EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/20/2012

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  ARGENTINA   


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


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 10-1
 2. Dornbirn 10-2
 3. Mattersb.R. 9-2
 4. BC Vienna jrs 7-5
 5. Schwaz 7-5
 6. Danube City 5-6
 7. Falcons 4-7
 8. Klagenfurt 3-8
 9. Salzburg 3-9
Folded
 1. Fighters 0-13


Oberwart Gunners and Drake Reed part ways - by Stefan Prager
The Oberwart Gunners have parted ways with power forward Drake Reed (196-F-87, college: Austin Peay St.). The Gunners announced the addition of center Esmir Rizvic yesterday and were searching for a big man who stabilizes their defense and has a focus on rebounding. Reed led the Gunners in scoring at 19.9 points per game as well as in rebounding at 7.8 boards per game. The 24 year old Reed was the Gunners most efficient player as well. Leaguewise he ranked 4th in scoring and rebounding. Reed appeared in all of the Gunners 17 games so far this season and was a starter in every game he played.

WBC Wels adds Logan Stutz - by Stefan Prager
The WBC Wels announced that the club has added forward/center Logan Stutz (205-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Washburn) to its roster. The ABL champion of 2009 was searching for an additional big man to back up Joe Werner and Martin Kohlmaier off the bench. Stutz started his season in Germany playing for BG Leitershofen in the ProA. Before that Stutz played three years for Washburn in the NCAA 2. In 11 games for Leitershofen Stutz averaged 16.1 ppg along with 4.5 rpg while shooting 68% from the field in a bit more than 25 minutes per game. Stutz is expected to have his debut on the 27th of January when Wels will travel to Oberwart.

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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 10-0 
 2. Al Ahli 9-2 
 3. Al Manama 8-3 
 4. Al Hala 7-3 
 5. Nuwaidrat 6-4 
 6. Al Ittihad 6-4 
 7. Issa Town 4-6 
 8. Sitra 4-6 
 9. Bahrain Club 2-8 
 10. Samaheej 1-10 
 11. Al Najma 0-11 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 11-3 
 2. Oostende 9-5 
 3. Antwerp 8-5 
 4. Aalstar 8-5 
 5. M.Hainaut 7-6 
 6. Leuven 6-6 
 7. Liege 5-7 
 8. Gent 4-10 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 1-12 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Copeland, Aalstar19.4 
 2. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 3. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 4. Bostic, Liege15.4 
 5. Green, Spirou14.8 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende14.5 
 7. Freeman, Leuven14.3 
 8. Booker, Oostende13.9 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.5 
 10. Tofi, Leuven13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. Brown, Gent7.5 
 4. McLean, Leuven6.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.6 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 7. Bostic, Liege6.0 
 8. Chaney, Gent6.0 
 9. Carter, M.Hainaut5.5 
 10. Matela, Liege5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.7 
 2. Waters, Liege3.8 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.6 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 5. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 7. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 8. Thompson, Verviers.2.8 
 9. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 10. Winston, Oostende2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Downey, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.6 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.5 
 4. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 5. Steinbach, Aalstar2.2 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 7. Bostic, Liege1.9 
 8. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 9. Haynes, Gent1.8 
 10. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.8 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.2 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Booker, Oostende1.0 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.8 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 9. Gillet, Liege0.5 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 


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  BOSNIA   


No Bosnian Teams submit bids to host the final four KSBiH tournament! - by Chris Mathieu
No Bosnian Teams submit bids to host the final four KSBiH tournament! Bosnian final four hosts are selected from a bid committee after submission of bids usually. This year proved to be quite unique as no team submitted a bid to host the final four tournament later this year! It appears Bosnian Basketball has reached an all-time low as no teams saw it fit to host the final tournament which decides the Bosnian domestic champion of the year.
If no team submits a bid the final four hosts will be decided by the basketball committee and the final four teams will share the costs of hosting the tournament.



EUROLEAGUE Final 16 Battle of the Bosnians takes place Fenerbahce loses to Unics 71-76! - by Chris Mathieu
EUROLEAGUE Final 16 Battle of the Bosnians takes place Fenerbahce loses to Unics 71-76! Euroleague Final 16 featured a matchup of unique Bosnians in Henry Domercant who is from the USA vs. BiH natives Bojan Bogdanovic and Emir Preldzic! It was a great match between the two teams with Domercant had a dominate game going for 16pts 3rb 3as 2stls 2blks and only 1 turnover! Bojan had a great game of his own going for 7-11 from the field with 24pts 2rbs 2ass!
Emir has struggled greatly with his shot this season which has affected his overall game. He scored 7 points and 2 rebounds.
Bosnian Mirsad Turkcan didnt play; it appears his career is reaching its end.



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  BULGARIA   


Draw for Men's Cup - by Maria Mitzova
The draw for the Men's Cup determined today the games to be played in the Quarterfinal round and in the Semis. The Cup Final 8 will take place in Samokov, either between February 15-18 or 16-19, depending on the TV broadcast.

Quarterfinals:
Lukoil Academik Sofia - BC Spartak Pleven


Levski Sofia - Balkan Botevgrad

Rilski Sportist Samokov - Euroins Cherno More

Tundja Yambol - Chernomorets Burgas

Semifinals:
Winner of Lukoil Academik Sofia/BC Spartak Pleven - Winner of Tundja Yambol/Chernomorets Burgas


Winner of Levski Sofia/Balkan Botevgrad - Winner of Rilski Sportist Samokov/Euroins Cherno More



Cherno More signed American guard - by Christomir Rackov
Euroins Cherno More added a new player a day before the transfer deadline. The team from Varna, which currently holds the 5th place in the standings of the NBL, signed Jimmie Hunt (187-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Franklin Pierce).

The American already has experience in the Bulgarian league. During the 2009/2010 season he played for Tundja Yambol and Balkan before an injury put an end to his season.

For Tundja Hunt played in 20 games and had averages of 8.0 points and 1.5 assists. Then in 9 games for Balkan he had 9.3 points and 2.8 assists.

Hunt will join Cherno More and will make his debut against Rilski Sportist on Saturday.


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  CANADA   


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


CIS Round 18 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 18 in the CIS was a home defeat of 4th ranked Blues (5-8) to third ranked Rams (6-7) 73-62 in the game for the third place. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Blues managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Blues 46-33 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. International point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Alex Hill (196, college: Cornell) with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Rams maintains third position with 6-7 record having seven points less than leader Laurier. Blues lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Laurentian. Rams' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Toronto, ON to the arena Lions.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Ottawa, ON: Ravens (#1) and Gee-Gees (#2). Gee-Gees were smashed at home by 40 points 34-74 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Gee-Gees. International forward Tyson Hinz (199-91) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Philip Scrubb supported him with 9 points. Even 7 points and 6 rebounds by Vikas Gill did not help to save the game for Gee-Gees. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Ravens (13-0) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. Gee-Gees at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Brock. Ravens will play against Golden Gaels (#7) in Kingston, ON in the next round where they are favorite. Gee-Gees will play at home against RMC (#8) in Kingston, ON and hope to get back on the winning track.
CIS top team - X-Men (8-2) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Tigers (4-5) in Antigonish, NS 79-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tigers. The best player for the winners was Jeremy Dunn who scored 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Stephen Lopez who recorded 14 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. X-Men maintains first position with 8-2 record, which they share with UBC. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in London, ON was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Lancers (10-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Mustangs (4-9). Lancers did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 79-62. It was a good game for Enrico Diloreto who led his team to a victory with 26 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lancers have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Laurier. Mustangs at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Waterloo, ON supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Badgers (8-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Warriors (4-9). Badgers smashed Warriors 87-63 on Wednesday. Jameson Tipping scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Warriors' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Badgers moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa. Warriors lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 18 Laurier won against Guelph on the opponent's court 97-91.



Western - Windsor 62-79

The game in London, ON was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Lancers (10-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Mustangs (4-9). Lancers did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 79-62. The game was mostly controlled by Lancers. Mustangs was better in fourth quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lancers forced 20 Mustangs turnovers. It was a good game for guard Enrico Diloreto (186-90) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. Guard Josh Collins (186-90) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Ryan Barbeau (178) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and Jermaine Bernard added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Mustangs. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lancers have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Laurier. Mustangs at the other side dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Western: R.Barbeau 16+2reb+4ast, J.Bernard 10+5reb+6ast, P.Scholtes 8+5reb+2ast, C.Drouin 8+5reb+2ast, R.Higgins 8+5reb+2ast, N.Berardi 5+2reb+1ast
Windsor: E.Diloreto 26+4reb, J.Collins 15+4reb+5ast, L.Phillip 10+5reb+1ast, R.Osuntola 8+4reb+1ast, E.Matthews 8+5reb+2ast, M.Godfrey 4+1reb
gschID: 155790


Waterloo - Brock 63-87

The game in Waterloo, ON supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Badgers (8-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Warriors (4-9). Badgers smashed Warriors 87-63 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 15 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 24 points. American guard Jameson Tipping (196, college: W.Kentucky) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Andrew Kraus (188-86) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Zach Angelini (188-92) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Mike Wright (180-91) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Warriors' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Badgers moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa. Warriors lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: Z.Angelini 14+6reb+1ast, M.Wright 13+5reb+3ast, C.McIntyre 10+4reb, A.Melbourne 9+4reb, W.Bridge 7+3reb, J.Johnson 6+4reb+1ast
Brock: J.Tipping 25+5reb+1ast, T.Kasamba 18+4reb+1ast, A.Kraus 16+9reb+5ast, D.Mukendi 9+7reb+1ast, B.Nahimana 9+1reb+1ast, A.Ferguson 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155791


Toronto Univ. - Ryerson 62-73

The most interesting game of round 18 in the CIS was a home defeat of 4th ranked Blues (5-8) to third ranked Rams (6-7) 73-62 in the game for the third place. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Blues managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Blues 46-33 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. International point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Bjorn Michaelsen (201) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Rams players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Alex Hill (196, college: Cornell) with 28 points and 9 rebounds and center Andrew Wasik (201) scored 16 points. Rams maintains third position with 6-7 record having seven points less than leader Laurier. Blues lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Laurentian. Rams' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Toronto, ON to the arena Lions.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Hill 28+9reb+1ast, A.Wasik 16+4reb+2ast, D.Glisic 8+6reb+3ast, S.Nickel 4+4reb+1ast, A.Kumar 3+3reb+1ast, J.Holmes 3+6reb+1ast
Ryerson: J.Jones 24+8reb+4ast, B.Michaelsen 16+8reb, J.Gauthier 13+10reb, A.Best 12+6reb+2ast, O.Adegboruwa 6+8reb+4ast, N.Stankovic 2
gschID: 155792


St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 79-66

CIS top team - X-Men (8-2) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Tigers (4-5) in Antigonish, NS 79-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tigers. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-66. X-Men looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Jeremy Dunn (198) who scored 22 points. Guard Will Donkoh (185) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Stephen Lopez (188, college: Bossier-Parish CC) who recorded 14 points and 4 assists and guard Casey Fox (193) added 14 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. X-Men maintains first position with 8-2 record, which they share with UBC. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: S.Lopez 14+4reb+4ast, C.Fox 14+4reb+2ast, W.Yengue 11+7reb+1ast, A.Arthur 10+6reb+4ast, R.Nortmann 5+4reb, S.Williams 4+2reb
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 22+2reb+2ast, W.Donkoh 14+6reb+5ast, T.Thomas 13+5reb+4ast, S.Coupland 12+5reb+3ast, B.Kong 6+7reb+3ast, R.Madera 4+1reb
gschID: 155787


Ottawa - Carleton 34-74

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Ottawa, ON: Ravens (#1) and Gee-Gees (#2). Gee-Gees were smashed at home by 40 points 34-74 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Gee-Gees. The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Gee-Gees was better in second period 10-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gee-Gees to just 6 points in first and third quarters. International forward Tyson Hinz (199-91) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) supported him with 9 points. Even 7 points and 6 rebounds by Vikas Gill did not help to save the game for Gee-Gees. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) added 7 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. Ravens (13-0) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. Gee-Gees at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Brock. Ravens will play against Golden Gaels (#7) in Kingston, ON in the next round where they are favorite. Gee-Gees will play at home against RMC (#8) in Kingston, ON and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ottawa: V.Gill 7+6reb+1ast, J.Berhanemeskel 7+4reb+1ast, J.Gibson-Bascombe 4+2reb, R.Malcolm-Campbell 4+1reb, M.L'Africain 4+1reb+1ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 4+3reb
Carleton: T.Hinz 22+11reb+2ast, W.Manigat 11+2reb, P.Scrubb 9+3reb+2ast, K.Churchill 9+3reb, T.Scrubb 7+6reb, C.Hobin 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155788


Guelph - Laurier 91-97

Very expected game in Guelph, ON where 6th ranked Gryphons (7-6) were defeated by second ranked Golden Hawks (11-2) 97-91 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-91. Golden Hawks made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Golden Hawks especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Gryphons were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Maxwell Allin (193) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Kale Harrison (196) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Daniel McCarthy (188) with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Kareem Malcolm (183) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Golden Hawks keep a position of league leader. Loser Gryphons keep the sixth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Guelph: D.McCarthy 23+6reb, A.Bering 20+8reb+1ast, K.Malcolm 19+8reb+2ast, Z.Angus 13+3reb+3ast, M.Clark 8+3reb+1ast, E.McDonald 5+1reb
Laurier: M.Allin 27+11reb+6ast, K.Harrison 15+5reb, K.Enright 14, S.Wanas 10+3reb, M.Buckley 9+4reb+2ast, P.Donnelly 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155789




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin KING
  TRU
  (--)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. King, TRU24.5 
 2. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.2 
 3. Diloreto, Windsor21.3 
 4. Barrett, Saskatch.20.9 
 5. Thomas, St.Franc.20.7 
 6. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.6 
 7. Barbeau, Western20.3 
 8. Baker, Alberta20.2 
 9. Ferguson, Alberta20.1 
 10. Ghomari, UBC O.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Phillip, Windsor10.9 
 2. King, TRU10.5 
 3. Burke, UBC10.4 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.4 
 5. Lieffers, Saskatch.10.0 
 6. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.7 
 7. Klassen, Acadia9.3 
 8. Desroches, New B.9.1 
 9. Coward, Lethbridge8.7 
 10. Cote-K., UQ.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.7.7 
 2. Kraus, Brock6.1 
 3. Collins, Windsor6.0 
 4. Barrett, Saskatch.5.9 
 5. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.4 
 6. Smith, TWU5.4 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon5.4 
 8. Shepherd, Memorial5.3 
 9. Yu, UBC5.3 
 10. Vernon, St.Franc.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.6 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.3.1 
 3. Collins, Windsor3.0 
 4. Ogungbemi, Calgary3.0 
 5. Oliver, Manitoba2.8 
 6. Carter, Lakehead2.8 
 7. Cote-K., UQ.2.8 
 8. Smith, TWU2.8 
 9. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 10. Barrett, Saskatch.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Balraj BAINS
  UBC
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bains, UBC2.2 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.8 
 3. Klassen, Acadia1.5 
 4. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.5 
 5. Duke, UPEI1.4 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 7. Kong, St.Francis X.1.3 
 8. Thomas, St.Franc.1.2 
 9. Eyitayo, Concordia1.2 
 10. Harrison, Laurier1.1 


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: roster changes for Antofagasta Sokol - by Daniel Valencia
Sokol de Antofagasta agreed to terms with two foreign players in order to replace Michael Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe), who left the team to sign with Quilmes Mar del Plata, and Xavier Keeling (201-F-88, college: St.Catharine), who had to left the team after an incident in the game against Espanol.

To replace them, Sokol de Antofagasta signed the american Deshawn Danzey (198-F-84, college: Victory) and the jamaican Damian Staple (201-F/C-80, college: Iowa St.). Danzey is a 27 tear old forward with playing experience in the NAIA , Argentina, Uruguay and also in Chile, where he played for Deportivo Valdivia. Staple is a 31 year old power forward/center with playing experience in the NCAA, Bolivia, France, Venezuela and Mexico. They played on wednesday night, scoring 7 and 17 points respectively.


Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 19-0 
 2. Liceo Mixto 17-2 
 3. Dep.Espanol 13-6 
 4. U.Espanola 9-10 
 5. Sokol de Antof. 6-11 
 6. San Luis 5-12 
 7. U.Catolica 5-14 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-19 


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  CHINA   


Stephon Marbury's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Beijing Ducks and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 34-year old guard recorded a triple-double of 45 points addeding also twelve rebounds and ten assists, while his team beat Zhejiang C. (#8, 13-10) 102-93. Beijing Ducks is placed at 2nd position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Beijing Ducks will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. In the team's last game Marbury had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Beijing Ducks' top player in his first season with the team. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Marbury is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.7apg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 56.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin R.. Harvey impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 25 rebounds. Of course TianJin R. cruised to a 110-98 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Bayi Fubang (#15, 7-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But TianJin R. managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 14th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-17 record. Harvey is a newcomer at TianJin R. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Marcus Williams (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances) of Shanxi Zh. (#7). Williams got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He was a key player of Shanxi Zh., leading his team to a 110-106 win against the lower-ranked Qingdao DS (#12, 11-14). Shanxi Zh. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 10 lost games. Williams has a great season in China. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 30.5ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.4spg, FGP: 68.6% and 3PT: 82.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai S. - 38 points and 12 rebounds
5. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C. - 26 points and 17 rebounds
6. J.R. Smith (198-G-85) of Zhejiang C. - 39 points and 9 rebounds
7. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Guangsha L. - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) of Qingdao DS - 25 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) of Fujian XX - 24 points and 12 rebounds
10. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh. - 32 points and 11 rebounds

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


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. Harvey, TianJin R.13.7 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.6 
 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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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 17-1 
 2. Svendborg 16-2 
 3. Naestved 11-7 
 4. SISU 8-11 
 5. Aalborg 7-10 
 6. Horsholm 7-11 
 7. Aabyhoj 7-12 
 8. Vaerlose 7-12 
 9. Horsens IC 6-12 
 10. Falcon 5-13 


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. White, Aalborg25.7 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC23.7 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.4 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.4 
 5. Kingsley, Svendborg19.4 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj19.2 
 7. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.9 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg18.2 
 9. Dennis, SISU16.0 
 10. Colman, Svendborg15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan GLYNN
  Naestved
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Glynn, Naestved10.9 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg10.5 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj10.4 
 4. St.John, Horsens9.9 
 5. Benjamin, Horsholm9.3 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.8 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.4 
 8. Harris, Horsens IC8.4 
 9. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.1 
 4. Colman, Svendborg4.1 
 5. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.7 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.4 
 8. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.3.2 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
 8. Sattler, Horsens IC1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 10. Kristiansen, Aalb.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.9 
 3. Colas, Horsholm1.8 
 4. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.3 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose0.9 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 


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Reid comes back to Tulsa 66ers - by Eurobasket Center
Tulsa 66ers strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old naturalized Jamaican forward Ryan Reid (203-F-107kg-86, college: Florida St.). Its actually Reids comeback to Tulsa 66ers as he played here before. In his first game he scored 8 points. However his new team lost to Texas L. 103-108. Reid played most recently at Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA). He is a very experienced player. Reid played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Poland and Jamaica. He graduated Florida State University in 2010 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Jones comes back to Frisco Texas Legends - by Eurobasket Center
Frisco Texas Legends strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old guard Dominique Jones (193-G-98kg-88, college: S.Florida). Its actually Jones comeback to Texas L. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 26 points helping his new team beat Tulsa 66ers 108-103. Jones played most recently at Dallas Mavericks (NBA). While playing 9 games for Dallas M. this season he averaged 1.8ppg. Jones graduated University of South Florida in 2010. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Bucks re-assign Hobson to Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks re-assigned guard Darington Hobson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: N.Mexico) to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Bucks NBA D-League affiliate. The assignment marks the 25th time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season and is the second assignment for Hobson this season.

Originally assigned on Dec. 29, Hobson (6-7, 210) averaged 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three games for Fort Wayne before being recalled to Milwaukee on Jan. 4. He has appeared in five games for the Bucks this season, averaging 1.2 assists and 0.8 points in 7.8 minutes per game.

Bucks fans can stay in step with Hobson, who is expected to be available on Friday, Jan. 20 when Fort Wayne travels to take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce, by logging onto nba.com/futurecast to watch all Mad Ants games live, online, for free.

Courtesy of www.wane.com


Nets assign Jordan Williams to Springfield Armor - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have assigned rookie forward Jordan Williams (6'10''-F-90, college: Maryland) to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

Williams was selected 36th overall by New Jersey in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. The Maryland product has appeared in six games for the Nets, averaging 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. He has shot .333 (3-9) from the field.

Williams spent two seasons at Maryland, earned All-ACC first team honors after averaging 16.9 points and a conference-best 11.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game during his sophomore season. As a freshman, Williams averaged 9.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, earning All-ACC rookie team honors.

Williams, a native of Torrington, Conn., is expected to be available tomorrow when the Armor host the Maine Red Claws at 7:00 PM at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Tulsa 66ers lose to Texas Legends - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Buycks came off the bench to pour in a season-high 30 points, but the Tulsa 66ers fell to the Texas Legends 108-103 Wednesday night in NBA D-League action at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

Keys: Leading the Legends was Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) with 28 points and nine rebounds. Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) added 26 points and three steals.

Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 10 points and 16 rebounds for Tulsa. Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) connected on 4-of-6 shots from long range on his way to 24 points. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Brady Morningstar with 16 and Robert Vaden with 10.

Notes: Tulsa falls to 10-12. Texas improves to 9-13.

Up next: At Iowa, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Toros roll past Canton - by Eurobasket News
The Austin Toros improved to 9-1 at home with a 114-97 win over the Canton Charge at Cedar Park Center Wednesday night.

The Charge hit their first seven shots of the game and jumped to an early 20-11 lead, but the Toros used an 18-6 run and led by three after the first quarter.

The Toros continued the momentum in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors 35-25 to go up 64-51.

In the second half, the Toros led by as many as 19 and finally winning by 17.

Da'Sean Butler (6'7''-G/F-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: W.Virginia) scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Eric Dawson (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) added his eleventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Leo Lyons added a double-double of his own with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) had another strong outing with 21 points.

Courtesy of www.statesman.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 14-5 
 2. Springfield A. 10-10 
 3. Canton C. 10-11 
 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. Austin T. 16-4 
 2. Los Angeles D. 16-7 
 3. Rio Grande VV 13-9 
 4. Bakersfield J. 11-9 
 5. Reno B. 11-10 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 10-12 
 7. Texas L. 9-13 
 8. Idaho S. 8-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.2 
 2. Costner, Los A.23.8 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.23.7 
 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. Curry, Springfiel.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.7 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.5 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.9.7 
 5. Smith, Rio G.9.6 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 7. Foote, Springfield9.1 
 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. Coleman, Sioux F.6.6 
 5. Cooksey, Texas L.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
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.4 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Millsap, Los A.2.4 
 4. Curry, Springfield2.2 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 6. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Emmett, Reno B.2.1 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 9. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Dyson, Tulsa 66e.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. Alabi, Bakersfield2.3 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Williams, Texas L.2.0 
 7. Blakely, Iowa E.1.9 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.1.6 


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


LNB News - by Ozell Wells
FEDOMBAL president Frank Herasme, announced the resolutions adopted by the Assembly of Associations under the IV National Congress Ripley Enrique Marin, held 10-11 December 2011, at club Mauricio Bez.

Herasme said they will prohibit the use of 4 foreign import reinforcements and only allow 3, which may be on the court simultaneously.

Is applied to the payment of 100 thousand Dominican pesos annually to each LNB franchise, plus payment of the 'licenses' of their players according to their category.

The resolution says that the LNB is responsible for withholding and paying taxes to the Fedombal. 50 percent are for provincial associations where the club is franchised and eliminates the 4 percent fee for Fedombal and other Associations.

But he allows the employment of up to 4 foreign officials to strengthen Dominican judges, one per game, and complemented by two Dominicans.

You are prohibited from replacing a team player called by the FEDOMBAL with a foreigner, as stipulated in the National Competition Rules.

All these measures are amendments to the National Competition Rules and will apply from January 1 this year.

Franchises with a roster of 15 players, must register at least two players from the U-21.

FEDOMBAL will make the under 25 national championship in the summer with 20 or 24 teams, as a type of Development League in the provinces where the LNB does not have franchises, and there is also an opening for them to handle, whether owners or shareholders of one or more clubs.

The LNB may negotiate exclusive use of its official ball for their tournaments and must wear the number on the front of the shirt for each player, which can be from 1 to 99.

They have also eliminated the amount of non-resident native players (everyone must verify their Dominican nationality), players can not be nationalized to more than one franchise and must be referred by the Fedombal with the 'possibility' that they are a part of the national team.

Foreigners that have played for another country do not qualify for citizenship and can only operate as reinforcements.

