EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/17/2012

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  ABA   


Colorado Kings hold #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association has just released its Power Rankings through Sunday, January 15th and once again, the #1 position was held by the undefeated Colorado Kings. Based on two strong wins over the highly-touted Los Angeles SLAM, the Arizona Scorpions moved into the number 2 position. 'There are about 30 teams that could well be in the top 24,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . There are upsets with lower ranking teams beating ranked teams almost every week; the ABA playoffs will be very competitive for sure.'

1. Colorado Kings
2. Arizona Scorpions
3. South Carolina Warriors
4. San Diego Sol
5. Jacksonville Giants
6. Chicago Steam
7. Bay Area Matrix
8. Texas FUEL
9. Athens Razors
10. Lynchburg Legends
11. Atlanta Experience
12. Seattle Mountaineers
13. Carolina Cheetahs
14. Memphis Bluff City Reign
15. Gulf Coast Flash
15. San Francisco Rumble
17. Jersey Express
18. Little Rock Lightning
19. Conway Cyclones
20. Ricmond Elite
21. Carolina Cougars
22. Lima Explosion
23. Connecticut Topballerz
24. North Dallas Vandals

For more information, visit www.abalive.com


Mountaineers sweep Calgary Crush - by Gianni Pascucci
The Seattle Mountaineers completed a 2 game sweep of the Calgary Crush, ABA team from Canada. On Saturday, January 14 Seattle defeated Calgary 130-111 with Mountaineer Rashaad Powell (6'6''-G-81, college: Idaho) 's 32 points and 15 rebounds, Jamaal Miller (6'2''-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) added 27 points. On Sunday, January 15, Seattle again came out victorius with a 116-100 win over the Crush, led by Rashaad Powell 's 30 points and 9 rebounds, Marcus Bradford (6'4''-G-85, college: Columbia, MO) added 17 points.
The Mountaineers are a perfect 22-0 on the season and 6-0 in ABA games. and are ranked #12 in the last American Basketball Association Power Rankings
Next game for the Mountaineers is Sunday, January 29th, 5pm at Renton High School. See here down the current team roster of coach Don Sims

Marcus BRADFORD G, 6-3 Columbia College
Bruce COOPER F/C, 6-8 Southern Connecticut State
Kelly EDWARDS G, 6-3 Lewis & Clark
Jordan ESTILL G, 6-5 Evergreen State
Bryan FERGUSON F, 6-8 Cascade
Marcus JACOBS G, 6-0 Tarleton State
Melvin JONES G, 5-11 Portland State
Jamaal MILLER G, 6-1 Green River CC
James MORGAN C, 6-9 U S F
Justin MURRAY G/F, 6-4 Washington State
Mike NIEHL F, 6-6 Washington State
Tim PIERCE F, 6-7 San Jose State
Rashaad POWELL G, 6-4 Idaho
Matthew SMITH F/C, 6-9 Warner
Anthony YOUNG G, 6-1 W.Roxbury HS (MA)



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


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  ACPBL   


Trailblazers status in the ACPBL - by Mike Lee
As stated in my last report, the Trailblazers had been removed from the ACPBL due to missing a scheduled game versus the Enterprise on December 10th. Since my last update, James Schultz is no longer the commissioner of the league and has been replaced by Brian Graham , owner of the New York City 524. After the change, a meeting was held involving the owners from each team within the league concerning allowing the Trailblazers back into the league. After a majority vote, the Trailblazers were asked if they would be willing to return to the ACPBL. The Trailblazers stated that they would be willing to accept the invitation and are currently awaiting more information from the league.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Prepelic's 28 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
19-year old guard Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Helios and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Helios in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Hemofarm (4-12) in overtime 89-86. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Helios maintains the 13th position in Adriatic League . Too late to improve their position as they are currently ranked such low. They already lost 12 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Prepelic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Helios and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Klemen Prepelic averages this season 14.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO. He is a forward in his 12th season at KK Zagreb CO. In the last game Simon recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as KK Zagreb CO lost that overtime game 70-81 to the higher-ranked Buducnost (#3, 11-5). KK Zagreb CO managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Simon is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb CO and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.7rpg and 3.7apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jakov Vladovic (186-PG-83) of Siroki WWin (#7). Vladovic scored 17 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of Siroki WWin, leading his team to a 81-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Krka (#11, 4-12). Siroki WWin needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Vladovic has a great season in Adriatic League. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.2apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K. - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Petar Popovic (211-C-79) of Crvena Zvezda - 25 points and 10 rebounds
7. Ivan Ramljak (203-F-90) of Siroki WWin - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82) of Cedevita - 24 points and 6 rebounds
9. Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85) of Hemofarm - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) of Radnicki K. - 23 points, 2 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)


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 13 (second stage): Penarol is upset by Lanus - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between second ranked Penarol (10-3) and sixth ranked Lanus (8-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Penarol was defeated by Lanus in Buenos Aires 93-81. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Penarol. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. 24 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) fired 28 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Juan Pablo Cantero (184-82) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Atenas and Sionista. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Libertad S.. Lanus is looking forward to face Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play on the road against Quilmes MP (#16) in Mar del Plata and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Quilmes MP managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Quilmes MP edged eleventh-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia in Mar del Plata 78-76. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Michael Smith contributed with 16 points for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Wuber-Est.Bahia. Newly promoted Quilmes MP maintains sixteenth place with 3-10 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with seven games lost. Quilmes MP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mar del Plata Penarol.
Leader Obras delivered the twelfth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 13th ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-10) 86-71. Juan Gutierrez stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. At the losing side Fabian Ramirez responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Obras (12-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. San Martin Corrientes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Club 9. Obras will meet Sionista (#5) in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play against Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Comodoro R.. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked La Union (6-7) to fifteenth ranked GECR Indalo (4-9) 87-86 on Friday evening. Roberto Gabini nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. GECR Indalo moved-up to twelfth place. La Union lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Buenos Aires. Eighth ranked Regatas Corrientes (7-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Boca Juniors (6-7) 103-101 in the fight for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boca Juniors. The victory was the third consecutive win for Regatas Corrientes. They moved-up to seventh place. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face GECR Indalo (#12) in Comodoro R. in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Boca Juniors will play at home against La Union (#9) in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Olimpico LB was defeated by Libertad S. in Sunchales 85-75. Sionista beat Club 9 at home 83-73. Atenas won against Quimsa on the opponent's court 86-82. San Mart.C. unfortunately lost to Club 9 in a home game 66-73.


San Mart.C. - Obras 71-86

Leader Obras delivered the twelfth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 13th ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-10) 86-71. The game was mostly controlled by Obras. San Martin Corrientes managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and international forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Obras players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Fabian Ramirez (197-90) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Obras (12-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. San Martin Corrientes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Club 9. Obras will meet Sionista (#5) in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play against Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: F.Ramirez 25+5reb, W.McFarlan 18+11reb, A.Carabajal 8+2reb+2ast, J.Michael Martinez 6+13reb+1ast, P.Albertinazzi 4+1reb, M.Maciel 3+2reb+3ast
Obras: J.Gutierrez 26+11reb, T.Washam 20+2reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 15+9reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 10+2reb+2ast, A.Elsener 6+2reb+2ast, A.Konsztatd 6+3ast
gschID: 141236


Lanus - Penarol 93-81

The game between second ranked Penarol (10-3) and sixth ranked Lanus (8-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Penarol was defeated by Lanus in Buenos Aires 93-81. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Penarol. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. 24 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) fired 28 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Juan Pablo Cantero (184-82) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Atenas and Sionista. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Libertad S.. Lanus is looking forward to face Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play on the road against Quilmes MP (#16) in Mar del Plata and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 22+6reb, F.Campazzo 22+7reb+6ast, M.Leiva 14+10reb+3ast, K.Lamonte 6, M.Ibarra 5+1reb+1ast, M.Mata 5+4reb
Lanus: M.Byro 28+6reb, D.Guaita 14+3reb+1ast, J.Pablo Cantero 11+4reb+4ast, J.Levy 11+6reb, T.Taylor 8+5reb, F.Giorgi 7+1reb
gschID: 141237


GECR Indalo - La Union 87-86

A very interesting game took place in Comodoro R.. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked La Union (6-7) to fifteenth ranked GECR Indalo (4-9) 87-86 on Friday evening. La Union cut a 22-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. GECR Indalo made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded La Union 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. The former international forward Roberto Gabini (198-75, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 13 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for La Union in the defeat. Four GECR Indalo and five La Union players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo moved-up to twelfth place. La Union lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
La Union: G.Mikulas 18+7reb+2ast, G.Lewis 14+5reb+1ast, A.Marin 12+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 12+3reb+6ast, D.Farabello 12+2reb+1ast, J.Caceres 9+2reb+1ast
GECR Indalo: R.Gabini 20+6reb, D.Davis 16+8reb, E.Nelson 13+12reb+1ast, C.McGowan 13+4reb+1ast, S.Scala 9, D.Ciorciari 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 141238


Libertad S. - Olimpico LB 85-75

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-9) was defeated on the road by third ranked Libertad Sunchales (10-3) 85-75 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpico de La Banda was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) chipped in 16 points. American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Five Libertad Sunchales and four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Libertad Sunchales. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Penarol. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with nine games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Atenas (#4) in Cordoba in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: D.Hardin 17+10reb+1ast, G.Grays 16+3reb+3ast, J.DeGroat 12+9reb+1ast, E.Villares 11+1reb+2ast, C.Romero 8+2reb, C.Amicucci 6+3reb
Libertad S.: R.Battle 16+7reb+1ast, J.Treise 16+3reb+3ast, F.Calvi 13+3reb, J.Pittman 11+2reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 11+2reb+2ast, S.Ginobili 7+2ast
gschID: 141239


Sionista - Club 9 83-73

No shocking result in a game in Parana where fifth ranked Sionista (8-5) defeated 12th ranked Club 9 (4-10) 83-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Sionista. Club 9 was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sionista moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Atenas and Lanus. Club 9 at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Sionista will face league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Club 9 will play on the road against San Martin Corrientes (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Ayarza 22+5reb+1ast, J.Cowan 18+13reb+2ast, M.Melo 13+4reb+3ast, P.Orlietti 8, S.Clancy 4+4reb, G.Torre 4+2reb
Sionista: M.Sandes 22+11reb+2ast, J.Villegas 18+5reb, F.Ferrini 15+6reb+2ast, A.Zilli 12+4reb, L.Cequeira 6+1reb+11ast, H.Rollins 5+5reb
gschID: 141232


Quilmes MP - Wuber-Est.Bahia 78-76

Bottom-ranked Quilmes MP managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Quilmes MP edged eleventh-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia in Mar del Plata 78-76. It looked good early as Wuber-Est.Bahia took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Quilmes MP had a 31-16 second period charge getting the lead and Wuber-Est.Bahia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-78. Wuber-Est.Bahia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Michael Smith (201-76, college: La-Monroe) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) added 18 points in the effort for Wuber-Est.Bahia. Newly promoted Quilmes MP maintains sixteenth place with 3-10 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with seven games lost. Quilmes MP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mar del Plata Penarol.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 18+4reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 14+1reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 13+6reb+2ast, J.Mojica 9+10reb+4ast, R.Sanchez 9+2reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 6+4reb
Quilmes MP: C.Matthews 17+8reb+1ast, M.Smith 16+4reb+1ast, P.McHopson 14+2reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 10+4reb+5ast, F.Pinero 8+3reb+1ast, L.Truscott 7+12reb
gschID: 141233


Boca Jrs - Regatas C. 101-103

Important game to mention about took place in Buenos Aires. Eighth ranked Regatas Corrientes (7-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Boca Juniors (6-7) 103-101 in the fight for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boca Juniors. The victory was the third consecutive win for Regatas Corrientes. They moved-up to seventh place. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face GECR Indalo (#12) in Comodoro R. in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Boca Juniors will play at home against La Union (#9) in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 141234


Quimsa - Atenas 82-86

Very expected game in Santiado Estero where 9th ranked Quimsa (6-7) was defeated by fourth ranked Atenas (8-5) 86-82 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-82. Atenas made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Quimsa was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) fired 30 points and 5 steals for the winners. Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Nicolas Aguirre (182-88) added 6 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Atenas maintains fourth place with 8-5 record, which they share with Lanus and Sionista. Quimsa lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Atenas will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimsa will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#15).
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Pellot-Rosa 18+1reb, D.Lo Grippo 15+2reb+1ast, B.Robinson 14+2reb+2ast, J.Williams 13+8reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 10+5reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 6+9reb+5ast
Atenas: M.Lescano 30+4reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 26+6reb, M.Melvin 9+5reb+2ast, R.Humphrey 8+3reb, J.Manuel Rivero 5+1reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141235


Round 14
San Mart.C. - Club 9 66-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Club 9's (4-10) road victory over 13th ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-10) 73-66 on Wednesday. Despite that victory Club 9 went down to thirteenth position due to points difference, which they share with San Mart.C. San Martin Corrientes lost their third game in a row. Club 9 will have a break next round.
gschID: 166772




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


Juan Gutierrez claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Obras and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat San Mart.C. (#14, 4-10) 86-71. It allowed Obras to consolidate first place in the Italian LigaA. Obras has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. It's Gutierrez's second year at Obras and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gutierrez has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.0ppg. Gutierrez is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg,59.2% FGP and 50.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) of second-ranked Penarol. Campazzo impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Penarol lost that game 81-93 to the lower-ranked Lanus (#6, 8-5). Penarol managed to keep the same second spot in . His team's 10-3 record is not bad at all. Campazzo is one of the most experienced players at Penarol and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Panamanian Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Atenas (#4). Lloreda scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Atenas, leading his team to a 86-82 win against the lower-ranked Quimsa (#8, 6-7). Atenas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Lloreda has a great season in Argentina. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 2.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jazwin Cowan (205-F/C-83) of Club 9 - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) of Atenas - 30 points and 4 rebounds
6. Mariano Byro (195-G-82) of Lanus - 28 points and 6 rebounds
7. Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) of Sionista - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Edward Nelson (203-F-82) of GECR Indalo - 13 points and 12 rebounds
9. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of Club 9 - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  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 


Round 1: KL Dragons open season with victory - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ASEAN League just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KL Dragons defeated 3rd placed Filipino Petron Blaze in Kuala Lumpur 83-77 in overtime. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 24-15 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 10-4. KL Dragons outrebounded Petron Blaze 48-12 including a 31-0 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Petron Blaze helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 23 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 28 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Dalron Johnson (206-81, college: UNLV) responded with 17 points and 6 assists. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Petron Blaze at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Petron Blaze will play next round against strong Philippine Patriots trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manila - Philippine Patriots. KL Dragons will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Satria Muda in Jakarta.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Singapore Slingers (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Indonesian Satria Muda (1-0) 79-59. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and Mario Wuysang accounted for 23 points and 4 steals. American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 23 rebounds for Singapore Slingers in the defeat. Singapore Slingers' coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Satria Muda will play against league's leader KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Singapore Slingers will play at home against Thailand Slammers (#4) in Bangkok to get more than just one victory in their record.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks by Nakiea Miller of Philip.Patriots.


Singapore S. - Satria Muda 59-79

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Singapore Singapore Slingers (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Indonesian Satria Muda (1-0) 79-59. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Singapore Slingers was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda forced 19 Singapore Slingers turnovers. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Mario Wuysang (176-79) accounted for 23 points and 4 steals. American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 23 rebounds and the other American import center Donald Little (211-78, college: Cincinnati) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Singapore Slingers in the defeat. Singapore Slingers' coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Satria Muda keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Singapore Slingers at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Satria Muda will play against league's leader KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Singapore Slingers will play at home against Thailand Slammers (#4) in Bangkok to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: M.Wuysang 23+4reb+1ast, S.Thomas 20+14reb+1ast, J.Smith 17+3reb, J.Uy 9+3reb+2ast, R.Ricafuente 5+1reb+1ast, R.Gunawan 3+10reb+1ast
Singapore S.: L.Graham 23+23reb, D.Little 11+7reb+3ast, P.Matialakan 7+3reb, D.Dulay 6+3reb+2ast, W.Long Wong 6+1reb+1ast, V.Canta 2+2reb
gschID: 166906


KL Dragons - Petron Blaze 83-77 OT

The game had a very big importance for Malaysian KL Dragons as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KL Dragons defeated placed Filipino Petron Blaze in Kuala Lumpur 83-77 in overtime. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 24-15 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 10-4. KL Dragons outrebounded Petron Blaze 48-12 including a 31-0 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Petron Blaze helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Brian Williams (208-87, college: Tennessee, agency: VVG Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 23 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 28 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Dalron Johnson (206-81, college: UNLV) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and center June Mar Fajardo (196-89) scored 8 points. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Petron Blaze at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Petron Blaze will play next round against strong Philippine Patriots trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manila - Philippine Patriots. KL Dragons will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Satria Muda in Jakarta.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: T.Wade 28+6reb+2ast, B.Williams 26+23reb+3ast, C.Pacana 7+3reb+5ast, N.Belasco 6+6reb, S.Kuppusamy 5+1reb, P.Cabahug 4
Petron Blaze: D.Johnson 17+4reb+6ast, R.Jeter 11, B.Fernandez 8, J.Mar Fajardo 8+3reb+1ast, L.Avenido 6+1reb+1ast, F.Baguion 6+6ast
gschID: 166904


Thailand S. - Saigon H. 78-58

Thailand Slammers used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Saigon 78-58 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Thailand Slammers. Saigon Heat was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saigon Heat was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center DeAndre Thomas (203-86, college: Robert Morris) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Kenneth Walker (206-80, college: Alabama) chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds. Thomas is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Thailand Slammers' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side U.S. Virgin Isl.-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and American-Filipino guard John Smith (188-86, college: Hawaii-Hilo) scored 12 points. Thailand Slammers (1-0) keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Saigon Heat still closes the standings with one game lost. Thailand Slammers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bangkok to the arena Bangkok Cobras.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: D.Thomas 21+10reb+1ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 15+2reb+2ast, K.Walker 15+14reb+2ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 9+3reb+5ast, S.Pinitpatcharalert 7, M.Jantuma 4+2reb+1ast
Saigon H.: J.Hodge 37+15reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+3reb+2ast, N.Dung 3+1reb+1ast, S.Ly 3+1reb, M.Trieu 2+2reb, J.Jones 1+9reb
gschID: 166905


Philip.Patriots - Bangkok C. 86-58

Philippine Patriots used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Bangkok 86-58 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Philippine Patriots. Bangkok Cobras was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bangkok Cobras to just 5 points in second quarter. Philippine Patriots forced 19 Bangkok Cobras turnovers. American center Nakiea Miller (204-79, college: Iona) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Philippine Patriots' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) responded with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Filipino guard Marvin Cruz (173-84) scored 9 points and 6 assists. Philippine Patriots (1-0) keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Bangkok Cobras still closes the standings with one game lost. Philippine Patriots will face Petron Blaze (#6) in Manila in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Bangkok Cobras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bangkok Thailand Slammers.
Top scorers:
Philip.Patriots: N.Miller 24+18reb+1ast, A.Johnson 17+5reb, W.Ybanez 9+2reb+2ast, A.Larong 8+2reb+6ast, J.Fernandez 8+2ast, E.Laure 6+2reb+1ast
Bangkok C.: B.Brown 11+2reb+1ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 9+6reb+3ast, M.Cruz 9+3reb+6ast, G.Lewis 9+10reb+4ast, R.Kruatiwa 8+5reb+1ast, C.Limsuwan 6+3reb
gschID: 166903




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 14-2
 2. Gmunden 13-3
 3. Wels 12-4
 4. Kapfenberg 10-6
 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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas19.0 
 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. Soo, Rapla16.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Neptu.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.7 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.4 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 4. Nelson, Jelgava8.2 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 6. Arnold, TT.7.8 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 8. Johnson, Naglis P.7.7 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas7.6 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 2. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.1 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas5.0 
 5. Maceina, Juventus4.9 
 6. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 7. Janavicius, Baltai4.4 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 10. Kulagin, Triumph4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dainius SALENGA
  Rudupis
  (197-F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 5. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 8. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 9. Landry, Triumph1.8 
 10. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
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. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 9. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.0 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cra.1.0 


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 


Kaspars Cipruss claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Latvian Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Tarvas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Naglis Palangos (#2, 5-3) with 18-point margin 91-73. It allowed Tarvas to jump to the first place in the Baltic League Challenge. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Tarvas has a very solid 6-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Cipruss turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Cipruss has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 67.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward David McClure (198-F-86) of Nevezis Kedain.. McClure impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Kedainiai cruised to a 86-75 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Tartu Ulikool (#9, 4-10). Kedainiai's 8th position in Elite has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. McClure is a newcomer at Kedainiai and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Sylvester Morgan (208-C-83) of Pieno Zvaigzdes (#6). Morgan scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Morgan's great performance Pieno Zvaigzdes lost 72-77 to slightly higher-ranked Rudupis (#4, 8-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Pieno Zvaigzdes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Elite. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Morgan has a very solid season. In 10 games in Baltic League he scored 10.0ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David McClure (198-F-86) of Kedainiai - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bamba Fall (216-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Siauliai - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bamba Fall (216-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 11 points and 11 rebounds
8. Arvydas Gydra (206-F-89) of Sakalai - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Martin Dorbek (193-G-91) of Tarvas - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jai Lucas (177-G) of Valmiera - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Gembo 13-3 
 2. Fleurus 12-4 
 3. Waregem 11-3 
 4. Kangar.-Boom 9-5 
 5. Excelsior 9-6 
 6. Essor Charleroi 8-6 
 7. St-Niklase 8-6 
 8. Liege II 8-7 
 9. Sprimont 8-8 
 10. Sint-Jan Ant. 7-8 
 11. M.Hainaut II 5-9 
 12. De Westhoek 2-13 
 13. Gistel 2-13 
 14. Melsele 2-13 


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  BOSNIA   


One Step at a Time - by Marcel Jones

The last 3 league games we have lost by a combined 6 points.. Each game by 2 points, we can look at that as a good or bad thing but either way it is unfortunate and we needed to get over the hump. In our last game we were able to get a close win by 1 point. Hopefully we can take that positive energy into our upcoming games and put some more wins together. We have to take one game, one possession at a time because everything counts.. Each game is another opportunity to prove ourselves, to get better individually and to grow as a team.. The second part of the season has just begun and some teams are positioning themselves into a playoff spot and other teams are fighting for a chance to compete in the playoffs. Adversity is something that every team goes trough whether it be on the court or off the court. We have had players leave for various reasons but when we step on the court no one cares about the teams problems and there cant be any excuses. This is professional basketball and we have to be able to adapt and give 100 percent every time we step between the lines.

On a side note, I have no complaints with Life in Mostar.. The food here is fresh and natural and they have the best mandarins I have ever tasted. There is one fruit store in particular that I go to on a daily basis because I eat so many of them. They will never go out of business as long as Im here buying all the fruit out of the shop. Sometimes, the days here seem to run together and feels like a big blur but I am fortunate to have a partner here to keep me on my toes and make things less redundant.

I will check in soon with an update of my teams progress. In the meantime, Work hard because the competition is..

Great Moments come from Great Opportunities.. Every one gets an opportunity to make a difference, its on us whether or not we do something with the opportunity.


- Marcel



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  BRAZIL   


Brasil NBA Watch: Barbosa - by Mel Devonne
The shorten NBA season is about a quarter done, and Brasilian Leandro Barbosa is having a pretty good
start to the NBA season.
I'm vacationing in Chicago this month and caught Barbosa and the Toronto Raptors vs the Chicago Bulls on
Saturday Jan. 14th.
Barbosa, who left Brasil for Toronto right before the start of training, scored well in a few NBB Flamengo games, but didnt look
100% healthy while in Brasil, but hasnt had any health problems so far in the NBA season.
Barbosa is averaging 11 points off for bench for Toronto and is always feared as a guy who could explode for a big
game at anytime.
Against Chicago, Barbosa scored 15 points on 7-20 shooting and the Raptors lost to Chicago 77-64.
Make Brasil proud Leandro.


