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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 18: Cedevita is defeated by KK Zagreb CO in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 18 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Eighth ranked KK Zagreb CO won against visiting Cedevita (13-4) 96-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cedevita. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-24. But Cedevita won second period 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Zagreb CO shot 65.5 percent from the field. Center Mario Kasun (213-80) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Slovenian forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Croatian champion (9-8) moved-up to seventh place. Cedevita at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. KK Zagreb CO are looking forward to face Zvezda (#10) in Beograd in the next round. Cedevita will play at home against Helios (#12) in Domzale and is hoping to win this game.
One of the most interesting games of round 18 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Ljubljana where twelfth ranked Helios won against host Union Olimpija (10-7) 92-83. Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and D.J. Gay supported him with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Even 23 points and 4 assists by Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Union Olimpija. Helios (5-12) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Hemofarm. Union Olimpija at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Helios will play against league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Union Olimpija will play on the road against Radnicki K. in Kragujevac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Beograd. 4th ranked Serbian host Partizan (11-6) lost to first ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (16-1) 84-78. The best player for the winners was Tal Burstein who scored 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Vladimir Lucic who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 16-1 record. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Hemofarm (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Partizan will play against Cibona (#9) in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth ranked Serbian Hemofarm (5-12) crushed at home 11th ranked Slovenian Krka (4-13) by 21 points 84-63, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Marko Sutalo who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 assists. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Hemofarm moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Helios. Krka lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Hemofarm's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Krka will play at home against Buducnost (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Cibona lost to Siroki WWin on the opponent's court 75-84. Bottom-ranked Zlatorog unfortunately lost to Crvena Zvezda in a home game 56-70. Radnicki K. recorded a loss to Buducnost on the road 86-93.


Hemofarm - Krka 84-63

Twelfth ranked Serbian Hemofarm (5-12) crushed at home 11th ranked Slovenian Krka (4-13) by 21 points 84-63, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Hemofarm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Hemofarm players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Krka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Marko Sutalo (194-83, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 assists. Center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Hemofarm players scored in double figures. Croatian center Jure Lalic (212-86) replied with 13 points and swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Krka. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Hemofarm moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Helios. Krka lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Hemofarm's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Krka will play at home against Buducnost (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Sutalo 22+3reb+9ast, M.Pantic 20+7reb+3ast, I.Maras 15+4reb, M.Jeremic 13+1reb+2ast, A.Nesovic 7+1reb+2ast, L.Mitrovic 6+5reb+2ast
Krka: J.Lalic 13+4reb, B.Hansbrough 11+2ast, J.Balazic 10+5reb, S.Pavic 9+5reb, Z.Dragic 8+7reb+1ast, A.Nissim 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 133059


Partizan - Maccabi T-A 78-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Beograd. 4th ranked Serbian host Partizan (11-6) lost to first ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (16-1) 84-78. The guests 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 swingman Tal Burstein (198-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored 18 points. Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Danilo Andjusic (197-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points respectively. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 16-1 record. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet at home Hemofarm (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Partizan will play against Cibona (#9) in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: T.Burstein 18+1reb+1ast, S.Schortsanitis 12+4reb, Y.Ohayon 9+2ast, D.Blu 9+1reb, R.Hendrix 8+5reb+2ast, K.Langford 8+1reb+4ast
Partizan: D.Andjusic 18+2reb+3ast, V.Lucic 16+6reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 14+4reb+2ast, M.Macvan 12+4reb, D.Milosavljevic 5+2reb+3ast, N.Besovic 4
gschID: 133060


Siroki WWin - Cibona 84-75

Rather expected game in Siroki Brijeg where 9th ranked Croatian Cibona (8-9) was defeated by seventh ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (9-7) 84-75. Cibona was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-39 second half run of HKK Siroki WWin. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Cibona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian-Croatian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cibona. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HKK Siroki WWin have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to sixth place. Cibona at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. HKK Siroki WWin's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play at home against Partizan (#4) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: J.Vladovic 21+6reb+9ast, D.Planinic 11+5reb, F.Pilepic 11+4ast, I.Ramljak 10+6reb, B.Barac 10+3reb+2ast, C.Collins 9+8reb
Cibona: D.Rudez 19+5reb+1ast, G.Suton 18+7reb+1ast, A.Barbour 11+5reb+3ast, A.Zizic 10+5reb, K.El-Amin 8+2reb+5ast, D.Kus 4+5ast
gschID: 133061


Zlatorog - Crvena Zvezda 56-70

Rather predictable result in Lasko where tenth ranked Serbian Zvezda (6-11) defeated bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-15) 70-56. It looked good early as Zlatorog took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zvezda had a 20-14 second period charge getting the lead and Zlatorog was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-70. Zvezda dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Zlatorog's 26. Zvezda forced 19 Zlatorog turnovers. It was a good game for guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. Center Petar Popovic (211-79) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Croatian power forward Jure Skific (202-88) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and center Alen Omic (213-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zlatorog. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zvezda maintains tenth position with 6-11 record. Zlatorog lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Zvezda's next round opponent will be higher ranked KK Zagreb CO (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Zlatorog will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#6) in Siroki Brijeg.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: A.Milutinovic 15+4reb+2ast, P.Popovic 12+4reb, M.Ilic 10+2reb+2ast, S.Lesic 7+4reb, O.Thomas 6+5reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 6+1reb+1ast
Zlatorog: J.Skific 16+6reb, A.Omic 12+8reb, A.Gruev 10+2ast, L.Lapornik 8+3reb+3ast, J.Brodnik 5+2reb, S.Atanackovic 2+3reb
gschID: 133055


KK Zagreb CO - Cedevita 96-92

The most interesting game of round 18 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Eighth ranked KK Zagreb CO won against visiting Cedevita (13-4) 96-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cedevita. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-24. But Cedevita won second period 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Zagreb CO shot 65.5 percent from the field. Center Mario Kasun (213-80) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Slovenian forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American-Croatian guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) scored 18 points. Five KK Zagreb CO and four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Croatian champion (9-8) moved-up to seventh place. Cedevita at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. KK Zagreb CO are looking forward to face Zvezda (#10) in Beograd in the next round. Cedevita will play at home against Helios (#12) in Domzale and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: M.Kasun 21+10reb, D.Rancic 19+2reb+1ast, K.Simon 15+2reb+6ast, P.Babic 12+3reb+6ast, A.Masic 11+2reb+3ast, S.May 10+1ast
Cedevita: D.Draper 18+3reb+1ast, L.Warren 17+2reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 15+2reb+1ast, M.Smodis 13+8reb+2ast, H.Owens 7+3reb, V.Vukusic 6+4reb
gschID: 133056


Union Olimpija - Helios 83-92 OT

One of the most interesting games of round 18 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Ljubljana where twelfth ranked Helios won against host Union Olimpija (10-7) 92-83. Union Olimpija was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 28-20 charge of Helios, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-6. Helios forced 19 Union Olimpija turnovers. Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) supported him with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Four Helios players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 4 assists by Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Union Olimpija. Montenegrin guard Goran Jeretin (192-79, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 7 assists. Helios (5-12) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Hemofarm. Union Olimpija at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Helios will play against league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Union Olimpija will play on the road against Radnicki K. in Kragujevac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Helios: D.Gay 28+5reb+4ast, D.Pasalic 24+12reb+2ast, V.Petrovic 12+10reb+4ast, D.Bubnic 10+5reb+1ast, B.Cresnar 7+1reb+1ast, J.Besedic 5+2reb
Union Olimpija: V.Dasic 23+4reb+4ast, J.Blazic 15+6reb+1ast, G.Jeretin 13+3reb+7ast, D.Thompson 8+6reb, Z.Zagorac 7+2reb, R.Rothbart 6+2reb
gschID: 133057


Buducnost - Radnicki K. 93-86

Not a big story in a game in Podgorica where 6th ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (8-8) was defeated by third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (12-5) 93-86. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Radnicki K. won fourth quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Buducnost shot 62.0 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Buducnost especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Radnicki K. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Nikola Ivanovic (187-94, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Aleksa Popovic (201-87) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) replied with 31 points (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) and Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists in the effort for Radnicki K.Five Buducnost and four Radnicki K. players scored in double figures. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains third position with 12-5 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Radnicki K. at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Buducnost's next round opponent will be Krka (#13) in Novo Mesto and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki K. will play at home against Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: N.Ivanovic 20+4reb+3ast, J.Anderson 14+2reb+2ast, A.Popovic 14+9reb+1ast, B.Dubljevic 13+1reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 13+2reb, M.Milosevic 7+4reb
Radnicki K.: D.Simon 31+2reb+1ast, M.Scott 19+3reb+2ast, M.Pavkovic 18+5reb+10ast, S.Sinovec 12+3reb+1ast, A.Gaddefors 3+1reb+2ast, S.Markovic 3+2ast
gschID: 133058




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 10-7 
 6. Siroki WWin 9-7 
 7. KK Zagreb CO 9-8 
 8. Radnicki K. 8-8 
 9. Cibona 8-9 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 6-11 
 11. Hemofarm 5-12 
 12. Helios 5-12 
 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.16.1 
 7. Kasun, KK.15.8 
 8. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.2 
 10. Gay, Helios14.1 
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. Pasalic, Helios6.1 
 6. Scott, Radnicki K.5.9 
 7. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 8. Pavic, Krka5.6 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan5.5 
 10. Omic, Zlatorog5.4 
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.5.5 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.8 
 6. Papaloukas, Macca.4.2 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.0 
 8. Simon, KK.3.9 
 9. Draper, Cedevita3.9 
 10. Covic, Crvena Z.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gay, Helios2.5 
 2. Simon, KK.1.8 
 3. Papaloukas, Macca.1.7 
 4. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 5. Draper, Cedevita1.6 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.6 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki1.6 
 8. Zubcic, Cibona1.5 
 9. Salin, Union Olimp.1.5 
 10. Hendrix, Maccabi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.1 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.1.0 
 5. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 7. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 8. Kasun, KK.0.8 
 9. Thompson, Union O.0.8 
 10. Ilic, Crvena Zvez.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers18.3 
 3. Wilson, Taipans17.1 
 4. Khazzouh, Kings16.9 
 5. Lisch, Wildcats16.7 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.2 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers16.0 
 8. Crawford, Croco.15.7 
 9. Worthington, Blaze15.1 
 10. Deleon, Blaze14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.3 
 3. Grant, Kings8.5 
 4. Simpsons, 36ers8.4 
 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. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gibson, Blaze4.4 
 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. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
 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, 36ers1.4 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.3 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 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. Taipans 10-8 
 4. Crocodiles 9-6 
 5. Tigers 9-11 
 6. Blaze 8-8 
 7. Kings 8-11 
 8. 36ers 5-12 
 9. Hawks 4-13 


NBL Round 16: Perth Wildcats defeat Kings in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Sixth-ranked Kings (8-11) gave a tough game to second ranked Perth Wildcats (13-5) in Sydney on Friday. The visitors from Perth managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 14-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Perth Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Perth Wildcats made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) who added 19 points during the contest. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Perth Wildcats have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Breakers. Kings at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. Perth Wildcats is looking forward to face Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in Wulguru in the next round. Kings will play on the road against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Auckland. Second ranked host New Zealand Breakers (13-5) defeated 4th ranked Melbourne Tigers (9-11) 91-77. The winners were led by American power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) who scored that evening 21 points and 7 rebounds and Cedric Jackson supported him with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Liam Rush (202-82) did not help to save the game for Melbourne Tigers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand Breakers have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Wildcats. Melbourne Tigers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Kings (#7) in Sydney in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to get back on the winning track.
Melbourne Tigers (#4) were upset in Broadbeach by seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze 92-78. Adam Gibson fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ronald Dorsey produced 24 points for lost side. Gold Coast Blaze (8-8) moved-up to sixth place. Melbourne Tigers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Melbourne Tigers will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Cairns Taipans 80-74. It was a very good performance for Rhys Martin who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Wollongong Hawks maintains ninth position with 4-13 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Wollongong Hawks' next round opponent will be higher ranked Melbourne Tigers (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Cairns Taipans will play against Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach.
The game in Findon was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (10-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-12). Cairns Taipans defeated Adelaide 36ers 87-75 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamar Wilson who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cairns Taipans moved-up to third place. Adelaide 36ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans will face Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in Broadbeach in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru.

In the last game of round 16 bottom-ranked Hawks lost to Crocodiles on the opponent's court 63-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 9 rebounds by Mark Worthington of Blaze.



Kings - Wildcats 75-76

Sixth-ranked Kings (8-11) gave a tough game to second ranked Perth Wildcats (13-5) in Sydney on Friday. The visitors from Perth managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 14-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Perth Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Perth Wildcats made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) who added 19 points during the contest. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Breakers. Kings at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. Perth Wildcats is looking forward to face Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in Wulguru in the next round. Kings will play on the road against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Kings: J.Grant 17+8reb+2ast, A.Bose 16+10reb+2ast, B.Madgen 16+2reb+3ast, J.Khazzouh 13+9reb, L.Martin 7+1reb+1ast, K.Ratzsch 5+2reb
Wildcats: L.Nevill 19+4reb+1ast, S.Redhage 15+8reb+4ast, J.Wagstaff 15+4reb, C.Tovey 12+6reb, K.Lisch 6+3reb+6ast, D.Williamson 5+2reb
gschID: 138896


Taipans - Hawks 74-80

Bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked Cairns Taipans 80-74. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-18 Cairns Taipans' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-74 at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Larry Davidson (206-83, college: Boise St.) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Wollongong Hawks players scored in double figures. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Andrew Warren (195-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Wollongong Hawks maintains ninth position with 4-13 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. Wollongong Hawks' next round opponent will be higher ranked Melbourne Tigers (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Cairns Taipans will play against Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 18+8reb+2ast, A.Warren 17+3reb+1ast, A.Loughton 12+5reb+2ast, A.Grabau 9+3reb, I.Crosswhite 8+5reb+4ast, B.Hill 5+2reb+3ast
Hawks: O.Forman 13+5reb, T.Coenraad 12+1reb, L.Davidson 11+8reb, T.Demos 10+1reb, M.Campbell 10+1reb, G.Saville 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 138897


Blaze - Tigers 92-78

Melbourne Tigers (#4) were upset in Broadbeach by seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze 92-78. The game was mostly controlled by Gold Coast Blaze. Melbourne Tigers managed to win third quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gold Coast Blaze made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) produced 24 points and his fellow American import point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Four Gold Coast Blaze and five Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze (8-8) moved-up to sixth place. Melbourne Tigers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Melbourne Tigers will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tigers: R.Dorsey 24+4reb+1ast, M.Allen 13+3reb+8ast, M.Burston 11+2reb, D.Dillon 11+3reb+4ast, C.Tragardh 10+6reb+1ast, T.Greer 4+3reb+1ast
Blaze: A.Gibson 23+7reb+3ast, M.Worthington 19+9reb+3ast, A.Petrie 12+2reb+1ast, A.Deleon 11+4reb+3ast, T.Garlepp 9+1ast, W.Hudson 7+5reb
gschID: 138898


Crocodiles - Hawks 65-63

Very expected game in Wulguru where 9th ranked Wollongong Hawks (4-13) were edged by fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (9-6) 65-63 on Saturday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-63. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Todd Blanchfield (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American point guard Edward Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) who added 11 points during the contest. At the losing side swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Oscar Forman (205-82) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Townsville Crocodiles have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Wollongong Hawks stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will face league's leader Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Wollongong Hawks will play against Melbourne Tigers (#5).
Top scorers:
Hawks: O.Forman 16+6reb+1ast, T.Coenraad 16+9reb, R.Martin 11+2reb+2ast, G.Saville 9+6reb+4ast, L.Davidson 6+2reb+1ast, J.Catron 3+2reb
Crocodiles: T.Blanchfield 15+8reb, E.Mims 12+4reb+1ast, E.Gill 11+3reb+3ast, C.Cedar 8+1reb, J.Holmes 8+4reb+2ast, P.Crawford 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 138899


36ers - Taipans 75-87

The game in Findon was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (10-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-12). Cairns Taipans defeated Adelaide 36ers 87-75 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 12 points. Cairns Taipans forced 19 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. At the losing side international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) responded with 21 points and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cairns Taipans moved-up to third place. Adelaide 36ers lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Cairns Taipans will face Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in Broadbeach in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru.
Top scorers:
36ers: S.Weigh 21+4reb, D.Johnson 13+9reb+3ast, D.Simpson 10+7reb, E.Bartlett 7+2reb+2ast, N.Herbert 7+2reb+1ast, T.Daly 4+1reb
Taipans: J.Wilson 25+2reb+4ast, A.Loughton 18+7reb+3ast, I.Crosswhite 11+8reb+2ast, A.Grabau 11+1reb+1ast, K.Williams 8+4reb+3ast, A.Warren 6
gschID: 138900


Breakers - Tigers 91-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Auckland. Second ranked host New Zealand Breakers (13-5) defeated 4th ranked Melbourne Tigers (9-11) 91-77. New Zealand Breakers players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by American power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) who scored that evening 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) supported him with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Liam Rush (202-82) did not help to save the game for Melbourne Tigers. The former international swingman Daniel Dillon (194-86, college: Arizona) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Five New Zealand Breakers and four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand Breakers have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Wildcats. Melbourne Tigers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Kings (#7) in Sydney in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tigers: L.Rush 18+6reb+3ast, D.Dillon 18+5reb+4ast, C.Tragardh 12+5reb+4ast, M.Burston 10+2reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 7+3reb+3ast, T.Greer 5+7reb+1ast
Breakers: G.Wilkinson 21+7reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 13+5reb+2ast, M.Vukona 12+7reb+1ast, A.Pledger 12+2reb, D.Corletto 12+1reb+1ast, C.Jackson 10+5reb+13ast
gschID: 138895




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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 16-2 
 2. Wels 14-4 
 3. Gmunden 13-5 
 4. Oberwart 12-7 
 5. Kapfenberg 11-6 
 6. Gussing 9-8 
 7. UBSC Graz 7-11 
 8. BC Vienna 7-11 
 9. Furstenfeld 6-12 
 10. Arkadia 4-15 
 11. St.Polten 0-18 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.1 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Drenovac, Arkadia21.4 
 4. Djuric, Gussing20.1 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.8 
 7. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart17.1 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.16.6 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.4 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden7.9 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.1 
 6. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.9 
 7. Trmal, St.Polten6.8 
 8. Gordon, Kapfenberg6.8 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.6.7 
 10. Scott, Gussing6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.6 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.5 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.2 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.4.8 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 9. Curry, Gmunden4.3 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.3 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.1 
 5. Brown, Wels1.7 
 6. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.7 
 7. Jandl, Oberwart1.6 
 8. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 9. Scott, Gussing1.5 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.1 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.0 
 4. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 5. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 6. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.6 
 8. Brown, Wels0.6 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 10. Francois, BC Vien.0.6 


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Niigata Albirex adds Davis to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Niigata Albirex (BJ League) agreed terms with 28-year old Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-F-100kg-84, college: Northeastern). In his first game he scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds helping his new team beat Yokohama BC 94-78. Davis played most recently at KTP Basket Kotka (Finland). While playing 13 games for KTP this season he averaged 12.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Davis is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Hungary, Israel and Mexico. Davis graduated Northeastern University in 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center




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


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


Tijuca sign Sobral and Fernando Mineiro - by Paulo Freire
The Tijuca Tenis Clube Rio de Janeiro team from Rio de Janeiro moved quickly to strengthen the team in the final days before the closing of registration for the NBB.

The direction of the team announced the settlement contract with the smallforward Jefferson Sobral (203-F-80), of 31 years old, who played the last edition of the competition for the Araraquara (SP), and averages of 11.96 points per game.

Another new signing is, Fernando Alvim (200-F-80) who comes in from Mogi das Cruzes after made an excellent Paulista State Tournament.

These signings bridge the gap seen by new head coach Miguel da Luz



Fernando Bala is back in the Brasilia Team - by Paulo Freire
The forward Fernando Bala, knowing as well as Bala de Jesus (203-C-81) sign with Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia for the rest of the NBB season.
The player was at the Paraiso Club, a small team from Minas Gerais.
Bala played in Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia during the 2003-2005 season and in the 2007-2008 season.
At his career Bala also played for Americana, Rio Claro, Vila Velha, Vasco and Uberlandia.
As a veteran he will give more experience to the Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia lock room and played few minutes to rest the startes of the team


Jacarei basketball put new roster for Brazil Cup - by Paulo Freire
The Jacarei Basketball/Fibria/JTU/Ativia Team has announced their new roster that will play the next Brazil Cup Southeast Region which begins in March of 2012, the Jacarei managers defined their squad for the Championship.

The head coach Andre Luis Barreto of Jacarei Basketball renewed the contract with six athletes who defended the tem in 2011 and they are: point guard Gustavo Gomes (G-89), center Douglas Kurtz (213-C-87, college: Hawaii), guards Joao Bernardi (F-90) and Vinicius Oliveira (200-F/C-90), forward Marciel Santos (C-91) and guard Kassius Pinheiro (G-90).

The new faces of the team are:

From Rio Claro comes in point guard Alexandre Pinheiro (185-G-85)

From America de Rio Preto comes in guards Ted Bento (199-F-80) and Alex Matheus (85)

From Club Providencia of Chile comes in the Big man Ricardo de Bem (210-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma City)

Last but not least is the young player with only 19 years old and 2.04m tall Radames da Silva Santos who will strengthen the Jacare Basketball roster, he is the a center, and will play his first year in the pro, as he ende in 2011 his participation in the basic category of U19. Radames Santos played in important teams from Sao Paulo scenario that is one of the strongest of Brazil. In 2008 he defended the Esporte Clube Pinheiros (State Champion Sub16), in 2009 defended Limeira (State Champion U19), 2010 he was part of Franca Basketball young bascs team where he stayed until the end of 2011.


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Tristan Smith claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Tristan Smith (183-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for TWU and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old guard got a double-double of 31 points and ten assists, while his team outclassed Brandon (#10, 5-8) with 31-point margin 105-74. TWU maintains the 7th position in Canadian CIS. TWU is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at TWU and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Smith has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.8apg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 42.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old forward Mark McNee (198-F) of Winnipeg. McNee impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Winnipeg to edge the higher-ranked Victoria (#1, 10-3) by 4 points 75-71. This victory allowed Winnipeg to move up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. McNee is a newcomer at Winnipeg and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Sudanese Manock Lual (198-F-89) of second-ranked UPEI. Lual scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of UPEI, leading his team to a 99-76 easy win against the lower-ranked New Brunsw. (#7, 3-8). UPEI needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Lual has a very solid season. In 10 games in Canada he scored 17.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominyc Coward (198-F) of Lethbridge - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Manny Pasquale (183-G) of Laurentian - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Elliot Thompson (191-G-89) of Carleton - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sean Peter (191-G) of TWU - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyle Grewal (198-F-88) of UFV - 23 points and 10 rebounds
9. Kamar Burke (196-F/G-86) of UBC - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jahmal Jones (183-PG-91) of Ryerson - 23 points and 5 assists

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


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 13-0 
 2. Apollon 10-2 
 3. Etha 10-3 
 4. AEK 8-5 
 5. APOEL 7-5 
 6. Omonia 5-8 
 7. ENAD 3-10 
 8. AEL 2-12 


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1Liga Round 18: BK Lions Hradec defeats B&W Opava B in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for BK Lions Hradec (18-0) which played road game in Opava against 4th ranked B&W Opava B (13-5). Top-ranked BK Lions Hradec had an easy win 89-72. Undefeated BK Lions Hradec have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. B&W Opava B at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Proton Zlin. BK Lions Hradec are looking forward to face Sokol Vysehrad (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B&W Opava B will play against Kara Trutnov (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
An interesting game for Sparta Praha (15-3) which hosted in Praha one of their biggest challengers Proton Zlin (13-5). Second ranked Sparta Praha had an easy win 118-65. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Proton Zlin. Sparta Praha have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just three points less than leader J.Hradec. Proton Zlin at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Opava B. Sparta Praha will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#6) on the road in the next round. Proton Zlin will play against BC Benesov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kara Trutnov (10-8) and BK Prostejov B (6-12), which took place in Prostejov. Higher ranked Kara Trutnov lost to eleventh ranked BK Prostejov B in a road game 72-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kara Trutnov. BK Prostejov B maintains eleventh position with 6-12 record. Loser Kara Trutnov keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Sokol H.Kralove. BK Prostejov B will meet Kladno (#13) on the road in the next round. Kara Trutnov will play against B&W Opava B (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Another upset was a game between Sokol Hradec Kralove (10-8) and Sokol Vysehrad (7-11), which took place in Vysehrad. Higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Sokol Vysehrad 88-69. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Benesov. Sokol Hradec Kralove lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Sokol Vysehrad's next round opponent will be league's leader BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Kladno was beaten by Litomerice on the road 65-57. Sokol Prazsky destroyed Liberec on its own court 84-65. Bottom-ranked Mlada Boleslav was outscored by Benesov in a road game 93-73.