Written by: Odalis Sanchez / Basket Puerto Plateo



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Tanel Kurbas claims Estonian KML weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International forward Tanel Kurbas (197-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Tartu Ulikool and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Tartu Ulikool in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Tln Kalev (#6, 4-11) with 41-point margin 106-65. It allowed Tartu Ulikool to consolidate first place in the Estonian KML. Tartu Ulikool has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 14-1. In the team's last game Kurbas had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Tartu Ulikool and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tanel Kurbas averages this season 12.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Toomas Raadik (202-C-90) of Parnu. Raadik impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Parnu was edged by slightly higher-ranked Valga/CKE (#7, 3-13) 84-83. This loss caused Parnu to slide to the very bottom (8) position in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Parnu managed to get this year. Raadik is one of the most experienced players at Parnu and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#3). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Parnu's star - Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92). Raap scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Raap's great performance Parnu lost 83-84 to slightly higher-ranked Valga/CKE (#7, 3-13). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Parnu can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Raap he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Raap has individually a great season in Estonia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (6th best) and assists with 3.5apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of Tartu Ulikool - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87) of Valga/CKE - 27 points and 8 assists
7. Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) of Tartu Ulikool - 9 points and 15 rebounds
8. Bamba Fall (216-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Kalev/Cramo - 14 points and 13 rebounds
10. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) of Tartu Ulikool - 13 points and 7 rebounds

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


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


EuroChallenge round 2 (Top 16) best performance: Obie Trotter - by Eurobasket News
American-Hungarian guard Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Szolnok, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16).
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, five rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Aalstar (1-1) with 36-point margin 112-76. Szolnok is placed at 2nd position in EuroChallenge group J. Szolnok is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. In the team's last game Trotter had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Szolnok and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Alabama A&M star has very solid stats this year. Trotter is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.9ppg) and averages impressive 58.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old British Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of league's second-best Besiktas. Mensah-Bonsu had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Besiktas cruised to a 75-64 relatively comfortable win over N.Novgorod (0-2). His team has extremely good start of the Top 16. They won both games so far. However the Top 16 is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Mensah-Bonsu is a newcomer at Besiktas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) of Triumph (#4). Karasev showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Karasev's great performance Triumph lost 74-83 to #1 ranked Art.Dragons. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Triumph can only dream about fighting for top spots in group L. They have awful Top 16 losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Karasev he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Karasev has a very solid season. In 10 games in EuroChallenge he scored 10.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82) of Roanne - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Szolnok - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) of Szolnok - 29 points and 3 rebounds
7. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87) of Telekom Baskets - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) of Ventspils - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Triumph - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dylan Page (204-F-82) of Roanne - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  EUROCUP   


Beverley's 25 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old point guard Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Spartak SP and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 25 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Spartak SP in his team's victory, helping them to beat Buducnost (#4, 0-1) 65-57. It allowed Spartak SP to consolidate first place in the Eurocup group K. But it's just the very beginning of the Top 16 and Spartak SP won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Beverley had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Spartak SP's top player in his first season with the team.

Second best performed player last round was Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances) of VEF Riga. He is Lithuanian center in his first season at VEF Riga. In the last game Kavaliauskas recorded impressive 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as VEF Riga lost that game 81-91 to CEZ Nymburk (1-0). The Top 16 is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Kavaliauskas is a newcomer at VEF Riga and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84) of ASVEL (#4). Armstrong scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Armstrong's great performance ASVEL lost 75-86 to #2 ranked BC Donetsk. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. ASVEL can only dream about fighting for top spots in group J. They have awful Top 16 losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Armstrong he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Armstrong has a very solid season. In 7 games in Eurocup he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 55.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82) of CEZ Nymburk - 24 points and 2 assists
5. Ramel Curry (192-G-80) of BC Donetsk - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Ali Traore (207-C-85) of Lokomotiv - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) of Spartak SP - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Valencia - 9 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Roderick Blakney (181-G-76) of Lokomotiv - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of ALBA - 18 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Top 16, Round 1: Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
GROUP E

Olympiakos - CSKA 78-86
CSKA Moscow stays undefeated in Euroleague this season. The Russian powerhouse celebrated 78-86 road win against Olympiakos for 1-0 record in Group E, Top 16. Participants of the same pool are also Anadolu Efes and Galatasaray. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) helped their team with 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Olympiakos got 14 points from Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88). Their second scorers were Kyle Hines (198-F-86) (6 rebs) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) with 13 points each.
Teams were pretty leveled in the first ten minutes and actually CSKA ended the first period with minimum lead, 21-22. They made 34-38 during the Q2, but the Reds created 10-2 run after that for 44-40 lead at the halftime. Nenad Krstic and his teammates shined after the breather and they made 48-55. Thanks to Gecevicius, Printezis and Spanoulis, Olympiakos cut the margin to 58-62 for rest of Q3. Visitors jumped to 60-66 at the beginning of the last period and few minutes later they were already up by 11, 67-78. There was something more than 3 minutes to go and all what Olympiakos managed to do was minus 5 with one minute left, but free throws by Khryapa and a dunk by Siskauskas allowed CSKA to seal the win in style.
In the next round CSKA will host Anadolu Efes. Olympiakos will meet Galasaray in Istanbul.

Olympiakos: Martynas Gecevicius 14, Kyle Hines 13+6 boards, Pero Antic 13
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 18, Viktor Khryapa 16+8 boards, Ramunas Siskauskas 12, Andrei Kirilenko 11


GROUP F

Montepaschi - Gescrap BB 81-67
Montepaschi started the Top 16 phase in style. The Italian champ handed 81-67 loss to Bilbao for 1-0 record in Group F. Their rivals in this pool are also Unicaja and Real Madrid. David Andersen (212-C-80) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) also netted 18 pts. McCalebb was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Third scorers in victory were Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) with 8 pts each. In the loosing squad, Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) shined with 16 points. Marko Banic (205-F-84) (5 rebs) and Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 11 and 10 pts respectively. Bilbao won the first period, but all after that belonged to Montepaschi. The home squad made crucial 17-0 run during the second and third period for 45-34 lead. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 14-18, 18-14, 24-17, 25-18. Next week, Montepaschi will meet Real in Madrid. Bilbao will host Unicaja.

Montepaschi: David Andersen 18+7 boards, Bo McCalebb 18, Marvis Thornton 8, David Moss 8
Gescrap BB: Kostas Vasiliadis 16, Marko Banic 11+5 boards, Roger Grimau 10

GROUP G

Unics - Fenerbahce Ulker 76-71
The Euroleague newcomer continues to impress. Unics Kazan was better than the reigning Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker 76-71 on Wednesday night for 1-0 score in Group G of the Euroleague Top 16. Participants of this pool are also Panathinaikos and Emporio Armani Milano. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) was a key player in Unics with 17 points and 11 rebounds (valuation 32). Petr Samoylenko (185-G-77) also had double-double of 16 pts and 10 assists, while Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) were two others players with 16 points for the Russians. In Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) collected 24 points. Omer Onan (194-G-78) had 12 and James Gist (205-F-86) stopped to 8 pts. Unics exploded in the second half to win this game. They were down by 17 at the HT (24-41), but managed to cut the margin to 53-56 before the last quarter and after that made crucial 17-6 run. It was 70-62 with 2 minutes to go. Bojan Bogdanovic kept FB Ulker alive with a clutch triple before Omer Onan narrowed the gap to 4 from the line with 1:18 remaining. But Vladimir Veremeenko scored at the other side and practically sealed the win for Unics. In the next round, Unics will play against Panathinaikos in Athens. Fenerbahce Ulker will host Emporio Armani.

Unics: Vladimir Veremeenko 17+11 boards, Petr Samoylenko 16+10 as, Henry Domercant 16, Terrell Lyday 16
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 24, Omer Onan 12, James Gist 8




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


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. Mallet, Spirou16.6 
 5. Domercant, Unics16.5 
 6. Gallinari, Armani16.4 
 7. Weems, Zalgiris16.1 
 8. Carroll, Real Madr.16.0 
 9. Krstic, CSKA15.8 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan15.4 
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. Slaughter, Brose B.6.9 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy6.9 
 6. Krstic, CSKA6.8 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 8. Kasun, KK.6.6 
 9. Bourousis, Armani6.5 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.5.8 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.6 
 3. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 4. Tunceri, Anadolu5.0 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 6. Cook, Armani MI4.7 
 7. Prigioni, Caja L.4.6 
 8. Huertas, FCB Regal4.6 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.6 
 10. Blassingame, Asse.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Anadolu .
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kinsey, Anadolu2.5 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.2 
 3. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 5. Gordon, Galatasaray1.8 
 6. Kirilenko, CSKA1.8 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 8. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 9. Eidson, FCB Regal1.6 
 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. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.5 
 5. Begic, Real Madrid1.5 
 6. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.3 
 7. Perovic, FCB Regal1.3 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 9. James, Maccabi T-A1.1 
 10. Fischer, Gescrap1.1 


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Devin Gibson (Fraport Skyliners) I Will Always Bring Energy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Devin Gibson (182-G, college: UTSA) is a 182cm guard from Houston, Texas that is playing his first season with the Fraport Skyliners. He played at the university of Texas at San Antonio from 2007-2011. In his four year basketball career, he played a total of 119 NCAA games and in his senior year, he played 34 games: 17.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.4apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 78.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket about his rookie season with the Fraport Skyliners.

Where would you rate the 56-51 win in Wurzburg in your all time hardest fought games?

I would place it up at the top. I really wasnt aware how much they would press, but I saw a lot of this play in college.

What impressed you most about the Fraport Skyliners in Wurzburg?

I liked our chemistry and that we never gave up. We kept fighting and one could feel that we wanted to win in our hearts.

Have you ever played against tougher defenders than John Little or Chester Frazier?

In the States in the NCAA, many teams play like that where they press and try to rattle you. We had some problems at the start, but once we settled, we started to play good.

You were an important factor in the win in Wurzburg. Will you be able to heighten your game more in the next games?

I didnt shoot so well from the field or free throw line, but I will always bring my energy if I am playing good or bad.

What have you liked most about Germany so far?

I like our fans. It was nice seeing such a big turnout at an away game. They helped us get the win.

How have you come to terms with the culture and language?

The language isnt so bad since I had a German teammate in college so I was used to hearing German and them speaking English. As for the culture there isnt too much difference to the States.

What has been your impression of the Fraport Skyliners organization?

They are run like an NBA team from the top to bottom. This has been a good situation for me.

You and Michael Thompson are rookies, but he has been here three months longer. How has he helped you?

He has showed me how I should adjust when I forget a play. He also has taught me how to drive a stick shift.

How are you getting used to the style in the Beko BBL? How is it different from the NCAA?

I like to penetrate and it is my asset and it is harder to get in the paint in the Beko BBL. But I think that with experience, I will be able to adjust.

How has coach Muli Katzurin helped you most?

He has showed how to make the right plays penetrating or passing. Sometimes making the defense rotate and get that extra pass to get that more open shot than just the open shot.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

I think my shooting ability from three point land. I am a point guard and pass first and people dont expect to be able to shoot. I can score in bunches.

Were you surprised that you were signed so late in the current season by a professional team?

Not really. With the NBA lock out, there were many things messed up.I am really not thinking about being signed so late, but just thankful that I am playing basketball something that I love.

What kind of experience was it being in the San Antonio Spurs training camp?

It was great being around guys like Tony Parker, Manu Ginoboli and Tim Duncan. I liked their work ethic and how they conducted themselves. They were down to earth and very nice guys.

What did you learn from Tony Parker?

To change the pace of the game. I like how Parker can turn up the speed and then back down which keeps the defender off balance.

You played at small school the university of Texas at San Antonio and werent drafted by the NBA. Ha s this made your drive to excel greater to show people that you can play?

Yes it makes me work harder.

What was your childhood like in Houston?

It was good. I went to a lot of Rockets games seeing guys like Sam Cassel and Vernon Maxwell.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

Michael Jordan. I started with football and started to play basketball in high school.

You won the Southland conference tournament in 2011 with the University of Texas at San Antonio. What made this team so successful?

We were all on the same page and had chemistry and that showed on the court.

Possibly the most famous player to play at your school was NBA player Devin Brown. Did he ever come back to talk to the guys when you were there?

No he didnt, but I heard that he did come back other times before I went there.

You registered two triple doubles in the NCAA against Samford and Northwestern State. What is always most difficult in getting a triple double?

First you have to be playing well and for a guard like me rebounding is important. The ball has to bounce in the right spots.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA?

DJ Augustin.

What were the most number of free throws that you have made in a row in practice?

35-40

What was the most crazy shot that you made in a game?

I hit a bank shot from the other free throw line, Had the ball and just threw it up.

Who will win a one on one game you or Michael Thompson?

We havent played yet. I dont know.

Who will win the AFC championship game new England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens?

Ravens

Who will win the NFC championship game New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers?

49ers.

Who will win the Superbowl?

Ravens. I like Ray Lewis.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

X-Men First Class.

Thanks Devin for the chat.



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


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


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) I Feel Germany Has The Advantage To Win The Beko BBL Allstar Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the 2012 beko BBL Allstar game

The first half of the Beko BBL 2011-2012 season is over. How happy have you been with the first half of the season?

There is a lot of room for improvement. Being in a new city with a new team, there was a small window we allowed ourselves for adjustment. But at the end of the day the core group was returning and we didn't start off as strong as we would have liked. We're going to really focus on continuing to get better throughout the second half of the season.

On what things does the team need to work on in the second half of the season?

Offensive execution. Rebounding and not turning the ball over. We rely heavily on our defense to win games but if we can take care of those other factors it would make everyone's job a little bit easier.


What are you doing over the Allstar break?

Recharging the battery. We had a few days off from practice so I headed home to NY for a while. It was just what the doctor ordered.

This season the Beko BBL Allstar game will feature an old format again with Germany vs international players. What is your impression of this?

I'm not really sure what to make of this. I've never seen an event like this before but think that it will be entertaining for everyone participating in the festivities.

Who will win Germany or the Americans?

I feel like Germany has the advantage. Between fan support, national pride and the fact that a lot of them have played together before (National Team, etc).


Who will be the 2012 Beko BBL Allstar MVP?


I'm going to go with Chris McNaughton

Who will win the slam dunk contest and why with Mark Dorris, Marcus Slaughter, Tony Gaffney, John Bynum or Chevon Troutman?

They are all pretty phenomenal athletes, but according to teammate Ricky Harris, hearing some of the things Gaffney has up his sleeve, I think it's his title to lose.

Who will win the three point shooting contest and why with Donatas Zavackas, Johannes Strasser, Osvaldo Jeanty, Rickey Paulding or Keaton Nankivil and why?

Feel like I've seen all of those guys get pretty hot, but speaking to former 3 Point Champion Taylor Rochestie, it doesn't necessarily translate well from Game 3's to contest 3's. I'm going to go with Jeanty based on the fact that he already has a title under his belt.


Who will win the AFC championship game, Patriots or Ravens?

I don't think Ricky Harris or Chester Frazier would pass me the ball ever again if I said New England. So I'm riding with my Baltimore brothers and saying the Ravens.


Who will win the NFC championship game 49ers or Giants?

GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG---MEN

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Continental Airlines was showing Moneyball on the flight home, but I was too tired to stay awake during the entire film. Hopefully I'll catch the 2nd half of the way back to Germany.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.7 
 2. Reese, Duesseldorf21.0 
 3. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel19.3 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.8 
 6. Hassan, Leitersh.17.9 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.4 
 8. Reid, MBC17.4 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim17.3 
 10. Howard, Karlsruhe17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.6 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.6 
 3. Black, Jena8.1 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim7.9 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz7.4 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 7. Mason, Webmoebel7.1 
 8. Richardson, Leiter.7.1 
 9. De Michael, NBC6.9 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.1 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.6 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC5.0 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim4.7 
 6. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 7. Diggs, Webmoebel4.5 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.4 
 9. Reese, Duesseldorf4.2 
 10. Rice, Cuxhaven4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.2 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.1.9 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz1.8 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven1.7 
 5. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.6 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Harris, NBC1.6 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen1.5 
 9. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.7 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.2 
 5. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 6. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 8. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 9. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 10. Okoye, NBC0.8 


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CSKA Moscow beats Olympiakos in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - CSKA 78-86

CSKA Moscow stays undefeated in Euroleague this season. The Russian powerhouse celebrated 78-86 road win against Olympiakos for 1-0 record in Group E, Top 16. Participants of the same pool are also Anadolu Efes and Galatasaray. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) helped their team with 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Olympiakos got 14 points from Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88). Their second scorers were Kyle Hines (198-F-86) (6 rebs) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) with 13 points each.
Teams were pretty leveled in the first ten minutes and actually CSKA ended the first period with minimum lead, 21-22. They made 34-38 during the Q2, but the Reds created 10-2 run after that for 44-40 lead at the halftime. Nenad Krstic and his teammates shined after the breather and they made 48-55. Thanks to Gecevicius, Printezis and Spanoulis, Olympiakos cut the margin to 58-62 for rest of Q3. Visitors jumped to 60-66 at the beginning of the last period and few minutes later they were already up by 11, 67-78. There was something more than 3 minutes to go and all what Olympiakos managed to do was minus 5 with one minute left, but free throws by Khryapa and a dunk by Siskauskas allowed CSKA to seal the win in style.
In the next round CSKA will host Anadolu Efes. Olympiakos will meet Galasaray in Istanbul.

Olympiakos: Martynas Gecevicius 14, Kyle Hines 13+6 boards, Pero Antic 13
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 18, Viktor Khryapa 16+8 boards, Ramunas Siskauskas 12, Andrei Kirilenko 11


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New Year, New Look for the IBL - by Kip Leonetti
The International Basketball League has a new look heading into the 2012 season, unveiling a new website and league logo today.

The IBL has stepped up their game by improving their brand, according to IBL Commissioner Sharleen Graf: ''We wanted to refresh our look and we have created an updated website that is interactive and informative, as well as a new logo with the intention to align our league with others.''

''Social media is a big part of our lives now, which the new site includes. It was vital we add the ability to connect with our fans, players and basketball community,'' stated Commissioner Graf.

Players looking to showcase their skills can sign up on the tryouts page on the new site, for both league and IBL team evaluations. The IBL has sent more than 200 players overseas and into the NBA Development League. In seven seasons, over 1000 athletes, including more than 24 NBA players, have competed in the IBL with an average score of 120 points per 48-minute game. Stay tuned for many more announcements to come from the refreshed IBL, tip-off is in April with teams across North America and International teams participating.

Visit the IBL's new website at www.IBL.com and join their social networks at facebook.com/IBLHoops and www.twitter.com/IBLhoops.



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


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 18-0 
 2. Foolad Mahan 13-3 
 3. Azad 13-5 
 4. Petrochimi 12-5 
 5. Zob Ahan 11-6 
 6. Sanaye Petrochimi 8-8 
 7. M.H.Ahvaz 7-11 
 8. Pouya 6-12 
 9. Shiraz a.s Pipe 5-13 
 10. Gorgan 5-13 
 11. Zanjan 4-14 
 12. Jahesh 3-15 


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Bnei Hasharon Lands Demetrius Alexander - by David Pick
With the League's first round over and done with, Israel's Bnei Hasharon continues to work. After releasing Delroy James and Jared Mintz this past week and clinching a tough road win over Maccabi Haifa, Eurobasket reveals that Bnei agreed terms with American Power Forward Demetrius Alexander, who's expected to arrive today (Thursday) in the Holy Land and take part in the team's evening practice.

Bnei, who looked into nearly a dozen candidates from the NBA and European leagues, were close to inking Brook Sales, yet his Spanish team refused to release. Alexander's already familiar with the Israeli style of basketball after playing for Hapoel Galil/Elyon (now Galil/Gilboa), Hapoel Jerusalem and Haifa/Nesher.

Last season, the 36-year-old Alabama alumnus played in the Ukraine for Azovmash Mariupol posting averages of 13.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.5apg in the EuroCup Challenge. Alexander also recorded 12.6ppg and 4.8rpg in the VTB League and 12.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.7apg in the Ukrainian Domestic League.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick



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Montepaschi outplays Bilbao in Siena, 81-67 - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Gescrap BB 81-67

Montepaschi started the Top 16 phase in style. The Italian champ handed 81-67 loss to Bilbao for 1-0 record in Group F. Their rivals in this pool are also Unicaja and Real Madrid. David Andersen (212-C-80) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) also netted 18 pts. McCalebb was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Third scorers in victory were Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) with 8 pts each. In the loosing squad, Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) shined with 16 points. Marko Banic (205-F-84) (5 rebs) and Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 11 and 10 pts respectively. Bilbao won the first period, but all after that belonged to Montepaschi. The home squad made crucial 17-0 run during the second and third period for 45-34 lead. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 14-18, 18-14, 24-17, 25-18. Next week, Montepaschi will meet Real in Madrid. Bilbao will host Unicaja.

Montepaschi: David Andersen 18+7 boards, Bo McCalebb 18, Marvis Thornton 8, David Moss 8
Gescrap BB: Kostas Vasiliadis 16, Marko Banic 11+5 boards, Roger Grimau 10


Arminas Urbutis is close to Scavolini - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini Pesaro are deepening their roster. They recently agreed on terms of contract with Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra). The centre is expected to arrive to Italy soon. Arminas Urbutis started the season with Rudupis Prienu. He tallied 16.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per EuroCup game. In LKL the centre averaged 10.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. In Baltic League Arminas Urbutis delivered 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Arminas Urbutis is not new to Italy. He played for NGC Cantu in 2009/11 seasons. Last season the centre posted 1.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in Seria A. Arminas Urbutis was the member of Lithuanian U20 National Team in 2006.


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Reid comes back to Tulsa 66ers - by Eurobasket Center
Tulsa 66ers strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old naturalized Jamaican forward Ryan Reid (203-F-107kg-86, college: Florida St.). Its actually Reids comeback to Tulsa 66ers as he played here before. In his first game he scored 8 points. However his new team lost to Texas L. 103-108. Reid played most recently at Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA). He is a very experienced player. Reid played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Poland and Jamaica. He graduated Florida State University in 2010 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Akita Northern Happinets sign Mychal Kearse - by Eurobasket Center
Akita Northern Happinets (BJ League) signed 29-year old American guard Mychal Kearse (194-G-83, college: Mt.St.Marys). Kearse played most recently at CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Romania). While playing 12 games for Sibiu this season his stats were 18.5ppg (FGP: 52,5%; 3PT: 37.8%), 6.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. He is a very experienced player. Kearse played also pro basketball in Denmark, Lebanon, Romania and UBA League. He graduated from Mt.Saint Marys College, MD in 2007 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.


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Barsy Atyrau with two tough wins against Tobol - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau recorded two difficult home wins over Tobol Kostanay. The victories propelled Barsy Atyrau 9-3 record in the standings.
Barsy Atyrau celebrated a narrow 60:59 win in the first game. Gavrilov scored 19 points to pace the winners. Tobol led by two points after ten minutes of action 16:14. But Barsy picked up the slack in the second term. They registered a 33:27 halftime advantage. Tobol went on a determined comeback rally in the second half. Barsy had to overcome some tense moments in the final moments of the game before escaping a narrow victory at the end. Sabutskyy provided 14 points, while Dyatlovsky had 13 points for the winners. Bogdanov and Mikheev answered with 14 points each in the loss.
Next game turned into another thriller. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 36:36 at halftime. Tobol put their noses in front 52:50 at the final break. But Barsy used a 19:12 run in the final quarter to escape with a narrow win at the end. Gavrilov topscored for Barsy again with 22 points. Evstigneev notched 16 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Bogdanov responded with 15 points for Tobol. Mikheev finished with 14 points in the ninth defeat for the visitors in the championship.


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Trepca tests Bryant Williams - by Dren Shporta
BKT Superliga leaders, Trepca, actually are testing American center Bryant Williams (205-C-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza). After agreeing terms with Besnik Azemi and Fikret Hanxhiq, the greens are looking to find a player who will fill the empty place left from Denis Vrsaljko.

Bryant Willams is 205 cm high and has played for Oklahoma City in two last seasons. 22 year old American will have a one week time to show himself to Trepca coach Ilir Selmani, who will decide to keep him or not.

Kosovar teams could have only two internationals in their team. If Bryant Williams will not be the man that Trepca wants, the mitrovicans will look abroad for another player. Jaleel Nelson has its place assured in Trepcas starting five.



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Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 17-0 
 2. Liepaja-2 16-1 
 3. Barons/Keizar. 15-2 
 4. Saldus 14-3 
 5. Riga 12-6 
 6. RSU 10-7 
 7. VEF Kadeti 9-7 
 8. VA 9-8 
 9. DSN 8-10 
 10. Cesis 6-12 
 11. Livani 5-13 
 12. Jelgava/LLU 5-13 
 13. Ogres 4-12 
 14. Valmiera U21 4-14 
 15. Ridzene 3-15 
 16. Gulbene 3-17 


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Euroleague: Zalgiris begins Top16 with a loss to Maccabi - by Adomas Kraunevicius
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas - Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv 76:84

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas did not manage to start the Top16 stage with a win and had to admit a home loss 76:84 (16:23, 21:25, 24:16, 15:20) to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. The next chance to achieve a first Top16 victory will be next week in Cantu.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas started the match well and Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv who was led by Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) trailed 6:7 early on. However, Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) scored 5 points in a row and gave Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv a 12:9 lead. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas had plenty of problems defensively and Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv took advantage of that gaining the lead - 18:14. They improved their lead to 7 by the end of the period - 16:23.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas struggled in the second quarter as well, both offensively and defensively which allowed Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv to run away - 39:24. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas did manage to reduce this deficit a little bit but the overall outlook was not great at the halftime 37:48.

Kaunas struck back in the second half which a completely changed gameplan and began reducing the deficit - 46:54. Backed by strong support from their home crowd they tried to catch up with Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv step by step and reduced the deficit to 4 - 50:54. However, Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) responded for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and led his team back to a 10 point advantage - 62:52. When it seemed that the game is slipping away for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas, Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) put on his own show and brought B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas back in the game 61:64.

Fourth quarter brought a close battle and midway Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv's lead was only 2 points - 71:69. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas managed to stay close throughout the second half of the quarter and had several opportunities to take the lead but Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv played solid defensively and prevailed at the end of the match.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas: Milovan Rakovic 15 (6/9 2pt), Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) 14 (5 ast.), DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) 10 (5 ast.), Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) 8, Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) 7, Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) 6, Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) 4 (7 rebs.), Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) 2 (6 turnovers, -8 value points).

Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv: Demond Mallet 15 (4/7 3pt), Lior Eliyahu 14, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) 12 (7 rebs.), Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) 11 (5/7).



Zydrunas Ilgauksas returns to Cavaliers in front office role - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) is joining the team's front office as Special Assistant to the General Manager. The announcement was made today by Cavs General Manager Chris Grant. In his role as Special Assistant to the General Manager, Ilgauskas will be involved with front office responsibilities, including evaluation of amateur and professional prospects.

'We are very pleased to have Z begin the next phase of his basketball career with the Cavaliers and I am looking forward to working closely with him. Z has always had a great desire to learn and succeed and he already has a deep understanding and appreciation of the game and the NBA. We are extremely happy to welcome him back as part of our franchise,' said Grant.

Ilgauskas was originally drafted by the Cavaliers with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft. The Lithuanian made his home in Cleveland, playing the first 12 years of his 13-season career with the Cavaliers. The Cavs all-time leader in games played (771), Z also tops the Cavaliers record books in offensive rebounds (2,336), total rebounds (5,904) and blocks (1,269) while ranking second in points (10,616).

