Surabaya: CLS Knights (#5) and Pacific Caesar (#8). CLS Knights (5-3) crushed visiting Pacific Caesar (3-6) by 35 points 92-57. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Pacific Caesar managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CLS Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 28. CLS Knights forced 25 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 45-29 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. CLS Knights looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Sandy Febiansyakh (190-86) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four CLS Knights players scored in double figures. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Eko Sasmito (188-85) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Gege Nagata (185-88) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. CLS Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 5-3 record, which they share with Stadium Jak. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: R.Utomo 17+3reb+2ast, A.Indrajaya 17+5reb+3ast, S.Febiansyakh 15+7reb+1ast, W.Saputra 11+5reb+4ast, F.Freddy 7+1reb+1ast, T.Agus 6+3reb
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 13+6reb+1ast, G.Nagata 12+6reb+1ast, D.Galih 10+6reb+1ast, M.Fauzia 9+2reb, R.Anggakara 8+4reb, I.Widyanto 3+3reb+8ast
gschID: 166056




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gege NAGATA
  Pacific .
  (185-F-88)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Nagata, Pacific14.9 
 2. Chandra, Pelita J.13.8 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.13.8 
 4. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.13.2 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda12.9 
 6. Wuwungan, Satya W.12.7 
 7. Sapto, Muba H.12.5 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.5 
 9. Dewanto, Pelita J.12.3 
 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. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.6 
 4. Wuwungan, Satya W.7.2 
 5. Poedjakesuma, Peli.7.1 
 6. Haryoko, CLS K.7.0 
 7. Regowo, Aspac6.9 
 8. Situmorang, Satria6.7 
 9. Thoyib, Aspac6.4 
 10. Sasmito, Pacific6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.0 
 2. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.5 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.3 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.2 
 5. Uniputty, Comfor.3.1 
 6. Muharri, CLS K.3.0 
 7. Yusran, Stadium2.7 
 8. Wilopo, Muba H.2.6 
 9. Hardianus, Muba H.2.5 
 10. Trisakti, Aspac2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.6 
 2. Uniputty, Comfor.2.7 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.4 
 4. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.3 
 5. Michel, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Sura, Garuda2.2 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 8. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.2 
 9. Gerungan, Aspac2.1 
 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, Stadium2.2 
 3. Teguh, Muba H.2.0 
 4. Thoyib, Aspac2.0 
 5. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.1.6 
 6. Damanik, NSH G.1.5 
 7. Sasmito, Pacific1.3 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 9. Arizki, Aspac1.1 
 10. Gunawan, Satya W.1.0 


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  IRAN   


WABA League: Zob Ahan silence Petrochimi in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Petrochimi 77:70

Zob Ahan earned an important win over fellow Iranian counterparts Petrochimi in WABA League Group A. Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) exploded with 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace Zob Ahan to the victory.
Petrochimi looked slightly better in the opening quarter. They gained a 22:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Petrochimi maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They secured a narrow 40:38 advantage at the interval. Zob Ahan however surged ahead in the third term. They led by as many as six points before Petrochimi struck back and eked out a 55:54 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth term but Zob Ahan managed to pull clear late in regulation and celebrated a tough win at the end. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) accounted for 27 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, college: Iowa St.) responded with game-high 30 points for Petrochimi. Smush Parker (193-G-81, college: Fordham) had 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Zob Ahan: Oshin Sahakian 29+11 boards, Loren Woods 27+19 boards, Mohammad Reza Akbari Bisheh 5
Petrochimi: Jiri Hubalek 30, Smush Parker 7



ZobAhan with one import - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
Due to financial problems in Zob Ahan Esfahan club , Zob Ahan Esfahan basketball team couldn't sign second import for WABA clubs tourney in Lebanon . Today in their frist match , Zob Ahan Esfahan will face other Iranian team Petrochimi.
Zob Ahan Esfahan club has lots of problems these days , not only in their basketball team even in the other sports. Team dissolved some sport teams but still they have financial problems.
Loren Woods is Zobahan basketball team import , who didn't play in team's match against Sanaye Petro in Iran league cuz team didn't pay him on time. After team's paying his money now he is with the team in Lebanon and will play in WABA tourney.
Zob Ahan Esfahan played in Iran league for more than 20 years ( ( Team has second best record after Gorgan )).


SMUSH PARKER with Petrochimi in WABA ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
WABA games are close and 3 Iranian clubs will be in this tournament to get the permission to be in Asian Club Championship. ZobAhan and Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour in One group and Mahram in another group and just One Iranian Club can be in Asian Club Championship and this will make the competition so hard and close.
In first day of tournament, Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour and ZobAhan will play together. ZobAhan has One import player that is Loren Woods, but Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour had Jiri Hubalek and now signed contract with Smush Parker (193-G-81, college: Fordham), Ex-NBA Player who was playing in Greece last season.

Parker has played for Miami Hits and Los Angeles Lakers , and after NBA and D-League, he went to China and played for Guandong, The champion of China, then joined Spartak St.Petersburg of Russia and after 6 games, traveled to Greece and after 9 games and 15.9 ppg and 3.4 apg, finished the season.
Now he is in Lebanon and is going to help Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour to be successful in WABA games.

Smush Parker Outlook:
Good shooter and gifted ballhandler... Has good size for the point guard position... Can play the two spot... Turnover prone... Can make it in the league, but needs to develop his playmaking skills.

Recent Career:
2006-2007: $798,112: Los Angeles Lakers (NBA): Regular Season: 82 games: 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 64.6%; Play-Offs: 5 games: 1.8ppg, 1.4rpg
2007-2008: $2,095,941: Miami Heat (NBA), left in March'08, then moved to Los Angeles Clippers (NBA): 28 games: 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 67.9%
2008: Drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League,1rd (12))
2008-2009: $2,430,000: Denver Nuggets (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 18 games: 17.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.5apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 67.3%, left in Jan.'09, later that month signed at Guandong Southern Tigers (China-CBA, starting five): 34 games: 16.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.9apg, Steals-3 (3.9spg), FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 66.4%
2009 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Toronto Raptors)
2009-2010: Guandong Southern Tigers (China-CBA): 43 games: 18.7ppg, 6.2rpg, Assists-3 (5.7apg), Steals-3 (3.1spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 69.2%
2010-2011: Spartak St.Petersburg (Russia-PBL): Russian League: 5 games: 1.2ppg, 1.2apg; EuroChallenge: 5 games: 2.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.0spg; EuroCup Qualifying Round: 1 game: 2pts, 3ast, in Jan.'11 moved to Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 9 games: 15.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.7%

Recent Awards/Achievements:
Chinese CBA Regular Season Champion -09, 10
Chinese CBA Champion -09, 10
Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team -10
Asia-Basket.com Chinese CBA All-Imports Team -10


Zob Ahan hand Petrochimi the first loose in WABA - by Kazem Ghayem
at the first game of WABA championship for iranian teams,Zob Ahan Esfahan beat Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour 77 - 70.
this is the third time that this two team play against each other in this season and in the first two game in Iranian League, each team had 1 win. zob ahan have only 1 import (Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona)) but petrochimi have 2 import and 1 of them had a big name a few years ago,but after tonight's loose to Zob Ahan Esfahan when we look at the state sheet we see only 7 points for Smush Parker (193-G-81, college: Fordham) (resource: Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour's Analyzer). and in the first match Defending champions and hosts Al Riyadi Beirut send out strong warning signals to the rest of the fray, opening their campaign in this years WABA League with a resounding 140-62 win against Yemens Al Tilal as the Prelim Round Group A tipped off at the Manara courts on Wednesday.


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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 12-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 10-4 
 3. UCD Marian 6-7 
 4. Belfast Star 1-12 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 8-5 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 8-5 
 3. UL Eagles 7-8 
 4. Moycullen 3-12 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.23.6 
 2. Enos, Moycullen23.6 
 3. Atupem, UCC Demons23.2 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian19.5 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.19.3 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 7. Cummins, Belfast16.9 
 8. Noonan, B.Gais N.15.6 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints15.3 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Turner, 11890 K.19.2 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.13.9 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.6 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles11.9 
 5. Enos, Moycullen11.1 
 6. Atupem, UCC Demons10.8 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian9.2 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints8.2 
 10. O''Brien, 11890 K.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.8 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.6 
 3. Coughlan, UCC D.4.3 
 4. Clarke, 11890 K.4.3 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.4.2 
 6. Madsen, 11890 K.4.2 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 8. Dowd, Moycullen4.1 
 9. Cunningham, Moycul.3.6 
 10. Thompson, B.Gais3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.4 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.4 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 6. Anderson, DCU S.2.2 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.2.2 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 9. Stith, UCD Marian2.1 
 10. Murphy, UCC Demo.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.6 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.5 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.1 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.0 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.1.5 
 6. Casey, 11890 K.1.5 
 7. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.4 
 8. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.0.8 
 10. Taylor, B.Gais N.0.8 


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Bnei Hasharon Cuts Delroy James - by David Pick
After losing three NBA players, signing Kenny Lawson to a continuous monthly contract, changing three coaches and adding veteran Jason Williams, Eurobasket reveals that Bnei Hasharon released American Rookie -- Delroy James.

According to team sources, James was notified of his release last night (Tuesday), and didn't appear in today's two practices. James averaged 16 points and collected 7.7 rebounds per game, earning Eurobasket's player of the week award on the League's opening night. Management sources approved the information to Eurobasket.

The Rhode Island alumnus recorded 17.5ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.7apg his senior year in college.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick



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SerieA Round 16: #1 Montepaschi Siena is defeated by CS Bologna - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Montepaschi Siena (11-4) on the court of fourth ranked CS Bologna on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by CS Bologna 75-71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. CS Bologna made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. CS Bologna outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 33-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Montepaschi Siena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) who added 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side Australian center David Andersen (212-80) responded with 23 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna (10-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Armani MI. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top position with four games lost. CS Bologna is looking forward to face Bennet Cantu (#5) on the road in the next round. Montepaschi Siena will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Milano. Fourteenth ranked Benetton Treviso (6-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Armani Milano (10-5) 81-80 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The winners were led by naturalized Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic (196-81) who scored that evening 23 points and Benjamin Ortner supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) did not help to save the game for Armani Milano. Armani Milano's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Benetton Treviso moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Fabi Shoes. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Benetton Treviso will play against Vanoli-Braga (#15) in Cremona in the next round. Armani Milano will play on the road against Angelico Biella (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bennet Cantu (9-6) against thirteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (6-9) on Wednesday night. Visiting Bennet Cantu was defeated by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Montegranaro 89-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. Ivan Zoroski fired 22 points for the winners. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's coach Giorgio Valli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Giorgi Shermadini produced 15 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for lost side. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro maintains thirteenth position with 6-9 record, which they share with Benetton TV. Loser Bennet Cantu dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Scavolini PS and Umana Venezia. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will meet league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bennet Cantu will play against CS Bologna having rather not much hope for a victory.
Lottomatica Roma (#11) forced the game against Scavolini Pesaro (#7) into an overtime, but lost by four points 73-77. The game took place in Roma. But the guests from Pesaro were better at the end. It was a very good performance for James White who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Scavolini Pesaro have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bennet Cantu and Umana Venezia. Lottomatica Roma at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. Scavolini Pesaro's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale which should be an easy win for them.
Important game to mention about took place in Casale. Sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (5-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 17th ranked Novipiu CM (4-11) 62-60 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Dee Brown who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Banca Tercas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Novipiu CM lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Banca Tercas will face higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#7) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Novipiu CM will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#6).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Banco di Sard. was destroyed by Umana Venezia on the opponent's court 91-71. Otto Caserta managed to outperform Angelico BI in a home game 90-76. Sidigas AV recorded a loss to Cimberio VA on the road 94-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Szymon Szewczyk of Umana Venezia.



