EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/19/2012

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
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. Savannah Storm 0-0
 8. Tampa 0-0
 9. Columbus R. 0-2
 10. 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. Chico Rage 0-1
 11. Washington R. 0-1
 12. 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. Portsmouth C. 2-2
 5. Norfolk Sh. 0-0
 6. Seven Cities 0-0
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 6-0
 2. Milwaukee B. 3-0
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0
 4. Midwest Flames 0-0
 5. Oshkosh 0-0
 6. Cleveland H. 0-1
 7. 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. Dayton GCHF 0-2
 7. Michiana M. 0-2
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 6-0
 2. Jersey Expr. 4-6
 3. Island Vipers 1-3
 4. New York Ch. 0-1
 5. NYC Thunder 0-3
Northern Division
 1. Oklahoma I. 0-0
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 6-1
 2. 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
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. W.Virginia B. 3-4
 2. ABA-Canada 0-0
 3. Florida M. 0-0
 4. Rocky Mountain S. 0-1
 5. Team Haiti 0-1
 6. Appalachian R. 0-2
 7. Chicago F. 0-3
 8. Calgary C. 0-4


Cheetahs take another win - by Gianni Pascucci
The Carolina Cheetahs largely prevailed over the West Virginia Blazers, 152-115, on the past Saturday night in Greensboro, North Carolina. With the win, the Cheetahs avenged the previous Sunday's loss against the Blazers. This game was about a Re-Match after losing January 8th to the Blazers at home with a close 121-128 score. Top Scorer for the night was High Point, NC native Kellen Brand (6'1''-G-87, college: Appalachian St.) with 41 points. The former Appalachian State University Mountaineer led the Cheetahs to a 9-4 record for the season. The next top scorer was Ryan Scott (6'3''-G-86, college: Johnson C. Smith) with 27 points.
The Cheetahs team is now coached by a woman, Kristina Baugh, from Providence College '07


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Zlatorog lands Marko Popovic - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog reinforced its backcourt by signing Marko Popovic (193-G-84) for the remainder of the season. Popovic arrives from UCAM Murcia, where he was signed in mid-December with a one-month contract which has not been extended. Popovic started the season with Sloga and averaged 21.2 points (2P 64%, 3P 49%, FT 84%), 2.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 12 Serbian League games. He has been leading scorer and assistant of Serbian league. He was the member of Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team in 2009.

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


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BC Vienna signs a triple of new players - by Stefan Prager
After not renewing the contracts of Mirza Ahmetbasic and Alen Trepalovac BC Vienna used their break to sign three new players. Marko Djurkovic, a 24 year old forward/center from Banja Luka, last palyed with Krka Nove Mesto in Slovenia. After 12 appearances in the Adriatic League as well as six in the Eurocup he had to leave the team in December. Djurkovic has won the Adriatic League twice as well a Serbian championship in 2007. Denis Toroman (194-G-82, agency: TSS Management) a 6'5'' point guard from Croatia arrived as well. Toroman played in Slovakia last season winning the championship as well as earning an All Star spot. SInce 2011/12 he played in the Croatian second league. Last new arrival is Svetozar Popovic (195-G-87), a 24 year old guard from Serbia. Popovic spent the last season partly in Serbia and the French third league. The three new guys are expected to debut on Friday when the BC is travelling to a tough game against 3rd placed WBC Wels. Vienna is battling for the eight spot right now but has lost three straight games since the end of December.

Gunners have Esmir Rizvic on try- out - by Stefan Prager
Austrian champion Oberwart Gunners reacted on their trouble with injuries especially to their big men. After injuries Gunners captain Jason Johnson and youngster Erik Fruewirth. Team was forced to bring in another big man. Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82, college: Texas Tech) started the season with Duesseldorf in the German Pro A where he also spent the season before. He left during the pre- season and moved to Parklji Bezigrad to Slovenia. In 12 games so far this season the soon to be thirty Rizvic averaged 16.5 ppg along with 9.3 rpg while shooting a solid 53% from the field. The Gunners will play their arch rivals the Furstenfeld Panthers on Friday. According to Gunners manager Andreas Leitner it's not sure if Rizvic will see playing time.

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Feni Industri lands Solomon Bozeman at PG - by Eurobasket News
Solomon Bozeman (185-G-87, college: UALR) will continue his career in FYROM. The American point guard signed a deal with Macedonian champions Feni Industri. He arrives to Feni from the NBA D-League team Austin Toros. Bozeman appeared 12 times for them this season averaging 8 points, 3 assists and 1.9 rebounds. Solomon Bozeman is a rookie who graduated last year at the UALR (University of Arkansas at Little Rock). He shined as a senior with 16.6 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2.1 rpg for 26 games. Bozeman helped UALR to win the Sun Belt Tournament and was named MVP of the event. He was also awarded with All-Sun Belt Player of the Year -11. Bozeman started collegiate career at South Florida and in 2008 transferred to UALR. He missed the 2008/09 season due to transfer rule in NCAA.

Round 6: Rilski Sportist hands first defeat to Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

Undefeated Israeli Galil Gilboa (5-1) recorded its first loss in Samokov on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (4-2) 72-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Galil Gilboa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) who recorded 12 points and 5 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist moved-up to second place, which they share with Mornar Bar and Feni Indistrija. Galil Gilboa at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face Timisoara (#4) on the road in the next round. Galil Gilboa will play against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Krusevac. Second ranked Israeli Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th ranked Serbian Napredak Rubin (2-4) 82-80 on Tuesday evening. It was a good game for American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Curtis Kelly contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Slaven Cupkovic (205-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Napredak Rubin. Napredak Rubin's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Napredak Rubin at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with OKK Beograd and Timisoara. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against league's leader Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napredak Rubin will play against Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Kavadarci between FYR Macedonian Feni Indistrija and Montenegrin Ulcinj. Third ranked Feni Indistrija (4-2) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Ulcinj (1-5). Feni Indistrija managed to escape with a 1-point win 81-80 on Wednesday evening. Ivan Lilov scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Boban Medenica with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Mornar Bar and Rilski Sportist. Ulcinj lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Torus Skopje. Feni Indistrija will meet Napredak Rubin (#4) in the next round. Ulcinj will play against Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bulgarian undefeated leader Levski Sofia delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they beat bottom-ranked Bosnian Zrinjski HT (0-6) 69-59 in Mostar. Aaron Harper notched 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Levski Sofia (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Zrinjski HT at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Levski Sofia's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zrinjski HT will play against Ulcinj (#5) in Ulcijn and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bar. Local Mornar Bar (4-2) beat 5th ranked FYR Macedonian Torus Skopje (1-5) 84-68 on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Stevan Milosevic who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mornar Bar have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Feni Indistrija and Rilski Sportist. Torus Skopje lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Mornar Bar will face league's leader Galil Gilboa on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torus Skopje will play against OKK Beograd (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 6 Timisoara defeated OKK Beograd in a road game 84-75. OKK Beograd beat Torus Skopje at home 87-81.
The best stats of 6th round was 17 points and 11 rebounds by Justin Reynolds of Torus Skopje.


Group A
Mornar Bar - Torus Skopje 84-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bar. Local Mornar Bar (4-2) beat 5th ranked FYR Macedonian Torus Skopje (1-5) 84-68 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Mornar Bar. Torus Skopje was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Turkish center Stevan Milosevic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian Ivan Jelenic (190-85, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Five Mornar Bar players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mornar Bar have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Feni Indistrija and Rilski Sportist. Torus Skopje lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. Mornar Bar will face league's leader Galil Gilboa on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torus Skopje will play against OKK Beograd (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: A.Scott 16+2reb+1ast, I.Jelenic 16+4ast, L.Radosavljevic 12+3reb+2ast, F.Barovic 11+5reb, S.Milosevic 10+9reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 10+2reb+1ast
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 19+5reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 17+11reb, D.Karadzovski 12+7reb+8ast, N.Karakolev 6, P.Blazevski 5+3reb+2ast, J.Boswell 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 152242


OKK Beograd - Timisoara 75-84

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Serbian OKK Beograd (2-4) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Romanian Timisoara (2-4) 84-75 on Tuesday. OKK Beograd trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. Timisoara shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) chipped in 22 points and 5 steals. Four Timisoara players scored in double figures. Timisoara's coach Predrag Badnjarevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Nemanja Bezbradica (205-93, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Mirko Kovac (199-83, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points respectively. Timisoara moved-up to fourth place, which they share with OKK Beograd and Napredak. Timisoara will face league's second-placed Rilski Sportist in Samokov in the next round and it may be the game of the week. OKK Beograd will play on the road against Torus Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: I.Siriscevic 22+3reb+1ast, Z.Jovanovic 22+2reb+4ast, S.Spralja 17+5reb, B.Cuic 10+9reb+5ast, D.Archie 8+4reb+2ast, G.Toth 3+3reb+1ast
OKK Beograd: M.Kovac 19+2reb+1ast, N.Bezbradica 19+5reb, M.Suzic 14+4reb+3ast, V.Malidzan 6+3reb+1ast, N.Misanovic 5+4reb+1ast, F.Sepa 5+1reb
gschID: 152243


Rilski Sportist - Galil Gilboa 72-70

Undefeated Israeli Galil Gilboa (5-1) recorded its first loss in Samokov on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Bulgarian Rilski Sportist (4-2) 72-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Galil Gilboa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) who recorded 12 points and 5 rebounds and center Ido Kozikaro (203-78) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist moved-up to second place, which they share with Mornar Bar and Feni Indistrija. Galil Gilboa at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Hapoel T-A. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face Timisoara (#4) on the road in the next round. Galil Gilboa will play against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 21+6reb+5ast, H.Zahariev 13+7reb+2ast, F.Vukosavljevic 11+11reb+3ast, A.Velikov 10+3reb+2ast, M.Marinov 8+2reb+1ast, A.Bilobrk 7+8reb+2ast
Galil Gilboa: C.Thomas 13+1reb+2ast, J.Jones 12+5reb, I.Kozikaro 9+7reb+1ast, A.Gordon 8+6reb+1ast, C.Allen 7+3reb, R.Travis 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 152244


Group B
Zrinjski HT - Levski Sofia 59-69

Bulgarian undefeated leader Levski Sofia delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they beat bottom-ranked Bosnian Zrinjski HT (0-6) 69-59 in Mostar. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) notched 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) supported him with 9 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: David Lee services) did not help to save the game for Zrinjski HT. Center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Alti Sport) added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Zrinjski HT at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Levski Sofia's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zrinjski HT will play against Ulcinj (#5) in Ulcijn and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 12+6reb+2ast, J.Howell 11+3reb+1ast, H.Dimitrov 9+3reb+5ast, P.Ivanov 9+5reb, D.Anguelov 8+1reb, V.Evtimov 6+5reb+2ast
Zrinjski HT: M.Jones 15+12reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 12+1reb+3ast, E.Jazvin 10+5reb+3ast, M.Petric 9+3reb, D.Kapelan 7+3reb+2ast, B.Masic 2+4reb
gschID: 152246


Napredak - Hapoel T-A 80-82

Important game to mention about took place in Krusevac. Second ranked Israeli Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th ranked Serbian Napredak Rubin (2-4) 82-80 on Tuesday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Napredak Rubin won second period 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 27-of-34 charity shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Napredak Rubin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. The other American import Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Slaven Cupkovic (205-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Kendrick Jones (190-83, college: Columbus St.) added 15 points in the effort for Napredak Rubin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Napredak Rubin's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Napredak Rubin at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with OKK Beograd and Timisoara. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against league's leader Levski Sofia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napredak Rubin will play against Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 20+2reb+3ast, C.Kelly 17+6reb+1ast, M.Naor 13+5reb+1ast, C.Carr 11+3reb+2ast, G.Eytan 8+4reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+2reb+1ast
Napredak: S.Cupkovic 16+10reb+3ast, K.Jones 15+3reb, M.Puzic 15+3ast, A.Mandic 11+6reb+1ast, V.Radmanovac 9+4reb+5ast, M.Radonjic 6+1reb
gschID: 152247


Feni Indistrija - Ulcinj 81-80

A very close game took place in Kavadarci between FYR Macedonian Feni Indistrija and Montenegrin Ulcinj. Third ranked Feni Indistrija (4-2) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Ulcinj (1-5). Feni Indistrija managed to escape with a 1-point win 81-80 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 26-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bulgarian swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Boban Medenica (204-87, agency: Beo Basket) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Milos Djurisic (194-88) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Mornar Bar and Rilski Sportist. Ulcinj lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Torus Skopje. Feni Indistrija will meet Napredak Rubin (#4) in the next round. Ulcinj will play against Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: I.Lilov 25+6reb, Z.Gocevski 18+4reb, K.Nikolovski 10+6reb+2ast, J.Frye 10+9reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 9+1ast, V.Brckov 6+2ast
Ulcinj: B.Medenica 17+7reb, M.Djurisic 16+5reb+2ast, R.Djurkovic 15+5reb, S.Tepavcevic 9+4reb+2ast, M.Latkovic 8+1reb+5ast, M.Unkasevic 8+3reb
gschID: 152245


Round 2
OKK Beograd - Torus Skopje 87-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Serbian OKK Beograd and 5th ranked FYR Macedonian Torus Skopje had identical 1-4 record. This time OKK Beograd used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Skopje 87-81 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-81. OKK Beograd outrebounded Torus Skopje 43-20 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Torus Skopje was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Jovan Koprivica (198-82) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian point guard Luka Drca (195-87, college: Utah, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points. Four OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 23 points and American guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. OKK Beograd maintains fourth position with 2-4 record, which they share with Timisoara and Napredak. Torus Skopje lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. OKK Beograd will face again Torus Skopje (#6) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: J.Koprivica 23+5reb+3ast, L.Drca 18+3reb+3ast, S.Knezevic 12+8reb+1ast, N.Misanovic 11+6reb, M.Kovac 9+7reb+2ast, D.Mitrovic 6+6reb+2ast
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 23+2reb, J.Boswell 15+1reb+3ast, D.Karadzovski 12+2reb+4ast, N.Karakolev 10+1reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 8+3reb+3ast, J.Reynolds 7+8reb
gschID: 160233




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


Timisoara win in Belgrade - by Zoran Popovic
In the 6th round of Balkan league Timisoara was better rival and beats OKK Beograd 75:84 (16:18, 23:23, 13:25, 23:18). Both teams were equal rival in the first half, but in the third quarter guests from Romania made serie and finish third period with 14 points advantage. Coach Djurovic players tried to maka break in the fourth quarter, but guests from Timisoara saved previous advantage and win the game. The most efficient player in OKK Beograd were Mirko Kovac and Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93, agency: Beo Basket) with 22 scored points. The most efficient players in Timisoara were Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Ivan Siricevic with 22 scored points.

Luka Drca moves to Kazakhstan - by Zoran Popovic
OKK Beograd guard Luka Drca (195-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) is new player of BC Astana from Kazakhstan. Drca will expend Serbian colony in Astana where already play Goran Cakic, Branko Cvetkovic and Igor Milosevic. Luka Drca started this season in OKK Beograd and on 12 games in Serbian league average scored 14.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 steals, on 5 games in Balkan league average scored 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game. During the career Drca played for Beovuk, Utah University and KK Crvena Zvezda. Luka Drca was member of Serbian University National team.

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EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka took 2-0 record in Group L - by Eurobasket News
Karsiyaka - Antwerp 70:51

Karsiyaka took 2-0 record in Group L after the home victory over Antwerp. The Turkish team dominated the whole game for 70:51 win.
Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.
The contest however was tied at 17-17 when Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) went in for a Karsiyaka lay-up. The Turkish team needed 18-14 to take 35:29 at the end of the first half. Moreover they added two victories in the second half for the total success.
American guard Mire Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Jovo Jovo Stanojevic chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) scored 8 points.

Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 22, Jovo Stanojevic 14, Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) 10
Antwerp: Darnell Wilson 13, Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) 8, Michael Roll 8



Spirou Charleroi officially signs Andrew Wisniewski - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) became a new member of the Belgian powerhouse Spirou Charleroi. The American point guard penned a deal for rest of the season. He will replace Demond Mallet, who left for Israeli Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Andrew Wisniewski spent last season with Efes Pilsen. He had 4.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.3 apg for 15 games in TBL. Wisniewski also appeared 15 times in Euroleague adding 4.5 ppg, 1.9 apg and 1.2 rpg. In 2009/10, Wisniewski was a member of Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He appeared 20 times in Euroleague for them averaging 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He had slightly better numbers for 27 games in domestic championship. In the past, Andrew Wisniewski played for Spartak St. Petersburg, Ural Great Perm, Cibona, Snaidero Udine, Bonn and Crvena Zvezda. In 2006, he was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year. Wisniewski graduated at the Centenary University in 2004.

Karsiyaka's tough defense made the difference against the Giants in Izmir last night - by Bert Larsimont
The Port of Antwerp Giants comes back from Turkey with a 19-points loss. Despite three quarters played at a good tempo by the Belgian team last night, Pinar Karsiyaka's star Mire Chatman (187-G-78, college: UTPA, 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the game) led his team in a fantastic fourth quarter for the home team. The game was very defensive: Karsiyaka won despite 21 turnovers while the Antwerp Giants missed all their three-point attempts (0/12) and made only 3/12 from the free-throw line.

After having lost against the German team of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck in FIBA EuroChallenge's Group L action last week, the Giants could not avoid a second loss in front of an attendance of 2000 Turkish fans in Izmir on Tuesday evening. After 17-15 at the end of the first quarter and 17-17 early in the sond quarter, the Giants remained just behind at the half: 35-29. The third and fourth quarters did not show positive stats for the Giants, trailing 52-43 at the end of the third quarter and completely missing their fourth quarter 70-51. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir of Coach Hakan Demir have won two games in a row in Group L and are getting closer to a quarter-final appearance. The Giants of Eddy Casteels will welcome Triumph Lyubertsy of Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) and Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp on January 24th for what now seems to be one very crucial game for the Belgian side in this competition. The Turks will face Bundesliga's team Artland Dragons.

Besides Chatman, Bosnian 2011 EuroChallenge winner Goran Ikonic (with KRKA Novo Mesto last year) recorded 9 points and 3 rebounds for Pinar Karsiyaka while Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Giants' US player Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) had 13 points and 8 rebounds for the losing team.

Boxscore:

Pinar Karsiyaka: Ohrun Gungoren 2, Goran Ikonic 9, Birkan Batuk 7, Jovo Stanojevic 14, Engin Bayav 4, Alper Saruhan 2, Ilkan Karaman 10, Mire Chatman 22.
Port of Antwerp Giants: Salah Mejri 5, Bryan Hopkins 8, Darnell WIlson 13, Timothy Black 7, Michael Roll 8, Jean Marc Mwema 4, Julian Vaughn 6.


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Ivica Petric joins HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar - by Eurobasket Center
HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar agreed terms with 24-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina swingman Ivica Petric (196-F/G-88). In his first game he didnt score any points. However his new team lost to Levski Sofia 59-69. Petric played most recently at HKK Capljina Lasta (D1). While playing 12 games for Capljina last season his stats were: 2.2ppg. He played for Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team until 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Bosnian National Teams need to look to the future as well as the present! - by Chris Mathieu
Bosnian National Teams need to look to the future as well as the present! KSBiH has announced that in early February they are likely to announce the new coach of the Bosnian National Team. The early favorite is Aco Petrovic brother of the famous Yugoslav international Drazen Petrovic.
With the success of the Bosnian Football Team it is time for KSBiH to get serious about what the long term goals are for the team and plotting a future for Bosnian Basketball that would maximize the resources and results of the team. With that in mind, the first, best decision is on building a foundation of success that is sustainable for years to come. Doing that requires vision, leadership, intelligence, money and skill. What they need is organizational excellence from the ground up, a plan of success that is measurable, sustainable and realistic.
That is why the search for leaders with the Bosnian National Team should be exhaustive, extensive and lead them to look at all candidates and who is the best organized, resourceful and technically sound. We know the big names that are often mentioned are not really considered serious candidates such as Bogdan Tanjevic, Svetislav Pesic and Nenad Markovic. Others who deserve serious consideration for running KSBiH should be people like Gordan Firic, Teoman Alibegovic, Velimir Gasic, Darko Russo, Emir Mutapcic and Adis Beciragic.
What should be done are extensive interviews with these coaches and managers and an extensive plan laid out by the candidates, a blueprint for success should be rolled out based upon best practices to involve all levels of Bosnian Basketball in a nurturing enviorment for the future of Bosnian basketball.
The obvious list of candidates for the BiH National Team should extend beyond the usual players like Teletovic, Dedovic, Bajramovic and the core usually associated with Bosnian Basketball. The move to finally get a commitment from Nedzad Sinanovic is a good start. The goal however, should be to get reinforcements for the Senior Team with a better fitting player such as Jaycee Carroll. If you see what Macedonia was able to do with Bo McCaleb, good coaching and some role players, it becomes obvious what Bosnia should do to ensure better results in the future. Securing a second line center like Ognjen Kuzmic should also be a goal of the team.
If Bosnia cant realistically challenge for a top 5-6 position in Europe it should look to developing players for the future. That is why the National Team invites should be about 30 deep and include 15 seasoned professionals and 15 up and coming prospects whose future should be secured with the Bosnian National Team.
Bosnia has been losing too many quality players to other countries for twenty years now. From the obvious ones like Serbia and Croatia to Slovenia, Turkey, Germany and more recently Spain the attrition needs to end.
Bosnia should be offering spots to players like Adnan Omeragic, Alen Omic, Nedim Dedovic, Doko Salic, Nedim Buza, Adnan Vrabac, Mirza Bulic, Miralem Halilovic, Dzenan Kurtic, Dejan Todorovic, Adnan Vrabac, Miljan Markovic and to some surprising players such as Kenan Sipahi, Aleksej Nikolic and Mirza Alibegovic. Bosnia needs to not to spend so much time reclaiming lost prospects (like begging Emir Preldzic and Mirza Begic for years) but being proactive in keeping the future generations in Bosnia. Even if they arent successful in most cases if they are able to reclaim one or two or keep just a few extra, it will make a tremendous difference in the results and pride for the country. Losing multiple players every year to other countries is a shame that should not continue. No other country in the world suffers such attrition of talent as Bosnia suffers. It shows in the lack of results and support of the team as well. Everyone wants to be associated with winners and people love to cheer competitive well run and organized organizations.
The time has come to stop treating Bosnian Basketball as if it is amateurs running the place who know better than the rest of the world. It is easy to make excuses for poor results and blame the players when you are expected to underachieve every year. The fact is Bosnia has a star in Mirza Teletovic and has as much young talent as any team in Europe.
Bosnia needs to work on building a program similar to Lithuania, Macedonia or Serbia all well run underfunded National programs.



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Pistoia gets Jonathan Tavernari on loan - by Eurobasket News
Jonathan Tavernari (198-G/F-87, college: BYU) will spend rest of the season with GiorgioTesi Group Pistoia on loan. The Brazilian/Italian player is originally a member of Angelico Biella, where he started this season. He appeared 7 times in SerieA averaging only 1.3 point and 1.1 rebound. Jonathan Tavernari signed a multi-year deal with Biella in 2010, but he did not appear in any official game in 2010/11 season. He graduated at the Brigham Young University in 2010. As a senior Tavernari had 10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for 36 games. His junior year was much better as he collected 15.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.8 apg for 33 games. Jonathan Tavernari played for the Brazilian National Team from 2008 to 2010. He helped them win the Gold at the FIBA Americas 2009 in San Juan and also at the South American Championships 2010 in Colombia. In Brazil, Tavernari played for Pinheiros Sao Paulo.

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Samokov to host Men Cup Finals - by Maria Mitzova
Samokov was chosen to host the Final 8 of the Men Competition for the Bulgarian Cup. Ladies Final 4 will go to Rousse.
The offer from Rilski Sportist Samokov was the only one in the offices of Bulgarian Basketball Federation until the deadline, and so was that of Dunav Rousse for the Ladies Tournament.
Men's Final 8 will start with quarterfinals on Feb 16th and the final is on Feb 19th.
Women's Cup will be in two days - semifinals on Feb 11th and final on Feb 12th.

Note: There is a slight chance that Men's Cup will be moved to Sofia, as such proposal is thought on, to gather funds for the cancer treatment of basketball writer Racho Kolev.


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SPO Rouen Basket adds Wampfler to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
The 29-year French forward Jacques Wampfler (194-F-83) signed an agreement to play until the end of the season at SPO Rouen Basket (ProB). He will replace Cheikhou Thioune.. Wampfler played most recently at Chalons-Reims (ProB). While playing 11 games for Chalons-Reims last season he recorded 2.3ppg and 1.6rpg. Jacques Wampfler will revive his career after 2 years with health problems (surgery on knee & cardiac problems). His last full season was in JL Bourg basket in 2008/2009 with 19 games for 4.1ppg, 2.6rpg.

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Rainmen: Abdullahi Kuso reactivated from injured reserve - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen are pleased to announce that 6'9'', 228-pound centre Abdullahi Kuso (6'9''-F-84, college: Tallahassee CC) has been taken off of injured reserve and placed onto the Rainmen's active roster.

'It felt so great to be back on the practice court with my teammates,' said Kuso. 'I can't wait to be back at the Metro Centre playing in front of our amazing fans with the guys.'

Kuso was sidelined with a pinky injury on December 10 during the Rainmen's home game against the Quebec Kebs. Since his injury, Kuso has continued physical conditioning and will join the Rainmen in traveling to London, Ontario for their road game against the Lightning this Thursday.

Kuso and the Rainmen will return to the Metro Centre this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as they take on the Quebec Kebs during Rogers night, and on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. as they take on the Summerside Storm during Avis day

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 19-0 
 2. Liceo Mixto 17-2 
 3. Dep.Espanol 12-6 
 4. U.Espanola 9-10 
 5. Sokol de Antof. 6-10 
 6. U.Catolica 5-13 
 7. San Luis 4-12 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-19 


Dimayor: R19 victories for the leaders - by Daniel Valencia
On tuesday night played the leaders of Dimayor 11/12. CD Universidad de Concepcion continued the winni streak after defeating to Union Espanola 74-59, led by Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) who wnded the night with 23 points. In Los Andes, Liceo Mixto defeated to Curacavi 126-46, led by Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) who scored 28 points. These are the complete results.

Round 19

CD Universidad de Concepcion 74 - Union Espanola 59
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 23 pts. Jason Keep (208-C-78, college: San Diego) 16 pts.
Esp: Decorey Young (201-F-85, college: Cumberland) 21 pts. Claudio Cabrera (200-F-88) 14 pts.


SCORERS

CD Liceo Mixto 146 - Municipal Curacavi 46
Lic: Anthony Danridge 28 pts. Claudio Naranjo (191-F-87) 19 pts.
Cur: Hector Jara 13 pts. Adrian Aravena (187-F/C-86) 7 pts.


SCORERS




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CBA Round 26: Guandong Tigers edge Zhejiang Guangsha Lions by three points - by Eurobasket News
Fourth-ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (14-10) made lots of trouble for first ranked Guandong Tigers (21-4) in Hangzhou on Wednesday. The visitors from Dongguan managed to secure only three-point victory 100-97. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 63-50 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guandong Tigers forced 20 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guandong Tigers made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) who scored 26 points and 5 assists. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) chipped in 24 points. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guandong Tigers have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-4 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Jilin Tigers (#11) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against DongGuan Leopards (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked DongGuan Leopards (16-9) against ninth ranked Shanghai Sharks (13-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting DongGuan Leopards were defeated by Shanghai Sharks in Shanghai 110-97. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Marcus Landry contributed with 24 points for the winners. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for DongGuan Leopards. DongGuan Leopards' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shanghai Sharks maintains ninth position with 13-11 record. DongGuan Leopards at the other side dropped to the third place with nine games lost. Shanghai Sharks will play against higher ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (#6) in Jinjiang in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. DongGuan Leopards will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Changchun, where higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (14-11) lost to twelfth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-13) in a road game 91-99 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. Cartier Martin scored 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Jilin Tigers' coach Han Wang used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xiaoxu Li responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Jilin Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Fujian XX. Jilin Tigers will meet at home league's leader Guandong Tigers in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liaoning Hunters will have a break next round.
An interesting game took place in Urumqi, where 10th ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (11-12) lost at home to thirteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (10-15) 98-104. Alan Anderson notched 32 points to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shandong Bulls maintains thirteenth position with 10-15 record. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#7) in Taiyuan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Bayi Fubang was defeated by TianJin R. in Tianjin 110-98. Beijing Ducks beat Zhejiang C. at home 102-93. Fujian XX won against Foshan on the opponent's court 110-100. Qingdao DS unfortunately lost to Shanxi Zh. in a home game 106-110.
The best stats of 26th round was 45 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 10 assists by Stephon Marbury of Beijing Ducks.