'I am really excited to come back to the Cavaliers, a team that I have so much history with and contributing to our future success,' said Ilgauskas. 'I'm also looking forward to learning more about this game that I love so much and working with Chris Grant and the rest of the organization in every way that I can.'

Courtesy of www.woio.com


Conad Biancoblu and Egidijus Dimsa part ways - by Eurobasket News
Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) is no longer a member of Conad Biancoblu. They parted ways yesterday, as Conad Biancoblu officially announced. Dimsa joined the club during the pre-season. He appeared 15 times in Lega Due averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Egidijus Dimsa shined for Nevezis Kedainiai last season. He had 16 ppg (No.1) and 7.1 rpg (No.4) in 24 Lithuanian league games. He also added 15 ppg and 6.5 rpg in 24 Baltic league appearances. In April last year Dimsa moved to Panevezys Techasas, where he played two games averaging 17.5 points and 5 rebs. Season 2009/10, Dimsa spent with Nevezis as well. In the past, he was a member of Aiscai Kaunas, Nafta/Univer./Laivite Klaipeda and Silute. He played for the Lithuanian University National Team in 2009.

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Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 2-0 
 2. Bupa 2-0 
 3. Depiro 1-1 
 4. Floriana 1-1 
 5. Loyola 0-2 
 6. Siggiewi 0-2 


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  MEXICO   


Pioneros eliminate Soles (4-1), book ticket for LNBP Semis - by Eurobasket News

Fifth games of the LNBP Quarterfinals were played last night. Pioneros outplayed Soles as a guest 74-85 winning the series with almost perfect 4-1. It means that Pioneros booked a spot for the Semis, while the season is over for Soles. Two other pairs will meet again in sixth games, which are scheduled for Saturday.


Soles - Pioneros 74-85 (1-4)
Soles were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Pioneros made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Pioneros outrebounded Soles 31-19 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) (196-82, college: Cumberlands) nailed 25 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Carl Edwards (196-81, college: Charleston) came up with 12 points and the former international guard Pedro Meza Rogel (186-85, college: Arizona W. CC) added 14 points respectively for Soles in the defeat. Four Soles players scored in double figures. Soles' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Soles: P.Meza Rogel 14+2reb+1ast, J.Griffin 12+1reb, C.Edwards 12+4reb+1ast, D.Cubillan 10+2reb+1ast, J.Vargas 9+1ast, R.Wright 6+3reb
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 25+1reb+6ast, J.Millsap 10+6reb+1ast, C.Turley 9+2reb, E.Brock 8+6reb+2ast, E.Moreno 8+2reb+2ast, H.Llamas 8+4reb

gschID: 167478

Huracanes - Fuerza Regia 75-78 (2-3)
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Fuerza Regia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Puerto Rican point guard Alvin Cruz (186-82, college: Niagara, agency: Paris Global Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 assists. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) answered with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import center Elbert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Huracanes. Four Huracanes players scored in double figures. Huracanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 21+7reb+6ast, E.Fuqua 16+10reb+2ast, J.Edwin 11+6reb+2ast, N.Colmenares 10+5reb, O.Quintero 6, E.Medina 4+2reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: A.Cruz 26+3reb+6ast, T.Shannon 17+6reb, A.Joseph Tyronzic 14+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 9+9reb+4ast, J.Kelly 5+3reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 4+2reb
chID: 167476


Halc.Xalapa - Toros 76-74 (2-3)
Toros were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Halcones UV Xalapa, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) stepped up and scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and the former international center Real Mata (205-86) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Andy Stoglin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Toros players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Toros: R.Rougeau 18+11reb+5ast, I.Ofoegbu 18+6reb+3ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 14+4reb+2ast, J.Lopez 11+5reb+1ast, B.Angley 7+6reb+5ast, J.Hutchingson Mejia 2+2reb+1ast
Halc.Xalapa: M.Martinez 12+4reb+1ast, J.Herrera 11+3reb, J.Coronado 10+4reb+2ast, V.Mariscal 8+3reb+1ast, D.White 8+7reb+6ast, R.Mata 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 167477




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Wednesday's games (11) review: Billups' 3 with second left lifts Clips over Mavs - by Eurobasket News
N.Orleans H. - Memphis G. 87-93
By the time the Hornets figured out how to slow down Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances), it was too late. Gasol scored all of his season-high 22 points before the fourth quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping the Memphis Grizzlies extend their winning streak to four with a 93-87 victory over struggling New Orleans on Wednesday night. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points and 10 assists for Memphis, which had five players score in double figures while sending the Hornets to their fifth straight loss and 11th defeat in 12 games. Jarrett Jack scored a game-high 27 points and his pull-up jumper got New Orleans as close as 87-85 with 1:28 left, but O.J. Mayo's 20-foot jumper helped the Grizzlies hang on as New Orleans struggled to score or get key rebounds in the final minute. Trevor Ariza had 18 points and four steals for the Hornets in his return from a pulled right groin that had sidelined him for eight games. Mayo scored 16 for Memphis, which shot 49 percent (36 of 73). Rudy Gay and Tony Allen each added 12 points. Jason Smith scored 14 in a starting role for New Orleans, while Marco Belinelli added 10. New Orleans never led and trailed by as much as 14 in the first half, but managed to keep the game close by shooting nearly 49 percent (34 of 70). The Grizzlies had 17 turnovers, but the Hornets did them one worse with 18. Memphis outrebounded New Orleans 37-34, and outscored the Hornets 38-30 inside and 13-2 on fast breaks. Memphis appeared to be cruising to victory when Mayo's 3 made it 87-75, but the Hornets responded with a scrappy 10-0 run during which Jack scored six straight points on a driving layup and a pair of jumpers before Memphis held on. Gasol scored all of his points during the first three quarters, his last field goal coming on a dunk that gave the Grizzlies a 72-67 lead heading into the final period. Memphis exploded out of the gate, hitting 11 of its first 13 shots including Conley's three 3-pointers on as many attempts. Conley's third from long range gave the Grizzlies an early 27-14 lead, and they closed the first quarter shooting 81 percent (13 of 16), which was good enough for a 33-22 lead and also marked the most points the Hornets had given up in a first quarter this season. Gasol, who hit four of his first five shots, had 10 points before three minutes had elapsed in the second quarter. Memphis shot 64 percent in the opening half (23 of 36), but the Hornets shot well enough in the second quarter (9 of 17) to keep the game competitive. Jack reached 12 points in the second quarter when he hit his second 3 during a 7-0 run that pulled New Orleans to 49-45. Ariza had 10 points in the first half, hitting a jumper that trimmed Memphis' lead to 51-48 before Gasol responded with a pair of mid-range jumpers to give the Grizzlies a 55-48 lead going into the locker room. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Sacramento K. - Indiana P. 92-88
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 17 points and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 92-88 Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak. Francisco Garcia (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Louisville) scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Kings outscored the Pacers 26-8 in the period. DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points and tied a career-high with 19 rebounds for Sacramento, which shot 30 percent. Darren Collison and Danny Granger scored 16 points each for Indiana, which snapped a three-game winning streak. David West and Roy Hibbert added 13 points each and Paul George had 10 points and nine rebounds. The Pacers shot 3 for 16 shots in the final period and had nine turnovers. Neither team had a field goal in the final 3:24. Ahead 90-87, the Kings fouled Granger intentionally with 5.6 seconds left. Granger made the first free throw but his lane violation gave the ball back to the Kings. Garcia made two free throws a second later to seal the victory. Garcia made two free throws with 2:20 left, giving the Kings an 88-87 lead, their first advantage since midway through the second quarter. Fouled again with 54 seconds left, Garcia made 1 of 2 free throws for an 89-87 lead. The Kings opened the fourth quarter in a zone defense that seemingly bothered the Pacers. Indiana began the final period by missing 8 of 11 shots and squandered its big lead. Sacramento went on a 10-2 run to begin the fourth. Tyreke Evans was fouled on an off-balance layup in traffic, and his three-point play pulled the Kings to 82-76 with just over two minutes gone in the quarter. After a quiet first half, Collison got going in the third quarter. The speedy point guard scored 13 points to help Indiana outscore the Kings 30-21 and take an 80-66 lead heading into the fourth. Collison, who had two first-half points, opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and a layup off a steal. A basket by George put the Pacers ahead 63-50 at the 8:32 mark. Both West and Hibbert scored 11 points in the the opening half when the Pacers led 50-45. Cousins had nine points and 12 rebounds, including 10 at the offensive end, for the Kings, who shot a dismal 33 percent. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Philadelph.76 - Denver N. 104-108 OT
Andre Miller (6'3''-PG-76, college: Utah) had all the right moves against his old team. Miller scored a season-high 28 points off the bench, Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) had 20 points and 14 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-104 in overtime Wednesday night. 'It's always good to win against your former team, but I enjoyed these guys and my time here,' said Miller, who played for the Sixers from 2006-09. Miller scored Denver's last 10 points in regulation and got another big basket in OT. His jumper put the Nuggets ahead 106-104 with 42.9 seconds left. Miller then made a steal on Jrue Holiday's errant pass to seal the Nuggets' fourth consecutive win. Holiday's arrival in Philadelphia led to Miller's departure. 'They were looking at me as another older point guard,' Miller said. 'Holiday will be here for a long time.' The Atlantic Division-leading Sixers lost for the first time at home. They had won nine of 10 overall and were 6-0 at the Wells Fargo Center. Thaddeus Young scored 22 points and Evan Turner added 20 for the Sixers. 'We just couldn't make shots,' Young said. 'We had every opportunity. We had good looks. We just couldn't get it to go in.' The injury-riddled Nuggets had five players score in double digits, including Arron Afflalo's 14 and Ty Lawson's 13. Miller added 10 assists and fell two rebounds short of a triple-double. Neither team had its starting center. Denver's Timofey Mozgov sat out because of a back strain. Philadelphia's Spencer Hawes didn't play because of a left Achilles strain. Both players aren't expected to miss much time. The Nuggets also were missing guard Rudy Fernandez (right Achilles strain) for the second straight game. Down 82-72 in the fourth quarter, the Sixers scored 13 in a row. Andre Iguodala went end-to-end and dunked. He followed that up with a put-back to give Philadelphia its first lead, 83-82, since the first half. The teams went back and forth until a frantic final minute of regulation. Miller hit a short jumper to give Denver a 94-93 lead with 35 seconds left. Holiday dribbled behind his back, crossed over and scored to make it 95-94. Miller answered with a tough runner against two defenders with 7.9 seconds remaining. 'Andre was spectacular tonight,' Nuggets coach George Karl said. 'He was our best guy down the stretch.' Iguodala got fouled going to the basket and made one of two free throws to tie it with 4 seconds to go. Miller missed a 3-pointer as time expired to send it into overtime. But he made up for with the winning shot. Miller came to Philadelphia in the trade that sent Allen Iverson to Denver in Dec. 2006. 'He was fabulous,' Sixers coach Doug Collins said of Miller. 'I don't know if I ever saw him play a better game.' Trailing 41-31 in the second quarter, the Nuggets made their move when Karl put his two point guards - Miller and Lawson - on the floor together. Miller started a 20-4 run with a 3-pointer. He hit another one that got the Nuggets within 43-41. Hilario Nene made a layup and hit a free throw to complete a three-point play as Denver took a 44-43 lead. Miller made the play of the game while pressuring Elton Brand after the big man grabbed a defensive rebound. Miller pretended to get elbowed in the face, covered up and hit the floor. Brand got called for a foul and Miller quickly got up, cracking a smile as fans booed. 'He flopped,' Brand said. 'He played phenomenal. He doesn't play above the rim. He uses his skill and his mind.' Lawson's driving layup with the clock running down sent the Nuggets to the locker room up 51-45. The Sixers used a 9-2 run to pull within 69-67 late in the third. But the Nuggets got consecutive 3-pointers from Al Harrington and Corey Brewer. Another 3 by Afflalo gave Denver a 78-70 lead. Led by their strong bench, the Sixers pulled ahead 28-19 lead after one quarter. Lou Williams hit a jumper, Young followed with a 19-footer and Williams dropped in a 3-pointer. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

New York K. - Phoenix Suns 88-91
Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) had 26 points and 11 assists, Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) hit a crucial 3-pointer that was as ugly as this game, and the Phoenix Suns snapped a five-game losing streak with a 91-88 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Brown and Grant Hill each scored 14 points for the Suns, who bounced back from an embarrassing 118-97 loss to a Chicago team without Derrick Rose a night earlier. They got help with a lucky bounce on Brown's 3-pointer from the corner that nearly hit the top of the backboard before falling in that gave them a five-point lead with 35 seconds left, and Nash closed it out with six free throws in the last 16 seconds. Former Suns forward Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight. Iman Shumpert added 20 points and Landry Fields had 17, but Carmelo Anthony shot just 5 of 22 while finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Neither team led by more than six in the first three quarters. Hill hit jumpers for the Suns' last three baskets of the third quarter, giving them a 64-61 edge. Anthony was just 2 of 13 through three but New York stayed in it behind Fields, who played aggressively and scored 10 in the period. The Knicks then managed just two field goals in the first six minutes of the fourth, and Phoenix finally got some room when a 10-4 run, ending with consecutive baskets by Brown, made it 78-71. Shumpert's 3-pointer cut it to 82-80 before Brown answered with his 3 from the corner that had to be reviewed. Shumpert made another 3, but Nash kept hitting from the line, and it ended when Shumpert's rushed 3 from near midcourt was nowhere near the basket. Tyson Chandler grabbed 17 rebounds for the Knicks on a night there were plenty of missed shots as both teams showed why they have been struggling so much early in the season. The surprising culprits have been the team's offenses, with both struggling just to reach 90 points during their skids. That's particularly hard to imagine in Phoenix, where the Suns remained potent long after Mike D'Antoni brought his high-powered system to New York, and comes just a year after the teams combined for 250 points here in the Suns' 129-121 victory. 'That's pretty ironic you know, because obviously most of the things we do is what Mike did when he was there,' Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. 'There's a few things that we've changed, but it's kind of a mystery to me. I can't put my finger on the fact that we're struggling to get to 100 every game. I thought that would be one of the areas where we'd have the least worries and it's become just the opposite.' Gentry shook up his rotation in an effort to balance things after noticing the Suns were 27th in the NBA in second-quarter scoring. Rookie Markieff Morris made his first start at forward and Ronnie Price got the nod at shooting guard. Turns out he didn't the extra scoring, because the Knicks remained in a seemingly season-long shooting slump. It was the sixth straight game the Knicks failed to reach 100 points, their second-longest streak under D'Antoni, according to STATS, LLC. They went seven games in a row early in the 2009-10 season, when they had little talent while clearing cap space for free agency. Now they have All-Star talent in Stoudemire and Anthony, but the offense just isn't running smoothly without a veteran point guard. They are hoping that when Baron Davis finally is ready from a herniated disc in his back sometime around the end of the month that he can change that. The Knicks wrap up their string of four homes in six nights with a back-to-back against Milwaukee and Denver on Friday and Saturday. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - Toronto R. 96-73
Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) scored 13 of his 21 points in the first quarter and the Boston Celtics ended a five-game losing streak with a 96-73 win over the reeling Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Rondo was knocked out of the game with a sore right wrist after being leveled on a flagrant foul by Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, college: Missouri) late in the third quarter, but the Celtics were just fine without him. Boston led by at least 20 for much of the final period while extending the Raptors' losing streak to six and holding Toronto to a season-low point total. Kevin Garnett added 15 points, Paul Pierce had seven assists and reserves Mickael Pietrus and Brandon Bass also made big contributions for the Celtics, who hadn't won since beating New Jersey 89-70 on Jan. 4. Pietrus made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points and Bass had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Gary Forbes scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 11 for the Raptors, who couldn't overcome a slow start in the third period after keeping the Celtics close in the first half. Boston pulled away during the third, then got a scare when Rondo was driving for a layup with 2:12 left in the period and was hit hard by Kleiza, who came down hard with his left arm and knocked Rondo to the floor. Rondo landed awkwardly on his back with his right hand and wrist getting crunched in between his body and the court. Rondo remained in the game long enough to make one of his two foul shots, then walked slowly toward the locker room. He did not return. Kleiza was initially called for a flagrant 2 foul, but officials reduced it to a flagrant 1 after reviewing the play. The game was pretty much decided before then. After cutting a 15-point deficit to 44-38 at halftime, the Raptors struggled with their shots in the third, going without a field goal until Davis' dunk 5:16 into the quarter. The Raptors had just three free throws up to that point as Boston opened up a 53-41 lead despite some sloppy play of its own. The Celtics sharpened up midway through the period with a 13-2 run, getting six points from Bass and 3-pointers by Pietrus and Ray Allen while opening up a 68-46 lead. The Raptors didn't seem to have much left after that, even with the Celtics going nearly 5 minutes into the fourth quarter without a field goal. Avery Bradley ended drought on a dunk with 7:09 remaining put Boston up 79-59. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Atlanta H. - Portland TB 92-89
Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) scored 24 points and came up with a key defensive play down the stretch, leading the Atlanta Hawks to their fourth straight victory since losing all-star center Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida), 92-89 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The Hawks closed the third period on a 14-0 run, but the Trail Blazers responded with a 13-0 spurt starting the fourth to tie it up. It was tight the rest of the way. Atlanta was up 84-80 when a wild sequence went the home team's way. Jamal Crawford missed on a drive, but Wesley Matthews picked off an outlet pass to apparently give the Blazers another chance. Not so fast. Johnson hustled up behind Matthews to steal it back, then lobbed to Jeff Teague for a dunk. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points for Portland, now 1-3 on their six-game road trip. *Courtesy of www.statesmanjournal.com

LA Clippers - Dallas M. 91-89
The Dallas Mavericks left town feeling snake-bit - and then some - after a couple frustrating of losses that ended with opponents making clutch 3-pointers in the final moments. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) provided the latest with a second left on the clock, giving the Los Angeles Clippers a stunning 91-89 victory over the defending NBA champions on Wednesday night. 'I was so open, I was able to take my time and shoot the shot,' Billups said. 'They got a contest on it late, but by that time it was gone. I got a great look at it and it felt good for it to go down.' Maurice Williams (6'1''-PG-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) made his first seven shots and finished with 26 points off the bench in his return to the lineup from a sore right foot. DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and nine rebounds for the undermanned Clippers, playing their third game in three days after a 101-91 win over New Jersey on Monday afternoon and a 108-79 loss at Utah Tuesday night. Clippers point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game because of a left hamstring strain, and Brian Cook sat out his third in a row with a sprained left ankle. But three of the Clippers' last five games have included wins over Miami, the Lakers and the Mavericks - who had beaten them 10 straight times and won 16 of the previous 17 meetings. 'We beat a good team tonight without our best player, so it was big for us, confidence-wise,' Williams said. 'I mean, you're going to have your games like Utah, where we just didn't get off the bus and wasted jet fuel. But for us, to be able to do these things that we're doing, we've got veteran guys that relish these moments. We don't call Chauncey 'Big Shot' for nothing.' Blake Griffin had 17 rebounds along with 14 points and seven assists - the last setting up Billups' rainbow from the right of the key. 'Griffin is very explosive and always looking to attack,' Dirk Nowitzki said. 'He's the future of the league and he's fun to watch. We actually thought we did a decent job on him tonight.' It was the third time already this season that the Mavs lost on a 3-pointer with less than 5 seconds to go. On Monday night at Staples Center, Derek Fisher connected with 3.1 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a 73-70 win. On Dec. 29, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant made one at the buzzer to beat Dallas. 'We've got to keep on fighting,' Nowitzki said. 'Nobody said it was going to be easy, but we can't keep losing on 3s that end the game.' Jordan's dunk and Griffin's layup gave the Clippers an 88-33 lead with 1:29 remaining. Dallas' Ian Mahinmi missed both free throws at the other end, but Jason Terry hit the first of his two 3-pointers to cut the margin to 88-86. Billups missed a 12-footer, and Griffin forced a jump ball with Nowitzki on the ensuing rebound with 14.9 seconds to play. Griffin got the tip to Billups, who caught it off-balance and lost it out of bounds. Terry then hit his second trey with 5 seconds left, and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro called a timeout to set up what proved to be the winning basket. 'Again we lost on a 3 from the right side - the same spot Fish made his shot the other night,' Dallas' Jason Kidd said. 'The Clippers drew up a good play. We knew Billups and Griffin were going to have the ball at some point, and Billups made the shot. We were in a position to win the game, and we just couldn't get a stop. 'We must lead the league in last-second shots made by our opponents, so we've got to figure out a way to close the door,' Kidd added. 'We left it open, but there were a lot of plays that led to that just to get us back in the ballgame. And those two shots Jason Terry made were huge.' Nowitzki and Delonte West each scored 17 points for Dallas. Kidd, playing his third game after missing the previous four because of back spasms, played 15 scoreless minutes in the first half and finished with five points and 10 assists. The 17-year veteran was 1 for 9 from the field against the Lakers, including 0 for 8 from 3-point range. Terry made his only two 3-point baskets of the game in the final 37 seconds, the second coming with 5 seconds to play after losing Jordan on a switch and getting himself all alone at the top of the lane. The Mavericks played without Vince Carter, who sprained his left foot on the final play of Monday night's 73-70 loss to the Lakers when he tried to position himself for a 3-point shot that he missed at the buzzer. The team's second-leading scorer off the bench returned to Dallas to get examined by team doctors. Neither team led by more than six points until Jordan completed a three-point play to give the Clippers a 64-57 advantage with 6 minutes left in the third quarter. They led by as many as nine before Dallas used a 14-5 run to pull into a 71-all tie heading to the fourth. Williams, who sat out the previous three games, was the first player off the Clippers' bench and scored 18 points to help Los Angeles take a 52-51 halftime lead. Caron Butler missed his first seven shots over 27 scoreless minutes before ending the drought on an 18-footer that gave the Clippers a 68-62 lead with 3:05 left in the third. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

New Jersey N. - Golde State W. 107-100
New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson had a sense that his team's home woes would come to an end against the Golden State Warriors. 'We had good energy from the start and looked like a rested team,' Johnson said after New Jersey for the first time at home after four losses, taking a 107-100 decision over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. 'We had to break the losing streak at home and I had a feeling it would end tonight. We needed to get a win at home. Our guys will sleep a little better tonight.' The Nets traveled back from Los Angeles after a Monday afternoon loss to the Clippers and had Tuesday off. The day off seemed to invigorate the Nets, who didn't fall behind in the first quarter for the first time in a long time, actually held a seven-point first quarter lead for the first time all season and carried that energy throughout. 'We didn't have to expend as much energy trying to get back into the game and even when they made a little run, we had the composure to stay together,' Johnson said. 'We really put our emphasis on getting off to a good start and had good, positive energy.' The Nets also had solid play from their starting backcourt. Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) scored 24 points, 11 coming in crucial stretch of the fourth quarter, while adding 10 assists and eight rebounds. Rookie Marshon Brooks (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Providence) added a career-high 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The Nets have all four of their wins when both players score 20 or more points. 'We played real well off each other,' said Brooks, who continues to be a major bright spot in what has been a tough season thus far for New Jersey (4-11). 'Deron was finding me and I was looking for him. Deron was driving and kicking and I was getting it into the paint.' 'All I can say about them is, 'Wow!'' Johnson said. The Nets entered the fourth quarter trailing 83-80, but took control midway through the final period with a 12-4 run, keyed by Williams, who had five points in that stretch, including a 3-pointer that made it 105-96 with 3:26 remaining. The Nets held on despite going scoreless for almost three full minutes, to snap their two-game overall losing streak and a four-game losing streak at home. 'Our fans deserve this,' Brooks said. 'Hearing them cheer really meant a lot. Sure, we had a day off and slept in our own beds, but the fans helped us out with energy.' Kris Humphries had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Nets. The Warriors (5-9), who had their two-game winning streak snapped, both on their current road trip, received 30 points from Monte Ellis and 17 from Dorell Wright. 'It's a disappointing loss,' coach Mark Jackson said. 'We had the game won. Bottom line, if you don't close out quarters or possessions, it will come back to bite you. They outworked us, beat us on the boards (45-25) and have no excuses. This is a win that we fully expected coming in.' The Nets shot 50 percent from the floor, 37 percent from 3-point range and a season-best 87 percent from the free throw line. Morrow hit a long 3-pointer as the third quarter buzzer sounded, bringing the Nets to within 83-80. The Warriors scored two straight baskets when Klay Thompson hit a corner jumper to push it to 90-87 with 8:46 left, then Ellis scored on an alley-oop from Thompson off a steal to take a 92-87 lead. But Williams scored six straight points, on a long 3 and then three free throws after being fouled by Thompson, to give the Nets a 93-92 lead with 6:42 left. 'We gave them a dose of what we had been experiencing all season, the chance to finish the game,' said Johnson, whose team has two days off before facing Oklahoma City and Charlotte at home on Saturday and Sunday. *Courtesy of www.sacbee.com

Minnesota T. - Detroit P. 93-85
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a dreadful start to the game to slug out a 93-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton) had 11 points off the bench and shut down Tayshaun Prince in the fourth quarter to help the Timberwolves to their third win in four games. Prince finished with 29 points, but scored only four in the fourth as the Pistons gave away a 13-point third-quarter lead. The Pistons missed 11 free throws and were outscored 29-14 in the final quarter to lose for the ninth time in 10 games. The Timberwolves trailed by 16 in the second quarter and didn't hold a lead until there was less than nine minutes to play in the game. *Courtesy of www.kare11.com

Washington W. - Oklah.City T. 105-102
John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) scored 25 points, Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) had 24 and Jordan Crawford added 18 to lead Washington to a 105-102 victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, snapping the Thunder's seven-game winning streak and giving the Wizards just their second win of the season. Oklahoma City lost for only the third time in 15 games, getting 69 points from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. During one stretch bridging the second and third quarters, the duo accounted for 21 of the Thunder's 23 points. Both slowed down after resting at the start of the fourth, missing 11 of 17 from the field. After the Wizards missed their first six 3-pointers, Young hit four and the team made seven of 10 in the third and into the fourth. Durant missed a potential tying 3 with 1.9 seconds left. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Orlando M. - San Antonio S. 83-85 OT
Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) scored 25 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and San Antonio held on to beat Orlando 85-83 Wednesday night. Tim Duncan (6'10''-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs also snapped a streak of 10 consecutive road losses overall, dating to last season. The Magic were led by Dwight Howard with 24 points and 25 rebounds. Ryan Anderson added 17, but it wasn't enough for Orlando to overcome a dismal shooting night. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak and three-game home win streak against San Antonio. It also was the Magic's only loss in their lone back-to-back-to-back of the season. Both teams traded a pair of baskets to begin the extra period before and 18-foot jumper by Duncan made it 81-79 with under a minute to play in OT. A dunk by Howard off a missed jumper by Jameer Nelson quickly tied it again before Gary Neal's 3-pointer on the ensuing possession put the Spurs back up three. Von Wafer drove, was able to spin in a layup and was fouled with 16.3 left, but missed the free throw. Richard Jefferson was fouled on the rebound, though was able to connect on only one of his two free throws. The Magic got multiple looks at a 3-pointer to win the game on their final possession, but J.J. Redick's final swish from the top of the key was ruled to be after the final horn. Parker scored 10 of the Spurs first 12 points of the fourth quarter to push San Antonio out to a 69-64 lead with less than eight minutes to play in regulation. Orlando came back and got a steal and layup on the other end by layup by Redick to tie it at 73 with 36.9 seconds remaining before a tip-in by Duncan on the Spurs next trip. Redick tied it again with a pair of free-throws with 17 seconds left, but Parker badly missed a jumper. The Magic got the rebound, but with only .03 seconds they couldn't get off a clean shot. The Magic were without one of their best post entry passers Wednesday with starter Hedo Turkoglu sitting because of injury, and it showed for Orlando in its half-court offense. Duncan matched up with Howard defensively, playing him mostly straight up with no double-team help. The philosophy worked for the most part with the Magic leading by just three points at the break and Howard managing only seven field goal and four free-throw attempts for eight first-half points. The Spurs failed to capitalize, though, shooting 40 percent in the half, including 1 for 8 from the 3-point line. Both teams shot under 30 percent from the field during a sluggish opening period in which the Magic held a 20-7 edge on the boards and got six points from Anderson. Howard was extremely active on the glass with 10 of those rebounds and got free for a pair of easy baskets, including a putback dunk off a missed layup. Wafer also provided an early spark with six quick points off the bench and led all scorers at the half with 11. *Courtesy of www.chron.com




Mark Cuban confirms championship rings cost about $1.4 million - by Eurobasket News
In addition, every other departed member of the championship squad will get his ring at AAC. New Jersey (DeShawn Stevenson), New York (Tyson Chandler), Denver (Corey Brewer) and the LA Clippers (Caron Butler) all will visit Dallas later in the season for regularly scheduled games.

