EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/16/2012

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  ABA   


WV Blazers roster - by Gianni Pascucci
This down is the 2011-12 team roster of the West Virginia Blazers, a team that confirmed in its lineup some players from last season like DeNelle Hale (5'8''-G, college: Frostburg St.), Joey Preast (6'6''-F/C-85), Greg Puckett (6'7''-F/C) and Chawn Martin (6'3''-G/F, college: Bluefield St.). The main additions are the ones of Anthony Smith (6'8''-C-87) under the boards and A.J.Pigram in the backcourt

Raylon ALMON G, 6-0 Bluefield State
Cordale BOYD G, 6-2 Concord
William DILLARD G, 5-8 Alice Lloyd
DeNelle HALE G, 5-9 Frostburg State
Jeremy LEWIS G/F, 6-3 Concord
Corey LOVE F, 6-5 Bluefield State
Chawn MARTIN G/F, 6-3 Bluefield State
Chris NICHOLS F, 6-5 Concord
Anthony 'A.J.' PIGRAM G, 6-1 Mountain State
Alex PREAST F, 6-5
Joey PREAST F/C, 6-6 Concord
Greg PUCKETT F/C, 6-7 Concord
Antonio ROBINSON G, 5-9
Anthony SMITH C, 6-8 Pikeville
Brian TINGLE F, 6-5 Bluefield State
Head Coach: Brian Kidd



Gwizzlies fall to Razors, change roster - by Gianni Pascucci
The Georgia Gwizzlies were off to a rocky start Friday night against #13 Athens Razors but momentum was sparked by Ramar Smith (6'3''-G-87, college: Tennessee) blocking a dunk attempt of a 7 footer as well as Adam Yeoman (6'8''-F/C-87, college: Genesee CC)'s game changing plays of steals and blocks. However this was not enough to pull off a win after such a shakey start to the game. Smith had 27 points for the Gwizzlies and Frank Kelsi Bennett (6'7''-F-82, college: Georgia Sout) added 28 with Adam Yeoman ending game at 9 points 12 rebs. The game ended 105-92 for Athens. Gwizzlies expect to end with a better outcome by pulling out a win in their rematch on Friday, January 20th. For now, they have just announced a brand new team roster, as follows:

Brandon Hewitt, 6'6, forward,
Marcus Jordan, 6'3, guard,
Marcus Johnson, 6'8, forward, Atlanta Metro J.College
Frank K Bennett, 6'7, forward, Georgia Southern
Adam Yeoman, 6'8, forward
Dexter Stevens, 6'0, guard,
Joshua Fullerton, 6'1, guard, Clayton State University
Charles Williams, 6'2, guard,
Ramar Smith, 6'2, guard



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Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 15-1 
 2. Cedevita 13-3 
 3. Buducnost 11-5 
 4. Partizan 11-5 
 5. Union Olimpija 10-6 
 6. Radnicki K. 8-7 
 7. Siroki WWin 8-7 
 8. KK Zagreb CO 8-8 
 9. Cibona 8-8 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 5-11 
 11. Krka 4-12 
 12. Hemofarm 4-12 
 13. Helios 4-12 
 14. Zlatorog 2-14 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.5 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.17.9 
 3. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.16.8 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.16.5 
 7. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 8. Kasun, KK.15.4 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki14.9 
 10. Prepelic, Helios14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.9 
 4. Kasun, KK.6.8 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.2 
 6. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 7. Pasalic, Helios5.8 
 8. May, KK.5.7 
 9. Simon, KK.5.7 
 10. Pavic, Krka5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Markovic, Radnicki8.1 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.8 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.2 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.5.0 
 6. Papaloukas, Macca.4.5 
 7. Mocnik, Union O.4.3 
 8. Draper, Cedevita4.1 
 9. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.0 
 10. Covic, Crvena Z.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gay, Helios2.3 
 2. Papaloukas, Macca.1.9 
 3. Simon, KK.1.8 
 4. Markovic, Radnicki1.7 
 5. Draper, Cedevita1.7 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 7. Pavkovic, Radnicki1.6 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 9. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.5 
 10. Zubcic, Cibona1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.1.1 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.1.0 
 5. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 9. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.8 
 10. Kasun, KK.0.8 


Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Croatian Cibona (8-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (15-1) in Zagreb. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only six-point victory 91-85. However their fans expected much easier game. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) fired 19 points for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Maccabi T-A have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Cibona at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be HKK Siroki WWin (#7) in Siroki Brijeg where they are favorite. Cibona will play at home against Zlatorog in Lasko.
Croatian KK Zagreb CO (#8) forced the game against Montenegrin Buducnost (#4) into an overtime, but lost by eleven points 70-81 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Nikola Ivanovic who helped to win the game recording 23 points. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Defending Montenegrin champion (11-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Partizan. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Buducnost will face Helios (#13) in Domzale in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play at home against Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana.

In the last two games of round 16 Partizan was beaten by Radnicki K. on the road 92-80. Siroki WWin destroyed Krka on its own court 81-60. Cedevita outscored Zlatorog in Zagreb 83-64. Union Olimpija managed to beat Crvena Zvezda at home 74-73.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 28 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists by Klemen Prepelic of Helios.


Buducnost - KK Zagreb CO 81-70 OT

Croatian KK Zagreb CO (#8) forced the game against Montenegrin Buducnost (#4) into an overtime, but lost by eleven points 70-81 on Saturday night. KK Zagreb CO was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 18-16 charge of Buducnost, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-6. Buducnost forced 19 KK Zagreb CO turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikola Ivanovic (187-94, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for KK Zagreb CO. Defending Montenegrin champion (11-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Partizan. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Buducnost will face Helios (#13) in Domzale in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play at home against Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: N.Ivanovic 23+3reb, B.Dubljevic 16+4reb, J.Anderson 13+2reb+6ast, C.Vitkovac 10+9reb+2ast, M.Milosevic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Popovic 6+3reb+2ast
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 21+11reb+4ast, V.Morovic 15+1reb+2ast, S.May 14+8reb+1ast, S.Ozbolt 7+1reb+2ast, D.Rancic 7+2reb+1ast, D.Markota 4+9reb+6ast
gschID: 133035


Helios - Hemofarm 89-86 OT

Top scorers:
Helios: K.Prepelic 28+7reb+7ast, D.Gay 15+2reb+3ast, D.Bubnic 14+8reb+1ast, D.Pasalic 12+5reb+2ast, S.Cebular 9, M.Markovic 6+4reb
Hemofarm: A.Nesovic 23+2reb+3ast, B.Savovic 18+10reb+3ast, M.Pantic 15+2reb, I.Maras 12+12reb, M.Sutalo 7+5reb, N.Krstic 5+1ast
gschID: 133036


Radnicki K. - Partizan 92-80

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Radnicki K. (8-7) beat higher ranked Partizan (11-5) in Kragujevac 92-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-80. Strangely Partizan outrebounded Radnicki K. 35-19 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Partizan. Five Radnicki K. and four Partizan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki K. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Siroki WWin. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third position with five games lost. Radnicki K. will face Hemofarm (#12) in Vrsac in the next round where they are favorite. Partizan will play on the road against Krka (#11) in Novo Mesto.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: M.Pavkovic 23+2reb+4ast, D.Simon 18+8reb+2ast, S.Markovic 17+1reb+7ast, M.Scott 12+2reb+2ast, S.Bratic 11+4reb, S.Sinovec 8+2reb+1ast
Partizan: M.Raduljica 18+6reb+3ast, V.Lucic 18+1reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 15+7reb+4ast, M.Macvan 13+6reb+3ast, D.Kecman 7+6reb, P.Bozic 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133037


Siroki WWin - Krka 81-60

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Slovenian Krka (4-12) was smashed by ninth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (8-7) in Siroki Brijeg 81-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by HKK Siroki WWin. Krka was better in second period 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. HKK Siroki WWin forced 22 Krka turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 assists and 4 steals. Croatian-Bosnian forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. Croatian center Jure Lalic (212-86) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Ben Hansbrough (190-87, college: Notre Dame) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Krka. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. HKK Siroki WWin have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Radnicki K. Krka lost third consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Krka will play at home against Partizan (#4) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: J.Vladovic 17+3reb+12ast, F.Pilepic 17+2reb+1ast, I.Ramljak 14+10reb+3ast, D.Persic 12+2reb, D.Planinic 10+4reb, J.Naletilic 4+1reb+2ast
Krka: J.Lalic 11+9reb, B.Hansbrough 10+1reb+4ast, U.Lucic 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 8+4reb+1ast, A.Nissim 8+6ast, J.Balazic 8+4reb
gschID: 133038


Cibona - Maccabi T-A 85-91 OT

Seventh-ranked Croatian Cibona (8-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (15-1) in Zagreb. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only six-point victory 91-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Cibona won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Cibona used huge pressure winning it 18-11 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-12. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi T-A especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. 28 personal fouls committed by Cibona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) fired 19 points for the winners. The other American import swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 16 points. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Marin Rozic (201-83) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Cibona at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be HKK Siroki WWin (#7) in Siroki Brijeg where they are favorite. Cibona will play at home against Zlatorog in Lasko.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 19+4reb, K.Langford 16+3reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 11+7reb+2ast, S.James 9+12reb, J.Scheyer 9+4reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 9+5reb
Cibona: A.Barbour 16+5reb+2ast, M.Rozic 15+6reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 14+4reb+2ast, D.Kus 11+1ast, D.Rudez 7+1reb+2ast, G.Suton 7+11reb
gschID: 133039


Zlatorog - Cedevita 64-83

Very predictable result when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (13-3) rolled over bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-14) in Lasko 83-64 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Zlatorog was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zlatorog was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Croatian power forward Jure Skific (202-88) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian guard Luka Lapornik (195-88) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Zlatorog. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedevita maintains second position with 13-3 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Zlatorog lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Cedevita will face Zvezda (#10) in Beograd in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zlatorog will play on the road against Cibona (#9) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: V.Vukusic 24+6reb+1ast, M.Bilan 17+8reb, M.Smodis 12+4reb+1ast, M.Bazdaric 10+6reb+2ast, D.Draper 8+4reb+5ast, I.Opacak 4+2reb+1ast
Zlatorog: J.Skific 14+5reb, Z.Dimec 11+4reb, L.Lapornik 10+6reb+2ast, A.Omic 9+4reb, G.Mali 7+1reb+2ast, D.Vujasinovic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133033


Union Olimpija - Crvena Zvezda 74-73

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Serbian Zvezda (5-11) was edged by fifth ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (10-6) in Ljubljana 74-73 on Sunday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Zvezda was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Finnish point guard Sasu Salin (190-91) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Center Petar Popovic (211-79) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) added 6 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zvezda. Zvezda's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Union Olimpija maintains fifth position with 10-6 record. Loser Zvezda keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. Union Olimpija will face KK Zagreb CO (#8) on the road in the next round. Zvezda will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: S.Salin 20+1ast, V.Dasic 19+5reb+1ast, D.Thompson 12+6reb, R.Rothbart 8+4reb+1ast, D.Muric 6+7reb+2ast, G.Jeretin 5+1reb+8ast
Crvena Zvezda: P.Popovic 25+10reb, N.Vasic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Ilic 8+2reb, B.Popovic 6+4reb+4ast, A.Milutinovic 6+6reb+1ast, O.Thomas 5+5reb
gschID: 133034




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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
5th ranked Kings (8-10) fell to sixth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (8-6) in overtime by four points 114-118 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. It was a good game for Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to fifth place. Kings at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will face bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (#9) in Gwynneville in the next round. Kings will play at home against the league's leader Perth Wildcats.

The most impressive performance of 15th round was 25 points and 5 rebounds by Jesse Wagstaff of Wildcats.


Hawks - Taipans 59-61

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (9-7) edged bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (3-12) in Gwynneville 61-59 on Friday. The guests trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 25-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Andrew Warren (195-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. The former international swingman Brad Hill (198-86) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Oscar Forman (205-82) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) added 16 points in the effort for Wollongong Hawks. Cairns Taipans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Wollongong Hawks lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans will face Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Wollongong Hawks will play on the road against Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru.
Top scorers:
Taipans: A.Warren 17+4reb, B.Hill 12+5reb+3ast, J.Wilson 10+5reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 10+4reb+2ast, A.Loughton 7+9reb, K.Williams 3+1reb
Hawks: O.Forman 19+7reb+1ast, R.Martin 16+3reb+2ast, G.Saville 6+6reb+3ast, L.Davidson 6+7reb, M.Campbell 4, T.Demos 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 138891


Wildcats - Blaze 92-80

Very expected game when 7th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (7-8) lost on the road to first ranked Perth Wildcats (12-5) 92-80 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-80. Perth Wildcats made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Gold Coast Blaze turnovers. Gold Coast Blaze was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Gold Coast Blaze. Four Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perth Wildcats have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-5 record, which they share with Breakers. Gold Coast Blaze lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Perth Wildcats will face Kings (#6) in Sydney in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gold Coast Blaze will play at home against Melbourne Tigers.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: J.Wagstaff 25+5reb, K.Lisch 21+3reb+4ast, S.Redhage 15+5reb+2ast, C.Tovey 8+7reb+3ast, B.Robbins 6+3reb, D.Williamson 6+1reb+1ast
Blaze: A.Deleon 18+7reb+2ast, A.Gibson 15+6reb+4ast, M.Worthington 14+5reb+2ast, W.Hudson 10+8reb, J.Cadee 7+3reb+2ast, A.Petrie 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 138892


Crocodiles - Kings 118-114 OT

5th ranked Kings (8-10) fell to sixth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (8-6) in overtime by four points 114-118 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kings won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Kings used huge pressure winning it 18-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 17-17. Townsville Crocodiles made 37-of-43 free shots (86.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Kings outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 56-35 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Kings were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Eddie Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 20 points and 9 assists for the winners. Naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86) added 17 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Kings. Five Townsville Crocodiles and four Kings players scored in double figures. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to fifth place. Kings at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will face bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (#9) in Gwynneville in the next round. Kings will play at home against the league's leader Perth Wildcats.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: M.Cedar 22+4reb+4ast, J.Holmes 20+10reb+4ast, E.Gill 20+4reb+9ast, T.Blanchfield 15+3reb, E.Mims 14+5reb+1ast, P.Crawford 13+5reb+3ast
Kings: A.Bose 25+7reb+2ast, B.Madgen 24+2reb+2ast, L.Martin 18+4reb+4ast, J.Khazzouh 17+13reb+3ast, K.Ratzsch 14+7reb+4ast, G.Dann 7+13reb+5ast
gschID: 138893


Tigers - Blaze 60-73

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (7-8) won against on the road 4th placed Melbourne Tigers (9-9) 73-60 on Sunday. The game without a history. Gold Coast Blaze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gold Coast Blaze outrebounded Melbourne Tigers 50-26 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. Five Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze maintains seventh place with 7-8 record. Melbourne Tigers lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will have a break next round. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Blaze: A.Deleon 21+8reb+2ast, A.Gibson 16+5reb+3ast, M.Worthington 15+8reb+5ast, A.Petrie 9+7reb, S.Hoare 4+4reb+1ast, J.Cadee 3+4reb+2ast
Tigers: C.Tragardh 14+6reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 13+2reb, A.Ubaka 10+4reb+2ast, L.Rush 10+3reb+1ast, D.Dillon 10+5reb+5ast, L.Walker 2+2reb
gschID: 138894


Breakers - 36ers 80-63

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-11) lost to second ranked New Zealand Breakers (12-5) in Auckland 63-80 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Adelaide 36ers was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Zealand Breakers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Adelaide 36ers' 26. They outrebounded Adelaide 36ers 50-24 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) answered with 14 points and the other American import forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Adelaide 36ers. New Zealand Breakers keep a position of league leader, which they share with Wildcats. Loser Adelaide 36ers keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will face Melbourne Tigers (#4) at home in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play against Cairns Taipans (#3).
Top scorers:
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 22+4reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 17+5reb+1ast, C.Jackson 12+6reb+7ast, C.Bruton 10+4reb+1ast, M.Vukona 6+9reb+2ast, B.Anthony 6+3reb
36ers: C.Warren 14+4reb+2ast, S.Weigh 10+1reb, E.Bartlett 9+2reb+1ast, D.Simpson 8+6reb+1ast, D.Johnson 7+1reb, N.Herbert 7+1reb
gschID: 138890




Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Wildcats 12-5 
 2. Breakers 12-5 
 3. Taipans 9-7 
 4. Tigers 9-9 
 5. Crocodiles 8-6 
 6. Kings 8-10 
 7. Blaze 7-8 
 8. 36ers 5-11 
 9. Hawks 3-12 


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Cameron TRAGARDH
  Tigers
  (209-C/F-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Tragardh, Tigers19.1 
 2. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 3. Lisch, Wildcats17.3 
 4. Khazzouh, Kings17.2 
 5. Crawford, Croco.16.5 
 6. Wilson, Taipans16.5 
 7. Johnson, 36ers16.4 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers15.7 
 9. Warren, 36ers15.4 
 10. Deleon, Blaze15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.1 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.7 
 3. Grant, Kings8.6 
 4. Simpsons, 36ers8.5 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.9 
 6. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 7. Worthington, Blaze6.9 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.6 
 9. Knight, Wildcats6.4 
 10. Saville, Hawks6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.0 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Gill, Crocodiles4.8 
 4. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 5. Gibson, Blaze4.5 
 6. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 9. Dillon, Tigers3.3 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.7 
 2. Jackson, Breakers2.6 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.8 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.6 
 5. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 6. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 7. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 8. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 9. Loughton, Taipans1.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.3 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.5 
 4. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 5. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.2 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 9. Knight, Wildcats0.9 
 10. Martin, Wildcats0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 18: Xion Dukes defeat Kapfenberg Bulls in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Xion Dukes (14-2) which hosted in Klosterneuburg 4th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (11-6). First ranked Xion Dukes managed to get a 5-point victory 65-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kapfenberg Bulls won fourth quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for Kapfenberg Bulls. Xion Dukes have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fourth place with six games lost. Xion Dukes are looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked St.Polten is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to second ranked Gmunden Swans (13-3) 79-60. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Richard Poiger chipped in 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Daniel Friedrich (180-92) with 22 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Klosterneub. St.Polten at the other side still closes the standings. Gmunden Swans will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) on the road in the next round. St.Polten will play against Gussing Knights (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Graz was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked UBSC Graz (7-10). Oberwart Gunners managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UBSC Graz. Vernard Hollins notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Marko Moric did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 10-7 record. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Oberwart Gunners will meet at home Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) in the next round. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
The game in Gussing was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (12-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Gussing Knights (8-8). Raiffeisen Wels managed to secure a 5-point victory 72-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gussing Knights. The best player for the winners was Joe Werner who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels maintains third position with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Klosterneub. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be BC Vienna (#8) in Wien where they are favorite. Gussing Knights will play on the road against St.Polten.

In the last game of round 18 Furstenfeld beat Arkadia on the road 75-68.



Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 65-60

An interesting game for Xion Dukes (14-2) which hosted in Klosterneuburg 4th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (11-6). First ranked Xion Dukes managed to get a 5-point victory 65-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kapfenberg Bulls won fourth quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) added 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Four Xion Dukes and five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Xion Dukes have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the fourth place with six games lost. Xion Dukes are looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: J.Fears 15+2reb+5ast, D.Nelson 13+12reb, C.Gray 11+5reb+2ast, L.Gordon 11+8reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 10+3reb+2ast, J.Severin 0
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 20+8reb+1ast, C.Nagler 14+7reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 12+2reb+1ast, J.Chappell 10+8reb+3ast, C.Bobb 7+2reb+5ast, C.Greimeister 2+1reb
gschID: 137163


Gmunden - St.Polten 79-60

Bottom-ranked St.Polten is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to second ranked Gmunden Swans (13-3) 79-60. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. St.Polten was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans forced 22 St.Polten turnovers and had a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. St.Polten was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Richard Poiger (202-87) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Daniel Friedrich (180-92) with 22 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Klosterneub. St.Polten at the other side still closes the standings. Gmunden Swans will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) on the road in the next round. St.Polten will play against Gussing Knights (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: D.Friedrich 22+2reb+1ast, M.Speiser 18+4reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 9+2reb+5ast, L.Gvozden 4+2reb, F.Trmal 2+2reb+1ast, F.Kramer 2+6reb
Gmunden: D.Oppland 15+13reb, R.Poiger 13+3reb+5ast, E.Murati 11+5reb+1ast, M.Curry 9+1reb+5ast, D.Burke 9+2reb, M.Mayer 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 137164


UBSC Graz - Oberwart 78-87

The game in Graz was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked UBSC Graz (7-10). Oberwart Gunners managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UBSC Graz. The game without a history. Oberwart Gunners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Croatian forward Marko Moric (207-81) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 10-7 record. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Oberwart Gunners will meet at home Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) in the next round. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 18+6reb+1ast, M.Moric 16+5reb+5ast, T.Ambrose 15+4reb+2ast, S.Grum 15+2reb+1ast, C.Knor 5+1reb, R.Lanegger 5+3reb+1ast
Oberwart: V.Hollins 22+7reb+5ast, D.Reed 15+2reb+1ast, J.Dean Shaw 15+6reb+1ast, H.Artner 15+1reb+1ast, D.Jandl 9+2reb+4ast, N.Gacesa 7+4reb
gschID: 137165


Gussing - Wels 67-72

The game in Gussing was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (12-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Gussing Knights (8-8). Raiffeisen Wels managed to secure a 5-point victory 72-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gussing Knights. Gussing Knights were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Raiffeisen Wels, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Gussing Knights 44-33 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Raiffeisen Wels maintains third position with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Klosterneub. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be BC Vienna (#8) in Wien where they are favorite. Gussing Knights will play on the road against St.Polten.
Top scorers:
Gussing: A.Djuric 22+5reb+1ast, E.Kadic 15+6reb+1ast, C.Scott 13+13reb+2ast, S.Koch 6+5reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 5+2reb+6ast, M.Klepeisz 3+1ast
Wels: D.Lamesic 18+5reb+1ast, J.Werner 17+17reb+1ast, A.Farokhmanesh 13+3reb+3ast, T.Brown 7+7reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 6+2reb+1ast, M.Kohlmaier 6+8reb
gschID: 137161


Arkadia - Furstenfeld 68-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers' (6-11) road victory over 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (4-13) in Traiskirchen 75-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-16. But Arkadia Lions won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Lithuanian center Pranas Skurdauskas (211-88, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains ninth position with 6-11 record. Arkadia Lions lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Arkadia Lions will play against the league's leader Xion Dukes (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 19+6reb+6ast, R.Spasojevic 14+4reb, P.Skurdauskas 10+8reb+2ast, J.Blazevic 10+2reb+1ast, B.Danek 7+2reb+5ast, S.N'Diaye 6+4reb
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 19+9reb+9ast, G.Ware 14+6reb+1ast, J.Robinson 13+7reb+1ast, M.Graf 10+4reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 10+1reb, R.Gaines 9+6reb
gschID: 137162




Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 14-2 
 2. Gmunden 13-3 
 3. Wels 12-4 
 4. Kapfenberg 11-6 
 5. Oberwart 10-7 
 6. Gussing 8-8 
 7. UBSC Graz 7-10 
 8. BC Vienna 6-10 
 9. Furstenfeld 6-11 
 10. Arkadia 4-13 
 11. St.Polten 0-16 


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, Arkadia20.6 
 4. Djuric, Gussing20.3 
 5. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 6. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.19.4 
 8. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.0 
 10. Bobb, Klosterneub.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.3 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.6 
 4. Oppland, Gmunden8.2 
 5. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.5 
 7. Nelson, Kapfenberg7.1 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.9 
 9. Gordon, Kapfenberg6.7 
 10. Trmal, St.Polten6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Danek, Arkadia5.8 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.6 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.1 
 5. Vay, Arkadia5.0 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.4.9 
 7. Lanegger, Klostern.4.9 
 8. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Arkadia
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Vay, Arkadia2.6 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 4. Pryor, Wels2.4 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Scott, Gussing1.7 
 7. Brown, Wels1.7 
 8. Jandl, Oberwart1.6 
 9. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.6 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.2 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 4. Brown, Wels0.7 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 6. Kohlmaier, Wels0.6 
 7. Vay, Arkadia0.6 
 8. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 9. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 10. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 12: Rudupis beat Pieno Zvaigzdes in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 12 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Prienai where fourth ranked Rudupis won against visiting Pieno Zvaigzdes (6-6) 77-72. Pieno Zvaigzdes were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rudupis forced 19 Pieno Zvaigzdes turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Pieno Zvaigzdes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Gediminas Orelikas (199-90) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Center Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Sylvester Morgan (208-83, college: Georgia St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rudupis (8-3) moved-up to third place in Elite, which they share with Triumph. Pieno Zvaigzdes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the sixth position with six games lost. Rudupis is looking forward to face Baltai Kaunas (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Tartu Ulikool (#9) and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai and higher ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo where host Kedainiai (5-8) won against Kalev/Cramo (9-4) 66-58. It was a good game for American forward David McClure (198-86, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Marius Valukonis contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Kalev/Cramo. Kedainiai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position in Elite with 5-8 record. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo dropped to the second place with four games lost. Kedainiai will play against higher ranked Juventus (#7) in Utena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#6) in Pasvalys and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Lithuanian leader Siauliai delivered the eleventh victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja (2-11) 83-77. Worth to mention a quality performance of Valdas Vasylius who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Josh Mayo with 18 points and 4 assists. Siauliai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 11-1 record. Liepaja lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liepaja will play against Ventspils (#5) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Utena supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Lithuanian Juventus (6-7). Kalev/Cramo smashed Juventus 87-60. The winners were led by Gregor Arbet who scored that evening 23 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to second place in Elite. Juventus at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Kalev/Cramo's next round opponent will be Pieno Zvaigzdes (#6) in Pasvalys. Juventus will play on the road against Kedainiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Round 12 in Baltic League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Rakvere where host Estonian BC Rakvere (6-2) beat league's leader Lithuanian Naglis Palangos (5-3) 91-73 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in 2A. The best player for the winners was Kaspars Cipruss who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Rakvere keeps a position of 2A leader. Loser Naglis Palangos dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Siauliai. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In 2B Turiba was defeated by Valmiera in a road game 71-61. Sakalai smashed TTU/Kalev at home 92-71. Rapla was destroyed by Techasas on the opponent's court 96-60.
In Elite Juventus managed to outperform Tartu Ulikool in a home game 96-82. Tartu Ulikool recorded a loss to Kedainiai on the road 86-75.



