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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zlatorog not to extend Gruev's contract, Helios part ways with Person - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog decided not to extend the contract of Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) for remainder the season. His contarct expired after one month and the bottom placed team decided not to renew it. Gruev averaged 6.0 points (2P 60%, 3P 38%, FT 70%), 0.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 4 Adriatic League games and 5.0 points (2P 75%, 3P 50%, FT50%), 1.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 2 Telemach League games.
Helios parted ways with Andreas Person (190-G-91). The member of Swedish national team averaged 1.7 points (2P 39%, 3P 29%), 0.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.3 steals in 7 Adriatic League games and 2.8 points (2P 100%, 3P 67%, FT 50%), 0.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 steals in 2 Telemach League games.



Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 16-1 
 2. Cedevita 13-4 
 3. Buducnost 12-5 
 4. Partizan 11-6 
 5. Union Olimpija 10-6 
 6. KK Zagreb CO 9-8 
 7. Siroki WWin 8-7 
 8. Radnicki K. 8-8 
 9. Cibona 8-8 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 6-11 
 11. Hemofarm 5-12 
 12. Helios 4-12 
 13. Krka 4-13 
 14. Zlatorog 2-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.21.2 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.18.0 
 3. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.16.7 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.16.5 
 7. Kasun, KK.15.8 
 8. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.2 
 10. Prepelic, Helios14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.5 
 4. Kasun, KK.7.1 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.5.9 
 6. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 7. Pasalic, Helios5.8 
 8. Pavic, Krka5.6 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan5.5 
 10. Green, Union Olim.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.7 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.1 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.2 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.8 
 6. Mocnik, Union O.4.3 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.2 
 8. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.0 
 9. Simon, KK.3.9 
 10. Draper, Cedevita3.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gay, Helios2.3 
 2. Simon, KK.1.8 
 3. Papaloukas, Macca.1.7 
 4. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 5. Markovic, Radnicki1.6 
 6. Draper, Cedevita1.6 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi1.5 
 8. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.5 
 9. Zubcic, Cibona1.5 
 10. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.1.1 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.1.0 
 5. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 9. Kasun, KK.0.8 
 10. Ilic, Crvena Zvez.0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA: Round 16 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 16 in the LigaA took place in Sunchales. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Libertad Sunchales (11-5) to fourth ranked Sionista (11-5) 83-81 in the game for the third place. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sionista made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Libertad Sunchales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) chipped in 17 points. American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 23 points for lost side. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sionista have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Libertad S. Sionista is looking forward to face Quimsa (#9) in Santiado Estero in the next round where they are favorite. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against San Martin Corrientes (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Obras delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they crushed 16th ranked Quilmes MP (3-13) 104-66 in Buenos Aires. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Pablo Espinoza contributed with 21 points for the winners. American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Quilmes MP. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Obras maintains first position with 14-2 record. Quilmes MP lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Lanus.
San Martin Corrientes (5-11) survived in overtime against Quimsa (7-9) by four points 93-89 on Friday night. The game took place in Santiado Estero. But the guests from Corrientes were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Jack Michael Martinez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Jesse Pellot-Rosa responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Quimsa's coach Carlos Romano tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Quimsa at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Boca Jrs and La Union. San Martin Corrientes will meet at home higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Quimsa will play against Sionista (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in Formosa. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 10th ranked La Union (7-9) to fifth ranked Atenas (10-6) 73-72 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The winners were led by Marcus Melvin who scored that evening 13 points and 7 rebounds. Atenas maintains fifth position with 10-6 record. La Union at the other side dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Atenas' next round opponent will be Regatas Corrientes (#7) at home. La Union will play against Olimpico de La Banda.
Fifteenth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-12) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Regatas Corrientes (9-7) on Friday. Regatas Corrientes managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Paolo Quinteros fired 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lanus. Olimpico de La Banda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face higher ranked Atenas (#5) in Cordoba in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against La Union (#10) in Formosa.

Rest of the games of round 16 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Boca Jrs was defeated by Penarol in Mar del Plata 81-69. Wuber-Est.Bahia beat GECR Indalo at home 88-77. Lanus lost to Club 9 on the opponent's court 57-70.


Penarol - Boca Jrs 81-69

There was no surprise in Mar del Plata where 11th ranked Boca Juniors (7-9) was defeated by second ranked Penarol (13-3) 81-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Boca Juniors was better in fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) fired 4 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Selem Safar (190-87) chipped in 17 points. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. The former international guard Matias Nocedal (192-90) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Penarol have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Obras. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Penarol will face GECR Indalo (#14) in Comodoro R. in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boca Juniors will play at home against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#8) in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: S.Safar 17+2reb, M.Leiva 12+4reb+1ast, L.Gutierrez 12+2reb+2ast, M.Mata 10+4reb, K.Lamonte 9+3reb, P.Barrios 6+3reb
Boca Jrs: M.Nocedal 13+5reb+1ast, M.Fierro 11+6reb+1ast, W.Graves 9+6reb+1ast, D.Alston 8+5reb, A.Diez 8+1reb, J.Brussino 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 141268


Obras - Quilmes MP 104-66

Leader Obras delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they crushed 16th ranked Quilmes MP (3-13) 104-66 in Buenos Aires. The game without a history. Obras led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 36. It was a great shooting night for Obras especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Quilmes MP's players. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Obras players scored in double figures. American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Italian forward German Sciutto (190-78, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the effort for Quilmes MP. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Obras maintains first position with 14-2 record. Quilmes MP lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Lanus.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Mazzaro 21+3reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 21+3reb+2ast, J.Gutierrez 16+7reb+4ast, T.Washam 15+4reb, A.Elsener 12+2reb, A.Konsztatd 7+3reb+2ast
Quilmes MP: C.Matthews 15+9reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 14+2ast, G.Sciutto 12+4reb, A.Weigand 9+4reb, L.Truscott 7+2reb, G.Eseverri 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141269


Libertad S. - Sionista 81-83

The most exciting game of round 16 in the LigaA took place in Sunchales. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Libertad Sunchales (11-5) to fourth ranked Sionista (11-5) 83-81 in the game for the third place. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sionista made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Libertad Sunchales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) chipped in 17 points. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 23 points and his fellow American import center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sionista have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Libertad S. Sionista is looking forward to face Quimsa (#9) in Santiado Estero in the next round where they are favorite. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against San Martin Corrientes (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sionista: L.Cequeira 17+3reb+1ast, M.Sandes 16+10reb+3ast, J.Villegas 14+3reb+1ast, H.Rollins 13+6reb, F.Ferrini 8+1reb, N.Agasse 7
Libertad S.: J.Pittman 23+3reb, R.Battle 11+8reb+3ast, J.Bucknor 10+4reb, M.Saglietti 9+1ast, A.Alloatti 9+8reb, F.Calvi 6+1reb
gschID: 141270


Wuber-Est.Bahia - GECR Indalo 88-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia's (7-8) home victory over 12th ranked GECR Indalo (5-11) 88-77 on Friday. GECR Indalo was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-13 charge of Wuber-Est.Bahia, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. GECR Indalo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 17 points. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) added 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. Wuber-Est.Bahia moved-up to eighth place. Loser GECR Indalo dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face Boca Juniors (#11) in Buenos Aires in the next round. GECR Indalo will play at home against the league's second-placed Penarol having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 17+4reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 16+6reb+2ast, J.Espil 14+1reb+3ast, J.Mojica 9+2reb+4ast, A.Zago 9+8reb, J.Ignacio Sanchez 9+5reb+3ast
GECR Indalo: E.Nelson 18+4reb+2ast, D.Davis 12+9reb+3ast, C.McGowan 12+3reb+1ast, F.Funes 10+2reb, S.Scala 10+3ast, F.Mansilla 7
gschID: 141264


Club 9 - Lanus 70-57

There was an upset in Rio Tercero where higher ranked Lanus (9-7) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Club 9 (6-10) 70-57 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 13 points. Club 9 dominated on the defensive end, holding Lanus to just 6 points in second quarter. Lanus was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Cowan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Club 9 moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Lanus keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Club 9 will face bottom-ranked Quilmes MP (#16) in Mar del Plata in the next round.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Ayarza 21+6reb, J.Cowan 16+11reb+3ast, S.Clancy 12+5reb, G.Luchino 6+2reb+2ast, G.Torre 6+6reb+1ast, D.Gerbaudo 5+2reb+1ast
Lanus: A.Boccia 14+2reb, T.Taylor 14+8reb, M.Byro 10+3reb, D.Roland 4+1reb, D.Guaita 4+1reb, F.Giorgi 3
gschID: 141265


Quimsa - San Mart.C. 89-93 OT

San Martin Corrientes (5-11) survived in overtime against Quimsa (7-9) by four points 93-89 on Friday night. The game took place in Santiado Estero. But the guests from Corrientes were better at the end. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. San Martin Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Quimsa's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) who added 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quimsa's coach Carlos Romano tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Quimsa at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Boca Jrs and La Union. San Martin Corrientes will meet at home higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Quimsa will play against Sionista (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: W.McFarlan 23+8reb+3ast, J.Michael Martinez 21+10reb+3ast, F.Ramirez 18+4reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 10+2reb, F.Elias Saad 7+2reb+4ast, M.Maciel 6+4reb
Quimsa: J.Pellot-Rosa 23+6reb+2ast, D.Lo Grippo 19+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 12+11reb, B.Robinson 12+2reb+3ast, N.Aguirre 8+3reb, D.Tintorelli 8+5reb
gschID: 141266


La Union - Atenas 72-73

A very interesting game took place in Formosa. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 10th ranked La Union (7-9) to fifth ranked Atenas (10-6) 73-72 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. La Union was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of Atenas, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who scored that evening 13 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Miguel Gerlero (192-88) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) did not help to save the game for La Union. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Atenas maintains fifth position with 10-6 record. La Union at the other side dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Atenas' next round opponent will be Regatas Corrientes (#7) at home. La Union will play against Olimpico de La Banda.
Top scorers:
Atenas: F.Sucatzky 17+1ast, M.Gerlero 14+5reb, J.Lloreda 13+4reb, M.Melvin 13+7reb+1ast, R.Humphrey 6+5reb, M.Lescano 5+1reb+1ast
La Union: R.Wolkowyski 19+9reb, G.Mikulas 11+7reb, A.Pau 10+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 9+3ast, A.Marin 8+3reb+5ast, G.Lewis 7+8reb
gschID: 141267


Regatas C. - Olimpico LB 94-91

Fifteenth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-12) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Regatas Corrientes (9-7) on Friday. Regatas Corrientes managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-16. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regatas Corrientes shot 68.6 percent from the field. Regatas Corrientes outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 33-16 including a 26-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) fired 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Ronald DuPree (199-81, college: LSU, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized Italian guard Eduardo Villares (188-79) produced 19 points and forward Cristian Romero (198-82) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lanus. Olimpico de La Banda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face higher ranked Atenas (#5) in Cordoba in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against La Union (#10) in Formosa.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 28+6reb+6ast, L.Roe 17+4reb+1ast, R.DuPree 15+4reb+4ast, N.De los Santos 11+4reb, J.Martinez 7+3reb+6ast, P.I. Calderon 6
Olimpico LB: E.Villares 19+2reb+2ast, C.Romero 17+1reb, J.DeGroat 14+2reb+2ast, G.Grays 10+1reb, J.Machuca 10+3ast, C.Amicucci 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141263




Paolo Quinteros claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized Italian guard Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Regatas C. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Regatas C. in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Olimpico LB (#15, 3-12) 94-91. Regatas C. maintains the 7th position in Italian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Regatas C. will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Quinteros had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Regatas C.'s top player in his first season with the team. Paolo Quinteros averages this season 15.2ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Dominican Rep. power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) of San Mart.C.. Martinez impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for San Mart.C. to edge the higher-ranked Quimsa (#9, 7-9) in overtime by 4 points 93-89. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But San Mart.C. managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Martinez is one of the most experienced players at San Mart.C. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jazwin Cowan (205-F/C-83, agency: Dream Team Management) of Club 9 (#12). Cowan scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Club 9, leading his team to a 70-57 easy win against the higher-ranked Lanus (#6, 9-7). The chances of Club 9 not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cowan could try to bring Club 9's a little bit higher in the standings. Cowan has individually a great season in Argentina. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (7th best). Cowan attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. William McFarlan (201-F-76) of San Mart.C. - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of Club 9 - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) of La Union - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) of Obras - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Joshua Pittman (197-F-76) of Libertad S. - 23 points and 3 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 - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 14-2 
 2. Penarol 13-3 
 3. Sionista 11-5 
 4. Libertad S. 11-5 
 5. Atenas 10-6 
 6. Lanus 9-7 
 7. Regatas C. 9-7 
 8. Wuber-Est.Bahia 7-8 
 9. Quimsa 7-9 
 10. La Union 7-9 
 11. Boca Jrs 7-9 
 12. Club 9 6-10 
 13. San Mart.C. 5-11 
 14. GECR Indalo 5-11 
 15. Olimpico LB 3-12 
 16. Quilmes MP 3-13 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1 North
 1. Union Progr. 2-0 
 2. San Isidro 1-0 
 3. Estudian.Con. 1-1 
 4. Obera TC 0-1 
 5. Alvear 0-2 
TNA1 South
 1. Argentino 2-0 
 2. Ciclista 1-1 
 3. Alianza Viedma 1-1 
 4. Huracan 1-1 
 5. Banda Norte 0-2 
TNA2 North
 1. A.Espanola 2-0 
 2. A.Italiana 1-1 
 3. Atl.Echague 1-1 
 4. Tomas Rocam. 0-1 
 5. Union Sunch 0-1 
TNA2 South
 1. Rosario Cent. 2-0 
 2. Sport Club 1-0 
 3. Bragado 1-1 
 4. San Mart.MJ 0-1 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Gutierrez, Obras18.5 
 2. Nelson, GECR I.17.3 
 3. Villegas, Sionista17.3 
 4. Smith, La Union17.2 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.4 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.16.4 
 7. Pittman, Libertad.16.0 
 8. McHopson, Quilm.15.9 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.8 
 10. Mikulas, La Union15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  Atenas
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 2. Sandes, Sionista9.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.1 
 4. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.8.7 
 6. Truscott, Quilm.8.0 
 7. Cowan, Club 97.8 
 8. Nelson, GECR I.7.5 
 9. Mikulas, La Union7.1 
 10. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.7 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.1 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.7 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista5.5 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.5 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.2 
 7. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 8. Osimani, Obras3.8 
 9. Smith, La Union3.7 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 3. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.8 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.1.8 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.7 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.6 
 7. Beitzel, San M.1.6 
 8. Pellot-Rosa, Quimsa1.5 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.1.5 
 10. Pau, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.3 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 4. Roe, Regatas C.1.2 
 5. Ayarza, Club 91.1 
 6. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 7. Clancy, Atenas0.9 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.9 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Kante, Regatas C.0.8 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers18.3 
 3. Khazzouh, Kings16.9 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats16.7 
 5. Wilson, Taipans16.6 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.4 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers16.0 
 8. Crawford, Croco.15.7 
 9. Warren, 36ers15.4 
 10. Worthington, Blaze15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.3 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.5 
 4. Grant, Kings8.5 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 6. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.7 
 9. Bose, Kings6.5 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.4 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Gill, Crocodiles4.7 
 5. Gibson, Blaze4.4 
 6. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.5 
 8. Martin, Wildcats3.5 
 9. Dillon, Tigers3.4 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.6 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.5 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.9 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.5 
 5. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 6. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
 8. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 9. Gibson, Blaze1.1 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.3 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.3 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.2 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 8. Knight, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 10. Pledger, Breakers0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Wildcats 13-5 
 2. Breakers 13-5 
 3. Crocodiles 9-6 
 4. Taipans 9-8 
 5. Tigers 9-11 
 6. Blaze 8-8 
 7. Kings 8-11 
 8. 36ers 5-11 
 9. Hawks 4-13 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 11-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 9-4 
 3. Triumph 8-3 
 4. Rudupis 8-3 
 5. Ventspils 8-5 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 6-6 
 7. Juventus 6-7 
 8. Kedainiai 5-8 
 9. Tartu Ulikool 4-10 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 2-10 
 11. Liepaja 2-12 
Challenge Cup
 1. Tarvas 6-2 
 2. Naglis Palangos 5-3 
 3. Neptunas 5-3 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 3-5 
 5. Jelgava 1-7 
 6. Techasas 8-2 
 7. Sakalai 8-2 
 8. Valmiera 7-3 
 9. TTU/Kalev 3-7 
 10. Rapla 2-8 
 11. Turiba 2-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas19.0 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.6 
 6. Pilk, TT.16.5 
 7. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja16.5 
 9. Soo, Rapla16.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Neptu.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jawan BAILEY
  Liepaja
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bailey, Liepaja10.8 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas10.7 
 3. McClure, Kedainiai9.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 5. Nelson, Jelgava8.2 
 6. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 8. Arnold, TT.7.8 
 9. Johnson, Naglis P.7.7 
 10. Galdikas, Neptun.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 2. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.1 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas5.0 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 5. Maceina, Juventus4.9 
 6. Janavicius, Baltai4.4 
 7. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 10. Kulagin, Triumph4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dainius SALENGA
  Rudupis
  (197-F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 4. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 6. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 8. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
 9. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 10. Landry, Triumph1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.9 
 3. Bailey, Liepaja1.8 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera1.8 
 5. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 6. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.5 
 7. Staniulis, Techasas1.4 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 9. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.0 
 10. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 


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  BELARUS   


Rutkauskas' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
19-year old forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Minsk-2006 II and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 38 points and 15 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Rubon (#3, 7-5) 66-92. Minsk-2006 II maintains the 5th position in Belarusian league. Minsk-2006 II is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 12 games. In the team's last game Rutkauskas had a remarkable 88.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Minsk-2006 II, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rutkauskas has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.2ppg. Rutkauskas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.9rpg) and averages solid 60.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-F-86) of league's second-best Minsk-2006. He is international forward in his second season at Minsk-2006. In the last game Trastsinetski recorded impressive 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Minsk-2006 lost that game 76-83 to slightly higher-ranked Grodno-93 (#1, 11-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Minsk-2006 still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team belongs to top of the standings with 10-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Trastsinetski is well-known at Minsk-2006 and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-G-84) of league's leader Grodno-93. Ovdeenko scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Grodno-93, leading his team to a 83-76 win against #2 ranked Minsk-2006. Many experts and fans count Grodno-93 as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. The season just started for Ovdeenko as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dmitri Akulich (192-G-86) of Rubon - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau (205-F-91) of BGUIR-RTI - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Genniadiy Zakhar (198-F/G-92) of BGUIR-RTI - 20 points and 11 rebounds
8. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 12 points and 11 rebounds
9. Aliaksandr Kuzmitski (198-F-92) of BGUIR-RTI - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-F-78) of Minsk-2006 - 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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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 11-4 
 2. Aalstar 9-5 
 3. Oostende 9-5 
 4. Antwerp 8-6 
 5. M.Hainaut 8-6 
 6. Leuven 7-6 
 7. Liege 5-8 
 8. Gent 5-10 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 1-13 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar20.2 
 2. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 3. Bostic, Liege16.0 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Green, Spirou14.9 
 6. Freeman, Leuven14.8 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende14.5 
 8. Booker, Oostende13.9 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.8 
 10. Tofi, Leuven13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. Brown, Gent7.9 
 4. McLean, Leuven6.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.7 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 7. Bostic, Liege6.2 
 8. Chaney, Gent5.8 
 9. Merriex, Verviers.5.7 
 10. Matela, Liege5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.7 
 2. Waters, Liege3.9 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.6 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Thompson, Verviers.3.0 
 7. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 8. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 9. Winston, Oostende2.8 
 10. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Downey, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.7 
 3. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 6. Steinbach, Aalstar2.0 
 7. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 8. Bostic, Liege1.9 
 9. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.8 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.1 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Booker, Oostende1.0 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.7 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 
 9. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 
 10. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 


D1 Round 16: Leader Spirou Charleroi loses to Leuven Bears - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Spirou Charleroi (11-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of sixth ranked Leuven Bears on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Leuven Bears 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-68. 26 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Niels Marnegrave (191-G-87) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Leuven Bears maintains sixth position with 7-6 record. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top place with four games lost. Leuven Bears are looking forward to face higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#5) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Antwerp Giants (8-6) against fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (9-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Antwerp Giants were defeated by Okapi Aalstar in Aalst 94-76. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. Stefon Jackson contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) replied with 25 points for Antwerp Giants. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to second place, which they share with Oostende. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with M.Hainaut. Okapi Aalstar will play against Optima Gent (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Antwerp Giants will play against Base Oostende (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the eleventh victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (5-8) 62-52. Worth to mention a quality performance of Caleb Green who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Josh Bostic responded with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-4 record. Belgacom Liege lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 16 Liege was defeated by M.Hainaut in Quaregnon 86-75. Bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. was beaten by Gent at home 67-75.