Opava B - J.Hradec 72-89

An interesting game for BK Lions Hradec (18-0) which played road game in Opava against 4th ranked B&W Opava B (13-5). Top-ranked BK Lions Hradec had an easy win 89-72. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-0 record. B&W Opava B at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Proton Zlin. BK Lions Hradec are looking forward to face Sokol Vysehrad (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B&W Opava B will play against Kara Trutnov (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
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Prostejov B - Trutnov 78-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kara Trutnov (10-8) and BK Prostejov B (6-12), which took place in Prostejov. Higher ranked Kara Trutnov lost to eleventh ranked BK Prostejov B in a road game 72-78 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kara Trutnov. BK Prostejov B maintains eleventh position with 6-12 record. Loser Kara Trutnov keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Sokol H.Kralove. BK Prostejov B will meet Kladno (#13) on the road in the next round. Kara Trutnov will play against B&W Opava B (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
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Litomerice - Kladno 65-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice's (5-13) home victory over 13th ranked Kladno (1-17) 65-57. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-15 last quarter charge of Kladno cut the lead to 65-57 at the end of the game. Slavoj BK Litomerice dominated on the defensive end, holding Kladno to just 7 points in third quarter. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains twelfth position with 5-13 record. Kladno lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sokol Prazsky (#5) in Praha and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kladno will play at home against BK Prostejov B (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sokol Prazsky - Liberec 84-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked BK Kondori Liberec's (9-9) road loss to seventh ranked Sokol Prazsky (11-7) in Praha 65-84. It looked good early as BK Kondori Liberec took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sokol Prazsky took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 19 points. Sokol Prazsky have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. BK Kondori Liberec at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Sokol Prazsky's next round opponent will be Slavoj BK Litomerice (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Mlada Boleslav (#14).
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Benesov - Mlada Boleslav 93-73

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked BC Benesov (7-11) rolled over at home bottom-ranked Mlada Boleslav (1-17) 93-73. The game was mostly controlled by BC Benesov. Mlada Boleslav was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Benesov moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Vysehrad. Mlada Boleslav lost seventeenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 17 lost games. BC Benesov's next round opponent will be higher ranked Proton Zlin (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mlada Boleslav will play against BK Kondori Liberec (#8).
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Sparta Praha - Proton Zlin 118-65

An interesting game for Sparta Praha (15-3) which hosted in Praha one of their biggest challengers Proton Zlin (13-5). Second ranked Sparta Praha had an easy win 118-65. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Proton Zlin. The game without a history. Sparta Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sparta Praha have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just three points less than leader J.Hradec. Proton Zlin at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Opava B. Sparta Praha will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#6) on the road in the next round. Proton Zlin will play against BC Benesov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Vysehrad - Sokol H.Kralove 88-69

Another upset was a game between Sokol Hradec Kralove (10-8) and Sokol Vysehrad (7-11), which took place in Vysehrad. Higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Sokol Vysehrad 88-69. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Benesov. Sokol Hradec Kralove lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Sokol Vysehrad's next round opponent will be league's leader BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
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Czech Republic NBL round 24 best performance: Pavel Houska - by Eurobasket News
International forward Pavel Houska (201-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BK Decin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Inter Bratislava (#14, 5-19) 78-70. BK Decin is placed at 4th position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BK Decin will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. In the team's last game Houska had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at BK Decin, through which he has constantly improved. Pavel Houska has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.4ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.9rpg) and averages impressive 54.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Andrew Naymick (211-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) of league's leader CEZ Nymburk. Naymick had a very good evening with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he lead CEZ Nymburk to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked BK Pardubice (#3, 18-6) 85-63. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. CEZ Nymburk consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 23-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Naymick is a newcomer at CEZ Nymburk, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) of BC Kolin (#5). Jelinek scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Jelinek's great performance BC Kolin lost 85-87 to the higher-ranked BK Prostejov (#2, 20-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing BC Kolin needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 8 lost games. Jelinek has a very solid season. In 23 games in Czech Republic he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keaton Grant (193-G-86) of Levice - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86) of Inter Bratislava - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Pavel Slezak (186-G-84) of BK Prostejov - 22 points and 2 rebounds
7. Martin Vanak (200-F-87) of B&W Opava - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87) of Usti n/Labem - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stipe Modric (206-F-79) of Levice - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy - 20 points and 7 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 - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 18-0 
 2. Sparta Praha 15-3 
 3. Proton Zlin 13-5 
 4. Opava B 13-5 
 5. Sokol Prazsky 11-7 
 6. Sokol H.Kralove 10-8 
 7. Trutnov 10-8 
 8. Liberec 9-9 
 9. Benesov 7-11 
 10. Vysehrad 7-11 
 11. Prostejov B 6-12 
 12. Litomerice 5-13 
 13. Kladno 1-17 
 14. Mlada Boleslav 1-17 


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 18-1 
 2. Svendborg 18-2 
 3. Naestved 13-7 
 4. SISU 9-11 
 5. Horsholm 8-12 
 6. Aalborg 7-12 
 7. Aabyhoj 7-13 
 8. Vaerlose 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, SISU20.8 
 5. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.1 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj18.8 
 7. Kingsley, Svendborg18.4 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg17.7 
 9. Dennis, SISU15.9 
 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, SISU3.4 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.2 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 5. Plannthin, Svend.2.1 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg2.1 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.0 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
 9. Kristiansen, Aalbo.1.7 
 10. Creppy, Naestved1.7 
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. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 
 10. Larsen, Vaerlose0.8 


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Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 15-6 
 2. Springfield A. 11-11 
 3. Dakota W. 10-11 
 4. Erie Bay H. 10-12 
 5. Canton C. 10-13 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 9-14 
 7. Maine RC 7-16 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 7-17 
West Conference
 1. Austin T. 18-4 
 2. Los Angeles D. 17-8 
 3. Rio Grande VV 15-9 
 4. Bakersfield J. 12-10 
 5. Reno B. 11-12 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 11-12 
 7. Texas L. 11-13 
 8. Idaho S. 8-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.6 
 2. Costner, Los A.23.8 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.8 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.6 
 5. Millsap, Los A.21.9 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.21.2 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.7 
 9. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.18.9 
 10. Dyson, Tulsa 66e.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.9 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.5 
 4. Williams, Texas L.10.4 
 5. Milligan, Canton C.9.4 
 6. Andrews, Los A.9.2 
 7. Foote, Springfield9.1 
 8. Smith, Rio G.9.1 
 9. Thomas, Reno B.8.7 
 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. Curry, Springfield6.6 
 5. Cooksey, Texas L.6.4 
 6. Coleman, Sioux F.6.3 
 7. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
 9. Wise, Bakersfield5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Reno B.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal TINSLEY
  Los A.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.3 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 4. Millsap, Los A.2.1 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.2.0 
 6. Owens, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 7. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 8. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 9. Emmett, Reno B.1.9 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Reno B.
  (213-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Whiteside, Reno B.3.3 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.3.1 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.1 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Williams, Texas L.1.9 
 6. Alabi, Bakersfield1.9 
 7. Johnson, Springfi.1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 9. Blakely, Iowa E.1.6 
 10. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Reno B. - Rio Grande VV 104-116
The Reno Bighorns' Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) broke the NBA record for most consecutive free throws on Saturday night, though the Bighorns guard will not hold the official record because the free throws came during NBA Development League games. Ahearn went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line in a 116-104 loss against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at the Reno Events Center. He now has made 98 straight free throws. The NBA record is 97, held by Michael Williams (1993). The D-League record was 79, also set by Ahearn, which he eclipsed earlier this season. He also holds the NCAA record for career foul-shooting percentage at 94.6 percent (2004-07, Missouri State). Ahearn finished with 19 points Saturday, second on the team to Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) t's 24. Former Wolf Pack guard Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83, agency: VVG Sports, college: Nevada) added 17 for the Bighorns (11-12). *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Texas L. - Canton C. 91-82
April's a long way off, but the Canton Charge didn't want to overlook the Texas Legends two nights running. Unfortunately for the Charge, they got caught looking ahead Saturday night. Clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the East Division, the Charge came out strong Saturday night, only to lay a fourth-quarter egg in a 91-82 loss to the Legends. Canton, a 117-95 loser to Texas on Friday, outscored the Legends in the first three quarters and led, 74-67. Texas then took off on both ends of the court in the final period, using an 18-2 run to drop the Charge to 10-13. Texas trailed, 80-73, with 6:37 to play when Dante Milligan hit a jumper to slow the Legends' rally. But Canton went stone cold from there and finished just 3-of-19 (.157) from the field in the fourth quarter. Canton's Keith McLeod (6'3''-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) was 0-for-7 from the field in the fourth quarter and 1-of-12, including 1-of-6 on 3s. Frank Hassell had 15 points and 13 rebounds to carry the Charge. Hassell hit 6-of-11 from the field and was 3-for-4 at the line. Manny Harris scored 19 points to lead Canton. He was joined in double figures by Tyrell Biggs with 16 and TJ Campbell and Antonio Graves with 10 apiece. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Idaho S. - Austin T. 92-106
Leo Lyons had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) had 24 points, and the Austin Toros made 30 of their 34 free throw attempts on Saturday night in a 106-92 victory over the Idaho Stampede. Mikki Moore had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and David Bailey added 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Idaho, which lost to Austin for a second straight night. Idaho started the game on a 12-0 run, with Antoine Walker scoring 10 of the first 12, before going into halftime trailing 51-50. In the third quarter, Idaho was outscored 29-17, and the Toros (18-4) went from one point down to 12 points ahead in a span of 5 minutes, 34 seconds. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 107-110
After leading at the half by 17 points (59-42), the Jam (12-10) had to hold on at the end, but they did just that, in a 110-107 victory over the D-Fenders (17-8) in El Segundo on Saturday night. The season series now stands at 3-2 in favor of Los Angeles, with another game between them scheduled for next Thursday evening in Bakersfield. Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86), who scored 30 points the previous evening in Bakersfield (a D-Fenders 105-88 victory), had to come off the bench due to a stomach illness. With the Jam holding the 17 point advantage heading into the third quarter, he became the catalyst in the Los Angeles comeback attempt. During one stretch in the quarter, he reeled off 12 straight points, while finishing the period with 17, as the D-Fenders cut the lead to eight (88-80), and set the stage for a pressure-pack finish. In the fourth quarter and down by three, Green connected with a trey to tie the game at 106 with 40 seconds remaining. With just 11 ticks remaining, Jeremy Wise was fouled and made both free throws for a Jam 108-106 lead. Los Angeles was then able to whittle the lead down to one (108-107) with 8.1 seconds remaining, but the second of two free throws was missed by Elijah Millsap, and they were forced to foul Juan Pattillo with 5.7 left. Pattillo made both foul shots, and Green missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer. The D-Fenders came that close to tying it up after being down by as many as 19 points in the first half. The Jam was led by Osiris Eldridge, who scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Wise recorded 23 and dished out eight assists. Pattillo chipped in with his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 boards. Adrian Thomas added 13 off the bench, and Solomon Alabi had 10. Mardy Collins led the D-Fenders with 26 points, and was followed by Green with 25, Millsap 20. Orien Greene 13, and Zach Andrews finished with 10 and a game-high 15 rebounds. On a side note, please subscribe to this column and stay updated on all future articles by hitting the subscribe link on this page (next to the profile), it's free and holds no obligations. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Dakota W. - Springfield A. 111-107
Jeff Foote (7'0''-C-88, college: Cornell) gave the Dakota Wizards matchup problems, but Springfield's recent reinforcements from the NBA were mostly held in check as the Armor dropped a 111-107 decision on Saturday at the Bismarck Civic Center. Foote, a 7-foot center from Cornell, poured in 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting and hauled down 10 boards. But Jordan Williams, on assignment from the New Jersey Nets, was held to nine points and four rebounds in his second game with the Armor. Dennis Horner, making his return to the Armor after being waived by the Nets earlier this week, fared a little better. After a slow start, Horner picked it up in the fourth quarter, finishing the night with 19 points and eight rebounds. With Foote causing headaches inside for the smaller Wizards, the Armor led for most of the first half. The Armor's high water mark came after a bucket by Foote extended their margin to 51-43. Foote used an array of hooks, dunks and putbacks to score 15 in the first half, eclipsing his per game average of 14.4 before intermission. But the Wizards scored the final 10 points of the second quarter, and took a 56-53 lead into the locker room. Dakota asserted control with a 10-1 spurt in the third quarter, extending their advantage to 79-70. Nine of the points came from reserve forward Marcus Dove. After trailing by as many as 16 points, the Armor made a late run. Led by Foote and JamesOn Curry, Springfield closed to within 107-105. Justin Johnson buried a big shot from the baseline with 1:08 to play to give the Wizards some breathing room. A layup by Horner with 14.0 seconds left, cut the gap to 109-107. Edwin Ubiles left the door open by missing a free throw with 10.7 seconds left, but Horner missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer. Ubiles led the Wizards with 28 points. Dove finished with 21 points, while Johnson had 17 points and six assists. Curry had 23 points and 10 assists for the Armor, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. The Armor slipped to 11-11 on the season, a half-game ahead of the Wizards (10-11) in the East Conference. Springfield returns to action tonight in Iowa. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Sioux Falls S. - Ft.Wayne MA 93-97
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 97-93 Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. After trailing for most of the game, Fort Wayne completed the comeback tonight with a strong fourth quarter finish. Both teams got off to sluggish starts due to poor shooting and turnovers. Combining for eight turnovers and just 35 points in the first quarter, Casey Mitchell (6'4''-G-88, college: W.Virginia) knocked in a 3-pointer late in the first to give Sioux Falls (7-17) an 18-17 lead after one. Ignited by Mitchell and Jamelle Horne's play off the bench, Sioux Falls raced out to a 47-35 lead in the second when Dominique Coleman found Horne for a layup. Fort Wayne (9-14) climbed back into the game, ending the half on a 9-0 run to trim the deficit to 47-44 at the half. Sioux Falls came out after halftime ready to complete the weekend sweep and led for a majority of the second half. Trailing 79-74 a little over halfway through the fourth quarter, Fort Wayne knocked down three 3-pointers in a row, going on an 11-0 run to take an 85-79 lead. Sioux Falls was never able to recover and fell to 5-7 at the midway point of their home schedule. The fourth quarter comeback for Fort Wayne was fueled off turnovers by Sioux Falls, who committed nine in the fourth that led to 15 points. Gilbert Brown was one of six players to score in double figures for Fort Wayne, finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Tory Jackson posted another all-around solid game with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Patrick Ewing Jr. (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown), Jr. had a strong performance with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) scored 17 points while Horne added 14 on 6-of-8 field goals off the bench. Fort Wayne continues their road trip with a matchup at Rio Grande Valley Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Sioux Falls visits Erie Friday at 6 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.keloland.com

Iowa E. - Tulsa 66ers 91-98
Kevin Young gave his shiny white shoes a workout Friday. The Iowa Energy coach, decked out for the team's annual ' '70s Night,' was foot-stomping mad at his team for much of a 98-91 loss against the Tulsa 66ers in front of an announced crowd of 6,467 at Wells Fargo Arena. The Energy (15-6) were listless through three quarters, watching Tulsa dominate the glass while building a 20-point lead. The low point came when a missed shot by Tulsa caromed 19 feet from the basket and fell to the floor while no one from Iowa moved to gather it. A 66er happily picked it up while Young screamed at his players. 'It's frustrating to sit there as a coach and know that all it takes is a blockout here, a loose ball there and you're probably not in a position where you're down 20 and having to claw back in it,' Young said. The Energy mounted a fourth-quarter rally behind Andrew Drevo, who made four 3-pointers in the period and finished with a team-high 18 points. 'In the first half, they weren't falling,' he said. 'I just tried to keep shooting, be confident in your shot and fortunately some of them fell in the second half. 'We gave ourselves a chance, and that's all you can ask.' Iowa cut the lead to 90-88, when fittingly Tulsa (11-12) scored on a putback, one of 22 offensive rebounds the 66ers chased down. That was as close as the Energy came. 'Story of the night, bottom line,' Young said. 'Anytime you give up 22 on the boards offensively, you're probably not going to win the ball game.' *Courtesy of http://dmjuice.desmoinesregister.com




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KML Round 17: KK Parnu defeats leader Tartu Ulikool - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Tartu Ulikool (14-2) on the court of eighth ranked KK Parnu on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by KK Parnu 99-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikool. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-93. KK Parnu made 32-of-42 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. KK Parnu outrebounded Tartu Ulikool 44-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. 32 personal fouls committed by Tartu Ulikool helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Toomas Raadik (202-C-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) contributed with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Tartu Ulikool. KK Parnu (3-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Valga/CKE. Tartu Ulikool at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. KK Parnu is looking forward to face higher ranked BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tartu Ulikool will play against BC Rakvere and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tallinn: TTU/Kalev (#5) and Tln Kalev (#6). Tln Kalev was defeated at home 71-85 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Kiur Akenparg chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 24 points. Tln Kalev's coach Indrek Reinbok rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTU/Kalev (8-8) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rapla. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
An interesting game for Kalev/Cramo (11-1) which played road game in Rapla against 4th placed Rapla (8-8). Third ranked Kalev/Cramo managed to get a 14-point victory 79-65. Joosep Toome nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Raido Ringmets came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Rapla in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Loser Rapla keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev.

In the last game of round 17 Valga/CKE was beaten by Tarvas on the road 92-78.


Parnu - Tartu Ulikool 99-93

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Tartu Ulikool (14-2) on the court of eighth ranked KK Parnu on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by KK Parnu 99-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikool. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-93. KK Parnu made 32-of-42 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. KK Parnu outrebounded Tartu Ulikool 44-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. 32 personal fouls committed by Tartu Ulikool helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Toomas Raadik (202-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) contributed with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Rain Veideman (192-91) added 22 points and 5 assists in the effort for Tartu Ulikool. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KK Parnu (3-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Valga/CKE. Tartu Ulikool at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. KK Parnu is looking forward to face higher ranked BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tartu Ulikool will play against BC Rakvere and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: R.Veideman 22+2reb+5ast, T.Kurbas 19+9reb+2ast, S.Leppik 12+3reb+1ast, V.Allingu 10+6reb+1ast, R.Raadik 9+3reb, T.Eichfuss 9+3reb+3ast
Parnu: T.Raadik 29+11reb+5ast, R.Raap 25+6reb+4ast, E.Tamsalu 12+4reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 10+6reb, R.Karner 9+6reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 165873


Tln Kalev - TTU/Kalev 71-85

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tallinn: TTU/Kalev (#5) and Tln Kalev (#6). Tln Kalev was defeated at home 71-85 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It looked good early as Tln Kalev took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then TTU/Kalev had a 22-12 second period charge getting the lead and Tln Kalev was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-85. TTU/Kalev made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Tln Kalev 45-24 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tln Kalev was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 24 points and the other American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Tln Kalev's coach Indrek Reinbok rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTU/Kalev (8-8) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rapla. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: B.Raley-Ross 24+3reb+2ast, M.Shaw 15+12reb+1ast, R.Suija 9+1reb+1ast, D.Nazarovas 6+1ast, M.Paiste 5+2reb+2ast, R.Roos 5+2reb+1ast
TTU/Kalev: K.Akenparg 21+7reb, I.Pilk 19+7reb+2ast, K.Makke 19+7reb+1ast, A.Arnold 12+10reb+2ast, E.Keedus 6+4reb+3ast, K.Keres 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 165874


Tarvas - Valga/CKE 92-78

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BC Rakvere (11-4) beat at home bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (3-14) 92-78 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BC Rakvere forced 22 Valga/CKE turnovers. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) came up with 28 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Valga/CKE in the defeat. Five BC Rakvere and four Valga/CKE players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having four points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. Loser Valga/CKE dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. They share it with Parnu. BC Rakvere will meet league's leader Tartu Ulikool on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Valga/CKE will play against Rapla (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: R.Strupovics 28+8reb+3ast, L.Blaus 12+9reb+3ast, R.Petersonig 11+4reb+2ast, V.Vares 10+7reb+2ast, K.Pullisaar 7+2reb+1ast, A.Vasar 7+3reb
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 19+8reb, V.Veski 13+4reb, R.Hallik 13+6reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 13+2reb+5ast, V.Kriisa 13+4reb+4ast, M.Dorbek 11+2reb+5ast
gschID: 165871


Rapla - Kalev/Cramo 65-79

An interesting game for Kalev/Cramo (11-1) which played road game in Rapla against 4th placed Rapla (8-8). Third ranked Kalev/Cramo managed to get a 14-point victory 79-65. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. International forward Joosep Toome (202-85) nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Tanel Sokk (184-85) accounted for 19 points. Power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Rapla in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Loser Rapla keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tallinn to the arena TTU/Kalev.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Ringmets 16+10reb, J.Soo 12+4reb, R.Laane 11+3reb+3ast, A.Parn 9+8reb+3ast, S.Kaldre 9+3reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 5+3reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: T.Sokk 19+2reb+2ast, J.Toome 13+8reb+2ast, A.Skele 12+2reb+3ast, R.Tamm 9+1reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 8+4reb+2ast, K.Kitsing 7+4reb
gschID: 165872




Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 14-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 11-1 
 3. Tarvas 11-4 
 4. TTU/Kalev 8-8 
 5. Rapla 8-8 
 6. Tln Kalev 5-12 
 7. Parnu 3-14 
 8. Valga/CKE 3-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Toomas RAADIK
  Parnu
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Raadik, Parnu18.2 
 2. Pilk, TT.17.8 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas16.9 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.16.9 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 6. Soo, Rapla16.0 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.8 
 8. Arnold, TT.14.3 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.2 
 10. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.13.4 
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, Parnu7.9 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.5 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.7.1 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Dorbek, Tarvas3.7 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 5. Pilk, TT.3.6 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.4 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 8. Keedus, TT.3.0 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool2.9 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.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. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.2.0 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.9 
 7. Laane, Rapla1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas1.8 
 10. Karner, Parnu1.8 
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.0.6 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 9. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.5 
 10. Veski, Tarvas0.5 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Mamadou Samb joins Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao bolstered their frontcourt. They announced the signing of Mamadou Samb (208-C/F-89). The centre comes from CB Granada. Mamadou Samb tallied 10.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in LEB Gold. Previously Mamadou Samb had stints with Barcelona junior team, Josep Badalona, Cornella, Regal Barcelona. Eurobasket.com named Mamadou Samb into LEB Silver All-Defensive Team in 2009. He was the member of Spanish U20 National Team. The centre averaged 11.0 points, 7.1 boards and 1.6 blocks per game at 2009 European Championship U20 in Greece. Samb earned Eurobasket.com All-European Championship U20 Honourable Mention. Mamadou Samb also participated at Adidas World Junior Tournament in Douai in 2008.


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Tapiolan Honka 12-3 
 2. FoKoPo 11-3 
 3. Lapua 10-4 
 4. Pyrinto II 10-4 
 5. BC Nokia 10-5 
 6. Oulun NMKY 9-6 
 7. Huima 6-9 
 8. Porvoon Tarmo 5-9 
 9. SayRi 5-9 
 10. Ura Basket 5-10 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-12 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-14 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.7 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.25.4 
 3. Conerly, SayRi25.0 
 4. Simmons, Porvoon24.4 
 5. Williams, Lapua22.7 
 6. Manning, Huima21.8 
 7. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.20.4 
 9. Henderson, Porvoo.20.3 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.1 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.6 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.4 
 4. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 5. Britton, Huima10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Green, Ura Basket10.7 
 8. Townes, BC Nokia10.3 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo9.8 
 10. Williams, Lapua9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Conerly, SayRi5.6 
 2. Manning, Huima5.2 
 3. Phillips, Oulun N.4.8 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.6 
 5. Viertola, Huima3.9 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.3 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.3 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 9. Jackson, Lapua3.0 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.5 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 3. Conerly, SayRi2.2 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.9 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 6. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.8 
 7. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Baxley, Lapua1.8 
 9. King, Porvoon1.7 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.7 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.3 
 4. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.2 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.0 
 6. Cooper, SayRi1.0 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 
 9. Molenius, FoKoPo0.8 
 10. Britton, Huima0.8 


1st Division Round 15: Forssan Koripojat loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the 1st Division leadership position after last games. Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Forssan Koripojat (11-3). They were crushed by fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (10-4) 101-79 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Forssan Koripojat. The hosts 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 101-79. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Koripojat's 30. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) who led his team to a victory scoring 38 points (!!!) and 5 steals. Forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) helped adding 24 points and 5 rebounds. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Ville Turja 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 forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) with 14 points. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to third place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Forssan Koripojat at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Tapiolan Honka. Forssan Koripojat will play next round against BC Nokia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Lapuan Korikobrat will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Saynatsalon Riento in Jyvaskyla.
Important game to mention about took place in Nokia. Sixth ranked Oulun NMKY (9-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked BC Nokia (10-5) 82-80 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists. Josh Nofflet accounted for 21 points and 18 rebounds. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for BC Nokia in the defeat. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY maintains sixth place with 9-6 record. BC Nokia at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Oulun NMKY will play against bottom-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Nokia will play against the league's second-placed Forssan Koripojat (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Porvoo between Saynatsalon Riento and Porvoon Tarmo. Tenth ranked Saynatsalon Riento (5-9) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-9). Saynatsalon Riento managed to escape with a 3-point win 102-99 in the game for the eighth place. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Kenneth Cooper who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Shawn Henderson who recorded 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Saynatsalon Riento have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Porvoon Tarmo. Porvoon Tarmo lost fourth consecutive game. Saynatsalon Riento will meet at home higher ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's leader Tapiolan Honka (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game took place in Aanekoski where higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (6-9) was upset on its own court by eleventh ranked Torpan Pojat (4-12) 100-92. It was a good game for Julius Rajala who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Torpan Pojat maintains eleventh place with 4-12 record. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Torpan Pojat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Pyrinto II (#4) in Tampere and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
11th ranked Torpan Pojat (4-12) was outscored at home by fifth ranked BC Nokia (10-5) with the biggest margin this round 107-67 on Sunday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Timo Riihela who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 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. BC Nokia maintains fifth place with 10-5 record. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. BC Nokia will face league's second-placed Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against Pyrinto II (#4) in Tampere.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Huima lost to Pyrinto II on the opponent's court 78-95. Ura Basket unfortunately lost to Oulun NMKY in a home game 72-80. Tapiolan Honka rolled over Jyvaskyla on the road 98-61. Bottom-ranked Jyvaskyla was defeated by Porvoon Tarmo on its own court 87-96.