Group Challenge
Valmiera - Turiba 71-61

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Turiba (2-8) was defeated on the road by third ranked Valmiera (7-3) 71-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Turiba was better in second period 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Turiba was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) who scored 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) who recorded 17 points and swingman Eduards Kikuts (196-88) added 11 points respectively. Turiba's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera maintains third position in 2B with 7-3 record having just -17 point less than leader Siauliai. Loser Turiba keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Valmiera will now take on Naglis in the quarterfinals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Lucas 16+4reb+7ast, V.Veinbergs 15+1reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 12+7reb, E.Kalve 12+7reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 7+2reb+1ast, V.Iljins 5+3reb
Turiba: K.Mediss 17+2reb+1ast, E.Kikuts 11+4reb+2ast, J.Antrops 8+6reb+1ast, R.Mednis 7+3reb+2ast, J.Dilevka 7+2reb, M.Rudmiezis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149725


Sakalai - TTU/Kalev 92-71

No shocking result in a game in Vilnius where second ranked Lithuanian Sakalai (8-2) smashed 4th ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (3-7) 92-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sakalai. TTU/Kalev was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTU/Kalev to just 6 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was forward Arvydas Gydra (206-89) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) chipped in 12 points. Sakalai's coach Kazys Maksvytis felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who recorded 22 points and 5 assists and American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sakalai maintains second position in 2B with 8-2 record having just -18 point less than leader Siauliai. Loser TTU/Kalev keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. TTU/Kalev will face Tarvas, while Sakalai will take on Neptunas in the quarterfinal series.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: A.Gydra 20+6reb+2ast, E.Baniulis 14+2reb+1ast, L.Samenas 12+3reb+2ast, A.Kiausas 12+5reb, V.Sirvydis 8+1reb+1ast, D.Pukis 7+2reb+3ast
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 22+4reb+5ast, A.Arnold 16+7reb, M.Kaja 13+6reb+2ast, K.Akenparg 11+4reb+2ast, K.Makke 4+2reb+2ast, K.Keres 4+4ast
gschID: 149723


Techasas - Rapla 96-60

Very expected game in Panevezys where 5th ranked Estonian Rapla (2-8) was rolled over by first ranked Lithuanian Techasas (8-2) 96-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Techasas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Techasas forced 23 Rapla turnovers and outrebounded them 45-26 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Rapla was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Sarunas Kulevicius (190-89) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Karolis Babkauskas (184-91) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Indrek Kajupank (200-88) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andre Parn (200-77) added 15 points respectively. 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. Techasas maintains first position in 2B with 8-2 record. Loser Rapla keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Techasas advaced into the playoffs and would face Barsy Atyrau from Kazakhstan.
Top scorers:
Techasas: K.Babkauskas 16+3reb+2ast, S.Kulevicius 15+6reb+1ast, A.Drungilas 10+7reb+1ast, J.Zurna 9+2reb+3ast, S.Vasiliauskas 9+1reb+4ast, O.Matulionis 9+5reb+2ast
Rapla: A.Parn 15+4reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 13+5reb+2ast, J.Soo 13+2reb+1ast, R.Laane 7+4reb+5ast, A.Antson 5+1reb, M.Parn 3+3reb
gschID: 149724


Tarvas - Naglis Palangos 91-73

Round 12 in Baltic League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Rakvere where host Estonian BC Rakvere (6-2) beat league's leader Lithuanian Naglis Palangos (5-3) 91-73 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in 2A. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Naglis Palangos was better in second period 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Rakvere dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 24. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Martin Dorbek (193-91) chipped in 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Tomas Rinkevicius (178-78) who recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Paulius Kleiza (195-88) added 15 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Rakvere keeps a position of 2A leader. Loser Naglis Palangos dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Siauliai. Both teams are getting ready for the playoffs. Tarvas will face TTU, while Naglis will play against Valmiera for the semifinal birth.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 22+11reb, M.Dorbek 17+3reb+2ast, V.Kriisa 14+4reb+4ast, R.Hallik 12+5reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 12+5reb+3ast, J.Umbrasko 7+3reb+1ast
Naglis Palangos: P.Kleiza 15+4reb+1ast, N.Barinov 13+2reb+3ast, T.Rinkevicius 11+5reb+5ast, M.Reminas 11+4reb+1ast, A.Vitas 10+7reb, R.Pickett 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149722


Group Elite
Liepaja - Siauliai 77-83

Lithuanian leader Siauliai delivered the eleventh victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja (2-11) 83-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liepaja won third quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Siauliai won last quarter 23-18. Siauliai outrebounded Liepaja 37-26 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) who added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) with 18 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Jawan Bailey (203, college: Incarnate Word) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Siauliai and five Liepaja players scored in double figures. Siauliai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 11-1 record. Liepaja lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Liepaja will play against Ventspils (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: V.Vasylius 22+5reb+2ast, A.Siksnius 16+4reb+2ast, D.Bowles 11+7reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 11+4reb, E.Ruzgas 9+4reb, C.Long 8+4reb+3ast
Liepaja: J.Mayo 18+3reb+4ast, J.Bailey 15+7reb+2ast, M.Kravcenko 14+2reb+2ast, J.Porzingis 13+4reb+2ast, A.Bricis 13+8reb+2ast, A.Helmanis 4+2reb
gschID: 165746


Rudupis - Pieno Zvaigzdes 77-72

The most interesting game of round 12 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Prienai where fourth ranked Rudupis won against visiting Pieno Zvaigzdes (6-6) 77-72. Pieno Zvaigzdes were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rudupis forced 19 Pieno Zvaigzdes turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Pieno Zvaigzdes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Gediminas Orelikas (199-90) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Center Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Sylvester Morgan (208-83, college: Georgia St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) added 15 points and 4 steals respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rudupis (8-3) moved-up to third place in Elite, which they share with Triumph. Pieno Zvaigzdes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the sixth position with six games lost. Rudupis is looking forward to face Baltai Kaunas (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Tartu Ulikool (#9) and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 18+5reb, G.Kadziulis 13+1reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 11+11reb, A.Milaknis 9+3reb+1ast, S.Buterlevicius 8+2reb, A.Urbutis 7+1reb
Pieno Zvaigzdes: S.Morgan 20+11reb+2ast, T.Hughes 15+2reb+1ast, E.Bendzius 12, G.Sirutavicius 8+2reb+1ast, P.Morkeliunas 7+1reb+1ast, D.Leonard 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 165747


Kedainiai - Kalev/Cramo 66-58

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai and higher ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo where host Kedainiai (5-8) won against Kalev/Cramo (9-4) 66-58. The hosts were ahead by 13 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 20-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Kedainiai dominated on the defensive end, holding Kalev/Cramo to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Kalev/Cramo 42-31 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward David McClure (198-86, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Kalev/Cramo. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kedainiai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position in Elite with 5-8 record. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo dropped to the second place with four games lost. Kedainiai will play against higher ranked Juventus (#7) in Utena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#6) in Pasvalys and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: M.Valukonis 14+8reb, D.McClure 12+14reb+3ast, V.Ginevicius 9+3reb+2ast, V.Sulskis 9+7reb, A.Adomaitis 9+1reb, L.Kisielius 8+3reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 17+5reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 13+6reb+1ast, A.Skele 12+4reb+1ast, B.Fall 10+11reb+2ast, T.Sokk 3+1reb, R.Tamm 3+1ast
gschID: 165748


Juventus - Tartu Ulikool 96-82

Rather predictable result in Utena where sixth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (6-7) beat 9th ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (4-10) 96-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Juventus. Tartu Ulikool was better in fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus shot 61.8 percent from the field and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Juventus outrebounded Tartu Ulikool 38-25 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (192-82) who scored 16 points and 8 assists. point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Rain Veideman (192-91) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and Greek-Estonian guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) added 13 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Juventus went down to seventh position (Elite) due to points difference. Loser Tartu Ulikool keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Juventus will face Kedainiai (#8) on the road in the next round. Tartu Ulikool will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys.
Top scorers:
Juventus: T.Gaidamavicius 16+2reb+8ast, R.Gumeniuk 15+6reb, G.Matulis 13+4reb+2ast, G.Maceina 12+6reb+3ast, A.Vasiliauskas 9+3reb, K.Petrukonis 8+2reb
Tartu Ulikool: R.Veideman 15+3reb+4ast, S.Sokk 13+4reb+3ast, M.Doronin 10+4reb+1ast, T.Kurbas 10+3reb, S.Leppik 9+1reb+3ast, A.Paade 8+1reb
gschID: 165749


Kedainiai - Tartu Ulikool 86-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool's (4-10) road loss to eighth ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai (5-8) 75-86 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tartu Ulikool was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward David McClure (198-86, college: Duke) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Vidas Ginevicius (193-78, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Vallo Allingu (206-78) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Kristo Saage (184-85) added 14 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kedainiai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position in Elite with 5-8 record. Loser Tartu Ulikool keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Kedainiai will face higher ranked Juventus (#7) in Utena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tartu Ulikool will play on the road against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: D.McClure 18+13reb+2ast, L.Kisielius 15+1reb+2ast, V.Ginevicius 11+5reb+3ast, A.Adomaitis 10+5reb+3ast, V.Peciukas 8+2reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 7+3reb+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: K.Saage 14+1reb+3ast, R.Veideman 14+2reb, V.Allingu 13+7reb, T.Kurbas 12+2reb+1ast, S.Sokk 6+3reb+4ast, M.Doronin 6+8reb
gschID: 165750


Juventus - Kalev/Cramo 60-87

The game in Utena supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Lithuanian Juventus (6-7). Kalev/Cramo smashed Juventus 87-60. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Juventus was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo had a 35-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The winners were led by swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) who scored that evening 23 points and guard Tanel Sokk (184-85) supported him with 20 points. Even 14 points by swingman Gintautas Matulis (195-86) did not help to save the game for Juventus. Ukrainian center Roman Gumeniuk (220-87) added 8 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to second place in Elite. Juventus at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Kalev/Cramo's next round opponent will be Pieno Zvaigzdes (#6) in Pasvalys. Juventus will play on the road against Kedainiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 23+2reb, T.Sokk 20+3ast, B.Fall 11+11reb, J.Toome 7+6reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 6+1reb, A.Skele 6+4reb+4ast
Juventus: G.Matulis 14+4reb+1ast, D.Pakamanis 10+6reb+1ast, T.Gaidamavicius 9+1reb+2ast, V.Volkus 9+5reb, R.Gumeniuk 8+9reb, K.Petrukonis 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 165751




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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas20.2 
 2. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.6 
 6. Pilk, TT.16.5 
 7. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja16.4 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas16.4 
 10. Soo, Rapla16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.6 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.4 
 3. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 5. Nelson, Jelgava8.2 
 6. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 8. Arnold, TT.7.8 
 9. Johnson, Naglis P.7.7 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas5.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 3. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.1 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 5. Maceina, Juventus4.9 
 6. Janavicius, Baltai4.4 
 7. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 10. Dorbek, Tarvas4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Dainius SALENGA
  Rudupis
  (197-F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 5. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 6. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 7. Kriisa, Tarvas1.9 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 9. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
 10. Laane, Rapla1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.9 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera1.8 
 4. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 5. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.5 
 6. Staniulis, Techasas1.4 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 8. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.0 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 10. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 


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Belgian D1 round 15 best performance: Caleb Green - by Eurobasket News
American forward Caleb Green (203-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Spirou, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Verviers-Pep. (#9, 1-12) with 45-point margin 100-55. It allowed Spirou to consolidate first place in the Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spirou has a very solid 10-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Green had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Spirou's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oral Roberts University star has very solid stats this year. Green is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.3ppg) and averages impressive 53.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent. Brown had a very good evening with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Gent lost that game 65-70 to the higher-ranked M.Hainaut (#5, 7-6). Gent managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Gent managed to get this year. Brown is a newcomer at Gent, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut (#5). Taylor scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of M.Hainaut, leading his team to a 70-65 win against the lower-ranked Gent (#8, 4-10). M.Hainaut needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Taylor has a very solid season. In 12 games in Belgium he scored 12.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominic Waters (185-PG-86) of Liege - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Christopher Hill (191-G-83) of Spirou - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85) of Antwerp - 17 points and 6 rebounds
7. Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Gent - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87) of M.Hainaut - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ian Hanavan (202-F-80) of Leuven - 13 points and 11 rebounds

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


D1 Round 15: Top-ranked Spirou Charleroi wins another game - by Eurobasket News
D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (10-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-12) 100-55. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spirou Charleroi outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by VOO Verviers-Pepinster's players. It was a good game for American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) answered with 9 points and 6 rebounds for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-3 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Spirou Charleroi are looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Base Oostende (9-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (5-6). Base Oostende did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-61. It was a great evening for Slovenian forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Matt Lojeski helped adding 20 points. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) with 22 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Base Oostende have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Base Oostende will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play on the road against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#5) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Gent was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (7-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Optima Gent (4-10). Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 5-point victory 70-65 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Quincy Taylor who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Graham Brown came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for Optima Gent in the defeat. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. Optima Gent lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#7) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 Leuven were beaten by Antwerp on the road 59-51.



Liege - Oostende 61-80

The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Base Oostende (9-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (5-6). Base Oostende did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-61. Base Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Belgacom Liege's 30. Base Oostende forced 20 Belgacom Liege turnovers. It was a great evening for Slovenian forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) helped adding 20 points. Five Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) with 22 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the other American import forward Terrence Jennings (205-88, college: Louisville) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Base Oostende have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Base Oostende will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play on the road against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#5) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 20+4reb, D.Drobnjak 17+9reb+1ast, B.Wright 11+5reb+2ast, C.Booker 11+6reb+1ast, K.Winston 11+5reb+7ast, D.Djordjevic 6+4reb+6ast
Liege: D.Waters 22+2reb+6ast, T.Jennings 12+5reb+1ast, G.Muya 10+6reb+1ast, J.Bostic 7+8reb+1ast, L.Matela 6+9reb+2ast, G.Hockins 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132390


Spirou - Verviers-Pep. 100-55

D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (10-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-12) 100-55. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spirou Charleroi outrebounded VOO Verviers-Pepinster 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by VOO Verviers-Pepinster's players. It was a good game for American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) answered with 9 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-3 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Spirou Charleroi are looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: C.Green 25+7reb+2ast, C.Hill 21+8reb+4ast, T.Huffman 12+4ast, A.Jadin 10+1reb+1ast, D.Broyles 8+7reb+1ast, B.Penninck 7+6reb+2ast
Verviers-Pep.: W.Boss Mukubu 9+6reb+2ast, M.Faison 8+1reb+2ast, J.Rahier 7+2reb+1ast, J.Love 7+6reb, J.Beal 7+1reb, T.Thompson 6+1reb
gschID: 132391


Gent - M.Hainaut 65-70

The game in Gent was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (7-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Optima Gent (4-10). Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to secure a 5-point victory 70-65 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-65. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Optima Gent in the defeat. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains fifth place with 7-6 record. Optima Gent lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#7) in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 20+11reb, J.Cage 13+3reb, A.Slaughter 13+8reb+3ast, A.Libert 7+2reb+1ast, L.Giancaterino 6+1reb, S.Bellin 5+4reb
Gent: G.Brown 18+8reb+2ast, R.Chaney 14+10reb+2ast, L.Bosco 10+2reb+4ast, M.Haynes 8+2reb+3ast, M.Jenkins 6+2reb+1ast, S.Geukens 6+2reb
gschID: 132392


Antwerp - Leuven 59-51

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Antwerp Giants' (8-5) home victory over 5th ranked Leuven Bears (6-6) 59-51 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 34-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Antwerp Giants forced 22 Leuven Bears turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led the winners and scored 17 points. His fellow American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) added 5 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Leuven Bears in the defeat. Antwerp Giants moved-up to third place, which they share with Aalstar. Loser Leuven Bears dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet Okapi Aalstar (#4) on the road in the next round. Leuven Bears will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 17+4reb+3ast, D.Wilson 17+6reb+1ast, S.Mejri 7+9reb, J.Mwema 6+5reb, R.Biggs 5+2reb, B.Hopkins 4+4reb+1ast
Leuven: I.Hanavan 13+11reb, J.Davis 9+1reb, M.McGhee 8+3reb, J.Tofi 6+1reb+1ast, J.McLean 5+9reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 132393




Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 10-3 
 2. Oostende 9-5 
 3. Antwerp 8-5 
 4. Aalstar 8-5 
 5. M.Hainaut 7-6 
 6. Leuven 6-6 
 7. Liege 5-6 
 8. Gent 4-10 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 1-12 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Copeland, Aalstar19.4 
 2. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 3. Bostic, Liege16.1 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende14.5 
 6. Freeman, Leuven14.3 
 7. Green, Spirou14.3 
 8. Booker, Oostende13.9 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.5 
 10. Tofi, Leuven13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. Brown, Gent7.5 
 4. McLean, Leuven6.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 7. Chaney, Gent6.0 
 8. Bostic, Liege5.7 
 9. Carter, M.Hainaut5.5 
 10. Matela, Liege5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.7 
 2. Waters, Liege4.0 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.6 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 5. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 7. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 8. Winston, Oostende2.8 
 9. Thompson, Verviers.2.8 
 10. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Downey, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.6 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.5 
 4. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 5. Steinbach, Aalstar2.2 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 7. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 8. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 9. Haynes, Gent1.8 
 10. Bostic, Liege1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.8 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.3 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Booker, Oostende1.0 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.8 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 9. Gillet, Liege0.5 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 


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D2: "Prva Liga RS" Standings - by Sead Buljina
'Prva Liga RS' Standings

Club GP W L
1. Radnik BN 9 9 0
2. Gradjanski 9 8 1
3. Rudar 9 6 3
4. Feniks 8 6 2
5. Prijedor 9 4 5
6. Bratunac 9 4 5
7. Drina 9 2 7
8. Wolf Security 8 2 6
9. Sutjeska 8 2 6
10.OKK Borac 9 1 8
11.Slavija 3 1 2 (withdrawn)


1. Radnik BN Basket (Bijeljina), 2. Gradjanski (Pale), 3. Rudar (Ugljevik), 4. Feniks (Lukavica), 5. Prijedor, 6. Bratunac, 7. Drina Birac (Zvornik), 8. Wolf Security (Foca), 9. Sutjeska (Foca), 10. OKK Borac (Banja Luka), 11. Slavija (Lukavica). Slavija has withdrawn from the competition and ceased to exist due to the financial problems.






Adelmo Delic reinforces Celik - by Sead Buljina
By bringing in a swingman Adelmo Delic (195-G/F-86) to Zenica during the midseason break, Celik is sending a message that they will fight to stay in top Bosnian division till the end. Delic is a very athletic player and a tough cover for everyone. With 27ppg he was the top scorer In A1 league during 2009/10 season. Last season he has successfully played at Mladost MG, one of the better teams in the league. Celik has to play with mostly inexperienced players due to a tight financial situation. To make things worse for Celik, after this season 5 teams will be relegated to the lower division. Next season there will be 12 teams in Bosnian D1 in lieu of current 14.

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 14-1 
 2. Bosna 11-2 
 3. Capljina 11-4 
 4. Varda HE 9-5 
 5. Leotar 9-6 
 6. Mladost 8-7 
 7. Hercegovac 6-8 
 8. Servitium 6-9 
 9. Borac Nektar 5-9 
 10. Zrinjski HT 5-10 
 11. Celik 4-11 
 12. Brotnjo 4-11 
 13. Vogosca 3-12 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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Uniceub/BRB beat Itabom/Bauru in Round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Uniceub/BRB clinched the seventh win in NBB season. They held off visiting Itabom/Bauru 88:81. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 27 points to pace the defending champions. Itabom/Bauru led by as many as 10 points after the opening quarter 26:16. But the hosts adjusted their offence and went on a strong surge in the next two periods. Uniceub/BRB entered the fourth term up by 6 points and stayed in front till the final buzzer. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points each for the winners. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) responded with 16 points for Itabom/Bauru as they fell at 10-3 record.
Sao Jose/Unimed thrashed Paulistano 93:73 on the road. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) notched 27 points to pace the winners. Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) produced 17 points in the ninth win for Sao Jose. Paulistano answered with 19 points from Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79).
Pinheiros/Sky took care of visiting Joinville 89:76. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) nailed 29 points to lead the Paulista League champions. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) added 21 points as Pinheiros/Sky climbed at 11-3 record. Joinville got 20 points from Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84).



Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Unitri/Universo 11-2 
 2. Flamengo 11-2 
 3. Pinheiros/Sky 11-3 
 4. Itabom/Bauru 10-3 
 5. S.Jose/Unimed 9-4 
 6. Paulistano 9-4 
 7. Uniceub/BRB 7-5 
 8. Cia do Terno 5-8 
 9. Winner/Limeira 5-8 
 10. Minas 5-8 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 5-8 
 12. Tijuca TC 4-9 
 13. Vivo/Franca 4-9 
 14. Vila Velha 1-12 
 15. Araraquara 1-13 


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  CANADA   


Johnny Berhanemeskel claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Johnny Berhanemeskel (185-G) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Ottawa and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The -year old guard had a double-double of 29 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Toronto Univ. (#4, 5-6) with 21-point margin 88-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Ottawa maintains the 2nd position in Canadian CIS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ottawa will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. In the team's last game Berhanemeskel had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Ottawa and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Johnny Berhanemeskel averages this season 17.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old international forward Michael Lieffers (203-F-87) of Saskatchewan. Lieffers impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Saskatchewan was edged by the lower-ranked Calgary (#11, 4-7) 83-79. This loss caused Saskatchewan to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lieffers is one of the most experienced players at Saskatchewan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was international guard Jordan Baker (192-G-91) of Alberta (#3). Baker scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Alberta, leading his team to a 91-83 win against the lower-ranked Lethbridge (#8, 5-6). Alberta needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Baker has a great season in Canada. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 56.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominyc Coward (198-F) of Lethbridge - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Alex Desroches (193-G) of New Brunsw. - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Christian Coldea (201-F) of York - 19 points and 12 rebounds
7. Kevin Oliver (198-G) of Manitoba - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Gregory Saint-Amand (193-F-88) of UQAM - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-F-91) of Laval - 20 points and 13 rebounds
10. Yassine Ghomari) of UBC Okanagan - 33 points, 9 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 Round 17: Panthers defeat leader X-Men - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked X-Men (7-2) in Charlottetown, PEI on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked Panthers (7-3) 100-76. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Panthers. X-Men managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to X-Men's 30. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Panthers made 8 blocks. Sudanese forward Manock Lual (198-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Terrence Brown (186) contributed with 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. Panthers' coach Tim Kendrick felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Will Donkoh (185) answered with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for X-Men. Panthers moved-up to second place, which they share with Cape Breton. X-Men at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Panthers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. X-Men will play at home against Tigers in Halifax, NS and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Waterloo, ON. Second ranked Golden Hawks (10-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging leader Thunderwolves (10-2) 92-89 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thunderwolves. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Center Matthew Buckley (215) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Kale Harrison chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Golden Hawks' coach Peter Campbell allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Ryan Thomson (201-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Golden Hawks keep a position of league leader, which they share with Victoria and Lakehead. Golden Hawks will play against Gryphons (#6) in Guelph, ON in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Thunderwolves will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Halifax, NS between Tigers and Huskies. Sixth ranked Tigers (4-4) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Huskies (5-6). Tigers managed to escape with a 2-point win 72-70 in the fight for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Huskies. Robert Nortmann nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Tigers' coach John Campbell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jerome Smith came up with 22 points and 6 assists for Huskies in the defeat. Tigers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with UQAM and Acadia. Loser Huskies keep the fourth position with six games lost. Tigers will meet league's leader X-Men in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Huskies will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Marauders (9-3) against fourth ranked Lancers (9-3) on Saturday night. Host Marauders were defeated by Lancers in a tough game in Hamilton, ON 74-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Marauders. The best player for the winners was Lien Phillip who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Marauders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lancers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with McMaster. Lancers' next round opponent will be Mustangs (#8) in London, ON which should be theoretically an easy game.
An interesting game for Vikies (10-2) which hosted in Victoria, BC 4th placed Cascades (7-5). First ranked Vikies had an easy win 91-67. Zac Andrus orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vikies maintains first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Laurier and Lakehead. Loser Cascades dropped to the fifth position with five 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 17: Memorial were beaten by Cape Breton on the road 88-84. TRU was destroyed by UBC on its own court 54-78. TWU outscored UBC Okanagan in Langley, BC 83-56. Winless Queen's recorded a loss to York at home 62-66. Regina were defeated by Manitoba on the opponent's court 94-83. Alberta beat Lethbridge in a home game 85-77. Saskatchewan won against Calgary on the road 90-83. Toronto Univ. lost to undefeated Carleton on its own court 64-98. Ottawa managed to beat Ryerson in Ottawa, ON 83-77. New Brunsw. was crushed by Acadia at home 60-95. Memorial was smashed by Cape Breton on the opponent's court 94-61. Guelph destroyed Waterloo in a home game 82-63. Laurentian outscored RMC on the road 96-29. Concordia managed to beat UQAM on its own court 68-63. Western defeated Brock in London, ON 101-93.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 40 points (!!!), 9 assists and 4 steals by Jamelle Barrett of Saskatchewan.



Cape Breton - Memorial 88-84

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Capers (7-3) beat 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-9) in Sydney, NS 88-84 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-10. But Sea Hawks won second period 29-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capers forced 22 Sea Hawks turnovers. Sea Hawks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Al Alilovic (198) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) contributed with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Jason Shepherd (193-89) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and center Mike Helsby (193) added 20 points in the effort for Sea Hawks. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Capers. They maintain second place with 7-3 record having seven points less than leader Lakehead, which they share with UPEI. Sea Hawks lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Memorial: J.Shepherd 34+8reb+2ast, M.Helsby 20+4reb+3ast, R.Habib 9+4reb+8ast, T.Sargent 9+7reb+3ast, R.Wood 4+5reb+3ast, J.Alliman 3+5reb+3ast
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 28+11reb+5ast, A.Alilovic 27+12reb+5ast, J.Smith 14+2reb+2ast, K.Devereaux 6+5reb+4ast, A.Geugjes 5+4reb+1ast, L.Macquarrie 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 155785


UPEI - St.Francis X. 100-76

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked X-Men (7-2) in Charlottetown, PEI on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by third ranked Panthers (7-3) 100-76. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Panthers. X-Men managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to X-Men's 30. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Panthers made 8 blocks. Sudanese forward Manock Lual (198-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Terrence Brown (186) contributed with 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Panthers players scored in double figures. Panthers' coach Tim Kendrick felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Will Donkoh (185) answered with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Jeremy Dunn (198) added 24 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for X-Men. Panthers moved-up to second place, which they share with Cape Breton. X-Men at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Panthers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. X-Men will play at home against Tigers in Halifax, NS and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 24+6reb+1ast, W.Donkoh 22+8reb+5ast, E.Ffrench 13+1reb+3ast, R.Madera 8+13reb, T.Vernon 7+6reb+3ast, O.Kadray 2+1reb
UPEI: M.Lual 22+9reb+2ast, T.Brown 20+4reb+7ast, D.Moss 18+6reb+1ast, J.Cooper 15+5reb+1ast, J.Duke 11+10reb+2ast, G.Doane 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155786


Victoria - UFV 91-67

An interesting game for Vikies (10-2) which hosted in Victoria, BC 4th placed Cascades (7-5). First ranked Vikies had an easy win 91-67. The game without a history. Vikies led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Vikies looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Guard Zac Andrus (180) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 assists. Guard Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Vikies players scored in double figures. Forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Joel Friesen (193) added 13 points in the effort for Cascades. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vikies maintains first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Laurier and Lakehead. Loser Cascades dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UFV: K.Grewal 21+8reb+1ast, J.Friesen 13+4reb+2ast, M.James 8+2reb, S.Bjorgaard 6+4reb+3ast, J.York 5+3ast, J.Moedt 4+4reb+3ast
Victoria: Z.Andrus 16+4reb+9ast, R.Mackinnon 15+6reb+5ast, R.Pribilsky 14+2reb+1ast, T.Evans 12+2reb+3ast, R.Theil 11+8reb+3ast, M.Berg 8+5reb
gschID: 155782


TRU - UBC 54-78

Very expected game when 8th ranked Wolfpack (5-7) was smashed by fourth ranked Thunderbirds (8-2) in Kamloops, BC 78-54 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Thunderbirds. Wolfpack was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Wolfpack to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Thunderbirds dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Wolfpack's 26. They outrebounded Wolfpack 46-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. Forward Tommy Nixon (198) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. International point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Forward Chas Kok (196) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and guard Akeem Pierre (180) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Wolfpack. 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Thunderbirds. They moved-up to second place. Wolfpack lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TRU: C.Kok 19+12reb+1ast, K.Pribilsky 10+2reb+2ast, A.Pierre 9+5reb, B.Bozinovic 4+1reb, I.Bozinovic 4+1reb, W.Ondrik 4+4reb+2ast
UBC: T.Nixon 22+13reb+2ast, N.Yu 12+3reb+3ast, B.Bains 10+4reb+1ast, D.Plumb 8+2reb+1ast, K.Burke 7+9reb, D.Wagner 5+3reb
gschID: 155783


UBC Okanagan - TWU 56-83

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Spartans (6-6) rolled over 14th ranked Heat (2-8) in Kelowna, BC 83-56 on Saturday. The game without a history. Spartans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Heat's 32. Spartans forced 21 Heat turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Guard Sean Peter (191) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Kurtis Osborne (198) contributed with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Bret Macdonald answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Yassine Ghomari added 11 points in the effort for Heat. 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Spartans. They maintain seventh place with 6-6 record. Loser Heat keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: B.Macdonald 16+7reb+2ast, S.Pelland 12+2reb, Y.Ghomari 11+4reb+3ast, M.Roth 9+1reb+1ast, B.Quevillon 4+1reb, E.Dane Medi 2+10reb
TWU: S.Peter 17+7reb, K.Osborne 15+3reb, C.Westbrook 14+2reb+1ast, K.Coston 9+3reb+1ast, N.Monachini 8+9reb+1ast, J.Bakuteka 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 155784