Mark Cuban, by the way, said before Monday's game with the Los Angeles Lakers that the bill for the championship rings is going to run him about $1.4 million.

'Ridiculous,' he said.

But no doubt, worth it.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


Nets assign Jordan Williams to Springfield Armor - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have assigned rookie forward Jordan Williams (6'10''-F-90, college: Maryland) to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

Williams was selected 36th overall by New Jersey in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. The Maryland product has appeared in six games for the Nets, averaging 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. He has shot .333 (3-9) from the field.

Williams spent two seasons at Maryland, earned All-ACC first team honors after averaging 16.9 points and a conference-best 11.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game during his sophomore season. As a freshman, Williams averaged 9.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, earning All-ACC rookie team honors.

Williams, a native of Torrington, Conn., is expected to be available tomorrow when the Armor host the Maine Red Claws at 7:00 PM at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Forward Larry Owens signs with Nets, waive forward Dennis Horner - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have signed forward Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) and waived forward Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.).

General manager Billy King also announced Wednesday that the team had sent forward Jordan Williams to their NBA D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor.

The 36th pick overall in the NBA Draft, Williams has appeared in six games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. The former Maryland product will get a chance to get significant playing time with the Armor.

Owens has been playing for the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League. He has appeared in 12 career NBA games during the 2010-11 season with San Antonio and Washington, averaging 3.3 points and 1.3 rebounds.

He was averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds this season with Tulsa.

Horner, a rookie from North Carolina State, was with Springfield before signing with the Nets before training camp. He scored four points in five games with New Jersey this season.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Zydrunas Ilgauksas returns to Cavaliers in front office role - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Zydrunas Ilgauskas (7'2''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) is joining the team's front office as Special Assistant to the General Manager. The announcement was made today by Cavs General Manager Chris Grant. In his role as Special Assistant to the General Manager, Ilgauskas will be involved with front office responsibilities, including evaluation of amateur and professional prospects.

'We are very pleased to have Z begin the next phase of his basketball career with the Cavaliers and I am looking forward to working closely with him. Z has always had a great desire to learn and succeed and he already has a deep understanding and appreciation of the game and the NBA. We are extremely happy to welcome him back as part of our franchise,' said Grant.

Ilgauskas was originally drafted by the Cavaliers with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft. The Lithuanian made his home in Cleveland, playing the first 12 years of his 13-season career with the Cavaliers. The Cavs all-time leader in games played (771), Z also tops the Cavaliers record books in offensive rebounds (2,336), total rebounds (5,904) and blocks (1,269) while ranking second in points (10,616).

'I am really excited to come back to the Cavaliers, a team that I have so much history with and contributing to our future success,' said Ilgauskas. 'I'm also looking forward to learning more about this game that I love so much and working with Chris Grant and the rest of the organization in every way that I can.'

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Timberwolves likely to offer Kevin Love $60M, four-year deal - by Eurobasket News
Look for the Timberwolves to offer Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) a $60 million, four-year contract extension within the next eight days.

Love, 23, who is playing for $4.6 million this season, can become a restricted free agent after the season unless he signs an extension before Jan. 25. If he opts for free agency, the Wolves would have the right to match any outside offer. Love also can return to Minnesota in 2012-13 for $6.1 million and become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Wolves President David Kahn isn't commenting on contract talks, and Love says he's unaware of the status of negotiations. The Wolves, though, want to get Love signed by next week.

Love, one of five players in NBA history to start a season with 13 double-doubles (points-rebounds), is the Wolves' fifth-highest-paid player.

Courtesy of www.twincities.com


Bucks re-assign Hobson to Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks re-assigned guard Darington Hobson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: N.Mexico) to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Bucks NBA D-League affiliate. The assignment marks the 25th time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season and is the second assignment for Hobson this season.

Originally assigned on Dec. 29, Hobson (6-7, 210) averaged 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three games for Fort Wayne before being recalled to Milwaukee on Jan. 4. He has appeared in five games for the Bucks this season, averaging 1.2 assists and 0.8 points in 7.8 minutes per game.

Bucks fans can stay in step with Hobson, who is expected to be available on Friday, Jan. 20 when Fort Wayne travels to take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce, by logging onto nba.com/futurecast to watch all Mad Ants games live, online, for free.

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now global cultural ambassador - by Eurobasket News
In a move to engage young people worldwide, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a global cultural ambassador.

The NBA Hall of Famer and all-time scoring leader will promote the importance of education, social and racial tolerance, cultural understanding and using sports as a means of empowerment.

His appointment was announced Wednesday by the State Department.

'It's a great honor and I'm thrilled that they see me as the person that could get this done,' he said in a phone interview.

The 64-year-old said he remembers a similar program under President John F. Kennedy where speakers came to his school in Harlem.

'So now I get to follow in the footsteps of one my heroes,' he said.

Ann Stock, assistant secretary of state for education and cultural affairs, said Abdul-Jabbar will travel the world to engage a generation of young people to help promote diplomacy.

Stock said Tuesday the appointment is part of Clinton's vision of 'Smart Power' that combines diplomacy, defense and development to 'bridge the gap in a tense world through young people.'

Abdul-Jabbar said he will share his take on life in America, adding: 'I'll be doing a few basketball clinics, too.'

He will make his first official trip Sunday when he travels to Brazil for a number of events centering on education.

'I look forward to meeting with young people all over the world and discussing ways in which we can strengthen our understanding of one another through education, through sports and through greater cultural tolerance,' he said.

Since his retirement in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar has been involved in projects focused on African-American history and socio-economic justice. His 2011 documentary, 'On the Shoulders of Giants,' sought to highlight these issues. He also has launched the Skyhook Foundation, which works to improve children's lives through education and sports.

Last year, he received the Lincoln Medal for his commitment to education, understanding and equality and his contributions that exemplify President Abraham Lincoln's legacy.

His latest book, 'What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors,' was released earlier this month.

He says Clinton told him: 'In Brazil, they would be shocked to find out black Americans were so much involved inventing so many useful items that we use today.'

Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points during his 20-year NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

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Nets GM Billy King: Brook Lopez extension unlikely - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have yet to offer a contract extension to center Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) and are unlikely to do so before the Jan. 25 extension deadline for players drafted in 2008, according to general manager Billy King.

'I'm sure I'll have a conversation with his agent [Arn Tellem],' King told reporters before Wednesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors. 'But I don't know if we'll do anything with him at this point. I think you just have to wait. They may throw a number at you that makes sense.'

Lopez, who remains out with a fractured foot, is in the last year of his rookie contract and will make roughly $3.1 million this season. He'll be a restricted free agent on July 1 and if the Nets extend a one-year, $4.2 million qualifying offer for the 2012-13 season Lopez would then become an unrestricted free agent in 2013-14.

The 23-year-old Lopez, who was coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 20.4 points per game, could have been a candidate for an extension if he was healthy. However, Lopez fractured his foot in the team's final preseason game against the New York Knicks and had surgery two days later Dec. 23. At the time, Lopez was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.

'The injury has had an impact on it,' King said.

Lopez isn't wearing a boot anymore and was doing some standstill shooting Wednesday.

'That's a positive,' said King, who added that Lopez's rehab remains on schedule.

Before the injury, sources told ESPN.com that Lopez had been the centerpiece of a blockbuster three-team trade that would have landed Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard in New Jersey.

Courtesy of ESPN


Dallas Mavericks assistant Darrell Armstrong arrested in LA - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA player and current Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Darrell Armstrong (6'0''-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.) was arrested in Los Angeles on an outstanding warrant, authorities said Wednesday night.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Armstrong was wanted by the Clark County district attorney's office in connection with a non-sufficient funds case in Las Vegas, but further details were not immediately available, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Armstrong was arrested Tuesday morning after being stopped for a traffic violation and was released Wednesday afternoon after posting $40,000 bail.

The 43-year-old played 14 seasons in the NBA, representing the Magic, Hornets, Mavericks, Pacers and Nets, and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1999.

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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. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.5 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.2 
 5. Anthony, New Y.25.0 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.23.2 
 7. Aldridge, Portland.22.5 
 8. Bargnani, Toron.22.3 
 9. Griffin, LA Clipp.21.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.6 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.5 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers13.9 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.8 
 5. Varejao, Clevelan.11.4 
 6. Gasol, Memphis G.10.9 
 7. Lee, Golde S.10.4 
 8. Cousins, Sacramen.10.4 
 9. Humphries, New J.10.2 
 10. McGee, Washingt.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.1 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.4 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.7 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.8.7 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.8.7 
 6. Paul, LA Clippers8.4 
 7. Williams, New J.8.4 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.8.3 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.7.8 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.8 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.7 
 3. Shumpert, New Y.2.5 
 4. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.2.2 
 6. Teague, Atlanta H.2.1 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.2.1 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.2.1 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat2.0 
 10. Chalmers, Miami H.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 DeAndre JORDAN
  LA Clippers
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Jordan, LA Clippers3.1 
 2. McGee, Washingt.3.0 
 3. Gasol, Memphis G.2.5 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.8 
 10. Hawes, Philadelph.1.7 


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


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  NCAA1   


Top 25 - Men
MVC Standings
 1. Creighton (19) 7-1 (17-2) 
 2. Wichita St. 7-1 (16-3) 
 3. Drake 5-3 (12-7) 
 4. Illinois St. 4-3 (12-6) 
 5. Missouri St. 4-4 (11-9) 
 6. Evansville 3-4 (8-9) 
 7. N.Iowa 3-4 (13-6) 
 8. S.Illinois 2-5 (5-12) 
 9. Indiana St. 2-6 (12-8) 
 10. Bradley 1-7 (6-14) 


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Doug MCDERMOTT
  Creig.
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. McDermott, Creig.23.8 
 2. Ryan, Evansville21.2 
 3. Rice, Drake17.3 
 4. Brown, Bradley16.5 
 5. Weems, Missouri.16.0 
 6. Simons, Drake15.9 
 7. James, N.Iowa14.6 
 8. Seck, S.Illinois13.3 
 9. Carmichael, Illino.12.9 
 10. Patterson, Missou.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Doug MCDERMOTT
  Creig.
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. McDermott, Creig.8.3 
 2. Seck, S.Illinois8.3 
 3. Carmichael, Illino.8.2 
 4. Stutz, Wichita St.7.6 
 5. Weems, Missouri.7.5 
 6. Prosser, Bradley7.2 
 7. Brown, Bradley7.1 
 8. Clarke, Drake7.0 
 9. Echenique, Creig.6.9 
 10. Hall, Wichita St.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michael BIZOUKAS
  Missouri.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Bizoukas, Missouri.6.2 
 2. Odum, Indiana St.5.6 
 3. Gibbs, Creighton5.5 
 4. Young, Creighton4.4 
 5. Moore, Illinois St.3.8 
 6. Koch, N.Iowa3.2 
 7. Taylor, Evansville3.2 
 8. Simms-E., Bradley3.2 
 9. Ragland, Wichita S.3.2 
 10. Holmes, Evansville3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rayvonte RICE
  Drake
  (193-G-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rice, Drake2.3 
 2. Odum, Indiana St.2.1 
 3. Harris, Evansville1.8 
 4. Ryan, Evansville1.7 
 5. Simms-E., Bradley1.6 
 6. Clarke, Drake1.5 
 7. Lemon, Bradley1.4 
 8. Early, S.Illinois1.3 
 9. Brown-Surles, S.Il.1.3 
 10. Moran, N.Iowa1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dantiel DANIELS
  S.Illinois
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Daniels, S.Illinois1.8 
 2. Echenique, Creig.1.6 
 3. Carmichael, Illino.1.3 
 4. Thompson, Bradley1.2 
 5. Woods, Drake1.1 
 6. Koch, N.Iowa1.1 
 7. Weems, Missouri.0.9 
 8. Walker, Indiana0.9 
 9. Hall, Wichita St.0.8 
 10. Stutz, Wichita St.0.8 


Big Ten Highlights NetScouts Basketball Players of the Week - by Carl Berman
NetScouts Basketball has selected Purdue guard Brittany Rayburn as its Women's National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 15.
Rayburn, a 6'0 senior from Attica, Ind., tied an NCAA record with 12 three-pointers in a 72-55 win at Minnesota. She scored 38 points on 12-for-16 on three-pointers which were her only shots from the field. She followed with 14 points came up with a key block late to help Purdue defeat Iowa 57-55. Rayburn made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left to give Purdue the lead, then blocked Kelly Krei's potential game-winning 3-pointer.She is the Boilermakers' leading scorer with a 15.1 average and is shooting 40.9 percent from three-point range, helping Purdue (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten) to the top spot in the Big Ten standings.

Illinois guard Brandon Paul (6'4''-G-91) is NetScouts Basketballs Men's National Player of the Week. Paul, a 6-4 junior from Gurnee, Ill., had a career night in a 79-74 win vs. No. 5 Ohio State last Tuesday, scoring 43 points to go with eight rebounds and four blocks. The 43-point outburst was a career best, and marked the most points scored in a game by a Big Ten player since Purdue's Glenn Robinson in 1994. It's the second-highest individual scoring output of the season behind the 44 points scored by Creighton's Greg McDermott vs. Bradley.
Paul scored 28 points in the second half, including the Illini's final 15 points over the last 2:40. Paul shot connected on 11-15 from the field, including 8-10 from three-point range.

After leading his team to a perfect 3-0 West Coast Conference record last week, Saint Mary's junior guard Matthew Dellavedova is the NetScouts Basketball International Player of the Week. The 6'4 junior from Maryborough, Australia averaged 20.7 points and 6.3 assists per game, shooting 55% from the field and 50% from beyond the three-point arc. Dellavedova scored a career high 27 points in a victory over San Francisco and then added 26 more in a win over conference rival, then #21 Gonzaga. In the victories against San Francisco and Gonzaga. Dellavedova shot 11-for-20 on three-pointers. For the season he averaging 15.4 points and 6.6 assists.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information about NetScouts Basketball and their latest articles can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.



Kilpatrick leads Cincinnati past UConn, 70-67 - by Eurobasket News
Don't tell Cincinnati how hard it is to win road games in the Big East.

Sean Kilpatrick (6'4''-G-90) hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left and Cincinnati beat No. 13 Connecticut 70-67 on Wednesday night for its seventh straight conference road victory.

Kilpatrick scored 16 points to lead five Bearcats in double figures as Cincinnati (15-4, 5-1 Big East) withstood two big UConn second-half runs and a half-court shot by Niels Giffey at the buzzer that rimmed out.

Cashmere Wright (6'0''-G-90) and Yancy Gates (6'9''-F-89) each had 13 points for Cincinnati, which sits just behind Syracuse for the conference lead.

'We're to a point now mentally that our guys believe that if we play well, we can beat anybody,' Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. 'That's a big key for us.'

Shabazz Napier (6'0''-G-91) had a career-high 27 points to lead Connecticut (14-4, 4-3), which lost for the first time at home this season.

Cincinnati took 26 shots from behind the arc, hitting 11 of them.

The Bearcats led by 12 points in the first half and nine at halftime. But they trailed 57-55 before a 3-pointer by Kilpatrick, one of his five in the game, and a late 10-0 turned that into a 65-57 lead.

A 3-point shot by Napier cut it to 66-63 with just over a minute left, and another tied it with 10 seconds to go.

But the Bearcats took the ball up the court and Kilpatrick calmly launched his shot from behind the top of the key.

'I saw the rest of my teammates covered, they were all denied, so I looked at it and said, 'You know what, I've got to make this big play,' Kilpatrick said. 'I seen the lane, and then they closed it, so I just took my time. They didn't bite on the crossover move so I just pulled up.'

Dion Dixon (6'3''-G-89) and JaQuon Parker each added 12 points for Cincinnati, which won its third straight.

Cincinnati led 48-37 just under 4 minutes into the second half when UConn went on its 15-2 run.

A block by Andre Drummond and a layup by Jeremy Lamb at the other end made it 48-44. A two-handed fast-break dunk by Drummond tied it and Roscoe Smith's layup gave the Huskies their first lead of the half at 52-50.

'We came back, we fought back and to lose this one at home where we play so great, It's always a tough one,' Napier said.

Kilpatrick had eight early points and Cincinnati used an early 8-0 run to take a 21-15 lead. Consecutive 3-pointers by Wright and JaQuon Parker stretched the lead to 10 at 29-19.

Napier kept the Huskies in the game with 13 first-half points, but Cincinnati led 42-33 at the half on a tip-in by Jeremiah Davis just before the buzzer.

Cincinnati is 5-1 on the road and 5-1 in conference play. The Bearcats had won nine of their last 10 games, including consecutive conference wins over No. 10 Georgetown and Villanova. The start is the team's best since joining the Big East in 2005.

Cincinnati has won six of its last eight games against ranked opponents.

Gates starting for the third time since his six-game suspension for his part in the Dec. 10 brawl against Xavier also had 12 rebounds, and held UConn center Andre Drummond to just four points.

'What happened in December, we just took that as a positive,' Kilpatrick said. 'It happened and you just gotta move on forward, and that's what we did.'

Drummond was coming off three consecutive double-doubles, making him the first UConn freshman to do that since Corny Thompson back in 1978-79.

Connecticut was playing for the second straight game without freshman point-guard Ryan Boatright. He's the subject of a second investigation this season into his eligibility.

Boatright, who has averaged more than 10 points and three assists in 10 games, was suspended for the first six games of the season for an infraction that involved accepting a plane ticket last year while he was playing AAU basketball.

The school, in a statement, said the latest development 'arises from additional information provided by the NCAA that pertains to conditions and events that predate the university's relationship with Boatright.'

Without Boatright, UConn relied on Napier and Lamb to handle the ball. Lamb played all 40 minutes and finished with 14 points. Napier played 38, hitting 10 of his 19 shots and adding seven assists.

'Honestly, I don't think we would have lost if we had Ryan,' Napier said. 'We would have had another ball handler.

Connecticut and Cincinnati had not played since UConn's 69-58 win in the third round of the NCAA tournament last March, part of the Huskies 11-0 postseason run to the national title.

Connecticut plays it final nonconference game of the season Saturday at Tennessee. Cincinnati travels to West Virginia.

'If you're going to compete for the Big East championship, which was our goal at the beginning of the season.you have to be able to beat UConn; you have to be able to beat Georgetown; you have to be able to beat West Virginia, our next game,' Cronin said. 'Obviously, Syracuse has a great team but you have to be able to beat those guys.'

Courtesy of www.washingtonexaminer.com


No. 12 Murray State beats Morehead State, 66-60 - by Eurobasket News
Isaiah Canaan (6'0''-G-91) scored 20 points and undefeated No. 12 Murray State beat Morehead State 66-60 on Wednesday night to in its toughest Ohio Valley Conference challenge so far.

Murray State (19-0, 7-0) trailed by nine with just under 13 minutes to play before rallying behind Canaan and Donte Poole (6'3''-G-89), who added 15 points, to remain one of two unbeaten teams in men's Division I basketball along with No. 1 Syracuse.

Drew Kelly (6'7''-F) scored 20 points for Morehead State (9-11, 3-4). The Eagles led 46-37 after a basket by Milton Chavis (6'6''-F), but the Racers rallied, using a 10-0 run to take the lead against the defending OVC tournament champions.

Murray State joined Cleveland State as the only two teams in Division I with eight road wins this season.

It was the first Top 25 opponent Morehead State had ever faced at Johnson Arena, which opened 31 years ago and the highest ranked team to come to Morehead since No. 9 Western Kentucky on Feb. 20, 1971. It also was shaping up to be a major upset.

Chavis gave Morehead State a seven-point lead with 12:59 left before the Eagles went cold and Murray State took advantage despite playing without leading rebounder Ivan Aska for the fifth straight game because of a broken hand.

Poole scored on a fast-break dunk after a turnover, hit three of four free throws and buried a 3-pointer in the left corner as part of a 10-0 run that made it 47-46 and gave the Racers their first lead since 2-0.

Khalil Owens fouled out with 8:15 left, taking the Eagles' biggest player at 250 pounds off the floor during the stretch, but Morehead State regained the lead 51-49 when Angelo Warner converted a four-point play after hitting a 3 and being fouled by Latreze Mushatt, who put his hands on his head in disbelief.

Zay Jackson (6'0''-G-92) 's 3 put the Racers back up 54-53, but Mushatt fouled out and Chavis hit two free throws to give the Eagles a one-point advantage. Canaan answered with a 26-foot 3-pointer that gave Murray State a 57-55 lead with 3:44 left.

After the teams traded points, Poole hit a step-back jumper from 19 feet then made the first of two foul shots to give the Racers a 62-57 lead with 56 seconds to go. Lamont Austin drove to the basket and score to make it 62-59 with 39 seconds left, but the Eagles could get no closer as Poole and Canaan hit the final four free throws to seal it.

These two teams have alternating representing the Ohio Valley Conference in the NCAA tournament the last three years, and the Eagles made a strong statement that they won't relinquish the conference title quietly despite losing at home to Murray State for the first time in four years.

Murray State won the regular season title in the OVC last year, but never made it to the OVC finals. Instead, Morehead State won the tournament behind Kenneth Faried and went on to knock out Louisville in the NCAA tournament before falling in the second round to Richmond. Faried was picked in the first round of the NBA draft by Denver this past summer.

Morehead State built an early 15-4 lead and held a 37-31 halftime advantage. It was the third time the Racers trailed at half this season and first since Nov. 23 in the opening round of Great Alaska Shootout.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Nebraska upsets No. 11 Indiana 70-69 - by Eurobasket News
Until Wednesday night, Nebraska's students didn't have much to celebrate when it came to their basketball team.

So they let it all hang out after the Cornhuskers upset No. 11 Indiana 70-69, the Hoosiers' third straight loss and Nebraska's biggest victory in its first season in the Big Ten.

As students poured out of the stands and gathered at midcourt, some of them picked up Dylan Talley (6'5''-G-89), who high-fived as many as he could. A couple students even tried to hoist Jorge Brian Diaz but gave up. After all, he's 6-foot-11.

Diaz gave Nebraska its first lead since early in the game when he made two free throws with 11 seconds left. Indiana couldn't score on its last possession.

And so began the party for a team that started the night tied for last place in the conference.

'It was a good win guys, it was a great win,' Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said. 'What can you say? We needed it and needed it bad.'

Indiana (15-3, 3-4) squandered a 13-point, second-half lead against the Huskers (10-8, 2-5), who were averaging a league-low 51 points in conference games and ranked at or near the bottom in most offensive categories.

'We knew Indiana and Ohio State (Saturday) were big games for protecting our home court,' said Bo Spencer (6'2''-G-89), who made four 3-pointers and led Nebraska with 23 points. 'If we wanted to go on a run in the league, we needed to do it (now).'

The Hoosiers never got a good shot off at the end. Jordan Hulls (6'0''-G) lost control as he tried to take off for a driving layup. He lost the ball, recovered it and missed a desperation shot from in front of his bench as time ran out.

The ball bounced back toward Hulls, and he kicked it in defeat as Nebraska's student section emptied.

'We certainly never played Nebraska like they'd won one game,' Indiana coach Tom Crean said, referring to Nebraska's conference record. 'We knew how good they were. Our guys had great edge tonight. They had excellent energy. We did so many good things.'

The Hoosiers shot 62 percent while building a 41-34 halftime lead and finished at 51 percent for the game. But they committed 15 turnovers, their season average in Big Ten play, and many of them came in the second half as Nebraska was rallying.