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  CANADA   


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. Cote-K., UQ.8.6 
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. Oliver, Manitoba2.8 
 6. Cote-K., UQ.2.8 
 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. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 5. Duke, UPEI1.4 
 6. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.3 
 7. Thomas, St.Franc.1.3 
 8. Eyitayo, Concordia1.2 
 9. Osuntola, Windsor1.1 
 10. Fidler, Calgary1.1 


Carl Krauser is a newcomer at Quebec Kebs - by Eurobasket Center
Quebec Kebs (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old U.S. Virgin Islands guard Carl Krauser (185-G-81, college: Pittsburgh). In his first game he scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and 11 assists helping his new team beat Summerside S. 145-136. Krauser played most recently at Waikato Pistons (New Zealand). He is a very experienced player. Krauser played also pro basketball in Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Romania and Venezuela. He graduated University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Barrett's 40-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old point guard Jamelle Barrett (180-PG) put on an amazing game in the last round for Saskatchewan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 40 points adding nine assists for Saskatchewan in his team's victory, helping them to beat Calgary (#11, 4-8) 90-83. Saskatchewan is placed at 5th position in Canadian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Saskatchewan will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. In the team's last game Barrett had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Saskatchewan and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Barrett has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.9ppg), assists (5th best: 5.9apg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 53.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) of league's second-best Cape Breton. He is American guard in his 3rd season at Cape Breton. In the last game Dorsey recorded impressive 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Cape Breton to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Memorial (#8, 1-9) 94-61. Cape Breton's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Dorsey is one of the most experienced players at Cape Breton and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 7.7rpg and 7.7apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Cape Breton's star - guard Jimmy Dorsey (188-G). Dorsey showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Cape Breton, helping his team with a 88-84 win against the lower-ranked Memorial (#8, 1-9). Cape Breton needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 3 lost games. Dorsey has a great season in Canada. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.6ppg (6th best) and assists with 7.7apg (best passer). He also has 2.7spg and and 3PT: 40.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Oliver (198-G) of Manitoba - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Boris Bakovic (201-F-88) of Calgary - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Al Alilovic (198-G) of Cape Breton - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Will Donkoh (185-G) of St.Francis X. - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tommy Nixon (198-F) of UBC - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jason Shepherd (193-C-89) of Memorial - 34 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Paul Gareau (201-F) of Regina - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Richard Anderson is a newcomer at Halifax Rainmen - by Eurobasket Center
Halifax Rainmen (NBL Canada) added to their roster 35-year old naturalized Jamaican forward Richard Anderson (199-F-112kg-77). In his first game he scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds helping his new team beat St.John M.R. 121-104. Anderson played most recently at Levharti Chomutov (Czech Rep.). While playing 20 games for Chomutov this season he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.9rpg. Anderson is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, China, Czech Rep., Estonia, France, Luxembourg and Portugal.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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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  CHILE   


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


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  CHINA   


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. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.0 
 5. McDonald, Fujian X.27.9 
 6. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan.26.3 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.25.7 
 10. Roberson, Fujian25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Fujian XX
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Abbas, Fujian XX14.9 
 2. Ramos, Guangsha L.14.2 
 3. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.5 
 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. Harris, Shanghai11.7 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.7 
 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. Anderson, Shandon.4.5 
 9. Smith, Zhejiang C.4.5 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.5 
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. Anderson, Shandon.2.3 
 9. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 10. Mills, Xinjiang.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. Carney, Liaoning H.1.5 
 8. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.5 
 9. Morris, Beijing Du.1.5 
 10. Watkins, Jilin N.1.4 


Chinese CBA round 25 best performance: Lester Hudson - by Eurobasket News
American guard Lester Hudson (191-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Qingdao DS, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 41 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Xinjiang F.T. (#10, 11-11) with 18-point margin 115-97. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Qingdao DS maintains the 11th position in Chinese CBA. Qingdao DS is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-13 record. In the team's last game Hudson had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 15 attempts. He turned to be Qingdao DS's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Tennessee at Martin star has very solid stats this year. Hudson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 32.8ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.8apg) and averages impressive 3.1spg and 55.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American David Harrison (213-C-82) of TianJin R.. Harrison had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as TianJin R. lost that game 102-119 to the higher-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#8, 12-10). TianJin R. is still in a red zone at 16th spot in the standings. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories TianJin R. managed to get this year. Harrison is a newcomer at TianJin R., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcus Haislip (208-F-80) of Foshan (#17). Haislip got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds . Despite Haislip's great performance Foshan lost 109-111 to the higher-ranked DongGuan L. (#2, 16-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Foshan can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 6-17 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Haislip he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Haislip has a very solid season. In 19 games in China he scored 18.5ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C. - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Beijing Ducks - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh. - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80) of Foshan - 25 points and 11 rebounds
8. Marcus Williams (201-F/G-86) of Shanxi Zh. - 31 points and 5 rebounds
9. Will McDonald (211-C-79) of Fujian XX - 30 points and 8 rebounds
10. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Guangsha L. - 18 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  CYPRUS   


Round 14 (Part B): Another shameful night for the ex Queen of the Cyprus Basketball - by Chris Mammides
Pizza Express Apollon - Proteas Danoi AEL 129-63!
Proteas AEL is trying to break all the negative records of all times in the Cyprus Basketball, so in the game which just ended and the supposed to be local derby, AEK with the participation of the newcomer ex player of Apollon Pavel Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) lost with 66 points difference in its fourth worst deficit this season after the two games against Keravnos and the one against Intercollege Etha Engomis, if we add the first game between Etha and AEL that makes us five games with deficits over 50 points.


The current record of the Limasol team in the points difference is 774 points scored and 1130 points against which simply means that the team which used to be called the queen of Cyprus Basketball, the only team which ever won a European title for Cyprus, is scoring 59.5 points and is receiving 87 points an average difference of 27.5 per game.
In any case all these is simply stats, in regards to the tonight's game and as there is no point in giving more analysis just to say that Alexandros Liatsos (200-F-80, college: Ohio) and Pavel Englicky tried to 'safeguard' AEL's name but they were only two against twelve. A new record for three players of Apollon (season high for all three of them) as the Swedish Eric Rushton (194-G/F-82) scored 30 points, the Georgian Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) scored 21 and the Russian Mikhail Omelchenko (200-F-88) 13.


The quarters were: 26-21, 53-36, 88-51 and the final 129-63
Top scorers:

Apollon: Rush 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals, Besik Lezhava 21 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds, Gillenwater 19 points and 5 rebounds, Robinson 18 points and 6 assists, and Mikhail Omelchenko 13 points 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Furthermore, the talented Stefanos Iliadis (186-PG-94) scored 3 points but he also had 8 assists!
AEL: Alexandros Liatsos 17 points and 5 assists, Marios Georgiou (200-F-91) 16 and Pavel Englicky 15 points and 9 rebounds




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 deserves 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 Ray hitting a 3-pointer Etha got the lead to 75-71 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 and his players 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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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Amager BK 11-2 
 2. Randers 10-3 
 3. Lemvig 10-3 
 4. Aarhus BF 9-4 
 5. Koge BK 8-5 
 6. Virum 6-6 
 7. Stevnsgade 5-6 
 8. Haderslev 5-7 
 9. Glostrup 4-9 
 10. Jonstrup 3-9 
 11. ALBA 3-9 
 12. Solrod 0-11 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 14-5 
 2. Springfield A. 10-10 
 3. Canton C. 9-10 
 4. Erie Bay H. 9-12 
 5. Dakota W. 8-10 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 8-12 
 7. Maine RC 7-14 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 6-15 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 16-7 
 2. Austin T. 15-4 
 3. Rio Grande VV 12-9 
 4. Bakersfield J. 11-9 
 5. Reno B. 11-10 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 10-10 
 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. Dentmon, Austin T.23.9 
 3. Costner, Los A.23.8 
 4. Emmett, Reno B.23.2 
 5. Millsap, Los A.21.7 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.3 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 8. Biggs, Canton C.19.2 
 9. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.19.1 
 10. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.1 
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, Springfield9.1 
 7. Smith, Rio G.9.1 
 8. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 9. Thomas, Reno B.8.9 
 10. Andrews, Los A.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 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. Baker, Dakota W.6.4 
 7. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 8. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 9. Wise, Bakersfield5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Reno B.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal TINSLEY
  Los A.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 2. Millsap, Los A.2.4 
 3. Coleman, Sioux F.2.3 
 4. Curry, Springfield2.2 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 6. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Emmett, Reno B.2.1 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 9. Owens, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Reno B.
  (213-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Whiteside, Reno B.3.3 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.3.1 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Alabi, Bakersfield2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Blakely, Iowa E.1.9 
 7. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 8. Williams, Texas L.1.7 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 10. Smith, Rio G.1.6 


Denver Nuggets recall Jordan Hamilton from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets have recalled rookie G/F Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-G/F-90, college: Texas) from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, team executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

Hamilton, 6-7, 220, played in six games (two starts) for Idaho, averaging 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.0 minutes per game.

Hamilton, the 26th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, has not appeared for the Nuggets during the regular season. In two preseason games with Denver, he grabbed four rebounds in 16 minutes.

The Nuggets now have 15 players on their active roster.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Dominique Jones assigned to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks today assigned Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks' NBA D-League affiliate. The assignment marks the 21st time an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season. It is the first assignment for Jones this season.

Jones has appeared in nine games for the Mavericks this year, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He returns to the Legends following a 10-game assignment as a rookie last season when he averaged 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0.

A second-year guard from South Florida, Jones appeared in 18 games for the Mavericks during the 2010-11 season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Sunday's games - by Eurobasket News
Maine RC - Springfield A. 94-120
Night and day. That was the difference in the fortunes of the Springfield Armor in their two-game, home-and-home set with the Maine Red Claws. Sunday afternoon, the Armor received a record-tying performance from 3-point-sniping guard Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami, FL), which helped them to a 120-94 rout in front of a disappointed capacity crowd of 3,045 at the Portland Expo. Hurdle fired in eight 3-pointers (on 16 attempts), tying the franchise record, to account for his team-high 24 points. It was quite a contrast from Saturday night's 104-97 loss to the Claws, when Springfield shot just 38.2 percent from the field and Hurdle went 0 for 7 from beyond the arc. 'We just played with a lot of energy,' Hurdle said. 'We didn't like the outcome of (Saturday). There was nothing that we couldn't do. We just played together.' The Armor grabbed the lead at 11-9 midway through the opening quarter and never let it get away. They owned a 30-21 advantage after one, and it ballooned to 64-42 by halftime. By that time, four members of the starting five had scored in double figures. 'Coach (Bob MacKinnon) got us ready for this game,' Hurdle said. 'He's an excellent motivational speaker. We just fed off of his energy.' Hurdle carried Springfield through the first quarter, hitting for 12 of his 15 first-half points. 'When Lance gets going, he's tough to stop,' said forward Damian Johnson (23 points). 'When he hit that first one, I knew it was going to be a good game for him. You could see it in his eyes.' 'Our motto is Get stops and get shots,'' Hurdle said. 'Obviously, we have to get stops first. The offense will take care of itself.' In the second quarter, Springfield went on a 14-0 run over a four-minute span, kicked off by center Jeff Foote (7'0''-C-88, college: Cornell) 's lone basket and capped by six straight points from Johnson. 'He (Johnson) made the second, third, fourth and fifth effort,' Hurdle said. 'Along with everybody else on the team. He's one of those guys who does all of the little dirty (jobs) that turn into big things. That's a guy you need on every team.' The Red Claws, seeking some ignition, began firing in outside shots, including one by former Celtic Ricky Davis, who is trying to jump-start his pro career. The Armor answered every Maine 3 with one of their own, however, keeping the Red Claws from gaining any traction. There was let-up for the Armor in the third quarter, when they tore open a 100-70 lead before cruising to the finish. 'We made shots,' MacKinnon said. 'And (Saturday), we didn't make shots. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't. It's not real complicated. We were fortunate to make some shots.' *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Reno B. - Austin T. 107-114
The Reno Bighorns lost a tight game to the first place Austin Toros Sunday afternoon, falling short 107-114. Sacramento Kings assignee Tyler Honeycutt (6'8''-F-90, college: UCLA) led the Bighorns with 23 points and seven rebounds while Blake Ahearn added 24 points of his own. The Toros were led by Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) 's 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Leo Lyons' 27 points and 16 rebounds. The Toros led by as many as 18 points in the first half until the Bighorns made a run of their own, trailing 55-58 going in to halftime. The second half was close throughout until a couple of three-pointers by Lyons put the Toros up for good. While the Bighorns were able to force 24 turnovers, they could not convert on the opportunities, shooting only 40.9 percent for the game. The Toros hit on 47 percent of their shot attempts, including 52 percent on three-pointers. The Bighorns return to the Reno Events Center to take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on January20th and 21st. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. Reno Bighorns season and group ticket packages are on sale today. Groups can experience one of the many Fan Experience Packages, including playing a game on the Bighorns court or performing a routine at halftime of a game. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Dakota W. 119-116 OT
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants defeated the Dakota Wizards in an overtime thriller by a score of 119-116. The Mad Ants finished with six players in double digits. The Wizards built a lead as large as nine points on the strength of shooting 57 percent from the field in the first quarter and led 32-27 at the end of the first 12 minutes. Gilbert Brown (6'6''-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) and Ramon Harris hit consecutive three pointers for the Mad Ants to kick off the second quarter and dissolve their deficit. The rest of the quarter was a back and forth, entertaining battle. Fort Wayne hit a jumper with only .5 seconds left in the half, but Dakota rolled the ball to half court where Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) hit an off balance, high-arcing, nothing but net half-court shot to beat the buzzer and send both teams to their locker rooms tied 58-58. Dakota pulled ahead in the third quarter as all five starters reached double digits in the scoring column. Ubiles led the Wizards with 22 points and Dakota went to the fourth quarter with an eight point advantage. Fort Wayne picked up the intensity on defense to tie the ball game at 99 a piece with just 5:00 left on the clock. Dakota held a two point lead in the final seconds until Gilbert brown picked up the offensive board and was fouled on the put back off of a Cameron Jones missed shot. Brown nailed both free throws to send the game into overtime. The overtime period did not disappoint as it was every bit as exciting as regulation. Dakota and Fort Wayne traded three pointers and slashing drives to the basket, but the difference in the game came on the defensive end. Fort Wayne stole a Dakota inbounds pass late in the period that sealed the victory for the Mad Ants despite a last second shot attempt by the Wizards. Darnell Lazare led the Mad Ants with 24 points, and Cameron Jones added 22. Russell chipped in with a double-double of 13 points and a game-high 11 assists. Ubiles scored a game-high 27 points to pace the Wizards, and Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, college: Oklahoma St.) packed the stat sheet one assist away from a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers 97-96
Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) earned his 12th double-double of the season with a team-high 24 points and 14 rebounds and Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) added 18 points and a game-high eight assists, but the Tulsa 66ers (10-10) fell short on the road against the Iowa Energy (14-5) by a 97-96 final Sunday evening inside the Wells Fargo Arena. The Energy, winners of the 2011 NBA D-League Championship, entered Sunday's contest leading the Eastern Conference. For the third consecutive game, the 66ers boasted a balanced scoring attack with six players in double figures, including Brady Morningstar with 19, Dwight Buycks with 13, Larry Owens with 12 and Robert Vaden with 10. Defensively, Tulsa hung tough by forcing 20 Energy turnovers and creating 10 steals. Owens paced the visiting squad with five thefts and added a season-high three blocked shots. Offensively, eight 66ers recorded assists to rack up 18 dishes. Leading the Energy was Mike Efevberha with a game-high 32 points. Curtis Stinson added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds. The 66ers return home to host the Canton Charge Monday night, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Blazers call up Armon Johnson from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled point guard Armon Johnson (6'3''-PG-89, college: Nevada) from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.

In five games with the Stampede, Johnson averaged 11.8 points, 7.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He put up a season-high 19 points to go along with two assists and five rebounds Jan. 9 against the Erie Bayhawks.

Johnson, a 6-3 second-year player from Nevada, and teammate Luke Babbitt were assigned to the Stampede by the Trail Blazers on Jan. 4.

Johnson will be available for Monday afternoon's game against the New Orleans Hornets (CSN, noon).

Courtesy of http://www.statesmanjournal.com


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Winchester storm roster - by Justin Moore

Kevin Pittsnogle (6'11''-C-84, college: W.Virginia)
Onyie Onunaku 65 Forward Shenandoah University
Tyler Crawford (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Georgetown)
Lamar Bentley (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Shenandoah)
Mouktar Fawehinimi 61 Guard Shenandoah University
Tyrone Roach (5'11''-G-87) 59 Guard Shephard University
Derrick Fields (6'1''-G/F-84, college: Hagerstown CC)
Donavin Vinson (6'3''-F) 63 Forward Ohio Valley University
Dave Karlson (6'5''-F) 65 Forward Shephard University
Mitchell Dudley 65 Forward Shenandoah University
Roscoe Johnson 64 Forward Park View High School
Wayne Washington (6'1''-G) Guard Shenandoah University
Derrick Copeland 511 Guard Hesser College
Joseph Lynch-Flohr 6'8 Center Radford College



Hudson Valley had some legends on the coaching staff this weekend - by Eurobasket
On a night when the stars were all indoors in the Hudson Valley the Hype made a statement against the Southern Division powerhouse Washington Madness. With a legendary coaching staff consisting of James Ryans and Wes Mathews Sr. The Hype jumped out to an early ten point lead and never looked back leaving the Madness with a (23) point deficit when the 4th quarter came to close. I think I was more nervous about this game than the players, expressed owner Allen Pickett . Losing two starters in one week and obtaining three new players two days before the game with no practice usually spells trouble for the best teams. I have to thank Coach Ryans and especially Mr. Mathews for making a guest appearance. Only in the Hudson Valley are you going to find this level of athletes and professionals all in one place and on one team.
The Hype reinforced their starting line-up with a pair of Nicks, Carter and Leon which accounted for (33) of the Hypes points. Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) fresh from the D-league had a game high (28) scoring from all over the floor. Rookie Michael McNair had the best game of his professional career with a season high ten points. The Hudson Valley Hype are currently top in their division and take on the NY Jaguars on their home court on Saturday February 11th.


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. HV Hype 3-1
 2. New York W. 2-1
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-1
 4. Brooklyn P. 0-0
 5. NYC Jaguars 0-2
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 1-0
 2. Washington M. 1-1
 3. Winchester S. 1-2
 4. Harrisburg H. 0-0
 5. NoVa Hawks 0-1


Wizards Win 122-92 - by EBA Media
The Wizards beat a game Jaguar squad without ever trailing once in the game. In a match-up of two Northern Division opponents the Wizards used their size and depth to hold off the Jaguars and keep an outstanding home record intact that has them losing only once at home in 3-years.

'Winning on the road is difficult' Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo 'The Jaguars are a good shooting club, and we knew if we could keep this game from being a 3-pt shooting contest it would be in our favor'

That is exactly what the Wizards did holding the Jaguars to only 1 3-pt shot for the entire game and blocking off the middle with their size (Zephyr, Abraham, and Lawley)'

'Our bigs were the difference tonight' Continued Cerillo 'We were able to challenge 3-pt shooters and seal the paint from drives. This team is game and truly only a few players away, not an unusual case for an expansion team, from giving people fits.'

The Jaguars were lead by John Youngman's 21 points!

The Wizards big front line of Tim Zephyr (17 points 11 rebounds 1 block) Jermaine Abraham (14 points 9 rebounds 3 blocks) and Brandon Lawley (20 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks) proved difficult for a shorter Jaguars club.

In addition the Wizards depth supplied 49 bench points to aid the club.

'Our guards are always our strength' Continued Cerillo 'Yet our guards are also great team players. Aubin Scott (17 points) Jason Romer (7 points) Eric Ferguson (7 points and 4 steals) and Tamien Trent 16 points) knew the way to beat the Jaguars was not to attack their strong guard play but try and take advantage of our size.'

The Wizards stand 2-1 in league play at this point in the season.



Stars in the Hudson Valley - by EBA Media
On a night when the stars were all indoors in the Hudson Valley the Hype made a statement against the Southern Division powerhouse Washington Madness. With a legendary coaching staff consisting of James Ryans and Wes Mathews Sr. The Hype jumped out to an early ten point lead and never looked back leaving the Madness with a (23) point deficit when the 4th quarter came to close. I think I was more nervous about this game than the players, expressed owner Allen Pickett. Losing two starters in one week and obtaining three new players two days before the game with no practice usually spells trouble for the best teams. I have to thank Coach Ryans and especially Mr. Mathews for making a guest appearance. Only in the Hudson Valley are you going to find this level of athletes and professionals all in one place and on one team.

The Hype reinforced their starting line-up with a pair of Nicks, Carter and Leon which accounted for (33) of the Hypes points. Keyode Ayeni fresh from the D-league had a game high (28) scoring from all over the floor. Rookie Michael McNair had the best game of his professional career with a season high ten points. The Hudson Valley Hype are currently top in their division and take on the NY Jaguars on their home court on Saturday February 11th.



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Kalev/Cramo and Tarvas celebrated the victories - by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo and Tarvas celebrated the victories in Baltic League to improve their records.
Tarvas edged Naglis Palangos 91:73 on Saturday evening. 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. The best player for the winners was Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Martin Dorbek (193-G-91) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Tomas Rinkevicius (178-PG-78) who recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Paulius Kleiza added 15 points respectively.
Estonian 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 Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) who scored that evening 23 points and Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) supported him with 20 points. Even 14 points by Gintautas Matulis (195-F/G-86) did not help to save the game for Juventus.
Tartu Ulikool meanwhile lost two weekend games to Lithuanian representatives. Juventus edged them 96:82 on January 14th and then Kedainiai won 86:75.



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Cholet bring in Kevin Houston - by Eurobasket News
Cholet added Kevin Houston (179-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Long Beach St.) to the roster. The guard is meant to replace injured Demetris Nichols (205-F-84, college: Syracuse) on the roster. Kevin Houston started the season in Cyprus. The guard played for Apoel Nicosia. Last season Kevin Houston spent in France. He had a stint with Hyeres-Toulon. The guard posted 12.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously Kevin Houston had spells for Rouen and Saint-Ettiene in France, Cocodrilos de Caracas in Venezuela. He participated at French All-Star Game in 2009. Kevin Houston is supposedly going to stay with Cholet till the end of the season.


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Bostjan Nachbar joins Unics - by Eurobasket News
Unics bolstered their frontcourt. The Kazan team agreed on terms of contract with Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80). The Slovenian forward spent the previous season with Efes Pilsen. He tallied 8.3 points, 2.8 boards per game in Euroelague. In TBL his stats read 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance. Previously Bostjan Nachbar had stints with Maribor, Lasko, Benetton Treviso, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets. Bostjan Nachbar is not new to Russia. He used to play for Dynamo Moscow back in 2008/09 season. He tallied 16.2 points, 4.5 boards and 1.8 assists per game in Russian Superleague then. The forward is the member of Slovenian National Team. Bostjan Nachbar averaged 12.0 points and 4.0 boards at 2010 World Championship in Turkey.


Galatasaray lands Boris Savovic - by Eurobasket News
Boris Savovic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Galatasaray. The Serbian big guy penned a deal for rest of the season, including an option for 2012/13. Savovic will make debut this week in the first round of Euroleague Top 16. He started the season with Hemofarm Vrsac averaging 12.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists for 16 Adriatic league games. He spent last season with Hemofarm as well and in 2009/10 Savovic was a member of Buducnost Podgorica helping them to win the Montenegrin title and Cup. Savovic is a product of Hemofarm, where he spent several years in the past.