TianJin R. - Bayi Fubang 110-98

There was a minor upset in Tianjin where 14th ranked Bayi Fubang (7-16) was defeated by sixteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng (8-17) 110-98. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. TianJin Rongcheng dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 48 and made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Bayi Fubang 50-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Bayi Fubang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 25 rebounds to lead the effort and. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) did not help to save the game for Bayi Fubang. International swingman Bo Zhang (199-89) added 18 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. TianJin Rongcheng moved-up to fourteenth place. Bayi Fubang lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. TianJin Rongcheng's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#8) in Hangzhou and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bayi Fubang will play at home against Qingdao Double Star (#12).
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: Z.Bo 18+2reb, D.Lehei 17+1reb, W.ZhiZhi 15+9reb+1ast, H.Shuo 12+3reb+1ast, W.ZhongGuang 10+1reb+1ast, W.Lei 9+3reb+3ast
TianJin R.: H.Donnell 34+25reb+1ast, Z.Nan 20+3reb+4ast,S.Chun 12+3reb+5ast, Z.Zhihan 9+1reb+1ast, M.XiangLong 7+2reb
gschID: 158258


Guangsha L. - Guandong ST 97-100

Fourth-ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (14-10) made lots of trouble for first ranked Guandong Tigers (21-4) in Hangzhou on Wednesday. The visitors from Dongguan managed to secure only three-point victory 100-97. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 63-50 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guandong Tigers forced 20 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guandong Tigers made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) who scored 26 points and 5 assists. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) chipped in 24 points. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guandong Tigers have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-4 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Jilin Tigers (#11) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against DongGuan Leopards (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 24+12reb+5ast, C.Wilson 20+10reb+1ast, S.Ho man 11+6reb, Z.Wei 10+2reb+4ast, J.Lipeng 9+2reb+2ast, W.Fei 6+3reb+1ast
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 26+4reb+5ast, W.ShiPeng 24+4reb+1ast, Z.FangYu 23+5reb+1ast, S.James 14+7reb, H.Dong 4+7reb+2ast, W.Zheng 4+2reb
gschID: 158259


Jilin NE T. - Liaoning H. 99-91

We should mention about the upset which took place in Changchun, where higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (14-11) lost to twelfth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-13) in a road game 91-99 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 8 points. American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) scored 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Jilin Tigers' coach Han Wang used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Xiaoxu Li (207-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) scored 20 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Jilin Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Fujian XX. Jilin Tigers will meet at home league's leader Guandong Tigers in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liaoning Hunters will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: L.Xiaoxu 20+16reb, C.Rodney 20+2reb, G.Ailun 12+1reb+6ast, H.Dejun 11+7reb+1ast, Z.QinPeng 10+8reb+3ast, H.Tian-ju 7
Jilin NE T.: M.Cartier 38+7reb+1ast, D.Osama 15+11reb+9ast, W.Jameel 15+9reb, Z.Cheng 15+6reb+4ast, L.Wei 10+2reb, L.Yao 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 158260


Beijing Ducks - Zhejiang C. 102-93

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Beijing Ducks (17-8) defeated at home 6th ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (13-10) 102-93. Zhejiang Cyclones were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 28-14 charge of Beijing Ducks, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) notched a triple-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) supported him with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by guard J.R. Smith (198-85) did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Cyclones. Power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) added 26 points and 17 rebounds for the guests. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks moved-up to second place. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Beijing Ducks' next round opponent will be Jiangsu Dragons (#16) in Nanjing which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Cyclones will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#14) in Tianjin.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 39+9reb+1ast, B.Josh 26+17reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 16+11reb+5ast, Z.ChunJun 10+8reb, C.Fei 2+6reb+5ast, T.Hai 0+1reb
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 45+12reb+10ast, M.Randolph 20+15reb+1ast, X.LiBin 11+4reb+2ast, H.Chongkai 7+1reb, Z.YanXi 6+7reb, W.Xiaohui 5
gschID: 158256


Shanghai S. - DongGuan L. 110-97

Very important is a road loss of second ranked DongGuan Leopards (16-9) against ninth ranked Shanghai Sharks (13-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting DongGuan Leopards were defeated by Shanghai Sharks in Shanghai 110-97. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Sharks. DongGuan Leopards was better in third quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to DongGuan Leopards' 40. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. The other American import forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) added 24 points in the effort for DongGuan Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shanghai Sharks maintains ninth position with 13-11 record. DongGuan Leopards at the other side dropped to the third place with nine games lost. Shanghai Sharks will play against higher ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (#6) in Jinjiang in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. DongGuan Leopards will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 24+3reb+3ast, R.Shavlik 23+10reb, Q.Biao 15+2reb+3ast, G.QuAn 11+1ast, Z.Kai 10+9reb, H.ZhongMian 8+4reb+1ast
Shanghai S.: H.Mike 38+12reb+1ast, L.Marcus 24+2reb+3ast, L.Wei 18+3reb+5ast, L.Ziqui 14+9reb+3ast, Z.ZhaoXu 4+4reb, M.Lingyuan 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 158257


Foshan - Fujian XX 100-110

Very expected game when 17th ranked Foshan (6-18) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (14-11) 110-100. Foshan was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 32-21 charge of Fujian SBS XunXin, which allowed them to win the game. They made 27-of-34 charity shots (79.4 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Foshan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) notched 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and the other American import center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) supported him with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) did not help to save the game for Foshan. Center Zhun Zheng (214-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Four Fujian SBS XunXin and five Foshan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fujian SBS XunXin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liaoning H. Foshan lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin's next round opponent will be Shanghai Sharks (#9) on the road. Foshan will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#10) in Urumqi.
Top scorers:
Foshan: H.Marcus 22+5reb+3ast, M.Michel 15+6reb, Z.Zhun 14+6reb+1ast, Z.Lingxu 12+2reb+2ast, D.Marcus 10+9reb, H.Ben 7+1reb
Fujian XX: R.Anthony 36+5reb+4ast, M.Will 27+9reb+2ast, A.Zaid 24+12reb+1ast, G.SongLin 12+3reb+4ast, Z.Qixin 5+1reb+2ast, L.Yi Ting 4+2reb
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Qingdao DS - Shanxi Zh. 106-110

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-10) beat on the road 11th ranked Qingdao Double Star (11-14) 110-106. Qingdao Double Star was ahead by 15 points at the halftime before a 70-51 second half run of Shanxi Zhongyu. They made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Qingdao Double Star only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Shanxi Zhongyu forced 25 Qingdao Double Star turnovers. Strangely Qingdao Double Star outrebounded Shanxi Zhongyu 55-34 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Qingdao Double Star helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 37 points (!!!) and 5 steals (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Even 45 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) did not help to save the game for Qingdao Double Star. Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) added 25 points and 15 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Shanxi Zhongyu have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Qingdao Double Star at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu's next round opponent will be Shandong Bulls (#13) in Jinan where they are favorite. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 45+9reb+1ast, O.Olumide 25+15reb+2ast, L.Gen 19+6reb+2ast, S.Sani 11+20reb+1ast, L.Yan 3+1ast, C.Liang 2+1ast
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 37+3reb+2ast, G.Charles 32+11reb, D.JiangPeng 17+2reb+1ast, B.ZhaoBao 10+3reb, R.Junwei 7+5reb, L.XiaoMing 3+5reb+9ast
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Xinjiang F.T. - Shandong FB 98-104

An interesting game took place in Urumqi, where 10th ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (11-12) lost at home to thirteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (10-15) 98-104. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-18. But Xinjiang Flying Tige won second period 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) notched 32 points to lead the effort and Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) supported him with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Five Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Even 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) did not help to save the game for Xinjiang Flying Tige. His fellow American import forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 26 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shandong Bulls maintains thirteenth position with 10-15 record. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#7) in Taiyuan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang F.T.: L.Gani 26+6reb, P.Tim 26+5reb+4ast, P.Duo 24+3reb+1ast, M.Bateer 9+13reb+4ast, C.Tal 4+2reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 3+2reb+1ast
Shandong FB: A.Alan 32+4reb+3ast, H.Othello 22+10reb, W.Ke 12+7reb, Y.Ding 11+2reb+2ast, L.JiuLong 11+7reb+3ast, X.JiaHan 6+3ast
gschID: 158255




Guangdong Maintains Four-Game Lead Heading Into New Year's Break - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong maintained its four-game lead in the CBA, edging Zhejiang Guangsha 100-97. Again Guangdong won by blending imports and native talent. Aaron Brooks had 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Wang Shipeng had 24 points and 4 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 23 points and 5 rebounds. James Singleton had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Peter John Ramos had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Guangsha. Wilson Chandler had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Sun Henan had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 10 points and 4 assists. Jin Lipeng scored 9. Wang Bo had 6 points and 5 rebounds.

Marbury Stephon (187-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) scored 45 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists as Beijing gained sole possession of second place with a 102-93 win over Zhejiang. It outscored Zhejiang 28-14 in the fourth quarter. Randolph Morris added 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Xie Libin had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi had 6 points and 7 rebounds. Zhai Xiaochuan had 4 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. J. R. Smith had 39 points and 9 rebounds for Zhejiang. Josh Boone had 26 points and 17 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Zhang Chunjun had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Dongguan dropped to five games behind and a 16-9 record with a 110-97 loss to Shanghai. Michael Harris returned from his brother's funeral with 38 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus Landry scored 24. Liu Wei had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Liu Ziqui had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Josh Akognon scored 24 points for Dongguan. Shavlik Randolph had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Qiu Biao had 15 and Gu Quan scored 11. Zhang Kai had 10 points and 9 rebounds. He Zhongmian had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Sun Tonglin had 4 points and 7 rebounds.

Jilin defeated Liaoning 99-91. Cartier Martin had 38 points and 7 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Jameel Watkins had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Liu Wei scored 10. Li Xiaoxu had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Liaoning. Guo Ailun had 12 points and 6 assists. Han Dejun had 11 points and 7 rebounds but fouled out in 29 minutes. Zhang Qingpeng had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists but also 7 turnovers. Yang Ming had 6 points and 5 assists.

Anthony Roberson had 36 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists as Fujian defeated Foshan 110-100. Will McDonald had 27 points and 9 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Gong Songlin had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Marcus Haislip had 22 points and 5 rebounds for Foshan. Michel Maadanly had 15 points and 3 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Marcus Douthit had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Zheng Lingxu scored 12.

Shanxi defeated Qingdao 110-106. Marcus Williams scored 37 points, hitting all 11 of his shots. Charles Gaines had 32 points and 11 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng scored 17. Bao Zhaobao had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Ren Junhui had 7 points and 5 rebounds. Lv Xiaoming had 3 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Lester Hudson had 45 points and 9 rebounds for Qingdao. Olumide Oyedeji had 25 points and 15 rebounds. Li Gen had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Sani Sakakini had 11 points and 20 rebounds.

Shandong edged Xinjiang 104-98. Allan Anderson scored 32. Othello Hunter had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Wu Ke had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ding Yanyuhang scored 11. Liu Jiulong had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Gani Lawal had 26 points and 6 rebounds for Xinjiang. Tim Pickett had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Meng Duo scored 24. Mengke Bateer had 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists.

Tianjin defeated reeling Bayi 110-98. Once-lowly Tianjin is now 8-17 while once-dominant Bayi is 7-16. Donnell Harvey had 34 points and 25 rebounds for Tianjin in 36 minutes. Zhang Nan had 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Shen Tujun scored 12 and Zhang Zhihan had 9. Second import David Harrison did not play, saying that Tianjin's native players are roughly equal to Bayi's all-native players. Zhang Bo scored 18 for Bayi and Delehei had 17. Wang Zhizhi had 15 points and 9 rebounds. Han Shuo had 12 points and 3 rebounds. Wang Zhongguang scored 10 and Wang Lei had 9. Xu Zhonghao had 5 points and 7 rebounds.

The CBA will now be off until January 29 for the Chinese New Year.


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong ST 21-4 
 2. Beijing Ducks 17-8 
 3. DongGuan L. 16-9 
 4. Guangsha L. 14-10 
 5. Liaoning H. 14-11 
 6. Fujian XX 14-11 
 7. Shanxi Zh. 13-10 
 8. Zhejiang C. 13-10 
 9. Shanghai S. 13-11 
 10. Xinjiang F.T. 11-12 
 11. Jilin NE T. 11-13 
 12. Qingdao DS 11-14 
 13. Shandong FB 10-15 
 14. TianJin R. 8-17 
 15. Bayi Fubang 7-16 
 16. Jiangsu D. 7-17 
 17. Foshan 6-18 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 33.8
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.33.8 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.3 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.30.5 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.2 
 5. McDonald, Fujian X.27.8 
 6. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 7. Chandler, Guangsha.26.3 
 8. Martin, Jilin N.26.3 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan.26.2 
 10. Roberson, Fujian25.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Xinjiang.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Lawal, Xinjiang.14.8 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX14.7 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.14.1 
 4. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.6 
 5. Harvey, TianJin R.13.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 7. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.0 
 8. Hunter, Shandong12.6 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.3 
 10. Randolph, DongGu.12.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.8 
 2. Marbury, Beijing6.7 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.6 
 4. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.6.0 
 6. Brooks, Guandong5.0 
 7. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.8 
 8. Anderson, Shandon.4.5 
 9. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.4 
 10. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.0 
 2. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 3. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.8 
 4. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.7 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.6 
 6. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.4 
 7. Daghles, Jilin N.2.4 
 8. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 9. Anderson, Shandon.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.1.8 
 4. Douthit, Foshan1.8 
 5. Randolph, DongGua.1.8 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 7. Morris, Beijing Du.1.6 
 8. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.5 
 9. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.5 
 10. Carney, Liaoning1.4 


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Eric Sanchez joins Astrum Levice - by Eurobasket News
Eric Sanchez (181-PG-82) will continue his career in Slovakia. The Spanish point guard has agreed on terms of contract with Astrum Levice. The team is playing at both Czech Republic NBL and Slovakian Extraliga. Eric Sanchez started the season with Gandia Basket. He tallied 8.0 points, 3.0 boards and 3.0 assists in LEB Silver. Last season Eric Sanchez spent with Obradoiro CAB. His stats read 3.8 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 rebounds per appearance. Sanchez also played for Tenerife, CD Villa de Los Barrios, Ciudad de Huelva and Circulo Badajoz. The guard was LEB Gold Playoff Winner last season. He played at LEB2 Final back in 2006.

Nymburk outscore VEF Riga in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Nymburk 81:91

Nymburk celebrated the first win at the EuroCup Last 16 round. The Czech powerhouse surprised VEF Riga in the Latvian capital to go 1-0 in Group I. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) scored 24 points to pace the winners.
Nymburk used a 6:0 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 16:8 lead. However VEF Riga managed to narrow the gap to a single point at the first break 20:21. Nymburk exploded with a 19:2 run early in the second quarter to take a comfortable 44:24 advantage. They secured a 48:30 lead at the interval. Nymburk stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. The Czech team arrived at the final break up by as many as 23 points 74:51. VEF Riga poured in 30 points in the fourth term but it was too late as Nymburk coasted to the win. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) nailed 23 points, while Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) finished with 19 points each in the loss.

VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 19, Sandis Valters 19
Nymburk: Petr Benda 24, Lamayne Wilson 23, Pavel Pumprla 10




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Vipers win up-tempo contest over Skyforce - by Eurobasket News
The Rio Grande Vipers defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 125-120 Tuesday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. Rio Grande Valley won the shoot-out despite Sioux Falls connecting on a season-high 14 3-pointers.

Rio Grande Valley (13-9) took charge in the first quarter as Kelvin Lewis (6'4''-G-88, college: Houston) and Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) scored 10 points apiece, doing most of their damage in the paint. After one quarter Rio Grande Valley led 32-24. Things didn't get much better for Sioux Falls (6-16) in the second quarter as Rio Grande Valley built their lead to 65-51 at halftime behind aggressive outlet passes and transition buckets.

Sioux Falls flipped the scipt on Rio Grande Valley in the third quarter, matching their aggressive play. Sioux Falls outscored Rio Grande Valley by 15 points in the third to take a 90-89 lead into the fourth. Patrick Ewing Jr. (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) scored 17 of his 25 points in the third.

Rio Grande Valley once again took control early in the fourth quarter with a 13-3 run. Sioux Falls battled their way back and cut the deficit to three (123-120) with a layup by Ewing, Jr. with 24.1 seconds left in the game. Dominique Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Colorado) and Trey Gilder trapped Willie Warren at half-court and a jump ball was called with 17.6 seconds left. Gilder won the tip and Gabe Pruitt missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds to go. Damian Saunders secured the rebound and converted both free throws to ice the game.

Smith had a monster double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Ben Uzoh contributed a double-double of his own with 23 points and 12 rebounds while also adding seven assists.

Ewing, Jr. had his finest game since being re-acquired, finishing with season-highs in points (25) and rebounds (5) to go along with four assists in a reserve role. Casey Mitchell posted season-highs in points (31) and assists (6) off the bench.

Sioux Falls plays host to Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. CT on Friday at the Sioux Falls Arena. Rio Grande Valley continues their road trip with a matchup against Reno at 9 p.m. CT.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Mad Ants lose to Dakota - by Eurobasket News
Playing their final home game of the month, the Mad Ants suffered a 108-100 loss to the Dakota Wizards on Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum.

The Ants (8-13) begin a five-game road trip Friday at Sioux Falls, S.D., and wont return home until Feb. 2, when they face Maine.

Tommy Smith (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Arizona St.), Dakota's 6-foot-10 center whose previous high this season was 14 points, lit up the Ants for 30, as the Wizards controlled the offensive glass in the final half to erase a 53-46 halftime deficit.

Rookie guard Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) led the Ants with points.

Fort Wayne played without leading scorer Ron Howard, who is out an estimated two weeks with a broken thumb.

Additionally, the Ants played most of the game without reserve forward Ramon Harris, who was fouled midway through the second quarter, took a spill beneath the basket, and did not return. Harris spent most of the second half on the Fort Wayne bench in street clothes.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


Justin Dentmon is Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) of the Austin Toros was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Jan. 9-15.

Dentmon, a 6-0, 185-pound guard out of Washington, averaged 26.3 points, 7.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 39.5 minutes last week, shooting 53 percent from the floor. He tied a season-high with 31 points in a 114-107 road win over the Reno Bighorns on Jan. 15 as the Toros went 3-1 on the week.

For the season, Dentmon is averaging 23.9 points, 5.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds.

Other top performers considered included Canton's Tyrell Biggs, who averaged 17.0 points and 8.7 rebounds; Idaho's Tony Bobbitt, who averaged 18.3 points and 2.3 rebounds; Los Angeles' Brandon Costner, who averaged 21.0 points and 5.3 rebounds; Iowa's Mike Efevberha, who averaged 19.3 points and 3.7 rebounds; Reno's Andre Emmett, who averaged 24.3 points and 5.3 rebounds; Sioux Falls' Trey Gilder, who averaged 19.0 points and 8.3 rebounds; Erie's Devin Green, who averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 rebounds; Tulsa's Marcus Lewis, who averaged 16.8 points and 12.3 rebounds; Bakersfield's Juan Pattillo, who averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds; Maine's Jerome Randle, who averaged 17.8 points and 3.8 assists; Fort Wayne's Walker Russell, who averaged 17.0 points and 11.3 assists; Rio Grande Valley's Ben Uzoh, who averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds; Springfield's L.D. Williams, who averaged 19.0 points and 6.3 rebounds and Texas' Booker Woodfox, who averaged 21.3 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Knicks assign Jeremy Lin and Jerome Jordan to Erie BayHawks - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks assigned guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) and center Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) to the Erie BayHawks Tuesday.

The BayHawks are the Knicks' NBA D-League affiliate.

Lin, who stands 6 feet 3 inches, has appeared in five games for the Knicks this season. The former Harvard standout has five points, two assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes with the Knicks. During the 2010-11 season, Lin averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 29 games with the Golden State Warriors.

Jordan, a 7-footer, is averaging 1.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 4.8 minutes in six games for the Knicks this season. Jordan played for Tulsa in college.

Both players are expected play Friday when the BayHawks face the Maine Red Claws in Portland, Maine.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 14-5 
 2. Canton C. 10-10 
 3. Springfield A. 10-10 
 4. Dakota W. 9-10 
 5. Erie Bay H. 9-12 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 8-13 
 7. Maine RC 7-14 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 6-16 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 16-7 
 2. Austin T. 15-4 
 3. Rio Grande VV 13-9 
 4. Bakersfield J. 11-9 
 5. Reno B. 11-10 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 10-11 
 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.20.4 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.7 
 9. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 10. Biggs, Canton C.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.6 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.6 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.9.9 
 5. Smith, Rio G.9.6 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.1 
 7. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 8. Thomas, Reno B.8.9 
 9. Andrews, Los A.8.9 
 10. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 3. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 4. Cooksey, Texas L.6.8 
 5. Coleman, Sioux F.6.6 
 6. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.6.3 
 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.2.4 
 4. Curry, Springfield2.2 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 6. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 8. Emmett, Reno B.2.1 
 9. Dentmon, Austin T.1.9 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
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. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 9. Williams, Texas L.1.7 
 10. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 


Skyforce acquires Ryan Anderson - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that that the team has acquired guard Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) from the available player pool.

He is expected to be in uniform tomorrow night as the Skyforce hosts the Los Angeles D-Fenders at 7 p.m. in a game that will air live on NBA TV. The active roster now stands at 12 players.

Anderson was waived by the Texas Legends in training camp after being selected in the sixth round (91st overall) of the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. He averaged 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in four seasons (122 games) at the University of Nebraska.

The 6-4, 195-pound guard was named to the Big 12 All-Underrated Team by the media after averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior in 2009-10.

Courtesy of www.keloland.com


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Hawks' Horford undergoes surgery - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks say All-Star center Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) has undergone successful surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle.

The procedure was performed Tuesday by Dr. Xavier Duralde of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic. He was assisted by Hawks team physicians Michael Bernot and Ashok Reddy.

Horford sustained the injury going for a rebound in a Jan. 11 game at Indiana. He is expected to be out from three-to-four months.

The Hawks have won three straight since Horford went down. Atlanta hosts Portland on Wednesday.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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KML Round 16: Valga/CKE edges KK Parnu by one point - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 16 in the KML took place in Parnu. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked KK Parnu (2-13) to eighth ranked Valga/CKE (3-13) 84-83 in the game for the seventh place. KK Parnu was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Valga/CKE, which allowed them to win the game. Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) fired 27 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Antti Vasar (195-79) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Center Toomas Raadik (202-90) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Valga/CKE moved-up to seventh place. KK Parnu lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Valga/CKE are looking forward to face higher ranked BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Parnu will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Leader Tartu Ulikool delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked TTU/Kalev (7-8) 78-53 in Tallinn. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TTU/Kalev. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 15 rebounds. Marek Doronin contributed with 14 points for the winners. Tartu Ulikool's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for TTU/Kalev. Tartu Ulikool (14-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Tartu Ulikool will play against bottom-ranked KK Parnu (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Tln Kalev.
Leader Tartu Ulikool recorded the fourteenth victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Tln Kalev (4-11) 106-65. Worth to mention a quality performance of Tanel Kurbas who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Brandis Raley-Ross responded with 23 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tartu Ulikool (14-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Tln Kalev lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Tartu Ulikool will meet bottom-ranked KK Parnu (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tln Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tallinn. Local Kalev/Cramo (10-1) outscored 7th ranked KK Parnu (2-13) 97-47. The winners were led by Nikolay Varbanov who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. KK Parnu lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's next round opponent will be Rapla (#4) on the road. KK Parnu will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1).



TTU/Kalev - Tartu Ulikool 53-78

Leader Tartu Ulikool delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked TTU/Kalev (7-8) 78-53 in Tallinn. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TTU/Kalev. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Tartu Ulikool forced 23 TTU/Kalev turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 15 rebounds. The former international swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for TTU/Kalev. Tartu Ulikool (14-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Tartu Ulikool will play against bottom-ranked KK Parnu (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena Tln Kalev.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: M.Doronin 14+4reb+2ast, T.Eichfuss 13+7reb, K.Saage 12+6reb+2ast, T.Kurbas 12+3reb+1ast, V.Allingu 9+15reb+1ast, R.Veideman 6+1reb+1ast
TTU/Kalev: A.Arnold 18+11reb+1ast, K.Makke 10+11reb, I.Pilk 6+4reb+3ast, K.Akenparg 6+2reb+2ast, M.Kaja 4+1reb+2ast, E.Keedus 4+6reb+2ast
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Tartu Ulikool - Tln Kalev 106-65

Leader Tartu Ulikool recorded the fourteenth victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Tln Kalev (4-11) 106-65. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Tln Kalev's 38. Tartu Ulikool forced 21 Tln Kalev turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of international forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Rain Veideman (192-91) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 23 points and his fellow American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tartu Ulikool (14-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Tln Kalev lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Tartu Ulikool will meet bottom-ranked KK Parnu (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tln Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn TTU/Kalev.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: T.Kurbas 21+7reb+4ast, R.Veideman 18+8reb+2ast, M.Doronin 14+6reb+2ast, T.Eichfuss 11+4reb, S.Sokk 9+1reb+7ast, V.Allingu 7+4reb+1ast
Tln Kalev: B.Raley-Ross 23+3reb+2ast, R.Suija 13+2reb+1ast, M.Shaw 12+9reb+1ast, D.Nazarovas 8+2reb, M.Kurg 4+4reb, R.Nurger 2+3reb+1ast
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Parnu - Valga/CKE 83-84

The most exciting game of round 16 in the KML took place in Parnu. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked KK Parnu (2-13) to eighth ranked Valga/CKE (3-13) 84-83 in the game for the seventh place. KK Parnu was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Valga/CKE, which allowed them to win the game. Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) fired 27 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Antti Vasar (195-79) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Center Toomas Raadik (202-90) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) added 27 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Valga/CKE moved-up to seventh place. KK Parnu lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Valga/CKE are looking forward to face higher ranked BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Parnu will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: R.Strupovics 27+1reb+8ast, A.Vasar 17+8reb, V.Vares 10+9reb+1ast, J.Jarvelainen 8+7reb, R.Petersonig 7+4reb+2ast, K.Koolman 5+2reb+1ast
Parnu: R.Raap 27+5reb+3ast, T.Raadik 24+10reb+2ast, E.Tamsalu 16+5reb+3ast, T.Hamarsalu 12+7reb, R.Karner 4+4reb+7ast, S.Joosep 0+1reb
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Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 97-47

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tallinn. Local Kalev/Cramo (10-1) outscored 7th ranked KK Parnu (2-13) 97-47. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Parnu to just 7 points in second quarter. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to KK Parnu's 18. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 KK Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 59-29 including a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by Bulgarian center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) supported him with 17 points and 5 assists. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Even 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks by center Toomas Raadik (202-90) did not help to save the game for KK Parnu. Swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) added 6 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. KK Parnu lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Kalev/Cramo's next round opponent will be Rapla (#4) on the road. KK Parnu will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1).
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: A.Skele 17+4reb+5ast, N.Varbanov 14+13reb, B.Fall 13+9reb+2ast, J.Toome 12+6reb+3ast, T.Sokk 12+2reb+2ast, R.Tamm 11+4reb+3ast
Parnu: T.Raadik 12+6reb+1ast, E.Tamsalu 12+2reb+1ast, R.Karner 9+5reb+3ast, R.Raap 6+9reb+3ast, T.Hamarsalu 5+2reb, K.Voolaid 3+5reb
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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 14-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 10-1 
 3. Tarvas 10-4 
 4. Rapla 8-7 
 5. TTU/Kalev 7-8 
 6. Tln Kalev 4-11 
 7. Valga/CKE 3-13 
 8. Parnu 2-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Pilk, TT.17.7 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas16.8 
 3. Raadik, Parnu16.4 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.16.4 
 5. Soo, Rapla16.3 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.1 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.4 
 8. Arnold, TT.14.5 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.3 
 10. Cunda, Va.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.3 
 3. Cricelli, Va.8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.1 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 6. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.5 
 7. Allingu, Tartu U.7.2 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.2 
 9. Raadik, Parnu6.8 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Pilk, TT.3.7 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 8. Keedus, TT.3.0 
 9. Karner, Parnu3.0 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 3. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 4. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 5. Karner, Parnu1.9 
 6. Laane, Rapla1.9 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 8. Saks, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.8 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.2 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 7. Makke, TT.0.7 
 8. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Veski, Tarvas0.6 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


EuroChallenge Round: 2 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Ventspils - Leiden 69-73
Leiden upset Ventspils in Latvia for 1-1 record in Group I. The team from Holland celebrated 73:69 victory in Baltic State. The hosts started with 5-0 run and Berzins Arturs increased to high 21:5. The Latvian side led 25:9 after the first 10 minutes, however could not win the game. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) gave the biggest lead in the game at 39:17, but the advantage melted in the second half. Leiden responded first with 21-14 in the third period for 57:43. They erupted with 30-12 in the last stanza to win the game. Boxley Seamus paced all the winners with 20 points and Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) nailed 14. Slagter Arvin and Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) followed them with 11 points each. Young Jahmar and Berzins Arturs ended up with 17 points apiece, while the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. Abernethy Todd posted 12 and Mamadi Diane nailed 10.

Roanne - EWE Baskets 86-80
Roanne celebrated another victory in Group I of EuroChallenge. The French side overcame EWE Baskets 86:80 as the latter suffered their first loss. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But EWE Baskets won third quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. After four straight points from Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) closed the gap to 82:80, Holland made a jumper from inside the arc. Chorale de Roanne shot 64.2 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Andre Barrett chipped in 16 points and 7 assists during the contest. Forward Ronald Burrell responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and guard Rickey Paulding scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Group J
Telekom Baskets - Chalon 91-89
Telekom Baskets closed Day 2 of EuroChallenge with the win over Chalon. The German team celebrated tough 91:89 victory. The result has left both sides with 1-1 records in Group J. Telekom Baskets Bonn won the opening period 28:26 and led 1 point at the halftime. Chalon replied with 22-17 in the third quarter and took the lead entering the last stanza. Telekom Baskets then had an 89-87 advantage with just three seconds to go. Schilb managed to score with a lay-up to knot the contest at 89:89, but Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) drilled a game-winning jumper. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Bulgarian-French forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 21 points and American swingman Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) added 20 points in the effort for Chalon/Saor.