Toney McCray had 11 points, and Diaz and Talley 10 apiece. Cody Zeller (6'11''-F) led the Hoosiers with 18 points, and Hulls added 12.

'That's a tough one to swallow,' Zeller said. 'Every game in the Big Ten is tough. I thought we played better, but it wasn't enough, I guess.'

The Hoosiers had been hoping to break out of a mini funk from losses to Minnesota and Ohio State after a 15-1 start that included upsets of then-No. 1 Kentucky and the then-No. 2 Buckeyes.

But Nebraska, coming off a five-point loss at Wisconsin on Sunday, wouldn't quit after the Hoosiers looked to have taken control.

'We've just got to go back to the drawing board and make sure these losses don't pile up,' Indiana's Victor Oladipo said. 'We've got to get a win on Sunday (at Penn State).'

The Hoosiers were up 69-66 with 39 seconds left after Hulls made two free throws. Spencer missed on the other end, but Talley followed with a putback, and it was a one-point game.

Brandon Richardson fouled Hulls in the backcourt on Indiana's next possession. Hulls, an 89-percent foul shooter, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 24 seconds to play.

'He's a human being,' Crean said, 'and no one is more disappointed than him right now. We wouldn't want anyone else at the line.'

Hulls' miss allowed Nebraska to set up its winning possession.

Richardson, who rebounded Hulls' missed free throws, got the ball upcourt to Spencer, who fed Diaz. The center went right to the basket. He got fouled by Hulls and then made the tying free throw. After Indiana called timeout, he swished the go-ahead free throw.

Indiana was within seconds of posting its first Big Ten road win against an opponent other than Penn State under fourth-year coach Crean. The Hoosiers are 2-29 in conference road games since Crean took over.

Playing in Lincoln for the first time since 1942, the Hoosiers led by eight points in the first half and were poised to make it a blowout after Nebraska went more than 5 minutes without a field goal to start the second half.

Indiana, however, scored just one field goal in the last 6 minutes.

'I think we'll be all right,' Zeller said. 'We'll get back to work, watch the film. We played better than we did the last two games. But we can't be satisfied with moral victories.'

Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com


No. 16 Aztecs take down New Mexico, 75-70 - by Eurobasket News
Xavier Thames (6'3''-G) knew No. 16 San Diego State was in for a tussle when it fell behind New Mexico 10-0.

He also knew what the Aztecs had to do get back in the Mountain West game - and quiet the rocking crowd.

'We just had to stick together,' said Thames, who finished with a season-high 22 points in San Diego State's 75-70 victory Wednesday night.

The Aztecs (16-2, 2-0) won their ninth straight game and ended New Mexico's winning streak at 13 games.

Thames provided the spark in his third game back after a knee injury.

'He played like Xavier Thames before he got hurt,' Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said about the Washington State transfer who combined to go 2 for 13 with nearly as many turnovers as points in the first two games back.

This time, he was 7 for 11 with four assists and just one turnover.

Thames had help from Chase Tapley (6'2''-G) and Jamaal Franklin (6'5''-G), who each scored 12 points.

The Lobos (15-3, 1-1) got 20 points off the bench from Phillip McDonald (6'5''-G-89), who went 6 for 9 on 3-pointers. But his teammates combined to go 7 of 22 from behind the arc.

Tapley's 3-pointer with 2:41 left in the first half gave San Diego State its first lead at 28-27. The Aztecs took control midway through the second half behind a 15-0 run, turning a 48-44 deficit into a 59-48 advantage.

'We always talk about how we have to have three 8-0 or more runs per game and none for our opponents,' Fisher said. 'We got it to 8-0, 10-0, and they kept talking, 'Don't let up. Don't give up the easy basket.' (New Mexico) did miss some easy shots in that stretch and we took advantage.'

The run included two 3-pointers from Franklin and one from Labradford Franklin (6'2''-G). San Diego State pushed the advantage to 64-51, before the Lobos tried to rally late behind McDonald's late 3-pointers.

New Mexico controlled the glass, holding a 42-34 edge, including 21-10 on the offensive end, but it could only turn that into 23 second-chance points.

'One thing that works against us is our inability to rebound the ball,' Fisher said. 'We gave up 40 rebounds and you can't do that.'

That wasn't enough to overcome San Diego State's better shooting effort from the field, where it went 27 for 56.

'We're a good team,' Fisher said. 'We have to do it a different way. We're not going to overpower you. But we're going to fight all the way. We're going to make good decisions. We're going to shoot the ball and take care of the ball.'

New Mexico coach Steve Alford said Aztec's pressure was the difference.

'I thought they did a really good job defensively,' he said after the Lobos shot 27 for 69.

It didn't help New Mexico's cause that leading scorer Tony Snell (6'7''-G-91), didn't score until hitting a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left. He was 1 for 6 from the field, with all the attempts coming on 3-pointers.

Courtesy of http://goaztecs.cstv.com


TCU starts shaky in 101-78 loss to No. 14 UNLV - by Eurobasket News
TCU's shot at contending with No. 14 UNLV on Wednesday night was gone moments after the opening tip.

The Runnin' Rebels scurried to an 18-2 lead, and the Horned Frogs failed to get closer than 13 points in a 101-78 loss Wednesday night.

'The start of the game was a lack of focus on our side -- we could have done a little better,' said Kyan Anderson (5'11''-G), who led TCU with 20 points. 'They got out in transition, especially (Mike) Moser and Chace Stanback (6'8''-G/F-89).'

TCU coach Jim Christian said he takes full blame for the loss.

'We did some good things offensively,' he said.

The Horned Frogs' output was below its season average of 89 points heading into the contest.

'We need to take care of the basketball,' Christian said.

Anthony Marshall (6'3''-G-91) had a career-high 27 points -- besting the 26 he scored at then-No. 22 San Diego State on Saturday -- and nine assists and three blocks in the Rebels' Mountain West home opener.

'Anthony Marshall may be playing better than any guard in America,' UNLV coach Dave Rice said.

'Right now, I'm feeling pretty confident,' Marshall said. 'Credit goes to my teammates -- they're letting me in the lane and creating.'

Moser added 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Stanback had 21 points on 5 of 7 shooting from 3-point range, and UNLV (17-3, 1-1) scored more than 100 points for the second time this season and the first time in 10 years in conference play.

'The biggest thing was coming out and running and setting the pace,' Stanback said. 'I was fortunate to hit my first two shots. My confidence was sky-high.'

The Rebels, looking to bounce back from a loss on Saturday to then No. 22 San Diego State that dropped the Rebels two spots in the AP poll, ran the floor and looked for 3-point baskets early, finishing the first half making 9 of 15 3-point attempts.

'Tonight, we got back to Runnin' Rebel basketball,' Rice said. 'We felt like we let a great opportunity slip away in San Diego.'

Stanback's 3-pointers pushed UNLV to its lead, and later helped the Rebels put any thoughts of a comeback out of the minds of TCU's players.

UNLV tightened up on its fouls in the second half, committing just five compared with 15 in the first half, keeping TCU off the free-throw line and allowing the Rebels to increase their lead.

TCU made 15 of 20 free throws in the first half, and finished 21 for 29. The Rebels were 16 for 28 from the line.

Moser committed three fouls during the first half, but none in the second half in 15 minutes of play. Moser is averaging a double-double this season in points and rebounds.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. David, Powerade T.24.6 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.19.0 
 4. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.5 
 5. Santos, Petron B.17.3 
 6. Lassiter, Powerade.17.0 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull15.8 
 8. Chan, Rain or Shine15.5 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces15.4 
 10. Cardona, Meralco15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.11.8 
 2. Kramer, Powerade.10.7 
 3. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.1 
 4. Taulava, Meralco9.9 
 5. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 6. Sena, Shopinas.9.4 
 7. Espinas, Meralco9.1 
 8. Carey, Talk N Text9.0 
 9. Peek, Talk N Text8.6 
 10. Pingris, B-Meg L.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cabagnot, Petron6.9 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.1 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.2 
 5. Mercado, Meralco5.0 
 6. Lee, Rain or Shine4.8 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 8. Castro, Talk N Te.4.5 
 9. Lassiter, Powerade.4.2 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Wynne ARBOLEDA
  Barako Bull
  (180-G-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Arboleda, Barako B.1.8 
 2. Lutz, Petron Blaze1.8 
 3. Miller, Barako Bull1.7 
 4. Lassiter, Powerade.1.5 
 5. Cardona, Meralco1.5 
 6. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 7. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 8. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
 9. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
 10. Mercado, Meralco1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.2.0 
 2. Quinahan, Rain o.1.6 
 3. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.3 
 5. Reyes, Petron Bla.1.1 
 6. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 7. Reyes, Alaska Aces1.0 
 8. Espinas, Meralco1.0 
 9. Espiritu, Shopin.1.0 
 10. Peek, Talk N Text0.9 


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  POLAND   


Zastal Zielona Gora add Pervis Pasco - by Eurobasket News
Zastal Zielona Gora bolstered their roster. They signed a deal with Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Kansas St.). The centre has been recently released by CAI Zaragoza. He joined the Spanish team in December. He tallied 1.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in ACB. Last season Pervis Pasco played in France. The centre notched 8.0 points, 6.1 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block per game for Strasbourg in ProA. Pervis Pasco had stints with Rieti, Oostende, Angelico Biella, Scavolini, LG Sakers, Teramo, Al Rayyan, Erdemirspor and Al Manama. The centre was Asian Club Champion in 2005 with Al Rayyan. Pervis Pasco will be presented as the new Zastal Zieola Gora player at tomorrow's press-conference.


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  PORTUGAL   


Ben Reed is leaving Benfica - by Bruno Baltazar
Mutual parts decided to go different ways ,Benfica will be releasing Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) ,the SG/SF counts 7 seasons in Portugal ,giving him the current guy if not the one with most experience ,certainly the american with the top one.
He won everything that there is to win in the portuguese league ,cups and even represented Ovarense and Benfica in the international competitions.A great exemple on and off the game ,as a person and has a player ,he did 9 games this season averaging 24 minutes per game with all around stats ,leaves Benfica in the first place and well position for the fight of every single tournament this season there is to win ,he will now be looking for a new team and certainly we think it wont be hard for him to do so based on his basketball skills as a player.


Antonio Herrera,Barreirense head coach new interview - by Bruno Baltazar

Antonio Herrera is a 36 year old Seville, superior training and a degree in Business Administration, which represents another example of the technician who decides to leave for Portugal (Barreirense) to grow as a professional. he spent the last 4 seasons in front of Tijola ,team that ceased last summer. Tanning on the bench of the FEB, where he managed the Real Madrid B in the then LEB2 now LEB Silver, his professional career begin in the same country where he led the Pozuelo. Along with this, stays as an assistant at Valladolid and Real Madrid, where he joined the coaching staff of Joan Plaza in the playoffs that gave them, to date, his last Liga ACB (2007) . Now, Lusas lands, leads the team with the lowest budget of the competition and keeps it in the high places of the table.

Q-How's life for Portugal?

Antonio Herrera -I am very happy in Portugal, my family and I have adapted very well, thanks to the warm welcome we've had everyone in the club. At a sporting level, we are well above expectations.



Q-How to get to a club like Barreirense, where last year and was Arturo Alvarez?

Antonio Herrera -The general manager of the club contacted me, we met in Huelva and quickly reached an agreement, i love this project.



Q-Did you go to Portugal forced by the lack of interesting offers here, or for changing a little air? A mixture of the two situations?

Antonio Herrera -I am a professional coach and I'm ready to move to any place to train. After 4 seasons in Promobys Tijola, the club disappears ... Of the options I had, FC Barreirense offered me the best project to grow as a coach.



Q-Portugal, we are seeing in recent years, is a breeding ground for Spanish coaches What do you think is the reason?

Antonio Herrera -There may be several reasons: one is nearby. In Portugal there is a lot of Spanish basketball and appreciate our work. Also, the fact that most of the Spanish coaches who have come to Portugal have done very well, it helps that there are still clubs that are committed to the Spanish coach. We can not forget that Moncho Lopez is the current champion of Portugal.



Q-Arturo Alvarez , Moncho Lopez , who recommended strongly that we spoke with you, Manolo Povea are clear examples of what we are discussing. Some of them told us that the Portuguese Basketball is based a lot on the importance of foreigners who have each team. Is logical in any European workforce but that accentuates in Portugal ...

Antonio Herrera -That fact is true. In fact, the classification reflects recent seasons to 100%. Fortunately, this season, we have reversed that trend, we play with 3 foreigners instead of 4 which is what lets the rules and they play most.



Q-Fourth in the table, it is clear that your League is another that Porto and Benfica unattainable. But I wonder. How far are you going with this team? How far can you?

Antonio Herrera -Benfica and Porto are great teams and it is normal that they are played all the titles. We are a club other than the rest of the league. We have the lowest budget, all of our players are under 22 years (except Antonio Tavares) and all are trained in our quarry (except Americans of course). But at the same time, we are a great club, with more than 100 years of history and an important social mass behind. No one imagined that we could qualify for the Final Four of the League Cup and the Final 8 of the Cup of Portugal after being bottom club last season. Now I want the team not to get too satisfied and play the playoffs for the title, we know it will be difficult, but we work hard to achieve.



Q-Keep in mind that last year the team was at the bottom of the table and now the situation is reversed. How was this possible? Are they economic problems?

Antonio Herrera -This season the club has less support than last season, but they have strong financial management and comply 100% with your budget.



Q-What does an American as Hill?

Antonio Herrera -Anthony is our only 5 in the team. The reference is to our offense and defense in the low post. He is a player with enormous potential. We were very fortunate that he will stay with us when the absence of a week to start the league, was cut by Porto.



Q-What is the idea of game you're developing? Is the same as in LEB?

The idea is the same but adapted to the characteristics of the players. There are common issues, for example, that we are the team that forces turnovers to rival like my teams in LEB .

Q-Do you intend to stay there? You've sent us your dream of taking a national team

Antonio Herrera -When I train at a club, I think only help you grow and to be working for him as long as possible. I would love to coach a national team, I hope to one day have the privilege.



Q-Been many years in Spain, with a very good curriculum grounded in Tijola ...

Antonio Herrera -In Tijola've been 4 seasons (2007-2011) and got very good results thanks to a total commitment by all of us in the project. Previously, I spent two seasons at BC Pozuelo (2003-2005), Forum Valladolid (2005-2006) and Real Madrid (2006-2007).



Q-How was your visit to Real Madrid? Will those be assistant Plaza in the playoffs you decide to be head coach?

Match Joan Plaza has marked my career as a coach because I learned a lot from him, in a season when the team was champion of ULEB and ACB.



Q-Young as you are, you go back to Spain at any price?

Of course not. Where else can I will improve and grow as a coach.



Cortesy of AEEB.ES




Monquel Pegues just signed by Terceira Basket - by Bruno Baltazar
Terceira Basket just signed the american center Monquel Pegues (208-C-86, college: Tarleton St.) ,he is a young center,6'10 ,25 years old ,he played in college for New Mexico and Tarleton St from the second divison in the NCAA,he also played in 2009 for the summer league of eurobasket,this season he was playing in Germany for Herford in the Regionleague 2.
Terceira is been having plenty of troubles and Nate Bowie seems to be the player to still hold them in a place where they can dream about wins.


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  QATAR   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 2-0
 2. Al Gharrafah 2-0
 3. Al Arabi 2-0
 4. Al Jaysh 1-1
 5. As Sadd 1-1
 6. Al Ahli 0-2
 7. Al Wakrah 0-2
 8. Qatar 0-2


D1 Round 2: Al Gharrafah hands first loss to undefeated As Sadd - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in D1.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated As Sadd (1-1) in Doha on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Al Gharrafah (2-0) 64-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of As Sadd. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. International center Omar Abdelkader (206-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Boney Watson (183, college: Sam Houston St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Michael Bensomin replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for As Sadd. Al Gharrafah keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Al Rayyan and Al Arabi. As Sadd at the other side keeps the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Al Jaysh. Al Gharrafah's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena Qatar Sports Club.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Doha: Al Jaysh (#5) and Al Ahli (#7). Al Jaysh (1-1) smashed visiting Al Ahli (0-2) by 17 points 65-48. Senegalese power forward Babacar Marone (206-83, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ali Turki chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Al Jaysh's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gambian forward Mahamoud Jabbi (200-87, college: Binghamton) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Al Jaysh left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with As Sadd. Al Ahli at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Qatar and Al Wakrah. Al Jaysh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena As Sadd.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Doha: Al Rayyan (#3) and Qatar Sports Club (#8). Qatar Sports Club was smashed at home by 31 points 45-76 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Erfan Ali notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Al Rayyan's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds by O Shiek did not help to save the game for Qatar Sports Club. Defending champion (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Al Gharrafah and Al Arabi. Loser Qatar Sports Club still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Al Ahli and Al Wakrah. Al Rayyan's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena Al Arabi.
The game in Al Wakrah supposed to be also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Al Arabi (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Al Wakrah (0-2). Al Arabi smashed Al Wakrah 92-41. The best player for the winners was Jalloh Abdulai who scored 32 points and 6 rebounds. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Al Arabi maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with Al Rayyan and Al Gharrafah. Al Wakrah at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Rayyan.



Al Jaysh - Al Ahli 65-48

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Doha: Al Jaysh (#5) and Al Ahli (#7). Al Jaysh (1-1) smashed visiting Al Ahli (0-2) by 17 points 65-48. Senegalese power forward Babacar Marone (206-83, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Ali Turki (201-82) chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Al Jaysh's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gambian forward Mahamoud Jabbi (200-87, college: Binghamton) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Nigerian center Augustine Okosun (210-86, college: Northwood Fl.) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Al Jaysh left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with As Sadd. Al Ahli at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Qatar and Al Wakrah. Al Jaysh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena As Sadd.
Top scorers:
Al Ahli: M.Jabbi 16+10reb, A.Okosun 12+8reb+2ast, C.Crisp 9+6reb+2ast, O.Ahmad 6+1reb+1ast, H.Zaidan 5+1reb, I.Obeid Al Siddeequ 0+4reb+2ast
Al Jaysh: B.Marone 13+5reb, B.Ahmar 10+2reb, M.Salahudun 10+2reb, C.Hahmed Toure 9+4reb+3ast, A.Turki 8+6reb+3ast, F.Hani 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 167517


Al Wakrah - Al Arabi 41-92

The game in Al Wakrah supposed to be also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Al Arabi (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Al Wakrah (0-2). Al Arabi smashed Al Wakrah 92-41. Al Arabi held Al Wakrah to an opponent 23.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 50.0 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Al Wakrah 50-29 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Jalloh Abdulai who scored 32 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman William Byrd (201-85, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mami Soli produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and Khaleed Tharid added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Al Arabi maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with Al Rayyan and Al Gharrafah. Al Wakrah at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Al Arabi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Rayyan.
Top scorers:
Al Wakrah: M.Soli 13+9reb, D.Kelly 9+3reb+1ast, K.Tharid 9+5reb, S.Abdu 6+3reb+2ast, S.Mohammad 4+1reb, W.Ghanim 0+4reb
Al Arabi: J.Abdulai 32+6reb+2ast, W.Byrd 19+13reb+1ast, A.Mofunanya 14+15reb+1ast, T.Abu Faisal 9+4reb, A.Ghanim 7+2reb, M.Atif 4+2reb+8ast
gschID: 167514


Qatar - Al Rayyan 45-76

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Doha: Al Rayyan (#3) and Qatar Sports Club (#8). Qatar Sports Club was smashed at home by 31 points 45-76 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. International Erfan Ali (198-83) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Tanguy Ngombo (197-84) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Al Rayyan players scored in double figures. Al Rayyan's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds by O Shiek did not help to save the game for Qatar Sports Club. U Ukaokoro added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Defending champion (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Al Gharrafah and Al Arabi. Loser Qatar Sports Club still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Al Ahli and Al Wakrah. Al Rayyan's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena Al Arabi.
Top scorers:
Qatar: O.Shiek 18+16reb+1ast, U.Ukaokoro 10+8reb, T.Soyebo 7+4reb+2ast, A.Saed 4+3reb+3ast, M.Ghareeb 2+2reb+1ast, N.Aunaimik 2
Al Rayyan: E.Ali 19+11reb+2ast, T.Ngombo 17+7reb+1ast, Y.Ismail 13+8reb+3ast, A.A 11+3reb+1ast, M.Saleem Abdullah 7+5reb+4ast, S.Abdullah Mohammed 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 167515


Al Gharrafah - As Sadd 64-61

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated As Sadd (1-1) in Doha on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Al Gharrafah (2-0) 64-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of As Sadd. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. International center Omar Abdelkader (206-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Boney Watson (183, college: Sam Houston St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Al Gharrafah players scored in double figures. Michael Bensomin replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and international swingman Abdulrahman Saad (192-85) added 17 points in the effort for As Sadd. Al Gharrafah keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Al Rayyan and Al Arabi. As Sadd at the other side keeps the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Al Jaysh. Al Gharrafah's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Doha to the arena Qatar Sports Club.
Top scorers:
As Sadd: A.Saad 17+4reb, K.Suliman 12+4reb+1ast, M.Bensomin 12+16reb, D.Abdulla 8+7reb+2ast, D.Mousa 8+1reb+5ast, Y.Muhamad 4+4reb+1ast
Al Gharrafah: O.Abdelkader 19+8reb+2ast, O.N'Diaye 13+6reb+1ast, A.A 12+8reb, B.Watson 12+4reb+7ast, M.Abdullah Ali 8+12reb+2ast, A.Hassan 0+2reb
gschID: 167516




D1 Stats
Points Per Game
 Jalloh ABDULAI
  Al Arabi
  (--)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Abdulai, Al Arabi30.5 
 2. Watson, Al Gharr.21.5 
 3. Shiek, Qatar18.0 
 4. Abdelkader, Al Gha.18.0 
 5. Ali, Al Rayyan16.5 
 6. Abdulla, As Sadd16.5 
 7. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.16.5 
 8. Ismail, Al Rayyan16.0 
 9. Jabbi, Al Ahli15.5 
 10. Mofunanya, Al Ar.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alvin MOFUNANYA
  Al Ar.
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 16
 1. Mofunanya, Al Ar.16.0 
 2. Shiek, Qatar15.0 
 3. Byrd, Al Arabi14.0 
 4. Okosun, Al Ahli13.0 
 5. Bensomin, As Sadd13.0 
 6. Soli, Al Wakrah12.0 
 7. Jabbi, Al Ahli11.5 
 8. Ali, Al Rayyan11.5 
 9. Abdulai, Al Arabi9.5 
 10. Leslie, Al Rayyan9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Daoud MOUSA
  As Sadd
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mousa, As Sadd6.5 
 2. Watson, Al Gharr.6.0 
 3. Atif, Al Arabi5.0 
 4. Ali, Al Rayyan4.0 
 5. Soyebo, Qatar4.0 
 6. Ismail, Al Rayyan4.0 
 7. Toure, Al Jaysh4.0 
 8. Ahmar, Al Jaysh3.5 
 9. Mohammed, Al Ra.3.3 
 10. Saad, Al Arabi3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ousseynou N''DIAYE
  Al Gharr.
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.3.5 
 2. Saad, As Sadd3.5 
 3. Atif, Al Arabi2.5 
 4. Abdulai, Al Arabi2.5 
 5. Tharid, Al Wakrah2.5 
 6. Abdullah Ali, Al G.2.5 
 7. Suliman, As Sadd2.0 
 8. Hani, Al Jaysh2.0 
 9. Mohammed, Al Ra.1.7 
 10. Muhamad, As Sadd1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael BENSOMIN
  As Sadd
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Bensomin, As Sadd3.5 
 2. Soli, Al Wakrah2.0 
 3. Zaidan, Al Ahli1.5 
 4. Mofunanya, Al Ar.1.0 
 5. Shiek, Qatar1.0 
 6. Ukaokoro, Qatar1.0 
 7. Ali, Al Rayyan1.0 
 8. Byrd, Al Arabi1.0 
 9. Okosun, Al Ahli1.0 
 10. Abdulai, Al Arabi0.5 


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  RUSSIA   


Unics blasts Fenerbahce Ulker in second half for 76-71 win - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Fenerbahce Ulker 76-71

The Euroleague newcomer continues to impress. Unics Kazan was better than the reigning Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker 76-71 on Wednesday night for 1-0 score in Group G of the Euroleague Top 16. Participants of this pool are also Panathinaikos and Emporio Armani Milano. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) was a key player in Unics with 17 points and 11 rebounds (valuation 32). Petr Samoylenko (185-G-77) also had double-double of 16 pts and 10 assists, while Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) were two others players with 16 points for the Russians. In Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) collected 24 points. Omer Onan (194-G-78) had 12 and James Gist (205-F-86) stopped to 8 pts. Unics exploded in the second half to win this game. They were down by 17 at the HT (24-41), but managed to cut the margin to 53-56 before the last quarter and after that made crucial 17-6 run. It was 70-62 with 2 minutes to go. Bojan Bogdanovic kept FB Ulker alive with a clutch triple before Omer Onan narrowed the gap to 4 from the line with 1:18 remaining. But Vladimir Veremeenko scored at the other side and practically sealed the win for Unics. In the next round, Unics will play against Panathinaikos in Athens. Fenerbahce Ulker will host Emporio Armani.

Unics: Vladimir Veremeenko 17+11 boards, Petr Samoylenko 16+10 as, Henry Domercant 16, Terrell Lyday 16
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 24, Omer Onan 12, James Gist 8


CSKA Moscow beats Olympiakos in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - CSKA 78-86

CSKA Moscow stays undefeated in Euroleague this season. The Russian powerhouse celebrated 78-86 road win against Olympiakos for 1-0 record in Group E, Top 16. Participants of the same pool are also Anadolu Efes and Galatasaray. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) helped their team with 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Olympiakos got 14 points from Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88). Their second scorers were Kyle Hines (198-F-86) (6 rebs) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) with 13 points each.
Teams were pretty leveled in the first ten minutes and actually CSKA ended the first period with minimum lead, 21-22. They made 34-38 during the Q2, but the Reds created 10-2 run after that for 44-40 lead at the halftime. Nenad Krstic and his teammates shined after the breather and they made 48-55. Thanks to Gecevicius, Printezis and Spanoulis, Olympiakos cut the margin to 58-62 for rest of Q3. Visitors jumped to 60-66 at the beginning of the last period and few minutes later they were already up by 11, 67-78. There was something more than 3 minutes to go and all what Olympiakos managed to do was minus 5 with one minute left, but free throws by Khryapa and a dunk by Siskauskas allowed CSKA to seal the win in style.
In the next round CSKA will host Anadolu Efes. Olympiakos will meet Galasaray in Istanbul.