Anadolu Efes announced Zabian Dowdell - by Eurobasket News
Anadolu Efes announced Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84, agency: RIZO, college: Virginia Tech) for the rest of the season. The NBAer comes from Phoenix Suns.
In Dec.'09 he signed at Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five) and in 10 games averaged 12.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 68.8%. In Jan.'10 moved to Unicaja Malaga (Spain-ACB) and in Spanish League showed 6.4ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 85.7%. In Euroleague his stats read 7.0ppg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 71.4%.
In 2010-2011 continued for Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five) and after 17 games had 15.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.5apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 81.5%. In Jan.'11 signed at Phoenix Suns (NBA) and after 24 games averaged 5.0ppg, 2.1apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 94.1%.
The season 2011-2012 continued with the Suns but recently waived to the team.
In Europe he became French ProA Champion -08 and French ProA Regular Season Runner-Up -08. In 2009 he reached Italian Lega Due Play-Offs Semifinals -09 and became Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team -09. Also he was named Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Imports Team -09 and later reached Spanish ACB Semifinals -10.



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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
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  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 Nokia11.4 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Green, Ura Basket10.7 
 8. Townes, BC Nokia10.3 
 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 Nokia3.3 
 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 Nokia2.2 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.9 
 5. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.8 
 6. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 7. Baxley, Lapua1.8 
 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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Cholet bring in Kevin Houston - by Eurobasket News
Cholet added Kevin Houston (179-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Long Beach St.) to the roster. The guard is meant to replace injured Demetris Nichols (205-F-84, college: Syracuse) on the roster. Kevin Houston started the season in Cyprus. The guard played for Apoel Nicosia. Last season Kevin Houston spent in France. He had a stint with Hyeres-Toulon. The guard posted 12.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously Kevin Houston had spells for Rouen and Saint-Ettiene in France, Cocodrilos de Caracas in Venezuela. He participated at French All-Star Game in 2009. Kevin Houston is supposedly going to stay with Cholet till the end of the season.


French ProA round 14 best performance: Lamont Hamilton (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Paris-Levallois, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Poitiers (#16, 2-12) 82-72. Paris-Levallois maintains the 5th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Paris-Levallois will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Hamilton had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Paris-Levallois, through which he has constantly improved. Former St.John's University star has very solid stats this year. Hamilton is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 7.9rpg) and averages impressive 64.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Brazilian Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81) of Le Mans. Batista had a very good evening with 26 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Le Mans lost that game 84-94 to the lower-ranked Cholet (#11, 6-8). Le Mans managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Batista is one of the most experienced players at Le Mans and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg (#10). Greer showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Strasbourg, leading his team to a 98-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Nanterre (#13, 4-10). The chances of Strasbourg ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Greer could help Strasbourg to bring them higher in the standings. Greer has a very solid season. In 14 games in France he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, 4.1apg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evan Fournier (199-G/F-92) of Poitiers - 25 points and 4 assists
5. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Le Mans - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) of Cholet - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) of Chalon - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83) of Orleans - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Nancy - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Adam McCoy: Patience is a Virtue - by Eurobasket
Some people would have given up after spending 5 months overseas and only playing in three games, thats not the case for Adam McCoy (195-G-86, college: N.Texas). McCoy inked his first contract of the season with Proteas da Noi AEL Limassol, Cyprus mid-July. Excited about a new opportunity in a beautiful country McCoy buckled down in the gym to make sure he was ready for a new season and a new beginning. September 2nd came quickly and the wheels touched down in Cyprus. Anxious to play and ready to put in work, McCoy immediately began his physicals and practicing with the team. Everything looked good in the beginning, but the sunshine and rainbows quickly turned into grey skies and rain showers. McCoy played in the first three games averaging 18 points. In the third game however, McCoy came down on an opponents foot and turned his ankle. Not allowing this to stop his dream he rehabbed hard and was 100% ready to hit the hardwood two and a half weeks later, but the clouds kept creeping in. McCoy had not received his payment from the team and they quickly fell behind two months in payment. After counseling back and fourth with his agent and his family Adam decided to go back to the states and continue to work on his game. Christmas was around the corner and Adam had been receiving different offers from several teams. He decided to leave the states two days before Christmas and try his luck with Marousi BC in Athens, Greece. The sky started looking bright and sunny again and Adam quickly became comfortable with the team and gelled with the coaches. Staying after practice and working on his game he looked up to the teams coach as a mentor. His dream again started to fade away when he got news from the team that they were in violation with fiba from the previous season. At this point McCoy became confused but he never lost his focus. He prayed about it every night and found comfort in talking with his family back home and hearing their encouraging words. Adam continued to work out with the team everyday and keep his faith and his prayers would soon be answered. Adam got the call to take his talents to the French Pro B league with Quimper UJAP. He quickly called his family and was on a flight to France within a couple of days. McCoy has been in Quimper for a little over a week now and has passed all his physicals, but the news just doesnt seem to get any better. Cyprus has not officially released McCoy to play with another organization and UJAPs patience is running low. Finally, on January 13, 2012 the Fiba officials received the clearance from AEL that would allow McCoy to officially begin his season with Quimper UJAP. This feeling is amazing, words cannot describe how blessed I am to be able to come up with such a great opportunity in such short notice. The team here in Quimper is great the coaches are great and we for sure will be the most physically in shape team on the court. I am just ready to get on the court and show everyone what kind of player I am and that even though there are setbacks in this overseas game that you can overcome and be very successful in it. McCoy will play his first game in Quimper on Saturday, January 14, 2012 against Bordeaux.

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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 13-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 12-3 
 3. Torus Skopje 10-4 
 4. Lirija 9-5 
 5. Rabotnicki 7-7 
 6. Kumanovo 5-9 
 7. Vardar 4-10 
 8. Kozuv 2-12 
 9. ABA Strumica 2-13 


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Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 13-3 
 2. SU Medien 12-5 
 3. Vechta 11-5 
 4. Herten 10-6 
 5. Schwelm 10-7 
 6. Stahnsdorf 10-7 
 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 


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.




German ProB round 18 best performance: Howard Sant-Roos - by Eurobasket News
Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-G/F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked SU Medien, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Rist Wedel (#11, 6-11) with 17-point margin 91-74. SU Medien maintains the 2nd position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. SU Medien will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Sant-Roos had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be SU Medien's top player in his first season with the team. Howard Sant-Roos averages this season 17.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 4.5apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Matthias Goddek (195-G/F-86) of Bayer Giants. Goddek had a very good evening with 30 points and 2 rebounds. Of course Bayer Giants cruised to a 79-71 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Wolfenbuettel (#8, 8-9). This victory allowed Bayer Giants to move up to 10th position in North. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Goddek is well-known at Bayer Giants and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances) of league's top team Hannover. Doerksen got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Hannover, leading his team to a 97-86 win against #3 ranked Vechta in a game of the week. Hannover confirms their top position in North Doerksen has a great season in Germany. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.6ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 69.9% and 3PT: 43.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamar Morinia (183-G-81) of Leipzig - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Marian Schick (198-F/C-86) of Hanau - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82) of Vechta - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Marcus Monk (198-G/F-86) of Gotha - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anish Sharda (191-G-82) of Hanau - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) of TSV Troester - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kellen Williams (194-F-84) of Stahnsdorf - 17 points and 14 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)


Aubrey Reese claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Duesseldorf and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 33-year old guard had the game-high 43 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Duesseldorf in his team's victory, helping them to edge out NBC (#8, 8-8) in overtime 104-100. Duesseldorf is placed at 7th position in German ProA. Duesseldorf is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. In the team's last game Reese had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Duesseldorf's top player in his first season with the team. Murray State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Reese is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.0ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American center Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe. Howard impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Karlsruhe cruised to a 97-89 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Kirchheim (#3, 12-5). This victory allowed Karlsruhe to move up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. Howard is a newcomer at Karlsruhe and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Karlsruhe's star - American Martin Samarco (191-G-85). Samarco got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was another key player of Karlsruhe, helping his team with a 97-89 win against the higher-ranked Kirchheim (#3, 12-5). The chances of Karlsruhe ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Samarco could help Karlsruhe to bring them higher in the standings. Samarco has a great season in Germany. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 52.7% and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) of NBC - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of Kirchheim - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Will Chavis (181-G-81) of NBC - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. P.J. Alawoya (200-F-88) of Braves - 14 points and 14 rebounds
9. Jaivon Harris (197-G-82) of NBC - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Chris Alexander (186-PG-83) of ETB Wohnbau - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 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)


Tucker's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Brose Baskets and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 35 points adding six rebounds for Brose Baskets in his team's victory, helping them to outclass EnBW L'burg (#16, 5-13) with 32-point margin 101-69. It allowed Brose Baskets to consolidate first place in the German league. Brose Baskets have a solid 16-2 record. In the team's last game Tucker had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Brose Baskets' top player in his first season with the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tucker is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.2ppg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) of Art.Dragons. He is American-Puerto Rican forward in his 3rd season at Art.Dragons. In the last game Peavy recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Art.Dragons cruised to a 93-83 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#10, 9-9). Art.Dragons' 3rd position in has not changed. His team's 13-5 record is not bad at all. Peavy is one of the most experienced players at Art.Dragons and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Philip Zwiener (198-F-85) of TBB Trier (#17). Zwiener scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Zwiener's great performance TBB Trier lost 72-78 to the higher-ranked NY Phantoms (#5, 11-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. TBB Trier can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have rather bad season and 5-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Zwiener he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Zwiener has a very solid season. In 15 games in Germany he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 17 points and 9 rebounds
5. Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84) of Bayreuth - 26 points and 5 rebounds
6. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73) of Telekom Baskets - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 17 points and 11 rebounds
8. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of ALBA - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84) of Art.Dragons - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81) of Brose Baskets - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) I Think Its Good For Us Getting Our Momentum Going Again - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, college: Bucknell) is a 31 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 10th professional basketball season and fifth playing with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17 games averaging 18.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. In 2009-2010, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. Last season with the Dragons, he played EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 1 game: 7pts, 5reb, 3ast, 3steals; German League: 41 games: 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 77.2% He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket after the win against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.


2 wins in Belgium and at home. Would you call that a good week of work? Lol

We had a good road win in Belgium and beat Bonn at home. I think it's good for us to get our momentum going again after losing to Bonn last week.

The Artland Dragons had the comfortable 45-33 lead at halftime. What was the strongest asset of the Dragons in the first half?

In the first half we limited Bonn's second chance points by keeping them off the offensive glass.

The Artland Dragons had no major let downs in the second half getting their sixth win in a row. What were the Artland Dragons able to take away from the Telekom Baskets Bonn in the second half that helped get the win?

Bonn shot the ball extremely well in the second half and scored 50 points on us. Even though our defense wasn't that great in the second half, we were able to get some good shots on offense.

Everyone talks about Wood, Holston and Brown as the best point guards, but where does Jared Jordan stack up in this trio?

He's also a top PG in this league. He knows how to run the team and is a good passer.

What was your impression of Taylor Battle who played his first game in the Artland arena?

Battle is a good player. He can get to the basket and also shoot the three, which makes him a tough player to guard.

Tim Duncan passed Larry Bird last week on the alltime scoring list. Larry Bird will always be seen as one of the best players ever. Where will Tim Duncan be seen one day?

I think he's one of the best PF's to ever play in the NBA. In his prime, he was nearly unstoppable.

Dwight Howard broke the nearly 50 year free throw attempt record by Wilt Chamberlin with 39. Do you think Kevin Love could break this record?

I think it will be tough for him to break the record.

What was the last DVD Movie that you saw?

5 Days of War

Thanks Bryan for the chat




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Wright's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Zack Wright (188-G-85, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for AGOR and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Ikaros (#12, 3-11) 91-84. AGOR maintains the 5th position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. Wright turned to be AGOR's top player in his first season with the team. University of Central Missouri graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wright is in league's top in assists (5th best: 4.4apg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 55.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) of Kavala. He is American center in his first season at Kavala. In the last game O'Bryant recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for Kavala to edge the lower-ranked Ilysiakos (#11, 4-9) by 5 points 78-73. This victory allowed Kavala to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. O'Bryant is a newcomer at Kavala and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of league's second-best Panathinaikos. Batiste scored 21 points. He was a key player of Panathinaikos, leading his team to a 72-68 win against the lower-ranked Aris (#9, 5-8). Many experts and fans count Panathinaikos as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 12 victories and only one lost games.. Batiste has a very solid season. In 13 games in Greece he scored 9.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dionte Christmas (196-G-86) of AGOR - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76) of KAOD - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Ilysiakos - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87) of Ikaros - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) of Olympiakos - 19 points and 4 rebounds
9. Haralampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89) of Peristeri GS - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Aaron Pettway the new signing of PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) has agreed in terms with PAOK Thessaloniki The team of Thessaloniki was looking for a power forward or center after the termination of co-operation between them and Marcus Goree. Although Milutin Aleksic and Uros Duvnjak were added to the current squad the available players next to the basket were not a lot so Soulis Markopoulos decided his team to sign an experienced player like Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.).

Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) was in Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda of Argentina having 3.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 4 matches.

It's worth reffering to the fact that officialy
Rashad Wright and PAOK terminated their deal so the American play maker made his last appearence with the Greek club against Olympiakos.



Division B: Round 14: Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
It seems that the 2012 started great for the Second division as the games played are mostly thrilling. This week's results were the following:

Aiolos Trikalon - Irakleio 96-95 (OT)
Quarters: 10-27, 30-46, 64-63, 84-84 and 96-95
An amazing game between two equal teams took place in Trikala yesterday. Two teams which could easily being members of the A2 league. Aiolos, needed the overtime to clarify his victory in details and after covering up an awesome difference of as many as 21 points. The team of Coaches Rallis and Bitzanis for another game is losing a huge deficit and the game for a third time this season and they need to find out the reason of that. Papachristos was the man of the match as he schored the last basket in zero time.
Nikos Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81), though was the player who earned the MVP award as with his own 5 three pointers his team was able to recover the 21 points. Kotoulas on the other hand scored an unbelievable three pointer from the 8 meters during the end of the regular time to take his team in the extra five minutes. Aiolos wins the unofficial title of the winters champion with this win. Six players for the home team and six players from the visitors ended the game with double digits!
Top scorers:
Aiolos: Lepeniotis 12, Tsoutsos 10, Nikos Kaklamanos 27, Harismdis 18, Fountas 10, Papachristos 15
Irakleio: Giannis Stefanakis (185-PG-80) 19, Petrakis 12, Papadopoulos 14, Agapitos 14, Karalis 13 and Charisis 13

Filathlitikos - Koroivos Amaliadas 93-75
Quarters: 38-16, 54-37, 75-53, 93-75
Filathlitikos succeeded his ninth consecutive win and is all the way to the promotion. The youngsters of Coach Zivas face no problem thrashing the dismantling team of the newcomer coach Giannaris and from the first minute of the game Christos Saloustros (201-F-90) and Adetokubo left no space for Koroivos and deleted from the early beginning any possible fears for a loss. Marios Sakelarakis from the visitors will be punished as the referees took his basketball ID after attacking them
Top scorers:
Filathlitikos: Adetokubo 18, Batziotis 11, Tsamatos 12, Christos Saloustros 23
Koroivos: Godopoulos 13, Agapiadis 10, Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81) 22, Makris 15.

Agia Paraskevi Niki Volou 75-62
Quarters: 19-23, 34-35, 56-46, 75-62
KAP is doing a wonderful job in the last games and the trophy of these results is simply the unofficial third place which is currently occupying due to the fact that the other teams which have the same position at this stage have lost the games against the team of Coach Hatzipanagiris. One of them being Niki Volou, the team of Coach Zafiroudis played decent basket only during the first half of the game as after that the team collapsed and let the home team to succeed an easy victory by the end. Alexandros Gribaviotis (207-C-79) was the man of the match with his 23 points and 8 rebound while a solid game by Tsiakas who scored 10 points, dashed down 6 rebounds and stole the ball from his opponents 4 times.
Top scorers:
KAP: Hatzikostis 12, Tsiakas 10, Matos 16, Alexandros Gribaviotis 23
Niki: Tsolis 14, Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 20 with perfect stats as he scored 8/8 two pointers and 4/6 free throws plus he dashed down 8 rebounds.

Stratoni - Doukas 99-84
Quarters: 27-11, 52-39, 77-65, 99-84
Stratoni which is recovering and is playing very good basketball the last three weeks dominated in all edges of the court against Doukas and beat the team of Coach Giannopoulos very easy, having five players with double digits with Asterios Noukaris (189-G-86) being the man of the match.
Top scorers:
Stratoni: Pavlos Pipiliaris (189-G-83) and Asterios Noukaris 19 points per head, Pegias 10, Kigmetoglou 15, Daskalopoulos 14
Doukas: Dimitris Rozolis (187-G-84) 19, Stikas 12, Achis 10, Zakinthinos 12,

Iraklis Anagennisi Flogas 85-75
Quarters: 23-14, 47-36, 59-60, 85-75
With a great fourth period and the duet Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) and Trainos scoring from all over, the team of Coach Albanis succeeded its fourth victory and is facing the future on a more solid ground. The visiting site of Coach Kontogiannis, was dominated the game for 33 minutes but in the last and most crucial seven minutes collapsed and the home team with a 26-15 won the game and took a 10 points deficit too.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: Vassilis Moulakis 21, Traianos 21, Petallotis 12, Karagiolidis 10 and Neofitidis 17
Anagennisi: Mitsakis 18, Nikoloudis 18, Periklis Samaras (189-G-79) 21

Aias Evosmou - MENT 53-57
Quarters: 9-17, 29-28, 40-40, 53-57
The derby in Thessaloniki found the visitors of Coach Hatzoulis to celebrate a crucial victory over their opponents in the last minutes. Both teams were awful from the parameter and no wonders why the game was in total balance after 34 minutes in just 47-47! Dalpas and Kostas Pallis (200-F-79) took the initiative on behalf of MENT and ended the game at the last bid.
Top scorers:
AIAS: Tzinopoulos 10, Mavridis 12, Danis Eleftheriadis (197-F-89) 15
MENT: Dalpas 15, Kostas Pallis 16

Near East - Egaleo 71-65
Quarters: 21-14, 38-31, 53-51, 71-65
The Athenian derby found Near East on the winners side as they played very well at the last period of the game with leading figure being Karabas followed by the veteran Koupidis.
Top scorers:
Near East: Pappas 11, Emmanouilidis 14, Koupidis 15, Petros Karabas (189-G-85) 17, Psaropoulos 14
Egaleo: Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83) 25, Tolias 13




Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 13-1 
 2. Filathlitikos 12-2 
 3. Agia Paraskevis 8-6 
 4. Niki Volou 8-6 
 5. Irakleio 8-6 
 6. Diagoras 8-6 
 7. Stratoni 7-7 
 8. Doukas 7-7 
 9. Koroivos 7-7 
 10. MENT 7-7 
 11. Near East 7-7 
 12. Egaleo 6-8 
 13. Aias Evosmou 5-9 
 14. Iraklis 5-9 
 15. Anagennisi 3-11 
 16. Halkidona 1-13 


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. O''Bryant, Kavala6.3 
 10. NaNa, Ilysiakos6.0 
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. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 7. James, Aris4.3 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.4 
 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.1.9 
 3. James, Aris1.8 
 4. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 5. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.4 
 7. Koumpouras, Ikaros1.3 
 8. Apostolidis, Ilysi.1.3 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos1.3 
 10. Logan, Panathin.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.9 
 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   


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 11-4 
 2. Groningen 11-5 
 3. Leiden 9-4 
 4. Nijmegen 9-6 
 5. Zwolle 9-8 
 6. Leeuwarden 8-7 
 7. Rotterdam 2-13 
 8. Weert 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.3 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam17.6 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen16.4 
 5. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.1 
 6. Boxley, Leiden15.5 
 7. Acker, Nijmegen15.3 
 8. Bell, Groningen14.9 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.14.4 
 10. Wesby, Groningen14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Coleman, Weert8.7 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.6 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.6 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.5 
 5. Boxley, Leiden6.8 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.6.8 
 7. Van Paassen, Den6.5 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch6.5 
 9. van Kempen, Weert6.4 
 10. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Turner, Den Bosch4.7 
 2. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 3. Harman, Weert4.3 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.9 
 5. Wells, Zwolle3.6 
 6. Acker, Nijmegen3.4 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.2 
 8. Huffman, Zwolle3.1 
 9. Defares, Groningen3.0 
 10. Bell, Groningen2.9 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.4 
 2. Wells, Zwolle2.4 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.4 
 4. Harman, Weert2.4 
 5. Turner, Den Bosch1.9 
 6. Acker, Nijmegen1.8 
 7. Wessels, Den Bosch1.8 
 8. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
 9. Wesley, Den Bosch1.7 
 10. Anderson, Weert1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wesley, Den Bosch1.3 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen1.3 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.1.1 
 5. Minter, Weert0.9 
 6. Boxley, Leiden0.8 
 7. Zondervan, Zwolle0.8 
 8. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 9. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 
 10. Saaka, Zwolle0.7 


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 15-0 
 2. Amsterdam 13-2 
 3. Leiden 2 12-3 
 4. De Hoppers 12-3 
 5. Cangeroes 9-6 
 6. Red Giants 7-6 
 7. Hoofddorp 6-9 
 8. Goba 6-9 
 9. Akrides 5-9 
 10. Almonte 5-10 
 11. Punch 5-10 
 12. De Groene 4-10 
 13. Rotterdam 2 3-12 
 14. Jugglers 1-14 


Hargrove's 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nijmegen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Nijmegen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Weert (#8, 2-14) 80-67. Nijmegen is placed at 4th position in Dutch league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nijmegen will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. In the team's last game Hargrove had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nijmegen's top player in his first season with the team. Auburn University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hargrove is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.1ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Gerald Robinson (204-F-84, agency: Court Side) of Zwolle. He is naturalized American forward in his first season at Zwolle. In the last game Robinson recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Zwolle to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Rotterdam (#7, 2-13) 84-63. This victory allowed Zwolle to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Robinson is a newcomer at Zwolle and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Leiden (#3). Boxley scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Leiden, leading his team to a 64-62 win against #2 ranked Groningen in a game of the week. Leiden needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Boxley has a great season in Holland. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 6.8rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kareem Maddox (203-F-89) of Zwolle - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Leiden - 10 points and 10 rebounds
7. David Bell (186-G-81) of Groningen - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Amu Saaka (198-F-88) of Zwolle - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) of Rotterdam - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Cameron Wells (185-G-88) of Zwolle - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 13-1 
 2. Kormend 13-2 
 3. Falco-Szova 13-2 
 4. Szolnok 11-3 
 5. Atomeromu 10-5 
 6. Kecskemeti 7-7 
 7. PVSK Pannon 7-8 
 8. Kaposvari 6-8 
 9. Marso NYKK 6-10 
 10. Szedeak 5-10 
 11. Soproni 5-10 
 12. Jaszberenyi 4-12 
 13. FS Debrecen 3-12 
 14. ZTE KK 1-14 


Josh Wilson leaves Kasposvar - by Levente Szabo
On the official website of Kaposvari KK it was announced today that the star point guard of the team asked for the termination of his contract. The reason behind the decision where family issues so the team couldnt do nothing else than be cooperative and let Josh Wilson (188-PG-87, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: N.Arizona) go.

'Although it was a very hard decision for me and my family but I will take on another opportunity and leave Kaposvari KK. We didnt felt comfortable anymore and this is why I had to make this decision. I would like to thank Kaposvari KK for the opportunity and I wish them good luck for the rest of the season' - Josh's statement could be read on the official website of the team.

The American point guard signed to Kaposvari KK last year for the 2010-2011 season and was one of the best import guards in our country recording 19.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg (FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 76.5%). His most memorable moment on the court was his 43 point performance against Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged and off the court probably the birth of his son on the 21th of February in Budapest.

After the season ended he had offers from many different countries (Israel, Poland, Austria), but decided to come back to Hungary and join for another year the team. Joined by his good friend Nik Raivio (192-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland) he ran a decent season playing 36 minutes a game and averaged 17.9ppg combined with 5.9apg while Kaposvari KK is sitting on the 8th place in the Hungarian First Division with a 6-8 record.