Lapua - FoKoPo 101-79

There was a change at the 1st Division leadership position after last games. Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Forssan Koripojat (11-3). They were crushed by fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (10-4) 101-79 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Forssan Koripojat. The hosts 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 101-79. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Koripojat's 30. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) who led his team to a victory scoring 38 points (!!!) and 5 steals. Forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) helped adding 24 points and 5 rebounds. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach Ville Turja 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 forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) with 14 points and forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to third place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Forssan Koripojat at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Tapiolan Honka. Forssan Koripojat will play next round against BC Nokia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Lapuan Korikobrat will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Saynatsalon Riento in Jyvaskyla.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: H.Coleman 14+4reb+2ast, C.Thompson 13+3reb, T.Robinson 12+5reb, J.Helenius 11+2reb, E.Johansson 10+3reb, M.Molenius 10+7reb
Lapua: W.Baxley 38+2reb+3ast, E.Williams 24+5reb, E.Jackson 11+7reb+1ast, V.Turja 9+2reb, K.Siven 8+3reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150222


ToPo Akatemia - BC Nokia 67-107

11th ranked Torpan Pojat (4-12) was outscored at home by fifth ranked BC Nokia (10-5) with the biggest margin this round 107-67 on Sunday night. The game without a history. BC Nokia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. BC Nokia outrebounded Torpan Pojat 36-20 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. BC Nokia looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Timo Riihela (193-80) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Five BC Nokia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Totti Tyynila scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Nokia maintains fifth place with 10-5 record. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. BC Nokia will face league's second-placed Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against Pyrinto II (#4) in Tampere.
Top scorers:
ToPo Akatemia: A.Lavastida 23+5reb+2ast, T.Tyynila 15+5reb, A.Huovinen 6+1reb+1ast, J.Rajala 6+2reb, S.Silvonen 6+5ast, J.Aho 5+2reb+3ast
BC Nokia: D.Townes 22+6reb+3ast, T.Riihela 20+8reb+3ast, J.Kauro 19+4reb+1ast, V.Tuominen 16+1reb+5ast, G.January 11+7reb+2ast, T.Kankaanpaa 8+4reb+6ast
gschID: 150223


Pyrinto II - Huima 95-78

Rather expected game in Tampere where 7th ranked Aanekosken Huima (6-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Pyrinto II (10-4) 95-78 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pyrinto II. Aanekosken Huima was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pyrinto II dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken Huima's 44. Pyrinto II forced 20 Aanekosken Huima turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Jari Pulkkinen (203-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Joni Harjula (189-83) helped adding 18 points and 6 assists. Four Pyrinto II players scored in double figures. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and forward Tuomas Viertola (196-90) scored 18 points. Pyrinto II moved-up to third place, which they share with Lapua. Loser Aanekosken Huima keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Pyrinto II will face Torpan Pojat (#11) in Helsinki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against Ura Basket (#10) in Kaarina.
Top scorers:
Huima: J.Graham 26+10reb+2ast, T.Viertola 18+2reb+3ast, T.Manning 16+4reb+1ast, S.Kajander 7+6reb, M.Liukko 7+2reb, J.Uecker 2+2reb+2ast
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 18+3reb+6ast, J.Niemi 18+7reb+1ast, J.Pulkkinen 17+10reb+3ast, K.Rasinaho 13+3reb, O.Heinonen 9+3reb, N.Mattila 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 150224


Porvoon Tarmo - SayRi 99-102

A very close game took place in Porvoo between Saynatsalon Riento and Porvoon Tarmo. Tenth ranked Saynatsalon Riento (5-9) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-9). Saynatsalon Riento managed to escape with a 3-point win 102-99 in the game for the eighth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Porvoon Tarmo won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saynatsalon Riento forced 20 Porvoon Tarmo turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Aubrey Conerly (182-83, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Cooper is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Shawn Henderson (190-88, college: Idaho) who recorded 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Benzor Simmons (195-88, college: Tenn-Martin) added 31 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saynatsalon Riento have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Porvoon Tarmo. Porvoon Tarmo lost fourth consecutive game. Saynatsalon Riento will meet at home higher ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's leader Tapiolan Honka (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Simmons 31+4reb+1ast, S.Henderson 27+7reb+4ast, T.Still 18+5reb+2ast, S.Suomela 10+1reb+1ast, T.Hartikainen 9+5reb+3ast, E.Oikari 2+1reb
SayRi: K.Cooper 28+7reb+1ast, A.Conerly 23+4reb+6ast, E.Nieminen 21+4reb+1ast, B.Abdullah 18+7reb, J.Hautsalo 8+1reb+1ast, T.Sarkka 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 150219


Ura Basket - Oulun NMKY 72-80

Rather predictable result in Kaarina where sixth ranked Oulun NMKY (9-6) defeated 9th ranked Ura Basket (5-10) 80-72 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) helped adding 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. The best for the losing side was American swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY maintains sixth place with 9-6 record. Ura Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Oulun NMKY will face bottom-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ura Basket will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: L.Green 22+24reb+4ast, E.Andrews 14+11reb+3ast, N.Lehtila 13+1ast, J.Alanko 6+4reb, S.Salminen 6+14reb+1ast, J.Saari 6+1reb+2ast
Oulun NMKY: L.Phillips 29+7reb+2ast, B.Moultrie 22+14reb, J.Nofflet 15+9reb+2ast, H.Vihavainen 9+7reb, A.Kemppainen 3+3reb+1ast, S.Keinonen 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150220


Jyvaskyla - Tapiolan Honka 61-98

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-14) was rolled over at home by second ranked Tapiolan Honka (12-3) 98-61 on Sunday. The game without a history. Tapiolan Honka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Jyvaskyla to just 7 points in first quarter. Tapiolan Honka dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BC Jyvaskyla's 26 and made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Tapiolan Honka forced 27 BC Jyvaskyla turnovers and outrebounded them 46-29 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. BC Jyvaskyla was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Kalle Naapi (189-93) helped adding 21 points. Four Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Samir Itani (192-90) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tapiolan Honka have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. BC Jyvaskyla lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Tapiolan Honka will face Porvoon Tarmo (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Oulun NMKY (#6).
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: L.Storrs 17+7reb, S.Itani 9+6reb, J.Konttinen 9+1reb+1ast, K.Kuokkanen 8+1reb, J.Parkkinen 7+3reb, O.Lehtonen 4+2reb
Tapiolan Honka: K.Naapi 21+2reb+1ast, T.Laitinen 17+14reb+3ast, D.Dolenc 13+9reb+1ast, I.Sirola 11+6reb+3ast, A.Vanjoki 11+1reb, A.Odabasi 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150221


Round 10
Jyvaskyla - Porvoon Tarmo 87-96

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-9) beat on the road bottom-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-14) 96-87 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 31-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Porvoon Tarmo forced 21 BC Jyvaskyla turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Benzor Simmons (195-88, college: Tenn-Martin) who led his team to a victory scoring 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Shawn Henderson (190-88, college: Idaho) helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Jani Parkkinen (191-87) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four BC Jyvaskyla players scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with SayRi. BC Jyvaskyla lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will face league's leader Tapiolan Honka on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Oulun NMKY (#6).
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: L.Storrs 27+8reb+7ast, J.Parkkinen 13+7reb, K.Kuokkanen 11+4reb+1ast, J.Luoma 10+5reb+1ast, J.Konttinen 8+4reb+3ast, M.Markkanen 7+4reb
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Simmons 35+8reb+2ast, T.Still 23+7reb, S.Henderson 17+11reb+3ast, L.Trice Little 8+4reb+3ast, S.Beatovic 5+1ast, E.Oikari 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150266


Round 14
Huima - ToPo Akatemia 92-100

An interesting game took place in Aanekoski where higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (6-9) was upset on its own court by eleventh ranked Torpan Pojat (4-12) 100-92. The game without a history. Torpan Pojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for forward Julius Rajala (204-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Forward Lassi Kainulainen (195-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) answered with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Aanekosken Huima. Five Torpan Pojat and four Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat maintains eleventh place with 4-12 record. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Torpan Pojat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Pyrinto II (#4) in Tampere and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Huima: T.Manning 29+6reb+7ast, J.Graham 22+7reb+2ast, S.Kajander 16+4reb+2ast, T.Viertola 12+12reb+2ast, M.Liukko 8+2reb, J.Uecker 5+2reb
ToPo Akatemia: L.Kainulainen 19+10reb+1ast, J.Rajala 17+15reb, J.Kauppinen 17+1reb+1ast, H.Hohteri 15+4reb+1ast, J.Herrala 14+3reb+3ast, A.Lavastida 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 150267


Round 19
BC Nokia - Oulun NMKY 80-82

Important game to mention about took place in Nokia. Sixth ranked Oulun NMKY (9-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked BC Nokia (10-5) 82-80 on Saturday evening. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 27-23 run, which allowed them to win the game. Oulun NMKY outrebounded BC Nokia 41-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) accounted for 21 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for BC Nokia in the defeat. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY maintains sixth place with 9-6 record. BC Nokia at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Oulun NMKY will play against bottom-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BC Nokia will play against the league's second-placed Forssan Koripojat (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: T.Riihela 21+3reb+1ast, G.January 19+15reb, D.Townes 19+8reb+3ast, V.Tuominen 10+1reb+2ast, M.Ovaska 4+2reb+1ast, T.Kankaanpaa 3+4ast
Oulun NMKY: L.Phillips 34+2reb+7ast, J.Nofflet 21+18reb+2ast, B.Moultrie 13+12reb+1ast, A.Kemppainen 7+3reb+1ast, H.Vihavainen 5+4reb+2ast, I.Lindstedt 2+1reb
gschID: 150265




Back to Back Champs - by Jared Newson
Well this is my first blog of the New Year and i did this on purpose. I want to first tell everyone Happy Belated New Year. Today we won the Finnish Cup against the team we were in the finals with last season. Was a great team effort and win for us. This was a great statement game and it gives us alot of confidence to keep going for the regular season. For the month of January we are 4-0 and have one more game at home to finnish off the month. Im surrounded by a great group of guys on this team. All of our starters can score 20 points on any given night. We have alot of trust in each other and each others abilities and it shows on the court. Rite now we will celebrate this win for a day or two and then get back to business as usual. 2011 Finnish Cup Champs Joensuu Kataja Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin)

1.DIVISION: FoKoPo defeated Honka - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Division 1. Teams FoKoPo (Forssa) and Honka (Tapiola) in the Finnish Cup 'Little Final'. FoKoPo won 74-62 (37-32). Quarters: 20-17, 17-15, 13-13, 24-17. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led FoKoPo with 21 points. Sami Ikavalko (188-G-89) added 20 pts and Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) had a double-double 12pts/13rbs. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) (Honka) scored game high 24 points. Tero Laitinen (201-F-87) added 15 pts.
In Division 1. two games in central Finland. BC Jyvaskyla suffered loss # 13 in a row, when visitor Tarmo (Porvoo) won 87-96 (37-35). Lance Storrs (195-G-89, college: Georgia Tech) led the hosts with 27 points. Benzor Simmons (195-G-88, college: Tenn-Martin) (Tarmo) netted his season high 35 pts (1 - 6/10, 2 - 13/20, 3 - 1/3). Tyrwone Still (199-F-77, college: W.Virginia St.) added 23 pts and Shawn Henderson (190-G-88, college: Idaho) had a double-double 17pts/11rbs.
Huima (Aanekoski) lost at home vs ToPo Academy (Helsinki) 92-100 (47-50) after eight lead changes and 10 ties. Treylon Manning (176-PG-85, college: Texas Coll.) scored 29 pts for Huima. Lassi Kainulainen (195-F-94) knocked down 19 pts and grabbed 10 rbs. Julius Rajala (204-F-94) had 17 pts and 15 rbs for ToPo Academy.


KORISLIIGA: Buzzer beater Mikko Jalonen - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 24: Only one contest tonight. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) vs Kouvot (Kouvola) and the hero of the game Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) (Korihait). Jalonen made a 3-pointer from half court at the buzzer and Korihait won 83-80 (44-39). Quarters: 19-17, 25-22, 20-21, 19-20. It was a very close game and finally Korihait (9-15) more lucky. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) played all 40 minutes and led the hosts with 20 points. Jalonen added 15 pts and Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) 14 pts. Korihait had five players in double digits. Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.) led Kouvot (9-14) with 17 points. This contest was # 800 for Kouvot on top level in Finland.
Korihait - Kouvot 83-80 (44-39). (Nigel Moore 20/5a, Mikko Jalonen 15, Petri Heinonen 14 - Anthony Brown 17, Josh Gonner 16, Antoine Jordan 15/6a. A: 580).

Saturday-Sunday (Jan 21-22) Finnish Cup Final 4 in Tampere: Kataja (Joensuu) vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) and Pyrinto (Tampere) vs Bisons (Loimaa).



FINNISH CUP: Kataja winning again - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The Finnish Cup winner 2011 and 2012 is the same Team: Kataja (Joensuu). True, even the Cup Final took today place in Tampere and the opponent was Pyrinto (Tampere). Kataja won 68-78 (27-39). Quarters: 14-19, 13-20, 15-17, 26-22. Last spring Finnish Top League finalists Pyrinto and Kataja met eachother then three times at Pyrinto home court, and Kataja lost all those contests. Now it seems, that Kataja has learned how to play and win at Pyynikki sport hall. Even Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) got early in foul trouble. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin), Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) led Kataja with combined 48 points. Also B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) and Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) scored in double figures. Pyrinto was led by Antero Lehto (184-G-84) and Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo).
Pyrinto - Kataja 68-78 (27-39). (Antero Lehto 17, Damon Williams 16/17/5a/5s, Kenneth Lowe 14, Antwine Williams 13 - Jared Newson 18/11, Jeremy Price 15, Petri Virtanen 15, BA Walker 14, Antti Kanervo 10).




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Boulogne close to Durrell Summers - by Eurobasket News
Boulogne are about to strengthen their backcourt. The team have reportedly reached an agreement on terms of contract with Durrell Summers (196-G-89, college: Michigan St.). The guard started the season in D-League. He played for the Maine Red Claws. Durrell Summers tallied 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds per game. It is the first pro season for the guard. Durrell Summers graduated from the Michigan State University in 2011. He posted 11.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his senior season. The guard then participated at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. His stats read 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per appearance. Durrell Summers will replace Chris McCray who is expected to miss over a month with an injury.


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


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 14-3 
 2. SU Medien 13-5 
 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. Rist Wedel 7-11 
 10. Wulfen 7-11 
 11. Bayer Giants 6-11 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 4-13 
 13. Bernau 1-17 
Group South
 1. Gotha 14-3 
 2. Noerdlingen 12-5 
 3. Leipzig 12-5 
 4. Dragons 11-5 
 5. BSW Sixers 10-7 
 6. Hanau 10-7 
 7. Langen 9-8 
 8. Licher Baeren 7-10 
 9. TSV Troester 7-10 
 10. Fraport SKY II 5-12 
 11. BG Illertal 3-14 
 12. Giessen 2-15 


ProA Round 19: Crailsheim Merlins lose to Webmoebel Baskets - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (12-6) and fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (10-7) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Crailsheim Merlins were defeated by Webmoebel Baskets in a tough game in Paderborn 85-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Webmoebel Baskets made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Forward Michael Jost (204-88) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to fourth place. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Webmoebel Baskets are looking forward to face Ehingen/Urspringschule (#11) in Allmendingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crailsheim Merlins will play at home against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf and are hoping to win this game.
ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (14-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked USC Heidelberg (9-8) in Weissenfels 102-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Heidelberg. It was a great evening for center Phillipp Heyden (208-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson helped adding 28 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-3 record. USC Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Science City Jena (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Heidelberg will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between seventh ranked Gloria Giants (10-8) and 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (5-13) in Duesseldorf on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Gloria Giants beat guests from Homburg 76-62. It was a quality performance for Philipp Friedel who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 assists. Lee Jeka came up with 9 points and 6 assists for Saar-Pfalz Braves in the defeat. Gloria Giants moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chemnitz. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Gloria Giants will meet higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights (#2) and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Ehingen was beaten by Cuxhaven on the road 75-63. Kirchheim won against NBC on its own court 92-85. Karlsruhe unfortunately lost to Jena in a road game 85-89. Bottom-ranked Leitershofen recorded a loss to Chemnitz at home 68-80.



Cuxhaven - Ehingen 75-63

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (8-10) beat at home 10th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (8-10) 75-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cuxhaven BasCats. Ehingen/Urspringschule managed to win second period 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cuxhaven BasCats made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Nate Gerwig (206-83, college: Kent St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Vilmantas Matkevicius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ehingen/Urspringschule in the defeat. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ehingen. Cuxhaven BasCats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Webmoebel Baskets (#4) in Paderborn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: V.Matthews 15+5reb+7ast, G.Williamson 10+1reb+3ast, A.Vargas 10+1reb, K.Bright 9+3reb+1ast, A.Buechert 9+6reb, W.Creekmore 6+5reb
Cuxhaven: N.Gerwig 23+11reb+1ast, Q.Brown 14+7reb+1ast, D.Rice 9+4reb+5ast, D.McDaniel 7+5reb, M.Bogdanov 7+1reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 6+3ast
gschID: 141498


Duesseldorf - Braves 76-62

The game between seventh ranked Gloria Giants (10-8) and 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (5-13) in Duesseldorf on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Gloria Giants beat guests from Homburg 76-62. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-62. It was a quality performance for guard Philipp Friedel (185-87) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 assists. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Gloria Giants players scored in double figures. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 9 points and 6 assists and forward Nino Valentic (198-90, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) added 13 points respectively for Saar-Pfalz Braves in the defeat. Gloria Giants moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chemnitz. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Gloria Giants will meet higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Braves: N.Valentic 13+3reb, E.Land 11+5reb, L.Jeka 9+2reb+6ast, K.Karamatskos 7+1reb+1ast, D.Cheremnykh 7+4reb, N.Okorie 6+2reb+2ast
Duesseldorf: P.Friedel 16+3reb+5ast, R.Keerles 15+5reb+2ast, M.Petric 12+1reb+1ast, M.Brauer 10+3reb+1ast, P.Flomo 8+5reb+1ast, A.Reese 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 141499


MBC - Heidelberg 102-94

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (14-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked USC Heidelberg (9-8) in Weissenfels 102-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Heidelberg. USC Heidelberg was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Mitteldeutscher BC made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Mitteldeutscher BC outrebounded USC Heidelberg 36-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. USC Heidelberg was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for center Phillipp Heyden (208-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Icelandic guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) helped adding 28 points and 5 assists. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-3 record. USC Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Science City Jena (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Heidelberg will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: J.Williams 33+7reb+3ast, O.Komarek 24+4reb, C.Burgess 24+7reb+4ast, S.Watts 6+1reb, C.Sargent 3+1reb, P.Zipser 2+1reb+3ast
MBC: H.Vilhjalmsson 28+2reb+5ast, P.Heyden 21+16reb+4ast, S.Leutloff 15+6reb+3ast, R.Holcomb Faye 11+3ast, A.Reid 9+4reb+1ast, L.Hinnant 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 141500


Kirchheim - NBC 92-85

Very expected game when 9th ranked NBC (8-9) lost on the road to second ranked Kirchheim Knights (13-5) 92-85 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-85. Kirchheim Knights made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) accounted for 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Power forward Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for NBC in the defeat. Four Kirchheim Knights and five NBC players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights maintains second place with 13-5 record behind leader MBC. Newly promoted NBC keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Kirchheim Knights will meet Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. NBC will play against BG Karlsruhe (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NBC: C.Abercrombie 18+6reb+1ast, R.De Michael 12+6reb+3ast, W.Chavis 12+2reb+5ast, I.Okoye 12+2reb, J.Harris 11+8reb+4ast, S.Barth 10+1reb+3ast
Kirchheim: D.Uskoski 25+10reb+2ast, A.Smith 21+5reb+5ast, C.Brooks 18+3reb, R.Tomasevic 14+1reb+2ast, N.Menck 6+3reb, B.Griffin 6+3reb
gschID: 141501


Jena - Karlsruhe 89-85

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Science City Jena (9-9) won against at home 12th ranked BG Karlsruhe (7-11) 89-85 on Friday. BG Karlsruhe was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Science City Jena, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) came up with 18 points and American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) added 21 points respectively for BG Karlsruhe in the defeat. Four Science City Jena and five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. Science City Jena moved-up to eighth place. Loser BG Karlsruhe dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Science City Jena will meet league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Karlsruhe will play against NBC (#9) in Nurnberg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: M.Samarco 21+2reb, R.Roessler 18+4reb+2ast, J.Moore 14+5reb+1ast, D.Jones 13+1reb+1ast, J.Howard 11+8reb, M.Stockton 8+2reb+2ast
Jena: K.Barker 19+5reb+7ast, T.Kepkay 16+2ast, J.Black 16+10reb, J.Voigtmann 11+4reb+1ast, E.Vierneisel 10+1reb, C.Roquette 9+4reb
gschID: 141495


Webmoebel - Crailsheim 93-85

The game between second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (12-6) and fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (10-7) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Crailsheim Merlins were defeated by Webmoebel Baskets in a tough game in Paderborn 85-93. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Webmoebel Baskets made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Forward Michael Jost (204-88) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Five Webmoebel Baskets and four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to fourth place. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Webmoebel Baskets are looking forward to face Ehingen/Urspringschule (#11) in Allmendingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crailsheim Merlins will play at home against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: B.Baptist 19+5reb+1ast, M.Hill 13+2reb+5ast, B.Lischka 12+3reb, A.Cook 11+2reb+4ast, J.Buck 10+4reb+2ast, C.Tetzner 8+5reb+2ast
Webmoebel: J.Stommes 24+3reb+1ast, M.Jost 21+5reb+1ast, J.Mason 14+7reb+4ast, N.Freer 12+1reb+3ast, J.Diggs 11+4reb+4ast, O.Wendt 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 141496


Leitershofen - Chemnitz 68-80

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Leitershofen (2-15) lost to sixth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (10-8) in Diedorf 68-80 on Sunday. The game without a history. BV Chemnitz 99 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Center Joleik Schaffrath (206-88, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. American center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) added 17 points respectively for Leitershofen in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BV Chemnitz 99 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Duesseldorf. Leitershofen lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will meet at home ETB Wohnbau (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play against USC Heidelberg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: C.Hassan 17+3reb+3ast, D.Richardson 14+11reb+2ast, D.Veney 13+7reb, J.Lipke 10+4reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 9+3ast, A.Kronhardt 5+3reb
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 24+9reb+2ast, J.Schaffrath 13+10reb, J.Schmidt 13+6reb+2ast, D.Lawson 10+7reb, T.Ishizaki 8+1reb+7ast, A.Rosenthal 6+4reb
gschID: 141497




ProB Round 19: Noerdlingen is upset by Hanau - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Noerdlingen (12-5) and sixth ranked Hanau (10-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Noerdlingen was defeated by Hanau in Noerdlingen 101-84. The game without a history. Hanau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.8 percent from the field. Hanau had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) fired 24 points and 6 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. American power forward Chris Miles (211-86, college: BYU, agency: The Black Agency, LLC) chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Hanau have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with BSW Sixers. Noerdlingen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Leipzig. Hanau is looking forward to face league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Noerdlingen will play against Giessen Pointers and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Hannover Tigers delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Dorsten (9-8) 100-92. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Richard Williams contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals for the winners. Hannover Tigers' coach Michael Mai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds for Dorsten. Hannover Tigers (14-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North. Newly promoted Dorsten keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Hannover Tigers will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dorsten will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha recorded the fourteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked TV 1862 Langen (9-8) 91-86. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. They maintain first place in Group South with 14-3 record. Loser TV 1862 Langen keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will meet Hanau (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. TV 1862 Langen will play against USC Leipzig and hope to secure a win.
The game in Wolfenbuettel was also worth to mention about. Third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (12-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (8-10). SC Rasta Vechta defeated Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 91-78. It was an exceptional evening for Marcus Smallwood who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SC Rasta Vechta maintains third place in Group North with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Hannover. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. SC Rasta Vechta's next round opponent will be Hertener Loewen (#4) on the road. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against Dorsten (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Frankfurt, where higher ranked BSW Sixers (10-7) lost to tenth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (5-12) in a road game 66-78 on Sunday. Demetrius Jemison fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Fraport Skyliners II maintains tenth place in Group South with 5-12 record. BSW Sixers lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face higher ranked Licher Baeren (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BSW Sixers will play against BG Illertal/Weissenhorn.

Other games of round 19 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North Bernau were crushed by Rist Wedel in a road game 94-72. Stahnsdorf beat ALBA Berlin II at home 74-60. Bayer Giants lost to Herten on the opponent's court 71-85. Wulfen were outscored by SU Medien in a home game 61-81.
In Group South Licher Baeren recorded a loss to Leipzig on the road 90-84. BG Illertal defeated TSV Troester on its own court 100-83. Dragons beat Giessen in Rhoendorf 89-71.
The best stats of 19th round was 31 points and 13 rebounds by Stuart Turnbull of Dragons.