Novipiu CM - Banca Tercas 60-62

Important game to mention about took place in Casale. Sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (5-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 17th ranked Novipiu CM (4-11) 62-60 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-10. But Novipiu CM won second period 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) who added 5 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Mustafa Shakur (192-84, college: Arizona) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Banca Tercas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Novipiu CM lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Banca Tercas will face higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#7) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Novipiu CM will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#6).
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: D.Brown 23+4reb+4ast, V.Amoroso 10+2reb+1ast, A.Goods 9+4reb+1ast, A.Polonara 8+10reb, B.Cerella 7+3reb+1ast, B.Brown 5+10reb+3ast
Novipiu CM: M.Shakur 18+6reb+5ast, S.Pierich 14+1reb, O.Stevic 14+11reb, M.Janning 5+3reb+1ast, D.Chiotti 4+5reb+1ast, O.Nnamaka 3+3reb+1ast
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Umana Venezia - Banco di Sard. 91-71

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Banco di Sard. (7-8) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Umana Venezia (9-6) 91-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Banco di Sard. was better in second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Umana Venezia dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Sard.'s 32. Worth to mention a great performance of Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) who added 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Umana Venezia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bennet Cantu and Scavolini PS. Loser Banco di Sard. dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Umana Venezia will face Air Avellino (#8) on the road in the next round. Banco di Sard. will play against Otto Caserta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: S.Szewczyk 21+8reb+4ast, A.Young 17+2reb+4ast, K.Clark 13+2reb+4ast, T.Bowers 12+7reb+3ast, T.Slay 10+8reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 6+3reb+2ast
Banco di Sard.: Q.Hosley 18+3reb+2ast, T.Diener 13+3reb+5ast, T.Easley 12+11reb, D.Diener 7+2reb+4ast, M.Vanuzzo 6+1reb, M.Pinton 5
gschID: 150757


CS Bologna - Montepaschi 75-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Montepaschi Siena (11-4) on the court of fourth ranked CS Bologna on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by CS Bologna 75-71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. CS Bologna made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. CS Bologna outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 33-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Montepaschi Siena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) who added 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four CS Bologna players scored in double figures. At the losing side Australian center David Andersen (212-80) responded with 23 points and Serbian guard Igor Rakocevic (193-78) scored 19 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna (10-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Armani MI. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top position with four games lost. CS Bologna is looking forward to face Bennet Cantu (#5) on the road in the next round. Montepaschi Siena will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: A.Gigli 13+3reb+1ast, G.Poeta 13+2reb+6ast, P.Koponen 12+1reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 10+19reb+4ast, L.Vitali 9+1reb+1ast, K.Lang 8+3reb
Montepaschi: D.Andersen 23+3reb, I.Rakocevic 19+2reb+2ast, D.Moss 10+4reb+2ast, N.Zisis 5+5reb+5ast, B.McCalebb 5+1reb, P.Aradori 5
gschID: 150752


Acea Roma - Scavolini PS 73-77 OT

Lottomatica Roma (#11) forced the game against Scavolini Pesaro (#7) into an overtime, but lost by four points 73-77. The game took place in Roma. But the guests from Pesaro were better at the end. The guests were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 15-11. Scavolini Pesaro made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Scavolini Pesaro outrebounded Lottomatica Roma 40-25 including 31 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Lottomatica Roma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Lithuanian power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Greek center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points and American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Lottomatica Roma. Scavolini Pesaro have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bennet Cantu and Umana Venezia. Lottomatica Roma at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. Scavolini Pesaro's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: J.White 22+10reb+6ast, R.Hickman 20+2reb+2ast, T.Lydeka 18+11reb+1ast, J.Jones 7+13reb, D.Cavaliero 7+2reb+5ast, D.Hackett 3+1ast
Acea Roma: M.Kakiouzis 19+3reb+3ast, C.Tucker 13+3reb+4ast, N.Djedovic 13+3reb, U.Slokar 9+6reb+1ast, N.Gordic 9+1reb, A.Maestranzi 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 150753


Otto Caserta - Angelico BI 90-76

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Otto Caserta (7-8) defeated at home 10th ranked Angelico Biella (7-8) 90-76 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Otto Caserta. Angelico Biella was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Otto Caserta made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists and the other American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) who added 23 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Otto Caserta players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and Spanish center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points. Otto Caserta moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Banco di Sard. and Angelico BI. Angelico Biella lost fifth consecutive game. Otto Caserta will face Banco di Sard. (#10) in Sassari in the next round.
Top scorers:
Otto Caserta: A.Smith 23+9reb+1ast, A.Collins 23+4reb+11ast, K.Fletcher 12+6reb+1ast, C.Bell 10+1ast, G.Maresca 7+2reb, A.Doornekamp 7+7reb+2ast
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 26+6reb+1ast, A.Miralles 14+3reb, M.Soragna 12+1reb+2ast, J.Pullen 7+4reb+3ast, T.Dragicevic 6+3reb, G.Jurak 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 150754


Fabi Shoes - Bennet Cantu 89-73

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bennet Cantu (9-6) against thirteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (6-9) on Wednesday night. Visiting Bennet Cantu was defeated by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Montegranaro 89-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Bennet Cantu's 28. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro forced 20 Bennet Cantu turnovers. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) fired 22 points for the winners. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's coach Giorgio Valli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and naturalized Uruguayan point guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro maintains thirteenth position with 6-9 record, which they share with Benetton TV. Loser Bennet Cantu dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Scavolini PS and Umana Venezia. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will meet league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bennet Cantu will play against CS Bologna having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: I.Zoroski 22+1reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 15+6reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 13+3reb+1ast, C.Karl 8+1reb, G.Brunner 7+5reb+1ast, J.McNeal 7+3reb+2ast
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 19+4reb, G.Shermadini 15+9reb, M.Markoishvili 8+2reb+1ast, N.Gianella 7+1reb+1ast, V.Micov 6+5reb+3ast, A.Cinciarini 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 150755


Armani MI - Benetton TV 80-81

Important game to mention about took place in Milano. Fourteenth ranked Benetton Treviso (6-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Armani Milano (10-5) 81-80 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Benetton Treviso made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Armani Milano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by naturalized Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic (196-81) who scored that evening 23 points and Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) did not help to save the game for Armani Milano. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (197-92) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Benetton Treviso moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Fabi Shoes. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Benetton Treviso will play against Vanoli-Braga (#15) in Cremona in the next round. Armani Milano will play on the road against Angelico Biella (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: S.Becirovic 23+2reb+3ast, B.Ortner 13+5reb+1ast, M.Bulleri 11+5reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 9+1reb, J.Thomas 9+6reb+3ast, V.Moldoveanu 6+2reb
Armani MI: S.Mancinelli 14+10reb+3ast, A.Gentile 14+9reb+3ast, I.Bourousis 12+7reb+3ast, D.Nicholas 11+2reb+3ast, O.Cook 11+3reb+1ast, M.Rocca 9+3reb
gschID: 150750


Cimberio VA - Sidigas AV 94-78

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Air Avellino (8-7) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Cimberio Varese (8-7) 94-78 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cimberio Varese. Air Avellino was better in third quarter 29-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cimberio Varese made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Air Avellino turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who added 24 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Spanish guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville) responded with 22 points and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 14 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Four Cimberio Varese and five Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sidigas AV. Cimberio Varese will face Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: Y.Diawara 24+6reb, K.Kangur 22+6reb+3ast, J.Hurtt 11+6reb, D.Fajardo 10+8reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 10+1reb+1ast, J.Talts 7+8reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: T.Dean 22+3reb+2ast, M.Green 14+4reb+7ast, J.Golemac 14+5reb+1ast, R.Slay 13+2reb, L.Johnson 12+9reb+3ast, D.Lauwers 2+1reb
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Montegranaro keeps Ivan Zoroski for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Fabi Shoes Montegranaro announced that Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79) will stay with the club for rest of the season. The Italian outfit decided not to use its option to release Zoroski. Ivan Zoroski joined Montegranaro during the pre-season. He played 14 games in SerieA so far registering 14.1 ppg, 3.5 apg and 2.9 rpg. Ivan Zoroski spent last season with Banca Tercas Teramo. He shined there with 16 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3.8 apg in 30 games. The Serbian guard was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -11. Before Teramo, he played three years for Greek Panionios Athens. Zoroski also has experience from Valladolid, Charleroi, Dynamo Moscow and Olympiakos. In the past, he spent several years with FMP Zeleznik winning the Adriatic league title with them in 2004.

Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 11-4 
 2. Armani MI 10-5 
 3. CS Bologna 10-5 
 4. Umana Venezia 9-6 
 5. Bennet Cantu 9-6 
 6. Scavolini PS 9-6 
 7. Cimberio VA 8-7 
 8. Sidigas AV 8-7 
 9. Otto Caserta 7-8 
 10. Banco di Sard. 7-8 
 11. Angelico BI 7-8 
 12. Acea Roma 7-9 
 13. Fabi Shoes 6-9 
 14. Benetton TV 6-9 
 15. Vanoli CR 5-10 
 16. Banca Tercas 5-10 
 17. Novipiu CM 4-11 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Mustafa SHAKUR
  Novipiu CM
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Shakur, Novipiu CM20.4 
 2. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 3. Coleman, Angelico.17.7 
 4. Smith, Otto C.17.6 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV17.1 
 6. Diawara, Cimberio.16.4 
 7. Datome, Acea Roma16.1 
 8. Diener, Banco d.15.9 
 9. Tucker, Acea Roma15.8 
 10. Pullen, Angelico15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.7 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.6 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 5. Smith, Otto C.7.6 
 6. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 7. Jones, Scavolini PS7.3 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.3 
 9. Szewczyk, Umana V.6.8 
 10. Dragicevic, Angel.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.6 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.6.0 
 3. Diener, Banco d.4.9 
 4. Cook, Armani MI4.7 
 5. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 6. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.9 
 8. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI3.6 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.5 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes3.2 
 3. Hosley, Banco d.2.5 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.5 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.3 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna2.1 
 8. Bowers, Umana V.2.1 
 9. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 10. Kangur, Cimberio.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Banco d.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Easley, Banco d.1.6 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 3. Shermadini, Bennet1.1 
 4. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 5. Bourousis, Armani0.9 
 6. Crosariol, Acea R.0.9 
 7. Stevic, Novipiu CM0.9 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montep.0.8 
 9. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 10. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 


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  JAPAN   


Oita Heat Devils release Zack Atkinson - by Eurobasket News
Oita Heat Devils have decided to part ways with Zack Atkinson (206-C-86, college: Cal-Irvine). The centre joined the team at the start of the season. He averaged 6.9 points, 6.6 boards per BJ League game. Previously Zack Atkinson had stints in Spain.
In the meantime Osaka Evessa released Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86, college: Marquette). The forward notched 9.4 points, 10.0 boards, 3.2 assists and 3.0 blocks per game. Lawrence Blackledge entered his second straight season with Evessa. Earlier he played for Vancouver BC Titans in IBL. Lawrence Blackledge was the IBL champion together with the Titans. The forward is set to join Hamamatsu according to Japan Times.