Losing a top player and leader is hard for a team who aims the Playoffs so Kaposvari KK already started to look for a possible replacement and they will make a decision soon.



A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.25.2 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak23.0 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.22.9 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.8 
 5. Ciric, PVSK P.21.0 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.19.7 
 8. Bell, Kormend18.9 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi18.8 
 10. Townes, Kormend18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.0 
 3. Townes, Kormend9.4 
 4. Miskovic, Marso N.9.3 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 7. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.6 
 8. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.4 
 9. Egemonye, Soproni8.4 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.2 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.9 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok5.7 
 5. Fekete, Marso N.5.6 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu5.6 
 7. Ingram, FS Debre.5.3 
 8. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 9. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.0 
 10. El Amin, Albacomp4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gabor DRAHOS
  Szedeak
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Drahos, Szedeak3.1 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.2.9 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.8 
 4. Doyne, PVSK P.2.6 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 6. Toth, PVSK P.2.5 
 7. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.4 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 9. Ingram, FS Debre.2.3 
 10. Trotter, Szolnok2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Townes, Kormend2.3 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Levy, Szedeak1.4 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 5. Keller, Albacomp1.2 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.1 
 7. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Fey, Kaposvari1.0 
 9. Chism, Albacomp1.0 
 10. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 


Best players of Hungarian A Division round 15 - by Eurobasket News
American Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kormend and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Marso NYKK (#9, 6-10) with 29-point margin 97-68. Kormend maintains the 2nd position in Hungarian A Division. They are still close to the very top. Kormend would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 13-2 record. Townes turned to be Kormend's top player in his first season with the team. Townes has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 66.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Nik Raivio (192-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) of Kaposvari. Raivio impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Kaposvari lost that game 76-86 to the lower-ranked Jaszberenyi (#12, 4-12). This loss caused Kaposvari to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Raivio is a newcomer at Kaposvari and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 8.7rpg and 3.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Jaszberenyi (#12). Austin got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Austin's great performance Jaszberenyi lost 106-112in overtime to the higher-ranked Marso NYKK (#9, 6-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jaszberenyi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Austin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Austin has individually a great season in Hungary. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of Kormend - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72) of Falco-Szova - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists
6. Akos Keller (206-F/C-89) of Albacomp - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Damjan Kandic (208-F-84) of Marso NYKK - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Szolnok - 28 points and 3 rebounds
9. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of Jaszberenyi - 27 points and 7 rebounds
10. Justin Ingram (185-PG-85) of FS Debrecen - 36 points, 2 rebounds and 5 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)


A Division Round 15: No surprise as #1 Albacomp defeats Szedeak - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Marso NYKK at home. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

A Division top team - Albacomp (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Szedeak (5-10) in Szekesfehervar 96-68. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Szedeak's 40. They outrebounded Szedeak 41-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Albacomp looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Szedeak's players. It was a great evening for international power forward Akos Keller (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) helped adding 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian Tomislav Ivosev with 16 points. Albacomp have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Soproni. Albacomp are looking forward to face Soproni (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against FS Debrecen and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Jaszberenyi (#13) forced the game against Marso NYKK (#9) into an overtime, but lost by six points 106-112. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin forward Damjan Kandic (208-84, agency: 011 Sports) who led the winners and scored 30 points (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!). Mate Mohacsi accounted for 27 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for Jaszberenyi in the defeat. Jaszberenyi's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Marso NYKK. They maintain ninth place with 6-10 record. Jaszberenyi lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Kecskemet was also quite interesting. 6th ranked PVSK Pannon (7-8) played at the court of eighth ranked Kecskemeti (7-7). Kecskemeti managed to secure a 7-point victory 68-61 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Ivan Vukadinov who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jara Doyne who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kecskemeti moved-up to sixth place. PVSK Pannon at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Kecskemeti will meet bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PVSK Pannon will play against the league's second-placed Kormend (#2) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in where higher ranked Kaposvari (6-8) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Jaszberenyi (4-12) 86-76. It was a good game for Rastko Dramicanin who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 7 rebounds. Jaszberenyi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Jaszberenyi moved-up to twelfth place. Kaposvari lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Jaszberenyi will have a break next round.
Second ranked Kormend (13-2) crushed at home 9th ranked Marso NYKK (6-10) by 29 points 97-68, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Marso NYKK. Worth to mention a quality performance of Rashad Bell who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kormend. They maintain second place with 13-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Albacomp, which they share with Falco-Szova. Loser Marso NYKK keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Kormend will face PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Soproni was destroyed by Atomeromu on the opponent's court 82-62. Falco-Szova outscored ZTE KK in a home game 95-71. FS Debrecen was rolled over Szolnok on the road 97-72. Atomeromu defeated FS Debrecen on its own court 86-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists by Nik Raivio of Kaposvari.


Atomeromu - Soproni 82-62

Very expected game in Paks where 11th ranked Soproni (5-10) was crushed by fifth ranked Atomeromu (10-5) 82-62 on Saturday. 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 82-62. Atomeromu forced 21 Soproni turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 assists. Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atomeromu. They maintain fifth place with 10-5 record. Loser Soproni dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Atomeromu will face higher ranked Falco-Szova (#3) in Szombathely in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soproni will play at home against the league's leader Albacomp (#1) in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Williams 18+3reb+6ast, H.Gardener 14+9reb, T.Kaman 13+6reb+1ast, F.Morgen 9+4reb, A.Toth 9+4reb+1ast, N.Williams 7+3reb+3ast
Soproni: J.Rubin 20+12reb+2ast, D.Thomas 10+3ast, B.Egemonye 9+6reb, F.Boldizsar 8+4reb+1ast, A.Molnar 7+4reb+2ast, N.Takacs 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 146716


Kecskemeti - PVSK Pannon 68-61

The game in Kecskemet was also quite interesting. 6th ranked PVSK Pannon (7-8) played at the court of eighth ranked Kecskemeti (7-7). Kecskemeti managed to secure a 7-point victory 68-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kecskemeti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Ivan Vukadinov (193-81) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Kecskemeti moved-up to sixth place. PVSK Pannon at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Kecskemeti will meet bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PVSK Pannon will play against the league's second-placed Kormend (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: I.Vukadinov 18+6reb+3ast, K.Wittmann 13+2reb+3ast, T.Kelley 9+2ast, G.Hegedus 8+2reb, M.Derasimovic 6+5reb+1ast, G.Denes 6+5reb
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 24+12reb+1ast, N.Vasojevic 13+1reb+1ast, A.Csabay 11+1reb+3ast, N.Toth 7+11reb+2ast, P.Kovacs 4+2reb+1ast, A.Lepsenyi 2+2reb
gschID: 146717


Falco-Szova - ZTE KK 95-71

Very predictable result in Szombathely where third ranked Falco-Szova (13-2) smashed bottom-ranked ZTE KK (1-14) 95-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Szova. ZTE KK was better in fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Szova shot 62.3 percent from the field. Falco-Szova had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Falco-Szova especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by ZTE KK's players. ZTE KK was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was swingman David Gaspar (192-82) with 16 points and 8 assists and American guard Bryquis Perine (190, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Falco-Szova. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Kormend. ZTE KK lost their third game in a row. Defending champion stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Falco-Szova will face Atomeromu (#5) in Paks in the next round. ZTE KK will play at home against Kecskemeti (#6).
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: Z.Szabo 17+7reb+2ast, L.Kalman 15+4reb+14ast, D.Pantelic 15+5reb+1ast, B.Jancikin 14+2reb, T.Will 10+2reb+3ast, L.Simon 9+2reb+5ast
ZTE KK: D.Gaspar 16+4reb+8ast, B.Perine 16+4reb+1ast, G.Kinter 11+6reb, G.Toth 9+5reb+1ast, B.Bodor 7, G.Baki 7+2reb
gschID: 146718


Marso NYKK - Jaszberenyi 112-106 OT

Jaszberenyi (#13) forced the game against Marso NYKK (#9) into an overtime, but lost by six points 106-112. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 25-19. Marso NYKK made 42-of-49 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Jaszberenyi only scored eighteen points from the stripe. Jaszberenyi was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin forward Damjan Kandic (208-84, agency: 011 Sports) who led the winners and scored 30 points (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Mate Mohacsi (192-90) accounted for 27 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 21 points and 6 assists respectively for Jaszberenyi in the defeat. Five Marso NYKK and four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Marso NYKK. They maintain ninth place with 6-10 record. Jaszberenyi lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: D.Kandic 30+4reb+2ast, M.Mohacsi 27+4reb+1ast, S.Fekete 16+6reb+7ast, R.Laszlo 13+5reb, E.Sitku 11+7reb, I.Miskovic 9+5reb+1ast
Jaszberenyi: K.Austin 33+12reb+1ast, J.Hodges 21+4reb+6ast, C.Borszeki 15+3reb+1ast, R.Dramicanin 13+5reb, M.Medve 9+3reb, B.Horti 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146711


Szolnok - FS Debrecen 97-72

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked FS Debrecen (3-12) was rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Szolnok (11-3) 97-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Szolnok made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game, while FS Debrecen only scored five points from the stripe. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 5 steals. International guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) helped adding 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and power forward Miklos Szabo (206-86, college: Hofstra) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. FS Debrecen's coach Raul Jimenez gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Szolnok. They maintain fourth place with 11-3 record. FS Debrecen lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Szolnok will face Kaposvari (#8) on the road in the next round. FS Debrecen will play against Szedeak (#10) in Szeged.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: J.Mills 28+3reb+1ast, O.Trotter 15+7reb+8ast, A.Horvath 15+2reb+1ast, M.Bader 13+5reb, H.Nikolov 10+2reb+7ast, M.Fodor 7+5reb+6ast
FS Debrecen: J.Ingram 20+6reb+9ast, M.Szabo 19+10reb+2ast, S.Perrin 14+12reb+2ast, G.Boros 5+3reb+1ast, M.Modzinger 5, M.Schachtner 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 146712


Jaszberenyi - Kaposvari 86-76

An interesting game took place in where higher ranked Kaposvari (6-8) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Jaszberenyi (4-12) 86-76. The game was mostly controlled by Jaszberenyi. Kaposvari was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jaszberenyi's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Nik Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kaposvari. Jaszberenyi moved-up to twelfth place. Kaposvari lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Jaszberenyi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 27+7reb+1ast, K.Austin 17+9reb+3ast, J.Hodges 13+2reb+5ast, B.Sormaz 9+2reb+2ast, B.Horti 7+4reb, A.Szogi 6+6ast
Kaposvari: N.Raivio 28+17reb+7ast, M.Fey 16+6reb, J.Lekli 10+6reb, S.Kovacs 8+3reb+1ast, J.Wilson 8+3reb+2ast, B.Szoke 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 146713


Albacomp - Szedeak 96-68

A Division top team - Albacomp (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Szedeak (5-10) in Szekesfehervar 96-68. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Szedeak's 40. They outrebounded Szedeak 41-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Albacomp looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Szedeak's players. It was a great evening for international power forward Akos Keller (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) helped adding 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian Tomislav Ivosev with 16 points and American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Albacomp have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Soproni. Albacomp are looking forward to face Soproni (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against FS Debrecen and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: A.Keller 21+12reb+1ast, M.El Amin 15+2reb+2ast, B.Simon 14+1reb+9ast, W.Chism 14+6reb+1ast, D.Hollis 13+8reb+4ast, R.Hendlein 12+7reb+1ast
Szedeak: T.Ivosev 16+3reb+2ast, N.Dukic 13+3reb, J.Levy 12+4reb+4ast, A.Tanacs 11+1reb+1ast, G.Drahos 8+6reb+1ast, M.Vida 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 146714


Kormend - Marso NYKK 97-68

Second ranked Kormend (13-2) crushed at home 9th ranked Marso NYKK (6-10) by 29 points 97-68, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Marso NYKK. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Marso NYKK was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. His fellow American import power forward Darian Townes (208-84) helped adding 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Damjan Kandic (208-84, agency: 011 Sports) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kormend. They maintain second place with 13-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Albacomp, which they share with Falco-Szova. Loser Marso NYKK keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Kormend will face PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 28+7reb+3ast, D.Townes 22+11reb+3ast, D.Mladenovic 12+2ast, B.Sonyak 11+2reb, I.Nemeth 8+6reb+4ast, C.Ferencz 6
Marso NYKK: D.Kandic 14+5reb+2ast, M.Mohacsi 13+5reb+1ast, E.Sitku 11+4reb, I.Miskovic 11+9reb+2ast, I.Pap 8, S.Fekete 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 146715


Atomeromu - FS Debrecen 86-82

Everything went according to plan in Paks where fifth ranked Atomeromu (10-5) beat 12th ranked FS Debrecen (3-12) 86-82 on Wednesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-82. FS Debrecen was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 assists. Guard Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 19 points and 4 assists. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) with 36 points (!!!) and 5 assists and forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points. FS Debrecen's coach Raul Jimenez tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atomeromu. They maintain fifth place with 10-5 record. FS Debrecen lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Atomeromu will face higher ranked Falco-Szova (#3) in Szombathely in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Szedeak (#10) in Szeged.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 20+2reb+1ast, N.Williams 19+2reb+4ast, L.Williams 15+4reb+9ast, F.Morgen 13+7reb+1ast, A.Toth 10+5reb, T.Kaman 7+7reb+3ast
FS Debrecen: J.Ingram 36+2reb+5ast, M.Schachtner 21+3reb, M.Szabo 14+6reb+2ast, D.Takacs 5+2reb+1ast, S.Perrin 4+6reb+2ast, C.Kaluha 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146710




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Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 11-1 
 2. Skallagrimur 7-3 
 3. Breidablik 7-4 
 4. Hamar 6-4 
 5. IA 6-4 
 6. Hottur 5-5 
 7. IG 4-7 
 8. Thor AK 3-7 
 9. FSU 3-8 
 10. Armann 1-10 


D1 Round 11: Skallagrimur beats Breidablik in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Borgarnes. Third ranked Skallagrimur faced second-ranked Breidablik. Host Skallagrimur (7-3) defeated guests from Kopavogur (7-4) 86-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Breidablik. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Breidablik trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. Skallagrimur moved-up to second place. Breidablik at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Skallagrimur are looking forward to face Hamar (#4) on the road in the next round. Breidablik will play against Thor AK in Akureyri and is hoping to win this game.
Leader KFI delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked FSU (3-8) 93-61 in Reykjavik. KFI maintains first place with 11-1 record. FSU at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. KFI will play against IA (#5) in the next round. FSU will play against Hottur (#6) in Egilsstadir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked IA (6-4) played at the court of 7th ranked IG (4-7). IA defeated IG 84-72 on Friday. IA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hamar. IG lost sixth consecutive game. IG at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. IA will meet at home league's leader KFI in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IG will play against Armann (#10) in Reykjav­k and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 11 bottom-ranked Armann was defeated by Thor AK in Akureyri 95-84.



Thor AK - Armann 95-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Armann's (1-10) road loss to ninth ranked Thor AK (3-7) 84-95 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 51-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Thor AK have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Armann lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Thor AK will meet higher ranked Breidablik (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armann will play against IG (#7).
gschID: 140288


KFI - FSU 93-61

Leader KFI delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked FSU (3-8) 93-61 in Reykjavik. The game without a history. KFI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KFI maintains first place with 11-1 record. FSU at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. KFI will play against IA (#5) in the next round. FSU will play against Hottur (#6) in Egilsstadir and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 140289


IG - IA 72-84

The game in was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked IA (6-4) played at the court of 7th ranked IG (4-7). IA defeated IG 84-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by IA. IG managed to win third quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. IA have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hamar. IG lost sixth consecutive game. IG at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. IA will meet at home league's leader KFI in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IG will play against Armann (#10) in Reykjav­k and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 140290


Skallagrimur - Breidablik 86-77

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Borgarnes. Third ranked Skallagrimur faced second-ranked Breidablik. Host Skallagrimur (7-3) defeated guests from Kopavogur (7-4) 86-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Breidablik. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Breidablik trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. Skallagrimur moved-up to second place. Breidablik at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Skallagrimur are looking forward to face Hamar (#4) on the road in the next round. Breidablik will play against Thor AK in Akureyri and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 140287




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NBL Round 18: CLS Knights hand first loss to Satria Muda - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Satria Muda (10-1) in Jakarta on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked CLS Knights (8-3) 65-59. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Satria Muda won third quarter 17-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CLS Knights dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 7 points in second quarter. They held Satria Muda to an opponent 22.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.6 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 27 Satria Muda turnovers. Strangely Satria Muda outrebounded CLS Knights 52-31 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-C-83) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Satria Muda. CLS Knights have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pelita Jaya and Garuda. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. CLS Knights is looking forward to face Pelita Jaya (#4) in Jakarta in the next round. Satria Muda will have a break next round.
Another interesting game for Aspac (9-2) which played in Bandung against Garuda (8-3). Second ranked Aspac won 60-51. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Garuda. International swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and Fandi Andika Ramadhani chipped in 13 points and 5 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) with 14 points. Garuda's coach Wan Amran rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aspac have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-2 record behind leader Satria Muda. Garuda at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Pelita Jaya and CLS Knights. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena .
Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to tenth ranked Comfort Mobile (3-9) 68-65 on Sunday evening. Airlangga Sabara notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by Respati Pamungkas did not help to save the game for Satya Wacana. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Comfort Mobile maintains tenth position with 3-9 record. Loser Satya Wacana still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Comfort Mobile's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena .
The game between 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-10) and seventh ranked Muba Hangtuah (6-5) in Riau ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Pandang outscored NSH GMC Riau 94-61. The best player for the winners was I G Ngurah Teguh who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Muba Hangtuah moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Stadium Jak. NSH GMC Riau lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


Garuda - Aspac 51-60

Another interesting game for Aspac (9-2) which played in Bandung against Garuda (8-3). Second ranked Aspac won 60-51. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Garuda. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-15 Garuda's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 60-51 at the end of the game. Aspac forced 27 Garuda turnovers. International swingman Xaverius Prawiro (184-86) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) chipped in 13 points and 5 steals during the contest. Four Aspac players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) with 14 points and Vinton Nolland (194-82) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Garuda's coach Wan Amran rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aspac have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-2 record behind leader Satria Muda. Garuda at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Pelita Jaya and CLS Knights. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena .
Top scorers:
Garuda: W.Wijaya 14+1reb+3ast, V.Nolland 7+8reb+1ast, N.Fritzgerald 6+1reb, H.Ramli 6+5reb, O.Sura 6+6reb+1ast, H.Agustinus 5+3reb+1ast
Aspac: X.Prawiro 17+3reb+2ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 13+2reb+3ast, P.Regowo 11+5reb, I.Thoyib 10+8reb, D.Gerungan 7+7reb+3ast, S.Harun Nurman 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 166074


Satria Muda - CLS Knights 59-65

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Satria Muda (10-1) in Jakarta on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked CLS Knights (8-3) 65-59. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Satria Muda. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Satria Muda won third quarter 17-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CLS Knights dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 7 points in second quarter. They held Satria Muda to an opponent 22.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.6 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 27 Satria Muda turnovers. Strangely Satria Muda outrebounded CLS Knights 52-31 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Rachmad Utomo (180-85) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Welyanson Situmorang (188-82) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Satria Muda. CLS Knights have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pelita Jaya and Garuda. Satria Muda at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. CLS Knights is looking forward to face Pelita Jaya (#4) in Jakarta in the next round. Satria Muda will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 23+8reb, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 10+7reb+1ast, W.Situmorang 9+9reb+1ast, F.Julius Ahmad 7+6reb+3ast, B.Siregar 6+3reb, V.Michel 4+7reb
CLS Knights: A.Indrajaya 14+8reb+1ast, R.Utomo 13+6reb+2ast, A.Ekayana 12+2reb+2ast, S.Febiansyakh 9+1ast, W.Saputra 6+3reb, T.Agus 3+2reb
gschID: 166075


NSH GMC Riau - Muba Hangtuah 61-94

The game between 11th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-10) and seventh ranked Muba Hangtuah (6-5) in Riau ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Pandang outscored NSH GMC Riau 94-61. The game was mostly controlled by Muba Hangtuah. NSH GMC Riau was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Muba Hangtuah dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 38. Muba Hangtuah forced 29 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard I G Ngurah Teguh (189-88) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Ary Sapto (188-80) chipped in 21 points. Five Muba Hangtuah players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Helmy Nurdiansyah (189-86) who recorded 13 points and 6 rebounds and Reza Israelli (182-82) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Muba Hangtuah moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Stadium Jak. NSH GMC Riau lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: H.Nurdiansyah 13+6reb+1ast, R.Israelli 11+4reb+1ast, A.Pamungkas 9+3ast, B.Damanik 6+5reb+2ast, M.Yanto 5+5reb, N.Fadhilah 4+3ast
Muba Hangtuah: A.Sapto 21+3reb+3ast, I.G Ngurah Teguh 21+7reb+1ast, A.Junaidi 14+6reb+4ast, D.Heryadi 12+11reb, A.Sunarya 10+4reb+6ast, T.Wilopo 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166076


Satya Wacana - Comfort Mobile 65-68 OT

Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to tenth ranked Comfort Mobile (3-9) 68-65 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 6-3. Comfort Mobile forced 19 Satya Wacana turnovers. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) supported him with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) did not help to save the game for Satya Wacana. Forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Comfort Mobile maintains tenth position with 3-9 record. Loser Satya Wacana still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Comfort Mobile's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena .
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: P.Mahandaru 13+2reb, R.Pamungkas 12+9reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 11+5reb, J.Lolowang 10+2reb, V.Wuwungan 7+5reb+2ast, L.Gunawan 5+4reb+1ast
Comfort Mobile: A.Sabara 16+12reb+2ast, R.Orlando Uniputty 13+3reb+1ast, A.Hermawan 11+3reb, S.Afriatna 10+5reb+2ast, H.Kurniawan 10+6reb+3ast, J.Ingutali 7+12reb
gschID: 166073




Gunawan's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old power forward Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Comfort Mobile (#10, 3-9) with 33-point margin 70-37. It allowed Satria Muda to consolidate first place in the Indonesian league. Satria Muda has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. Gunawan has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Gunawan has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 11.4rpg. Gunawan

Second best performed player last round was Oki Wira Sanjaya (190-G-89) of league's second-best Aspac. He is a guard in his second season at Aspac. In the last game Sanjaya recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Aspac to another comfortable win outscoring Satya Wacana (#12, 0-11) 89-36. Aspac's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 9 matches. Sanjaya is well-known at Aspac and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Randolph Ariestedes (197-PF-87) of Stadium Jak. (#6). Ariestedes scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Ariestedes' great performance Stadium Jak. lost 62-68 to slightly higher-ranked Pelita Jaya (#4, 8-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Stadium Jak. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Ariestedes has a very solid season. In 16 games in Indonesia he scored 11.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) of Aspac - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kelly Purwanto (177-PG-83) of Pelita Jaya - 7 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dirk Gerungan (182-PG-87) of Aspac - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Heryanto Gunawan (177-PG-88) of Bima Sakti - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) of Satria Muda - 12 points and 2 assists
9. Ary Sapto (188-F-80) of Muba Hangtuah - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Isman Thoyib (202-C-84) of Aspac - 3 points and 9 rebounds

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)


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


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. Sapto, Muba H.13.6 
 5. Dewanto, Pelita J.13.4 
 6. Prawiro, Aspac13.1 
 7. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.0 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.9 
 9. Chandra, Pelita J.12.4 
 10. Ariestedes, Stadi.11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.11.1 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.7.5 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac7.2 
 4. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.1 
 5. Situmorang, Satria6.9 
 6. Yanto, NSH G.6.9 
 7. Regowo, Aspac6.9 
 8. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.7 
 9. Indrajaya, CLS K.6.4 
 10. Heryadi, Muba H.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.8 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac3.6 
 3. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.4 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.2 
 5. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.2 
 6. Wilopo, Muba H.2.7 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.6 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.5 
 9. Yusran, Stadium2.4 
 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.2.3 
 4. Wijaya, Garuda2.3 
 5. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.2 
 6. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 7. Gerungan, Aspac2.2 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.1 
 9. Utomo, CLS Knights2.0 
 10. Poedjakesuma, Pel.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian Ronaldo SITEPU
  Satria M.
  (200-C/F-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sitepu, Satria M.3.1 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium2.3 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.1 
 4. Teguh, Muba H.1.6 
 5. Sasmito, Pacific1.3 
 6. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.1 
 8. Arizki, Aspac1.1 
 9. Listiyono, Pacifi.0.9 
 10. Gunawan, Satya W.0.8 


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UL Eagles and UCC Demons enter Superleague Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
UL Eagles and UCC Demons will play for Superleague Cup trophy. They celebrated victories in their respective semifinal clashes.
UL Eagles needed overtime to tame Killester 75:73. Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider) knocked down 19 points to lead the winners. UL Eagles were up by 6 points at the interval 33:27. But Killester managed to level things up at 64 at the end of regulation. UL Eagles however proved the character and escaped with a tough win at the end. Killeen nailed 18 points, while Matthew Hall (186-G-75, college: Earlham) contributed 11 points in the winning effort. Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, college: Dowling) replied with 18 points for Killester. Michael Westbrooks (193-G-82) and Peder Madsen (186-G-78, college: Post) had 11 points each in the loss.
UCC Demons saw off Neptune following an 84:66 win. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) provided 20 points to lead the charge. Shane Coughlan (188-G-79) chipped in 17 points for UCC Demons. Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81, college: Morehouse) answered with game-high 30 points for Neptune.
The Final is scheduled for January 27th.