M.Hainaut - Liege 86-75

There was no surprise in Quaregnon where 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (5-8) was defeated by fifth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (8-6) 86-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Belgacom Liege managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dexia Mons-Hainaut made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Belgacom Liege turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Dexia Mons-Hainaut especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Shan Foster (198-86, college: Vanderbilt) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) responded with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Antwerp. Belgacom Liege lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will meet Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round. Belgacom Liege will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: S.Foster 19+2reb+2ast, Q.Taylor 18+6reb+1ast, J.Cage 15+4reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 11+4reb+4ast, S.Bellin 7+3reb, W.Carter 7+2ast
Liege: J.Bostic 23+8reb+4ast, G.Hockins 17+1reb+1ast, D.Waters 12+3reb+5ast, L.Matela 11+7reb+1ast, P.Gillet 7+6reb, G.Muya 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132394


Aalstar - Antwerp 94-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Antwerp Giants (8-6) against fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (9-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Antwerp Giants were defeated by Okapi Aalstar in Aalst 94-76. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Antwerp Giants was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) who helped to win the game recording 30 points (made all of his eight free throws). Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) replied with 25 points and forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to second place, which they share with Oostende. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with M.Hainaut. Okapi Aalstar will play against Optima Gent (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Antwerp Giants will play against Base Oostende (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 30+3reb, S.Jackson 20+5reb+4ast, J.Holiday 10+1reb+3ast, J.Steinbach 9+3reb+6ast, K.Kruger 8+4reb+4ast, N.Fox 8+6reb+2ast
Antwerp: M.Roll 25+3reb+2ast, D.Wilson 15+8reb+2ast, J.Vaughn 12+3reb, T.Black 11+5reb+5ast, R.Moors 6+2reb+3ast, M.Rademakers 4+2reb
gschID: 132395


Verviers-Pep. - Gent 67-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Optima Gent's (5-10) road victory over bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-13) 75-67 on Friday. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 21-9 charge of Optima Gent, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) who added 14 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87, agency: LBM Management) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Five Optima Gent and four VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. Optima Gent maintains eighth position with 5-10 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Optima Gent will meet at home league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gent: M.Haynes 21+7reb+4ast, G.Brown 14+13reb, R.Chaney 11+4reb+1ast, S.Geukens 11+4reb+1ast, L.Bosco 10+2reb+4ast, M.Jenkins 8+6reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: M.De Zeeuw 16+6reb, T.Thompson 14+2reb+4ast, M.Faison 13+2reb, W.Boss Mukubu 12+4reb+4ast, B.Merriex 7+10reb+1ast, S.Moris 4+4reb
gschID: 132396


Leuven - Spirou 78-68

Top ranked Spirou Charleroi (11-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of sixth ranked Leuven Bears on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Leuven Bears 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-68. 26 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Leuven Bears maintains sixth position with 7-6 record. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top place with four games lost. Leuven Bears are looking forward to face higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#5) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Leuven: B.Freeman 20+3reb+1ast, J.Tofi 19+3reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 14+8reb+3ast, M.McGhee 14+2reb+1ast, J.McLean 6+6reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 4+5reb+1ast
Spirou: C.Hill 17+5reb+2ast, C.Green 17+6reb+1ast, A.Wisniewski 12+2reb+6ast, J.Welsch 7+3reb+1ast, A.Riddick 6+11reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132397


Round 11
Spirou - Liege 62-52

Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the eleventh victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (5-8) 62-52. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-52. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Justin Hamilton (190-80, college: Florida) who added 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) responded with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Ioannis Iarochevitch (207-89, agency: LBM Management) scored 14 points. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-4 record. Belgacom Liege lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: C.Green 21+8reb+5ast, D.Broyles 12+4reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 9+9reb+2ast, C.Hill 9+6reb+1ast, T.Huffman 4, A.Riddick 3+5reb
Liege: I.Iarochevitch 14+4reb, G.Muya 12+2reb+1ast, D.Waters 8+4reb+2ast, J.Bostic 8+9reb+5ast, T.Jennings 6+4reb, P.Gillet 2+4reb
gschID: 167166




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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round 15: Tundja Yambol loses to Levski Sofia in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sofia. Second ranked host Levski Sofia (12-3) defeated 4th placed Tundja Yambol (8-7) 89-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tundja Yambol. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Levski Sofia shot 61.0 percent from the field. Levski Sofia outrebounded Tundja Yambol 38-24 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 9 points and 13 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Martin Durchev (200-87) with 21 points. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Levski Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Lukoil Academik.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (15-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Spartak Pleven (2-13) 80-65. It was a quality performance for Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) who led the winners and scored 18 points. Todor Stoykov accounted for 15 points. Guard Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-82) came up with 23 points and 6 assists for Spartak Pleven in the defeat. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-0 record. Spartak Pleven lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski Sofia.
Third ranked Rilski Sportist (10-5) crushed at home 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-8) by 16 points 89-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Branko Mirkovic who scored 14 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Plamen Aleksiev who recorded 14 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rilski Sportist. They maintain third place with 10-5 record having five points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Euroins Cherno More keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Rilski Sportist will meet Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 Chernomorets lost to Balkan on the opponent's court 86-90.



Balkan - Chernomorets 90-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Chernomorets' (2-13) road loss to sixth ranked Balkan (4-11) 86-90 on Saturday. The game without a history. Balkan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Balkan looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Chernomorets' players. The best player for the winners was guard Dimitar Filipov (185-89) who scored 19 points and 7 assists. American power forward Isiah Martin (203-89, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 25 points and 7 rebounds and FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Balkan maintains sixth place with 4-11 record. Chernomorets lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven. Balkan will meet at home bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8) in the next round. Chernomorets will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: D.Filipov 19+2reb+7ast, I.Martin 16+7reb+2ast, L.Lilov 16+6reb+3ast, D.Marintchechki 15+6reb+2ast, S.Marinov 12+3reb+3ast, D.Morton 6+4reb+1ast
Chernomorets: D.Dunovic 25+7reb+2ast, A.Penev 20+5reb+2ast, K.Pavlovski 19+10reb, D.Roshmanov 12+7reb+3ast, K.Koev 10+5reb+3ast, H.Gospodinov 0+1reb
gschID: 139979


Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 89-73

Third ranked Rilski Sportist (10-5) crushed at home 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-8) by 16 points 89-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Euroins Cherno More managed to win third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Euroins Cherno More turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 14 points and 9 assists. International Stanislav Vaklinov (207-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) who recorded 14 points and 5 assists and international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rilski Sportist. They maintain third place with 10-5 record having five points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Euroins Cherno More keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Rilski Sportist will meet Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: F.Vukosavljevic 18+4reb, B.Mirkovic 14+4reb+9ast, A.Bilobrk 13+4reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 12+14reb, H.Zahariev 10+3reb+3ast, B.Boev 8+4ast
Cherno More: P.Aleksiev 14+2reb+5ast, S.Iliev 12+6reb+1ast, N.Kolev 11+7reb, T.Zhelev 11+1reb+6ast, A.Yanev 10+9reb+1ast, G.Davidov 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 139980


Spartak Pleven - Lukoil Academik 65-80

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (15-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Spartak Pleven (2-13) 80-65. It looked good early as Spartak Pleven took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lukoil Academik had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak Pleven was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-80. It was a great shooting night for Lukoil Academik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. It was a quality performance for Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) who led the winners and scored 18 points. The former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Guard Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-82) came up with 23 points and 6 assists and forward Todor Todorov (198-82) added 11 points respectively for Spartak Pleven in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-0 record. Spartak Pleven lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski Sofia.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Sundov 18+4reb, T.Stoykov 15+4reb, B.Avramov 14+2reb+1ast, L.Mack 13+4reb+1ast, A.Owens 9+1reb+3ast, B.Heath 5+3reb+6ast
Spartak Pleven: A.Dyakovski 23+2reb+6ast, S.Slaveykov 15+1reb, T.Todorov 11+4reb+3ast, S.Tsenov 10+3reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 3+5reb+3ast, T.Ostrev 2+1ast
gschID: 139981


Levski Sofia - Tundja Yambol 89-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sofia. Second ranked host Levski Sofia (12-3) defeated 4th placed Tundja Yambol (8-7) 89-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tundja Yambol. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Levski Sofia shot 61.0 percent from the field. Levski Sofia outrebounded Tundja Yambol 38-24 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 9 points and 13 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Martin Durchev (200-87) with 21 points and American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 12-3 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Levski Sofia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Lukoil Academik.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 33+1reb+5ast, M.Hall 13+1reb+2ast, H.Dimitrov 11+8reb+1ast, J.Howell 10+1reb+2ast, V.Evtimov 9+13reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 7+5reb+8ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 21+3reb+3ast, S.Govedarov 19+2reb+3ast, J.Ofoegbu 15+9reb+3ast, J.Radionov 9+3reb+8ast, M.Jefferson 8+2ast, S.Petkov 4+3reb
gschID: 139982




Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 15-0 
 2. Levski Sofia 12-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 10-5 
 4. Tundja Yambol 8-7 
 5. Cherno More 7-8 
 6. Balkan 4-11 
 7. Chernomorets 2-13 
 8. Spartak Pleven 2-13 


Levski beat Yambol in fun to watch game - by Valentin Anguelov
Win number 12 for the Mens team of Levski in National Basketball League in Bulgaria. In front of 750 spectators in the Universiada Hall in Sofia they beat Yambol in a very good to watch game with a score 89-83 and enter with a win the upcoming derby versus Lukoil Academic in Pravets next Friday.

The match brought lot of fun for the fans in the gym as both teams played well while the game was pretty even for most of it. However, at the end the class of Levski was one idea higher and they won for the third time this season against Yambol. Levski now has 12 wins and 3 losses after this round and still keep those hopes that they can overtake Lukoil Academic in the battle for first place at the end of regular season in NBL. Now, in the game against Lukoil Academic they are in a must win situation which will keep they hopes alive. Yambol, which proved to be a hard nut to crack is the fourth in the standings with a total of 8 wins and 7 losses.

Once again it was Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) to take over in the decisive moments of the game. He finished with 33 points anddished 5 assists. That helped him to take over the first place on the scorers list against todays oponent - Martin Durchev from Yambol. Marcus Hall added 13 points and Hrisimir Dimitrov had excellent game with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

For Yambol Durchev was a top scorer with 21 points and Stanislav Govedarov added 19.

Now we all look forward for the upcoming week when Levski will visit Lukoil Academic in their third derby of the season. So far the team from Pravets has two wins over Levski but Titi Papazov and company hope to break this series in their favor.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Harper, Levski S.21.1 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.20.3 
 3. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.5 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More16.5 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.15.3 
 6. Stankov, Spartak15.0 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.0 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja14.9 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.14.6 
 10. Pavlovski, Cherno.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.10.8 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More9.1 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.5 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.7 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Ril.6.5 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.4 
 8. Todorov, Spartak5.9 
 9. Crawford, Balkan5.7 
 10. Tsenov, Spartak5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.6 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.5 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.2 
 4. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.9 
 5. Filipov, Balkan4.3 
 6. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 7. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.5 
 8. Hall, Levski Sofia3.1 
 9. Jefferson, Tundja3.0 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitar ROSHMANOV
  Chernomo.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.6 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.5 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 4. Harper, Levski S.2.3 
 5. Jefferson, Tundja2.0 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 7. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 8. Durchev, Tundja Y.1.9 
 9. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.8 
 10. Ofoegbu, Tundja1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.2 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.1 
 4. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.7 
 5. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.7 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 7. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 8. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.6 
 9. Mijajlovic, Rilski0.5 
 10. Vaklinov, Rilski0.4 


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  CANADA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin KING
  TRU
  (--)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. King, TRU23.9 
 2. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.2 
 3. Diloreto, Windsor21.3 
 4. Barrett, Saskatch.21.3 
 5. Pasquale, Laure.20.9 
 6. Thomas, St.Franc.20.7 
 7. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.6 
 8. Barbeau, Western20.3 
 9. Mackinnon, Victoria20.3 
 10. Ghomari, UBC O.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Phillip, Windsor10.9 
 2. Burke, UBC10.8 
 3. King, TRU10.8 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.4 
 5. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.7 
 6. Lieffers, Saskatch.9.7 
 7. Klassen, Acadia9.3 
 8. Coward, Lethbridge9.2 
 9. Desroches, New B.9.0 
 10. Oliver, Manitoba8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.7.7 
 2. Cunningham, Winnip.6.2 
 3. Kraus, Brock6.1 
 4. Collins, Windsor6.0 
 5. Smith, TWU5.8 
 6. Barrett, Saskatch.5.7 
 7. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.4 
 8. Shepherd, Memorial5.3 
 9. Bonhomme, Brandon5.3 
 10. Helsby, Memorial5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.5 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.3.1 
 3. Collins, Windsor3.0 
 4. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.8 
 5. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 6. Smith, TWU2.7 
 7. Barrett, Saskatch.2.6 
 8. Sy-M., McGill2.6 
 9. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 10. Cooper, Lethbridge2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Balraj BAINS
  UBC
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bains, UBC2.2 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 3. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.7 
 4. Klassen, Acadia1.5 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.5 
 6. Duke, UPEI1.3 
 7. Thomas, St.Franc.1.2 
 8. Fidler, Calgary1.2 
 9. Dewar, Alberta1.2 
 10. Harrison, Laurier1.1 


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


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Mimica, KK Split23.7 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.7 
 4. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 5. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.2 
 6. Vrbanc, Zadar16.5 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner15.9 
 8. Mrva, Jolly14.5 
 9. Zitko, Krizevci14.4 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.4 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner7.1 
 3. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 4. Mrva, Jolly7.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.8 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar6.8 
 8. Cakarun, Borik6.7 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.5 
 10. Buva, Krizevci6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci6.8 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.1 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.9 
 5. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.3 
 6. Subotic, KK Split3.2 
 7. Mimica, KK Split3.2 
 8. Tomas, Zabok3.2 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ross, Jolly3.1 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.2 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 4. Blazevic, Borik1.8 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 6. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 7. Panduric, Darda1.6 
 8. Ivanov, Zadar1.6 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik1.5 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 2. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 3. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split1.1 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 6. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj0.7 
 9. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.7 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 


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


Andrej Stimac joins Svjetlost Slavonski Brod - by Eurobasket Center
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod agreed terms with 33-year old power forward Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-100kg-79). In his first game he scored 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. However his new team lost to Jolly 59-80. Stimac played most recently at Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey). While playing 20 games for Mersin last season he recorded 4.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He is a very experienced player. Stimac played also pro basketball in Poland, Spain and Turkey.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Tadej Kostomaj joins Svjetlost Slavonski Brod - by Eurobasket Center
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod agreed terms with 25-year old Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87). In his first game he scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Jolly 59-80. Kostomaj played most recently at Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.). While playing 13 games for Levice this season he averaged 3.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. Kostomaj is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Czech Rep., Slovakia and Slovenia. Kostomaj played for Slovenian U20 national team until 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center


A1 Round 14: Dubrovnik tries to escape the last position defeating Borik Puntamika - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik managed to get a second victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Borik Puntamika 77-62. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference suggests that Dubrovnik is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-62. 26 personal fouls committed by Borik Puntamika helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Maro Lucic (202-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Dubrovnik's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marijan Cakarun (-90) responded with 21 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Dubrovnik maintains eleventh position with 2-11 record. Borik Puntamika at the other side keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Krizevci. Dubrovnik are looking forward to face higher ranked Krizevci (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Borik Puntamika will play against Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka and is hoping to win this game.
A1 top team - KK Split (10-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Krizevci (5-8) 88-82. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) notched 28 points to lead the effort and Josip Sobin supported him with 22 points and 6 steals. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by forward Luka Zitko (201-81) did not help to save the game for Krizevci. Krizevci's coach Tihomir Bujan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split maintains first position with 10-3 record, which they share with Zadar. Krizevci lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Borik. KK Split will play against Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Krizevci will play at home against Dubrovnik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Zadar (10-3) crushed at home 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (5-7) by 46 points 97-51, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alkar Sinj. The best player for the winners was Ante Krapic who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Jure Lozancic produced 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zadar have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with KK Split. Loser Alkar Sinj dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Svjetlost and Darda. Zadar will meet Vrijednosnice OS (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Alkar Sinj will play against Jolly in Sibenik and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 14 Kvarner 2010 lost to Zabok on the opponent's court 76-90. Jolly outscored Svjetlost in a home game 80-59.


Zabok - Kvarner 2010 90-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Kvarner 2010's (6-7) road loss to fourth ranked Zabok (8-5) 76-90 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-76. Zabok made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Center Domagoj Bubalo (214-91) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Dino Cinac (198-88) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Zabok and four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zabok have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 8-5 record. Loser Kvarner 2010 keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Zabok will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kvarner 2010 will play against Borik Puntamika (#9) in Zadar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zabok: I.Tomas 20+3reb+5ast, D.Basic 17+1reb+2ast, D.Bubalo 11+9reb+2ast, S.Jankovic 11+2reb+1ast, R.Lez 10, L.Pesut 10+2reb+1ast
Kvarner 2010: M.Ceskovic 20+3ast, T.Simovic 18+9reb+2ast, D.Cinac 16+10reb+2ast, J.Surina 12+3reb, M.Juricic 6, J.Blajic 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 149454


Dubrovnik - Borik 77-62

Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik managed to get a second victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Borik Puntamika 77-62. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference suggests that Dubrovnik is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-62. 26 personal fouls committed by Borik Puntamika helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Marijo Hajdic (206-89) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Maro Lucic (202-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Dubrovnik players scored in double figures. Dubrovnik's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marijan Cakarun (-90) responded with 21 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Mario Pesut (-90) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Dubrovnik maintains eleventh position with 2-11 record. Borik Puntamika at the other side keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Krizevci. Dubrovnik are looking forward to face higher ranked Krizevci (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Borik Puntamika will play against Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: M.Hajdic 21+8reb, M.Lucic 15+6reb+2ast, I.Begic 14+5reb, M.Peric 12+2reb+1ast, A.Ostric 5+4reb+1ast, M.Diminic 4+3reb
Borik: M.Cakarun 21+4reb, M.Pesut 15+6reb+2ast, T.Ramljak 7+9reb, P.Maric 7+1reb+3ast, R.Jurlina 7+3reb+1ast, M.Jurjevic 3+3reb
gschID: 149455


KK Split - Krizevci 88-82

A1 top team - KK Split (10-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Krizevci (5-8) 88-82. Krizevci was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) notched 28 points to lead the effort and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) supported him with 22 points and 6 steals. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by forward Luka Zitko (201-81) did not help to save the game for Krizevci. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Four Krizevci players scored in double figures. Krizevci's coach Tihomir Bujan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split maintains first position with 10-3 record, which they share with Zadar. Krizevci lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Borik. KK Split will play against Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Krizevci will play at home against Dubrovnik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Mimica 28+4reb, J.Sobin 22+3reb+1ast, S.Subotic 17+3reb+4ast, L.Babic 9+1reb+1ast, F.Najev 6+7reb+1ast, D.Vukovic 3+2reb
Krizevci: L.Zitko 25+5reb+3ast, M.Gligora 13+2reb+1ast, I.Grgat 12+6reb+1ast, I.Buva 11+7reb, J.Glavinic 9+4reb+5ast, A.Hrkac 4+2reb
gschID: 149456


Jolly - Svjetlost 80-59

Rather predictable result in Sibenik where third ranked Jolly (9-4) smashed 6th ranked Svjetlost (5-7) 80-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-59. Jolly dominated on the defensive end, holding Svjetlost to just 4 points in second quarter. They also forced 21 Svjetlost turnovers. Jolly looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Svjetlost's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) who scored 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jolly's coach Hrvoje Vlasic felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Ljubo Samadan (208-83) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Jolly have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-4 record behind leader KK Split. Svjetlost lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj and Darda. Jolly will meet Alkar Sinj (#7) on the road in the next round. Svjetlost will play against the league's leader KK Split and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jolly: R.Ross 15+6reb+8ast, L.Katura 11+3reb+2ast, P.Vrlika 9+1reb, I.Josipovic 9+1reb, M.Mrva 8+7reb+4ast, T.Petani 7+1reb+2ast
Svjetlost: T.Kostomaj 16+5reb+4ast, L.Samadan 15+8reb, K.Gamma 10+4reb, A.Stimac 7+3reb+1ast, I.Papac 6+5reb, M.Kljaic 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 149457


Zadar - Alkar Sinj 97-51

Second ranked Zadar (10-3) crushed at home 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (5-7) by 46 points 97-51, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alkar Sinj. The game without a history. Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Alkar Sinj's 34. Zadar forced 23 Alkar Sinj turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Ante Krapic (202-85) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Franko Kastropil (211-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Zadar players scored in double figures. Center Jure Lozancic (211-83, college: Jacksonville) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Roko Rogic (185-92) added 10 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zadar have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with KK Split. Loser Alkar Sinj dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Svjetlost and Darda. Zadar will meet Vrijednosnice OS (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Alkar Sinj will play against Jolly in Sibenik and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zadar: A.Krapic 18+7reb, K.Vragovic 15+1ast, I.Batur 11+6reb+3ast, F.Kastropil 11+10reb, A.Delas 10+1reb+4ast, I.Radic 10+3reb
Alkar Sinj: J.Lozancic 12+5reb, R.Rogic 10+1reb+2ast, J.Curkovic 9+2reb, F.Bubalo 6+1reb+2ast, N.Gaurina 5+4reb, A.Anzulovic 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149458




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Grant, Levice20.9 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.5 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.7 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha17.2 
 7. McFadden, Usti n.16.7 
 8. Houska, BK Decin16.4 
 9. Wilson, CEZ N.16.0 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.2 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.8.4 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.2 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.3 
 6. Peterson, BK Prost.7.2 
 7. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.9 
 8. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
 9. Pesic, Inter B.6.9 
 10. Manousos, NH Os.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.1 
 2. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.2 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 5. George, Svitavy3.9 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.8 
 7. Wright, NH Ostrava3.6 
 8. Boyer, BK Decin3.6 
 9. Ames, BC Kolin3.6 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thaddeus MCFADDEN
  Usti n.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McFadden, Usti n.2.5 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 3. Ames, BC Kolin2.2 
 4. Klecka, B&W Opava2.2 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.1 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 7. Wright, NH Ostrava2.0 
 8. Grant, Levice1.8 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.5 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.4 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 5. Grant, Levice1.1 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Meno, Svitavy1.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 9. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


NBL Round 24: BK Prostejov defeats BC Kolin in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL.