Szolnok - Aalstar 112-76
Szolnok destroy Aalstar in Hungary to tie both records at 1-1. The home side erupted for 112:76 win on Tuesday night. Szolnoki ended up outscoring the visitors 28-20 in the third quarter for an 84-64 lead and Okapi capitulated in the fourth, allowing the home side to pour in 28 more points for a 36-point triumph. Szolnok dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 36. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Hungarian guard Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) chipped in 29 points. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) produced 21 points and his fellow American import power forward Nate Fox added 14 points respectively for the guests.

Group K
N.Novgorod - Besiktas 64-75
Besiktas starts Day 2 with the win over Novgorod for 2-0 record in Group K. The Turkish team overcame the Russian representative 75:64 in the opener of January 17th. Both teams scored 15 points each in the opening period, but the second quarter became decisive in the game. The game was knotted at 24:24 in the second quarter when Akin buried a jumper for Besiktas, a basket that triggered an 8-0 run. Besiktas added 201-9 in the third quarter and led 57:47 after the basket from Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington). Morrison Adam and again Pops Mensah-Bonsu brought 60:49, while Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) closed the game with a shot. Pops Mensah-Bonsu top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Carlos Arroyo added 14. Morrison Adam notched 11 and Fikret Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 10. Bremer Ernest and Yakovenko Artem responded with 14 points in defeat, whilst Antonov Semen posted 11.

BK Pardubice - Fuenlabrada 73-79
Fuenlabrada edged BK Pardubice for 2-0 record in EuroChallenge to share the top place with Besiktas. The Spanish outfit overcame the hosts from Czech Republic 79:73. Both teams scored 16 points before BK Pardubice took 25:19 after the first period. Muirhead Corey brought 37:30 and Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) reduced to 46:43 at the halftime. BK Pardubice dominated the third quarter and reached the double digits lead but could not win the game. Mike Hall, who only joined Fuenlabrada last week in the wake of Gustavo Ayon's departure to the NBA and injuries to big men Leo Mainoldi and Mouhamed Sene, hit a jumper at the beginning of the fourth to close the gap to five. He also made two free throws at the end for the final result. Penney Kirk top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Mike Hall added 12. Sanchez Sergio netted 10, while Cortaberria Jon had 8. Muirhead Corey ended up with 17 points and Hampton Maurice delivered 15. Arnold Marcus, Peterka Ondrej and Cernosek Jiri all chipped in with 11 points.

Group L
Karsiyaka - Antwerp 70-51
Karsiyaka took 2-0 record in Group L after the home victory over Antwerp. The Turkish team dominated the whole game for 70:51 win. Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The contest however was tied at 17-17 when Stanojevic went in for a Karsiyaka lay-up. The Turkish team needed 18-14 to take 35:29 at the end of the first half. Moreover they added two victories in the second half for the total success. American guard Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) scored 8 points.

Art.Dragons - Triumph 83-74
Artland Dragons overcame Triumph Lyubertsy in Day 2 of EuroChallenge. The German team beat the Russian team 83:74. Triumph Lyubertsy trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 19-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-83 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons made 18-of-21 free shots during the game. American guard David Holston scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and forward Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Five Artland Dragons and four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas33.7 
 2. Washington, Turk T.22.0 
 3. Stanojevic, Karsi.19.6 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.0 
 5. Chatman, Karsiyaka19.0 
 6. Copeland, Aalstar18.6 
 7. Karadeniz, Turk T.18.3 
 8. Stimac, Olin Edirne18.0 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok17.9 
 10. Richardson, Armia17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Armia
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Thomas, Armia11.3 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia9.8 
 3. Bader, Szolnok9.7 
 4. Majok, Nitra9.3 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 6. Mejri, Antwerp8.3 
 7. Terry, Khimik8.2 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 9. Stanojevic, Karsi.8.1 
 10. Okur, Turk Telekom8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Jordan, Telekom9.0 
 2. Eldridge, Minsk-20.6.5 
 3. Slagter, Leiden6.1 
 4. Moore, Keravnos6.0 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.8 
 6. Barrett, Roanne5.8 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 8. Holston, Art.Drag.5.5 
 9. Gaines, Armia5.5 
 10. Wright, Olin Edir.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 2. Frazier, Keravnos2.7 
 3. Moore, Keravnos2.6 
 4. Diane, Nitra2.5 
 5. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 6. Washington, Turk T.2.3 
 7. Pandula, BK Prost.2.3 
 8. Greene, Hoverla2.3 
 9. Young, Ventspils2.1 
 10. Hasbrouck, EWE B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.3 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 4. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 5. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 6. Erden, Besiktas1.7 
 7. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 8. Knox, Minsk-20061.5 
 9. Pustovyi, Khimik1.4 
 10. Baxter, Enisey1.4 


Karsiyaka's tough defense made the difference against the Giants in Izmir last night - by Bert Larsimont
The Port of Antwerp Giants comes back from Turkey with a 19-points loss. Despite three quarters played at a good tempo by the Belgian team last night, Pinar Karsiyaka's star Mire Chatman (187-G-78, college: UTPA, 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the game) led his team in a fantastic fourth quarter for the home team. The game was very defensive: Karsiyaka won despite 21 turnovers while the Antwerp Giants missed all their three-point attempts (0/12) and made only 3/12 from the free-throw line.

After having lost against the German team of Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck in FIBA EuroChallenge's Group L action last week, the Giants could not avoid a second loss in front of an attendance of 2000 Turkish fans in Izmir on Tuesday evening. After 17-15 at the end of the first quarter and 17-17 early in the sond quarter, the Giants remained just behind at the half: 35-29. The third and fourth quarters did not show positive stats for the Giants, trailing 52-43 at the end of the third quarter and completely missing their fourth quarter 70-51. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir of Coach Hakan Demir have won two games in a row in Group L and are getting closer to a quarter-final appearance. The Giants of Eddy Casteels will welcome Triumph Lyubertsy of Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) and Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp on January 24th for what now seems to be one very crucial game for the Belgian side in this competition. The Turks will face Bundesliga's team Artland Dragons.

Besides Chatman, Bosnian 2011 EuroChallenge winner Goran Ikonic (with KRKA Novo Mesto last year) recorded 9 points and 3 rebounds for Pinar Karsiyaka while Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Giants' US player Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) had 13 points and 8 rebounds for the losing team.

Boxscore:

Pinar Karsiyaka: Ohrun Gungoren 2, Goran Ikonic 9, Birkan Batuk 7, Jovo Stanojevic 14, Engin Bayav 4, Alper Saruhan 2, Ilkan Karaman 10, Mire Chatman 22.
Port of Antwerp Giants: Salah Mejri 5, Bryan Hopkins 8, Darnell WIlson 13, Timothy Black 7, Michael Roll 8, Jean Marc Mwema 4, Julian Vaughn 6.


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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Causeur, Cholet21.8 
 2. Curry, BC Donetsk16.6 
 3. Minard, Azovmash16.4 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv15.9 
 5. Caner-Medley, Vale.15.4 
 6. Bell, Groningen15.0 
 7. Gentile, Benetton.15.0 
 8. James, Aris14.7 
 9. McKinney, Fr.14.7 
 10. Wood, ALBA14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ali TRAORE
  Lokomotiv
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Traore, Lokomotiv8.5 
 2. Adrien, Benetton8.4 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv8.4 
 4. Davidson, Fraport8.2 
 5. Booker, Oostende8.0 
 6. Roberts, Lietuvos.8.0 
 7. Lee, BC Donetsk7.8 
 8. Giddens, PAOK7.8 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.1 
 10. Francis, ALBA7.1 
Assists Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  ALBA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Wood, ALBA5.9 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.4 
 3. Halperin, Spart.5.3 
 4. Moore, PGE Turow5.2 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.4.7 
 6. Ermis, Banvit BK4.7 
 7. Markovic, Valencia4.5 
 8. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.4 
 9. Heath, Lukoil A.4.4 
 10. Rochestie, Le Ma.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv2.7 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen2.5 
 3. Minard, Azovmash2.3 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 5. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 6. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 7. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 9. Ermis, Banvit BK2.0 
 10. Draper, Cedevita2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Muldrow, Aris3.0 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.2 
 3. Fofana, AS.2.0 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.2.0 
 5. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 6. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 7. Scalabrine, Benett.1.7 
 8. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.5 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.3 
 10. Mozgov, Khimky1.3 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Valencia 1-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 3. VEF Riga 0-1 
 4. Gravelines 0-1 
Group J
 1. Khimky 1-0 
 2. BC Donetsk 1-0 
 3. Aris 0-1 
 4. ASVEL 0-1 
Group K
 1. Spartak SP 1-0 
 2. Banvit BK 1-0 
 3. Krka 0-1 
 4. Buducnost 0-1 
Group L
 1. Benetton TV 1-0 
 2. Lokomotiv 1-0 
 3. ALBA 0-1 
 4. Lietuvos rytas 0-1 


Eurocup Round: 1 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Gravelines - Valencia 63-69
Valencia opened win count at EuroCup Last 16 round. They shot down Gravelines on the road in Group I opener. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) knocked down 19 points and issued 7 assists to lead the effort. The teams stayed close throughout the starting quarter. Valencia eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. The Spanish team took over in the second frame. Valencia surprised the hosts with a massive 27:10 run in the quarter. The visitors accumulated a comfortable 42:24 halftime lead. Gravelines came back to life after the talk in the locker rooms. The hosts limited their opponents to 14 points in the third quarter to get within 13 points. Gravelines stayed aggressive in the fourth period. They narrowed the gap to 7 points midway through the fourth term. But Lischuk and Victor Claver knocked down five points in a row and Valencia ran away with the victory at the end. Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points, while Nik Caner-Medley, Lischuk and Victor Claver added 9 points each in the win. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) answered with 14 points for Gravelines. Yannick Bokolo had 12 points in the loss.

VEF Riga - CEZ Nymburk 81-91
Nymburk celebrated the first win at the EuroCup Last 16 round. The Czech powerhouse surprised VEF Riga in the Latvian capital to go 1-0 in Group I. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) scored 24 points to pace the winners. Nymburk used a 6:0 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 16:8 lead. However VEF Riga managed to narrow the gap to a single point at the first break 20:21. Nymburk exploded with a 19:2 run early in the second quarter to take a comfortable 44:24 advantage. They secured a 48:30 lead at the interval. Nymburk stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. The Czech team arrived at the final break up by as many as 23 points 74:51. VEF Riga poured in 30 points in the fourth term but it was too late as Nymburk coasted to the win. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) nailed 23 points, while Pavel Pumprla added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) finished with 19 points each in the loss.

Group J
ASVEL - BC Donetsk 75-86
BC Donetsk opened their EuroCup Last 16 stage in style. They overcame ambitious Asvel on the road for the opening win in Group J. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) stepped up with 18 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals to lead the effort. The teams stayed on level terms in the starting quarter. They exchanged baskets as Asvel managed to take a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. However BC Donetsk managed to pull their noses in front in the second quarter. The Ukrainian team pulled away with a 43:41 halftime lead. BC Donetsk maintained the lead throughout the third term. Asvel tried hard to erase the deficit in the fourth period but the visitors gave them no chance whatsoever. BC Donetsk kept the hosts at bay and raced to the victory at the end. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) accounted for 16 points, while Michael Lee added 13 points for the winners. Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) answered with 21 points for Asvel. Dijon Thompson accounted for 16 points in the loss.

Aris - Khimky 48-73
Khimky marched past Aris for the seventh straight EuroCup victory. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 14 points to lead five Khimky players who scored in double figures. The victory propelled the Russian team to 1-0 record in Last 16 Group J. Khimky marked their ambitions in the starting quarter. They overwhelmed Aris for a 16:4 lead. The Hellenes picked up the slack in the second term. The hosts adjusted offensively scoring 26 points and cutting the deficit to just a single point 30:31. But Khimky put the game under their control after the big break. The visitors went on a stunning 22:10 run in the third term to gain a comfortable 53:40 lead heading into the final frame. Khimky finished off their opponents with a 20:8 fourth term and celebrated another EuroCup win. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) had 13 points, while Kresimir Loncar and Chris Quinn added 12 points apiece for the winners. Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette) and Dimitris Verginis (193-G-87, agency: FCM) responded with 11 points each for Aris.

Group K
Banvit BK - Krka 77-65
Banvit celebrated the opening win at the EuroCup Last 16 round. The Turkish team held off visiting Krka in Group K. Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) led well-balanced effort with 14 points. The teams stayed close early in the encounter. But Banvit used a 9:0 run late in the starting frame to take a 21:15 lead. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. However Simmons stepped up for Banvit as the hosts eked out a 40:33 lead at the interval. Banvit stretched the lead to as many as 14 points early in the third period 50:36. Blazic and Lucic cut the deficit to 8 points 49:57 with one quarter remaining. Banvit used a 7:0 run at the start of the final term to clear off. Krka fought bravely but never got within striking distance in the reminder of the contest. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) and Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) accounted for 12 points each for Banvit. Keith Simmons had 11 points in the victory. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) answered with 13 points for Krka. Afik Nissim finished with 11 points in the loss.

Buducnost - Spartak SP 57-65
Spartak Saint Petersburg claimed the seventh straight victory in EuroCup season. They defeated Buducnost in Podgorica tonight to improve at 1-0 record in Group K of Last 16 round. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) orchestrated the show with 25 points to his name. Spartak started the encounter strongly. The Russian team pulled ahead for a 16:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. Spartak built a 38:29 halftime advantage. Buducnost went off the dressing room relying heavily on their defensive effort. The hosts succeeded in the third term. They held Spartak to 7 points in ten minutes cutting the deficit to 3 points 42:45. But the fourth term belonged to Spartak again. The visitors went on a 20:15 run and escaped with yet another win at the tournament. Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) posted 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Victor Keyru had 7 points in the win. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) replied with 11 points for Buducnost. Cedomir Vitkovac had 10 points in the loss.

Group L
Lokomotiv - Lietuvos rytas 81-67 OT
Lokomotiv Kuban registered the first win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They overcame previously unbeaten Lietuvos Rytas at home court. Lokomotiv improved thus at 1-0 record in Group L. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Lokomotiv ensured a brave start to the game. Bozidar Maljkovic team grabbed a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. Lokomotiv took over completely in the second term. The hosts boosted the gap clearing off before the big break. The Russian team arrived at the interval up by 14 points 40:26. However Lietuvos Rytas were not about to give up easily. The Lithuanian powerhouse turned things upside down in the third period. They limited the home team at 13 points in the frame to narrow the gap 5 points. Lokomotiv struggled to get back on track in the fourth quarter. The hosts scored just 9 points in the stanza allowing Lietuvos Rytas to force overtime. But Lokomotiv proved the character in the extra period. They exploded with 19 points and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Roderick Blakney and K.C. Rivers accounted for 13 points each for the winners. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) had 15 points and 9 rebounds for Lokomotiv. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) answered with 17 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Renaldas Seibutis provided 15 points in defeat.

Benetton TV - ALBA 72-64
Benetton claimed a tough home win over ALBA Berlin at the start of EuroCup Last 16 stage. Jobey Thomas (194-G-80, college: Charlotte) scored 14 points to pace the Treviso team to the victory. Benetton gained a 22:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The hosts established a 44:31 halftime lead. ALBA however picked up the tempo in the third stanza. The German team finally started to show offensive aggressiveness. ALBA nailed 23 points to trim the deficit to 4 points 54:58. ALBA got within two points in the fourth term but Bulleri and Goree came up for Benetton and restored a safe distance for the hosts. Benetton hung on to snatch an important home win at the end. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) scored 13 points, while Jeffrey Viggiano added 12 points for the winning side. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) answered with 18 points for ALBA. Kyle Weaver finished with 13 points in the loss.




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 3. Galatasaray 0-0 
 4. Olympiakos 0-1 
Group F
 1. Montepaschi 1-0 
 2. Unicaja 0-0 
 3. Real Madrid 0-0 
 4. Gescrap BB 0-1 
Group G
 1. Unics 1-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 3. Armani MI 0-0 
 4. Fener.Ulker 0-1 
Group H
 1. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 2. Zalgiris 0-0 
 3. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 4. FCB Regal 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.18.9 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.17.9 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris17.5 
 5. Carroll, Real Madr.16.9 
 6. Mallet, Spirou16.6 
 7. Domercant, Unics16.5 
 8. Gallinari, Armani16.4 
 9. Batum, Nancy15.8 
 10. Krstic, CSKA15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA8.2 
 2. Macvan, Partizan8.2 
 3. Motiejunas, Asseco7.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy6.9 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.6.9 
 6. Krstic, CSKA6.8 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 8. Batum, Nancy6.7 
 9. Kasun, KK.6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Armani6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Teodosic, CSKA5.6 
 2. Rodriguez, Real M.5.5 
 3. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 4. Huertas, FCB Regal5.0 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 6. Cook, Armani MI4.9 
 7. Tunceri, Anadolu4.8 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.4.6 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.6 
 10. Blassingame, Asse.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.2.2 
 2. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 5. Kirilenko, CSKA1.8 
 6. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 7. Gordon, Galatasaray1.7 
 8. Diamantidis, Panat.1.6 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 10. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.6 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.5 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Perovic, FCB Regal1.2 
 8. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.2 
 9. Veremeenko, Unics1.1 
 10. Fischer, Gescrap1.1 


Is Acie Law the ideal add for Olympiakos? - by Dimitris Katsionis
After the acquisition of Dorsey-Lo, the Reds seem to put on the market without clear planning and shopped for .. shopping. For sure,Acie Law is a good player but-more sure-he is not the guard that Olympiakos was looking for. In addition with Joy Dorsey-who is just a complementary player in Ivkovic's frontline-Law is a point guard,an important piece in a very strategic position and he'll affect team's performance a lot. The Texas graduate will have to take some very important decisions during the games.And that part is not his best..

Law assesed positively by many media in this year's presence in Partizan. Allowed us to disagree.. He could permorm better in a team that the way was built,constituted the ideal environment for every foreign point guard. They put him in charge as the leader of the squad,giving him the space to show his talent in the biggest stage (with Peter Bozic being the only back up..). Many ups & downs,mistakes at crucial moments with only extenuation the slow tempo of Partizan's offence that didn't help him.

Of course he brings some of his advantages in Piraeus. He is effective on the open court and coach Ivkovic's quick tempo will help Law find easy baskets,something that didn't happened in Serbia. Guarding on both perimeter positions (with his size)and uses penetration situations to score (he goes to the rim with both hands)or to find the open man (split out is his thing) will very usefull too. We will see at what level can permorm well. From what we have seen so far,we think that a well prepared defense (such as Panathinaikos which is the big rival)can read,decode and make Law hitting in bodies all night..

Anyway,the new ''red'' point guard enters a difficult situation in a top club whose funs have big requirements. Already,the first big question is.. Can Law play in the same lineup with Spanoulis? This will be a tough one,knowing that both players can be effective with the ball on their hands and the freedom to create and decide for the team. And everybody knows that Olympiakos is Spanoulis team.. Acie Law will need time,patience and space to show his talent but at this specific time of the year i don't think that the club can provide those to him.. Well,don't get upset if-at the critical minutes of the games-you see youngster Sloukas and Martinas Gecevicius most time on the court..

S.P.According to the latest news Kalin Lucas will stay for the top-16 games



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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 20-4 
 2. Nilan Bisons 16-5 
 3. Kauhajoki 15-9 
 4. ToPo 13-10 
 5. Pyrinto 13-10 
 6. LrNMKY 10-13 
 7. Kouvot 9-13 
 8. Salon Vilpas 9-15 
 9. KTP 9-16 
 10. Korihait 8-15 
 11. Namika Lahti 6-18 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Blue, KTP22.6 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.4 
 3. Holloway, Salon V.19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 5. Newson, Kataja19.0 
 6. Crocker, KTP18.7 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.4 
 8. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.8 
 9. Griffin, ToPo17.6 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.3 
 2. Blue, KTP10.6 
 3. Newson, Kataja9.5 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.3 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto8.3 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.8.2 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.1 
 9. Brown, Kouvot7.8 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.4 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.2 
 4. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.1 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 7. Moore, Namika L.3.9 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.2 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 5. Moore, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP1.6 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.3 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Blue, KTP1.2 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 
 9. Price, Kataja0.7 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


KORISLIIGA: Thriller at Joensuu - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 25: One contest tonight and that became a real thriller. Top League # 1 Team Kataja (Joensuu) had difficulties at home vs KTP (Kotka), but winning however by two 72-70 (45-36). Quarters: 23-19, 22-17, 14-21, 13-13. Kataja is now 20-4 and 12-1 at home. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) once again saving his team with 29 points and 15 rebounds in 40 minutes. That was Newson's double-double # 15 this season in 24 games. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) added 15 pts. KTP (9-16) had also two players in double digits. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) scored 23 pts and Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) 22 pts. Sarcevic was 4/6 from behind the arc (rest of Team KTP 2/20).
Kataja - KTP 72-70 (45-36). (Jared Newson 29/15, BA Walker 15, Sami Lehtoranta 8/11 - Tim Blue 23, Bojan Sarcevic 22, Jukka Matinen 9. A: 959).




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  FRANCE   


Team Chemistry In Effect - by Curtis Marshall
Welcome back everyone, the holidays are over and the league is in full swing again. I would first like to say to God be the glory. I'm so proud of my team right now, for those just joining my blogs, I play for Lille Metropole Basket Clubs. We are currently on a six game winning streak and went from being at the bottom of the league to contending for one of the top positions. Since returning from the break we beat Le Portel and Chalons-Reims, two teams that were ranked higher than us. Now we are only two games out of third place, so we are definitely motivated and focused on our continued success. Like I said in my previous blog, we got to a slow start this season and that we have the ability to beat any team in France ProB. It is obvious now that our team chemistry has come together. Everyone plays great together and complements each other's game. We are really happy to have Steffon Bradford (199-F/C-78, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Nebraska) back with us considering we only played one preseason game with our full team this season. He was sidelined for 6-7 weeks with a slipped disk in his back. Over that down time he rehabbed hard and came back strong as ever. In my opinion he is more mobile, quicker, and stronger now then the beginning of the season. He gave us a great boost since his return back to the court. I also want to thank Michel Nascimento (208-C-78) for coming in while Steffon was injured. Even though he did not play big minutes he contributed in practices/games.

During our success we are still humble and know that there are a lot of games left in the season. We are happy but not satisfied with where we are. The goal is to continue moving up in the rankings and make a run in the playoffs. I can tell you first hand that success does not come easy. I can say we been working harder than any team in the league. We been putting some hours on the court, to be honest sometimes I feel like I have a full time job. In my opinion, no team is in better shape than us. A lot of players wont even play for Lille as a result of the long and hard practices. This is not for everyone, but its for me, I always invite challenges. Over my career, I played two years at a military school, two years for Bobby Knight, and now for Lille. I can't tell you anyone who would take the path I took, but like I said it's not for everyone. I want to send a big thanks to all the Lille fans that have supported us since the start of the season. We are going to give Lille something to look forward to and be proud of, besides futbol. I give all our success to God because without Him nothing is possible. 'Bless the LORD, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening to the voice of his word' --Psalm 103:20. You can follow me on twitter @marshalltime. Until the next time, Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) signing off, God bless you all!!!!



SPO Rouen Basket adds Wampfler to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
The 29-year French forward Jacques Wampfler (194-F-83) signed an agreement to play until the end of the season at SPO Rouen Basket (ProB). He will replace Cheikhou Thioune.. Wampfler played most recently at Chalons-Reims (ProB). While playing 11 games for Chalons-Reims last season he recorded 2.3ppg and 1.6rpg. Jacques Wampfler will revive his career after 2 years with health problems (surgery on knee & cardiac problems). His last full season was in JL Bourg basket in 2008/2009 with 19 games for 4.1ppg, 2.6rpg.

EuroChallenge:Serapinas drilled a game-winning jumper for Bonn team - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets - Chalon 91:89

Telekom Baskets closed Day 2 of EuroChallenge with the win over Chalon. The German team celebrated tough 91:89 victory. The result has left both sides with 1-1 records in Group J.
Telekom Baskets Bonn won the opening period 28:26 and led 1 point at the halftime. Chalon replied with 22-17 in the third quarter and took the lead entering the last stanza. Telekom Baskets then had an 89-87 advantage with just three seconds to go. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) managed to score with a lay-up to knot the contest at 89:89, but Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) drilled a game-winning jumper.
Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Jared Jordan contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Bulgarian-French forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 21 points (perfect from downtown making all seven shots !!!) and Blake Schilb added 20 points in the effort for Chalon/Saor.

Telekom Baskets: Zvonko Buljan 23+9rebs, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 17, Simonas Serapinas 13, Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 13
Chalon: Ilian Evtimov 21, Blake Schilb 20, Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) 14+10rebs





Bobcats put Boris Diaw on trading block - by Eurobasket News
Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82) arrived on the Charlotte Bobcats roster via trade with the Phoenix Suns in December 2008 (along with Raja Bell and Sean Singletary). Now he may disappear from the roster in the same way.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Diaw (and his expiring contract) is on the trading block, but the team isn't willing to 'take back a bad contract to make a deal.'

Since his arrival, the 29-year-old had started 235 straight games for the Bobcats before coming off the bench for Monday's 102-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Coach Paul Silas is becoming increasingly frustrated with Diaw, the paper reports. 'As Charles Barkley said on national television recently, Diaw is a nice guy but a relatively passionless player,' the Observer notes. 'As Barkley put it, he [Barkley] always went out to kick someone's butt, and Diaw isn't of that nature.'

The 6-8 native of France is averaging 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.6 assist per game.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


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Sundsvall Dragons sign Nenad Zivcevic - by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall Dragons announced signing of Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) for rest of the season. He will help the team at forward position. Zivcevic arrived to Sundsvall from the Macedonian squad Lirija Skopje. He joined them in November averaging 17.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3 assists for 8 games. Zivcevic started this season in Ukraine. He played 9 games for Politekhnika-Halychyna collecting 11.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg. In 2010/11, Nenad Zivcevic played for MZT Skopje. There he had 13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.4 apg for 32 games in Macedonian league. In the past, he played for Plejmejker-Kubus, Fersped Rabotnicki and Buducnost Podgorica. In 2009, Zivcevic helped Rabotnicki to win the Macedonian league title. They also reach Balkan league Finals. Nenad Zivcevic played for Serbian U16, U18 and U20 National Teams from 2003 to 2007.

Feni Industri lands Solomon Bozeman at PG - by Eurobasket News
Solomon Bozeman (185-G-87, college: UALR) will continue his career in FYROM. The American point guard signed a deal with Macedonian champions Feni Industri. He arrives to Feni from the NBA D-League team Austin Toros. Bozeman appeared 12 times for them this season averaging 8 points, 3 assists and 1.9 rebounds. Solomon Bozeman is a rookie who graduated last year at the UALR (University of Arkansas at Little Rock). He shined as a senior with 16.6 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2.1 rpg for 26 games. Bozeman helped UALR to win the Sun Belt Tournament and was named MVP of the event. He was also awarded with All-Sun Belt Player of the Year -11. Bozeman started collegiate career at South Florida and in 2008 transferred to UALR. He missed the 2008/09 season due to transfer rule in NCAA.

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Louis Hinnant (MBC) Troy Bell Told Me That By Game 4 You Will Be Starting And Low And Behold I Did - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Louis Hinnant (193-PG-84, college: Boston Coll.) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Gwynn Park/Oxon Hill,Maryland that recently joined the Mitteldeutscher BC. He played at Boston College from 2002-2005. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.6apg, FG: 48.4%, 3PT: 43%, FT: 69.1%. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. In 2006-2007, he started his professional basketball career with Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 22 games: 16.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 74.1%. In 2007-2008, he played for Joensuun Kataja (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 41 games: 18.0ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.4apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 87.5%. He then played for Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary) from 2008-2010 winning the league title and cup in 2010. Last season, he played for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-Superleague)playing 13 games: 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 71.7%. This season, he started off with Anwil Wloclawek (Poland) but left in Oct.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny, but left the same month. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Welcome to Germany. You signed for the German team MBC. What were the main reasons for coming to Germany?

Germany 'generally' provides a more stable surrounding than a lot of other countries as far as sports and the economy are concerned. Not being in so 'stable' situations in the past really wore on me, and I wanted to get back to stability.

The Mitteldeutscher BC is your third team this season after playing in Poland and the Ukraine. How difficult has this season been with so much change?

Very difficult for all of the reasons that I stated above. But as a wise man once told me, tough times don't last but tough people do.

Why didnt the situations work out in Poland and the Ukraine?

For various reasons, as of now I'm focused on helping MBC reach the goals that we have set for the season. Any situations in previous countries I try to let me representation deal with that, and I will keep my focus on basketball.

How was your first practice with new team MBC? What was your impression of your new team?

The first couple of days are always tough, learning the plays and getting comfortable with your teammates. But the guys at MBC have done a very good job of helping me out with everything. Ive only been here for 3 days and I feel like Ive been playing with these guys all season.

There are a few other Americans on the team with Arizona Reid, Robert Holcomb-Faye and Chris Oakes. Did you know any of these guys before coming in?

No, I didn't know any of the guys prior to getting here.


The goal of the team is to return back to the top division Beko BBL. Do you feel a lot of pressure coming in having to perform right away despite having to adjust to so many new things?

As a professional athlete there is always pressure, but if there is no pressure then what are you playing. If I didn't want to feel pressure I should go play for my local rec. league team or something.

You are a shooting guard, but can also play the point. You averaged 6,0apg with Zalakeramia-ZTE KK in 2009-2010. Would you feel comfortable playing the point if asked for MBC?

I am actually a point guard who can also play shooting guard. My entire career I've been a point guard, but I have height and some athleticism that allows me to move over to the SG position. But whatever the staff here at MBC needs me to do to help us reach our ultimate goal then I will do that.