Demons to face UL in mens final - by Eurobasket
UCC Demons will meet UL Eagles in the final of the 2012 Men's SuperLeague National Cup following their emphatic 84-66 win over fierce rivals Bord Gais Neptune in front of a sold out Neptune Stadium on Sunday, while DCU Mercy will face a tough challenge against UL after both sides progressed to the Womens SuperLeague National Cup Final.

SuperLeague National Cup Semi Finals
Bord Gais Neptune 66 (41) (R Thompson 30, M McGinn 17, G Noonan 14) UCC Demons 84 (45) (S Atupem 20, S Coughlan 17, C Hosford 13)

UCC Demons coach Paul Kelleher praised the endeavour and focus of his players after a resounding 84-66 victory over Cork rivals Bord Gais Neptune. Demons will now face UL Eagles in the final of the Mens SuperLeague Cup.
A hoarse but clearly elated Kelleher stated at the final whistle We knew Neptune would be up for this. We knew they would come out blazing at us and they did. We had to stick with them at that stage, but the guys have been practising a lot and have been really focussed on the job. It was a great performance considering the pressure we were under. Were delighted to be in the final but we know its going to be a very tough game against UL.
Neptune had suffered a tough defeat to their bitter rivals over the Christmas period but came flying out of the blocks here, racing into an 8-1 lead early in the first quarter. Ger Noonan was clearly fired up for this encounter, urging the fans to get behind his side as Neptune stretched the lead to 12-3. Demons responded quickly through Captain Shane Coughlan. Noonan was in dazzling form at the outset, but despite the brighter opening from Neptune, Demons managed to keep the margin to one point, Niall O Reilly finding his range from outside, to leave the score at 26-25 at the end of the first quarter.
Demons were a rejuvenated side in the second, dismantling the Neptune attacking threat, while Shane Coughlan and Carlton Cuff contributed some big scores to give them a seven point lead at the midway point in the quarter. Ron Thomson then took up the mantle for Neptune, contributing some vital scores to bring Neptune back to within four. Ciaran OSullivan responded with three for Demons. An engrossing first half period ended with little to choose between the two sides, Demons leading 45-41.
Neptune got back on top at the beginning of the third thanks to some fine shooting from Michael McGinn. But Demons went on another scoring run while Neptune floundered in their attempts to claw back the gap. Demons held a clear 69-56 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Neptunes day was quickly turning into a nightmare. Trailing by 17 points, Mark Scannell lost the influential Ron Thomson to an ankle injury and soon afterwards had Ger Noonan fouled out. A visibly injured Thomson returned for the closing stages, but at that point the damage had been done and UCC Demons were on course for a final clash with UL Eagles after a well deserved victory. Final score 84-66.

SuperLeague National Cup Semi Finals
11890 Killester 73 64 (27) (J Turner 18, M Westbrooks 11, P Madsen 11) UL Eagles 75 64 (33) (R Taylor 19, J Killeen 18, M Hall 11) OVERTIME

UL Eagles have reached the final of the Mens SuperLeague National Cup after a ground breaking 75-73 overtime victory over 11890 Killester. In a game which hung in the balance until the very end, it was former Killester coach Mark Keenan, released in the summer having guided Killester to unprecedented success, who will now take his UL side to the National Basketball Arena in two weeks time.
What a game it had pretty much everything great defence both ends, some great offensive plays it looked like we were dead and buried when we went nine down but fair play to the lads they came back. I cant believe it. I am so proud of them that we hung in there and we showed what we can do defensively and to come back and take the win I am thrilled, said Keenan.
A blistering first quarter saw UL take the game to the Dublin side, Jason Killeen and Robert Taylor helping them to a 15-10 lead. However Eoin Chubb fired a superb three pointer on the buzzer to bring Killester to within two at the end of the first. (15-13)
The second quarter was similarly close, neither side managing to take charge of proceedings in what was a nip-and-tuck affair. UL slowly managed to eke out a lead and had a 33-27 half time advantage.
Jermaine Turner was instrumental in the Killester fight-back in the third. Killester began to take control. Dramatically, as the game ticked towards the buzzer, Matt Hall shot a huge three to bring UL back to within four. 49-45 with ten minutes left to play.
ULs tenacity showed no signs of abating, but still Killester appeared the more likely of the two. To their credit, UL didnt know when to lie down and soon they had the Killester lead down to four. Scott Kinevane levelled the scores with a minute on the clock. Both sides tried to win it late on, but Robert Taylor was short before the buzzer. 64-64. Overtime.
The overtime period was every bit as dramatic, with both sides looking capable of winning. In the end it was left to Taylor, who atoned for his miss in regulation time to secure a memorable win.
Ul were victorious, Keenan ecstatic and the hoodoo had finally been lifted once and for all. Final score 75-73.


NATIONAL CUP 2012 SEMI FINAL RESULTS


Friday, January 13 2012
Under-20 Men's National Cup Semi Finals
Killester 65 (24) (M Deegan 20, C Roe 19, P Sullivan 10) Tolka Rovers 54 (30) (P Caffery 12, D O'Beirne 11, M Blanchfield 8)


Moycullen 61 (37) (D Costelloe 18, P Lyons 9, A Brady 6) Maree 91 (54) (K Hansberry 28, P Burke 9, C O'Hagan 14)
Saturday, January 14 2012


Parochial Hall
Under-18 Men's National Cup Semi Finals
Maree 53 (28) (P Burke 17, E Walsh 14, C Shields 9) Dublin Raiders 51 (31) (L Murphy 16, A Bartley 14, B O'Neill 7)


Men's SuperLeague National Cup Semi Finals
11890 Killester 73 64 (27) (J Turner 18, M Westbrooks 11, P Madsen 11) UL Eagles 75 64 (33) (R Taylor 19, J Killeen 18, M Hall 11) AET
Sunday, January 15 2012


Parochial Hall
Under-18 Men's National Cup Semi Finals
Swords 62 (29) (G Reid 13, A Odunga 12, C Dillon 8, P Lacey 8) Templogue 76 (44) (L Thompson 21, B Morrison 19, N Dunne 13)
Neptune Stadium
Senior Men's National Cup Semi Finals
Senior Men's National Cup Semi Finals
Thunder 104 (50) (M Westbrook's 23, G Wong 17, D Courtney 15) TLB Kilkenny 57 (25) (P Morrissey 12, J Butler 10, J O Keeffe 8)
UCD 54 (23) (C Dunne 11, I Monk 10, B Glover 8) Maree 44 (30) (K Hansberry 17, C O'Hagan 10, L Conroy 9)


Men's SuperLeague National Cup Semi Finals
Bord Gais Neptune 66 (41) (R Thompson 30, M McGinn 17, G Noonan 14) UCC Demons 84 (45) (S Atupem 20, S Coughlan 17, C Hosford 13)
Courtesy . Shane Whelan : PRO BasketballIreland www.basketballireland




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  ISRAEL   


Premier League Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Premier League round 13 most important game was a victory of Galil Gilboa over 3rd placed Hapoel J-M 79-67 on Sunday night. Galil Gilboa made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Galil Gilboa outrebounded Hapoel J-M 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brian Randle (203-85) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for Hapoel J-M. Hapoel J-M's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Galil Gilboa maintains second place with 8-4 record having just three points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Galil Gilboa are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel J-M will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Bnei Hasharon managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against ninth-ranked Maccabi Haifa 89-79. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists for the winners and Kenny Lawson chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) responded with 24 points. Bnei Hasharon (3-9) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Haifa lost sixth consecutive game. Bnei Hasharon will play against higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (11-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (6-6) in Tel-Aviv 108-75. Keith Langford nailed 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dwayne Mitchell came up with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-1 record. Loser Ironi Ashkelon dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with B.C. Habikaa. Maccabi T-A will meet Elitzur Netanya (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ashkelon will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Holon was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked B.C. Habikaa (6-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Hapoel Holon (7-5). Hapoel Holon defeated B.C. Habikaa 72-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B.C. Habikaa. American players dominated the game. Ron Lewis fired 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. B.C. Habikaa's coach Avi Ashkenazi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hapoel Holon moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. B.C. Habikaa at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Bnei Hasharon (#10) in Hod Hasharon and are hoping to win another game. B.C. Habikaa will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#5) in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Elitzur Netanya was beaten by Maccabi Ashdod on the road 82-71.



Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Netanya 82-71

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (4-8) beat at home 8th ranked Elitzur Netanya (4-7) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Elitzur Netanya was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Netanya's 28. American players dominated the game. Guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) fired 20 points for the winners. Power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) produced 27 points and 4 assists and forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to ninth place. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: R.Bradley 20+4reb+1ast, J.Duncan 17+5reb+1ast, J.Carter 15+3reb+1ast, A.Tyus 9+9reb+2ast, D.Hagag 9+1reb+1ast, G.Karni 6+1reb+2ast
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 27+2reb+4ast, B.Asbury 18+9reb+4ast, C.Burns 7+5reb+1ast, E.Hicks 6+2reb+2ast, Y.Orland 5+3reb+1ast, E.Campbell 4+2reb+1ast
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Hapoel Holon - B.C. Habikaa 72-59

The game in Holon was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked B.C. Habikaa (6-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Hapoel Holon (7-5). Hapoel Holon defeated B.C. Habikaa 72-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B.C. Habikaa. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Holon. B.C. Habikaa was better in fourth quarter 19-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon forced 21 B.C. Habikaa turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by B.C. Habikaa's players. Hapoel Holon brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by B.C. Habikaa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. B.C. Habikaa's coach Avi Ashkenazi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hapoel Holon moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. B.C. Habikaa at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Bnei Hasharon (#10) in Hod Hasharon and are hoping to win another game. B.C. Habikaa will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#5) in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: R.Lewis 19+6reb+6ast, T.Mitchell 14+7reb+2ast, P.Sullivan 11+4reb+1ast, B.Dunston 8+7reb+4ast, S.Daniel 8+1reb+1ast, M.Roth 6+5reb+7ast
B.C. Habikaa: F.Robinson 17+9reb+3ast, P.Delaney 16+8reb+2ast, G.Porat 8+4reb, S.Brener 4+2reb+1ast, R.Freeman 4+7reb+2ast, I.Lev 3
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Maccabi Haifa - Bnei Hasharon 79-89

Bottom-ranked Bnei Hasharon managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against ninth-ranked Maccabi Haifa 89-79. Maccabi Haifa was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 50-34 second half run of Bnei Hasharon. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists for the winners and his fellow American import center Kenny Lawson (206-88, college: Creighton) chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) responded with 24 points and American point guard Jermaine Jackson (195-76, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bnei Hasharon (3-9) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Haifa lost sixth consecutive game. Bnei Hasharon will play against higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: T.Carter 25+3reb+10ast, L.Dunn 22+5reb+2ast, K.Lawson 19+11reb+1ast, I.Rosefelt 8+6reb, J.Williams 7+2reb+1ast, E.Katz 5+3reb+3ast
Maccabi Haifa: S.Landesberg 24+2reb+3ast, T.Wilkerson 18+5reb+2ast, C.Powell 10+2reb+2ast, J.Jackson 10+8reb+7ast, A.Ben-Chimol 9+3reb+4ast, J.Smith 8+8reb+4ast
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Hapoel J-M - Galil Gilboa 67-79

Premier League round 13 most important game was a victory of Galil Gilboa over 3rd placed Hapoel J-M 79-67 on Sunday night. Galil Gilboa made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Galil Gilboa outrebounded Hapoel J-M 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brian Randle (203-85) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Guni Israeli (185-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 7 points and 7 assists in the effort for Hapoel J-M. Hapoel J-M's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Galil Gilboa maintains second place with 8-4 record having just three points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Galil Gilboa are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel J-M will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: C.Fells 23+9reb+1ast, J.Jones 17+7reb+2ast, C.Thomas 12+1reb+4ast, J.Martin 8+4reb, D.Yavzuri 6+2reb+1ast, N.Tishman 5+2reb+1ast
Hapoel J-M: B.Randle 14+6reb+3ast, M.Mizrahi 11+1reb, E.Kadir 11+3reb+1ast, D.Grunfeld 8+1reb, G.Israeli 7+3reb+7ast, D.Strawberry 7+1reb+2ast
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Maccabi T-A - Ironi Ashkelon 108-75

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (11-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (6-6) in Tel-Aviv 108-75. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maccabi T-A outrebounded Ironi Ashkelon 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) nailed 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and international power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) accounted for 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) came up with 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Five Maccabi T-A and four Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-1 record. Loser Ironi Ashkelon dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with B.C. Habikaa. Maccabi T-A will meet Elitzur Netanya (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ashkelon will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 21+7reb+6ast, D.Blu 20+1reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 18+8reb+5ast, S.Schortsanitis 12+4reb+4ast, J.Scheyer 12+2reb+2ast, R.Hendrix 10+10reb
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Mitchell 12+9reb+3ast, R.Limonad 11+4reb+5ast, A.Simhon 11+5reb+2ast, M.Killingsworth 11+4reb+3ast, N.Berkowitz 8+1reb+1ast, J.Skeen 8+2reb
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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. Hendrix, Maccabi7.5 
 8. Uter, Maccabi7.4 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi7.4 
 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 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.6.0 
 6. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.5.0 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.5 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.4.4 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Danilo PINNOCK
  B.C. H.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pinnock, B.C. H.2.8 
 2. Robinson, B.C. H.2.5 
 3. Limonad, Ironi A.2.3 
 4. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.0 
 5. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 6. Skinn, Ironi Ashke.1.9 
 7. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 9. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.9 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.1 
 3. Uter, Maccabi2.1 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.2.0 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.3 
 8. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 9. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.3 
 10. Sullivan, Hapoel1.0 


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


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  ITALY   


Tony Weeden inks with Cimberio Varese - by Andrea Centenari
Tony Weeden (186-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Chicago St.) is no longer a player of SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. in Poland. The sides have reached an agreement on the terms of a contract termination. Weeden is moving to Italy where he inked a deal with Cimberio Varese after averaging 15.4 points, 3.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game in the Polish league this season. He also played in Greece last year, but his transfer to the Italian League is his biggest career move so far.

Best players of Italian SerieA round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American Andre Smith (203-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pepsi Caserta and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and ten rebounds, while his team lost the game against Banco di Sard. (#8, 8-8) 56-74. Otto Caserta moved-up to the 12th position in the Italian SerieA. Otto Caserta is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 16 games. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Otto Caserta's top player in his first season with the team. North Dakota State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.3ppg), rebounds (5th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 65.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (201-F-82) of Cimberio VA. Kangur impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Cimberio VA lost that game 75-81 to the lower-ranked Banca Tercas (#14, 6-10). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Cimberio VA dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kangur is well-known by Cimberio VA fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of second-ranked Bennet Cantu. Leunen showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bennet Cantu, leading his team to a 78-72 win against the lower-ranked CS Bologna (10-6). Bennet Cantu needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Leunen has a very solid season. In 16 games in Italy he scored 9.2ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 60.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marques Green (167-PG-82) of Sidigas AV - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Linton Johnson (203-F-80) of Sidigas AV - 18 points and 9 rebounds
6. David Andersen (212-C-80) of Montepaschi - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Scavolini PS - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) of Sidigas AV - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77) of Montepaschi - 22 points and 2 rebounds
10. James White (199-G-84) of Scavolini PS - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Italian Lega2 round 16 best performance: James Thomas - by Eurobasket News
American power forward James Thomas (203-F/C-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Scafati Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds, while his team crushed MarcoPoloShop (#12, 6-9) with 20-point margin 97-77. Givova Scafati is placed at 5th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Givova Scafati will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. Thomas turned to be Givova Scafati's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Texas star has very solid stats this year. Thomas leads league in rebounds with 11.1rpg. Thomas is in league's top in and averages impressive 70.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Richard McConnell (182-G-89, agency: Priority Sports) of Fileni BPA. McConnell had a very good evening with 37 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he lead Fileni BPA to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Morpho Basket (#7, 8-6) 91-67. This victory allowed Fileni BPA to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. McConnell is a newcomer at Fileni BPA, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#7).

Third on the list of top players last round was Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-G-83, agency: Players Group) of Tezenis Verona (#9). Porta showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tezenis Verona, leading his team to a 102-84 easy win against the lower-ranked Biancoblu BO (#14, 4-11). The chances of Tezenis Verona ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Porta could help Tezenis Verona to bring them higher in the standings. Porta has a great season in Italy. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.6apg (2nd best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 62.7%. Antonio Porta has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Troy Bell (186-G-80) of S.Antimo - 32 points and 7 rebounds
5. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of MarcoPoloShop - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bobby Jones (201-F-84) of Giorgio Tesi PT - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mario West (196-G-84) of Tezenis Verona - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) of Assi Ostuni - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-F-81) of Centrale Latte - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) of Givova Scafati - 12 points and 12 rebounds

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)


Conad Bologna adds Guillame Yango - by Andrea Centenari
Biancoblu Conad Bologna added to the roster big man Guillame Yango (205-C/F-82, college: Pacific). The french center comes from Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia where he was averaging 7ppg and 4rpg in this season. Biancoblu Conad Bologna is coming out from six straight losses in LegaDue and currently occupies the last place in the standings. Yango will join its new teammates on this tuesday. In Italy he has already played for Banco di Sardegna Sassari, Banca Tercas Teramo and Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia.

Givova Scafati close to sign Ibrahim Jaaber - by Andrea Centenari
Givova Scafati Basket, team of the italian LegaDue, is close to sign american (with bulgarian passport) guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-PG-84, college: Pennsylvania). The player is free agent after he was waived by the Houston Rockets during the NBA training camp. Jaaber has played in Italy during the last seasons with Acea Virtus Roma and EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. Scafati, with the arrival of Jaaber, could also send Mats Levin (188-PG-77) to Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia.

Turin to host Final Eight of the Cup - by Eurobasket News
Turin will host Final Eight of the Cup to be played 16 -19 February. Dinamo Sassari became the last team to join another seven after the victory over Otto Caserta 74:56.
Below are the pairings:
Montepaschi Siena (1) vs Banco Sardegna Sassari (8)
Canadian Solar Bologna (5) vs EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (4)
Bennet Cantu (3) vs Sidigas Avellino (6)
Umana Venezia (7) vs Scavolini Pesaro (2)


Nazionale A Round 19: Bari loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the Nazionale A leadership position after last games. Round 19 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Bari (10-9). They were defeated by fourth ranked Latina Basket (9-10) 72-65 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bari won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latina Basket made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Bari turnovers. Strangely Bari outrebounded Latina Basket 44-25 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (188-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Marco Cardillo (196-85) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Latina Basket maintains fourth place with 9-10 record, which they share with Pavia. Newly promoted Bari still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Recanati and Chieti. They were replaced at the leadership position by Omegna. Bari will play next round against strong Treviglio trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Latina Basket will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Omegna at home.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Chieti as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Chieti smashed their biggest opponent Recanati at home 92-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Recanati. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Andrea Raschi accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Recanati in the defeat. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Bari and Recanati. Recanati will play next round against strong Firenze trying to get back on the winning streak. Chieti will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Trento at home.
Quite upsetting was Castelletto's home defeat in a game versus Pavia 73-59. Roberto Maggio fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Matteo Raminelli produced 20 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Pavia (9-10) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Latina Basket. Castelletto lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Pavia will meet higher ranked Ferentino (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Castelletto will play against Anagni and hope to secure a win.
Third-ranked Perugia (8-11) gave a tough game to first ranked Trento (14-5). The visitors from Trento managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Walter Santarossa who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trento have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Perugia lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. Trento's next round opponent will be league's leader Chieti on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Perugia will play against Ruvo in Ruvo di Puglia.
Fourth-ranked Firenze (6-13) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (11-8) on Sunday. The visitors from Casalpusterlengo managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for Marco Contento who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to third place, which they share with Treviglio. Newly promoted Firenze keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face Matera (#5) on the road in the next round. Firenze will play against Recanati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Napoli won against Ruvo on the opponent's court 74-60. Fabriano managed to outperform Ferentino in a home game 71-65. San Severo recorded a loss to Matera on the road 78-75. Treviglio was defeated by Santarcangelo on its own court 60-62. Comsum.it SI was beaten by Omegna in a road game 79-70. Anagni lost to Orlandina at home 65-76. Torino unfortunately lost to Trieste on the opponent's court 64-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 13 rebounds by Andrea Benevelli of Orlandina.