Queen's - York 62-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Golden Gaels' (0-12) home loss to sixth ranked Lions (2-11) in Kingston, ON 62-66 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Golden Gaels won fourth quarter 13-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard David Tyndale (180) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Justin Bell (198) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nikola Misljencevic (196) answered with 14 points and Mackenzie Simpson added 11 points in the effort for Golden Gaels. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lions maintains sixth place with 2-11 record. Golden Gaels lost their twelfth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Queen's: N.Misljencevic 14+4reb+1ast, R.Golden 14+1reb, M.Simpson 11+4reb+2ast, B.Burgesson 7+4reb, M.Baker 5+2reb, A.Weatherill 4+3reb+2ast
York: D.Tyndale 20+1reb+3ast, R.Iheadindu 14+4reb+2ast, J.Bell 13+7reb, C.Coldea 8+3reb, A.Rados 5+5reb, N.Tufegdzich 2+2reb
gschID: 155778


Manitoba - Regina 94-83

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Bisons (8-4) defeated 12th ranked Cougars (3-8) in Winnipeg, MB 94-83 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Bisons forced 25 Cougars turnovers. Guard Kevin Oliver (198) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Kurtis Sansregret contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Paul Gareau (201) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Connor Burns (201) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Cougars. Four Bisons and five Cougars players scored in double figures. Cougars' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Bisons. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa and Alberta. Loser Cougars keep the twelfth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Regina: P.Gareau 16+8reb+3ast, J.Janotta 13+2reb+6ast, C.Burns 12+10reb, V.Grujic 11+5reb+1ast, B.Hebert 10+2reb+5ast, S.Nostedt 10+2reb
Manitoba: K.Oliver 24+12reb+4ast, K.Sansregret 16+2reb+3ast, J.Huertas 13+1reb, K.Omoerah 11+5reb+2ast, S.Walton 11+4reb+2ast, B.Speer 8+7reb
gschID: 155779


Alberta - Lethbridge 85-77

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Pronghorn (5-7) lost to third ranked Golden Bears (8-4) in Edmonton, AB 77-85 on Saturday. The game without a history. Golden Bears led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Swingman Daniel Ferguson (191, college: Valdosta St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. International guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Golden Bears players scored in double figures. Golden Bears' coach Greg Francis used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Daryl Cooper answered with 24 points and 4 assists and forward Dominyc Coward (198) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pronghorn. Golden Bears moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa and Manitoba. Loser Pronghorn dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: D.Cooper 24+3reb+4ast, D.Coward 15+10reb, A.Fletcher 9+5reb, D.Waldner 9+12reb+1ast, M.Duce 8+1reb+1ast, J.Chief-Morris 8+1reb+2ast
Alberta: D.Ferguson 26+3reb+3ast, J.Baker 14+9reb+2ast, R.Dewar 14+3reb+4ast, M.Cardoza 12+5reb+2ast, S.Saffa 8+3reb+2ast, L.Taylor 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 155780


Calgary - Saskatchewan 83-90

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Huskies (7-4) beat 11th ranked Dinos (4-8) in Calgary, AB 90-83 on Saturday. Dinos trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 27-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-90 at the end of the game. American point guard Jamelle Barrett (180) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!), 9 assists and 4 steals. Guard Duncan Jones (196) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Huskies' coach Barry Rawlyk used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jarred Ogungbemi (175-91) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Dinos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Huskies moved-up to fifth place. Loser Dinos dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi 20+8reb+3ast, B.Bakovic 19+9reb+3ast, T.Fidler 13+2reb+3ast, K.Milburn 10+1reb+1ast, A.McGuinness 9+2reb+1ast, J.Owen-Thomas 4+3reb+2ast
Saskatchewan: J.Barrett 40+1reb+9ast, B.Baker 14+1reb, D.Jones 11+5reb+1ast, P.Lomuro 10+4reb, M.Forbes 8+5reb+1ast, M.Lieffers 3+10reb+1ast
gschID: 155781


Toronto Univ. - Carleton 64-98

Rather expected game when 4th placed Blues (5-7) were smashed by leader Ravens (12-0) in Toronto, ON 98-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Ravens outrebounded Blues 45-18 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. International guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Thomas Scrubb (196) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Forward Alex Hill (196, college: Cornell) answered with 31 points and Arun Kumar (183) added 16 points in the effort for Blues. 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. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Ravens. They maintain first place with 12-0 record. Loser Blues dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Ravens' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ottawa, ON to the arena Gee-Gees.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 31+1ast, A.Kumar 16+1reb+2ast, J.Holmes 7+1reb, D.Glisic 4+4reb, M.Savel 3+1reb+1ast, A.Wasik 2+3reb+1ast
Carleton: P.Scrubb 22+4reb+1ast, T.Scrubb 21+3reb+1ast, W.Manigat 15+6reb+4ast, E.Thompson 11+3reb+3ast, T.Hinz 8+6reb+4ast, C.Hobin 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 155775


Ryerson - Ottawa 77-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Gee-Gees' (8-4) road victory over 3rd placed Rams (5-7) in Toronto, ON 83-77 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rams won third quarter 29-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Gee-Gees especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Michael L'Africain orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (196) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Gee-Gees' coach James DeRouin used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Jordon Gauthier answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Rams. Five Gee-Gees and four Rams players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Gee-Gees. They maintain second place with 8-4 record having four points less than leader Lakehead, which they share with Alberta and Manitoba. Loser Rams keep the third position with seven games lost. Gee-Gees' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ottawa, ON Ravens.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: J.Gauthier 21+8reb+1ast, B.Michaelsen 17+5reb, O.Adegboruwa 16+2reb+3ast, J.Jones 15+3reb+3ast, A.Best 4+2reb+1ast, N.Stankovic 3+3reb
Ottawa: V.Gill 15+3reb, M.L'Africain 15+6reb+1ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 13+4reb+1ast, R.Malcolm-Campbell 12+3reb, J.Berhanemeskel 10+5reb, C.Anderson 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 155776


Laurier - Lakehead 92-89

Important game to mention about took place in Waterloo, ON. Second ranked Golden Hawks (10-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging leader Thunderwolves (10-2) 92-89 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thunderwolves. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Thunderwolves won second period 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Golden Hawks brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Center Matthew Buckley (215) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and international forward Kale Harrison (196) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Golden Hawks' coach Peter Campbell allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Ryan Thomson (201-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Venzal Russel (188-87, college: Vermilion CC) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Golden Hawks and five Thunderwolves players scored in double figures. Golden Hawks keep a position of league leader, which they share with Victoria and Lakehead. Golden Hawks will play against Gryphons (#6) in Guelph, ON in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Thunderwolves will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: R.Thomson 19+11reb, B.Johnson 18+5reb, V.Russel 14+8reb+5ast, G.Carter 12+2reb+6ast, Y.Salhia 11+7reb, J.Jones 10+3reb+1ast
Laurier: K.Harrison 19+6reb+1ast, C.Meschino 16+4reb+3ast, M.Buckley 14+10reb+3ast, W.Coulthard 12+1reb+4ast, M.Allin 9+4reb, M.Hyde 7+1reb
gschID: 155777


New Brunsw. - Acadia 60-95

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Varsity Reds' (3-7) home loss to sixth ranked Axemen (4-4) in Fredericton, NB 60-95 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-60. Axemen dominated on the defensive end, holding Varsity Reds to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Varsity Reds' 26. Axemen forced 21 Varsity Reds turnovers. Point guard Jonathan Tull (190, college: Cent.Conn.St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Owen Klassen (208-91) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Axemen players scored in double figures. Guard Alex Desroches (193) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Michael Fosu added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Varsity Reds. 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. Axemen moved-up to third place, which they share with UQAM and Dalhousie. Loser Varsity Reds keep the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: A.Desroches 14+6reb, J.Irvine 9+3reb, M.Fosu 7+10reb, M.Daley 6+2reb+1ast, W.McFee 6+3reb, R.Linton 5+3reb
Acadia: J.Tull 17+6reb+1ast, O.Klassen 17+7reb, A.Sears 14+1ast, B.States 11+8reb, A.Ashe 9+2reb+2ast, S.Stoqua 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 155773


Cape Breton - Memorial 94-61

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Capers (7-3) outplayed 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-9) in Sydney, NS 94-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Capers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sea Hawks to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Sea Hawks 52-34 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Capers looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Guard Julien Smith (178) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Center Jason Shepherd (193-89) answered with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Timo Sargent added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Sea Hawks. 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Capers. They maintain second place with 7-3 record having seven points less than leader Lakehead, which they share with UPEI. Sea Hawks lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Memorial: J.Shepherd 12+8reb+6ast, M.Helsby 11+2reb, T.Sargent 8+3reb+4ast, M.Woodland 7+4reb, N.Moffatt 6+6reb, R.Wood 6+2reb+2ast
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 23+4reb+7ast, J.Smith 15+6reb+10ast, A.Geugjes 11+11reb+1ast, J.Glasgow 8+5reb+2ast, K.Devereaux 7+5reb, M.Lufile 7+7reb
gschID: 155774


Guelph - Waterloo 82-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Warriors' (4-8) road loss to sixth ranked Gryphons (7-5) in Guelph, ON 63-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gryphons. Warriors was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gryphons won last quarter 26-8. They also forced 20 Warriors turnovers. Guard Kareem Malcolm (183) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 assists. Guard Zachary Angus (186) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Gryphons players scored in double figures. Guard Wayne Bridge (188-90) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Cam McIntyre (191-87) added 15 points in the effort for Warriors. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gryphons moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Brock and UFV. Warriors lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Gryphons will face league's second-placed Golden Hawks in Waterloo, ON in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Warriors will play at home against Badgers (#5) in St.Catharines, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: W.Bridge 20+6reb+1ast, C.McIntyre 15+3reb+2ast, M.Wright 10+5reb+3ast, Z.Angelini 5+5reb+2ast, A.Melbourne 5+1reb+1ast, T.Stevenson 3+3reb+1ast
Guelph: K.Malcolm 24+3reb+5ast, Z.Angus 16+4reb+4ast, D.McCarthy 11+9reb+2ast, G.Mason 10+2reb+1ast, A.Bering 7+4reb, J.Beatty 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 155769


RMC - Laurentian 29-96

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Voyageurs (5-8) crushed bottom-ranked RMC (0-12) in Kingston, ON 96-29 on Saturday. The game without a history. Voyageurs 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 4 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. Voyageurs dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to RMC's 18. They outrebounded RMC 43-19 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Sam Levac (185-185) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Shavaan Sheldon contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five Voyageurs players scored in double figures. Timothy Boettcher answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and Alexandre Lavoie added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for RMC. 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Voyageurs. They maintain fifth place with 5-8 record. RMC lost their twelfth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
RMC: A.Lavoie 10+6reb, T.Boettcher 10+10reb+1ast, J.Byun 6+1ast, S.Hui 3+1ast, A.Cyr 0, J.Kim 0+1reb
Laurentian: S.Levac 20+3reb+3ast, G.Serresse 18+4reb+1ast, M.Pasquale 13+1reb+1ast, S.Sheldon 10+13reb+2ast, M.Ramalho 10+2reb+3ast, I.Pasquale 7+4reb
gschID: 155770


Concordia - UQAM 68-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Citadines' (4-4) road loss to leader Stingers (5-0) in Montreal, QC 63-68 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-63. Stingers outrebounded Citadines 37-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Forward Evens Laroche (193) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Forward Zach Brisebois (201) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Eric Cote-Kougnima (193-88) answered with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Gregory Saint-Amand (193-88) added 14 points in the effort for Citadines. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Stingers. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Loser Citadines dropped to the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UQAM: G.Saint-Amand 14+4reb, A.Bernard 12+1ast, T.Justin 9+2reb, E.Cote-Kougnima 7+7reb+5ast, V.Lanctot-Fortier 6+1reb, J.Rodney Memette 6+3reb+1ast
Concordia: E.Laroche 17+4reb, J.Blake 12+3reb+1ast, D.Krah 9+4reb+3ast, Z.Brisebois 9+11reb+1ast, K.Desmarais 7+3reb+3ast, K.Eyitayo 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 155771


Dalhousie - St.Mary's 72-70

A very close game took place in Halifax, NS between Tigers and Huskies. Sixth ranked Tigers (4-4) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Huskies (5-6). Tigers managed to escape with a 2-point win 72-70 in the fight for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Huskies. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 25-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tigers dominated on the defensive end, holding Huskies to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Huskies 43-26 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bahamas forward Robert Nortmann (198) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five Tigers players scored in double figures. Tigers' coach John Campbell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Jerome Smith came up with 22 points and 6 assists and forward Tory Fassett added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Huskies in the defeat. Tigers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with UQAM and Acadia. Loser Huskies keep the fourth position with six games lost. Tigers will meet league's leader X-Men in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Huskies will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
St.Mary's: J.Smith 22+4reb+6ast, T.Fassett 18+10reb+3ast, R.Halpin 10+2reb+1ast, M.Pink 9+4reb+2ast, H.Ezenibe 5+4reb, I.Robertson 2+1reb+1ast
Dalhousie: R.Nortmann 17+15reb, A.Arthur 14+5reb, W.Yengue 14+9reb, R.Kanza Mata 11+5reb+6ast, S.Lopez 10+3reb+2ast, C.Fox 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 155772


McMaster - Windsor 74-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Marauders (9-3) against fourth ranked Lancers (9-3) on Saturday night. Host Marauders were defeated by Lancers in a tough game in Hamilton, ON 74-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Marauders. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-12 Marauders' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-74 at the end of the game. Lancers dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Marauders' 22. The best player for the winners was international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Enrico Diloreto (186-90) chipped in 17 points. Five Lancers players scored in double figures. Guard Victor Raso (193) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Adam Presutti added 20 points respectively for the hosts. Marauders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lancers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with McMaster. Lancers' next round opponent will be Mustangs (#8) in London, ON which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
McMaster: A.Presutti 20+1reb+2ast, A.Redpath 16+2reb+2ast, V.Raso 12+11reb+1ast, N.Pelech 7+1reb, J.Rocca 5+3reb, N.Mccarthy 4+4reb+3ast
Windsor: E.Diloreto 17+4reb+1ast, R.Christie 13+5reb+1ast, J.Collins 13+8ast, L.Phillip 12+15reb+4ast, J.McQueen 11+5reb+1ast, R.Osuntola 10+4reb
gschID: 155767


Brock - Western 93-101

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Mustangs (4-8) won against 5th ranked Badgers (7-5) in St.Catharines, ON 101-93 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Badgers won third quarter 29-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mustangs made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Badgers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Quinn Henderson (191) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Ryan Barbeau (178) contributed with 21 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Five Mustangs players scored in double figures. American guard Jameson Tipping (196, college: W.Kentucky) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Tshing Kasamba (196) added 19 points and 6 steals in the effort for Badgers. Badgers' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mustangs moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Calgary and Waterloo. Badgers lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Mustangs will face higher ranked Lancers (#3) in Windsor, ON in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Badgers will play on the road against Warriors in Waterloo, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brock: T.Kasamba 19+3reb+1ast, J.Tipping 18+7reb+2ast, D.Mukendi 16+2reb+3ast, A.Ferguson 9+4reb, A.Kraus 9+5reb+7ast, B.Nahimana 7+4reb+1ast
Western: Q.Henderson 21+9reb, R.Barbeau 21+2reb+3ast, J.Bernard 15+2reb+3ast, P.Scholtes 13+7reb+3ast, R.Higgins 11+5reb+4ast, N.Berardi 8+1reb
gschID: 155768




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin KING
  TRU
  (--)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. King, TRU24.5 
 2. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.2 
 3. Thomas, St.Franc.21.6 
 4. Barrett, Saskatch.20.9 
 5. Diloreto, Windsor20.8 
 6. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.6 
 7. Barbeau, Western20.6 
 8. Baker, Alberta20.2 
 9. Ferguson, Alberta20.1 
 10. Ghomari, UBC O.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Phillip, Windsor11.4 
 2. King, TRU10.5 
 3. Burke, UBC10.4 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.4 
 5. Lieffers, Saskatch.10.0 
 6. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.7 
 7. Klassen, Acadia9.3 
 8. Desroches, New B.9.1 
 9. Coward, Lethbridge8.7 
 10. Oliver, Manitoba8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.7.7 
 2. Kraus, Brock6.2 
 3. Collins, Windsor6.1 
 4. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.9 
 5. Barrett, Saskatch.5.9 
 6. Bonhomme, Brandon5.4 
 7. Smith, TWU5.4 
 8. Shepherd, Memorial5.3 
 9. Yu, UBC5.3 
 10. Helsby, Memorial5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.6 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.3.4 
 3. Collins, Windsor3.0 
 4. Ogungbemi, Calgary3.0 
 5. Cote-K., UQ.2.9 
 6. Oliver, Manitoba2.8 
 7. Smith, TWU2.8 
 8. Carter, Lakehead2.8 
 9. Barrett, Saskatch.2.7 
 10. Dorsey, Cape Bre.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Balraj BAINS
  UBC
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bains, UBC2.2 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.8 
 3. Klassen, Acadia1.5 
 4. Duke, UPEI1.4 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 6. Thomas, St.Franc.1.3 
 7. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.3 
 8. Eyitayo, Concordia1.2 
 9. Osuntola, Windsor1.1 
 10. Fidler, Calgary1.1 


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


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Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong ST 20-4 
 2. DongGuan L. 16-8 
 3. Beijing Ducks 16-8 
 4. Guangsha L. 14-9 
 5. Liaoning H. 14-10 
 6. Zhejiang C. 13-9 
 7. Fujian XX 13-11 
 8. Shanxi Zh. 12-10 
 9. Shanghai S. 12-11 
 10. Xinjiang F.T. 11-11 
 11. Qingdao DS 11-13 
 12. Jilin NE T. 10-13 
 13. Shandong FB 9-15 
 14. Bayi Fubang 7-15 
 15. Jiangsu D. 7-17 
 16. TianJin R. 7-17 
 17. Foshan 6-17 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.33.5 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS32.8 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.2 
 4. Chandler, Guangsha.28.1 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.0 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.27.9 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan.26.3 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.26.1 
 10. Roberson, Fujian25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Fujian XX
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Abbas, Fujian XX14.9 
 2. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.5 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.4 
 4. Harvey, TianJin R.13.2 
 5. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 6. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.0 
 7. Hunter, Shandong12.7 
 8. Randolph, DongGua.12.3 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.1 
 10. Chandler, Guangsh.11.8 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.9 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.8 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.6 
 4. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.8 
 6. Brooks, Guandong5.0 
 7. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.9 
 8. Smith, Zhejiang C.4.5 
 9. Anderson, Shandon.4.5 
 10. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.1 
 2. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 3. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.8 
 4. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.7 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.6 
 6. Daghles, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.3 
 8. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 9. Mills, Xinjiang.2.3 
 10. Anderson, Shando.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.9 
 4. Randolph, DongGua.1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 6. Douthit, Foshan1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.5 
 8. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.5 
 9. Carney, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Singleton, Guando.1.3 


DongGuan Leopards defeat Foshan in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Seventeenth-ranked Foshan (6-17) gave a tough game to second ranked DongGuan Leopards (16-8) on Sunday. DongGuan Leopards managed to secure only two-point victory 111-109. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-27 charge, which allowed them to win the game. DongGuan Leopards made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Foshan outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 54-37 including 23 on the offensive glass. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) stepped up and scored 40 points (!!!) for the winners and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. DongGuan Leopards have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-8 record having four points less than leader Guandong ST, which they share with Beijing Ducks. Foshan lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. DongGuan Leopards is looking forward to face Shanghai Sharks (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Foshan will play against Fujian SBS XunXin (#7) in Jinjiang and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (20-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-11) 101-85. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Aaron Brooks accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Shanghai Sharks in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain first place with 20-4 record. Shanghai Sharks lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against the league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Yingkou was also quite interesting. 4th placed Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (14-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Liaoning Hunters (14-10). Liaoning Hunters defeated Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 106-92 on Sunday. Rodney Carney fired 29 points for the winners. Peter John Ramos produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 22 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Liaoning Hunters. They maintain fifth place with 14-10 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet Jilin Tigers (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play against the league's leader Guandong Tigers (#1) in Dongguan and hope to secure a win.
Sixth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (13-9) crushed at home 15th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (7-17) by 23 points 116-93, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jiangsu Dragons. Worth to mention a great performance of Josh Boone who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Cyclones maintains sixth place with 13-9 record. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones' next round opponent will be higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Bayi Fubang lost to Beijing Ducks on the opponent's court 98-112. Qingdao DS managed to outperform Xinjiang F.T. in a home game 115-97. Shandong FB was rolled over Fujian XX on the road 116-95. Shanxi Zh. defeated TianJin R. on its own court 119-102.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 41 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by Lester Hudson of Qingdao DS.


Beijing Ducks - Bayi Fubang 112-98

Very expected game when 14th ranked Bayi Fubang (7-15) was defeated on the road by third ranked Beijing Ducks (16-8) 112-98. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. Bayi Fubang was better in second period 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 31 personal fouls committed by Bayi Fubang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 assists for the winners. Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Lei Wang (203-86) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bayi Fubang. Bayi Fubang's coach Chang Bin Adijan rotated eleven players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks moved-up to second place, which they share with DongGuan L. Bayi Fubang at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Beijing Ducks' next round opponent will be Zhejiang Cyclones (#6) in Hangzhou. Bayi Fubang will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#16) in Tianjin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 27+7reb+4ast, Z.YanXi 25+5reb+1ast, M.Stephon 24+4reb+10ast, J.Zhe 16+6reb, Z.Xiaochuan 10+7reb+2ast, X.LiBin 8+2reb+3ast
Bayi Fubang: W.ZhiZhi 26+9reb+1ast, W.Lei 17+5reb+3ast, D.Lehei 10+1reb+1ast, Z.Bo 9+4reb, H.Ke 8+3reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 158248


Liaoning H. - Guangsha L. 106-92

The game in Yingkou was also quite interesting. 4th placed Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (14-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Liaoning Hunters (14-10). Liaoning Hunters defeated Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 106-92 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hunters. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liaoning Hunters looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) fired 29 points for the winners. Center Dejun Han (215-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 22 rebounds and guard Zirui Wang (190-93) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Liaoning Hunters and four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Liaoning Hunters. They maintain fifth place with 14-10 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet Jilin Tigers (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play against the league's leader Guandong Tigers (#1) in Dongguan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 29+4reb+1ast, H.Dejun 18+10reb+2ast, Z.QinPeng 15+3reb+10ast, L.Xiaoxu 11+10reb+4ast, Y.Ming 11+3reb+6ast, L.Shunan 11+5reb+1ast
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 18+22reb+2ast, W.Bo 17+1reb+1ast, W.Zirui 16+6reb+3ast, S.Ho man 14+1reb+2ast, W.Fei 9+3reb+2ast, Z.Wei 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 158249


Qingdao DS - Xinjiang F.T. 115-97

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Qingdao Double Star (11-13) defeated at home 10th ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (11-11) 115-97. The game without a history. Qingdao Double Star led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) contributed with 7 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) answered with 24 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and the other American import forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 12 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Four Qingdao Double Star and five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Qingdao Double Star maintains eleventh place with 11-13 record. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. Qingdao Double Star's next round opponent will be higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#8) in Taiyuan and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 41+10reb+6ast, X.YuYang 20+5reb+2ast, C.Liang 19+1ast, L.Gen 11+1reb+3ast, O.Olumide 7+15reb+9ast, S.Sani 6+3reb+2ast
Xinjiang F.T.: P.Tim 24+4reb+4ast, X.GuoChong 17+1reb+1ast, M.Lati 16+3reb+2ast, L.Gani 12+16reb, Z.Yong-Gang 12+1reb+2ast, M.Bateer 10+9reb+2ast
gschID: 158245


Shanghai S. - Guandong ST 85-101

CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (20-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-11) 101-85. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Shanghai Sharks was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Guandong Tigers outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 50-31 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shanghai Sharks were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) accounted for 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds and international point guard Wei Liu (190-80) added 19 points respectively for Shanghai Sharks in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain first place with 20-4 record. Shanghai Sharks lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round. Shanghai Sharks will play at home against the league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: S.James 27+10reb, Z.FangYu 21+4reb+2ast, B.Aaron 17+7reb+6ast, Z.Peng 16+10reb+3ast, H.Dong 8+7reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 6+1reb+1ast
Shanghai S.: L.Marcus 23+9reb+1ast, L.Wei 19+4reb+2ast, T.Wen-Ting 15+5reb+2ast, M.Lingyuan 8+1reb+2ast, F.Tian 6+2reb+1ast, W.Yong-Liang 5+2reb
gschID: 158246


Zhejiang C. - Jiangsu D. 116-93

Sixth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (13-9) crushed at home 15th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (7-17) by 23 points 116-93, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jiangsu Dragons. The game without a history. Zhejiang Cyclones led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu Dragons' 50. Zhejiang Cyclones forced 20 Jiangsu Dragons turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard J.R. Smith (198-85) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. International swingman Li Yi (203-85) answered with 33 points (!!!) and American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) added 25 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Cyclones maintains sixth place with 13-9 record. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones' next round opponent will be higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: B.Josh 26+11reb+2ast, C.Fei 20+4reb, S.J.R. 18+7reb+9ast, Z.ChunJun 13+4reb, Z.Dayu 12+3reb, D.Jinhui 9+3reb+3ast
Jiangsu D.: Y.Li 33+4reb+2ast, V.Jackson 25+10reb, W.Marcus 8+6reb+1ast, L.Yahui 6+6reb, H.XueFeng 6+1reb+1ast, Y.Li 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 158247


DongGuan L. - Foshan 111-109

Seventeenth-ranked Foshan (6-17) gave a tough game to second ranked DongGuan Leopards (16-8) on Sunday. DongGuan Leopards managed to secure only two-point victory 111-109. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-27 charge, which allowed them to win the game. DongGuan Leopards made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Foshan outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 54-37 including 23 on the offensive glass. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) stepped up and scored 40 points (!!!) for the winners and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds and Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-8 record having four points less than leader Guandong ST, which they share with Beijing Ducks. Foshan lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. DongGuan Leopards is looking forward to face Shanghai Sharks (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Foshan will play against Fujian SBS XunXin (#7) in Jinjiang and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 40+4reb+1ast, R.Shavlik 23+11reb, Z.Kai 14+8reb+1ast, H.Chih-Shan 12+1reb+1ast, Q.Biao 8+4reb+2ast, S.TongLin 5+2reb
Foshan: H.Marcus 31+14reb, M.Michel 27+11reb+3ast, D.Marcus 25+11reb+1ast, M.WuLan 11+5reb+1ast, Z.Zhun 9+8reb+1ast, Y.Wenbo 6+1reb
gschID: 158242


Fujian XX - Shandong FB 116-95

Not a big story in a game in Jinjiang where 13th ranked Shandong Bulls (9-15) were rolled over by eighth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (13-11) 116-95. The game was mostly controlled by Fujian SBS XunXin. Shandong Bulls was better in fourth quarter 30-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fujian SBS XunXin dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Shandong Bulls' 44. Fujian SBS XunXin players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) contributed with 30 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) answered with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Ding Yanyuhang (200-93) added 25 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Fujian SBS XunXin moved-up to seventh place. Shandong Bulls lost their third game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Foshan (#17) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Shandong Bulls will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#10) in Urumqi.
Top scorers:
Fujian XX: M.Will 30+8reb+1ast, R.Anthony 30+7reb+3ast, A.Zaid 22+13reb+5ast, G.SongLin 11+1reb+4ast, Z.Qixin 9+1reb, L.Hang 6+3reb
Shandong FB: A.Alan 25+6reb+4ast, Y.Ding 25+6reb+1ast, H.Othello 23+9reb, Y.Yang 9+1reb+1ast, L.Li 5+2reb, W.Ke 4+3reb
gschID: 158243


Shanxi Zh. - TianJin R. 119-102

Everything went according to plan in Taiyuan where ninth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (12-10) beat 16th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (7-17) 119-102. The game without a history. Shanxi Zhongyu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Shanxi Zhongyu players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by TianJin Rongcheng helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 31 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Center David Harrison (213-82, college: Colorado) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) added 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for TianJin Rongcheng. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to eighth place. TianJin Rongcheng at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu's next round opponent will be Qingdao Double Star (#11) on the road. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Bayi Fubang (#14) in Ningbo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 31+5reb, G.Charles 26+11reb+3ast, D.JiangPeng 14+1reb+1ast, X.Zhijiang 10+2reb, L.XiaoMing 10+1reb+12ast, Z.XueWen 8+7reb+4ast
TianJin R.: H.David 31+15reb+1ast, Z.Nan 24+2reb+6ast, H.Donnell 21+16reb+4ast, X.GuiJun 9+1ast, S.Chun 8+3reb, Z.Zhihan 5+2reb
gschID: 158244




Guangdong Improves to 20-4 - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong raised its record to 20-4, and continued to maintain a four-game lead over Beijing and Dongguan, with a 101-85 triumph over Shanghai.