You have played in countries like Sweden, Finland, Hungry and the Ukriane. In what country did you have the most satisfying stay on and off the court?

I would say overall, definitely Hungary, as a team we were able to win the championship and thats the ultimate goal. Everything is much better when you are winning. Even though I haven't been back since then, I still feel like I made a lot of life long friends and teammates that season.

You played at Boston College from 2002-2006. What was your nicest memory playing together with Boston Celtic draft pick Troy Bell?

Troy took me under his wing from day one. It was crazy because coming in as a freshman I was playing behind 2 all American guards in Troy Bell and Ryan Sidney so I wasn't expecting much time my first season. But Troy told me that by game 4 you will be starting, and low and behold the 4th game of the season I started and for the remainder of my career. He showed me how to be a professional, even as a college player he had a very business minded approach to the game, and to this day I still look to him as someone I can always bounce ideas off of, and he's always willing to help me out.

When you were a senior, Tyrese Rice was a freshman. Did you ever think that he would progress so well as a basketball player from then to today?

Yes, I think everyone could see that Tyrese could flat out play the game of basketball. He could have easily been an all American his junior and senior year in college had they done a little more winning. I was pretty puzzled that he didn't make it to the NBA straight out of college. But I'm happy for him, thats my guy we talk all the time, his family are like my family and vice versa.

Who won a one on one in practice back in the day you or Marquez Haynes?

Haha, we never played one on one back in the day. But Quez is a very explosive scorer.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hmm the last movie I saw I think was called 'The Help' (GREAT MOVIE BY THE WAY) I actually watched it on the plane coming over to Germany. I was glued in and it made the flight seem pretty short.

Thanks Louis for the chat and all the best with MBC.




Ilian Evtimov (Chalon) Chris Ensminger Loves Basketball And It Doesn't Matter The Age, He Still Has Love For The Ball) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) is a 28 year old 201 cm forward playing his second season in France for Chalon. He has the French-Bulgarian citzenships and played at North Carolina State from 2001-2006. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FG: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT. After a short stint with Estudiantes Madrid in 2006, he played at VidiVici Bologna in the 2006-2007 season. He played FIBA EuroCup playing 15 games averaging 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 65.4%, 3FGP: 47.1%, FT: 72.2%; and playing15 games in the Italian league averaging 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg. In 2007-2008, he moved to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing 10 ULEB Cup games averaging 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 85%; and in the German League playing 44 games averaging 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 86.2%. In 2008-2009, he continued playing in Frankfurt playing 10 EuroChallenge: games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%; and in the German League playing 34 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Levski Sophia (Bulgaria-NBL): 1 game: 6pts, 5reb, 2ast, 3steals; Balkan League: 1 game: 3pts, 1reb, 1ast, 2steals; in Oct.'09 moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division EuroChallenge: 13 games: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 83.3%: FT-2 (90.9%). Last season, he played for Chalon playing 33 games: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 84.2%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the Eurochallenge game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn January 18th.

Chalon continues to play great basketball. How good does it feel sitting in first place?

Its a great opportunity to be first, especially in a very strong league like France.

You will play against 2011 top France PRO A scorer Rick Hughes. What is always the most important thing you have to do against him on the court?

I know Rick for a few years now, we have played many games against each other. He is a great player, extremely gifted, and it doesn't matter the age he has, he is always getting numbers. I got a lot of respect for him.

After winning the cup last year how realistic is it becoming France champion 2012?

Our goal is to win a title this year. If possible more than one, we know we can do it because we are a better team than last year. More mature, and we have been together for longer now since we changed only one player.

How has coach Gregor Beugnot made you better as a player?

Coach Beugnot is an extremely good coach. He is well respected all over Europe, and each advice he gives is a golden one. He has made me play with less mistakes, and smarter. I continue to listen so I can improve my skills.

You still havent played against friend Greg Jenkins. What do you miss about him?

I can't wait for that game next week. We have been talking about it on skype with Greg. This is going to be much fun as it was when we practiced and played together in Frankfurt.

What are the chances of Chalon in Eurochallenge against Bonn, Aalstar and Szolnok?

We have good odds to qualify, it is matter of being concentrated and winning games. Sometimes it is hard to do so because of the intensity of the home competition, but the Eurochallenge is very important to our team so we are always fully concentrated.

What are your memories of playing against Chris Copeland in the BEKO BBL?

I remember him, a great player, very versatile, and very good. This is going to be a very good match up.

What will be key in winning in Eurochallenge play in Bonn?

Bonn is a good team and with experience with Ensminger. And a great coach with M. Koch. I am looking forward to this game.


Chris Ensminger is 38 and plays like he is 28. Will he still be playing when your son turns professional? lol

Why not? LOL. He is a friend and continues to show that he loves basketball and it doesn't matter the age, he still has love for the ball.

When you played against Anthony Tolliver in 2008 with Frankfurt, did you ever think that he could reach the NBA?

I don't remember exactly what I was thinking, but Tolliver is a great player. To make the NBA requires a certain level of skill, and work ethic, and that is what he has. He is a very good player.

What would be the first thing that you would ask Jimmy Mckinney if you saw him again?

I will ask him how he is doing. He has been in Frankfurt for a long time now and that says a lot about him. It is difficult to stay in one team for so long. This means there is mutual respect between both parties and it is rare to find players like that.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Dilemma. A very funny movie with Vince Vaughn. I recommend it.

Thanks Evti for the chat



EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons overcame Triumph Lyubertsy in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons- Triumph Lyubertsy 83:74

Artland Dragons overcame Triumph Lyubertsy in Day 2 of EuroChallenge. The German team beat the Russian team 83:74.
Triumph Lyubertsy trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 19-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-83 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons made 18-of-21 free shots during the game. American guard David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and forward Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Five Artland Dragons and four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures.

Art.Dragons: Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) 18, Nathan Peavy 13, Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) 12
Triumph: Davon Jefferson 25+11rebs, Sergey Karasev 21, Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) 10, Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) 10



EuroChallenge:Serapinas drilled a game-winning jumper for Bonn team - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets - Chalon 91:89

Telekom Baskets closed Day 2 of EuroChallenge with the win over Chalon. The German team celebrated tough 91:89 victory. The result has left both sides with 1-1 records in Group J.
Telekom Baskets Bonn won the opening period 28:26 and led 1 point at the halftime. Chalon replied with 22-17 in the third quarter and took the lead entering the last stanza. Telekom Baskets then had an 89-87 advantage with just three seconds to go. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) managed to score with a lay-up to knot the contest at 89:89, but Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) drilled a game-winning jumper.
Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Jared Jordan contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Bulgarian-French forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 21 points (perfect from downtown making all seven shots !!!) and Blake Schilb added 20 points in the effort for Chalon/Saor.

Telekom Baskets: Zvonko Buljan 23+9rebs, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 17, Simonas Serapinas 13, Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) 13
Chalon: Ilian Evtimov 21, Blake Schilb 20, Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) 14+10rebs





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Is Acie Law the ideal add for Olympiakos? - by Dimitris Katsionis
After the acquisition of Dorsey-Lo, the Reds seem to put on the market without clear planning and shopped for .. shopping. For sure,Acie Law is a good player but-more sure-he is not the guard that Olympiakos was looking for. In addition with Joy Dorsey-who is just a complementary player in Ivkovic's frontline-Law is a point guard,an important piece in a very strategic position and he'll affect team's performance a lot. The Texas graduate will have to take some very important decisions during the games.And that part is not his best..

Law assesed positively by many media in this year's presence in Partizan. Allowed us to disagree.. He could permorm better in a team that the way was built,constituted the ideal environment for every foreign point guard. They put him in charge as the leader of the squad,giving him the space to show his talent in the biggest stage (with Peter Bozic being the only back up..). Many ups & downs,mistakes at crucial moments with only extenuation the slow tempo of Partizan's offence that didn't help him.

Of course he brings some of his advantages in Piraeus. He is effective on the open court and coach Ivkovic's quick tempo will help Law find easy baskets,something that didn't happened in Serbia. Guarding on both perimeter positions (with his size)and uses penetration situations to score (he goes to the rim with both hands)or to find the open man (split out is his thing) will very usefull too. We will see at what level can permorm well. From what we have seen so far,we think that a well prepared defense (such as Panathinaikos which is the big rival)can read,decode and make Law hitting in bodies all night..

Anyway,the new ''red'' point guard enters a difficult situation in a top club whose funs have big requirements. Already,the first big question is.. Can Law play in the same lineup with Spanoulis? This will be a tough one,knowing that both players can be effective with the ball on their hands and the freedom to create and decide for the team. And everybody knows that Olympiakos is Spanoulis team.. Acie Law will need time,patience and space to show his talent but at this specific time of the year i don't think that the club can provide those to him.. Well,don't get upset if-at the critical minutes of the games-you see youngster Sloukas and Martinas Gecevicius most time on the court..

S.P.According to the latest news Kalin Lucas will stay for the top-16 games



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PromoiteDivisie Scores Round 15: Four teams Bridging the Gap - by Terry Cooper
Week 15 gave four teams some breathing room as the season is cruising towards completing the second heat of the schedule. Although these teams play on a weekly basis, the season has a tendency of moving faster than the players expect and with that most teams can fall further behind on their teams goal. On the other end of the standings, newcomers such as Rotterdam2 and Jugglers as well with their coaching staff have to realize that building a youth team is not a key to winning games and/or staying in the league. I feel that most coaches are afraid of older players however, it's the older players that the 'Young Cats' look up to so they can become a better player. A shame that teams with so much promise see this when it is too late. Binnenland stays in the driver seat as they won over Cangaroes 91-81 while BC Amsterdam and Hicham Kherrazi (195-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy)punished BV Hoofddorp 97-81. Z&Z2 showed Rotterdam2 that they need experience in this league as they won 75-68 while De Hoppers won over the Jugglers on the road 81-72. VBC Akrides changed this around in the second session winning over Almonte at home 65-54 while De Groene Uilen defeated GOBA easily 66-45. Finally Punch Delft got a convincing win over a very good Red Giants team at home winning 75-68 to finish round 15. The hunt is still for one or two teams to jump back in the race for the playoffs but so far the 'Core Four' are on a path to the 'Final Four' Stay tuned...

Round 15 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - BC A'dam 81-97
Binnenland - Cangeroes 91-81
VBC Akrides - Almonte 65-54
Punch - Red Giants 75-68
De Groene Uilen - Goba 66-45
Z&Z2 - Rotterdam2 75-68
Jugglers - De Hoppers 72-81



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


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SETANTA SPORTS BACK BASKETBALL ON THREE YEAR DEAL - by Patrick Maher

SETANTA SPORTS BACK BASKETBALL ON THREE YEAR DEAL

Basketball Ireland is delighted to announce that Setanta Sports has become the associations Television partner for the next three years.

This exciting development is a massive boost for the sport and in the immediacy ensures that the 2012 National Cup finals, featuring the Mens and Womens SuperLeague Cup finals, will be broadcast live on Friday, February 3rd 2012.

The partnership will also see a regular basketball magazine show and also the possibility of the 2012 National League Finals featuring live on Television.

Welcoming the development, Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard OByrne said; This is a tremendous day for the sport. I applaud Setanta Sports vision in recognizing that basketball is one of our national games and is played by tens of thousands of people who are involved in Basketball in every community across the 32 counties of Ireland.

I urge all the Basketball community to support Setanta Sports in their efforts as we look forward to a fantastic night of basketball on Friday, February 3rd at the National Basketball Arena. I would like to pay credit to Setanta Sports and in particular their CEO Colin Morgan for being so pro active and supportive in ensuring that our National Cup Finals will receive the live coverage the competition so richly deserves. The Irish Sports Council has had a big role in making this happen and I thank them for their support.

Setanta CEO Colin Morgan said: Setanta are delighted to broadcast the finals. Basketball is an incredibly popular sport in Ireland with huge participation levels among men and women so it would have been a shame if the finals were not televised. As Irelands only dedicated sports broadcaster we have the resources to accommodate important Irish sport in our schedules. We expect this to be just the beginning of a long relationship with Basketball Ireland and we look forward to working together.
This years Mens SuperLeague National Cup finals will see UL Eagles take on UCC Demons (21:15 Tip:Off), while UL are also represented in the Womens SuperLeague National Cup finals where they will face holders DCU Mercy (19:15).

2012 National Cup Finals
Friday, January 27 2012

All Games at the National Basketball Arena

Basketball Ireland Senior Men's National Cup Final
Dublin Thunder V UCD Marian, 20:00

Saturday, January 28 2012

Basketball Ireland U-18 Womens National Cup Final
Singletons SuperValu Brunell V Tralee Imperials, 12:00

Basketball Ireland U-18 Mens National Cup Final
Templeogue V Maree, 14:00

Basketball Ireland U-20 Womens National Cup Final
Tralee Imperials V DCU Mercy, 16:00

Basketball Ireland U-20 Mens National Cup Final
Maree V Killester, 18:00

Basketball Ireland Senior Womens National Cup Final
Tralee Imperials V Scruffys St. Pauls, 20:00

Friday, February 3 2012

Basketball Ireland Womens SuperLeague National Cup Final
DCU Mercy V UL, 19:15

Basketball Ireland Mens SuperLeague National Cup Final
UL Eagles V UCC Demons, 21:15

Courtesy Shane Whelan : Communications Manager at BasketballIreland www.basketballireland.ie

Posted By Pat Maher : www.maherprobasket.webs.com




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Egidijus Dimsa leaves Conad Bologna - by Eurobasket News
Conad Bologna have decided to part ways with Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85). The Lithuanian centre joined the Italian team at the start of the season. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game for Bologna in LegaDue. Last season Egidijus Dimsa started with Nevezis. His stats read 16.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in LKL. In Baltic League the centre notched 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Later Egidijus Dimsa moved to Panevezys Techasas. His stats read 17.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per appearance. Dimsa also had stints with Aisciai and Silute. Eurobasket.com named the centre into All-Lithuanian LKL 2nd Team in both 2010 and 2011. He was the member of Lithuanian University National Team.

Petteri Koponen:"I could stay with Virtus in case of Euroleague" - by Andrea Centenari
In an interview with Corriere dello Sport-Stadio, Petteri Koponen (194-G-88) talked about his future in Italy:'To stay with Virtus? Why not? My goal is to play in Euroleague because I think for me it is important to play at the highest European level. And if I can play in Euroleague with Canadian Solar Bologna, anyone would be happier than me. I don't know what is going to happen from now to June. NBA or Euroleague? It is not clear to me as well. If Canadian Solar Bologna plays in Euroleague, I know I would have an important role in the team'.
The finnish player might also join the NBA:'Dallas Mavericks? I spoke with them a couple of time, they told me to finish the season with Virtus'.
Koponen in this season is averaging 13 ppg, 3 rpg and 2,6 apg with Canadian Solar Bologna.


NoviPiu Casale to sign Lukas Bergang - by Giovanni Bargna
As reported by Eurohopes via twitter Novipiu Casale Monferrato is close to sign the 16 year-old swedish prospect Lukas Bergang (210-C/F-95).
The player had a test with Castilleja Cajasol Sevilla recently while now it seems he's on his way to Italy.
Bergang played the under 16 european championship last summer averaging 7,3 ppg and 5,9 rpg.
Casale, currently at the bottom of the italian legue, adds a very interesting youngster to its roster and this deal won't probably pay off immediately but seems to be a good investment for the future.

The deal should be officially announced soon


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. Zanelli, Orlandina14.9 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.14.8 
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, Trieste7.6 
 10. Gandini, Trieste7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.9 
 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, Omegna3.3 
 3. Portannese, Torino3.1 
 4. Musso, Napoli3.0 
 5. Rossi, Chieti3.0 
 6. Amici, Firenze2.9 
 7. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 8. Guarino, Ferentino2.9 
 9. Stanic, Fabriano2.9 
 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 12-7 
 3. Perugia 8-11 
 4. Firenze 6-13 
 5. Comsum.it SI 6-13 
 6. Santarcangelo 5-14 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 17-2 
 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 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Paul MARIGNEY
  Givova S.
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Marigney, Givova S.23.2 
 2. Freeman, MarcoPol.22.7 
 3. Hardy, Giorgio22.4 
 4. Voskuil, Morpho B.19.9 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.1 
 6. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.1 
 7. McConnell, Fileni18.5 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola17.9 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli17.0 
 10. Kelley, Biancobl.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.1 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.4 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.4 
 4. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.3 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.8.0 
 6. Brooks, Fileni BPA7.1 
 7. Chiacig, Trenkwald.6.9 
 8. Maggioli, Fileni B.6.8 
 9. Baldassarre, Bianc.6.8 
 10. Jones, Giorgio6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Assi O.
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Johnson, Assi O.5.2 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.6 
 4. Whiting, Aget Imola3.6 
 5. Renfroe, Enel B.3.5 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.4 
 7. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 8. Kelley, Biancobl.3.2 
 9. Marigney, Givova S.3.2 
 10. Levin, Givova Sca.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. West, Tezenis3.3 
 2. Radulovic, Givova2.9 
 3. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 4. Thompson, Centra.2.7 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.2.7 
 6. Hunter, Enel Brind.2.5 
 7. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.4 
 9. Blizzard, Biancobl.2.3 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder1.8 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Thomas, Givova S.0.9 
 4. Trapani, MarcoPol.0.9 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Campbell, S.Antimo0.7 
 7. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 8. Busma, Centrale.0.7 
 9. Renzi, Tezenis0.7 
 10. Jurevicus, Assi O.0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 11-3 
 2. Sigma Barcel. 10-5 
 3. Giorgio Tesi PT 10-5 
 4. Enel Brindisi 10-5 
 5. Givova Scafati 9-6 
 6. Centrale Latte 9-6 
 7. Morpho Basket 8-7 
 8. Fileni BPA 7-8 
 9. Tezenis Verona 7-8 
 10. Aget Imola 6-9 
 11. Assi Ostuni 6-9 
 12. MarcoPoloShop 6-9 
 13. Prima Veroli 5-10 
 14. Biancoblu BO 4-11 
 15. S.Antimo 4-11 


Pistoia gets Jonathan Tavernari on loan - by Eurobasket News
Jonathan Tavernari (198-G/F-87, college: BYU) will spend rest of the season with GiorgioTesi Group Pistoia on loan. The Brazilian/Italian player is originally a member of Angelico Biella, where he started this season. He appeared 7 times in SerieA averaging only 1.3 point and 1.1 rebound. Jonathan Tavernari signed a multi-year deal with Biella in 2010, but he did not appear in any official game in 2010/11 season. He graduated at the Brigham Young University in 2010. As a senior Tavernari had 10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.5 apg for 36 games. His junior year was much better as he collected 15.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.8 apg for 33 games. Jonathan Tavernari played for the Brazilian National Team from 2008 to 2010. He helped them win the Gold at the FIBA Americas 2009 in San Juan and also at the South American Championships 2010 in Colombia. In Brazil, Tavernari played for Pinheiros Sao Paulo.

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BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.5 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.3 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.0 
 4. White, Oita H.20.4 
 5. Humphrey, Saitama19.9 
 6. Flowers, Saitama19.9 
 7. Staten, Chiba Jets19.6 
 8. Kennedy, Iwate B.19.5 
 9. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 10. Burrell, Yokohama.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.5 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.8 
 3. Roberts, Shins.10.8 
 4. Malloy, Iwate B.10.8 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.3 
 8. Allred, Kyoto H.10.3 
 9. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 10. Woods, Akita NH10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.1 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Yamamoto, Shima.5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.2 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.4.9 
 6. Takushi, Oita H.4.8 
 7. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.8 
 8. Namizato, Okina.4.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 10. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.1 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka3.0 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.5 
 5. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.2 
 6. Arnold, Hamamats.2.1 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Satterfield, Saita.1.8 
 10. Gardener, Akita NH1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.5 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 7. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 8. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 
 9. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 10. Ocitti, Akita NH1.3 


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Basketball Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Smith (Frederick CC, Md.), DeAndre Upchurch (Highland CC, Kan.) and Taylor Smaller (Vermilion CC, Minn.) have been named NJCAA Mens Basketball Players of the Week for games Jan. 2-8.

Earning Division I Player of the Week was Smith. Upchurch was Player of the Week for Division II and Smaller was honored in Division III.



DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kevin Smith; Frederick Community College, Md.
Guard; Baltimore, Md.; Digital Harbor High School

Smith (5 11) put forth impressive performances in both of Fredericks games last week. A majority of the Cougars offense in a 92-86 win over CCBC-Essex (Md.) came from Smiths 30 points and 12 assists. The freshman then put up 32 points and six assists against Allegany College of Maryland, but the Cougars fell short 78-77. Smith and Frederick will host Howard CC (Md.) and Cecil College (Md.) this week.


DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DeAndre Upchurch; Highland Community College, Kan.
Guard; Flint, Mich.; Northwestern High School

In Highlands two matchups last week, Upchurch (6 1) put his talents on display and led the Scotties to victory. In a 71-66 win over Johnson CCC (Kan.), Upchurch posted 24 points and three rebounds. The sophomore knocked down six three-pointers and totaled 27 points in a 87-84 win at Division I Independence CC (Kan.). Back at home this week, Upchurch and the Scotties will welcome in No. 13 Kansas City Kansas CC from Division I and Labette CC (Kan.).


DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Smaller; Vermilion Community College, Minn.
Guard; St. Paul, Minn.; Central High School

Smaller (5 9) showed why he was an All-Region 13 selection last season in Vermilions two games last week. The sophomore recorded 28 points, five rebounds and four assists in the Ironmens 65-64 win over Minnesota West CTC. The next night, Smaller hit 12-of-17 shots from the field for 36 points in a 92-75 loss to No. 1 Central Lakes College-Brainerd (Minn.). In back-to-back home games this week, Vermilion and Smaller will battle Northland CTC (Minn.) and Fond du Lac Tribal & CC (Minn.).

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Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 13)
Division I: Canon Fields (G), Allen CC (Kan.)
Division II: Kevin Thompson (G), Dakota County Tech (Minn.)
Division III: Korey Fisher (G), Passaic CCC (N.J.)

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games Nov. 14-20)
Division I: Kaheem Ranson (G), Seward CCC (Kan.)
Division II: Brendan Cooper (F), Lakeland CC (Ohio)
Division III: Chris Austin (G), Ulster CCC (N.Y.)

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 21-27)
Division I: Derrick Barden (F), Odessa College (Texas)
Division II: Quasim Jones (G), Johnson CCC (Kan.)
Division III: Jerome Parkins (G), Gateway CC (Conn.)

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 28 Dec. 4)
Division I: Devon Branch (G), Cloud CCC (Kan.)
Division II: Maurice Lewis-Briggs (F), CC of Beaver County (Pa.)
Division III: Bakari Turner (G), Cedar Valley College (Texas)

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 5-11)
Division I: Darren Goodson (F) Pensacola State College (Fla.)
Division II: Deontray Dorsey (G) Waubonsee CC (Ill.)
Division III: Carl Clemons (F) Broome CC (N.Y.)

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 12-18)
Division I: None
Division II: Darrell Robinson (G) Cuyahoga CC (Ohio)
Division III: Paul Becklens (G) Roxbury CC (Mass.)

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 2-8)
Division I: Kevin Smith (G) Frederick CC (Md.)
Division II: DeAndre Upchurch (G) Highland CC (Kan.)
Division III: Taylor Small (G) Vermilion CC (Minn.)

Courtesy of www.njcaa.org




Top 10 (DI)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. NW Florida St.
 2. Indian Hills CC
 3. South Plains JC
 4. Palm Beach CC
 5. Coffeyville CC
 6. Vincennes Univ.
 7. Monroe Coll.
 8. E.Oklahoma St. JC
 9. Midland CC
 10. Salt Lake CC


Top 10 (DII)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. Mott CC
 2. S.Suburban JC
 3. Kirkwood CC
 4. John Wood CC
 5. Des Moines Area CC
 6. Louisburg JC
 7. Columbus St. CC
 8. Erie CC
 9. Lakeland CC
 10. S.Mountain CC


Top 10 (DIII)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. Central Lakes CC
 2. Sullivan CC
 3. Roxbury CC
 4. Brookhaven JC
 5. Herkimer County
 6. Davidson County
 7. Eastfield Coll.
 8. Sandhills CC
 9. Mountain View
 10. Gateway CC


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Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 10-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 9-3 
 3. BK Almaty 5-5 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 5-5 
 5. Tobol 3-9 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-10 


BC Astana land Luka Drca - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana deepened their backcourt. They signed a deal with Luka Drca (195-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah). The point guard started the season with OKK Beograd. He tallied 14.8 points, 4.3 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Luka Drca spent the previous season with Crvena Zvezda. His stats read 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in Adriatic League. In Serbian League the guard notched 4.0 points and 2.4 rebounds. Luka Drca played for Serbia at 2011 World University Games. The guard notched 3.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in China. Luka Drca is the University of Utah graduate.

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Hanxhiq rejoins Trepca! - by Dren Shporta
After more than a season of absence, Fikret Hanxhiq (210-C-81), the Bosnian center with kosovar nationality will rejoin Trepca. Hanxhiq played many seasons in Trepca before coming back to Bosnia. He is 210cm center and has played only for Trepca in those seasons while he was playing in Kosovo. It seems that his loyalty was repaid, after the greens management has called him back to the club.

Trepca has finished the first half of the season as a league leader with same points as Sigal Prishtina. After confirming the stay of Jaleel Nelson until the end of the season and sending Denis Vrsaljko, Hajji Martin and Daniel Milanovski, the greens from Mitrovica have a space to buy one more international player. Fikret Hanxhiq is considered as a native player, because he has a kosovar nationality.

Hanxhiq has arrived to Trepca and he has begun the trainings with the greens. They now are looking for another international to fill the empty place left from the Croatian Denis Vrsaljko. BKT Superliga teams have only 10 days left to register the players for the second half of the season.




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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 3-1 
 2. Al Kuwait 2-2 
 3. Al Sahel 2-2 
 4. Kazma 2-2 
 5. Al Jahraa 2-2 
 6. Al Yarmook 1-3 


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Nymburk outscore VEF Riga in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Nymburk 81:91

Nymburk celebrated the first win at the EuroCup Last 16 round. The Czech powerhouse surprised VEF Riga in the Latvian capital to go 1-0 in Group I. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) scored 24 points to pace the winners.
Nymburk used a 6:0 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 16:8 lead. However VEF Riga managed to narrow the gap to a single point at the first break 20:21. Nymburk exploded with a 19:2 run early in the second quarter to take a comfortable 44:24 advantage. They secured a 48:30 lead at the interval. Nymburk stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. The Czech team arrived at the final break up by as many as 23 points 74:51. VEF Riga poured in 30 points in the fourth term but it was too late as Nymburk coasted to the win. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) nailed 23 points, while Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for the winners. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) finished with 19 points each in the loss.

VEF Riga: Antanas Kavaliauskas 19, Sandis Valters 19
Nymburk: Petr Benda 24, Lamayne Wilson 23, Pavel Pumprla 10




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LKF: Kedainiai one step away from LKF final four - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Kedainiai Triobet - BC Siauliai 81:73

Kedainiai Triobet victoriously started the fight for a place in the LKF final four. They beat one of the LKL leaders BC Siauliai 81:73 (14:15, 22:18, 21:21, 24:19) in their home court in Kedainiai.

BC Siauliai newcomer that replaced Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU), Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) played a solid match (10 points 15 rebs.) but it was not enough for BC Siauliai victory. Jucikas formerly played in ABRO in the Lithuanian second division (NKL).

Kedainiai Triobet: Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) 19 (6 rebs.), David McClure (198-F-86, college: Duke) 16 (8 rebs.), Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, college: Youngstown St.) 12.

BC Siauliai: Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU) 15, Darius Gvezdauskas (191-PG-88) ir Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) (8 rebs.) po 14, Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) and Julius Jucikas (15 rebs.) po 10.

The second leg match will take place on the 31th of January in BC Siauliai.





Petravicius joins Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79, college: S.Carolina) will continue his career in Russia. The Lithuanian big guy signed a deal with Khimky. He was linked with Azovmash Mariupol recently, but did not appear in any official game for the club. Marijonas Petravicius spent last two seasons with Armani Jeans Milano. In the latest one he had 8.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 5 Euroleague games. He had slightly lower numbers for 18 games in Italy. Before Milano, Petravicius played three years for Lietuvos Rytas. He helped them win the EuroCup title in 2009 and was named Eurocup Final Eight MVP. That same season Rytas also won the Lithuanian league and Baltic league titles, plus Lithuanian Cup. In the past, Marijonas Petravicius played for Ventspils, Oostende and Mitteldeutscher. He graduated at the University of South Carolina in 2003. Petravicius is active member of the Lithuanian NT since 2004.