Ruvo - Napoli 60-74

Very expected game in Ruvo di Puglia where 6th ranked Ruvo (2-17) was defeated by first ranked Napoli (15-4) 74-60 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Napoli dominated on the defensive end, holding Ruvo to just 7 points in first quarter. It was a great evening for naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Frederic Emejuru (203-88) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Gianluca Tomasiello (190-80) scored 13 points. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Napoli. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first place with 15-4 record. Ruvo lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Napoli will face league's second-placed Torino at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ruvo will play against Perugia (#3).
Top scorers:
Napoli: B.Musso 31+7reb+2ast, N.Rizzitiello 12+5reb+3ast, S.Gatti 11+4reb, S.Lenardon 9+3reb+2ast, P.Rotondo 5+6reb, N.Sabbatino 4
Ruvo: F.Emejuru 19+7reb+1ast, G.Tomasiello 13+2reb+1ast, C.Villani 8+5reb+2ast, S.Zanotti 7+6reb, D.Bonacini 5+5reb+1ast, G.Valesin 3
gschID: 135788


Fabriano - Ferentino 71-65

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Fabriano (6-13) defeated at home 3rd placed Ferentino (12-7) 71-65 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fabriano forced 22 Ferentino turnovers. Ferentino was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Alessio Iardella (187-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Cosimo Fontani (195-89) helped adding 13 points. At the losing side forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Salvatore Parrillo (190-92) scored 11 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fabriano moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Ferentino at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Fabriano will face Santarcangelo (#6) in Sant'Arcangelo in the next round. Ferentino will play at home against Pavia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fabriano: A.Iardella 18+7reb, N.Manuel Stanic 14+2reb+2ast, C.Fontani 13+3reb+2ast, L.Usberti 11+2reb+1ast, G.Sgobba 6+2reb, M.Trapella 4+8reb+1ast
Ferentino: F.Guarino 14+2reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 14+6reb+1ast, S.Bonfiglio 12+3reb+1ast, S.Parrillo 11+4reb+2ast, A.Iannuzzi 6+9reb+1ast, L.Pongetti 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135789


Matera - San Severo 78-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Mazzeo San Severo (8-11) was edged on the road by fifth ranked Matera (8-11) 78-75 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-12. But Mazzeo San Severo won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Matera made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Matera especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points (made all of his eight free throws). Naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Riccardo Marzoli (190-89) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Giovanni Fattori (202-85) scored 18 points. Matera moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Mazzeo San Severo. Matera will face Casalpusterlengo (#4) at home in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against the league's second-placed Trieste and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Pilotti 21+4reb+2ast, A.LaGioia 18+2reb, S.Vico 18+5reb+2ast, G.Cantagalli 8+4reb+2ast, P.Aprea 6+1reb+1ast, M.Castoro 3+1ast
San Severo: G.Fattori 18+2reb, R.Marzoli 16+8reb, F.Lovatti 11+2reb+4ast, F.Amoroso 9+2reb, F.Candido 8+6reb, I.Scarponi 6+2reb
gschID: 135790


Chieti - Recanati 92-65

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Chieti as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Chieti smashed their biggest opponent Recanati at home 92-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Recanati. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Chieti. Recanati was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Recanati 41-30 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Chieti players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Recanati's players. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Five Chieti players scored in double figures. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) added 17 points respectively for Recanati in the defeat. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Bari and Recanati. Recanati will play next round against strong Firenze trying to get back on the winning streak. Chieti will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Trento at home.
Top scorers:
Chieti: E.Rossi 18+16reb+3ast, M.Diomede 18+1reb, A.Raschi 18+8reb+3ast, R.Feliciangeli 13+2reb+2ast, F.Gialloreto 12+2reb+4ast, S.Rajola 10+5reb+7ast
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 17+1reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 16+8reb+2ast, M.Pierangeli 5, A.Cecchetti 5+3reb, S.Centanni 5+3reb+1ast, M.Ceron 5+6reb
gschID: 135791


Firenze - Casalpusterlengo 72-73

Fourth-ranked Firenze (6-13) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (11-8) on Sunday. The visitors from Casalpusterlengo managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Firenze was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Marco Contento (190-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) helped adding 14 points. Four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) responded with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Federico Bellina (205-79, agency: Players Group) scored 12 points. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to third place, which they share with Treviglio. Newly promoted Firenze keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face Matera (#5) on the road in the next round. Firenze will play against Recanati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: M.Contento 16+2reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 14+4reb+1ast, R.Prandin 14+2reb+2ast, F.Loschi 10+3reb+1ast, G.Ricci 7+8reb, R.Castelli 5+2reb+2ast
Firenze: F.Bellina 12+3reb+3ast, D.Monaldi 12+1ast, A.Capitanelli 12+3reb, A.Giampaoli 11+2reb, A.Amici 9+5reb+6ast, D.Scodavolpe 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 135781


Treviglio - Santarcangelo 60-62

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Santarcangelo (5-14) edged on the road 3rd placed Treviglio (11-8) 62-60 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Santarcangelo outrebounded Treviglio 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side center Jacopo Borra (212-90) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Gabriele Zanella (204-81) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted Santarcangelo maintains sixth place with 5-14 record. Treviglio at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Santarcangelo will face higher ranked Fabriano (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Treviglio will play against the league's second-placed Bari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santarcangelo: A.Ancellotti 22+15reb+1ast, L.Pesaresi 15+2reb+1ast, G.Broglia 10+8reb+1ast, E.Rivali 7+6reb+2ast, L.Bedetti 4+3reb+1ast, M.Bonaiuti 2+1reb
Treviglio: G.Zanella 13+5reb, M.Planezio 12+2reb+1ast, J.Borra 9+11reb+1ast, A.Fabi 9+4reb, T.Carnovali 5+2reb+1ast, R.Marulli 5+1ast
gschID: 135782


Omegna - Comsum.it SI 79-70

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Comsum.it SI (6-13) was defeated on the road by first ranked Omegna (16-2) 79-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-70. Omegna made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Comsum.it SI turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Pierpaolo Picazio (193-79, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) helped adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side center Amedeo Tessitori (205-94) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Corrado Bianconi (202-94) scored 18 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Omegna. They maintain first place with 16-2 record. Comsum.it SI at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Omegna will face Latina Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Comsum.it SI will play against the league's second-placed Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Omegna: P.Picazio 16+3reb+3ast, M.Bertolazzi 13+1reb+5ast, D.Casadei 11+9reb+1ast, T.Raspino 10+5reb, S.Masciadri 9+8reb, A.Saccaggi 9+5reb+4ast
Comsum.it SI: A.Tessitori 19+8reb, C.Bianconi 18+2reb, N.Mei 16+1reb+3ast, M.Cucco 8, M.Pascolo 5+2reb+2ast, S.Simeoli 2+11reb
gschID: 135783


Castelletto - Pavia 59-73

Quite upsetting was Castelletto's home defeat in a game versus Pavia 73-59. The game without a history. Pavia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Castelletto turnovers. Guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Federico Maiocco (200-83) chipped in 14 points. Center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Simone Cotani (201-81) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pavia (9-10) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Latina Basket. Castelletto lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Pavia will meet higher ranked Ferentino (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Castelletto will play against Anagni and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pavia: R.Maggio 18+6reb, F.Maiocco 14+4reb+3ast, I.Cisse 13+4reb, R.Pederzini 13+4reb+2ast, D.Bozzetto 7+7reb, R.Cazzaniga 4+4reb+1ast
Castelletto: M.Raminelli 20+9reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 13+5reb+3ast, S.Cotani 12+9reb+3ast, A.Iannone 12+4reb+1ast, L.Marmugi 2+2reb+1ast, M.Terzaghi 0
gschID: 135784


Perugia - Trento 69-72

Third-ranked Perugia (8-11) gave a tough game to first ranked Trento (14-5). The visitors from Trento managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected easier game. It looked good early as Perugia took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Trento had a 18-8 second period charge getting the lead and Perugia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-72. 24 personal fouls committed by Perugia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Andres Forray (187-86) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Trento players scored in double figures. Davide Poltroneri (195-85) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Giacomo Chiatti (183-86) added 16 points in the effort for Perugia. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trento have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-5 record. Perugia lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. Trento's next round opponent will be league's leader Chieti on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Perugia will play against Ruvo in Ruvo di Puglia.
Top scorers:
Trento: W.Santarossa 17+11reb+2ast, A.Forray 14+5reb, D.Pascolo 11+4reb, M.Spanghero 10+2reb, M.Negri 8+2reb, L.Conte 7+3reb+1ast
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 23+5reb, G.Chiatti 16+3reb+1ast, L.Bisconti 13+3reb+2ast, R.Truccolo 6+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 4+3reb, C.Cutolo 3+2reb
gschID: 135785


Latina Basket - Bari 72-65

There was a change at the Nazionale A leadership position after last games. Round 19 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Bari (10-9). They were defeated by fourth ranked Latina Basket (9-10) 72-65 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bari won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latina Basket made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Bari turnovers. Strangely Bari outrebounded Latina Basket 44-25 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (188-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Latina Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Marco Cardillo (196-85) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Maltese center Samuel Deguara (224-91) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Latina Basket maintains fourth place with 9-10 record, which they share with Pavia. Newly promoted Bari still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Recanati and Chieti. They were replaced at the leadership position by Omegna. Bari will play next round against strong Treviglio trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Latina Basket will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Omegna at home.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: R.Tavernelli 17+4reb+1ast, T.Plateo 13+1reb, M.Micevic 13+3reb+1ast, T.Milani 12+6reb, G.Gazzotti 10+6reb+1ast, R.Romano 3+4reb
Bari: M.Cardillo 19+7reb, S.Deguara 14+10reb, M.Bona 12+7reb, A.Ruggiero 8+4reb+6ast, F.Mian 6+3reb, D.Barozzi 3+5reb
gschID: 135786


Anagni - Orlandina 65-76

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Orlandina (13-6) won against on the road 6th ranked Anagni (6-13) 76-65 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 30-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Orlandina dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Anagni's 26. They outrebounded Anagni 34-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Michele Cardinali (190-78) helped adding 18 points. Orlandina's coach Giovanni Perdichizzi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) responded with 9 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jacopo Pozzi (200-87) scored 10 points. Four Anagni players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Orlandina. Newly promoted Orlandina maintains second place with 13-6 record behind leader Omegna, which they share with Torino. Anagni lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Orlandina will face Comsum.it SI (#5) in Siena in the next round. Anagni will play at home against Castelletto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orlandina: A.Benevelli 26+13reb, M.Cardinali 18+1reb, G.Zampolli 12+4reb, F.Zanelli 8+1reb, F.Alessandri 5+1reb+4ast, T.De Min 4+9reb
Anagni: L.Ciribeni 11+2reb, M.Baroncelli 10+1reb+2ast, J.Pozzi 10+4reb, D.Corral 10+2reb, R.Santolamazza 9+5reb+3ast, V.Circosta 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 135787


Trieste - Torino 70-64

There was a minor upset when much higher ranked Torino (13-6) was defeated on the road by second ranked Trieste (12-6) 70-64 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 21-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Trieste made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Trieste outrebounded Torino 32-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Trieste players scored in double figures. At the losing side Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) responded with 19 points and guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Trieste maintains second place with 12-6 record having just three points less than leader Omegna which they share with defeated Torino. Torino at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Trieste will face Mazzeo San Severo (#4) on the road in the next round. Torino will play against the league's leader Napoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trieste: M.Carra 17+2reb+3ast, L.Zaccariello 11+3reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 11+8reb+1ast, A.Moruzzi 10+4reb+1ast, D.Mastrangelo 8+4reb, M.Maganza 5+3reb
Torino: L.Fontecchio 19+3reb, M.Portannese 14+5reb+2ast, C.Masper 9+2reb, F.Conti 8+2reb+2ast, F.Giusto 5, M.Giadini 4+2reb
gschID: 135780




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Musso, Napoli19.8 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.19.0 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.8 
 4. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.9 
 5. Benevelli, Orlandi.15.8 
 6. Prandin, Casalp.15.7 
 7. Carrizo, Ferentino15.6 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..15.2 
 9. Carra, Trieste15.1 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.1 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli10.2 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.8 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.6 
 5. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.5 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..8.3 
 7. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.0 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.7.7 
 9. Ferraro, Trieste7.7 
 10. Cotani, Castellet.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.0 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.6 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.4 
 4. Vico, Matera3.3 
 5. Zanelli, Orlandina3.1 
 6. Guarino, Ferentino3.1 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari2.9 
 8. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 9. Forray, Trento2.9 
 10. Parente, Torino2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.6 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.4 
 3. Portannese, Torino3.1 
 4. Musso, Napoli3.0 
 5. Rossi, Chieti3.0 
 6. Guarino, Ferentino2.9 
 7. Stanic, Fabriano2.9 
 8. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 9. Amici, Firenze2.9 
 10. Vico, Matera2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.4 
 3. Candido, San Seve.1.4 
 4. Borra, Treviglio1.4 
 5. Benevelli, Orlandi.1.1 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 7. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 8. Corral, Anagni0.9 
 9. Feliciangeli, Chie.0.9 
 10. Rossi, Chieti0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 14-5 
 2. Trieste 12-6 
 3. Perugia 8-11 
 4. Firenze 6-13 
 5. Comsum.it SI 6-13 
 6. Santarcangelo 5-14 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 16-2 
 2. Torino 13-6 
 3. Treviglio 11-8 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 11-8 
 5. Pavia 9-10 
 6. Castelletto 8-11 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 10-9 
 2. Bari 10-9 
 3. Recanati 10-9 
 4. San Severo 8-11 
 5. Fabriano 6-13 
 6. Ruvo 2-17 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 15-4 
 2. Orlandina 13-6 
 3. Ferentino 12-7 
 4. Latina Basket 9-10 
 5. Matera 8-11 
 6. Anagni 6-13 


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Richard Anderson is a newcomer at Halifax Rainmen - by Eurobasket Center
Halifax Rainmen (NBL Canada) added to their roster 35-year old naturalized Jamaican forward Richard Anderson (199-F-112kg-77). In his first game he scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds helping his new team beat St.John M.R. 121-104. Anderson played most recently at Levharti Chomutov (Czech Rep.). While playing 20 games for Chomutov this season he averaged 6.5ppg and 4.9rpg. Anderson is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, China, Czech Rep., Estonia, France, Luxembourg and Portugal.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Christopher Garnett joins Link Tochigi Brex - by Eurobasket Center
Link Tochigi Brex has recently signed experienced international big man Christopher Garnett (211-C-113kg-80, college: Indiana SE). Garnett played most recently at As Sadd Sports Club Doha (Qatar) for the Gulf Club Championships. Harnett has a wealth of experience in the FIBA Asia zone, playing in South Korea, ASEAN League and in Bahrain, Syria and Turkey. He graduated from Indiana University Southeast in 2004.

West beats East in BJ League All Star Game - by Eurobasket News
West-East 120:93

West beats East in BJ League All Star Game at Saitama Super Arena. More than 14.000 people came to see the show alive. Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana) was named MVP of the game. John John Humphrey (188-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Middle Tenn.St.) was given the Most Impressive Player. He won the Slam Dunk Contest before the game.
West took 40-18 after the first period and never looked behind after. East meanwhile bounced back with 24-22 in the second quarter to reduce to 20 points at the halftime. In the second half West added 28-25 and 30-26 respectively to seal the victory.
Michael Parker (202-F-81, college: Evergreen St.) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Lynn Washington collected 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Lance Allred (211-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) netted 14 and Jeff Newton (205-C-81, college: Indiana) posted 10. John Humphrey replied with 21 points in the losing effort, while Justin Burrell (235-F-88, college: St.John's) and Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) each scored 20.
Ex-NBA center Lance Allred, the Kyoto Hannaryz anchor, had 14 points and nine boards for the West. Fellow big man Jeff Newton, who led the Ryukyu Golden Kings to a championship in 2008-09, added 10 points and five boards. Oita HeatDevils forward Wendell White and Shiga Lakestars guard Yu Okada scored nine apiece. Taishiro Shimizu (Miyazaki Shining Suns), Kevin Palmer (Rizing Fukuoka) and Hiroyuki Kikuchi (Takamatsu Five Arrows) each had six points for the victors. Allred had 10 of the West's 30 fourth-quarter points.

West: Michael Parker 26, Lynn Washington 21+10 rebs+5 ast, Lance Allred 14, Jeff Newton 10
East: John Humphrey 21, Justin Burrell 20, Lee Roberts 20



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BC Astana lost three in a row in VTB League - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana lost three in a row in VTB League in January.
On January 6th BC Astana was defeated at home by Russian Krasnie Krilya 81:76. It was a great evening for American guard Brion Rush who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points. Dragan Labovic helped adding 23 points. The best for the losing side was American center Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points.
On January 9th Russian Unics Kazan smashed on the road BC Astana 87:68. Nathan Jawai led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) helped adding 10 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) with 21 points and American guard Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) scored 15 points.
On January 15th Zalgiris edged BC Astana 82:66. Weems Sonny, Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) and Jankunas Paulius all scored 11 points each. Marshall Rawle posted 17 points in defeat and Cvetkovic Branko added 14.



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Bashkimi calls Prasovic back - by Dren Shporta

Elnis Prasovic (200-F-84) is looking to be the first international transfer of Bashkimi, for the rest of the season. After separating roads with Americans, C.J. Webster and Rodrick Stewart in the end of the winter season, the team from Prizren has called their former player Elnis Prasovic.

The team wants him back, reports a kosovar Sport daily a words of a Bashkimi official. The Bosnian forward had a short odyssey at oranges three seasons ago. He actually plays very successfully at German Regionalliga with Wiha Panthers team.

Bashkimi finished the first half of the season at the third place of the classification table, registering 9 victories and 5 defeats. They have changed three coaches during three months. Oranges began the season with Croatian Sasha Katalinic, continued with native Arben Nixha and finished with Naser Oskaqek. Oskaqek is still on the charge and he said that actually they started the preparations for the coming matches of the season.



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Ventspils tasted the 7th victory in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils tasted the 7th victory in BBL. The Latvian team celebrated 83:77 win over Baltai Kaunas for 7-5 record.
The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ventspils made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) and Young Jahmar chipped in 17 points each. Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and Siim-Sander Vene (203-F-90) added 15 points respectively for the hosts.
Liepaja meanwhile lost to the League-Leader Siauliai 77:83. 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. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Arvydas Siksnius who added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Josh Mayo with 18 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Jawan Bailey scored 15 points and 7 rebounds.





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LKL: Lietuvos Rytas breezes past Baltai - by Adomas Kraunevicius
KK Baltai Kaunas - Lietuvos rytas Vilnius 54:93

Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (12-2) did not have many troubles with the young KK Baltai Kaunas (7-6) team in Kaunas. They reached an easy victory 93:54 (27:15, 23:15, 22:11, 21:13).

Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) (210-C-92) led the way with 21 points and 9 boards. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 18 points and 8 rebounds and Lietuvos rytas Vilnius led the rebounds with a staggering 53-19.

Two main KK Baltai Kaunas' centers Mindaugas Kupsas (214-C-91) and Gediminas Zyle (210-C-88) played all 40 minutes combined but only grabbed 2 rebounds over the entire match.

Big men were the dominant force in this match for Lietuvos rytas Vilnius but Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) was the key player that allowed the team to gain a lead early. He scored 10 points in the first period and after an 11:2 run Lietuvos rytas Vilnius built a 12 point lead 27:15.

KK Baltai Kaunas only scored 24 points in the second half and this was heir least scoring match so far this season. So far, it was 63 points.

Lietuvos rytas Vilnius is demonstrating impressive defense - this was the fifth match in a row when they allow less than 55 points.

KK Baltai Kaunas: Mindaugas Kupsas 14, Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) 8, Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Uros Petrovic (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) 7.

Lietuvos rytas Vilnius: Jonas Valanciunas 21 (9 rebs.), Mindaugas Katelynas 18 (8 rebs.), Steponas Babrauskas 13, Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) 10.

Coach Aleksandar Dzikic (agency: Beo Basket ) tried to divide the playing time equally amongst all 10 players. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) who played the least, spent 13 minutes on the court whereas Valanciunas led with 26 minutes.

Vilnius played without two injured youngsters - Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) and Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91).



Siauliai keep the leading position in Baltic League - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai keep the leading position in Baltic League as they improved to 11-1 record in Elite Division. In the last round the favorites delivered the eleventh victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja 83:77.
Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) who added 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: RIZO, college: Ill.-Chicago) with 18 points and 4 assists.
Rudupis meanwhile improved to 8-3 record after the win over Pieno Zvaigzdes 77:72. Pieno Zvaigzdes were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was Gediminas Orelikas who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Edgaras Zelionis (207-C-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-C-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-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) added 15 points and 4 steals respectively.
Techasas and Sakalai meanwhile took 8-2 records in Challenge Cup. Techasas edged Rapla 96:60 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was guard Sarunas Kulevicius (190-G-89) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Karolis Babkauskas chipped in 16 points.
Sakalai smashed Estonian TTU/Kalev 92:71 on Saturday. Arvydas Gydra (206-F-89) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Laurynas Samenas chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Illimar Pilk who recorded 22 points and 5 assists and Andrew Arnold added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively.



VTB: Zalgiris reaches a revenge over Astana - by Adomas Kraunevicius
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas - BC Astana 82:66

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (5-5) reached its eighth victory in a row and fifth win in the VTB League. They reached an 82:66 (27:22, 10:12, 19:19, 26:13) home win versus BC Astana (4-6) and revenged for last year's loss in BC Astana.

BC Astana started the match better but Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) responded to BC Astana's two pointer with two free throws. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas soon intercepted the ball and Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) gave Kaunas a 5:2 lead with a thre pointer after Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances)' assist. Midway in the first quarter Mantas Kalnietis missed a dunk and Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) soon responded with a triple tying the score at 9:9. With less than two minutes left to play B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas led 21:18 and by the end of the period mainly due to the efforts of Reeves Nelson (203-F, agency: Alti Sport, college: UCLA) and Collins they build a 5 point lead - 27:22

Second quarter started with a scoring drought when both teams could not score for four minutes. Sonny Weems ended this unsuccessful segment with another three pointer increasing the lead to 8 - 30:22. Ponomariov scored a two pointer but soon Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) replied with two and 1 (35:26). Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) scored a mid range shot and Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) added a three pointer to which Tomas Delininkaitis responded with a two. Four seconds to halftime, Ponomariov netted a two pointer and cut B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas lead to 3 (37:34).

After the halftime, Branko Cvetkovic cut the lead to a minimum and two successfull attacks by Rawle Marshall gave BC Astana a 3 point lead (41:38). However Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) tied the score with his two and one (41:41). Solid defense, Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) and Popovic' points allowed B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas to regain a 4 point lead (47:43). BC Astana's coach received a technical foul which allowed Kaunas to increase their lead to 8 which was further improved after Popovic's three pointer (54:43). However, BC Astana responded strong and managed to cut the lead to 3 before the deciding period mainly due to the efforts of Marshall and Williams.

Paulius Jankunas opened the fourth quarter scoreline with a two pointer. Soon Maxim Voyeykov (197-F-88) received two fouls one of which was technical for discussions with the referree. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas restored their 8 point lead (63:55). Midway in the fourth quarter the hosts increased their lead to 69:57 bu Klimov scored a three pointer. But this was not enough to threaten B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas a with 2 minutes on the clock Mantas Kalnietis replied with a three pointer and consolidated the victory 82:66.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas: Robertas Javtokas (8 rebs.), Paulius Jankunas (6 rebs.) and Sonny Weems 11, Mantas Kalnietis 10, Tomas Delininkaitis 9, Reeves Nelson (7 rebs) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) 7, DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) 6, Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) and Dainius Salenga 4, Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) 2.

BC Astana: Rawle Marshall 17 (6 rebs.), Branko Cvetkovic 14 (7 rebs.), Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) 12 (6 rebs.).

After 10 games B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas has 5 wins and 5 losses and are fifth in group A. BC Astana is seventh after playing 11 games (4 victories and 7 losses.)


BBL: Kedainiai defeats Tartu, Juventus cannot stop Kalev/Cramo - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Kedainiai Triobet - Tartu Ulikool 86:75

David McClure (198-F-86, college: Duke)'s (198-F-86, college: Duke) double double brought Kedainiai Triobet (5-8) a 86:75 (17:20, 24:25, 25:15, 20:15) home victory versus guests from Estonia for the second time in two days (the day before, Kedainiai Triobet defeated BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn and McClure had 12 points and 14 rebounds). This time it was Tartu Ulikool (4-10). That was Kedainiai Triobet' third victory in a row in BBL Elite Division which is also the longest winning streak this season for them.

McClure had a perfect 6/6 night from the 2 point range and gathered 18 points and 13 boards. This also saves Kedainiai Triobet' hopes to fight for a place in the playoffs where 5 strongest teams from the regular season will participate.

The key segment in this match was the ending of third and beginning of fourth quarters when Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.) made two three pointers, McClure and Peciukas scored a combined 11 points in the beginning of fourth and allowed Kedainiai Triobet to turn a 1 point deficit (58:59 with 1 after 29 mins) to a 12 point lead (77:65 after 33 mins). Tartu Ulikool could not cut the deficit in the remaining time.

Tartu Ulikool won their first clash by 21 points in Tartu Ulikool last November.

Kedainiai Triobet: David McClure 18 (13 rebs.), Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) 15, Vidas Ginevicius (193-G-78, agency: Interperformances) 11, Aurimas Adomaitis (206-PF-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) 10, Vaidotas Peciukas (199-G-82, college: Hawaii) 8.

Tartu Ulikool: Rain Veideman (192-G-91) 14, Kristo Saage (184-G-85) 14, Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) 13.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos - BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn 60:87


BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (9-5) did not leave the hosts Juventus-LKSK Utenos (6-7) any hopes by shooting perfectly from all distances. They have defeated Juventus-LKSK Utenos 87:60 (19:11, 14:20, 26:13, 28:16).