The most exciting game of round 24 in the NBL took place in Kolin. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th ranked BC Kolin (16-8) to second ranked BK Prostejov (20-4) 87-85 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) who helped to win the game recording 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American) who added 18 points during the contest. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) with 23 points and 9 rebounds. BK Prostejov maintains second position with 20-4 record having just three points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. BK Prostejov are looking forward to face BK Decin (#4) at home in the next round. BC Kolin will play against BK Loko Plzen and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Pardubice. 3rd ranked host BK Pardubice (18-6) was smashed by first ranked CEZ Nymburk (23-1) 85-63. The winners were led by American center Andrew Naymick (211-85, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and A.J. Abrams supported him with 18 points. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) did not help to save the game for BK Pardubice. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-1 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BK Pardubice will play against Levharti Chomutov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
BC Kolin (#4) was upset in Levice by eighth ranked Levice 80-61. The best player for the winners was Keaton Grant who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Levice's coach Peter Balint allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Richard Field who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds. Levice have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-14 record. Loser BC Kolin dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Levice will meet BK Usti nad Labem (#11) on the road in the next round. BC Kolin will play against BK Loko Plzen (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked B&W Opava managed to get a fifth victory. This time they won against eleventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem 82-68. It was a good game for Martin Vanak who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava (5-19) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Inter Bratislava. BK Usti nad Labem lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#14) on the road.
The game in Ostrava was also quite interesting. 6th ranked USK Praha (14-10) played at the court of seventh ranked NH Ostrava (12-12). NH Ostrava defeated USK Praha 75-64 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Derek Wright who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. NH Ostrava maintains seventh position with 12-12 record. Loser USK Praha keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. NH Ostrava will face Basketbal Svitavy (#9) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: BK Prostejov destroyed Chomutov on the opponent's court 101-72. Svitavy outscored Plzen in a home game 86-60. Inter Bratislava recorded a loss to BK Decin on the road 78-70.



Chomutov - BK Prostejov 72-101

Very expected game when 9th ranked Levharti Chomutov (8-16) was crushed at home by second ranked BK Prostejov (20-4) 101-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-72. BK Prostejov made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. BK Prostejov outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 35-19 including a 25-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American) who helped to win the game recording 22 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Jaromir Bohacik (198-92) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) with 18 points and power forward Veroslav Sucharda (204-76) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Prostejov maintains second position with 20-4 record having just three points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost. BK Prostejov will face BK Decin (#4) at home in the next round. Levharti Chomutov will play against BK Pardubice (#3).
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: A.Eitutavicius 22+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 17+2reb+2ast, J.Bohacik 15+6reb, P.Slezak 12+3ast, K.Svrdlik 9+4reb+1ast, J.Prasil 9+5reb+2ast
Chomutov: R.Lowery 18+2reb+2ast, V.Sucharda 15+6reb, Z.Hanzlik 12+1reb+4ast, P.Pope 11+1reb+3ast, J.Krakovic 6+3reb, F.Sahan 4+2reb
gschID: 136734


BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk 63-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pardubice. 3rd ranked host BK Pardubice (18-6) was smashed by first ranked CEZ Nymburk (23-1) 85-63. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk 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 BK Pardubice's 42. They outrebounded BK Pardubice 38-20 including a 27-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American center Andrew Naymick (211-85, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and the other American import guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas) supported him with 18 points. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) did not help to save the game for BK Pardubice. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) added 10 points and 6 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-1 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BK Pardubice will play against Levharti Chomutov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: A.Naymick 19+6reb, A.Abrams 18+4reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 11+6reb+4ast, L.Wilson 11+6reb+1ast, L.Palyza 8+5reb, L.Sokolovsky 6+1reb+3ast
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 18+5reb, O.Peterka 13+2reb+2ast, C.Muirhead 10+6reb+2ast, M.Hampton 7+1reb+2ast, Z.Pospisil 6+1reb+1ast, L.Kotas 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 136735


NH Ostrava - USK Praha 75-64

The game in Ostrava was also quite interesting. 6th ranked USK Praha (14-10) played at the court of seventh ranked NH Ostrava (12-12). NH Ostrava defeated USK Praha 75-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-64. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) who added 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. NH Ostrava maintains seventh position with 12-12 record. Loser USK Praha keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. NH Ostrava will face Basketbal Svitavy (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Hughes 14+10reb+1ast, D.Wright 11+7reb+7ast, M.Gniadek 11+2reb, L.Jurecka 11+3reb, S.Manousos 9+7reb+5ast, A.Ciz 7+3reb+4ast
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 17+3reb+1ast, V.Hruban 16+5reb+3ast, S.Votroubek 11+10reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 9+4reb+6ast, V.Cvek 6+1reb, M.Vocetka 3+2reb
gschID: 136736


BC Kolin - BK Prostejov 85-87

The most exciting game of round 24 in the NBL took place in Kolin. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th ranked BC Kolin (16-8) to second ranked BK Prostejov (20-4) 87-85 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) who helped to win the game recording 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American) who added 18 points during the contest. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) with 23 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five BC Kolin players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov maintains second position with 20-4 record having just three points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. BK Prostejov are looking forward to face BK Decin (#4) at home in the next round. BC Kolin will play against BK Loko Plzen and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: P.Slezak 22+2reb+1ast, A.Eitutavicius 18+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 13+3reb, D.Pandula 9+8reb+1ast, R.Pelikan 6+4reb, J.Prasil 6+1reb
BC Kolin: J.Jelinek 23+9reb, R.Field 14+9reb+1ast, D.Machac 12+6reb+1ast, C.Barnes 11+3reb+3ast, R.Ames 10+5reb+3ast, S.Zuzak 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 167800


Svitavy - Plzen 86-60

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (9-15) smashed at home 12th ranked BK Loko Plzen (5-18) 86-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Basketbal Svitavy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Tomas Macela (179-88) who added 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) with 14 points and power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (204-82) scored 12 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to ninth place. BK Loko Plzen lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will face higher ranked NH Ostrava (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Loko Plzen will play against BC Kolin (#5).
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 20+7reb, T.Macela 16+1reb+3ast, P.Mroz 15+3reb+1ast, T.Teply 9+2reb+1ast, R.Kramny 6+1reb, L.Horak 6+6reb
Plzen: L.Toth 14+4reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 12+2reb+2ast, M.Kozlik 8+5reb, M.Norwa 6+3reb, P.Frana 5+5reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 136730


Levice - BC Kolin 80-61

BC Kolin (#4) was upset in Levice by eighth ranked Levice 80-61. Levice outrebounded BC Kolin 48-37 including a 39-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Levice's coach Peter Balint allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward David Machac (204-80) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Levice have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 9-14 record. Loser BC Kolin dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Levice will meet BK Usti nad Labem (#11) on the road in the next round. BC Kolin will play against BK Loko Plzen (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Levice: K.Grant 17+10reb+2ast, D.Lowhorn 14+7reb+2ast, J.Vojtek 12+4reb, S.Modric 10+13reb+2ast, M.Sykora 8, E.Sanchez 7+2reb+3ast
BC Kolin: R.Field 14+7reb+2ast, C.Barnes 11+3reb+1ast, D.Machac 11+6reb, R.Marko 7+5reb+2ast, R.Ames 6+3reb+4ast, J.Jelinek 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136731


B&W Opava - Usti n/Labem 82-68

Bottom-ranked B&W Opava managed to get a fifth victory. This time they won against eleventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem 82-68. It looked good early as BK Usti nad Labem took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then B&W Opava had a 22-13 second period charge getting the lead and BK Usti nad Labem was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-82. B&W Opava forced 19 BK Usti nad Labem turnovers and outrebounded them 44-30 including 26 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Usti nad Labem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Martin Vanak (200-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) contributed with 11 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. Center Jaromir Fohler (211-85) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava (5-19) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Inter Bratislava. BK Usti nad Labem lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#14) on the road.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: M.Kolovrat 16+6reb, M.Vanak 15+11reb+1ast, J.Sirina 11+2reb+9ast, M.Miklosik 10+9reb, R.Klecka 9+2reb+2ast, J.Blazek 8+7reb+2ast
Usti n/Labem: J.Fohler 18+5reb+2ast, J.Holanda 17+2reb+1ast, T.McFadden 14+8reb+2ast, V.Hejl 6, L.Bazant 5+3reb+1ast, B.Reese 3+1reb
gschID: 136732


BK Decin - Inter Bratislava 78-70

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Inter Bratislava (5-19) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked BK Decin (17-7) 78-70 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BK Decin made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) with 20 points and 8 assists and Serbian guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-77) scored 19 points. BK Decin have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Inter Bratislava dropped to the bottom position with 19 games lost. BK Decin will face league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Inter Bratislava will play against B&W Opava (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 26+6reb+2ast, L.Sanders 14+5reb+4ast, J.Boyer 10+5reb+4ast, A.Alic 10+5reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 8+6reb+3ast, L.Stria 8+5reb
Inter Bratislava: E.Ubilla 20+4reb+8ast, M.Trivunovic 19+4reb+3ast, S.Gavran 12+10reb, A.Kuffa 6+3reb+2ast, M.Luley 5, M.Pesic 5+7reb
gschID: 136733




QANTO Basketbal Svitavy lands Deloach - by Eurobasket Center
QANTO Basketbal Svitavy strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American Michael Deloach (183-PG-86, college: Norfolk St.). In his first game he scored 2 points and added 10 assists helping his new team beat Plzen 86-60. Deloach played most recently at Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg (Poland). He graduated Norfolk State University in 2010 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 23-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 20-4 
 3. BK Pardubice 18-6 
 4. BK Decin 17-7 
 5. BC Kolin 16-8 
 6. USK Praha 14-10 
 7. NH Ostrava 12-12 
 8. Levice 9-14 
 9. Svitavy 9-15 
 10. Chomutov 8-16 
 11. Usti n/Labem 6-18 
 12. Plzen 5-18 
 13. B&W Opava 5-19 
 14. Inter Bratislava 5-19 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 18-1 
 2. Svendborg 18-2 
 3. Naestved 13-7 
 4. SISU 8-11 
 5. Horsholm 8-12 
 6. Vaerlose 7-12 
 7. Aalborg 7-12 
 8. Aabyhoj 7-13 
 9. Horsens IC 6-13 
 10. Falcon 5-14 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. White, Aalborg26.5 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC23.9 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.3 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.4 
 5. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.9 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj18.8 
 7. Kingsley, Svendborg18.4 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg17.7 
 9. Dennis, SISU16.0 
 10. Glynn, Naestved15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan GLYNN
  Naestved
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg10.5 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj10.5 
 4. St.John, Horsens9.9 
 5. Benjamin, Horsholm9.1 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.5 
 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: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.2 
 4. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.7 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.4 
 8. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 9. Nielsen, Bakken3.1 
 10. Iversen, 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, Aalborg2.1 
 6. Plannthin, Svend.2.1 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.0 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 9. McFarlane, Falcon1.7 
 10. Kristiansen, Aalb.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm1.9 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.9 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose0.9 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former Celtic Davis waived by Red Claws - by Eurobasket News
Ricky Davis (6'7''-F/G-79, college: Iowa) comeback to the NBA with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League has ended after 11 games.

The team announced on Saturday the 32-year-old guard has been waived.

Davis averaged 8.5 points and 3.3 rebounds during his time with the Red Claws (the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, and Philadelphia 76ers D-League affiliate).

Shortly after joining the Red Claws, Davis told CSNNE.com he had contemplated retirement after a patella tear but was ready to make another run at the NBA after successfully rehabbing the injury.

He hoped part of that road would include a return to his former team, the Boston Celtics.

Oh yeah definitely. No hesitation at all, he said. Those guys over there, theyre class acts. Doc Rivers is easily probably one of the best coaches Ive ever played for. Hes the one that kind of started the team thing with me, bringing me off the bench and teaching me different kinds of things in the game. That would be a great blessing for me to go back to Boston and get my Bucket Brigade going again (laughs).

Davis averaged 13.5 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in 736 NBA games as a member of the Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Clippers.

When asked if he had something left to prove in the NBA, Davis answered without hesitation.

Oh yeah, Ive got a lot to show, Davis said. I was holding back and Im ready. Im ready.

Courtesy of www.necn.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 15-5 
 2. Springfield A. 11-10 
 3. Erie Bay H. 10-12 
 4. Canton C. 10-12 
 5. Dakota W. 9-11 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 8-14 
 7. Maine RC 7-16 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 7-16 
West Conference
 1. Austin T. 17-4 
 2. Los Angeles D. 17-7 
 3. Rio Grande VV 14-9 
 4. Bakersfield J. 11-10 
 5. Reno B. 11-11 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 10-12 
 7. Texas L. 10-13 
 8. Idaho S. 8-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.9 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.8 
 3. Costner, Los A.23.8 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.6 
 5. Millsap, Los A.22.0 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.8 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.20.0 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 9. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.19.3 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.18.8 
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. Williams, Texas L.9.9 
 5. Milligan, Canton C.9.4 
 6. Smith, Rio G.9.2 
 7. Foote, Springfield9.0 
 8. Thomas, Reno B.8.9 
 9. Andrews, Los A.8.8 
 10. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 3. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 4. Cooksey, Texas L.6.7 
 5. Coleman, Sioux F.6.5 
 6. Curry, Springfield6.4 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.6.2 
 8. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 9. Ahearn, Reno B.5.8 
 10. Wise, Bakersfield5.8 
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.2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 5. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 7. Emmett, Reno B.2.1 
 8. Owens, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 9. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 10. Dyson, Tulsa 66e.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Foster, Idaho S.3.1 
 2. Whiteside, Reno B.3.0 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.2 
 4. Williams, Texas L.2.1 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Alabi, Bakersfield2.0 
 7. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 8. Blakely, Iowa E.1.8 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.7 
 10. Johnson, Springfi.1.7 


Friday's games (6) review - by Eurobasket News
Texas L. - Canton C. 117-95
The Canton Charge failed to close strong in each of the opening two quarters, digging a big hole on their way to getting routed, 117-95, by the Texas Legends in an NBA Development League game Friday. The Legends outscored the Charge, 12-3, in the final 3:40 of the first quarter and 14-2 in the last 3:40 of the second, putting away their visitors by halftime in front of 4,642 fans at Dr. Pepper Arena. The Legends outrebounded the Charge, 49-21, including 20-6 on the offensive glass. Canton (10-12) also turned it over 18 times and shot just 5-of-15 from 3-point range. Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) led Texas (10-13) with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Six of his boards came on the offensive glass. Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) added 24 points. Former Bowling Green star and 13-year NBA veteran Antonio Daniels came off the Texas bench for seven points and five assists. Manny Harris led Canton with 17 points and six rebounds, while Keith McLeod scored 16 points. Christian Eyenga and Tyrell Biggs added 13 points apiece. Biggs, though, grabbed just three rebounds in 34 minutes. TJ Campbell and Frank Hassell each scored 10 off the bench. But Canton didn't get it done on defense or on the glass. The Legends used their strong finish to the first quarter to take a 34-21 lead. After the 14-2 run to end the half, their lead was 64-39, as Canton never threatened in the second half. The Legends host the Charge again tonight at 8, as Canton wraps up a four-game road trip. The Charge return home Tuesday to play Springfield at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Idaho S. - Austin T. 97-120
The Idaho Stampede couldn't keep up with the league-leading Austin Toros on Friday night, and fell 120-97 to drop to 8-13 on the season. Despite only having eight men on the bench, the Toros came out on fire and jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead. That lead only continued to grow, as the Toros finished the night shooting an imperssive 56.6 percent from the field. The Stampede simply could not answer on offense. Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) had a team high 19 points and Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) scored 18 points in the loss. The Stampede will host the Toros again on Saturday night, tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.ktvb.com

Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 88-105
Leading by four at halftime the Los Angeles D-Fenders started the third quarter on an 11-0 run and saw their lead reach as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter before they defeated the Bakersfield Jam 105-88 at the Jam Events Center on Friday night for their ninth win in 10 games. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) (26 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) became the second D-Fenders (17-7) player in team history to record a triple-double, joining teammate Eniel Polynice, who accomplished the feat earlier this season (Dec. 12 against the Legends). Additionally, Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) led all scorers after he totaled 30 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the year, and Otis George posted a season-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds (seven offensive) off the bench in the victory. Bakersfield (11-10) was paced by their second unit, which totaled 64 of its 88 points. Osiris Eldridge led the way after he finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Juan Pattillo dropped in 15 points, Mustapha Farrakhan totaled 13 points, and David Palmer tallied 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers off the bench. Renaldo Major (10 points) was the only starter to reach double figures. *Courtesy of D-League

Reno B. - Rio Grande VV 112-129
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers won their third in a row with a 129-112 victory over the Reno Bighorns. The Vipers (14-9) were led by Kelvin Lewis (6'4''-G-88, college: Houston) and Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89, college: Oklahoma), who scored 22 points each and Damian Saunders and Greg Smith, who had 20 apiece. Lewis made 4 of 5 shots from the 3-point arc, and Saunders had a game-high 12 rebounds. The Bighorns were paced by Andre Emmitt's 32 points. The Vipers and Bighorns (11-11) will play again at 9 o'clock tonight. After that, the Vipers return home on Wednesday against Fort Wayne. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 113-122
The Erie BayHawks' two freshest faces played major roles in leading their new team to victory Friday night. Point guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) and 7-foot center Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) combined for 54 points in the BayHawks' 122-113 win over the Maine Red Claws at the Portland Expo Building. Lin had a triple-double, scoring 28 points, dishing out 12 assists and grabbing 11 rebounds while playing more than 44 minutes as the 'Hawks improved to 10-12. Jordan added 26 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes of playing time for Erie, which bolted to a 10-point first-quarter lead and then had to withstand a pair of late rallies by the host team to pick up the victory. Erie led 59-54 at halftime and was up by eight in the third quarter before Maine -- paced by Morris Almond's 25 points and 24 from Kenny Hayes -- cut the margin to 80-79. The 'Hawks answered with a 10-0 run, getting six points from former Gannon standout Kyle Goldcamp, and widened its margin to 11. Maine later crept to within 106-102 with 4 minutes, 52 seconds to play, but a Jordan dunk and a 3-pointer by Devin Green, who added 12 points for Erie, kept the Red Claws at bay. D.J. Kennedy scored 16 points for the BayHawks, while Kyle Spain added 13 and Goldcamp and Tirrell Baines contributed 11. Jordan, 25, and Lin, 23, were sent down to Erie from the Knicks Wednesday and were making their season debuts with the BayHawks. Jordan was averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in six games with New York this season. Lin has D-League experience, as he averaged 18 points, 4.3 assists and nearly 6 rebounds per game last season with Reno. The Golden State Warriors signed Lin as an undrafted free agent last year but waived him, and he was later signed by the Houston Rockets. However, the Rockets waived Lin, and the Knicks acquired him last month. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Sioux Falls S. - Ft.Wayne MA 106-102
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 106-102 Friday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. Sioux Falls got off to a fast start in a game they never trailed and snapped a three-game home losing streak. Sioux Falls (7-16) took the early lead with two quick baskets by Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC). They began the game on a 9-0 run and looked ready to run away with the game. However, Fort Wayne (8-14) got their first score of the night with a basket by Darnell Lazare and responded with a 9-2 run of their own to get back in the game. After leading by six (30-24) after the first quarter, Sioux Falls built their largest lead of the game (48-35) in the second. Casey Mitchell scored 18 of his 24 points in the second and the Skyforce took a 68-59 lead into halftime. Fort Wayne responded right away in the second half, converting an alley-oop dunk with Tory Jackson finding Gilbert Brown for the slam. They began the second half on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 68-66. Sioux Falls responded with a 6-0 run and continued to hold a lead in the second half due to great presence on the offensive boards. Fort Wayne didn't have an answer all night for Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) who finished with eight offensive rebounds. Fort Wayne had a chance to tie the game with 17.8 seconds left but Cameron Jones missed a 3-pointer and Gilder grabbed the rebound and converted 1-of-2 free throws to seal the victory for Sioux Falls. Gilder had his best performance in a Skyforce uniform with season-highs in points (31), rebounds (12) and steals (5). Mitchell continued his strong play off the bench with 24 points and six rebounds. Lazare recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists. Jackson filled in nicely for GATORADE call-up Walker Russell, Jr. with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The same two teams play at 7 p.m. CT tomorrow night at the Sioux Falls Arena. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com




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E.B.A Players of the week - by Calvin Brown
Metropolitan All-Stars Calvin Brown, 6' 8 center, and Terrance Carter, 6' 5 forward, have been named Co-Players of the Week.
Both men scored 20 points in their teams' 101-86 victory over a strong Winchester Storm squad. The defending champs take on the Harrisburg Horizon on Sunday, January 22 at 3:00pm @ Laurel High School.