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LNBP Quarterfinals, fourth games: Halcones Rojos advance to Semis - by Eurobasket News
Soles - Pioneros 76-83 (1-3)
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-21. But Soles won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Pioneros outrebounded Soles 37-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 15 points. Five Soles players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Soles: R.Wright 19+9reb+1ast, D.Fells 15+3reb+2ast, D.Cubillan 13+5reb, C.Edwards 10+2reb+1ast, J.Vargas 10+2reb+2ast, R.Zamora 4
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 28+10reb+4ast, J.Millsap 17+8reb+1ast, E.Brock 16+8reb, E.Moreno 7+3ast, C.Hernandez 5+2reb, A.Garcia 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 167450


Barreteros - Halc.Rojos 66-81 (0-4)
The game was mostly controlled by Halcones Rojos. Barreteros was better in second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones Rojos made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) fired 16 points for the winners. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 15 points. Naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-80) produced 19 points and American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: F.Fisher 19+3reb+1ast, R.Loera Almanza 11+1reb+1ast, J.Habel 10+6reb, S.Cuevas 8+1reb+1ast, J.Richards 5+8reb+1ast, A.Chacon 4+3reb+1ast
Halc.Rojos: G.Vargas 16+4reb+3ast, C.Rivera 15+3reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 12+3reb+2ast, P.Stoll 9+1reb+2ast, D.Cortes 9+3reb+2ast, A.Solares 8
gschID: 167447


Huracanes - Fuerza Regia 85-73 (2-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Huracanes. Fuerza Regia managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Isl. Swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Venezuelan forward Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) replied with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Fuerza Regia. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: A.Izaguirre 14+3reb+1ast, D.Smith 13+6reb+5ast, M.Mitchell 12+2reb+5ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 12+1reb, T.Shannon 10+11reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 6+1reb
Huracanes: J.Edwin 30+9reb+4ast, N.Colmenares 17+12reb+1ast, E.Fuqua 16+5reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 9+4reb+4ast, O.Quintero 5+2reb+2ast, E.Medina 3+2reb+1ast
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Halc.Xalapa - Toros 83-89 (1-3)
Halcones UV Xalapa was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Toros, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored that evening 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and international point guard Brody Angley (180-86, college: Santa Clara, agency: JEMsports) supported him with 14 points and 9 assists. Five Toros players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 5 assists by the former international forward Victor Mariscal (198-72) did not help to save the game for Halcones UV Xalapa. Dominican guard Juan Coronado (196-83) added 22 points and 5 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: V.Mariscal 27+5ast, J.Coronado 22+4reb+5ast, Q.Gonzalez 9+3reb+2ast, D.White 8+3reb+3ast, R.Mata 7+15reb+3ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 6+2reb+3ast
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 22+6reb+8ast, T.Gardner 16+2reb, B.Angley 14+3reb+9ast, E.Manuel Guzman 12+6reb+2ast, J.Lopez 11+8reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 10+7reb+1ast


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Unlucky Ulcinj defeated in Macedonia - by Darko Pekic
The defending Balkan League champion - KK Feni Industries achieved an important home win against KK Ulcinj and defeated them by just one point - 81:80, after they were behind on the scoreboard almost the whole game. However after a strong second half, the 2011 BIBL champions celebrated a win. Ulcinj was close to make a surprise but they were not able to maintain the huge lead from the first half. Ulcinj now stands at 1-5 and is defintely out of the run for play-offs. However, nobody expected a win in Kavadarci and coach Nikola Milatovic 's guys surprised everybody with the strong performance they showed tonight.

Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) led Feni in the win with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Newly arrived forward Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points, while Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) and Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85, college: Sacred Heart) finished the game with 10 points each. Boban Medenica (204-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for KK Ulcinj. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) had 16 points and Radoje Djurkovic (198-C/F-87) added 15 in the losing effort.


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Division I: Spreen of Lindsey Wilson honored as Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Chase Spreen (6'5''-G) of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Spreen was selected based on his performances from Jan. 9 - 15 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Spreen made national attention on ESPN's SportsCenter with his 80-foot buzzer-beater against No. 5 Georgetown (Ky.) on Jan. 14. That play, which was the game-winner and sent the Blue Raiders to a 79-78 win, was chosen as No. 2 on the nightly top-10 broadcast. The 6-foot-6 senior forward finished the game with 23 points, nine rebounds and hit a career-high five 3-pointers. You can view that video here.

On Jan. 12, the native of Bedford, Ind., poured in 17 points in the 85-78 victory over Shawnee State (Ohio). Spreen chipped in five rebounds, three assists and went 7-for-12 from the floor (.583).

For the week, he averaged 20.0 points, seven rebounds, 2.5 steals and shot 58.3 percent (14-for-24) from the floor.

The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 24.

Nominees: Ree Mccrory, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Ronnie Moss, Texas Wesleyan; Kevin Booker, Avila (Mo.); Brad Karp, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Anthony Simmons, Xavier (La.); Corey Gray, Loyola (La.); Jake Orchard, Westminster (Utah); Gerrell Wells, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Rashad Sample, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Christopher Raybon, Vanguard (Calif.).

2011-12 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan
Week 2: Josh Orta, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Week 3: Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

Courtesy of http://naia.cstv.com


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Coach wants to play Kobe Bryant less - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-G-78) offseason featured a trip to Germany for PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy treatments on his right knee and left ankle, and is currently playing with a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist. These factors, plus his age (33) and the compressed season's rigorous pace, provide head coach Michael Brown all the reason in the world to reduce the superstar guard's minutes.

But the opposite has taken place so far. Bryant is averaging 37.7 minutes per game, nearly four more than last season. His coach would like to see that change.

'I hope so,' said Brown on Tuesday at practice when asked about the possibility. 'I was shooting for 35 minutes (against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday), but there are gonna be times, especially in games like that, that I think we'll have a chance to win, where that 35 may go to 36, 37 and hopefully no more than that. I wanted to keep it at 35, but I didn't do a good job with it.

'But I do want to get it down, because he's played a ton of minutes too early.'

For this reduction to take place, Brown needs the team to play well enough on a regular basis where he'd feel comfortable keeping Bryant on the bench for longer stretches. Until that happens, Brown views Bryant's heavy minutes as a necessity towards victory.

'Just hopefully, especially with the second group, just getting a rhythm. If we can get a rhythm on both ends of the floor, I know it would put me at ease a little bit more, and allow me to sit him a little bit more,' Brown said.

'I did talk to him about increasing his minutes right now in order to help us win a few games, so that we were able to get a little cushion in the win-loss column.'

Bryant has responded well to the additional workload. Over 10 games in January, he's averaged 33.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, five assists and 1.3 steals. He also scored 40 or more points in four consecutive games (two back-to-back) and is the Western Conference Player of the Week two weeks running.

Courtesy of ESPN


Michael Jordan thinks only Kobe Bryant deserves comparisons - by Eurobasket News
Ever since Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) retired - all three times, really - the NBA has searched for the heir to his throne. Many players have popped up as pretenders to the throne, from Harold Miner to Jerry Stackhouse to Vince Carter. In recent years, people have stopped trying to find a clone and just searched for a similarly dominant great player. If you ever wondered why LeBron James is seen as such a failure, a lot of it has to do with his inability to meet the example set by Jordan.

There are many great players in the NBA these days, most of whom have never been directly compared to Jordan. Nevertheless, His Airness says only one player comes close enough to his greatness to merit the comparison. Not surprisingly, that player is Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78). Here's what Roland Lazenby, a great writer currently working on a Jordan book, tweeted on Sunday (via PBT):

Kobe's ultimate competition is MJ. That's why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn't human. Ditto the Kobester.

I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe's the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.


Congratulations, Kobe: Your life's work has meant something. All that time spent aping Jordan's movements and skills has paid off. He acknowledged you. You made it.

Of course, if the notoriously petty Jordan was going to mention anyone, it makes that he'd single out Kobe, and not just because he'd consider the mimicry flattering. Bryant really does work harder than everyone else, and he's been good for long enough (with no signs of slowing down) that he may eventually top Jordan's longevity. They're similarly insane competitors.

The 'Next Jordan' idea was always a silly one, but Bryant is certainly the player most like Jordan in all aspects of his game even if he eventually becomes something less than the greatest player of the post-MJ era, which I'm sure many of you will argue in the comments. That's an accomplishment in itself. Even coming close to the top means something.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Hawks' Horford undergoes surgery - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks say All-Star center Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) has undergone successful surgery to repair his torn left pectoral muscle.

The procedure was performed Tuesday by Dr. Xavier Duralde of Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic. He was assisted by Hawks team physicians Michael Bernot and Ashok Reddy.

Horford sustained the injury going for a rebound in a Jan. 11 game at Indiana. He is expected to be out from three-to-four months.

The Hawks have won three straight since Horford went down. Atlanta hosts Portland on Wednesday.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Tuesday's games review: Heat dominate 2nd half, roll past Spurs 120-98 - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee B. - Denver N. 95-105
Corey Brewer (6'9''-F-86, college: Florida) and the Denver Nuggets turned on their high-scoring offense and left the Milwaukee Bucks behind. Brewer came off the bench and scored a season-high 22 points as the Nuggets started their five-game road trip with 105-95 victory Tuesday night. The Nuggets came in averaging 104.1 points per game and have scored 100 plus points in eight of the last 14 games. Miami leads the NBA in scoring at 106.2 points a game. With guard Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) out with a right Achilles tendon strain, coach George Karl turned to Brewer for a spark and wasn't disappointed. Brewer, playing a season-high 34:19 minutes, was 8 of 14 from the floor and made 3 of 6 from behind the arc. 'Corey is playing well enough to the point where we are going to have find minutes for him,' Karl said. 'I think he brings energy to our team. Usually energy and aggressiveness are positive personalities of a successful team.' Denver went on a 19-4 run midway through the second quarter and opened up a 19-point lead. Six fast-break points sparked the surge and the Nuggets finished with 17 in the first half. Brewer hit a 3 and made a fast-break layup to add to the surge. 'Personally when I come into the game, I just try to pick up the pace,' he said. 'Try to bring some energy. Try to get everybody going up and down because when we are playing fast, we are at our best.' The Bucks were neither playing fast nor at their best. Brandon Jennings did his part in the fourth quarter, but it just wasn't enough. He scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth and first-round pick Tobias Harris added for 14 for the Bucks, who lost for the first time in five home games. Milwaukee last opened a season with five straight home wins in the 2007-08 season. Jennings' driving layup got Milwaukee to 100-91 with 2:47 left, but Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) made two free throws and a 3 that stopped the Bucks from creeping any closer. Al Harrington added 16 points, Gallinari and Nene each had 14, Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson had 11 apiece. The Nuggets easily capitalized on a poor performance from the Bucks' starting frontcourt and swept the two-game series this season. Denver beat Milwaukee 91-86 on January 2. Stephen Jackson scored two points, Andrew Bogut had two and two rebounds and Jon Leuer added 11 and one board for Milwaukee. 'I don't think it was much offensively as it was just what they were able to do on us defensively,' Leuer said. 'They got those easy buckets in the first half. We kind of cut it down in the second half.' Afflalo said the Nuggets' defense played a big part in the victory. 'Our mental approach to the game was much, much better to start the game, especially on the defensive end,' he said. 'I thought defensively for the most part we had our focus tonight.' This one wasn't even close despite Jennings' effort. Ersan Ilyasova grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds for Milwaukee which failed to rebound after losing 94-82 to Philadelphia on Monday, their eighth straight loss on the road. Leading 63-44, the Nuggets protected their double-digit margin throughout the third quarter. The Bucks chipped away and pulled to 74-60, but two 3s by Harrington and one from Brewer kept the Nuggets in charge. Brewer came off the bench late in the first quarter, but did all his damage in the second when he scored 12 of his 14 points as the Nuggets finally revved up their offense. Andre Miller started a 26-13 surge with a jumper followed by 3-pointers from Harrington, Brewer and Gallinari. Then Denver came inside and attacked the basket. Brewer had one of three layups, and Lawson and Nene added two free throws apiece. Lawson's layup ended the run and gave the Nuggets a 63-44 lead at the half. Bogut picked his third foul with 2:21 left in the second and played only 19:04 minutes. He along with Jackson sat out the fourth quarter. Neither team shot well in the first quarter. Denver made 8 of 15 (53.3 percent) while Milwaukee was 7 of 20 (35 percent), making just three shots during a three-minute stretch. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Utah Jazz - LA Clippers 108-79
The lack of energy by the Clippers quickly and decisively turned into a subpar effort Tuesday night, and that disturbed Coach Vinny Del Negro to no end. That it occurred against a Utah Jazz team that every Clipper knew it would take an enormous amount of effort to have any success against on the road exasperated Del Negro during and after a 108-79 beat-down at EnergySolutions Arena. Del Negro didn't want to hear any excuses about the Clippers playing back-to-back games. Why? Because the Clippers were in the middle of their first of two sets of back-to-back-to-back games, and Del Negro knows they must summon the vitality for Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. 'I didn't like our approach,' Del Negro said. 'I didn't like our focus. I didn't like our toughness. I didn't like our energy to start the game. We dug ourselves a hole. 'We're not going to win a lot of games playing with that type of effort. I don't care if it is a back-to-back game, where we're playing, how much rest they have. We have to play better than that.' The Clippers didn't have Chris Paul [strained left hamstring] for second straight game and reserve guard Mo Williams [sore right foot] for the third straight game. Chauncey Billups had to deal with a tight back that Del Negro said forced him to pull the veteran guard out early when the game got out of hand. Even so, it was not a good night for Billups, who finished with 10 points on three-for-12 shooting. Backcourt mate Randy Foye made four of 14 shots. Billups even missed his first two free throws of the game, significant because he had entered the game having missed three all season out of 50 attempts. 'Actually my back felt good today,' Billups said. 'It felt better today than it did in about a week. I'm encouraged about that.' The Clippers scored a season low in points and shot a season-low 36.5%. They trailed by as many as 34 points. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) didn't play his typical game, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He had his hands full with Jazz forward Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech), who scored 20 points in 30 minutes. The Clippers have lost five straight to the Jazz and 11 of 12. They last won in Salt Lake City on Jan 22, 2003. 'I think any time you come to play a Utah team, energy is the No.1 staple,' Billups said. 'They are going to play extremely hard.' The onslaught started right from the beginning for Utah, which improved to 9-4. The Clippers' defense was nonexistent, allowing the Jazz to make 58.1% of its shots in the first quarter, putting L.A. into a 12-point hole. The second quarter was more of the same, the Clippers going down by 15 points. 'We just weren't tough enough defensively to start the game,' Billups said. 'And that's really the responsibility of the starters - myself and everybody else that starts the game.' The game became a dunk-fest in the fourth quarter, and the Clippers were just bystanders, seemingly unable to stop what was happening to them. 'We just came out and played poorly. We didn't have good energy,' Del Negro said. 'We weren't aggressive. They were more aggressive. Give Utah credit, but our starters didn't get off to a good start with their energy defensively and Utah got into a rhythm. 'There're no excuses. We've got to bounce back tomorrow night and play much harder, play smarter, play tougher, and that's what I expect.' *Courtesy of www.latimes.com

Orlando M. - Charlotte B. 96-89
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic past the Charlotte Bobcats 96-89 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's) scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and Von Wafer 13 as the Magic won for the 10th time in 12 games. Gerald Henderson had 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost eight of its last nine. The Bobcats are also winless in their last five trips to Orlando. Charlotte stayed close throughout and pulled within a basket late in the fourth quarter before Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer extended Orlando's lead to 86-81 with 1:33 to play. Turkoglu and Wafer scored eight points each in the decisive fourth quarter. Charlotte went into halftime with a 50-47 advantage after a scrappy first half that included eight ties and seven lead changes. Both teams shot 48 percent from the field, but the Magic struggled from both the 3-point line (3 for 10) and at the free-throw line (4 for 10). Charlotte was for 4 for 8 beyond the arc and a perfect 8 for 8 from the line, in addition to holding a 22-20 rebounding edge. The Bobcats benefited from some Magic foul trouble in the opening 12 minutes to take a seven-point lead. Howard and Turkoglu were forced to the bench after picking up two fouls each less than five minutes into the game. Without two of Orlando's starters to deal with Charlotte closed the quarter on a 16-5 run. Henderson led all scorers with eight first-quarter points. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Chicago B. - Phoenix Suns 118-97
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 26 of his season-high 31 points in the first half, leading the short-handed Chicago Bulls to a 118-97 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Boozer hit 12 of 15 shots in the opening half and scored eight points during a 12-point burst that opened up a 20-point lead for Chicago, which was playing without Derrick Rose for the second straight game because of a sprained left big toe. The Bulls improved to 6-0 at home for the first time since 1996-97, though they allowed more than 74 points to an opponent for the first time at home this season. Chicago has won its home games by an average margin of 19 points this season. Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) led Phoenix with 25 points and nine assists, but the Suns allowed a fourth straight opponent to top 100 points and lost their fifth game in a row. C.J. Watson scored a season-high 23 points, Luol Deng added 15 and Joakim Noah had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago as all five starters scored in double figures. The Bulls didn't miss Rose while posting a season-high in points and totaling 31 assists while committing just six turnovers. Chicago pushed the ball down the floor quickly all night despite the absence of the reigning league MVP, outscoring Phoenix 13-11 in transition and getting a number of open looks on the secondary break. Boozer scored 14 points in the second quarter as the Bulls took a 67-47 lead into the break, a lofty total for a team that averaged 85.4 points in its first five home games. It was the most points the Bulls have scored in a half this season. Chicago scored the first seven points of the second half, six by Noah, and led by as many as 28 points while cruising to the easy win. Watson quickly took advantage of his first start of the season, scoring 13 points in the opening period. Boozer added 12 as Chicago shot 72 percent the period, taking a 39-31 lead and posting a season-high for points in a quarter. Nash kept Phoenix close early with 13 points and six assists in the first quarter and the Suns shot 65 percent in the period. Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Suns. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Miami Heat - San Antonio S. 120-98
First half, all San Antonio. Second half, all Miami - and then some. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 33 points and 10 assists, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) scored 30 points - the 6-foot-11 forward going coast-to-coast for a dunk to punctuate his effort - and the Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase what was a 17-point deficit and beat the Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game slide in an most unpredictable manner. 'We have a great luxury with three players who can do special things when you need it,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. And one of them was in street clothes. Dwyane Wade sat out his fourth game of the season, this time because of a sprained right ankle. No matter: Miami shot 68 percent in the second half, outscoring the Spurs 71-35 after halftime. 'We should be embarrassed,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. For the first 24 minutes, it was the Spurs doing all the embarrassing. San Antonio connected on 12 of its first 15 shots, led 52-35 with 3 minutes to go in the first half, and had Danny Green hit a pair of buzzer-beaters - the first from the top of the key to end the first quarter, the second from near midcourt to beat the halftime horn - to take a 63-49 lead into intermission. What happened next left both sides befuddled. 'Can't explain it,' Bosh said. Offered Spurs guard Tony Parker: 'That's basketball.' Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter - matching the second-largest differential for any quarter in Heat history, and matching the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history, according to STATS LLC. James was 7 for 9 in the third quarter. The Spurs - combined - were 4 for 19. James hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to put Miami up 72-68, and the Heat simply never stopped rolling from there. James finished 12 for 21 from the floor, almost erasing any memory of him missing his first four shots. He was battling a cold, but offered no excuse afterward. 'Hopefully I can get over this in the next couple days where I can get back to myself,' James said. 'I just tried to push through it in the third quarter. My teammates did a great job of finding me and stepping up defensively. We all did that.' Mike Miller made his season debut for Miami after continuing to recover from hernia surgery and shot 6 for 6 on 3-pointers, finishing with 18 points and matching his most makes beyond the arc since joining the Heat. Spoelstra said the plan was to ease Miller back, playing him for 'five or six' minutes. Miller played 15. 'Every once in a while you get going when you're a shooter,' Miller said. 'I just happened to do that.' Green scored 20 points for the Spurs, who got 18 from Tony Parker, 13 from DeJuan Blair and 12 from Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal. Mario Chalmers scored 13 for Miami. The Heat are now 4-0 without Wade this season, 8-1 since early last season without the 2006 NBA finals MVP. And unquestionably, this was the most improbable of those victories. The comeback from down 17 matched the NBA's fifth-largest this season. Before the game, Popovich summed his team's all-or-nothing record - 9-0 at home, now 0-5 on the road - with his usual dry wit. 'We're really good at home and on the road, we (stink). That's the biggest difference,' Popovich said. He was half-serious, and it certainly didn't apply to the way the Spurs started Tuesday. San Antonio just attacked the basket with little resistance in the early going, eight of its first 12 makes coming from no more than 11 feet and most of them directly at the rim. James was terrible at the start, missing everything from layups to free throws, and the Spurs led 35-26 after the opening quarter. Everything was going San Antonio's way. And then, well, nothing went the Spurs' way - especially after James found his stride. 'There's not much you can do,' Parker said. 'He was on fire in the third quarter. He's coming in fast breaks and he's shooting threes. There is no defense against that.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Houston R. - Detroit P. 97-80
Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall) had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) also scored 14 and the Houston Rockets beat the Detroit Pistons 97-80 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Kyle Lowry had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Rockets, who outrebounded the Pistons 42-35 to offset 21 turnovers. Houston shot 49 percent (40 of 81) from the field and scored 21 points off 17 offensive rebounds. Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points, Ben Gordon had 18 and Rodney Stuckey added 16 off the bench for the Pistons, who've dropped eight of nine. *Courtesy of www.freep.com

Cleveland C. - Golde State W. 95-105
Now introducing the new Golden State Warriors. With point guard Stephen Curry missing his seventh straight game because of a sprained right ankle and shooting guard Monta Ellis struggling on a 2-for-12 shooting night, we got a look at what else the Warriors have. They shrugged off the backcourt woes, which used to be a recipe for disaster, and offered a taste of how the team hopes to be cooking in the future with a 105-95 victory over Cleveland. 'That's what good teams do,' coach Mark Jackson said. 'In spite of adversity, they find ways to get it done. Our guys did exactly that. When you compete and you defend, you'll win your fair share of games.' The Warriors (5-8) have often needed big nights from Curry, Ellis and some other third party to win in the past. Now, they're playing defense and getting contributions from a deep bench of role players. When the Cavaliers (6-7) went ahead 67-62 with 7:36 remaining in the third quarter, Jackson yanked his starting unit. A lineup of Nate Robinson, Klay Thompson, Brandon Rush, Dominic McGuire and Ekpe Udoh erased the deficit in a little more than five minutes. 'That was huge for us, especially on the road,' said power forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida), who scored a game-high 29 points to go along with nine rebounds. 'The (bench) did it with defense. They did it the way the starters should have done it.' The starters didn't sulk. They cheered and waved towels like end-of-bench guys. They went nuts when Robinson pushed the tempo on back-to-back possessions and found Rush for layups that tied it 75-75 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third. 'Those are our teammates, and they're out there hustling and playing hard,' said starting swingman Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85), who had 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting. 'Nate is the little dude with the big heart. He's got no fear of anyone.' Robinson finished with 17 points and 10 assists, joining Minnesota's Ricky Rubio and Denver's Andre Miller as the only players with double-digit assists totals off the bench this season. Thompson and Rush each scored 14 points on efficient shooting nights, and McGuire and Udoh set the defensive tone. 'I've got to hold guys accountable,' Jackson said. 'If you're not getting it done defensively, it's unacceptable. I'll give my guys credit. I've been on teams when the starters would have come out of the game upset, said different things and quit. Our guys didn't do that.' Nope. With 10 minutes left, they re-entered a tie game and grabbed the victory. Lee scored 13 points in the final 10 minutes, and center Andris Biedrins, who had 11 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot, provided the defense with an anchor. 'He does all of the little things, all of the blue-collar work,' Lee said of Biedrins. 'Monta or I might get credit for making shots, but (Biedrins) is making the plays that win games.' *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com




Olympic snubs: Curry, Stoudemire both irked they're left off list - by Eurobasket News
Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) and Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) both expressed disappointment about being left off the list of 20 candidates from which the 12-man Team USA roster for the 2012 Olympics will be chosen.

The Curry and Stoudemire situations are different. Curry was on the gold medal-winning team at the 2012 World Championships, while the Knicks pulled Stoudemire off that squad shortly after he signed an uninsured $100 million contract, a move that drew the ire of USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo.

The 20-man list was largely a compilation of the 2010 team and the squad that won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games.

It was a little disappointing knowing I was a part of that team two years ago and now I have to sit and watch, Curry told Yahoo! Sports. I got a letter from USA Basketball, a personal letter from Colangelo, just saying they went through the selection process and they would have some of the Redeem Team (2008 Olympics) guys back on there.

But up until last week I had an expectation of being a part of that finalist squad trying out for the last five spots. I got to make some more summer plans.

Meanwhile, The New York Post writes one reason Stoudemire was not selected may have been that Colangelo likely didnt want to have to deal with the Garden politics again. But Stoudemire said the Knicks have not told him they did not want him to play, and a team official said he does not believe the organization would have minded if the power forward went to London.

Its definitely not my choice, Stoudemire told The Post. I would love to play. My loyalty is with USA Basketball. ... If they need me, Im there.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 30.8
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers30.8 
 2. James, Miami Heat29.8 
 3. Anthony, New Y.26.1 
 4. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.0 
 5. Love, Minnesota T.25.6 
 6. Aldridge, Portland.22.7 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.22.6 
 8. Bargnani, Toron.22.3 
 9. Griffin, LA Clipp.21.9 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.9 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.3 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers13.9 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.4 
 5. Varejao, Clevelan.11.4 
 6. Gasol, Memphis G.10.8 
 7. Lee, Golde S.10.4 
 8. McGee, Washingt.10.1 
 9. Humphries, New J.9.8 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Rondo, Boston C.10.0 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.0 
 3. Calderon, Toron.9.1 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.8.7 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.8.7 
 6. Paul, LA Clippers8.4 
 7. Rubio, Minnesot.8.3 
 8. Williams, New J.8.2 
 9. James, Miami Heat7.6 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.8 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.8 
 3. Kidd, Dallas M.2.3 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.3 
 5. Teague, Atlanta H.2.2 
 6. Iguodala, Philadel.2.2 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.2.2 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat2.0 
 9. Rubio, Minnesot.2.0 
 10. Holiday, Philadel.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Javale MCGEE
  Washingt.
  (213-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. McGee, Washingt.3.2 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers2.9 
 3. Gasol, Memphis G.2.6 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 10. Dalembert, Houst.1.7 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 10-3 
 2. New York K. 6-7 
 3. Boston C. 4-8 
 4. Toronto R. 4-10 
 5. New Jersey N. 3-11 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 13-3 
 2. Indiana P. 9-3 
 3. Cleveland C. 6-7 
 4. Milwaukee B. 4-9 
 5. Detroit P. 3-11 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 10-3 
 2. Atlanta H. 10-4 
 3. Miami Heat 9-4 
 4. Charlotte B. 3-12 
 5. Washington W. 1-12 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 12-2 
 2. Utah Jazz 9-4 
 3. Denver N. 9-5 
 4. Portland TB 8-5 
 5. Minnesota T. 5-8 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 10-5 
 2. LA Clippers 7-4 
 3. Golde State W. 5-8 
 4. Phoenix Suns 4-9 
 5. Sacramento K. 4-10 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 9-5 
 2. Dallas M. 8-6 
 3. Houston R. 7-7 
 4. Memphis G. 6-6 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-10 


Report: Teams interested in Paul Pierce - by Eurobasket News
No matter when you think the expiration date is for this group of Celtics, the team's recent five-game losing streak has undoubtedly pushed it up. So it's not surprising that teams would come calling to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to ask Ainge if he's willing to start blowing it up.

Several contending teams have inquired about the availability of Celtics captain Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas), according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Any potential Pierce deal would seem to indicate that Ainge is moving on from trying win a championship with this group and is starting the process of planning for the future.

Ainge, of course, tried to start the process of looking to the future when he traded Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green last season. Green's heart ailment eliminates him from the equation this season and was a damaging blow to the team, and Perkins could certainly help the Celtics now. But there's no question Ainge was trying to get younger and faster even before it was apparent that these Celtics desperately need to get younger and faster. If the Celtics could trade Pierce for a piece or two to help them do that, you have to think Ainge would at least entertain the offers.

Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen come off the books this summer, while Pierce has two years and $32 million left on his contract. No matter what you think Ainge will do, it's clear the team has plans to use the money they save on Garnett/Allen to sign a high-profile free agent. Moving Pierce for an expiring contract and a draft pick might allow them to sign more than one player to a big deal this offseason.

Just what Ainge will do is a better question for Wojnarowski and insiders like the Globe's Gary Washburn, but one thing that's clear is that Ainge has options. Trading Rajon Rondo was one way in which the Celtics could drastically alter their immediate future. Trading Pierce is another. An answer as to whether either is realistic or will help the team will come in time, and that time may be sooner than a lot of us had thought heading into this season.

Of course, it's also not clear how much the Celtics' 4-8 start has to do with the lockout and a lack of training camp as opposed to the team's age. Pierce has been dreadful up until the second half of last night's Thunder game, when he finally seems to have found his offense. His scoring may be more critical to the team's success than the scoring of any other Celtic, and there's a chance he turns it around.

For all the worry, the Celtics are 1 1/2 games out of 8th in the East and four games out of 6th, where they can likely avoid Miami/Chicago in Round 1. Not that people shouldn't be concerned about what they see, but if making the playoffs is a goal, there's still plenty of time for that. The Celtics may be able to rebuild with Pierce, make the playoffs, and still look toward the future. Right now, it's all in play.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Knicks assign Jeremy Lin and Jerome Jordan to Erie BayHawks - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks assigned guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) and center Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) to the Erie BayHawks Tuesday.

The BayHawks are the Knicks' NBA D-League affiliate.

Lin, who stands 6 feet 3 inches, has appeared in five games for the Knicks this season. The former Harvard standout has five points, two assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes with the Knicks. During the 2010-11 season, Lin averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 29 games with the Golden State Warriors.

Jordan, a 7-footer, is averaging 1.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 4.8 minutes in six games for the Knicks this season. Jordan played for Tulsa in college.

Both players are expected play Friday when the BayHawks face the Maine Red Claws in Portland, Maine.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Bobcats put Boris Diaw on trading block - by Eurobasket News
Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82) arrived on the Charlotte Bobcats roster via trade with the Phoenix Suns in December 2008 (along with Raja Bell and Sean Singletary). Now he may disappear from the roster in the same way.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Diaw (and his expiring contract) is on the trading block, but the team isn't willing to 'take back a bad contract to make a deal.'