Midway in the third quarter after Arunas Vasiliauskas (201-F-85) two pointer the deficit was reduced to 7 (42:49) but BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn spurted 16:6 and the winner of the match was clear right there (65:48).

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn shot 60.5% two pointers (23/38), 47.8% three pointers (11/23) and 88.8% free throws (8/9).

Juventus-LKSK Utenos only made 6 turnovers but lost the board 33:42.

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn: Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) 23, Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) 20, Bamba Fall (216-C-86, college: SMU) 11 (11 rebs.)

Juventus-LKSK Utenos: Gintautas Matulis (195-F/G-86) 14, Darius Pakamanis (192-G-81) 10 (6 rebs.), Tomas Gaidamavicius (192-G-82) ir Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85, college: Redlands CC) po 9.




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Best players of Luxembourg Diekirch League round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Belgian Julien Hublart (192-G/F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Sparta and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 23-year old swingman had the game-high 28 points adding five rebounds for Sparta in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Heffingen (#10, 2-13) with 27-point margin 83-56. Sparta maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sparta will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. Hublart has many years of experience at Sparta, through which he has constantly improved. Julien Hublart averages this season 15.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Soleuvre. Ulmer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Soleuvre was edged by the higher-ranked Basket Esch (#5, 8-7) 93-89. This loss caused Soleuvre to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Ulmer is a newcomer at Soleuvre 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 25.5ppg (#2). He also registered 12.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, agency: Interperformances) of Residence (#7). Kennedy scored 26 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Residence, leading his team to a 88-87 win against the higher-ranked T71 (#1, 13-2). The chances of Residence ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kennedy could help Residence to bring them higher in the standings. Kennedy has a great season in Luxembourg. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.7ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (7th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 50.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82) of Sparta - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
5. David Reichel (203-F-84) of Basket Esch - 30 points and 3 rebounds
6. Guy Schmit (187-G-80) of Musel Pikes - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Martin Rajniak (204-F-78) of Basket Esch - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87) of T71 - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ivan Djerman (203-F-83) of Amicale - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Larrie Smith (198-F-75) of Sparta - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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The Real BC preparing for the season - by Eurobasket
The Real BC Port Louis is starting the training, in order to prepare themselves for the coming league, to defend their prestigious record of champonships won. Many teams are getting ready, players, motivated for the so awaited league to start. With a change in the federation, the players, coaches, supporters hope that the league will be soon organised and launched.
The starting date has not yet been announces, but it is believed that it will soon be the case.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  KK Podgo.
  (197-F-93)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Mugosa, KK Podgo.22.9 
 2. Lekovic, Jedinstvo22.4 
 3. Vucurovic, Mogren18.7 
 4. Lopicic, Lovcen18.4 
 5. Sutulovic, KK Podg.18.3 
 6. Ljujic, Jedinstvo17.9 
 7. Petkovic, Danilovg.17.7 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovg.16.2 
 9. Zejak, Lovcen15.7 
 10. Seferovic, Mogren15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Jedinstvo
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Knezevic, Jedinst.9.7 
 2. Lopicic, Lovcen8.1 
 3. Nicaj, KK Podgorica7.7 
 4. Popovic, Sutjeska7.3 
 5. Pejovic, Sutjeska7.0 
 6. Devrnja, ABS P.6.5 
 7. Petkovic, Danilovg.6.4 
 8. Zejak, Lovcen6.3 
 9. Djurkovic, Ulcinj6.2 
 10. Medenica, Ulcinj6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar3.6 
 2. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.6 
 3. Jelenic, Mornar B.3.6 
 4. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.9 
 5. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.7 
 6. Milatovic, Mogren2.5 
 7. Ratkovic, Danilovg.2.5 
 8. Calic, Teodo Tivat2.4 
 9. Dragicevic, Sutje.2.3 
 10. Seferovic, Mogren2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar2.8 
 2. Sutulovic, KK Podg.2.3 
 3. Jovovic, Danilovgr.2.0 
 4. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.9 
 5. Jelenic, Mornar B.1.7 
 6. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.7 
 7. Ivanovic, Mornar B.1.5 
 8. Vrbica, Lovcen1.5 
 9. Bulatovic, ABS P.1.5 
 10. Vucurovic, Mogren1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica1.7 
 2. Vujosevic, Mornar1.1 
 3. Knezevic, Jedinst.1.0 
 4. Pejovic, Sutjeska1.0 
 5. Popovic, Sutjeska0.8 
 6. Marojevic, Ulcinj0.8 
 7. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.8 
 8. Milosev, Sutjeska0.8 
 9. Jocovic, Sutjeska0.8 
 10. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.8 


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 11-1 
 2. Lovcen 8-4 
 3. Sutjeska 7-5 
 4. KK Podgorica 6-5 
 5. Mogren 6-5 
 6. Ulcinj 5-6 
 7. Teodo Tivat 5-7 
 8. Jedinstvo 5-7 
 9. Danilovgrad 3-9 
 10. ABS Primorje 2-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 10-1 
 2. RSB Berkane 9-2 
 3. MAF Fez 7-4 
 4. WAC Casabl. 7-4 
 5. CRA Hoceima 5-5 
 6. PCS Plazza C. 5-5 
 7. FUS Rabat 3-6 
 8. IRT Tanger 3-8 
 9. KAC 2-9 
 10. RCA Casabl. 2-9 


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Baron making strides toward January debut for Knicks - by Milord Nikolic
What's on Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni's mind? Not only the return from injury of Carmelo Anthony, but also the looming Knicks debut of Baron Davis. Davis is getting closer and closer to returning from a herniated disk and a person familiar with the situation said the guard will take a big leap in his rehab this week by starting full running drills and some contact basketball drills. Its not out of the question for him to be cleared for practice by next weekend and a late-January debut has become more likely than not. Last night after the Knicks lost, 104-92, to the Thunder, DAntoni said optimistically, Melo will be back pretty soon and hopefully Barons around the corner and well see what we got.

Dwyane Wade dealing with 3 injuries - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat aren't certain how long a sprained right ankle will sideline guard Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), but the team is preparing as if he won't be available for the start of this week's pivotal homestand.

Wade was hurt in the fourth quarter of Friday's 117-104 loss at Denver when he landed awkwardly and turned his ankle while pursuing a loose ball. He immediately left the game and did not return.

X-rays of the ankle were negative, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Sunday he wouldn't speculate as to how long Wade, the Heat's second-leading scorer, might be out of action.

'He's up walking around ... but we're not going to put a timetable on when he'll come back,' Spoelstra said. 'Thankfully, he's not in a cast or a boot. So we'll see how he responds each day, and we'll go from there.'

Wade was receiving treatment for numerous maladies during practice Sunday as the Heat prepared for Tuesday's home game against San Antonio. Wade, already dealing with a strained calf, missed three consecutive games last week with a bruised left foot -- a stretch when the team went 3-0. Miami has since lost three games in a row to finish its recent five-game road trip.

Wade told reporters in Denver that he had never experienced pain from a sprain as severely as what he felt Friday. He also made light of his recent rash of injuries being a sign that he's getting older. Wade turns 30 on Tuesday.

Amid the early season adversity, Wade's teammates are preparing as if he probably won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Spurs -- and possibly longer.

'We're going to have to do what we have to do to keep things going,' Heat forward Chris Bosh said. 'We're still expected to win games. It's not the first time he's been injured. We all have been injured before. We just have to cope with it. Things have hit us early, so we'll see where our minds are at going forward.'

The Heat adjusted relatively well the last time Wade was on the mend. Miami opened the five-game trip last week with a triple-overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks without both Wade and LeBron James, who was nursing an ankle injury. The Heat then followed with a win at New Jersey before losing to Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver.

James averaged 32.5 points, 11 assists and 7.5 rebounds during the two games he played while Wade was injured last week. James acknowledged that he alters his approach in games when Wade is not available. That has led to some criticism, such as when James did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter after Wade returned for last Wednesday's overtime loss at Golden State.

'I have to step it up even more offensively and defensively,' James said. 'Revert back to some of the ways when I was back in Cleveland, when I, for the most part, had to be the number one option offensively. I had to -- not say force -- but just put a little more pressure on myself.'

James said he doesn't intentionally 'dial it back' when he's playing with Wade. Instead, it's a matter of making use of all of his options as a facilitator and playmaker.

'You don't have to force as much,' James said. 'You don't have to worry if I don't get 30 (points a night), do we still give ourselves a good chance to win? With D-Wade being out, I have to be ready to do a little bit more offensively.'

Wade's potential absence could pave the way for swingman Mike Miller to make his season debut after recovering from offseason hernia surgery. Miller went through scrimmage drills at the end of Sunday's practice and said he is ready to play. The Heat have another practice scheduled for Monday before they open a stretch in which they will play eight of their next nine games at home.

Courtesy of ESPN


Chris Paul's MRI exam on hamstring is negative, Clippers say - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had an MRI exam Sunday on his strained left hamstring that was negative, the Clippers announced.

The team also said that Paul will be listed as day to day, but that the 6-foot All-Star guard is questionable for Monday's game against the New Jersey Nets at Staples Center.

Paul was injured late in the fourth quarter in the Clippers' victory over the Lakers on Saturday night at Staples Center.

If Paul doesn't play, Chauncey Billups probably will start at point guard and Randy Foye will move from the bench into the starting shooting guard role.

'Obviously, Chris is a big part of what we do,' Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. 'But we had to deal with it and other guys have got to get ready to play.'

Del Negro said the team has other injuries as well.

Backup guard Mo Williams missed Saturday's game because of a sore right foot and remains day to day.

Williams probably won't play against the Nets, either.

'I think he felt a little bit better today,' Del Negro said after practice Sunday. 'He'll be reevaluated every day. Obviously, we need him more than ever.'

That's because Del Negro said Billups' back is 'a little bit tight.'

Billups is expected to play Monday against the Nets.

Clippers forward Brian Cook has a sprained left ankle and is doubtful for Monday night's game.

'We've got some nagging things that we've got going on,' Del Negro said. 'We've just got to work through it.'

With Paul and Williams nursing injuries and with second-year guard Eric Bledsoe still recovering from right knee surgery, the Clippers are expected to sign guard Courtney Fortson to a contract Monday.

Fortson is a 5-11 point guard who was on the Clippers' training camp roster before he was waived last month.

He averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 assists in 17 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA's Development League this season.

Fortunately for the Clippers, they still have some depth in the backcourt, but it is starting to wear thin.

Billups has spent most of his career as a point guard and Foye is considered a combo guard.

'We went through some of the stuff we needed to today,' Del Negro said. 'Chauncey and Randy will handle point guard duties and we'll go from there.'

Foye said he spends a lot of time in practice playing point guard, anyway.

Caron Butler probably will play some backup shooting guard, which would put Foye as the point man.

'Yeah, probably, with some of the guys being out,' Foye said. 'It looks like I'm going to have to play a lot of 'one,' I guess, until Mo gets ready to come back. But even then, I'll probably still have to play some just to take the ball out of Chauncey's hands, bring the ball up, get into sets and get him coming off screens.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Dominique Jones assigned to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks today assigned Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks' NBA D-League affiliate. The assignment marks the 21st time an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season. It is the first assignment for Jones this season.

Jones has appeared in nine games for the Mavericks this year, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He returns to the Legends following a 10-game assignment as a rookie last season when he averaged 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0.

A second-year guard from South Florida, Jones appeared in 18 games for the Mavericks during the 2010-11 season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Blazers call up Armon Johnson from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled point guard Armon Johnson (6'3''-PG-89, college: Nevada) from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.

In five games with the Stampede, Johnson averaged 11.8 points, 7.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He put up a season-high 19 points to go along with two assists and five rebounds Jan. 9 against the Erie Bayhawks.

Johnson, a 6-3 second-year player from Nevada, and teammate Luke Babbitt were assigned to the Stampede by the Trail Blazers on Jan. 4.

Johnson will be available for Monday afternoon's game against the New Orleans Hornets (CSN, noon).

Courtesy of http://www.statesmanjournal.com


Denver Nuggets recall Jordan Hamilton from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets have recalled rookie G/F Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-G/F-90, college: Texas) from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, team executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

Hamilton, 6-7, 220, played in six games (two starts) for Idaho, averaging 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.0 minutes per game.

Hamilton, the 26th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, has not appeared for the Nuggets during the regular season. In two preseason games with Denver, he grabbed four rebounds in 16 minutes.

The Nuggets now have 15 players on their active roster.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Sunday: Spurs, Jazz and Warriors celebrate - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio S. - Phoenix Suns 102-91
Tim Duncan (6'10''-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) had 24 points and 11 rebounds, leading San Antonio to a 102-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday keeping the Spurs perfect at home. The Spurs have won all nine of their home games and are 0-4 on the road. The 9-0 start marks their best opening at home since the 2007-08 season when they began 13-0. Phoenix (4-8), beginning a five-game road trip, has now lost four straight games. Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) had 17 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who have won three straight. DeJuan Blair added 14 points and rookie Kawhi Leonard had 12 for San Antonio. Suns veterans Steve Nash and Grant Hill returned after missing Friday's loss to New Jersey. Nash was out with a right quadriceps contusion and Hill missed the game with a right quadriceps tendon strain. Nash had 20 points and 10 assists, while Hill had just four points. Phoenix, which trailed by as many as 18 points early in the second half, cut it to five in the fourth quarter but wasn't able to close the deficit. San Antonio never trailed after the first quarter. Marcin Gortat had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead Phoenix. Markieff Morris added 14 points, Jared Dudley had 12 points, and Shannon Brown had 10. Brown hit a jumper as time expired in the third quarter to make it 78-68. San Antonio jumped ahead by 18 to start the quarter before Phoenix clawed back. Gortat had nine points and six rebounds in the quarter, and Nash had four assists. The Spurs led 56-42 at halftime behind 12 points from Blair and 10 from Duncan. San Antonio's lead reached 56-37 when Kawhi Leonard hit two free throws with 45.9 seconds left in the second quarter to cap a 13-2 run. Leonard, who has often been praised by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for his defense this season, helped hold Hill scoreless in the first half. Phoenix shot just 6 of 23 in the second quarter. Nash led Phoenix with 12 points, all in the first quarter, and Gortat had 10 in the half. The Spurs led 30-26 after the first quarter behind 13-of-23 shooting. Blair scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Duncan had nine points. San Antonio led by as many as 12 points, but after Gary Neal's jumper with 3:46 left put the Spurs up 22-10, Phoenix went on an 11-2 run to close the gap. Nash hit 6 of 8 shots in the quarter. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Denver N. - Utah Jazz 96-106
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) added 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 106-96 on Sunday night. Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and Devin Harris and Alec Burks added 10 each for the Jazz, winners of seven of their last eight. Danilo Gallinari scored 18 points, Nene had 17 and Arron Afflalo 16 for the Nuggets. The game was close throughout until Millsap got going early in the fourth quarter. He scored 16 points in the period and gave the Jazz control of a close game. After a 3-pointer by Gallinari cut the lead to 81-79, the Jazz went to Millsap down low. The forward responded by scoring Utah's next 14 to give the Jazz a 95-83 lead midway through the period. Harris hit a 3-pointer with 3:52 left to make it 98-85, Utah's biggest lead of the game. Denver cut the lead to seven but couldn't get any closer. The Jazz started fast in the third quarter, scoring the first seven points to take a 55-48 lead. Denver responded with a 10-2 run to go back in front, but Utah countered with six straight points to take the lead for good. The Jazz led 77-73 heading into the fourth. Neither team could take control in the first half. Jefferson had 12 points to help the Jazz take a four-point lead in the first quarter, while Nene had 11 for Denver, which led by as many as five. The Nuggets used a big advantage in free-throw attempts to keep pace with Utah in the first half. Denver was 12 for 18 from the line while the Jazz were just 5 for 7. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Detroit P. - Golde State W. 91-99
One night after coach Mark Jackson called his team's effort unacceptable, the Golden State Warriors took a step in the right direction. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) scored 24 points and Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) added 22 to help the Warriors win on the road for the first time this season, 99-91 over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Jackson said before the game he expected Golden State to play like 'a team that's upset' - and the Warriors responded by controlling the second half at both ends of the floor. 'We defended, we didn't make excuses, and we didn't get frustrated,' Jackson said. 'It was just a great performance overall.' Golden State won at Detroit for the second time in its last 17 visits. Greg Monroe had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons. The Warriors trailed 48-44 at halftime but went on an 8-0 run early in the third quarter and never trailed after that. They led by five early in the fourth before scoring 10 points in a row to make it 88-73. Ellis scored 17 points in the second half. 'I think the guys felt challenged, and first and foremost we are a defensive-minded team,' Jackson said. 'We started to get stops and it affected our offense.' The Warriors came in having lost seven of eight, including a 112-100 defeat at Charlotte on Saturday. Jackson said after that game he was 'embarrassed' and felt his team overlooked the Bobcats. Golden State didn't have that problem against the struggling Pistons. Detroit snapped a six-game losing streak Friday night with a victory at Charlotte, but Lee hurt the Pistons inside early, then Ellis and Dorell Wright contributed some scoring of their own in the second half. Lee's streak of double-doubles ended at six games. He fouled out with 4:40 remaining with only six rebounds. Lee went 10 of 12 from the field, and the Warriors shot 52 percent. 'That game against Charlotte really upset us,' Lee said. 'That was a game we have no excuse for losing. We didn't want to complicate things by coming in here and losing again.' Detroit shot 42 percent. The Warriors were still without guard Stephen Curry, who has a sprained right ankle. Both teams seemed intent on going inside early. Monroe and Lee each scored 17 points in the first half. Detroit coach Lawrence Frank was on his feet for much of the half, shouting detailed instructions to his team at the defensive end. 'They played last night, and we didn't. In this league, with this schedule, you have to be able to grind out these games, and they did a better job than we did,' Frank said. 'We weren't getting out on the break, and we weren't getting back on defense.' Wright scored on a breakaway in the third, capping an eight-point run and giving Golden State a 56-54 lead. It was 74-69 after Ellis made a shot from near the top of the key at the buzzer to end the quarter. Detroit was still within striking distance at 78-73 in the fourth, but the Warriors scored 10 straight points. Backup guard Nate Robinson had six points during the run and finished with 10. The Warriors had six players in double figures. Brandon Rush scored 12 points and Wright contributed 11. Monroe went scoreless in the final quarter and attempted only one shot. 'I think we've done a few things to shorten the moments where we lose our effort and we lose our energy,' Monroe said. 'In the past few games, they've been shorter, but we've got to get rid of them completely. We're still getting those times when we aren't working hard, and it costs us.' *Courtesy of http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 32
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers32.0 
 2. James, Miami Heat29.5 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.25.8 
 4. Anthony, New Y.25.5 
 5. Love, Minnesota T.25.0 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.23.7 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.23.1 
 8. Aldridge, Portland.22.8 
 9. Bargnani, Toron.22.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.2 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.6 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers13.8 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.2 
 5. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.1 
 6. Gasol, Memphis G.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golde S.10.5 
 8. Cousins, Sacramen.10.3 
 9. Haslem, Miami Heat10.2 
 10. McGee, Washingt.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.10.1 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.1 
 3. Lowry, Houston R.9.3 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 5. Rose, Chicago B.8.7 
 6. Williams, New J.8.4 
 7. Paul, LA Clippers8.4 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.8.3 
 9. Jack, N.Orleans H.7.6 
 10. Ellis, Golde S.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.8 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.6 
 3. Kidd, Dallas M.2.3 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.3 
 5. Iguodala, Philadel.2.2 
 6. Teague, Atlanta H.2.1 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.2.0 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat2.0 
 10. James, Miami Heat2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Javale MCGEE
  Washingt.
  (213-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. McGee, Washingt.3.2 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers3.0 
 3. Gasol, Memphis G.2.6 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Dalembert, Houst.1.8 
 10. Stiemsma, Boston1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 9-3 
 2. New York K. 6-6 
 3. Boston C. 4-7 
 4. Toronto R. 4-9 
 5. New Jersey N. 3-10 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 12-2 
 2. Indiana P. 9-3 
 3. Cleveland C. 5-6 
 4. Milwaukee B. 4-7 
 5. Detroit P. 3-10 
Southeast Div.
 1. Atlanta H. 9-4 
 2. Orlando M. 8-3 
 3. Miami Heat 8-4 
 4. Charlotte B. 3-10 
 5. Washington W. 1-11 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 11-2 
 2. Utah Jazz 8-4 
 3. Denver N. 8-5 
 4. Portland TB 7-5 
 5. Minnesota T. 4-8 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 9-5 
 2. LA Clippers 6-3 
 3. Phoenix Suns 4-8 
 4. Golde State W. 4-8 
 5. Sacramento K. 4-9 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 9-4 
 2. Dallas M. 8-5 
 3. Memphis G. 5-6 
 4. Houston R. 5-7 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-9 


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  NBLCANADA   


NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 17-5 
 2. Quebec K. 17-8 
 3. Halifax R. 14-5 
 4. St.John M.R. 9-13 
 5. Summerside S. 8-13 
 6. Oshawa P. 8-16 
 7. Moncton M. 4-17 


Latest games: Kebs beat Storm in double OT - by Eurobasket Center
Quebec K. - London L. 102-91
On Saturday, the Lightning starters didn't shoot the ball very well and their bench was outscored by the Kebs bench. 'We played well for three-quarters,' Richardson said. 'But in the fourth, our shots weren't dropping and we gave them too many good looks.' Against Quebec, the Lightning only shot 15% from three-point range, making 5-of-32 while the Kebs shot 42% from the arc. The Kebs are one of two teams chasing the Lightning for first place. Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) led the Kebs with 20 points. Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) led the Lightning with another double-double, hitting for 24 points and 17 rebounds. Eddie Smith and Tim Ellis had 16 each for London with Rod Buford adding 11 and DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) 10. *Courtesy of www.lfpress.com

Quebec K. - Summerside S. 145-136 2OT
It took double overtime, but the Quebec Kebs eventually handed the Summerside Storm their third straight loss Sunday afternoon. In one of the highest-scoring games in this inaugural National Basketball League of Canada season, the Kebs defeated the Storm 145-136. While the teams did need to go to two five-minute overtimes, Storm head coach Joe Salerno said losing clutch shooters to fouls was more of a factor in the loss than fatigue. 'Everybody's tired in that situation,' he said. 'Quebec played an overtime game (Saturday) night and a double-overtime game (Sunday). 'For us, it was more Mike Williams fouling out in the first overtime, and Al Stewart fouling out with three minutes left in the second overtime that hurt us.' The road loss drops Summerside to 8-15 (won-lost), and the Kebs improved to 18-8. Williams had 16 points for the Storm while Stewart recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists. Jessan Gray (6'10''-F-84, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Iowa St.) also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Troy Jackson (6'4''-F-84, college: Alcorn St.) and Xavier Hansbro each had 20 points for Summerside. Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) had a game-high 28 points to lead the Kebs, and Carl Krauser had a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists. The Storm trailed 63-52 at halftime, but Salerno said the team responded with strong play in the second half. 'I told the guys at the half, If we don't turn things around, it's going to be a long bus ride home,'' said Salerno. 'The guys played hard in the second half, and had the guts to come back. We were able to double up on them in the third (scoring 32 points to the Kebs' 16).' Quebec tied the game at 118 on a three-pointer with less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Summerside point guard Stephen McDowell took the ball down court and almost immediately went for a three-point shot of his own, but missed the mark. That allowed Quebec 15 seconds to try for a final shot, but the Kebs couldn't convert. 'There are no (24-second) clocks at either end of the court at Laval University. . . so I'm not sure if Steph knew how much time he had left,' said Salerno of the play. 'Of course I'd like to see him get to the rim. . . but that's how the ball bounces sometimes.' The teams were tied at 129 after a back-and-forth first overtime, but Quebec was able to capitalize on the absence of Stewart and Williams late in the second extra frame. The Storm's next game is at home on Friday against the Oshawa Power. Game time at EastLink Arena is 7:30 p.m. *Courtesy of www.theguardian.pe.ca