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  JORDAN   


Rasheim Wright to Iran - by Omar Shafaamri
Jordan National Team player Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) agreed the terms with MELLI HAFFARI AHVAZ Club for the remainder of the Season, Ahvaz started the Season with Hamed Haddadi before NBA Lockout was solved is ranked the 7th on the Table of Iranian Superleague ,Rasheim played last week 2 games for Anibal Club in the Lebanese League.

Rasheim Wright was born in July 21, 1981 in Pennslvania (USA) and received Jordanian citizenship in 2007, he lead Jordan NT along with his Teammates to the Bronze Medal in FIBA Asia 2009 securing a birth in World Championship 2010 and the Silver Medal in FIBA Asia 2011 to Qualify for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next July in Venezuela. Rasheim the Graduate of District of Columbia (NCAA2) has played in Bosnia, Lebanon, Argentina, Mexico, Jordan, Iran, turkey and Philippines.


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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 10-4 
 2. Ventspils 8-0 
 3. Liepaja 8-7 
 4. VEF Riga 7-1 
 5. Jelgava 7-7 
 6. LU 7-7 
 7. Turiba 4-10 
 8. Jurmala 4-11 
 9. U18 0-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sims, VEF Riga26.3 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.3 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera18.2 
 5. Peiners, LU18.2 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala17.9 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja17.4 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.7 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.4 
 10. Kanbergs, Jelgava14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.4 
 2. Sims, VEF Riga9.0 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga8.6 
 4. Dargais, LU8.2 
 5. Willard, Ventspils8.1 
 6. Rozitis, Valmiera7.9 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.8 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava6.9 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.6 
 10. Kalve, Valmiera6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.4 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.4.2 
 4. Coders, Jurmala4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 8. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.3 
 9. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 10. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.6 
 3. Peiners, LU2.3 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 5. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Osins, LU1.8 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 8. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.6 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Ozols, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.9 
 6. Willard, Ventspils0.8 
 7. Sims, VEF Riga0.7 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils0.7 
 9. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 10. Gromovs, U180.7 


Marque Perry leaves VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) and VEF Riga have decided to split ways. The guard joined the Latvian powerhouse at the start of the season. He averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game in LBL. In EuroCup Marque Perry delivered 5.0 points, 1.6 assists and 1.4 rebounds per appearance. The guard also notched 3.7 points and 1.1 assists per game in VTB League. Last season Marque Perry started in Slovenia. He played for Union Olimpija before moving to Ural Ekaterinburg in Russia. The guard averaged 14.7 points, 7.0 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals in Russian Superleague. The guard also had stints in NBDL, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine. Marque Perry was the member of the USA National Team in 2005.


LBL Round 15: #1 Valmiera is defeated by Latvijas Universitate - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Valmiera (10-4) in Riga on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (7-7) 79-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valmiera. The game was mostly controlled by Latvijas Universitate. Valmiera managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valmiera 39-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) with 26 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jelgava. Valmiera at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Latvijas Universitate is looking forward to face Jurmala (#8) at home in the next round. Valmiera will play against Jelgava (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Jurmala was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Liepaja (8-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Jurmala (4-11). Liepaja defeated Jurmala 79-66. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Jawan Bailey (203, college: Incarnate Word) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Martins Kravcenko accounted for 17 points. Forward Einars Bucs (200-86) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Jurmala in the defeat. Jurmala's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liepaja moved-up to third place. Jurmala lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Liepaja will play against league's leader Valmiera on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jurmala will play against Latvijas Universitate (#6) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Jurmala was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Jelgava (7-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Jurmala (4-11). Jelgava managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Kristaps Kanbergs who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Atis Ozols who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds. Jelgava maintains fifth place with 7-7 record, which they share with LU. Jurmala lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Jelgava will meet league's leader Valmiera on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jurmala will play against Latvijas Universitate (#6) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Liepaja (8-7) crushed at home 8th ranked Turiba (4-10) by 17 points 82-65, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Josh Mayo who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 steals. Turiba's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Liepaja moved-up to third place. Turiba at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be league's leader Valmiera on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Turiba will play against VEF Riga (#4).



Jurmala - Liepaja 66-79

The game in Jurmala was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Liepaja (8-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Jurmala (4-11). Liepaja defeated Jurmala 79-66. The game without a history. Liepaja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Liepaja especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Jawan Bailey (203, college: Incarnate Word) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Forward Einars Bucs (200-86) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ugis Pinete (194-91) added 17 points respectively for Jurmala in the defeat. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. Jurmala's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liepaja moved-up to third place. Jurmala lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Liepaja will play against league's leader Valmiera on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jurmala will play against Latvijas Universitate (#6) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 17+3ast, J.Bailey 16+6reb, A.Helmanis 11+2reb+4ast, I.Jakovics 10+3reb+2ast, A.Bricis 8+11reb+1ast, K.Miglinieks 8+2reb+1ast
Jurmala: U.Pinete 17+1reb+1ast, E.Bucs 13+7reb, A.Ozols 12+3reb+3ast, E.Jonats 10+6reb+1ast, D.Coders 5+3reb+6ast, J.Kosuskins 5+7reb+2ast
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Liepaja - Turiba 82-65

Fourth ranked Liepaja (8-7) crushed at home 8th ranked Turiba (4-10) by 17 points 82-65, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja. Turiba was better in third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Liepaja forced 21 Turiba turnovers. Strangely Turiba outrebounded Liepaja 40-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 steals. Guard Arturs Bricis (193-92) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Liepaja players scored in double figures. Forward Janis Dilevka (198-88) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Turiba. Turiba's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Liepaja moved-up to third place. Turiba at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be league's leader Valmiera on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Turiba will play against VEF Riga (#4).
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Mayo 21+4reb+3ast, A.Bricis 15+6reb+3ast, M.Kravcenko 13+2reb+3ast, J.Timma 12+4reb+1ast, R.Freimanis 12+4reb, A.Ate 4+1reb
Turiba: J.Dilevka 23+8reb+1ast, R.Mednis 11+10reb+1ast, K.Mediss 9+2reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 8+3reb+2ast, K.Piternieks 6+9reb+3ast, E.Kikuts 4+2reb
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LU - Valmiera 79-69

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Valmiera (10-4) in Riga on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (7-7) 79-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Valmiera. The game was mostly controlled by Latvijas Universitate. Valmiera managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valmiera 39-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) with 26 points and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jelgava. Valmiera at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Latvijas Universitate is looking forward to face Jurmala (#8) at home in the next round. Valmiera will play against Jelgava (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 17+2reb+2ast, A.Osins 17+7reb+2ast, K.Dargais 14+10reb, Z.Plivda 9+5reb+1ast, S.Vitols 6, M.Dargis 4
Valmiera: J.Lucas 26+3reb+3ast, A.Butjankovs 17+10reb, E.Kalve 9+3reb+1ast, V.Veinbergs 5, O.Virsis 4+4reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 3+2reb
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Jurmala - Jelgava 78-87

The game in Jurmala was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Jelgava (7-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Jurmala (4-11). Jelgava managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-78. Jelgava forced 20 Jurmala turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Atis Ozols (198-81) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jelgava maintains fifth place with 7-7 record, which they share with LU. Jurmala lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Jelgava will meet league's leader Valmiera on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jurmala will play against Latvijas Universitate (#6) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Nelson 19+5reb+1ast, E.Krumins 16+6reb+3ast, K.Kanbergs 16+8reb+3ast, A.Senkans 10+4reb, S.Silavs 9+3reb+2ast, A.Duselis 8
Jurmala: A.Ozols 18+7reb+3ast, E.Jonats 15+10reb+1ast, U.Pinete 11+7reb+1ast, J.Kosuskins 10+4reb+1ast, R.Vaikulis 9+3reb+4ast, D.Coders 7+2reb+2ast
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  LEBANON   


WABA League: Riyadi storm past Tilal in opener - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Tilal 140:62

WABA League defending champions Riyadi Beirut opened 2012 campaign on a high note. They destroyed Tilal of Yemen by 78 points. Amir Saoud (188-G-91) scored 28 points and issued 10 assists to lead the winners.
Riyadi stunned their opponents in the opening frame. The reigning champions went on a 39:10 run to leave Tilal far behind. The margin just kept on growing in the upcoming quarter. Riyadi ensured a 76:35 lead at the interval. They mounted the pressure in the second half and cruised to a comprehensive win at the end. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) nailed 18 points, while Mohamad Bilal Tabbara (198-F-93) and Ahmed Moneim (205-C-76) contributed 14 points each in the win. Mohammed Yaeesh (182-G-93) answered with 13 points for Tilal. Sabri Sadaqah (188-G-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Riyadi: Amir Saoud 28+10 assists, Omar El Turk 18, Mohamad Bilal Tabbara 14, Ahmed Moneim 14
Tilal: Mohammed Yaeesh 13, Sabri Sadaqah 12



Motivation - by Aaron Mitchell
Hello there , this Coach A coming to you from Beirut , Lebanon. As a former player i have performed on some of they highest levels in the world. I am truly blessed to have played this great game and now coach it . The one question that has always been asked of me is how do you motivate a player? For coaches this is question that we can not understand. As kid growing up and you first learned about this great game motivation was automatically there. This was a given because of the competition, mentality and love. For me a paid professional needs to understand that 1 million players who become professional every year and what one player says no too, another will say yes. To reach ones goal as a player , dedication has to replace excuses. This is the first step in motivation , for you can not improve if you do not have self motivation and no excuses. No coach , parent , friend , manager , and agent has ever score a basket , made free throw , assisted , rebounded , or stolen a basketball for a player. At the end of the day we as coaches provides doors and it is up to players to walk through them. This takes mental toughness ,and dedication! You have got to figure out what it is you love and who you really are. And have the courage to pursue it. I believe that courage is the final step in motivation and give you the strength to follow all your dreams and one day make them come true!

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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos Rytas set to part ways with Newley - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Tonight's VTB League match versus CSKA Moscow will be the last for Lietuvos rytas Vilnius' australian swingman Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). He will finish the season in Valencia who agreed to buy Newley's contract out.