Since his arrival, the 29-year-old had started 235 straight games for the Bobcats before coming off the bench for Monday's 102-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Coach Paul Silas is becoming increasingly frustrated with Diaw, the paper reports. 'As Charles Barkley said on national television recently, Diaw is a nice guy but a relatively passionless player,' the Observer notes. 'As Barkley put it, he [Barkley] always went out to kick someone's butt, and Diaw isn't of that nature.'

The 6-8 native of France is averaging 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.6 assist per game.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


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Rainmen: Abdullahi Kuso reactivated from injured reserve - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen are pleased to announce that 6'9'', 228-pound centre Abdullahi Kuso (6'9''-F-84, college: Tallahassee CC) has been taken off of injured reserve and placed onto the Rainmen's active roster.

'It felt so great to be back on the practice court with my teammates,' said Kuso. 'I can't wait to be back at the Metro Centre playing in front of our amazing fans with the guys.'

Kuso was sidelined with a pinky injury on December 10 during the Rainmen's home game against the Quebec Kebs. Since his injury, Kuso has continued physical conditioning and will join the Rainmen in traveling to London, Ontario for their road game against the Lightning this Thursday.

Kuso and the Rainmen will return to the Metro Centre this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as they take on the Quebec Kebs during Rogers night, and on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. as they take on the Summerside Storm during Avis day

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Oklahoma claws out 64-55 win over Texas Tech - by Eurobasket News
For two teams struggling to find their footing in the Big 12, any victory is precious.

A strong finish by Romero Osby (6'8''-F-90) earned Oklahoma its second win in a row and kept Texas Tech reeling.

Steven Pledger (6'4''-G) scored 17 points and Osby came up with 11 of his 15 points in the final 4 minutes to lift the Sooners to a 64-55 win over the Red Raiders on Tuesday night.

'To win and learn is good, and in this league, wins are tough to come by,' Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. 'We've got to be thrilled by any we get.'

The two teams who were picked to finish in a tie for last in the conference and had combined to lose 24 of their last 29 games against Big 12 competition ended up playing a ragged game in which 46 fouls were called and neither team made even 40 percent of its shots.

Texas Tech (7-10, 0-5) trailed throughout the second half but pulled within 48-47 when Jordan Tolbert (6'7''-F-92) put back his own miss with 4:18 to play. Robert Lewandowski had a chance underneath to give the Red Raiders the lead but missed, and the Sooners (12-5, 2-3) pulled away after that.

Osby scored underneath after a timeout, and he added a two-handed slam and seven free throws down the stretch to close it out.

'Not necessarily a pretty win, but a good win. I thought guys really worked hard on both teams all night long,' Kruger said. 'Defensively, both teams had the other out of rhythm. Neither shot it particularly well, but both worked really hard.'

Javarez Willis (5'11''-G-89) scored 16 points and Jaye Crockett (6'7''-F-91) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Texas Tech, which got just 23 points on 6 for 28 shooting from its starters. Overall, Tech converted only 15 of 46 shots, or 33 percent.

After making 50 percent of their shots during nonconference play to rank ninth in the nation, the Red Raiders haven't reached 40 percent in any of their five Big 12 games.

Tolbert missed his first eight shots, most of them close to the basket, and the Red Raiders were 8 for 34 from inside the arc while making half of their 14 3-point attempts.

'We did a better job today of throwing it in there, but finishing around the basket is atrocious,' coach Billy Gillispie said. 'We continue to try to not use the backboard, we continue to try to not finish strong. It's just killing us, and it killed us tonight.

'We had so many opportunities one foot away from the basket.'

The Sooners had the opposite problem, missing 10 of their 11 3-point attempts.

They ended up shooting 39 percent overall and made up for their shooting troubles by capitalizing on 21 Tech turnovers.

Andrew Fitzgerald added 13 points to finish in double figures for the 12th straight game, and Cameron Clark scored 10 for Oklahoma.

'I like the energy, I like the enthusiasm. We just have to keep growing,' Kruger said. 'We've got to keep getting better. The guys know that. Any time you can win a ballgame, it reinforces a lot of good stuff.'

After falling behind with a sloppy finish to the first half, the Red Raiders quickly earned their way into the bonus in the second half and chipped away at Oklahoma's lead. Ty Nurse hit a 3-pointer to start a run of seven straight Tech points, and Tolbert's two free throws cut the deficit down to 34-32 with 14:04 to play.

Tolbert missed a shot at the tie before Osby split two defenders for a two-handed slam for Oklahoma. Tolbert then missed the front end of a one-and-one on consecutive possessions to give the Sooners a little breathing room.

Crockett led the Red Raiders back again, converting a three-point play and then banking in a jumper before Tolbert's first made basket got Tech back within one.

Sam Grooms followed Osby's basket with a jumper from the right side, and Pledger got fouled in transition after a steal. With the shot clock running down, Carl Blair drove the lane and dropped the ball off to Osby for a two-handed jam that made it 56-48 with 1:30 to play.

Texas Tech never got closer than five after that.

'I feel like we were starting to get a little momentum there. We kind of got the crowd energized and it kind of got us seeing the ball go through the basket, because we had a little stretch there where we didn't make a couple baskets,' Osby said.

'Carl made a great move and got it to me, and I did my best to finish it.'

The Red Raiders fell behind to stay with a sloppy stretch at the end of the first half when they turned the ball over on eight of their final 12 possessions including Lewandowski traveling three times.

Osby tipped in Pledger's miss to get the Sooners going on a 13-4 run to close the first half with a 29-22 lead. Tech finished the first half with 15 turnovers while making only seven of 19 shots.

'This has nothing to do with intelligence: I'm talking about we can't count to 10 very good,' Gillispie said.

'The greatest players, they can count and account for every single player on the court, so they're able to pass the ball on time on target. ... We have a hard time. The ball sticks in our hands.'

Courtesy of www.timesunion.com


No. 20 Michigan edges No. 9 Michigan State 60-59 - by Eurobasket News
Trey Burke (6'1''-G-92) grabbed the rebound and immediately took off toward the other basket. Down by one point with less than a minute to play, the Michigan freshman let his instincts take over.

'After my third dribble I felt somebody hit the ball out of my hand, but he kind of popped it up and I caught it,' Burke said. 'Then I saw Stu out of the corner of my eye.'

Stu Douglass (6'3''-G-90) made a layup off Burke's pass with 36.5 seconds remaining, and the 20th-ranked Wolverines held on through a wild final sequence to beat No. 9 Michigan State 60-59 on Tuesday night.

It was Michigan's third straight victory in the series after the Spartans had won 18 of 21.

'If you look in the last 10 or 12 years, it hasn't been much of a rivalry. They've been beating us,' Wolverines coach John Beilein said. 'Michigan State is so good, and I admire what they do so much the whole university, everybody. It's a great place. You've got to beat places that you admire you've got to do that to win a Big Ten championship.'

It was the first meeting between the in-state rivals with both teams ranked since 1998.

On Michigan State's last possession, Keith Appling drove to the basket but had his shot blocked by Jordan Morgan. Brandon Wood of the Spartans came up with the ball, and Draymond Green was able to get another shot off from near the free throw line, but it missed.

'I thought it had a chance to go in,' Green said. 'I got it up on the rim. I just couldn't get the bounce.'

Green was held to seven points.

After the final shot, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo tracked down the officials to discuss something, but after a brief conversation the officials headed off the court.

Izzo said he was still upset about a backcourt violation on his team with about 2 minutes remaining.

'There were a lot of things,' he said. 'I thought that thing at halfcourt on the out-of-bound play, you have to have possession of the ball before you can be over and back and I don't think there was possession.'

Burke scored 20 points for Michigan, which shot 51 percent from the field against the normally stingy Michigan State defense. Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 10 points each for the Wolverines (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten).

Derrick Nix (6'9''-C-90) had 13 points for Michigan State (15-4, 4-2).

Michigan led by four early in the second half when Burke scored seven straight points. His 3-pointer gave the Wolverines their largest lead, 47-36.

Austin Thornton answered with a 3-pointer, the start of a 16-2 run by Michigan State. A 3-pointer by Wood - his first field goal after five misses - made it 47-44 and forced Michigan to take a timeout with 9:34 remaining. The Spartans finally took their first lead at 50-49 on a 3-pointer by Brandan Kearney from the left corner.

Michigan State led 57-53 when Burke made a free throw and Hardaway added a shot from the perimeter. Thornton's two free throws pushed the Spartans' lead to three, but Hardaway made it 59-58 with a baseline drive.

Michigan seemed to spend an eternity on defense toward the end, but Burke's play in transition to set up Douglass gave the Wolverines the lead.

'I was making sure not even to hit the rim,' Douglass said. 'No question at all.'

Then Michigan had to hold on through the frantic final seconds.

'That was the greatest feeling - when that buzzer went off,' Burke said.

Beilein tweaked his starting lineup, inserting Douglass for the struggling Evan Smotrycz. The Wolverines were in a bit of a shooting slump in conference play, but Novak made two 3-pointers, helping them take a 13-4 lead.

Michigan State was playing catch-up throughout the first half, struggling to defend the Wolverines as they patiently spread the court on offense.

Michigan went on a mini-run to push the lead to 10. Hardaway made two free throws and blocked a shot by Green. Morgan scored inside for the Wolverines, then Burke scored off a turnover to make it 30-20.

The Spartans responded with nine straight points, pulling within one on a 3-pointer by Kearney, but Douglass answered with a rare four-point play, making a 3-pointer from the right wing while being fouled.

Courtesy of www.clickondetroit.com


No. 10 Georgetown beats DePaul 83-75 - by Eurobasket News
Jason Clark (6'2''-G), Georgetown's leading scorer, was saddled with more responsibility than usual Tuesday night. His running mate at guard, Markel Starks, came down with a stomach ailment and was too weak to play.

Clark had to deal with the pressure of DePaul's defense with his ball handling and was also able to locate his shot. He scored from long range and on drives, finishing with a career-high 31 points as the 10th-ranked Hoyas held on for an 83-75 victory.

'I think we have versatile pieces. Obviously a lot of the duty did fall on Jason today. I thought he did, for the most part, a pretty good job but he also had some help,' Hoyas coach John III Thompson said.

'It was a difficult game for him in that he had to deal with their press and pressure most of the time, but also he was clearly in a groove and the ball was going in. I thought he played well, despite those foul shots.'

Clark was 11 of 14 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers he made only four 3-pointers in his previous six games but did miss five of nine free throws.

'I think it was just coming through our offense,' Clark said of his big scoring night. 'I've been on a stretch where I haven't been making a lot of 3-pointers but today they were falling.'

The Hoyas (15-3, 5-2 Big East) outrebounded DePaul 47-25 and consistently worked inside for second shots. Henry Sims added 16 points and Otto Porter had 15 rebounds for Georgetown.

And even though DePaul had only 11 turnovers for the game, several of them were out near the key leading to Georgetown fast breaks, many by Clark.

'Those are almost like pick 6s in football, they're uncontested,' DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said.

'He (Clark) started with a 3 stepping behind a screen and they weren't easy shots.... Then he got a few easy ones going to the basket. He made some really tough shots.'

Cleveland Melvin (6'8''-F) scored 19 points and Moses Morgan (6'6''-F) had 17, including five 3-pointers, for the Blue Demons (10-8, 1-5), who lost their fourth straight.

Clark's dunk on a break with 6:29 left gave the Hoyas a 14-point lead, but DePaul kept scrapping on defense and cut it to seven on a jumper by Morgan with 2:44 left. But Clark made two free throws and Jabril Trawick had a three-point play for the Hoyas.

Clark, who had 13 points in the first half, connected on his third 3 in a quick 7-0 run as Georgetown went up by 11 points late in the half.

But DePaul's Brandon Young dribbled for about 5 seconds and then hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to sliced the lead to 37-31.

DePaul scored the first five points of the second half, but just as the Blue Demons were about to gain the momentum, Clark responded with another 3-pointer and Sims scored consecutive baskets after grabbing offensive rebounds. After a timeout, Clark made a steal and drove in for another basket to cap a 9-0 run and put the lead back to 10.

Morgan found the range on two 3-pointers and Melvin had a jumper in an 8-0 run by the Blue Demons that made it a two-point game with 14 minutes to go.

Once again the Hoyas' strong rebounding and Clark stopped the run. Clark had a driving reverse layup, Hollis Thompson scored on a follow to build it back to eight and Clark made another 3-pointer in a 12-2 run for a 60-48 lead.

Thompson said he learned about Starks' stomach problems when the team arrived at the AllState Arena. Starks averages 8.8 points per game.

'I don't think it's anything long-term. I'm not sure whether he ate something or had the bug,' Thompson said.

The Hoyas have won 11 straight against DePaul and lead the series 20-6

'Wins in this league are difficult to come by and road wins in this league are very difficult to come by, so to that extent it was a good day,' Thompson said.

'I don't like our execution down at the end on a lot of different fronts. But I don't want to take anything away from their effort ... But we made it a lot harder than it had to be.'

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Hummel leads Purdue past Iowa 75-68 - by Eurobasket News
Purdue fans often have criticized Kelsey Barlow because of a perceived lack of focus.

They'd be hard-pressed to find fault in his latest performance. The Purdue guard had 11 points and seven rebounds in 24 points and provided a spark in his team's 75-68 win over Iowa on Tuesday night.

Robbie Hummel (6'8''-F-89) had 17 points and 11 rebounds and affected the game in many ways, despite shooting just 5 for 14 from the field. Still, his rough shooting night left a void to fill.

Barlow controlled his emotions and helped keep Purdue in the game. He had five offensive rebounds and committed just one turnover.

'I saw an aggressive Kelsey Barlow,' Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson said. 'I think he's starting to understand when to score and how he helps us, and he's still doing a great job on defense.'

Purdue coach Matt Painter knows that Barlow's emotions can sway. At one point in the second half, after Barlow took a hit, Painter reminded him that beating Iowa was the priority.

'It can help him and motivate him to play better, and sometimes it can really be his Achilles because he gets caught up in a one-on-one battle instead of seeing the big picture and what's going on,' Painter said. 'He's a lot better with that, but sometimes, it can still get him on the other side when we need him to stay composed.'

Jackson scored 14 points, Ryne Smith (6'3''-G-89) scored 12 and Terone Johnson (6'2''-G-91) added 10 points for the Boilermakers (14-5, 4-2 Big Ten), who bounced back from a 67-62 loss to Wisconsin that ended their 26-game home winning streak.

Travis Carroll (6'9''-F-92), who just regained his starting spot and had eight points and five rebounds, was solid in 30 minutes of action.

'He's finally giving us that solidified five (center) position,' Jackson said.

Zach McCabe (6'7''-F) scored a career-high 20 points, Roy Devyn Marble (6'5''-G/F) had 18 and Matt Gatens added 12 for the Hawkeyes (11-9, 3-4), who were coming off a 75-59 win over No. 20 Michigan. The Hawkeyes led by 11 points in the first half, but didn't shoot well after that.

'Some of it was fatigue, some of it was poor decision making, and some of it was, they were executing. At some point, I think you have to give Purdue credit for executing down the stretch better than we did,' Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

The Boilermakers outrebounded the Hawkeyes 41-32 and had 16 offensive rebounds. Purdue swept the season series, having won 79-76 in Iowa City on Dec. 28.

This time, Iowa led 36-31 at halftime. The Hawkeyes shot 48 percent in the first half and committed just four turnovers. The Boilermakers believed that they needed a good start in the second half to have a chance to rally.

'We talked about adversity yesterday and he (Painter) brought that up and was like, 'Are we going to fight the adversity?'' Johnson said, 'and I thought we came back out and cut the lead and got ready for the second half.'

Purdue opened the second half on a 5-0 run, tying the game on Barlow's put-back. A jumper by Hummel finally gave the Boilermakers a 41-39 lead. A fadeaway shot by Johnson and two free throws by Hummel gave the Boilermakers a 49-42 lead.

The Boilermakers extended their lead to 10 points before Iowa started chipping away. A put-back by Aaron White and a bucket by Marble cut Purdue's lead to 53-51 and forced the Boilermakers to call a timeout.

Jackson helped Purdue regain control. He made a tiptoe save near the sideline, then drove, was fouled and made two free throws. He followed that with a free-throw line jumper to push the lead back to six points. Buckets by Carroll on consecutive trips down the floor gave Purdue a 61-53 lead. Purdue, which entered the game shooting 61 percent from the free-throw line, made 8 of 10 in the final 1:10.

'I thought we fought,' McCaffery said. 'I thought our concentration to the defensive game plan, for the most part, was good. It just wasn't good late.'

Purdue got a much-needed confidence boost from the win.

'Once we put all of this together, I think we're showing exactly how deep this team can be,' Jackson said.

Courtesy of www.timesunion.com


Arkansas falls to No. 2 Kentucky 86-63 - by Eurobasket News
Arkansas wanted to run with No. 2 Kentucky. The Razorbacks could never run away from Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93).

The freshman forward scored a career-high 27 points and blocked seven shots to set a school season record in No. 2 Kentucky's 86-63 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night.

'Their size was a big problem for us tonight, especially with Anthony Davis,' Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson said. 'He is a difference maker. No matter how we tried to mount an attack, I thought they did a good job answering.'

The Wildcats (18-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 10th straight overall and extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 46 games, including 45 straight at Rupp Arena.

Arkansas hasn't won in four road games this season and struggled against the nation's second-best defense by field goal percentage despite 12 points from Mardracus Wade and 10 points apiece from Marvell Waithe, Rashad Madden and B.J. Young.

Still, they couldn't avoid Davis, who had 14 rebounds, as the Wildcats jumped on the Razorbacks (13-5, 2-2) from the start.

'We tried to put two or three bodies on him and he was getting around us,' Wade said. 'He played really strong and athletic. He just did what he's supposed to do to help his team win tonight.'

The Razorbacks never got closer than 14 points on the first basket of the second half.

Anderson said his team would try to run against Kentucky, a strategy most teams have tried to stay away from against the athletic Wildcats.

It didn't work as Davis scored in bunches and the rest of the Wildcats chipped in.

'They did a good job in their preparation and I told the team I'll take the blame for that,' Anderson said. 'We were playing one of the better teams in the country and they are playing some outstanding basketball. As we've seen throughout the course of conference play, everyone plays pretty good at home.'

Arkansas beat the Wildcats in overtime last season in Fayetteville, but these Wildcats reloaded with Davis and fellow freshmen Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer. Arkansas remained winless in Lexington since the 1994 title team won here.

Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91) scored 14 points, Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-85) 13, Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90) 11 and Kidd-Gilchrist 10 for Kentucky, which got nine assists from Teague.

In one sequence, Miller grabbed an offensive rebound and slashed across the paint, flipping a contested reverse layup. Then, Jones started a break by swatting Wade's attempt that Lamb finished with a floater that made it 19-6.

Davis matched the school record for blocks when he rejected Rickey Scott's layup off the glass with 8:02 left in the first half, matching the 83 that Turpin set in 1982-83 in 31 games and Riddick tied in 34 games in 1993-94. Davis set the record a little over 3 minutes later when he turned away Young's layup with Kentucky leading 28-12.

Kentucky took its first 20-point lead when Lamb hit a 3 with 3:22 left in the half. Davis blocked another layup by Young with 5 seconds left and swatted Wade's attempt at the buzzer as the Wildcats took a 37-21 lead.

When Arkansas cut it to 50-35 with 14:48 left, Kidd-Gilchrist threw an alley-oop pass to Davis, Jones blocked freshman Devonta Abron's shot and Teague fed Kidd-Gilchrist in the paint for another slam as part of a 13-2 run that put the game away before the midway point of the second half.

Davis finished 10 of 12 from the field, his best game with at least 10 attempts of his 19-game career and went 7 for 8 from the free throw line. He got a standing ovation with 4:23 left with his seventh and final block, an emphatic swat of Julysses Nobles' shot into the front row.

'Looking at him on TV he's really tall and lanky and you don't think he'd be that physical, but actually that guy is pretty physical,' Wade said. 'He gets in there, he's relentless. You hit him one time and he's just going to go back into you again.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Reggie HAMILTON
  Oakland
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Hamilton, Oakland23.6 
 2. Wolters, S.Dakota.20.7 
 3. Gaines, IPFW20.4 
 4. Young, IU.20.0 
 5. Morrison, ORU19.8 
 6. Chamberlain, UMKC16.9 
 7. Westbrook, S.Dak.16.4 
 8. Braun, N.Dakota St.15.5 
 9. Krogman, S.Dakota14.3 
 10. Stevenett, S.Utah14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terell PARKS
  W.Illinois
  (200-F/C-)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Parks, W.Illinois9.1 
 2. Petros, Oakland8.2 
 3. Valentine, Oakland7.2 
 4. Andreotti, S.Dakota6.9 
 5. Braun, N.Dakota St.6.8 
 6. Craion, ORU6.6 
 7. Bjorklund, N.Dakot.6.6 
 8. Young, IU.6.2 
 9. Wright, N.Dakota.5.9 
 10. Bell-Holter, ORU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nate WOLTERS
  S.Dakota.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Wolters, S.Dakota.5.8 
 2. Jones, S.Utah5.4 
 3. Alexander, N.Dakot.5.1 
 4. Clark, W.Illinois5.1 
 5. Hamilton, Oakland4.5 
 6. Marlin, IPFW4.2 
 7. Thomas, IU.4.0 
 8. Pearson, ORU3.9 
 9. Krogman, S.Dakota3.5 
 10. Tyler, UMKC2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Reggie HAMILTON
  Oakland
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hamilton, Oakland2.5 
 2. Clark, W.Illinois2.1 
 3. Staton, UMKC1.9 
 4. Westbrook, S.Dak.1.7 
 5. Craion, ORU1.6 
 6. Callahan, S.Dakota.1.4 
 7. Krogman, S.Dakota1.4 
 8. Wolters, S.Dakota.1.4 
 9. Parks, W.Illinois1.4 
 10. Carlson, S.Dakota.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricardo ANDREOTTI
  S.Dakota
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Andreotti, S.Dakota1.6 
 2. Wright, N.Dakota.1.5 
 3. Parks, W.Illinois1.2 
 4. Young, IU.1.2 
 5. Hall, UMKC1.1 
 6. Westbrook, S.Dak.0.9 
 7. Bell-Holter, ORU0.9 
 8. Staton, UMKC0.9 
 9. Chiles, IU.0.8 
 10. Craion, ORU0.8 


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


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  NCAA2   


Anderson tops No. 1 Lincoln Memorial - by Eurobasket News
Anderson overcame an eight-point deficit inside the final 86 seconds to upset top-ranked and previously unbeaten Lincoln Memorial, 78-72, in overtime during South Atlantic Conference action Saturday evening at the Abney Athletic Center.

With a standing-room-only crowd roaring, sophomore guard Chandler Hash (6'7''-G) drained his game-high fourth 3-pointer with just 3.9 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime and senior guard Nick Trull scored seven of his 13 points on the afternoon in the final 1:26, as Anderson (11-3, 6-0 SAC) moved atop the league standings, winning its 10th game in the last 12 contests.

Lincoln Memorial slipped to 15-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference, suffering its third consecutive setback to the Trojans.

Anderson senior center Taylor Shugart (6'7''-C) opened the overtime frame by scoring four of his game-high 23 points, while the Trojan defense held LMU scoreless for nearly two minutes. Second-team Preseason All-SAC selection Brandon Armstrong (6'1''-G-90) pulled the Railsplitters within 70-69 with his sixth trey of the contest, but Trull answered on the other end with his lone 3-pointer on the afternoon from the left wing to boost AUs lead back to four.

LMU junior guard Cam Carden pulled the visitors back within a single point by connecting on three consecutive free throws with just more than a minute left, but Trull again countered this time with a jumper in the paint and following a missed 3 by LMU. AU junior guard Denzail Jones hit one-of-two from the line to build the Trojan advantage to 76-72 with 18 seconds left.

The Railsplitters misfired on another 3-point attempt and Trull set the final margin with two free throws.

Anderson rallied from a 27-26 halftime deficit to take its largest lead on the contest, 47-40, with just less than nine minutes left as Shugart scored 11 points and senior forward Tyrell McDowell added six consecutive points midway through the second half.

But Lincoln Memorial countered by scoring 10 unanswered points on the strength of a pair of 3-pointers from Armstrong, as part of a 21-5 run over the next six-plus minutes and led 61-52 with 2:26 on the clock.

Hash snapped the run by driving the right baseline and recording a traditional three-point play, but the Railsplitters still led by eight a minute later when Jones posted AUs second consecutive three-point play to trim the deficit to two possessions.

The Trojans capitalized on their opportunities when LMU misfired on three of their next four free throws, with AUs Hash connecting on a trey with 13.6 seconds left to pull the Trojans within 64-63 with 13 seconds left.

Following two from the line by LMUs Jake Troyli (6'9''-F), the Trojans called timeout and Hash connected on the game-tying 3-pointer less than 10 seconds later.

Shugart poured in a game-high 23 points and recorded his third consecutive double-double by recording a game-high 14 rebounds. Hash finished with a career-high 17 points, while junior guard Denzail Jones added 15 points, three assists and three steals. Trull chipped in 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Armstrong paced the Railsplitters with 20 points, while junior forward Jake Troyli notched 11 points.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Drury hangs on to top No. 8 NKU - by Eurobasket News
Drury used 37 free throws and huge contributions from a pair of seldom-used bench players to knock off previously unbeaten and No. 8 Northern Kentucky 83-72 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play Saturday afternoon at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.

Junior Layne Oberbeck came off the bench to hit all six of his shots and score a career-high 12 points and sophomore guard Shane Rudman (6'2''-G) gave the Panthers a lift with five points late in the first half as DU kept Northern Kentucky (13-1, 5-1 in the GLVC) from setting a school record for wins to start a season.

Both played key roles in the foul-plagued contest, which saw a total of 59 fouls called. Drury went 37 of 51 at the free throw line, hitting just enough of them down the stretch and grabbing key defensive rebounds, to hold off the hard-charging Norse.

'I can't say enough about the job Layne and Shane did today,' Drury coach Steve Hesser said. 'They came in and gave us good minutes when we really needed minutes. This win was good for our guys at a time when we needed one.'

Brandon Lockhart (6'1''-G-90) had 24 points -- including a 16 of 22 effort at the free throw line -- to lead the Panthers, who won for just the third time in nine games with NKU in the all-time series.

It didn't look good early for the Panthers (9-6, 3-4), who stopped a three-game slide against top-10 squads with the victory.

The Norse -- who will make the move to NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference next season -- jumped on Drury early, bolting out to an 18-5 lead in the game's early minutes.

But the Panthers clawed back, and took their first lead when Rudman drained a 3-pointer with 4:26 to go to put Drury on top 28-25. DU went on to lead 38-33 at halftime after a first 20 minutes that featured 32 called fouls and a total of 12 players (seven for NKU, five for DU) saddled with at least two fouls each.

The Panthers came out and established momentum again early in the second half, pushing their lead to nine points at 42-33 on Ian Carter's jumper with 18:09 to go. The Norse eventually cut it down to two, but Drury pushed it back into double-figures with 10:30 to go on an Oberbeck layup (52-42). From there, it became a question as to whether the Panthers could hold off a Norse team that began to heat up from outside.

Northern Kentucky went through a stretch of five made treys in seven attempts, and had it back down to a two-point game at 66-64 with 3:29 to go on Ethan Faulkner's layup.

But freshman Cameron Adams answered with a conventional three-point play, and with the Panthers making clutch free throws down the stretch, the Norse never got it below four again.

Jon Van Noose had 18 points, getting five of his six 3-pointers in the second half, to lead NKU, which hit just 10 of 28 from 3-point range after leading the nation, percentage-wise, coming in.

Drury dominated the Norse on the boards with a 38-24 count, led by nine boards each from Carter and Adams.

Derek Daniels (6'7''-F) added a career-high five rebounds for the Panthers, who won despite a 2 for 11 effort from 3-point range and leading scorer Alex Hall (6'2''-G) going 1 for 8 from the field. Hall didn't get on the board until a pair of free throws with just more than seven minutes left, but hit some big tosses down the stretch in finishing 7 for 8 at the line and adding four assists in his 35 minutes of play.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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  NCAA3   


Defense lifts Ill. Wesleyan to upset - by Eurobasket News
John Koschnitzky had 14 points to lead four players in double-figure scoring as No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan downed No. 6 Augustana (Ill.) 73-63 on Tuesday. The game was tied 12 times and there were 15 lead changes in the contest.

The Titans won for the eighth consecutive time and improved to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, tied for first place with North Central (Ill.). Augustana lost for the second consecutive time and is now 11-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Jordan Zimmer (6'5''-G-89) scored nine of his 12 points in the second half while Kevin Reed (6'7''-F) scored 11 and Eliud Gonzalez added 10 points.

Augustana held a 32-31 halftime lead and the final tie of the game came with 11:21 left at 50-50 before Andrew Ziemnik knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to propel IWU to a 58-52 lead.

Augie cut the IWU lead to one at 58-57 with 7:06 to go before the Titans went on an 8-0 run to build up a 66-57 lead with 4:35 remaining.

The Vikings beat IWU on the boards, grabbing 45 rebounds compared to 30 for IWU, but Augustana shot just 32 percent for the game from the field (19-58) and connected on only four of 17 from beyond the 3-point arc (23 percent). Augie shot 77 percent from the free-throw line (21-27).