James Singleton led Guangdong with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 21 points and 4 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Dong Hanlin had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Shanghai was playing without Michael Harris, and with Marcus Landry replacing the injured Ryan Forehan-Kelly. So it clearly was not playing with a full deck. Landry led the team with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Liu Wei had 19 points and 4 rebounds. Wen-Ting Tseng had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Meng Lingyuan scored 8. National teamer 7-3 Zhang Zhaoxu had only 2 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes.

Beijing overwhelmed Bayi 112-98 raising its record to 16-8 while plunging Bayi to 7-15. Randolph Morris had 27 points and 7 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi had 25 points and 5 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Zhai Xiaochuan had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Xie Libin scored 8. Wang Zhizhi had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Lei had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Delehei scored 10 and Hu Ke had 8. Zhang Bo had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Xu Zhonghao had 7 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks. Bayi looks like it will finish near the bottom of the CBA standings, a big fall for the import=less one-time perennial champions when CBA basketball was played the old Chinese way.

Akognon Josh-Emmanuel (180-G-86, college: CS Fullerton) had 40 points and 4 rebounds as Dongguan edged Foshan 111-109. Shavlik Randoph had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Hung Chih-Shan scored 12 and Qiu Baio had 8. Once again there was almost no playing time for Dongguan's young seven-footers, Sun Zhe and Li Muhao, as Randolph, Zhang and Sun Tonglin ate up the big-man minutes. Marcus Haislip had 31 points and 14 rebounds for Foshan. Michel Maadanly had 27 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Douthit had 25 points and 11 rebounds. Maiwulan had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Liaoning beat Zhejiang Guangsha 106-92. Liaoning reached 14-10 while Guangsha dropped to 14-9. Rodney Carney had 29 points and 4 rebounds. 7-1 Han Dejun had 18 points and 10 rebounds and contained Guangsha's 7-3 Peter John Ramos. Zhang Qingpeng had 15 points and 10 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Yang Ming had 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Josh Powell had 9 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes but only hit 4 of 15 shots. Ramos had 18 points and 22 rebounds. Wang Bo scored 17 and Sun Henan scored 14. Young Wang Zirui had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Wang Fei scored 9. NBA refugee Wilson Chandler only had only 8 points and 3 rebounds in 29 minutes. Zhang Wei had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Lin Chih-Chieh and Jin Lipeng did not play.

Josh Boone had 26 points and 11 rebounds as Zhejiang defeated Jiangsu 116-93. Cao Fei had 20 points and 4 rebounds. J. R. Smith had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Zhang Chunjun had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Dayu had 12 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes. Ding Jinhui had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Tang Hai had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Yi Li had 33 points and 4 rebounds for Jiangsu. Jackson Vroman had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals. Marcus Williams had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Yang Li and Liu Yahui each had 6 points and 6 rebounds.

Will McDonald had 30 points and 8 rebounds as Fujian defeated Shandong 116-95. Anthony Roberson had 30 points and 8 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Gong Songlin had 11 points and 4 assists. Zhou Qixin scored 9.

Ding Yanyuhang had 25 points and 6 rebounds for Shandong. Ding belongs is a player listed as born in 1993 and this class is extremely promising. It also includes Zhai Xiaochuan of Beijing, Wang Zirui of Zhejiang Guangsha, Guo Ailun of Liaoning, Xing Xiqiang of Shanxi, Yan Pengfei of Shanxi and Xu Jiahan and Yang Yue of Shandong. I believe that with this class China is beginning to produce players who are comfortable playing the international way and five years from now, when these boys and those coming after them become men, the CBA will no longer be so dominated by imports.

Allan Anderson also scored 25 for Shandong and added 6 rebounds. Othello Hunter had 23 points and 9 rebounds. Yang Yue scored 9.

Marcus Williams had 31 points and 4 rebounds as Shanxi defeated Tianjin 119-102. Charles Gaines had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng scored 14. Lv Xiaoming had 10 points and 12 assists. Xing Xiqiang scored 10. Zhang Xuewen had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. David Harrison had 31 points and 15 rebounds for Tianjin. Zhang Nan had 24 points and 6 assists. Donnell Harvey had 21 points and 16 rebounds. Xu Guijun scored 9 and Shen Tujun had 8.

Qingdao smashed Xinjiang 115-97. Xinjiang which was favored to contend for the league championship when it had imports Kenyon Martin and Quincy Douby, dropped to 11-11 now that Gani Lawal and Tim Pickett have replaced them. Qingdao, which is now 11-13, was led by Lester Hudson with 41 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Xue Yuyang had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Cai Liang scored 19. Li Gen had 11 points and 3 assists. Olumide Oyedeji had 7 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 blocks. Pickett had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Xinjiang but also 8 turnovers. Lawal had 12 points and 16 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 17 and Mulati had 16. Zhao Yonggang scored 12. Mengke Bateer had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Xirelijiang had 3 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, hitting only 1 of 7 shots.



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JUAN TELLO PALACIOS AT GRAN CANARIA 2024 IN THE ACB (SPAIN) - by Victor Garcia
Juan Diego Tello Palacios is the top Colombian player already, the national forward joined this season the Gran Canaria 2014 in the Spain's ACB, the second most important league in the world just behind the NBA.
Tello Palacios is averaging 8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 assits and 18.1 minutes per game and coming from the bench, this is the fourth season of Tello in Spain and its first in the ACB, its team is currently in the 13th place of the standings.


COLOMBIANS ABROAD, EDGAR MORENO RUNNING THE BALL IN MEXICO - by Victor Garcia
Colombian point guard Edgar Moreno recently hired by the Pioneros the Quintana Roa to strenght the roster to face the post season, has al very good start its team is already leading its series 2-0 agains the Soles.
Moreno was invited to join the team by the team coaching staff, Julio Toro and Jose Ramn Melendez who knows him from Cucuta Norte, Edgar had 9 points , 7 asists and 3 rebounds in the first ga,e and 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the second, Morenos is averagin 33 minutes per game in a stars loaded roster, this is the thir international team for Edgar who was former member of the Cocodrilos de Caracas and the Indios in Puerto Rico.


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CS Gaz Metan Medias tab Croatian Ivan Tomeljak - by Eurobasket News
CS Gaz Metan Medias tab Croatian Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) for the rest of the season. The player debuted for the team with 14 points and 12 assists.
Early in 1996-1997 Ivan Tomeljak started for KK Split and in
2002-2003 joined Dona Dubrava Zagreb, during the season moved to Ricoh Astronauts Amsterdam (Holland). In 2003-2004 he played for Euphony Liege BC (Belgium) and averaged 5.1ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.9apg.
In 2004-2005 moved to KK Dubrava Sport Tip Zagreb (A1, starting five): Stage1: 4 games: 15.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg,while in Nov.'04 moved to Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five).
In 2005-2006 appeared for Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five) and in German League after 34 games his stats read 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.2apg.
In 2006-2007 played for Pizza Express Apollon Limassol (Cyprus-Division A, starting five) as in EuroCup Challenge his stats read 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-2 (4.9apg), 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.3%, 3FGP: 29.7%, FT: 62.9%.
Later he played for Sibenka Sibenik (Croatia-A1), Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia-A1), KK Zabok (A1, starting five). In Jan.'11 moved to BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti (Romania-Div.A, starting five) and in 24 games averaged 9.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 74.2%. The season 2011-2012 started for Svjetlost Slavonski Brod (A1, starting five), in Jan.'12 moved to CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A, starting five).



A1 Round 13: Borik Puntamika defeats leader KK Split - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked KK Split (9-3) in Zadar on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by tenth ranked Borik Puntamika (5-7) 71-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KK Split. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian power forward Tomislav Ramljak (204-F/C-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) answered with 16 points for KK Split. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Darda and Krizevci. KK Split at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Zadar. Borik Puntamika is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (#11) on the road in the next round. KK Split will play against Krizevci (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Slavonski Brod supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Zadar (9-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Svjetlost (5-6). Zadar did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 78-58. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Ante Krapic chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Zadar's coach Ales Pipan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Ivan Papac (207-87) responded with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Zadar have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They used an opportunity after KK Split lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Svjetlost at the other side dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. Zadar will play against Alkar Sinj (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Svjetlost will play against Jolly in Sibenik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Krizevci was also quite interesting. Third ranked Jolly (8-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Krizevci (5-7). Jolly defeated Krizevci 76-62 on Friday. Ronald Ross nailed 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Josip Glavinic came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Krizevci in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Jolly. They maintain third place with 8-4 record behind leader KK Split. Krizevci lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Darda and Borik. Jolly will meet at home Svjetlost (#6) in the next round. Krizevci will play against the league's leader KK Split and hope to secure a win.
The game between eighth ranked Kvarner 2010 (6-6) and 11th ranked Dubrovnik (1-11) in Rijeka ended with biggest points difference. Kvarner 2010 outscored guests from Dubrovnik 98-64. Josip Blajic fired 18 points and 6 rebounds 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. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to fifth place. Dubrovnik lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zabok (#4) in Zabok and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrovnik will play at home against Borik Puntamika (#9) in Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Zabok beat Darda on the road 85-75.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 19 points and 7 rebounds by Ivan Grgat of Krizevci.


Borik - KK Split 71-52

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked KK Split (9-3) in Zadar on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by tenth ranked Borik Puntamika (5-7) 71-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KK Split. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian power forward Tomislav Ramljak (204-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) answered with 16 points and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) added 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for KK Split. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Darda and Krizevci. KK Split at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Zadar. Borik Puntamika is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (#11) on the road in the next round. KK Split will play against Krizevci (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Mimica 16+3reb+1ast, J.Sobin 14+2reb+3ast, S.Subotic 8+5reb+2ast, J.Matic 6+4reb, B.Markulin 5+2reb+1ast, M.Filipovic 2+1reb
Borik: T.Ramljak 15+9reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 10+4reb+3ast, R.Jurlina 10+4reb+1ast, T.Drazovic 9+1ast, P.Maric 8+1reb+2ast, M.Pesut 6+1ast
gschID: 149452


Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik 98-64

The game between eighth ranked Kvarner 2010 (6-6) and 11th ranked Dubrovnik (1-11) in Rijeka ended with biggest points difference. Kvarner 2010 outscored guests from Dubrovnik 98-64. The game without a history. Kvarner 2010 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kvarner 2010 forced 24 Dubrovnik turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Dubrovnik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Josip Blajic (192-87, agency: Court Side) fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dino Cinac (198-88) chipped in 16 points. Five Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Forward Roko Ciklic (196-83) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Marijo Hajdic (206-89) added 10 points and 5 rebounds 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. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to fifth place. Dubrovnik lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zabok (#4) in Zabok and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrovnik will play at home against Borik Puntamika (#9) in Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: R.Ciklic 23+5reb+3ast, M.Peric 10+3reb+1ast, M.Hajdic 10+5reb+1ast, F.Karac 8+3reb+1ast, M.Diminic 6+1reb, D.Hajdic 5
Kvarner 2010: J.Blajic 18+6reb+2ast, D.Cinac 16+4reb, J.Surina 15+3reb+1ast, M.Juricic 13+4ast, H.Sirko 10+5reb, Z.Pehar 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 149453


Darda - Zabok 75-85

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Zabok (7-5) beat 9th ranked Vrijednosnice OS (5-7) in Darda 85-75. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 29-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Vrijednosnice OS helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) fired 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Stefan Zadravec (186-92) chipped in 15 points. Zabok's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Ivan Milenkovic (200-88) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Zabok and five Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Zabok maintains fourth place with 7-5 record. Vrijednosnice OS at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Zabok's next round opponent will be Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka.
Top scorers:
Darda: M.Peraica 14+6reb+4ast, I.Milenkovic 13+7reb, V.Budimir 13+5reb+1ast, D.Meznaric 12+4reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 10+2reb, R.Jugo 9+1reb+2ast
Zabok: D.Basic 19+2ast, I.Perincic 16+2reb, S.Zadravec 15+2reb+2ast, F.Kruslin 11+6reb+1ast, I.Tomas 9+3reb+4ast, D.Bubalo 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149449


Svjetlost - Zadar 58-78

The game in Slavonski Brod supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Zadar (9-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Svjetlost (5-6). Zadar did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 78-58. It looked good early as Svjetlost took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zadar had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Svjetlost was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-78. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Svjetlost to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. Zadar dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Svjetlost's 20. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Ante Krapic (202-85) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Zadar's coach Ales Pipan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Ivan Papac (207-87) responded with 9 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Ljubo Samadan (208-83) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Svjetlost players scored in double figures. Zadar have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They used an opportunity after KK Split lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Svjetlost at the other side dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. Zadar will play against Alkar Sinj (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Svjetlost will play against Jolly in Sibenik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: K.Gamma 11+3reb+2ast, P.Zivkovic 11+2reb+3ast, L.Samadan 10+7reb+2ast, M.Kljaic 10+3reb+3ast, I.Papac 9+8reb+3ast, M.Poscic 7+3reb
Zadar: I.Ivanov 21+7reb+1ast, A.Krapic 18+8reb, K.Vragovic 10+5ast, U.Zadnik 8+2reb+3ast, F.Sango 8+1reb, I.Batur 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 149450


Krizevci - Jolly 62-76

The game in Krizevci was also quite interesting. Third ranked Jolly (8-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Krizevci (5-7). Jolly defeated Krizevci 76-62 on Friday. Krizevci was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-9 charge of Jolly, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) nailed 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and swingman Stipe Rezic (201-89) accounted for 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Jolly players scored in double figures. Guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and center Ivan Buva (208-91) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Krizevci in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Jolly. They maintain third place with 8-4 record behind leader KK Split. Krizevci lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Darda and Borik. Jolly will meet at home Svjetlost (#6) in the next round. Krizevci will play against the league's leader KK Split and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: I.Grgat 19+7reb, J.Glavinic 17+5reb+6ast, I.Buva 14+11reb+1ast, H.Sertic 5+4reb+2ast, L.Zitko 4+4reb, M.Gligora 3+1reb
Jolly: S.Rezic 16+1reb, R.Ross 14+5reb+4ast, L.Katura 11+1reb+1ast, H.Puljko 10+4reb+2ast, J.Gulam 6+2reb, M.Mrva 6+9reb
gschID: 149451




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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Mimica, KK Split23.3 
 2. Ross, Jolly17.9 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner17.8 
 4. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 5. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.2 
 6. Vrbanc, Zadar16.5 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner15.7 
 8. Mrva, Jolly15.1 
 9. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj14.3 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.4 
 2. Sobin, KK Split7.1 
 3. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 4. Mrva, Jolly7.0 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner6.9 
 6. Cakarun, Borik6.9 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar6.5 
 8. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.5 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.5 
 10. Peraica, Darda6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci6.9 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner4.0 
 4. Ross, Jolly3.8 
 5. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.6 
 6. Mimica, KK Split3.5 
 7. Subotic, KK Split3.2 
 8. Tomas, Zabok3.0 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.0 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.2 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 4. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 5. Blazevic, Borik1.8 
 6. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 7. Ivanov, Zadar1.6 
 8. Panduric, Darda1.6 
 9. Tomas, Zabok1.6 
 10. Ridl, Darda1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.3 
 2. Vukovic, KK Split1.2 
 3. Sarlija, Borik1.2 
 4. Buva, Krizevci1.1 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 6. Bubalo, Zabok0.9 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj0.7 
 9. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.7 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.7 


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  CYPRUS   


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


A1 Stats Leaders
A1 - Regular Season Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Subotic, AEK 20
1 Reed, ENAD 20
2 Papadopoulos, Omonoia 14.25
3 Frazier, Keravnos 16.1
4 Gillenwater, Apollon 16
5 Dragicevic, Keravnos 14.8
6 Fisher, AEK 12.7
7 Damjanovic, ENAD 12
8 Hatcher, Keravnos 11.5
9 Palalas, AEL 11.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Garcia, AEK 8.5
2 Watkins, Etha 8
3 Trisokkas, Keravnos 7.1
4 Gillenwatter, Apollon 7.1
5 Wells, ENAD 6.7
Assists Per Game
1 Massamba, Etha 3.6
2 Moore, Keravnos 3.6
3 Hatcher, Keravnos 3.5
4 Reed, Etha 3.5
5 Palalas, AEL 3.4
Steals Per Game
1 Panteli, AEK 1.9
2 Frazier, Keravnos 1.7
3 Moore, Keravnos 1.4
4 Hatcher, Keravnos 1.3
5 Tutt, Etha 1.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Watkins, Etha 1.15
2 Trisokkas, Keravnos 0.85
3 Chan, Keravnos 0.75
4 Vesselovs, Keravnos 0.70
5 Gillenwater, Apollon 0.70
2FGP
1 Trisokkas, Keravnos 77.14%
2 Wilson, ENAD 66.67%
3 Beasley, APOEL 64.62%
4 Damjanovic, ENAD 61.80%
5 Garcia, AEK 60%
3FGP
1 Subotic, AEK 44.1%
2 Gillenwater 41.18%
3 Papadopoulos, Omonoia 38.33%
4 Raymond, Apollon 35.29%
5 Moore, Keravnos 33%
Free Throws
1 Kojadinovic, Keravnos 100%
2 Mandic, APOEL 91.67%
3 Frazier, Keravnos 87.10%
4 Jackson, Etha 86.36%
5 Gabrans, Apollon 84.62%
Ranking
1 Gillenwater, Apollon 1.17
2 Dragicevic, Keravnos 1.11
3 Frazier, Keravnos 1.07
4 Fisher, AEK 1.00
5 Subotic, AEK 0.99


Round 14: An amazing victory for ETHA over APOEL - by Chris Mammides
Intercollege Etha Engomis - CytaVision Apoel 77 -73
An amazing win for Coach Konstantinides troops over APOEL in the last minutes was the major outcome of the 14th round of the Cyprus Mini league if the first division. The team of Coach Gavriel who had many changes in its roster as the newcomers McKay and Hawkins who replaced Beasley and Houston, arrived only a week before the game, got into the court quite aggressively and with the veteran Sims and Mandic in the leading roles took an early lead of 12-21 at the end of the first period giving the warning signal to the home team from the early beginning. The second period started with Anastasiadis and Cup on behalf of Etha, bringing the game to their site and changing the momentum as in less than 6 minutes, Etha succeeded an awesome 17-8 to bring the game to 29-27, 3.49' before the end of the first half. Apoel reacted and with the newcomer McKay scoring his 8 points (out of 14) in the next couple of minutes the score became 38-40 by the end of the first half.
The third period was the toughest in the game as the two teams were walking side by side and with good defenses from both sites the score remain in quite low levels, considering the previous two periods, so APOEL with Sims and Mandic took a lead of nine points 1.31 before the end of the third period and everybody started to think that Etha will not be able to comeback, Watkins and Massamba though closed the deficit against their team to just four points and 55-59 by the end of the period.
The 4th and most crucial period was forbidden for cardiacs as the two teams were fighting for the victory until the very end, initially it was APOEL who had was keeping the small deficit of 4 points up until the point where Etha found some scoring from Jackson to balance the game to 65-65, 5.10 before the end of the game, the next five minutes were thrilling as the two teams were going basket by basket until the 1.26 before the end when Watkins score both his free throws to balance the game to 71-71 and then McKay missed an easy basket, the newcomer American was the fatal player for APOEL as in the most crucial part of the game he did two false balls and a turnover, all these changed and reshaped the score to 76-71 and put a tompstone to APOELs dreams for a road win.
Top scorers:
ETHA: Anastasiadis 10, Jackson 12, Tutt 11, Watkins 12 points and 10 rebounds and Cup 11
APOEL: McKay 14, Hawkins 10, Mandic 13, Sims 12


Round 14: An amazing victory for ETHA over APOEL - by Chris Mammides
Intercollege Etha Engomis - CytaVision Apoel 77 -73
An amazing win for Coach Konstantinides troops over APOEL in the last minutes was the major outcome of the 14th round of the Cyprus Mini league if the first division. The team of Coach Gavriel who had many changes in its roster as the newcomers McKay and Hawkins who replaced Beasley and Houston, arrived only a week before the game, got into the court quite aggressively and with the veteran Sims and Mandic in the leading roles took an early lead of 12-21 at the end of the first period giving the warning signal to the home team from the early beginning. The second period started with Anastasiadis and Cup on behalf of Etha, bringing the game to their site and changing the momentum as in less than 6 minutes, Etha succeeded an awesome 17-8 to bring the game to 29-27, 3.49' before the end of the first half. Apoel reacted and with the newcomer McKay scoring his 8 points (out of 14) in the next couple of minutes the score became 38-40 by the end of the first half.
The third period was the toughest in the game as the two teams were walking side by side and with good defenses from both sites the score remain in quite low levels, considering the previous two periods, so APOEL with Sims and Mandic took a lead of nine points 1.31 before the end of the third period and everybody started to think that Etha will not be able to comeback, Watkins and Massamba though closed the deficit against their team to just four points and 55-59 by the end of the period.
The 4th and most crucial period was forbidden for cardiacs as the two teams were fighting for the victory until the very end, initially it was APOEL who had was keeping the small deficit of 4 points up until the point where Etha found some scoring from Jackson to balance the game to 65-65, 5.10 before the end of the game, the next five minutes were thrilling as the two teams were going basket by basket until the 1.26 before the end when Watkins score both his free throws to balance the game to 71-71 and then McKay missed an easy basket, the newcomer American was the fatal player for APOEL as in the most crucial part of the game he did two false balls and a turnover, all these changed and reshaped the score to 76-71 and put a tompstone to APOELs dreams for a road win.
Top scorers:
ETHA: Anastasiadis 10, Jackson 12, Tutt 11, Watkins 12 points and 10 rebounds and Cup 11
APOEL: McKay 14, Hawkins 10, Mandic 13, Sims 12


Round 14: An amazing victory for ETHA over APOEL - by Chris Mammides
Intercollege Etha Engomis - CytaVision Apoel 77 -73
An amazing win for Coach Konstantinides troops over APOEL in the last minutes was the major outcome of the 14th round of the Cyprus Mini league if the first division. The team of Coach Gavriel who had many changes in its roster as the newcomers McKay and Hawkins who replaced Beasley and Houston, arrived only a week before the game, got into the court quite aggressively and with the veteran Sims and Mandic in the leading roles took an early lead of 12-21 at the end of the first period giving the warning signal to the home team from the early beginning. The second period started with Anastasiadis and Cup on behalf of Etha, bringing the game to their site and changing the momentum as in less than 6 minutes, Etha succeeded an awesome 17-8 to bring the game to 29-27, 3.49' before the end of the first half. Apoel reacted and with the newcomer McKay scoring his 8 points (out of 14) in the next couple of minutes the score became 38-40 by the end of the first half.
The third period was the toughest in the game as the two teams were walking side by side and with good defenses from both sites the score remain in quite low levels, considering the previous two periods, so APOEL with Sims and Mandic took a lead of nine points 1.31 before the end of the third period and everybody started to think that Etha will not be able to comeback, Watkins and Massamba though closed the deficit against their team to just four points and 55-59 by the end of the period.
The 4th and most crucial period was forbidden for cardiacs as the two teams were fighting for the victory until the very end, initially it was APOEL who had was keeping the small deficit of 4 points up until the point where Etha found some scoring from Jackson to balance the game to 65-65, 5.10 before the end of the game, the next five minutes were thrilling as the two teams were going basket by basket until the 1.26 before the end when Watkins score both his free throws to balance the game to 71-71 and then McKay missed an easy basket, the newcomer American was the fatal player for APOEL as in the most crucial part of the game he did two false balls and a turnover, all these changed and reshaped the score to 76-71 and put a tompstone to APOELs dreams for a road win.
Top scorers:
ETHA: Anastasiadis 10, Jackson 12, Tutt 11, Watkins 12 points and 10 rebounds and Cup 11
APOEL: McKay 14, Hawkins 10, Mandic 13, Sims 12


Round 14: An amazing victory for ETHA over APOEL - by Chris Mammides
Intercollege Etha Engomis - CytaVision Apoel 77 -73
An amazing win for Coach Konstantinides troops over APOEL in the last minutes was the major outcome of the 14th round of the Cyprus Mini league if the first division. The team of Coach Gavriel who had many changes in its roster as the newcomers McKay and Hawkins who replaced Beasley and Houston, arrived only a week before the game, got into the court quite aggressively and with the veteran Sims and Mandic in the leading roles took an early lead of 12-21 at the end of the first period giving the warning signal to the home team from the early beginning. The second period started with Anastasiadis and Cup on behalf of Etha, bringing the game to their site and changing the momentum as in less than 6 minutes, Etha succeeded an awesome 17-8 to bring the game to 29-27, 3.49' before the end of the first half. Apoel reacted and with the newcomer McKay scoring his 8 points (out of 14) in the next couple of minutes the score became 38-40 by the end of the first half.
The third period was the toughest in the game as the two teams were walking side by side and with good defenses from both sites the score remain in quite low levels, considering the previous two periods, so APOEL with Sims and Mandic took a lead of nine points 1.31 before the end of the third period and everybody started to think that Etha will not be able to comeback, Watkins and Massamba though closed the deficit against their team to just four points and 55-59 by the end of the period.
The 4th and most crucial period was forbidden for cardiacs as the two teams were fighting for the victory until the very end, initially it was APOEL who had was keeping the small deficit of 4 points up until the point where Etha found some scoring from Jackson to balance the game to 65-65, 5.10 before the end of the game, the next five minutes were thrilling as the two teams were going basket by basket until the 1.26 before the end when Watkins score both his free throws to balance the game to 71-71 and then McKay missed an easy basket, the newcomer American was the fatal player for APOEL as in the most crucial part of the game he did two false balls and a turnover, all these changed and reshaped the score to 76-71 and put a tompstone to APOEL's dreams for a road win.
Top scorers:
ETHA: Anastasiadis 10, Jackson 12, Tutt 11, Watkins 12 points and 10 rebounds and Cup 11
APOEL: McKay 14, Hawkins 10, Mandic 13, Sims 12



Anastasiades has a great game against a marvelous Apoel! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Great game at Eleftheria indoor arena with indeed a marvelous Apoel coming in stronger at the 1st quarter taking the lead to 12-21. The score went at 12-27 at the 2nd quarter but from there on Anastasiades took over. With 8 consequent points he cut the lead to 7, pushing Etha in an 18-0 run changing the lead to 30-27.

We need to mention that in difficult times, just like tonight, Anastasiades has been the one who takes over especially from the perimeter. This proves once more why he is the best Cypriot player in the league and why he needs to take more time in the game.


Even thought the score was close at the 2nd half, Apoel was ahead most of the time. With Mandic loosing 4 free-throws and with Jackson hitting a 3-pointer Etha got the lead to 75-72 just at the end, finishing the game with 77-73.


On total, Apoel was ahead of the score for 31:19 and had a clear chance to win the game. What makes this even more important is the fact that Apoel battled without Cuffee, who was not allowed to play due to punishment and with Mckay and Hawkins just arriving in the team. Mckay was even doudfful to play. Add to that the fact that after releasing Beasly, Apoel is still in search for a center.

So we need to congratulate Linos Gavriel for battling the game until the very end and almost winning against all odds.

Congradulations also to Etha for winning the game.

From the winners, Watkins and Jackson finished with 12 pts. Tutt and Cup had 11. Anastasiades had 10, but he was the one who gave Etha the victory.