The australian signed with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius in the summer of 2010. He then arrived from Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul and agreed upon a two year deal with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius. However, his career in Vilnius club was marked with disappointments. He averaged 7.5 points and 4 rebounds in Euroleague last season. The beginning of this season was complicated - at first Newley injured his leg, then had an appendicitis operation. Therefore, he had to miss several months of action and came back to the court only at the end of December. Newley missed the entire first stage of the EuroCup and only played one BEKO-LKL game - versus B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas last weekend where he played five minutes.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost Voli officially signs Matt Bouldin - by Eurobasket News
Matt Bouldin (196-G-88, college: Gonzaga) is officially a new member of Buducnost Voli. Two sides agreed a deal more than 10 days ago, but an injury delayed the signing. Matt Bouldin started last season in Greece. He had 9.7 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.4 apg for 19 games with Iraklis Thessaloniki, after what they parted ways. In March this year Bouldin joined NBA D-League team Tulsa 66ers collecting 6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 3 apg for 12 games. Matt Bouldin is a product of Gonzaga University, where he graduated in 2010. He had 15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4 apg for 33 games as a senior. Bouldin was named All-WCC Player of the Year -10. Gonzaga was the winner of WCC Tournament four times. Bouldin played for the U19 USA National Team at the World Championships U19 in Novi Sad (2007). He had 3.8 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 9 games, while USA won the Silver.

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  NBA   


Pacers Handle the Hawks, 96 - 84 - by Daniel Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS, IND---The Atlanta Hawks have played some great games this season but they also had some terrible games. The Pacers wouldnt have had a problem seeing the uninspired version.

But tonight the Pacers got a visit from both versions of the Hawks. The first half was tightly contested but in the second the Pacers were able to run away with it. In the end they walked away with a win, 96-84 but it wasn't as close as the score indicates.

Danny Granger led the way for the Pacers with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Roy Hibbert chipped in with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Pacers jumped out ahead early by shooting 57 percent from the field in the first quarter making 12-of-21 shots. David West got off to a quick start with eight points and Granger backed him up with seven. The Hawks struggled to get things going as they only knocked down 8-of-21 shots for the quarter and trailed, 28-20.

The Hawks got going in the second quarter behind some hot shooting from Joe Johnson. Johnson had the whole arsenal on display as he scored on a variety of moves from the post and perimeter as he scored 10 points in the period and finished the half with 15.

Lance Stephenson had a strong first half for the Pacers knocking down 3-of-5 shots and scoring seven points. He looked confident and aggressively attacked the basket when the ball was in his hands. He helped the Pacers go into the half ahead, 53-50.

That three point differential was as close as it would get tonight for the Hawks. In the third they couldn't knock down shots combined with the Pacers defense and good shooting the lead ballooned. Granger exploded for 12 points in the quarter and the Hawks had no response.

The Pacers outscored the Hawks 27-9 and Jeff Foster drilled three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to put them up, 80-59.

Coach Larry Drew pretty much conceded the game to the Pacers when he emptied the bench to start the fourth quarter. Coach Frank Vogel did the same as Jeff Pendergraph saw his first action as a Pacer.

The Pacers have to be pleased with what they saw from Stephenson. He really pushed the tempo all night and set teammates up with great passes. He finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and three assists.

When it seemed like the game was over Jason Collins was called for a flagrant 2 when he hit Lou Amundson as he was driving in for dunk to end the game. Amundson was called for technical as well.

After all that the Pacers dribbled out the last 3 seconds to win the game.



Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 7-2 
 2. New York K. 5-4 
 3. Boston C. 4-4 
 4. Toronto R. 4-6 
 5. New Jersey N. 2-8 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 9-2 
 2. Indiana P. 6-3 
 3. Cleveland C. 4-5 
 4. Milwaukee B. 3-6 
 5. Detroit P. 2-8 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 8-2 
 2. Atlanta H. 7-3 
 3. Orlando M. 6-3 
 4. Charlotte B. 2-8 
 5. Washington W. 1-8 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 9-2 
 2. Portland TB 7-2 
 3. Utah Jazz 6-3 
 4. Denver N. 6-4 
 5. Minnesota T. 3-7 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 7-4 
 2. LA Clippers 4-3 
 3. Phoenix Suns 4-5 
 4. Golde State W. 3-6 
 5. Sacramento K. 3-7 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 6-4 
 2. Dallas M. 5-5 
 3. Houston R. 3-6 
 4. Memphis G. 3-6 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 LeBron JAMES
  Miami Heat
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. James, Miami Heat29.7 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers29.5 
 3. Anthony, New Y.26.6 
 4. Durant, Oklah.Ci.25.4 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.23.9 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.23.7 
 7. Love, Minnesota T.23.6 
 8. Bargnani, Toron.23.5 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.22.1 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.14.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.6 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers14.6 
 4. Gasol, Memphis G.10.8 
 5. Humphries, New J.10.6 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.6 
 7. Lee, Golde S.10.3 
 8. Haslem, Miami Heat10.3 
 9. Varejao, Clevelan.10.2 
 10. Cousins, Sacramen.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.9.7 
 3. Nash, Phoenix Suns9.6 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 5. Rose, Chicago B.8.6 
 6. Paul, LA Clippers8.4 
 7. Rubio, Minnesot.7.9 
 8. Jack, N.Orleans H.7.9 
 9. Williams, New J.7.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Conley, Memphis G.3.0 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.7 
 3. Shumpert, New Y.2.2 
 4. Teague, Atlanta H.2.1 
 5. Chalmers, Miami He.2.0 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 7. James, Miami Heat2.0 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.2.0 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 10. Lawson, Denver N.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.2.6 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Stiemsma, Boston2.2 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 8. Hawes, Philadelph..1.8 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 
 10. Chandler, New Y.1.8 


Tuesday's games review (11): Rose leads Bulls over Rubio, Timberwolves, 111-100 - by Eurobasket Center
Minnesota T. - Chicago B. 100-111
Derrick Rose (191-G-88, college: Memphis) scored a season-high 31 points and had 11 assists to outlast Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) in a thrilling duel, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 111-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Luol Deng (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyle Korver scored 13 points off the bench for the Bulls, who were on their way to a blowout early before Rubio led the Wolves back. Rubio had 13 points, 12 assists and four rebounds. Luke Ridnour scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, who just couldn't find an answer for Rose down the stretch. The reigning MVP shrugged off a mid-game shooting slump to score on an explosion to the basket and then knocked down a jumper for an eight-point lead with 2:30 to play. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Utah Jazz - Cleveland C. 113-105
Al Jefferson (208-F/C-85) scored a season-high 30 points and Paul Millsap (201-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) added 19 and the Utah Jazz defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-105 Tuesday night. It was Utah's fifth straight win as the Jazz (6-3) improved to 5-0 at home. The Jazz are off to their best start at home since beginning the 2008-09 season at 6-0. The Cavs (4-5) fell to 1-3 on a seven-game road trip, and visit Phoenix, the L.A. Lakers and Charlotte next. Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 22 points, including 13 in the third quarter, as he tried to rally the Cavs. Utah dominated inside, with 56 points in the paint. Cleveland pulled within six points midway through the fourth quarter before Josh Howard converted a three-point play. Jefferson then added a pair of jumpers, and C.J. Miles hit a late 3 to seal the win. Rookie Kyrie Irving added 20 points for the Cavs. Irving's driving layup pulled Cleveland within 106-101 with 57 seconds remaining. But Miles, who had played only 13 minutes combined in the previous two games and was in a shooting slump, hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to bump Utah's lead back to eight. The Cavs trailed 85-80 entering the fourth, and were within 91-85 when Howard was fouled, got the goaltending call and made the free throw. In the third, the Cavs opened on a 13-7 run, with Jamison scoring 13 in the period. But Jefferson scored 14, and each time Cleveland made a move, Jefferson countered. Tristan Thompson's jumper pulled the Cavs within 94-87, but Jefferson hit a 7-footer. His 14-footer gave Utah a 100-89 lead. Utah led by nine at halftime 52-43, thanks to 32 points in the paint and 61.5 percent shooting, including 8 of 8 for Millsap Millsap started 9 of 9. The Jazz outscored Cleveland 11-1 to finish the second quarter after trailing 42-41 with about 5 minutes left in the half. Millsap started the run with his seventh straight field goal, Jefferson followed with a jumper and Devin Harris hit a 3-pointer. Cleveland shot just 39 percent in the first half, with Jamison making just 3 of 12. The Jazz led 27-26 after the first quarter. They got 20 points in the paint and a 3-pointer by Earl Watson at the buzzer. There were 12 lead changes and four ties in the first quarter. Irving had six points in the first six minutes, but didn't score again until his 3-pointer with 8:22 left in the third. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Lakers - Phoenix Suns 99-83
Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) scored 48 points - his fifth straight game with 25 or more - and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-83 Tuesday night to win their seventh straight at home and third in a row overall. Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer, topped the 40-point mark for the first time this season, the first in the league to do so. He was 18 of 31 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Channing Frye scored 17 points, Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Steve Nash added 13 points and eight assists for the Suns, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Shannon Brown scored Phoenix's first six points of the fourth quarter, twice drawing the Suns within one. He and Frye then hit consecutive 3-pointers that got the Suns to 83-82, but they were never able to take the lead in Brown's first game against his former team. He finished with 11 points. The Lakers closed the game on a 16-2 run, including 10 in a row against a Suns team that is just behind them in the Pacific Division. Bryant had their final 10 points. Phoenix led by one in the third and tied the game twice after that before getting outscored 11-6 to end the quarter trailing 73-68. The Lakers led 46-40 at the break after allowing the Suns to erase most of their 12-point lead in the second quarter. The Suns got balanced scoring in a 15-2 run that drew them within one before Bryant and Gasol keyed a 9-2 spurt to end the first half, when Bryant scored 23. Bryant scored 13 of the Lakers' final 15 points to put them up 25-19 in the first quarter after they trailed by nine. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Golde State W. - Miami Heat 111-106 OT
Dorell Wright (203-G/F-85) had been off to a quiet start this season, reverting back to the form that forced the Miami Heat to part ways with the forward last summer and land LeBron James (203-F-84) in his place. A visit from his former franchise provided the spark the Golden State Warriors have been waiting for. Wright scored 20 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers, including a tying shot late in regulation, and the short-handed Warriors rallied from 17 down to spoil Dwyane Wade's return with a 111-106 overtime victory on Tuesday night. 'I had a feeling tonight would be the night,' Wright said. 'It couldn't have gotten any worse.' The former Miami forward also converted a go-ahead 3-pointer in the extra period, ending Golden State's five-game losing streak and giving rookie coach Mark Jackson his most impressive victory. Wright, who spent six years in Miami after being drafted 19th overall out of high school in 2004, added 10 rebounds. 'Heck yeah I care, I was there six years,' he said. 'It's your old team, you want to beat them.' Wright beat back one of his best buddies in the process. Wade scored a season-high 34 points after missing the last three games with a bruised left foot, but missed shots late in regulation and overtime. James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists before missing a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime. With Miami's three-game winning streak over, Wade sounded adamant that he wants to play Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Clippers and quickly brush off this swift and stunning defeat. 'I did feel like I had a layoff but it was good to get back on the court,' Wade said. 'I just tried to be aggressive early. That's the only way you're going to know how you're feeling. Just came out with an aggressive mindset.' The NBA's first-place team seemed to be in control with a flurry of dunks, alley-oops and high-flying layups for most of the night. The Heat clamped down on defense and broke away with a 21-8 run to open the third quarter, relying on the Big Three to provide the highlights: Wade flipped a pass that Chris Bosh finished with a one-handed scoop, James had a soaring finger roll and Wade flicked a spinning layup past a crowd of defenders to push Miami ahead 78-61. All of Miami's positive vibes evaporated almost as quickly. Nate Robinson ignited the Warriors with a 3-pointer followed by a layup late in the fourth quarter, finishing with 24 points off the bench. Udonis Haslem picked up a technical foul on the play, and Robinson's free throw tied the score at 93. Wade made two from the stripe to extend the Heat's lead to 96-93 before Wright evened the score with a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left in regulation. Wade missed a jump shot, and the Warriors called timeout before they botched the final possession: Monta Ellis dribbled around too long and time ran out when he passed to Wright, the glaring mistake on a night he scored 22 points, although he also had nine turnovers. Golden State began to pull away from a tight overtime, going ahead 105-104 on Wright's 3-pointer with 86 seconds remaining. Robinson also intercepted Wade's pass on Miami's next possession, throwing it ahead to Wright for an uncontested dunk. 'I just knew today was going to be the day,' Ellis said of Wright. 'And it's not because we were playing Miami. I knew his body was going to be better. We have a secret weapon.' In a final attempt to even the score, James took a difficult 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds to play. The Warriors recovered and Robinson made a pair of free throws to seal Golden State's stunning victory. 'We got a couple good looks and they just didn't go through,' James said. The Warriors played without injured starters Stephen Curry and Andris Biedrins for the third game in a row. Curry is not expected back for at least a week - and probably longer - while he rehabs in Charlotte. 'I thought there was a point tonight, just like in life, where you can fold the tent or you can begin to believe and fight back,' said Jackson, whose team is 3-6 but has beaten playoff contenders Chicago, New York and Miami. 'And we did that. And once you begin to do that, good things happen. Great for my guys, because the bottom line is; you need results, in order to trust the system.' Wade and James didn't take long to regain their rhythm. They just couldn't sustain it. On Miami's second possession of the game, Wade raced up court and tossed a high-arching lob pass from the 3-point line just over the leaping hands of rookie Charles Jenkins. James sprinted from behind and finished above the rim, throwing down a powerful two-hand slam that drew roars even from the home crowd. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra limited Wade's minutes somewhat, but for the most part the slashing swingman played in his usual rotation - mostly because Miami couldn't put the Warriors away earlier. The more athletic and aggressive Heat took advantage of Golden State's slow-footed transition defense, which has been an emphasis since Jackson took over. Miami outshot Golden State 51 to 42 percent in the first half, taking a 57-53 lead at the break. The Warriors went almost 10 minutes before their first field goal of the second half. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Washington W. - Toronto R. 93-78
Rashard Lewis (208-F-79) and Nick Young (198-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) each had 15 points to lead the Washington Wizards to their first win after eight straight losses, a 93-78 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. After the worst start in franchise history, Coach Flip Saunders left Andray Blatche and Lewis on the bench to start the game. It was the first time this season Blatche didn't start. Before the game, a team official said Blatche had a right shoulder injury, and his participation would be a game-time decision. Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton started in their places, but Blatche and Lewis, who missed Sunday's game with a sore right knee, entered the game with three minutes to play in the first quarter. Blatche had nine points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. John Wall tied his season high with nine assists, but missed nine of 12 shots. In his last two games, Wall is 6 for 21 from the field. Toronto, which was playing its second of three games in three nights, was led by Andrea Bargnani with 22 points. *Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com