Olympiakos: Martynas Gecevicius 14, Kyle Hines 13+6 boards, Pero Antic 13
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 18, Viktor Khryapa 16+8 boards, Ramunas Siskauskas 12, Andrei Kirilenko 11


Lepojevic number one in Russian Superleague for round 21 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Ural Ekaterinb., receiving a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 29-year old player got a double-double of 25 points and 11 assists, while his team edged out Ruskon-Mord. (#7, 5-13) in overtime 110-109. It allowed Ural Ekaterinb. to consolidate first place in the Russian Superleague. Ural Ekaterinb. have a solid 15-3 record. In the team's last game Lepojevic had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ural Ekaterinb.'s top player in his first season with the team. Nikola Lepojevic has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.1ppg. Lepojevic is in league's top in and averages impressive 51.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Lithuanian Linas Lekavicius (186-G-84) of Univ.Surgut. Lekavicius had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Univ.Surgut to another comfortable win 72-57 over slightly lower-ranked Severstal (#5, 9-9) being unquestionably team leader. Univ.Surgut's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. Lekavicius is well-known at Univ.Surgut and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.2ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.3rpg and 5.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Ural Ekaterinb.'s star - American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm). Gordon scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Ural Ekaterinb., helping his team with a 110-109overtime win against the lower-ranked Ruskon-Mord. (#7, 5-13). Ural Ekaterinb. confirms their top position in the standings Gordon has a great season in Russia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikolay Krylov (211-C-81) of Ataman - 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Stanislav Sotnikov (200-F-85) of TEMP-SUMZ - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aleksandr Zaykin (208-F/C-84) of TEMP-SUMZ - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Maksim Dybovskiy (195-F-87) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 21 points and 2 rebounds
8. Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) of Spartak V. - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dramir Zibirov (187-PG-86) of Ataman - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 13 points and 9 rebounds

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


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


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Bojan Bakic: " Losses are counted at the end" - by Eurobasket
First one and 'it's a son' ! Comeback game of Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) in the team of Metalac from Serbia has not just brought very important victory against team of Tami but also has promoted guard of the team from Valjevo to MVP player of the 15th round of 'Agroiv' Basketball League of Serbia. With 37 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 11 fouls made on him and shot percentage of 53% from game,Bakic has managed to achieve index of 41, and maybe it will sound weird but despite of all these results his score can't be measured just with digits. Metalac has gained true leader that was missing until now.
- It was very tough game, against excellent rival who showed why he is at the top of the league - Bojan Bakic started his story - I'm very glad that we won and that I contributed that Metalac stopped losing streak of 4 defeats. Hopefully our funs will have more reasons to be happy until the end of Championship.
In struggle for survival in which team of Metalac found itself all of sudden every win is crucial. Thoughts of Bojan Bakic don't reach far beyond but just until next clash against BKK Radnicki.
- In this situation that we are, we simply have to think only about our closest next rival. Teams from the top of standings with Radnicki among them play excellent basketball and every game, in particularly away games, will be very tough. I'm certain that my team mates and I will do all in order to win all of eleven remaining games and if we shall succeed, we'll see. To express myself military - losses are counted at the end.
After the period spent in Ukraine and Latvia, Bakic came back to Serbian basketball and as he says, he is very happy to be back in Metalac.
- After cease of cooperation with BK Ventspils, when I received call from Valjevo I did not hesitate one single moment. I have great respect to the people that lead this club and this environment simply fits to me. People love Metalac and they know basketball very well, as they say, no lie no fraud. I expect that funs support increases during the season but we have to struggle for that showing better games and results.


Sloboda Uzice hires Vladimir Djokic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Djokic is a new Head Coach of Sloboda Uzice. He replaced Milos Obrenovic. Sloboda currently has 4-11 record in A League sharing the 11th place with Zeljeznicar. Most recently Djokic worked with Masinac Kraljevo. It was in 2009/10 season. He also has experience from Kolubara Lazarevac. Vladimir Djokic was a long time professional player. He spent several years with Partizan Belgrade in the past. Djokic also played for Spartak, Crvena Zvezda and Ergonom. Outside of Serbia, Djokic played in Ukraine, FYROM, Hungary and Slovakia. He will make debut at Sloboda Uzice bench next weekend. Their rival will be Sloga.

Marko Popovic joins Slovenian Zlatorog - by Eurobasket News
Marko Popovic (193-G-84) will continue his career in Slovenia. The Serbian point guard penned a deal with Zlatorog for rest of the season. He parted ways with Spanish UCAM Murcia few days ago, after his one-month deal expired. Popovic appeared 3 times in Liga Endesa, but with very limited playing time. Marko Popovic started the season with Sloga. He had 21.1 ppg, 6 apg and 2.2 rpg for 12 games in Serbian league. In 2010/11, Popovic was a member of Vojvodina Srbijagas. Actually, he joined them in February registering 12.6 ppg, 4.9 apg and 3.3 rpg for 8 games. Before Vojvodina, he spent one season with Napredak Rubin Krusevac. That same year he also played two games for the Greek team Olympia Larissa, after what they parted ways. Marko Popovic already played for Sloga and Vojvodina in the past. He also has experience from Ergonom, Ibon, Atlas Banka and Beopetrol.

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Jones number one in Slovakia for round 26 - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Handlova, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 27-year old player got a double-double of 25 points and 15 assists, while his team outclassed B.Bystrica (#8, 7-16) with 27-point margin 101-74. Handlova is placed at 3rd position in Slovakian Extraliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Handlova will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Handlova's top player in his first season with the team. Former Indiana Tech star has very solid stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.7ppg, leads league in rebounds with 6.0rpg and is league's best passer with 7.4apg. Jones is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.7spg,54.2% FGP and 42.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was another Handlova's star - 37-year old former international center Milan Golian (206-C-74). Golian had a very good evening with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Jones he helped Handlova with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked B.Bystrica (#8, 7-16) 101-74. This victory allowed Handlova to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 13-10 record is not bad at all. Golian is one of the most experienced players at Handlova and similarly like Anthony Jones has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Andrew Jones (208-F-87) of Nova Ves (#5). Jones scored 16 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Nova Ves, leading his team to a 85-75 win against slightly higher-ranked Komarno (#4, 13-10). Nova Ves needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Jones has a great season in Slovakia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 11.1rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 1.7apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) of Nitra - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Pavol Losonsky (203-F-88) of Nova Ves - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Richard Korner (197-G-90) of B.Bystrica - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Corey Pelle (180-G-89) of Prievidza - 26 points and 4 rebounds
8. Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) of Nitra - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Dominique Keller (203-F-88) of Komarno - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Johnathon Jones (183-G-88) of Komarno - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Helios 11-1 
 2. Elektra 10-3 
 3. Zlatorog 9-3 
 4. Sentjur 8-4 
 5. Maribor Messer 6-6 
 6. Rogaska 6-7 
 7. Polzela 5-7 
 8. Geoplin Slovan 4-8 
 9. LTHcast Mercator 1-11 
 10. Parklji 1-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog17.7 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur16.7 
 3. Rizvic, Parklji16.5 
 4. Maric, Sentjur16.5 
 5. Prepelic, Helios16.0 
 6. Rembert, Sentjur14.3 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.14.0 
 8. Djugum, Geoplin13.8 
 9. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.13.8 
 10. Hohler, Polzela13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rizvic, Parklji9.3 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin8.5 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.8.2 
 4. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.2 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur6.7 
 6. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.5 
 7. Maric, Sentjur6.3 
 8. Zolotic, Maribor6.3 
 9. Mucic, Maribor6.2 
 10. Soldo, LTHcast6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin6.0 
 2. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.8 
 3. Rembert, Sentjur4.8 
 4. Jovanovic, Maribo.4.1 
 5. Hohler, Polzela3.5 
 6. Gay, Helios3.5 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.4 
 8. Panic, Zlatorog3.3 
 9. Prepelic, Helios3.3 
 10. Tomic, Rogaska3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tomaz MEZEK
  LTHcast .
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mezek, LTHcast2.9 
 2. Kobal, Parklji2.9 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan2.1 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.2.0 
 5. Vasl, Polzela2.0 
 6. Gay, Helios1.7 
 7. Panic, Zlatorog1.7 
 8. Maric, Sentjur1.5 
 9. Lelic, Elektra1.5 
 10. Rembert, Sentjur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.4 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.2 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog0.9 
 5. Sebic, Sentjur0.9 
 6. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 7. Guna, Elektra0.8 
 8. Djugum, Geoplin0.8 
 9. Cresnar, Helios0.8 
 10. Rizvic, Parklji0.7 


Kostomaj joins Svjetlost Brod, Rizvic leaves Parklji - by Zeljko Zule
Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87) inked with Croatian side Svjetlost Brod till end of the season. He arrives from Astrum Levice, where he averaged 3.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 13 Mattoni NBL games this season and 5.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 5 Slovakian League games.
Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82, college: Texas Tech) has left Parklji to join Austrian team Oberwart Gunners for the remainder of the current season. He averaged 16.5 points (2P 53%, FT 84%), 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks in 12 Teleamch League games this season. Rizvic has been leading rebounder and fourth-leading scorer in Slovenian League.



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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 33-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 27-12 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 25-14 
 4. KCC Egis 24-16 
 5. ET Land 20-20 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 18-22 
 7. SK Knights 15-24 
 8. LG Sakers 15-25 
 9. Goyang Orions 13-27 
 10. Samsung Th. 8-31 


Best players of South Korean KBL round 42 - by Eurobasket News
American Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sonic Boom KT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 42.
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 32 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Mobis Phoebus (#6, 17-22) 88-87. Sonic Boom KT maintains the 3rd position in South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sonic Boom KT will need more victories to improve their 25-14 record. In the team's last game Rhodes had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Sonic Boom KT and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mississippi State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rhodes is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 11.5rpg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 63.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of ET Land. Hill impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as ET Land was edged by the lower-ranked Samsung Th. (#10, 8-31) 83-81. ET Land managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-19 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hill is well-known by ET Land fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#8). He also registered 10.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-G-81) of Mobis Phoebus (#6). Yang scored 29 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Yang's great performance Mobis Phoebus lost 87-88 to the higher-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#3, 25-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mobis Phoebus ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 22 games, recording just seventeen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Yang could help Mobis Phoebus to bring them higher in the standings. Yang has a great season in South Korea. After 39 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of LG Sakers - 24 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Samsung Th. - 28 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Seung-Jin Ha (221-C-85) of KCC Egis - 12 points and 14 rebounds
8. Joo-Sung Kim (205-F/C-79) of Dongbu Promy - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ho-Young Yoon (198-F-84) of Dongbu Promy - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Samsung Th. - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  SPAIN   


Estudiantes bring in Chris Lofton - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes invited Chris Lofton (188-G-86, college: Tennessee) for a tryout period. The guard was about to sign with the team at the start of the season. However he was refused the contract after failing to pass medical examination. Last season Chris Lofton started in D-League. He played for the Iowa Energy. His stats read 15.6 points, 3.5 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Later Chris Lofton moved to Lokomotiv Kuban. The guard averaged 3.3 points per game in Russian PBL. Chris Lofton received USBasket.com All-D-League Honourable Mention in 2011. Chris Lofton is not new to Estudiantes. The guard played for the team back in 2009. He notched 12.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists per game then.


Montepaschi outplays Bilbao in Siena, 81-67 - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Gescrap BB 81-67

Montepaschi started the Top 16 phase in style. The Italian champ handed 81-67 loss to Bilbao for 1-0 record in Group F. Their rivals in this pool are also Unicaja and Real Madrid. David Andersen (212-C-80) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) also netted 18 pts. McCalebb was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Third scorers in victory were Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) with 8 pts each. In the loosing squad, Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) shined with 16 points. Marko Banic (205-F-84) (5 rebs) and Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 11 and 10 pts respectively. Bilbao won the first period, but all after that belonged to Montepaschi. The home squad made crucial 17-0 run during the second and third period for 45-34 lead. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 14-18, 18-14, 24-17, 25-18. Next week, Montepaschi will meet Real in Madrid. Bilbao will host Unicaja.

Montepaschi: David Andersen 18+7 boards, Bo McCalebb 18, Marvis Thornton 8, David Moss 8
Gescrap BB: Kostas Vasiliadis 16, Marko Banic 11+5 boards, Roger Grimau 10


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  SWEDEN   


Greetings from Sweden! - by Peter Oqvist
Hi basketball friends, greatings from Sweden!

Im happy and honored about the request to have a blog on the site. As an introduction Im on my 7th season as head coach for the reigning Swedish Champions Sundsvall Dragons. My 9th season as a professional coach and in my 1st year as the Head Coach of the Icelandic NT. The club has made a long term investment in both players, organization and in me as coach and the reward has been a couple of great seasons. Weve been in the finals three of the last four years and weve won it two of the last three.
Ive thankfully been given the opportunty to learn about teaching the game at different levels and at different ages from club youth, our Swedish youth NT program through pro league experience with Sundsvall to this summer when I proudly accepted the job as Head Coach for the Icelandic NT. The connections you collect through this game is just amazing and truly gives you an opportunity to develop your philosophy and personal leadership. In a million years, we still wont know it all!
Id say you learn and develop your system more the times you dont reach your goals. The joy of reaching success and of working with a championship team is really special and something youll carry with you forever. Still, the biggest award truly lies in the everyday work with players over the seasons. The hard part is to enjoy it when youre trying to keep your nose over the water and get that next win!
Ill end this first entering by saying thanks for all your hard work and dedication to the players Ive been fortunate to coach so far, whether you now play in Sweden, Australia, Holland, Croatia, Spain, Georgia, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, U.S., Mexico, Cyprus, Iceland, Ukraine, Norway or if you continued a civilian career still playing the game the way it should be played.

Looking forward to next time!



Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 Binyam FEGHADU
  Jarva D.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 28
 1. Feghadu, Jarva D.28.0 
 2. Fitzgerald, Malbas27.3 
 3. Bergstrom, Black.21.2 
 4. Banks, Taby20.4 
 5. Vukovic, Helsingbo.20.1 
 6. Olson, Orongo19.7 
 7. Nordin, Taby18.4 
 8. Johansson, Haga H.17.8 
 9. Thorangen, Sanda17.6 
 10. Cedermarker, Srb.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Petkovski, Srbija12.4 
 2. Nilsson, Orongo11.7 
 3. Rawlins, Up.11.4 
 4. Hartmann, Akropol11.2 
 5. Damjanovic, Nassjo10.7 
 6. Urban, Eskilstuna10.4 
 7. Eliassson, Solna B.10.1 
 8. Robinson, Brahe B.9.9 
 9. Vukovic, Helsingbo.9.7 
 10. Fitzgerald, Malbas9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Farzad NOURI
  Blackeberg
  (179-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nouri, Blackeberg5.5 
 2. Lundin, Taby5.3 
 3. Fitzgerald, Malbas5.0 
 4. Kovacek, Talje4.8 
 5. Ghebremeskel, Eag.4.8 
 6. Hultman-Boye, Hag.4.8 
 7. Rawlins, Up.4.8 
 8. Kutra, Hoganas4.6 
 9. Wazzi, Nassjo4.4 
 10. Ryan, LF Future4.3 
Steals Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.4 
 2. Rawlins, Up.3.1 
 3. Wazzi, Nassjo3.1 
 4. Feghadu, Jarva D.3.1 
 5. Taylor, Eagles2.9 
 6. Dilek, Fryshuset2.6 
 7. Hultman-Boye, Hag.2.5 
 8. Carbone, Jarva D.2.4 
 9. Kutra, Hoganas2.4 
 10. Dawit, Fryshuset2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre NILSSON
  Orongo
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nilsson, Orongo3.0 
 2. Robinson, Brahe B.2.3 
 3. Flink, Helsingborg1.9 
 4. Rawlins, Up.1.8 
 5. Bergstrom, Black.1.8 
 6. Taylor, Eagles1.8 
 7. Urban, Eskilstuna1.4 
 8. Femic, Eagles1.4 
 9. Williams, Sanda1.4 
 10. Sinani, Malbas1.3 


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 13-0 
 2. LF Future 11-3 
 3. Taby 11-3 
 4. Akropol 9-4 
 5. Haga Haninge 8-6 
 6. Blackeberg 8-7 
 7. Orongo 7-7 
 8. Jarva Devils 5-9 
 9. Talje 5-10 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 4-10 
 11. Eskilstuna 2-13 
 12. BG Lulea 1-12 
South
 1. Malbas 14-0 
 2. Nassjo 12-2 
 3. Brahe Basket 11-4 
 4. Hoganas 10-3 
 5. Srbija 10-4 
 6. Helsingborg 6-7 
 7. Solna Branten 4-9 
 8. Hogsbo 4-10 
 9. Fryshuset 4-10 
 10. Eos 3-11 
 11. Norrkoping BK 2-10 
 12. Sanda 2-12 


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


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.19.5 
 2. Smith, Monthey19.1 
 3. Barnette, Geneve18.5 
 4. Burrows, Starwings18.1 
 5. Yates, Fribourg17.4 
 6. Uzas, SAV Vacallo17.2 
 7. Calasan, Boncourt16.9 
 8. Efevberha, Lugano16.7 
 9. Jones, SAM M.16.4 
 10. Schneiderman, SAV16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.10.1 
 2. Bing, Geneve Lions9.3 
 3. Johnson, Starwings9.3 
 4. Burrows, Starwings8.6 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt8.3 
 6. Barnette, Geneve8.2 
 7. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.1 
 8. Richards, Lugano T.7.8 
 9. Allen, Boncourt7.7 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.0 
 2. Jenkins, Starwings5.6 
 3. Petkovic, Starw.5.5 
 4. Draughan, Lugano4.9 
 5. Petkovic, Fribourg4.2 
 6. Thomas, BBC Nyon4.0 
 7. Buscaglia, Geneve3.9 
 8. Efevberha, Lugano3.8 
 9. Bobetso, BBC Nyon3.7 
 10. Barnette, Geneve3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.2 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.8 
 3. Gugino, SAM M.2.6 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings2.4 
 5. Efevberha, Lugano2.4 
 6. Boylan, Monthey2.4 
 7. Thomas, BBC Nyon2.3 
 8. Stockalper, Lugano2.2 
 9. Jones, SAM M.2.2 
 10. Sloan, SAV Vacallo2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Starwings2.1 
 3. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.5 
 4. Salaam, Monthey1.4 
 5. Matter, Starwings1.3 
 6. Albrecht, Starw.1.0 
 7. Barnette, Geneve1.0 
 8. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.0.9 
 10. Dubas, Monthey0.9 


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  SYRIA   


Al-Jaish wins Syrian Federation Cup Basketball 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
Al-Jaish wins Syrian Federation Cup Basketball 2011/2012 as they beat AL- Jalaa in the Final. The winners reached 78:71 after a successful second half. AL- Jalaa led 18-14 after the first period, but could not keep the lead for good. Al-Jaish added 23-20 in the second period and then 24-20 in the third quarter.




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  TUNISIA   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. ES Sahel 12-0 
 2. ESG 8-4 
 3. ES Rades 8-4 
 4. JS Kairouan 7-3 
 5. Tunisair 4-8 
 6. ASC Bizerte 2-10 
 7. C Cheminots 0-12 
Group B
 1. C Africain 11-2 
 2. Stade Nabeulien 9-3 
 3. Ezzahra 6-4 
 4. CA Bizerte 6-6 
 5. US Monastir 5-7 
 6. AS Hammamet 2-10 
 7. JS Manazeh 2-10 


Who will be in the play-offs: Bizerte or Monastir? - by Kristian Santiago
Ten days ago, The game between CA Bizerte and US Monastir had to be stopped due to violence on the court. Monastir had been announced as the winner, but it was not made clear if the 49-43 has been taken over into the standings or a 2-0 forfeit-win due to the incidents without any points for CAB? No decisions had been made by the federation back then so the outcome of the game remained unknown to all parties involved. After the end of the preliminary stage, both CAB and USM are on fourth place tied and a decision has to be made by the FTBB to decide which team advances to the play-offs. Whatever the decision will be, the involved teams will be fielding a protest that is for sure...
Already qualified for the play-offs are: Sahel, Rades, Kairouan, La Goulette, Tunis, Ezzahra and Nabeul.



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  TURKEY   


Unics blasts Fenerbahce Ulker in second half for 76-71 win - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Fenerbahce Ulker 76-71

The Euroleague newcomer continues to impress. Unics Kazan was better than the reigning Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker 76-71 on Wednesday night for 1-0 score in Group G of the Euroleague Top 16. Participants of this pool are also Panathinaikos and Emporio Armani Milano. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) was a key player in Unics with 17 points and 11 rebounds (valuation 32). Petr Samoylenko (185-G-77) also had double-double of 16 pts and 10 assists, while Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) were two others players with 16 points for the Russians. In Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) collected 24 points. Omer Onan (194-G-78) had 12 and James Gist (205-F-86) stopped to 8 pts. Unics exploded in the second half to win this game. They were down by 17 at the HT (24-41), but managed to cut the margin to 53-56 before the last quarter and after that made crucial 17-6 run. It was 70-62 with 2 minutes to go. Bojan Bogdanovic kept FB Ulker alive with a clutch triple before Omer Onan narrowed the gap to 4 from the line with 1:18 remaining. But Vladimir Veremeenko scored at the other side and practically sealed the win for Unics. In the next round, Unics will play against Panathinaikos in Athens. Fenerbahce Ulker will host Emporio Armani.

Unics: Vladimir Veremeenko 17+11 boards, Petr Samoylenko 16+10 as, Henry Domercant 16, Terrell Lyday 16
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 24, Omer Onan 12, James Gist 8


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Buck Harvey: Salad days gone, Duncan finds a way to stay young - by David Edole
ORLANDO-- Tim Duncan (208-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) ordered light Tuesday night. He had a Caesar salad.

And that made you sick?

Bad eggs, bad dressing, Duncan sighed. Something bad.

So Duncan was up most of the night in his Orlando hotel room. In and out, he said, when it was mostly out, and he missed the team meeting Wednesday morning.

Gregg Popovich didnt want him to play against the Magic, and Duncans response was to the point.

He told me to go fish, Popovich said.

Duncan had worked too hard during the lockout to miss nights such as these. Popovich wasnt going to keep Duncan from Dwight Howard, nor was a Caesar salad.

And this is how the Spurs won their first road game of the season.

They won it for other reasons, and the schedule was one. The Magic were not only on the third night of three games in a row, but Howard had also put in 39 minutes the night before.

Duncan, thanks to LeBron James, played less than 27 in Miami.

Then there was Tony Parker, coming alive for a burst; a Gary Neal 3-pointer that fell, in part, because one eventually had to; and the Magics J.J. Redick being about a second too late in overtime.

But none of it happens if Duncan isnt cradling the game as lovingly as he does the basketball just before the tip. He spent the summer dropping both his body fat and a few thousand jump shots, and the result was clear Wednesday.

He was fresh, Popovich said, when he had expected something else from a sick man. How he pivoted, and how he started and stopped, and how he moved across the lane, all of that was special. Its a tribute to what he has done to get ready for this season.

Duncan isnt on his farewell tour. Most in the organization think he will try to play two to three more seasons after this one. Parker restated that again Wednesday.

But Duncan is also at a place where he takes nothing for granted. Add Howard to the equation, and a chance for Duncan to test himself yet again, and the night was mandatory.

Asked if he got amped up for Howard, Duncan nodded. If you dont, Duncan said, you will get destroyed.

The numbers told of that. While Parker said Duncan was unbelievable on Dwight, imagine what Howard would have done without Duncan being unbelievable. Howard finished with 24 points and 25 rebounds.

Still, Howard didnt score in the fourth quarter. And from the opening play to Redicks too-late heave, Duncan pitted his knowledge and professionalism against Howards freakish physical ability.

They are opposites, both in age and emotions. While Duncan handled his own free agency years ago by privately assessing his options (coincidentally, Orlando was one of his options), Howard has turned his into a show.

Their differences were on the court Wednesday, too. Duncan remained typically stoic, and Howard went from playfully smiling to frustrated. Late in the third quarter, bothered by Duncan and the refs, Howard plowed into Duncan for an offensive foul.

They would trade hips and elbows the rest of the way. And shortly after Popovich ran a play in which Danny Green set up Duncan in the final seconds of regulation, Orlando had 0.3 seconds left on the clock.

Thinking about a lob?

Yes, Duncan with a tone that suggested he remembered everything.

In February of 2007 in Orlando, Howard went up over Duncan to take an inbounds pass at the buzzer to dunk and beat the Spurs.

I told Dwight tonight, Duncan said with a smile, thats not happening again.

So they went to overtime, contrasts to the end. Duncan tossed in a jumper for the lead, with Popovich leaning with body language on the sideline. Howard followed with a roaring dunk after an offensive rebound.

Popovich called time to draw up Neals 3. As Duncan disgustingly went to the bench, a fan yelled what hes been hearing for a while. Youre OLD!