Honorable Mention

Jamal Wise - Washington Madness - 42 pts/12 rebs

John Youngman - NYC Jaguars - 21 pts

Roman Perez - NYC Jaguars - 20 pts




Center Court, Inc. is in the process of assembling a team to take to Peru the first two weeks of March, 2012. Center Court is providing lodging, food and local transportation in Peru, all participants must pay their own air fare. There will be many teams from various leagues in Peru looking to sign players for the up coming seasons. This is a must for players looking to play professionally. Call the following number for more details: 301 452-9048. All E.B.A. players are welcome to try out!




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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 14-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 11-1 
 3. Tarvas 11-4 
 4. Rapla 8-8 
 5. TTU/Kalev 7-8 
 6. Tln Kalev 5-11 
 7. Valga/CKE 3-14 
 8. Parnu 2-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Pilk, TT.17.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu17.5 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas16.9 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.16.4 
 5. Soo, Rapla16.0 
 6. Raap, Parnu15.8 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.4 
 8. Arnold, TT.14.5 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.2 
 10. Cunda, Va.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.1 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.3 
 3. Cricelli, Va.8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.2 
 5. Raadik, Parnu7.7 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.5 
 8. Allingu, Tartu U.7.2 
 9. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.1 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Pilk, TT.3.7 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas3.7 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.4 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 8. Keedus, TT.3.0 
 9. Karner, Parnu2.8 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Kaldre, Rapla2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 6. Karner, Parnu1.9 
 7. Laane, Rapla1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.8 
 10. Umbrasko, Tarvas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.6 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.2 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 7. Makke, TT.0.7 
 8. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 10. Raadik, Tartu Uli.0.5 


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EA7 Emporio Armani Milano eye Luther Head - by Eurobasket News
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano eye Luther Head (191-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) to join the roster. The American Guard might be the addition to the team for the rest of the season.
In 2001-2002 he appeared for Illinois (NCAA) and in 32 games averaged 4.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg. Another three years he spent with Illinois (NCAA) and in the last season showed 15.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 41%.
In 2005-2006 joined Houston Rockets (NBA) and after 80 games had 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 69.9%. He spent another three seasons there and in
2009-2010 moved to Indiana Pacers (NBA). After 47 games his stats read 7.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 82.8%.
The season 2010-2011 started for New Orleans Hornets (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Sacramento Kings (NBA). In 33 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 78.0%, left in March'11.



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FINNISH CUP: Finalists Pyrinto and Kataja - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Cup Finalists are this year Pyrinto (Tampere) and Kataja (Joensuu). Pyrinto beat tonight Bisons (Loimaa) 64-51 (36-25) and Kataja defeated Karhu (Kauhajoki) 67-52 (40-26). Kataja is last season Finnish Cup winner and Pyrinto has won Finnish Championship two times (2009-10, 2010-11) in a row. Last season Top League finalists will meet on Sunday, Jan 22, at 6 pm in Tampere.
Kataja's zone defense was poison for Karhu. Just 26 points during the first half and Kataja was leading already by 14 points during the half time. Kataja's three American players 'killed' Karhu's Americans during the first two quarters 26-5! B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) led Kataja with 17 pts. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) was Karhu's leading scorer with 14 pts.
Pyrinto was playing probably the best D this season? They kept Bisons in 51 points and some Bisons sharpshooters in tiny points. Only two Bisons players were in double figures: Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) (18) and Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) (11). The game MVP was Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo), who had a double-double 23pts/14rbs. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) added 15 pts.

Kataja - Karhu 67-52 (40-26). Quarters: 19-18, 21-8, 18-15, 9-15. (BA Walker 17, Jared Newson 13, Sami Lehtoranta 11/11 - Vesa Makalainen 14, Todd Hendley 10, Clevin Hannah 9).
Pyrinto - Bisons 64-51 (36-25). Quarters: 20-13, 16-12, 18-10, 10-16. (Damon Williams 23/14, Kenneth Lowe 15, Olli Ahvenniemi 8 - Ryan McDade 18, Matti Nuutinen 11, Clifton Jones 5).




Blue's 41-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for KTP and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 41 points adding nine rebounds for KTP in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Namika Lahti (#11, 6-18) with 37-point margin 105-68. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Thanks to this victory KTP moved-up to the 10th position in the Finnish league. KTP is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 9-16 record. In the team's last game Blue had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Middle Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blue is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.6ppg. Blue is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg,55.6% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports) of top-ranked Kataja. He is American swingman in his second season at Kataja. In the last game Newson recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Kataja to edge the lower-ranked KTP (#10, 9-16) by 2 points 72-70. Of course Kataja still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 20 matches. Newson is well-known at Kataja and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#5). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of league's second-best Nilan Bisons. Zeno got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Nilan Bisons, leading his team to a 87-70 easy win against #3 ranked Kauhajoki in a game of the week. Nilan Bisons needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 5 lost games. Zeno has a great season in Finland. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of KTP - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Kauhajoki - 33 points and 3 rebounds
6. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 28 points and 3 rebounds
7. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of KTP - 9 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists
8. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84) of LrNMKY - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. John Fields (205-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 12 points and 15 rebounds
10. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 26 points, 6 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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Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 13-2 
 2. Chalon 12-3 
 3. Le Mans 11-4 
 4. Nancy 11-4 
 5. Paris-Levallois 10-5 
 6. Orleans 10-5 
 7. Roanne 7-8 
 8. ASVEL 7-8 
 9. Dijon 7-8 
 10. Cholet 7-8 
 11. Strasbourg 6-9 
 12. Le Havre 5-10 
 13. Nanterre 5-10 
 14. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 4-11 
 15. Poitiers 3-12 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-13 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Boulazac 15-3 
 2. Limoges 14-4 
 3. Chalons-Reims 12-6 
 4. Fos Ouest 12-6 
 5. Maurienne 11-7 
 6. Bordeaux 10-8 
 7. Boulogne 10-8 
 8. Lille 10-8 
 9. St Vallier 10-8 
 10. Bourg 8-10 
 11. Denain 8-10 
 12. Nantes 8-10 
 13. Evreux 8-10 
 14. Le Portel 7-11 
 15. Rouen 6-12 
 16. Antibes 6-12 
 17. Quimper 4-14 
 18. Vichy 3-15 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.21.4 
 2. Hughes, Hyeres-T.21.1 
 3. Parker, AS.20.3 
 4. Rochestie, Le Mans19.5 
 5. Cox, Le Havre17.9 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.7 
 7. Hamilton, Paris-.17.5 
 8. Batum, Nancy17.1 
 9. Nelson, Cholet16.7 
 10. Wise, Le Havre16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamont HAMILTON
  Paris-.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Hamilton, Paris-.8.3 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.1 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.9 
 4. Aminu, Chalon7.9 
 5. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 6. Vebobe, Cholet7.0 
 7. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg7.0 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.6.9 
 10. Hughes, Hyeres-T.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon8.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.6 
 3. Parker, AS.6.3 
 4. Wise, Le Havre6.0 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.7 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.1 
 8. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 9. Dixon, Dijon4.8 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Nanterre
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Riley, Nanterre2.2 
 2. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 3. Albicy, Gravelines2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.1 
 5. Melody, Dijon2.0 
 6. Acker, Le Mans2.0 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.0 
 8. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 9. Krupalija, Hyeres.1.8 
 10. Nelson, Cholet1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.4 
 2. Jackson, Roanne1.1 
 3. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 4. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.1 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 7. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.1.0 
 9. Sy, Orleans0.9 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Bourg
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 2. McCray, Boulogne18.3 
 3. Denave, St Vallier18.1 
 4. Davis, Le Portel17.9 
 5. Paelay, Quimper17.1 
 6. Barro, Bourg16.3 
 7. Wood, Evreux16.2 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest16.1 
 9. Siggers, Rouen16.0 
 10. Prowell, St Valli.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Wood, Evreux11.3 
 2. Massie, Limoges11.2 
 3. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 4. Osby, Maurienne9.6 
 5. Rossiter, Denain9.4 
 6. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 7. Allen, Antibes8.7 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.6 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.8.4 
 10. Prowell, St Valli.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.1 
 2. Copeland, Bourg5.8 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.6 
 4. Mouillard, Quimper5.6 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.5 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.5 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen5.2 
 8. Denave, St Vallier5.1 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.5.1 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.6 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.6 
 3. Paelay, Quimper2.4 
 4. Shiloh, St Vallier2.2 
 5. Eito, Vichy2.1 
 6. James, Denain2.0 
 7. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier1.9 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.1.8 
 10. Prowell, St Valli.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 3. Osby, Maurienne1.4 
 4. Prowell, St Vallier1.0 
 5. Dunn, Rouen0.9 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 7. Barrett, St Vallier0.9 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. Massie, Limoges0.9 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.0.8 


Batum's agent to meet with Blazers management on Monday - by Eurobasket News
The agent of Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) will meet Monday afternoon in Portland with Blazers management for the third time in hopes of coming to terms on a contract extension, according to a source.

Parties that will be involved in Monday's negotiating session will include Batum's agent Bouna Ndiaye, acting GM Chad Buchanan, director of NBA scouting Mike Born, and salary cap expert Joe Cronin.

A source tells CSNNW.com that Batum's agent has yet to give the Blazers their counterproposal and that they will present that number in Monday's meeting before the Blazers lock horns with the Sacramento Kings Jan.23.

Both sides haven't spoken verbally to one another since Jan. 13 in San Antonio when CSNNW.com received word that the Blazers made a low-ball offer to Ndiaye. I'm told that the offer is still not acceptable' and as of late, Buchanan has been in 'panic mode' to get a deal done.

The Blazers have until Jan. 25 to sign Batum to an extension, if an agreement is not reached by then, Batum will become a restricted free agent at season's end.

Courtesy of www.csnnw.com


ProB Round 18: Boulazac Basket edges SPO Rouen by two points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Fifteenth-ranked SPO Rouen (6-12) made lots of trouble for first ranked Boulazac Basket (15-3) on Saturday. Boulazac Basket managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. SPO Rouen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Alex Dunn (210-82, college: Wyoming) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds. Boulazac Basket have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Antibes. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face Aix-Maurienne (#5) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round. SPO Rouen will play at home against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-7) against fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (12-6) on Friday night. Visiting Aix-Maurienne was defeated by Chalons-Reims in a tough game in Reims 65-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. It was a good game for American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Nate Carter contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds for Aix-Maurienne. Chalons-Reims moved-up to third place, which they share with Fos Ouest. Aix-Maurienne at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Chalons-Reims will play against Quimper UJAP (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aix-Maurienne will play against the league's leader Boulazac Basket (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Boulogne supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (14-4) played at the court of 8th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (10-8). Limoges CSP Elite smashed SO Maritime Boulogne 86-62 on Saturday. Joseph Gomis scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Jonathan Rousselle with 14 points. Limoges CSP Elite have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record behind leader Boulazac. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Limoges CSP Elite will meet SPO Rouen (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against JL Bourg (#10) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Saint Vallier. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Saint Vallier (10-8) to ninth ranked Lille Metropole (10-8) 78-75 in the game for the sixth place. Steve Smith notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Lille Metropole have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Saint Vallier. Lille Metropole's next round opponent will be Denain Voltaire (#11) at home where they are favorite.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Vichy, where higher ranked Le Portel (7-11) lost to eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (3-15) in a road game 71-82 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Mathieu Guichard who scored 21 points and 4 assists. JA Vichy maintains eighteenth position with 3-15 record. Le Portel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. JA Vichy will face higher ranked Bordeaux (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Fos Ouest defeated Quimper in a road game 87-80. Denain beat Bourg at home 97-87. Nantes lost to Antibes on the opponent's court 69-87. Evreux outscored Bordeaux in a home game 85-66.
The best stats of 18th round was 28 points and 9 rebounds by Lamine Kante of Denain.



St Vallier - Lille 75-78

A very interesting game took place in Saint Vallier. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Saint Vallier (10-8) to ninth ranked Lille Metropole (10-8) 78-75 in the game for the sixth place. Saint Vallier was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 46-34 second half run of Lille Metropole. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Saint Vallier turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Saint Vallier helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Even 27 points and 5 rebounds by American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) did not help to save the game for Saint Vallier. David Denave (195-85) added 12 points and 5 assists. Lille Metropole have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Saint Vallier. Lille Metropole's next round opponent will be Denain Voltaire (#11) at home where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Smith 23+8reb+1ast, B.Gillet 18+1reb+6ast, C.Marshall 17+7reb+1ast, S.Bradford 6+7reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 4+2reb, A.Rigaux 4+4ast
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 27+5reb+2ast, D.Denave 12+3reb+5ast, F.Tortosa 9+4reb, M.Toti 7+1reb+1ast, S.Barrett 6+3reb+1ast, D.Diarra 5+4reb
gschID: 139892


Quimper - Fos Ouest 80-87

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (4-14) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Fos Ouest (12-6) 87-80 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Quimper UJAP won fourth quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fos Ouest made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Quimper UJAP was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) who scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) who recorded 15 points and Aurelien Salmon (204-87) added 15 points respectively. Five Fos Ouest and four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Quimper UJAP lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Fos Ouest will face Saint Vallier (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Quimper UJAP will play against Chalons-Reims (#3).
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: P.Haquet 15+1ast, E.Choquet 14+1reb+4ast, K.Atamna 13+3reb+2ast, S.Gay 11+6reb+3ast, S.Giffa 10+3reb+2ast, B.Clark 10+6reb+3ast
Quimper: A.McCoy 15+2reb+1ast, A.Salmon 15+4reb+1ast, P.Paelay 15+4reb+3ast, G.Lessort 13+7reb, A.Lovedale 6+2reb, V.Mouillard 6+10ast
gschID: 139893


Vichy - Le Portel 82-71

We should mention about the upset which took place in Vichy, where higher ranked Le Portel (7-11) lost to eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (3-15) in a road game 71-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by JA Vichy. Le Portel was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Mathieu Guichard (188-88) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Jean-Philippe Ludon (200-83) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively. JA Vichy maintains eighteenth position with 3-15 record. Le Portel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. JA Vichy will face higher ranked Bordeaux (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Vichy: M.Guichard 21+2reb+4ast, M.Jefferson 16+8reb+1ast, E.Craven 16+9reb+2ast, D.Coleman 11+9reb, A.Eito 9+1reb+2ast, W.Aka 4+2reb
Le Portel: I.Sy 14+1ast, N.Wyatte 14+11reb+2ast, C.Davis 12+2reb+2ast, R.Taylor 9+4reb+4ast, M.Labeyrie 8+1reb+4ast, J.Ludon 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 139894


Denain - Bourg 97-87

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Denain Voltaire (8-10) defeated at home 11th ranked JL Bourg (8-10) 97-87 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-87. Denain Voltaire made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Lamine Kante (200-87) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who recorded 24 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Denain Voltaire moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated JL Bourg. Denain Voltaire will face higher ranked Lille Metropole (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Denain: L.Kante 28+9reb+2ast, R.Rossiter 19+7reb+2ast, J.James 16+7reb+4ast, F.Minet 11+1reb+1ast, N.Rohnert 10+8reb+5ast, X.Gaillou 6+1reb+5ast
Bourg: O.Barro 24+8reb+1ast, J.Cornley 17+10reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 11+3reb+1ast, D.Copeland 9+2reb+6ast, C.Ferchaud 8+2reb+3ast, J.Delhomme 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 151898


Antibes - Nantes 87-69

There was an upset when higher ranked Nantes (8-10) was defeated on the road by sixteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (6-12) 87-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Olympique Antibes. Nantes was better in fourth quarter 30-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nantes to just 7 points in second quarter. Olympique Antibes dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Nantes' 46. The best player for the winners was Benjamin Monclar (190-88) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Swiss power forward David Ramseyer (200-87) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Olympique Antibes moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Rouen. Loser Nantes keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Olympique Antibes will face higher ranked Le Portel (#14) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: B.Monclar 24+7reb+1ast, J.Allen 17+8reb+3ast, M.Badiane 14+5reb+2ast, F.Prenom 13+7reb, L.Bengaber 6+5reb+5ast, M.Courby 5+1reb+1ast
Nantes: M.Badiane 16+5reb+2ast, D.Ramseyer 14+7reb+2ast, G.Watt 9+3reb, M.Drame 8+3reb, N.Gayon 7+2reb, K.Morlende 5+1reb
gschID: 139887


Boulazac - Rouen 72-70

Fifteenth-ranked SPO Rouen (6-12) made lots of trouble for first ranked Boulazac Basket (15-3) on Saturday. Boulazac Basket managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. SPO Rouen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Alex Dunn (210-82, college: Wyoming) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) added 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively. Boulazac Basket have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Antibes. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face Aix-Maurienne (#5) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round. SPO Rouen will play at home against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: D.Monroe 15+14reb+1ast, R.Ayers 15+4reb+1ast, A.McKenzie 11+6reb+2ast, Y.Gaillou 7+1reb, T.Dubiez 7+2reb+2ast, S.Njoya 5+1reb+5ast
Rouen: A.Dunn 20+8reb+3ast, C.Bronchard 13+5reb+1ast, J.Siggers 12+4reb+5ast, L.Chelle 10+2reb, K.Patiejunas 6+5reb+6ast, P.Poupet 6+6reb+5ast
gschID: 139888


Boulogne - Limoges 62-86

The game in Boulogne supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (14-4) played at the court of 8th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (10-8). Limoges CSP Elite smashed SO Maritime Boulogne 86-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-62. The former international guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) scored 15 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Mali Sambou Traore (199-79) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was point guard Jonathan Rousselle (190-90) with 14 points and naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record behind leader Boulazac. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Limoges CSP Elite will meet SPO Rouen (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against JL Bourg (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Limoges: J.Gomis 15+2reb+4ast, L.Milbourne 15+2reb, K.McAlarney 10+2reb+4ast, C.Massie 9+4reb, A.Curti 8+1reb+4ast, J.Mipoka 8+2reb+2ast
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 14+4reb+3ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 13+5reb, Z.Bah 11+2reb+3ast, M.Le Pellec 10+4reb, J.Mathis 6+5reb+2ast, C.Rouse 6+8reb
gschID: 139889


Evreux - Bordeaux 85-66

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked ALM Evreux (8-10) outscored at home higher ranked Bordeaux (10-8) 85-66 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when ALM Evreux's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-9 extending their advantage to 19 points. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. ALM Evreux forced 20 Bordeaux turnovers. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and power forward John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ALM Evreux moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Bordeaux keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. ALM Evreux will face Nantes (#12) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Evreux: J.Wood 21+10reb+4ast, G.Pons 15+3reb+2ast, A.Rowland 13+7ast, M.Correa 10+4reb, G.Florimont 9+6reb, L.Konate 7+4reb+1ast
Bordeaux: K.Cunningham 15+6reb, J.Ford 11+4reb+3ast, M.Doubal 10+4reb, R.Dardaine 7+1reb, C.Dunn 7+1reb+5ast, G.Darrigand 6+4reb+8ast
gschID: 139890


Chalons-Reims - Maurienne 71-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-7) against fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (12-6) on Friday night. Visiting Aix-Maurienne was defeated by Chalons-Reims in a tough game in Reims 65-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aix-Maurienne. It looked good early as Aix-Maurienne took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalons-Reims had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and Aix-Maurienne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-71. Chalons-Reims made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American Nate Carter (198-83, college: Oklahoma) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and American Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Chalons-Reims moved-up to third place, which they share with Fos Ouest. Aix-Maurienne at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Chalons-Reims will play against Quimper UJAP (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aix-Maurienne will play against the league's leader Boulazac Basket (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: N.Carter 15+6reb+1ast, B.Mullins 15+6reb+5ast, P.Beye 12+6reb+1ast, C.Daniels 11+7reb, K.Joss-Rauze 9+1reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 5+4reb+2ast
Maurienne: B.Osby 20+16reb+3ast, D.Tucker 14+5reb+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 9+2reb, M.Houmounou 7+3reb, W.Brown 5+5reb+1ast, A.Gomisz 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 139891




ProA Round 15: Chalon/Saor loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
ProA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 15 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Le Havre where host STB Le Havre (5-10) edged league's leader Chalon/Saor (12-3) 81-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chalon/Saor won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when STB Le Havre won last quarter 14-14. 25 personal fouls committed by Chalon/Saor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Ousmane Camara (202-89) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Chalon/Saor's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. STB Le Havre maintains twelfth place with 5-10 record, which they share with Nanterre. Chalon/Saor at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Gravelines. Chalon/Saor will play next round against Strasbourg IG trying to make it back to the top of the standings. STB Le Havre will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Sluc Nancy on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Gravelines-Dunkerque defeated 5th ranked Paris-Levallois at home 81-75. It was a good game for swingman Pape Sy (201-88) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Ludovic Vaty contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for Paris-Levallois. Gravelines-Dunkerque (13-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Orleans. Paris-Levallois will play next round against Pau-Lacq-Orthez trying to get back on the winning streak. Gravelines-Dunkerque will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Chorale de Roanne on the road.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sluc Nancy (11-4) against sixth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (10-5) on Friday night. Visiting Sluc Nancy was defeated by Entente Orleans 45 in Orleans 83-68. It was a great evening for Brian Greene who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Abdel Kader Sylla with 13 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Entente Orleans 45. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Defending champion Sluc Nancy keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Le Mans. Entente Orleans 45 will meet Cholet (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sluc Nancy will play against STB Le Havre (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Poitiers managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of eleven consecutive loses. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez 85-84. It was an exceptional evening for Evan Fournier who led the winners and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Poitiers (3-12) moved-up to fifteenth place. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Poitiers' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) at home.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Nanterre, where higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (7-8) lost to thirteenth ranked JSF Nanterre (5-10) in a road game 71-78 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Mykal Riley who scored 13 points and 4 steals. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. JSF Nanterre moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Le Havre. Loser Chorale de Roanne keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. JSF Nanterre will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 15 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Strasbourg was defeated by Dijon in JDA Dijon 65-55. Le Mans beat ASVEL at home 84-72. Cholet destroyed Hyeres-Toulon on the opponent's court 105-57.
The best stats of 15th round was 22 points and 9 rebounds by Joao Paulo Batista of Le Mans.