Detroit P. - Dallas M. 86-100
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored 18 points in just 27 minutes as the Pistons dropped their fifth straight, this time to the Mavericks, 100-86, tonight at the Palace. Shawn Marion (201-F-78, college: UNLV) added 14 points and Vince Carter scored 11 for the defending NBA champs. Ian Mahinmi scored 10 points off the bench. Dallas did whatever they wanted on offense, shooting 55% (38-for-69) from the field and 20 of 27 (74%) from the free-throw line. The Mavs outrebounded the Pistons, 35-29, and had 28 assists and 13 turnovers. 'As I've said, this process may be very painful,' said Lawrence Frank, the new coach of the rebuilding Pistons. 'It doesn't get better just because you want it to get better. I hope we are all frustrated, because when you are, you have two options. The first is to work harder and understand what you want to do. The second choice isn't an option.' Will Bynum led everyone with 20 points, but 10 of those were in the fourth quarter when the game was in hand. Brandon Knight had 12 points and Ben Gordon scored 11 for Detroit, which shot 44% (30-for-68) from the field and had 20 turnovers to only 17 assists. All of Detroit's loss in this five-game skid have come to teams which qualified for the playoffs last season. But Detroit has lost by an average margin of 20 points. *Courtesy of www.freep.com

Memphis G. - Oklah.City T. 95-100
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 30 points, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their fourth straight with a 100-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Westbrook hit seven of his first eight shots to lead the Thunder with 18 points at intermission. That was quite a change from the last game between the teams on Dec. 28, when the Thunder point guard missed all 13 shots from the field. The Thunder led for the bulk of the second half, but never built the advantage to more than eight points in a game that included 13 lead changes and eight ties. Thabo Sefolosha added 12 for Oklahoma City, hitting all four of his shots, including three outside the arc. James Harden finished with 10 points. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Rudy Gay contributed 16 points, but was 7 of 21 from the field. Mike Conley had 15 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies, who lost their third straight. O.J. Mayo finished with 12 points for Memphis, while Dante Cunningham and Marreese Speights scored 10 apiece. Both teams shot 50 percent in the first half, and neither was able build a significant lead. There were 11 lead changes and eight ties in the first half. Durant, who was 4 of 11 in the half, converted six free throws in the final 34 seconds for a 54-52 Oklahoma City lead. The teams remained close early in the second half. Neither could build their advantage to more than five points. Oklahoma City stayed close despite committing 15 turnovers through the first three quarters, leading to 18 Memphis points. A 6-0 short burst by the Thunder built the lead to 75-67 with just over a minute left in the third period, helping Oklahoma City carry a 75-71 lead into the final quarter. Memphis could not overtake Oklahoma City in the fourth although Quincy Pondexter's 3-pointer from the left corner with just under a minute left pulled Memphis within 95-92. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Portland TB - LA Clippers 105-97
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) scored 20 points, making a key 3-pointer with two minutes left, and the Portland Trail Blazers avenged a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on New Year's Day with a 105-97 victory on Tuesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers, who have not lost in six games at home this season. Wallace's 3-pointer put the Blazers ahead 99-90, but the Clippers narrowed it to 100-97 after Chris Paul made a layup and Chauncey Billups hit a jumper and a free throw with 25 seconds left. Portland made free throws the rest of the way to preserve the win. Portland has just two losses, including one to the Clippers at the Staples Center on Jan. 1. Wallace was held scoreless in that game. Caron Butler had 20 points for Los Angeles, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Paul was limited by foul trouble, after collecting his fourth early in the third quarter, and finished with 11 points. Blake Griffin, who had just four points after the first half, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles, which was coming off a 92-86 victory at home over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Wallace got off to a quick start with nine points in the first quarter. His jumper at the halfway point gave Portland a 19-11 lead, but the Clippers closed the gap and went up 26-24 after Mo Williams hit a pair of jumpers. Paul and Aldridge each collected two early fouls and played limited minutes in the first half. Paul wound up with only 11 minutes after getting his third foul and was 0 for 3 from the field. The Blazers took a 46-39 lead when Wesley Matthews robbed Griffin and lobbed the ball to Nicolas Batum for the jam. Portland was up 54-47 at the half. The Blazers maintained the lead into the third quarter, but the Clippers kept it close. When Wallace hit a 3-pointer that put Portland ahead 67-60, Butler answered with one for the Clippers. Griffin's hook and Billups' 3-pointer closed the Clippers within 82-80 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Blazers made four straight free throws and Billups missed a 3-point attempt. Raymond Felton, who was 3 for 26 from 3-point range this season, hit one with 5:54 left to extend Portland's lead to 89-80. The Blazers looked as if they had finally put it away with Wallace's 3-pointer, but the Clippers rallied again. At one point after a timeout when the fans started chanting his name, Wallace - known for a more stoic demeanor - broke into a smile. Billups finished with 19 points for the Clippers, while Matthews added 18 for the Blazers *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Charlotte B. - Houston R. 70-82
Rookie Chandler Parsons (6'9''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) scored 20 points and Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) added 17 points and the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 82-70 Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Jordan Hill had a double-double for the Rockets off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Rockets (3-6) broke open a tight game in the third quarter and the poor-shooting Bobcats could never put together a big run. They did manage to cut the lead to five with 2:30 left, but Parsons made a 3-pointer from the right wing and a jumper from deep in the left corner to put the Rockets back up by double digits. The Rockets held the Bobcats to 35 percent shooting from the field and outrebounded them 57-44. The Rockets only shot 39 percent from the field, but it was good enough for the win. Parsons came into the game averaging just 5.3 points this season but got hot early, scoring six of his team's first eight points. He shot 9 of 16 from the field and added seven rebounds to give the Rockets a much-needed spark. The Rockets began the season 2-2, but had lost four in a row while struggling on offense. Kyle Lowry had 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Rockets, while Samuel Dalembert added 10 rebounds. The Bobcats (2-8) couldn't muster much offense with the exception of center Byron Mullens, who scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench. It was the sixth time in eight games Mullens has finished in double digits in scoring and was his second double-double of the season. The Bobcats were playing without starting forwards Corey Maggette, who is out two to four weeks with a strained left hamstring and Tyrus Thomas, who needed a break to rest his legs after seeing significant playing time in the team's previous three games. Their other top scorers didn't pick up the slack. Boris Diaw, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds the night before against the Knicks, was held to four points on 2 of 13 shooting. D.J. Augustin came into the game averaging 18.6 points, 7.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds in his previous five games, was held to 11 points on 4 of 13 shooting. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Philadelph.76 - Sacramento K. 112-85
Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) had a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Sacramento Kings 112-85 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory. The Sixers are 7-2 and lead the Atlantic Division. It's their best start since Allen Iverson helped them open 10-0 on their way to the NBA finals in 2000-01. Rookie Jimmer Fredette scored seven points in his first start for Sacramento. Filling in for injured leading scorer Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU), the former BYU sensation shot 2 for 7. DeMarcus Cousins led the struggling Kings with 17 points. Evan Turner had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Jrue Holiday added 17 for Philadelphia, which had six players reach double figures. With second-year coach Doug Collins calling the shots and a deep roster, the Sixers are relevant again in sports-crazed Philadelphia. After winning 41 games and losing to Miami in five games in the first round of the playoffs last year, the Sixers are one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams. They've won five games by at least a 20-point margin. This game quickly turned into a rout early in the third quarter. An 11-0 run featuring three baskets from Brand extended the lead to 63-42. It reached 84-60 when Jodie Meeks hit his third 3-pointer of the quarter. A 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter made it a laugher. Lou Williams scored six in a row and Thaddeus Young capped it off with a dunk that put Philadelphia up 94-62. That allowed the reserves at the end of the bench to see rare action. Andres Nocioni played in his third game. Tony Battie and Lavoy Allen entered for just the second time this season. Fans roared when Meeks hit a jumper midway through the fourth to give the Sixers 100 points, which means fans can take their ticket stubs to McDonald's for a free Big Mac on Wednesday. The only negative for Philadelphia was an injury to starting center Spencer Hawes. He didn't play the second half because of a strained lower back. The Sixers had another slow offensive start and trailed 11-8 midway through the first. Turner's driving layup with under a minute left gave Philadelphia a 22-20 lead, and it led the rest of the game. Thornton missed his first game with a bruised left thigh. The Kings already were without starting forward Chuck Hayes, who is expected to miss three to four weeks with a dislocated left shoulder. *Courtesy of www.heraldextra.com