St.John M.R. - London L. 91-100
DeAnthony Bowden led London with 22 points as the Lightning defeated the Saint John Mill Rats 100-91 in National Basketball League of Canada action Sunday in New Brunswick. Shamari Spears (6'6''-F-86, college: Charlotte) added 18 points off the bench for London. Tim Ellis also netted 18 points and led London with 11 rebounds and seven assists. 'We made the proper adjustments today,' said Lightning coach Michael Ray Richardson. 'We came out strong, played defence and were able to keep our momentum throughout the entire game.' London's next game is at the John Labatt Centre on Thursday against the Halifax Rainmen. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Halifax R. - St.John M.R. 121-104
Count Richard Anderson (6'7''-F-77) 's first game with the Halifax Rainmen a resounding success. The former Canadian national team member didn't accumulate any gaudy statistics in Saturday night's 121-104 win over the Saint John Mill Rats, but his teammates saw exactly what they were hoping for in the burly centre. 'We've been beating teams with very scrappy team defence but we didn't have no beast inside that can really just hammer other big guys so that's gonna help,' veteran power forward Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) said after Anderson's debut. 'Once he gets comfortable with everything, he's gonna give us more but he did great tonight.' Anderson, a six-foot-seven, 245-pound native of Ottawa, was signed earlier this week after parting ways with his club team in the Czech Republic. In just under 23 minutes of floor time, he netted seven points, yanked down four rebounds and was whistled for three fouls in front of a season-high 3,952 fans at the Metro Centre. But his imposing presence in the paint was felt, even if it didn't show up on the scoresheet. He helped hold Saint John centre Antoine Tisby to 10 points and played a part as Halifax finally delivered its knockout blow in the fourth quarter against a Mill Rats squad that just wouldn't go away. Halifax jumped on the Mill Rats early, using a 12-0 run that included treys by Justin Johnson and Tyrone Levett to go up 16-3 in the first 4 minutes. Shutting down Saint John's interior attack, Halifax finished the opening quarter with a 32-18 lead and held the Rats without a field goal inside the three-point arc. The Mill Rats shot only 4-for-18 from the floor, with four treys and six free throws accounting for all of their scoring. Lawrence Wright, who finished with 24 points, counted Halifax's last nine points of the quarter and continued his tear in the second. By the time P.J. Young hit a two-footer - the Rats' first hoop inside the arc - with 1:16 gone in the period, the Rainmen were up 39-18 on seven more points from Wright, making it 16 in a row for the explosive forward. The Rats' lethal outside shooting, though, kept them close and an 11-0 run to end the quarter left them down only 58-48 at the half. In the third, the resilient Mill Rats, playing without injured star Anthony Anderson, cut their deficit to four before Halifax responded and ended the quarter with an 83-75 lead. Still, Saint John refused to go away. In the fourth, Courtland Bluford's jumper just past the two-minute mark drew Saint John to within 86-84. But Joey Haywood, who finished with a game-high 25 points, scored the next hoop on a baseline jumper and Wright dropped two free throws, then threw down an emphatic dunk off a Haywood assist to give Halifax an eight-point spread. A few possessions later, with the Mill Rats lingering within range, Anderson knocked the ball loose from Tisby near the Halifax foul line and Wright dunked off an alley-oop feed from Taliek Brown on a two-on-one break that seemed to finally knocked the starch out of the visitors with 4:45 to go. The Rainmen, second in the National Basketball League of Canada with a 14-5 mark, have high expectations and owner Andre Levingston said when he signed Anderson that the big centre is the missing link that could help deliver a championship to Halifax. Anderson's OK with that pressure. 'The last couple years, I felt like I had a diminishing role with the teams I've been on and it's nice to be involved and be expected to perform and produce for the team,' he said. The one-time teammate of Steve Nash on Canada's national team admitted he'll need an adjustment period. 'I wasn't sure what to expect coming here. I like the style of play. It's gonna take some getting used to because it's a little up and down, a little bit faster than I've been playing the last couple of years.' Isaac Kuon scored 21 to lead the Rats, who finished 14 of 22 from long range. Brown and Levett had 14 each and Johnson added 11 for the Rainmen. Halifax shot 54 per cent from the floor and made 21 of 22 tries from the charity stripe. *Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca




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  NCAA1   


Top 25 - Men
MAAC Standings
 1. Iona 5-1 (13-4) 
 2. Loyola, MD 5-2 (12-5) 
 3. Manhattan 4-2 (11-7) 
 4. Niagara 3-3 (8-10) 
 5. St.Peter's 3-4 (4-14) 
 6. Fairfield 2-2 (7-7) 
 7. Siena 2-3 (7-8) 
 8. Rider 2-3 (5-12) 
 9. Marist 2-4 (7-10) 
 10. Canisius 1-5 (4-12) 


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Michael GLOVER
  Iona
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 19
 1. Glover, Iona19.0 
 2. Green, Niagara18.6 
 3. Washington, Canisi.17.6 
 4. Beamon, Manhattan16.7 
 5. Sanders, Fairfield15.9 
 6. Cormier, Loyol.15.5 
 7. Hymes, Siena15.3 
 8. Jones, Iona15.1 
 9. Anosike, Siena14.7 
 10. Hymes, Canisius14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Siena
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Anosike, Siena12.5 
 2. Manhertz, Canisius8.8 
 3. Glover, Iona8.6 
 4. Conley, St.Peter''s8.2 
 5. Sanders, Fairfield7.9 
 6. Etherly, Loyol.7.6 
 7. Kemp, Marist7.3 
 8. Stewart, Rider7.2 
 9. Walters, Siena6.3 
 10. Penn, Rider6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Iona
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Machado, Iona10.3 
 2. Thompson, Rider4.7 
 3. Green, Niagara4.1 
 4. Jones, Iona3.6 
 5. Hymes, Siena3.4 
 6. Needham, Fairfield3.2 
 7. Alvarado, Manha.3.1 
 8. Belardo, Canisius3.0 
 9. Downey, Siena2.9 
 10. Ffrench, St.Peter.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dylon CORMIER
  Loyol.
  (187-G-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Cormier, Loyol.1.9 
 2. Hall, St.Peter''s1.9 
 3. Green, Niagara1.7 
 4. Machado, Iona1.6 
 5. Belardo, Canisius1.5 
 6. Groves, Canisius1.4 
 7. Lemmons, Niagara1.4 
 8. Lewis, Marist1.4 
 9. Needham, Fairfield1.4 
 10. Williams, Loyol.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Manhattan
  (198-F/C-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Brown, Manhattan2.5 
 2. Kemp, Marist2.2 
 3. Olander, Fairfield1.9 
 4. Conley, St.Peter''s1.5 
 5. Walker, Loyola, MD1.4 
 6. Walters, Siena1.4 
 7. Anosike, Siena1.3 
 8. Glover, Iona1.3 
 9. Etherly, Loyol.1.1 
 10. Ferguson, St.Pe.1.0 


Tyshawn Taylor scores 28 points to lead No. 10 Kansas to 82-73 win over Iowa State - by Eurobasket News
Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) has been a lightning rod during his career at Kansas. He makes big shots and is beloved; he makes careless turnovers and is loathed.

He was feeling nothing but love on Saturday.

The senior guard scored 22 of his career-high 28 points after halftime, leading the No. 10 Jayhawks on a game-changing run that resulted in an 82-73 victory over Iowa State.

Tyshawn is a little different. When you guys tell him hes really good, thats when I probably tell him hes taking too many shots, coach Bill Self said. He is a scrutinized player, but hes also the point guard at Kansas, and that goes with the territory.

Too often Taylor hasn't lived up to those who came before him, guys like Kirk Hinrich and Mario Chalmers, and thats drawn the ire of one of the most passionate fan bases in college basketball.

They were squarely on his side against the Cyclones, though.

Taylor hit three 3-pointers and dished out six assists, leading the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-0 Big 12) on a 17-2 run midway through the second half. It was part of a larger 30-9 burst by the defending conference champions that carried them to their seventh consecutive victory.

I felt the love, man. I felt the love. The Fieldhouse was going crazy, the bench was going crazy. It was a good feeling, Taylor said. I made some shots that counted.

Jeff Withey (7'0''-C) added 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F) 11 points and 14 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Elijah Johnson also had 12 points.

The Jayhawks, who havent lost to Iowa State since February 2005, will carry plenty of momentum into a marquee showdown Monday night with undefeated and fourth-ranked Baylor, which romped to a 106-65 win over Oklahoma State earlier Saturday.

Its going to be a good game, Taylor said with a smile.

Royce White (6'8''-F-91) had 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Cyclones (12-5, 2-2), who played ninth-ranked Missouri down to the wire earlier in the week and gave the Jayhawks similar fits.

At least, for most of the game.

Chris Allen added 17 points, Melvin Ejim had 12 and Scott Christopherson 10 for the Cyclones, who shot 9 of 28 (32 percent) from the 3-point line and just 16 of 25 (64 percent) from the foul line.

Its frustrating, but you look at the positives and say: If Missouri is No. 9 and Kansas is No. 10, then we might be 11, 12, White said. Thats the positive that were going to take from it.

The Cyclones stuck to their scouting report at the start.

White hit his first 3-point attempt of the season, and Ejim added another 3 moments later as a team known for the long ball built a 17-7 lead over the first 5 minutes.

Kansas went on a run of its own to close within 18-16, but the Cyclones extended the lead back to 27-18. They took their largest lead of the half at 39-28 when Christopherson hit a 3-pointer and Allen a pair of free throws with 4:43 remaining, quieting the crowd inside Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks went on a late run to get within 43-40 at the break, but Iowa State scored the first nine points of the second half as Kansas missed four consecutive free throws.

My halftime talk was good, Self said drily. We went in down three and came out down 12.

Thats when Taylor and the Jayhawks went on their game-turning run.

Withey started it with a basket that got the crowd stirring, and Johnson added another basket to trim the lead to 52-45 with 14:43 left. Taylor got in the act with a basket of his own, the first of three consecutive field goals that he scored for the Jayhawks.

He was amazing, Robinson said. He put the team on his back and he did what we expected. He played great during that stretch of us coming back. He hit some big shots for us.

The Cyclones still led 59-53 with 11:50 remaining when Withey converted a three-point play, the start of the 17-2 run. Taylor added a 3-pointer to draw the Jayhawks even, and back-to-back baskets by Kevin Young and Withey gave them their first lead since it was 7-6 with 17:29 left in the first half.

By the time Withey scored off a feed from Johnson and Taylor knocked down another basket, the Kansas lead had swelled to 70-61 and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg was begging for a timeout.

It managed to settle the Cyclones a bit. They closed within 72-70 with 6:35 remaining on consecutive baskets by Ejim, but Young and Taylor answered and Iowa State never threatened again.

We talked a lot about that the last two days. If you come into this building and have that kind of drought, and you let it bother you and effect you, its hard to win, said Hoiberg, who had some of his best and worst games as a player at Iowa State against the Jayhawks.

Ive been seeing those runs in here for years, he said. Its a very tough place to play.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Dawkins scores 24 to lead No. 8 Duke to 73-66 win - by Eurobasket News
Andre Dawkins (6'4''-G-91) scored 24 points and made five 3--pointers to help No. 8 Duke beat Clemson 73-66 Sunday night.

The Blue Devils (15-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame a sluggish start to pull away from the Tigers (9-8, 1-2) even though scoring leader Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) finished with 4 points, more than 10 fewer than his average.

Duke had to overcome a late rally by Clemson, which cut a 13-point lead to 68-64 in the final minute on two 3-pointers by Andre Young. But Dawkins made three foul shots down the stretch as the Blue Devils beat Clemson for the 26th time in the last 28 meetings.

Milton Jennings (6'9''-F-90) had 16 points for the Tigers and Devin Booker (6'8''-F/C-91) added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Duke looked as if it had put the game out of reach when it opened the second half on a 14-7 run. Quinn Cook had a jumper and a 3-pointer and Seth Curry added a bucket. Miles Plumlee put back his brother Mason's miss for two more points. By the time Dawkins connected with his third 3-pointer of the game, the Blue Devils were ahead 46-33.

The Blue Devils were still in front by 10 points on Rivers' layup less with less than seven minutes to go when Clemson put on a final charge. Andre Young hit a 3-pointer and K.J. McDaniel a basket to cut the lead to 65-61.

After Dawkins answered with his final three, Young came back with another long-range shot to bring the Tigers within four one last time. That's when Dawkins extended the margin with his foul shots and Clemson could not respond.

Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) scored 12 points and Cook had 10 for the Blue Devils.

Clemson drew a large crowd to Littlejohn Coliseum, partly because of last week's 20-point win over Florida State in the ACC opener and partly because of the football team's visiting recruits.

Duke gutted out a 61-58 win over No. 16 Virginia on Thursday night and was prepared for a similar struggle at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Blue Devils came in having won 10 of their past 11 games at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was so upset after Tanner Smith's unchallenged drive to the hoop, he called timeout less than two minutes in and replaced his five starters. Clemson's lead eventually reached 16-7 on Devin Coleman's foul shot with 11:46 to go in the half.

That's when Duke began to find its offense. Ryan Kelly scored five points in a two minute span to draw the Blue Devils to 18-14. Mason Plumlee's three-point play with 5:29 left gave Duke its first lead of the game, 21-20. Seth Curry followed with a high-arcing three over Clemson's 7-foot-2 center Catalin Baciu. Andre Dawkins closed the half with eight straight points and Duke took a 32-28 lead into the break.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


No. 4 Baylor still unbeaten after 106-65 rout of Oklahoma State - by Eurobasket News
There was a barrage of three-pointers, alley-oop passes for highlight dunks and in the end one serious rout by No. 4 Baylor.

And finally a breather for the Bears, who remained undefeated with a 106-65 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.

'Thats just the depth we have. We have a lot of confidence in each other. We know how to play with each other', Baylor's Perry Jones III (6'11''-F/C-91) said. 'It's just having guys on the floor that youre comfortable with, and everybodys comfortable with everybody. So thats a plus for us. '

Jones, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, had 19 points on eight-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds. Freshman Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92) had a season-high 21 points, and newcomer Pierre Jackson (5'10''-G-91) scored 18 points with five of Baylors season-high 15 three-pointers.

Baylor, 17-0, 4-0 extended its school-record winning streak to 17 games in advance of a big test Monday night at No. 10 Kansas. The Bears went into Saturday as one of three undefeated teams in major college basketball, along with No. 1 Syracuse and No. 15 Murray State

They played great. We played bad. There you go, said Cowboys coach Travis Ford, who answered only one question in his postgame news conference that lasted less than 30 seconds. They played really, really, really well. Really, really, really well.

It would certainly be hard to argue with him.

The Bears, who were coming off a 75-73 win at K-State, scored their most points ever in a Big 12 game that didnt go to overtime. It was their most three-pointers in a game since making 15 against Prairie View on Dec. 13, 2008, but still five short of the school record set in 1995.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Florida hits 12 3-pointers in 79-65 win over South Carolina - by Eurobasket News
Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) scored 15 points and hit four of No. 19 Floridas 12 3-pointers in a 79-65 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night.

The Gators (14-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) came in leading the league in 3-pointers with nearly 11 per game. They reached double figures from long range for the 13th time this season but first in SEC play.

Boynton wasn't alone in hitting from way outside. Erving Walker (5'8''-G) added three from long range, while Bradley Beal (6'3''-G-93) and Mike Rosario had two apiece. The Gators took control behind three 3-pointers during a 19-3 run to start the second half.

Not even beloved Gators football great Steve Spurrier here for a halftime celebration of the Gamecocks season could slow down Florida, which had six players reach double-figures in scoring.

Will Yeguete (6'7''-F-91) and Bradley Beal had 14 points each, Erik Murphy and Erving Walker 11 apiece, and Mike Rosario added 10. Yeguete went 6 of 6 from the field and added a team-high eight rebounds.

Florida finished 12 of 24 from behind the arc and a hot 53.2 percent (25 of 47) overall.

Bruce Ellington had 17 points to lead the Gamecocks (8-9, 0-3), who opened league play with three consecutive losses for the first time in coach Darrin Horns four seasons.

Florida took charge with a fast start coming out of the break and held the Gamecocks scoreless for more than 8 minutes.

Boynton started things with his fourth 3-pointer and Beal followed with another long distance shot as the Gators moved in front 48-44. Rosario had a breakaway dunk after a steal, which followed an embarrassing play where he passed to Yeguete, who was waiting on the sidelines to enter the game. Rosarios teammates laughed and smiled before Beal added another 3-pointer.

By the time Beal hit two foul shots, the Gators led 59-44 and South Carolina could get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

South Carolina figured it would struggle against Floridas conference-best outside shooting. No one in the SEC had made more 3-pointers than the Gators have put up so far, and the Gamecocks had already been stung for 13 3-pointers in a 67-57 home loss to Vanderbilt last Tuesday night.

Florida came out firing, with Walker and Rosario making two 3-pointers each and Boynton adding another for a 26-18 lead halfway through the opening period.

The Gamecocks, though, began to find their range from behind the arc, too. Bruce Ellington hits a pair of 3s and freshman Brenton Williams hit two from well behind the line to give the Gamecocks a 41-40 lead at the break.

Neither team could stop the other: Florida finished 12 of 22 (54.5 percent) from the field, while South Carolina topped them at 15 of 25 (60 percent.).

Ellington, South Carolinas two-sport standout, got his first start since the football season ended. Ellington started fast, going 3 for 4 before getting pulled with two fouls.

Still, the biggest cheers came at halftime when Spurrier and his record-setting, 11-win football team were celebrated by the crowd. Spurrier, who had knee replacement surgery last week, came out with a cane and promised that while he looked gimpy now, Ill run out on the field with this team next year.

Spurrier won a national championship coaching at Florida his alma mater. He introduced several players, including quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive end Devin Taylor, and reminded the crowd that South Carolina still hadnt reached its goal of an SEC championship.

When we come out of Atlanta hugging and high-fiving, thats when you know we hit the Promised Land, Spurrier said.

Courtesy of http://staugustine.com


Florida State rips No. 3 North Carolina 90-57 - by Eurobasket News
Deividas Dulkys (6'5''-G-88) scored a career-high 32 points and Michael Snaer added 17 as Florida State stunned No. 3 North Carolina 90-57 on Saturday, snapping the Tar Heels' nine-game winning streak.

The Seminoles (11-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) started the second half on a 30-8 run to take a 66-36 lead en route to handing North Carolina its most lopsided conference loss since a 96-56 loss to Maryland in 2003.

It was the worst loss for North Carolina under coach Roy Williams.

Dulkys, whose previous career-high was 22 points, was 12 of 14 from the field and 8 of 10 from 3-point range. He added four steals and a blocked shot. His 8 treys were a Florida State record in ACC play.

Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) scored 15 points and TyleRobert Zeller added 14 for North Carolina (15-3, 2-1), which finished 4 of 21 from 3-point range.

Williams took his team -- except for five walk-ons who finished the game -- from the court with 14.2 seconds left in expectation of the court-storming by the Florida State fans.

The Seminoles never trailed after Dulkys' first 3-pointer seconds after the opening tip.

It was an unexpected turnabout for a Florida State team that suffered a 79-59 defeat at Clemson just a week ago and came into Saturday's game with the poorest 3-point shooting mark in the ACC at 30.2 percent.

But behind Dulkys, the Seminoles hit 12 of 27 from long distance while the Tar Heels were simply off while playing on the road for the first time in six weeks. North Carolina made only 9 of 20 free throws and were beaten 43-35 on the boards despite Zeller's 14 rebounds. North Carolina had not been beaten on the boards in its previous seven games.

Okaro White (6'8''-F) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles.

Florida State led by as many as 12 points in the first half, grabbing a 31-19 lead on Dulkys' fourth 3-pointer with 7:35 remaining and then again with 6:08 left on Bernard James' riveting dunk on a putback. The 6-foot-10 James, who had six rebounds in the early going, drew his second foul just 5 seconds later and sat the rest of the half.

Dulkys was 6 of 7 from the field in the first half, including 4 of 5 from 3-point distance.

North Carolina had reeled off nine straight wins during a 35-day homestand, shoring up on defense and rebounding that contributed to early season losses to UNLV and Kentucky. But those deficiencies returned to haunt Williams' club in a big way Saturday.

Florida State, which returned nine key players from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA's regional finals, notched its first win over a ranked team this season.

Courtesy of www.wsoctv.com


UCLA 66, Southern California 47 - by Milord Nikolic
UCLAs twin towers, Travis and David Wear, combined for 32 points and 15 rebounds and the Bruins held the anemic-offense of Southern California to just 35 percent shooting on the way to a 66-47 win in a Pac-12 Conference contest at the Galen Center Sunday night. It was the third straight win for the Bruins (10-7, 3-2 Pac-12). USC (5-13, 0-5 Pac-12) lost its sixth straight game and its ninth in its last 10 outings. Travis Wear led all scorers with 19 points and David Wear had 13. Lazeric Jones added 15 points and had 11 at the half. The Bruins used an early 15-1 run to take control and led 37-19 at the half. They took a 43-20 lead on a jumper by David Wear early in the second half and the Trojans never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way. USC was led by Maurice Jones with 13 points and failed to score 50 points for the eighth time this season.



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Desmond HOLLAWAY
  Sauk V.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 29
 1. Hollaway, Sauk V.29.0 
 2. Alexander, Lake M.26.0 
 3. Commons, Scranton.25.0 
 4. Davis, St. Louis P.24.0 
 5. Favors, Sauk V.23.5 
 6. Artest, Indiana D.23.0 
 7. Simpson, Scranton.22.0 
 8. Tubbs, Sauk V.22.0 
 9. Fay, Sauk Valley P.21.5 
 10. Valencia, Lake M.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 13
 1. Pettiford, India.13.0 
 2. Hill, Chicago M.12.3 
 3. Harris, Sauk V.12.0 
 4. Hollaway, Sauk V.10.5 
 5. Fay, Sauk Valley P.10.5 
 6. Huffman, India.10.0 
 7. Artest, Indiana D.10.0 
 8. Griffin, Scranton.8.8 
 9. Perry, Dayton A.S.8.0 
 10. Robinson, Scranto.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Favors, Sauk V.9.0 
 2. Alexander, Lake M.7.0 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.6.8 
 4. Crouch, Rocheste.6.7 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.6.0 
 6. Voils, Indiana D.5.0 
 7. Valencia, Lake M.4.0 
 8. Pettiford, India.4.0 
 9. Farmer, Cent.I.3.7 
 10. Griffin, Scranton.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Desmond HOLLAWAY
  Sauk V.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Hollaway, Sauk V.4.5 
 2. Pettiford, India.3.0 
 3. Smith, NW India.2.5 
 4. Box, Sauk Valley P.2.5 
 5. Griffin, Scranton.2.3 
 6. Ruffin, Cent.I.2.0 
 7. Hassell, Dayton A.2.0 
 8. Favors, Sauk V.2.0 
 9. Robinson, Scranton.1.8 
 10. Commons, Scranto.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.5.0 
 2. Pettiford, India.2.0 
 3. McCree, Lake M.1.0 
 4. Valencia, Lake M.1.0 
 5. Commons, Scranton.1.0 
 6. Box, Sauk Valley P.1.0 
 7. Wade, Dayton A.S.1.0 
 8. Salley, Cent.I.0.7 
 9. Walton, Rocheste.0.7 
 10. Fuqua, Cent.Ill.0.7 


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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. David, Powerade T.24.6 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.19.0 
 4. Santos, Petron B.17.5 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.1 
 6. Lassiter, Powerade.17.0 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull15.8 
 8. Chan, Rain or Shine15.6 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces15.4 
 10. Cardona, Meralco15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.0 
 2. Kramer, Powerade.10.5 
 3. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.1 
 4. Taulava, Meralco9.9 
 5. Sena, Shopinas.9.4 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 7. Carey, Talk N Text9.4 
 8. Espinas, Meralco9.1 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.8.4 
 10. Peek, Talk N Text8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cabagnot, Petron6.9 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.1 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.1 
 5. Mercado, Meralco5.0 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 7.