Dijon - Strasbourg 65-55

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked JDA Dijon and 10th ranked Strasbourg IG had identical 6-8 record. This time JDA Dijon used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Strasbourg 65-55 on Saturday night. Strasbourg IG was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-9 charge of JDA Dijon, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Strasbourg IG turnovers. Strangely Strasbourg IG outrebounded JDA Dijon 36-21 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard David Melody (184-77) who scored 19 points. American forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) chipped in 12 points. JDA Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Kevin Anderson (182-88, college: Richmond) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. JDA Dijon (7-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Strasbourg IG dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. JDA Dijon will face JSF Nanterre (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Strasbourg IG will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 18+12reb+2ast, K.Anderson 12+2reb+4ast, C.Oliver 8+6reb, A.Ajinca 8+5reb+1ast, A.M'Baye 5+4reb, M.Zianveni 2+4reb
Dijon: D.Melody 19+2ast, B.Dixon 13+3reb+2ast, Z.Moss 12+4reb+2ast, J.Leloup 8+5reb+1ast, A.Harris 4+2reb+1ast, T.Rupert 4+3reb
gschID: 133605


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Poitiers 84-85

Bottom-ranked Poitiers managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of eleven consecutive loses. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez 85-84. The guests were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 29-16 last quarter charge of Pau-Lacq-Orthez cut the lead to 85-84 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for international swingman Evan Fournier (199-92) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American point guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) accounted for 19 points and 4 assists for the winning side. American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) came up with 23 points and 9 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and Slovenian forward Marko Maravic (201-79) added 16 points respectively for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the defeat. Five Poitiers and four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Poitiers (3-12) moved-up to fifteenth place. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Poitiers' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) at home.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 23+3reb+9ast, A.Ray 16+1reb+2ast, M.Maravic 16+4reb+2ast, C.Marquis 10+5reb+1ast, C.Elonu 7+8reb+1ast, F.Lesca 6+5reb
Poitiers: J.J.J. Miller 19+4reb+4ast, E.Fournier 16+6reb+7ast, P.Guillard 15+7reb, R.Wright 13+3reb, K.Younger 11+3reb+3ast, A.Grant 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 133606


Nanterre - Roanne 78-71

We should mention about the upset which took place in Nanterre, where higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (7-8) lost to thirteenth ranked JSF Nanterre (5-10) in a road game 71-78 on Saturday. Chorale de Roanne trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 32-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-78 at the end of the game. JSF Nanterre dominated on the defensive end, holding Chorale de Roanne to just 7 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who scored 13 points and 4 steals. Center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Philippe Braud (194-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. JSF Nanterre moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Le Havre. Loser Chorale de Roanne keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. JSF Nanterre will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Roanne: P.Braud 14+5reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 13+8reb+1ast, A.Barrett 13+2ast, J.Holland 8+6reb+2ast, M.Diabate 7+1reb+4ast, D.Page 5+1reb+3ast
Nanterre: M.Riley 13+3reb+1ast, W.Daniels 13+1reb+1ast, R.Covile 10+4reb, D.Garrett 9+4reb+3ast, S.Brun 9+2reb+1ast, X.Corosine 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133607


Le Mans - ASVEL 84-72

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Le Mans (11-4) defeated at home 8th ranked ASVEL (7-8) 84-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Mans. ASVEL was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. ASVEL was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Hilton Armstrong (208-84, college: Connecticut) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four ASVEL players scored in double figures. Le Mans moved-up to third place, which they share with Nancy. Loser ASVEL dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Le Mans will have a break next round. ASVEL will play at home against STB Le Havre (#12).
Top scorers:
ASVEL: H.Armstrong 18+9reb+2ast, L.Westermann 12+4reb+5ast, P.Goss 11+3reb+4ast, K.Tillie 11+4reb+2ast, E.Jackson 9+10reb+2ast, D.Thompson 8+4reb+2ast
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 22+9reb+1ast, C.Kahudi 14+5reb+1ast, A.Acker 9+3reb+4ast, M.Kouguere 9+2reb, T.Rochestie 7+4reb+4ast, M.Sommerville 7+1reb
gschID: 133608


Orleans - Nancy 83-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Sluc Nancy (11-4) against sixth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (10-5) on Friday night. Visiting Sluc Nancy was defeated by Entente Orleans 45 in Orleans 83-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Entente Orleans 45 dominated on the defensive end, holding Sluc Nancy to just 4 points in third quarter. Entente Orleans 45 forced 24 Sluc Nancy turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) helped adding 15 points. The best for the losing side was Seychellois center Abdel Kader Sylla (205-90) with 13 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and the former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Entente Orleans 45 and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Entente Orleans 45. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Defending champion Sluc Nancy keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Le Mans. Entente Orleans 45 will meet Cholet (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sluc Nancy will play against STB Le Havre (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nancy: A.Kader Sylla 13+9reb, A.Moerman 11+10reb+1ast, J.Shuler 11+5reb+3ast, A.Akingbala 10+6reb, P.Amagou 8+1reb+1ast, V.Samnick 4+2reb+1ast
Orleans: C.Banks 15+2reb+1ast, M.Lebrun 12+3reb, B.Greene 12+6reb+2ast, D.Monds 10+5reb, A.Sy 10+4reb+3ast, M.N'Doye 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 133609


Gravelines - Paris-Levallois 81-75

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Gravelines-Dunkerque defeated 5th ranked Paris-Levallois at home 81-75. Paris-Levallois was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 40-33 second half run of Gravelines-Dunkerque. They made 30-of-35 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Paris-Levallois only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Paris-Levallois was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Pape Sy (201-88) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Gravelines-Dunkerque (13-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Orleans. Paris-Levallois will play next round against Pau-Lacq-Orthez trying to get back on the winning streak. Gravelines-Dunkerque will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Chorale de Roanne on the road.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 21+6reb+1ast, J.Williams 20+5reb, L.Hamilton 15+14reb, M.Morandais 6+6reb+1ast, T.Meacham 5+1reb, V.Masingue 4+3reb
Gravelines: P.Sy 15+5reb+2ast, A.Albicy 15+3reb+2ast, L.Vaty 12+8reb+1ast, C.Akpomedah 10+6reb, J.Reynolds 8+3reb+1ast, R.Jomby 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133602


Hyeres-Toulon - Cholet 57-105

Very expected game when 15th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-13) was rolled over at home by eleventh ranked Cholet (7-8) 105-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cholet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Hyeres-Toulon's 42. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 40-26 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cholet looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hyeres-Toulon's players. The best player for the winners was international guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) who scored 26 points and 4 assists. International forward Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-80, college: Hawaii) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Cholet players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 11 points and the other American import power forward Thomas Terrell (201-79, college: Georgia St.) added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Cholet. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hyeres-Toulon lost their seventh game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Cholet will face higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Poitiers (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 11+4reb, T.Terrell 10+4reb+1ast, A.Julien 7+2ast, M.Faye 7+4reb, L.Labeyrie 6+7reb+1ast, P.Morlende 5+3reb+2ast
Cholet: F.Causeur 26+2reb+4ast, R.Dozier 17+4reb+2ast, D.Nelson 17+4reb+4ast, W.Gradit 12+1ast, K.Houston 10+1ast, L.Vebobe 10+15reb+4ast
gschID: 133603


Le Havre - Chalon 81-80

Round 15 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Le Havre where host STB Le Havre (5-10) edged league's leader Chalon/Saor (12-3) 81-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chalon/Saor won third quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when STB Le Havre won last quarter 14-14. 25 personal fouls committed by Chalon/Saor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Ousmane Camara (202-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) added 21 points respectively. Chalon/Saor's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. STB Le Havre maintains twelfth place with 5-10 record, which they share with Nanterre. Chalon/Saor at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Gravelines. Chalon/Saor will play next round against Strasbourg IG trying to make it back to the top of the standings. STB Le Havre will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Sluc Nancy on the road.
Top scorers:
Chalon: M.Delaney 21+4reb+3ast, A.Aminu 16+14reb+1ast, B.Schilb 15+4ast, N.Lang 9+2reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+8reb, J.Lauvergne 4+2reb+2ast
Le Havre: N.Pope 17+2ast, J.Cox 17+6reb+4ast, B.Boddicker 17+4reb, O.Camara 11+13reb, C.Leonard 9+9reb+3ast, N.Wise 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 133604




NM1 Round 17: Charleville-Mezieres edge Cognac by two points - by Eurobasket News
NM1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left.

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NM1 took place in Cognac. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Cognac (11-6) to first ranked Charleville-Mezieres (14-3) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Charleville-Mezieres dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Cognac's 20. The best player for the winners was American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Charleville-Mezieres maintains first place with 14-3 record. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Blois and Orchy. Charleville-Mezieres are looking forward to face Angers BC 49 (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cognac will play against Sorgues (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Montbrison managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Montbrison won against thirteenth-ranked Angers BC 49 65-52. Forward Regis Aubry (199-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Benjamin Tillon contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Angers BC 49. Montbrison (2-15) moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with CFBB. Angers BC 49 lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Montbrison will play against higher ranked Lievin Basket (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angers BC 49 will play against the league's leader Charleville-Mezieres (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Orchies was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Sorgues (10-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Orchesien BC (11-6). Orchesien BC defeated Sorgues 87-75 on Saturday. Amadou Gacko stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Samir Mekdad responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Orchesien BC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cognac and Blois. Sorgues lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Roche. Orchesien BC will meet at home Chartres (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sorgues will play against Cognac (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Blois. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Chartres (8-9) to fifth ranked Blois (11-6) 66-64 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Ville Kaunisto nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side. Chartres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blois moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cognac and Orchy. Chartres lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be Etendard de Brest (#10) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Chartres will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Roche. Local Roche (10-7) outscored 14th ranked Rueil (6-11) 79-58 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rueil. The best player for the winners was Moustafa Diallo who scored 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Roche moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sorgues. Newly promoted Rueil keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Roche will face Vendee Challans (#11) at home in the next round. Rueil will play against CFBB in Paris.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Challans was crushed by Lievin in a road game 67-47. CFBB beat Le Puy at home 66-59. Souffel won against Clermont on the opponent's court 83-75. St Quentin managed to outperform Brest in a home game 92-84.



Cognac - Charleville 72-74

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NM1 took place in Cognac. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Cognac (11-6) to first ranked Charleville-Mezieres (14-3) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Charleville-Mezieres dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Cognac's 20. The best player for the winners was American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and guard Mathieu Bigote (187-84) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres maintains first place with 14-3 record. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Blois and Orchy. Charleville-Mezieres are looking forward to face Angers BC 49 (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cognac will play against Sorgues (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Guillarme 16+6reb+1ast, T.Toney 11+13reb+2ast, C.Belser 11+3reb+2ast, F.Bourdillon 11+2reb+2ast, D.Pistre 11+2reb, F.Calvez 9+3reb+3ast
Cognac: J.Moupegnou 14+3reb+1ast, M.Bigote 12+4reb+5ast, I.Caskill 11+12reb+2ast, N.Kaczmarow 10+3reb+3ast, C.Bertorelle 8+3reb, J.Godin 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 147063


Orchy - Sorgues 87-75

The game in Orchies was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Sorgues (10-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Orchesien BC (11-6). Orchesien BC defeated Sorgues 87-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Sorgues managed to win fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 34-of-42 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game, while Sorgues only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Amadou Gacko (203-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and point guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Orchesien BC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cognac and Blois. Sorgues lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Roche. Orchesien BC will meet at home Chartres (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sorgues will play against Cognac (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 17+3reb+2ast, D.Petrovic 16+4reb+2ast, E.Barbry 14+11reb+3ast, A.Gacko 13+14reb+2ast, D.Cilly 9+5reb, A.Belkessa 8+3reb+2ast
Sorgues: S.Mekdad 14+7reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 13+5reb, D.Griffin 11+9reb, D.Quincy-Jones 8+4reb, V.Ateba 8+4reb, C.Dos Santos 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147064


Blois - Chartres 66-64

A very interesting game took place in Blois. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Chartres (8-9) to fifth ranked Blois (11-6) 66-64 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Chartres cut a 18-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Blois brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 27 personal fouls committed by Chartres helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and guard Gary Staelens (189-84) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Chartres in the defeat. Chartres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blois moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cognac and Orchy. Chartres lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be Etendard de Brest (#10) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Chartres will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Blois: G.Staelens 17+5reb+6ast, T.Sani 12+2reb, V.Kaunisto 12+17reb+1ast, D.Davis 8+1reb+2ast, B.Recoura 7+3reb+2ast, J.Tornato 5+3reb+1ast
Chartres: G.Merie 14+8reb+3ast, L.Avramovic 10+8reb+2ast, Z.Bojovic 10+3reb+3ast, M.Vasic 9+1reb+2ast, M.Ipouck 6+11reb+1ast, H.Jalce 6+4reb
gschID: 147059


Roche - Rueil 79-58

The game with biggest result difference took place in Roche. Local Roche (10-7) outscored 14th ranked Rueil (6-11) 79-58 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rueil. The game without a history. Roche led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 23 Rueil turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) who scored 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 20 points. Naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and Georgian center Georges Mdivani (205-85) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. Roche moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sorgues. Newly promoted Rueil keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Roche will face Vendee Challans (#11) at home in the next round. Rueil will play against CFBB in Paris.
Top scorers:
Roche: F.Bateko 20+2ast, M.Diallo 19+2reb+6ast, E.Andre 12+7reb, J.Bestron 7+5reb, J.Young 7+5reb+1ast, A.Toto N'Kote 7+1reb+4ast
Rueil: S.Cabarkapa 16+7reb, G.Mdivani 13+10reb, K.Gourari 11+1ast, C.Mansare 10+4reb+2ast, M.Diame 6+8reb+2ast, Y.Abram 2
gschID: 147060


Lievin - Challans 67-47

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Vendee Challans (9-8) was crushed on the road by twelfth ranked Lievin Basket (9-8) 67-47 on Friday. The game without a history. Lievin Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vendee Challans to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lievin Basket made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Simon Cretaux (190-89) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) chipped in 8 points and 8 assists. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) added 9 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lievin Basket moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Brest and Challans. Lievin Basket will face bottom-ranked Montbrison (#18) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Lievin: S.Cretaux 16+5reb, T.Sanborn 12+4reb+1ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 8+4reb+1ast, A.Hoard 8+4reb+8ast, C.Dacourt 8+2reb+1ast, V.Lehut 6+2ast
Challans: J.Almanson 11+8reb, S.Cherasse 9+3reb+2ast, N.Gouacide 7+4reb, F.Herard 7+2reb, M.Boutry 6+4reb, J.Geay 5+4ast
gschID: 147061


CFBB - Le Puy 66-59

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Paris where seventeenth ranked CFBB (2-15) defeated 16th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-13) 66-59 on Saturday. Le Puy ASMB was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of CFBB, which allowed them to win the game. CFBB outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 41-23 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Anthony Racine (190-94) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Guard Adrien Daube (193-89) produced 18 points and 4 assists and forward Raphael Wilson (195-89) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. CFBB maintains seventeenth place with 2-15 record, which they share with Montbrison. Le Puy ASMB at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. CFBB will face higher ranked Rueil (#14) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 19+14reb, A.Racine 15+4reb+5ast, C.Pontens 9+1reb+2ast, B.Dallo 8+6reb+3ast, P.Rigot 7+3reb, A.Pesquerel 3+1reb
Le Puy: A.Daube 18+2reb+4ast, R.Wilson 14+6reb+2ast, Y.Jacques 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Smail 9+5reb, M.Zephir 2+1reb, S.Borval 2+3reb
gschID: 147062


Clermont - Souffel 75-83

Very expected game when 15th ranked Stade Clermont (5-12) was defeated at home by third ranked Souffelweyersheim (12-5) 83-75 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-22. But Stade Clermont won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) produced 19 points and American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Souffelweyersheim have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Charleville. Stade Clermont at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face league's second-placed Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stade Clermont will play against Le Puy ASMB (#16) in Le Puy en Velay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Souffel: A.N'Diaye 17+5reb+2ast, J.Alingue 17+9reb+2ast, F.Broliron 14+1reb, J.Begarin 13+7reb+6ast, J.Bach 11+5reb+2ast, J.Tschamber 6+2reb+6ast
Clermont: B.Matanga 19+3reb+3ast, J.McClark 17+4reb, X.Delarue 10+1reb+2ast, S.Naydenov 7+1reb+1ast, M.Diakite 7+6reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 6+2reb
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Angers BC 49 - Montbrison 52-65

Bottom-ranked Montbrison managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Montbrison won against thirteenth-ranked Angers BC 49 65-52. Angers BC 49 was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 35-20 second half run of Montbrison. Forward Regis Aubry (199-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Benjamin Tillon (189-85) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-89) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Angers BC 49. Montbrison (2-15) moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with CFBB. Angers BC 49 lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Montbrison will play against higher ranked Lievin Basket (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angers BC 49 will play against the league's leader Charleville-Mezieres (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: R.Aubry 17+12reb+6ast, B.Tillon 15+3reb+4ast, F.Giraud 10+3reb+2ast, K.Mondesir 6+2reb+1ast, L.Biela 6+2reb, G.Filet 4
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 16+8reb+1ast, T.Lonzieme 12+3reb+5ast, A.Fellah 6+2reb+1ast, S.Traore 5+10reb+1ast, T.Ramphort 5+3reb+2ast, O.Sulpice 4+6reb+4ast
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St Quentin - Brest 92-84

Very predictable result when second ranked Saint-Quentin (13-4) beat at home 9th ranked Etendard de Brest (9-8) 92-84 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) who scored 15 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Julien Doreau (200-83) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Saint-Quentin and four Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-4 record behind leader Charleville. Etendard de Brest at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Saint-Quentin will face Souffelweyersheim (#3) in Souffel. in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Etendard de Brest will play on the road against Blois (#4).
Top scorers:
St Quentin: O.Romain 16+3reb+2ast, J.Ball 15+3reb+9ast, K.Bichard 14+3reb, D.Williams 14+9reb+2ast, K.Howell 12+6reb+2ast, J.Lesieu 10+7reb+3ast
Brest: V.Pridotkas 21+5reb+2ast, R.Lopez 15+5reb, J.Doreau 14+6reb+2ast, J.Lupot 12+3reb+3ast, A.Liorel 12+1reb+1ast, B.Vounang 6+7reb+3ast
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Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Vaidotas PRIDOTKAS
  Brest
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Pridotkas, Brest17.9 
 2. Bluntt, Orchy17.6 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.5 
 4. Belser, Charleville16.9 
 5. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 6. Bigote, Cognac16.6 
 7. Almanson, Challans16.1 
 8. Thomas, Roche15.9 
 9. Staelens, Blois15.6 
 10. Merie, Chartres15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.8 
 2. Caskill, Cognac10.9 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB10.0 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin9.1 
 5. Mendy, Lievin8.4 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest8.4 
 7. Pearson, Angers B.8.1 
 8. Aubry, Montbrison7.9 
 9. Avramovic, Chart.7.6 
 10. Diame, Rueil7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.8 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.4 
 3. Ball, St Quentin5.1 
 4. Brochard, Blois5.0 
 5. Barbry, Orchy4.8 
 6. Daube, Le Puy4.6 
 7. Berquier, Chartres4.3 
 8. Dessart, Lievin4.2 
 9. Godin, Cognac4.1 
 10. Sene, Le Puy3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Damien PISTRE
  Charleville
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 2. Calvez, Charleville1.9 
 3. Toto N''Kote, Roche1.8 
 4. Gourari, Rueil1.7 
 5. Cretaux, Lievin1.7 
 6. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 7. Gotagni, Le Puy1.7 
 8. Kaunisto, Blois1.7 
 9. Bigote, Cognac1.7 
 10. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel1.9 
 2. Caskill, Cognac1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 4. Ipouck, Chartres1.4 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 6. Morin, CFBB1.2 
 7. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 8. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 9. Toney, Charleville0.9 
 10. Mendy, Lievin0.9 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 14-3 
 2. SU Medien 12-5 
 3. Vechta 12-5 
 4. Herten 11-6 
 5. Stahnsdorf 11-7 
 6. Schwelm 10-7 
 7. Dorsten 9-8 
 8. Wolfenbuettel 8-10 
 9. Wulfen 7-10 
 10. Rist Wedel 7-11 
 11. Bayer Giants 6-11 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 4-13 
 13. Bernau 1-17 
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 


German U18 NT announced - 2012 Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament features big names - by Moritz Korff
Head coach Kay Bluemel announced the squad for the German Men's Under 18 National Team. However, six players will be cut until the 2012 Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament (April 7-14). Meanwhile, the field for the traditional youth tournament, that featured stars like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki or Pau Gasol in the past, has been completed. These countries will send their U18 National Teams to Mannheim to attend the AST: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, USA.