Milwaukee B. - San Antonio S. 106-103
Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) is starting to find his rhythm. Gregg Popovich is still searching for his defense. Jackson had 34 points and eight assists in his best game since joining Milwaukee in an offseason trade, leading the Bucks to a 106-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. 'My shot is starting to get in better shape, that's the main thing,' said Jackson, who missed 70 of his 103 shots in the team's first eight games. Jackson was slowed by a lower back injury in the offseason that limited his practice during the shortened training camp and preseason. 'People have got to realize that I haven't played basketball in six months,' he said. 'It feels good to knock down a shot, but it feels better that we won.' Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) scored 22 points for San Antonio, which has lost all four of its road games while winning all six of its home contests. Popovich, who has been the Spurs' coach since 1996, had a scathing indictment of his team's defense. 'It's the worst defensive team we've ever had,' he said. 'We have a long way to go.' Milwaukee also got a big lift from the return of center Andrew Bogut, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds after missing four games to return home to Australia for an undisclosed personal issue. 'I wasn't feeling great, but I wasn't feeling too bad,' Bogut said. 'I thought I'd feel worse to be honest with you. My sleep patterns have been off.' The Bucks had lost five consecutive games, losing big leads in many of the contests. 'We won, that's what we did different,' Jackson said. 'That's all that matters. We found a way to win and close the game out.' Richard Jefferson's tying 3-point attempt hit the back of the rim at the buzzer. 'It was a good shot, it just didn't fall,' he said. Popovich blamed himself for the team not getting a good play to run in the final seconds. He said he yelled for the players to call timeout instead of telling the referees he wanted one. 'I've got to get it through my head that you can go to the officials,' he said. 'I just can't get it through my head. I should have been all over the official to get the timeout. 'I tried to yell out to the players for the timeout and they didn't hear it,' he said, terming the final play 'alley ball.' It was my fault. I should have been on top of the referee.' Jackson was obtained from Charlotte on June 23 in a deal that also included Sacramento. He struggled with his shot the first eight games, making only 32 percent of his field-goal attempts. He had no such problems against the Spurs, making 12 of 17 shots, including a 3-for-4 night from 3-point range. He also hit all seven of his free throw attempts while playing 42 minutes. 'He was great,' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. 'He scored the ball, he passed the ball. He did a lot of stuff out there. We needed that, for sure.' Carlos Delfino had 18 points and Brandon Jennings added 15 points and 11 assists for Milwaukee. Tim Duncan scored 20 points and rookie Kawhi Leonard had 19 for San Antonio. Trailing 104-103, Parker set up San Antonio's offense with just under a minute left looking for the go-ahead basket. Jennings reached around his back and knocked the ball away to Jackson. Jackson made a quick pass to a streaking Jennings for the easy fast-break dunk, giving the Bucks a 106-103 lead with 50 seconds left. Duncan then was called for an offensive foul on Bogut with 35 seconds left. A jump ball went to the Spurs with 15 seconds remaining, but no timeout was called. Parker worked the 3-point line, but was unable to shake Jennings and passed to Jefferson. The forward's shot went off the back of the rim and was rebounded by Bucks rookie Jon Leuer as time expired. The Bucks took the lead for good, 93-92, on Jackson's 14-foot jumper with 6:53 to go. Jefferson's 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half pulled the Spurs into a 59-59 tie at the break. *Courtesy of www.chron.com




Phil Jackson leaves door open for return to NBA - by Eurobasket News
Phil Jackson, who has a total of 11 NBA titles with the Bulls and Lakers, told NBA.com that he has no desire to coach again, but is leaving open the possibility that he will someday be back on an NBA sideline.

I dont want to coach in the NBA again, Jackson told the site. But that doesnt mean I wont. I dont think Ill coach again. Id like to see if theres another side of basketball, perhaps. If Im back in full (health) activity at a level I want to be active at, I may not even want to go back to coaching.

Jackson has previously mentioned taking on a consultants role with an NBA team, but says a general managers job is not one he covets.

GMs have to lie too much, Jackson told NBA.com. Its one of the hardest things to do is to be a prevaricator, or whatever you want to call it, to equivocate all the time. Its almost like being in political office. Id prefer some behind the scenes type situation where you can actually have a difference in the character of the people coming to work both in coaching aspect and players. That make (s) sense in that type of management.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Howard could postpone free agency till 2013 - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) hasn't rescinded his trade request, but think there is no chance he is traded before the All-Star Game, which is scheduled for February 26th in Orlando.

I dont think they are going to do anything right now because were winning, Howard said after a 104-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Even if this is the last season, lets go out hard, regardless.

Howard also doesn't expect to be dealt before the March 15th deadline.

Sources close to Howard say he would need to be convinced that the team is a legitimate title contender in order to stay with the Magic.

Howard could postpone his free agency by one season and leave the Magic in the summer of 2013 if they haven't already traded him, according to sources close to him.

Even if he does a Chris Paul and opts in and stays another year, theyll still end up losing him, one league source said. The inevitable is coming.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Bucks guard Mike Dunleavy to miss another 2-4 weeks with groin injury - by Eurobasket News
Bucks guard Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) is expected to miss another two to four weeks with a groin injury.

The team made the announcement Tuesday.

Dunleavy has played in only three games this season. He is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 30 minutes per game. The player joined Bucks during the pre-season.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


NY Knicks' Amare Stoudemire now linked to Orlando Magic - by Eurobasket News
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) used to lead the Knicks in scoring. Now he leads them in most intriguing trade scenarios.

Stoudemire, whose name surfaced last month in reports involving Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets, is also being mentioned as a possible partner in a trade to Orlando for Dwight Howard.

I don't worry about that stuff, Stoudemire said on Monday.

Howard reiterated to the Orlando Sentinel on Sunday that his goal is to play in a large market and has identified the Lakers, Mavs and soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets as prospects. The Knicks would make sense except for the fact that it is unlikely the Magic would do a deal for Stoudemire, an Orlando native, because his contract is not insured.

Amare is an unbelievable player but his name hasnt come up, said one Orlando official.

The Nets hopes of acquiring Howard via a trade were compromised when Brook Lopez suffered a broken foot. The Mavs best chance to acquire Howard would be to sign him over the summer. But if the Magic elect to trade its franchise center before the March deadline, the Lakers may be the best option because they have Andrew Bynum.

Bynum does have a history of injury problems but there is talk of the Lakers trying to work the same three-team deal with the Magic that they nearly pulled off with the Hornets for Paul. The trade would include the Lakers Pau Gasol heading to Houston and the Rockets sending Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and of course Bynum to Orlando for Howard.

Unless Howard changes his mind, something he is known to do, the Magic will probably following the lead of Denver and Utah, which separately traded Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams last season rather than running the risk of both leaving via free agency the way the Cavs lost LeBron James and Toronto lost Chris Bosh.

As far as his situation, trust me I know mentally what he's going through, Anthony said on Monday. All I can say is 'keep playing the way youre playing and keep doing what you have to do with your team and whatever happens, happens.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


No structural damage for Stephen Curry - by Eurobasket News
Stephen Curry's (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) right ankle has been inspected, scanned and discussed by doctors from coast to coast over the last few days as the Golden State Warriors have tried to get a handle on the chronic problems their young guard is having.

Team general manager Larry Riley gave a briefing on the matter before the Warriors took on the Miami Heat Tuesday night. In short, Curry will not need another surgery like he had in the offseason to repair ligament damage in the ankle. Riley said Curry hasn't been cleared to play and Curry will continue to do rehab and receive treatment on his ankle.

But the latest sprain that Curry suffered last week in San Antonio -- his third sprain in a 16-day span and no less than the seventh he's had in the ankle in the last 15 months -- will keep him out indefinitely.

Riley said the team hopes to within 2-3 days have a timeline on Curry's return. It could be a week to 10 days or possibly less before Curry returns but that would depend on how the ankle responds to treatment.

Before Curry will be cleared to play again he will have to pass what Riley called a 'stringent functionality test.' Curry was examined in Charlotte on Monday night by Dr. Bob Anderson, who performed surgery on Curry's ankle May 25. He previously had been evaluated by team doctors.

'Everybody has some level of concern because of the way it has been sprained in the past but we're all convinced we're doing the right thing,' Riley said. 'He's a good player, a really good player, that we need. And yet you also want to protect him as far as his future is concerned and our future is concerned.'

Curry has been dealing with problems in the ankle since he first suffered an injury in the summer of 2010 while playing for Team USA in an exhibition game in Spain. Since then he's been visiting doctors all over the country looking for answers as he keeps re-spraining it.

The team has been looking at various ways to help him -- from different taping methods to orthodics to examining the way he runs -- which tests show make him more likely to roll his ankle.

'Knowing the origin doesn't do much for us, we are more interested in the solution,' Riley said. 'We won't put him out there until he's ready and until the doctors, all of them, and our people say he's ready to go.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Dwyane Wade foot injury slow to heal - by Eurobasket News
The good news out of the Heats full-contact practice on Monday was that Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) and Eddy Curry (6'11''-C/F-82) made their long-awaited returns to the court. The bad news was that Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Mario Chalmers (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kansas) did not practice.

Wades foot injury, more serious than initially believed, is taking time to heal. He is questionable for both Tuesdays game against Golden State and Wednesdays game against the Clippers.

I would love for it to be [Tuesday], Wade said of his return. I would love for it to be Wednesday. I dont know. Im just trying to be smart.

I wanted to play the other night against New Jersey. If it was up to me, I would have played, but in Miami we make sure we all come together and put our heads together and see whats the best for the team and for the player.

Wade, who said his game status is hour to hour; minute to minute, is clearly frustrated with his slow progress and the mysterious pain in his left heel. More disconcerting is the root of the problem. Wade couldnt offer an exact ailment but didnt rule out plantar fasciitis.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Blazers recall Babbitt and Nuggets recall Stone - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers recalled forward Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) from the Idaho Stampede, and he was in uniform for the Blazers home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Babbitt played in three games for Idaho, averaging 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Also Tuesday, the Stampede announced that the Denver Nuggets recalled rookie guard Julyan Stone (6'6''-G-88, college: UTEP).