Troy Rorer (6'2''-G) scored 13 points to lead the Vikings and Kevin Schlitter (6'8''-C) scored 11. Kameron Norton grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

The Titans shot 42 percent from the floor (22-52) and made eight of 18 treys (44 percent). IWU made 21 of 28 from the free throw line (75 percent).

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


No. 8 Mary Hardin-Baylor rolls to win - by Eurobasket News
No. 8 Mary Hardin-Baylor took control of the game early in the first half and never let Schreiner back into the game as the Cru rolled to an 80-60 victory against the Mountaineers on Thursday.

UMHB improved to 14-0 overall and 10-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss dropped Schreiner to 8-6 overall and 6-4 in the ASC on the season.

UMHB dominated the early going, building a 22-5 lead midway through the first half. Schreiner would rally late, but the Cru would lead 40-22 at halftime with over half of the Mountaineers points coming from the free-throw line.

UMHB held Schreiner to just 5-31 shooting in the first half. The Cru led by at least 16 points throughout the second half.

Marlon Miller (5'11''-G) led UMHB with 20 points and also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Sterling Phillips (6'0''-G-89) had 15 points and nine boards for the Cru. James Allen chipped in 14 points and Dorian Purnell had 10. UMHB shot 50 percent in the second half and hit 46 percent for the game. The Cru also out rebounded Schreiner 59-42.

Stevan Guerrero (6'2''-G) and Darren Smith (5'9''-G) led the Mountaineers with 14 points apiece. A.J, Myres added 13 points and Travis Pflughaupt grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. The Mountaineers shot just 24 percent from the field in the game.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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  PHILIPPINES   


Asean Basketball League Roundup: January 18, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo
SINGAPORE SLINGERS over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 74-63
The Singapore Slingers grabbed their first win after making a huge come back in the second half over the defending champions Chang Thailand Slammers.

The Slingers were down by as many as 14 points in the third quarter before making a 21-3 run in the last 5 minutes of the quarter. Slingers guard Desmond Oh came up big with 16 points. Slingers import Louis Graham had another big double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds.

The leading scorer of the night, however, was still Chang Thailand Slammers big man Deandre Thomas with 27 points and 8 rebounds, followed closely by Kenneth Walkers 15 points and 16 rebounds.

The Slingers will have a bit of a break as their next match will be at the Lan Binh Thang Stadium in Vietnam against the Saigon Heat on the 25th of January 2012, but the Slammers will have another big game in just three days time against compatriots the Bangkok Cobras on the 21st of January 2012.

SGS 74 - Graham 23, Oh 16, Dulay 10, Little 10, Wong 8, Canta 5, Lim 2, Matialakan 0
CTS 63 - Thomas 27, Walker 15, Lertmalaiporn 7, Jantuma 6, Apiromvilaichai 4, Suttisin 2, Pinitpatcharalert 2, William 0, Ghogar 0
QS: 16-15, 25-36, 52-47, 74-63

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com



2011 PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals: And Then There Were Two - by Enzo Flojo
POWERADE TIGERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 107-98
Powerades long wait is over.

The Tigers worked as one cohesive unit in hurdling the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their seventh and deciding semifinal game Wednesday to barge into the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) scored 25 points to lead a balanced attack by Powerade, which gathered momentum in the two middle quarters before tapering off a bit at the finish.

Still, the Tigers had managed to build up a cushion that proved enough to withstand the E- Painters' desperate charge at the finish and realize their first championship stint under the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola International banner.

The win was actually secured with still just under two minutes remaining, but it was only when the final buzzer sounded that the Tigers really whooped it up at midcourt, hugging or body-bumping each other.

Then known as Coca-Cola, the franchise last won a title through the 2003 Reinforced Conference, two years before bolting the San Miguel Corporation group.

The loss relegated Rain or Shine to fourth, duplicating its best finish since joining the league in 2006. That could have been much higher if not for Powerade's bunch of gritty players, who, at least in Wednesday's game, emphatically showed their time is now.

Gary David capped a 24-point game with a 15-foot jumper that made it a 105-96 game after back-to-back triples by Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood made it a seven point game. Marcio Lassiter added 17 points, but it was the pair of Douglas Kramer (193-F-83) and Celino Cruz, whom Perasol singled out as absent following a 98-112 loss in Game 6 last Sunday, who stepped up the most by combining for 22 points. Kramer also had a game-high 15 rebounds.

Casio was the middle of it all, sustaining the attack and continuing to do so despite his hamstring tightening up with still a good eight minutes left. He went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc and added 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

JR Quinahan's 16 points and 7 boards led the E-Painters, who drew at least 10 points from six others. But their collective production came too few and far-between, allowing the Tigers to steadily pull away as early as the second quarter.

POW 107 - Casio 25, David 24, Lassiter 17, Kramer 12, Cruz 10, Antonio 10, Anthony 5, Adducul 4, Vanlandingham 0, Crisano 0.
ROS 98 - Quinahan 16, Lee 14, Chan 14, Norwood 13, Buenafe 12, Matias 10, Belga 10, Cruz 6, Rodriguez 2, Arana 1, Uyloan 0, Ibanes 0.
QS: 22-18; 52-39; 84-65; 107-98

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 92-91
Leaving the dugout for the game, coach Vincent Reyes final words to his team were: Lets come back in a couple of hours and be ready for Powerade.

Nights earlier when they were pushed by their foes to the brink, Reyes and his chargers just had eye-to-eye contacts, assuring one another that they still had the chance. The Talk n Text Tropang Texters worked hard for everything to happen, and theyre boarding a flight to Davao Thursday for an unlikely titular showdown with the Powerade Tigers.

The Texters squeezed out a win over the Petron Blaze Boosters Wednesday night to complete a dramatic fightback from the jaws of defeat and get a shot at back-to-back PBA Philippine Cup Championships.

A jam-packed crowd at the Cuneta Astrodome stood witness as Talk n Text distinguished itself as only the third team -- after Barangay Ginebra and Purefoods -- in league history to complete a come back from a 1-3 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

Jayson Castro (173-G-86), Ranidel de Ocampo, Jimmy Alapag and Ali Peek delivered the goods as the Texters outfought the Boosters in whats easily one the closest series in years.

Castro, De Ocampo and Alapag combined for 11 three-pointers and a total of 54 points while Peek added 13 points and 11 rebounds -- seven coming off the offensive board.

The best-of-seven series went the full distance with neither team winning by more than four in each game.

The Texters went up by five at 92-87 with 4:24 left to play but never scored again. The Boosters charged to within one, 91-92, but missed an attempt to go ahead.

The Texters, with Ranidel de Ocampo and Jason Castro in the firing end, made a decisive charge in the third period, wiping out six-point deficit and carrying an eight-point lead into the payoff quarter.

The multi-titled Talk n Text bench chieftain said they beat Petron, but they dont have no reason to celebrate yet as they still have a job to do. In the Finals, Reyes will be up against the team he led to two championships before moving over to San Miguel Beer then Talk n Text.

TNT 92 - Castro 21, De Ocampo 19, Alapag 14, Peek 13, Aguilar 6, Williams 6, Fonacier 5, Reyes 3, Dillinger 2, Carey 2, Alvarez 1, Gamalinda 0.
PBB 91 - Lutz 23, Ildefonso 16, Yeo 14, Santos 12, Miranda 11, Cabagnot 8, Reyes 7, BAclao 0, Tugade 0.
QS: 19-28; 51-57; 81-73; 92-91

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



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  POLAND   


End of transfer gate in 1 and 2 liga - by Maciej Paszyn
Period in which 1 and 2 liga clubs could contract new players for this season closed with the day a 16 of January. Within two weeks it reached numerous exchanges of competitors between clubs, however in general they didn't influence fundamentally by force teams. Clubs have most often searched for post up players. The transfer gate will remain closed off until the end of the season.

1 liga trades

AZS Radex Szczecin
Arrive: Mariusz Wjcik ( from Spjnia Stargard Szczeciński)
Leave: Łukasz Bąk ( to Budimpex Polonia Przemyśl), Mateusz Nitsche ( to Delikatesy Centrum PBS Bank MOSiR Krosno)

AZS WSGK POLFARMEX Kutno
Arrive: Wojciech Glabas (from Anwil Włocławek), Dariusz Kalinowski ( from ŁKS Łdź)
Leave: Sebastian Balcerzak ( to Focus Mall Sudety Jelenia Gra)

Delikatesy Centrum PBS Bank MOSiR Krosno
Arrive: Marek Kołtun ( from Focus Mall Sudety Jelenia Gra), Bartłomiej Lisowski ( from Novum Lublin), Dawid Neumann ( Polpharma Starogard Gdański), Mateusz Nitsche (AZS Radex Szczecin), Sławomir Nowak (BM Węgiel Stal Ostrw Wlkp.), Marcin Salamonik (ŁKS Łdź)
Leave: Łukasz Puścizna (looking for a team), Maciej Ustarbowski (POLOmarket Sportino)

FocusMall Sudety Jelenia Gra
Arrive: Sebastian Balcerzak (AZS WSGK POLFARMEX Kutno), Bartłomiej Jzefowicz (Doral Zetkama Nysa Kłodzko), Tomasz Prostak (without team), Marcin Sterenga (Doral Zetkama Nysa Kłodzko)
Leave: Marek Kołtun (Delikatesy Centrum PBS Bank MOSiR Krosno)

MKS Dąbrowa Grnicza
Leave: Daniel Kubista (GTK Fluor Britam Gliwice)

POLOmarket Sportino Inowrocław
Arrive: Dariusz Cywiński (without team), Maciej Ustarbowski (Delikatesy Centrum PBS Bank MOSiR Krosno)
Leave: Karol Michałek (Open Florentyna Pleszew), Dawid Witos (Polski Cukier SIDEn Toruń), Pawel Mowlik ( from POLOmarket Sportino Inowrocław )


Budimpex Polonia Przemyśl
Arrive: Łukasz Bąk (AZS Radex Szczecin), Grzegorz Płocica (without team)

Polski Cukier SIDEn Toruń
Arrive: Radosław Plebanek (KK Świecie), Dawid Witos (POLOmarket Sportino Inowrocław)
Leave: Wojciech Pagacz (Astoria Bydgoszcz)

Rosa Radom
Leave: Rafał Glapiński (WKS Śląsk Wrocław)

Spjnia Stargard Szczeciński
Leave: Mariusz Wjcik (AZS Radex Szczecin)

SKK Siedlce
Arrive: Rafał Holnicki-Szulc (PWiK Piaseczno), Jakub Rędzia (without team)

Start Gdynia
Leave: Piotr Konsek (Korsarz Gdańsk)


2. liga, gr. A


AZS Politechnika Poznań
Arrive: Konrad Rzeczkowski (Energa Czarni Słupsk)

Astoria Bydgoszcz
Arrive: Wojciech Pagacz (Polski Cukier SIDEn Toruń)

GKK Gorzw Wlkp.
Leave: Karol Cierzniewski (MCKiS Termo-Rex Jaworzno)


KK Świecie
Arrive: Radosław Parda
Leave: Radosław Plebanek (POLOmarket Sportino Inowrocław)

Korsarz Gdańsk
Arrive: Piotr Konsek (Start Gdynia), Paweł Ossowski (without team)

Open Florentyna Pleszew
Arrive: Karol Michałek (POLOmarket Sportino Inowrocław), Jacek Sulowski (PBG Basket Poznań)
Leave: Tomasz Madziar (Pogoń Prudnik)

Trefl II Sopot
Arrive: Daniel Goldammer (MCKiS Termo-Rex Jaworzno),
Leave: Filip Put (Unia Tarnw), Norbert Kujon (MCKiS Termo-Rex Jaworzno)

Żyrardowianka Żyrardw
Arrive: Jakub Romanowicz (without team)


2. liga, gr. B


AZS AWF Katowice
Arrive: Kamil Wjciak (without team)

BM Węgiel Stal Ostrw Wlkp.
Arrive: Tomasz Cielebąk (without team)
Leave: Sławomir Nowak (Delikatesy Centrum PBS Bank MOSiR Krosno)

Doral Zetkama Nysa Kłodzko
Arrive: Jarosław Bartkowiak (without team)
Leave: Bartłomiej Jzefowicz (FocusMall Sudety Jelenia Gra), Marcin Sterenga (Focus Mall Sudety Jelenia Gra)

GTK Fluor Britam Gliwice
Arrive: Daniel Kubista (MKS Dąbrowa Grnicza)

HK Bank Spłdzielczy Żory
Arrive: Mirosław Frankowski (without team)

MCKiS Termo-Rex Jaworzno
Arrive: Karol Cierzniewski (GKK Gorzw Wlkp.), Adrian Kozioł (without team), Norbert Kujon (Trefl II Sopot)
Leave: Daniel Goldammer (Trefl II Sopot)

Mickiewicz-Romus Katowice
Arrive: Michał Batorski (KS Pułaski Warka)

MKS Skierniewice
Arive: Artur Lewandowski (without team)

Pogoń Prudnik
Arrive: Tomasz Madziar (Open Florentyna Pleszew)

WKS Śląsk Wrocław
Arrive: Rafał Glapiński (Rosa Radom)


2. liga, gr. C


MKS Limblach Limanowa
Arrive: Marcin Biranowski (without team)

Novum Lublin
Arrive: Patryk Bajtus (Kotwica Kołobrzeg), Edward Kukliński (without team)
Leave: Bartłomiej Lisowski (Delikatesy Centrum PBS Bank MOSiR Krosno)

KS Pułaski Warka
Leave: Michał Batorski (Mickiewicz-Romus Katowice)

PWiK Piaseczno
Arrive: Pawel Mowlik ( from POLOmarket Sportino Inowrocław )
Leave: Rafał Holnicki-Szulc (SKK Siedlce)

STACO MNLK Niepołomice
Arrive: Artur Styła (without team)

Unia Tarnw
Arrive: Filip Put (Trefl II Sopo


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Trefl Sopot 15-5 
 2. PGE Turow 14-5 
 3. Anwil 14-6 
 4. Energa Czarni 14-6 
 5. Zastal ZG 13-7 
 6. Kotwica 12-9 
 7. Slask Wroclaw 11-9 
 8. AZS Koszalin 9-11 
 9. Siarka Jezioro 8-12 
 10. Polpharma 7-13 
 11. PBG Basket 6-15 
 12. AZS PW 5-15 
 13. LKS Lodz 3-18 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asseco Prokom


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Sokol Lancut 13-4 
 2. Start Gdynia 13-5 
 3. MKS DG 12-6 
 4. SKK Siedlce 11-6 
 5. Spojnia 11-7 
 6. AZS Kutno 10-8 
 7. Rosa Radom 10-8 
 8. Polonia 10-8 
 9. Znicz Basket 9-8 
 10. P.Cukier SIDEn 9-8 
 11. AZS Szczecin 8-10 
 12. Start Lublin 8-10 
 13. Sportino 3-14 
 14. MOSiR Krosno 3-15 
 15. Sudety 2-15 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.9 
 2. Edwards, Anwil16.8 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 4. Kulig, PBG Basket16.7 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.5 
 6. Corbett, Siarka J.16.5 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.16.2 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.1 
 9. Miller, Siarka J.15.6 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica11.7 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.9 
 6. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.5 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.0 
 8. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.9 
 9. Archibeque, Zastal6.8 
 10. Dluski, LKS Lodz6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.1 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.8 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.5 
 4. Moore, PGE Turow5.1 
 5. Wilczek, AZS P.5.1 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil4.8 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.7 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.6 
 10. Milicic, AZS K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.1 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 3. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 5. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 6. Comagic, PBG B.1.4 
 7. Edwards, Anwil1.4 
 8. Cesnauskis, Energa1.4 
 9. Wisniewski, Trefl1.3 
 10. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.2.1 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.5 
 4. Morrison, Energa C.1.5 
 5. Kesicki, Kotwica1.5 
 6. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 7. Harris, Kotwica1.2 
 8. Barycz, Siarka J.1.1 
 9. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot0.9 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Niesobski, Sudety19.1 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.18.8 
 3. Woloszyn, MKS D.17.5 
 4. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.8 
 5. Mazur, Polonia15.5 
 6. Kostrzewski, Start15.3 
 7. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.7 
 8. Zytko, P..14.4 
 9. Kukielka, Sportino14.1 
 10. Ratajczak, SKK S.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.9 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.1 
 3. Mikolajko, Polonia8.6 
 4. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.7.7 
 5. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.6 
 6. Ratajczak, SKK S.7.3 
 7. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 8. Radke, Rosa Radom7.1 
 9. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 10. Zielinski, MKS D.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michal MUSIJOWSKI
  Polonia
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Musijowski, Polonia5.4 
 2. Zytko, P..4.8 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.6 
 4. Grochowski, MKS D.4.3 
 5. Brek, AZS Kutno4.1 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia4.0 
 7. Michalski, Start L.3.6 
 8. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 9. Przewrocki, Polonia3.4 
 10. Kardas, Rosa Rad.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marek SZUMELDA-KRZYCKI
  Znicz B.
  (193-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.7 
 2. Zytko, P..3.6 
 3. Sulinski, Znicz B.3.4 
 4. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.2 
 5. Baran, MOSiR K.3.0 
 6. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.9 
 7. Czubek, Znicz B.2.8 
 8. Musijowski, Polonia2.7 
 9. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.7 
 10. Michalski, Start2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Niesobski, Sudety2.2 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.1 
 3. Marciniak, AZS K.2.0 
 4. Donigiewicz, Rosa1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.8 
 6. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.7 
 7. Brek, AZS Kutno1.7 
 8. Grochowski, MKS D.1.7 
 9. Mielczarek, AZS S.1.6 
 10. Stepien, Spojnia1.6 


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  ROMANIA   


Coach Terrell in Romania - by Chris Terrell
Buna ziua din Romania - Hello from Romania. I am Coach Chris Terrell and my journeys through the world of basketball has taken me to Romania. Romania is a country that borders Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, and Maldova. The top division here is part of FIBA Europe. I have been here with CSS Giurgiu for almost two weeks. We have played a 'friendly' that we won by 67 points that was really just a tune up game against a 2nd division team, but we also played the first game of the 2nd stage of the season against Croiava and won 67-59. I am really just learning the ways things are done in this part of the World and everyone from the team president, assistant coach, team owner, and all the players have been very welcoming to me, trying to make it feel as much like home as possible. Alot of English is spoken here and that really helps. I have coached in Latin America and know Spanish but I also coached in the CBA in China last season and really the translator had to be with me most of the time there. I am learning the culture, the food, and yes some of the Romania language too.

The basketball has been great. They play alot of pick and roll in Europe and most teams have at least one of the bigs that can shoot the three pointer. This spread out passing game style differs from the kick it to the wing and attack off the bounce mentality that I grew up on in the States. The NBA game is very different than it is here however teams like Orlando with Turkaglu, Dallas with Novitski, Bargnaini in Toronto, and even back when Utah had Okur opened up the NBA game to allow for more ball movement and the quick swings from ballside to weakside as 4 players on the floor at all times can connect from long distance... it makes for less isolation, and a pretty passing game that is commonly played here. We work each day on four different ways to defend pick and roll, pick and pop, slip, horns, and all the variations from the top and wing. Offensively, I've always prefered to have an open box, wanting to attack on the bounce, and that works perfect with a big man that can shoot and another that works in more pick and roll situations. The personnel I have here fits with that European way. I know from my time in Latin America as an example that many coaches from the South use more of a power game of 2 bigs down low and cross screening and high low and floppy and more 3 out 2 in power offenses. From what I've seen here in the skill set in the players. That style may not necessarily fit with the personnel quite as well. Of course, I am only generalizing, and each coach brings his own way. I'm just glad mine seems to fit well with the players abilities.

I love our guys. We have a younger team but do have a veteran, Zoran Milovic, and he is a good player, about 6'9 and he can shoot from anywhere. He is a good passer and is smart and knows how to read roll, pop, slip which is very important. We have a younger base of guards but all can really shoot it. When we get our action and counters and options and reads all clicking, it's impossible for the defense to help without 3 or 4 quick passes and a shooter with a good look, I like it. We have a couple great athletes that really help us on both ends of the floor and a very strong national player that helps in many ways. I'm working now to identify the various roles for each of the players on the roster. I think when everyone knows what is expected of them and they all buy into the team concept, than we will really take it to the next level. We're well on our way. The defense comes quicker than all the new sets, again it's not yet two weeks here but I love basketball and can talk about it forever. We're a young team that is in it's first year in the first division and although the club got off to a slow start in the first stage after some real tragedy that affected the team early in the year, I really think there is alot of room for growth. The team has potential if we continue to work hard and together. In the coming weeks, I'll talk more about each of the players and what they bring to the team on and off the court.

I wanted to kind of set the table for what I hope to be a place where the readers can come and sit and find out more about Romanian basketball. We travel this coming week to Dinamo, the club from the capital city of Bucharest. We're breaking down video in practice today from our last game and the last game of our upcoming opponent. As the coach, I'm always trying to keep us one step ahead of the next obstacle. Bucharest is just a short drive of 45 minutes from Giurgiu and I hope to make the journey and find success in a nationally televised game there. My next blog posting will cover what we encountered in Bucharest and I will try to find things off the court to mix into the conversation during each posting. Thanks so much for reading. Ciao!



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  RUSSIA   


EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons overcame Triumph Lyubertsy in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons- Triumph Lyubertsy 83:74

Artland Dragons overcame Triumph Lyubertsy in Day 2 of EuroChallenge. The German team beat the Russian team 83:74.
Triumph Lyubertsy trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 19-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-83 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons made 18-of-21 free shots during the game. American guard David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and forward Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Five Artland Dragons and four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures.

Art.Dragons: Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) 18, Nathan Peavy 13, Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) 12
Triumph: Davon Jefferson 25+11rebs, Sergey Karasev 21, Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) 10, Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) 10



Superleague Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (5-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (15-3) in Saransk on Wednesday. The visitors from Ekaterinburg managed to secure only one-point victory 110-109. However their fans expected much easier game. Nikola Lepojevic stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-3 record. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will face Sojuz Zaretchny (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.



TEMP-SUMZ - Spartak V. 78-59

Very expected game when 9th ranked Spartak V. (3-15) was crushed on the road by third ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (12-6) 78-59 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by TEMP-SUMZ Revda. Spartak V. was better in second period 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TEMP-SUMZ Revda forced 21 Spartak V. turnovers. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Stanislav Sotnikov (200-85, agency: RIZO) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-90) scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. Spartak V.'s coach Rolandas Radvila rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. TEMP-SUMZ Revda have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-6 record having just -11 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Spartak V. lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will face Severstal (#5) in Cherepovec in the next round. Spartak V. will play on the road against Universitet-Yugra (#4) in Surgut.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: V.Trushkin 18+7reb+2ast, A.Karpukhin 6+5reb, D.Kachanko 6+4reb, A.Babitchev 6+1reb, V.Voronchikhin 6+2reb, V.Zaryazhko 5+2reb+3ast
TEMP-SUMZ: S.Sotnikov 19+8reb+2ast, A.Zaykin 17+11reb+3ast, A.Komarov 8+3reb, A.Kirjanov 7+3reb+1ast, S.Khlopov 7+4reb+2ast, S.Tokarev 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 155413


Ruskon-Mord. - Ural Ekaterinb. 109-110 OT

Seventh-ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (5-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (15-3) in Saransk on Wednesday. The visitors from Ekaterinburg managed to secure only one-point victory 110-109. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 28-22 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. Ural Ekaterinburg made 37-of-49 free shots (75.5 percent) during the game. Ruskon-Mordovia was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners and American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) with 19 points and 5 assists and guard Anton Ageev (192-84) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-3 record. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will face Sojuz Zaretchny (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: S.Chernov 19+4reb+5ast, A.Ageev 17+5reb+5ast, A.Kuznetsov 15+6reb+1ast, A.Krylov 15+3reb+2ast, I.Krivko 14+2reb, P.Aghapov 12+5reb+1ast
Ural Ekaterinb.: N.Lepojevic 25+7reb+11ast, L.Gordon 21+6reb+1ast, M.Dybovskiy 21+2reb+1ast, D.Nikolaev 13+9reb+1ast, A.Fedyushin 10+4reb, S.Shashkov 10
gschID: 155414


Univ.Surgut - Severstal 72-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Universitet-Yugra's (11-7) home victory over 5th ranked Severstal (9-9) 72-57 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Universitet-Yugra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Severstal's 26. They outrebounded Severstal 39-28 including 24 on the offensive glass. Severstal was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-85) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Stanislav Zinchenko (203-87) with 11 points and 5 rebounds and center Maksim Polyakov (206-84, agency: RIZO) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Universitet-Yugra maintains fourth place with 11-7 record. Loser Severstal keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Universitet-Yugra will face bottom-ranked Spartak V. (#9) in Moscow in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Severstal will play on the road against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Severstal: A.Lunev 12+1reb, S.Zinchenko 11+5reb, M.Polyakov 7+6reb, S.Toropov 6+4reb, A.Amirkhanov 6+1reb+4ast, A.Kuzemkin 6+2ast
Univ.Surgut: L.Lekavicius 14+11reb+6ast, D.Zagnoyko 13+6reb+3ast, A.Ekimov 10+6reb, D.Hloponin 8+4reb+2ast, A.Andruschenko 7+1reb, V.Shevel 6+4reb
gschID: 155415


Rjazan - Ataman 71-77

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Rjazan (9-9) was defeated at home by second ranked Ataman (13-5) 77-71 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Ataman led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rjazan was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Nikolay Krylov (211-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) with 13 points and forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Ataman maintains second place with 13-5 record having just -12 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Loser Rjazan dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rjazan: A.Kirdyachkin 14+1reb, O.Bartunov 13+2reb+1ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 13+4reb+1ast, V.Ivlev 8+6reb+3ast, S.Krasavtsev 8+8reb, P.Shavkunov 5+3reb+3ast
Ataman: D.Zibirov 15+3reb+7ast, N.Krylov 15+10reb+1ast, I.Smygin 10+5reb+3ast, S.Vorotnikov 9+4reb+2ast, V.Kubrakov 8+2reb+3ast, N.Gresev 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 155412




Lepojevic's 28 points and 7 rebounds give him Superleague Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ural Ekaterinb. and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds for Ural Ekaterinb. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ruskon-Mord. (#7, 5-12) 82-72. It allowed Ural Ekaterinb. to consolidate first place in the Russian Superleague. Ural Ekaterinb. have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Lepojevic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Ural Ekaterinb.'s top player in his first season with the team. Lepojevic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.9ppg. Lepojevic is in league's top in and averages solid 51.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dramir Zibirov (187-PG-86) of league's second-best Ataman. He is a guard in his first season at Ataman. In the last game Zibirov recorded impressive 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Ataman lost that game 70-76 to the lower-ranked Rjazan (#6, 9-8). Ataman managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Zibirov is a newcomer at Ataman and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 11.9ppg (#9). He also recorded 4.4 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord. (#7). Kuznetsov scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Kuznetsov's great performance Ruskon-Mord. lost 72-82 to the higher-ranked Ural Ekaterinb. (#1, 14-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ruskon-Mord. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kuznetsov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kuznetsov has individually a great season in Russia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.6ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 6.1rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrey Kuzemkin (183-PG-87) of Severstal - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Anton Glazunov (182-G-86) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Yaroslav Grebelnyy (185-PG-86) of Severstal - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85) of Rjazan - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vladimir Ivlev (207-F-90) of Rjazan - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanislav Sotnikov (200-F-85) of TEMP-SUMZ - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 15-3 
 2. Ataman 13-5 
 3. TEMP-SUMZ 12-6 
 4. Univ.Surgut 11-7 
 5. Severstal 9-9 
 6. Rjazan 9-9 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 5-13 
 8. Sojuz Zaretchny 3-13 
 9. Spartak V. 3-15 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.22.1 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.9 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.14.7 
 4. Sotnikov, TE.13.8 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.2 
 6. Aleksandrov, Univ..12.9 
 7. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.12.7 
 8. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan12.1 
 9. Zibirov, Ataman12.1 
 10. Zaykin, TE.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.3 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.8 
 3. Petukhov, Spart.7.8 
 4. Zaykin, TE.6.9 
 5. Trushkin, Spart.6.3 
 6. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.1 
 7. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.6.1 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.5.9 
 9. Varlamov, Ural E.5.6 
 10. Lekavicius, Univ..5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.2 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.4.8 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.6 
 4. Tokarev, TE.3.7 
 5. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.7 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.6 
 7. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.6 
 8. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.4 
 9. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan2.6 
 10. Chernov, Ruskon-.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.3 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.3 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.6 
 6. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.6 
 7. Smygin, Ataman1.5 
 8. Krivko, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 9. Aleksandrov, Univ..1.4 
 10. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.7 
 2. Varlamov, Ural E.1.4 
 3. Gresev, Ataman1.2 
 4. Goritskov, Sever.1.1 
 5. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.1 
 6. Petukhov, Spart.0.9 
 7. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.0.9 
 8. Trushkin, Spart.0.9 
 9. Kondrashin, Sojuz0.8 
 10. Voronchikhin, Spa.0.8 


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Nenad Zivcevic signed with Sundsvall Dragons - by Nenad Ilijev
Forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) will spent rest of the season with Swedis Basketligan champions Sundsvall Dragons. Zivcevic is coming to Sweden as a star player in Macedonia playing most recently with KK Lirija Skopje team. He averaged 17.4ppg and 4.4rpg in competitive Macedonian top division. First part of season Nenad Zivcevic played with Ukrainian low performers Politekhnika-Halychyna (11.6ppg, 3.4rpg).
Zivcevic belongs to one of the best generation of Serbian basketball in last 20 years. He won three European championships with Serbia and Montenegro youth categories - U16, U18 and U20 National Team. Sundsvall Dragons are trying to defend the championship and would have a lot of help from athletic forward.