2012 German U18 Men's National Team:
Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95) - SC Rist Wedel/Piraten Hamburg
Helge Baues (205-F-94) - BSG Bremerhaven
Kevin Bryant (191-G-94) - Ehingen/Urspring
Alassane Dioubate (199-F-94) - Bayern Muenchen
Kalidou Diouf (198-F/C-94) - Ehingen/Urspring
Robin Jorch (206-F-94) - RSV Eintracht/IBBA Berlin
Dominic Lockhart (193-F-94) - VfB Giessen
Mauricio Marin (188-PG-94) - ALBA Berliin
Daniel Mayr (212-C-95) - TuS Jena
Malik Mueller (187-G-94) - Ehingen/Urspring
Kenneth Ogbe (190-G-94) - Ehingen/Urspring
Jamo Ruppert (190-F-94) - SC Rist Wedel/Piraten Hamburg
Gavin Schilling (205-C-95) - La Salle Institute, Chicago
David Taylor (188-PG-95) - Bayreuth/Nuernberg
Maximilian Ugrai (196-F-95) - Wuerzburg Bakets
Stefan Wess (203-F) - UBC Muenster
Robert Zinn (194-PG-95) - BSG Ludwigsburg
Paul Zipser (195-G-94) - USC Heidelberg

Reserve players:
Johannes Heisig (192-G-94) - BG Halstenbek-Pinneberg/Piraten Hamburg
Stefan Ilzhofer (198-F-95) - BSG Ludwigsburg
Dominique Uhl (196-F-94) - Eintracht Frankfurt

Head Coach: Kay Bluemel
Coach Assistant: Mladen Drijencic


Giants Duesseldorf keen on adding new players - by Moritz Korff
Being ranked seventh in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A doesn't meet the ambitions of Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances). The big boss wants his Giants Duesseldorf to return to the BBL and thus is eager to add more quality to the roster in order to gear up for the playoffs. Three players have arrived to Duesseldorf just recently (or will arrive shortly respectively) to work out with the team, while trying to land a contract.
Steven Monse (200-F-90) comes off a stint at the Bamberg basketball program. However, the former German junior international did hardly see any action neither in Bamberg nor at any of its affiliates. In the 2010-11 season Monse had six Pro A appearances on the UBC Hannover squad, before taking his game to Leverkusen (16 games: 4.1ppg in the Pro B). The second applicant is Andrew Hunter (201-F-79, agency: TSS Management, college: Sacred Heart). The 32-year-old veteran forward out of Scarborough, Canada played for Crailsheim and Freiburg in the past. Last season he averaged close to 10 points and 4 rebounds per contest (39 games) for Huracanes de Tampico of the Mexican LNBP. And finally Corderro Bennett, a widely unknown guard from Chicago, Illinois, will throw his hat in the ring.


Can the Fraport Skyliners Win Their Fifth Game In A Row At Home Against The LTi Giessen 46ers ? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
January is always an interesting month in the Beko BBL as the Allstar break surfaces and the schedule allows many teams to have their two meetings of the season in only a short period of time. After the Fraport Skyliners celebrated a more than satisfying 64-56 win in the always noise infested Osthalle against the LTi Giessen 46ers on January second, the two teams will battle in round two of the 2012 Hessen derby again on January 20th in the Fraport arena. So much can happen in an 18 day span in this huge world like Hollywood actor George Clooney dating half of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader squad and it somehow not being noticed, Tim Tebow getting one million marriage proposals for his heroic play in the last months and getting the thumbs up from stone cold Steve Austin for duplicating the infamous 3:16 against the New England Patriots which didnt happen, Paris Hilton setting a new Google record for clicks or Kim kardashian/Kris Humphries continuing to set new news records with their bizarre relationship. However one thing is certain, in this 18 day span nothing will change with the immaculate on going nine game winning streak of the Fraport Skyliners and four game winning streak at home against the LTi Giessen 46ers. The last time that Giessen won in Frankfurt was in 2007 as Rouven Roessler hit a buzzer beater dashing the hopes of the then Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Roessler is now playing for BG Karlsruhe since years and could enter the arena now and remain unnoticed by Skyliner players except for Jimmy Mckinney or sport director Kamil Novak who might cringe at his presence as they were in the arena on that bitter day. No current Giessen player was in the arena in 2007 and surely dont know about the long losing streak and will be focused on getting a much needed win to stay alive in the standings. Records are there to be broken. We dont care what the record is or who the team is. We just want to win, stressed Giessen 46er Achmadschah Zazai.

On January 20, the Fraport Skyliners will be visited by the LTi Giessen 46ers and a a very big special quality about the Hessen derby is that the two cities are only 65 kilometers apart, which gives fans the opportunity to be at both games. This is a charmed quality of service in the BBL that the distances are not as far, but in the NBA for example in a Lon Angeles-Boston series, it is very rare for fans to travel around the NBA, unless your actor Jack Nicholson, who can travel with a private jet, champagne and some models clinging from his arms. The Frankfurt-Giessen series is so close in comparison to NBA standards as if a kid had to only walk down the street to get some candy in the drug store. The two cities are are in size as different as are the skyscraper Messe turm in Frankfurt and a two story University building in Giessen. The town of Giessen is known as a University location and almost half of the population are students. Giessen is one of the few cities in Germany that has a Budhist temple and one of Electronic music most known German DJs Chris Liebing. Giessen is diminutive, but have a huge heart for Basketball.Giessen loves Basketball! It is tradition there, added Murat Didin.

Last season, despite losing eight players including key guys like David Teague, Kevin Johnson, and Lorenzo Williams and only keeping two players with Elvir Ovcina and Jannik Freese, the Giessen 46ers jumped out to a 5-2record and was one of the biggest surprises in the BEKO BBL last season together with Phoenix Hagen in the first two months. The team might not have beat the most glamorous sounding and strong BEKO BBL teams besides the Telekom Baskets Bonn, but they played The EWE Baskets Oldenburg tough and losing a nail bitter to the Brose Baskets Bamberg 81-80, a game where they made a furious comeback and just coming up short. 'We started playing defense after 30 minutes against Bamberg', stressed Elvir Ovcina. Giessen may not have the most talented, but they had achieved one important ingredient early that many teams have problems finding which is that early team chemistry. 'We had a complete squad and many people players complimented each other. We had very athletic wing players and big guys with great hands and that take up a lot of space. We knew how to work with each other and we know each time that when we stepped on the court, we were capable of surprising any team in the BEKO BBL', added Elvir Ovcina. In 2009-2010, the team started 0-6 and after six games last season had 4 wins already. 'Management did a good job bringing in new players. Only me and Jannik Freese remained. We might not have good results in preseason, but we always knew that if we continued to work hard, we would have success', stressed Elvir Ovcina. 'I wasnt surprised by the good Giessen start. They had some talent on their team that came together early', commented Quentin Pryor. 'Their strength were their guards who were great and you had a great inside presence with Peacock. As far their weaknesses, I think just consistency', expressed John Bynum. The question remained how well the Giessen 46ers would play if the team sustained an injury or went into a slump. Misfortune hit the club in Frankfurt as Anthony Smith got hurt in the first half in the 82-64 loss. After this loss, it seemed like some nasty plague was stuck in them as the team went on a 13 game losing streak as the team went from the playoffs places to the back places of the standings as quickly as Marv Albert can yelp yessssssssssssss. The team then made changes and some results started to evolve. The team brought in the fire man Michael Jordan to try to save the season and brought in coach Steven Key. 'Giessen had been up and down last season but they became a different team , with a new head coach and the addition of MJ, they can play with anyone on any night just like any other team in the BBL', warned John Bynum. Since the arrival of Jordan, the team started to win more games and slowly crawled away from the bottom. The team seemed very solid at the start of the season, but with the addition of new coach Steven key and Jordan and Jeffers, the team seemed to be so much stronger at the end. The LTI Giessen season was saved as they finished the season in 15th place with a record of 9-25. They finished the season losing six of their last seven games, but beat MBC on the second to last game day to save their miserable season.

Every new season, a new saying can be, it can only get better as fans can only hope that something will change and some kind of success will come back to the small university town. The club decided to bring in 29 year old Bjoern Harmsen who is younger than the star players Elvir Ovcina and Maurice Jeffers. Harmsen brought success to MBC, so why cant he do the same in Giessen? Back in the 70s, Giessen had nothing to do with cellar duels as they won many German titles, but any dreaming of that is as distant as Kevin Durnant ever playing for BBC Bayreuth. Our goal is to stay in the league. If we can limit injuries then maybe we can achieve a bit more, added Bjoern Harmsen. Harmsen came to Giessen and did a house cleaning axing eight players, but keeping team captain Elvir Ovcina who is getting worse with age, but continues to be one of the top centers in the league, fan favorite and x-factor Maurice Jeffers who can always change a game with his play, young German big man Robert Ohle and young developing German point guard Mathias Perl. He brought in MBC players Wayne Bernard who is a Beko BBL veteran and point guard Radenko Pilcevic. Some players didnt worl out like Angel Garcia and Bozo Djurasovic, but Harmsen had an ace in his back pocket bringing in more quality with second year man Barry Stewart, athletic rebounder and Euroleague veteran Koko Archibong and flashy Achmadschau Zazai. Harmsen also got a lot of credit for bringing in basketball project Misan Nikabatse who is always remembered for his dunk over Yao Ming in 2002 and seemed to be on his way to the NBA in 2002. His career didnt quite reach the heights that he expected to and he was saved by Harmsen as the German hadnt played professional basketball in the last two years.

At the moment, the LTI Giessen 46ers are keeping themselves a float in the middle field of the Beko BBL standings and position 15 and cant afford to go on a big losing streak as the cellar will creep up faster than Bob Cat guard Kemba Walker can sink a floater in the lane. Giessen started the season slow with a three game losing streak, but then won a wild 110-109 scoring festival in the Osthalle. They won back to back games in Trier and was the frst team this season to beat the Brose Baskets Bamberg at home 68-65. Giessen has been some what unpredictable as they beat Phoenix Hagen at home, but also lost on back to back weekends on the road in Munich and Tuebingen by a combined score of 59 points, but then again should have beat Braunschweig at home losing 63-62 not being able to win game on last possession. In the Beko BBL, any team can beat any team and Giessen has the potential to always be capable of making surprises. Giessen is a great team that plays tough. They play very well at home and play scrappy. They can move the ball well and have good perimeter shooters with Stewart and Bernard. They also know how to defend and press very well, stressed ex LTi Giessen 46er Michael Umeh. One thing that Giessen excels at is their guard play. You need to take away their guard play. They seem to make about 60% of their points from their guards. You also always have to be aware of Elvir Ovcina. I have played against him a lot and he is such a great passer and has great court vision, warned ex Wake Forest player Kyle Visser. Defense also seems to have gelled in the early going as the yhave allowed 75 points or fewer in eight of the first 14 games. Our strength is our defense. If we can keep teams at 75 points, then we always have a good chance to win, added Achmadschau Zazai. Despite the well rounded guard play, point guard Zazai knows where the team can still improve. We have to have better ball movement. We have the least assists in the league, warned Zazai. Since the loss to the Fraport Skyliners on January second, the LTi Giessen 46ers have a 1-1 record losing in Ulm and getting abig 76-61 win at home against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. We havent changed much since the loss to Frankfurt. We have made many mistakes and want to continue to minimize them from game to game, warned Achmadschah Zazai.

The Fraport Skyliners may not have had the best start this season, but are slowly starting to recover thanks to their extremely strong and proud play on the road as they have won their last five straight wins on the road. The Fraport Skyliners still have some injury woes, but seemed to have played their best when confronted with tough injuries and undermanned line ups. The team has received a big spark off the bench from Devin Gibson (182-G, college: UTSA) The 182cm rookie played at the University of Texas at San Antonio and recently performed at the San Antonio Spurs training camp. In Wurzburg, he was a big reason for the win getting 11 points and setting the tone on offense with his penetration and drawing fouls and also adding stability to the defense. If Frankfurt can play like they did in Braunschweig then they will have good chances with their fighting mentality. Having Davidson play well and controlling their guards and denying Ovcina in the low post will be key for getting a win in Giessen, stressed ex EnBW Ludwigsburg center Kyle Visser. Frankfurt continue to do an excellent job limiting turnovers especially against press defense and will need to do it again in Giessen. Frankfurt has to take care of the ball and limit their turnovers against the Giessen press, warned Braunschweig sharp shooter Lamarr Greer. LTi Giessen guard Radenko Pilcevic already did his homework early about how to beat Frankfurt. We have to play tough defense like we did against Braunschweig. Frankfurt is better with the recent good play of Davidson and Burtschi. We have to stop these two guys, warned Radenko Pilcevic. If the game goes down to the wire, then Frankfurt should know which 46er will get the ball in his hand. Jeffers is our x-factor. He will get the ball in the deciding moment, warned Achmadschau Zazai. my ex teammate Jeffers brings a difference to the game when it counts, warned Michael Umeh. Jeffers has been out for weeks and was really missing in the 64-56 loss in Giessen and the team responded by bringing in Taj Mucullough who played at Winthrop with ex Tuebingen American Michael Jenkins and has gained experience having a gig in the Washington Wizzards pre season camp in 2008 and playing in countries like Israel, Latvia and Australia. This season, he played shortly for the Reno Big Horns in the D-league averaging 8,7ppg and 3,3rpg. He helps us a lot with his athleticism and draws many defenders to him which creates free space for us. He will help us a lot, warned Achmadschah Zazai. Zazai knows what Giessen will have to do better than what they couldnt do in the 64-56 loss 18 days ago. We have to defend consistently for 40 minutes, added Zazai.

In the last years, The Skyliners have dominated the Hessen derby posting a 11-2 record. Frankfurt has demonstrated a special confidence and calmness that makes the Osthalle in Giessen look more like their own personal lounge area than a hostile Giessen playground with naughty kids throwing sticks and stones. Who could forget the onslaught before Christmas 2005 as Frankfurt routed Giessen 96 to 63 with seven three pointers from Desmond Ferguson. I had a good rhythm going on in that game and my teammates made a good job getting me the ball. I wasnt able to find my rhythm much while I played in Frankfurt for various reasons, but that game was probably my highlight playing there, added ex Skyliner Desmond Ferguson. Three years ago under the guidance of Charles Barton, Frankfurt won a nail bitter 73 to 67 as Frankfurt showed nerves of steal in the dwindling minutes of the fourth quarter. Two years ago, Frankfurt won a tight game, even though it seemed like they were never in any real danger of losing as Derrick Allen led the team with 19 points and an energized Alex King flew into the arena with a specially made superman cape and steered the team off the bench scoring in double figures. Who could forget the buzzer beater by Karlsruhe German Rouven Roessler in 2007? Well that game winning shot that beat Frankfurt was 34 months ago, and Roessler still has the shot dancing in his dreams. I remember that buzzer beater as if it was yesterday. I got the video clip to the game three weeks ago, said ex Giessen 46er Rouven Roessler. . In the 2008-2009 season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won in Giessen 75-57 getting 19 points form Lorenzo Gordon. In Frankfurt, they pounded Giessen 93-72 as Pascal Roller and in 2009-2010, Frankfurt won at home 80-69 getting 22 points from Derrick Allen. The last game against Giessen was a nail bitter win by Frankfurt in Giessen which was won 69-68 as Pascal Roller won the game with 13 seconds to play with two free throws. In the first meeting last season Frankfurt won 82-64 as Giessen was outscored 48-21 in the second half. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 21 points and Roger Powell added 18 points. In the second meeting in Frankfurt, Giessen lost 81-62 as Dashaun Wood scored 26 points. The last time that Frankfurt lost was in December 2002 and they have won the last nine games in a row against Giessen on the road and last four games in a row at home against the Hessen opponent.

The LTi Giessen 46ers are led by 32 year old 194cm shooting guard/small forward Maurice Jeffers who is back in Giessen for a fourth season. He played at St Louis (NCAA) and was drafted by The Sacremento Kings in 2001. He played five years in Spain before coming to the Giessen 46ers in 2008. In 2009-2010, he averaged 14.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 79.4%. Last season he played in Cyprus and Argentina before coming to Giessen where he finished the season playing 13 games: 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 80.8%. In Spain, he won the Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) in 2008 with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo. The team also brought back 35 year old 211cm power forward/center Elvir Ovcina who came late to the Giessen 46ers in the 2009-2010 season and is playing his third season in Giessen. He is a movable center, who passes and scores well. He played at Syracuse (NCAA) from 1995-1999 and played a year together with ex NBA player John Wallace reaching the NCAA final in 1996 losing to Kentucky. He played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2001-2004 and won the BEKO BBL cup with Rhein Energy Cologne in 2005. He had his most success as a player with one team with Ostende winning the league title in 2006 and 2007 and cup in 2008. In 2009-2010 for Giessen, he played 14 games averaging 14.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.4%. Last season, he played 34 games: 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 76.4%.

Barry Stewart is a 23 year old 191cm shooting guard from Shelbyville, Tennessee who is playing his second season in the Beko BBL and first with Giessen. He played at Mississippi St. (NCAA) from 2006-2010 and in his senior year played 36 games: 11.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 37.4%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 71.4%. Last season he was a Beko BBL rookie with TBB Trier playing 35 games: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 78.4%. Wayne Bernard who was the 2009 PRO A player of the year is a 30 year old 190cm combo guard from Poway, California who is playing his first season for the LTi Giessen 46ers. He has displayed a knack for knocking down clutch baskets in key situations and is a player that performs at his best in pressure situations. He has superb range on his jumper, and can also drive to the hoop with slashing moves. He is also a capable ball handler. He played at Davidson (NCAA) from 2000-2003. Bernard has very much experience having played in countries like Israel, Greece, France, Sweden and Finland It doesnt matter where Bernard has played, he has always been a scorer. in the 2008-2009 season where MBC moved up to the BEKO BBL, he played 30 games: 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. In 2009-2010 for MBC, he played 34 games: 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8%. Last season for MBC, he played 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7%. . Radenko Pilcevic is a 25 year old 188cm guard from Serbia that is playing his first season for Giessen. He had solid stats at KK Borac Cacak in 2008-2009 playing 31 games and averaging 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 85.1%. Pilcevic played for MBC from 2009-2011 and in his first season played 33 games averaging 7.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 72.0%. Last season for MBC, he played 27 games: 7.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 76.1%.

The team also brought in the very experienced Koko Archibong who is a 30 year old 202cm forward that has the Nigerian/American citizenship and is playing his first season with Giessen and has found a home in Germany as Giessen is his sixth team in the Beko BBL. He played at Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 1999-2003 and was Ivy League champion in 2000 and 2002. He then almost made it to the NBA in 2003 as he was one of the last cuts of the Los Angeles Lakers. He started his professional basketball career in France with Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France-ProA): Euroleague: 13 games: 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg; French ProA League: 21games: 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg. He won the league title and cup in France. Besides playing the 2008-2009 season with Asseco Prokom Sopot (Poland-PLK): Euroleague: 13 games: 2.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg; Polish League: 20 games: 6.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 70.6%,, he has been all of his career in Germany. He played for The Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2004-2006 winning the BEKO BBL title in 2005. He played for Alba Berlin in 2006-2007 (ULEB Cup: 12 games: 4.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg; German League: 37 games: 6.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 68.6%) and in 2007-2008 played for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners (ULEB Cup: 6 games: 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 41 games: 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 57.0%). In 2009-2010 he had a disappointing season in Duesseldorf playing 33 games: 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 70.2%. Last season, he played for BBC Bayreuth playing 16 games: 8.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 54.1%.

The team also signed 23 year old 209cm center Robert Ohle who started his basketball career in Paderborn. He already got Beko BBL experience from 2007-2010 playing a total of 35 beko BBL games and already played a Beko BBL game as a 19 year old. Last season, he played a year in the PRO A to sharpen his skills and get more playing time for the : Saar-Pfalz Braves playing 26 games: 8.4ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 48.3%, FT: 64.6%. He played at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 6 games: 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 73.7%, FT: 77.8%. Giessen also hauled in the quick 25 year old 177cm Achmadschah Zazai who has already played for 11 teams in his still young career. He started his basketball career at TUS Lichterfelde in 2003. From 2005-2011, he played for teams like SG FT/MTV Braunschweig, : BSG Ludwigsburg, Bremen Roosters, Horsens IC (Denmark), Telemotive Muenchen, Artland Dragons, TV Langen, USC Freiburg and last season for : BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 30 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), Steals-4 (2.1spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 64.7%. Chad Prewitt is a 31 year old 206cm power forward that was born in Cody Wyoming and is from Phoenix, Arizona. He is playing his first season with the Giessen 46ers. He played at Arizona State from 1998-2002. In his first three professional years, he played two years for the Dakota Wizzards (CBA) and one season for theCedar Rapids River Raiders (USBL). He then came to Europe and played most of his time with the Artland Dragons from 2005-2010. In the 2007-2008 season, he had a short stay with Ago Rethimno (Greece-A1, starting five), only pre-season, then moved to EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 12 games: 8.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 78.6%; ULEB Cup: 5 games: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg. His best season with the Dragons was 2006-2007 when he averaged 11.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 40.8%, FT: 81.6%. He is a a great defender and team player who also has a nice shooting stroke. He can shoot the three with consistency, plays hard every night and wins everywhere he goes. He played a total of 175games for the Artland Dragons. Last season, he saw the glitz of FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany-ProA): 28 games: 6.6ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 64.6%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 76.5%.