In the loosing squad, Mckay had 14, Mandic had 13 and the 'Dragon' Sims had 12. Good game also from Hawkins who added another 10. We need to highlight that Kaskiris and Radojevic were very good and battled well.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Grant, Levice21.1 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.7 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha17.3 
 7. McFadden, Usti n.16.9 
 8. Wilson, CEZ N.16.3 
 9. Houska, BK Decin16.0 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.1 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.2 
 5. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.7 
 6. Peterson, BK Prost.7.2 
 7. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
 8. Pesic, Inter B.6.9 
 9. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.8 
 10. Manousos, NH Os.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.0 
 2. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.4 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 5. George, Svitavy3.9 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.8 
 7. Boyer, BK Decin3.6 
 8. Ames, BC Kolin3.6 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.3.4 
 10. Moravec, Svitavy3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  Chomutov
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 2. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 3. Ames, BC Kolin2.3 
 4. Klecka, B&W Opava2.2 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.2 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 7. Grant, Levice1.9 
 8. Wright, NH Ostrava1.9 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Lowery, Chomutov1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.5 
 3. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.4 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 5. Grant, Levice1.1 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Meno, Svitavy1.0 
 8. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 10. Jelinek, BC Kolin0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 22-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 18-4 
 3. BK Pardubice 18-5 
 4. BC Kolin 16-6 
 5. BK Decin 16-7 
 6. USK Praha 14-9 
 7. NH Ostrava 11-12 
 8. Levice 8-14 
 9. Chomutov 8-15 
 10. Svitavy 8-15 
 11. Usti n/Labem 6-17 
 12. Plzen 5-17 
 13. Inter Bratislava 5-18 
 14. B&W Opava 4-19 


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 17-0 
 2. Sparta Praha 14-3 
 3. Proton Zlin 13-4 
 4. Opava B 13-4 
 5. Sokol H.Kralove 10-7 
 6. Trutnov 10-7 
 7. Sokol Prazsky 10-7 
 8. Liberec 9-8 
 9. Benesov 6-11 
 10. Vysehrad 6-11 
 11. Prostejov B 5-12 
 12. Litomerice 4-13 
 13. Kladno 1-16 
 14. Mlada Boleslav 1-16 


NBL Round 23: BK Pardubice is defeated by NH Ostrava - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game between third ranked BK Pardubice (18-5) and seventh ranked NH Ostrava (11-12) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by NH Ostrava in a tough game in Pardubice 65-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. BK Pardubice was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. NH Ostrava maintains seventh place with 11-12 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. NH Ostrava are looking forward to face higher ranked USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Nymburk. First ranked host CEZ Nymburk (22-1) defeated second-ranked BK Prostejov (18-4) 94-79. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Chester Simmons accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) came up with 27 points and 9 rebounds for BK Prostejov in the defeat. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-1 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Pardubice (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Prostejov will play against Levharti Chomutov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Bratislava where higher ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-15) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Inter Bratislava (5-18) 89-74 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Mitar Trivunovic who scored 28 points and 4 assists. Patrick Pope produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Inter Bratislava maintains thirteenth place with 5-18 record. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Svitavy. Inter Bratislava will meet higher ranked BK Decin (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levharti Chomutov will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
11th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (6-17) was outscored at home by fifth ranked BK Decin (16-7) with the biggest margin this round 84-61. Levell Sanders orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 4 assists. BK Decin's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. BK Decin maintains fifth place with 16-7 record. BK Usti nad Labem lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. BK Decin's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against B&W Opava.

In the last two games of round 23 B&W Opava lost to BC Kolin on the opponent's court 65-79. USK Praha outscored Svitavy in a home game 96-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 8 rebounds by David Machac of BC Kolin.



BC Kolin - B&W Opava 79-65

Very expected game when 13th ranked B&W Opava (4-19) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked BC Kolin (16-6) 79-65. It looked good early as B&W Opava took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Kolin had a 20-16 second period charge getting the lead and B&W Opava was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-79. BC Kolin forced 20 B&W Opava turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by B&W Opava's players. Forward David Machac (204-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) contributed with 15 points for the winners. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for B&W Opava. BC Kolin maintains fourth place with 16-6 record. B&W Opava at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 19 games lost. BC Kolin's next round opponent will be Levice (#8) on the road. B&W Opava will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#11).
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 17+10reb+2ast, M.Vanak 13, J.Sirina 10+3reb+4ast, M.Kolovrat 8+3reb+1ast, B.Celebija 8+5reb, P.Dokoupil 4+2reb
BC Kolin: D.Machac 28+8reb+3ast, C.Barnes 15+4reb+3ast, R.Marko 8+4reb+3ast, J.Jelinek 8+2reb+1ast, U.Benacek 6+2reb, R.Field 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 136728


USK Praha - Svitavy 96-75

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked USK Praha (14-9) smashed at home 10th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (8-15) 96-75. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) contributed with 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Four USK Praha and five Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha maintains sixth place with 14-9 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. USK Praha's next round opponent will be NH Ostrava (#7) on the road. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Loko Plzen.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 15+8reb+1ast, P.Mroz 14+6reb+1ast, L.Moravec 12+1reb+5ast, T.Teply 10+4reb+1ast, J.Spacek 10+2reb, L.Horak 7+2reb
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 29+11reb, V.Hruban 24+2reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 14+1reb+9ast, S.Votroubek 13+6reb, M.Vocetka 6+2reb, M.Mares 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 136723


BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 65-70

The game between third ranked BK Pardubice (18-5) and seventh ranked NH Ostrava (11-12) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. BK Pardubice was defeated by NH Ostrava in a tough game in Pardubice 65-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. BK Pardubice was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava maintains seventh place with 11-12 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. NH Ostrava are looking forward to face higher ranked USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Pardubice will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: C.Muirhead 21+9reb+2ast, M.Arnold 14+10reb, M.Hampton 11+2reb, O.Peterka 11+1reb+1ast, L.Kotas 6+7reb+4ast, J.Cernosek 2+1reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: D.Wright 20+4reb+5ast, J.Hughes 16+6reb, A.Ciz 7+2reb+1ast, R.Luettgerodt 6+2reb, M.Gniadek 6+4reb+1ast, M.Stuchly 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136724


CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 94-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nymburk. First ranked host CEZ Nymburk (22-1) defeated second-ranked BK Prostejov (18-4) 94-79. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. It looked good early as BK Prostejov took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CEZ Nymburk took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 15 points. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. CEZ Nymburk forced 22 BK Prostejov turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) came up with 27 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 18 points and 7 assists respectively for BK Prostejov in the defeat. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-1 record. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Pardubice (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Prostejov will play against Levharti Chomutov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: T.Peterson 27+9reb+1ast, J.Smith 18+3reb+7ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 8+4reb+1ast, J.Prasil 7+3reb, M.Venta 5+4reb+3ast, A.Eitutavicius 4+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: L.Wilson 23+8reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 17+3reb, P.Pumprla 15+5reb+1ast, C.Simmons 13+6reb+3ast, M.Lenzly 12+3reb+1ast, P.Benda 11+8reb+1ast
gschID: 136725


Inter Bratislava - Chomutov 89-74

An interesting game took place in Bratislava where higher ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-15) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Inter Bratislava (5-18) 89-74 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-77) who scored 28 points and 4 assists. Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Inter Bratislava maintains thirteenth place with 5-18 record. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Svitavy. Inter Bratislava will meet higher ranked BK Decin (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levharti Chomutov will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: P.Pope 24+5reb+6ast, R.Lowery 19+4reb+3ast, V.Sucharda 9+3reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Hanzlik 5+5reb+1ast, M.Jakes 3
Inter Bratislava: M.Trivunovic 28+3reb+4ast, E.Ubilla 25+6reb+3ast, M.Pesic 10+5reb, M.Zilik 5+1reb+1ast, J.Novysedlak 5+1ast, A.Kuffa 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136726


Usti n/Labem - BK Decin 61-84

11th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (6-17) was outscored at home by fifth ranked BK Decin (16-7) with the biggest margin this round 84-61. The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. BK Usti nad Labem was better in third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 40-29 including 28 on the offensive glass. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Tarvis Williams (205-78, college: Hampton, agency: TSS Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) added 12 points in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. BK Decin maintains fifth place with 16-7 record. BK Usti nad Labem lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. BK Decin's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against B&W Opava.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: L.Bazant 12+4reb, T.McFadden 12+2reb+3ast, T.Gottselig 10+9reb+1ast, J.Fohler 8+4reb+1ast, J.Holanda 8+3reb+3ast, B.Reese 4+1reb
BK Decin: L.Stria 15+3reb+2ast, L.Sanders 14+2reb+4ast, P.Houska 12+4reb+1ast, T.Williams 10+10reb, J.Boyer 8+2reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 136727




1Liga Round 17: No surprise as #1 BK Lions Hradec defeats BK Prostejov B - by Eurobasket News
1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (17-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked BK Prostejov B (5-12) in J.Hradec 114-76. Undefeated BK Lions Hradec have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. BK Prostejov B at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. BK Lions Hradec are looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#4) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov B will play against Kara Trutnov (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Hradec Kralove was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked B&W Opava B (13-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (10-7). B&W Opava B defeated Sokol Hradec Kralove 82-72. B&W Opava B moved-up to third place, which they share with Proton Zlin. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Sokol Prazsky and Trutnov. B&W Opava B will play against league's leader BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play on the road against Sokol Vysehrad (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ninth-ranked Sokol Vysehrad (6-11) gave a tough game to third ranked Proton Zlin (13-4) on Sunday. Proton Zlin managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Proton Zlin. They maintain third place with 13-4 record having four points less than leader J.Hradec, which they share with Opava B. Loser Sokol Vysehrad keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Benesov. Proton Zlin will meet league's second-placed Sparta Praha on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Vysehrad will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#5) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Sparta Praha won against Mlada Boleslav on the opponent's court 84-73. Liberec managed to outperform Benesov in a home game 64-57. Sokol Prazsky managed to beat Kladno on the road 66-53. Trutnov defeated Litomerice on its own court 83-65.



Proton Zlin - Vysehrad 63-62

Ninth-ranked Sokol Vysehrad (6-11) gave a tough game to third ranked Proton Zlin (13-4) on Sunday. Proton Zlin managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sokol Vysehrad won fourth quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Proton Zlin. They maintain third place with 13-4 record having four points less than leader J.Hradec, which they share with Opava B. Loser Sokol Vysehrad keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Benesov. Proton Zlin will meet league's second-placed Sparta Praha on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Vysehrad will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#5) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 143270


Mlada Boleslav - Sparta Praha 73-84

Very expected game when 14th ranked Mlada Boleslav (1-16) was defeated at home by second ranked Sparta Praha (14-3) 84-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sparta Praha. Mlada Boleslav managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Sparta Praha. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just three points less than leader J.Hradec. Mlada Boleslav lost their sixteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with Kladno. Sparta Praha will meet at home Proton Zlin (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mlada Boleslav will play against BC Benesov (#9).
gschID: 143271


Liberec - Benesov 64-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked BK Kondori Liberec's (9-8) home victory over 9th ranked BC Benesov (6-11) 64-57 on Friday. BK Kondori Liberec maintains eighth place with 9-8 record. BC Benesov lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Vysehrad. BK Kondori Liberec will meet higher ranked Sokol Prazsky (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Benesov will play against Mlada Boleslav and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 143272


Kladno - Sokol Prazsky 53-66

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Kladno (1-16) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Sokol Prazsky (10-7) 66-53 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Prazsky. Kladno managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sokol Prazsky. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Trutnov and Sokol H.Kralove. Kladno lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Mlada Boleslav. Sokol Prazsky will meet at home BK Kondori Liberec (#8) in the next round. Kladno will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 143266


Trutnov - Litomerice 83-65

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Kara Trutnov (10-7) beat at home 12th ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (4-13) 83-65 on Sunday. Kara Trutnov moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sokol Prazsky and Sokol H.Kralove. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Kara Trutnov will meet BK Prostejov B (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Kladno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 143267


J.Hradec - Prostejov B 114-76

1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (17-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked BK Prostejov B (5-12) in J.Hradec 114-76. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. BK Prostejov B at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. BK Lions Hradec are looking forward to face B&W Opava B (#4) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov B will play against Kara Trutnov (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 143268


Sokol H.Kralove - Opava B 72-82

The game in Hradec Kralove was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked B&W Opava B (13-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (10-7). B&W Opava B defeated Sokol Hradec Kralove 82-72. B&W Opava B moved-up to third place, which they share with Proton Zlin. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Sokol Prazsky and Trutnov. B&W Opava B will play against league's leader BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play on the road against Sokol Vysehrad (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 143269




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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 16-2 
 2. Bakken 15-1 
 3. Naestved 11-7 
 4. SISU 8-10 
 5. Aalborg 7-10 
 6. Horsholm 7-11 
 7. Vaerlose 7-11 
 8. Aabyhoj 6-11 
 9. Horsens IC 6-12 
 10. Falcon 5-13 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. White, Aalborg25.7 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC23.7 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.4 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.4 
 5. Kingsley, Svendborg19.4 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj19.4 
 7. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.9 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg18.2 
 9. Dennis, SISU15.8 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan GLYNN
  Naestved
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Glynn, Naestved10.9 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg10.5 
 3. St.John, Horsens9.9 
 4. Curry, Aabyhoj9.5 
 5. Benjamin, Horsholm9.3 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.8 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Harris, Horsens IC8.4 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.1 
 4. Colman, Svendborg4.1 
 5. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.7 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 8. Dennis, SISU3.2 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.3.2 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
 9. Sattler, Horsens IC1.8 
 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, Aalborg1.8 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.3 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose0.9 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 13-5 
 2. Canton C. 9-10 
 3. Springfield A. 9-10 
 4. Erie Bay H. 9-12 
 5. Dakota W. 8-9 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 7-12 
 7. Maine RC 7-13 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 6-15 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 16-7 
 2. Austin T. 14-4 
 3. Rio Grande VV 12-9 
 4. Bakersfield J. 11-9 
 5. Reno B. 11-9 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 10-9 
 7. Idaho S. 8-12 
 8. Texas L. 8-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.2 
 2. Costner, Los A.23.8 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.8 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.4 
 5. Millsap, Los A.21.7 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.19.8 
 8. Biggs, Canton C.19.2 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.1 
 10. Curry, Springfiel.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.7 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.6 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.10.1 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.5 
 7. Thomas, Reno B.9.3 
 8. Smith, Rio G.9.1 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 10. Andrews, Los A.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.4 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 3. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 4. Cooksey, Texas L.6.8 
 5. Coleman, Sioux F.6.7 
 6. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 7. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.6.2 
 9. Ahearn, Reno B.6.1 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millsap, Los A.2.4 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Coleman, Sioux F.2.3 
 4. Curry, Springfield2.2 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 7. Emmett, Reno B.2.1 
 8. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 9. Roberts, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Dentmon, Austin1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Foster, Idaho S.3.1 
 2. Alabi, Bakersfield2.3 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 6. Anderson, Dakota1.7 
 7. Williams, Texas L.1.7 
 8. Smith, Rio G.1.6 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 10. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Idaho S. - Los Angeles D. 94-99
Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, agency: VVG Sports, college: Cincinnati) had 19 points, making 4-of-9 three-pointers in 30 minutes, but the Idaho Stampede lost to the Los Angeles D-Fenders 99-94 at CenturyLink Arena. The Stampede trailed by as many 26, then pulled to within two with under one minute left to play, but saw the D-Fenders close out the win. Los Angeles used a huge first quarter to build a 15-point lead, shooting 70.6 percent from the field. Seth Tarver (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Oregon St.) had 16 points, Terrico White had 14 and Antoine Walker had 10 points. The Stampede made just 21-of-36 free throws, however. The Stampede outscored the D-Fenders 29-18 in the final stanza, using a staunch defense, holding LA to just 5-of-16 shooting and forcing six turnovers. The D-Fenders had six players, including Brandon Costner, who had 22, Elijah Millsap (21 points, eight rebounds, four assists) and Courtney Fortson, who had 15 points before being ejected late in the game after a second technical foul. The Stampede stay at home to play the league-leading Austin Toros on Jan. 20 and 21 at CenturyLink Arena at 7 p.m. (MST). *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Sioux Falls S. 107-114
Renaldo Major's (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds was not enough as the Bakersfield Jam (11-9) lost to the visiting Sioux Falls Skyforce (6-15) 114-107 tonight. The Skyforce led by as many as 14 points on the night and snapped an eight game loosing streak. The Jam were the first to strike tonight as Renaldo Major rebounded his own miss and got a lay-up to go 30 seconds into the game. On the next possession, Charles Garcia (6'9''-F-88, college: Seattle) rebounded Dominique Coleman's miss and got a put-back of his own to tie the game at 2 apiece. Major came right back at Sioux Falls with a finger roll layup on an assist from Jeremy Wise, but Gabe Pruitt answered with a long three pointer to put the Skyforce up 5-4 with 10:16 remaining in the first quarter. Sioux Falls did not surrender the lead for the rest of the game. Bakersfield stayed aggressive the whole contest, getting to the free throw line 42 times and converting 35 of those shots, including two from Osiris Eldridge with 31.4 seconds left in the game to bring the Jam within four points, 111-107. Patrick Ewing Jr. extended the lead back to six as he was fouled with 15.7 seconds remaining. After Adrian Thomas missed a three point attempt with 10.8 seconds on the clock, Dominique Coleman put the final touches on the game at the free throw line, making 1-of-2, to bring the final score to 114-107. Juan Pattillo finished the game with 18 points off the bench. Jeremy Wise added 15 points and 6 assists. David Palmer had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Trey Gilder recorded a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds for Sioux Falls this evening. Casey Mitchell contributed 22 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Dominique Coleman tallied 19 points, 6 rebounds and a game-high 8 assists. Up next, Bakersfield will host the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Friday, January 20 at 7 p.m. PT. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Erie Bay H. - Texas L. 90-96
Just 24 hours after a tough loss at Erie, the Texas Legends got their revenge. With Booker Woodfox (6'1''-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Creighton) scoring 23 points off the bench, the Legends came back to beat the Bayhawks 96-90 after a buzzer-beater beat them on the same floor Friday. Texas also got 19 points from Dominique Johnson (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific) along with 12 points each from Vance Cooksey and Sean Williams. Williams had 15 reboounds while Cooksey had seven assists. The Legends trailed 25-18 after one period but came roaring back in the second to lead 44-42 at halftime. The last of Woodfox's 11 first-half points were on free throws that gave the Legends the lead for the first time in the second, 34-33. Johnson then went off for 12 points in the third quarter, starting with a three-pointer that put the Legends back up after Erie briefly took the lead and ending on a three-point play to give them a 73-36 3lead with less than 30 seconds remaining. Daniels scored five straight points early in the fourth to cut the lead to five, and then Kennedy's three-point play brought the Bayhawks to within 82-80. But they didn't get any closer, largely due to three-pointers from Johnson, Cooksey, Cris Roberts and Woodfox. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Springfield A. - Maine RC 97-104
The Maine Red Claws put on a jump-shooting clinic Saturday night at the MassMutual Center, beating the Springfield Armor 104-97 in an NBA D-League game before a crowd of 4,211. It was the first win for the Red Claws in four meetings with the Armor this season. They'll play at 5 p.m. again today at the Portland Expo. 'We talked about that before the game and we had lost three times to them and they had been pretty good games,' Maine Coach Dave Leitao said. 'This group is different and a lot of these guys hadn't been to Springfield before or played these guys before, so it was new.' This was a guard-led win for the Red Claws, as Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) and Courtney Pigram (6'1''-G-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 22 points apiece. Hayes was particularly impressive in the fourth quarter, knocking down jumper after jumper. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter. 'Early on offensively, Courtney made some good shots and played strong physically and mentally, and obviously Kenny late,' Leitao said. 'One we got into the pick and roll, he made some good decisions and got into his rhythm, and just inside the 3-point line he made a lot of shots.' Pigram scored 17 in the first half, including four 3-pointers. The Red Claws led 48-41 at halftime, got into a back-and-forth game for the next 12 minutes, then took control in the fourth quarter with Xavier Silas (17 points), Hayes and Pigram on the floor. 'I thought about making subs but I didn't want to disturb our rhythm,' Leitao said. 'Xavier was playing well and rebounding the ball for us, talking and rotating and getting to the line, and Courtney was always a big shot waiting to happen, and Kenny was playing awesome. 'I thought about another rotation to get Ricky (Davis) and Jerome (Randle) back in there, but I went with my gut to ride those guys and see if we could get it right to the end.' Twenty-one of the 34 field goals by the Red Claws came from the perimeter, including nine in the fourth quarter. 'Hayes played terrific and Pigram killed us in the first (half),' Armor Coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'I did a bad job of preparing our team to play this game. We were not ready for those two guys off the bench and they hurt us. We've got to be much more aware, and that's my job.' The Red Claws wrestled away control at the start of the second quarter. Pigram, who hit a 3-pointer to cut Springfield's lead to 24-23 at the end of the first quarter, made another 3-pointer in the opening minute of the second quarter to give Maine its first lead. That shot was the start of a 20-2 run. Five Red Claws scored during the run, with Pigram scoring eight and Silas four. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Canton C. - Rio Grande VV 98-109
Being a step behind on the court means being behind on the scoreboard. So it went for the Canton Charge on Saturday night. The Charge couldn't contain Rio Grande Valley guards Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) and Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) during a 109-98 Vipers' win at Memorial Civic Center. A crowd of 3,502 watched Canton allow season highs in points and 3-pointers made (14). 'Coach (Nick) Nurse has been successful for a reason,' Charge coach Alex Jensen said of Rio Grande Valley's coach, who led the Iowa Energy to last year's NBA Development League championship. 'They did a good job of spreading us out, and we did a bad job individually guarding our man one-on-one and keeping the ball in front of us. We did a bad job with our help and rotations. We gave up a lot of 3-point shots.' A lot of that had to do with Uzoh and Warren, both of whom have NBA experience. They drove. They dished. They scored. Their repeated breaking down of Canton's defense was the main reason the Vipers went 14-for-33 from the arc. 'That goes back to Day 1 of training camp,' Jensen said. 'We want to protect the paint in transition and the halfcourt. No middle. The frustrating thing is it wasn't one or two guys. I think everybody had one or two breakdowns.' Warren fed Stanley Asumnu for a second-quarter alley-oop. In the third, he drove baseline and found former University of Florida sharpshooter Lee Humphrey in the opposite corner. Warren already was headed back up the floor with his index finger in the air when Humphrey's 3 hit the net. Uzoh scored a team-high 21 points to go with 12 rebounds and five assists, equaling Warren's assist total. Warren scored 15 points. 'We had a tough time just scrambling, getting back and finding shooters,' Canton forward Dante Milligan said. 'Give them credit. They knocked down open shots.' Canton spent most of the night chasing. Down 13 early in the fourth, some free throws and a pair of Christian Eyenga buckets cut Canton's deficit to 87-84. But the Vipers (12-9) answered back, swinging the ball around the perimeter for a Warren 3. Tyren Johnson followed by dunking over Milligan, and Canton (9-10) never got its deficit under six again. Johnson scored 20 points, hitting 5 of 6 3-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Humphrey scored 11 points, making 3 of 5 3-pointers. Rugged center Greg Smith went for 12 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Vipers to a 51-43 advantage on the boards. Eyenga scored 15 points, his high in five games since being assigned to the Charge by the Cavaliers. Tyrell Biggs led the Charge with 23 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, notching his first double-double. T.J. Campbell hit 4 of 7 3-pointers and scored 14 points, while Keith McLeod made 2-of-3 and scored 12 points. The two teams labored through a first quarter in which they were shooting a combined 18.9 percent with little more than three minutes left. Play picked up from there, with the Vipers finding the range from 3 to lead by as many as nine in the second quarter. The Charge battled back to lead 50-49 at the half on Biggs' putback at the buzzer. But they couldn't sustain the momentum, sending home their biggest crowd of the season since the opener disappointed. 'We don't get this type of crowd often, and we just hope they trust us enough to come back and watch us play again,' Milligan said. 'It will definitely be a different outcome.' *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com




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  EUROCUP   


VEF Riga announced Maurice Bailey and Brandon Bowdry - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga announced Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) and Brandon Bowdry (198-F-88, college: E.Michigan) for the rest of the season. The Baltic side found the replacement for Marque Perry.
Maurice Bailey played in 2009-2010 for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia-A League) and in Adriatic League averaged 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 89.3%. In Mar.'10 moved to Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro (Spain-ACB, starting five) and showed 6.8ppg, 1.5apg.
In 2010-2011 appeared for Panellinios Lamia (Greece-A1, starting five) and in EuroCup showed 12 games: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 79.7%. In Greek League his stats read 9.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 76.9%.
The season 2011-2012 started for Trabzonspor Basketbol (Turkey-TBL, starting five), but after three games played showed only 5.7 points per game.
Brandon Bowdry also arrives from Turkey. In 2006-2007 he started for E.Michigan (NCAA) and in 32 games averaged 8.3ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 61.0%. In his last season there his stats read 19.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 68.1%. The season 3011-2012 started for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-TBL, starting five) and averaged 4.4 points per game.



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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: Sharpshooter Walter Baxley - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 15: American sharpshooter Walter Baxley (191-G-84, college: Mars Hill) led Korikobrat (Lapua) into 101-79 (45-36) victory over FoKoPo (Forssa) today. FoKoPo (12-3) is on the top of this league now together with Honka, Tapiola (12-3), when Honka crushed BC Jyvaskyla on the road 61-98 (24-50). Lapua's Baxley is the leading scorer in Division 1 with an average 29,73 ppg. Pyrinto II (Tampere) defeated Huima (Aanekoski) 95-78 (45-34), YMCA Oulu won over Ura Basket at Kaarina 72-80 (37-37) and BC Nokia beat ToPo Academy in Helsinki 67-107 (39-57).
Lapua - FoKoPo 101-79 (45-36). (Walter Baxley 38, Eric Williams 24, Emmanuel Jackson 11 - HL Coleman 14, Chris Thompson 13, Tracy Robinson 12).
BC Jyvaskyla - Honka, Tapiola 61-98 (24-50). (Lance Storrs 17, Samir Itani 9, Juuso Konttinen 9 - Kalle Naapi 21, Tero Laitinen 17/14, Daniel Dolenc 13).
Pyrinto II - Huima 95-78 (45-34). (Jesse Niemi 18, Joni Harjula 18, Jari Pulkkinen 17/10 - Justice Graham 26/10, Tuomas Viertola 18, Treylon Manning 17).
Ura Basket - YMCA Oulu 72-80 (37-37). (Lionel Green 22/24, Eze Andrews 14/11, Niilo Lehtila 13 - Lloyd Phillips 29, Brian Moultrie 22/14, Josh Nofflet 15).
ToPo Academy - BC Nokia 67-107 (39-57). (Alexis Lavastida Lee 23, Totti Tyynila 15/5a, Sauli Silvonen 6/5a - Darren Townes 22, Timo Riihela 20, Juho Kauro 19).



Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Tapiolan Honka 12-3 
 2. FoKoPo 11-3 
 3. Lapua 10-4 
 4. Pyrinto II 10-4 
 5. BC Nokia 10-5 
 6. Oulun NMKY 9-6 
 7. Huima 6-8 
 8. SayRi 5-9 
 9. Ura Basket 5-10 
 10. Porvoon Tarmo 4-9 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 3-12 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-13 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.7 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.25.4 
 3. Conerly, SayRi25.0 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.7 
 5. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 6. Manning, Huima21.2 
 7. Henderson, Porvoo.20.6 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.20.4 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi20.1 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.1 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.6 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.7 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Green, Ura Basket10.7 
 8. Townes, BC Nokia10.6 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo9.8 
 10. Williams, Lapua9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Conerly, SayRi5.6 
 2. Manning, Huima5.1 
 3. Phillips, Oulun N.4.8 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.6 
 5. Viertola, Huima4.0 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.4 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.4 
 8. Jackson, Lapua3.0 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II2.8 
 10. Storrs, Jyvaskyla2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.5 
 2. Conerly, SayRi2.2 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. January, BC Nokia2.0 
 5. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.8 
 6. Baxley, Lapua1.8 
 7. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 9. King, Porvoon1.7 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.7 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.3 
 4. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.2 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.0 
 6. Cooper, SayRi1.0 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Molenius, FoKoPo0.8 
 9. Britton, Huima0.8 
 10. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 13-3 
 2. St Quentin 12-4 
 3. Souffel 11-5 
 4. Cognac 11-5 
 5. Blois 10-6 
 6. Sorgues 10-6 
 7. Orchy 10-6 
 8. Roche 9-7 
 9. Challans 9-7 
 10. Brest 9-7 
 11. Chartres 8-8 
 12. Lievin 8-8 
 13. Angers BC 49 7-9 
 14. Rueil 6-10 
 15. Clermont 5-11 
 16. Le Puy 4-12 
 17. CFBB 1-15 
 18. Montbrison 1-15 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Kaunisto, Blois17.9 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest17.8 
 3. Bluntt, Orchy17.6 
 4. Belser, Charleville17.3 
 5. Bigote, Cognac16.9 
 6. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 7. Almanson, Challans16.4 
 8. Thomas, Roche15.9 
 9. Merie, Chartres15.7 
 10. Staelens, Blois15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Caskill, Cognac10.8 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB9.7 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin9.4 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest8.6 
 6. Mendy, Lievin8.6 
 7. Pearson, Angers B.8.1 
 8. Avramovic, Chart.7.6 
 9. Diame, Rueil7.5 
 10. Aubry, Montbrison7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.7 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.6 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.2 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.9 
 5. Ball, St Quentin4.8 
 6. Daube, Le Puy4.7 
 7. Berquier, Chartres4.5 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.2 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.2 
 10. Thomas, Roche3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Damien PISTRE
  Charleville
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 2. Toto N''Kote, Roche1.9 
 3. Calvez, Charleville1.9 
 4. Gourari, Rueil1.8 
 5. Dessart, Lievin1.8 
 6. Kaunisto, Blois1.8 
 7. Bigote, Cognac1.8 
 8. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 9. Bassine, Sorgues1.7 
 10. Gotagni, Le Puy1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel1.9 
 2. Caskill, Cognac1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 4. Ipouck, Chartres1.2 
 5. Morin, CFBB1.2 
 6. Sanborn, Lievin1.2 
 7. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 8. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 9. Borval, Le Puy0.9 
 10. Jaiteh, CFBB0.9 


NM1 Round 16: #1 Charleville-Mezieres are defeated by Orchesien BC - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (13-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by seventh ranked Orchesien BC (10-6) 102-79. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The game without a history. Orchesien BC 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 Charleville-Mezieres' 28. Orchesien BC forced 19 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Orchesien BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Antoine Belkessa (185-88) who added 22 points during the contest. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Orchesien BC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Blois and Sorgues. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Orchesien BC is looking forward to face Sorgues (#6) at home in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Cognac (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Le Puy en Velay. Sixteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Roche (9-7) 66-65 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The winners were led by center Steeve Borval (202-87) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and Adrien Daube supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds by forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) did not help to save the game for Roche. Le Puy ASMB maintains sixteenth position with 4-12 record. Roche at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Brest and Challans. Le Puy ASMB will play against CFBB (#17) in Paris in the next round. Roche will play at home against Rueil (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Rueil where higher ranked Vendee Challans (9-7) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Rueil (6-10) 86-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vendee Challans. Karim Gourari fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Sebastien Cherasse produced 13 points and 6 assists for lost side. Rueil have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Rueil maintains fourteenth position with 6-10 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Brest and Roche. Rueil will meet higher ranked Roche (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vendee Challans will play against Lievin Basket and hope to secure a win.
Fifth ranked Souffelweyersheim (11-5) crushed at home 17th ranked CFBB (1-15) by 38 points 102-64, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a very good performance for Jason Bach who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 assists. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to third place, which they share with Cognac. CFBB lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) on the road which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Clermont was destroyed by Brest on the opponent's court 90-57. Sorgues unfortunately lost to Blois in a home game 93-100. Angers BC 49 recorded a loss to Lievin on the road 55-59. Chartres was crushed by St Quentin on its own court 62-86. Cognac smashed Montbrison in a road game 87-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists by Ville Kaunisto of Blois.



Le Puy - Roche 66-65

Important game to mention about took place in Le Puy en Velay. Sixteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Roche (9-7) 66-65 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Le Puy ASMB shot 22 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Roche only scored six points from the stripe. Roche was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by center Steeve Borval (202-87) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Adrien Daube (193-89) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds by forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) did not help to save the game for Roche. Guard Roderick Pegon (199-77) added 10 points for lost side. Le Puy ASMB maintains sixteenth position with 4-12 record. Roche at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Brest and Challans. Le Puy ASMB will play against CFBB (#17) in Paris in the next round. Roche will play at home against Rueil (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roche: A.Toto N'Kote 20+11reb+2ast, M.Diallo 10+1reb+1ast, R.Pegon 10+1reb+2ast, E.Andre 8+3reb+1ast, J.Bestron 5+5reb, J.Young 5+3reb
Le Puy: A.Daube 18+4reb+4ast, S.Borval 16+13reb+2ast, G.Sene 14+2reb+7ast, R.Martin 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Jacques 6+3reb, Y.Smail 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 147052


Brest - Clermont 90-57

Very expected game when 14th ranked Stade Clermont (5-11) was crushed on the road by tenth ranked Etendard de Brest (9-7) 90-57. The game without a history. Etendard de Brest led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Etendard de Brest outrebounded Stade Clermont 54-38 including a 38-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Zaka Alao (187-81) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. Forward Jonathan Beugnot (201-83, college: Clayton St.) replied with 8 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Stade Clermont. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Etendard de Brest moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Roche and Challans. Stade Clermont at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. Etendard de Brest's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Saint-Quentin on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stade Clermont will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) in Souffel. and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Clermont: S.Naydenov 9+2reb, K.Ouattara 9+4reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 8+12reb+1ast, J.McClark 7+8reb+1ast, B.Matanga 7+3reb+4ast, M.Diakite 6+2reb+1ast
Brest: Z.Alao 19+6reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 19+11reb+10ast, J.Lupot 14+2reb+2ast, V.Pridotkas 14+9reb, B.Vounang 10+13reb, R.Lopez 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 147053


Sorgues - Blois 93-100

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Blois (10-6) defeated on the road 5th ranked Sorgues (10-6) 100-93. Sorgues was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Blois, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Sorgues turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Sorgues helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). point guard Pierre Brochard (185-80) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Blois players scored in double figures. Guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) replied with 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Sorgues. Blois moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sorgues and Orchy. Blois' next round opponent will be Chartres (#11) at home where they are favorite. Sorgues will play against Orchesien BC (#7) in Orchies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: A.Thinon 22+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 12+7reb, X.Pasut 12+1reb+2ast, D.Quincy-Jones 11+3reb, V.Ateba 9+2reb, S.Mekdad 8+2reb+4ast
Blois: V.Kaunisto 28+13reb+5ast, J.Tornato 18+2reb, B.Recoura 14+3reb, P.Brochard 13+5reb+4ast, G.Staelens 10+1reb+3ast, T.Delon 9+1reb
gschID: 147054


Lievin - Angers BC 49 59-55

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Lievin Basket and 12th ranked Angers BC 49 had identical 7-8 record. This time Lievin Basket used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Angers 59-55. It looked good early as Angers BC 49 took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lievin Basket had a 18-13 second period charge getting the lead and Angers BC 49 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-59. It was a very good performance for naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-79) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Forward SyPir Traore (204-85) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Olivier Sulpice (192-77) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Angers BC 49. Lievin Basket (8-8) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Chartres. Angers BC 49 at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Vendee Challans (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Angers BC 49 will play against Montbrison (#18).
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: S.Traore 19+5reb+2ast, P.Drouault 9+4reb+1ast, O.Sulpice 7+7reb+3ast, T.Lonzieme 6+2reb+1ast, T.Pearson 6+8reb+2ast, T.Ramphort 5+4reb+3ast
Lievin: A.Pierre-Joseph 15+3reb+1ast, T.Sanborn 10+6reb+2ast, V.Mendy 10+10reb, V.Lehut 9+2reb+2ast, A.Hoard 7+2reb, J.Dessart 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 147055


Souffel - CFBB 102-64

Fifth ranked Souffelweyersheim (11-5) crushed at home 17th ranked CFBB (1-15) by 38 points 102-64, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 30. Souffelweyersheim players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by CFBB's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for forward Jason Bach (198-87) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 assists. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Forward Lucas Paoletti (202-95) replied with 10 points and forward Paul Rigot (199-95) added 10 points in the effort for CFBB. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to third place, which they share with Cognac. CFBB lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) on the road which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CFBB: L.Paoletti 10+2reb+1ast, P.Rigot 10+3reb, A.Chassang 8+2reb+1ast, B.Dallo 8+1reb, J.Basileu 7+1reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 7+5reb+1ast
Souffel: F.Broliron 20+2reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 16+6reb+1ast, J.Bach 16+2reb+6ast, J.Begarin 15+1reb+5ast, J.Alingue 11+6reb+4ast, S.Kancel 11+2ast
gschID: 147048


Chartres - St Quentin 62-86

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Saint-Quentin (12-4) outscored on the road 11th ranked Chartres (8-8) 86-62. The game without a history. Saint-Quentin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Quite impressive performance for American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording 29 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) added 12 points in the effort for Chartres. Chartres' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin maintains second position with 12-4 record behind leader Charleville. Newly promoted Chartres keeps the eleventh place with eight games lost. Saint-Quentin's next round opponent will be Etendard de Brest (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Chartres will play against Blois.
Top scorers:
Chartres: L.Avramovic 13+16reb, G.Merie 12+3reb+1ast, G.Lemon 8+2reb, A.Barakaou 7+1reb+1ast, H.Jalce 6+9reb+1ast, Z.Bojovic 5+5reb+4ast
St Quentin: K.Howell 29+1reb+3ast, D.Williams 11+4reb, J.Lesieu 10+3reb+1ast, O.Romain 10+3reb+1ast, R.N'Kembe 9+3reb+1ast, A.Rambur 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 147049


Montbrison - Cognac 67-87

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Montbrison (1-15) was outplayed at home by fourth ranked Cognac (11-5) 87-67. It looked good early as Montbrison took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cognac had a 25-13 second period charge getting the lead and Montbrison was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-87. Cognac forced 22 Montbrison turnovers. Quite impressive performance for naturalized Congolese forward Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-82, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) contributed with 7 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Cognac players scored in double figures. Guard Benjamin Tillon (189-85) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Montbrison. Montbrison's coach Marc Berjoan rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cognac moved-up to third place, which they share with Souffel. Montbrison lost eighth consecutive game. Montbrison at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Cognac's next round opponent will be league's leader Charleville-Mezieres at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Montbrison will play against Angers BC 49 (#13).
Top scorers:
Montbrison: B.Tillon 16+5reb+4ast, J.St Robert 13+9reb, C.Pegon 10+2reb+3ast, L.Biela 9+2reb+1ast, R.Aubry 6+2reb+2ast, G.Filet 6+4reb+3ast
Cognac: J.Moupegnou 23+2reb+2ast, I.Saounera 14+3reb+3ast, N.Kaczmarow 14+2reb, M.Bigote 13+1reb+6ast, M.Buval 8+4reb+1ast, I.Caskill 7+14reb+2ast
gschID: 147050


Rueil - Challans 86-75

An interesting game took place in Rueil where higher ranked Vendee Challans (9-7) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Rueil (6-10) 86-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vendee Challans. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 50-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Rueil looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Moroccan forward Karim Gourari (195-84) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) produced 13 points and 6 assists and point guard Regis Boissie (180-78) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Rueil have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Rueil maintains fourteenth position with 6-10 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Brest and Roche. Rueil will meet higher ranked Roche (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vendee Challans will play against Lievin Basket and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Challans: G.Renon 15+3reb+1ast, S.Cherasse 13+2reb+6ast, S.Girma 13+1ast, N.Gouacide 10+3reb, R.Boissie 9+5reb+6ast, J.Almanson 9+9reb+1ast
Rueil: K.Gourari 17+5reb+7ast, C.Mansare 15+9reb+2ast, M.Niakate 15+1reb+2ast, M.Diame 13+9reb+2ast, G.Mdivani 9+3reb+2ast, T.Chevigny 9+1reb
gschID: 147051


Charleville - Orchy 79-102

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (13-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by seventh ranked Orchesien BC (10-6) 102-79. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The game without a history. Orchesien BC 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 Charleville-Mezieres' 28. Orchesien BC forced 19 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Orchesien BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Antoine Belkessa (185-88) who added 22 points during the contest. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Orchesien BC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Blois and Sorgues. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Orchesien BC is looking forward to face Sorgues (#6) at home in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Cognac (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Guillarme 21+6reb+2ast, C.Belser 12+4reb, N.Racon 10+1ast, F.Bourdillon 10+1reb+4ast, D.Pistre 8+1reb+2ast, T.Toney 8+8reb+2ast
Orchy: A.Belkessa 22+1reb+3ast, D.Petrovic 20+5reb+2ast, D.Hayes 17+2ast, A.Gacko 12+6reb+3ast, D.Cilly 9+7reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 147047




Bordeaux land Chris Dunn - by Eurobasket News
Bordeax strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Christopher Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.). The guard signed for the reminder of the season. The guard started the previous season with Alcazar in Spain. He tallied 5.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in LEB Gold. Later Christopher Dunn moved to Aux-Maurienne Basket. The guard tallied 15.1 points, 3.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in ProB. Christopher Dunn got injured in March and did not appear on court since then. Previously the guard had stints in France, Cyprus, Dominican Republic and Belgium. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2006.


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.7 
 2. Reese, Duesseldorf21.0 
 3. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel19.3 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.8 
 6. Hassan, Leitersh.17.9 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.4 
 8. Reid, MBC17.4 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim17.3 
 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, Jena8.1 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim7.9 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz7.4 
 6. Mason, Webmoebel7.1 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.1 
 8. Richardson, Leiter.7.1 
 9. De Michael, NBC6.9 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.1 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.6 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.3 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC5.0 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim4.7 
 6. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 7. Diggs, Webmoebel4.5 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.4 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.3 
 10. Reese, Duesseldo.4.2 
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. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.6 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Harris, NBC1.6 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen1.5 
 9. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.8 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.2 
 5. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 6. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 8. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 9. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 16-2 
 2. Ratiopharm 15-2 
 3. Art.Dragons 13-5 
 4. ALBA 11-6 
 5. NY Phantoms 11-7 
 6. B.Muenchen 10-8 
 7. s.Oliver Baskets 10-8 
 8. EWE Baskets 10-8 
 9. Bremerhaven 9-9 
 10. Telekom Baskets 9-9 
 11. Bayreuth 8-10 
 12. Fraport SKY 8-10 
 13. Phoenix Hagen 7-11 
 14. Walter Tigers 6-12 
 15. LTi 46ers 6-12 
 16. EnBW L'burg 5-13 
 17. TBB Trier 5-13 
 18. Goettingen 2-16 


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


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 13-3 
 2. SU Medien 12-5 
 3. Vechta 11-5 
 4. Stahnsdorf 10-6 
 5. Schwelm 10-7 
 6. Herten 9-6 
 7. Dorsten 9-7 
 8. Wolfenbuettel 8-9 
 9. Wulfen 7-10 
 10. Bayer Giants 6-10 
 11. Rist Wedel 6-11 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 4-12 
 13. Bernau 1-16 
Group South
 1. Gotha 13-3 
 2. Noerdlingen 12-4 
 3. Leipzig 11-5 
 4. Dragons 10-5 
 5. BSW Sixers 10-6 
 6. Hanau 9-7 
 7. Langen 9-7 
 8. Licher Baeren 7-9 
 9. TSV Troester 7-9 
 10. Fraport SKY II 4-12 
 11. BG Illertal 2-14 
 12. Giessen 2-14 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.8 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.17.1 
 3. Carter, Phoenix16.3 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.15.7 
 5. Jonusas, Phoenix15.4 
 6. Foster, B.Muenchen14.9 
 7. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.14.2 
 9. Burrell, EWE B.14.1 
 10. Peavy, Art.Dragons13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Evans, Goettingen8.5 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.3 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 5. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 6. Davidson, Fraport7.8 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.6 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm6.9 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen6.8 
 10. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.3 
 4. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 5. Brown, EWE Baskets5.1 
 6. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.8 
 8. Campbell, Walter T.4.3 
 9. Gibson, Bayreuth4.2 
 10. Everett, Bremerha.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.8 
 2. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Dorris, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 5. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 6. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 7. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 8. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 9. Wood, ALBA1.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.0 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.6 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 6. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 7. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Redding, Walter T.1.0 
 10. Boone, s.Oliver.0.9 


ProA Round 18: Kirchheim Knights are upset by BG Karlsruhe - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Karlsruhe between second ranked Kirchheim Knights (12-5) and thirteenth ranked BG Karlsruhe (7-10) on Wednesday night. Kirchheim Knights were defeated by BG Karlsruhe in a tough game on the road 89-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. Kirchheim Knights were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BG Karlsruhe dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kirchheim Knights' 38. 24 personal fouls committed by Kirchheim Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 30 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) who recorded 21 points and 7 assists. BG Karlsruhe have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Cuxhaven. Kirchheim Knights at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Crailsheim. BG Karlsruhe is looking forward to face higher ranked Science City Jena (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kirchheim Knights will play against NBC (#8) in Nurnberg and are hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chemnitz. First ranked Mitteldeutscher BC faced 4th ranked BV Chemnitz 99. Guests from Weissenfels (13-3) defeated host BV Chemnitz 99 (9-8) 94-83. It was a good game for American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Robert Holcomb Faye contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) replied with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for BV Chemnitz 99. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first position with 13-3 record. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Duesseldorf. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against USC Heidelberg (#4) at home in the next round. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Gloria Giants (9-8) survived in overtime against NBC (8-8) by four points 104-100 on Saturday night. The game took place in Nurnberg. But the guests from Duesseldorf were better at the end. Aubrey Reese scored 43 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) to lead the charge for the winners. Gloria Giants' coach Murat Didin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Jaivon Harris with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Gloria Giants moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chemnitz. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Gloria Giants will meet at home Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play against Kirchheim Knights (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (7-10) made lots of trouble for third ranked Crailsheim Merlins (12-5). Crailsheim Merlins managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Darryl Webb notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kirchheim. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in Paderborn. Cuxhaven BasCats will play at home against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#9) in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Allmendingen, where higher ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (8-9) lost at home to thirteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-10) 70-79 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ehingen/Urspringschule. The best player for the winners was Chris Alexander who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Karlsruhe and Cuxhaven. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. ETB Wohnbau will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 18 Jena were defeated by Heidelberg in Heidelberg 94-76. Braves was beaten by Webmoebel at home 87-92.



Chemnitz - MBC 83-94

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chemnitz. First ranked Mitteldeutscher BC faced 4th ranked BV Chemnitz 99. Guests from Weissenfels (13-3) defeated host BV Chemnitz 99 (9-8) 94-83. It looked good early as BV Chemnitz 99 took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mitteldeutscher BC had a 21-10 second period charge getting the lead and BV Chemnitz 99 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-94. Mitteldeutscher BC made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. BV Chemnitz 99 was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) replied with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) added 23 points in the effort for BV Chemnitz 99. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first position with 13-3 record. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Duesseldorf. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against USC Heidelberg (#4) at home in the next round. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Ishizaki 23+1reb, G.Johnson 22+5reb+8ast, T.Shaw 14+7reb+1ast, J.Schmidt 8+1reb, P.Stachula 8+2reb+2ast, J.Schaffrath 4+9reb+1ast
MBC: A.Reid 22+5reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 14+1reb+6ast, A.Cavars 13+1ast, P.Heyden 12, S.Wachalski 11+4reb, S.Leutloff 10+5reb+3ast
gschID: 141490


NBC - Duesseldorf 100-104 OT

Gloria Giants (9-8) survived in overtime against NBC (8-8) by four points 104-100 on Saturday night. The game took place in Nurnberg. But the guests from Duesseldorf were better at the end. NBC was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-26 charge of Gloria Giants, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-12. Gloria Giants made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) scored 43 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) to lead the charge for the winners and Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Gloria Giants' coach Murat Didin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) with 27 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 23 points and 5 assists. Four Gloria Giants and five NBC players scored in double figures. Gloria Giants moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chemnitz. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Gloria Giants will meet at home Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play against Kirchheim Knights (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NBC: J.Harris 27+6reb+3ast, W.Chavis 23+2reb+5ast, C.Adler 19+3ast, R.De Michael 16+9reb+3ast, C.Abercrombie 12+8reb, I.Okoye 3+1ast
Duesseldorf: A.Reese 43+5reb+3ast, P.Friedel 20+2reb+2ast, M.Brauer 18+5reb+1ast, R.Keerles 11+11reb+3ast, P.Flomo 8+8reb, M.Liyanage 3+1reb
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Crailsheim - Cuxhaven 83-81

Eleventh-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (7-10) made lots of trouble for third ranked Crailsheim Merlins (12-5). Crailsheim Merlins managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Cuxhaven BasCats were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 27-24 charge of Crailsheim Merlins, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) did not help to save the game for Cuxhaven BasCats. Guard Jusuf El Domiaty (189-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 14 points. Five Crailsheim Merlins and four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kirchheim. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in Paderborn. Cuxhaven BasCats will play at home against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#9) in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: Q.Brown 23+7reb+2ast, J.El Domiaty 14+2reb+2ast, E.Harris 12+2reb+2ast, D.McDaniel 11+3reb, J.Capel 8+4reb+1ast, M.Kuhle 6+1reb+1ast
Crailsheim: D.Webb 17+6reb+1ast, J.Stohl 15+1ast, J.Buck 14+5reb+3ast, M.Hill 14+2reb+5ast, A.Cook 11+3reb+3ast, B.Lischka 6+1reb
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Heidelberg - Jena 94-76

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Science City Jena (8-9) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked USC Heidelberg (9-7) 94-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by USC Heidelberg. Science City Jena was better in fourth quarter 31-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USC Heidelberg shot 28 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Science City Jena only scored ten points from the stripe. Science City Jena was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 17 points respectively. Five USC Heidelberg and four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. USC Heidelberg moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Webmoebel. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. USC Heidelberg will face league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Science City Jena will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#12).
Top scorers:
Jena: J.Black 21+7reb+1ast, T.Kepkay 17+1reb+2ast, K.Barker 13+4reb+1ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 10+1ast, E.Vierneisel 6+4reb, C.Roquette 4+1reb
Heidelberg: K.Barth 20+2reb+1ast, S.Watts 20+6reb, J.Williams 15+9reb+1ast, C.Burgess 14+6reb+3ast, J.Heindel 13+6reb+1ast, C.Sargent 5+2reb+3ast
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Ehingen - ETB Wohnbau 70-79

We should mention about the upset which took place in Allmendingen, where higher ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (8-9) lost at home to thirteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-10) 70-79 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ehingen/Urspringschule. The game without a history. ETB Wohnbau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ETB Wohnbau outrebounded Ehingen/Urspringschule 35-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) who recorded 13 points and 4 assists and American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 17 points respectively. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Karlsruhe and Cuxhaven. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. ETB Wohnbau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Calvin 17+4reb, A.Vargas 13+4reb+4ast, W.Creekmore 12+1reb+1ast, V.Matthews 11+1reb+4ast, A.Buechert 5+4reb+2ast, G.Williamson 4+2reb+4ast
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 21+11reb+5ast, P.Carney 12+1reb+1ast, J.Henley 12+6reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 12+5reb+2ast, S.Schroter 9+6reb+2ast, K.Chones 8+4reb+2ast
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Karlsruhe - Kirchheim 97-89

The most important game in the last round took place in Karlsruhe between second ranked Kirchheim Knights (12-5) and thirteenth ranked BG Karlsruhe (7-10) on Wednesday night. Kirchheim Knights were defeated by BG Karlsruhe in a tough game on the road 89-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. Kirchheim Knights were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BG Karlsruhe dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kirchheim Knights' 38. 24 personal fouls committed by Kirchheim Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 30 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) who recorded 21 points and 7 assists and center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five BG Karlsruhe and four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. BG Karlsruhe have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Cuxhaven. Kirchheim Knights at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. They share it with Crailsheim. BG Karlsruhe is looking forward to face higher ranked Science City Jena (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kirchheim Knights will play against NBC (#8) in Nurnberg and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: A.Smith 21+3reb+7ast, R.Tomasevic 13+1ast, D.Uskoski 13+8reb+1ast, C.Brooks 10+1reb+1ast, N.Menck 10+2reb+2ast, B.Bekteshi 8+3reb+1ast
Karlsruhe: M.Samarco 30+3reb+2ast, J.Howard 23+15reb+1ast, D.Jones 14+2reb+3ast, R.Roessler 14+7reb+3ast, J.Moore 12+7reb+1ast, A.Rueck 2
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Braves - Webmoebel 87-92

No shocking result in a game in Homburg where seventh ranked Webmoebel Baskets (9-7) defeated 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (5-12) 92-87 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 33-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Saar-Pfalz Braves were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Webmoebel Baskets' coach Thomas Glasauer allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (200-88, college: McNeese St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and American center Travis Reed (203-79, college: Long Beach St., agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Heidelberg. Loser Saar-Pfalz Braves keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will face league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against Gloria Giants (#7) in Duesseldorf.
Top scorers:
Braves: T.Reed 19+2reb+4ast, N.Okorie 18+3reb+3ast, P.Alawoya 14+14reb+1ast, R.Cardenas 11+2reb+1ast, E.Land 11+8reb, L.Jeka 7+2reb+3ast
Webmoebel: J.Mason 19+9reb, J.Stommes 18+3reb+4ast, N.Freer 17+7reb+1ast, M.Jost 11+3reb, O.Wendt 10+1reb+5ast, B.Spoeler 8+3reb
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The Fraport Skyliners Rise From The Trenches Winning The Battle Of Wurzburg 56-51 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The last time, The Fraport Skyliners graced the soil of the pretty Bavarian town of Wurzburg, Murat Didin was head coach in his first tenure there leading the club to the Beko BBL final, world class cyclist Lance Armstrong was only months shy of winning his record seventh Tour De France, the first presidential election was still months away in Egypt, the Chicago White Sox were on course of being the only major league team in history being in first place from day one until day 162 and the NFL played its first game outside the United States as the Arizona Cardinals battled the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico City. All these events occurred in 2005 and the last time that Frankfurt played in Wurzburg was March 19th as they escaped with a 89-87 win in front of 1,200 patrons. Back then, Wurzburg had current Phantom Nils Mittman and Walter Tigers Tuebingen head coach Igor Perovic in the line up while the Skyliners had a young 19 year old Alex King registering two points and high flying American Chris Williams who led all scorers with 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Yesterday the Fraport Skyliners returned again as scoring took a back seat as defense was the highest priority and the gang of Muli Katzurin found a away to win their fifth game in a row on the road and came to terms with the tough atmosphere prevailing 56-51. Despite the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg having a strong 8-1 home record, they arent invincible at home This arena reminds a bit of the Cameron arena at Duke. That arena is small like this one and the fans pack it in and are great. It is usually hard to defeat us here, stressed ex Umass American Ricky Harris. Wurzburg guard Ben Jacobson has had the luxary of playing in two very unique arenas the last years. The Lok halle has its own mystique. However the fans here are very special. Even if you miss 15 shots in a row, they go wild when you hit that 16th shot. This place is small and the fans are on top of you. You dont always have to play in a big arena to feel comfortable. We feel very comfortable here and use it to our advantage, stressed Ben Jacobson.

It was really no secret that a defensive battle was being awaited as the best Beko BBL defensive team s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg had given up an average 67 points this season while the Fraport Skyliners had only given up an average 64 points in the last 10 games. Many were speculating a score between 65-55 points, but that it would become such an extreme defensive game had many fascinated just how intense and aggressive two teams could battle for 40 minutes. During the game Devin Gibson sustained a cramp as did players from Wurzburg after the game. Both teams went to the limit not wanting to give any free gifts and just defended with their hearts. We knew that Wurzburg is a very tough defensive team and we just had to slow down the game. Their defense at the start was the best defense that I have ever played against. It was a civil war battle. It calmed down in the second half and we were able to play our basketball, warned Skyliner guard Jimmy Mckinney. S. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Ricky Harris sat on the sidelines and couldnt play due to injury, but understood that there was no beauty to this game. This was an ugly game that was battled out on defense. This was like a heavy weight match. They came out throwing punches and then we came back throwing punches and it went back and forth, stressed Ricky Harris. Skyliner forward Jacob Burtschi might not have had memories of having to play much defense in Hagen, but was used to defense at the Air Force in the NCAA. This was the battle of the trenches. This was one of the biggest defensive battles I have ever been involved with. At the Air Force, we led the nation three years in least points given up. Patrick has a very tough minded team with guys like Boone and Tomazek and the guards are so physical. They really wear you down, but we were able to sustain their aggressive defense in the second half and also limited them to less shots, added Jacob Burtschi. Skyliner captain Marius Nolte might only have played 2,50 minutes, but he played his part in the big win and had that big winner smile at the end. I am so happy how we won this game and how much fighting spirit that we showed. It was so hard to play against them and especially after they pressured us so much at the start, we stayed calm at the end getting the win, stressed Marius Nolte. This was the battle of two defensive minded teams. Both teams played at full speed and no team gave an inch. Frankfurt played with a lot of confidence and hit big shots. The difference at end was Davidson making his mid distance shots when he wanted to, added s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg head coach John Patrick.