Stone played in three games for Idaho. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Courtesy of www.idahopress.com


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NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 15-4 
 2. Quebec K. 15-8 
 3. Halifax R. 13-5 
 4. St.John M.R. 9-11 
 5. Summerside S. 8-11 
 6. Oshawa P. 7-16 
 7. Moncton M. 4-16 


Rainmen defeat Miracles, 101-91 - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen defeated the Moncton Miracles in a Tuesday night road game at the Moncton Coliseum. The final score was 101-91.

The leading scorer for the Rainmen was Canadian guard Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) with 23 points, followed by forward Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) with 18 points, and Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) with 16.

Moncton's newest player, Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.), led the Miracles with 20 points, followed with Boubacar Coly (6'9''-F-83, college: Morgan St.) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Also scoring in the double-digits for Moncton were Jazzmar Ferguson, Darrell Wonge and Trayvon Lathan with 13, 12 and 11 points respectively. The box score statistics can be found attached to this email, or at www.dakstats.com.

The Rainmen will play their next game against the Saint John Mill Rats at the Halifax Metro Centre on Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Cougars put scare into No. 22 SDSU before losing - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago State Cougars believed they were going to shock San Diego State on Tuesday night.

They didn't.

Still, the Cougars think their long losing streak is about to end.

Chase Tapley (6'2''-G) scored 13 of his 24 points during a 24-3 run in the second half and No. 22 San Diego State overcame a scare to run past winless Chicago State 73-65 on Tuesday night.

Jamaal Franklin (6'5''-G) had seven of his 16 points during the big run for the Aztecs (14-2), who won their seventh straight game to continue the second-fastest start in school history. Franklin also had 10 rebounds.

'We played loose and played with confidence,' said coach Tracy Dildy, who played at San Diego State from 1985-87. 'We talked at halftime that they would make a run and we had to answer. Our guys just kept playing hard.'

Chicago State (0-16), which played to a 32-32 halftime tie, stunned the Aztecs with a 7-0 run to open the second half. Jeremy Robinson hit an inside bucket and a turnaround jumper, and a slam dunk by D'Jari Nelson had the Cougars celebrating and forced SDSU coach Steve Fisher to call timeout.

That woke up the Aztecs, who came racing back with a 10-1 run that gave them a 42-40 lead. Tapley started the run with a layup and two more baskets, and Tim Shelton and Franklin each made a layup as the Aztecs dominated inside.

Nelson scored off a rebound to tie it at 42, Chicago State's last bucket for nearly five minutes.

While the Cougars went cold, the Aztecs kept running. Tapley scored seven more points, including on a feed from Shelton off a missed 3-pointer by James Rahon, a three-point play and another layup that gave the Aztecs a 56-42 lead with 9:34 to go.

'We have just talked about believing that this is a light at the end of the tunnel,' Dildy said. 'We have played a Top 25 schedule. Our whole big picture is to win the conference. These games will get us ready to win our conference. We are not going to see many teams that look like San Diego State, like Creighton, like Illinois, or a lot of the teams we've played.'

The Aztecs were tested for the first time in five games. They had cruised in their previous four games, beating UC Riverside by 25 points, Elon by 26, Redlands by 51 and San Diego Christian by 31.

San Diego State, which shared the Mountain West Conference title with BYU last season, opens league play Saturday at home against preseason favorite and No. 12 UNLV.

Matt Samuels scored 17 for the Cougars. Robinson had 14 and Nelson 11.

After the Cougars held early leads, San Diego State seemed to take control with a barrage of 3-pointers by Rahon and Tapley. Chicago State slowly reeled it in behind 12 points in the half by Samuels, including a 3-pointer that pulled it within four and a baseline jumper at the buzzer.

Courtesy of www.tri-cityherald.com


No.19 Florida Gators up effort, cruise past Georgia Bulldogs - by Eurobasket News
After a lackluster defensive effort in a road loss to Tennessee on Saturday, Florida coach Billy Donovan challenged his team heading into Tuesdays home game against rival Georgia.

The Gators (13-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) responded, handily dispatching the Bulldogs (9-7, 0-2 SEC) 70-48 in the OConnell Center, spearheaded by a nearly complete effort on defense.

I was much more pleased with our effort on that end of the floor, our level of awareness, being alert, sharp, focused, Donovan said. I thought we defended them very, very well. Obviously, we held them to 48 points. Any time you hold a team to 48 points, youve done a pretty good job defensively.

Donovan made a concerted effort to emphasize defensive intensity in practice leading up to the game, and what better opportunity for a turnaround than to have Georgia, with the lowest scoring average (62.9 ppg) and the second-worst field goal percentage (.409) in the SEC, come into Gainesville for a home game?

The Gators took full advantage, limiting the Bulldogs to a 20-for-55 shooting performance (36.4 percent) and setting a season low in points allowed (48).

We could have done even better than we did, center Patric Young (6'9''-F/C-92) said. We gave up too many three-point shots. We had a lot of breakdowns. They offensive rebounded on us a lot. I feel that even though we had a season low, we could have done even better than we did tonight.

Young finished with eight points, 10 boards and one of six Gators blocks on the evening. They also created five steals and turned the Bulldogs over 10 times.

Still, Georgia held a 14-6 advantage on the offensive glass and made seven of the 18 threes it attempted, momentarily allowing them to pull within 13 points late in the second half.
But for the majority of the game, Florida pursued aggressively each loose ball and rebound, something it failed to do in the road loss to Tennessee.

Against the Volunteers, Donovan said the Gators gave up too many easy shots and didnt maintain focus on defense. That wasnt a problem Tuesday, as contested nearly every shot Georgia put up until the game was out of reach.

We played a lot harder, Beal said of the quick turnaround on defense. UAB and Tennessee, we gave up too many points in transition. We were too lackadaisical on defense, and tonight I feel we did a pretty good job.

On the other end of the floor, Beal broke out of a miniature slump, tying Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) for the game high in points with 17. Beal, the Gators leader in minutes and rebounds and second-leading scorer, had not broken double digits in Floridas last two games.

He had a much, much better feel and flow today offensively than hes had in a few games, Donovan said.

Next up, Florida travels to Columbia, S.C., to play South Carolina (8-7, 0-1 SEC) in what should be UFs best opportunity to grab its first road win of the season.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Iowa loses 95-61 on road to No. 6 Michigan State - by Eurobasket News
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was equally mad at officials and his players when he was called for a technical and spiked a chair in front of his huddle during a timeout tirade.

It didn't help the Hawkeyes on Tuesday night at Michigan State.

Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Spartans beat Iowa 95-61 for their 15th straight win.

The Hawkeyes (10-8, 2-3) have been routed in two straight games - they also lost to Ohio State, by 29 points - after beating Wisconsin and Minnesota on the road.

Michigan State went on a 16-0 run late in the first half and had a 14-0 spurt midway through the second.

During the second burst, McCaffery was called for a technical for berating an official before directing his anger toward his players, slamming a chair in the team's huddle and screaming in his players' faces.

What was his message?

'I wanted them to get the defenders off them,' McCaffery said. 'Couldn't you hear me? I yelled out loud enough.'

Melsahn Basabe (6'7''-F-92) said he didn't blame his coach for spiking the chair perhaps a foot away from his seated players.

'I would've done that, too, if I'd been watching what he had to watch,' Basabe said. 'It was unacceptable.'

The Spartans had a chance for their second-largest margin of victory over a Big Ten team, trailing only its 51-point win over Michigan during their 2000 championship season, but their reserves couldn't maintain a 40-plus lead.

Iowa reserve Aaron White (6'8''-F) scored 15 points, Devyn Marble had 12, Matt Gatens (6'5''-G-89) 11 points and Basabe 10 for Iowa, which had started 2-0 on the road in the Big Ten for the first time since the 2000-01.

'They did not play as well as I've seen them play,' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. 'Fran has done a great job with this team, but tonight wasn't their night.'

The Spartans took control soon after the tip, going on an 8-0 run to take a 10-2 lead, and later turned it into a rout.

'We came out extremely slow and I was one of the biggest culprits,' Basabe said. 'That was one of the softest games I've ever played in my life.'

Michigan State made nearly 60 percent of its shots during a first half in which it led 46-24 and had nine players make at least a shot. Brandon Wood had 10 points of his 12 points in the first half.

'We played about as well as we could play in the first half,' Izzo said. 'Everything went right for us and wrong for them.'

Michigan State didn't give the Hawkeyes any comeback hopes in the second half after they pulled within 18 points. The Spartans' second big run of the game gave them a 73-41 cushion and they cruised from there for their 17th straight win over Iowa at the Breslin Center dating to 1993.

'The key for us here would've been to get off to a better start,' McCaffery said.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


No.4 Baylor owns crunch time in 75-73 win over No.18 K-State - by Eurobasket News
It would have been easy for Kansas State point guard Will Spradling to appreciate Baylor's athleticism as the Bears stormed down the court for dunks and easy points Tuesday night.

But after the fourth-ranked Bears slipped past the No. 18 Wildcats 75-73 with numerous quick scoring runs, Spradling could only think about his team.

'They can score fast, but it comes back on us,' Spradling said. 'When they made their runs, we were taking quick shots or turning the ball over.'

Perry Jones III (6'11''-F/C-91) led Baylor (16-0, 3-0 Big 12) with 17 points while Quincy Acy (6'7''-F-90) had 13. The pair went a combined 14 of 18 from the floor. Two other Bears scored in double figures: Brady Heslip (6'2''-G-90) with 13 and Pierre Jackson (5'10''-G-91) with 10.

For K-State (12-3, 1-2), it was almost a one-man show. Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91) had 30 points while going 10 of 14 from the floor, perfect from the free throw line and leading the team in rebounds with six. Jordan Henriquez scored 10 for the Wildcats.

'Their frontline kicked our tails,' Wildcats coach Frank Martin said. 'When your frontline has more turnovers than defensive rebounds, it's hard to believe.'

Kansas State got off to a good start in trying to hand an undefeated team its first loss for the second time in four days.

The Wildcats, who beat No. 9 Missouri 75-59 on Saturday, went on an early 13-2 run to turn a 5-2 deficit into a 15-7 lead. Through the game's first 9 minutes, Baylor had eight turnovers and the Wildcats none.

But Jones hit two baskets at the rim to kick off a 9-0 Bears run that cut the deficit to 21-20. Quincy Miller and Jackson each had a dunk as part of another 9-0 run to put Baylor up 29-25 with 2:02 remaining in the half.

Jones said he took that stretch as a good sign.

'It showed we're able to stay together as a team when times are tough,' he said. 'Guys don't get mad at each other and guys still play basketball the way we play, so just staying poised.'

K-State finished the half by scoring eight of the final 10 points, including a runner by McGruder as the clock expired for a 33-31 halftime lead.

The Wildcats came out hot at the start of the second half and needed just over 3 minutes to push their lead to 44-37.

Baylor answered with a 20-4 run over the next 5 1/2 minutes. At one point, the Bears scored eight points in 84 seconds, forcing two K-State timeouts. A.J. Walton keyed the run with six straight points, and Jackson sank a 3-pointer for a 58-50 Baylor lead with 10:36 remaining.