The team also got Misan Nikagbatse who is a 29 year old 193cm guard from Berlin that has the German/Nigerian citizenship. He can play both point and shooting guard. Can also rebound in the traffic. He has impressive physical skills, with an explosive leaping ability. He started his basketball career in 1998 with Lichterfelde Berlin. He already had NBA scouts after him after playing at the Albert Schweitzer Junior Championships in Mannheim (Germany) in 2000 where he was (Best Scorer -27.8ppg): All-Star 1st Team. He seemed to be near the jump to the NBA and went to top Euroleague team Olympiakos Pireus (Greece) in 2000, but never really found his role there as he played only a total of 41 games but got good experience playing 21 Euroleague games before being transported off to Italy. In 2003-2004, he returned to Germany playing with theMitteldeutscher Basketball Club winning the Fiba Europe Cup playing FIBA Europe Cup: 10 games: 9.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg; German 1.Bundesliga: 28 games: 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 3.0bpg. He then had a steady career in Italy from 2004-2007 playing for Euro Roseto, Cantu and Premiata Montegranaro. He then returned to Germany to play for : Koeln 99ers in 2007-2008 playing ULEB Cup: 8 games: 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 52%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 62.5%; German League: 15 games: 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 69.8%. In 2008-2009, he played for Cimberio Varese (Italy-Lega2): 23 games: 6.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 75.7%. From 2009-2011, he didnt play professional basketball as he played for DBV Charlottenburg (Germany-2.Regionalliga). Matthias Perl is a 22 year old 188cm quick point guard that is a relentless defender. He has been playing for Giessen teams since 2004 when he started for the MTV Giessen cadet team. He then played for VfB Giessen (Regionalliga) before playing for LTi Lich (ProA) from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for LTi Giessen 46ers (1.Bundesliga): 7 games: 0.7ppg; also played at Licher Basket Baeren (ProB): 28 games: 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 73.5%. Last season, he for Giessen he played 16 games: 1.6ppg, 1.0rpg. The LTi Giessen 46ers host the Fraport Skyliners on January 20th at, 19:30.








John Bynum (TBB Trier) 2012 Beko BBL Allstar Predictions - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with 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?

Well obviously I'm a little disappointed in our first half play as a team because we are a better team than our record indicates but it is what it is, we just have to come out and play hard in the second half of the season and hope for better results.

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

I think our biggest problem is winning close games, we have to find a way to close out games because most of our losses have came in the last couple of minutes. We just have to find a way to get it done.


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 honestly don't like the format,because it takes away from some players who actually deserve a chance of being there and some players who don't deserve to be participating in an all star game aren't there. I understand that it is a German league but when you have x amount of players who have better numbers then that takes away the meaning of being an all star.


Who will win Germany or the Americans?

Without a question I think the Americans will win,but I hope Phil and Maik do well for the national team squad.


Who will be the 2012 Beko BBL Allstar MVP?

I will go with Bobby Brown.

How have you been preparing for the 2012 slam dunk contest? What will you do differently from last season?

I won't be able to participate in the dunk contest due to an injury but if I was I had a thing or two differently from last season, the fans will see a great competition with the guys that are in it

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

I like Paulding or Jeanty and Jeanty has participated before and can really shoot but you can't count out Paulding either who seems to shoot better with a hand in his face.

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

I like the Ravens defense but I don't see them scoring enough points to New England so I like New England in that game.

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

I hate the 49ers so I will go with the Giants but that west coast trip is tough for any east coast team to win. The 49ers got lucky last week as well.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Limitless.

Thanks John for the chat



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) RED, WHITE And BLUE All Day At The 2012 Beko BBL Allstar Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He 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?

Couldn't ask for much more in the first half of the season, took care of our home court and got some quality road wins.

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

The team has continued to work hard and that will be key for the late season push, continue to build a rhythm in practice and let that trust/confidence grow. We want to be playing our best ball of the season when it is elimination time.

What will you be doing over the Allstar break?

Me and the wife are taking a trip to the Canary Islands, nice to see the sun in the winter time.

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

Should be fun for the fans to see Deutschland vs USA

Who will win Germany or the Americans?

RED, WHITE and BLUE all day

Who will be the 2012 Beko BBL Allstar MVP?

Leading scorer on the winning team.

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

Never can tell in those contests, sometimes the judges do not give accurate scores to the best dunkers. I will say whoever wins the crowd over.

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

Keaton, he has not missed since his hair grew out, you saw that shot against Munich.

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

Pats

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

Giants

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Gator Boys

Thanks Dane for the chat




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A2 Round 15: AEK is defeated by Nea Kifisia - by Eurobasket News
A2 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between third ranked AEK (10-5) and eleventh ranked Nea Kifisia (8-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. AEK was defeated by Nea Kifisia in a tough game in Athens 80-84. AEK trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 32-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-84 at the end of the game. Nea Kifisia made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by AEK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-80, agency: FCM) helped adding 21 points. The best for the losing side was forward Petros Noeas (204-87) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Nea Kifisia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. AEK at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Nea Kifisia is looking forward to face bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AEK will play against Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia and is hoping to win this game.
A2 top team - Panelefsiniakos (12-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Pagrati (5-10) in Eleusina 102-69. It was a quality performance for guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 7 assists. Spyros Magounis accounted for 24 points and 9 rebounds. Panelefsiniakos' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Pagrati in the defeat. Panelefsiniakos maintains first place with 12-3 record. Pagrati lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Periko/Arhelaos. Panelefsiniakos will play against OFI (#7) in Heraklion in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pagrati will play on the road against Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-15) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 15th consecutive match to fourteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (6-9) 97-69 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Leonidas Zoupas who scored 21 points and 5 assists. Amyntas Dafnis' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Alex Stevovic who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Panerythraikos. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will meet at home higher ranked Lavrio (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK/Argous will play against Nea Kifisia (#10) in Athens and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Lefkadas where 4th placed Lavrio (9-6) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Doxa Lefkadas (8-7) 76-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lavrio. It was a good game for Nikos Pettas who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Doxa Lefkadas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Doxa Lefkadas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Lavrio at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Doxa Lefkadas' next round opponent will be Ermis Lagkada (#9) in Lagadas. Lavrio will play on the road against Amyntas Dafnis (#13) in Athens.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Panerythraikos was destroyed by Ikaroi Serron on the opponent's court 82-61. Ermis Lagkada managed to outperform Perama Ermis in a home game 97-92. Periko/Arhelaos recorded a loss to Arkadikos on the road 87-82. Apollon Patras defeated OFI on its own court 100-94.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 8 rebounds by Giorgos Anagnostopoulos of Ermis Lagkada.


Panelefsiniakos - Pagrati 102-69

A2 top team - Panelefsiniakos (12-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Pagrati (5-10) in Eleusina 102-69. It looked good early as Pagrati took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Panelefsiniakos took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 33 points. They made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Panelefsiniakos outrebounded Pagrati 42-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 7 assists. Guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) accounted for 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Five Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. Panelefsiniakos' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds and guard Christos Vidalis (188-85) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for Pagrati in the defeat. Panelefsiniakos maintains first place with 12-3 record. Pagrati lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Periko/Arhelaos. Panelefsiniakos will play against OFI (#7) in Heraklion in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Pagrati will play on the road against Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: G.Kyriakopoulos 26+2reb+7ast, S.Magounis 24+9reb, C.Deligiannis 13+4reb, N.Mantzioris 11+5reb+1ast, T.Nikou 10+5reb+10ast, N.Voulgaris 9+5reb
Pagrati: A.Koutroulias 25+8reb+1ast, C.Vidalis 15+1reb+5ast, G.Dimakos 12+3reb, S.Veskoukis 9+3reb+1ast, A.Raptis 8+5reb, G.Madalvanos 0+1reb
gschID: 138438


Ikaroi Serron - Panerythraikos 82-61

Very expected game in Serres where 12th ranked Panerythraikos (6-9) was crushed by fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (9-6) 82-61. The game was mostly controlled by Ikaroi Serron. Panerythraikos was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ikaroi Serron made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Evaggelis Margaritis (202-82) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Antonios Michaloglou (202-88) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sotiris Katoufas (206-79) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Panerythraikos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Lavrio. Panerythraikos lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with nine games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be Pagrati (#14) in Athens and are hoping to win another game. Panerythraikos will play on the road against Perama Ermis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 17+7reb+2ast, E.Margaritis 14+7reb+1ast, F.Simeonidis 14+3reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 8+2reb+3ast, G.Theodorakos 8+3reb+2ast, H.Voivatopoulos 7+3reb
Panerythraikos: A.Michaloglou 14+5reb+2ast, K.Macheras 10+4reb, V.Xiouras 8+3reb+1ast, C.Lakkas 6+4ast, S.Katoufas 6+8reb+1ast, G.Rodostoglou 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 138439


Ermis Lagkada - Perama Ermis 97-92

Everything could happen in Lagadas at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Ermis Lagkada and 9th ranked Perama Ermis had identical 7-7 record. This time Ermis Lagkada used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Perama 97-92. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Ermis Lagkada made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Perama Ermis turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for the former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 4 assists. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Ermis Lagkada players scored in double figures. Naturalized Cypriot guard Aristides Koronidis (188-82) answered with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) added 23 points in the effort for Perama Ermis. Perama Ermis' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada (8-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Perama Ermis dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Ermis Lagkada's next round opponent will be Doxa Lefkadas (#8) at home. Perama Ermis will play against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: S.Iliadis 30+3reb+4ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 22+8reb+3ast, S.Kekelis 16+3reb+7ast, H.Plioukas 12+5reb+1ast, N.Gamouras 8+3reb, S.Nisiotis 4+7reb+4ast
Perama Ermis: A.Koronidis 24+5reb+6ast, N.Michalos 23+2ast, M.Milicevic 10+3reb, D.Tsarouchas 10+1reb+1ast, L.Skoutaris 9+9reb+1ast, K.Paschalis 8+6reb
gschID: 138433


Amyntas Dafnis - AEK/Argous 97-69

Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-15) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 15th consecutive match to fourteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (6-9) 97-69 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Amyntas Dafnis. AEK/Argous managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Amyntas Dafnis dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to AEK/Argous' 32 and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Amyntas Dafnis forced 24 AEK/Argous turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. The best player for the winners was guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) who scored 21 points and 5 assists. Forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86, agency: FCM) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Amyntas Dafnis' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) who recorded 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Gianni Vavatsikos (201-90) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Panerythraikos. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will meet at home higher ranked Lavrio (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK/Argous will play against Nea Kifisia (#10) in Athens and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: L.Zoupas 21+3reb+5ast, T.Vardianos 16+3reb+2ast, D.Lolas 14+6reb+3ast, F.Pagonis 12+6reb+4ast, S.Tsougarakis 10+2reb, K.Vardavas 9+5reb+1ast
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 23+6reb+3ast, K.Maglos 13+2reb, G.Vavatsikos 10+7reb, P.Efstratiou 8+3reb+1ast, V.Stateras 7+3reb+2ast, G.Koukounias 4+2reb
gschID: 138434


Nea Kifisia - AEK 84-80

The game between third ranked AEK (10-5) and eleventh ranked Nea Kifisia (8-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. AEK was defeated by Nea Kifisia in a tough game in Athens 80-84. AEK trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 32-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-84 at the end of the game. Nea Kifisia made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by AEK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Savas Nikitakis (184-76) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-80, agency: FCM) helped adding 21 points. The best for the losing side was forward Petros Noeas (204-87) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Nea Kifisia and five AEK players scored in double figures. Nea Kifisia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. AEK at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Nea Kifisia is looking forward to face bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AEK will play against Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: C.Petrodimopoulos 21+4reb, S.Nikitakis 16+6reb+7ast, F.Moschovitis 15+2reb+3ast, N.Kokkalis 14+5reb+4ast, T.Sioutis 6+3reb, D.Menoudakos 6+2reb
AEK: P.Noeas 15+13reb+2ast, F.Vasilopoulos 14+1reb+3ast, D.Despos 12+8reb+1ast, A.Mantzaris 11+1reb+1ast, V.Sklavos 11+7reb+5ast, A.Falekas 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138435


Arkadikos - Periko/Arhelaos 87-82

Not a big story in a game in Arkadia where 15th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (5-10) was defeated by seventh ranked Arkadikos (8-7) 87-82. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Periko/Arhelaos won fourth quarter 31-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadikos made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Arkadikos outrebounded Periko/Arhelaos 36-20 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Periko/Arhelaos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Giannis Maltesios (206-85) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 7 assists in the effort for Periko/Arhelaos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arkadikos moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Periko/Arhelaos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Arkadikos' next round opponent will be higher ranked AEK (#3) in Athens and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Periko/Arhelaos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Apollon Patras (#2).
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: S.Gizogiannis 21+4reb, A.Gizogiannis 18+10reb, M.Papadakis 17+1reb+7ast, P.Kosanovic 14+12reb+2ast, G.Kopsaftis 9+3reb+3ast, P.Ifantis 5+3reb
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Maltesios 25+4reb+4ast, T.Panaras 17+2reb+5ast, K.Bechlivanis 14+4reb+7ast, P.Martzos 10+3reb+1ast, G.Damalis 5, G.Foutsitzis 5+3reb
gschID: 138436


Apollon Patras - OFI 100-94

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Apollon Patras (11-4) beat at home 6th ranked OFI (8-7) 100-94. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Apollon Patras made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Apollon Patras' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Alexis Bardas (189-81) added 21 points in the effort for OFI. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Apollon Patras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-4 record behind leader Panelefsiniakos. Newly promoted OFI keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos which should be an easy win for them. OFI will play on the road against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos (#1) in Eleusina.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 34+2reb+5ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 19+11reb+2ast, I.Krolo 16+6reb, S.Daniil 10+4reb+2ast, G.Petropoulos 6, T.Zafiris 4+2ast
OFI: A.Bardas 21+4reb+1ast, S.Toutziarakis 21+11reb, A.Sizopoulos 20+1reb+1ast, C.Papanikolaou 14+1reb+3ast, D.Katiakos 8+9reb, D.Lewis 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 138437


Doxa Lefkadas - Lavrio 76-66

An interesting game took place in Lefkadas where 4th placed Lavrio (9-6) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Doxa Lefkadas (8-7) 76-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lavrio. The game was mostly controlled by Doxa Lefkadas. Lavrio was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lavrio to just 7 points in first quarter. It was a good game for guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian guard Marko Pekovic (193-81, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Doxa Lefkadas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Pavlos Karvounis (180-72) added 6 points and 4 assists in the effort for Lavrio. Doxa Lefkadas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Lavrio at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Doxa Lefkadas' next round opponent will be Ermis Lagkada (#9) in Lagadas. Lavrio will play on the road against Amyntas Dafnis (#13) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: M.Pekovic 21+3reb, N.Pettas 21+7reb, V.Vagenas 11+2reb+3ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 8+7reb+1ast, G.Skoufis 6+2reb+1ast, K.Tsotsos 5+4reb+2ast
Lavrio: G.Kakiouzis 20+7reb+1ast, G.Tirlas 8+2reb+2ast, M.Perakis 8+4reb, N.Psileas 6+5reb+1ast, P.Karvounis 6+2reb+4ast, V.Kounas 6+1ast
gschID: 138432




Partizan eyes Dominic James - by Dimitris Katsionis

According to rumors from Serbia,Partizan eyes Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette) who currently play for Aris BC. The Serbian team needs desperately a point guard after the loss of Acie Law and James seems to be a good solution with great prospect. After a good season with the Bulgarian champs PBC Lucoil Academic,the 25 year old point guard signed with Aris with purpose to show his talent in a very demanding environment. Until now he is one of the team's best players,performing great on both Greek League and Eurocup. His very strong legs (very impressive on changing directions) and ability to finish at the rim made Serbians compare him with Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans).. James averages 14.5 pts-4.1ast-1.9 stl per game in the Greek A1 until now and the source wrote that his transportation to Belgrade is possible due to Aris big financial problems. The truth is that the Greek team is not going to release the player if the club don't receive a good financial offer. It is rumored that recently Aris had offers for James by many clubs around Europe (Krka,Budivelnyk Kyiv)but the player said to media that he wants to stay with the team and continue to work with coach Alexandris for managing their goals. Aris administration change orientation this year by cutting teams budget to 400.000 euros. As a result they sign some very good young-and motive-prospects from NCAA with very low salaries and multi year contracts. At the moment the transportation doesn't seems possible but if Aris don't perform well to Eurocup's next two games everything can happen.Don't forget that three of the team's most talented players (Mavraides which is the biggest prospect,Verginis and Bohoridis)playing at point guard's position too.. James was on Partizan's radar from the 2011 summer.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.0 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.2 
 3. Beck, Ikaros18.0 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.17.6 
 5. Baxter, Ikaros17.0 
 6. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris16.0 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.7 
 9. Bavcic, KAOD14.5 
 10. James, Aris14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.8 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.8 
 3. Stepheson, Panio.7.7 
 4. Bavcic, KAOD7.3 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Kommatos, Marousi6.7 
 7. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 8. Giddens, PAOK6.4 
 9. O''Bryant, Kavala6.3 
 10. NaNa, Ilysiakos6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.2 
 2. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.8 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.4 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.4 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.3 
 10. Perperoglou, Pana.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy BAXTER
  Ikaros
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Baxter, Ikaros2.2 
 2. Wright, AGOR2.2 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.1.9 
 4. James, Aris1.9 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.4 
 8. Christmas, AGOR1.4 
 9. Gardener, Ilysiakos1.3 
 10. Logan, Panathin.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.9 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.6 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.3 
 5. Edwards, Perister.1.0 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Elegar, Marousi1.0 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Giddens, PAOK0.8 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.21.2 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.20.4 
 3. Vasilopoulos, AEK18.9 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.9 
 5. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.5 
 6. Magounis, Panele.17.1 
 7. Psileas, Lavrio16.9 
 8. Pettas, Doxa L.16.6 
 9. Sinadinovic, AEK/A.16.4 
 10. Kyriakopoulo., Pa.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stavros TOUTZIARAKIS
  OFI
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Toutziarakis, OFI8.7 
 2. Lolas, Amyntas8.5 
 3. Krolo, Apollon Pat.8.4 
 4. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.2 
 5. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.1 
 6. Sklavos, AEK7.9 
 7. Macheras, Panery.7.4 
 8. Paschalis, Perama7.2 
 9. Maglos, AE.7.2 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.7.3 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.9 
 3. Nikou, Panelefs.5.8 
 4. Koronidis, Perama5.6 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK4.8 
 6. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.5 
 7. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.3 
 8. Makris, Pagrati4.2 
 9. Panagakis, OFI4.1 
 10. Argyropoylos, Apo.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Spyros MAGOUNIS
  Panele.
  (200-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Magounis, Panele.1.9 
 2. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.8 
 3. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 4. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.7 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.6 
 6. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.5 
 7. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 8. Totsios, Ikaroi S.1.4 
 9. Kallianotis, Paner.1.4 
 10. Sinnis, Lavrio1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryan BRACEY
  Pagrati
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 1
 1. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 2. Katoufas, Panery.0.9 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI0.9 
 4. Libaris-P., Doxa L.0.9 
 5. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.8 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.7 
 7. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.7 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 9. Koukounias, Nea K.0.6 
 10. Voivatopoulo., Ik.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 12-3 
 2. Apollon Patras 11-4 
 3. AEK 10-5 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 9-6 
 5. Lavrio 9-6 
 6. Arkadikos 8-7 
 7. OFI 8-7 
 8. Doxa Lefkadas 8-7 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 8-7 
 10. Nea Kifisia 8-7 
 11. Perama Ermis 7-8 
 12. Panerythraikos 6-9 
 13. Amyntas Dafnis 6-9 
 14. Pagrati 5-10 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 5-10 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-15 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 14-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 13-1 
 3. Kolossos 11-3 
 4. Panionios 9-4 
 5. AGOR 8-5 
 6. Peristeri GS 6-8 
 7. Kavala 6-8 
 8. PAOK 6-8 
 9. KAOD 6-9 
 10. Aris 5-9 
 11. Ilysiakos 4-9 
 12. Ikaros 3-12 
 13. Marousi 0-14 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 12-4 
 2. Groningen 12-5 
 3. Leiden 10-4 
 4. Nijmegen 10-6 
 5. Zwolle 9-9 
 6. Leeuwarden 8-8 
 7. Rotterdam 2-14 
 8. Weert 2-15 


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  HUNGARY   


Buzzer beaters in Hungary - by Tamas Deri
Here you can watch two amazing buzzer beaters of the season. The first one was shot last wednesday at the end of the first quarter in the 1/8Finals of the Hungarian Cup by american forward Kasib Powell (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas Tech), when Kormend beat Kecskemet 92:79.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xOxu97kVIM&feature=player_embedded

The second link shows an amazing half court shoot of hungarian guard Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Interperformances) in the 6th round of the regular season against Albacomp.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0tvlcqiDM8