Group North
Hannover - Dorsten 100-92

Leader Hannover Tigers delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Dorsten (9-8) 100-92. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-23 Dorsten's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 100-92 at the end of the game. Hannover Tigers forced 19 Dorsten turnovers. Dorsten was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals for the winners. Hannover Tigers' coach Michael Mai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) added 22 points in the effort for Dorsten. Four Hannover Tigers and five Dorsten players scored in double figures. Hannover Tigers (14-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North. Newly promoted Dorsten keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Hannover Tigers will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dorsten will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: T.Bryant 22+3reb+1ast, B.Poole 18+19reb, N.Pelaj 17+1ast, G.Hagner 10+3reb+2ast, J.Cadmus 10+2reb, P.Spettmann 8+4reb
Hannover: J.Doerksen 29+11reb, R.Williams 22+6reb+10ast, S.Janzen 21+3reb+3ast, J.Prasuhn 14+6reb+2ast, M.Williams 6+2reb, T.Welzel 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 143679


Rist Wedel - Bernau 94-72

There was no surprise when 13th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (1-17) was crushed on the road by tenth ranked SC Rist Wedel (7-11) 94-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SC Rist Wedel. SSV Lok Bernau was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rist Wedel dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SSV Lok Bernau's 26. They outrebounded SSV Lok Bernau 39-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. SC Rist Wedel looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. American guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) produced 27 points and forward Sebastian Trzcionka (197-79) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen. SSV Lok Bernau lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#5) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SSV Lok Bernau will play at home against BSV Wulfen (#10).
Top scorers:
Bernau: J.Jones 27+2reb, F.Schekauski 14+1ast, S.Trzcionka 11+3reb+6ast, M.Woody 6+10reb+2ast, M.Dathe 4+1reb+1ast, D.Klein 4+4reb+3ast
Rist Wedel: A.Pettaway 24+6reb+5ast, P.Wischnewski 20+1reb+2ast, A.Johnston 14+6reb+4ast, F.Boeke 12+7reb+2ast, M.Duah 7+4reb+6ast, P.Huber-Saffer 6+4reb
gschID: 143680


Stahnsdorf - ALBA Berlin II 74-60

No shocking result in a game in Stahnsdorf where sixth ranked RSV Eintracht (11-7) defeated 12th ranked ALBA Berlin II (4-13) 74-60 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by RSV Eintracht. ALBA Berlin II was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. RSV Eintracht dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to ALBA Berlin II's 36. RSV Eintracht forced 19 ALBA Berlin II turnovers. American swingman Akeem Bennett (190, college: St.Francis, NY) fired 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Center Oliver Mackeldanz (212-90) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. American forward Darren Stackhouse (198, college: Shepherd, agency: ProSportsCareers) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and swingman Joey Ney (197-92) added 3 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. RSV Eintracht moved-up to fifth place in Group North. ALBA Berlin II lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. RSV Eintracht will face SC Rist Wedel (#9) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin II will play against Bayer Giants in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: D.Stackhouse 18+7reb+2ast, S.Fulle 15+1ast, M.Marin 7, N.Schumann 6+1reb, E.Muller 5+3reb+2ast, J.Ney 3+9reb+5ast
Stahnsdorf: A.Bennett 14+6reb+5ast, K.Watson 13+2ast, O.Mackeldanz 12+8reb, T.Modersitzki 12+4reb+3ast, T.Schoeps 11+3reb+2ast, M.Haucke 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 143675


Herten - Bayer Giants 85-71

Very expected game when 10th ranked Bayer Giants (6-11) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Hertener Loewen (11-6) 85-71 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-71. Hertener Loewen made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Bayer Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. Guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Farid Sadek (188-83) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hertener Loewen. They maintain fourth place in Group North with 11-6 record. Loser Bayer Giants dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Hertener Loewen will face higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayer Giants will play against ALBA Berlin II (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: T.Joenke 19+11reb+3ast, F.Sadek 16+5reb+3ast, J.Eggleston 13+4reb+5ast, C.Robinson 8+3reb, M.Kuczmann 5+1reb+1ast, M.Menden 3
Herten: V.Kittmann 23+9reb+3ast, Z.Nixon 20+2reb+5ast, C.Hackenesch 18+11reb, R.Wright 13+7reb, J.Taylor 8+4reb+1ast, M.Berger 3+4reb+5ast
gschID: 143676


Wulfen - SU Medien 61-81

Very predictable result when second ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (13-5) outscored on the road 9th ranked BSV Wulfen (7-11) 81-61 on Sunday. The game without a history. Spot Up Medien Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely BSV Wulfen outrebounded Spot Up Medien Baskets 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Center Daniel Theis (207-92) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. Four Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. American forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Spot Up Medien Baskets. They maintain second place in Group North with 13-5 record behind leader Hannover. BSV Wulfen lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will have a break next round. BSV Wulfen will play on the road against SSV Lok Bernau (#13).
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 16+5reb, T.Reuter 15+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 13+12reb, R.Sherman 7+5reb, R.Haenig 5+5reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 3+4reb
SU Medien: D.Theis 19+10reb, H.Sant-Roos 18+2reb+1ast, W.Buchmiller 12+4reb+1ast, L.Gertz 11+1reb, F.Theis 9+3reb+1ast, D.Schroeder 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 143677


Wolfenbuettel - Vechta 78-91

The game in Wolfenbuettel was also worth to mention about. Third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (12-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (8-10). SC Rasta Vechta defeated Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 91-78. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 46-25 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) added 16 points, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta maintains third place in Group North with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Hannover. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. SC Rasta Vechta's next round opponent will be Hertener Loewen (#4) on the road. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against Dorsten (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: M.Jones 22+5reb+2ast, H.Knopke 16+3reb+8ast, R.Owens 16+3reb+1ast, N.Staebe 10+6reb+2ast, S.Schubert 6+1reb+2ast, M.Hart 5+1reb
Vechta: D.Krause 20+3reb, A.Rudowitz 17+8reb, M.Smallwood 17+14reb+1ast, M.Reid 12+5reb+4ast, D.Madrich 8+6reb+1ast, P.Heitzhausen 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 143678


Group South
Leipzig - Licher Baeren 90-84

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Licher Baeren (7-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked USC Leipzig (12-5) 90-84 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Licher Baeren trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 27-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-90 at the end of the game. Licher Baeren was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) fired 31 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (182-89) added 17 points respectively for lost side. USC Leipzig moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen. Licher Baeren lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. USC Leipzig will face TV 1862 Langen (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Licher Baeren will play against Fraport Skyliners II in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: B.Young 19+10reb+3ast, T.Bradshaw 17+2reb, G.Aud 17+4reb+2ast, V.Klassen 8+2ast, D.Dorr 8+1reb, J.Baumann 6+4reb
Leipzig: L.Morinia 31+8reb+6ast, R.Schirmer 18+5reb, M.Pratt 14+6reb+5ast, R.Frohlich 10+4reb+2ast, K.Kranz 7+2reb, W.Simon 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 143807


Gotha - Langen 91-86

Leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha recorded the fourteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked TV 1862 Langen (9-8) 91-86. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. They maintain first place in Group South with 14-3 record. Loser TV 1862 Langen keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will meet Hanau (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. TV 1862 Langen will play against USC Leipzig and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 143808


Noerdlingen - Hanau 84-101

The game between second ranked Noerdlingen (12-5) and sixth ranked Hanau (10-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Noerdlingen was defeated by Hanau in Noerdlingen 101-84. The game without a history. Hanau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.8 percent from the field. Hanau had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) fired 24 points and 6 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. American power forward Chris Miles (211-86, college: BYU, agency: The Black Agency, LLC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) added 16 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Hanau and five Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. Hanau have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with BSW Sixers. Noerdlingen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Leipzig. Hanau is looking forward to face league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Noerdlingen will play against Giessen Pointers and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: K.Johnson 19+9reb+3ast, J.Jamerson 16+7reb+8ast, F.Brutting 16+1reb+3ast, J.Eichler 14+8reb, D.Rotim 11+1reb, F.Sefranek 4+2reb+1ast
Hanau: A.Sharda 24+3reb+6ast, J.Cunningham 19+3reb+1ast, I.Ickert 17+3reb+3ast, C.Miles 17+12reb+1ast, S.Koehnert 11+3reb+2ast, M.Schick 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 143809


Fraport SKY II - BSW Sixers 78-66

We should mention about the upset which took place in Frankfurt, where higher ranked BSW Sixers (10-7) lost to tenth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (5-12) in a road game 66-78 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-66. Fraport Skyliners II dominated on the defensive end, holding BSW Sixers to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. BSW Sixers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Demetrius Jemison (203, college: Manhattan) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Danilo Barthel (206-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Five Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. Guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) produced 18 points and American forward Ryan McLemore (206-85, college: Edinboro) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fraport Skyliners II maintains tenth place in Group South with 5-12 record. BSW Sixers lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face higher ranked Licher Baeren (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BSW Sixers will play against BG Illertal/Weissenhorn.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: S.Ahnsehl 18+3reb+3ast, M.Haut 11+2reb+1ast, R.McLemore 9+11reb+2ast, W.Gardner 8+6reb+2ast, A.Fleetwood 7+3reb+1ast, F.Diestelhorst 6+2reb+1ast
Fraport SKY II: D.Jemison 20+13reb, F.Franke 16+3reb+2ast, D.Barthel 14+13reb+3ast, F.Theilig 12+3reb+10ast, L.Wright 12+6reb+4ast, A.Klisura 2+1ast
gschID: 143810


BG Illertal - TSV Troester 100-83

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (3-14) won against at home 9th ranked TSV Troester (7-10) 100-83 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. TSV Troester was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to TSV Troester's 42. They outrebounded TSV Troester 39-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Dominique Jones (175, college: Ft.Hays State) fired 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four BG Illertal/Weissenhorn players scored in double figures. American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) produced 26 points and 4 assists and center Philipp Neumann (210-92) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn maintains eleventh place in Group South with 3-14 record. Loser TSV Troester dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will face higher ranked BSW Sixers (#5) in Sandersdorf in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: D.Harris 26+2reb+4ast, I.Pavic 19+2reb+2ast, P.Neumann 15+8reb+2ast, D.Schmidt 6+3reb+6ast, S.Dinkel 6+2reb+1ast, M.Stuckey 5+2reb+2ast
BG Illertal: B.Falkner 22+4reb+4ast, M.Mercer 20+3reb+3ast, D.Jones 16+7reb+8ast, F.Oladipo 13+11reb+2ast, P.Vojkovic 9+1reb+2ast, B.Butler 8+2reb
gschID: 143811


Giessen - Dragons 71-89

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-15) were defeated at home by fourth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (11-5) 89-71 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-71. Dragons Rhoendorf outrebounded Giessen Pointers 43-19 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Giessen Pointers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Earnest Jones (198-85, college: Southern) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) produced 24 points and the other American import forward Jarrel Smith (200, college: Concordia Irvine) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Dragons Rhoendorf maintains fourth place in Group South with 11-5 record. Giessen Pointers lost their thirteenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face TSV Troester (#9) in Breitenguessbach in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Giessen Pointers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Noerdlingen.
Top scorers:
Giessen: D.Stevens 24+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 21+4reb+1ast, F.Rotaru 12+7reb+2ast, D.Lockhart 5, Z.Pavlovic 5+3ast, O.Biallas 4+2reb+1ast
Dragons: S.Turnbull 31+13reb+1ast, E.Jones 21+6reb+1ast, T.Kasper 13+4reb+2ast, N.Larsen 11+2reb+5ast, M.Leschek 4+3reb, T.Eisenberger 4+4reb
gschID: 143812




Harley Fuller (When You Lead A Team In So Many Categories, You Never Expect To be Released) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Harlan Fuller (185-G-88, college: Molloy) is a 23 year old 188cm point guard from Gloversville, New York. He started his basketball career in 2006 at Cobleskill Junior College where he played until 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Florida Intern. (NCAA): 23 games: 1.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3Pts: 32.0%. In 2009-2010, he played for Molloy (NCAA2): 30 games: 8.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 6.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 41.4%, 3Pts: 28.8%, FT: 74.6%. Last season, he started his professional basketball career in Germany for TuS Treis-Karden (Germany-Regionalliga): 16.3ppg, 6prg, Assists-1 (6apg), FGP: 56.0%, 3Pts: 40.0%. This season, he played for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (Germany-ProB) where he averaged 12,7ppg, 3,1rpg and 2,9apg before leaving the team recently. He spoke to eurobasket about his experience with BG Illertal Weissenhorn.

What wishes do you have for 2012? I guess not reliving a half season like you had in Weissenhorn?

My wishes for 2012 are to sign with an organization that is invested in winning and nothing else. That is the type of player I have always been and always will be. I just want to win. If I have to score 25 then I'll do that, If I have to have 9 assists and 12 points then that is what I'll do and have always done. So my wish would be to sign with an organization that wants to win as bad as I do.

When you came to BG Illertal Weissenhorn last fall, did you ever imagine that the team would go 1-13 in the first half of the season during training camp?

No, there was no signs of us having an unsuccessful season in training camp. We had a great month of training camp with a great coach Rainer Bauer who I respect and everyone including me had a great deal of confidence in. Everyone was working hard, and it was obvious that talent wasn't an issue for our team. We were picked preseason to move up! So i'd say no one saw an unsuccessful season coming, including me.

Had you ever lost so much prior before coming to BG Illertal?

I have never ever lost this much in my entire career before coming into this situation in BG illertal. I take pride in being a winner, and I have been fortunate enough to have had a lot of winning seasons. Before going there, I won 94 games in the last 5 seasons of my career,4 seasons in college and one season professionally last season. Averaging 19 wins a season for the last 5 seasons is what I am about, winning.

Basketball portal Europe wrote that BG Illertal wrote you an email during the winter break informing you that you werent needed anymore and that you wouldnt need to come back. Could you please set the story straight from your perspective?

After leaving Weissenhorn to come back to New York for what I thought was a Christmas break for 10 days, I was told to be back on January 2nd a week before our teams first game for the second half of the season. Instead of telling me before I went home for Christmas break, or telling me quickly so that I could speak to other teams and sign elsewhere, they told me January 1st, a few days before the import deadline in Germany PRO B and only 1 day before I was supposed to fly back! If they had told me sooner then I believe I would have had a good chance to sign elsewhere but they made sure I wouldnt have the opportunity to sign with another team in our league to play against them. Like I said before, I led the team in scoring and assists as well as many other statistical categories and worked through many of the unbelievable changes that they made as well as my coach Rainer Bauer leaving.

You had a solid PRO B season coming from the German Regionaliga 1 averaging in the PRO B 12,7ppg, 3,1rpg and 2,9apg. How much does it surprise you that your not wanted?

It really surprises me to be honest. When you lead a team in scoring, assists, 3 pointers made, 40 percent 3 pt field goal percentage, and 48 2 pt field goal percentage, assist/turnover ratio, never miss a practice or game, continue to work hard every day even in a poor situation like this you never expect to get released.

What is the most valuable thing that you have learned with this experience?

I learned to be more careful when deciding who to sign with as far as organizations.

What is the next step for Harlan Fuller?

I am back in New York, in the weight room, and gym staying in the good shape that I have been in all season so that when I sign on with a team in the near future I will be ready to play. I will be back overseas for sure, and helping a team win a lot of games in 2012, just as I always have my entire career. Heres a link with some film from this season.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axb3UzeqhMs

What are your fondest memories on the court in the PRO B?

I'd say having the opportunity to play for Rainer Bauer and also the first game of the season in Gotha personally scoring 15 points in the last 3 1/2 minutes and coming within a few points of an upset of the top ranked team in our league.

If you had the chance, would you like to continue to play somewhere in Germany or have you had enough and might want to play in another country?

I would like to play back in Germany, but I am open to looking at other countries as well. I always keep all my options open.

Thanks Harley for the chat.



Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.7 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel19.5 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.8 
 6. Hassan, Leitersh.17.8 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.4 
 8. Reid, MBC16.9 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim16.8 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.4 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.7 
 3. Black, Jena8.2 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim8.0 
 5. Richardson, Leiter.7.5 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.4 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel7.1 
 9. De Michael, NBC6.9 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.0 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.4 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.3 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.8 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim4.7 
 6. Diggs, Webmoebel4.5 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.4 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.3 
 10. Reese, Duesseldo.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.2 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 3. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.7 
 5. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 6. Harris, NBC1.5 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen1.5 
 8. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 10. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.1 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.1 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 6. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 8. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 9. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.7 


International Allstars edge National Allstars in Arena Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News
International Allstars - National Allstars 89:84

International Allstars edge National Allstars in ARENA Ludwigsburg. The show brought 89:84 victory in front of more than 4000 spectators.
National Allstars started better and reached 26-15 after the first period. International team bounced back with 24-20 and reduced to 46:39 at the halftime. Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) scored for 57:51, while the board showed 66:55 at the end of thirty minutes. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) reduced to 72:71 and Chris McNaughton scored for 76:75. Isaiah Swann delivered for 84:83 and then the victory belonged to the International players.
John Bryant became the Man of the Match for the International team. He top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) delivered 15, while Anthony Leon Tucker posted 14. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.

Allstars National:
Heiko Schaffartzik (ALBA BERLIN, 15), Robin Benzing (FC Bayern Mnchen, 8), Tibor Plei (Brose Baskets Bamberg, 14), Philip Zwiener (TBB Trier, 9), Johannes Lischka (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Per Gnther (ratiopharm Ulm, 7), Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) (Artland Dragons, 5), Karsten Tadda (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Philipp Schwethelm (FC Bayern Schwethelm, 4), Chris McNaughton (Eisbren Bremerhaven, 4), Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) (TBB Trier, 14).

Allstars International:
Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) (EWE Baskets Oldenburg, 2), Derrick Allen (ALBA BERLIN, 2), Bobby Brown (EWE Baskets Oldenburg, 13), John Bryant (ratiopharm Ulm, 23), Chevon Troutman (FC Bayern Munchen, 15), David Holston (Artland Dragons, 2), Isaiah Swann (ratiopham Ulm, 6), Anthony Leon Tucker (Brose Baskets Bamberg, 14), Marcus Slaughter (Brose Baskets Bamberg, 8), Tony Gaffney (Telekom Baskets Bonn, 4).
Stats courtesy of: www.basketball-bund.de



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  GREECE   


Div.B Stats Leaders
Greek B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 21.15
2 Godopoulos, Koroivos 18.15
3 Mitsakis, Anagen. 16.9
4 Goggidis, Diagora 17.5
5 Nikolopoulos, MENT 14.3
6 Pallis, MENT 13.8
7 Gkeros, Koroivos 14.9
8 Makris, Koroivos 15.25
Rebounds Per Game
1 Charismid. Aiolos 9
2 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 7
3 Simeopoulos, Egaleo 7
4 Gkeros, Koroivos 7
5 Zarogiannis, Niki 7


Skourtopoulos replaced Likogiannis at Ikaros Kallitheas - by George Fragkos
After four consecutive seasons at the position of the head coach of Ikaros Kallitheas, Aris Likogiannis (agency: FCM ) agreed mutually with the club to terminate their contract. Ikaros has made some bad performances during this season and as a result the team is second from the bottom at the A1 table, with a 3-12 record. Likogiannis acknowledged his responsibility for this disappointing record and after a meeting with the president of the team from Kallithea, Dimitris Aggelopoulos, the two sides decided to part ways.

Ikaros have already found Likogiannis's replacement, who is going to be Thanasis Skourtopoulos. Skourtopoulos was the head coach of Panellinios last year, but after the dissolution of the club, he was left unemployed. Despite this change, the rest of the coaching staff is going to remain the same and the new coach is going to have Panagiotis Makridimas and Lefteris Tsaousidis as his assistants.


A1 week 15: Panionios all the way for the 3rd position - by Chris Mammides
The second pat of the 15th week took place just some minutes ago with the team of Coach Bartzokas succeeding another road win, this time it was Coach Flevarakis team to leave its home court with the defeat. The final score was 76-78 in a game where the team of Panionios dominated in the three first periods and took a deficit of as many as 17 points to finally comitting a suicide and beating the game at the very end from the charity line. The other game which took place a bit earlier PAOK beat Kavala in another derby and at the very end with 66-60 having the veteran Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) the man of the match, Dimos Dikoudis became the ninth player in the history of A1 who is scoring 1000 baskets in the Greek A1 league.
The games in more analysis:


Ilysiakos - Panionios 76-78
Quarters: 24-25, 39-45, 55-65, 76-78
The game was a derby from the beggining to the end with Panionios being more aggressive and dominating totally in the second and third period, while the home team with Papanikolopoulos and Hatzis succeeded a great come-back from the arc and after scoring the seven out of the eight three pointers in the last 12 minutes of the game. The veteran Nadjifeji was the top scorer for Panionios while very good presentation from Jankovic, Alex Stepheson (205-F-87, college: USC) (he can also characterised the man of he match as his own rebounds after the missed free throws from his team-mates, gave in many occasons the chance for a secodn and third offence to Panionios) and Kis at the end who scored a diffictult baskt for the 71-74 and then with the 1/2 free throws to bring the game to the final 76-78. On behalf of Ilysiakos the veteran Hatzis was the top scorer but also the fatal player as he missed the 2 out of the five free throws at the end, these points could have changed the overal momentum of the game in favor of Ilysiakos. Papanikolopoulos was fantastic in the last 12 points as he was the main key to the great return of Ilysiakos, also Harding NaNa (203-F-81, college: Delaware) was very good and scored some crucial points but at the end he could have been a bit faster and avoid the stupid mistake he did at the end when he was alone with the basket and lose the ball from his hands. In any case it was a fantastic game between two solid and passionated teams who have deep Greek factor both of them, which simply means that the amount of the Greek players in both the teams is probably bigger than any other team in the league, a factor which brings the basketball fans in the courts, as the Ilysiakos home court was packed for another game.

Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: Hatzis 15, Harding NaNa 10, Tompson 12, Papanikolopoulos 12

Panionios: Nadjifeji 16, Jankovic 14, Alex Stepheson 13 points and 12 rebounds

PAOK - Kavala 66-60
Quarters: 18-17, 32-30, 48-44, 66-60
A great game took place in Thessaloniki and in PAOK Sports Arena where Coach Markopoulos had the chance to see another game to be taken care of Dimos Dikoudis as the veteran power forward center was the main reason for Coach Priftis defeat, as not only due to his 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 steal but also for his 9 fouls won and his passion in the court for the nearly 37 minutes he was in it.! The game now, it was balanced in all edges with PAOK getting some small leading roles of 2-6 points and Kavala mainly with Sotiris Karapostolou (194-G-78, college: S.New Hampshire) and Pacalic to cover them quite easily. It is worth mentioned that the top scorer of the team, American guard Taylor missed the specific game so his role was takes care by Sotiris Karapostolou and Pacalic, especially the Greek guard for a 3rd concecutive game is very good and is among of the reasons for Kavala's come-back in a good and solid basketball. With the team of PAOK the two newcomers did their debute as both Petway and Duvniak played for quite some time with the second being among the stand-outs of his team not only due to his 11 points but because of his overal performance and energy given to PAOK with just 5 days in the town.
Top scorers:
PAOK: Dimos Dikoudis 23, Kalabokis 16, Duvniak 11
Kavala: Pacalic 18, Sotiris Karapostolou 19





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. Dikoudis, PAOK14.9 
 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. O''Bryant, Kavala6.1 
 9. NaNa, Ilysiakos6.0 
 10. Giddens, PAOK6.0 
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. Apostolidis, Ilysi.1.3 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.8 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.6 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.3 
 5. Edwards, Perister.1.0 
 6. Elegar, Marousi1.0 
 7. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Giddens, PAOK0.7 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.0.7 


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


Greeks of Diaspora - by Chris Mammides
Another talented Greek-American player is presented in the eurobasket.com, the 'Greeks of Diaspora' special column. This time the presentation is focused on the point guard Demetri Floras (190-G-96). The talented Greek-American player was the MVP of last week's 48th annual Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament at Manchester Memorial High.

The school's Division I hoop team, on the strength of a last-second 3-pointer from star guard Demetri Floras, won the 48th annual Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament at Manchester Memorial High.
Floras hit the big bucket that lifted Merrimack a 57-54 win over upstart Manchester West High. The 6-foot 2-inch junior guard -- named the tourney MVP -- drained a lead-changing 3-pointer from the left corner with 7 seconds to play. He finished the contest with 20 points, six assists and four rebounds.
'I missed a lot of easy ones tonight and felt like I let my team down. But I got the one that mattered most, I guess,' Floras told the New Hampshire Union Leader after the Dec. 28 title-game win.


'Dimitri is reclassifying and will be a sophomore at KU Academy this coming fall' said Jim Floras, Dimitri's father.

Floras is a 6'2' point guard with the potential to be a scholarship player at the next level. Even as a player who only recently completed his sophomore year in high school, Floras already has the physical tools and basketball skills necessary to play at a very high level. He is perhaps best known for his extremely tight handle and deadly pull-up jumper, which he can make with regularity in the mid-range area as well as stepping out to the three-point line. He knows how to play the game; he has a scorer's mentality and can put points up in a hurry against even the toughest competition. But he's also an underrated passer and defender.

Floras was a first team all-state player this past winter as a sophomore, and he should have made the first team as a freshman as well the year before that. When he was in 8th grade Merrimack only won 4 games and missed the tournament. But in the last 2 years they have been a top 6 team in Division I (Class L) all year long both seasons.




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Results Dutch Basketball League: Eiffel Towers Win Double OT Thriller; ZZ Leiden Cruise To Easy Win; Gas Terra Flames Pull Out Close Road Win - by Sanders Jackson

This weekend in DBL action, big plays in both at the end of regulation and in the 2nd overtime helped save current DBL leader Eiffel Towers in their win over Landstede Basketball, while defending Dutch champion ZZ Leiden made short work of Lauselac Aris at home. Meanwhile Gas Terra Flames had their hands full with Stepco Weert on the road, but still managed to bring the points back to Groningen. Magixx Kidsright had to earn their points the hard way en route to winning over Rotterdam Basketball College.

In Landstede Sportcenter with Landstede leading 88-85 in the closing seconds, a three-point dagger by


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.8 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam17.9 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Boxley, Leiden16.2 
 5. Humphrey, Nijmegen16.1 
 6. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.1 
 7. Acker, Nijmegen14.9 
 8. Bell, Groningen14.9 
 9. Wesby, Groningen14.9 
 10. Wesley, Den Bosch14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Coleman, Weert8.7 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.6 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.6 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. Boxley, Leiden6.9 
 6. Saaka, Zwolle6.7 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.6.6 
 8. Van Paassen, Den6.5 
 9. Wesley, Den Bosch6.5 
 10. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.3 
Assists Per Game
 DeMario ANDERSON
  Weert
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch4.6 
 3. Harman, Weert4.3 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.8 
 5. Wells, Zwolle3.8 
 6. Acker, Nijmegen3.6 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.3 
 8. Huffman, Zwolle3.1 
 9. Defares, Groningen3.0 
 10. Jansen, Den Bosch2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron WELLS
  Zwolle
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wells, Zwolle2.5 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle2.4 
 3. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.4 
 4. Harman, Weert2.3 
 5. Wessels, Den Bosch1.9 
 6. de Jong, Leiden1.9 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch1.8 
 8. Turner, Den Bosch1.8 
 9. Acker, Nijmegen1.7 
 10. Anderson, Weert1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.3 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch1.2 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.1.0 
 5. Boxley, Leiden0.9 
 6. Zondervan, Zwolle0.8 
 7. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.8 
 8. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 9. Minter, Weert0.8 
 10. Saaka, Zwolle0.7 


Wesby number one in Holland for round 20 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Groningen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Weert (#8, 2-15) 72-69. Groningen maintains the 2nd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Groningen will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Wesby had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Groningen's top player in his first season with the team. Former Temple University star has very solid stats this year. Wesby is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.1ppg) and averages impressive 56.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Cameron Wells (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) of Zwolle. Wells had a very good evening with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Zwolle was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked Den Bosch (#1, 12-4) 104-100. Zwolle managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wells is a newcomer at Zwolle, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Leiden (#3). Boxley scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Leiden, leading his team to a 88-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#6, 8-8). Leiden needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Boxley has a great season in Holland. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 6.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yamene Coleman (206-C-86) of Weert - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85) of Zwolle - 18 points and 14 rebounds
6. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84) of Den Bosch - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Tai Wesley (200-F-86) of Den Bosch - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83) of Den Bosch - 26 points and 4 rebounds
9. Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89) of Groningen - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of Den Bosch - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - 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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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Kormend 14-2 
 2. Falco-Szova 14-2 
 3. Albacomp 13-2 
 4. Szolnok 12-3 
 5. Atomeromu 10-6 
 6. Kecskemeti 8-7 
 7. PVSK Pannon 7-9 
 8. Kaposvari 6-9 
 9. Marso NYKK 6-10 
 10. Soproni 6-10 
 11. Szedeak 5-11 
 12. FS Debrecen 4-12 
 13. Jaszberenyi 4-12 
 14. ZTE KK 1-15 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.25.1 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak23.4 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.22.9 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.6 
 5. Ciric, PVSK P.21.0 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.19.7 
 8. Bell, Kormend19.0 
 9. Wilson, Kaposvari17.9 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen9.7 
 3. Townes, Kormend9.6 
 4. Miskovic, Marso N.9.3 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak9.0 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.6 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari8.6 
 8. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.4 
 9. Bader, Szolnok8.3 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.2 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu5.6 
 4. Fekete, Marso N.5.6 
 5. Simon, Albacomp5.6 
 6. Ingram, FS Debre.5.5 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok5.4 
 8. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 9. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.9 
 10. El Amin, Albacomp3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gabor DRAHOS
  Szedeak
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Drahos, Szedeak3.0 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.2.9 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.8 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.2.5 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.5 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.2.4 
 8. Toth, PVSK P.2.4 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 10. Perine, ZTE K.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Townes, Kormend2.5 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 4. Levy, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Keller, Albacomp1.2 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.1 
 7. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 9. Fey, Kaposvari0.9 
 10. Chism, Albacomp0.9 


A Division Round 16: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

A Division round 16 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Albacomp (13-2) against eleventh ranked Soproni (6-10) 75-72 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Albacomp. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 36-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Soproni made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) replied with 17 points for Albacomp. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soproni moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Marso NYKK. Albacomp at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Kormend. Albacomp will play next round against strong Falco-Szova trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Soproni will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked FS Debrecen on the road.
Eighth-ranked Kaposvari (6-9) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Szolnok (12-3). The visitors from Szolnok managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and Hristo Nikolov who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Szolnok have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-3 record. Kaposvari lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Szolnok will play against Szedeak (#11) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play at home against Marso NYKK in Nyiregyhaza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Pecs supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Kormend (14-2) played at the court of 7th ranked PVSK Pannon (7-9). Kormend did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-60 on Saturday. The winners were led by Rashad Bell who scored that evening 20 points and 9 rebounds. Kormend's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by Jara Doyne did not help to save the game for PVSK Pannon. Kormend have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Falco-Szova. PVSK Pannon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Kormend will meet at home bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play against Jaszberenyi (#13) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Szeged. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 10th ranked Szedeak (5-11) to thirteenth ranked FS Debrecen (4-12) 81-78 on Saturday evening. Justin Ingram fired 24 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. FS Debrecen moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Jaszberenyi. Szedeak lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. FS Debrecen's next round opponent will be higher ranked Soproni (#10) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
The game between third ranked Falco-Szova (14-2) and 5th ranked Atomeromu (10-6) in Szombathely on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Falco-Szova outscored guests from Paks 99-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Atomeromu. It was a very good performance for Laszlo Kalman who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 assists. Falco-Szova's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Falco-Szova have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kormend. Loser Atomeromu keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Falco-Szova will face Albacomp (#3) in Szekesfehervar in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atomeromu will play on the road against Kecskemeti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 16 Kecskemeti beat ZTE KK on the road 85-80.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 29 points and 14 rebounds by Tomislav Ivosev of Szedeak.