Even though beko BBL basketball had been absent in the s .Oliver arena, there was a special basketball feeling in the small,sold out arena as if Dirk Nowitzki had left something behind since he had started his playing in the late 90s. There was an upbeat feeling on the Fraport Skyliners bench prior to tip off as Justin Gray was seeing how long he could spin the ball on his finger and smiling. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg without pure scorer Ricky Harris who could of made a difference in this game had he played. As soon as the game did start, both teams showed quickly that defense was on the menu and offense was on the forgotten menu as both teams struggled to score as they were defending with heart. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg did have the 5-2 lead half way through the first quarter getting a runner from Ben Jacobson and three pointer from Ivan Elliot. It seemed like both teams were in a contest to see who could force more turnovers as they were filling up the stat sheet early. Frankfurt had problems getting shots and chose to draw fouls as Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) and Jacob Burtcshi went to the line tying the score at 5-5. Muli Katzurin inserted Devon Gibson that right away made an impact on offense making the offense quicker in the set play and giving the Fraport Skyliners the 7-5 lead back retrieving his own rebound and getting a put back. However the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg found some momentum down the stretch going on a 5-2 run to lead 10-9 after one quarter. Wurzburg got some production on offense as Jason Boone got his own rebound and lay up and Ivan Elliot hit a last second fade away jumper. The Fraport Skyliners had massive problems denying Wurzburg offensive rebounds and problems in the set play as they were being forced to too many turnovers. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 25% from the field and 14% from outside while the Fraport Sklyiners were shooting 33% from the field and 0% from outside. Wurzburg had the 9-8 rebound edge and five turnovers while Frankfurt had eight.

Thes.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg jumped on the Fraport Skyliners quickly going on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 16-9. Little used German-polish big man Robert Tomazek who played two years for legendary NCAA head coach and chair thrower Bobby Knight at Texas Tech scored twice inside having no problem against the lax defense of Jermareo Davidson. Here and there the Fraport Sklyiners would display flashes of brilliance on offense as Jimmy Mckinney found Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) back door for an easy lay up as Frankfurt trailed 16-11. The s. Oliver baskets Wurzburg then went on a mini 5-2 run to lead 21-13 as Ivan Elliot outworked Frankfurt for an offensive rebound and lay up and free throw and Jacobson made two free throws. Both teams continued to play as if this was there last ever game giving everything. The Fraport Skyliners closed out the second quarter with a7-4 run, but still trailed 25-20 at the intermission. Davidson made a pretty pull up jumper over German Oliver Clay and Gibson and German national player Johannes Herber hit free throws. We were happy that we werent down by 20 points. We were 4/20 at halftime and were down only by five points. We had been lucky that Wurzburg wasnt hitting their shots, stressed Jacob Burtschi. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 29% from the field and 11% from the three point line while The Fraport Skyliners weres hooting 20% from the field and 0% from the three point line. Wurzburg continued to have the 22-16 rebound edge and 13 turnovers while Frankfurt had 14 turnovers.

It was no secret that the Fraport Skyliners slowly had to find a secure rhythm on offense and start to hit some shots. But it wasnt the Fraport Sklyiners that had the scoring touch first, but the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg who got needed production from defensive pit bull John Little who hit a floater and one handed shot in the lane. Little has been known for years as one of the top man on ball defenders in the Beko BBL, but he has quietly stepped up his offense as well as he has scored in double figures 8 times this season. Jimmy Mckinney hit a pull up jumper as Frankfurt still trailed 29-22. Devin Gibson and Tomazek then traded buckets as the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg still led 31-23. However in the latter half of the third quarter it was all Fraport Skyliners as it was for most of the Patriots-Broncos game where Tom Brady showed that he is the real football god moving his team into the AFC championship game against the Ravens with a 45-10 shell shocking, as the Frankfurt club surprised the Wurzburg fans with a 11-0 run romp to retake the lead 34-31. Frankfurt picked up their defense again being more aggressive after taking more of a rest in the first four minutes as Burtschi hit a three pointer and Robertson a jumper as Frankfurt trailed 31-28. Jacobson and Little missed shots as Mckinney scolded Wurzburg with a three pointer to tie the game at 31-31. Burtschi then made a steal as Mckinney scored and Gibson made a free throw. Chester Frazier closed out the third quarter with a high rainbow three pointer as the score was dead locked 34-34 after three quarters.Defense was key in this run. We played pick and roll, Gibson found open guys, I hit shots and we calmed down found the flow and started playing basketball, stressed St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 27% from the field and 17% from the parking lot while the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were shooting 30% from the field and 18% from the parking lot. Wurzburg still had the rebound edge 29-24, but 17 turnovers while Frankfurt had 16 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter there were three lead changes early until the Fraport Skyliners would take control of the game. Devin Gibson got the Fraport Skyliners on the board first with a coast to coast sprint and off balance lay up that liked Aubrey Reese in his days as a Skyliner as Frankfurt led 36-34. Jacobson gave Wurzburg the lead back with a three pointer 37-36, but Quantez Super Tez Robertson responded bringing the Fraport Skyliners on a 11-2 run getting seven points in the run starting with a slick spin move that had Chester Frazier twisted scoring on a lay up as Frankfurt led again 38-37 and they would never look back. Robertson still had some basketball offensive up his sleeve as he would connect too more times with a jumper and off balance jumper from the wing as the shot clock sounded as Frankfurt led 43-39. Gibson continued the run with two free throws and Davidson who is as secure with his mid distance jumper as teammate Justin Gray is from the free throw line nailed a jumper as Frankfurt led more comfortably 47-39. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg werent done yet as they came back with a mini 4-0 run as Chris Kramer and Jason Boone hit free throws to cut the Frankfurt lead to 47-43. Wurzburg continued to press with their comeback, but Davidson showing as much self confidence with his mid distance jumper as he does rapping on You Tube hit his favorite shot giving Frankfurt the 49-43 lead. The Fraport Skyliners gave Wurzburg some gifts with turnovers, but the home team was unable to make good use of them getting stopped on defense countless times as Chester Frazier was denied in the lane twice as Davidson stepped up on defense under the hoop. We had some funny opportunities at the end, but we just couldnt hit our shots, expressed Ben Jacobson. Thompson then hit free throws and Jacobson a lay in as Frankfurt led 51-45. Despite Herber missing four free throws at the end and Chris Kramer showing his agility and quickness for two lay ups to cut the Frankfurt lead to 53-49, time was running down and Thompson and Herber made free throws in the last seconds to preserve the win and only the second home loss for Wurzburg this season. Frankfurt played great team defense at the end and Mckinney and Robertson hit the big shots, stressed Ricky Harris.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) with 12 points and seven rebounds. Devin Gibson contributed 11 points, four rebounds and two assists and Jermareo Davidson produced 10 points. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg were led by Ben Jacobson with 15 points. Ivan Elliot chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds and Chris Kramer with eight points and six rebounds. Skyliner rookie Devin Gibson was only playing his second Beko BBL game, but showed strides on offense and defense and despite sustaining a cramp and crashing into the stands, he was able to come back and play and is already getting respect of his teammates. Gibson showed how important he was tonight. He was very aggressive and did a good job bringing the ball, stressed Marius Nolte. The Fraport Skyliners shot poorly, but else should one expect in a defensive battle and were outrebounded 37-35 and will have some things to work on this week in practice. We got a bit nervous in crunch time and had problems keeping a calm head at times and on offense there were phases where we didnt get good shots, warned Marius Nolte. Defense continues to be the strong point of the Fraport Skyliners as in the last 10 games they allow less than 65 points a game. Frankfurt dont really apply full court press, but their half court defense is excellent. They apply good pressure and the wings deny you. Defense is about hard work and effort and that is what they do, warned Ben Jacobson. The Fraport Skyliners will seek to go for their second win in a row at home against the LTi Giessen 46ers January 20th.



BBL Round 18: ratiopharm Ulm beats BG Goettingen by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighteenth-ranked BG Goettingen (2-16) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (15-2) on Saturday. The visitors from Ulm managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. ratiopharm Ulm made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Kyle Bailey (188-82, college: Santa Clara) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds for BG Goettingen. ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-2 record behind leader Brose Baskets. BG Goettingen lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against s Oliver Baskets (#7) in Wuerzburg and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (16-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-13) 101-69. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Tibor Pleiss chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) with 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-2 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with TBB Trier. Brose Baskets will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig in the next round. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play on the road against TBB Trier (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked EWE Baskets (10-8) in Bamberg 84-57. Tibor Pleiss notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by Bobby Brown did not help to save the game for EWE Baskets. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-2 record. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with B.Muenchen and s.Oliver Baskets. Brose Baskets will meet New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in the next round. EWE Baskets will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Bayreuth. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked ALBA Berlin (11-6) to eleventh ranked BBC Bayreuth (8-10) 80-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. The best player for the winners was Osvaldo Jeanty who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. BBC Bayreuth maintains eleventh position with 8-10 record, which they share with Fraport SKY. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play against Telekom Baskets in Bonn.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between s Oliver Baskets (10-8) and Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-10), which took place in Wuerzburg. Higher ranked s Oliver Baskets lost at home to twelfth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners 51-56 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for Quantez Robertson who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 7 rebounds. s Oliver Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bayreuth. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: EWE Baskets was smashed by B.Muenchen on the road 102-71. Art.Dragons won against Telekom Baskets on its own court 93-83. TBB Trier unfortunately lost to NY Phantoms in Braunschweig 72-78. LTi 46ers managed to beat Walter Tigers at home 76-61. Phoenix Hagen defeated Bremerhaven on the opponent's court 88-83.



EnBW L'burg - Brose Baskets 69-101

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (16-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-13) 101-69. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets forced 20 EnBW Ludwigsburg turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Brose Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. EnBW Ludwigsburg was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall, agency: Court Side) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-2 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with TBB Trier. Brose Baskets will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig in the next round. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play on the road against TBB Trier (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: J.Greer 14+2reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 13+5reb, K.Looby 10+4reb, M.Dorris 9+5reb+4ast, T.Koch 8+2reb, J.Bowler 6+2reb+1ast
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 35+6reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 20+2reb+3ast, T.Pleiss 17+9reb, B.Roberts 13+3reb+3ast, A.Gavel 6+5ast, M.Slaughter 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 133250


Goettingen - Ratiopharm 65-68

Eighteenth-ranked BG Goettingen (2-16) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (15-2) on Saturday. The visitors from Ulm managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. ratiopharm Ulm made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Roderick Trice (191-84, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Kyle Bailey (188-82, college: Santa Clara) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BG Goettingen. ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-2 record behind leader Brose Baskets. BG Goettingen lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against s Oliver Baskets (#7) in Wuerzburg and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: K.Bailey 16+8reb+3ast, R.Sykes 15+6reb, P.Horne 11+4reb+3ast, J.Allen 9, S.Evans 6+13reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 6+8reb+3ast
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 15+6reb+1ast, R.Trice 14+6reb, J.Bryant 10+9reb, D.Watts 9+5reb, T.Mason-Griffin 8+3reb+2ast, P.Guenther 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 133251


s.Oliver Baskets - Fraport SKY 51-56

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between s Oliver Baskets (10-8) and Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-10), which took place in Wuerzburg. Higher ranked s Oliver Baskets lost at home to twelfth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners 51-56 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. s Oliver Baskets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 20 s Oliver Baskets turnovers. s Oliver Baskets were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for guard Quantez Robertson (190-84, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Devin Gibson (182, college: UTSA) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) replied with 15 points and power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. s Oliver Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bayreuth. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen in the next round.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: B.Jacobson 15+3reb+1ast, C.Kramer 8+6reb+1ast, I.Elliott 8+8reb+1ast, R.Tomaszek 6+1reb, J.Boone 5+4reb, J.Little 4+3reb
Fraport SKY: Q.Robertson 12+7reb+1ast, D.Gibson 11+4reb+2ast, J.Davidson 10+6reb, J.McKinney 7+2reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 7+3reb, J.Herber 5+3reb
gschID: 133252


Bayreuth - ALBA 80-77

A very interesting game took place in Bayreuth. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked ALBA Berlin (11-6) to eleventh ranked BBC Bayreuth (8-10) 80-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. It looked good early as ALBA Berlin took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BBC Bayreuth took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. BBC Bayreuth outrebounded ALBA Berlin 38-19 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Canadian-Haitian guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84, agency: Interperformances) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who recorded 22 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points respectively. BBC Bayreuth maintains eleventh position with 8-10 record, which they share with Fraport SKY. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play against Telekom Baskets in Bonn.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Wood 22+5reb+2ast, D.Allen 14+2reb+1ast, T.Francis 13+3reb, M.Simonovic 8+2ast, K.Weaver 7+6reb, B.Taylor 7+3reb
Bayreuth: O.Jeanty 26+5reb+1ast, D.Gibson 18+4reb+4ast, B.Wyrick 12+4reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 11+5reb+2ast, T.Smith 7+12reb+4ast, M.Shtein 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133253


B.Muenchen - EWE Baskets 102-71

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Bayern Muenchen (10-8) crushed at home higher ranked EWE Baskets (10-8) 102-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. EWE Baskets were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. American forward Ronald Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for EWE Baskets. 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. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to sixth place, which they share with EWE Baskets and s.Oliver Baskets. Bayern Muenchen will face Walter Tigers (#14) in Tuebingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Burrell 13+6reb+1ast, R.Smeulders 11+6reb, R.Paulding 10+2reb+3ast, S.Sehovic 10+4reb+2ast, K.Hasbrouck 9+7reb+3ast, B.Brown 9+1reb+3ast
B.Muenchen: R.Benzing 16+3reb+3ast, S.Hamann 16+2reb+6ast, J.Homan 15+9reb+4ast, J.Wallace 12+4reb+2ast, D.Greene 11+1reb+1ast, C.Troutman 11+9reb
gschID: 133254


Art.Dragons - Telekom Baskets 93-83

Very expected game when 9th ranked Telekom Baskets (9-9) lost to third ranked Artland Dragons (13-5) in Quakenbrueck 83-93 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. Telekom Baskets was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Artland Dragons made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Artland Dragons outrebounded Telekom Baskets 37-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Telekom Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Five Artland Dragons and four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Artland Dragons maintains third position with 13-5 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser Telekom Baskets keep the ninth place with nine games lost. Artland Dragons will face Phoenix Hagen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Telekom Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin (#4).
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 24+4reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 17+7reb+3ast, T.Battle 12, J.Jordan 10+2reb+8ast, Z.Buljan 8+1reb, A.Mangold 4+1reb+2ast
Art.Dragons: B.Thomas 19+6reb+1ast, N.Peavy 18+13reb+2ast, D.Holston 15+4reb+5ast, A.King 12+1reb+2ast, B.Bailey 10+2reb+4ast, A.Hess 8+2reb
gschID: 133247


NY Phantoms - TBB Trier 78-72

Very predictable result when fifth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (11-7) won against 17th ranked TBB Trier (5-13) in Braunschweig 78-72 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. TBB Trier was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) replied with 26 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for TBB Trier. New Yorker Phantoms have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-7 record. Loser TBB Trier dropped to the sixteenth place with 13 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TBB Trier will play at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 26+6reb+3ast, N.Linhart 16+7reb, D.Joyce 13+4reb+3ast, J.Washington 6+1reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 4+10reb+1ast, J.Bynum 3+1reb
NY Phantoms: I.McElroy 14+3reb+5ast, M.Umeh 12+2reb+1ast, L.Greer 11+3reb+3ast, K.Visser 10+7reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 9+5reb+4ast, N.Mittmann 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133248


LTi 46ers - Walter Tigers 76-61

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked Walter Tigers (6-12) lost to sixteenth ranked LTi 46ers (6-12) in Giessen 61-76 on Saturday. 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 76-61. LTi 46ers made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Walter Tigers turnovers. Walter Tigers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. LTi 46ers' coach Bjoern Harmsen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) replied with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Walter Tigers. LTi 46ers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with defeated Walter Tigers. Walter Tigers lost third consecutive game. LTi 46ers will face higher ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in Frankfurt in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Young 14+2reb+4ast, R.Spoden 8, A.Hodzic 8+4reb, T.Nash 8+8reb, R.Redding 8+11reb+4ast, L.Campbell 7+2reb+2ast
LTi 46ers: W.Bernard 17+1reb+3ast, B.Stewart 17+4reb+1ast, A.Zazai 11+2reb+4ast, K.Archibong 9+7reb, C.Prewitt 8+3reb+3ast, T.McCullough 7+3reb
gschID: 133249


Bremerhaven - Phoenix Hagen 83-88

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-11) defeated on the road higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (9-9) 88-83 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Phoenix Hagen made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Four Phoenix Hagen and five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen maintains thirteenth position with 7-11 record. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Phoenix Hagen will face higher ranked Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: A.Smith 18+2reb+2ast, T.Everett 16+5reb+9ast, A.Gordon 15+2reb+3ast, Z.Peacock 14+10reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 11+4reb+4ast, J.Raffington 6+3reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: J.Hasquet 19+3reb+1ast, A.Constantine 15+5reb+1ast, Z.Jonusas 14+4reb+2ast, B.Kruel 12+4reb, B.Brooks 10+2reb+3ast, M.Antonio Carter 7+1reb
gschID: 133246


Group Rnd 9
Brose Baskets - EWE Baskets 84-57

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed sixth ranked EWE Baskets (10-8) in Bamberg 84-57. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets outrebounded EWE Baskets 43-21 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. International power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Sout, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for EWE Baskets. Serbian center Milan Majstorovic (207-83) added 9 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-2 record. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with B.Muenchen and s.Oliver Baskets. Brose Baskets will meet New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in the next round. EWE Baskets will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: B.Brown 19+5reb+3ast, M.Majstorovic 9+3reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 9+4reb, A.Chubb 8+4reb, R.Burrell 8+3reb+1ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 2+1ast
Brose Baskets: T.Pleiss 17+11reb, J.Jenkins 16+7reb+4ast, A.Leon Tucker 16+9reb+1ast, M.Slaughter 9+4reb+4ast, C.Jacobsen 8+4reb+3ast, B.Roberts 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 151134




ProB Round 18 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most shocking disappointment of round 18 in the ProB was a home defeat of 3rd ranked BSW Sixers (10-6) by fourth ranked USC Leipzig (11-5) who outscored them by 15 points 90-75. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. USC Leipzig made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. USC Leipzig had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by BSW Sixers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) with 14 points and 7 assists. USC Leipzig moved-up to third place in Group South. BSW Sixers lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. USC Leipzig are looking forward to face Licher Baeren (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BSW Sixers will play against Fraport Skyliners II in Frankfurt and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Noerdlingen (12-4) against seventh ranked TV 1862 Langen (9-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Noerdlingen was crushed by TV 1862 Langen in Langen 88-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Noerdlingen. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) notched 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Nathan Drury supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) did not help to save the game for Noerdlingen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to sixth place in Group South, which they share with Hanau. Newly promoted Noerdlingen keeps the second position with four games lost. TV 1862 Langen will play against league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Noerdlingen will play against Hanau and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Vechta. Second-best host SC Rasta Vechta (11-5) lost to first ranked Hannover Tigers (13-3) 97-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of SC Rasta Vechta. The best player for the winners was Jacob Doerksen who scored 31 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Marcus Smallwood who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Hannover Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group North with 13-3 record. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Hannover Tigers will meet at home Dorsten (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#8) and hope to secure a win.
ProB top team - Oettinger Rockets Gotha (13-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Licher Baeren (7-9) 79-59. It was a good game for Marcus Monk who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 13-3 record. Licher Baeren lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's next round opponent will be TV 1862 Langen (#7) at home where they are favorite. Licher Baeren will play against USC Leipzig.
Thirteenth-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (1-16) gave a tough game to fourth ranked RSV Eintracht (10-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Stahnsdorf managed to secure only eight-point victory 104-96. However their fans expected much easier game. Keoni Watson scored 36 points (!!!) and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. RSV Eintracht's coach Vladimir Pastushenko used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. RSV Eintracht have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in Group North with 10-6 record. SSV Lok Bernau lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. RSV Eintracht will face ALBA Berlin II (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SSV Lok Bernau will play against SC Rist Wedel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18:
In Group North Wolfenbuettel lost to Bayer Giants on the opponent's court 71-79. SU Medien managed to outperform Rist Wedel in a home game 91-74. Herten rolled over ALBA Berlin II on the road 92-49. Schwelm defeated Wulfen on its own court 108-91.
In Group South Giessen was smashed by Hanau in a road game 101-71. Dragons won against BG Illertal at home 97-91. Fraport SKY II unfortunately lost to TSV Troester on the opponent's court 63-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points by Matthias Goddek of Bayer Giants.



Group North
Bayer Giants - Wolfenbuettel 79-71

There was a minor upset in Leverkusen where 8th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (8-9) was defeated by eleventh ranked Bayer Giants (6-10) 79-71 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Herzoege Wolfenbuettel won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bayer Giants made 7 blocks. Swingman Matthias Goddek (195-86) scored 30 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) with 23 points and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) scored 17 points. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bayer Giants moved-up to tenth place in Group North. Loser Herzoege Wolfenbuettel keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Bayer Giants will face higher ranked Hertener Loewen (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: M.Goddek 30+2reb+1ast, J.Eggleston 16+8reb+1ast, T.Joenke 12+10reb+5ast, M.Brueggemann 9+5reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 6+1ast, F.Sadek 4+6reb+10ast
Wolfenbuettel: M.Jones 23+3reb+2ast, H.Knopke 17+3reb+3ast, M.Hart 10+3reb+1ast, S.Schubert 7+4reb, R.Owens 6+4reb+2ast, D.Nawrocki 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 143672


Vechta - Hannover 86-97

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vechta. Second-best host SC Rasta Vechta (11-5) lost to first ranked Hannover Tigers (13-3) 97-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of SC Rasta Vechta. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 30-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hannover Tigers made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) who scored 31 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Hannover Tigers and five SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. Hannover Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group North with 13-3 record. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Hannover Tigers will meet at home Dorsten (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hannover: J.Doerksen 31+8reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 18+7reb+2ast, R.Williams 17+6reb+5ast, S.Janzen 13+4reb+1ast, T.Welzel 6+6reb+1ast, A.Smith 4+3reb+1ast
Vechta: M.Smallwood 20+11reb, D.Madrich 15+10reb, F.Stuckemann 14+4reb+2ast, M.Reid 13+3reb+2ast, M.Boadu 12+2reb+4ast, A.Rudowitz 6+1reb
gschID: 143673


SU Medien - Rist Wedel 91-74

Very predictable result in Braunschweig where second ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (12-5) defeated 10th ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-11) 91-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. Spot Up Medien Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spot Up Medien Baskets outrebounded SC Rist Wedel 37-26 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spot Up Medien Baskets made 7 blocks. Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Frank Theis (200-82) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Patrick Wischnewski (191-87) scored 20 points. SC Rist Wedel's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Spot Up Medien Baskets maintains second position in Group North with 12-5 record behind leader Gotha. Loser SC Rist Wedel dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will face BSV Wulfen (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SC Rist Wedel will play against SSV Lok Bernau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: F.Theis 25+9reb+2ast, H.Sant-Roos 20+7reb+9ast, W.Buchmiller 14+2reb, D.Theis 11+9reb+2ast, N.Redmann 10+4ast, L.Gertz 7+8reb+4ast
Rist Wedel: P.Wischnewski 20+1reb+1ast, F.Boeke 16+11reb+1ast, A.Johnston 14+1reb+3ast, K.Gausa 8+3reb+1ast, A.Pettaway 6+7reb+1ast, M.Duah 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 143674


ALBA Berlin II - Herten 49-92

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked ALBA Berlin II (4-12) was rolled over at home by seventh ranked Hertener Loewen (9-6) 92-49 on Saturday. The game without a history. Hertener Loewen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held ALBA Berlin II to an opponent 22.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 55.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Hertener Loewen forced 21 ALBA Berlin II turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hertener Loewen made 7 blocks. Forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) chipped in 21 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) during the contest. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Sebastian Fulle (189-92) with 21 points and naturalized Turkish forward Cem Dinc (211-85, college: Harvard) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. ALBA Berlin II's coach Milan Pesic gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Hertener Loewen moved-up to sixth place in Group North. ALBA Berlin II lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Hertener Loewen will face Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen in the next round. ALBA Berlin II will play on the road against RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf.
Top scorers:
Herten: Z.Nixon 21+1reb+6ast, V.Kittmann 17+10reb+3ast, M.Berger 16+4reb+2ast, C.Marquardt 11+1ast, J.Taylor 6+1reb+3ast, J.Hartmann 6+2ast
ALBA Berlin II: S.Fulle 21+2reb+2ast, C.Dinc 10+10reb, J.Ney 6+2reb+3ast, L.Tolksdorf 5+4reb, M.Marin 3+1reb+1ast, E.Muller 2
gschID: 143669


Bernau - Stahnsdorf 96-104 OT

Thirteenth-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (1-16) gave a tough game to fourth ranked RSV Eintracht (10-6) on Saturday. The visitors from Stahnsdorf managed to secure only eight-point victory 104-96. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 32-22 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 26-18. SSV Lok Bernau was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Keoni Watson (178-84, college: Idaho) scored 36 points (!!!) and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Thomas Schoeps (188-89, college: Odessa JC) chipped in 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. RSV Eintracht's coach Vladimir Pastushenko used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) with 29 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. RSV Eintracht have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in Group North with 10-6 record. SSV Lok Bernau lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. RSV Eintracht will face ALBA Berlin II (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SSV Lok Bernau will play against SC Rist Wedel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: K.Watson 36+2reb+2ast, T.Schoeps 23+7reb+5ast, K.Williams 17+14reb+1ast, O.Mackeldanz 12+13reb, R.Jorch 6+4reb, T.Modersitzki 4+3reb
Bernau: J.Jones 29+2reb+5ast, M.Woody 18+10reb+1ast, F.Schekauski 13+5reb, D.Klein 8+8reb+3ast, D.Langer 8+1reb+2ast, S.Trzcionka 7+6reb+4ast
gschID: 143670


Schwelm - Wulfen 108-91

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (10-7) beat at home 9th ranked BSV Wulfen (7-10) 108-91 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. BSV Wulfen was better in second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets shot 63.3 percent from the field and made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) scored 21 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Rodriguez Sherman (188-87, college: Kent St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 15 points and 5 assists and guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets moved-up to fifth place in Group North. BSV Wulfen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will have a break next round. BSV Wulfen will play at home against the league's second-placed Spot Up Medien Baskets (#2) in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Smith 23+1reb+4ast, J.Holmes 21+3reb+7ast, K.Speier 19+4reb+1ast, J.Ducker 13+2reb, A.Starr 11+2reb+3ast, M.Dohmen 9+6reb+3ast
Wulfen: S.Briggs 18+1reb+3ast, T.Reuter 16+3reb+3ast, R.Sherman 15+4reb+5ast, H.Bellscheidt 13+4reb, R.Haenig 9+4reb+1ast, N.Janoschek 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 143671


Group South
BSW Sixers - Leipzig 75-90

The most shocking disappointment of round 18 in the ProB was a home defeat of 3rd ranked BSW Sixers (10-6) by fourth ranked USC Leipzig (11-5) who outscored them by 15 points 90-75. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. USC Leipzig made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. USC Leipzig had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by BSW Sixers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) with 14 points and 7 assists and American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USC Leipzig moved-up to third place in Group South. BSW Sixers lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. USC Leipzig are looking forward to face Licher Baeren (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BSW Sixers will play against Fraport Skyliners II in Frankfurt and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: L.Morinia 25+7reb+4ast, M.Pratt 18+7reb+5ast, W.Simon 18+8reb+1ast, R.Schirmer 14+8reb+1ast, K.Kranz 6, R.Frohlich 5
BSW Sixers: S.Ahnsehl 14+7ast, F.Diestelhorst 13+6reb, D.Stawowski 11+3reb+2ast, A.Fleetwood 11+8reb+1ast, M.Haut 8+1reb+1ast, S.Ahnsehl 6+2ast
gschID: 143801