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  ICELAND   


Icelandic Express L. round 12 best performance: J'Nathan Bullock - by Eurobasket News
American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Grindavik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 19 rebounds, while his team edged out Keflavik (#4, 8-4) 86-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Grindavik to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. Grindavik has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. In the team's last game Bullock had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Grindavik's top player in his first season with the team. J'Nathan Bullock averages this season 20.0ppg and 9.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Travis Holmes (193-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports) of Njardvik. Holmes had a very good evening with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Njardvik to another comfortable win outscoring Valur (#12, 0-12) 98-76. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Njardvik keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Holmes is a newcomer at Njardvik, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Curtis Allen (193-G-86) of Tindastoll (#8). Allen scored 17 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tindastoll, leading his team to a 88-85overtime win against the higher-ranked Stjarnan (#3, 8-4). Tindastoll needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Allen has a very solid season. In 4 games in Iceland he scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89) of Valur - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maurice Miller (187-G-88) of Tindastoll - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Charles Parker (193-G-85) of Keflavik - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) of Snaefell - 18 points and 12 rebounds
8. Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Njardvik - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77) of IR - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Robert Jarvis (180-G-87) of IR - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 12-1 
 2. Skallagrimur 8-3 
 3. Breidablik 7-5 
 4. Hamar 6-5 
 5. IA 6-5 
 6. Hottur 5-6 
 7. Thor AK 5-7 
 8. FSU 4-8 
 9. IG 4-9 
 10. Armann 2-10 


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ASEAN League: Westports Dragons post second win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia Warriors - Westports Dragons 80:93

Westports Dragons registered the second straight win at the start of ASEAN League season. They knocked down Indonesia Warriors on the road tonight to remain on top of the standings. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) and Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) accounted for 22 points each to lead the effort. They also pulled down 13 and 14 rebounds respectively. Indonesia Warriors fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
The hosts fired 27 points in the opening quarter to stay in front. However the second term turned things around in this one. The Dragons surged ahead and built a 49:41 halftime advantage. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the final frame up by 14 points 69:55. Indonesia Warriors poured in 25 points in the fourth stanza but it was not enough to threaten the margin. Patrick Cabahug (186-G) had 21 points in the victory. The Warriors answered with 25 points from Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.). Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) finished with 24 points and 21 boards in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Jonathan Smith 25, Steve Thomas 24+21 boards
Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 22+13 boards, Brian Williams 22+14 boards, Patrick Cabahug 21



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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 13-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 10-5 
 3. UCD Marian 6-9 
 4. Belfast Star 1-12 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 8-5 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 8-5 
 3. UL Eagles 8-8 
 4. Moycullen 4-12 


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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Macc.B.Yaakov 12-2 
 2. Hapoel T-A 11-3 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 10-4 
 4. Hapoel Afula 9-5 
 5. Kiryat Tivon 8-6 
 6. Hod Hasharon 7-7 
 7. Ironi Nes-Ziona 6-7 
 8. Ironi Nahariya 6-7 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 6-8 
 10. Ironi K-A 6-8 
 11. Lev Hasharon 5-9 
 12. Hapoel Y/M 4-10 
 13. Ironi Ramat Gan 4-10 
 14. Hapoel K/S 3-11 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. McCollum, Hapoel K.26.3 
 2. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.8 
 3. Hall, Macc.B.Y.23.1 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.22.6 
 5. Ginyard, Ironi N.22.4 
 6. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.2 
 7. Moragne, Elitzur22.0 
 8. Thondique, Hapoel21.6 
 9. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.6 
 10. Bet-Yosef, Macc..20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.1 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.9 
 3. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.4 
 4. Moses, Hapoel K/S10.6 
 5. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.3 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.9.6 
 7. Blair, Ironi N.9.5 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.4 
 9. Traimel, Ironi N.9.4 
 10. Kelly, Hapoel T-A9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.4 
 3. Eliyahu, Ironi N.7.4 
 4. Rub, Lev Hasharon7.0 
 5. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.5 
 6. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.3 
 7. Bannister, Ironi R.5.3 
 8. Assaf, Ironi N.4.8 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.4.0 
 10. McCollum, Hapoel3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon3.7 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.4 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur3.0 
 4. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.8 
 5. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S2.8 
 6. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.5 
 7. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.5 
 8. McCollum, Hapoel K.2.5 
 9. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 10. Davidi, Ironi R.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A3.0 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 3. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.8 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.1.7 
 6. Thondique, Hapoel1.6 
 7. Johnson, Hod H.1.6 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.6 
 9. Younger, Ironi K-A1.2 
 10. Rosefelt, Lev H.1.2 


National League Round 14: Last-ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido beats Kiryat Tivon - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Kiryat Tivon 85-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kiryat Tivon. Kiryat Tivon trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-85 at the end of the game. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Kiryat Tivon turnovers and had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. The other American import power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 19 rebounds for the guests. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (4-10) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan. Kiryat Tivon at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido is looking forward to face league's leader Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Elitzur Yavne (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Beer Yaakov delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (4-10) 102-88. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Jermaine Hall contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for Ironi Ramat Gan. Beer Yaakov maintains first position with 12-2 record. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side keeps the twelfth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Y/M. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hapoel Afula and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Hod Hasharon supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (11-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Hod Hasharon (7-7). Hapoel Tel-Aviv did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 82-62 on Saturday. Curtis Kelly had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Erez Edelshtein used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gary Gandel responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains second position with 11-3 record behind leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Loser Hod Hasharon keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet at home Elitzur Ramla (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Hapoel Afula defeated Lev Hasharon in a road game 110-93. Elitzur Ramla beat Ironi K-A at home 80-74. Hapoel K/S lost to Elitzur Yavne on the opponent's court 77-87. Ironi Nahariya unfortunately lost to Ironi Nes-Ziona in a home game 62-68.



Ironi Ramat Gan - Macc.B.Yaakov 88-102

Leader Beer Yaakov delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 12th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (4-10) 102-88. The game was mostly controlled by Beer Yaakov. Ironi Ramat Gan was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beer Yaakov dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Ramat Gan's 46. Beer Yaakov forced 19 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The other American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Ramat Gan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov maintains first position with 12-2 record. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side keeps the twelfth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Y/M. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hapoel Afula and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: D.Davidi 21+5reb+3ast, R.Webb 17+13reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 15+7reb+3ast, Y.Yatzkan 11+3reb+3ast, T.Bannister 9+4reb+3ast, I.Mayor 6+1reb
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 31+9reb+8ast, J.Hall 22+7reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 19+3reb+5ast, I.Simin 10+3reb+3ast, I.Buchman 8+3reb+5ast, C.Watson 5
gschID: 145284


Lev Hasharon - Hapoel Afula 93-110

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Lev Hasharon (5-9) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Hapoel Afula (9-5) 110-93 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 19-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 110-93. Hapoel Afula dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Lev Hasharon's 42 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Lev Hasharon 38-21 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hapoel Afula looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Guy Cohen (195-83) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 41 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Amit Sela (192-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Hapoel Afula and four Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Afula have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-5 record. Lev Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with nine games lost. Hapoel Afula will meet at home Ironi Ramat Gan (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lev Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: L.Clinch 41+7reb+4ast, A.Sela 11+7reb+1ast, S.Vered 10+1reb+1ast, U.Gur 10+1ast, O.Rub 8+6ast, V.Yeremishin 7+1reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: G.Thondique 29+14reb+4ast, O.Blayzer 17+3reb+2ast, E.Knafo 14+4reb+1ast, R.LeMelle 13+4reb+4ast, E.Eliyah 13+2reb, G.Cohen 11+7reb+4ast
gschID: 145285


Elitzur Ramla - Ironi K-A 80-74

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (6-8) defeated at home 8th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-8) 80-74 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Elitzur Ramla forced 20 Ironi Kiryat Ata turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Or Zinderman (188-89) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and forward Raz Menashe (201-82) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Elitzur Ramla and five Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Ironi Kiryat Ata lost fourth consecutive game. Elitzur Ramla will meet league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) in Nes Ziyona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: I.Nanikashvili 14+3ast, R.Menashe 14+6reb+2ast, T.Younger 14+10reb, M.Dawson 11+10reb, A.Nanikashvili 10+1reb+5ast, G.Halamish 9+1reb
Elitzur Ramla: O.Zinderman 20+1reb+4ast, S.Moragne 19+6reb+2ast, O.Cohen 14+6reb+1ast, R.Bacon 11+11reb+2ast, M.Badalov 7+4reb, I.Berkowitz 5+4reb+10ast
gschID: 145280


Hod Hasharon - Hapoel T-A 62-82

The game in Hod Hasharon supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (11-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Hod Hasharon (7-7). Hapoel Tel-Aviv did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 82-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Hod Hasharon managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hod Hasharon's 22. They outrebounded Hod Hasharon 47-29 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American swingman Corry Carr (192-75, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Erez Edelshtein used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains second position with 11-3 record behind leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Loser Hod Hasharon keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet at home Elitzur Ramla (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hod Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: J.Gonzalez 17+2reb+5ast, G.Gandel 15+9reb+3ast, A.Johnson 12+4reb+1ast, A.Sukar 10+3reb+5ast, H.Ratner 6+2reb, A.Skverer 2+4reb+1ast
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 38+16reb+1ast, D.Stitt 14+10reb+3ast, C.Carr 14+7reb+7ast, B.Timor 7+2ast, G.Eytan 5+4reb+5ast, Y.Shiran 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145281


Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel K/S 87-77

Very expected game when 13th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (3-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Elitzur Yavne (10-4) 87-77 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 49-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Elitzur Yavne made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 27 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Guard Or Ron (181-88) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Elitzur Yavne and five Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Elitzur Yavne will meet Kiryat Tivon (#5) in the next round. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hod Hasharon (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: O.Ron 17+8reb+3ast, M.Moses 16+8reb+1ast, A.Harush 14+4reb+3ast, E.McCollum 14+6reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 13+6reb, S.Kleimintz 3+2ast
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 27+4reb+4ast, K.Wilson 17+5reb+3ast, E.Engel 16+5reb+1ast, E.Hofman 13+7reb+2ast, Z.Volfer 8+6reb+1ast, A.Cohen 4+2reb
gschID: 145282


Hapoel Y/M - Kiryat Tivon 85-78

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifth-ranked Kiryat Tivon 85-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kiryat Tivon. Kiryat Tivon trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-85 at the end of the game. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Kiryat Tivon turnovers and had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. The other American import power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 19 rebounds and American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) added 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (4-10) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan. Kiryat Tivon at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido is looking forward to face league's leader Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Elitzur Yavne (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: R.Clemente 24+19reb+3ast, J.Gomes 21+2reb+3ast, K.Izik 15+6reb+1ast, E.Solomoviz 7+1reb, L.Ariely 3+1ast, Z.Silverman 2+1reb+2ast
Hapoel Y/M: T.Sanders 29+12reb+4ast, R.Turner 18+5reb+1ast, I.Eiram 10+4reb+2ast, I.Stolero 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 8+3reb+7ast, J.Sztarkman 5
gschID: 145283


Ironi Nahariya - Ironi Nes-Ziona 62-68

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (6-7) beat on the road 7th ranked Ironi Nahariya (6-7) 68-62 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-17. But Ironi Nahariya won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ironi Nes-Ziona won last quarter 19-14. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet Ironi Kiryat Ata (#10) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nahariya will play against Lev Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: M.Ginyard 14+2reb+2ast, E.Traimel 13+14reb, J.Roberts 12+4reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 11+1reb+4ast, L.Shvarzvald 5, O.Ben Hemo 5+7reb+5ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 18+5reb+2ast, D.Assaf 13+1reb+7ast, G.Blair 12+9reb+1ast, B.Benn 11+6reb+2ast, T.Karpeles 8+3reb+1ast, R.Zehavian 6+6reb
gschID: 145279




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Tommaso Marino has left Forl - by Antonello Varallo
Tommaso Marino (190-G-86, agency:Interperformances has been released by Marco Polo Shop Forl. The former player of Montepaschi Siena, who in the past seasons did well in Lega A Dilettanti with Omegna and above all with Treviglio, began the current season with Assi Basket Ostuni, but after 8 games (4.3 ppg, with 10 points as season high scored during the 2011-12 opening game against Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia) moved to Forl. The new adventure has not been lucky, and Marino played other 8 games with only 2.6 ppg.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano eye Luther Head - by Eurobasket News
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano eye Luther Head (191-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) to join the roster. The American Guard might be the addition to the team for the rest of the season.
In 2001-2002 he appeared for Illinois (NCAA) and in 32 games averaged 4.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg. Another three years he spent with Illinois (NCAA) and in the last season showed 15.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 41%.
In 2005-2006 joined Houston Rockets (NBA) and after 80 games had 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 69.9%. He spent another three seasons there and in
2009-2010 moved to Indiana Pacers (NBA). After 47 games his stats read 7.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 82.8%.
The season 2010-2011 started for New Orleans Hornets (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Sacramento Kings (NBA). In 33 games he averaged 6.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 78.0%, left in March'11.



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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Shakur, Novipiu CM19.7 
 3. Smith, Otto C.18.1 
 4. Coleman, Angelico.17.8 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV17.2 
 6. Diawara, Cimberio.16.3 
 7. Tucker, Acea Roma16.2 
 8. Hickman, Scavolin.15.9 
 9. White, Scavolin.15.8 
 10. Andersen, Montep.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.6 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.6 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.1 
 5. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 6. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.1 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS6.9 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.6 
 10. Szewczyk, Umana6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Green, Sidigas AV7.0 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.5.9 
 3. Cook, Armani MI5.1 
 4. Diener, Banco d.5.0 
 5. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 6. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.8 
 8. Shakur, Novipiu CM3.8 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.7 
 10. Zoroski, Fabi Sho.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.4 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes3.0 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 4. Hosley, Banco d.2.5 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.3 
 7. Kangur, Cimberio.1.9 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 9. Bowers, Umana V.1.9 
 10. Smith, Otto C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Banco d.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Easley, Banco d.1.7 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 4. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 5. Stevic, Novipiu CM0.8 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montep.0.8 
 7. Hunter, Banco d.0.8 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 
 9. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 10. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Paul MARIGNEY
  Givova S.
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Marigney, Givova S.23.2 
 2. Freeman, MarcoPol.22.7 
 3. Hardy, Giorgio22.4 
 4. Voskuil, Morpho B.19.9 
 5. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.1 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.1 
 7. McConnell, Fileni18.5 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola18.3 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli17.0 
 10. Kelley, Biancobl.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.1 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.4 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.4 
 4. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.3 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.8.0 
 6. Brooks, Fileni BPA7.1 
 7. Chiacig, Trenkwald.6.9 
 8. Baldassarre, Bianc.6.8 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.6.8 
 10. Jones, Giorgio6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Assi O.
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Johnson, Assi O.5.2 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.7 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.6 
 4. Renfroe, Enel B.3.5 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.5 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.4 
 7. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 8. Kelley, Biancobl.3.2 
 9. Marigney, Givova S.3.2 
 10. Levin, Givova Sca.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. West, Tezenis3.3 
 2. Radulovic, Givova2.9 
 3. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 4. Thompson, Centra.2.7 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.2.7 
 6. Hunter, Enel Brind.2.5 
 7. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.4 
 9. Blizzard, Biancobl.2.3 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder1.8 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Trapani, MarcoPol.0.9 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.0.9 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Renzi, Tezenis0.7 
 7. Busma, Centrale.0.7 
 8. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 9. Jurevicus, Assi O.0.7 
 10. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 


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


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Lawrence Blackledge joins Hamamatsu Phoenix - by Eurobasket News
Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86, college: Marquette) will continue his career in Hamamamtsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix. The forward was released by Osaka Evessa a week ago. The forward notched 9.4 points, 10.0 boards, 3.2 assists and 3.0 blocks per game for Osaka Evessa. Lawrence Blackledge entered his second straight season with Evessa. Earlier he played for Vancouver BC Titans in IBL. Lawrence Blackledge was the IBL champion together with the Titans.


Vlasios Vlaikidis leaves Iwate - by Eurobasket News
Iwate Big Bulls had a change on the bridge. Head coach Vlasios Vlaikidis decided to step down. The Greek specialist had to come back home for personal reasons. Vlasios Vlaikidis took over Iwate at the start of the season. The Greek coach led the expansion team to 7 wins in 26 games played in their inaugural season. Shinji Tomiyama will replace Vlasios Vlaikidis at head coaching position. Tomiyama worked as an assistant coach with Iwate. He also did the same job with IBL's Nippon Tornadoes in 2009. Shinji Tomiyama had a spell with the Tokyo Apache in 2009/10 season. Iwate Big Bulls travel to face Hamamatsu Phoenix in Round 29.


Akita Northern Happinets axe Curtis Terry - by Eurobasket News
Curtis Terry (196-G/F-85, college: UNLV) is no longer player of the Akita Northern Happinets. The player was cut after being accused of theft in supermarket. The guard joined the team back in November. Curtis Terry tallied 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in BJ League. Previously Curtis Terry had stints in Turkey and D-League.


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.5 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.3 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.7 
 4. White, Oita H.20.4 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets20.0 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama19.9 
 7. Flowers, Saitama19.9 
 8. Kennedy, Iwate B.19.5 
 9. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 10. Burrell, Yokohama.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.5 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.8 
 3. Roberts, Shins.10.8 
 4. Malloy, Iwate B.10.8 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.3 
 8. Allred, Kyoto H.10.3 
 9. Woods, Akita NH10.2 
 10. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.1 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Yamamoto, Shima.5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.2 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.4.9 
 6. Takushi, Oita H.4.8 
 7. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.8 
 8. Namizato, Okina.4.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 10. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.0 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.5 
 5. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.2 
 6. Arnold, Hamamats.2.1 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Satterfield, Saita.1.8 
 10. Dukes, Sendai 89.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.5 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.5 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 7. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 9. Ocitti, Akita NH1.3 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 16-9 
 2. Niigata Albirex 15-9 
 3. Hamamatsu P. 13-10 
 4. Sendai 89ers 12-12 
 5. Shinshu BW 11-13 
 6. Toyama Grouses 10-12 
 7. Yokohama BC 10-13 
 8. Chiba Jets 10-13 
 9. Saitama Bron. 7-16 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 7-19 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 19-5 
 2. Osaka Evessa 17-5 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 16-6 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 16-8 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 15-9 
 6. Shimane SM 13-11 
 7. Miyazaki SS 12-14 
 8. Oita H.Devils 5-18 
 9. Takamatsu FA 1-23 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.0 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.7 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.17.0 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi15.9 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.7 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.7 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.2 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.4 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.3 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.2 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 5. Moss, Toshiba BT8.2 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.7 
 7. O''Bannon, Panason.7.2 
 8. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
 9. Young, Aishin SH7.0 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.2 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.7 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hitac.3.3 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.2 
 6. Watanabe, Panason.3.1 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 8. Kinoshita, Panason.2.8 
 9. Hirose, Panasoni.2.6 
 10. Miyanga, Toshi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.0 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi1.9 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.1.8 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.7 
 6. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.4 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.3 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.3 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Richardson, Aishin1.7 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 3. McFarlin, Tochigi1.1 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 7. Aono, Panasonic T.0.9 
 8. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 9. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 19-5 
 2. Aishin SH 17-6 
 3. Hitachi SR 13-10 
 4. Panasonic T. 13-11 
 5. Tochigi Brex 11-12 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 10-14 
 7. Hokkaido L. 9-14 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-22 


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Tobol claim two straight wins - by Eurobasket News
Tobol celebrated back-to-back victories in D1 championship. The Kostanay team overcame BK Atyrau twice. The victories helped Tobol improve at 5-9 record in the ladder. BK Atyrau fell at 0-12 record.
The first game turned into a one-way traffic. Tobol led from start to finish to celebrate a 95:58 victory at the end. Anton Kotenko (191-G/F-84) posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) added 13 points, while Berik Ismailov (180-G-87) had 11 points for Tobol. Yuriy Korshunov (204-F-86) responded with 17 points for BK Atyrau.
Next game however had a difference scenario. Tobol got to a confident start as they recorded a 29:21 lead after ten minutes. But BK Atyrau exploded with 33 points in the second period and pulled ahead for a 54:51 halftime lead. Tobol eked out a narrow 71:70 lead heading into the fourth quarter and hang on to it in the final term to snatch a tough 88:86 win at the end. Berik Ismailov provided 19 points, while Anton Kotenko topscored with 20 points for Tobol. Dmitro Antonets (197-F-88) responded with 27 points for BK Atyrau.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sims, VEF Riga26.3 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.9 
 3. Peiners, LU18.9 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava18.1 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala17.9 
 6. Lucas, Valmiera17.3 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja17.3 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.7 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.4 
 10. Perry, VEF Riga14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.4 
 2. Sims, VEF Riga9.0 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga8.6 
 4. Dargais, LU8.2 
 5. Willard, Ventspils8.1 
 6. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.8 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava6.6 
 9. Andriukaitis, Liep.6.3 
 10. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.6 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.4.2 
 4. Coders, Jurmala4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 8. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.3 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.6 
 3. Peiners, LU2.3 
 4. Osins, LU2.0 
 5. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 7. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 8. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala1.6 
 10. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.4 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.9 
 6. Willard, Ventspils0.8 
 7. Gromovs, U180.7 
 8. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.7 
 10. Sims, VEF Riga0.7 


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


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 18-0 
 2. Liepaja-2 16-1 
 3. Barons/Keizar. 16-2 
 4. Saldus