Falco-Szova - Atomeromu 99-69

The game between third ranked Falco-Szova (14-2) and 5th ranked Atomeromu (10-6) in Szombathely on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Falco-Szova outscored guests from Paks 99-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Atomeromu. The game without a history. Falco-Szova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Atomeromu was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 assists. International forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. Falco-Szova's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 21 points and his fellow American import guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Atomeromu. Falco-Szova have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kormend. Loser Atomeromu keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Falco-Szova will face Albacomp (#3) in Szekesfehervar in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atomeromu will play on the road against Kecskemeti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: N.Williams 21+3reb, D.Vojvoda 10+3reb+2ast, L.Williams 9+4reb+4ast, A.Toth 7+4reb, F.Morgen 6+5reb, H.Gardener 5+8reb
Falco-Szova: Z.Szabo 19+7reb+2ast, C.Timberlake 18+4reb+1ast, B.Jancikin 14, D.Pantelic 14+8reb+1ast, L.Kalman 12+4reb+13ast, T.Harazin 8+1reb
gschID: 146722


Szedeak - FS Debrecen 78-81

A very interesting game took place in Szeged. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 10th ranked Szedeak (5-11) to thirteenth ranked FS Debrecen (4-12) 81-78 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Szedeak took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then FS Debrecen had a 30-15 second period charge getting the lead and Szedeak was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-81. FS Debrecen made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Szedeak turnovers. American point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) fired 24 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. The other American import forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian Tomislav Ivosev produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) added 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. FS Debrecen moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Jaszberenyi. Szedeak lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. FS Debrecen's next round opponent will be higher ranked Soproni (#10) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: T.Ivosev 29+14reb+1ast, J.Levy 26+8reb+4ast, A.Tanacs 10+2reb+1ast, N.Dukic 9+8reb+1ast, G.Drahos 2+1reb+3ast, M.Vida 2+3reb+2ast
FS Debrecen: M.Schachtner 24+5reb, J.Ingram 24+8reb+8ast, S.Perrin 11+3reb+1ast, G.Boros 9+2reb+3ast, M.Szabo 8+6reb+1ast, T.Papp 3+2reb
gschID: 146723


ZTE KK - Kecskemeti 80-85

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Kecskemeti (8-7) beat bottom-ranked ZTE KK (1-15) in Zalaegerszeg 85-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, agency: FCM) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. American swingman Tim Whitworth (198-81, college: Drexel, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Gergely Toth (207-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ZTE KK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kecskemeti maintains sixth position with 8-7 record. ZTE KK lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Kecskemeti will face higher ranked Atomeromu (#5) in Paks in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ZTE KK will play on the road against the league's leader Kormend (#1).
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: G.Toth 20+5reb+1ast, T.Whitworth 20+6reb+2ast, B.Perine 16+1reb+6ast, G.Kinter 15+6reb+2ast, D.Gaspar 7+1reb+3ast, D.Kertesz 2+2reb
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 19+6reb, M.Csorvasi 16+5reb, G.Denes 11+1reb, T.Kelley 11+3reb+7ast, I.Vukadinov 10+2reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146724


Kaposvari - Szolnok 81-84

Eighth-ranked Kaposvari (6-9) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Szolnok (12-3). The visitors from Szolnok managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szolnok have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-3 record. Kaposvari lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Szolnok will play against Szedeak (#11) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play at home against Marso NYKK in Nyiregyhaza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Kiss 21+1ast, M.Fey 19+12reb+3ast, N.Raivio 19+7reb+4ast, J.Lekli 13+1reb+3ast, B.Szoke 7+1reb+1ast, G.Kutasi 2+1reb
Szolnok: H.Nikolov 20+6reb+1ast, O.Trotter 19+3reb+2ast, M.Bader 19+17reb+3ast, J.Mills 11+1reb+4ast, A.Horvath 9, G.Soos 3+1reb
gschID: 146719


Soproni - Albacomp 75-72

A Division round 16 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Albacomp (13-2) against eleventh ranked Soproni (6-10) 75-72 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Albacomp. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 36-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Soproni made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Andras Molnar (195-83, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) replied with 17 points and the former international point guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) added 17 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) in the effort for Albacomp. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soproni moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Marso NYKK. Albacomp at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Kormend. Albacomp will play next round against strong Falco-Szova trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Soproni will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked FS Debrecen on the road.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: M.El Amin 17+4reb+2ast, B.Simon 17+3reb+2ast, W.Chism 14+5reb+2ast, A.Keller 9+7reb, Z.Supola 6+2reb+2ast, D.Hollis 4+4reb+1ast
Soproni: A.Molnar 17+5reb+3ast, D.Thomas 15+2reb+5ast, B.Egemonye 12+7reb, J.Doyne 9+3reb+4ast, F.Boldizsar 9+5reb+3ast, R.Keresztes 5+2reb
gschID: 146720


PVSK Pannon - Kormend 60-80

The game in Pecs supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Kormend (14-2) played at the court of 7th ranked PVSK Pannon (7-9). Kormend did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-60 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-60. Kormend dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 32. The winners were led by American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who scored that evening 20 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Kasib Powell (201-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Court Side) supported him with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Kormend's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) did not help to save the game for PVSK Pannon. The former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Kormend have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Falco-Szova. PVSK Pannon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Kormend will meet at home bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play against Jaszberenyi (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 20+5reb+2ast, N.Toth 11+7reb+2ast, J.Eilingsfeld 9+9reb, P.Kovacs 9+3reb+2ast, N.Vasojevic 5+4reb+3ast, A.Csabay 4+3reb+1ast
Kormend: R.Bell 20+9reb+1ast, I.Nemeth 15+3reb+2ast, K.Powell 11+8reb+7ast, C.Ferencz 9+2reb+1ast, D.Mladenovic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Townes 8+12reb+3ast
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Weekend Roundup - by Patrick Maher
In the Nivea for Mens SuperLeague, DCU Saints edged past Bord Gis Neptune, UCC Demos secured another win over Belfast Star, Moycullen recorded a huge upset against 11890 Killester and UL Eagles managed to edge pass UCD Marian.
Meanwhile, in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel returned to winning ways and 11890 Killester bounced back to defeat Oblate Dynamos.
Also, UL and DCU Mercy warmed up for their cup final clash with wins over Liffey Celtics and Waterford Wildcats respectively while Meteors won out against Ulster Rockets.
DCU Saints eked out an 86-85 victory at the end of a nail-biting encounter against Bord Gais Neptune.
DCU Coach David Donnelly was hugely relieved at the final whistle. We got out of jail today. We had a 16 point lead at half time, but we were down by a point with seven seconds to go.
Thankfully Pat Glover got a great shot from the baseline at the end. We could have lost it again after that so Im happy we managed to squeeze the win in the end, he said.
UCC Demons warmed up for their cup final clash with UL with a convincing 107-77 victory over Belfast Star.
UCC Demons Coach Paul Kelleher said It wasnt a very good performance from us today. We were very good in offense. We are playing well at the moment but I still believe we can be better. Now we have to be ready for UL in the cup final.
The shock of the weekend saw Moycullen defeat reigning champions 11890 Killester 64-58 after a fantastic performance in Oranmore.
Moycullen lie at the foot of the Southern conference, yet made light of their league standing to defeat Killester, a win made all the more impressive as the Galway outfit were without the key personnel of USA star Luke Enos.
Moycullen coach Ger Lyons was understandably proud at the end. We had a lot of injures. We couldnt play Luke Enos who has been our go-to guy all season and James O Dowd was also injured so we were really up against it.
We were trailing at half time but we felt we really should have been up at that stage. Before the game we were looking around and believed that we have nothing to lose so we gave it everything we had and managed to come out on top. Lyons said.
The defeat will be a further blow to Killester who have now lost two games on the bounce having suffered a dramatic defeat to UL Eagles last weekend in the cup semi-final.
UL Eagles are beginning to gather momentum, following up last weeks victory with a 75-68 win over UCD Marian at the UL Arena.
Coach Mark Keenan believes that his side are finding form at the right time, despite a poor opening against Marian.
We found it difficult early on. It was always going to be hard to get to the standard of last week. There was a lot of emotion then, and maybe we struggled to find a rhythm today because the stakes were so high in the last game.
The guys showed good character again. They fought for one another which is a good sign. We have lost more games this season than I would like but things are starting to come right for us now. That is what you really want to be aiming for at this time of year, he said.
In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork set aside the disappointment of last weekends cup exit, returning to winning ways after an 81-50 in a derby clash with Singletons SuperValu Brunell.
Montenotte Head Coach Cormac O Donoghue was pleased with the performance of his side after what has been a difficult week.
We felt that last weekend we missed an opportunity. We had chances to win against UL and unfortunately we couldnt take them. So there was some obvious disappointment there after we lost that game.
From my point of view it was very encouraging to see everybody ready and willing to start again in training on Tuesday. The girls trained hard all week and got their just rewards tonight. We had a very good third quarter, particularly in defence, and in the end I think we were
fairly comfortable.

Elsewhere, 11890 Killester eventually saw of the challenge of Oblate Dynamos after a slow start courtesy of a final score line of 54-43.
Killester Head Coach Mark Grennell believes the final score wasnt pretty.
The score was 18-14 at half time. I think psychologically the girls might still have been carrying some scars after last week. But we got it together at half time. The girls put up 40 points in the second half, so that is a big positive. I think we can move on now.
UL continued their impeccable campaign with a massive 99-49 victory over Liffey Celtics.
The victory means UL have now won all thirteen league games this season and James Weldons side also have a cup final appearance to look forward to next weekend.
Weldon is clearly pleased with the progress his side are making. Everybody managed to get on the score-sheet so that is good from a team perspective. It was important to get the win ahead of the cup final. Were in good shape but it will be a huge game against DCU.
DCU Mercy made light work of the challenge of Waterford Wildcats, running out impressive 84-31 winners.
DCU will face UL in the national cup final next weekend and DCU Head Coach Mark Ingle is happy with the way his side are performing.
We are definitely better than we were six or eight weeks ago. Defensively in the last two games we have conceded less than 40 points. Thats a good sign. We just have to keep doing what we are doing and hopefully we can find a way to beat UL. We are all looking forward
to that now. I think its going to be a great cup final, he said.
Meteors made it five wins in a row with a 70-59 win away at Ulster Rockets.
Meteors Head Coach Hugh Kilbride said Ulster are a difficult team to play, but we are in really good form at the moment.
Confidence was at an all-time low at the end of last season but the girls have managed to stick together. You can now see the confidence is back in the team, and we have some crucial games coming up so that will be important.
Basketball Ireland Weekly Results

Saturday January 21st 2012
Nivea for Men Superleague
Moycullen 64 (30) (C Nihill 18, S Camps 16, P OBrien 14) 11890 Killester 58 (33) (J Turner 21, E Chubb 11, K OBrien 8)
UL Eagles 75 (34) (R Taylor 21, S Kinevane 14, N Campbell 12) UCD Marian 68 (29) (D Stith 15, C Meany 15, K Foley 14)
Nivea Womens SuperLeague
Ulster Rockets 59 (30) (M Houlihan 19, M McNally 10, S Smye 9) Meteors 70 (32) (R Nagle 17, L Delaney 16, J Daly 10)
Oblate Dynamos 43 (18) (L Scully 9, L Dunne 8, E Curren 7) Killester 54 (14) (L Grey 16, F Ward 8, H Frazer 6)
Team Montenotte Hotel 81 (38) (N Dwyer 19, V ODriscoll 18, G Dwyer 18) Singletons SuperValu Brunell 50 (23) (A Kearney 10, M OLeary 10, G OMahony 8)
Liffey Celtics 49 (31) (A Lowe 21, A Pupin 6, M Foley 6) UL 99 (54) (R Vanderwal 24, A McDermott 18, M Fahy 12)
Waterford Wildcats 31 (11) (N Mullally 9, C Kavanagh 8, J Coady 7) DCU Mercy 84 (43) (S Woods 19, S OConnor 18, L Peat 10)
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans 77 (37) (W Achambault 25, P Freeman 16, C MacMichael 13) Ballon 75 (50) (M Tamusauskas 25, A Dimicukas 16, G Trakauskas 13)
Team Loftus Recycling Ballina 50 (29) (R OMalley 15, L McHale 12, D McGarrity 11) Neptune 37 (19) (S OSullivan 10, K Reidy 10, I Skeirys 10)
Team Garveys St.Marys 84 (46) (D Wall 27, A Fitzgerald 24, S Brosnan 12) Team Meadowlands St.Brendans 73 (43) (J Quirke 27, L Dowd 12, F OSullivan 10)
Basketball Ireland Women Division One
Tralee Imperials 50 (33) (S Mackessy 14, M Barry 12, L Raymond 9) UL 26 (11) (K Murphy 12, L Dunne 6, C McCarthy 5)
Scruffys St.Pauls Killarney 56 (31) (M Galwey 12, M Finnegan 9, L Jones 8) Team Tom McCarthys St.Marys 71 (32) (P OConnor 19, M Lane 17, R OLoughlin 15)
Foireann na Gaillimhe 43 (22) (M Canavan 11, H Coen 10, A OReilly 10) Meteors 60 (33) (N Farrell 12, K Meany 11, L Caffola 11)
Sunday January 22nd 2012
Nivea for Mens Superleague
Bord Gis Neptune 85 (36) (R Thompson 26, P Taylor 26, R Downey 9) DCU Saints 86 (54) (P Glover 18, K Anderson 17, M Provisors 14)
UCC Demons 107 (60) (S Atupem 37, N OReilly 11, S Coughlan 11) Belfast Star 77 (46) (J Johnson 33, P Cummins 18, S Dawson 11)
Basketball Irelands Mens Division One
Maree 74 (35) (K Hansberry 13, E Walsh 12, C OHagan 10, J Conroy 10) Portlaoise 51 (23) (D Kearney 16, G Egan 13, S ONeill 10)
Courtesy : Jolie Niland . www.basketballireland.ie



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Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sylven LANDESBERG
  Maccab.
  (198-F/G-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Landesberg, Macca.22.4 
 2. Banks, Elitzur21.6 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.21.0 
 4. Lewis, Hapoel Holon20.0 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.19.8 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.5 
 7. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.2 
 8. Asbury, Elitzur18.2 
 9. Duncan, Maccabi17.5 
 10. Bradley, Maccabi17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.8 
 2. Tyus, Maccabi8.0 
 3. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 4. Dowell, B.C. H.7.8 
 5. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 6. Kitchen, Maccabi7.6 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi7.5 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi7.4 
 9. Mitchell, Ironi A.7.4 
 10. Asbury, Elitzur7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.0 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.8 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.4 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.9 
 6. Jackson, Maccabi5.6 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.5.1 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.5 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.4.5 
 10. Lewis, Hapoel Hol.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Danilo PINNOCK
  B.C. H.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pinnock, B.C. H.2.8 
 2. Limonad, Ironi A.2.1 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi2.1 
 4. Robinson, B.C. H.2.1 
 5. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.9 
 7. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi1.8 
 9. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.8 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Uter, Maccabi2.1 
 3. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.2.0 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.2 
 9. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 10. Dowell, B.C. H.1.0 


Best players of Israeli National League round 14 - by Eurobasket News
American Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Hapoel T-A and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 23-year old power forward had a double-double of 38 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed Hod Hasharon (#6, 7-7) with 20-point margin 82-62. Hapoel T-A maintains the 2nd position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel T-A will need more victories to improve their 11-3 record. Kelly turned to be Hapoel T-A's top player in his first season with the team. Curtis Kelly averages this season 17.9ppg and 9.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) of Hapoel Afula. Thondique impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Hapoel Afula to another comfortable win 110-93 over the lower-ranked Lev Hasharon (#11, 5-9) being unquestionably team leader. Hapoel Afula's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-5 record is not bad at all. Thondique is a newcomer at Hapoel Afula and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.6ppg (#8). He also registered 13.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Lewis Clinch (191-G-87) of Lev Hasharon (#11). Clinch got into 30-points club by scoring 41 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and four assists. Despite Clinch's great performance Lev Hasharon lost 93-110 to the higher-ranked Hapoel Afula (#4, 9-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Lev Hasharon not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Clinch could try to bring Lev Hasharon's a little bit higher in the standings. Clinch has individually a great season in Israel. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.6ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thomas Sanders (194-G-85) of Hapoel Y/M - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Kiryat Tivon - 24 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Brian Laing (195-G/F-85) of Elitzur Yavne - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Eric Traimel (201-F-88) of Ironi Nahariya - 13 points and 14 rebounds
10. Rodney Webb (200-F-83) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


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SerieA Round 18: Top-ranked Montepaschi Siena wins another game - by Eurobasket News
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (13-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Banca Tercas (6-11) 79-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Banca Tercas. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Banca Tercas managed to win fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Banca Tercas' 28. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Banca Tercas turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Banca Tercas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) who led his team to a victory with 14 points. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Achille Polonara (203-91) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Banca Tercas. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-4 record. Banca Tercas at the other side keep the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Fabi Shoes. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Umana Venezia (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Banca Tercas will play against Benetton Treviso (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Treviso. Twelfth ranked Otto Caserta (8-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Benetton Treviso (7-10) 73-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Benetton Treviso. American point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Andre Smith chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic (196-81) with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Otto Caserta moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Angelico BI. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. They share it with Acea Roma. Otto Caserta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Benetton Treviso will play on the road against Banca Tercas (#14) in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventeenth-ranked Novipiu CM (4-13) used its home court advantage to challenge ninth ranked Banco di Sard. (9-8) in Casale on Sunday. The visitors from Sassari managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Drake Diener notched 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 12 points and 18 rebounds by David Chiotti did not help to save the game for Novipiu CM. Banco di Sard. moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cimberio VA. Novipiu CM lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Banco di Sard. will meet at home higher ranked Bennet Cantu (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Novipiu CM will play against Vanoli-Braga (#16) in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Armani Milano (10-7) and Cimberio Varese (9-8), which took place in Varese. Higher ranked Armani Milano lost to ninth ranked Cimberio Varese in a road game 64-74. The best player for the winners was Yakhouba Diawara who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cimberio Varese moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Armani Milano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Cimberio Varese's next round opponent will be Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against the league's second-placed Scavolini Pesaro (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Fabi Shoes was beaten by Sidigas AV on the road 93-84. Scavolini PS won against Angelico BI on its own court 78-72. CS Bologna managed to outperform Acea Roma in a road game 82-78. Bennet Cantu managed to beat Vanoli CR at home 87-73.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 24 points by Petteri Koponen of CS Bologna.



Sidigas AV - Fabi Shoes 93-84

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Air Avellino (10-7) beat at home 15th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (6-11) 93-84. The hosts were ahead by 11 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 30-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. Air Avellino made 31-of-38 charity shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while Fabi Shoes Montegranaro only scored twelve points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and American-French forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Armani MI. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be higher ranked CS Bologna (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Cimberio Varese (#9).
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: T.Dean 22+4reb, M.Green 20+4reb+6ast, R.Slay 19+12reb, J.Golemac 13+2reb+2ast, V.Gaddefors 11+6reb+2ast, L.Johnson 5+6reb
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 19+8reb+2ast, T.Kirksay 15+5reb+2ast, I.Zoroski 11+4reb+2ast, J.McNeal 10+2reb+2ast, C.Karl 10+5reb+3ast, V.Mazzola 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 150771


Scavolini PS - Angelico BI 78-72

Very expected game when 10th ranked Angelico Biella (8-9) lost on the road to third ranked Scavolini Pesaro (11-6) 78-72. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 24-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Scavolini Pesaro made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Angelico Biella turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who scored 21 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (198-87, college: USC) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jacob Pullen (182-89, college: Kansas St., agency: Priority Sports) added 17 points and 4 steals respectively. Scavolini Pesaro have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Bennet Cantu and CS Bologna. Angelico Biella at the other side keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Scavolini Pesaro's next round opponent will be Armani Milano (#5) on the road. Angelico Biella will play against Lottomatica Roma (#13).
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: R.Hickman 21+4reb+5ast, J.White 17+4reb+2ast, D.Hackett 17+6reb+2ast, J.Jones 9+2reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 8+7reb, D.Cavaliero 3+3reb+1ast
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 24+5reb+1ast, J.Pullen 17+1reb+1ast, M.Soragna 11+1reb, T.Dragicevic 7+5reb+1ast, A.Miralles 5+7reb, M.Chessa 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150772


Montepaschi - Banca Tercas 79-58

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (13-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Banca Tercas (6-11) 79-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Banca Tercas. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Banca Tercas managed to win fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Banca Tercas' 28. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Banca Tercas turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Banca Tercas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) who led his team to a victory with 14 points. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Five Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Achille Polonara (203-91) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) added 9 points in the effort for Banca Tercas. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-4 record. Banca Tercas at the other side keep the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Fabi Shoes. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Umana Venezia (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Banca Tercas will play against Benetton Treviso (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: P.Aradori 14+4reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 13+3reb+2ast, N.Zisis 11+2reb+3ast, T.Ress 10+2reb, M.Thornton 10+4reb+2ast, D.Moss 6
Banca Tercas: A.Polonara 12+6reb+1ast, A.Goods 12+1reb+1ast, B.Cerella 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Green 6+1reb+1ast, D.Brown 5+2reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 150773


Acea Roma - CS Bologna 78-82

Very predictable result when fifth ranked CS Bologna (11-6) won against on the road 13th ranked Lottomatica Roma (7-10) 82-78. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) who scored 24 points. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 24 points and Slovenian power forward Uros Slokar (210-83) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CS Bologna moved-up to second place, which they share with Bennet Cantu and Scavolini PS. Lottomatica Roma at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be Air Avellino (#6) at home. Lottomatica Roma will play against Angelico Biella (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 24+4reb+1ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 18+2reb+1ast, A.Gigli 14+8reb+2ast, G.Poeta 10+3reb+5ast, L.Vitali 9+2reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+13reb+3ast
Acea Roma: C.Tucker 24+2reb+3ast, U.Slokar 16+8reb, N.Gordic 13+7reb+3ast, L.Datome 11+6reb+2ast, M.Mordente 5+1reb+3ast, M.Kakiouzis 4+1reb
gschID: 150768


Benetton TV - Otto Caserta 71-73

Important game to mention about took place in Treviso. Twelfth ranked Otto Caserta (8-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Benetton Treviso (7-10) 73-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Benetton Treviso. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 17-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Benetton Treviso was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Otto Caserta players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic (196-81) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (197-84, college: Massachusetts) scored 17 points. Otto Caserta moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Angelico BI. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. They share it with Acea Roma. Otto Caserta will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Benetton Treviso will play on the road against Banca Tercas (#14) in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Otto Caserta: A.Collins 21+6reb+5ast, A.Smith 15+7reb, A.Stipanovic 12+1reb+1ast, C.Bell 11+3reb, A.Doornekamp 7+8reb+3ast, G.Maresca 5+1ast
Benetton TV: S.Becirovic 21+5reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 17+3reb+1ast, J.Thomas 8+2reb+1ast, G.Cuccarolo 7+5reb+1ast, M.Goree 6+3reb+2ast, B.Ortner 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 150769


Bennet Cantu - Vanoli CR 87-73

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Vanoli-Braga (5-12) lost on the road to fourth ranked Bennet Cantu (11-6) 87-73. The game was mostly controlled by Bennet Cantu. Vanoli-Braga was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bennet Cantu shot 61.4 percent from the field. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points. Bennet Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian forward Marko Milic (201-77) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) added 14 points respectively. Four Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. Bennet Cantu moved-up to second place, which they share with Scavolini PS and CS Bologna. Vanoli-Braga at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 12 games lost. Bennet Cantu's next round opponent will be Banco di Sard. (#8) in Sassari where they are favorite. Vanoli-Braga will play at home against Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: V.Micov 19+1reb+1ast, G.Brunner 17+8reb+2ast, M.Markoishvili 14+2reb+3ast, M.Leunen 8+4reb+1ast, G.Shermadini 8+6reb, N.Gianella 7+4ast
Vanoli CR: M.Milic 18+9reb, D.Lighty 16+3reb, D.Cinciarini 14+4reb+1ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 11+3reb+2ast, J.Perkovic 9+4reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 3+2ast
gschID: 150770