Hanau - Giessen 101-71

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-14) were outplayed on the road by sixth ranked Hanau (9-7) 101-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hanau. Giessen Pointers was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Hanau had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Giessen Pointers' players. Giessen Pointers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Marian Schick (198-86) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) chipped in 13 points and 12 assists during the contest. Five Hanau players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) with 22 points and his fellow American import forward Jarrel Smith (200, college: Concordia Irvine) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hanau have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hanau maintains sixth position in Group South with 9-7 record, which they share with Langen. Giessen Pointers lost twelfth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Hanau will face league's second-placed Noerdlingen on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giessen Pointers will play against Dragons Rhoendorf (#4).
Top scorers:
Hanau: M.Schick 20+7reb+2ast, J.Cunningham 17+6reb+1ast, C.Miles 15+6reb+2ast, A.Sharda 13+3reb+12ast, S.Koehnert 13+5reb+3ast, N.Lang 8+1ast
Giessen: D.Stevens 22+3reb+2ast, J.Smith 16+5reb, F.Rotaru 11+5reb+1ast, D.Lockhart 6+2reb+3ast, O.Biallas 5+3reb, V.Zabel 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 143802


Dragons - BG Illertal 97-91

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (10-5) won against at home 11th ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (2-14) 97-91 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Dragons Rhoendorf moved-up to fourth place in Group South. Loser BG Illertal/Weissenhorn keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face Giessen Pointers (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play against TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 143803


Langen - Noerdlingen 88-67

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Noerdlingen (12-4) against seventh ranked TV 1862 Langen (9-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Noerdlingen was crushed by TV 1862 Langen in Langen 88-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Noerdlingen. It looked good early as Noerdlingen took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then TV 1862 Langen had a 22-6 second period charge getting the lead and Noerdlingen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-88. TV 1862 Langen dominated on the defensive end, holding Noerdlingen to just 6 points in second quarter. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) notched 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) did not help to save the game for Noerdlingen. His fellow American import guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to sixth place in Group South, which they share with Hanau. Newly promoted Noerdlingen keeps the second position with four games lost. TV 1862 Langen will play against league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Noerdlingen will play against Hanau and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Langen: N.Drury 20+1reb+4ast, M.Voeller 20+7reb+4ast, S.Greene 11+10reb+2ast, M.Schneider 10+2reb+3ast, L.Fitzgerald 9+14reb, G.Raebel 7+2reb+2ast
Noerdlingen: J.Eichler 14+4reb, K.Johnson 14+13reb, J.Jamerson 13+6reb+6ast, D.Rotim 13+5reb, F.Sefranek 6+3reb, F.Brutting 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143804


TSV Troester - Fraport SKY II 69-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Fraport Skyliners II's (4-12) road loss to ninth ranked TSV Troester (7-9) 63-69 on Sunday. Fraport Skyliners II was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of TSV Troester, which allowed them to win the game. Center Philipp Neumann (210-92) had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Daniel Schmidt (186-90) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists during the contest. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) with 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Danilo Barthel (206-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. TSV Troester moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren. Loser Fraport Skyliners II keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. TSV Troester will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#11) on the road in the next round. Fraport Skyliners II will play against BSW Sixers in Sandersdorf.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: D.Schmidt 12+1reb+7ast, P.Neumann 11+14reb+5ast, M.Stuckey 8+4reb+1ast, D.Harris 7+2reb+1ast, I.Pavic 7+1reb, J.Richter 6+2reb+1ast
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 22+5reb+1ast, F.Theilig 11+1reb+8ast, D.Barthel 10+10reb+1ast, T.Oldenburg 8+4reb, A.Klisura 4+1reb+2ast, G.Hock 4+1reb
gschID: 143805


Licher Baeren - Gotha 59-79

ProB top team - Oettinger Rockets Gotha (13-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Licher Baeren (7-9) 79-59. Licher Baeren was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Nicholas Pederson (203-85) replied with 14 points and his fellow American import forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Licher Baeren. Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 13-3 record. Licher Baeren lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's next round opponent will be TV 1862 Langen (#7) at home where they are favorite. Licher Baeren will play against USC Leipzig.
Top scorers:
Gotha: M.Monk 17+10reb+2ast, K.Schaffartzik 16+2reb+1ast, D.Watson 15+4reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 9+7reb+1ast, L.Niebuhr 9+8reb+3ast, T.Jarmusz 7+2reb+3ast
Licher Baeren: N.Pederson 14+3reb, T.Bradshaw 10+6reb, J.Baumann 10+4reb, B.Young 7+4reb, N.Dilukila 6+3reb, V.Klassen 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143806




1. Regionalliga West Transfer News - by Daniel Poerschke
In the 1. Regionalliga West the TV Werne club was very actice during the winter break as they have signed five new players to make a final push for staying in the league. Kassim Mbamba (G) returns to his former team, after spending the last year in China working. Marc Luttecke (205-C-88) also returns to his former team. The center spent the last three seasons playing NAIA college ball at Loyola University in New Orleans. Guard Nikitas Syrrakos (180-G-88) comes from Munich, center Kwame Doku (F-88) suited up for Voelklingen in the 1. Regionalliga South-West this season and slovakian Forward Dusan Zivicky (197-F-86, agency: FCM) comes from Bratislava.
Sebastian Brune left BG Hagen and joined 2. Regionalliga club Baskets Luedenscheid. Also import center Steven Smith (211-C-85, college: S.Dakota) decided to stay home and the BG Hagen club has already reacted by signing Thomas Fairley (206-F/C-82, college: Lamar) to a contract.
Yound german Forward Fedor Muegge (197-F-93) moved from BSV Wulfen (Pro B) to 2. Regionalliga club TuS Breckerfeld.


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A1: Week 14 (part b) - Great Road win for AGOR in Kallithea! - by Chris Mammides
The team of Coach Koufos succeeded an awesome road win in Kallithea over Ikaros Kallitheas and is looking the future better than ever. With Chistmas from another planet and an a,mazing third period wher for seven minutes succeeded to overscore Ikaros by 5-19 and change the momentum of the game, AGOR is proving that this season will be his season as with solid victories in Crete and some solid road wins like the one of tonight the team of Coach Koufos is closer than ever to the top six positions of the league.
About the game now with more analysis:


Ikaros Kallitheas - AGOR 84-91
Quarters: 20-15, 51-40, 64-67 and 84-91
The first half was dominant for Coach Likogiannis with Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87) being the man of the half as he was great in both edges of the court while AGOR's players and especially Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) and Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) were in a very low productivity and were not offering a lot to their team.
In the second half and to be more precise the third period was the turnign point of the game as the American duet was unbeatable, Zack Wright and Dionte Christmas dominated the game and with an unbelievalbe 13-27 changed totally the momentum while Coach Likogiannis was not able to stop the two Americans. The 4th and final period was typical case for Dionte Christmas as he was unstoppable in scoring, together with the accurate game by Zack Wright, succeeded a crucial road win.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) 21, Gaios Skordilis 14, Beck 13, Karaboulas and Koumpuras 11 per head
AGOR: Zack Wright 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, Dionte Christmas 27, 3 rebounds and 4 assists, Petway 11

In the other game of the week the result and the top scorers were as follows:

KAOD - Peristeri 74-71
Quarters: 24-19, 40-41, 54-53, 74-71

Another thrilling game took place in Dramas where the home team won the game in details. The game was a derby from the beggining to the end with the trio Ceranic, Charalambidis and Hant from the one site and with Haralampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89) (in a great night) andn Edwards on the other.
Top scorers:
KAOD: Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) 16, Ceranic 15, Charalambidis 12, Bavcic 10
Peristeri: Haralampos Giannopoulos 21, Edwards 15, Moncic 10



Round 14: Great victories for Panionios, Olympiakos , Panathinaikos and Kavala - by Chris Mammides
During the 14th round of the A1 league and in the first four games of today we had two derbies in Kavala and Thessaloniki as Kavalas players were able to finally add another important victory at the end of the game over Flevarakis team of Ilysiakos by performing great in the second and third periods in which the trio of Stefanidis, Sotiris Karapostolou (194-G-78, college: S.New Hampshire) and O Bryant were great. The other derby took place in Alexandreion Melathron where the home team of Head Coach Alexandris played amazingly against the European champion team of Panathinaikos and with Keirush, James and Tapoutos in the leading roles gave the hard time to the Greens who won the game in the details and at the very end with Mike Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) being the MVP of the game and of the week.
In the other two games, the so called derby between Panionios and Kolossos Rodou never took place as the home team of Bartzokas thrashed the team of Frangias and with the great difference of this game basically deleted the negative result which suffered in Rhodes during the first round. The difference in the result (74-55) is obviously 100% fair and shows the difference in the level of the two teams. Leading figures on behalf of Panionios were Vasilis Xanthopoulos (187-G-84) and Diepler
Lastly, the game between Olympiakos Piraeus and PAOK doesnt need any in depth analysis as the result speaks of itself; the 90-60 score is simply showing the difference of the two teams.
The results in more analysis were as follows:

Kavala - Ilysiakos 78-73
Quarters: 21-21, 40-35, 60-51, 78-73
The first period was a real derby with the visitors losing a small deficit they gain at the end of the period. During the second period though the players of Coach Priftis were more aggressive and with O Bryant and Sotiris Karapostolou create a small deficit of five by the end of the first half. The third period was more or less like the second one with Stefanidis adding some crucial points and giving an air of 9 points to the home team. Coach Flevarakis team with Tompson and Harding tried for the miracle but the only thing they were able to do at the end is to cut the deficit to five points.
Top scorers:
Kavala: O Bryant 17, Sotiris Karapostolou 15, Stefanidis 12
Ilysiakos: Harding NaNa (203-F-81, college: Delaware) and Tompson 17 per head, Kohadarevic 12, Papanikolopoulos 11.

Aris Thessaloniki - Panathinaikos 68-72
Quarters: 12-14, 32-32, 51-48 and 68-72
Aris with great passion and tough defense was very close in the score at the first period with Keirush being the leading scorer with his 8 points while from Panathinaikos Sato and Diamantidis were in a very low productivity from the parameter. The 2nd period though had a big surprise for Aris as the ex Panathinaikos player, Giorgos Bogris was able to score 5 points and gain some crucial fouls from Vougioukas and Maric while the tough defense of Aris and the great shooting percentages from the 6.75 from Aris and especially Keirusch put Aris in front by the end of first half with one point (32-31) while the score for Aris went also up to 6 points before the end. The third period was more or less the same as Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) and Tsaldaris brought their team to a plus six with two three pointers. Aris was better in the court while Panathinaikos lost with a third foul the only energetic player as Smith (top scorer of Panathinaikos with his 9 points) was of the court. The result at the particular point with 4.40 before the end of the third period went to a total balance with 38-38. Coach Alexandris read perfectly all the mismatches of the game and was able also to block the leading figures of the Greens as 3D and Sato remain in the shallow waters, while Tapoutos and all the other yellow players full of passion were scoring some amazing threes. It was obvious that the energy and passion of Aris players was bringing Aris closer to the victory, Muldrow dunk in the face of Mike Batiste to bring the score +3 with 45-42 at the beginning and a +5 (47-42) some seconds after with the free throws of Tapoutos with 2.31 before the end of the 3rd period. The end of the 3rd period found Aris to be leading with 51-48. Aris is more passionate for the victory than his opponent and with Kerusch's top performing game; Aris was closer than ever towards the victory. The 4th and most crucial period remain exactly the same as the 3rd one as passion and solid defenses were the keys to success for Aris. Panathinaikos was not able to score from the parameter while free throws were also very bad for the Greens. James and Muldrow received their 4th foul in less than a minute and Verginis and Bogris, two ex Greens entered the game. Sergio Kerusch continued his crescent gave a new +4 for his team with less than 7 minutes to go. Panathinaikos continued his bad shooting from all over while Aris was scoring quite solid. 3D scored his first basket in the game 6.55 before the end but didnt changed anything as a dunk by Bogris and another false by Jasikevicius left the game exactly the same. The next minutes went basket by basket until the last 12 seconds where with just a basket in lead for Panathinaikos, Jasikevicus missed the basket but Mike Batiste was there for the offensive rebound, with less than 12 seconds to the end Perperoglou (who was the fatal player of the game) missed both the free throws but he stole the ball from Davies and Mike Batiste with a 360 degrees dunk and received also the award of the MVP with his 21 points.
Top scorers:
Aris: Sergio Kerusch 18, Tapoutos 13, James 11
Panathinaikos: Mike Batiste 21, Diamantidis 14

Panionios - Kolosos Rodou 74-55
Quarters: 18-9, 38-25, 58-37, 74-55
Panionios of Coach Bartzokas proved that is a much better and more solid team than the team of Coach Frangias, Panionios without his main center, Stepheson was not a different team in the court, and took an early lead with a double score and by the end of the first half the difference went at a point to 17 points. The 3rd period was even worst for Kolossos as Coach Bartzokas played very good defense against the key players of Kolossos as Hatten and Tsamis were in a bad day. The fourth period was a simple procedure with the two teams giving the chance to many young players to gain some vital time in the court.
Top scorers:
Panionios: Vasilis Xanthopoulos 18, Diepler 13 and Jankovic 11
Kolossos: Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) and Boykin 10 points per head.

Olympiakos - PAOK 90-60
Quarters: 20-23, 45-36, 77-45, 90-60
Coach Markopoulos players were able to remain in the game only the first ten minutes when Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) was scoring from allover and gave the lead to his team with 20-23 at the end of the period. It is worth mentioned that PAOK scored nearly the 35% of the total points in the first period. After that, Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) and Antic took over and ended the game earlier than they thought.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 19, Antic 17, Gecevicius 14
PAOK: Dimos Dikoudis 17




Greeks of Diaspora - by Chris Mammides
Illinois-Native and 2013 Recruit Andrew Zelis (210-C-95) Gathering Interests

When West Auroras boys basketball team fell behind by nine points in the first quarter of Fridays DuPage Valley Conference tilt with Wheaton North, the Blackhawks used a tried-and-true method to get back into the game.
West turned up the defense, which led to offense, and led to another DVC win, 68-54.
We just picked up our defense, said West sophomore Jontrel Walker, who sparkled with a game-high 19 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists. We got a stop, pushed, scored offensively and got easy transition points. Every time they scored, we just tried to come back.
They did make a couple of late runs, however. Six-foot-11 center Andrew Zelis scored 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter and the Falcons cut the lead to 32-27 at one point. West senior star Juwan Starks (16 points) was also out of the game with foul trouble, but instead of losing the lead, the Blackhawks (12-2, 4-0) added to it with Starks on the bench.
Zelis, a 6'11 center, is a developing post with very nice upside potential. Zelis competes on the travel team circuit with the Illinois Wolves-Mullins, and is the 9th player from the team to pick up a Division I scholarship offer.
Zelis' demeanor and play on the court has attracted the likes of schools ranging from the high-major to mid-major levels.

'Right now, I have Illinois-Chicago, Illinois, Southern Illinois, DePaul, Indiana, Indiana State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Harvard, Yale, and Army calling me,' Zelis described, 'And I've visited a couple.'

As the big man continues to harness these interests, more and more offers are expected to come in for the 2013 representative. Zelis has already secured a scholarship offer from UIC.

With still two years remaining before college, Zelis understands that there is still plenty of things to look forward to, an attitude that will likely benefit him down the road.
Zelis, a 6'11 center, is a developing post with very nice upside potential. Zelis competes on the travel team circuit with the Illinois Wolves-Mullins, and is the 9th player from the team to pick up a Division I scholarship offer.





Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Kommatos, Marousi18.9 
 2. Beck, Ikaros18.8 
 3. Christmas, AGOR18.2 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.17.5 
 5. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris15.8 
 7. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.7 
 8. Dikoudis, PAOK14.3 
 9. Bavcic, KAOD14.3 
 10. James, Aris14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.5 
 2. Bavcic, KAOD8.1 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.9 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.7 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi6.5 
 8. Giddens, PAOK6.4 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris5.8 
 10. Scott, Peristeri5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.1 
 2. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.3 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.8 
 5. Wright, AGOR4.4 
 6. James, Aris4.3 
 7. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.6 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.3 
 10. Tsamis, Kolossos3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wright, AGOR2.2 
 2. Thompson, Ilysi.2.1 
 3. James, Aris1.8 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 5. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.4 
 7. Koumpouras, Ikaros1.3 
 8. Logan, Panathin.1.3 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos1.3 
 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, Aris1.5 
 3. Hines, Olympiakos1.4 
 4. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 5. Edwards, Perister.1.0 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Elegar, Marousi1.0 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Giddens, PAOK0.8 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.0.7 


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


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  HOLLAND   


Rahmon Fletcher has hamstring injury - by Fred Roggen
The point guard of Stepco BSW suffered a hamstring injury during Saturdays game against Magixx Playing for Kidsrights. It is unclear if his hamstring is torn or just stretched.
The expectation at the moment is that Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) is out at least several weeks.
It's not a devastating blow, but another for Stepco BSW to deal with after the injury of Demario Anderson, who is out for the remain of the season.
Rahmon Fletcher has played three games for Stepco BSW and averaged 10.3 points and 3.7 assists per game.



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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Indonesia Warriors open with victory - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Indonesia Warriors 59:79

Indonesia Warriors clinched the opening win in ASEAN League season. They toppled Singapore Slingers by twenty points away from home. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) scored 23 points to pace the effort.
Indonesia Warriors got to a flying start. They left the Slingers behind early in the game taking a 22:9 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The Warriors continued to pile up their advantage in the second term. They built a 43:23 halftime lead. Singapore Slingers tried to pick up the slack in the third term but the Warriors did not allow the hosts to get too close and finished them off in the final stanza. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 20 points and 14 boards, while Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) added 17 points in the victory. Singapore Slingers answered with 23 points and 23 rebounds from Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices). Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) provided 11 points in defeat.

Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 23+23 boards, Little Donald 11
Indonesia Warriors: Mario Wuysang 23, Steve Thomas 20+14 boards, Jonathan Smith 17



Best players of Indonesian NBL round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Randolph Ariestedes (197-PF-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Stadium Jak. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 16 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Pacific Caesar (#9, 3-8) with 21-point margin 74-53. Stadium Jak. maintains the 6th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stadium Jak. will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Ariestedes as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Randolph Ariestedes averages this season 11.1ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Stadium Jak.'s star - 26-year old shooting guard Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85). Ferdiansyah impressed basketball fans with 22 points. Of course together with Ariestedes he helped Stadium Jak. with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 3-8) 74-53. Stadium Jak.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ferdiansyah is a newcomer at Stadium Jak. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.6ppg (#3).

The third best performed player last round was another Stadium Jak.'s star - Daniel Iskandar (190-F-71). Iskandar scored 8 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Stadium Jak., helping his team with a 74-53 easy win against the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 3-8). Stadium Jak. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Iskandar has a very solid season. In 15 games in Indonesia he scored 6.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fadlan Minallah (185-F-82) of Garuda - 13 points and 5 rebounds
5. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bima Sakti - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Hendru Ramli (188-G-88) of Garuda - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Wijaya Saputra (184-SG-85) of CLS Knights - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nico Fritzgerald (186-SF-81) of Garuda - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gege Nagata (185-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Dimaz Muharri (181-PG-85) of CLS Knights - 2 points and 8 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 17: Bima Sakti beats Muba Hangtuah by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 17 in the NBL took place in Pandang. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Muba Hangtuah (5-5) to eighth ranked Bima Sakti (4-6) 67-66 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bima Sakti forced 22 Muba Hangtuah turnovers. Strangely Muba Hangtuah outrebounded Bima Sakti 43-28 including 18 on the offensive glass. Center Untung Gendro Maryono (198-C-89) saved the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ary Sapto (188-80) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Muba Hangtuah. Muba Hangtuah's coach Nathaniel Canson tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Bima Sakti maintains eighth place with 4-6 record. Muba Hangtuah at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Bima Sakti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Muba Hangtuah will play on the road against NSH GMC Riau (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#5) and Stadium Jakarta (#6). Pelita Jaya (8-3) won against visiting Stadium Jakarta (6-5) 68-62. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Kelly Purwanto chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
NBL top team - Satria Muda (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Comfort Mobile (2-9) in Jakarta 70-37. Galank Gunawan nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Haritsa Herlusdityo came up with 8 points for Comfort Mobile in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Satria Muda have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Comfort Mobile lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Satria Muda will meet at home CLS Knights (#5) in the next round. Comfort Mobile will play against Satya Wacana (#12) in Salatiga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to third ranked Aspac (8-2) 89-36. The best player for the winners was Oki Wira Sanjaya who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Aspac. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Garuda. Satya Wacana lost their tenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with ten games lost. Aspac's next round opponent will be Garuda (#3) in Bandung, which may be the game of the day. Satya Wacana will play at home against Comfort Mobile (#10) in Jakarta and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Aspac - Satya Wacana 89-36

Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to third ranked Aspac (8-2) 89-36. The game was mostly controlled by Aspac. Satya Wacana was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 2 points in third quarter and to 14 points in first half. Aspac held Satya Wacana to an opponent 23.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Aspac forced 24 Satya Wacana turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-89) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. International swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) chipped in 14 points. Four Aspac players scored in double figures. Guard Yo Sua (180-91) produced 11 points and center Johanes Hasoloan (196-87) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Aspac. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Garuda. Satya Wacana lost their tenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with ten games lost. Aspac's next round opponent will be Garuda (#3) in Bandung, which may be the game of the day. Satya Wacana will play at home against Comfort Mobile (#10) in Jakarta and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Aspac: O.Wira Sanjaya 21+7reb+3ast, X.Prawiro 14+4reb+2ast, S.Harun Nurman 10+2reb+2ast, D.Gerungan 10+2reb+4ast, A.Joko 8+1reb, O.Abraham Trisakti 5+2reb+1ast
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 11+3reb+1ast, J.Hasoloan 7+6reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 6+2reb, M.Ramadhan 3+3reb, R.Pamungkas 3+2reb, P.Mahandaru 2
gschID: 166071


Muba Hangtuah - Bima Sakti 66-67

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NBL took place in Pandang. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Muba Hangtuah (5-5) to eighth ranked Bima Sakti (4-6) 67-66 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bima Sakti forced 22 Muba Hangtuah turnovers. Strangely Muba Hangtuah outrebounded Bima Sakti 43-28 including 18 on the offensive glass. Center Untung Gendro Maryono (198-89) saved the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ary Sapto (188-80) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Muba Hangtuah. Muba Hangtuah's coach Nathaniel Canson tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Bima Sakti maintains eighth place with 4-6 record. Muba Hangtuah at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Bima Sakti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Muba Hangtuah will play on the road against NSH GMC Riau (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: U.Gendro Maryono 17+6reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 17+5reb+2ast, H.Gunawan 13+3reb+3ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 8+5reb, S.Cahyadi 5, B.Sugianto 3+2reb
Muba Hangtuah: A.Sigar 20+5reb, A.Sapto 16+9reb+1ast, D.Heryadi 11+8reb+2ast, I.G Ngurah Teguh 7+11reb, A.Sunarya 4+1reb+3ast, P.Sanggor 3+1reb
gschID: 166072


Pelita Jaya - Stadium Jak. 68-62

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#5) and Stadium Jakarta (#6). Pelita Jaya (8-3) won against visiting Stadium Jakarta (6-5) 68-62. It looked good early as Stadium Jakarta took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pelita Jaya had a 22-8 second period charge getting the lead and Stadium Jakarta was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-68. Pelita Jaya had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Kelly Purwanto (177-83) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds. Four Pelita Jaya players scored in double figures. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Poedjakesuma 16+5reb+2ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 13+3reb+2ast, A.Chandra 10+3reb+1ast, F.Dini 10+9reb, K.Purwanto 7+11reb+2ast, E.Sebayang 6
Stadium Jak.: R.Ariestedes 18+7reb+2ast, M.Ferdiansyah 13+5reb+2ast, D.Iskandar 7+6reb+1ast, M.Wicaksono 6+3reb, D.Leonardo 6+1reb+1ast, R.Ruslan 5+7reb
gschID: 166069


Comfort Mobile - Satria Muda 37-70

NBL top team - Satria Muda (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Comfort Mobile (2-9) in Jakarta 70-37. The game without a history. Satria Muda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 14 points in second half. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 20. Satria Muda forced 20 Comfort Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 47-24 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Galank Gunawan (194-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Guard Haritsa Herlusdityo (180-89) came up with 8 points and forward P Susanto (184-90) added 3 points respectively for Comfort Mobile in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Comfort Mobile lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Satria Muda will meet at home CLS Knights (#5) in the next round. Comfort Mobile will play against Satya Wacana (#12) in Salatiga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 15+7reb+2ast, G.Gunawan 14+14reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 12+1reb+2ast, W.Situmorang 10+4reb+1ast, F.Susanto 10+8reb, B.Siregar 7+2reb+2ast
Comfort Mobile: H.Herlusdityo 8+1reb+2ast, S.Afriatna 4+3reb, A.Sabara 4+2reb+1ast, H.Kurniawan 4+1reb, J.Ingutali 4+2reb, A.Hermawan 3
gschID: 166070




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gege NAGATA
  Pacific .
  (185-F-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Nagata, Pacific14.4 
 2. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.14.1 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.13.6 
 4. Dewanto, Pelita J.13.4 
 5. Sapto, Muba H.13.1 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.9 
 7. Prawiro, Aspac12.7 
 8. Chandra, Pelita J.12.4 
 9. Wisnu, Satria Muda12.3 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.11.4 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.7.6 
 3. Yanto, NSH G.7.1 
 4. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.1 
 5. Thoyib, Aspac7.1 
 6. Regowo, Aspac7.0 
 7. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.7 
 8. Situmorang, Satria6.7 
 9. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.3 
 10. Haryoko, CLS K.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.8 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac3.7 
 3. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.4 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 5. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 6. Wilopo, Muba H.2.9 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.7 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.6 
 9. Trisakti, Aspac2.4 
 10. Hardianus, Muba H.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.6 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.6 
 3. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.2 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Gerungan, Aspac2.1 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.1 
 9. Sitepu, Satria M.2.0 
 10. Michel, Satria Mu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian Ronaldo SITEPU
  Satria M.
  (200-C/F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Sitepu, Satria M.2.9 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium2.3 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.1 
 4. Teguh, Muba H.1.7 
 5. Sasmito, Pacific1.3 
 6. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 7. Arizki, Aspac1.1 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.1 
 9. Gunawan, Satya W.0.9 
 10. Listiyono, Pacifi.0.9 


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  IRAN   


WABA League: Riyadi enter playoffs undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Zob Ahan 104:64

Riyadi extended their perfect run at the WABA League. The defending champions fired past Zob Ahan in the final game of Group A. The Lebanese team thus improved at 4-0 record on top of the standings. Zob Ahan fell at 3-1 record in the second position. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) finished with 30 points and 7 assists to lead Riyadi.
Riyadi stunned their Iranian opponents in the first term. The Lebanese team went on a 30:9 run. Riyadi maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They arrived at the interval up by 23 points 51:28. The margin grew in the third term. Riyadi cruised into the fourth period ahead by 25 points and raced to the win at the end. Ahmed Moneim (205-C-76) and Amir Saoud (188-G-91) had 12 points each in the win. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) answered with 31 points and 26 rebounds for Zob Ahan. Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) had 17 points in the loss.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 30, Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) 19, Ahmed Moneim 12, Amir Saoud 12
Zob Ahan: Loren Woods 31+26 boards, Oshin Sahakian 17




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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 10-1 
 2. Galil Gilboa 8-4 
 3. Hapoel Holon 7-5 
 4. Hapoel J-M 7-5 
 5. Ironi Ashkelon 6-5 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 6-5 
 7. B.C. Habikaa 6-6 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 4-7 
 9. Maccabi Ashdod 4-8 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 3-9 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-9 


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sylven LANDESBERG
  Maccab.
  (198-F/G-90)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Landesberg, Macca.22.2 
 2. Banks, Elitzur21.6 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.21.6 
 4. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.9 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.18.9 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.4 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.2 
 8. Duncan, Maccabi17.5 
 9. Bradley, Maccabi17.4 
 10. Dunn, Bnei Hasha.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.10.2 
 2. Tyus, Maccabi8.0 
 3. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 4. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 5. Dowell, B.C. H.7.6 
 6. Kitchen, Maccabi7.6 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi7.4 
 8. Uter, Maccabi7.4 
 9. Hendrix, Maccabi7.3 
 10. Asbury, Elitzur7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.3 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.8 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.3