But not too old, not after last summer. Not this night.

bharvey@express-news.net


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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Cincinnati S. 5-0 
 2. S.Ohio K. 4-1 
 3. Buckeye B. 3-1 
 4. SE Hoopstars 3-2 
 5. Ohio R. 1-3 
 6. Midwest M. 1-4 
 7. Cleveland R. 1-5 
 8. Louisville S. 0-1 
Southern
 1. GIE Morrow D. 8-0 
 2. Tennessee D. 5-3 
 3. Georgia L. 3-2 
 4. Atlanta A. 3-2 
 5. S.Generals 1-2 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 4-1 
 2. Houston E. 2-2 
 3. Cleveland H. 2-3 
 4. Austin K. 2-3 
 5. DFW Warriors 0-3 
D-League
 1. Nashville M. 1-5 
 2. Queen City G. 0-2 
Traveling Teams
 1. Dallas Stars 1-5 
 2. Team Japan 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


Vukosavljevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Halychyna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 13 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Kryvbasbasket (#11, 8-15) 95-101. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Halychyna maintains the 14th position in Ukrainian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 21 games and recorded just two victories. Vukosavljevic turned to be Halychyna's top player in his first season with the team. Vladan Vukosavljevic averages this season 18.3ppg and 11.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Willie Solomon (187-G-78, agency: New Trend Agency) of Cherkasy. He is American guard in his first season at Cherkasy. In the last game Solomon recorded impressive 32 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Cherkasy lost that game 71-84 to the higher-ranked BC Kyiv (#8, 11-12). Cherkasy is still second from the bottom in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Cherkasy managed to get this year. Solomon is a newcomer at Cherkasy and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.4ppg (#1). He also recorded 4.4 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Shawn King (208-C-82) of BC Odessa (#6). King scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite King's great performance BC Odessa lost 76-88 to the lower-ranked Mykolaiv (#10, 9-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing BC Odessa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 9 lost games. King has a great season in Ukraine. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.3bpg and FGP: 60.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keddric Mays (183-G-84) of Halychyna - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Brian Greene (195-G/F-83) of Hoverla - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rodney Green (195-F/G-88) of Mykolaiv - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of DniproAzot - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dante Swanson (178-PG-81) of Hoverla - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. James Florence (185-G-88) of Kryvbasbasket - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Zach Morley (203-F-83) of Budivelnyk - 15 points and 7 rebounds

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


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Anibal Zahle To the Semi Final After Winnig over Hoops - by Captin Andy
Dubai International Championship
On Wednesday and on the second game of the Quarter Final
Anibal Zahle Wins over Hoops, 65-62.
Anibal Zahle was doing good during the match ,
except in the last two minutes of the Game where Anibal players seems to relent which made Hoops players
wake up and take advantage of the Situation!
Hoops almost stole the winnig from Anibal,
but Anibal playerS experience saved them in the last seconds
and Anibal ended up the game to their favor and to the Semi-Final.



Thursday Game , Sagesse meets Foolad - by Captin Andy
Dubai International Championship
On Thursday , The Quarter Final Games are:

Al Ahli Dubai Vs Al Matty , at 5:00pm.

Al Hekmah (Sagesse) Vs Iranian Foolad , at 7:00pm.
The question is Will Sagesse Keep their Chain of winnig.
or Will Foolad be able to prove that they are Good enough
to compete on the Title ?!

All games are held in Maktoum bin Mohammad hall in
Al Ahli Dubai Club and all the timing is UAE timing.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Youngblood please to be going home - by Paul Nilsen
After just over a year away from the club, Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) returns to Prestige Homes MK Lions this weekend.

The veteran forward re-signed for the Lions this week after spending the opening weeks of the season with Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and in a strange twist of fate hell make his second debut for MK against the Riders on Saturday evening.

The 41-year-old cant wait to get back on the court and hopes to bring some leadership to a young Lions side: Yeah, Im looking forward to it he said.

Milton Keynes is the last place I won a trophy in this country, I had six years there and it feels like home. I hope I can give some extra experience to the young guys and push them over the top.

While he hadnt played since late October, Youngblood is ready for the challenge as Lions travel to the John Sandford Sports Centre: Ive been keeping in shape, though Mike [New] runs some very hard practices and this team runs a bit quicker than Im used to. But over the last week or so Ive been stepping it up, and I hope I can come in, plug a few holes and give the guys some veteran leadership.

As he prepares to face his old side. Youngblood admits that it will be strange playing the Riders especially as Yorick Williams has made the reverse trip after four years with the Lions: I was with Riders most of last year, and part of this season, and Im looking forward to playing against them. Theyve good players in every position and theyre one of the top teams in the BBL. But well look to use the game as a stepping stone to improve and mover up the table.

Itll be kind of strange facing Yorick, weve sort of swapped over, but Im looking forward to it. I might hear a few boos from the Leicester fans, but I expect that its part of the game and Ill relish it.

So, having been in the BBL since the 1994/5 season when he was the first captain of the original Leopards, the big question is: how long can the veteran big man keep going: Im not the oldest in league, Im pretty sure thats Shawn Myers, and I still feel pretty good. I only trained twice a week with Lions in the time I was there, and thats saved my body and its not worn out yet.
So will I be back next year? Well, I wont say yes, and I wont say no. well see how it goes.



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  URUGUAY   


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Hebraica 25-5 
 2. Malvin 24-6 
 3. Welcome 19-11 
 4. Aguada 18-12 
 5. Trouville 16-14 
 6. Defensor 16-14 
 7. Un.Atletica 16-14 
 8. Bigua 16-14 
 9. Bohemios 16-14 
 10. Larre Borges 12-17 
 11. Cordon 12-18 
 12. Sayago 11-19 
 13. Olimpia 11-19 
 14. Montevideo 11-19 
 15. Guruyu Waston 9-21 
 16. Cader 7-22 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 4-0 
 2. Remeros 3-1 
 3. Wanderers 2-2 
 4. Universitario S. 1-3 
 5. Juventus Salto 0-4 
South
 1. Lagomar 5-0 
 2. Plaza 3-2 
 3. Lavalleja 2-2 
 4. Maldonado 2-3 
 5. Flores Trinidad 0-5 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Trouville
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Brown, Trouville24.8 
 2. Keenan, Larre B.23.9 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua23.8 
 4. Crews, Cader23.5 
 5. Herring, Bohemios22.7 
 6. Roland, Sayago22.1 
 7. Eddie, Cordon21.7 
 8. Gale, Olimpia21.4 
 9. McCullough, Un.Atl.21.2 
 10. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Bigua
  (203-C/F-79)
  Avg: 43.8
 1. Humphrey, Bigua43.8 
 2. Polk, Montevideo14.1 
 3. Shellman, Sayago12.8 
 4. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.12.8 
 5. Passos, Hebraica10.9 
 6. Keenan, Larre B.10.8 
 7. Crews, Cader10.7 
 8. Jackson, Defensor10.1 
 9. Douglas, Bohemios9.8 
 10. Haller, Montevideo9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.8 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin5.6 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada5.5 
 4. Taboada, Larre B.5.0 
 5. Silvarrey, Sayago4.8 
 6. Vidal, Bigua4.7 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.6 
 8. Garcia Moral., Big.4.6 
 9. Jennings, Cordon4.6 
 10. Tornaria, Trouvil.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derrick MILLER
  Cordon
  (202-C/F-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Miller, Cordon2.8 
 2. Shellman, Sayago2.5 
 3. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 4. Barrera, Hebraica2.5 
 5. Clarkson, Larre B.2.4 
 6. Garcia Moral., Big.2.3 
 7. Brown, Trouville2.3 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville2.2 
 9. Silvarrey, Sayago2.1 
 10. Evans, Cader2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert JACKSON
  Olimpia
  (211-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jackson, Olimpia2.3 
 2. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.2.2 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua1.9 
 4. Polk, Montevideo1.8 
 5. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 6. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 7. Crews, Cader1.6 
 8. McCoy, Sayago1.5 
 9. Augustus, Hebraica1.5 
 10. Suarez, Cordon1.4 


Allen leads Bohemios to the LUB second stage - by Hector Lopez
Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) netted 30 points with 15 rebounds and 7 blocks, leading Bohemios to beat Welcome 100-70 and his team advanced to play the Uruguayan League second Stage. Also for Bohemios Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, college: E.Kentucky) added 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. For Welcome Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) scored 12 points with 6 rebounds and Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) added 6 points with 6 rebounds. The other teams classified for the 2nd stage, called Super Liga, were Hebraica y Macabi, Malvin, Welcome, Aguada, Trouville, Bigua, all from Montevideo and Wanderers (Paysandu), Anastasia (Fray Bentos), Plaza (Nueva Helvecia) and Lagomar (Canelones). There is still one place for the winner of an extra game to be played by Defensor Sporting and Union Atletica, next Saturday.
The other results for the last round for the first stage were:
Hebraica 87 - Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 28 points 8 rebounds 3 blocks, Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 19 points 14 rebounds
Guruyu Waston - Craig Craft (191-G-87, college: S.Mississippi) 20 points 3 rebounds, Timothy Frost (208-C-80, college: Utah) 19 points 19 rebounds
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Sayago 89 - German Silvarrey (173-PG-87) 33 points, Terence Shellman (199-F-78) 19 pooints 4 rebounds, Jason McCoy (206-F/C-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 22 points 2 rebounds
Defensor Sporting 78 - Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 22 points 6 rebounds, Rashad Chase (201-F/C-87, college: Georgia St.) 14 points 9 rebounds
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Union Atletica 84 - O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion) 32 points 7 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 12 points 16 rebounds 5 blocks
Bigua 68 - Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 21 points 3 assists, DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: CS Monterey) 6 points 3 rebounds, 1 block
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Aguada 76 - Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 19 points 8 rebounds 1 block 2 assists, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 7 points 12 rebounds
Olimpia 57 - Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, college: Georgia) 11 points 5 rebounds 2 blocks, Michael Gale (193-G-82, college: Centenary) 3 points 2 rebounds
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Malvin 78 - Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 19 points 7 rebounds, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 13 points 5 rebounds, Nicolas Borsellino 20 points 11 rebounds
Cordon 70 - Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) 27 points 8 rebounds,
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Montevideo 83 - Federico Haller (198-F-88) 26 points 8 rebounds, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 8 points 9 revbounds 2 blocks, Daniel Gilbert (198-G-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) 16 points 8 rebounds 2 blocks
Trouville 75 - Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) 30 points 14 rebounds 2 assists, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 2 points 6 rebounds 1 block
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The game Larre Borges-Cader was not played.




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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - Hector Aguilar (Southwest) with hot streak in NAIA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Hector Aguilar (186-G-89) has started to become a huge factor in the recent four-game winning streak of the Southwest New Mexico Mustangs, as he's averaged 17.6 points per game in his last three games played, as part of the 2011-2012 season of NAIA's Division 1 college basketball in the United States.

Aguilar, a former player of Lara State's U18 Team and Patterson Prep School, netted 18 points against Northern New Mexico, 20 against Langston and 15 against Bacone. He's now averaging 6.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 12 games. He's also shooting for a 40.4 per cent from the three-point line. He had started the season in a reserve role but as the minutes increased, so did his stat line.

Meanwhile, PG-SG Javier Valdez (184-G/F-88), of the Ashford Saints, continues to be one of the best players both in his team and the conference. His Iowa team is enjoying with his overall stats, as he's supported his teammates with 11.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 17 games.


Venezuelans Abroad - Dennison Rodriguez (Casper College) efficient in NJCAA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Dennison Rodriguez (202-F-89) was able to help the Casper College Thunderbirds with 10-plus point efforts in their two more recent matches, both victories over Eastern Wyoming (81-74) and Little Big Horn (132-74), improving his overall stats and slowly becoming one of his team's main weapons at both ends of the court.

Rodriguez netted 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and added an assists and two steals in the match against Eastern Wyoming on January 17th. A day later, he was part of the blowout against Little Big Horn with 12 points, 6 rebounds and a steal.

The 22 year-old former talent of Marinos de Anzoategui's rookie camps is now averaging 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 15 games in the 2011-2012 season.


Venezuelans Abroad - Luis Bethelmy and Gregory Vargas to Semis in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelans Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) and Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) helped Halcones Rojos de Veracruz completed a sweep over Barreteros de Zacatecas (4-0) and advanced to the Semifinals round in Mexico's 2011-2012 Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP).

Veracruz won 81-66 in Game 4 as Vargas tallied 16 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists and Bethelmy supported him with 12 points and 3 boards. Vargas averaged 17.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the series, while Bethelmy averaged 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Meanwhile, David Cubillan (183-PG-87) and Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) couldn't avoid the elimination of Soles de Mexicali, as they lost their Quarter Finals series against Pioneros de Quintana Roo, 4-1. Game 5 was a victory for Pioneros, 85-74. Cubillan finished up with 10 points, 2 rebounds and an assist and Vargas added 9 points and an assist in that game.

Cubillan and Vargas will return to Venezuela alongside coach Ivan Deniz and assistant coach Ronald Guillen . Cubillan, Deniz and Guillen will report to the preseason of Trotamundos de Carabobo and Vargas will go to the team he was traded to, Marinos de Anzoategui.

Other Venezuelans are still in the hunt for a spot in the Semifinals. Juan Herrera (197-F-81) and his Halcones de Xalapa defeated Toros de Nuevo Laredo 76-74 in Game 5 to get closer in the series (3-2) and keep the hope alive. Herrera played 19 minutes and ended with 11 points, 3 rebounds and a block.

Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) and his Huracanes de Tampico were defeated by Fuerza Regia Monterrey in Game 5, 78-75 and are now one game shy of elimination. Colmenares played 22 minutes, scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and added a block and a steal.







Venezuelans Abroad - Greivis Vasquez and the Hornets burned by Grizzlies (NBA) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87) and the New Orleans Hornets are lost in the road that leads to victories. Another defeat made them drop to 3-11 in the 2011-2012 season of the NBA, this time in another clash against his former team, Memphis Grizzlies, 93-87 as hosts.

Vasquez played 16:48 minutes with 4 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals, but got blocked 3 times in attempted shots. He scored 2 of 6 two-point attempts and missed his only three-point shot of the night.

Memphis enjoyed an inspired night by Marc Gasol (212-C-85), who scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and also contributed with 7 assists. He was followed by Mike Conley (186-PG-87) with a double double of 18 points and 10 assists, O.J. Mayo (196-G-87) with 16 coming off the bench, Tony Allen (193-G-82) with 12 and Rudy Gay (206-F/G-86) with 12.

New Orleans's best scorers were Jarrett Jack (191-PG-83) with 28 points and 7 assists and Trevor Ariza (203-F-85) with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Vasquez, who recently turned 25 years old, is now averaging 5.6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in 14 games. Last season, with the Memphis Grizzlies and in his first full season in the NBA, he averaged 3.6 points, 2.2 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game in 70 games.




Venezuelans Abroad - Greg Echenique explodes against Missouri State (NCAA) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF-C Gregory Echenique (205-C-90), of the Creighton Blue Jays (17-2 and 7-1 in conference games) had one of his best overall performances in the 2011-2012 season of the NCAA against one of the toughest opponentes in the Missouri Valley Conference, Missouri State, by helping his team with 16 points and 7 rebounds in a tight victory as visitors, 66-65, in Springfield, Missouri.

Echenique played 30 minutes, scored 5 of 6 two-point attempts and was perfect from the free-throw line (6-6). Two of his 7 rebounds were in the offensive end and he added 2 blocks. His team improved to an all-time 10-0 whenever Echenique scores more than 15 points in a game.

Doug McDermott (200-F-92), the team's offensive star, added 15 points with 6 rebounds. For Missouri State, Anthony Downing (180-G-89) scored 14 points and Kyle Weems (198-F-89) followed him with 13.

Echenique is now averaging 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in 17 games.


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Marshall's 27 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for BC Astana and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds for BC Astana in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Kalev/Cramo (#9, 1-10) 75-73. BC Astana maintains the 7th position in VTB United League . BC Astana is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-7 record. In the team's last game Marshall had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be BC Astana's top player in his first season with the team. Oakland University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Marshall is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.5ppg) and averages solid 60.5% FGP and 41.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Bamba Fall (216-C-86) of Kalev/Cramo. He is Senegalese center in his first season at Kalev/Cramo. In the last game Fall recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Kalev/Cramo was edged by slightly higher-ranked BC Astana (#7, 5-7) 75-73. Kalev/Cramo managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Kalev/Cramo managed to get this year. Fall is a newcomer at Kalev/Cramo and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) of Minsk-2006 (#9). Kudrautsau scored 27 points. Despite Kudrautsau's great performance Minsk-2006 lost 81-90 to the higher-ranked Azovmash (#5, 5-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Minsk-2006 can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 10 games. Too bad for Kudrautsau he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kudrautsau has individually a great season in VTB United League. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.4ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) of BC Astana - 14 points and 7 rebounds
5. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) of Unics - 12 points and 9 rebounds
6. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80) of Zalgiris - 11 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82) of BC Astana - 18 points and 3 assists
8. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85) of Minsk-2006 - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84) of Zalgiris - 11 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  WABA LEAGUE   


WABA Final Standings
WABA Standings
Group A
 1. Al Riyadi 4-0 
 2. Zob Ahan 3-1 
 3. Petrochimi 2-2 
 4. Al Riyadi Am. 1-3 
 5. Al Tilal 0-4 
Group B
 1. ASU 0-0 
 2. Champville 0-0 
 3. Duhok 0-0 
 4. Mahram 0-0 
 5. Moutahed 0-0 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Partizan crushed Vojvodina by 40, Dabovic scores 34 - by Zeljko Zule
League leading Partizan crushed Vojvodina 100-60 in the last game of Round 12. They led 60-34 at halftime and shot 65 percent (13-of-20) for 3-point. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) scored 34 points on shooting 5-o-f6 behind the 3-point line, grabbed 7 rebounds and handed out 5 assists, Mirjana Beronja posted 14 points and Tamara Radocaj had 12 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. Vojvodina was led by Jovana Popovic with 16 points and Vladinka erak collected 13 points and 9 rebounds.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Round 11: Olimpia GrGAU is defeated by Kibirkstis-Tiche - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Baltic League.

The game between second ranked Belarusian Olimpia GrGAU (7-3) and fourth ranked Lithuanian Kibirkstis-Tiche (6-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Olimpia GrGAU was defeated by Kibirkstis-Tiche in a tough game in Grodno 86-91. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 37-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Olimpia GrGAU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for center Gintare Petronyte (196-89) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Sakellie Daniels (170-84, college: Charlotte) helped adding 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Russian-Ukrainian center Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-81) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Olimpia GrGAU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kibirkstis-Tiche have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sirenos. Olimpia GrGAU at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Grodno. Second ranked Belarusian host Olimpia GrGAU (7-3) defeated 3rd placed Lithuanian Sirenos (6-4) 63-52. It was an exceptional evening for Russian-Ukrainian center Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Pokoiova accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds. Olimpia GrGAU's coach Aliaksandr Shimkovyak allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Kristina Alminaite (204-90) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Sirenos in the defeat. Olimpia GrGAU maintains second place with 7-3 record behind leader Gorizont. Newly promoted Sirenos keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Kibirkstis-Tiche. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Grodno supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Lithuanian Kibirkstis-Tiche (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Belarusian Victoria-UOR (1-9). Kibirkstis-Tiche smashed Victoria-UOR 91-58 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Egle Sniokaite who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Alena Martynava produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kibirkstis-Tiche have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sirenos. Victoria-UOR lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Grodno supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Lithuanian Sirenos (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Belarusian Victoria-UOR (1-9). Sirenos smashed Victoria-UOR 80-41. Rasa Zemantauskaite orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 9 rebounds. Victoria-UOR's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Sirenos maintains third place with 6-4 record having just one points less than leader Gorizont, which they share with Kibirkstis-Tiche. Victoria-UOR lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Olimpia - Kibirkstis-Tiche 86-91

The game between second ranked Belarusian Olimpia GrGAU (7-3) and fourth ranked Lithuanian Kibirkstis-Tiche (6-4) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Olimpia GrGAU was defeated by Kibirkstis-Tiche in a tough game in Grodno 86-91. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 37-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Olimpia GrGAU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for center Gintare Petronyte (196-89) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Sakellie Daniels (170-84, college: Charlotte) helped adding 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Kibirkstis-Tiche players scored in double figures. Russian-Ukrainian center Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-81) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Ukrainian forward Anna Pokoiova (188-87) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Olimpia GrGAU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kibirkstis-Tiche have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sirenos. Olimpia GrGAU at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: A.Pokoiova 22+5reb+3ast, L.Alyoshkina 19+8reb+3ast, K.Kashlei 10+1reb+1ast, M.Papova 8+11reb+2ast, A.Iordan 8+3reb+1ast, V.Shmatova 7+2reb+2ast
Kibirkstis-Tiche: G.Petronyte 22+16reb+2ast, E.Sniokaite 18+1reb+1ast, S.Galdikaite 14+8reb+3ast, K.Vengryte 13+5reb+2ast, S.Daniels 11+10reb+6ast, D.Belickaite 6+2reb
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Victoria - Kibirkstis-Tiche 58-91

The game in Grodno supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Lithuanian Kibirkstis-Tiche (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Belarusian Victoria-UOR (1-9). Kibirkstis-Tiche smashed Victoria-UOR 91-58 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Kibirkstis-Tiche led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Kibirkstis-Tiche forced 25 Victoria-UOR turnovers and outrebounded them 56-37 including 23 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kibirkstis-Tiche made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Egle Sniokaite (178-88) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Justina Kraujunaite (174-95) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Forward Alena Martynava (187-94) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and forward Viyaleta Kiuliak (181-96) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kibirkstis-Tiche have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sirenos. Victoria-UOR lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Victoria: V.Kiuliak 16+6reb, A.Martynava 15+12reb+1ast, A.Holubeva 9+3reb+1ast, N.Haryna 5+5reb, M.Khmara 4+3reb+4ast, N.Pratskaila 3+4reb+2ast
Kibirkstis-Tiche: E.Sniokaite 18+6reb+1ast, D.Belickaite 13+4reb+5ast, J.Kraujunaite 13+4reb+5ast, G.Sniokaite 9+6reb+1ast, S.Daniels 7+2ast, S.Dreimane 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 149772


Olimpia - Sirenos 63-52

The game between Top Four teams took place in Grodno. Second ranked Belarusian host Olimpia GrGAU (7-3) defeated 3rd placed Lithuanian Sirenos (6-4) 63-52. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpia GrGAU. Sirenos was better in third quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for Russian-Ukrainian center Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ukrainian forward Anna Pokoiova (188-87) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Olimpia GrGAU's coach Aliaksandr Shimkovyak allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Kristina Alminaite (204-90) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Rasa Zemantauskaite (177-81) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Sirenos in the defeat. Olimpia GrGAU maintains second place with 7-3 record behind leader Gorizont. Newly promoted Sirenos keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Kibirkstis-Tiche. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sirenos: K.Alminaite 15+9reb+1ast, E.Taraseviciute 15+5reb+1ast, R.Zemantauskaite 13+9reb+1ast, E.Liutkute 7+4reb, M.Sukyte 2+4reb+2ast, I.Stankeviciute 0
Olimpia: L.Alyoshkina 17+10reb+3ast, K.Kashlei 15+3reb+1ast, A.Pokoiova 11+8reb+1ast, V.Shmatova 9+1ast, M.Shoniker 4+6reb, M.Papova 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 149773


Victoria - Sirenos 41-80

The game in Grodno supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Lithuanian Sirenos (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Belarusian Victoria-UOR (1-9). Sirenos smashed Victoria-UOR 80-41. The game without a history. Sirenos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Victoria-UOR to just 4 points in third quarter and to 12 points in second half. Sirenos made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while Victoria-UOR only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Victoria-UOR 47-35 including 33 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Victoria-UOR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Rasa Zemantauskaite (177-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Egle Taraseviciute (182-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Viyaleta Kiuliak (181-96) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Marya Khmara (167-95) added 6 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Victoria-UOR. Victoria-UOR's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Sirenos maintains third place with 6-4 record having just one points less than leader Gorizont, which they share with Kibirkstis-Tiche. Victoria-UOR lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Victoria: V.Kiuliak 12+7reb, N.Haryna 7+5reb, A.Holubeva 6+4reb+1ast, M.Khmara 6+5reb+2ast, N.Pratskaila 2+3reb, H.Tsarevich 2+1reb+2ast
Sirenos: R.Zemantauskaite 32+9reb+3ast, K.Alminaite 14+12reb, E.Taraseviciute 11+12reb+4ast, I.Kersulyte 7+4reb+4ast, G.Gurklyte 6+4reb, E.Liutkute 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 149774




Standings
Baltic League Standings
Regular Season
Group A
 1. TTT Riga 8-1 
 2. Olimpia 7-3 
 3. Sirenos 6-4 
 4. Kibirkstis-Tiche 6-4 
 5. TTT Juniores 1-8 
 6. Victoria 1-9 
Group B
 1. Tim-Scuf 8-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 5-1 
 3. KK Tallina U. 4-4 
 4. Eclex Tallinn 3-5 
 5. Frankivsk-Hal. 2-6 
 6. Berezina 0-6 
Semifinals
Group C
 1. Lemminkainen 0-0 
 2. VICI-Aistes 0-0 
Group D
 1. Gorizont 0-0 
 2. Spartak SP 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Olga MAZNICHENKO
  Tim-S.
  (187-F-91)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Maznichenko, Tim-S.24.8 
 2. Ievtushenko, Frank.20.4 
 3. Basko, TTT Riga19.9 
 4. Nikolai, KK Talli.17.9 
 5. Petronyte, Kibirk.17.7 
 6. Krastina, TTT Riga17.6 
 7. Zemantauskai., Sir.15.7 
 8. Gavryliuk, Tim-Scuf15.5 
 9. Matsko, Tim-Scuf15.0 
 10. Alminaite, Sirenos14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley WALLACE
  KK Talli.
  (183-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Wallace, KK Talli.11.1 
 2. Alyoshkina, Olimpia9.9 
 3. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.5 
 4. Taraseviciut., Sir.9.2 
 5. Pazyuk, Frankivs.9.0 
 6. Petronyte, Kibirk.9.0 
 7. Alminaite, Sirenos9.0 
 8. Ignatovich, Minsk.8.3 
 9. Ievtushenko, Frank.8.0 
 10. Niedola, TTT Riga8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sakellie DANIELS
  Kibirk.
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Daniels, Kibirk.6.3 
 2. Kashlei, Olimpia4.5 
 3. Krastina, TTT Riga4.1 
 4. Basko, TTT Riga3.9 
 5. Gavryliuk, Tim-Scuf3.6 
 6. Kraujunaite, Kibir.3.3 
 7. Zemantauskai., Sir.3.3 
 8. Miil, KK Talli.3.3 
 9. Yakovits, Minsk.3.2 
 10. Maznichenko, Tim-.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (175-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga3.8 
 2. Belickaite, Kibirk.3.8 
 3. Nialepka, Victoria3.0 
 4. Basko, TTT Riga2.9 
 5. Murauskaya, Olimpia2.8 
 6. Epnere, TTT J.2.5 
 7. Puu, KK Tallina U.2.5 
 8. Nikolai, KK Talli.2.4 
 9. Daniels, Kibirk.2.3 
 10. Khmara, Victoria2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Gintare PETRONYTE
  Kibirk.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Petronyte, Kibirk.3.7 
 2. Alminaite, Sirenos2.7 
 3. Kiuliak, Victoria2.1 
 4. Rashchenia, Olimpia1.5 
 5. Komarnyak, Franki.1.5 
 6. Alyoshkina, Olimpia1.4 
 7. Jallai, Eclex Tall.1.3 
 8. Preskienyte, Kibir.1.3 
 9. Duboiyskaja, Berez.1.3 
 10. Ievtushenko, Fran.1.1 


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Dynamo Kursk blasts Gorizont to book EuroCup Quarterfinals ticket - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk - Gorizont 78-53

As expected, Dynamo Kursk advanced to the EuroCup Quarterfinals. They outplayed Gorizont once again 78-53 for the final 160-108 victory after two games. Dynamo won the first game as a guest 55-82. At the next stage, the Russian squad will meet the winner of MBK Ruzomberok - Optimum TED duel. Ekaterina Lisina (202-C-87) exploded last night for Dynamo with 27 points and 14 rebounds. She reached valuation 46! Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) had 20 points and 7 rebs, while Anastasia Bocharova (182-SF-77) helped her team with 11 points and 9 rebs. On the other side, Viktoriya Hasper (193-C-88) collected 13 points and 7 rebs in defeat. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) had double-double of 12 points and 12 rebs. Quarters: 15-10, 19-11, 29-15, 15-17. EuroCup Quarterfinals games are scheduled for the beginning of February.