'The guys wearing our uniforms threw it to the guys wearing their uniforms so they could run down for dunks,' said Martin.

But McGruder kept K-State in it with nine points during an 11-4 run, including a driving layup that pulled the Wildcats to 62-60 with 7:36 remaining.

'We knew coming in how good he was,' Acy said, 'but he was spectacular tonight.'

Henriquez hit two free throws to give K-State a 71-69 lead with 4:13 to play, but Acy scored five straight points to put Baylor up 74-71 with 2:22 remaining.

'I knew I had to come in and give us a spark then,' Acy said.

McGruder converted a baseline drive 17 seconds later, cutting Baylor's lead to 74-73.

Heslip missed from 3-point range with 25 seconds remaining, but Jones got the offensive rebound and was fouled. He made one free throw with 20.9 seconds to go.

K-State appeared ready to tie it when Angel Rodriguez was open in the lane in the final 5 seconds, but he had the ball stripped with 3 seconds on the clock. The Wildcats' ensuing inbound pass was tipped away as time expired.

'To not close this game out because of a comedy of errors,' Martin said, 'it's embarrassing.'

Baylor had just 10 turnovers in the final 31 minutes and shot 53.7 percent for the game.

'Our depth is our biggest strength,' Baylor coach Scott Drew said. 'Our leadership and depth allow you to overcome a night when you do have foul trouble.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


No. 3 North Carolina beats Miami 73-56 - by Eurobasket News
Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) scored 16 points to help No. 3 North Carolina beat Miami 73-56 on Tuesday night.

Dexter Strickland (6'3''-G-90) added 14 for the Tar Heels (15-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who closed a nine-game home stand with a perfect record to rebuild some momentum after early losses to UNLV and Kentucky. The Tar Heels led almost the entire night against the Hurricanes and blew the game open with a 17-0 run spanning halftime, which staked UNC to a 23-point lead.

That was the biggest deficit of the year for the Hurricanes (9-6, 0-2), who got no closer than 15 points from there. The lopsided loss followed a one-point loss at Virginia over the weekend in coach Jim Larranaga's first ACC game on the Miami sideline.

Frontcourt star Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) struggled to a season-low six points on 2-for-12 shooting, but the Tar Heels' often-overlooked backcourt picked up some of the slack.

Much of that started with point guard Kendall Marshall, who seemed more aggressive in looking for his shot and finished with 12 points. The pass-first sophomore has always been eager to set up shots for teammates and came in averaging fewer than five shots per game. But he finished 5-for-7 from the field to earn his first double-figure scoring game of the season to go with eight assists.

The five made baskets were a career high for Marshall, who was averaging about five points and entered the week tied for the national lead with 10.1 assists per game.

Strickland also looked active. He finished 7-for-9 from the field to reach his season-high scoring total, while he also had three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Tar Heels had all kinds of trouble with Miami last year. They swept the two games, but they needed a last-second 3-pointer from Barnes to win at Miami then had to rally from 19 down in the second half to win in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. That game ended with Marshall penetrating and finding Zeller for a layup that just was just barely out of his hand when the buzzer sounded.

There were no problems this time around. While North Carolina missed 14 of 16 3-pointers and didn't shoot particularly well, the Hurricanes had even bigger struggles.

Kenny Kadji (6'11''-F/C) scored 16 points to lead Miami, which shot just 42 percent and went 3-for-16 from 3-point range. Guards Durand Scott (6'4''-G) and Malcolm Grant (6'1''-G-88) combined for 17 points on 6-for-20 shooting.

At halftime, the school honored Woody Durham, who spent four decades as the radio 'Voice of the Tar Heels' before retiring after last season. Gov. Beverly Perdue attended the ceremony and presented Durham with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an award for lifelong service to the state of North Carolina.

Courtesy of www.star-telegram.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  Miami, OH
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Mavunga, Miami, OH19.7 
 2. McCrea, Buffalo18.5 
 3. Jones, Ball St.18.3 
 4. Zeigler, Cent.Mic.16.7 
 5. Pearson, Toledo16.5 
 6. Watt, Buffalo14.7 
 7. Lampley, E.Michigan14.4 
 8. Cooper, Ohio14.1 
 9. Filzen, Buffalo13.6 
 10. Brown, Toledo13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian MAVUNGA
  Miami, OH
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mavunga, Miami, OH10.7 
 2. Jones, Ball St.8.4 
 3. McCrea, Buffalo7.8 
 4. Watt, Buffalo7.7 
 5. Pearson, Toledo7.6 
 6. Whitfield, W.Michi.7.4 
 7. Stainbrook, W.Mic.6.8 
 8. Greene, Kent St.6.6 
 9. Thomas, Bowling6.4 
 10. Holliday, Toledo6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Randy DAVIS
  Ball St.
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Davis, Ball St.6.5 
 2. Oldham, Buffalo6.3 
 3. Cooper, Ohio6.3 
 4. Brown, Toledo6.0 
 5. Brown, Toledo4.8 
 6. Abreu, Akron4.2 
 7. Douglas, W.Michigan4.2 
 8. Crawford, Bowling3.9 
 9. Porrini, Kent St.3.7 
 10. Guyton, Kent St.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Ohio
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cooper, Ohio2.7 
 2. Thomas, Bowling2.2 
 3. Abreu, Akron2.1 
 4. Jackson, Cent.Mic.1.9 
 5. Oldham, Buffalo1.8 
 6. Brown, Toledo1.8 
 7. Greene, Kent St.1.7 
 8. Rollins, Miami, OH1.7 
 9. Crawford, Bowling1.7 
 10. Porrini, Kent St.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeke MARSHALL
  Akron
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Marshall, Akron3.1 
 2. Watt, Buffalo2.7 
 3. Coimbra, Cent.Mic.1.6 
 4. Harris, E.Michigan1.5 
 5. Black, Bowling Gre.1.4 
 6. McCrea, Buffalo1.4 
 7. Stainbrook, W.Mic.1.1 
 8. Edwards, Miami, OH1.1 
 9. Jones, Ball St.1.0 
 10. Greene, Kent St.0.9 


Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. Syracuse 3-0 (15-0) 
 2. Kentucky 1-0 (15-1) 
 3. N.Carolina 2-0 (13-0) 
 4. Baylor 3-0 (16-0) 
 5. Ohio St. 3-2 (15-3) 
 6. Michigan St. 4-0 (16-2) 
 7. Indiana 3-1 (15-1) 
 8. Duke 1-0 (11-1) 
 9. Missouri 1-1 (14-1) 
 10. Kansas 2-0 (12-3) 
 11. Georgetown 3-2 (15-2) 
 12. UNLV 0-0 (16-2) 
 13. Michigan 2-1 (13-3) 
 14. Louisville 1-3 (12-6) 
 15. Murray St. 4-0 (16-0) 
 16. Virginia 1-0 (13-1) 
 17. Connecticut 3-2 (13-3) 
 18. Kansas St. 1-2 (11-3) 
 19. Florida 1-1 (13-4) 
 20. Mississippi St. 0-1 (13-3) 
 21. Gonzaga 3-0 (16-2) 
 22. San Diego St. 0-0 (14-2) 
 23. Creighton 4-1 (14-2) 
 24. Seton Hall 4-1 (15-2) 
 25. Marquette 0-2 (10-4) 


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BLNO Allstars edged Norway in Oppsal Arena - by Eurobasket News
BLNO Allstars-Norway 103:98

BLNO Allstars edged Norway in Oppsal Arena. They celebrated 103:98 overtime victory.
BLNO Allstars took the lead at 24:20 at the end of the first period and added 23-17 in the second frame. The second half however belonged to the home side. Norway won the third quarter 28-20 and tied the game after 30-28 in the fourth period. Only in overtime the Stars reached the victory due to 8-3.
Cooper Land (203-F-88, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wright St.) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Gary Wallace (190-G-88, college: Robert Morris) followed him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Parnell Smith (200-F-84, college: Buffalo) netted 16, while Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78, college: Independence CC) added 13 points and 10 boards. Frank Nyborg (197-F-83) replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Nico Ostbye added 17. Stian Mjos (182-G-89) delivered 12, whilst Anders Stien (195-G-90) posted 11.

BLNO Allstars: Cooper Land 24, Gary Wallace 17+8 rebs, Parnell Smith 16, Ronny Karlsen 13+10 rebs, Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) 12
Norway: Frank Nyborg 18, Nico Ostbye 17, Stian Mjos 12, Anders Stien 11



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Standings
PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Chicago M. 2-0
 2. Sauk Valley P. 2-0
 3. Cent.Illinois D. 1-0
 4. St. Louis P. 0-1
 5. Indiana D. 0-2
 6. NW Indiana S. 0-2
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 2-0
 2. Charleston G. 1-1
 3. Dayton A.S. 1-1
 4. Scranton/W-B 1-2
 5. Lake Michigan 0-1


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Chris COMMONS
  Scranton.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Commons, Scranton.29.3 
 2. Hollaway, Sauk V.27.0 
 3. Tubbs, Sauk V.27.0 
 4. Alexander, Lake M.26.0 
 5. Edgerson, Cent.I.25.0 
 6. Smith, NW India.24.0 
 7. Polk, St. Louis P.23.0 
 8. Artest, Indiana D.23.0 
 9. Fay, Sauk Valley P.22.0 
 10. Valencia, Lake M.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo HILL
  Chicago M.
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Hill, Chicago M.13.5 
 2. Harris, Sauk V.13.0 
 3. Pettiford, India.13.0 
 4. Fay, Sauk Valley P.12.0 
 5. Huffman, India.10.0 
 6. Artest, Indiana D.10.0 
 7. Smith, NW India.10.0 
 8. Black, Cent.Ill.10.0 
 9. Hollaway, Sauk V.10.0 
 10. Peterson, Cent.I.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Favors, Sauk V.10.0 
 2. Farmer, Cent.I.9.0 
 3. Alexander, Lake M.7.0 
 4. Crouch, Rocheste.6.0 
 5. Simpson, Scranton.5.7 
 6. Voils, Indiana D.5.0 
 7. Ruffin, Cent.I.5.0 
 8. Valencia, Lake M.4.0 
 9. Fuqua, Cent.Ill.4.0 
 10. Pettiford, India.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Desmond HOLLAWAY
  Sauk V.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hollaway, Sauk V.6.0 
 2. Pettiford, India.3.0 
 3. Harris, Sauk V.3.0 
 4. Edmonds, Cent.I.3.0 
 5. Commons, Scranton.2.3 
 6. Englemann, Sauk V.2.0 
 7. Griffin, Scranton.2.0 
 8. Smith, NW India.2.0 
 9. Radchiff, NW India.2.0 
 10. Polk, St. Louis P.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.5.0 
 2. Pettiford, India.2.0 
 3. Box, Sauk Valley P.2.0 
 4. Commons, Scranton.1.3 
 5. Farmer, Cent.I.1.0 
 6. McCree, Lake M.1.0 
 7. Polk, St. Louis P.1.0 
 8. Black, Cent.Ill.1.0 
 9. Boyd-Hill, St. L.1.0 
 10. Valencia, Lake M.1.0 


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