Cimberio VA - Armani MI 74-64

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Armani Milano (10-7) and Cimberio Varese (9-8), which took place in Varese. Higher ranked Armani Milano lost to ninth ranked Cimberio Varese in a road game 64-74. Armani Milano was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 18-4 third quarter run of Cimberio Varese. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Armani Milano to just 4 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Armani Milano's 22. Cimberio Varese forced 21 Armani Milano turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including 22 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cimberio Varese moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Armani Milano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Cimberio Varese's next round opponent will be Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Armani Milano will play against the league's second-placed Scavolini Pesaro (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: Y.Diawara 18+11reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 12+3reb+4ast, G.Ganeto 9+1reb, T.Rannikko 7+2reb+5ast, L.Garri 7+2reb+1ast, D.Fajardo 7+6reb+1ast
Armani MI: A.Fotsis 19+6reb, I.Bourousis 15+8reb+3ast, D.Nicholas 9+1reb+2ast, S.Mancinelli 7+1reb+1ast, M.Rocca 7+2reb+1ast, O.Cook 4+4reb+9ast
gschID: 150766


Novipiu CM - Banco di Sard. 75-78

Seventeenth-ranked Novipiu CM (4-13) used its home court advantage to challenge ninth ranked Banco di Sard. (9-8) in Casale on Sunday. The visitors from Sassari managed to secure only three-point victory 78-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Novipiu CM won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Sard. made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Novipiu CM only scored three points from the stripe. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Bosnian-Serbian power forward Vanja Plisnic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 12 points and 18 rebounds by naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (205-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Novipiu CM. American guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 23 points. Five Banco di Sard. and four Novipiu CM players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cimberio VA. Novipiu CM lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Banco di Sard. will meet at home higher ranked Bennet Cantu (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Novipiu CM will play against Vanoli-Braga (#16) in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 20+8reb+3ast, T.Easley 15+6reb, V.Plisnic 13+9reb+2ast, Q.Hosley 12+6reb+3ast, T.Diener 10+3reb+4ast, B.Sacchetti 6+2reb
Novipiu CM: M.Janning 23+1reb, M.Malaventura 17+2reb+2ast, M.Shakur 14+4reb+5ast, D.Chiotti 12+18reb+1ast, G.Temple 7+4reb+1ast, S.Gentile 2+2reb
gschID: 150767




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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Shakur, Novipiu CM19.2 
 3. Smith, Otto C.18.1 
 4. Coleman, Angelico.17.8 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV17.5 
 6. Diawara, Cimberio.16.4 
 7. Tucker, Acea Roma16.2 
 8. Hickman, Scavolin.15.9 
 9. Andersen, Montepa.15.8 
 10. White, Scavolin.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.6 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.4 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.1 
 5. Chiotti, Novip.7.8 
 6. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 7. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS6.9 
 9. Szewczyk, Umana V.6.6 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.9 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.5.9 
 3. Cook, Armani MI5.4 
 4. Diener, Banco d.4.9 
 5. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 6. Shakur, Novipiu CM3.9 
 7. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 8. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.8 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.6 
 10. Zoroski, Fabi Sho.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.4 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.9 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 4. Hosley, Banco d.2.5 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.3 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.1 
 8. Bowers, Umana V.1.9 
 9. Kangur, Cimberio.1.9 
 10. Diawara, Cimberio.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Banco d.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Easley, Banco d.2.1 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 3. Shermadini, Bennet1.1 
 4. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 5. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montep.0.8 
 7. Bourousis, Armani0.8 
 8. Hunter, Banco d.0.8 
 9. Stevic, Novipiu CM0.8 
 10. Adrien, Benetton0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Paul MARIGNEY
  Givova S.
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Marigney, Givova S.23.3 
 2. Freeman, MarcoPol.22.7 
 3. Hardy, Giorgio22.4 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.2 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.1 
 6. Voskuil, Morpho B.19.0 
 7. McConnell, Fileni18.4 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola18.3 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli17.0 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni16.6 
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.8.6 
 4. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.1 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.9 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.1 
 7. Brkic, Prima Veroli7.0 
 8. Chiacig, Trenkwald.6.9 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Assi O.
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Johnson, Assi O.4.9 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.8 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Whiting, Aget Imola3.5 
 5. Kelley, Biancobl.3.4 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.4 
 7. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 8. Renfroe, Enel B.3.3 
 9. Marigney, Givova S.3.2 
 10. Levin, Givova Sca.3.0 
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.2.5 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.2.5 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.4 
 7. Hunter, Enel Brind.2.4 
 8. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 9. McConnell, Fileni2.3 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder1.8 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.6 
 3. Trapani, MarcoPol.0.9 
 4. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.9 
 5. Busma, Centrale.0.8 
 6. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 7. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 8. Renzi, Tezenis0.7 
 9. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 10. Galanda, Giorgi.0.6 


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


Lega2 Round 17: Last-ranked S.Antimo beats Centrale Latte - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Bottom-ranked S.Antimo managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted S.Antimo won against sixth-ranked Centrale Latte in Sant'Antimo 76-71. Centrale Latte was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. S.Antimo made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. S.Antimo outrebounded Centrale Latte 40-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) produced 19 points and 4 steals for the guests. S.Antimo (5-11) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO and Prima Veroli. Centrale Latte at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. S.Antimo is looking forward to face higher ranked Givova Scafati (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Centrale Latte will play against Fileni BPA in Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Trenkwalder RE delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Morpho Basket (8-8) 77-70 in Reggio Emilia. American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Dawan Robinson contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Morpho Basket. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-3 record. Morpho Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Fileni BPA. Trenkwalder RE will play against Tezenis Verona (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Morpho Basket will play against Prima Veroli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Biancoblu BO (5-11) survived in overtime against Prima Veroli (5-11) by nine points 102-93 on Sunday night. Patrick Baldassarre stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. David Brkic responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Biancoblu BO moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Prima Veroli and S.Antimo. Biancoblu BO will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Prima Veroli will play against Morpho Basket (#8) in Piacenza and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Jesi. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Tezenis Verona (7-9) to eighth ranked Fileni BPA (8-8) 71-70 on Sunday evening. Michele Maggioli nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Fileni BPA moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Morpho Basket. Tezenis Verona at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Fileni BPA's next round opponent will be higher ranked Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tezenis Verona will play at home against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Barcellona. Local Sigma Barcellona (10-6) beat 7th ranked Morpho Basket (8-8) 83-69 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Mike Green who scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Sigma Barcellona have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-6 record, which they share with Givova Scafati. Morpho Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Aget Imola (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Morpho Basket will play against Prima Veroli (#14).

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Assi Ostuni was defeated by Enel Brindisi in a road game 88-77. Giorgio Tesi PT beat Aget Imola at home 79-73. Givova Scafati won against Sigma Barcel. on the opponent's court 69-64.
The best stats of 17th round was 30 points by Andrea Pecile of Biancoblu BO.



Enel Brindisi - Assi Ostuni 88-77

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Assi Ostuni (6-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked Enel Brindisi (11-5) 88-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Enel Brindisi. Assi Ostuni was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Enel Brindisi shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Jimmy Hunter (196-77, college: Life) who scored 28 points. Naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) produced 20 points and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Enel Brindisi have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT. Assi Ostuni lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Enel Brindisi will face league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Assi Ostuni will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#10) in Forli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: J.Hunter 28+2reb+2ast, D.Borovnjak 15+6reb+2ast, C.Callahan 11+11reb+5ast, K.Ndoja 11+4reb, A.Renfroe 9+3reb+1ast, M.Formenti 6
Assi Ostuni: A.Johnson 20+2reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 18+2reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 8+5reb, F.Basei 8+7reb+1ast, M.Rossetti 8+2reb, G.Carenza 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 165575


Trenkwalder - Morpho Basket 77-70

Leader Trenkwalder RE delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Morpho Basket (8-8) 77-70 in Reggio Emilia. It looked good early as Morpho Basket took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Trenkwalder RE took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) in the effort for Morpho Basket. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-3 record. Morpho Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Fileni BPA. Trenkwalder RE will play against Tezenis Verona (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Morpho Basket will play against Prima Veroli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 21+7reb+1ast, D.Taylor 20+8reb+2ast, D.Filloy 15+6reb, F.Ruini 11+1reb+2ast, D.Slanina 5+1ast, G.Pini 3+2reb+1ast
Morpho Basket: D.Anderson 17+12reb+1ast, A.Simoncelli 17+1ast, L.Infante 9+6reb, C.Cotis Harrison 6+6reb+4ast, R.Amoroso 6+5reb, G.Scarone 5+1reb
gschID: 165576


Giorgio Tesi PT - Aget Imola 79-73

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Tuscany Pistoia (11-5) defeated at home 10th ranked Aget Imola (6-10) 79-73 on Saturday. However just six-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 Aget Imola won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tuscany Pistoia made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Brazilian swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) produced 22 points and Finnish power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) added 10 points and 15 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia moved-up to second place, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Loser Aget Imola dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will face Enel Brindisi (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Aget Imola will play against Sigma Barcellona (#5).
Top scorers:
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 22+8reb+1ast, J.Tavernari 16+5reb+1ast, G.Galanda 13+5reb+1ast, F.Toppo 11+7reb+2ast, B.Jones 6+7reb+2ast, G.Gurini 6+6reb+3ast
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 22+3reb+2ast, D.Bruttini 12+2reb+1ast, P.Prato 11+11reb+2ast, T.Kotti 10+15reb+1ast, F.Masoni 9+1reb+3ast, D.Cournooh 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 165572


S.Antimo - Centrale Latte 76-71

Bottom-ranked S.Antimo managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted S.Antimo won against sixth-ranked Centrale Latte in Sant'Antimo 76-71. Centrale Latte was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. S.Antimo made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. S.Antimo outrebounded Centrale Latte 40-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four S.Antimo players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) produced 19 points and 4 steals and American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points respectively for the guests. S.Antimo (5-11) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO and Prima Veroli. Centrale Latte at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. S.Antimo is looking forward to face higher ranked Givova Scafati (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Centrale Latte will play against Fileni BPA in Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
S.Antimo: T.Bell 19+10reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 16+6reb+1ast, F.Campbell 13+7reb+2ast, M.Bozovic 11+11reb+3ast, C.Cantone 6+1reb+3ast, G.Eliantonio 5+3reb
Centrale Latte: M.Jose Ghersetti 19+1reb+2ast, L.Goldwire 16+3reb+2ast, L.Gergati 12+2reb+1ast, R.Thompson 9+4reb+2ast, D.Busma 8+6reb, F.Bushati 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 165573


Fileni BPA - Tezenis Verona 71-70

A very interesting game took place in Jesi. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Tezenis Verona (7-9) to eighth ranked Fileni BPA (8-8) 71-70 on Sunday evening. Tezenis Verona was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Fileni BPA forced 21 Tezenis Verona turnovers. Strangely Tezenis Verona outrebounded Fileni BPA 36-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Tezenis Verona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. The former international power forward Christian DiGiuliomaria (208-79) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) added 17 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for Tezenis Verona in the defeat. Fileni BPA moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Morpho Basket. Tezenis Verona at the other side keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Fileni BPA's next round opponent will be higher ranked Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tezenis Verona will play at home against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 25+8reb, R.McConnell 17+2reb+6ast, J.Brooks 16+4reb, R.Hoover 5+3reb+1ast, F.Migliori 4+3reb, M.Santiangeli 4+2reb
Tezenis Verona: A.Porta 17+2reb+1ast, C.DiGiuliomaria 16+6reb+1ast, M.West 15+2reb, G.Boscagin 8+4reb, K.Waleskowski 6+7reb, D.Vukcevic 4+8reb
gschID: 165574


Biancoblu BO - Prima Veroli 102-93 OT

Biancoblu BO (5-11) survived in overtime against Prima Veroli (5-11) by nine points 102-93 on Sunday night. Prima Veroli was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-21 charge of Biancoblu BO, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-8. Biancoblu BO made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and the former international guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) chipped in 30 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Four Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. The former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) scored 18 points. Biancoblu BO moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Prima Veroli and S.Antimo. Biancoblu BO will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Prima Veroli will play against Morpho Basket (#8) in Piacenza and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: A.Pecile 30+4reb+3ast, P.Baldassarre 28+12reb, B.Blizzard 14+7reb+3ast, G.Yango 14+3reb+1ast, T.Kelley 9+3reb+7ast, M.Canavesi 4+4reb
Prima Veroli: D.Brkic 22+12reb+4ast, B.Elder 18+1reb+2ast, J.Jackson 14+1reb+6ast, G.Lee 9+8reb, R.Cortese 8+1reb, C.Tommasini 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 165570


Sigma Barcel. - Givova Scafati 64-69

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Sigma Barcellona (10-6) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Givova Scafati (10-6) 69-64 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-15. But Sigma Barcellona won second period 17-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored 24 points. His fellow American import power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) added 13 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Sigma Barcellona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Givova Scafati moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Givova Scafati will face bottom-ranked S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sigma Barcellona will play at home against Aget Imola (#12).
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 24+3reb+3ast, M.Levin 11+2reb+1ast, J.Thomas 10+12reb, N.Radulovic 8+5reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 7+4reb, D.Rosignoli 4
Sigma Barcel.: M.Hicks 21+5reb, M.Green 13+2reb+6ast, R.Bucci 11+3reb, P.Martin 9+4reb, M.Da Ros 3+1reb, D.Bonessio 2+1ast
gschID: 165571


Round 10
Sigma Barcel. - Morpho Basket 83-69

The game with biggest result difference took place in Barcellona. Local Sigma Barcellona (10-6) beat 7th ranked Morpho Basket (8-8) 83-69 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Sigma Barcellona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Naturalized Canadian forward Philip Martin (202-80, college: Hawaii) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) produced 22 points and American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sigma Barcellona have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-6 record, which they share with Givova Scafati. Morpho Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Aget Imola (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Morpho Basket will play against Prima Veroli (#14).
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: P.Martin 19+8reb, M.Green 19+9reb+8ast, R.Bucci 15+2reb, M.Hicks 14+4reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 12+4reb+1ast, M.Mocavero 2+3reb
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 22+3reb+2ast, D.Anderson 14+8reb, L.Infante 10+4reb, R.Perego 7+1reb, M.Passera 4+1ast, C.Cotis Harrison 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 165577




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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 17-9 
 2. Niigata Albirex 16-9 
 3. Hamamatsu P. 14-10 
 4. Sendai 89ers 12-13 
 5. Toyama Grouses 11-12 
 6. Shinshu BW 11-14 
 7. Yokohama BC 10-14 
 8. Chiba Jets 10-14 
 9. Saitama Bron. 7-16 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 7-20 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 20-5 
 2. Osaka Evessa 17-6 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 17-6 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 16-9 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 16-9 
 6. Shimane SM 14-11 
 7. Miyazaki SS 12-15 
 8. Oita H.Devils 6-18 
 9. Takamatsu FA 1-24 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.3 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.4 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.17.0 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi15.7 
 6. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.0 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.15.0 
 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: 12.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.4 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.1 
 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. Ricci, Toyota Alva.6.9 
 10. Young, Aishin SH6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.1 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.7 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.5 
 5. Kashiwakura, Hitac.3.2 
 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
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.9 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.9 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.1.8 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.7 
 6. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 7. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.3 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.3 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi1.3 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Richardson, Aishin1.6 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.5 
 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. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 


BJ League Round 29: Okinawa GK beats Shiga L-Stars by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
BJ League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 29 rounds left.

The most exciting game of round 29 in the BJ League took place in Shiga. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Shiga L-Stars (16-9) to first ranked Okinawa GK (20-5) 84-81 in the game for the first place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga L-Stars won third quarter 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) answered with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Shiga L-Stars. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-5 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Niigata Albirex and Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Osaka Evessa (17-6) against eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (6-18) on Saturday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Oita Heat Devils in Osaka 92-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. American players dominated also this game. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Taj Finger chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) responded with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth place with 6-18 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Kyoto Hannar.. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Oita Heat Devils and hopes to get back on the winning track.
BJ League top team - Akita Happinets (17-9) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Chiba Jets (10-14) 99-78. Americans were the main players on the court. Ricky Woods nailed 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Jamel Staten came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for Chiba Jets in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Akita Happinets. They maintain first place with 17-9 record. Loser Chiba Jets dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Yokohama BC. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
BJ League top team - Akita Happinets (17-9) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Chiba Jets (10-14) 90-65. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Ricky Woods who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Akita Happinets. They maintain first place with 17-9 record. Chiba Jets at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Shimane supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Shinshu BW (11-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Shimane Magic (14-11). Shimane Magic did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 83-66 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shinshu BW. The game was dominated by American players. Michael Parker orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Shimane Magic's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Shimane Magic maintains sixth place with 14-11 record which they share with defeated Shinshu BW. Loser Shinshu BW dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Miyazaki SS was beaten by Fukuoka Rizing on the road 74-70. Toyama Grouses destroyed Sendai 89ers on its own court 77-56. Iwate Big Bulls unfortunately lost to Hamamatsu P. in Mikawa 64-80. Kyoto Hannar. rolled over Takamatsu FA at home 80-58. Yokohama BC was defeated by Niigata Albirex on the opponent's court 94-78.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 26 points and 13 rebounds by Kevin Palmer of Fukuoka Rizing.



Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 82-92

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Osaka Evessa (17-6) against eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (6-18) on Saturday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Oita Heat Devils in Osaka 92-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The game was mostly controlled by Oita Heat Devils. Osaka Evessa was better in second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. Forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and forward Taj Finger (203-86) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) responded with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five Oita Heat Devils and four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth place with 6-18 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Kyoto Hannar.. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Oita Heat Devils and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Finger 23+7reb, T.Cummings 18+15reb, K.Mitomo 13+1ast, W.White 13+6reb+2ast, N.Takushi 13+8reb+8ast, M.Lottich 10+2reb+2ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 24+9reb+5ast, W.Marshall 13+6reb, C.Aoki 13+1reb+2ast, M.Bell 11+8reb+3ast, D.Tamura 7+1reb, S.Takeda 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142078


Shimane SM - Shinshu BW 83-66

The game in Shimane supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Shinshu BW (11-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Shimane Magic (14-11). Shimane Magic did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 83-66 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shinshu BW. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 42. Shimane Magic forced 22 Shinshu BW turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 23 points and forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Shimane Magic maintains sixth place with 14-11 record which they share with defeated Shinshu BW. Loser Shinshu BW dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 24+11reb+4ast, B.Puckett 15+4reb, J.Davis 14+3reb, R.Golson 12+9reb+6ast, E.Yamamoto 8+5reb+6ast, J.Nakama 6
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 23+1reb+1ast, T.Hughes 12+13reb, K.Luckett 9+10reb, T.Saito 8+1reb+4ast, L.Roberts 6+8reb, T.Goya 4+2reb
gschID: 142079


Fukuoka Rizing - Miyazaki SS 74-70

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (16-9) beat at home 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-15) 74-70 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fukuoka Rizing made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Shiga L-Stars. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 26+13reb+1ast, A.Takeno 12+2reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 11+3reb+3ast, C.Dixon 10+5reb+3ast, J.Dearman 10+3reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 5+8reb+4ast
Miyazaki SS: O.Mims 15+15reb+5ast, T.Shimizu 12+1reb+2ast, D.Lyons 12+10reb+1ast, D.Dora 9+9reb+4ast, O.Shinnosuke 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Tsubasa 6
gschID: 142080


Toyama Grouses - Sendai 89ers 77-56

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Sendai 89ers (12-13) were smashed on the road by sixth ranked Toyama Grouses (11-12) 77-56 on Saturday. The game without a history. Toyama Grouses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Toyama Grouses outrebounded Sendai 89ers 48-37 including 18 on the offensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. Power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) contributed with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fifth place. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face again higher ranked Sendai 89ers (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: D.Searcy 18+13reb, I.Brown 16+3reb+2ast, T.Mito 16+3reb+2ast, H.Johnson 11+9reb+5ast, M.Joho 8+9reb+2ast, M.Kato 3+1reb
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 16+5reb, J.Dukes 13+9reb+3ast, R.Singleton 11+10reb, F.Toncinic 4+6reb, D.Takaoka 3, T.Shimura 3+5reb+5ast
gschID: 142073


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 78-99

BJ League top team - Akita Happinets (17-9) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Chiba Jets (10-14) 99-78. The game without a history. Akita Happinets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akita Happinets forced 23 Chiba Jets turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Akita Happinets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) nailed 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Five Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) added 23 points respectively for Chiba Jets in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Akita Happinets. They maintain first place with 17-9 record. Loser Chiba Jets dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Yokohama BC. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: R.Woods 22+8reb+5ast, Y.Kikuchi 19+4reb+1ast, S.Ocitti 18+7reb+1ast, K.Shoji 15+7ast, M.Kearse 14+7reb+7ast, R.Mizumachi 5+1reb
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 23+3reb+2ast, J.Staten 15+10reb+9ast, J.Holden 10+6reb, T.Ishida 8, G.Moliva 7+5reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 142074


Hamamatsu P. - Iwate Big Bulls 80-64

Very predictable result when third ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (14-10) won against 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (7-20) in Mikawa 80-64 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Hamamatsu Phoenix's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-14 extending their advantage to 16 points. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hamamatsu Phoenix made 7 blocks. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Defending champion maintains third place with 14-10 record having seven points less than leader Akita NH. Iwate Big Bulls lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 20 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 16+12reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 14+5reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 14+3reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 12+3reb+1ast, J.Dixon 9+8reb+13ast, L.Pomare 6+7reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 19+7reb, G.Klaiber 13+6reb, L.Malloy 11+11reb+2ast, A.Nogami 7+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 5+2reb+1ast, H.Kantake 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142075


Shiga L-Stars - Okinawa GK 81-84

The most exciting game of round 29 in the BJ League took place in Shiga. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Shiga L-Stars (16-9) to first ranked Okinawa GK (20-5) 84-81 in the game for the first place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga L-Stars won third quarter 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) answered with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-5 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Niigata Albirex and Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 17+6reb+1ast, D.Sneed 16+4reb+2ast, N.Kosuge 15+2reb, T.Yonamine 11+2reb+2ast, D.Palmer 8+2reb, J.Newton 7+10reb+4ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Peppers 19+6reb+1ast, R.Nixon 17+9reb+4ast, J.Ashby 15+6reb, Y.Okada 13+1reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 9+5reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 142076


Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA 80-58

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (1-24) was outscored on the road by third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (17-6) 80-58 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-58. Kyoto Hannar. dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 44. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 45-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Takamatsu FA lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 24 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: B.Camara 20+6reb+2ast, L.Allred 12+12reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 11+4reb+2ast, L.Cummard 8+4reb+1ast, R.Rickert 8+12reb+3ast, J.Boyette 7+2reb
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 17+6reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 9+8reb+1ast, S.Takada 8+4reb, N.Williams 8+5reb, M.Suzuki 7+1reb+1ast, K.Smith 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 142077


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 65-90

BJ League top team - Akita Happinets (17-9) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Chiba Jets (10-14) 90-65. It looked good early as Chiba Jets took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Akita Happinets had a 29-9 second period charge getting the lead and Chiba Jets were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-90. Akita Happinets dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 28 and made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Akita Happinets forced 24 Chiba Jets turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward E.J. Drayton (204-82, college: Charlotte, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Five Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Akita Happinets. They maintain first place with 17-9 record. Chiba Jets at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: Y.Kikuchi 21+2reb+1ast, E.Drayton 20+6reb+1ast, R.Woods 17+14reb+5ast, S.Ocitti 13+8reb+1ast, M.Kearse 13+8reb, K.Shoji 2+1reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 29+11reb+3ast, M.Hargrow 14+4reb+5ast, R.Itakura 8+6reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 4+8reb+1ast, H.Sato 3, J.Holden 3+4reb
gschID: 142071


Niigata Albirex - Yokohama BC 94-78

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Niigata Albirex (16-9) defeated at home 7th ranked Yokohama BC (10-14) 94-78 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-78. Niigata Albirex made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Yokohama BC. Five Niigata Albirex and four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex maintains second place with 16-9 record having four points less than leader Akita NH, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Shiga L-Stars. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Yokohama BC (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: E.Maxey 21+3reb, Y.Ikeda 19+2reb, C.Holm 14+11reb+1ast, N.Murry 14+6reb+9ast, S.Komatsu 12+1reb+3ast, B.Davis 6+4reb
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 20+11reb+3ast, K.Yamada 16+3ast, C.McFarland 14+6reb+2ast, O.Kimura 10+1reb+2ast, M.Simmons 8+3reb+1ast, P.Faye 5+7reb
gschID: 142072




BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.5 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.5 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.8 
 4. White, Oita H.20.4 
 5. Humphrey, Saitama19.9 
 6. Flowers, Saitama19.9 
 7. Staten, Chiba Jets19.8 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.19.5 
 9. Kennedy, Iwate B.19.4 
 10. Woods, Akita NH19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.3 
 2. Malloy, Iwate B.10.8 
 3. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.7 
 4. Roberts, Shins.10.7 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 6. Allred, Kyoto H.10.4 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 8. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.3 
 9. Woods, Akita NH10.1 
 10. Cummings, Oita H.10.0 
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. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 5. Shimura, Sendai5.2 
 6. Takushi, Oita H.4.8 
 7. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.8 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.5 
 10. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.1 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.7 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.5 
 5. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.1 
 6. Arnold, Hamamats.2.1 
 7. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 8. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 9. Satterfield, Saita.1.8 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.6 
 4. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 5. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 6. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 
 10. McHenry, Okina.1.3 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 19-5 
 2. Aishin SH 17-7 
 3. Hitachi SR 14-10 
 4. Panasonic T. 13-11 
 5. Tochigi Brex 12-12 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 10-14 
 7. Hokkaido L. 9-15 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-22 


Golden Kings sign Dillion Sneed - by Eurobasket News
Golden Kings sign Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) for the rest of the season. The American player joined the team and successfully debuted in the opener.
Sneed actually came back to Okinawa GK as he played here before. In his first game he scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds helping his new team beat Shiga L-Stars 84-81.
Sneed played most recently at Ass. Academica de Coimbra (Portugal). While playing 11 games for Academica this season he averaged 16.4ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.8spg.
Sneed is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Dominican Rep., France, Holland, Italy, Korea, Portugal, Qatar and Uruguay.
Last season Dillion Sneed became Japanese BJ League Western Division Regular Season Champion -11, Japanese BJ League Western Division Champion -11 and was Japanese BJ League Finalist -11.




Bryant Markson moved to Shiga Lakestars - by Eurobasket News
Bryant Markson moved to Shiga Lakestars and played already for his new team. The American player agreed terms until the rest of the season.
Earlier Bryant Markson played for Maccabi Rishon Le Zion. While playing for Rishon Markson averaged 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg. Markson begun the season 2010 in Argentina with Libertad Sunchales, but left in Dec.During that season Markson averaged 13.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg. 1.4 apg and 1.2 spg.
In 2002-2003 he started for Utah (NCAA) and in 33 games averaged 3.7ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 65.8%. In his last season there his stats read13.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FG: 50.6%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 76.6%. In 2006-2007 he moved to Apollon Patras (Greece-A1) and averaged 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 62.0%, 3FGP: 33.0%, FT: 87.0%.


Niigata Albirex adds Davis to their roster - by Eurobasket News
Niigata Albirex (BJ League) agreed terms with 28-year old Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-F-100kg-84, college: Northeastern). In his first game he scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds helping his new team beat Yokohama BC 94-78. Davis played most recently at KTP Basket Kotka (Finland). While playing 13 games for KTP this season he averaged 12.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Davis is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Hungary, Israel and Mexico. Davis graduated Northeastern University in 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center




UBA Round 12: Mitsubishi Dolphins defeat leader Toyota Alvark - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Toyota Alvark (19-5) in Fuchu on Friday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-14) 86-83. Toyota Alvark trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-86 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Toyota Alvark. Toyota Alvark's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitsubishi Dolphins have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-14 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins are looking forward to face league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Saporro. Fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (12-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Hokkaido L. (9-15) 85-84 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 assists and Ivan McFarlin who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Tochigi Brex's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Tochigi Brex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-12 record. Hokkaido L. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. Tochigi Brex will play against higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (14-10) which played road game in Kariya against second-best Aishin Sea Horses (17-7). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers managed to get a 5-point victory 66-61. The winners were led by Christian Maraker who scored that evening 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 8 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists by J.R. Sakuragi did not help to save the game for Aishin Sea Horses. Aishin Sea Horses' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 14-10 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses keep the second place with seven games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet at home league's leader Toyota Alvark in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (14-10) which played road game in Kariya against second-best Aishin Sea Horses (17-7). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers managed to get a 11-point victory 73-62. The best player for the winners was Joji Takeuchi who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 14-10 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses keep the second place with seven games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers' next round opponent will be league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya.
JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (19-5) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-14) in Fuchu 64-49. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Mitsubishi Dolphins. It was a good game for Jeff Gibbs who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark maintains first position with 19-5 record. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: Panasonic T. beat Toshiba BT on the road 90-81. Bottom-ranked Toshiba BT lost to Panasonic T. on its own court 69-81. Tochigi Brex managed to outperform Hokkaido L. in a road game 76-64.



Aishin SH - Hitachi SR 61-66

An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (14-10) which played road game in Kariya against second-best Aishin Sea Horses (17-7). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers managed to get a 5-point victory 66-61. Aishin Sea Horses were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 17-11 charge of Hitachi Sunrockers, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) who scored that evening 14 points and 7 rebounds and international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Even 8 points, 21 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) did not help to save the game for Aishin Sea Horses. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) added 16 points. Aishin Sea Horses' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 14-10 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses keep the second place with seven games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet at home league's leader Toyota Alvark in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: S.Kashiwagi 16+2reb+1ast, K.Young 12+4reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 8+21reb+6ast, T.Furukawa 8+4reb, A.Richardson 7+4reb, S.Asayama 6+2reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 15+7reb, C.Maraker 14+7reb+2ast, D.Kobayashi 12+3reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 12+9reb+2ast, T.Sakai 6+2reb+3ast, H.Kashiwakura 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137482


Aishin SH - Hitachi SR 62-73

An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (14-10) which played road game in Kariya against second-best Aishin Sea Horses (17-7). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers managed to get a 11-point victory 73-62. The game was mostly controlled by Hitachi Sunrockers. Aishin Sea Horses was better in third quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who recorded a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists and the former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) added 17 points respectively. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 14-10 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses keep the second place with seven games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers' next round opponent will be league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aishin Sea Horses will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: S.Asayama 17+1reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 15+1reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 11+16reb+10ast, S.Kashiwagi 6+5reb+2ast, A.Richardson 6+7reb+1ast, K.Takashima 5+2reb
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 17+6reb, D.Kobayashi 15+3reb+1ast, C.Maraker 14+4reb, J.Takeuchi 13+11reb+3ast, F.Nishimura 6+3reb+2ast, T.Sato 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137483


Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex 84-85

Important game to mention about took place in Saporro. Fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (12-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Hokkaido L. (9-15) 85-84 on Sunday evening. Hokkaido L. was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 21-19 charge of Tochigi Brex, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Tochigi Brex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 assists and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Tochigi Brex's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) scored 22 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-12 record. Hokkaido L. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. Tochigi Brex will play against higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 22+8reb+1ast, T.Orimo 22+2reb+6ast, R.Sakurai 11+2ast, T.Klette 10+6reb+1ast, M.Diouf 8+9reb+3ast, T.Abe 5+1reb+2ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 28+2reb+8ast, I.McFarlin 12+7reb+3ast, T.Amino 11+4reb, D.Yamada 11+4reb+2ast, K.Takeda 7+3ast, S.Ito 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 137477


Toyota Alvark - Mitsubishi DD 83-86

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Toyota Alvark (19-5) in Fuchu on Friday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-14) 86-83. Toyota Alvark trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-86 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) added 18 points in the effort for Toyota Alvark. Toyota Alvark's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitsubishi Dolphins have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-14 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins are looking forward to face league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 19+10reb+2ast, Y.Okada 18+1reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 12+5reb+1ast, K.Matsui 7+3reb, J.Gibbs 6+4reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 6+1reb
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 26+13reb, K.Igarashi 25+7reb+3ast, Z.Abe 10+2ast, B.Allen 8+6reb, A.Minatoya 6+2ast, S.Utsumi 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137478


Toyota Alvark - Mitsubishi DD 64-49

JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (19-5) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-14) in Fuchu 64-49. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Mitsubishi Dolphins. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-49. Toyota Alvark dominated on the defensive end, holding Mitsubishi Dolphins to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 49-30 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) replied with 8 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 11 points in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark maintains first position with 19-5 record. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: K.Igarashi 11+4reb+3ast, B.Allen 10+4reb, R.Hale 8+8reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 5+1ast, A.Minatoya 4, J.Uzawa 4+6reb
Toyota Alvark: K.Takeuchi 12+12reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 11+14reb+2ast, K.Matsui 10, M.Takahashi 8+1reb+1ast, P.Ricci 7+10reb+2ast, K.Tanaka 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 137479


Toshiba BT - Panasonic T. 81-90

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (13-11) beat bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-22) in Kanagawa 90-81 on Friday. Toshiba Thunders trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 30-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-90 at the end of the game. Panasonic Trians made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for guard Hironori Watanabe (180-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 4 assists. International swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panasonic Trians maintains fourth position with 13-11 record. Toshiba Thunders lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Panasonic Trians will face Tochigi Brex (#5) on the road in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: C.Moss 22+13reb+4ast, S.Kikuchi 18+2reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 17+4reb+4ast, Y.Kuwahara 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Miyanga 4+4reb+1ast, T.Kurihara 4+5reb+2ast
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 20+1reb+3ast, H.Watanabe 19+4reb+4ast, C.O'Bannon 13+8reb, K.Hirose 9+6reb, H.Kinoshita 8+1reb+4ast, F.Aono 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 137480


Toshiba BT - Panasonic T. 69-81

Very expected game when 8th ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-22) lost to fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (13-11) in Kanagawa 69-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Toshiba Thunders was better in second period 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toshiba Thunders to just 4 points in first quarter. Panasonic Trians made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 40-28 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). International swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) added 15 points in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panasonic Trians maintains fourth position with 13-11 record. Toshiba Thunders lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Panasonic Trians will face Tochigi Brex (#5) on the road in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: S.Kikuchi 15+2reb+3ast, C.Moss 13+9reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 12+1reb+3ast, J.Katsumata 9+5reb, T.Kurihara 7+4reb+1ast, Y.Miyanga 5+1reb+3ast
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 23+7reb, F.Aono 18+12reb+1ast, C.O'Bannon 14+5reb, K.Hirose 8+4reb+5ast, H.Watanabe 7+5reb+5ast, A.Custis 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 137481


Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex 64-76

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (12-12) won against 7th ranked Hokkaido L. (9-15) in Saporro 76-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Hokkaido L. was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 assists. American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) added 18 points in the effort for Hokkaido L.Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tochigi Brex have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-12 record. Hokkaido L. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 15 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 18+2reb+1ast, J.Lewis 14+12reb, T.Klette 10+3reb, M.Diouf 9+10reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 6+1reb+3ast, D.Noguchi 4+3reb
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 21+3reb+5ast, I.McFarlin 14+9reb+1ast, S.Ito 8+4reb, K.Takeda 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Tabuse 6+3reb+6ast, R.Anzai 6+2reb
gschID: 137476




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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 10-6 
 2. Liepaja 9-7 
 3. Jelgava 9-7 
 4. Ventspils 8-0 
 5. LU 8-8 
 6. VEF Riga 7-1 
 7. Turiba 4-10 
 8. Jurmala 4-12 
 9. U18 0-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sims, VEF Riga26.3 
 2. Peiners, LU19.0 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.9 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava18.1 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja17.3 
 6. Lucas, Valmiera17.3 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala17.1 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.7 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.4 
 10. Perry, VEF Riga14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.7 
 2. Sims, VEF Riga9.0 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga8.6 
 4. Willard, Ventspils8.1 
 5. Dargais, LU8.0 
 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, Jurmala3.9 
 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. Silavs, Jelgava3.0 
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, LU1.9 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 8. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.6 
 10. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.4 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.9 
 6. Willard, Ventspils0.8 
 7. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 8. Gromovs, U180.7 
 9. Sims, VEF Riga0.7 
 10. Meiers, Ventspils0.7 


LBL Round 16: Valmiera loses to Jelgava - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera (10-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Jelgava (9-7) 88-84. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 46-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) fired 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) chipped in 20 points. The former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for lost side. Jelgava have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Liepaja. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with six games lost. Jelgava is looking forward to face Turiba (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Valmiera will play against Turiba (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Valmiera. Third ranked Liepaja faced top-ranked Valmiera. Guests from Liepaja (9-7) defeated host Valmiera (10-6) 83-77. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Mayo contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Valmiera. Liepaja have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Jelgava. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with six games lost. Liepaja will play against VEF Riga (#6) on the road in the next round. Valmiera will play against Turiba (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 16 Jurmala was defeated by LU in Riga 74-70. Jelgava beat LU at home 99-94.


Valmiera - Jelgava 84-88

Top ranked Valmiera (10-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Jelgava (9-7) 88-84. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 46-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) fired 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) chipped in 20 points. The former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and the former international swingman Ingus Bankevics (195-85, agency: Players Group) added 17 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jelgava have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Liepaja. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with six games lost. Jelgava is looking forward to face Turiba (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Valmiera will play against Turiba (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Nelson 26+5reb+2ast, E.Krumins 20+2reb+3ast, A.Justovics 13, S.Silavs 10+2reb+3ast, K.Kanbergs 7+4reb+4ast, K.Krumins 6+1reb+3ast
Valmiera: E.Kalve 26+10reb, I.Bankevics 17+1reb+2ast, O.Virsis 15+4reb+1ast, J.Lucas 12+1reb+5ast, J.Rozitis 6+12reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166544


LU - Jurmala 74-70

There was no surprise in Riga where 8th ranked Jurmala (4-12) was defeated by sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (8-8) 74-70. Jurmala was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Latvijas Universitate, which allowed them to win the game. Jurmala was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Marcis Vitols (190-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Latvijas Universitate's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80, agency: RIZO) replied with 21 points and forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) added 8 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Jurmala. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to fifth place. Jurmala lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will play against higher ranked Ventspils (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jurmala will play against the league's leader Valmiera (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 20+5reb+1ast, K.Dargais 14+5reb+1ast, M.Vitols 10+10reb, S.Vitols 9+2reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Plivda 8+3reb
Jurmala: R.Vaikulis 21+1reb+3ast, J.Kosuskins 13+3reb+1ast, D.Coders 10+2reb+1ast, U.Pinete 10+3reb+4ast, E.Jonats 8+14reb, A.Ozols 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 166545


Valmiera - Liepaja 77-83

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Valmiera. Third ranked Liepaja faced top-ranked Valmiera. Guests from Liepaja (9-7) defeated host Valmiera (10-6) 83-77. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 27-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Valmiera. Five Liepaja and four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Liepaja have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Jelgava. Valmiera lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with six games lost. Liepaja will play against VEF Riga (#6) on the road in the next round. Valmiera will play against Turiba (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Porzingis 24+12reb+1ast, J.Bailey 15+1reb+1ast, J.Mayo 15+2reb+4ast, A.Bricis 12+3reb+2ast, M.Kravcenko 10+2reb+3ast, A.Helmanis 4+2reb
Valmiera: J.Rozitis 16+6reb, E.Kalve 14, O.Virsis 12+2reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 12+3reb, A.Butjankovs 10+4reb+2ast, J.Lucas 9+1reb+7ast
gschID: 166541


Jelgava - LU 99-94

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Jelgava and 6th ranked Latvijas Universitate had identical 8-7 record. This time Jelgava used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Riga 99-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Latvijas Universitate won third quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Jelgava won last quarter 27-23. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) replied with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and center Zintis Plivda (206-88) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jelgava have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Liepaja. Latvijas Universitate at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Jelgava will play against Turiba (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Latvijas Universitate will play against Ventspils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Nelson 19+6reb+2ast, A.Justovics 18+4reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 14+8reb+2ast, E.Krumins 13+3reb+2ast, S.Silavs 11+2reb+6ast, A.Duselis 9+7reb+6ast
LU: Z.Peiners 29+5reb+5ast, S.Vitols 18+1reb+4ast, Z.Plivda 17+7reb+1ast, K.Dargais 15+8reb, A.Osins 7+4reb+4ast, H.Rubenis 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 166542




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  LEBANON   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 31.5
 1. Khatib, Champville31.5 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi30.5 
 3. Leather, Sagesse28.0 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.28.0 
 5. Day, Chabab26.0 
 6. Colwell, Antranik24.0 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed23.8 
 8. Lee, Bejjeh23.0 
 9. Hamilton, Hoops22.0 
 10. Oguchi, Hoops22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garnett THOMPSON
  Champville
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Thompson, Champvil.21.0 
 2. Leather, Sagesse16.0 
 3. Dearman, Bejjeh11.5 
 4. Safieddine, Chabab11.5 
 5. Trim, Moutahed10.8 
 6. Samaha, Anibal10.5 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops10.3 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.0 
 9. Haynes, Sagesse10.0 
 10. Kanaan, Al Riyadi10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (205-F-76)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville7.0 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed7.0 
 4. Clemons, Hoops6.5 
 5. Saoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 6. Hamilton, Hoops6.0 
 7. Akl, Anibal6.0 
 8. Young, Antranik5.5 
 9. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.0 
 10. Lee, Bejjeh4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton DAY
  Chabab
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Day, Chabab4.5 
 2. Fahes, Sagesse4.0 
 3. Hamilton, Hoops3.0 
 4. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh3.0 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed2.8 
 6. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 7. Rida, Anibal2.5 
 8. Youngblood, Anibal2.0 
 9. Lakiss, Al Riyadi2.0 
 10. Clemons, Hoops2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Garnett THOMPSON
  Champville
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thompson, Champvil.4.0 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops2.7 
 3. Lauderdale, Chabab2.5 
 4. Colwell, Antranik2.3 
 5. Tawbeh, Al Riyadi2.0 
 6. Hamawy, Champville2.0 
 7. Samaha, Anibal1.5 
 8. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.3 
 9. Tabet, Anibal1.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.0 


Anibal triumphs at Dubai International Basketball Championship 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Anibal triumphs at Dubai International Basketball Championship 2012 beating Al-Ahli from the United Arab Emirates in the Final game. Another representative from Lebanon Sagesse finished third beating El Ettehad El Sakandary from Egypt 68:54. Rodrigue Akl (189-PG-88, agency: Pro Management Agency) was awarded best play maker .


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 13-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 10-1 
 3. Anibal 8-5 
 4. Moutahed 6-8 
 5. Hoops 5-7 
 6. Byblos 5-8 
 7. Sagesse 4-7 
 8. Bejjeh 4-9 
 9. Antranik 1-11 
 10. Chabab 0-0 


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Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 28 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Radviliskis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 34-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds for Radviliskis in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ezerunas-Karys (#11, 14-14) 85-80. It allowed Radviliskis to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Radviliskis has a very solid 19-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Mineikis' second year at Radviliskis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mineikis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 58.0% FGP and 56.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88) of Matinga-Juod.. Birgelis impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Matinga-Juod. lost that game 85-91 to the higher-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#3, 18-10). This loss caused Matinga-Juod. to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Birgelis is a newcomer at Matinga-Juod. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#6). He also recorded 4.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-G-91) of Statyba (#9). Varanauskas showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Varanauskas' great performance Statyba lost 76-96 to the higher-ranked LKKA-Atletas (#2, 18-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Statyba needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 13 lost games. Varanauskas has a great season in Lithuania. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.4apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dainius Vaitelis (201-F-86) of Mazeikiai - 27 points and 5 rebounds
5. Darius Gricius (195-G-86) of LKKA-Atletas - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) of Meresta - 27 points and 3 rebounds
7. Tadas Mazelis (194-G/F-92) of Gargzdai - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet - 22 points and 9 rebounds
9. Paulius Vaitiekunas (208-C-87) of Triobet - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Evaldas Lengvinas (190-G-89) of Nafta Universitetas - 24 points and 3 rebounds

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


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Siauliai and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Neptunas (#7, 6-6) 93-89. Siauliai maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Siauliai will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. Vasylius turned to be Siauliai's top player in his first season with the team. Old Dominion University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Vasylius is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.6ppg) and averages solid 55.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85) of Neptunas. Mikalauskas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Neptunas was edged by the higher-ranked Siauliai (#4, 9-5) 93-89. This loss caused Neptunas to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mikalauskas is a newcomer at Neptunas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#2). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) of Techasas (#11). Cepukaitis scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Techasas, leading his team to a 103-98overtime win against the higher-ranked Neptunas (#7, 6-6). Techasas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Cepukaitis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Cepukaitis has individually a great season in Lithuania. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 6.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arturas Valeika (207-F-85) of Neptunas - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) of Baltai Kaunas - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edgaras Zelionis (207-C-89) of Rudupis - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83) of Lietuvos rytas - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Gediminas Orelikas (199-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre25.7 
 2. Raji, Etzella24.8 
 3. Arre, BBC Nitia24.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence22.9 
 5. Schumacher, T7122.4 
 6. Rajniak, Basket E.22.0 
 7. McNutt, Heffingen22.0 
 8. Perre, Musel Pikes20.4 
 9. Walker, Heffingen20.3 
 10. Reimold, Basket E.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.4 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes11.9 
 3. Stephens, T7111.6 
 4. Svitek, Basket Es.11.3 
 5. McNutt, Heffingen10.8 
 6. Walker, Heffingen10.7 
 7. Kennedy, Residence10.0 
 8. Raji, Etzella9.9 
 9. Carvalho, Heffingen9.9 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ulin, Sparta5.1 
 2. Schumacher, T714.2 
 3. Schartz, Amicale4.0 
 4. Biever, Basket Es.3.4 
 5. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 6. Rajniak, Basket E.3.1 
 7. Di Bartolome., BBC2.9 
 8. Arre, BBC Nitia2.9 
 9. Birenbaum, Amicale2.8 
 10. Reimold, Basket E.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Amicale2.8 
 2. Kennedy, Residence2.2 
 3. Reimold, Basket E.2.0 
 4. Perre, Musel Pikes1.8 
 5. Arre, BBC Nitia1.8 
 6. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.7 
 7. Carvalho, Heffingen1.4 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.4 
 9. Brown, Amicale1.3 
 10. Schmit, Residence1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes1.9 
 2. Walker, Heffingen1.7 
 3. Hoffmann, Sparta1.5 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.2 
 5. McNutt, Heffingen1.2 
 6. Carvalho, Heffingen1.0 
 7. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 8. Reimold, Basket E.0.8 
 9. Brown, Amicale0.7 
 10. Djerman, Amicale0.7 


Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 13-3 
 2. Sparta 12-4 
 3. Amicale 10-6 
 4. Etzella 9-7 
 5. Musel Pikes 9-7 
 6. Residence 8-8 
 7. Basket Esch 8-8 
 8. Soleuvre 7-9 
 9. BBC Nitia 2-14 
 10. Heffingen 2-14 


Diekirch League Round 16: Sparta defeats leader T71 - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked T71 (13-3) in Bertrange on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Sparta (12-4) 92-66. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Sparta. T71 managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) contributed with 17 points and 9 assists for the winners. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for T71. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sparta maintains second position with 12-4 record behind leader T71. Defending champion T71 still keeps top place with three games lost. Sparta are looking forward to face Basket Esch (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. T71 will play against Heffingen (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Belvaux was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Musel Pikes (9-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Soleuvre (7-9). Musel Pikes managed to secure a 8-point victory 86-78. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and Laurent Schwartz who added 22 points during the contest. At the losing side American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Musel Pikes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record, which they share with Etzella. Soleuvre at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Musel Pikes will play against Etzella (#4) in Ettelbruck in the next round. Soleuvre will play on the road against BBC Nitia (#9) in Bettembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ettelbruck was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Basket Esch (8-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Etzella (9-7). Etzella managed to secure a 5-point victory 80-75 on Sunday. The winners were led by Daniel Horace who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds by Stefan Svitek did not help to save the game for Basket Esch. Etzella moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Musel Pikes. Loser Basket Esch dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Residence. Etzella will meet Musel Pikes (#5) in the next round. Basket Esch will play against the league's second-placed Sparta in Bertrange and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 16 BBC Nitia was beaten by Residence on the road 84-69. Heffingen lost to Amicale on its own court 56-65.



Soleuvre - Musel Pikes 78-86

The game in Belvaux was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Musel Pikes (9-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Soleuvre (7-9). Musel Pikes managed to secure a 8-point victory 86-78. The game without a history. Musel Pikes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Laurent Schwartz (180-89) who added 22 points during the contest. At the losing side American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and guard Michel Weyland (180-81) scored 11 points. Five Soleuvre players scored in double figures. Musel Pikes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-7 record, which they share with Etzella. Soleuvre at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Musel Pikes will play against Etzella (#4) in Ettelbruck in the next round. Soleuvre will play on the road against BBC Nitia (#9) in Bettembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: B.Gary 25+6reb, L.Schwartz 22+2reb, P.Perre 18+6reb, G.Schmit 9+4reb+2ast, J.De Marchi 6+3reb+3ast, J.Kox 4+2reb+1ast
Soleuvre: L.Ulmer 28+14reb+1ast, D.Jorssen 15+2reb, M.Weyland 11+4reb+2ast, D.Berthle 11+3reb, D.Controguerra 10+1reb+1ast, A.Schammo 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 140730


Residence - BBC Nitia 84-69

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Residence (8-8) beat 9th ranked BBC Nitia (2-14) in Bereldange 84-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Residence. BBC Nitia managed to win fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 25 points and 9 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Residence players scored in double figures. Even 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by American power forward William Arre (199-86, college: Lock Haven, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) did not help to save the game for BBC Nitia. Latvian power forward Janis Poznaks (202-83) added 12 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Residence have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Basket Esch. Newly promoted BBC Nitia keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Heffingen. Residence will meet higher ranked Amicale (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BBC Nitia will play against Soleuvre (#8) in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Residence: M.Kennedy 25+9reb+1ast, J.Gumbs 20+4reb+1ast, P.Koster 17+6reb+3ast, M.Schmit 13+6reb+3ast, T.Abdiu 9+2reb, B.Fascella 0
BBC Nitia: W.Arre 33+5reb+1ast, J.Poznaks 12+12reb+2ast, J.Bintz 10+5reb, L.Ruppert 6+1reb, T.Kaiser 6+5reb+1ast, P.Bintz 2
gschID: 140726


Heffingen - Amicale 56-65

Very expected game when 9th ranked Heffingen (2-14) lost at home to third ranked Amicale (10-6) 65-56 on Saturday. Amicale maintains third position with 10-6 record having just three points less than leader T71. Heffingen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom place with 14 games lost. They share the position with BBC Nitia. Amicale will meet at home Residence (#6) in the next round. Heffingen will play against the league's leader T71 (#1) in Dudelange and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 140727


Sparta - T71 92-66

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked T71 (13-3) in Bertrange on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Sparta (12-4) 92-66. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Sparta. T71 managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) contributed with 17 points and 9 assists for the winners. Five Sparta players scored in double figures. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for T71. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sparta maintains second position with 12-4 record behind leader T71. Defending champion T71 still keeps top place with three games lost. Sparta are looking forward to face Basket Esch (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. T71 will play against Heffingen (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sparta: L.Smith 18+11reb+3ast, K.Ulin 17+3reb+9ast, J.Hublart 16+4reb+4ast, R.Wolzfeld 15+1ast, T.Dreesen 12+9reb+2ast, X.Engel 8+2reb+4ast
T71: T.Schumacher 20+5reb+8ast, D.Stephens 15+9reb+1ast, J.Delgado 12+6reb+4ast, F.Muller 8+4reb+1ast, B.Kieffer 7+1reb, C.Bemtgen 2+1reb
gschID: 140728


Etzella - Basket Esch 80-75

The game in Ettelbruck was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Basket Esch (8-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Etzella (9-7). Etzella managed to secure a 5-point victory 80-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 45-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Etzella outrebounded Basket Esch 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American-Liberian forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami, OH, agency: KMG Sports Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (188-80) supported him with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Etzella players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds by Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) did not help to save the game for Basket Esch. International forward Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 19 points for lost side. Etzella moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Musel Pikes. Loser Basket Esch dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Residence. Etzella will meet Musel Pikes (#5) in the next round. Basket Esch will play against the league's second-placed Sparta in Bertrange and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Etzella: N.Delgado 21+5reb+4ast, D.Horace 17+11reb+3ast, T.Giver 15+3ast, G.Polfer 13+4reb+1ast, C.Raji 12+12reb+1ast, F.Gutenkauf 2+1reb
Basket Esch: S.Svitek 21+17reb+1ast, M.Rajniak 19+4reb+3ast, J.Biever 16+5reb+3ast, D.Reichel 9, P.Rajniak 6+1reb, P.Biever 2
gschID: 140729




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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA 2012 DRAFT - by Alejandro Martinez
CIBACOPA's teams just completed its first round of the 2012 Draft. This draft is composed of players who belong to franchises who are not participating in a particular season. For this draft, the players who are available to be drafted belong to the franchises of Obregon, Navojoa, Mazatlan and San Luis Rio Colorado. The order is determined by standing, with the team with the worst record selecting first. The results of the first round were as follows. 1. Mochis- Hugo Carrillo (205-C/F-83), 2.Tepic-Orlando Zuniga, 3.Navolato-Ramses Benitez, 4.Tijuana-Brandon Heredia, 5. Mexicali-Arturo Vasquez, 6.Nogales-Noe Alonzo, 7.Guaymas-Jovan Harris, 8.Guasave-Marco Valenzuela, 9.Culiacan-Rolando Rivera, 10. Hermosillo-Eric Hare, 11, Cananea-Julio Everardo. These player's right will belong to the team who drafted them for this season only. They may be signed or traded. More news to come.

Huracanes de Tampico signs Horton just out of college - by Eurobasket Center
Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) agreed terms with 23-year old American guard R.L. Horton (182-G-89). In his first game he scored 9 points. However his new team lost to Fuerza Regia 80-83. Horton played most recently at University of Southern Mississippi (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing 32 games for S.Mississippi last season his stats were: 12.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg. He just graduated University of Southern Mississippi. It will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Darnell Hugee is a newcomer at Huracanes de Tampico - by Eurobasket Center
Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Darnell Hugee (201-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M). In his first game he scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Fuerza Regia 80-83. Hugee played most recently at Valur Reykjavik (Iceland). While playing 7 games for Valur this season he averaged 17.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7apg and 0.4bpg. Hugee played also pro basketball in Iceland and Israel. He graduated Prairie View A&M University in 2010. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  MONTENEGRO   


New win for Mornar,Teodo and Lovcen - by Dragan Scepanovic
Mogren - Mornar 66:75
Budva - SC: ,,Rea. Spect: 100. Reff: O. Jokic (PG), B.Raicevic (BP),i I. Janjusevic (NK).By Q: 14:22, 19:16, 20:17, 13:20.
Mogren: Fatic 5, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 6, Marko Milatovic (194-G-88), Manojlovic, Erakovic, Vucurovic 25, Sestovic 6, Vladimir Osmajic (204-F/C-80) 9, Zeljko Maricic (188-G-90) 2, Susa 13, Mazalica, Reljic.
Mornar: Pajovic, Damjanovic, Sarajlija 8, Mikovic 2, Ivanovic, Akem 17, Jelenic 13, Radosavljevic 9, Miloevic 6, Pavcc 8, Vujosevic, Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) 12.

Lovcen - ABS Primorje 72:59
Cetinje - SC ,,Loccen. Spect: 300. Reff: M. Koljensic,i E. Kajevic (PG) i G. Vojinovic (NK).By Q: 18:11, 17:14, 17:9, 20:25.
Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) 3, Djokovic 14, S. Latkovic 2, Marko Milosevic (202-SF-84) 5, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) 5, Masan Vrbica (187-G-94) 9, Borilovic, Koprivica, Lopicic 24, Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) 4, Milic, M. Latkovic 6.
ABS Primorje: Stefan Arapovic (191-G/F-90) 2, Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) 17, Ivan Misinezovic (188-G-93), Denis Arapovic (188-G-92), Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85) 2, Devrnja 4, M.Bulatovic 4, Kovacevic 15, Radak 10, Jovan Bacovic (197-F-86) 5, Brajovic, Savic.

Teodo Jedinstvo 102:72
Tivat - SC ,,Zupa.Spect: 100. Reff: M. Kaludjerovic (NK), M. Muhadinovic , V.Turcinovic (CT).By Q: 28:15, 23:16, 27:18, 24:23.
Teodo: Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) 6, Danilovic 2, Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) 19 (9-11), Pekic 9, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 6 (2-3), Boskovic 11 (2-6), Subotic 9 (1-2), Rondovic 19 (3-4), Stanicic, Marko Ljujic (205-C-90) 4, Milosevic 14, Lucic 3.
Jedinstvo: Radovic, Musovic 9 (5-5), Kovacevic 6 (4-4), Mijic 15 (6-8), Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 2, Omerovic 4 (3-2), Babaca 20, Ticevic, Knezevic 13 (1-4), Nisavic, Rajovic, Arso Lekovic (196-F/G-90) 3 (3-4).

Sutjeska Danilovgrad 94:64
Niksic - City SC. Spect: 200. Reff: Sanjevic (Podgorica), Lakicevic (Budva), Kostic (Ulcinj).By Q: 25:17, 31:17, 17:15 , 21:15.
Sutjeska: Kovac 4, Zarubica 4, Vranjes 26, Jovanovic 6, Grabovica 4, Popovic 16, Milos Kuveljic (196-G/F-91) 16, Jocovic 7, Zarko Krivokapic (189-G-91), Stevan Milosev (204-F/C-93) 3, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77)., Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 8.
Danilovgrad: Ratkovic 16, Jovovic 8, Baletic 4, Novakovic., Djerkovic, Stojanovic, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 2, Radonjic, Ademovic 2, Cebalovic 9, Filip Patkovic 23.


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 12-1 
 2. Lovcen 9-4 
 3. Sutjeska 9-4 
 4. Teodo Tivat 7-6 
 5. KK Podgorica 6-5 
 6. Mogren 6-7 
 7. Ulcinj 5-6 
 8. Jedinstvo 4-9 
 9. Danilovgrad 3-10 
 10. ABS Primorje 2-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  KK Podgo.
  (197-F-93)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Mugosa, KK Podgo.22.9 
 2. Lekovic, Jedinstvo20.5 
 3. Vucurovic, Mogren19.3 
 4. Lopicic, Lovcen18.8 
 5. Sutulovic, KK Podg.18.3 
 6. Petkovic, Danilovg.18.2 
 7. Ljujic, Jedinstvo16.3 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovg.16.2 
 9. Medenica, Ulcinj14.9 
 10. Zejak, Lovcen14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen8.3 
 2. Nicaj, KK Podgorica7.7 
 3. Popovic, Sutjeska7.4 
 4. Pejovic, Sutjeska7.0 
 5. Petkovic, Danilovg.6.6 
 6. Devrnja, ABS P.6.3 
 7. Djurkovic, Ulcinj6.2 
 8. Zejak, Lovcen6.2 
 9. Medenica, Ulcinj6.1 
 10. Mugosa, KK Podgo.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar3.8 
 2. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.6 
 3. Jelenic, Mornar B.3.3 
 4. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.7 
 5. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.6 
 6. Ratkovic, Danilovg.2.4 
 7. Calic, Teodo Tivat2.3 
 8. Dragicevic, Sutje.2.3 
 9. Seferovic, Mogren2.1 
 10. Milatovic, Mogren2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar2.7 
 2. Sutulovic, KK Podg.2.3 
 3. Jovovic, Danilovgr.2.0 
 4. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.8 
 5. Jelenic, Mornar B.1.6 
 6. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.6 
 7. Vucurovic, Mogren1.5 
 8. Latkovic, Ulcinj1.4 
 9. Bulatovic, ABS P.1.4 
 10. Ivanovic, Mornar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
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  Avg: 1.7
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica1.7 
 2. Jocovic, Sutjeska1.2 
 3. Vujosevic, Mornar1.1 
 4. Milosev, Sutjeska0.9 
 5. Cebalovic, Danilov.0.9 
 6. Pejovic, Sutjeska0.9 
 7. Marojevic, Ulcinj0.8 
 8. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.8 
 9. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.7 
 10. Boskovic, Teodo0.7 


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Indiana Pacers Finish Road Trip Strong: Pacers 98 - Lakers 94 - by Daniel Gibson
The trip from California back to Indiana will definitely feel much better for Pacers after finishing off their west coast trip with a big win over the Lakers.

The Lakers scored the first six points of the fourth quarter before the Pacers turned up the pressure and went on a 22-10 run to get ahead. In the end the Pacers leave the Staples Center with a 98-96 win.

Roy Hibbert suffered a broken nose but returned to the game and led six Pacers in double figures with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was a total team effort to win this game though against a hungry Lakers team led by Kobe Bryant who score 33.

Kobe had a shot to tie the game up late but he missed a deep three-point attempt with Paul George contesting. The only loss on the trip was against the Sacramento Kings in a late game collapse but instead of feeling bad about it the team bounced back.

Friday night they beat the Golden State Warriors in a gutty, come from behind game and followed that up with tonight's strong effort.

The team is definitely in good spirits and ready to go again Tuesday night against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.




Saturday's games review (10): Millsap scores 26 to power Jazz past Timberwolves - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz - Minnesota T. 108-98
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to power the Utah Jazz past the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-98 on Saturday night. Matched up against Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA), Millsap shot 6 of 7 in the final period on a variety of fallaway jumpers and shots at the rim to help the Jazz win for the ninth time in 11 games. Ricky Rubio, who had 17 points and 11 assists, made a jumper with 5:01 to play to cut the Jazz lead to 100-96. But Minnesota ran out of gas one night after a dramatic win in Los Angeles against the Clippers. The Timberwolves missed six straight shots and had two turnovers down the stretch as Millsap and the Jazz clinched the victory. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Detroit P. - Portland TB 94-91
Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) scored 28 points and the Detroit Pistons won for only the second time in 12 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 94-91 on Saturday night. Raymond Felton (6'5''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) lost control of the ball at midcourt as Portland was trying to tie it in the final seconds. The Trail Blazers were down three after Felton made two free throws with 37 seconds remaining. Stuckey missed a wild driving attempt, and Portland rebounded and called a timeout with 15.6 seconds left. Jamal Crawford drove for a layup with 8.4 seconds to go, and Stuckey answered with a pair of free throws. Detroit fouled Felton at midcourt, preventing Portland from trying a 3-point attempt. He made both free throws, but Stuckey made two of his own with 4.4 seconds left for a three-point lead. Tayshaun Prince added 17 points for Detroit, which led by as many as 16 in the third quarter and held on down the stretch. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 25 points, one night after a 33-point, 23-rebound effort against Toronto. Felton had 20 points and nine assists. The Pistons had 25 turnovers in Friday night's loss to Memphis, but they turned the ball over only four times in a crisp first half against Portland. Detroit went on a 21-5 run in the second quarter to take a 47-34 lead. Stuckey scored 16 points in the half and Prince added 12, helping the Pistons to a 54-43 lead at the break. Stuckey's 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer put Detroit ahead 67-51, but the Trail Blazers answered with a 16-2 run, cutting the lead to two on a 3-pointer by Nicolas Batum. Portland trimmed the deficit to one on several occasions in the fourth, but Detroit responded each time. The Pistons finally gave themselves some breathing room when Greg Monroe tipped in a miss, Jason Maxiell added a putback of his own, and Monroe made two free throws to push it to 87-80 with 3:02 to play. Stuckey had been averaging only 11.3 points, but he was aggressive from the start after missing the previous game with a groin injury. Detroit was without guard Ben Gordon (shoulder). *Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com

Chicago B. - Charlotte B. 95-89
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) won a title with the Piston so he understands when a team has the look of a champion. As he stood in the Bulls' locker room after Saturday night's 95-89 victory over Charlotte, Hamilton saw players willing to sacrifice. 'To win a championship, that's what you have to do: Everybody has to be in it for one reason, and that's to win,' Hamilton said. 'If you look across the league, you see it all the time - guys playing for totally different reasons other than trying to win. Not just the chemistry on the court, but the chemistry off the court is important. Guys in this locker room really like each other.' The Bulls needed a collective effort as Derrick Rose missed his fourth consecutive game with a left big toe injury. Post players Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson also were sidelined with ankle injuries. Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Richard Hamilton picked up the scoring slack with 65 combined points. Omer Asik, who got his first-career start in place of Noah, responded with 15 rebounds. And 36-year-old newcomer Mike James, fresh from the NBDL, contributed nine points and 10 assists in 16-plus minutes as starting point guard C.J. Watson got into foul trouble. Watson finished with 11 points and nine assists. 'Mike was great,' coach Tom Thibodeau. 'Mike got into a rhythm, got us into a rhythm.' The Bulls didn't miss a beat, improving their record to a league-best 15-3, 7-0 at home. Boozer led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds while Deng added 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a steal before spraining his left wrist. X-rays were negative but Deng's status is day to day. 'He really is the glue to our team,' Thibodeau said of Deng. 'There's nothing that he doesn't do well.' Hamilton had a season-high 20 points while knocking down 9 of 15 shots. He and Boozer combined for 25 of the Bulls' 30 third-quarter points. The Bulls seemed to step up their effort in the fourth quarter, when the lead ballooned to 19. James was the catalyst, scoring seven consecutive points to start the period. Thibodeau emphasized that Rose would make the final decision on when to return to the lineup. The coach also said adding a free-agent post player such as Joel Przybilla or Chris Richard would be up to management. But Thibodeau seems rather content with his current cast. 'I've said all along, we have the right guys,' Thibodeau said. 'No matter who is out, we have more than enough to win. The next guy steps up. He knows what he has to do. He knows what his role is.' Sounds like the look of a champion. *Courtesy of http://articles.chicagotribune.com

N.Orleans H. - Dallas M. 81-83
Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) 's solid first start of the season helped the Dallas Mavericks overcome the absence of star forward Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78). Odom and Delonte West each scored 16 points, and the Mavericks sent the New Orleans Hornets to a seventh-straight loss, 83-81 on Saturday night. Shawn Marion had 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds for the Mavs. Jason Terry added 12 points, including two free throws in the final seconds that made it 83-80 before Jason Kidd made sure to foul Jarrett Jack before he could attempt a tying 3. The foul gave Jack two free throws. He missed the second on purpose, but could not convert a quick putback for the tie. Emeka Okafor tied a season high with 16 points and grabbed a season-best 17 rebounds for New Orleans, which has lost 13 of 14 games since opening the season with two wins. Carl Landry scored 19 for the Hornets, but after hitting his first five free throws, missed four of eight in the fourth quarter with the outcome potentially in the balance. Jack and Trevor Ariza each scored 12 points for New Orleans. Odom started for Nowitzki, who is expected to sit out at least three more games while working on his conditioning and getting treatment for his sore right knee. Odom was only 6 of 14 from the field and missed four of five 3-point shots, but his baskets were timely. Brendan Haywood grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Mavs win a second straight game. The Hornets had several chances to tie it in the final minutes, starting with Ariza's missed jumper, after which Kidd grabbed the long rebound while sprinting up court and whipped a pass to Terry for a transition jumper to make it 79-75. After Okafor cut it to 79-77 and Terry missed a 3 on the other end, Landry was fouled inside, but made only one free throw to make it 79-78. Another Terry jumper rimmed out on Dallas' next possession, but this time the Hornets could not take advantage, with Ariza missing an off-balance fade as the shot clock wound down. The Mavericks controlled the rebound with just over 25 seconds left and the Hornets soon had to foul. The Hornets sent West to the line and he made both free throws. New Orleans then got the ball inside to Landry to cut it to 81-80 with 6.7 seconds left. Terry was fouled after grabbing the inbound pass and hit both free throws to set up the final sequence. For the Hornets, it was only the latest instance in which scrappy defense kept them close, only for them to come up short on the offensive end while explosive scorer Eric Gordon missed his 14th game of the season with a bruised right knee. The Hornets finished shooting 37.2 percent (29 of 78), while Dallas shot 40.5 percent (32 of 79) and outrebounded New Orleans 48-41. Dallas opened the second half with a 12-0 run during which Odom and West each scored once inside and hit 3s to make it 53-41. New Orleans, which made only two of its first 12 shots in the period, struggled to chip away, and Dallas held a 64-53 lead at the end of three quarters. New Orleans briefly seized control early in the fourth, using a 9-0 spurt highlighted by Greivis Vaquez's three-point play to pull to 66-64. Odom ended New Orleans' surge with a layup and two free throws, and Marion bounced in a short floater soon after to make it 73-66 and give the Mavs just enough of a cushion to hold on during the final minutes. Dallas led by as much as nine during the first quarter when Odom scored inside and hit a jumper to ignite a 10-0 run. The Hornets responded with a strong second period, taking a 35-34 lead on Ariza's 3. The game remained tight for the remainder of the quarter, with Marion hitting a free throw to give him 10 points and tie the score at 41 going into halftime. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Memphis G. - Sacramento K. 128-95
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) had 23 points, Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) and O.J. Mayo added 22 apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies won their sixth straight, 128-95 over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. Marc Gasol had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Marreese Speights contributed 12 points and 15 rebounds for Memphis, which scored a season high. Jimmer Fredette led the Kings with a season-high 20 points and six assists, while Donte Greene and DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 apiece. Cousins also had 11 rebounds and Tyreke Evans had 13 points. The Grizzlies led by only eight at halftime, but opened the second half with a 12-0 run to push the lead to 20. The Kings, who snapped a two-game winning streak, trailed by as many as 39 in the fourth quarter. The victory moved the Grizzlies atop the Southwest Division, percentage points ahead of San Antonio and Dallas. Conley's shooting gave Memphis an early 16-point lead, as the Grizzlies point guard hit all seven of his shots for 15 first-quarter points. He eventually would hit eight straight and 10 of 11 in the half for 22 points. The Memphis lead expanded to 19 early in the second quarter, but the Kings battled back behind Fredette, who scored all 15 of his first-half points in the second quarter. That helped the Kings outscore Memphis 39-34 in the quarter by hitting 17 of 26 shots and cut the halftime lead to 68-60. Gay and Mayo had 12 points apiece for Memphis. Cousins had 12 for the Kings. Memphis again took over the game at the start of the second half, scoring the first 12 points for an 80-60 lead. The Grizzlies eventually would lead by 28 points in the third period by outscoring the Kings 34-16. Gasol had 11 in the quarter for Memphis, and, by the early stages of the fourth period, the Kings' reserves were on the floor with Memphis owning a 30-point advantage. *Courtesy of www.theolympian.com

New York K. - Denver N. 114-119 2OT
Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) outplayed Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) in the first meeting since they were swapped in a blockbuster trade, scoring a career-high 37 points as the Denver Nuggets outlasted the New York Knicks 119-114 in double-overtime on Saturday night. Al Harrington, another former Knicks forward, scored 22 of his 24 points after halftime for the Nuggets, allowing them to withstand Anthony's attempt to rally the Knicks after his poor shooting had them behind until the final minutes of regulation. Anthony finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, missing 20 of 30 shots in the Knicks' sixth straight loss. He missed 14 of his first 17 shots and heard boos, then made his final four of regulation to nearly help New York pull it out. Anthony, who spent the first 7 1/2 years of his career with the Nuggets before they granted him a trade, was on his way to a nightmare first game against them. He threw away a pass that Gallinari turned into the tiebreaking layup with 5:19 left in regulation, committed an offensive foul on his next possession that Nene followed with a dunk for a four-point lead, and Denver was up six with under 2 1/2 minutes remaining. But Anthony finally got going with some drives to the basket, and after Gallinari managed only one free throw with 7.3 seconds left, Anthony made a jumper with three defenders around him to tie it at 98 with 1.7 seconds to go. His 3-pointer with 2:33 left in the first OT snapped a 100-all tie, and after Andre Miller tied it with a desperation 3 to beat the shot clock, Anthony knocked in a jumper to put New York back ahead with 1:02 remaining. It stayed that way until Nene was fouled grabbing the rebound of Anthony's missed jumper with 9.2 seconds left, making both free throws to tie it again. Anthony lost the ball out of bounds with 0.3 seconds left, and the Knicks dodged a bullet when Miller's lob pass to an unguarded Corey Brewer hit the rim and bounced away, setting up another OT. The Knicks led for the final time at 111-110 on Anthony's jumper with 1:38 to play, but Gallinari made two free throws and Harrington hit a 3-pointer from the corner to make it 115-111 with 46 seconds to go. Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who played without starting guard Arron Afflalo because of a groin injury. Miller started for him and had 14 points and 12 assists as Denver won its fourth straight and improved to 7-0 against the Eastern Conference. Anthony has been bothered by a sore left wrist for more than week, perhaps contributing to his awful shooting in that stretch. He was frustrated enough to get ejected from Friday's loss to Milwaukee, and he was booed in the second half of this one as jumpers kept clanging off the rim. Besides Gallinari, the Knicks' lottery pick in 2008, the Nuggets also got Timofey Mozgov, Raymond Felton and Wilson Chandler, who all were among the Knicks' top six players. That's a lot to give up even for a potent scorer like Anthony - too much, many Knicks fans thought, and there were reports former team president Donnie Walsh did, too, but he was overruled by Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan. The lack of depth has been crippling this season, where the Knicks have no reliable scorer beyond Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. The Nuggets, meanwhile, thrive because of their balance, with a number of players capable of leading them in scoring. And though Denver general manager Masai Ujiri said after the deal that the Nuggets 'got killed,' they've been much better since the deal. Denver came in with a 29-12 mark in the regular season since the trade, while New York was just 20-23. Anthony chatted with coach George Karl for about five minutes before the game in the Denver locker room. One of the topics of their talk: the fact they hadn't talked since the trade. 'I told him my philosophy is usually sometimes it's best to wait about six, seven, eight months and next time we see each other we should go to dinner,' Karl said. 'And I think we will.' The Knicks trailed 25-24 after one quarter then got to see their outside shots fall for one of the few times all season. New York made its first five 3-point attempts of the second quarter, including three by Bill Walker, to open a 42-30 lead.' The Knicks took a 54-46 advantage into the half, but they came out the locker room with four turnovers in the first 2:07 of the third quarter as Denver quickly got back in it, and Harrington made the final two baskets of the period to tie it at 72. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 113-92
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) are allowing Dwyane Wade to simply focus on recovery. Bosh scored 30 points, James added 28 points and nine rebounds and the Miami Heat remained unbeaten without Wade in the lineup this season, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 113-92 on Saturday night. Mario Chalmers scored 11 for Miami, which outrebounded Philadelphia 52-31 and moved into a tie with Orlando for first in the Southeast Division. The Heat are 6-0 this season without Wade, who missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. And with him out this week, the Heat have downed three division leaders - San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and now the 76ers. 'We looked at this as a huge week, a huge opportunity for us to get on a roll,' James said. Lou Williams scored 22 points and Evan Turner added 16 for Philadelphia, which has lost eight of nine against Miami since the start of last season, including a five-game defeat in the opening round of last season's playoffs. 'They were ready tonight,' Sixers coach Doug Collins said. 'They were very, very sharp from the start. We hung around and fought there a little bit. They wore us down.' Bosh came into the night needing 12 points to reach 12,000 for his career. When Bosh scores at least 20 points, the Heat are 7-0 this season - so maybe it was fitting that he helped seal the win early in the fourth. He scored eight of Miami's first 11 points in the final period, the burst capped by a 20-foot jumper with 9:04 left to give Miami a 92-73 lead, then its largest of the night. 'We believe in our offense,' Bosh said. 'We feel that when we move the ball, when we get stops first and then we're out in the open court in transition and being aggressive, we feel that we cannot be stopped.' Philadelphia answered by scoring the next eight points, a 3-pointer by Jrue Holiday with 6:43 left getting the margin down to 11, but the outcome was never in serious doubt. Bosh reached the 30-point mark with a driving dunk with 4:44 left, giving Miami a 98-84 lead. Andre Iguodala had a season-low four points for the 76ers. When James plays, his teams - including his time in Cleveland - are 16-1 in their last 17 meetings with Philadelphia, and Iguodala has played in all 16 of those 76ers defeats. 'We're going to have some good games ahead with that team,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. The Sixers came in allowing 86.7 points per game, the second-best mark in the NBA. But Miami has had a knack for putting up big numbers against the league's top defensive clubs, and that trend continued. After Philadelphia, the next five teams on the points-per-game-allowed list entering Saturday were Dallas, Indiana, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston and Atlanta. Miami has beaten them all in this young season, putting up at least 98 points against every one. The only team on that list left for the Heat to face is No. 1 Chicago, which visits Miami next Sunday. 'Championship is on our mind and in order to do that, we're going to have to beat the best teams,' Bosh said. Wade remains day-to-day, though is improving, Spoelstra said. The Sixers played again without center Spencer Hawes, who missed his third straight game with a left Achilles' strain, and their big-man woes got no better. Rookie Nikola Vucevic, who started in Hawes' place, strained his left knee midway through the third quarter. He was helped into the Philadelphia locker room, unable to put any weight on the leg, but after a relatively quick examination it was determined that Vucevic, if needed, could return. But by then, the Sixers' chances were slim, at best. Moments after the team announced Vucevic's status, Bosh made a pair of free throws, pushing Miami's lead - which was only six when the rookie got hurt - up to 88-71 with 10 minutes left. 'When a team like this gets on a run and the crowd is getting into it, sometimes things just don't go your way,' Turner said. Vucevic finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Elton Brand scored 12 and Holiday had 10 for Philadelphia. The Heat wore their third uniform in as many home games, a white outfit trimmed in magenta, orange and black - paying homage to the 1971-72 ABA's Miami Floridians. Heat players even took on new identities and looks for the game program: James, photographed holding a disco ball and wearing an oversized wig, was 'Clarence 'Shonuff' McGee,' for example. Miami will wear the same uniforms again Sunday against Milwaukee. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Houston R. - San Antonio S. 105-102
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 25 points, Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) had 14 points and eight assists and the Houston Rockets took advantage of Tim Duncan's absence to beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-102 on Saturday night. Goran Dragic scored 14 and Samuel Dalembert added 12 points and a season-high six blocks for the Rockets, who have won six in a row. Tony Parker had 24 points and a season-high 13 assists for the Spurs, who were playing their fourth game in five nights. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich rested Duncan, who played 25 minutes in Friday night's loss to Sacramento. Tiago Splitter had a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs. The Rockets shot 56 percent (44 of 79) to make up for the Spurs' 43-32 edge in rebounds. Houston opened the game with a 9-0 run after the Spurs missed their first four shots and coughed up three turnovers in the first 2 1/2 minutes. The Rockets continued to shoot well in the second quarter, but the Spurs began scoring inside to stay close. Parker turned a steal into a fast-break layup, then hit a driving one-hander to tie it 41-all. Dalembert dunked with a minute left in the half, and Houston led 55-49 at the break. Parker had 13 points and seven assists in the first half. Matt Bonner and Jefferson opened the second half with 3-pointers to tie it again. Martin then scored the next seven points, finishing the burst with his second 3-pointer. With Parker on the bench for much of the quarter, the Spurs rallied again and Splitter's layup cut the deficit to 72-71. Parker returned with 2:21 left in the quarter, and his long jumper just before the buzzer drew the Spurs to 77-75. Splitter spun for a layup early in the fourth to tie the game and his career-high point total (18), set last season. Gary Neal's 3-pointer with 9:56 left gave the Spurs their first lead, 82-79. Parker then came out of the game and did knee bends behind the bench, with a towel and a heating pad pressed against his left hip. San Antonio led 84-83 when Parker returned with 7:39 remaining. Patrick Patterson and Dalembert hit short jumpers, and the Rockets retook the lead. Lowry scored on a drive, then swished a 3-pointer to stretch the margin to seven with 3 minutes left. Bonner sank a 3 and