Dynamo Kursk: Ekaterina Lisina 27+14 boards, Anna Petrakova 20+7 boards, Anastasia Bocharova 11+9 boards
Gorizont: Viktoriya Hasper 13+7 boards, Tatyana Troina 12+12 boards


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D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.17.3 
 2. Ballau, Spirou M.16.9 
 3. Greene, Point Cha.16.3 
 4. Vasovic, Houthalen16.1 
 5. Conicelli, Jeugd G.15.5 
 6. Jones, Dexia Namur15.0 
 7. Deyaert, Waregem14.8 
 8. Rosseel, Blue Cats14.8 
 9. Tetschiag, Waregem14.6 
 10. Raman, Waregem14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kayla TETSCHLAG
  Waregem
  (182-G/F-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Tetschiag, Waregem11.6 
 2. Greene, Point Cha.11.2 
 3. Demirer, Spirou M.10.8 
 4. Burks-Wiley, Casto.9.3 
 5. Meesseman, Blue C.8.8 
 6. Conicelli, Jeugd G.8.6 
 7. Maes, Tulikivi.8.0 
 8. Michiels, Spirou M.7.4 
 9. Boonen, Kangoero.7.3 
 10. Deyaert, Waregem7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Krystel BALLAU
  Spirou M.
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ballau, Spirou M.3.4 
 2. Blommaers, Houth.3.2 
 3. Devliegher, Blue C.2.7 
 4. Salvi, Houthalen2.6 
 5. Vercauteren, Wareg.2.4 
 6. Delaere, Kangoero.2.3 
 7. Van Driel, Kangoe.2.1 
 8. Meesseman, Blue C.2.1 
 9. Rosseel, Blue Cats2.1 
 10. Boonen, Kangoero.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Miete CELUS
  Sint Katelijne
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Celus, Sint Kateli.3.2 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.7 
 3. Leemans, Sint K.2.7 
 4. Deneil, Dexia Namur2.6 
 5. Conicelli, Jeugd G.2.5 
 6. Rosseel, Blue Cats2.5 
 7. Greene, Point Cha.2.3 
 8. Ibekwe, Dexia N.2.2 
 9. Blommaers, Houth.2.2 
 10. Meesseman, Blue2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.1.6 
 2. Dochez, Willebroek1.3 
 3. Boonen, Kangoero.1.0 
 4. Nauwelaers, Sint K.0.9 
 5. VanMalderen, Dexia0.8 
 6. Hendrickx, Kangoe.0.8 
 7. Burks-Wiley, Casto.0.8 
 8. Vasovic, Houthalen0.7 
 9. Ben Abdelkad., Dex.0.7 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.0.7 


Union Hainaut advances to EuroCup Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Union Hainaut - Dexia Namur 77-59

Union Hainaut eliminated Dexia Namur and advanced to the EuroCup Quarterfinals. The French squad celebrated 77-59 victory last night for the final 146-122 win in two games. In the first meeting, Union Hainaut was better than Dexia on the road 63-69. Amisha Carter (186-PF-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Louisiana Tech) top-scored for the hosts last night with 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds beside that. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) had 19 points and Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) netted 13. Amanda Houts (168-PG-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) also had double-digits in this game scoring 10 points. On the other side, Dexia got 12 points from Stephanie Dubuc (175-G/F-85). Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-SF-95) stopped to 11 and Laurence VanMalderen (192-C-81, agency: LBM Management) netted 9 points. Quarters: 15-16, 15-15, 31-12, 16-16. Union Hainaut will meet Elitzur Ramla or Kayseri in the Quarterfinals. It will be a two-games duel at the beginning of February.

Union Hainaut: Amisha Carter 21+12 boards, Marina Solopova 19, Radoslava Bachvarova 13, Amanda Houts 10
Dexia Namur: Stephanie Dubuc 12, Hind Ben Abdelkader 11, Laurence VanMalderen 9


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KFUM Jarfalla Stockholm lands Begenisic - by Eurobasket Center
KFUM Jarfalla Stockholm strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina center Aleksandra Begenisic (193-C-89). In her first game she scored 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. However her new team lost to Norrkoping 47-83. Begenisic played most recently at Vozdovac Beograd (Serbia). While playing Adriatic League for Vozdovac last season she averaged 7 games: 1.1ppg and 1.6rpg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Begenisic played also pro basketball in Bosnia and Serbia.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  BULGARIA - Women  


NBL Round 17: Derby game ends with Levski's defeat of Slavia - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Sofia: Levski (#5) and Slavia (#7). Levski (6-8) crushed visiting Slavia (0-14) by 16 points 91-75. The game was mostly controlled by Levski. Slavia managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Slavia's 48. They outrebounded Slavia 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Levski looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Juanita Ward (180-G-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: Syracuse) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) contributed with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Levski's coach Stefan Mihaylov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Neli Pasheva (175-81) answered with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for Slavia. Levski maintains fifth place with 6-8 record. Slavia at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Levski are looking forward to face higher ranked Montana 2003 (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slavia will play against the league's leader Dunav 8806 in Ruse and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for Dunav 8806 (12-1) which hosted in Ruse 3rd placed Beroe 07 (8-6). First ranked Dunav 8806 had an easy win 91-61. American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) stepped up and scored 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Diana Voynova chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds. Center Zlatina Kaloferova (192-86) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Beroe 07's coach Darin Velikov gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Dunav 8806 maintains first place with 12-1 record. Beroe 07 at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Dunav 8806 will play against bottom-ranked Slavia (#7) in Sofia in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Beroe 07 will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Neftochimic (12-2) which hosted in Burgas 4th placed Montana 2003 (7-6). Second ranked Neftochimic had an easy win 86-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Montana 2003. Maria Zhelyazkova nailed 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Ivelina Vrancheva came up with 18 points and 5 assists for Montana 2003 in the defeat. Neftochimic have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 12-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Dunav 8806. Loser Montana 2003 keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Neftochimic will meet Rilski Sportist (#6) in the next round. Montana 2003 will play against Levski in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Levski - Slavia 91-75

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Sofia: Levski (#5) and Slavia (#7). Levski (6-8) crushed visiting Slavia (0-14) by 16 points 91-75. The game was mostly controlled by Levski. Slavia managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Slavia's 48. They outrebounded Slavia 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Levski looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Juanita Ward (180-86, college: Syracuse, agency: Merit Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Levski's coach Stefan Mihaylov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Neli Pasheva (175-81) answered with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Stefka Nikolova (173-90) added 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Slavia. Levski maintains fifth place with 6-8 record. Slavia at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Levski are looking forward to face higher ranked Montana 2003 (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slavia will play against the league's leader Dunav 8806 in Ruse and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Levski: J.Ward 30+10reb+4ast, A.Doychinova 22+10reb+2ast, P.Djambazka 16+3reb+3ast, D.Naydenova 6+6reb+9ast, H.Ivanova 6+4reb+3ast, I.Petrova 5+1reb
Slavia: N.Pasheva 23+6reb+8ast, S.Nikolova 20+5reb+1ast, A.Delcheva 18+7reb, A.Zagorova 8+7reb+4ast, G.Stancheva 4+2ast, Z.Naydenova 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 143917


Dunav 8806 - Beroe 07 91-61

An interesting game for Dunav 8806 (12-1) which hosted in Ruse 3rd placed Beroe 07 (8-6). First ranked Dunav 8806 had an easy win 91-61. The game without a history. Dunav 8806 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe 07's 30. They outrebounded Beroe 07 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) stepped up and scored 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Diana Voynova (190, college: Duquesne) chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds. Four Dunav 8806 players scored in double figures. Center Zlatina Kaloferova (192-86) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Zoya Stanoeva (182-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Beroe 07's coach Darin Velikov gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Dunav 8806 maintains first place with 12-1 record. Beroe 07 at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Dunav 8806 will play against bottom-ranked Slavia (#7) in Sofia in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Beroe 07 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dunav 8806: A.Johnson 31+8reb+2ast, Z.Kostova 18+3reb+5ast, C.Allen 12+7reb+1ast, D.Voynova 12+13reb+2ast, A.Kancheva 9+4reb+1ast, I.Terzieva 6+2reb+1ast
Beroe 07: Z.Kaloferova 17+7reb, D.Koeva 11+6reb, Z.Stanoeva 10+3reb+4ast, R.Naneva 6+3reb+3ast, M.Ilieva 6+3reb, N.Spasova 6+2reb
gschID: 143915


Neftochimic - Montana 2003 86-69

An interesting game for Neftochimic (12-2) which hosted in Burgas 4th placed Montana 2003 (7-6). Second ranked Neftochimic had an easy win 86-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Montana 2003. The game was mostly controlled by Neftochimic. Montana 2003 managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Neftochimic dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Montana 2003's 26. Neftochimic forced 22 Montana 2003 turnovers. International forward Maria Zhelyazkova (181-86) nailed 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Ukrainian guard Olga Dubrovina (170-87, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Four Neftochimic players scored in double figures. The former international guard Ivelina Vrancheva (175-80) came up with 18 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Natalia Topalova-Shopova (186-80) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Montana 2003 in the defeat. Neftochimic have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 12-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Dunav 8806. Loser Montana 2003 keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Neftochimic will meet Rilski Sportist (#6) in the next round. Montana 2003 will play against Levski in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neftochimic: M.Zhelyazkova 25+5reb+2ast, K.Dorogobuzova 19+5reb+1ast, O.Dubrovina 17+8reb+7ast, A.Sokolan 11+7reb+3ast, A.Miteva 7, S.Peeva 5+3reb+3ast
Montana 2003: R.Nesheva 18+4reb, I.Vrancheva 18+1reb+5ast, N.Topalova-Shopova 12+9reb+3ast, D.Makarieva 9+9reb+2ast, C.Mihalkova 8+3reb+2ast, N.Simeonova 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 143916




Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Dunav 8806 12-1 
 2. Neftochimic 12-2 
 3. Beroe 07 8-6 
 4. Montana 2003 7-6 
 5. Levski 6-8 
 6. Rilski Sportist 3-11 
 7. Slavia 0-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Adrienne JOHNSON
  Dunav 8806
  (182-F-89)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Johnson, Dunav 88.26.8 
 2. Stankova, Slavia24.4 
 3. Ward, Levski23.5 
 4. Perostiyska, Beroe22.9 
 5. Dorogobuzova, Nef.22.1 
 6. Topalova-S., Monta.20.1 
 7. Pasheva, Slavia18.7 
 8. Zhelyazkova, Neft.17.9 
 9. Farrell, Rilski S.16.0 
 10. Bachvarova, Levs.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vera PEROSTIYSKA
  Beroe
  (196-C-82)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Perostiyska, Beroe12.9 
 2. Farrell, Rilski S.11.0 
 3. Johnson, Dunav 88.9.5 
 4. Ward, Levski9.3 
 5. Dorogobuzova, Nef.9.2 
 6. Topalova-S., Monta.8.7 
 7. Doychinova, Levski8.6 
 8. Makarieva, Montana8.5 
 9. Voynova, Dunav 88.7.6 
 10. Sowinski, Beroe 077.0 
Assists Per Game
 Silvia PEEVA
  Neftochimic
  (172-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Peeva, Neftochimic5.2 
 2. Naydenova, Levski5.0 
 3. Dubrovina, Neftoch.4.7 
 4. Vrancheva, Montana4.5 
 5. Stankova, Slavia4.2 
 6. Pasheva, Slavia4.1 
 7. Djikova, Rilski S.3.9 
 8. Kostova, Dunav 88.3.8 
 9. Stanoeva, Beroe 073.1 
 10. Nesheva, Montana2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.3.1 
 2. Rudeva, Rilski S.2.0 
 3. Bachvarova, Levski1.9 
 4. Johnson, Dunav 88.1.9 
 5. Vrancheva, Montana1.8 
 6. Allen, Dunav 88061.8 
 7. Naydenova, Levski1.7 
 8. Naydenova, Slavia1.6 
 9. Ward, Levski1.6 
 10. Kostova, Dunav 8.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaitlin SOWINSKI
  Beroe 07
  (196-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Sowinski, Beroe 071.6 
 2. Perostiyska, Beroe1.3 
 3. Voynova, Dunav 88.0.8 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.0.8 
 5. Makarieva, Montana0.7 
 6. Dorogobuzova, Nef.0.7 
 7. Koeva, Beroe 070.5 
 8. Mihalkova, Montana0.5 
 9. Ward, Levski0.5 
 10. Zhelyova, Montana0.5 


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CIS Round 17: St.Francis Xavier edges Dalhousie by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 17 in the CIS took place in Antigonish. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Dalhousie (2-7) to fifth ranked St.Francis Xavier (5-5) 62-60 on Wednesday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-9. But Dalhousie won second period 21-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when St.Francis Xavier won last quarter 16-15. St.Francis Xavier outrebounded Dalhousie 42-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Kirsten Jones (183-89) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Vanessa Pickard (180-92) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Rachael Harrison (168-87) produced 16 points for the guests. Dalhousie's coach Anna Stammberger rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. St.Francis Xavier moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cape Breton. Dalhousie lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Ottawa: Ottawa (#1) and Carleton (#2). Ottawa (11-2) won against visiting Carleton (8-5) 59-55. Center Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jenna Gilbert contributed with 19 points for the winners. Ottawa's coach Andy Sparks allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Ashleigh Cleary (180-88) answered with 21 points for Carleton. Ottawa have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Carleton at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Toronto Univ.. Ottawa will play against RMC (#8) in Kingston in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Carleton will play at home against Queen's in Kingston and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Toronto: Toronto (#3) and Ryerson (#6). Toronto (8-5) crushed visiting Ryerson (5-8) by 31 points 87-56. Jill Stratton stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Ashley Macdonald responded with 21 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. Toronto moved-up to second place, which they share with Carleton. Loser Ryerson keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Guelph and Western. Toronto will meet Laurentian (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ryerson's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Toronto to the arena York.
Leader Windsor delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Western (5-8) 85-55 in London. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Western. Jessica Clemencon nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Windsor. They maintain first place with 12-2 record. Western at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Waterloo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Brock (11-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Waterloo (1-12). Brock did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 72-55 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Emily McKay who scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brock maintains second place with 11-3 record having just -3 point less than leader St.Mary's. Waterloo lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 17 Laurier defeated Guelph in Waterloo 75-69.
The best stats of 17th round was 15 points and 7 rebounds by Marti Killeen of Waterloo.



Waterloo - Brock 55-72

The game in Waterloo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Brock (11-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Waterloo (1-12). Brock did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 72-55 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-55. Brock dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Waterloo's 26. Brock forced 20 Waterloo turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Emily McKay (170) who scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Tara Giallonardo (168) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Four Brock players scored in double figures. Guard Marti Killeen (180) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Laura Burnett (173) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brock maintains second place with 11-3 record having just -3 point less than leader St.Mary's. Waterloo lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: M.Killeen 15+7reb+3ast, L.Burnett 9+3reb+1ast, T.Jacobse 8+4reb, L.Bossers 7+3reb+1ast, C.Quinlan 7+3reb+1ast, M.Behr 3
Brock: K.Santilli 12+3reb, E.McKay 11+5reb+1ast, N.Rosenkranz 10+2reb, J.Del Signore 10+2reb+3ast, T.Giallonardo 10+5reb+1ast, S.Dejong 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 156223


Guelph - Laurier 69-75

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Guelph (5-8) was defeated at home by third ranked Laurier (9-4) 75-69 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Felicia Mazerolle (160) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Center Kimberley Yeldon (183) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Jasmine Douglas (183) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Samantha Russell (183) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Guelph players scored in double figures. Laurier maintains third place with 9-4 record having just 0 points less than leader St.Mary's. Loser Guelph dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Guelph: A.Dzikowski 15+4reb+3ast, K.Goodhoofd 14+3reb+2ast, S.Russell 14+6reb+2ast, J.Douglas 14+13reb, M.Freeman 5+5reb+5ast, B.Inrig-Pieterse 5+2reb+2ast
Laurier: F.Mazerolle 17+7reb+2ast, K.Yeldon 14+7reb+1ast, L.Doyle 12+1reb, A.Hillis 9+5reb+2ast, S.Kurt 8+7reb+1ast, C.Mancino 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 156224


Ottawa - Carleton 59-55

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Ottawa: Ottawa (#1) and Carleton (#2). Ottawa (11-2) won against visiting Carleton (8-5) 59-55. Carleton was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Ottawa, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Carleton 41-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Center Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Power forward Jenna Gilbert (183, college: La Salle) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Ottawa's coach Andy Sparks allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Ashleigh Cleary (180-88) answered with 21 points and guard Alyson Bush (170) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Carleton. Ottawa have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Carleton at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Toronto Univ.. Ottawa will play against RMC (#8) in Kingston in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Carleton will play at home against Queen's in Kingston and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Carleton: A.Cleary 21+2reb+1ast, J.Resch 10+4reb+1ast, K.Van Slingerland 10+5reb+2ast, K.Macleod 6+4reb+1ast, A.Bush 6+8reb+3ast, M.Turner 2
Ottawa: J.Gilbert 19+3reb+1ast, H.Sunley-Paisley 15+12reb+3ast, T.Firmi-Kuehn 7+3reb+2ast, E.Lennox 7+12reb+1ast, M.Stephen 4+5reb+1ast, A.Lachance-Scantland 3+2reb
gschID: 156225


St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 62-60

The most exciting game of round 17 in the CIS took place in Antigonish. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Dalhousie (2-7) to fifth ranked St.Francis Xavier (5-5) 62-60 on Wednesday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-9. But Dalhousie won second period 21-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when St.Francis Xavier won last quarter 16-15. St.Francis Xavier outrebounded Dalhousie 42-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Kirsten Jones (183-89) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Vanessa Pickard (180-92) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Rachael Harrison (168-87) produced 16 points and guard Anna Von Maltzahn (180-91) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Dalhousie's coach Anna Stammberger rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. St.Francis Xavier moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cape Breton. Dalhousie lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: C.Crosby 17+2reb+1ast, R.Harrison 16+4reb+3ast, A.Von Maltzahn 8+10reb+3ast, C.Thompson 6+6reb+3ast, K.Brown 5+2reb+2ast, A.Legge 5+1reb+3ast
St.Francis X.: K.Jones 17+11reb+2ast, V.Pickard 17+5reb+5ast, D.Young 11+5reb, R.Sheehan 7+10reb+6ast, K.Roper 4+2reb, J.Moore 4
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Toronto Univ. - Ryerson 87-56

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Toronto: Toronto (#3) and Ryerson (#6). Toronto (8-5) crushed visiting Ryerson (5-8) by 31 points 87-56. The game without a history. Toronto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ryerson's 24. Toronto forced 24 Ryerson turnovers. Guard Jill Stratton (178) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Joanna Medri (175) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four Toronto players scored in double figures. Guard Ashley Macdonald (160) responded with 21 points and forward Angela Tilk (175) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toronto moved-up to second place, which they share with Carleton. Loser Ryerson keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Guelph and Western. Toronto will meet Laurentian (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ryerson's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Toronto to the arena York.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: A.Macdonald 21+1ast, A.Tilk 11+11reb, S.Jez 7+3reb+1ast, K.Wright 5+1reb+1ast, A.Tkaczyk 4+13reb, C.Mago 3
Toronto Univ.: J.Stratton 16+5reb+4ast, S.Pierce 15+3reb+5ast, J.Medri 15+4reb+4ast, L.Bailey 10+6reb+2ast, M.Stoncius 9+4reb, R.Sider 8+3reb+1ast
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Western - Windsor 55-85

Leader Windsor delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Western (5-8) 85-55 in London. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Western. The game without a history. Windsor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Windsor forced 19 Western turnovers and outrebounded them 50-29 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. French forward Jessica Clemencon (188-89) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Miah-Marie Langlois (176-91) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Laura Dally (180-92) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Jory McDonald (186-93) added 4 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Western in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Windsor. They maintain first place with 12-2 record. Western at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Western: L.Dally 21+5reb+1ast, J.Vaughan 7+4ast, R.Moss 7+1reb+1ast, M.Rondinelli 5+1reb, J.McDonald 4+8reb+1ast, C.Wolynski 4+4reb+3ast
Windsor: J.Clemencon 21+8reb+1ast, M.Langlois 17+7reb+3ast, B.Kovacevic 12+3reb+3ast, J.LaRocque 8+5reb+5ast, K.Williams 8+8reb+6ast, L.Mullins 6+1reb
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CIS Standings
CIS Standings
AUS
 1. St.Mary's 9-2 
 2. Acadia 7-1 
 3. Memorial 6-4 
 4. St.Francis X. 5-5 
 5. Cape Breton 5-5 
 6. New Brunsw. 3-7 
 7. Dalhousie 2-7 
 8. UPEI 2-8 
Canada West
 1. Regina 11-0 
 2. UFV 9-3 
 3. Alberta 9-3 
 4. UBC 8-2 
 5. Calgary 7-5 
 6. TWU 7-5 
 7. Winnipeg 7-5 
 8. Saskatchewan 6-5 
 9. Victoria 5-7 
 10. TRU 5-7 
 11. Manitoba 3-9 
 12. UBC Okanagan 2-8 
 13. Lethbridge 2-10 
 14. Brandon 0-12 
QSSF
 1. Concordia 5-0 
 2. McGill 4-3 
 3. Laval 3-3 
 4. Bishop's 2-4 
 5. UQAM 2-6 
UOA East
 1. Ottawa 11-2 
 2. Carleton 8-5 
 3. Toronto Univ. 8-5 
 4. Queen's 7-5 
 5. York 6-7 
 6. Ryerson 5-8 
 7. Laurentian 3-10 
 8. RMC 0-12 
UOA West
 1. Windsor 12-2 
 2. Brock 11-3 
 3. Laurier 9-4 
 4. Lakehead 7-5 
 5. McMaster 5-7 
 6. Western 5-8 
 7. Guelph 5-8 
 8. Waterloo 1-12 


CIS Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justine COLLEY
  St.Mary''s
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Colley, St.Mary''s25.1 
 2. Colborne, New B.20.6 
 3. Cooke, Cape Breton20.4 
 4. Schuetze, TRU18.9 
 5. Moore, Queen''s18.7 
 6. Sunley-P., Ottawa18.6 
 7. Macdonald, Ryerson18.2 
 8. Clemencon, Windsor18.1 
 9. Clarke, Alberta17.7 
 10. Simard, UQAM17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandy EDMISON
  RMC
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Edmison, RMC11.3 
 2. Lennox, Ottawa10.8 
 3. Wierks, UFV10.7 
 4. Von Maltzahn, Dalh.9.9 
 5. Schuetze, TRU9.8 
 6. Sunley-P., Ottawa9.8 
 7. Druery, Lakehead9.6 
 8. Emmerson, Saskatc.9.5 
 9. Douglas, Guelph9.4 
 10. Tilk, Ryerson9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jorri DUXBURY
  TRU
  (170-G-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Duxbury, TRU5.8 
 2. Zalesiak, Regina5.6 
 3. Langlois, Windsor5.5 
 4. Thompson, Dalho.5.3 
 5. Kaye, Calgary5.3 
 6. Goodis, Victoria5.0 
 7. Colley, St.Mary''s4.9 
 8. Ring, Ottawa4.4 
 9. Robinson, Memorial4.3 
 10. Corby, New Brunsw.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Miah-Marie LANGLOIS
  Windsor
  (176-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Langlois, Windsor3.9 
 2. Zalesiak, Regina3.5 
 3. Kaye, Calgary3.2 
 4. Medri, Toronto3.1 
 5. Williams, Windsor3.1 
 6. Colley, St.Mary''s2.9 
 7. Ring, Ottawa2.9 
 8. Nichols, Lethbridge2.9 
 9. Young, UBC2.9 
 10. Carkner, TWU2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Abbey DUINKER
  Acadia
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Duinker, Acadia1.9 
 2. Douglas, Guelph1.7 
 3. Peklova, Windsor1.4 
 4. Van de Kraat., Alb.1.3 
 5. Kleysen, Winnipeg1.3 
 6. Russell, New B.1.3 
 7. Rosenkranz, Brock1.3 
 8. Jones, St.Franc.1.2 
 9. Colonna, TRU