Luka Drca moves to Kazakhstan - by Zoran Popovic
OKK Beograd guard Luka Drca (195-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) is new player of BC Astana from Kazakhstan. Drca will expend Serbian colony in Astana where already play Goran Cakic, Branko Cvetkovic and Igor Milosevic. Luka Drca started this season in OKK Beograd and on 12 games in Serbian league average scored 14.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 steals, on 5 games in Balkan league average scored 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game. During the career Drca played for Beovuk, Utah University and KK Crvena Zvezda. Luka Drca was member of Serbian University National team.

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ASEAN League: Singapore Slingers beat Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Thailand Slammers 74:63

Singapore Slingers celebrated the first win in the ASEAN League season. They held off visiting Thailand Slammers for 1-1 record. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) stepped up with 23 points and 15 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The hosts snatched a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The defending champions bounced back in the second quarter. The Slammers went on a 21:9 run to ensure a 36:25 halftime lead. But the third term turned things upside down. The Slingers triggered a wild 27:11 surge to pull ahead for a 5-point advantage. The visitors seemed shock and could not recover in the final quarter. The Slingers roared to the victory in the fourth stanza. Wei Jie Desmond Oh notched 16 points, while Dulay Donald (173-G-80) and Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) added 10 points each for the winners. DeAndre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for the Slammers. Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) finished with 15 points and 16 boards in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 23+15 boards, Wei Jie Desmond Oh 16, Dulay Donald 10, Little Donald 10
Thailand Slammers: DeAndre Thomas 27, Kenneth Walker 15+16 boards



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Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 17-5 
 2. Prievidza 16-7 
 3. Handlova 13-10 
 4. Komarno 13-10 
 5. Nova Ves 12-12 
 6. Svit 10-12 
 7. Levice 10-13 
 8. B.Bystrica 7-16 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 5-18 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Jones, Handlova28.7 
 2. Soska, Vahostav.18.9 
 3. Clemente, Nitra18.8 
 4. Petty, Vahostav.18.8 
 5. Grant, Levice18.4 
 6. Roberson, Svit18.2 
 7. Vaden, Nitra17.4 
 8. Grznar, B.Bystrica17.1 
 9. Berkis, Svit17.0 
 10. Batka, Nova Ves16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Jones, Nova Ves11.1 
 2. Kitts, B.Bystrica11.1 
 3. Dorazil, B.Bystrica9.1 
 4. Godbold, Prievidza8.5 
 5. Roberson, Svit8.0 
 6. Losonsky, Nova Ves7.6 
 7. Majok, Nitra7.5 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves7.4 
 9. Johnson, Komarno7.2 
 10. Petty, Vahostav.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Jones, Handlova7.4 
 2. Jefferson, Nova V.7.0 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.6.2 
 4. Phillips, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Jones, Komarno5.3 
 6. Cosic, Svit5.1 
 7. Grznar, B.Bystrica4.3 
 8. Clemente, Nitra4.3 
 9. Godbold, Prievidza3.0 
 10. Grant, Levice2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.1 
 2. Jones, Handlova2.7 
 3. Pelle, Prievidza2.4 
 4. Jefferson, Nova V.2.2 
 5. Grant, Levice2.1 
 6. Mascoll, Svit2.0 
 7. Phillips, Prievidza2.0 
 8. Clemente, Nitra1.9 
 9. Roberson, Svit1.9 
 10. Jones, Komarno1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Majok, Nitra2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Nitra1.2 
 3. Prosper, Handlova1.0 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves1.0 
 5. Golian, Handlova0.9 
 6. Grant, Levice0.9 
 7. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.9 
 8. Roberson, Svit0.8 
 9. Perrin, Vahostav.0.7 
 10. Vojtek, Levice0.7 


Extraliga Round 26: Komarno is defeated by Nova Ves - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Nova Ves between third ranked Komarno (13-10) and fifth ranked Nova Ves (12-12) on Wednesday night. Komarno was defeated by Nova Ves on the road 85-75. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nova Ves shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Komarno only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Komarno 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Komarno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Andrew Jones (208-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 16 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Nova Ves maintains fifth position with 12-12 record. Komarno at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with Handlova. Nova Ves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Komarno will play at home against Vahostav-Zilina and is hoping to win this game.
Extraliga top team - Nitra (17-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Svit (10-12) 75-60. Puerto Rican point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Branislav Tomek supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by Croatian center Ivica Cvitanovic (206-82) did not help to save the game for Svit. Nitra have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Svit at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Nitra will play against league's second-placed Prievidza on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svit will play against Handlova (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourth ranked Handlova (13-10) crushed at home 8th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (7-16) by 27 points 101-74, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Anthony Jones who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Marcus Kitts produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Handlova have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Komarno. SKP Banska Bystrica lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Handlova will meet Svit (#6) on the road in the next round. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 26 Prievidza won against Vahostav-Zilina on the opponent's court 74-67.



Handlova - B.Bystrica 101-74

Fourth ranked Handlova (13-10) crushed at home 8th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (7-16) by 27 points 101-74, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Handlova. SKP Banska Bystrica managed to win fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Handlova shot 63.6 percent from the field. They also forced 22 SKP Banska Bystrica turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by SKP Banska Bystrica's players. The best player for the winners was American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international center Milan Golian (206-74) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds. Four Handlova players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Richard Korner (197-90) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Handlova have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Komarno. SKP Banska Bystrica lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Handlova will meet Svit (#6) on the road in the next round. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Bystrica: R.Korner 20+3reb+4ast, M.Kitts 18+14reb, M.Rendla 12+9reb, V.Hovanak 9+3reb+2ast, M.Marchyn 9+3reb, B.Koczkas 6+2reb+4ast
Handlova: A.Jones 25+3reb+15ast, M.Golian 24+9reb+2ast, M.Madaj 10+4reb+1ast, S.Hampton 10+2reb+2ast, T.Mrvis 9+8reb+2ast, R.Jany 7+3ast
gschID: 139201


Nova Ves - Komarno 85-75

The most important game in the last round took place in Nova Ves between third ranked Komarno (13-10) and fifth ranked Nova Ves (12-12) on Wednesday night. Komarno was defeated by Nova Ves on the road 85-75. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nova Ves shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Komarno only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Komarno 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Komarno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Andrew Jones (208-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 16 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Five Nova Ves players scored in double figures. American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Nova Ves maintains fifth position with 12-12 record. Komarno at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with Handlova. Nova Ves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Komarno will play at home against Vahostav-Zilina and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Komarno: J.Jones 20+6reb+3ast, D.Keller 17+9reb+1ast, S.Bilic 11+2reb+1ast, P.Szabo 9+2ast, V.Klar 8+2reb+1ast, L.Johnson 6+5reb
Nova Ves: C.Jefferson 18+3reb+7ast, P.Losonsky 17+14reb+4ast, S.Baldovsky 16+1reb, A.Jones 16+15reb+2ast, R.Mayes 13+7reb, S.Becarik 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 139202


Vahostav-Zilina - Prievidza 67-74

Very expected game when 9th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (5-18) was defeated at home by second ranked Prievidza (16-7) 74-67 on Wednesday. Vahostav-Zilina was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 21-9 charge of Prievidza, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Corey Pelle (180-89, college: W.Liberty St.) who scored 26 points. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center Ondrej Soska (208-78) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Peter Tilandy (193-87) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Prievidza have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-7 record behind leader Nitra. Vahostav-Zilina lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Prievidza will meet at home league's leader Nitra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vahostav-Zilina will play against Komarno (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vahostav-Zilina: P.Tilandy 16+2reb+1ast, O.Soska 13+6reb+2ast, D.Stojanovic 10+5reb+3ast, J.Zavodny 8+1reb+1ast, M.Podhorsky 6+3reb+2ast, V.Kosa 5+2ast
Prievidza: C.Pelle 26+4reb+1ast, K.Averink 14, S.Phillips 12+8reb+3ast, P.Guede 8+6reb+2ast, B.Davis 8+4reb+3ast, D.Godbold 4+7reb+3ast
gschID: 139199


Nitra - Svit 75-60

Extraliga top team - Nitra (17-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Svit (10-12) 75-60. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Nitra's pressure prevailed and they won that period 20-12 extending their advantage to 15 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Svit's 38. They outrebounded Svit 49-26 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Puerto Rican point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by Croatian center Ivica Cvitanovic (206-82) did not help to save the game for Svit. Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 4 assists for the guests. Nitra have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Svit at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Nitra will play against league's second-placed Prievidza on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svit will play against Handlova (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Svit: V.Polakovic 14+1ast, I.Cvitanovic 14+8reb, P.Cosic 11+4reb+4ast, M.Berkis 8+8reb, M.Micka 7+2reb+1ast, J.Jefferson 4+1reb
Nitra: D.Clemente 21+9reb+2ast, B.Tomek 19+9reb+1ast, M.Ziak 18+6reb+1ast, R.Vido 5+3reb, F.Lehman 4+9reb, J.Hasan 3+1reb
gschID: 139200




Eric Sanchez joins Astrum Levice - by Eurobasket News
Eric Sanchez (181-PG-82) will continue his career in Slovakia. The Spanish point guard has agreed on terms of contract with Astrum Levice. The team is playing at both Czech Republic NBL and Slovakian Extraliga. Eric Sanchez started the season with Gandia Basket. He tallied 8.0 points, 3.0 boards and 3.0 assists in LEB Silver. Last season Eric Sanchez spent with Obradoiro CAB. His stats read 3.8 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 rebounds per appearance. Sanchez also played for Tenerife, CD Villa de Los Barrios, Ciudad de Huelva and Circulo Badajoz. The guard was LEB Gold Playoff Winner last season. He played at LEB2 Final back in 2006.

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Helios still unbeaten at home - by Zeljko Zule
Helios remained only undefeated team at home, beating second placed Elektra 70-62 in Telemach League Round 13. Zlatorog crushed Rogaska by 98-65.
Helios-Elektra 70-62: Trailing by 32-39 early in the third quarter, Helios went on a 14-2 run to go ahead 46-41 an never looked back from there. They had their largest lead at 59-48 in the final period and its lead never dipped below five points the rest of the way. Helios' bench players outscored its starters 39-31. D.J. Gay (183-G-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 21 points, Drazen Bubnic came off the bench for 19 points and Klemen Prepelic added 13 points. Elektra was led Mensud Julevic with 18 points, Sanel Bajramlic added 15 and Ziga Zagorc 11.
Zlatorog-Rogaka 98-65: The home team went on a 10-1 run in the first quarter and made a 23-2 run to go ahead 40-16 before the halftime. Zlatorog led by as many as 43 points in the final period and they had six players scoring in double figures. Luka Lapornik and Alen Omic both scored 15 points, Jure Skific added 13 and Miha Lapornik, Simo Atanackovic and Grega Mali had 11 points each. Rogaska commited 23 turnovers Boban Tomic finished with game high 16 points and Milos Miljkovic added 14.



Zlatorog tabs Marko Popovic - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog reinforced its backcourt by signing Marko Popovic (193-G-84) for the remainder of the season. Popovic arrives from UCAM Murcia, where he was signed in mid-December with a one-month contract which has not been extended. Popovic started the season with Sloga and averaged 21.2 points (2P 64%, 3P 49%, FT 84%), 2.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 12 Serbian League games. He has been leading scorer and assistant of Serbian league. He was the member of Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team in 2009.

Union Olimpija signs Eric Dawson - by Matej Bergant
Union Olimpija signed center Eric Dawson (208-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) until end of season with option to extend him for another one. He started the season in D-League with Austin Toros where he had an average of 16,2 points and 10,6 rebounds per game. He played collegiate basketball at the Midwestern State University. He already played twice international basketball as he spent time in Japan and South Korea. This will be his first time in Europe.


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 33-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 27-11 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 25-14 
 4. KCC Egis 24-16 
 5. ET Land 20-19 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 17-22 
 7. SK Knights 15-24 
 8. LG Sakers 15-25 
 9. Daegu Orions 12-27 
 10. Samsung Th. 8-31 


KBL Round 42: Sonic Boom KT edges Mobis Phoebus by one point - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Mobis Phoebus (17-22) made lots of trouble for third ranked Sonic Boom KT (25-14) in Ulsan on Tuesday. The visitors from Busan managed to secure only one-point victory 88-87. However their fans expected easier game. Mobis Phoebus were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-22 charge of Sonic Boom KT, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Sonic Boom KT especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 assists. Mobis Phoebus' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonic Boom KT maintains third position with 25-14 record having nine points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the sixth place with 22 games lost. Sonic Boom KT are looking forward to face Goyang Orions (#9) in Daegu in the next round where they are favorite. Mobis Phoebus will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they edged fifth-ranked ET Land Elephants in Seoul 83-81. It was a good game for American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. Eric Sandrin contributed with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for ET Land Elephants. Samsung Thunders maintains tenth position with 8-31 record. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the fifth place with 19 games lost. Samsung Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Goyang Orions (#9) in Daegu and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader Dongbu Promy delivered the 33th victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked SK Knights (15-24) 88-73 in Wonju. Ho-Young Yoon scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Seung-Jun Lee with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy (33-7) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser SK Knights keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SK Knights will play against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Changwon was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked KCC Egis (24-16) played at the court of 8th ranked LG Sakers (15-25). KCC Egis did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-69. DeShawn Sims notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KCC Egis maintains fourth position with 24-16 record. LG Sakers at the other side keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Mobis Phoebus - Sonic Boom KT 87-88

Sixth-ranked Mobis Phoebus (17-22) made lots of trouble for third ranked Sonic Boom KT (25-14) in Ulsan on Tuesday. The visitors from Busan managed to secure only one-point victory 88-87. However their fans expected easier game. Mobis Phoebus were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-22 charge of Sonic Boom KT, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Sonic Boom KT especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) chipped in 16 points. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 assists and American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) added 26 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Mobis Phoebus' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonic Boom KT maintains third position with 25-14 record having nine points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the sixth place with 22 games lost. Sonic Boom KT are looking forward to face Goyang Orions (#9) in Daegu in the next round where they are favorite. Mobis Phoebus will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 29+2reb+10ast, T.Leather 26+11reb+3ast, D.Kim 16+3reb, J.Park 7+1reb, S.Wook Lim 6, D.Ryang Kim 2+2reb
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 32+15reb+4ast, S.Park 16+3reb+3ast, S.Cho 13+3reb+3ast, W.Yaung 10+1reb+1ast, D.Cho 8+2ast, Y.Song 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145807


LG Sakers - KCC Egis 69-86

The game in Changwon was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked KCC Egis (24-16) played at the court of 8th ranked LG Sakers (15-25). KCC Egis did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-69. The game was mostly controlled by KCC Egis. LG Sakers was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) supported him with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) by American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KCC Egis maintains fourth position with 24-16 record. LG Sakers at the other side keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 24+14reb+3ast, G.Stevenson 13+7reb+3ast, Y.Oh 7+1reb, H.Kim 7+1reb+4ast, I.Baek 5+3reb+1ast, H.Byun 4+4reb
KCC Egis: D.Sims 21+7reb, T.Akins 17+4reb+5ast, S.Ha 12+14reb, S.Choo 10+2reb+5ast, J.Lim 9+4reb+5ast, M.Jeong 8+8reb
gschID: 145808


Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 88-73

Leader Dongbu Promy delivered the 33th victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked SK Knights (15-24) 88-73 in Wonju. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. SK Knights managed to win fourth quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dongbu Promy dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to SK Knights' 28. Forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) with 19 points and center Jung-Won Han (198-84) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy (33-7) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser SK Knights keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SK Knights will play against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: S.Lee 19+3reb+3ast, J.Han 16+7reb, J.Han 13+2reb+2ast, A.McCaskill 9+12reb+2ast, H.Lee 5, H.Joo 5+2reb+1ast
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 21+6reb+6ast, J.Kim 17+5reb+4ast, J.Hwang 15+3reb+3ast, R.Benson 11+13reb, Y.Choi 9+1reb+1ast, M.Suk 6+1reb
gschID: 145809


Samsung Th. - ET Land 83-81

Bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they edged fifth-ranked ET Land Elephants in Seoul 83-81. ET Land Elephants were ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Samsung Thunders, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. International power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for ET Land Elephants. Samsung Thunders maintains tenth position with 8-31 record. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the fifth place with 19 games lost. Samsung Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ET Land Elephants will play at home against Goyang Orions (#9) in Daegu and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ET Land: H.Hill 30+11reb+2ast, T.Moon 20+5reb+5ast, B.Chung 7+1reb+4ast, T.Joo 7+7reb+4ast, K.Shin 6+3reb+3ast, H.Lee 5+2reb
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 28+13reb+2ast, W.Lee 14+2reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 14+12reb+3ast, B.Lee 8+1ast, S.Kim 8+6ast, K.Ngi 7+2reb
gschID: 145806




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Geoff McDermott joins Palencia - by Eurobasket News
Palencia strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Providence). The forward spent the last season in Netherlands. He tallied 11.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game for Magixx Nijmegen. Geoff McDermott earned Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honourable Mention. Previously the forward had played for Barons Riga. He became the LBL champion in 2010. Geoff McDermott is the Providence graduate. The forward posted 8.2 points, 8.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per appearance in his senior season. Geoff McDermott made it into NABC Division I All-District 1 Second Team in 2008.


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. LF Basket 14-8 
 2. Boras 14-9 
 3. Norrkoping 13-9 
 4. Sodertalje 13-9 
 5. Sundsvall 13-10 
 6. Uppsala 13-11 
 7. 08 12-10 
 8. Solna 11-11 
 9. Jamtland 10-13 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-23 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.8 
 3. Krayem, Boras19.1 
 4. Palm, Boras19.1 
 5. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.1 
 6. Klaric, Jamtland17.9 
 7. Smith, Sodertalje17.9 
 8. Mbemba, LF Basket17.4 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.3 
 10. McKnight, Boras16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Palm, Boras11.1 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.9 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala10.1 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.9 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.8 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje8.8 
 7. Lalugba, Jamtland8.7 
 8. Safford, LF Basket7.8 
 9. McKnight, Boras7.5 
 10. Ayuba, Norrkoping7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.1 
 2. Krayem, Boras6.6 
 3. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.1 
 4. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.8 
 5. Carter, Uppsala5.3 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje5.1 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.2 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland4.0 
 9. Eriksson, Uppsala3.9 
 10. McKnight, Jamtla.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Uppsala
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Uppsala2.9 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.6 
 3. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.4 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket2.3 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 6. Ramsey, LF Basket2.0 
 7. Krayem, Boras2.0 
 8. McDowell, Solna1.8 
 9. Johnson, Sundsvall1.8 
 10. Zabas, Jamtland1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket2.0 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala1.9 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 4. Lalugba, Jamtland1.4 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.2 
 6. Gregory, Sundsvall1.2 
 7. Doychinov, Solna1.1 
 8. Watt, Eco Orebro1.0 
 9. Nystrom, 080.9 
 10. Ayuba, Norrkoping0.9 


Sundsvall Dragons sign Nenad Zivcevic - by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall Dragons announced signing of Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) for rest of the season. He will help the team at forward position. Zivcevic arrived to Sundsvall from the Macedonian squad Lirija Skopje. He joined them in November averaging 17.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3 assists for 8 games. Zivcevic started this season in Ukraine. He played 9 games for Politekhnika-Halychyna collecting 11.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg. In 2010/11, Nenad Zivcevic played for MZT Skopje. There he had 13.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.4 apg for 32 games in Macedonian league. In the past, he played for Plejmejker-Kubus, Fersped Rabotnicki and Buducnost Podgorica. In 2009, Zivcevic helped Rabotnicki to win the Macedonian league title. They also reach Balkan league Finals. Nenad Zivcevic played for Serbian U16, U18 and U20 National Teams from 2003 to 2007.

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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 12-1 
 2. Geneve Lions 10-3 
 3. Monthey 9-4 
 4. Fribourg 9-4 
 5. SAV Vacallo 8-5 
 6. Starwings 5-9 
 7. Boncourt 4-9 
 8. BBC Nyon 2-12 
 9. SAM Massagno 1-13 


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ASEAN League: Singapore Slingers beat Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers - Thailand Slammers 74:63

Singapore Slingers celebrated the first win in the ASEAN League season. They held off visiting Thailand Slammers for 1-1 record. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) stepped up with 23 points and 15 rebounds to pace the hosts.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The hosts snatched a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes of action. The defending champions bounced back in the second quarter. The Slammers went on a 21:9 run to ensure a 36:25 halftime lead. But the third term turned things upside down. The Slingers triggered a wild 27:11 surge to pull ahead for a 5-point advantage. The visitors seemed shock and could not recover in the final quarter. The Slingers roared to the victory in the fourth stanza. Wei Jie Desmond Oh notched 16 points, while Dulay Donald (173-G-80) and Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) added 10 points each for the winners. DeAndre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) answered with 27 points and 8 rebounds for the Slammers. Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) finished with 15 points and 16 boards in the loss.

Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 23+15 boards, Wei Jie Desmond Oh 16, Dulay Donald 10, Little Donald 10
Thailand Slammers: DeAndre Thomas 27, Kenneth Walker 15+16 boards



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Atletico Bigua sign DeVaughn Lamont - by Eurobasket Center
Atletico Bigua signed 28-year old Trinidad and Tobago ex-international forward DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-107kg-84, college: CS Monterey). In his first game he scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds helping his new team beat Cader 90-88. Lamont played most recently at Correcaminos UAT Victoria (Mexico). While playing 38 games for Corr.Victoria this season he averaged 7.3ppg and 4.1rpg. Lamont is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Dominican Rep., Japan, Mexico and Venezuela. Lamont graduated Cal.St.-Monterey Bay in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Lamont played for Trinidad and Tobago senior national until 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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2012 Turkish All Star Game participants decided - by Baha Kurtulus
The All Star Game of Turkish basketball will take place on Sunday 22th of January in Trabzon.
This is the reason that there will be no games for the Beko Basletball league this weekend.
Fans and coaches from the Beko league were asked to select the athletes they prefer to watch at the event and the results are a mixture of the coaches and the fans votes.

The participants will be the following:



Turkish Stars Team

:

Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) Aliaga Petkim
Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll, MT) Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Fikret Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul
Soner Senturk (194-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) Erdemir
Altan Erol (194-G-83) Erdemir
Emir Preldzic (205-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) Fenerbahce Ulker
Oguz Savas (212-C-87) Fenerbahce Ulker
Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) Fenerbahce Ulker
Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) Galatasaray Medical Park
Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) Turk Telekom
Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona) Turk Telekom
Head Coach : Ufuk Sarca Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Assistant Coach : Ekrem Memnun Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Import Stars Team:





Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Corey Fisher (185-G-88, college: Villanova) Antalya Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul
Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul
Pops Mensah-Bonsu Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul
James Gist (205-F-86) Fenerbahce Ulker
Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) Galatasaray Medical Park
Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) Galatasaray Medical Park
Jonathan Gibson (182-PG-87, college: N.Mexico St.) Trabzonspor Basketbol
Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) Trabzonspor Basketbol
Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) Olin Edirne
Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) Tofas
Head Coach : Ergin Ataman Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul
Assistant Coach : Yagzer Ulug Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul

SLUM DUNK CHALLENGE
Dogus Balbay (185-G-89, college: Texas) Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Pops Mensah-Bonsu Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul
James Gist Fenerbahce ulker
Joshua Shipp Galatasaray Medical Park
Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Minnesota) Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Kerem Ozkan (201-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) (201-F-88, agency: 1x1 Sports) Trabzonspor Basketbol

3 POINT SHOUTOUT CHALLENGE
Sasha Vujacic Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Corey Fisher Antalya Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) Antalya Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Zoran Erceg Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul
Jonathan Gibson Trabzonspor Basketbol
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, agency: FCM, college: Oklahoma St.) Hacettepe universitesi





EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka took 2-0 record in Group L - by Eurobasket News
Karsiyaka - Antwerp 70:51

Karsiyaka took 2-0 record in Group L after the home victory over Antwerp. The Turkish team dominated the whole game for 70:51 win.
Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.
The contest however was tied at 17-17 when Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) went in for a Karsiyaka lay-up. The Turkish team needed 18-14 to take 35:29 at the end of the first half. Moreover they added two victories in the second half for the total success.
American guard Mire Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Jovo Jovo Stanojevic chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) scored 8 points.

Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 22, Jovo Stanojevic 14, Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) 10
Antwerp: Darnell Wilson 13, Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) 8, Michael Roll 8



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Cherkasy add Jason Davis - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy deepened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Jason Davis (196-G/F-85, college: Sacramento St.). The guard was last seen playing in Hong Kong. Previously he had a stint with Magnolia Purewater Wizards in Philippines. His stats read 26.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Jason Davis also spent some time with the Reno Bighorns in D-League. The Sacramento State University graduate Jason Davis had spells in WBA and Portugal. He participated at Portuguese League All-Star Game in 2009. Jason Davis also made it into WBA All-Defensive Team in 2008. Jason Davis is already training with Cherkasy.

Superleague Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Round 22 most important game was a victory of Ferro-ZNTU over 7th ranked Hoverla 77-74 on Saturday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hoverla won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferro-ZNTU made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Hoverla turnovers. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. Guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Swingman Brian Greene (195-83, college: Florida A&M) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Hoverla. Ferro-ZNTU (15-9) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Khimik. Hoverla at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Ferro-ZNTU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hoverla will play on the road against Dnipro (#9) in Dnepropetrovsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Dnipro (11-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Budivelnyk (18-5) in Dnepropetrovsk. The visitors from Kyiv managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected much easier game. Naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Zach Morley chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) responded with 18 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Budivelnyk have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Dnipro lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with BC Kyiv. Budivelnyk will play against league's second-placed BC Donetsk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dnipro will play against Hoverla (#7) in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Superleague top team - BC Donetsk (17-5) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Dnipro (11-12) 84-80. Vule Avdalovic notched 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 25 points and 7 assists by Steven Burtt did not help to save the game for Dnipro. BC Donetsk have a solid four-game winning streak. Despite that victory BC Donetsk went down to second position due to points difference. Dnipro lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with BC Kyiv. BC Donetsk will meet league's leader Budivelnyk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dnipro will play against Hoverla (#7) in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BC Odessa (14-9) and Mykolaiv (9-14), which took place in Mykolaiv. Higher ranked BC Odessa lost to tenth ranked Mykolaiv in a road game 76-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Odessa. Rodney Green fired 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mykolaiv maintains tenth position with 9-14 record. BC Odessa at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Mykolaiv's next round opponent will be higher ranked BC Kyiv (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
The game between 12th ranked Cherkasy (6-16) and ninth ranked BC Kyiv (11-12) in Cherkasy on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kyiv beat Cherkasy 84-71. It was a very good performance for Gary Ervin who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. BC Kyiv moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Dnipro. Cherkasy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. BC Kyiv will face Mykolaiv (#10) in Mykolaiv in the next round. Cherkasy will play on the road against Khimik in Yuzhny.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Azovmash beat Mykolaiv on the road 81-75. DniproAzot lost to defending champion Budivelnyk on its own court 84-92. Bottom-ranked Halychyna unfortunately lost to Kryvbasbasket in Krivoy Rog 95-101.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 35 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds by Vladan Vukosavljevic of Halychyna.



Dnipro - Budivelnyk 68-70

Eighth-ranked Dnipro (11-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Budivelnyk (18-5) in Dnepropetrovsk. The visitors from Kyiv managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dnipro won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Budivelnyk won last quarter 17-16. Naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. At the losing side international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) responded with 18 points and American swingman Qyntel Woods (203-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Budivelnyk have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Dnipro lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with BC Kyiv. Budivelnyk will play against league's second-placed BC Donetsk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dnipro will play against Hoverla (#7) in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: M.Anisimovas 17+8reb+1ast, Z.Morley 14+5reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 11+5reb, P.Burenko 10+5reb+4ast, J.McClinton 9+1reb, S.Sehovic 5+3reb
Dnipro: S.Burtt 18+2reb+2ast, Q.Woods 14+7reb, C.Thomas 9+3reb+2ast, M.Korniyenko 8+5reb+1ast, J.Moiso 7+6reb+1ast, D.Low 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 166230


Mykolaiv - Azovmash 75-81

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Azovmash (15-8) beat on the road 10th ranked Mykolaiv (9-14) 81-75 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Azovmash's coach Gintaras Krapikas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) replied with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana, PA) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Mykolaiv. Five Azovmash and four Mykolaiv players scored in double figures. Azovmash moved-up to third place. Loser Mykolaiv keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Azovmash will face Cherkasy (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mykolaiv will play against BC Kyiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: R.Rancik 16+3reb+1ast, D.Ewing 15+5reb+8ast, I.Zaytsev 13+6reb, O.Pecherov 11+5reb+1ast, A.Drozdov 10+9reb+3ast, R.Varda 7+1ast
Mykolaiv: R.Green 25+6reb+5ast, L.Iailo 15+4reb+1ast, A.McLain 11+10reb, D.Vaughn 10+3reb+5ast, J.Coleman 6+4reb, I.Kryvych 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166231


Cherkasy - BC Kyiv 71-84

The game between 12th ranked Cherkasy (6-16) and ninth ranked BC Kyiv (11-12) in Cherkasy on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kyiv beat Cherkasy 84-71. The game without a history. BC Kyiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Cherkasy's 34. They outrebounded Cherkasy 45-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American guard Gary Ervin (182-83, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Vladyslav Podolyan (196-86, agency: New Trend Agency) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. American guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson, agency: New Trend Agency) replied with 32 points and 8 assists and Serbian power forward Miljan Pupovic (209-83, agency: