EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/24/2012

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  ABA   


Colorado Kings mantain #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association today released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 22nd and once again, the Colorado Kings held onto the number one position with two more wins and keeping their season undefeated.
'There was a very close battle for the second spot,' stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. 'The Arizona Scorpions held onto the second position over the undefeated South Carolina Warriors by the closest of margins and the San Diego Sol was not far behind. We have some very strong teams in the ABA this season and the playoffs should be very competitive.'

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

'There are three or four other teams ready to jump into the Top 24,' added Newman. 'They are playing tough schedules and winning some good games. Look for more changes.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com


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  ACPBL   


Bombers win Big! - by Justin Moore
Bombers CEO and Head Coach Chaz Dudley was concerned about his team's rhythm rust. The last time the Bombers played was back on December 17th in a road win against the Shuckers. Missing several key players, the 'Bad Boys' had more than enough talent to blow out the Center Court Allstars in their much hyped match-up. They pressed and ran all night, never trailed, and had five (5) players in double figures, en-route to an impressive 38 point win. Paced by Rogers Barnes (6'2''-G-86, college: Morgan St.) ACPBL career high of 35 points and 6 assists, the explosive Bombers had one player with a triple-double, and two other players with double-doubles. ACPBL MVP Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80) had 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists; ACPBL Allstar Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Rhode Island) dropped 29 points and had 15 rebounds; and ACPBL Allstar Derick Payne (6'6''-F-83, college: Bowie St.) added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Bombers rookie PG Mike Lewis (5'8''-G) contributed 11 points, 9 assists and 3 steals in his pro debut. Playing Coach Chaz's pressure and attack system, the Bombers were relentless with their fastbreak directed by the strong PG play of both Evan Martin (5'11''-G-83, college: Wesley) and Mike Lewis.


The inside/outside talents of the Bombers 'Beasts', {Baby Shaq, DP, JWise and Big Kevin Green...missing were Chris Darnell and Stacey Daniels}, were too challenging for Center Court to match up with. When asked post-game as to how does your team constantly puts up such big numbers distributed throughout several players, Coach Chaz stated 'I'm fortunate to have several players that always command attention and double-teams. Most defenses against us try to take away something. It's very difficult for opposing team's to help or double when you have the scoring weapons that we do'. Those Bombers weapons are deep with pro talent at every position. 'Our defensive game-plan is to take away a team's top scorers and to force their next level players to have to produce. With the Bombers, we're able to have such balanced scoring, because all of our players are capable of putting up big numbers with their skills and unselfishness.


Center Court Court had talent, size and athleticism, but were playing catch-up from the opening tip-off and never recovered from the Bombers initial run. They face the Bombers again in back-to-back games in early February.


Next up for the Bombers is a road game at the Bay Area Shuckers on Saturday night, January 28th in Severn. MD.




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic League round 18 best performance: Drago Pasalic - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Helios, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Union Olimpija (#5, 10-7) in overtime 92-83. Helios maintains the 12th position in Adriatic League . Too late to improve their position as they are currently ranked such low. They already lost 12 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Pasalic had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Helios' top player in his first season with the team. Drago Pasalic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.1rpg) and averages impressive 50.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K.. Simon had a very good evening with 31 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as Radnicki K. lost that game 86-93 to the higher-ranked Buducnost (#3, 12-5). This loss caused Radnicki K. to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Simon is a newcomer at Radnicki K., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#1). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian guard Jakov Vladovic (186-PG-83) of Siroki WWin (#6). Vladovic showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Siroki WWin, leading his team to a 84-75 win against the lower-ranked Cibona (#9, 8-9). Siroki WWin needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Vladovic has a great season in Adriatic League. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82) of Hemofarm - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) of Hemofarm - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) of Radnicki K. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) of KK Zagreb CO - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) of Union Olimpija - 15 points and 6 rebounds
9. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. D.J. Gay (183-G-89) of Helios - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  ARGENTINA   


All ready for All star game 2012 - by Facundo Iatzky
A new edition of Liga A all star game will be played tonight in Mar del plata. The event will be divided in two days: The first one with all the competitions, and the second one with the game between import and domestic players.

Participants:

3 point shootout contest:
Juan Espil (194-G-68)
Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91)
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78)
Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79)
Selem Safar (190-G-87)
Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville)
Eduardo Villares (188-G-79)

Dunk contest:
Federico Aguerre (200-C-88)
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi)
John DeGroat (198-F-85, college: Pittsburgh)
Franco Giorgetti (202-F-92)
Kevin Hernandez (204-C-91)
Will Graves (198-F/G-88, college: N.Carolina)

Skills challenge:
Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91)
Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85)
Nicolas Laprovittola (189-G-90)
Felipe Pais (185-G-90)

Stars shootout:
White team: Eduardo Domine, Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83), Marina Cava
blue team: Esteban de la fuente, Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82), Macarena durso
bordeaux team: Hector Campana, Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79), Micaela Sancisi
Grey team: Jorge Racca, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78), Melisa Gretter

Game:
Domestics: Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) (Penarol), Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) (Weber Baha Estudiantes), Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) (Regatas), Juan Espil (194-G-68) (Weber Bahia Estudiantes), Marcos Mata (202-F-86) (Penarol), Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-F-75) (Sionista), Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) (Sionista), Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) (Penarol), Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) (Quimsa), Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) (Obras Sanitarias), Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) (Penarol) , Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) (La Union). coach: Sergio Hernandez.

imports: Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) (Obras Sanitarias), Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey) (Penarol), Javier Mojica (190-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (Weber Bahia Estudiantes), Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) (Boca Juniors), Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville) (Libertad), Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) (Weber Bahia Estudiantes), William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) (San Martin), Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, college: Wake Forest) (Lanus), Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) (Libertad), Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88, college: Virginia) (Weber Bahia Estudiantes). coach: Julio Lamas.



Obras tab Darren Fells - by Eurobasket News
Obras Sanitarais brought in a new import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine). He is going to replace Theron Smith (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Ball St.). Darren Fells started the season in France. The centre played for Etendard de Brest. He tallied 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in NM1. Darren Fells moved to Soles de Mexicali in October. The centre averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance in LNBP. Previously Darren Fells had stints in Finland and Belgium. Eurobasket.com gave the centre All-Finnish Korisliiga Honourable Mention in 2011.



Brandon Robinson inks with Libertad Sunchales - by Eurobasket News
Libertad Sunchales announced the new arrival. Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) signed a deal with the LigaA team. The forward will replace Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) on the roster. Brandon Robinson was last seen in Puerto Rico. He played for Caciques de Humacao. His stats read 15.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Later Brandon Robinson joined Indios de Mayaguez. There the forward posted 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.0 assist and 1.0 block per appearance. Last season Brandon Robinson played for Halcones Rojos de Veracruz. Latinbasket.com named the forward into All-Liga Americas 3rd Team.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Julius Hodge to lead in Saigon Heat first home game at ABL - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA player for the Denver Nuggets, Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) top scored for Saigon Heat in their debut match at ABL against Thailand Slammers with 37 points and 15 rebounds. However, he could not take The Heat to the victory against the defending champions Thailand Slammers where the team lost 58-78.
The Heat are heading to their second game at the league which is their first home game against Singapore Slingers. The Singaporeans delivered a dramatic bounce-back win when defeating Thailand Slammers by 74-63 after falling behind by 14 points in the first two half.
Therefore, playing against Singapore Slingers will be tough for The Heat who are still yet to come together as a group. Julius Hodge, whilst an excellent player has to involve his teammates more if the Heat are to be successful. It is fair to assume that the Slingers will try to force Julius to shoot more from the outside as he is much more dangerous closer to the basket.
No doubt that Julius will again lead The Heats attack but he needs to deliver the ball more before getting a chance to get to the hoop. Besides, The Heat need to improve their defense and limit their personal fouls which led to many penalties in the previous match against The Slammers.
Keeping Julius in his scoring momentum and improving the teamwork will be The Heats priorities in their game plan. The Heat have been working tirelessly to improve their offensive chemistry ahead of this home game and the long road trip coming up at the weekend. The hope is that they can click in front of the home fans.
No matter what it takes, The Heat will desperately try to protect home court and show the league that they are in it to compete for a play-off position!



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


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  AZERBAIJAN   


Araz clinch sixth straight win - by Eurobasket News
Araz stayed perfect in D1 championship. The defending champions outgunned NTL-Tudor 75:63 in the sixth round.
Gala maintained their second spot in the ladder. The vice champions took care of Chag Oiretim 94:58.
Aztop reached the third position in the standings. They accounted for a 99:54 win over BGu in the sixth round.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Luka Milojevic sings for OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic
Young prospect Luka Milojevic (193-G-91) is new member of OKK Beograd family. Management of OKK Beograd sings long term contract with Milojevic until 2012. Luka Milojevic was born november 11, 1991 in Kruevac, where he made his first basketball steps. Last three seasons Milojevic played for senior team of Napredak Kruevac. In season 2010-201, on 26 games for Napredak Krusevac Milojevic average scored 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Luka Milojevic was member of Serbian U20 National team.

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  BELARUS   


CSKA continue Minsk-2006 downfall - by Eurobasket News
CSKA continue Minsk-2006 downfall as the team from Belarus fell at 0-11 record in VTB League.
VTB United League top team - Russian CSKA Moscow had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (0-11) 110:60. CSKA Moscow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Sasha Kaun who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: RIZO) chipped in 11 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.) who recorded 19 points and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively.
Earlier Minsk-2006 lost to Azovmash 81:90. Radoslav Rancik stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau responded with 27 points and American forward Justin Hawkins produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.



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  BELGIUM   


Antwerp Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Port Of Antwerp Giants has announced the addition of forward Alan Wiggins (206-F-85, college: USF) to their roster. Wiggins started his oveseas career in France where he played 2 seasons for Cholet between 2007 and 2009. During the 2009-2010 season he played for Steau Bucharest and then moved to Ukraine for the 2010-2011 season. In Ukraine he played for Halychyna where in 49 games he averaged 15.1 ppg and 9.3 rpg. During the summer of 2011 Wiggins played 25 games in the Chinese NBL for Guangzhou Lui Sui Whampoa. He was the league's leading scorer with 28 ppg to go with 14.5 rpg which ranked second in the league. Was briefly in Lebanon at the end of 2011 before going to Korea. He played 6 games for Anyang and averaged 15.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Most recently he played 3 games in January for the San Diego Sol of the ABA and scored 25.3 ppg, he also grabbed 8.3 rpg.

Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Gembo 14-3 
 2. Waregem 13-3 
 3. Fleurus 13-4 
 4. Excelsior 11-6 
 5. Kangar.-Boom 10-6 
 6. St-Niklase 9-7 
 7. Essor Charleroi 8-7 
 8. Liege II 8-8 
 9. Sprimont 8-9 
 10. Sint-Jan Ant. 8-9 
 11. M.Hainaut II 6-9 
 12. Melsele 3-14 
 13. De Westhoek 2-15 
 14. Gistel 2-15 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 15-1 
 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. Celik 5-11 
 11. Zrinjski HT 5-11 
 12. Brotnjo 4-12 
 13. Vogosca 3-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


KSBIH begins preparation of EC 2013 qualification campaign - by Nedzad Kladusak
It seems that KSBIH has learned its lesson after the partial success they had during the EC in Lithuania.
Harun Mahmutovic has secured the services of new players like Unicaja-giants Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83), Ognjen Kuzmic and rising Caja Laboral star Sadnro Gacic (195-G-96).
At least four candidates for the headcoach position have been contacted and it seems that this time
BIH will get a more sounding name on its bench. Aleksandar Petrovic confirmed several meetings with Harun Mahmutovic
and pointed out that financial issues will not be decisive. KSBIH will decide the first of February who will coach the BIH NT.
Meanwhile KSBIH confirmed two test matches with Montenegro and agreed the participation on a strong tournament in Slovenia where BIH will face
the hosts but also Croatia and Serbia. KSBIH will organise a tournament in BIH which will be a great opportunity for Bosnian basketball fans to see the team. So far POrtugal confirmed its participation.


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 10-0 
 2. Academik PL 7-3 
 3. Academik BL 7-3 
 4. Vidabasket 6-4 
 5. Overgas 5-5 
 6. Cherno More U18 5-5 
 7. Dunav 2007 4-6 
 8. Balkan 2 2-8 
 9. Chavdar 2-8 
 10. Shumen 2-8 


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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Francis X. 9-2 
 2. UPEI 9-3 
 3. Cape Breton 7-5 
 4. Acadia 6-4 
 5. St.Mary's 6-6 
 6. Dalhousie 4-6 
 7. New Brunsw. 3-8 
 8. Memorial 1-11 
CanWest
 1. Victoria 11-3 
 2. UBC 10-2 
 3. Alberta 10-4 
 4. Saskatchewan 9-4 
 5. UFV 9-5 
 6. TWU 8-6 
 7. Manitoba 8-6 
 8. Lethbridge 7-7 
 9. TRU 5-9 
 10. Brandon 5-9 
 11. Calgary 4-10 
 12. Winnipeg 4-10 
 13. Regina 3-10 
 14. UBC Okanagan 2-10 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 15-0 
 2. Ottawa 10-5 
 3. Laurentian 7-8 
 4. Ryerson 7-8 
 5. Toronto Univ. 5-10 
 6. York 3-12 
 7. Queen's 0-14 
 8. RMC 0-14 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 12-2 
 2. Laurier 12-2 
 3. Windsor 11-3 
 4. McMaster 9-5 
 5. Brock 8-6 
 6. Guelph 8-6 
 7. Waterloo 4-10 
 8. Western 4-10 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 7-0 
 2. UQAM 5-4 
 3. McGill 4-4 
 4. Laval 3-5 
 5. Bishop's 1-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin KING
  TRU
  (--)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. King, TRU23.9 
 2. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.2 
 3. Pasquale, Laure.22.0 
 4. Thomas, St.Franc.20.7 
 5. Barrett, Saskatch.20.6 
 6. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.6 
 7. Barbeau, Western20.6 
 8. Mackinnon, Victoria20.4 
 9. Diloreto, Windsor20.0 
 10. Baker, Alberta19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kamar BURKE
  UBC
  (196-F/G-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Burke, UBC11.3 
 2. Phillip, Windsor11.2 
 3. King, TRU10.8 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.6 
 5. Lieffers, Saskatch.9.9 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.1 
 7. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.0 
 8. Desroches, New B.9.0 
 9. Oliver, Manitoba8.8 
 10. Staniscia, Ryerson8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.7.7 
 2. Cunningham, Winnip.6.5 
 3. Barrett, Saskatch.6.1 
 4. Collins, Windsor6.0 
 5. Kraus, Brock6.0 
 6. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.8 
 7. Smith, TWU5.7 
 8. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 9. Vernon, St.Franc.5.5 
 10. Allin, Laurier5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.9 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.3.1 
 3. Collins, Windsor2.8 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 5. Barrett, Saskatch.2.6 
 6. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.6 
 7. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 8. Baribeau, Laval2.6 
 9. Sy-M., McGill2.5 
 10. Smith, TWU2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Balraj BAINS
  UBC
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bains, UBC2.0 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.8 
 3. Kong, St.Francis X.1.6 
 4. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.6 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.5 
 6. Fidler, Calgary1.4 
 7. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 8. Duke, UPEI1.3 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.1.2 
 10. Harrison, Laurier1.1 


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  CHILE   


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


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  CYPRUS   


North League Standings
North League Standings
 1. E.Mediterenian 0-0
 2. Genclik Merkezi 0-0
 3. Gonyeli Osan 0-0
 4. Karaoglawoglu 0-0
 5. Koopspor 0-0
 6. Lefke 0-0
 7. Near East Un. 0-0
 8. Soyer Sport 0-0


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 14-0
 2. Apollon 11-2
 3. Etha 10-3
 4. AEK 8-5
 5. APOEL 7-6
 6. Omonia 5-8
 7. ENAD 3-10
 8. AEL 2-12


APOEL Nicosia lands Nikola Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News
APOEL Nicosia announced signing of Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) for rest of the season. The 30-year-old power forward is not a new face in Cyprus as he already played there in 2006/07 season. Jovanovic was a member of Etha at that time. After Etha, the player moved to Swisslions Takovo and in 2008/09 joined Polish team Atlas Stal Ostrow. There he exploded with 15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.7 apg in 34 PLK games. From 2009 until the last summer Nikola Jovanovic played for Anwil Wloclawek and participated at the PLK All-Star game last season. He helped Anwil to reach the Polish Cup Finals, while in 2010 Anwil played in the PLK Finals. Jovanovic had 13.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.8 apg in Poland last season, while he also added 13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.7 apg for 6 games in EuroCup. Jovanovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention -09, 11 and also Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Bosmans Team -09, 10, 11. This season he started with Romanian BC Timisoara, but they parted ways in December. He had 8.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 6 games in Romania, plus 13 points and 5 rebounds for a single Balkan League game.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


CEZ Nymburk have an impressive six-game winning streak - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Nymburk have an impressive six-game winning streak in VTB League after five straight losses. The Czech Champion overcame Lietuvos rytas 80:73.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lietuvos rytas won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 19 points and his fellow Lawrence Roberts added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lietuvos rytas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Defending Czech champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash and N.Novgorod. Lietuvos rytas at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be Asseco Prokom in Gdynia.



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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 


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Amager BK 11-3 
 2. Randers 11-3 
 3. Lemvig 11-3 
 4. Aarhus BF 10-4 
 5. Koge BK 9-5 
 6. Stevnsgade 6-6 
 7. Virum 6-7 
 8. Haderslev 5-8 
 9. Glostrup 5-9 
 10. Jonstrup 4-10 
 11. ALBA 3-10 
 12. Solrod 0-13 


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. Alexander, Bakken19.2 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.1 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj18.8 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg18.4 
 9. Kingsley, Svendborg18.4 
 10. Dennis, SISU15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.0 
 2. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj10.5 
 4. St.John, Horsens9.9 
 5. Benjamin, Horsholm9.1 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.5 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Harris, Horsens IC8.4 
 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. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.4 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.2 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken3.2 
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. Alexander, Bakken2.5 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.4 
 6. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.2.1 
 8. Sattler, Horsens IC2.0 
 9. McFarlane, Falcon1.7 
 10. Creppy, Naestved1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.9 
 3. Colas, Horsholm1.9 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg1.7 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 
 10. Larsen, Vaerlose0.8 


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Tulsa 66ers claim LaDustin Williams - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa 66ers, proud affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, announced today they have claimed guard Ladustin Williams (6'1''-G-89, college: Ark.-Fort Smith).

Williams played in 11 games with the 66ers earlier this season, averaging 5.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes. He attended Tulsa's local player tryouts in October. Williams also participated in 66ers training camp in November.

Williams will be in uniform tonight wearing No. 7 when the 66ers (11-12) host the Dakota Wizards (10-11) at 6 p.m. CT inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

Courtesy of www.outsportscentral.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 16-6 
 2. Springfield A. 11-12 
 3. Dakota W. 10-12 
 4. Erie Bay H. 10-13 
 5. Canton C. 10-13 
 6. Ft.Wayne MA 9-14 
 7. Maine RC 8-16 
 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. Tulsa 66ers 12-12 
 6. Reno B. 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. Emmett, Reno B.23.8 
 3. Costner, Los A.23.8 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.6 
 5. Millsap, Los A.21.9 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.8 
 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: 14
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers14.0 
 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. Smith, Rio G.9.1 
 8. Foote, Springfield9.0 
 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, Springfield6.5 
 5. Cooksey, Texas L.6.4 
 6. Coleman, Sioux F.6.3 
 7. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 8. Wise, Bakersfield5.9 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 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. Owens, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 7. Emmett, Reno B.1.9 
 8. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 10. Dyson, Tulsa 66e.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Reno B.
  (213-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Whiteside, Reno B.3.3 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.3.1 
 3. N''Diaye, Iowa E.2.4 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Saunders, Rio G.2.1 
 6. Williams, Texas L.1.9 
 7. Alabi, Bakersfield1.9 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 9. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 
 10. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 


Toronto Raptors Recall Alabi - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam's NBA affiliate Toronto Raptors have recalled center Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.), the team announced today. Alabi, who was assigned to Bakersfield on January 4, played in nine games (eight as a starter) with the Jam, averaging 9.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 21.2 minutes. He recorded two double-doubles, and had highs of 22 points on January 7 against Idaho and 15 rebounds on January 6 versus the Stampede.

Alabi's lone appearance with the Raptors this season came on January 1 at Orlando. He appeared in 12 games with Toronto last year, averaging 0.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 4.9 minutes. He also spent time with the Erie BayHawks, Toronto's NBA D-League affiliate last year, where he averaged 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 22 games. Alabi was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft and traded to Toronto.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Sunday's games: Wins for Iowa, Tulsa and Maine - by Eurobasket News
Iowa E. - Springfield A. 92-83
The starting time of Sunday's NBA Development League game at Wells Fargo Arena was pushed back nearly an hour. It took the Springfield Armor even longer to figure things out. A slow start doomed the Armor in a 92-83 loss to the Iowa Energy at Wells Fargo Arena. 'I think we took the game for granted in the first half,' Armor coach Robert MacKinnon said. Many of the 2,250 fans were left wondering when the game would even begin. The Armor (11-12) didn't arrive in Des Moines until 3:45 p.m. Sunday. The team, after a Saturday game in North Dakota, didn't get to Wells Fargo Arena until about 45 minutes before the scheduled 5 p.m. tipoff. The late arrival pushed the start back 36 minutes. It took Springfield even longer to get into it. The Armor fell behind in the first quarter, shooting just 38.9 percent from the field, the Energy (16-6) fed off it, taking a 31-18 lead after the first quarter and building a 30-point lead at the half. 'We got off to a real slow start,' Springfield's Jerry Smith said. 'They came out, made shots and we didn't defend like we did.' MacKinnon didn't blame the weekend's travel schedule for the slow start. 'Doesn't matter,' he said. 'I think we showed that in the second half. We obviously had the energy.' That, he said, was missing in the first. 'You've got to play the game,' he said. 'You've to play every second of the game. Every second counts.' Springfield clawed its way back into the game, trimming the lead to single digits in the final quarter. Jordan Williams made a pair of free throws with 47.3 seconds left to cut the Energy lead to 88-83, but that was as close as it got. Michael Efevberha (6'7''-G-84, college: CS Northridge) finished with a game-high 23 points for the Energy. Smith, who finished with a team-high 15 points, couldn't find a reason for the team's slow start. 'There's no excuses,' he said. 'You can't make excuses. I'm not going to say that it was the travel or that they couldn't push the game back for us knowing that we just got off the airplane. There's no excuses. We should have come out and fought like that the whole game.' Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) who added 19 points for the Energy, said the late start was tough to adjust to. 'We stuck it out and hit them first,' he said. MacKinnon said he didn't know how to prevent a slow start like Sunday from happening again. 'If I knew I would probably be coach (Mike) Krzyzewski or one of the great coaches,' he said. I'm just an average coach. I'm just trying to figure it out.' *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Tulsa 66ers - Dakota W. 89-78
Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) and Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86, college: Florida St.) each recorded double-doubles and all five starters scored in double figures to lead the Tulsa 66ers (12-12) to an 89-78 home win over the Dakota Wizards (10-12) Sunday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Lewis posted 15 points and a team-high 16 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season and Reid added 19 points and 10 boards for his second consecutive double-double. Also leading the 66ers in scoring was Jerome Dyson with 19, Robert Vaden with 17 and Brady Morningstar with 10. The 66ers connected on over half of their shots on the offensive end, going 36-of-68 (.529) from the floor. Also aiding Tulsa in the victory was a 21-4 advantage in fast break points. Defensively, Tulsa forced 26 turnovers and created 15 steals, led by Xavier Alexander and Morningstar with three thefts each. 'Both teams were a little fatigued coming off games last night, but I told our guys we wouldn't have any excuses,' 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. 'I give our players a lot of credit. We competed extremely hard and played with a lot of effort. It was a great win tonight over a very talented Dakota team.' Reserve Marcus Dove led the Wizards with 15 points and eight rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Dakota was Justin Johnson with 15 and Edwin Ubiles with 14. The 66ers return to action this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28, with back-to-back home games against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Both contests are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. CT inside the Tulsa Convention Center. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 110-88
Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) scored 27 points to lead the Maine Red Claws to a 110-88 victory over the Erie BayHawks in an NBA D-League game Sunday in front of a crowd of 2,802 at the Portland Expo. The win was an excellent bounce-back performance for the Red Claws, who lost 122-113 to the BayHawks at the Expo on Friday. 'We always talk about the thing in this league,' said Maine Coach Dave Leitao. 'You play so many back-to-back games and play teams three times in a row that you have to make adjustments. Fortunately we did that today.' A defensively strong and offensively balanced third quarter for Maine (8-16) turned out to be the difference. Holding a 49-42 lead at the break, the Red Claws started the second half with a 12-0 run that left Erie (10-13) in the dust. The outburst, which featured at least one point from all five players on the floor, covered four minutes and gave the Claws a 63-46 lead. 'Balance is important,' said Anthony Kent, who recorded a double-double for the Red Claws with 16 points and 11 rebounds. 'We have a lot of guys that can play and have played at a high level before. If we keep moving the ball like we did today everyone will score and it will make things run smoother.' In the end, Maine outscored the BayHawks 31-19 in the third, in which seven of the eight players scored. The Claws led 80-61 after three. The BayHawks couldn't get anything going offensively in the quarter. A combination of a tightened Red Claws defense and an inability to make shots (Erie was 29.2 percent from the floor in the quarter) led to the difference. 'We did pay better attention to detail, more concentration on defense and more energy,' said Kent. 'It's just about playing the right way. If you continue to play the right way good things will happen. Rotating around on defense, inside and out, swinging the ball and not letting the ball stick.' The fact that Jeremy Lin and Jerome Jordan didn't impact the game also played into Maine's favor. The duo, who were assigned to Erie by the New York Knicks earlier in the week, combined for 54 points and 19 rebounds in their debut on Friday. Lin didn't play Sunday because of an injury, and Jordan was in foul trouble early and finished with 10 points. The Red Claws held the lead for the majority of the first half, building a seven-point advantage on five occasions. The first was in the closing moments of the first quarter, when the Claws used a 9-2 run to create some distance. Erie rallied with an 8-0 run to grab a 26-25 lead, but Justin Brownlee sank his lone basket of the half with 14 seconds remaining in the quarter to put the Red Claws ahead 27-26. Almond started a 10-4 run to open the second quarter with four of his 15 first-half points, putting the Red Claws back up by seven, 37-30. The two sides traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter, leaving Maine with a 49-42 halftime lead. Almond continued his solid play since joining the Red Claws last week. The veteran forward and two-time NBA D-League scoring leader has averaged 22.3 points in his three games with Maine. Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) paced the BayHawks with 23 points off the bench, and Kyle Spain had 20 points and 11 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com


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Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 , Scott, New York Wizards, 22
2 , Clinton, Hudson Valley Hype, 21.3
3 , Zephyr, New York Wizards, 18.3
4 , Lawley, New York Wizards, 16
5 , Abraham, New York Wizards, 15.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 , Zephyr, New York Wizards, 11.3
2 , Lawley, New York Wizards, 10.7
3 , Abraham, New York Wizards, 6
4 , Romer, New York Wizards, 4
5 , Clinton, Hudson Valley Hype, 3.7
5 , Scott, New York Wizards, 3.7
Assists Per Game
1 , Scott, New York Wizards, 6.3
2 , Romer, New York Wizards, 4
3 , Lawley, New York Wizards, 2
3 , Zephyr, New York Wizards, 2
5 , Abraham, New York Wizards, 1.3
5 , Lott, New York Wizards, 1.3
Steals Per Game
1 , Scott, New York Wizards, 2.3
2 , Romer, New York Wizards, 1
3 , Lawley, New York Wizards, .3
Blocks Per Game
1 , Lawley, New York Wizards, 1.7
1 , Zephyr, New York Wizards, 1.7
3 , Abraham, New York Wizards, 1.3
4 , Lott, New York Wizards, .3


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Valencia releases Head Coach Paco Olmos - by Eurobasket News
Paco Olmos is no longer a Head Coach of Valencia. The Spanish club released him and announced this news yesterday. They immediately started search for the new HC, while in the meantime Jesus Mulero will lead the team as interim Head Coach. Paco Olmos took over the team last summer. He registered 8 wins and 9 defeats in Liga Endesa. In the latest round, Valencia failed against FIATC Joventut as a guest, 81-73. In EuroCup, Valencia started the Last 16 stage with 63-69 road win against Gravelines. Before Valencia, Paco Olmos worked two years with Vive Menorca. Before that he was coaching Caja Rural and Calpe Aguas. He already led Valencia from 2002 to 2004.

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My multidimensional basketball life - by Pekka Salminen
Friends,
a lot has happened since I last wrote here, mostly because that is the way sports is, a lot of things taking place all the time. It is also so that Yours truly is involved with a lot of different stuff within this beautiful game.
There is ToPo, my club team (13-10), there is the national team program, there is different education stuff and also my talent group at Espoo Basket Team. It may sound a lot, but I just love it!

Here a short version about what has happened lately:

Early January we travelled to Tallinn with the U16 national team after four days of camp. Latvia, Estonia and Sweden were waiting for us in Baltic Sea games.
We were missing a lot of guys for variety of reasons (=different injuries), but still: we should have done better, we played OK vs. Latvia (lost by ten) and Estonia (-3), but Sweden was just too good for us (-30). We have to learn from this, get all the people we were missing back and most importantly we will have to work HARD before the summer.

Had to worry about all the losses only a couple of days and off to Norway it was. The Norwegian federation organized a clinic and I was there to talk and teach defense. The other lecturers I met were Janez Drvaric (Coach I am already using Your Motion Offense), Torbjorn Gehrge (Coach, Will use some of Your stuff soon) and Mathias Eckhoff (Coach still waiting for that match-up zone of Yours). Great guys and great coaches, it was an honour to be there.
Had a great time and met a lot of extremely nice people.
Saw also the Norwegian allstar game which was nice extra.

ToPo then... the Finnish league is such a tough one this year, almost anybody can win it this year, the bottom teams has gotten their act together (new players, players back from injuries etc.) and seems that the fight for homecourt advatage will be extremely tough.
Kataja has taken command of the lague and will most likely win the regular season, like they won the Finnish cup Yesterday (Congratulations to all the nice pople at the city of Joensuu!) But after Kataja it will be anybodys position, number 2 after regular season that is. And we will part of that competition.

Need to go now, time to get ready for Kauhajoki (Wednesday) and Lahti (Friday), this is the way we do it here two games a week.
Next week we will take a bus to Joensuu (seven hours) and then we will finally find out whet we are made of.

Vantaa thanks for the attention,
Moi!

P


Finnish 1st Division round 15 best performance: Walter Baxley - by Eurobasket News
American guard Walter Baxley (193-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lapua, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (38 points, two rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush FoKoPo (#2, 11-3) with 22-point margin 101-79. Lapua is placed at 3rd position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lapua will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. In the team's last game Baxley had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Former Mars Hill College star has very solid stats this year. Baxley is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.7ppg. Baxley is in league's top in and averages impressive 62.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Lionel Green (196-G/F-84) of Ura Basket. Green had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 24 rebounds. Bad luck as Ura Basket lost that game 72-80 to the higher-ranked Oulun NMKY (#6, 9-6). This loss caused Ura Basket to drop to 10th position in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Green is a newcomer at Ura Basket, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Justice Graham (198-F/G-79) of Huima (#7). Graham scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Graham's great performance Huima lost 78-95 to the higher-ranked Pyrinto II (#4, 10-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Huima ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Graham could help Huima to bring them higher in the standings. Graham has a very solid season. In 15 games in Finland he scored 16.9ppg. He also has 7.7rpg and FGP: 66.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) of SayRi - 28 points and 7 rebounds
5. Benzor Simmons (195-G-88) of Porvoon Tarmo - 35 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tyrwone Still (199-F-77) of Porvoon Tarmo - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of Oulun NMKY - 22 points and 14 rebounds
8. Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85) of Oulun NMKY - 34 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Josh Nofflet (194-F-88) of Oulun NMKY - 21 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Julius Rajala (204-F-94) of ToPo Akatemia - 17 points and 15 rebounds

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


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Joao Paulo Batista claims French ProA weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Brazilian Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Le Mans and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old power forward had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds for Le Mans in his team's victory, helping them to beat ASVEL (#8, 7-8) 84-72. Le Mans is placed at 3rd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Le Mans will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. Batista has many years of experience at Le Mans, through which he has constantly improved. Joao Paulo Batista averages this season 15.9ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old international forward Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-F-80) of Cholet. Vebobe impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Cholet to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16, 2-13) 105-57. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Cholet managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Vebobe is well-known by Cholet fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87) of second-ranked Chalon. Aminu scored 16 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Aminu's great performance Chalon lost 80-81 to the lower-ranked Le Havre (#12, 5-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Chalon had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 3rd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Aminu's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Aminu has a great season in France. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) of Cholet - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Evan Fournier (199-G/F-92) of Poitiers - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. DeMarcus Nelson (191-G-85) of Cholet - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84) of ASVEL - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Paris-Levallois - 21 points and 6 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)


Anthony Dobbins signs with Poitiers - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81, college: Richmond) strengthens Union Poitiers Basket 86 roster. Guard comes from Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket where last season he was averaging 7.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-3 (2.0spg). Anthony brings athleticism and energy on the defensive side.

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Dirk Nowitzki will miss 4 games to improve conditioning - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) sat out Dallas victory in New Orleans on Saturday night and will miss at least three more games so the star forward can get in better game shape while strengthening his sore right knee.

We just thought it was a good decision for everybody. Im not happy right now anyways, so the guys are better off when Im not out there, Nowitzki said. This gives me time to really do some of the stuff that I couldnt do when my knee was bothering me the last couple weeks. I couldnt lift and run and do the things I needed to do.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he and the Mavericks training staff decided Nowitzki needed an uninterrupted eight days of work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues, adding that Nowitzki had no choice in the matter.

There was no negotiating, Carlisle said. The important thing to realize is this is not a rest week. This is a work week and were going to get some of these minor issues resolved.

Hes going to be busting his (behind) this week. Were going to be on him hard, Carlisle added. Hes got a lot of work to do and if things go like we think theyll go, by the end of the week hell be back and ready to play.

Nowitzki has been playing with a protective sleeve on his right knee and at times has complained of stiffness and irritation. His 17.5 points per game this season is a little more than four points below his career average.

He said his knee has been feeling better recently, but added that by continuously playing on it, it wasnt getting better quick enough.

Nowitzki played as recently as Wednesday nights 94-91 victory at Utah, but was held to what is for him a relatively low 12 points to go with five rebounds.

I couldnt go by anybody off the dribble and thats part of my game. Right now Im basically a pop-up shooter every time I caught it, and if I didnt have (the shot), I had to swing it because I just couldnt make a move, couldnt go by anybody, Nowitzki said. I didnt feel comfortable. So thats something that Ive got to work on this week is putting the ball on the floor and get comfortable and really getting confidence in my leg strength and Ill be back to my old self.

Lamar Odom started for Nowitzki and scored 16 points in an 83-81 win over the Hornets.

I liked the way Lamar played. Were a running team, so with him starting and getting more minutes, this is an opportunity for him to get in the habit of running and to raise his level of conditioning, Carlisle said. This week is a big week for him.

Reserve forward Brian Cardinal expressed confidence in the Mavericks ability to compensate for Nowitzkis absence.

The beauty of our team is our depth, Cardinal said. Its just not one person thats going to have to replace him. Were going to have to collectively.

Cardinal said the compressed game schedule caused by the recent NBA lockout was making it tougher for Nowitzki to work his way back into shape.

Without having a lot of practice time its hard. All we do is play games, Cardinal said. So its hard to work on your game, work on your craft. This gives him that opportunity and at the same time it gives other people an opportunity (to play), so I think its a win-win for us.

Courtesy of http://dfw.cbslocal.com


Regionalliga stars: Willie Whitfield - by Moritz Korff
Playing in the 1. Regionalliga does not necessarily mean that you are not good enough to make an impact in the 2. Bundesliga or even in the BBL. Far from it! Oftentimes those players who shine at the regional level just go under the radar, while nationwide attention would be appropriate. On the other hand side, in some cases a year or two in the Regionalliga have marked the beginning of a stellar career, as a number of example indicate, especially for players coming out off small colleges who took their first steps overseas on the way up at the regional level. So who's next? Maybe one of those current Regionalliga standouts that Eurobasket Germany will take a closer look at in the near future.

Just mention his initials and you know right away, that Willie Whitfield (198-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Barry) is a winner. And just so fittingly, WW is a double-double machine and always has been. The post player from Miami, Florida - only 23 years of age - could not have had a better start to his professional career. On Sunday he and his ASC Theresianum Mainz team destroyed the Baskets 98 Voelklingen-Warndt in a high scoring affair 123-70. Whitfield connected on 17 of 19 field goals to finish the game with 35 points, 13 rebounds and four assists to add another impressive performance to his record.
In 13 games played so far this season Whitfield averaged 22.5 points (shooting 68.1% from the field), 12.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots and 1.3 assists per contest, which makes him a top performer in the 1. Regionalliga South-West. 'I always aim to lead all players in rebounding, blocked shots, and field goal percentage. And as of now I have a new goal: to have the title of the most efficient player in the league by the end of the season. I also wouldn't mind having a few 20-point, 20-rebound games before the season is over', Whitfield says. Currently sitting in second place in the RLSW's Efficiency Rating, one should not wonder, if he would have surpassed Ricky Easterling, when the season has come to a close. But there's another thing to go for: And reeling in results like Sunday's blow out win at Voelklingen-Wardt will certainly help to achieve it: 'My main goal is to win the remainder of our games. The standings aren't in our favor right now, but anything can happen. As long as we keep winning we can put ourselves in position to steal the top spot, in the event that the teams above us slip up', the 23-year-old stresses.

'We have already had many Americans in this region. But never such a role model', ASC team captain Philipp Schoen (196-G/F-87) told local newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung just recently. And Whitfield himself has no doubt, that he has come to the right place to start his overseas career: 'If I had to use one word, it would be 'GREAT!' I didn't expect my first season to go so well. I have found much success on the court and I've had many great experiences off the court as well. It wasn't as much of a 'shock' as you would think it would be for a person that has never been out of the country before. Since I didn't really know what to expect, I came to Germany with an open mind. I have truly embraced German culture and lifestyle, even going as far as studying the language. Everyone in the organization from my teammates to my coaching staff to the fans have been doing everything that they possibly could to make me feel comfortable away form home. I credit my smooth transition to everyone involved with this club, they all are just awesome, and I really do look to them like family.'
Obviously feeling comfortable off the court carries over to his performances on the court. Add talent and the will to work hard and you have a player who can't be stopped at the Regionalliga level. Needless to say that Whitfield arrived to Germany well prepared for the challenges of professional basketball: 'I felt that every aspect of the game needed to be taken to the next level. I knew the players would be more skilled and aggressive than what I was used to seeing in college. But after playing my first few games as a pro, I saw that I needed to improve my decision making and become a bit more agile. As I expected, the game moves at a much faster pace. Since I am now playing with a 24-second shot clock, I have to be quicker with my decisions. The overall IQ of my opponents has increased also. I can no longer bully my way into lane, I really have to be more strategic on how I attack the defense. The same principle applies when I am on defense, players are more aware on offense and understand how to draw fouls and get off quality shots. So I believe the biggest adjustment that had to be made was mental.'

Whitfield left NCAA Division 2 program Barry University as the school's all-time leading rebounder and the 2010-11 Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Standing 6'6'' tall and playing in the post never caused him any trouble in college. And as a pro his strategy did not change: 'The strategy is the same for every player that I play against: outwork him. It's necessary that I play with a chip on my shoulder since I am usually one of the smaller 'big guys'. I try to stay aggressive and attack the rim every chance I get. More often than not I am more agile and explosive than taller opponents, so I use that to my advantage', he says. Though Whitfield likes to finish with a powerful dunk in offense, another part of the game is even more important to him. Not surprisingly, it's the defensive side of things: 'I enjoy scoring just as much as the next player, but I really take pride in stopping my opponent from scoring. Whether it is a big block or securing a loose ball for my team, it feels good when your opponent can't do anything but watch in frustration as you get stop after stop after stop.'

While the pro career has only just started for Whitfield, history might repeat itself for the ASC Theresianum Mainz organisation. Last year A.J. Rudowitz (198-F-88, college: Stonehill) had a stellar rookie season at ASC and as a consequence signed a contract with Pro B powerhouse SC Rasta Vechta. 'A long term goal of mine is to one day play at the Bundesliga level or higher. I am not sure when that will be, only time will tell', Whitfield says.


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 


Chad Prewitt And Barry Stewart Shoot Out The Lights Erasing The 9 Game Giessen Losing Streak Against The Fraport Skyliners 78-65 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Winning against the LTi Giessen 46ers in recent years has seemed as simple for the Fraport Skyliners as the fourth quarter was recently for San Francisco 49er Alex Smith as he showed Drew Brees and the Saints who boss is and sent them on an early vacation, Hollywood actress Jessica Biel not getting ticked off at the material girl Madonna for accidently stomping all over her dress at the Golden Globe awards or Tim Tebow fans hurriedly jumping off his band wagon as Kevin known as Jesus of West Hollywood recently did after the Broncos humiliating 45-10 playoff loss to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. Coming into the game, the Fraport Skyliners had won the last nine games against the LTiGiessen 46ers and last four at home. The last loss against Giessen was a 2007 Rouven Roessler buzzer beater as ex Skyliners Robert Maras and Gerrit Terdenge celebrated while guys like Michael Bauer, Mike Benton and Jemeil Rich were sulking. However there is always a time for long winning streaks to get snapped as the LTi Giessen 46ers marched into the Fraport arena and quickly got next to the fire place shoving the Skyliners away early and never letting them get comfortable near the warmth with their FAZ newspaper as they won the Hessen derby 78-65. For the players on both teams the long streak didnt mean much except to Mckinney who had lost to Giessen only once in his career. We could of ended the first half of the season with a win and have a clear mind going into the second half of the season, but we were a step slow today, stated a disappointed Jimmy Mckinney. For American Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.), he had worn the red of the Artland Dragons for 175 games, but felt very comfortable in the dark red colors of Giessen. I may not be part of this team long, but I know about the Frankfurt-Giessen rivalry. We have been struggling this season and had injuries, so this was a big win. Frankfurt has always had good teams, but for some reason, they play better on the road this season. We are just happy that we got the win. It was hard to see Achmadschah Zazai go down with an injury. He is always hustling so much. This win is for him, stressed Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.). It was tough losing this game after not playing in Giessen. I feel a bit responsible as I made some mistakes at the end. This loss reminded me of when we played Nichols in college. We beat them my first three years twice each season, but lost my last game against them, stressed Skyliner guard Devin Gibson.

The Fraport Skyliners were looking for their second home win in a row, but continue having problems winning in their own living room. The Fraport Skyliners enter the 2012 Beko BBL Allstar break with an 8-11 record and rest in 12th place. It was a very bitter loss as the team had fought back to tie the game at 57, but were unable to get over the hump and celebrate their third home win of the season. Key for Giessen winning was that they did a good job capitalizing on our defensive breakdowns. It was just a terrible defense performance by us. They made us pay for that with their three point shooting, stressed St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney. The LTi Giessen 46ers entered the game with a miserable 1-8 road record, but were coming off a big win against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen at home last weekend. We were very well prepared for this game. We knew that they like to switch on the screens so we were ready for what they gave us. We went inside a lot in the first half and in the second half shot more from outside. The three pointers by Prewitt also helped our self confidence, added ex MBC guard Wayne Bernard.

One thing that the Fraport Skyliners have not experienced have been all too weak starts, but in the first two minutes, they seemed baffled by the quick start as the LTi Giessen 46ers led 8-2 as their offense was clicking on all cylinders. Ex Skyliner Koko Archibong got the scoring attack ignited with a lay in as versatile passer Elvir Ovcina found him with a quick pass and ex TBB Trier guard Barry Stewart showed he can move well using a screen scoring uncontested inside and then made a fade away over Jacob Burtcshi. Jermareo Davidson then hit a jumper as Frankfurt trailed 6-2. New 46er Taj Mucullough then took advantage of the less aggressive Skyliner board work getting his own rebound and getting a put back and Archibong made a hook shot over Davidson as Giessen led 10-4 and had the total momentum. Just like in Wurzburg, American Devin Gibson was inserted off the bench and he was an instant spark plug making an impact scoring inside and a no hesitation three pointer bringing Frankfurt back into the game trailing only 13-9. However the energy plug that Gibson had given Frankfurt didnt seem to faze Giessen as they responded with a in your face 10-0 run to lead 23-9. Archibong continued to unleash his vicious hook shot hitting it over Burtschi, Serb Radenk Pilcevic nailed a three pointer, Stewart hit free throws and Mucullough an easy lay in bucket getting the lob pass from Ovcina. Giessen was hitting their shots very well and Frankfurt couldnt match their intensity or aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. In the last few minutes, Giessen continued to practice their offensive onslaught as Stewart hit a difficult step back fade away jumper and Mucullough scored inside as Giessen led 28-13 after one quarter. Giessen was doing a good job pressuring the ball and playing off their momentum and got easy points inside. Frankfurt couldnt find their rhythm. Giessen had many guys stepping up, commented TBB Trier guard James Washington. The LTi Giessen 46ers were shooting 61% from the field and an overwhelming 76% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 33% from outside. Giessen had the 8-7 rebound edge and Frankfurt had seven turnovers while Giessen only had one turnover.

In the second quarter, The Fraport Skyliners finally made their move as they jumped on the LTi Giessen 46ers with a 17-6 run to cut the lead to 34-30. Archibong got Giessen on the board first as he used the lax Frankfurt rebound work with an offensive rebound and put back and Davidson hit a pull up jumper as Giessen led 30-15. Quantez Robertson then hit a big three pointer and it was Gibson supplying the energy as he forced a turnover stripping the ball from behind which led to a lay in as Frankfurt trailed only 30-20. Giessen then interrupted the Frankfurt run with a mini 4-0 spurt as Archibong scored inside and Ovcina connected for a hook shot as Giessen led 34-22. However Frankfurt blasted off with an 10-0 run as Gibson gave the needed offensive support again with a lay in and free throws, Mckinney dropped a bomb from downtown and Marius Nolte scored inside getting a no look feed from Robertson as Giessen led only 34-30. Frankfurt couldnt keep the momentum as Giessen put a dent into it ending the second quarter with a mini 4-0 run as Prewitt made a mid distance jumper and Ovcina made a jumper as Davidson was late each time on his assignment. Johannes Herber did end the second quarter with a bang with abuzzer beater three pointer. The LTi Giessen 46ers led 38-33 at halftime. Devin Gibson gave Frankfurt the needed spark on offense and was strong on defense with his quick hands. His play totally changed the game and they also did a good job keeping Ovcina farther away from the basket, stressed St Louis native James Washington. The LTi Giessen 46ers were shooting 52% from the field and 43% from the three point line while the Fraport Sklyiners were shooting 52% from the field and 57% from the three point line. Giessen had the slight 14-13 rebound advantage and eight turnovers while Frankfurt had 14 turnovers.

After the second quarter offense explosion of both teams, the start of the third quarter had many bricks as neither team wanted to set the pace on offense. When both teams finally decided it was time for offense, it was Davidson who got Frankfurt on track first as he snuck inside for an easy lay up as Frankfurt trailed only 38-35. However the LTi Giessen 46ers found ahot shooting day and it continued as they cruised out on a 14-2 lead to seemingly have the game in their hands to lead 52-37. Prewitt connected for three three pointers in this run. When I am open, I take the three pointer. It helped that I hit a few to get us on a roll, expressed Chat Prewitt. Frankfurt was getting good shots, but they just werent going in. Frankfurt went to a zone, but Giessen made their shots, said James Washington. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a mini 4-3 run as Jimmy Mckinney hit a jumper and Skyliner captain nailed two free throws. The LTi Giessen 46ers had the comfortable 52-41 lead. The three pointers changed the game. That gave them more confidence and once you are leading in double digits, it gives you extra energy on defense. Giessen also did a good job keeping Davidson away from the basket, stressed James Washington. The LTi Giessen 46ers were shooting 45% from the field and 58% from the parking lot while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 37% from the field and 36% from the parking lot. Giessen still had the narrow lead in rebounding 25-23. Frankfurt had 16 turnovers while Giessen had only 11 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued to fight, something which has been their trade mark this season giving one last comeback going on a 16-5 run knotting the game at 57-57. Mckinney friend James Washington had seen Mckinney shoot his whole life and was just waiting for the St Louis native to explode with his shooting connecting for three three pointers. At halftime, I looked down at him and just told him to shoot the damn ball. He got more aggressive shooting the ball which was exactly what I wanted to see, expressed James Washington.Like I told you in Giessen in the first game, I always want the ball in my hand, warned Jimmy Mckinney. Frankfurt also got needed contribution from Robertson who got an easy bucket on transition and a three pointer and hustle tip in from Gibson. However Giessen continued to rely on the long ball as the club went on a 14-1 run to lead 71-58 and seal the win. Barry Stewart was left open twice as he connected and big man Ovcina who can always hurt you from outside hit from downtown. Frankfurt needed a lot of energy in their run and we kept our offense together and just had a good shooting day. We hit big shots. We are a lot better shooting team than what our stats show, warned Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.). With time running down, Mckinney kept the fans hopes alive with a three pointer to cut the Giessen lead to 71-60. But With the Fraport Skyliners slowly licking their wounds, Giessen sprayed the wounds with salt breaking their necks with a 5-0 run as Archibong hit with a one handed runner and Pilcevic nailed a three pointer as Frankfurt trailed 76-60 with a minute to play. Robertson and Gibson hit a pair of shots, but it was too little to late as Giessen finally won another installment of the Hessenderby. We have to be focused better in the next game. Mentally we were out of it and seemed already to be on break, warned Devin Gibson. We had enough energy at the end and with every shot we made and defensive stop we produced, helped our confidence which push our momentum to increase the lead, stated Wayne Bernard.

The LTi Giessen 46ers were led by Barry Stewart and Koko Archibong that had 17 points a piece. Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) and Radenko Pilcevic contributed for 14 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Devin Gibson with 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and four steals. Mckinney added 16 points, three rebounds and four assists. Quantez Robertson chipped in with 10 points. After letting up an average of only 63 points a game in the last 11 games, The Fraport Skyliners gave up 78 points while Giessen shot very well at 50% from the field and 61% from outside. Frankfurt lost the rebound battle and had an old turnover sickness with 19. Despite the 78 points given up, Giessen guard Bernard didnt see the defense as a big problem. I felt the Frankfurt defense was decent. We just hit many big shots which helped our confidence, added Wayne Bernard. Frankfurt has been having offensive problems all season and could only manufacture 65 points despite shooting over 40%. We forced many turnovers and didnt let them get into a smooth rhythm. We made Davidson take difficult shots, expressed Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.). The Fraport Skyliners now will have five days to recharge the batteries and remember one positive thing and think about an old great habit. We fought the whole game even in defensive break downs. We just broke down at the end. We have to stay focused and just remember what got us on that five game road win streak which was defense, warned Jimmy Mckinney.




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Division B: Round 15: Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
During the 15th round of the exciting league of the B' Division, Aiolos suffered its second defeat this season from Niki Volou (65-59) even though it was leading the game by 12 points at the third period, and is now sharing the top seat with the team of Filathlitikos, the team of Coach Zivas, on the other hand succeeded another road win and this time in the difficult home court of Egaleo with the amazing duet of Christos Gikas (190-G-91) and Adedobuko being the top scorers and performers. Irakleio beat after a thrilling game the rejuvenating team of Iraklis while in the local derby between Doukas and Near East the visitors succeeded a vital victory over Doukas. Koroivos lost another home game at the very end this time by Agia Paraskevi with 67-68, finally AIAS Evosmou succeeded an amazing victory after returning back from -17 while Diagoras Rodou beat at the end the team of MENT and succeeded its third road win this season.
The games in more details:

Niki Volou - Aiolos Trikallon 65-59
Quarters: 9-9, 24-27, 39-44, 65-59
The team of Coach Zafiroudis was too tough for Aiolos and especially the last bit of the game when the home team players start shooting from the arc with great effectiveness and with Politis and Mistilaidis being the main reasons of this defeat for Aiolos. Especially Politis scored an amazing three pointer from down town and change the momentum of the game as the score at the particular time was just 58-57 one minute before the end of the game. Niki Volou broke its negative record with 4 defeats in the last 4 games.
Top scorers:
Niki Volou: Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 14
Aiolos: Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) 26, Harismidis 10, Tsoutsos 10

Egaleo - Filathlitikos 69-82
Quarters 20-28, 37-48, 59-70, 69-82
No problem for the amazing kids of Coach Zivas to beat up another team away. Even though Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83) did his best and Tolias was very good, Filathlitikos with Christos Gikas in an amazing night not only because of his 14 points but also for his 10 assists and 5 steals.
Top scorers:
Egaleo: Christodoulos Karavolas 26, Mumbarak 11, Tolias 14
Filathlitikos: Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-F-93) 16, Tsamatos 13, Difadis 10 and Christos Gikas 14

Irakleio - Iraklis 77-71
Quarters: 22-20, 45-42, 58-63, 77-71
The team of Coach Rallis faced big troubles against the passionate team of Iraklis but at the end with a 13-2 in the last 3 minutes broke its negative record of winless the last one month. Iraklis played quite decent and with the zone played by Coach Albanis, Irakleio players were not able to score for quite some time, and kept the visiting site on a very short distance, Iraklis with an awesome 19-4 got the initiatives and the leading role and five minutes before the end of the game was leading it with 64-69, before the final 13-2 by the home team arrives, at the end.
Top scorers:
Irakleio: Stefanakis 17, Yiannis Karalis (202-F-80) 22, Harisis 14
Iraklis: Moulakis 17, Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87) 21, Petallotis 15

Doukas - Near East 76-79
Quarters: 22-20, 43-33, 57-52, 76-79
A great derby between two equivalent teams took place in Doukas court in Maroussi, where the visitors of Coach Karnesis added another victory at the end and after they came back from a -14 of the first half.
Top scorers:
Doukas: Giorgos Passalidis (200-G-87) 17, Achis 11, Zakinthinos 15
Near East: Pappas 15, Themis Koupidis (198-G-84) 24, Karabas 16, Psaropoulos 14

Anagennisi Flogas - AIAS Evosmou 75-83
EKAETA: 22-19, 50-33, 64-56, 75-83
After a great comeback from -17 the team of Coach Goumas succeeded another road win which can easily characterized vital as a possible new defeat could have brought many problems to the team of Evosmos towards relegation
Top scorers:
Anagennis: Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-82) 20, Mavridi 12, Hatzivrettas 15
Aias: Danis Eleftheriadis (197-F-89) 29, Gymnopoulos 12, Tsinopoulos 12, Melidis 10

MENT-Diagoras Rodou 51-52
Quarters: 14-18, 23-30, 38-40, 51-52
Waoo, another hear-breaking derby between two more or less same caliber teams took place in Thessaloniki where the unstable team of Coach Tsakiris succeeded another road win and break-even with the home loss suffered last week.
Top scorers:
MENT: Dalpas 10, Kostas Pallis (200-F-79) 17
Diagoras: Gogidis 11, Kounoupis 12, Christos Gavanopoulos (198-G-85) 13

Koroivos Amaliadas - Agia Paraskevi 67-68
Quarters A: 12-17, 30-35, 49-48, 67-68
Second waoo game of the week as the home team of Coach Giannaris lost another game in the details and in the point. The team of Coach Hatzipanigiris succeeded another one road win and is now facing the future with better prospects.
Koroivos: Antoniadis 14, Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81) 19, Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81) 19,
KAP: Sofronas 11, Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) 17



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


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Seamus Boxley, "Leiden has given me a home" - by Fred Roggen
In his only four seasons in Leiden, there has been nothing but success so far for ZZ Leiden forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.), the MVP of the Dutch playoffs 2011. That he likes that winning feeling was made clear by Boxley's steady, all-around performance over three ZZ Leiden victories against GasTerra Flames, BK Ventspils and Lasaulec Aris this month. Now, if he and ZZ Leiden can do the same in May, they will take their rightful place in the history books as one of Leiden's best teams ever. Not only is chance is there, but as Boxley says in this Eurobasket.com interview, he and ZZ Leiden still have the desire to reach for the championship once again. 'We have good momentum going in, we're confident and healthy for the most part,' Boxley told. 'I know that I'm hungry make history again. It would be our second championship in a row.'
Just turned 29, Boxley is no old-timer, but as he says in this interview, the role of a leader to ZZ Leiden's youngsters is one that he welcomes.
'I'm a talkative guy, even though I try to lead by example, too,' Boxley said.

Seamus, you had many offers from the other clubs in Europe but you choose to stay with ZZ Leiden? Why?
In the end Leiden was the best place for me. For me where I've played has never been about the money, its been more about the experience and also where is the best place that is gonna help me continue to grow as a basketball player. I also wanted to come back and defend the title we worked so hard for.

This is your fourth season in Leiden. Since you arrived, the team won a Dutch championship, won a Dutch Cup and is doing well in the EuroChallenge Cup.
Do you feel like you, being so identified with this club, have contributed to making ZZ Leiden one of the best clubs in Holland?
I definitely feel like I've contributed to the success that the team has had, but this is a team thing and there have been a lot of players who are responsible for where Leiden is. I just have made sure that I do my part every season.

Not too many foreign players stay with the same team for so many years. Are you 'Dutch' now for life?
Haha, I guess I might be a little 'Dutch' for life. I love it here and have made some friendships that will last me throughout my life. This is a great country.

You have become a fan-favorite player in Leiden. You obviously feel comfortable at your club. How important has Leiden been to the development of your career?
Leiden has been extremely important to the development of my career. In a sense, Leiden has given me a home cause I really feel at home here and I feel like I'm playing in front of family. Its truly a blessing to be playing for Leiden, I'm very thankful for the opportunity.

ZZ Leiden has a nice combination of veteran and young players. With you in a leader's role, how do you keep everyone motivated?
Keeping everyone motivated on this team isn't a hard job at all. Everybody on this team is professional and we as a team have already laid our goals out on the table for what we hope to accomplish this year. These goals that we've all agreed upon motivate us everyday to keep going. My job is just to be a leader by example, thats how I motivate.

The team has no big egos on its roster and everyone seems to be clear that defense is the key and that wins only come by helping each other. How do you guys preserve that outstanding team chemistry?
I think our chemistry starts with Coach because he's laid the foundation down. After that its the responsibility of the returning players to model whats made us successful. Now halfway through the season we all know what are identity is and what it takes for us to play our best basketball.

Toon van Helfteren is one of the most respected coaches in Holland, a former great player with great basketball IQ. How does it feel to play for him in Leiden?
Playing for coach Van Helfteren is a blessing. In my entire life I've never played for another coach as long as I've played for coach Van Helfteren. He means a lot to me and he has been a tremendous coach, friend, and mentor. Every year I feel like I've gotten better and Coach has a lot to do with my development over my years here at Leiden. Playing for Coach Van Helfteren means the world to me, I have the utmost respect for him.

You had to overcome serious injuries to rebuild your career and playing level. Has that process made you a different player in any way? Is it possible for a player
to keep learning basketball while not playing due to injury?
The process has definitely made me a different player because while hurt, I was able to focus on certain things that I needed to work on to get better. What I learned the most while being hurt was about my teammates. By me being hurt, other players had to play more and by me seeing them play more and in a more prominent role I was better able to see and understand there games, and also to trust them better.

Few players put more passion and feeling in his game than Seamus Boxley. What does basketball mean to you?
Basketball is my love and passion. I feel blessed and am extremely thankful that God has allowed me to play the game that I love so much. I never take this game for granted and everyday I get to step on that court whether for practice or a game is a blessing. What basketball had done for me it would be disrespectful not to give it basketball everything I got until the ball stops rolling. Also there are so many family and friends that helped me get here and so I make sure I always go hard for them as well.

Last but not least, how far can ZZ Leiden go in the EuroChallenge Cup this season?
I've always believed that on any given night any team can win. Its not about what you look like on paper. I believe in my team and we can continue to be successful in this EuroChallenge if we stay together and believe in one another. The sky is the limit.

Seamus, Thanks for your time doing this interview and success the upcoming games.


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 16-0 
 2. Amsterdam 13-3 
 3. De Hoppers 13-3 
 4. Leiden 2 12-4 
 5. Cangeroes 10-6 
 6. Red Giants 8-6 
 7. Goba 7-9 
 8. Akrides 6-9 
 9. Hoofddorp 6-10 
 10. De Groene 5-10 
 11. Almonte 5-11 
 12. Punch 5-11 
 13. Rotterdam 2 3-13 
 14. Jugglers 1-15 


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  IBL   


IBL to Feature Japanese Team in 2012 - by Kip Leonetti
The International Basketball League is welcoming Japan back to the league for the 2012 season.

The IBL is excited for the return of a Japanese team to the league, this time with players from the premier professional leagues in Japan. ''We look forward to returning to the IBL with Japanese players representing the best professional athletes from the BJ League and the JBL, especially after the playoffs have been completed. Through the league we will develop relationships with international teams and develop our players through the high level competition,'' Japan Basketball Academy founder Tatsumi Nishida shared as he signed the agreement with the IBL.

The Japan Basketball Academy (JBA) will field a traveling team which will play a 20-game schedule with each game taking place on the road. A team name and logo will be announced shortly.

''We are honored to have Japan participating as we continue to develop the relationship with them, where many of our players are currently, as well as with the Japan Basketball Academy. The development of basketball is moving quickly in Japan with a good mix of culture and the western game, we not only want to be a proactive partner, but one who creates collaborative opportunities,'' shared Commissioner Graf.

''We will have many more developments through the league and more activity coming as we train and condition our players with the goal of one day placing a Japanese player in the NBA,'' added Nishida.

The last time the IBL saw a Japanese team was in 2009 when the JBAs Nippon Tornadoes played an 18-game road schedule, traveling across the United States and Canada. The team featured current Vancouver Volcanoes player Kenta Nakashima (6'3''-F-85) and BJ League veteran Daisuke Tamura (6'0''-G-81), who led the team in scoring with 26.7 points per game.


''Partnering with the Japan Basketball Academy, the international tour team will play a full IBL season, 20 games and participate in the IBL Playoffs which is really exciting,'' stated Gary Akiyama, JBA Advisor, ''We look forward to hosting the team who will be on the road for the season.''




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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 14-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 10-5 
 3. UCD Marian 6-9 
 4. Belfast Star 1-13 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 9-5 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 8-6 
 3. UL Eagles 8-8 
 4. Moycullen 4-12 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.23.8 
 2. Enos, Moycullen23.6 
 3. Atupem, UCC Demons23.2 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian19.5 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.19.3 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 7. Cummins, Belfast16.9 
 8. Glover, DCU Saints15.4 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.15.1 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Turner, 11890 K.19.2 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.4 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.4 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles11.9 
 5. Enos, Moycullen11.1 
 6. Atupem, UCC Demons10.8 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian9.2 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. O''Brien, 11890 K.7.9 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.9 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.6 
 3. Clarke, 11890 K.4.3 
 4. Coughlan, UCC D.4.3 
 5. Madsen, 11890 K.4.2 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.4.2 
 7. Turner, 11890 K.4.2 
 8. Dowd, Moycullen4.1 
 9. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.8 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.3 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.4 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.3 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.2.2 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.2.2 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian2.1 
 9. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 10. Taylor, B.Gais N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.6 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.5 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.1 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.0 
 5. Casey, 11890 K.1.5 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.5 
 7. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.4 
 8. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.1.0 
 10. Taylor, B.Gais N.0.8 


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 12-1 
 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. Maccabi Ashdod 4-8 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 4-8 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 3-10 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-10 


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sylven LANDESBERG
  Maccab.
  (198-F/G-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Landesberg, Macca.22.4 
 2. Banks, Elitzur21.3 
 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. Burns, Elitzur7.4 
 8. Mitchell, Ironi A.7.4 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi7.4 
 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. Robinson, B.C. H.2.1 
 4. Kitchen, Maccabi2.1 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi2.0 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.9 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 9. Skinn, Ironi Ashke.1.8 
 10. Bowman, 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-A1.7 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi1.3 
 8. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.2 
 9. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 10. Dowell, B.C. H.1.0 


Premier League Round 14: No surprise as #1 Maccabi T-A defeats Elitzur Netanya - by Eurobasket News
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (12-1) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (4-8) 85-70. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-70. Maccabi T-A forced 20 Elitzur Netanya turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Maccabi T-A have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-1 record. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Netanya will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ashkelon was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Hapoel J-M (7-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Ironi Ashkelon (7-6). Ironi Ashkelon managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74. American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Marco Killingsworth supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Even 21 points and 4 assists by American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Hapoel J-M. Hapoel J-M's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Ashkelon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel J-M will play against Elitzur Netanya (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Habikaa was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (7-5) played at the court of 6th ranked B.C. Habikaa (6-7). Maccabi Rishon managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Joe Crawford who scored 29 points. Paul Delaney produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Maccabi Rishon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser B.C. Habikaa dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Maccabi Rishon will meet at home Bnei Hasharon (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. B.C. Habikaa will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 14 Hapoel Holon won against Bnei Hasharon on the opponent's court 89-85. Galil Gilboa managed to outperform Maccabi Haifa in a home game 85-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 9 rebounds by Romeo Travis of Galil Gilboa.



Ironi Ashkelon - Hapoel J-M 83-74

The game in Ashkelon was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Hapoel J-M (7-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Ironi Ashkelon (7-6). Ironi Ashkelon managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74. It looked good early as Hapoel J-M took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ironi Ashkelon had a 31-9 second period charge getting the lead and Hapoel J-M was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-83. Ironi Ashkelon made 28-of-36 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Ironi Ashkelon outrebounded Hapoel J-M 38-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. Hapoel J-M was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 4 assists by American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Hapoel J-M. International forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Hapoel J-M's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Ashkelon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel J-M will play against Elitzur Netanya (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: D.Strawberry 21+3reb+4ast, E.Kadir 17+10reb+1ast, M.Mizrahi 10+1reb+2ast, D.McCamey 7, D.Grunfeld 6+2reb+2ast, J.Varnado 5+1ast
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Mitchell 17+11reb+6ast, J.Skeen 15+7reb, M.Killingsworth 14+10reb, N.Berkowitz 11+3reb+3ast, A.Simhon 11+5reb+1ast, R.Limonad 9+1reb+3ast
gschID: 137353


Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel Holon 85-89

Very expected game in Hod Hasharon where 10th ranked Bnei Hasharon (3-10) was defeated by third ranked Hapoel Holon (8-5) 89-85 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Holon made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Moran Roth (183-82) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) added 14 points and 8 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon maintains third position with 8-5 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Holon will meet at home league's second-placed Galil Gilboa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bnei Hasharon will play against Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: L.Dunn 31+10reb+2ast, K.Lawson 14+3reb+1ast, T.Carter 14+3reb+8ast, E.Katz 10+3reb+3ast, J.Williams 8+4reb+1ast, I.Rosefelt 6+11reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: R.Lewis 21+6reb+5ast, M.Roth 17+5reb+5ast, B.Dunston 17+5reb+3ast, T.Mitchell 8+13reb+4ast, S.Harush 7+1reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137354


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Haifa 85-72

Very predictable result when second ranked Galil Gilboa (9-4) defeated at home bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-10) 85-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Maccabi Haifa managed to win second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) produced 25 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Galil Gilboa maintains second position with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Haifa lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. They share the position with Bnei Hasharon. Galil Gilboa will meet Hapoel Holon (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Maccabi Haifa will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: S.Landesberg 25+7reb+2ast, J.Smith 15+9reb+1ast, T.Wilkerson 10+5reb, C.Powell 9+8reb+5ast, A.Ben-Chimol 6+3reb+2ast, J.Jackson 5+5reb+6ast
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 28+9reb+3ast, J.Jones 21+5reb+1ast, O.Farhi 9+5reb+5ast, C.Thomas 8+1reb+5ast, N.Tishman 7+1reb, J.Martin 5
gschID: 137355


B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi Rishon 76-81

The game in Habikaa was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (7-5) played at the court of 6th ranked B.C. Habikaa (6-7). Maccabi Rishon managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-12. But B.C. Habikaa won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Rishon made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 29 points. Guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Maccabi Rishon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser B.C. Habikaa dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Maccabi Rishon will meet at home Bnei Hasharon (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. B.C. Habikaa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: P.Delaney 20+5reb+5ast, R.Freeman 13+3reb, E.Skverer 10+2reb+4ast, D.Dowell 9+10reb+2ast, G.Porat 8+2reb, F.Robinson 8+6reb+4ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Crawford 29+4reb+3ast, D.Kitchen 19+7reb+5ast, A.Uter 15+3reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 8+2reb, A.Ben David 6+4reb, E.Shulman 2
gschID: 137351


Elitzur Netanya - Maccabi T-A 70-85

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (12-1) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (4-8) 85-70. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-70. Maccabi T-A forced 20 Elitzur Netanya turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Maccabi T-A have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-1 record. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Netanya will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 18+1reb+2ast, B.Asbury 18+7reb, C.Burns 13+9reb, E.Hicks 7+2reb+6ast, Y.Orland 7+1reb, E.Campbell 4+4reb+2ast
Maccabi T-A: D.Blu 17+4reb, S.James 14+8reb+1ast, T.Burstein 12+2reb+4ast, K.Langford 11+1reb+4ast, L.Eliyahu 11+6reb+6ast, R.Hendrix 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137352




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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Musso, Napoli19.1 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.18.2 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.8 
 4. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.7 
 5. Carrizo, Ferentino15.6 
 6. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.15.2 
 8. Zanelli, Orlandina15.2 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..14.9 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.4 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli10.0 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.7 
 4. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.6 
 5. Borra, Treviglio8.6 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..8.2 
 7. Baldi Rossi, Perug.7.9 
 8. Raminelli, Castell.7.6 
 9. Gandini, Trieste7.6 
 10. Ferraro, Trieste7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.9 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.8 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.7 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 5. Vico, Matera3.3 
 6. Zanelli, Orlandina3.2 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 8. Forray, Trento2.9 
 9. Alessandri, Orland.2.9 
 10. Ruggiero, Bari2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.7 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.2 
 3. Portannese, Torino3.1 
 4. Musso, Napoli3.1 
 5. Stanic, Fabriano2.9 
 6. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 7. Rossi, Chieti2.9 
 8. Guarino, Ferentino2.8 
 9. Amici, Firenze2.8 
 10. Maggio, Pavia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ANCELLOTTI
  Santar.
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Ancellotti, Santar.1.4 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 3. Candido, San Seve.1.4 
 4. Borra, Treviglio1.4 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.1.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 8. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 9. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 10. Cotani, Castellet.0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 14-6 
 2. Trieste 13-7 
 3. Perugia 9-11 
 4. Comsum.it SI 7-13 
 5. Firenze 6-14 
 6. Santarcangelo 5-15 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 18-2 
 2. Torino 13-7 
 3. Treviglio 11-8 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 11-9 
 5. Pavia 9-11 
 6. Castelletto 8-12 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 11-9 
 2. Recanati 11-9 
 3. Bari 10-9 
 4. San Severo 8-12 
 5. Fabriano 7-13 
 6. Ruvo 2-18 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 16-4 
 2. Orlandina 13-7 
 3. Ferentino 13-7 
 4. Latina Basket 9-11 
 5. Matera 9-11 
 6. Anagni 7-13 


Best players of Italian Lega2 round 17 - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Baldassarre (200-F-86, agency: Players Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for Biancoblu BO and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Prima Veroli (5-11) in overtime 102-93. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings in . Biancoblu BO is placed at 13th position in Italian Lega2. Biancoblu BO is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-11 record. In the team's last game Baldassarre had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Biancoblu BO's top player in his first season with the team. Baldassarre has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.1rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Serbian forward David Brkic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) of Prima Veroli. Brkic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Prima Veroli lost that overtime game 93-102 to slightly higher-ranked Biancoblu BO (5-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Prima Veroli dropped in the standings to second-to-the-bottom (14th) position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Brkic is well-known by Prima Veroli fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Biancoblu BO's star - former international guard Andrea Pecile (187-G-80). Pecile got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was another key player of Biancoblu BO, helping his team with a 102-93overtime win against Prima Veroli (5-11). The chances of Biancoblu BO not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pecile could try to bring Biancoblu BO's a little bit higher in the standings. Pecile has a very solid season. In 15 games in Italy he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Green (185-G-85) of Sigma Barcel. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA - 25 points and 8 rebounds
6. Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) of S.Antimo - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86) of Morpho Basket - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Jimmy Hunter (196-G-77) of Enel Brindisi - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dawan Robinson (189-G-82) of Trenkwalder - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Philip Martin (202-F-80) of Sigma Barcel. - 19 points and 8 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)


Koponen's 24 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Petteri Koponen (194-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for CS Bologna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 24 points adding four rebounds for CS Bologna in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Acea Roma (#13, 7-10) 82-78. CS Bologna is placed at 4th position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CS Bologna will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. Koponen has many years of experience at CS Bologna, through which he has constantly improved. Petteri Koponen averages this season 13.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) of Banco di Sard.. He is American guard in his first season at Banco di Sard.. In the last game Diener recorded impressive 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Banco di Sard. to edge the lower-ranked Novipiu CM (#17, 4-13) by 3 points 78-75. This victory allowed Banco di Sard. to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Diener is a newcomer at Banco di Sard. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Greg Brunner (201-C/F-83) of Bennet Cantu (#3). Brunner scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Bennet Cantu, leading his team to a 87-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Vanoli CR (#16, 5-12). Bennet Cantu needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Brunner has a great season in Italy. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82) of Cimberio VA - 18 points and 11 rebounds
5. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Fabi Shoes - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. David Chiotti (205-F/C-84) of Novipiu CM - 12 points and 18 rebounds
7. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Scavolini PS - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Daniel Hackett (198-G-87) of Scavolini PS - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) of CS Bologna - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Taquan Dean (193-G-83) of Sidigas AV - 22 points and 4 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)


Acea Virtus Roma to sign Brian Skinner? - by Giovanni Bargna
Acea Virtus Roma has been facing troubles under the boards since the beginning of this season. According to rumors the team is going to add to its roster Brian Skinner (207-F-76, college: Baylor). The US big man is currently a free agent and was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1998 at pick 22, round 1.
Out of Baylor University Skinner had a long career in the NBA wearing many different jerseys and averaging 4.7 ppg.
He spent last season in Italy with Benetton Treviso scoring 6.5 ppg and grabbing 6.8 rpg before becoming free agent last summer.

If Skinner seems close to the team, Andrea Crosariol (211-C-84, college: Fair Dickinson) could be leaving. It seems that he refused to get back on the court in the game played against Bologna and Roma is considering to put him out of the roster. Crosariol denied this and talked about a knee injury suffered in that game.

Nothing is official but something is coming. Stay tuned.



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  JAPAN   


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.6 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.8 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama19.9 
 5. Flowers, Saitama19.9 
 6. Burrell, Yokohama.19.8 
 7. Staten, Chiba Jets19.8 
 8. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 9. White, Oita H.19.4 
 10. Woods, Akita NH19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.0 
 2. Malloy, Iwate B.10.7 
 3. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.7 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 6. Roberts, Shins.10.4 
 7. Allred, Kyoto H.10.4 
 8. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.4 
 9. Hughes, Shinshu BW10.1 
 10. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.1 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.5.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.3 
 5. Shimura, Sendai5.3 
 6. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.9 
 7. Takushi, Oita H.4.8 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.4 
 10. Namizato, Okina.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. Arnold, Hamamats.2.1 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.1 
 7. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 8. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 9. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Satterfield, Sait.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.7 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.6 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 7. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 8. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 
 9. Lamizana, Hamamat.1.3 
 10. Marshall, Osaka E.1.3 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 17-9 
 2. Niigata Albirex 16-10 
 3. Hamamatsu P. 15-10 
 4. Toyama Grouses 12-12 
 5. Sendai 89ers 12-14 
 6. Yokohama BC 11-14 
 7. Shinshu BW 11-15 
 8. Chiba Jets 10-14 
 9. Saitama Bron. 7-16 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 7-21 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 20-6 
 2. Kyoto Hannar. 18-6 
 3. Osaka Evessa 17-7 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 17-9 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 17-9 
 6. Shimane SM 15-11 
 7. Miyazaki SS 12-16 
 8. Oita H.Devils 7-18 
 9. Takamatsu FA 1-25 


Okinawa GK loses a game to Shiga L-Stars - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Okinawa GK (20-6) on the court of fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Shiga L-Stars 84-81. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 16-9 record before this meeting. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shiga L-Stars made 7 blocks. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Shiga L-Stars (17-9) keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Akita NH. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Shiga L-Stars is looking forward to face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Okinawa GK will play against Shinshu BW (#7) in Nagano and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Osaka. Eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (7-18) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Osaka Evessa (17-7) 63-62 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Taj Finger (203-86) notched a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and T.J. Cummings supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) did not help to save the game for Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth position with 7-18 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Oita Heat Devils will play against league's second-placed Kyoto Hannar. at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Osaka Evessa will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (11-15) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Shimane Magic (15-11) on Sunday. Shimane Magic managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Michael Parker who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Derek Raivio who recorded 24 points and 4 assists. Shimane Magic maintains sixth position with 15-11 record. Loser Shinshu BW dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. Shimane Magic will meet Saitama Broncos (#9) on the road in the next round. Shinshu BW will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and hope to secure a win.
Seventh-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-16) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (17-9). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91. However their fans expected easier game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Kevin Palmer who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Fukuoka Rizing keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Akita NH and Shiga L-Stars. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be Osaka Evessa (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Shiga L-Stars (#4).
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Niigata Albirex (16-10) against seventh ranked Yokohama BC (11-14) on Sunday night. Host Niigata Albirex was defeated by Yokohama BC in Niigata 95-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. Justin Burrell had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to sixth place. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the second position with ten games lost. Yokohama BC will face league's leader Akita Happinets at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Niigata Albirex will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Sendai 89ers lost to Toyama Grouses on the opponent's court 75-80. Hamamatsu P. managed to outperform Iwate Big Bulls in a home game 80-69. Takamatsu FA were rolled over Kyoto Hannar. on the road 77-52.


Osaka Evessa - Oita H.Devils 62-63

Important game to mention about took place in Osaka. Eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (7-18) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Osaka Evessa (17-7) 63-62 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It looked good early as Osaka Evessa took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oita Heat Devils had a 17-11 second period charge getting the lead and Osaka Evessa was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-63. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Taj Finger (203-86) notched a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Even 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) did not help to save the game for Osaka Evessa. Forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) added 9 points and 10 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth position with 7-18 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Oita Heat Devils will play against league's second-placed Kyoto Hannar. at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Osaka Evessa will play against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 15+6reb+1ast, N.Takushi 12+5reb+3ast, K.Mitomo 11+3reb+7ast, T.Finger 10+11reb+1ast, M.Lottich 7, W.White 6+8reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 23+6reb+5ast, W.Marshall 9+6reb+1ast, M.Bell 9+10reb+2ast, K.Tyner 8+3reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 8+3reb, C.Aoki 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 142086


Shimane SM - Shinshu BW 81-80

Sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (11-15) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Shimane Magic (15-11) on Sunday. Shimane Magic managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected easier game. Shinshu BW trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-81 at the end of the game. Shimane Magic dominated on the defensive end, holding Shinshu BW to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Shinshu BW 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Junpei Nakama (193-83) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) who recorded 24 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic maintains sixth position with 15-11 record. Loser Shinshu BW dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. Shimane Magic will meet Saitama Broncos (#9) on the road in the next round. Shinshu BW will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 31+11reb+3ast, J.Nakama 15+3reb+1ast, J.Davis 12+6reb, R.Golson 7+12reb, E.Yamamoto 6+5reb+5ast, B.Puckett 4+1reb
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 24+1reb+4ast, L.Roberts 12+4reb, T.Hughes 12+13reb, E.Morris 11+3reb+1ast, T.Utsunomiya 9+1ast, T.Saito 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 142087


Fukuoka Rizing - Miyazaki SS 93-91

Seventh-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-16) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (17-9). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Miyazaki Shining Suns won fourth quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 4 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Akita NH and Shiga L-Stars. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be Osaka Evessa (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Shiga L-Stars (#4).
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 23+7reb+3ast, C.Dixon 18+5reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 16+3ast, J.Dearman 16+6reb+2ast, A.Takeno 12+2ast, G.Hamilton 4+12reb+10ast
Miyazaki SS: O.Mims 23+7reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 20+2ast, D.Dora 20+13reb+4ast, D.Lyons 15+7reb+3ast, Y.Tsubasa 6+3ast, L.Witcher 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142088


Niigata Albirex - Yokohama BC 79-95

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Niigata Albirex (16-10) against seventh ranked Yokohama BC (11-14) on Sunday night. Host Niigata Albirex was defeated by Yokohama BC in Niigata 95-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. Yokohama BC made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Niigata Albirex 39-25 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Yokohama BC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Niigata Albirex was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) chipped in 21 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Yuichi Ikeda (191-83) scored 16 points. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to sixth place. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the second position with ten games lost. Yokohama BC will face league's leader Akita Happinets at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Niigata Albirex will play against Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 27+12reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 21+2reb+3ast, K.Yamada 19+3reb+1ast, S.Hisayama 6+2reb, C.McFarland 6+7reb+1ast, O.Kimura 5+1reb
Niigata Albirex: C.Holm 18+7reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 16+2reb, S.Komatsu 12+1ast, E.Maxey 11+5reb+2ast, N.Murry 8+5reb, K.Sato 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 142081


Toyama Grouses - Sendai 89ers 80-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Sendai 89ers (12-14) were defeated on the road by fifth ranked Toyama Grouses (12-12) 80-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Masashi Joho (183-82) scored 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fourth place. Sendai 89ers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face Takamatsu FA (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sendai 89ers will play against Chiba Jets (#8).
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 34+6reb+5ast, D.Searcy 17+4reb, H.Johnson 13+7reb+4ast, I.Brown 6+8reb+4ast, L.Turner 5+6reb, T.Mito 5+4reb+3ast
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 22+10reb, R.Singleton 12+6reb+3ast, T.Komoda 11+2reb, J.Dukes 10+8reb+5ast, H.Kusaka 7+2reb+3ast, Y.Tachibana 6+3reb
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Hamamatsu P. - Iwate Big Bulls 80-69

Very predictable result in Mikawa where third ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (15-10) defeated 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (7-21) 80-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Iwate Big Bulls was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Iwate Big Bulls turnovers. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) chipped in 6 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion maintains third position with 15-10 record having six points less than leader Akita NH. Iwate Big Bulls lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 21 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face league's second-placed Niigata Albirex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 17+7reb+8ast, L.Blackledge 16+6reb+1ast, J.Parmer 15+6reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 11+5reb+1ast, A.Ohta 6+15reb+2ast, L.Pomare 5+4reb+2ast
Iwate Big Bulls: G.Klaiber 24+14reb, T.Kennedy 15+6reb+1ast, Y.Yamamoto 7+1reb+5ast, A.Nogami 7+1reb+1ast, H.Kantake 7+2reb+1ast, L.Malloy 6+8reb+2ast
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Shiga L-Stars - Okinawa GK 84-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Okinawa GK (20-6) on the court of fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Shiga L-Stars 84-81. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 16-9 record before this meeting. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shiga L-Stars made 7 blocks. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Naoto Kosuge (187-82) scored 23 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars (17-9) keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Akita NH. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Shiga L-Stars is looking forward to face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Okinawa GK will play against Shinshu BW (#7) in Nagano and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 18+8reb+2ast, J.Ashby 16+7reb+2ast, S.Ogawa 11+5reb+4ast, Y.Okada 10+4reb+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 8+4reb+5ast, T.Fujiwara 8+3reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 23+1reb+2ast, A.McHenry 16+7reb+4ast, J.Newton 12+10reb+1ast, D.Palmer 11+4reb, N.Namizato 8+4reb+2ast, T.Yonamine 4+1reb+6ast
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Kyoto Hannar. - Takamatsu FA 77-52

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (1-25) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Kyoto Hannar. (18-6) 77-52 on Sunday. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 38. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Takamatsu FA's players. The game was dominated by American players. Center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having 2 victories less than leader Akita NH. Takamatsu FA lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 25 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face Oita Heat Devils (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Takamatsu FA will play against Toyama Grouses.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Allred 16+10reb+2ast, R.Rickert 13+12reb+1ast, J.Boyette 13+6reb+2ast, L.Cummard 12+6reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 9+2ast, T.Murakami 4+3reb+4ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 14+9reb, M.Nunnally 11+6reb, K.Smith 9+4reb+1ast, S.Takada 8+4reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 4+4reb+1ast, N.Williams 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 142085




Hale's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old forward Ron Hale (203-F-77) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mitsubishi DD and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Toyota Alvark (#1, 19-5) 86-83. Mitsubishi DD maintains the 6th position in Japanese league. Mitsubishi DD 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 10-14 record. Hale has many years of experience at Mitsubishi DD, through which he has constantly improved. Florida State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hale is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.0ppg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of league's second-best Aishin SH. He is naturalized American forward in his 5th season at Aishin SH. In the last game Sakuragi recorded impressive triple-double of 11 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Bad luck as Aishin SH lost that game 62-73 to slightly lower-ranked Hitachi SR (#3, 14-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Aishin SH still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 17-7 record is not bad at all. Sakuragi is one of the most experienced players at Aishin SH and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 12.4rpg and 3.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT (#8). Moss showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Moss' great performance Toshiba BT lost 81-90 to the higher-ranked Panasonic T. (#4, 13-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Toshiba BT can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Moss he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Moss has individually a great season in Japan. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kei Igarashi (180-G-80) of Mitsubishi DD - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) of Panasonic T. - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of Toyota Alvark - 12 points and 12 rebounds
10. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of Panasonic T. - 23 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)


Palmer's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old swingman Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87, agency: VVG Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Miyazaki SS (#7, 12-15) 74-70. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 5th position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. Palmer turned to be Fukuoka Rizing's top player in his first season with the team. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Palmer is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.5ppg) and averages solid 3.1spg and 61.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was O'Neal Mims (208-F-83) of Miyazaki SS. He is American forward in his first season at Miyazaki SS. In the last game Mims recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Miyazaki SS was edged by slightly higher-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#5, 16-9) 74-70. Miyazaki SS managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-15 record. Mims is a newcomer at Miyazaki SS and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM (#6). Parker showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Shimane SM, leading his team to a 83-66 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Shinshu BW (#6, 11-14). Shimane SM needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Parker has a great season in Japan. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (best scorer). He also has 2.7spg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamel Staten (198-G-83) of Chiba Jets - 29 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Kyoto Hannar. - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89) of Toyama Grouses - 18 points and 13 rebounds
7. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Akita NH - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. T.J. Cummings (205-F-81) of Oita H.Devils - 18 points and 15 rebounds
9. Justin Burrell (235-F-88) of Yokohama BC - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. E.J. Drayton (204-F-82) of Akita NH - 20 points and 6 rebounds

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


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Cleveland Hotcards Debut Several New Players Anthony Wilson, Dan Biber, Jerial Nixon + New Coach Melanie Collins - by Vance Marbury
Saturday January 21, 2012

Cleveland Hotcards Defeated the St. Clairville Fury 133 to 97

Cleveland Hotcards debut quite a few new players Saturday, including former Jacksonville State Star Anthony Wilson, who played in prep school with Luol Deng. Wilson who played professionally in Lebanon, was a huge explosive addition to the Cleveland Hotcards team. Wilson debut with 35 pts and 10 rebounds. William Jones former Spoonriver Community College Star had a double-double compliling 22 points and 20 rebounds. Rollie Smith former Clarion University Star chipped in with 24 pts and 5 rebounds John Oliver chipped in with 23 pts and 2 rebounds. Former Lakeland CC (Mentor Oh) Darvel Harris added 12 pts and 10 rebounds.

St. Clairville Fury was led by Thomas Norris who had 20 pts and 5 asists.

Sunday January 22, 2012

Cleveland Hotcards defeated the Newark Thunder 136 to 108

This game featured the debut of two more new Cleveland Hotacrds players. Former Lakeland CC (Mentor Ohio) and Division II California Pa star Jerial nixon, and former Ivy League Division I Dartmouth University player Dan Biber. Jerial Nixon a mix of power and explosion debut with 22 pts and 8 rebounds. Dan Biber added 19 pts 7 rebounds.

The Cleveland Hotcards was led again by Former Spoonriver CC star 6'7' 220lbs SF William Jones. Jones tallied 31 pts 6 rebounds 3 blocks 2 assists. Former Clarion U. star Rollie Smith added 20 pts 5 rebounds and 6 assists. John Oliver chipped in with 19 pts and former Lakeland CC (Mentor, Oh) Darvel Harris star added 8 pts 5 rebounds 4 steals 6 assits.


The Newark Thunder were led by Sean Washington 29 pts 10 rebs, Ryan Thomas 20 pts 3 rebs, Eric Rice 15 pts 2 rebs, Johnny Clark 18 pts 4 rebs, and Sean Rogers 14 pts 4 rebs.


The Cleveland Hotcards will face the Pittsburgh Bullets this Friday in the OVL league and this sunday they will face the Lima Explosion of the ABA.



Div II No. 12 Lakeland CC (Mentor Oh) Men stay perfect at home, improve to 13-2 - by Vance Marbury
The No. 12 NJCAA Div II Lakeland CC (Mentor Ohio), men stay perfect at home, improve to 13-2

The nationally-ranked Lakeland mens basketball team shot 62% from the floor in the opening half and cruised to a 91-57 victory over visiting Niagara County in its first game of 2012. Freshman Chaz Rollins (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / John Hay) paced the Lakers with 23 points and eight rebounds.

Sophomore Brendan Cooper (Parma, Ohio / Parma) flirted with a triple-double and finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the win.

In total, Lakeland put five players in double figures. Freshman Deran Banton (Jamaica, N.Y.) scored 12 while classmates Daishon Robinson (Woodbridge, N.J.) and Martell Medley (Cleveland, Ohio / Euclid) added 13 and 10, respectively, off the bench.

Freshman Richard Smith (Cleveland, Ohio / Lutheran East) paced the defensive effort with a career-high six blocks in 21 minutes.

LCC hit 18 of 29 attempts from the floor in the opening 20 minutes to take a commanding 39-19 lead into the break.

Lakeland improved to 8-0 at home and enters conference play at 13-2 overall.


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Bashkimi in talks with Emir Zimic - by Dren Shporta
Third placed team in BKT Superliga, Bashkimi, still didnt test any international player. Only a week before mini transfer window ends, the oranges, have only talked with Emir Zimic (215-C-86, agency: World Sport Agency). The Bosnian, Emir Zimic, is 215 cm high center, who played in Greek League with Peristeri.

The team manager of oranges, Arlind Kacaniku, has told a Sport newspaper that they are in negotiations with Emir Zimic and they will confirm his place in the team during this week. 25 year old Bosnian would be a great help to Bashkimi, because they need a player who can rebound.

During the first half of the season Bashkimi registered 9 victories and 5 defeats, to classify in the third place. They registered four international players during three months and didnt keep any of them. Kabine Sissoko and Stephan Haynes, where first international duo which were replaced only after a month with Americans C.J. Webster and Rodrick Stewart, that stood in the team until the end of the first half of the season.



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


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LBL2 Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Saldus (#4) forced the game against VEF Riga junior (#1) into an overtime, but lost by five points 69-74 on Saturday night. The game took place in Saldus. But the guests from Riga were better at the end. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Saldus. Undefeated VEF Riga junior (18-0) have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 18 victories in a row. Saldus at the other side keep the fourth place with four games lost. VEF Riga junior's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena DSN.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. VEF Kadeti beat Riga on the road 75-71. Barons/Keizar. destroyed Ogres on its own court 96-60. Jelgava/LLU managed to outperform RSU in a road game 84-81. Ridzene was rolled over Liepaja-2 at home 69-105. Valmiera U21 was defeated by Cesis on the opponent's court 77-60. Bottom-ranked Gulbene smashed Livani in a home game 103-71. Riga won against DSN on the road 74-64.



Riga - VEF Kadeti 71-75

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked VEF Kadeti (10-7) beat on the road 5th ranked Riga (12-7) 75-71 on Monday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-13. But Riga won second period 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Kadeti moved-up to sixth place. Riga at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. VEF Kadeti's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Barons/Keizar..
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Barons/Keizar. - Ogres 96-60

Very expected game when 13th ranked BS Ogre (4-13) was smashed by third ranked Barons/Keizar. (16-2) in Riga 96-60 on Friday. The game without a history. Barons/Keizar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barons/Keizar. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-2 record having just two points less than leader BK VEF. BS Ogre lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Barons/Keizar.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Kadeti.
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RSU - Jelgava/LLU 81-84

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Zemgale/Juniors (6-13) edged higher ranked RSU (10-8) in Riga 84-81 on Friday. The guests trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 29-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zemgale/Juniors moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted RSU dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Zemgale/Juniors will have a break next round.
gschID: 165394


Saldus - BK VEF 69-74 OT

Saldus (#4) forced the game against VEF Riga junior (#1) into an overtime, but lost by five points 69-74 on Saturday night. The game took place in Saldus. But the guests from Riga were better at the end. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Saldus. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 17-9 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. VEF Riga junior (18-0) have an impressive 18-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 18 victories in a row. Saldus at the other side keep the fourth place with four games lost. VEF Riga junior's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena DSN.
gschID: 165395


Ridzene - Liepaja-2 69-105

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Ridzene (3-15) was outscored by second ranked Liepaja-2 (16-1) in Riga 105-69 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Liepaja-2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Liepaja-2 have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-1 record having just three points less than leader BK VEF. Ridzene lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 15 games lost. Liepaja-2 will face Ventspils Augstskola (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ridzene will play against Saldus (#4).
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Cesis - Valmiera U21 77-60

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Cesis (6-12) defeated at home 12th ranked Valmiera U21 (4-14) 77-60 on Thursday. The game without a history. Cesis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Newly promoted Cesis maintains tenth position with 6-12 record. Valmiera U21 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. Cesis will face BS Ogre (#13) on the road in the next round. Valmiera U21 will play against Livani and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 165392


Gulbene - Livani 103-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Livani (5-13) was outleveled on the road by bottom-ranked Gulbene (3-17) 103-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Gulbene. Livani was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Gulbene maintains sixteenth position with 3-17 record. Livani lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. Gulbene will have a break next round.
gschID: 165389


DSN - Riga 64-74

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Riga (12-7) beat on the road 9th ranked DSN (8-10) 74-64 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Riga have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-7 record. Newly promoted DSN keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Riga will have a break next round. DSN's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Riga junior.
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Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 18-0 
 2. Liepaja-2 16-1 
 3. Barons/Keizar. 16-2 
 4. Saldus 14-4 
 5. Riga 12-7 
 6. VEF Kadeti 10-7 
 7. RSU 10-8 
 8. VA 9-8 
 9. DSN 8-10 
 10. Cesis 6-12 
 11. Jelgava/LLU 6-13 
 12. Livani 5-13 
 13. Ogres 4-13 
 14. Valmiera U21 4-14 
 15. Ridzene 3-15 
 16. Gulbene 3-17 


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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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LKL: Rudupis beats Kedainiai in overtime - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Rudupis Prienu - Kedainiai Triobet 93:85

Rudupis Prienu (11-2) made 21 turnover but managed to reach an overtime home victory over Kedainiai Triobet (4-9) in the BEKO-LKL championship 93:85 (21:19, 23:20, 12:22, 22:17, 15:7).

With 31 seconds left to play Rudupis Prienu had a 1 point deficit (77:78) but Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) intercepted the ball and was fouled. He made 1 of 2 free throws and tied the score at 78:78 leading the teams to an overtime.

Kedainiai Triobet started lacking energy in an overtime and Prienai spurted 13:1 building a decisive 91:79 lead.

Rudupis Prienu: Gediminas Orelikas (199-G/F-90) (199-G/F-90) and Arturas Milaknis (4/11) 21, Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) 17 (10 rebs.), Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) 13.

Kedainiai Triobet: David McClure (198-F-86, college: Duke) 15, Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) 14, Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) 13.



Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas fell short in the games away from home - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas fell short in the games away from home of VTB League. Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas played at the court of Czech CEZ Nymburk and lost 73:80. It was a good game for guard Pavel Pumprla who led his team to a victory with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 19 points and his fellow Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lietuvos rytas. Lietuvos rytas will play at home against Enisey Krasnoyarsk.
Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod edged Lithuanian Zalgiris had identical 85:79. It looked good early as Zalgiris took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Nizhny Novgorod had a 27-19 second period charge getting the lead and Zalgiris were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-85. It was a good game for Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Paulius Jankunas replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Marko Popovic added 17 points in the effort for Zalgiris.



Butkevicius returns to Rudupis - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) who joined B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas last December will be returning to his previous club, Rudupis Prienu. He played in Rudupis Prienu since August 2010 and was one of the key players leading his club to LKL bronze medals last season.

Butkevicius played two games wearing B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas uniform (scored 20 points and 11 rebounds), two VTB league games (1 point, 2 rebounds), and several minutes in three Euroleague matches (no points, 1 rebound and assist).

He started his professional career in 2004 at Kauno Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla.



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Smith's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
36-year old forward Larrie Smith (198-F-75) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Sparta and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed T71 (#1, 13-3) with 26-point margin 92-66. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sparta maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sparta will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. Smith has many years of experience at Sparta, through which he has constantly improved. Larrie Smith averages this season 19.1ppg and 9.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77) of Basket Esch. He is Slovakian forward in his second season at Basket Esch. In the last game Svitek recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Basket Esch lost that game 75-80 to the higher-ranked Etzella (#4, 9-7). This loss caused Basket Esch to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Svitek is well-known at Basket Esch and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Soleuvre (#8). Ulmer scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ulmer's great performance Soleuvre lost 78-86 to the higher-ranked Musel Pikes (#5, 9-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Soleuvre ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ulmer could help Soleuvre to bring them higher in the standings. Ulmer has a great season in Luxembourg. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.4rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.2bpg, FGP: 53.4% and 3PT: 43.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. William Arre (199-F/C-86) of BBC Nitia - 33 points and 5 rebounds
5. Billy McNutt (203-F-85) of Heffingen - 13 points and 20 rebounds
6. Daniel Horace (200-F-83) of Etzella - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84) of Residence - 25 points and 9 rebounds
8. Nelson Delgado (188-G/F-80) of Etzella - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82) of Sparta - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87) of T71 - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 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)


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, Heffingen20.7 
 8. Perre, Musel Pikes20.4 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.20.3 
 10. Muller, T7120.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.4 
 2. McNutt, Heffingen12.1 
 3. Gary, Musel Pikes11.9 
 4. Stephens, T7111.6 
 5. Svitek, Basket Es.11.3 
 6. Walker, Heffingen10.7 
 7. Kennedy, Residence10.0 
 8. Raji, Etzella9.9 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.6 
 10. Carvalho, Heffing.9.5 
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. Reimold, Basket E.2.8 
 10. Koster, Residence2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Jones, Amicale2.9 
 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. Smith, Sparta1.4 
 8. Carvalho, Heffingen1.4 
 9. McNutt, Heffingen1.3 
 10. Brown, Amicale1.3 
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. McNutt, Heffingen1.3 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.2 
 6. Carvalho, Heffingen1.0 
 7. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 8. Reimold, Basket E.0.8 
 9. Djerman, Amicale0.7 
 10. Brown, Amicale0.7 


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  MALTA   


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


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  MOROCCO   


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 11-1 
 2. RSB Berkane 9-3 
 3. WAC Casabl. 8-4 
 4. PCS Plazza C. 7-5 
 5. MAF Fez 7-5 
 6. CRA Hoceima 6-5 
 7. IRT Tanger 4-8 
 8. FUS Rabat 3-8 
 9. KAC 2-10 
 10. RCA Casabl. 2-10 


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  NBA   


Toronto Raptors Recall Alabi - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam's NBA affiliate Toronto Raptors have recalled center Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.), the team announced today. Alabi, who was assigned to Bakersfield on January 4, played in nine games (eight as a starter) with the Jam, averaging 9.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 21.2 minutes. He recorded two double-doubles, and had highs of 22 points on January 7 against Idaho and 15 rebounds on January 6 versus the Stampede.

Alabi's lone appearance with the Raptors this season came on January 1 at Orlando. He appeared in 12 games with Toronto last year, averaging 0.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 4.9 minutes. He also spent time with the Erie BayHawks, Toronto's NBA D-League affiliate last year, where he averaged 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 22 games. Alabi was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft and traded to Toronto.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Favors fined $25K for tossing ball into crowd - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) has been fined $25,000 for throwing a ball into the stands during the third quarter of a 94-91 loss Thursday night against Dallas.

The league announced the fine Saturday.

The incident occurred with 24.8 seconds remaining in the third in a physical game that saw four technicals called.

Favors, a second-year pro, acknowledged he lost his cool after getting called for another offensive foul.

Jazz point guard Earl Watson received a technical shortly before Favors' ejection. Watson was standing up for a teammate when Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki smacked the basketball out of Favors' hands.

Nowitzki wasn't penalized for his actions, though he did receive a technical at the end of the first half for spiking the ball hard onto the court.

Courtesy of www.statesman.com


Luol Deng has MRI on left wrist, adding to list of Bulls' injured - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) underwent an MRI exam on his left wrist Sunday for an injury he suffered in the Bulls' victory Saturday over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Deng was removed from the floor so trainers could examine the wrist. X-rays came back negative, according to ESPNChicago.com.

'I just got hit on it, but it will be fine,' Deng told ESPNChicago.com after the game.

Deng joins a long list of Bulls players suffering through injuries. Point guard Derrick Rose has sat out four games because of a turf toe injury and will also be a gametime decision on Monday, ESPNChicago.com reports.

Big men Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson also missed Saturdays game as they recovered from ankle injuries suffered Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gibsons injury is far more serious. He wore a walking boot on Saturday night to protect a high sprain and couldnt put any weight on the foot.

'We can't even put a timeline on it,' Gibson told ESPNChicago.com Saturday night. 'Hopefully this thing goes away in the next couple of days, or I can get some feeling back so I can play. But right now it's about icing. That's the best thing I can hope for right now.'

Even through all their recent injuries, the Bulls maintain the best record in the NBA at 15-3. Chicago remains unbeaten at home with a 7-0 record and has won its last three games.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Russell Westbrook happy to stay in OKC - by Eurobasket News
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) hopes his decision to make a long-term commitment to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder will do away with the rumors of a rift between him and fellow All-Star Kevin Durant.

'I wish it would have never started,' Westbrook said Sunday at a news conference to formally announce his five-year, $80 million contract extension.

'Me and Kevin get along great on and off the floor, and now we're going to be together for at least five more years. Hopefully we can stay together.'

Suggestions that Westbrook and Durant weren't the best of friends surfaced during the playoffs last season, when he ended up with more shots than the two-time NBA scoring champion in several games. Now, every disagreement that occurs in the public eye gets magnified.

With the end of his rookie contract approaching at the conclusion of the season, he said he saw no reason to look anywhere but Oklahoma City -- and certainly not because of Durant.

'Why wouldn't you want to play with the best scorer who might be the best player in the league on your team?' Westbrook said.

Westbrook, a budding star in his own right, helped the Thunder reach the Western Conference finals last season while being chosen to the All-Star team for the first time.

He could have waited until his current deal expired and then tested the free-agent market, forcing Oklahoma City to match any offer from another team.

He'll already be handsomely paid but he could have stood to make even more, particularly if he made the all-NBA first team this year after being a second-team selection last season.

'That wasn't my objective,' Westbrook said. 'My objective was to find a spot where I'm happy and where I have opportunities to win championships.'

Westbrook said he has felt appreciated by the franchise since general manager Sam Presti, acting on advice from assistant GM Troy Weaver, made him a surprising No. 4 pick in the 2008 draft.

He had a rocky start plagued by turnovers, but has since developed into one of the league's most dynamic point guards while making his team a title contender.

Westbrook ranked among the top 15 in the NBA in points, assists and steals last season and he's ninth in the league this season with 20.6 points per game.

'How can you not love this guy? The guy plays with so much passion, he plays with toughness, he plays for the team and he's improved every month since we've had him,' coach Scott Brooks said.

The first part of Westbrook's career was marked by the team's relocation from Seattle, between draft day and the start of the regular season, and then the firing of P.J. Carlesimo early in his rookie year.

Soon after, he was thrust into the starting lineup and has stayed there ever since.

'The guy is so resilient. It's really kind of hard to keep him down, and he just continues to come back and work,' Presti said. 'It's incredibly impressive to me.'

Westbrook said it wasn't a tough decision for him to stay in the only place he's called home in the NBA and there's 'nowhere else' he'd want to play.

'For every player in the league, you want to be somewhere where you're wanted. I wanted to be somewhere where I had great support,' Westbrook said. 'This is the spot for me.'

'Why would you want to look around when you've got all this support and everybody is behind you and supporting you from day one,' Westbrook added. 'I took that into deep consideration, and that wasn't a hard answer to give myself.'

Westbrook said he didn't take into consideration how his signing would impact whether Oklahoma City will be able to afford to keep starting power forward Serge Ibaka and top reserve James Harden, who both will be in his position a year from now as potential restricted free agents.

'I'm not sure how that's going to work, but I know that now we have a great team and hopefully we can keep everybody together,' Westbrook said.

The bills could pile up quickly for the Thunder, who already are paying Durant a maximum contract for the next four seasons. So far, they've been willing to shell out the money necessary to keep the team's core members for the next few years.

'Keeping Russell as a part of our organization moving forward does a lot of things for us,' Presti said. 'It allows him to continue his development with the organization with which he started. It also gives us continued stability. And nothing really changes in terms of what our vision is for the organization: This is just another step in that direction.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Hawks G Hinrich close to returning from surgery - by Eurobasket News
Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas), who has missed the first 17 games of the season while recovering from left shoulder surgery, said Saturday he hopes to play during Atlanta's upcoming five-game trip.

Hinrich had surgery in November and he is trying to beat his projected recovery time of three to four months. He said before Saturday night's game he will be with the Hawks on their road trip which begins Monday at Milwaukee.

'I hope I'll be playing sometime on this trip,' he said.

Hinrich started in 22 of his 24 games with Atlanta last season after he was traded to the Hawks from Washington. He averaged 10.2 points and 4.0 assists overall.

'I can't wait to see him in a Hawks uniform again,' said coach Larry Drew after Saturday night's 121-94 win over Cleveland.

'I do understand he is close. That's good news.'

Jeff Teague has taken over as Atlanta's starting point guard.

Meanwhile, Dr. Xavier Duralde, who performed the surgery this week to repair center Al Horford's torn left pectoral muscle, said Saturday the All-Star is progressing well in his recovery.

Horford was injured going for a rebound in a Jan. 11 game at Indiana. He is expected to be out three to four months and could miss the remainder of the regular season.

Duralde checked Horford on Saturday and said the center can begin strengthening work in six weeks.

Duralde said the incision is in Horford's left arm pit.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Nets forward Damion James needs foot surgery - by Eurobasket News
Shawne Williams went through vigorous workouts yesterday and is expected to return to the lineup for tonights game against the Bobcats after missing the last four games with shin splints.

But the Nets have lost Damion James (6'7''-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) indefinitely, and he will undergo surgery on his right foot Tuesday to replace the screw he had inserted last year to help repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in the foot.

'It's disappointing', coach Avery Johnson said before last nights 84-74 loss to the Thunder. 'Here's a kid we drafted last year, we had him inked in as his starting three man and in the Eastern Conference. Hopefully the surgery will go well, and for us and him and his career, hopefully we can get this corrected and he wont have a problem anymore.'

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Dirk Nowitzki will miss 4 games to improve conditioning - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) sat out Dallas victory in New Orleans on Saturday night and will miss at least three more games so the star forward can get in better game shape while strengthening his sore right knee.

We just thought it was a good decision for everybody. Im not happy right now anyways, so the guys are better off when Im not out there, Nowitzki said. This gives me time to really do some of the stuff that I couldnt do when my knee was bothering me the last couple weeks. I couldnt lift and run and do the things I needed to do.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he and the Mavericks training staff decided Nowitzki needed an uninterrupted eight days of work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues, adding that Nowitzki had no choice in the matter.

There was no negotiating, Carlisle said. The important thing to realize is this is not a rest week. This is a work week and were going to get some of these minor issues resolved.

Hes going to be busting his (behind) this week. Were going to be on him hard, Carlisle added. Hes got a lot of work to do and if things go like we think theyll go, by the end of the week hell be back and ready to play.

Nowitzki has been playing with a protective sleeve on his right knee and at times has complained of stiffness and irritation. His 17.5 points per game this season is a little more than four points below his career average.

He said his knee has been feeling better recently, but added that by continuously playing on it, it wasnt getting better quick enough.

Nowitzki played as recently as Wednesday nights 94-91 victory at Utah, but was held to what is for him a relatively low 12 points to go with five rebounds.

I couldnt go by anybody off the dribble and thats part of my game. Right now Im basically a pop-up shooter every time I caught it, and if I didnt have (the shot), I had to swing it because I just couldnt make a move, couldnt go by anybody, Nowitzki said. I didnt feel comfortable. So thats something that Ive got to work on this week is putting the ball on the floor and get comfortable and really getting confidence in my leg strength and Ill be back to my old self.

Lamar Odom started for Nowitzki and scored 16 points in an 83-81 win over the Hornets.

I liked the way Lamar played. Were a running team, so with him starting and getting more minutes, this is an opportunity for him to get in the habit of running and to raise his level of conditioning, Carlisle said. This week is a big week for him.

Reserve forward Brian Cardinal expressed confidence in the Mavericks ability to compensate for Nowitzkis absence.

The beauty of our team is our depth, Cardinal said. Its just not one person thats going to have to replace him. Were going to have to collectively.

Cardinal said the compressed game schedule caused by the recent NBA lockout was making it tougher for Nowitzki to work his way back into shape.

Without having a lot of practice time its hard. All we do is play games, Cardinal said. So its hard to work on your game, work on your craft. This gives him that opportunity and at the same time it gives other people an opportunity (to play), so I think its a win-win for us.

Courtesy of http://dfw.cbslocal.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers30.5 
 2. James, Miami Heat29.7 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.1 
 4. Anthony, New Y.25.7 
 5. Love, Minnesota T.24.1 
 6. Aldridge, Portland.23.3 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.23.3 
 8. Bargnani, Toron.22.3 
 9. Griffin, LA Clipp.21.0 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Howard, Orlando M.16.1 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.14.1 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.5 
 5. Varejao, Clevelan.10.9 
 6. Lee, Golde S.10.6 
 7. Cousins, Sacramen.10.6 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.10.6 
 9. Humphries, New J.10.5 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.0 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.4 
 3. Rose, Chicago B.8.7 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.7 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.8.6 
 6. Paul, LA Clippers8.4 
 7. Williams, New J.8.3 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.8.3 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.7.9 
 10. Parker, San A.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.8 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.8 
 3. Shumpert, New Y.2.6 
 4. Rubio, Minnesot.2.4 
 5. Teague, Atlanta H.2.2 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.2.1 
 7. James, Miami Heat2.1 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat2.0 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.2.0 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Javale MCGEE
  Washingt.
  (213-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. McGee, Washingt.3.0 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers3.0 
 3. Gasol, Memphis G.2.6 
 4. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.5 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 6. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 8. Bynum, LA Lakers1.8 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 11-5 
 2. Boston C. 6-9 
 3. New York K. 6-10 
 4. New Jersey N. 5-12 
 5. Toronto R. 4-13 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 15-3 
 2. Indiana P. 11-4 
 3. Cleveland C. 6-9 
 4. Milwaukee B. 6-9 
 5. Detroit P. 4-13 
Southeast Div.
 1. Atlanta H. 12-5 
 2. Orlando M. 11-4 
 3. Miami Heat 11-5 
 4. Charlotte B. 3-14 
 5. Washington W. 2-14 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 13-3 
 2. Denver N. 12-5 
 3. Utah Jazz 10-5 
 4. Portland TB 9-7 
 5. Minnesota T. 7-9 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 10-8 
 2. LA Clippers 9-5 
 3. Phoenix Suns 6-9 
 4. Sacramento K. 6-11 
 5. Golde State W. 5-10 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 10-7 
 2. Dallas M. 10-7 
 3. Memphis G. 9-6 
 4. Houston R. 9-7 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-13 


Sunday's games review (5): Nets upend Bobcats 97-87 - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Toronto R. 103-91
Maurice Williams (6'1''-PG-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) scored 19 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 18 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers sent the Toronto Raptors to their eighth straight loss, 103-91 on Sunday. DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) had 16 points and 16 rebounds and Chauncey Billups had 14 assists for the Clippers, playing their fifth straight game without point guard Chris Paul because of a left hamstring strain. Caron Butler finished with 15 points for Los Angeles. Williams scored Los Angeles' first 17 points of the final quarter to give them a 93-73 lead with 7:22 remaining, after the Raptors trimmed a 22-point deficit to 13 on Leandro Barbosa's 3-pointer with 8:25 to play. Barbosa scored 19 points and Linas Kleiza added 16 for the Raptors, who began a five-game road trip by missing their first 15 shots and were 35.8 percent from the field overall. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Raptors leading scorer Andrea Bargnani missed his sixth games in a row with a left calf strain. Guard Jerryd Bayless returned to the lineup after sitting out 13 games due to a sprained ankle. He scored seven points in 18 minutes. Griffin slammed home Randy Foye's alley-oop lob in the first minute to start a 22-6 run. Los Angeles led 49-37 at halftime after Jordan helped them build an 18-point lead late in the first quarter with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Clippers extended the margin to 60-38 with an 11-1 run capped by Butler's 3-pointer. Foye got it started when he blocked a 19-foot jumper by DeRozan and went the other way for a driving layup. Moments later, Jordan converted Billups' alley-oop lob into a reverse slam dunk. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New Jersey N. - Charlotte B. 97-87
Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) had 19 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 97-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night. Williams' near triple double would have been the first of the season for the Nets, who improved to 5-12 on the season. Marshon Brooks (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Providence) added 20 points for the Nets, while Anthony Morrow added 19 points. Rookie Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Gerald Henderson had 15 points while Bismack Biyombo and Derrick Brown had 11 each. The Nets got off to a strong start. Morrow's 3 early in the second quarter increased the Nets' lead to 38-25. With less than a minute remaining in the half, he made a 3 to push the advantage to 14 at 56-42. New Jersey led 58-42 at halftime. Without the injured Brook Lopez, New Jersey has relied on its perimeter shooting. The Nets shot 38 of 86 from the field, including 7 of 27 from three. Charlotte shot 46.8 percent from the field and 35.7 percent on 3-pointers. Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin played the first quarter before leaving the game because of an inflamed big right toe. Walker struggled some against the more experienced guards of the Nets. Late in the second quarter, Williams knocked the ball free to start a fast break that ended with a two-handed dunk by Kris Humphries. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Washington W. - Boston C. 94-100
The Boston Celtics were missing one of their star guards when the game started, and then lost another in the second quarter. The way Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) was playing, it didn't matter. Pierce had season highs with 34 points and 10 assists and tied his season best with eight rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 100-94 victory over the Washington Wizards yesterday. 'Paul carried us,' said Ray Allen (6'5''-SG-75, college: Connecticut), who left after jamming his left ankle in the first half. 'He played great for us. The team, everybody rallied behind him.' Boston started without point guard Rajon Rondo, out for the second straight game with a sprained right wrist, and Allen left after being fouled by Jan Vesely with about 6 minutes left in the second quarter. Pierce - who had scored a total of 20 points in the previous two games - made up for their absence, going 10 for 15 from the floor and 12 of 15 from the line. His three steals were also a season high. 'I'm one of our, if not our main scorer on this ballclub,' Pierce said. 'That's my role. I haven't been doing a good job of it lately, but a lot of that has to do with just being in game shape, getting my legs stronger, being able to get up and down and jump.' John Wall had 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Wizards. Nick Young scored 19 points, and JaVale McGee added 13, but they had no answer for Pierce. 'It's tough. The last five minutes we were right there,' Wall said. 'We've got to execute down the stretch.' Pierce was at his best right after the Celtics let a 15-point third-quarter lead slip away. Washington tied the game at 75 with 9 minutes left on a fast-break alley-oop for a dunk from Wall to Trevor Booker, and the Wizards seemed to have the momentum. Pierce scored Boston's next 10 points, countering Washington's surge. Pierce capped his 10-point run after the Wizards took an 84-83 lead with six minutes to go on Young's three-point play. Pierce hit a jumper to get the lead back, and the Celtics did not trail the rest of the way. 'At the end of the day, your big players have to step up and play well for you to win, especially games when you have guys out,' Boston coach Doc Rivers said. 'And Paul did everything.' Pierce scored 14 of Boston's final 25 points. Kevin Garnett scored five of his 17 points in the final two minutes, including an emphatic dunk down the lane with two minutes left to give Boston a 95-90 lead which effectively ended the Wizards' chances. 'We got ahead because we defended, got ahead and ran, and we moved the ball offensively,' Washington coach Flip Saunders said. 'Then all of a sudden we got ahead and the ball had Velcro.' Half of Boston's six wins this season have come against the Wizards, who have the league's worst record at 2-14. Washington has some reason for optimism despite a two-game losing streak. On Wednesday, the Wizards got their second win of the season, and the past two losses were both close until the end. 'Ten days ago we weren't competing at a high level,' Saunders said. 'We've gotten to the point now we're competing at a high level. Now we've got to find a way to close out these games.' *Courtesy of www.metrowestdailynews.com

Miami Heat - Milwaukee B. 82-91
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) scored 23 points, Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) added 16 off the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks held Miami to 37 percent shooting on the way to beating the Heat 91-82 on Sunday night. It was the second straight road win for Milwaukee, which started the year 0-8 away from home. Andrew Bogut scored 13 points for the Bucks, who got 10 apiece from Shaun Livingston and Stephen Jackson. LeBron James finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which had won three straight. Chris Bosh scored 23 for the Heat, who got 12 from Mario Chalmers. Milwaukee turned 22 Miami turnovers into 22 points and the Heat tied an NBA season-low with nine assists, one shy of matching the franchise record. It was the first time Miami lost this season in seven games without Dwyane Wade, out again with a sprained right ankle. Milwaukee won despite shooting 35 percent, and 5 for 30 from 3-point range. Miami got within 83-80 with 2:15 left on a pair of free throws by Bosh, before Ilyasova restored Milwaukee's five-point lead with 1:50 left. Miami's next two possessions ended with a turnover and a missed layup by James with three Bucks in pursuit, all that getting followed by Jennings' putback of a missed 3-pointer by Jackson with 39.5 seconds left to all but seal the win for Milwaukee. It's the first time Milwaukee has won consecutive road games since December 2010. The Heat sputtered through the first half, putting up season-lows in just about every offensive category including points (41), field goals (11), field-goal percentage (.355) and assists (four). The Bucks, who despite their record have been one of the league's best teams in a number of defensive areas so far in this young season, shot only 34 percent but led 46-41 at halftime. Milwaukee made its first 3-pointer of the game, then missed all 15 others they tried in the first two quarters. The Bucks also sent James to the line 11 times in the half; he made 10, just the seventh time in his career he'd made so many in the opening 24 minutes of a game. Milwaukee put up 28 points in the second quarter, despite shooting 8 for 24. Miami was whistled for three technical fouls, first on Mike Miller, then Joel Anthony (who hadn't had one in three seasons) and then assistant coach Ron Rothstein, all in a span of 30 seconds midway through the second quarter. Milwaukee was 12 for 12 from the line in the period. Both teams held leads, neither bigger than five points, in the third quarter - another offensive show of offense, as the teams combined for nearly as many turnovers (11) as field goals (12). Combined, the teams shot 31 percent in the quarter, the Bucks leading 65-63 after the period thanks to Jackson hitting a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left. Jackson connected on another 3-pointer early in the fourth and Jennings added a 3 midway through the final quarter for a 79-72 edge, the biggest for either club to that point. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

LA Lakers - Indiana P. 96-98
Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter playing with a broken nose, and five of his teammates also scored in double figures to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-96 on Sunday night. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 33 points for the Lakers, but missed what would have been a tying 3-pointer from 30 feet from the top of the key with 3.5 seconds to play and the Pacers clinched it at the free throw line. The Pacers (11-5) are off to their best start since 2003-04, when they won 14 of their first 16, finished the regular season 61-21 and came within two wins of getting to the NBA finals. The Lakers, coming off road losses to Miami and Orlando, failed to reach 100 points for the 11th straight game - their longest streak since a 12-game stretch in 2003-04. Hibbert, the Pacers' second-leading scorer, left the court with the broken nose after fouling Bryant with 6:46 left in the first quarter. Tyler Hansbrough replaced Hibbert and missed all five shots during Hibbert's brief absence, but grabbed seven rebounds. Hibbert reported back in with 5:12 left in the second quarter after a trainer stuffed cotton up his nose, but he had difficulty keeping it in at times. He also had eight rebounds in 27 minutes. Bryant beat the third-quarter buzzer with a 16-footer from the right of the key to give the Lakers a 78-77 lead, and former Pacers forward Troy Murphy got his first points of the game on a 3 that made it 82-77. Hibbert, more than willing to get his nose dirty, scored six consecutive points in the paint to cut the margin to one with 6:15 left, and former UCLA guard Darren Collison's 3-pointer tied it at 86 with 5:32 left. West ended the first half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the top of the key, capping a 15-6 run and slicing the Lakers' 13-point lead to three at 52-49. He finished the half with 15 points, helping offset 17 by Bryant. Danny Granger's 3-pointer 1:37 into the third quarter gave Indiana a 55-54 lead, its first since Paul George's game-opening dunk. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com




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NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 18-5 
 2. Quebec K. 17-10 
 3. Halifax R. 16-6 
 4. St.John M.R. 11-13 
 5. Summerside S. 9-14 
 6. Oshawa P. 8-17 
 7. Moncton M. 4-18 


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Halifax R. - Summerside S. 113-99
On a day when a couple of their top scorers weren't up to par, the Halifax Rainmen turned to their frontcourt to pick up the slack. In front of 2,284 fans, centres Richard Anderson (6'7''-F-77) and Abdullahi Kuso (6'9''-F-84, college: Tallahassee CC) combined for 26 points and contained the Summerside Storm's primary offensive threat Sunday afternoon as the Rainmen posted a 113-99 win, their 11th in a row at the Metro Centre. Anderson, the former Canadian national team member, netted 15 points in his fourth game as a Rainman. Kuso chipped in with 11 in his third game back from a torn tendon in his right pinkie finger. 'Those guys did well, they stepped up,' said guard Joey Haywood, Halifax's top scorer with 20. 'We just looked for them more this time and they hit good shots and they really got a lot of offensive rebounds, stuff like that, and that really helped us a lot.' The two big men, counted on more for their defence on the National Basketball League of Canada's most potent team, combined for 14 boards, 10 of them on the offensive end. They also helped limit Summerside power forward Mike Williams, second in the NBL with 17.9 points per outing, to just eight points in 36 minutes of work. Small forward Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) added 18 points for Halifax (16-6) and guards Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.) and Taliek Brown chipped in with 16 and 10, respectively. Troy Jackson topped the Storm with 22 and Al Stewart had 17. Playing on consecutive days for the first time this season after beating the Quebec Kebs 100-88 on Saturday night, the Rainmen made a concerted effort to go inside against the league's lowest-rated defence, Kuso said. 'Richard did a great job and hopefully we can continue like that,' said the six-foot-nine Gonzaga alumnus. 'If we're gonna be a championship team, we can't be one-dimensional.' Halifax came out of the gate by counting four of its first five field goals on drives through the paint against a flimsy Summerside defence. Haywood led the way with eight points in the first quarter as the Rainmen built a 26-20 lead. 'We were really going at their bigs, the guards were just attacking the big men,' the former Saint Mary's star said. Halifax widened the gap to nine points on Bryan McCullough's trey 2 minutes into the second only to watch Summerside string together a 11-1 run to go ahead by one. But after two more lead changes, the Rainmen responded with a 9-2 streak, including five points by Kuso, to regain control. They led 47-42 at halftime and never trailed again, although they struggled to shake loose from the pesky Storm (9-15). 'They're always a tough team, they compete to the end,' Kuso said. 'We knew it was going be a trap game or whatever but we didn't let that get to us.' Summerside battled back early in the third to knot the score at 51-51. But Halifax had an answer for every push and finished the quarter ahead 78-71. They stretched their lead into double digits for the first time on Haywood's slash to the hoop four minutes into the fourth. Despite combining for 212 points, the league's two highest-scoring teams struggled from three-point range. The Rainmen went 2-for-17 and the Storm were an equally frigid 2-for-16. Off-days from Justin Johnson (6'6''-G-86, college: Iowa) and Lawrence Wright, sixth in the NBL scoring parade, contributed to Halifax's lack of production in that area. Johnson, who'd buried 12 treys and 40 points in Halifax's previous two games, went 0-for-6 from the floor. Wright played sparingly, netting six points, after getting his upper lip smashed open against the Kebs. He ended up spending five hours in the emergency room Saturday night while getting 10 stitches. 'I'm just trying to heal up and get ready for next game,' said Wright. The Rainmen are in Summerside for a rematch Thursday night, beginning a stretch in which they play three straight nights and four times in five days. *Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca

St.John M.R. - Moncton M. 78-71
The Saint John Mill Rats claimed their second win this weekend at home on Sunday afternoon against the Moncton Miracles. The final score was 78-71 in front of a crowd of 1,986 at Harbour Station. The Mill Rats bolted out of the gate in the first quarter going on a 9-0 run. The Miracles quickly closed the gap, leaving the Mill Rats with a one point lead by the end of first, 18-17. Both teams kept their momentum throughout the second, closing the half with a one point difference. Mill Rats held onto their lead going into the third, 33-32. The third quarter shifted as the Miracles were able to edge over the Mill Rats, outscoring them 21-15. With just over two minutes remaining, a double technical was called on Mill Rat's PJ Young and Moncton's Sylvania Watkins. The Miracles closed the third, leading 53-48. Half way through the last quarter, the Mill Rats heated back up and were able to get their edge on the Miracles. With just over four minutes left, Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87)'s three pointer followed by DeLuca's finish on Kuon's missed layup, brought the Mill Rats to a 69-62 lead. The Mill Rats were able to secure another home win, closing the game 78-71. Isaac Kuon led the Mill Rats with 15 points. Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Vincennes Univ.) and Darren Duncan each added 14, while Francis had 9 rebounds and Duncan contributed 10 assists. Moncton was led by Trayvon Lathan with 18 and Akeem Wright with 16; each added 11 rebounds. Saint John rises to 11-13 while the Miracles fall to 4-18. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Halifax R. - Quebec K. 100-88
Ten is a nice round number. Justin Johnson scored 18 points and the Halifax Rainmen dumped the Quebec Kebs 100-88 to post a franchise-record 10th straight win at home on Saturday night in National Basketball League of Canada action. Halifax trailed only once in the contest, played before 3,245 fans at the Metro Centre, and left little room for suspense, maintaining a double-digit lead throughout the second half that swelled to as much as 21 points. 'We know home court is important,' Johnson said after draining a half-dozen three-pointers for the second game in a row. 'We've gotta take care of home. We know we have to do that in the playoffs too.' Halifax hasn't lost at the Metro Centre since its home opener against the London Lightning on Nov. 5. The 10 consecutive wins eclipses the old mark of nine, set during the 2009-10 season, when the Rainmen played only 10 home dates in the Premier Basketball League. Tyrone Levett added 17 points for Halifax, while Chris Hagan netted 14, Lawrence Wright 11 and Bryan McCullough 10. Former Rainman James (Boo) Jackson topped Quebec with 17 points, Royce Parran had 14 and Yannick Anzuluni chipped in with 12 along with a game-high 17 rebounds. With the playoffs looming in March, the Rainmen (15-6) solidified their hold on second place by gaining another game on Quebec, third with a 17-10 slate. McCullough said it was important to knock back the Kebs, who lost 102-100 on a last-second basket in Saint John on Friday night to go 0-2 on a quick Maritimes swing. 'It's good to like squash them, squash their confidence when they come to our place and try to play us,' he said. 'They can't do it.' Both teams were slow out of the gate. Halifax didn't score its first field goal until Taliek Brown's hoop more than four minutes in. But the layup wiped out the hosts' only deficit of the night and started a 14-2 run that helped stake them to a 22-14 edge at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Halifax extended its lead, outscoring Quebec 28-23 on the strength of six triples, three of them by the hot-shooting Johnson. 'My shot's been feeling good but at the same time, it all goes to my teammates,' said the six-foot-six guard after he and his mates combined for 13 treys. 'They're finding me in the open spots and I'm hitting them.' The Kebs opened the second by rallying to tie the game at 25-25. Halifax immediately answered, though, with a 12-0 surge that included a pair of McCullough threes to push their advantage to 37-25. The Rainmen were up 50-37 at the break but got a scare when Wright, the league's No. 6 scorer, went down hard after a collision during a scramble for a rebound on the last play of the half. He was prone on the floor for several minutes before getting up, bleeding profusely from a large gash above his mouth. He returned for the second half with his upper lip heavily bandaged and played about 10 minutes but was headed for stitches after the game. The Rainmen started the third leading 50-37 and quickly put things out of reach. Abdullahi Kuso's hoop just past the three-minute mark gave Halifax a 61-40 advantage and the Kebs never got any closer than 14 points until they dropped the last two buckets of the game. Halifax had won its previous two starts against Quebec but was coming off a 111-94 setback on Thursday night in another showdown with the league-leading Lightning, winners of all four meetings between the two clubs. 'We just had to put the last game behind us and just come out with a lot of energy tonight and it showed,' McCullough said. Saturday's tilt marked the return of Kebs centre Aaron Spears, who was fined and suspended for one game for throwing a ball at a heckler at the end of the Kebs' 97-83 loss to the Rainmen in Halifax on Dec. 10. A small chorus of boos greeted him during pre-game player introductions and he received similar treatment each time he subbed in during the match. He finished with seven points. *Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca




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Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. Syracuse 5-1 (17-1) 
 2. Kentucky 4-0 (18-1) 
 3. Baylor 4-1 (17-1) 
 4. Duke 4-1 (14-2) 
 5. Missouri 4-1 (17-1) 
 6. Ohio St. 5-2 (17-3) 
 7. Kansas 5-0 (15-3) 
 8. N.Carolina 3-1 (14-1) 
 9. Michigan St. 5-1 (17-3) 
 10. Georgetown 5-2 (17-2) 
 11. Indiana 4-3 (16-3) 
 12. Murray St. 8-0 (20-0) 
 13. Connecticut 4-3 (14-5) 
 14. UNLV 2-1 (18-3) 
 15. Virginia 2-1 (14-2) 
 16. San Diego St. 3-0 (17-2) 
 17. Florida 3-1 (15-4) 
 18. Mississippi St. 3-2 (16-4) 
 19. Creighton 8-1 (18-2) 
 20. Michigan 3-2 (14-5) 
 21. Marquette 3-2 (13-4) 
 22. Illinois 4-3 (9-8) 
 23. Louisville 3-3 (14-6) 
 24. St.Mary's, CA 7-0 (18-2) 
 25. Kansas St. 3-3 (13-4) 


No. 11 Indiana beats Penn State 73-54 - by Eurobasket News
No. 11 Indiana dealt with Penn States tough defense the only way it knew how - with a strong second half.

After a poor-shooting first half, the Hoosiers clamped down on defense in the second and shot 65 percent from the field to rally for a 73-54 victory Sunday.

Penn State plays as hard as anyone well face and as hard as anybody in the country will face, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said. We knew that we would have to be at a high, high level of toughness, a high level of energy and a high level of getting to the floor first because thats what they do.

They also had to play at an emotionally high level to match the Nittany Lions, who learned of former football coach Joe Paterno's death on their way to the game.

Indiana held a moment of silence in honor of Paterno just before tipoff, some time that clearly had the Nittany Lions thinking about more than basketball.

Coach Patrick Chambers bowed his head in deep thought and some players tugged at the black ribbons on their blue road jerseys as they reflected on the impact that Paterno had on their university. He won an NCAA-record 409 games before getting fired in November after child sex-abuse charges were filed against Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator. A few days after the firing, Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Its very sad on a variety of levels. Our heart goes out to his family and the entire Penn State community, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said before the game.

But the Hoosiers (16-4, 4-4) still had a job to do, and the game lived up to Creans expectations.

The teams combined for 48 fouls, attempted 46 free throws, grabbed 61 rebounds and delivered two intense defensive efforts. Indianas counterpunch just happened to be better than Penn States first one.

Freshman Cody Zeller (6'11''-F-92) led Indiana with 18 points, and Jordan Hulls (6'0''-G) scored all 14 of his points in the second half. Christian Watfords final two free throws gave him 11 points and seven rebounds as the Hoosiers snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Big Ten is a physical league, and thats just how they play, Zeller said.

And on Sunday, there was even more at stake for Penn State with Chambers paying tribute to one of the programs biggest fans.

He loved basketball. He would always tell me a story about how he covered (Hall of Famer Bob) Cousy, Chambers said wistfully as he spoke about Paterno. He just wanted basketball to be successful, really wanted to give us what we needed to be able to compete in the Big Ten on a daily basis - in recruiting, in games, facilities, any amenities he was all for it. I know that hasnt been the perception, but thats not true.

Whatever Paterno did behind the scenes seemed to be working.

Last season, the Nittany Lions made their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2000-01.

Chambers took over this season and got his first win over a ranked team on Thursday when Tim Frazier (6'1''-G-90) scored with 8 seconds left to beat No. 22 Illinois. On Sunday, the Nittany Lions were trying to win their third straight game at Assembly Hall after going 0-15 there all-time.

Sundays jarring news came on the heels of a Saturday night spent praying and dealing with false reports about Paternos condition.

Joe Paterno meant so much to this university, you know, said Frazier, who scored 21 points. We wore ribbons for him today. Its a very tough situation.

The Nittany Lions (10-11, 2-6 Big Ten) limited Indianas high-scoring offense to only 27 points and 40.9 percent shooting in the first half. They were still within nine points with 8:13 to go despite shooting 23 percent (5 of 22) in the second half.

The Nittany Lions used a 9-3 run to go up 13-10 and held the lead for most of the half.

But Indiana tied the score on a tip-in by Zeller on the opening possession of the second half, then took the lead when Verdell Jones scored on a layup after a Penn State turnover. That gave Indiana a 31-29 lead that it never relinquished.

Indiana followed with two straight 3-pointers from Watford and a third from Hulls to make it 40-35, and when Sheehey scored on a layup and Matt Roth hit a 3 with 13:04 left, the Hoosiers led 45-35.

Penn Sate, which got 11 points from Nick Colella (6'3''-G-89), never seriously threatened again and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Its a tough league and theres some tough players in this league so for us to be able to go toe-to-toe, thats going to prepare us for the future, Indianas Victor Oladipo said. We have to learn from this win, just like we learn from our losses.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Virginia Tech beats No. 15 Virginia 47-45 - by Eurobasket News
Erick Green (6'3''-G-91) scored 15 points, including the free throws with 1:52 remaining to give Virginia Tech the lead, and Dorenzo Hudson (6'5''-G-88) had six points over the final 2:12 as the Hokies beat No. 15 Virginia 47-45 on Sunday night, ending the Cavaliers' nine-game home winning streak.

Hudson, who finished with 12 points, hit a baby hook with 1:11 to go to give Virginia Tech a 44-41 lead. After a jumper by Jontel Evans pulled Virginia within a point, Hudson hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 16.5 seconds left for the Hokies (12-7, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Virginia (15-3, 2-2) needed several shots to score at the other end, and when Joe Harris finally banked in a putback, only 1 second remained. Virginia shot 32.6 percent overall and missed 13 of 14 3-point attempts.

Evans, Harris and Mike Scott all scored 10 points for the Cavaliers.

Virginia came in second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 50.4 points, and the Hokies seemed determined to show they could be just as stout. They were more than that, hold the Cavaliers to a season-low in points.

A tip-in by Harris pulled Virginia even at 37 with 8:25 left, and neither team scored again for more than 3 minutes.

Sammy Zeglinski finally ended the drought for Virginia, hitting one free throw, and Scott made it 40-37 with a fast break dunk. On the play, Malcolm Brogdon came away with a long rebound and started the break, and then fed Scott flying down the land for the one-handed stuff.

Hokies freshman guard Marquis Rankin (6'1''-G), in the game to give Green a rest, got the Hokies within 40-39 with a foul-line jumper.

Harris then made just 1 of 2 free throws, capping a second half in which Virginia missed 7 of 13 from the line.

Hudson made 1 of 2 for the Hokies, and Green made two free throws with 1:52 to go, giving the Hokies a 42-21 lead.

After a turnover, Hudson's baby hook stretched the lead to three, and the Cavaliers never caught up.

Virginia trailed 32-25 when Zeglinski tried his fifth 3-pointer and, like the others, missed. The crowd groaned, but Harris came up with the rebound underneath and muscled it in, causing the sellout crowd to erupt and giving the spark the Cavaliers desperately needed.

Almost immediately, Evans stole the ball near midcourt and drove in for a layup. After a miss by the Hokies, Brogdon made two free throws for Virginia, and Harris made one to tie it at 32.

Virginia Tech led 23-19 at halftime after closing on a 10-4 run fueled by Jarell Eddie, who ended consecutive possessions by barely beating the shot clock with long 3-pointers. Eddie came into the game shooting better than 50 percent from behind the arc.

Virginia shot just 25 percent in the opening half.

Courtesy of www.timesonline.com


Wisconsin takes down No. 22 Illinois - by Eurobasket News
Nothing much was working for Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor (6'1''-G) early in Sunday's game.

The Badgers guard struggled with his offense and headed to the locker room at halftime with five points on 2-of-6 shooting in the face of some tough defense by No. 22 Illinois.

But when it mattered most, Taylor found himself with the ball, driving across the lane as the shot clock wound down with under a minute to play. The senior hit a midrange jumper that gave the Badgers a five-point lead and that bit of breathing room was enough for Wisconsin to hold on for a 67-63 victory over the Illini.

'The opportunity presents itself and I try to knock shots down,' said Taylor, who finished with 19 points. 'I'm still not doing a great job of that.'

Badgers coach Bo Ryan said his team had to scrap for its fourth straight win after three consecutive Big Ten losses.

'We have to do those things to be successful,' he said. 'We don't strike fear in a lot of hearts when we show up.'

The Illini led deep into the second half but lost its second straight since their upset of then-No. 5 Ohio State landed them briefly in first place in the Big Ten.

'This is one we let slip away, that's for sure,' said 7-foot-1 Meyers Leonard (7'1''-C-92), who led Illinois with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Joseph Bertrand (6'5''-G-91) added 15 points for Illinois (15-5, 4-3).

Jared Berggren (6'10''-F/C) had 18 points for the Badgers (16-5, 5-3) and it was his defense that limited Leonard's opportunities.

Illinois took a 50-46 lead with just over 9 minutes to play on a jumper by Leonard, but the Badgers went on a 7-0 run to retake the lead.

Taylor hit a short jump shot, Mike Bruesewitz made a 3-pointer and Ben Brust added a fastbreak layup that put the Badgers up 53-50. The sellout crowd at Assembly Hall went quiet as the Badgers bench, coaches included, jumped to their feet, many of them shouting a collective 'Yeah!'

'They went on that 7-0 run, it was kind of a turning point,' Leonard said.

Bruesewitz's 3-pointer with 7:42 left in the game typified the scrappy play Ryan talked about.

Brust initially missed from long range after a turnover by Brandon Paul, but Berggren lunged toward the sideline in front of the Wisconsin bench to pick up the rebound, feeding it back to Brust and, eventually, the ball found the open Bruesewitz on the opposite side of the court.

The Badgers finished with 10 second-chance points.

'They made the plays and you have to give them credit,' Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. 'They out-toughed us and outhustled us.'

The Illini tied the game at 53-53 with 5:16 to play on a basket by Bertrand, but a jumper by Brust put the Badgers up for good, 55-53, with just over 5 minutes left.

D.J. Richardson added 13 points for the Illini and Paul, two games removed from a 43-point night against the Buckeyes, had 10.

Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser drew the assignment of controlling Paul, and was effective. Paul was 3 of 11 from the field, including missing two 3-point attempts.

'[Paul] has probably been the best player in the league the last couple of games,' Taylor said. 'Josh did a great job of coming in and slowing him down.'

While Taylor struggled early for the Badgers, Bertrand found his shooting stroke midway through the first half, and finished with 12 points over the first 20 minutes. They included two on a drive and short jumper just before the buzzer that tied the game at 26-26.

'Joe was very good in the first half and kind of kept us going,' Weber said.

Bertrand's early hot hand made up for a cold first half by Paul and Richardson. Between them they went to the locker room with seven points on 2-of-12 shooting

Wisconsin finished with 10 turnovers, but had eight by the half -- one short of its average for a game. That and the Badgers' 2-of-8 shooting from the free throw line in the first half were the biggest reasons Illinois was in the game.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


South Florida hands DePaul 5th straight loss - by Eurobasket News
DePaul continued on its arctic slide Sunday, allowing 30 minutes of competitive basketball to freeze away at the end of a 75-59 loss to visiting South Florida.

The loss - the fifth straight for the Blue Demons (10-9, 1-6 Big East) - might have been the most dismaying of the season in the deeper confines of the program. While the Bulls (12-8, 5-2) are one of the surprise teams in the conference, they also entered Allstate Arena 1-7 away from home this year.

'Our inability to make shots really cost us,' said coach Oliver Purnell , whose Blue Demons flailed at 33.8 percent (22 of 65) from the floor.

That dismal norm included 0 of 13 by unpredictable guard Brandon Young and 1 of 10 from Moses Morgan.

'We were doing a good job in the first half even though we weren't making shots,' said Purnell, whose team trailed 37-29 at the break. 'But then as the game went on and Brandon struggled mightily and Moses struggled mightily, it did take a toll.'

USF brought enough of its Tampa heat including 66.7 percent field-goal shooting (16 of 24) in the second half to swat back the best intentions of DePaul. Those intentions peaked when a pair of free throws by Young with 12 minutes, 55 seconds to play pulled the Blue Demons within 48-44.

But after that, the Bulls ruled, roaring ahead 60-49 when Anthony Collins (6'1''-G) nailed a jumper with 6:18 remaining. DePaul never got closer after that.

Augustus Gilchrist (6'10''-F/C-89), a 6-foot-10 big man on peripheral NBA radars, led South Florida with 22 points. Cleveland Melvin (6'8''-F) led the Blue Demons with 17 points.

'I think they need one more guy, someone to give them something scoring-wise and keep things going,' South Florida coach Stan Heath said of DePaul. 'You've got to keep getting talent and get 'em to buy in.

'Oliver knows it better than I do. They're moving in the right direction.'

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Wood leads NC State past Miami 78-73 - by Eurobasket News
Scott Wood (6'6''-F) had twice the reason to celebrate North Carolina State's win Sunday afternoon.

Wood scored 21 points to lead the Wolfpack to a 78-73 victory over Miami and help North Carolina State continue its strong Atlantic Coast Conference start.

The N.C. State forward also had a personal reason to enjoy the win. Wood's second of two three free throws after he was fouled on an attempted 3-pointer with 5:21 remaining in the second half set the ACC all-time consecutive free-throw record at 55. Duke's J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) established the previous record of 54 in 2003-04.

'It's big, any time you can be mentioned with J.J. Redick and that you beat one of his records is a great accomplishment,' Wood said. 'It's nice to finally get it over with, I guess.'

Wood added two free throws with 18 seconds remaining that gave the Wolfpack a 77-68 lead and secured their fourth win in five ACC games. His record now stands at 58.

'Scott lets the game come,' N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. 'He has a great tempo about his game. He doesn't get flustered if he doesn't get the ball for a while, and he's always a threat. And if he gets fouled, you can mark those down - he's going to make them.'

The Wolfpack led 55-41 midway through the second half and withstood a late Miami rally. Kenny Kadji's (6'11''-F/C-88) dunk with 1:44 remaining got the Hurricanes to within 72-68.
N.C. State (15-5) responded with five unanswered points, capped by Wood's two late free throws.

'I thought it was a gutsy win for us; I'm proud of our team,' Gottfried said. 'They made a charge, we were able to withstand it and still found a way to win. I like that about our team.'

The win places the Wolfpack in a three-way tie for first in the conference with Duke and Florida State.

'We're playing well at the right time,' Wood said. 'We just need to continue to get in the gym and work hard and continue to build on this momentum that we have.'

The Hurricanes outscored N.C. State 15-4 during a 3:46 stretch late in the second half. Kadji's three-point play with 4:26 remaining ended the surge and got Miami to within 65-60.
Kadji scored 20 points to lead the Hurricanes (10-7, 1-3).

'All the things we're trying to work on and improve, we don't focus on doing those things under game conditions,' Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. 'Until the team learns to practice better and execute better and then execute them in game conditions, the same mistakes keep occurring.

'It starts with defense and it starts with effort.'

N.C. State maintained its double-digit halftime lead through the first 10 minutes of the second half until Miami responded with six unanswered points that cut the Wolfpack's lead to 59-51 with 7:33 remaining.

C.J. Leslie's two free throws with 3:17 left gave N.C. State its first double-digit lead of the first half at 32-22 and was part of a 10-0 run. C.J. Williams' second of consecutive 3-pointers with 1:23 remaining ended the surge and increased the Wolfpack's lead to 38-22.

N.C. State limited Miami to 7-of-25 shooting from the field in the first half and led at halftime 39-27.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Maryland
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Stoglin, Maryland21.2 
 2. Barnes, N.Carolina17.3 
 3. Harris, Wake F.17.3 
 4. McKie, Wake Forest17.2 
 5. Scott, Virginia16.6 
 6. Green, Virginia Te.16.1 
 7. Henson, N.Carolina14.5 
 8. Zeller, N.Carolina14.4 
 9. Rivers, Duke14.4 
 10. Rice, Georgia Tech13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HENSON
  N.Carolina
  (210-F-90)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Henson, N.Carolina10.1 
 2. Howell, N.Caroli.9.4 
 3. Zeller, N.Carolina9.3 
 4. Plumlee, Duke9.3 
 5. James, Florida St.8.8 
 6. Scott, Virginia8.7 
 7. Finney-Smith, Virg.7.5 
 8. Johnson, Miami, FL6.9 
 9. McKie, Wake Forest6.7 
 10. Booker, Clemson6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kendall MARSHALL
  N.Carolina
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Marshall, N.Caroli.9.5 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.6.9 
 3. Smith, Clemson4.2 
 4. Loucks, Florida St.4.1 
 5. Howard, Maryland3.9 
 6. Scott, Miami, FL3.5 
 7. Evans, Virginia3.5 
 8. Young, Clemson3.4 
 9. Green, Virginia Te.3.2 
 10. Johnson, N.Caroli.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  Miami, FL
  (180-G-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Larkin, Miami, FL2.1 
 2. Brown, N.Caroli.2.0 
 3. Young, Clemson1.9 
 4. Miller, Florida St.1.9 
 5. Evans, Virginia1.8 
 6. Smith, Clemson1.6 
 7. Curry, Duke1.6 
 8. Green, Virginia Te.1.6 
 9. Dulkys, Florida St.1.6 
 10. Zeglinski, Virgin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John HENSON
  N.Carolina
  (210-F-90)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Henson, N.Carolina3.2 
 2. Walker, Wake F.2.9 
 3. Miller, Georgia Te.2.5 
 4. Desrosiers, Wake F.2.5 
 5. James, Florida St.2.3 
 6. Len, Maryland2.0 
 7. Leslie, N.Caroli.1.9 
 8. Kadji, Miami, FL1.8 
 9. Plumlee, Duke1.6 
 10. Gibson, Florida S.1.6 


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Jackson at the double - by Mike Lacey
The SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers made it 8 wins from the last 10 games when they defeated the Melbourne Tigers 91-77 in round 17 of the ANBL this week. In front of a third consecutive sell out crowd at the NSEC, the SKY CITY New Zealand Breakers never looked threatened once they established a double figure lead in the second quarter.
Gary Wilkinson, playing his 50th game for the club led all scorers with 21 points but the spread of scoring (6 players in double figures and CJ Bruton on 9 points) was one of the most pleasing aspects of the performance for head coach Andrej Lemanis. Pleasing for everyone was again, the high powered performance of Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.). In addition to equalling the club record of 13 assists in a game, Jackson contributed 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Melbourne coach Trevor Gleeson was full of praise for Cedric after the game describing him as the best point guard in the league. Few associated with the Breakers would argue with those sentiments.
Jackson looks set to smash a couple of all time season best Breakers records. Dillon Boucher holds the record for the most steals in a season, 60 back in 2003/04 from 30 games. Jackson has already snaffled 46 in 18 games. CJ Bruton dished off 161 assists in 2008/09 but Jackson looks almost certain to surpass this mark as he currently has 115 and with a minimum of 12 games remaining and needs only 4 per game to better this mark. As Jackson is currently averaging 6.4 assists per game and 2.6 steals both records look well within his grasp.



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  NORWAY   


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Kristiansand 11-1 
 2. Miners 10-1 
 3. Persbraaten 8-3 
 4. STIF Whalers 6-5 
 5. Varden 5-5 
 6. OSI 4-6 
 7. Fyllingen BBK 4-7 
 8. Hop 1-10 
 9. NTNUI 0-11 


1Div. Round 13: NTNUI still not able to record any victory - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked NTNUI is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to seventh ranked OSI (4-6) 77-75 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. OSI moved-up to sixth place. NTNUI at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. OSI are looking forward to face higher ranked Varden (#5) in Tromso in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NTNUI will play at home against Fyllingen BBK (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked NTNUI is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to third ranked Persbraaten (8-3) 84-64. Persbraaten maintains third place with 8-3 record having four points less than leader Kristiansand. NTNUI at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Persbraaten will play against Varden (#5) in Tromso in the next round. NTNUI will play at home against Fyllingen BBK (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Tromso supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed STIF Whalers (6-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Varden (5-5). Varden defeated STIF Whalers 76-60 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STIF Whalers. Varden maintains fifth place with 5-5 record. Loser STIF Whalers keep the fourth position with five games lost. Varden will meet OSI (#6) in the next round. STIF Whalers will play against Hop BBK in Bergen and hope to secure a win.
The game in Fyllingen was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Miners (10-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Fyllingen BBK (4-7). Miners defeated Fyllingen BBK 76-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fyllingen BBK. Miners have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-1 record behind leader Kristiansand. Newly promoted Fyllingen BBK dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Miners' next round opponent will be Hop BBK (#8) in Bergen which should be theoretically an easy game. Fyllingen BBK will play on the road against NTNUI in Trondheim and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bergen supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Miners (10-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Hop BBK (1-10). Miners smashed Hop BBK 81-55 on Sunday. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Miners. They maintain second place with 10-1 record behind leader Kristiansand. Hop BBK lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Miners will have a break next round. Hop BBK will play again on the road against the league's second-placed Miners (#2) in Kongsberg.



Varden - STIF Whalers 76-60

The game in Tromso supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed STIF Whalers (6-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Varden (5-5). Varden defeated STIF Whalers 76-60 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STIF Whalers. The game without a history. Varden led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Varden maintains fifth place with 5-5 record. Loser STIF Whalers keep the fourth position with five games lost. Varden will meet OSI (#6) in the next round. STIF Whalers will play against Hop BBK in Bergen and hope to secure a win.
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Fyllingen BBK - Miners 61-76

The game in Fyllingen was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Miners (10-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Fyllingen BBK (4-7). Miners defeated Fyllingen BBK 76-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fyllingen BBK. The game was mostly controlled by Miners. Fyllingen BBK was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miners have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-1 record behind leader Kristiansand. Newly promoted Fyllingen BBK dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Miners' next round opponent will be Hop BBK (#8) in Bergen which should be theoretically an easy game. Fyllingen BBK will play on the road against NTNUI in Trondheim and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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OSI - NTNUI 77-75

Bottom-ranked NTNUI is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to seventh ranked OSI (4-6) 77-75 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. OSI moved-up to sixth place. NTNUI at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. OSI are looking forward to face higher ranked Varden (#5) in Tromso in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NTNUI will play at home against Fyllingen BBK (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Hop - Miners 55-81

The game in Bergen supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Miners (10-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Hop BBK (1-10). Miners smashed Hop BBK 81-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Miners. Hop BBK was better in third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hop BBK to just 6 points in fourth quarter. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Miners. They maintain second place with 10-1 record behind leader Kristiansand. Hop BBK lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Miners will have a break next round. Hop BBK will play again on the road against the league's second-placed Miners (#2) in Kongsberg.
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Persbraaten - NTNUI 84-64

Bottom-ranked NTNUI is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to third ranked Persbraaten (8-3) 84-64. It looked good early as NTNUI took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Persbraaten had a 31-12 second period charge getting the lead and NTNUI was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-84. Persbraaten maintains third place with 8-3 record having four points less than leader Kristiansand. NTNUI at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Persbraaten will play against Varden (#5) in Tromso in the next round. NTNUI will play at home against Fyllingen BBK (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
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  PBL   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rodney ALEXANDER
  Lake M.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 26
 1. Alexander, Lake M.26.0 
 2. Commons, Scranton.25.6 
 3. Armstead, Charlest.25.5 
 4. Holloway, Sauk V.25.3 
 5. Davis, St. Louis P.24.0 
 6. Favors, Sauk V.23.5 
 7. Simpson, Scranton.21.6 
 8. Tubbs, Sauk V.21.3 
 9. Valencia, Lake M.21.0 
 10. Eldridge, NW Indi.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo HILL
  Chicago M.
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Hill, Chicago M.11.5 
 2. Pettiford, India.11.5 
 3. Fay, Sauk Valley P.11.0 
 4. Harris, Sauk V.10.3 
 5. Holloway, Sauk V.10.3 
 6. Goldsberry, Charle.10.0 
 7. Artest, Indiana D.9.5 
 8. Robinson, Scranton.8.4 
 9. Caterina, Charlest.8.0 
 10. Fogarty, St. L.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vince GOLDSBERRY
  Charle.
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 16
 1. Goldsberry, Charle.16.0 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.8.0 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.7.8 
 4. Alexander, Lake M.7.0 
 5. Voils, Indiana D.6.5 
 6. Ruffin, Cent.I.5.8 
 7. Crouch, Rocheste.5.8 
 8. Council, Rocheste.4.3 
 9. Valencia, Lake M.4.0 
 10. Inabnit, Indiana3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Desmond HOLLOWAY
  Sauk V.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Holloway, Sauk V.3.3 
 2. Collins, Charlest.3.0 
 3. Smith, NW India.2.5 
 4. Griffin, Scranton.2.0 
 5. Hassell, Dayton A.2.0 
 6. Commons, Scranton.2.0 
 7. Box, Sauk Valley P.1.8 
 8. Petty, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 9. Radchiff, NW India.1.7 
 10. Harris, Dayton A..1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.5.0 
 2. Slack, Cent.Ill.2.0 
 3. Commons, Scranton.1.6 
 4. Pettiford, India.1.3 
 5. Robbins, Scranton.1.2 
 6. Valencia, Lake M.1.0 
 7. White, Charlest.1.0 
 8. McCree, Lake M.1.0 
 9. Wade, Dayton A.S.1.0 
 10. Holloway, Sauk V.1.0 


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  PHILIPPINES   


2011-2012 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 2: Goliath - by Enzo Flojo
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over POWERADE TIGERS, 102-96

'It's a privilege to have the courtside seat watching Gary David (187-G/F-78). You really cant stop him. You just withstand him,' said TNT coach Vincent Reyes .

The Powerade Tigers were clearly stronger with Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) back in uniform, but the Texters remained a tough nut to crack in Game 2 of the 2012 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

Gary David had another 30-point game, Casio and Marcio Lassiter combined for 32 points, and the inside duo of Doug Kramer and Rommel Adducul also accounted well for themselves, but the heavily-stacked TNT five still managed to hit their shots at the most important moments to nail a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Having a smaller frontline was an issue for many PBA observers before the series began, what with Kramer and Adducul unanimously hailed as undersized given the recent crop of PBA big men, but it hasnt really been TNTs height advantage that has pummeled the Tigers.

On the contrary, Powerades size hasnt been too much of an issue because TNT has chiefly gone to Ali Peek and Harvey Carey down low. That should be good for the coach Bo Perasols Tigers, but both of TNTs small big men have more than held their own against Kramer and Adducul.

If the Tigers are to steal Game 3 and maybe even the series, then theyll have to do what theyve done in the earlier rounds, which is to hit the big shots in the clutch.

David, Casio and Kramer missed some important late game opportunities in Game 2 (Kramers errant pass is one glaring example) that handed TNT more than enough breathing room. If they can regain the sharp execution that propelled them past the Llamados and the Painters, then they have a chance to slay the Goliath that is Talk N Text.

Here's compressed game recap from PBA.ph:

Calm and composed under pressure, Talk n Text made it two in a row versus Powerade to inch closer to retaining the coveted PBA Philippine Cup crown. The Tropang Texters outplayed the Tigers in the crunch, bucking the return of Joseph Casio as they scored a win that gave them a commanding two-game-to-nil lead in the best-of-seven finale at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Talk n Text slowed down in the fourth period, but nailed crucial shots at the finish enabling the Texters to score a follow-up on their 116-100 win in the series opener Friday in Digos, Davao del Sur. Larry Fonacier (186-F/G-82), Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: CS San Bernar.) and Ryan Reyes rose to the occasion in crunch time, quelling the Tigers uprising. Fonacier saved a basket from a broken play, Alapag fired a trey then Ryan Reyes got a steal and scored on a breakaway layup as the Texters gained 101-93 a breather entering the final minute of the game.

The Texters went on to notch the six-point triumph, negating Gary Davids 30-point showing and Doug Kramers double-double job. David drained 15 of 16 free-throw attempts to highlight his eighth 30-point showing in the playoffs. Kramer also got better with Casio back, coming through with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his 17th double-double game in the tourney. Casio delivered 17 points, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 rebound while Marcio Lassiter added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block, but the rest of the Tigers hardly made any contribution.

TNT 102 - Alapag 23, Castro 19, Fonacier 13, Peek 10, Carey 9, Williams 8, Reyes 7, De Ocampo 7, Dillinger 4, Gamalinda 2, Aguilar 0.
POW 96 - David 30, Casio 17, Lassiter 15, Kramer 14, Adducul 9, Vanlandingham 4, Cruz 3, Anthony 2, Antonio 2, Allera 0, Crisano 0.
QS: 31-25, 56-51, 80-73, 102-96

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



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  PUERTO RICO   


Mets ink Burgess: - by Luis Modestti
Mets de Guaynabo announced today the signing of veteran center Chris Burgess (209-C-79, college: Utah) for the 2012 BSN season.

Burgess made his BSN debut in 2006 where he won a title with Criollos de Caguas. He then played with Carolina in 2008.

He is expected to join the team in February along with James Maye who signed earlier in the month.

Guaynabo already has Angel Vassallo, Bobby Joe Hatton, Manuel Narvaez, Angel Figueroa, Carlos Escalera and Gabriel Colon under contract.

Dalmau retires:

Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) announced his retirement from the league because of his commitments with the government of Puerto Rico.

Dalmau finished his 18-year career with 6,455 points, 1,464 rebounds and 1,195 assists. He played for Piratas de Quebradillas, Polluelos de Aibonito, Indios de Mayaguez, Cangrejeros de Santurce and Mets de Guayanbo.



Mojica leaves Estudiantes: - by Luis Modestti
Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) left Weber Bahia Estudiantes in Argentina due to personal reasons.

Mojica announced yesterday to team officials that he didnt want to continue. In his last four games Mojica had a bad stretch but the team didnt have plans to cut him.

'It is a difficult time for me, the decision was not easy,' said Mojica to La Nueva Provincia.

'I dont feel comfortable with myself, I feel that the decision is best for the team,' he added.

Mojica averaged 14.9 points this season for Estudiantes. His team is in a key stretch in the season and there are 15 games left. The other Puerto Rican in the team, Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87), will stay with the team.

At this moment Mojica won't sign with another team and is expected to play with Vaqueros de Bayamon on March 2.



Quebradillas signs their first two imports: - by Luis Modestti
Piratas de Quebradillas announced this week the signing of guard Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) and forward Williams Marcus (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona).

Both of them are scheduled to join the team as soon as they finish their commitments overseas. Corey is playing in Lebanon and Marcus in China. The BSN season starts on March 1.

The team started practicing last week under head coach Rolando Hourruitiner. Some of the players in training camp are Luis Villafane, Joel Jones, David Huertas and Samuel Rosas.



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  QATAR   


D1 Stats
Points Per Game
 Jalloh ABDULAI
  Al Arabi
  (--)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Abdulai, Al Arabi30.3 
 2. Ngombo, Al Rayyan23.3 
 3. Watson, Al Gharr.21.0 
 4. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.19.3 
 5. Soyebo, Qatar17.7 
 6. Crisp, Al Ahli17.7 
 7. Shiek, Qatar17.0 
 8. Ali, Al Rayyan17.0 
 9. Ismail, Al Rayyan16.7 
 10. Abdulla, As Sadd16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 O SHIEK
  Qatar
  (--)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Shiek, Qatar15.3 
 2. Mofunanya, Al Ar.14.0 
 3. Jabbi, Al Ahli13.3 
 4. Southall, As Sadd12.7 
 5. Byrd, Al Arabi12.3 
 6. Ukaokoro, Qatar11.5 
 7. Okosun, Al Ahli11.0 
 8. Soli, Al Wakrah10.3 
 9. Leslie, Al Rayyan9.0 
 10. Ali, Al Rayyan8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Boney WATSON
  Al Gharr.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Watson, Al Gharr.6.3 
 2. Mousa, As Sadd4.7 
 3. Mohammed, Al Ra.4.4 
 4. Atif, Al Arabi4.3 
 5. Ali, Al Rayyan4.3 
 6. Ismail, Al Rayyan4.3 
 7. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.4.0 
 8. Abdu, Al Wakrah3.7 
 9. Soyebo, Qatar3.7 
 10. Crisp, Al Ahli3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jalloh ABDULAI
  Al Arabi
  (--)
  Avg: 3
 1. Abdulai, Al Arabi3.0 
 2. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.3.0 
 3. Saad, As Sadd2.7 
 4. Abdelkader, Al Gha.2.7 
 5. Ngombo, Al Rayyan2.3 
 6. Abdullah Ali, Al G.2.3 
 7. Tharid, Al Wakrah2.0 
 8. Faraj, Al Gharrafah2.0 
 9. Ismail, Al Rayyan1.7 
 10. Shiek, Qatar1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SOUTHALL
  As Sadd
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Southall, As Sadd2.7 
 2. Soli, Al Wakrah2.3 
 3. Byrd, Al Arabi1.7 
 4. Jabbi, Al Ahli1.3 
 5. Mofunanya, Al Ar.1.3 
 6. Muhamad, As Sadd1.0 
 7. Zaidan, Al Ahli1.0 
 8. Saleem, Al Rayyan1.0 
 9. Okosun, Al Ahli1.0 
 10. Abdelkader, Al Gh.1.0 


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


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  RUSSIA   


CSKA, Spartak SP and Novgorod reach the weekend victories - by Eurobasket News
CSKA, Spartak SP and Novgorod reach the weekend victories in VTB League.
Spartak St.Petersburg managed to secure only two-point victory 61-59 over Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Vladimir Dragicevic chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
BC Nizhny Novgorod edged Zalgiris 85:79. It looked good early as Zalgiris took a 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Nizhny Novgorod had a 27-19 second period charge getting the lead and Zalgiris were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-85. It was a good game for Polish forward Michal Ignerski who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Paulius Jankunas replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds.
VTB United League top team - Russian CSKA Moscow had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed Belarusian Minsk-2006 110:60. The best player for the winners was Sasha Kaun who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: RIZO) chipped in 11 points and 9 assists.



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  SCOTLAND   


Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 11-1 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 10-2 
 3. St.Mirren 8-3 
 4. Troon Tornadoes 7-5 
 5. Glasgow Univ. 6-5 
 6. Glasgow Storm 6-6 
 7. Stirling Knights 4-8 
 8. Boroughmuir 4-8 
 9. Glasgow R. II 2-10 
 10. Dunfermline 1-11 


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  SERBIA   


B League Round 14: Konstantin beats Spartak by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 14 in the B League took place in Subotica. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th ranked Spartak (8-6) to first ranked Konstantin (10-3) 57-56 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spartak. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 21-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Center Marko Jovanovic (214-82) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Konstantin's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Srdjan Stojanovic replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Spartak. Konstantin have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-3 record, which they share with Mladost Zemun. Spartak at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Jagodina. Konstantin is looking forward to face Sabac (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak will play against Vojvodina (#12) in Novi Sad and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An interesting game for Mladost Zemun (10-3) which played road game in Jagodina against 3rd ranked KK Jagodina (8-6). Second ranked Mladost Zemun managed to get a 11-point victory 81-70. Forward Nenad Banjanin (201-85, college: E.Michigan) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lazar Rasic chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Mladost Zemun's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Ninoslav Tmusic (205-73) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Mladost Zemun have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Konstantin. KK Jagodina at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Spartak. Mladost Zemun will play against Napredak A. (#9) in Aleksinac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Jagodina will play on the road against Crnokosa (#7) in Kosjeric and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Beograd between Napredak A. and Beovuk 72. Eleventh ranked Napredak A. (6-8) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Beovuk 72 (6-8). Napredak A. managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 in the fight for the ninth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beovuk 72. Aleksandar Miladinovic notched 21 points to lead the effort. Even 22 points and 5 steals by Marko Babic did not help to save the game for Beovuk 72. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Napredak A. moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sabac and Beovuk 72. Napredak A. will meet league's second-placed Mladost Zemun in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Beovuk 72 will play against Mladost Cacak (#6) and hope to secure a win.
The game between sixth ranked Mladost Cacak (7-6) and 10th ranked Vojvodina (5-9) in Cacak ended with biggest points difference. Mladost Cacak beat guests from Novi Sad 84-67. The best player for the winners was Milos Jankovic who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mladost Cacak maintains sixth position with 7-6 record. Vojvodina lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with nine games lost. Mladost Cacak's next round opponent will be Beovuk 72 (#10) in Beograd. Vojvodina will play at home against Spartak in Subotica.

In the last two games of round 14 Crnokosa beat Radnicki Stud. on the road 75-71. Sabac won against Jedinstvo NB on its own court 83-73.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 26 points and 11 rebounds by Nemanja Knezevic of Radnicki Stud..


Mladost Cacak - Vojvodina 84-67
The game between sixth ranked Mladost Cacak (7-6) and 10th ranked Vojvodina (5-9) in Cacak ended with biggest points difference. Mladost Cacak beat guests from Novi Sad 84-67. The game was mostly controlled by Mladost Cacak. Vojvodina was better in fourth quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Vojvodina helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was power forward Milos Jankovic (200-94) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Ivan Dukanac (199-80) chipped in 18 points. Bosnian guard Marko Skoko (190-85) produced 19 points and forward Srdjan Pastornjicki (202-91) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mladost Cacak maintains sixth position with 7-6 record. Vojvodina lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with nine games lost. Mladost Cacak's next round opponent will be Beovuk 72 (#10) in Beograd. Vojvodina will play at home against Spartak in Subotica.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: I.Dukanac 18+3reb+1ast, M.Jankovic 18+8reb, V.Dujovic 13+2reb+2ast, G.Vucicevic 9+4reb+2ast, M.Azanjac 9+3reb+1ast, V.Sataric 6+3reb
Vojvodina: M.Skoko 19+3reb+1ast, S.Pastornjicki 14+2reb+3ast, V.Bulut 9+1reb, D.Laketa 9+4reb, R.Seslija 6+1reb+1ast, D.Andric 4
gschID: 148103


Radnicki Stud. - Crnokosa 71-75
No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Crnokosa (7-7) beat bottom-ranked Radnicki Stud. (4-10) in Kragujevac 75-71. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 15-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Crnokosa shot 60.8 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Borislav Djurovic (206-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) who scored 30 points (on 14-of-15 shooting from the field). Guard Nenad Kasabasic (190-84) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Nemanja Knezevic (191-92) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and guard Srboljub Samailovic (194-82) added 21 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Crnokosa moved-up to seventh place. Radnicki Stud. at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Crnokosa's next round opponent will be higher ranked KK Jagodina (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Radnicki Stud. will play against Viva Basket (#8) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Crnokosa: B.Djurovic 30+2reb+1ast, N.Kasabasic 14+5reb+7ast, N.Jeftic 9+4reb, S.Mukanovic 7+3reb+12ast, B.Sanjin 6+5reb+1ast, M.Radivojevic 5+3reb+1ast
Radnicki Stud.: N.Knezevic 26+11reb+3ast, S.Samailovic 21+4reb+7ast, F.Lalovic 9+5reb+5ast, M.Draskovic 7+7reb, D.Savic 4+2reb+1ast, N.Tanasijevic 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148099


Sabac - Jedinstvo NB 83-73
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Jedinstvo NB's (4-10) road loss to twelfth ranked Sabac (6-8) 73-83. Jedinstvo NB was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Sabac made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Aleksandar Ivanovic (197-82) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Pavle Boljkovac (190-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) chipped in 18 points. Four Sabac players scored in double figures. Guard Vuk Pekovic (183-89) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Predrag Brankovic (185-83) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sabac moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Beovuk 72 and Napredak A. Jedinstvo NB lost fifth consecutive game. Jedinstvo NB at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Sabac's next round opponent will be league's leader Konstantin in Nis and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jedinstvo NB will play at home against Radnicki OB (#3) in Obrenovac.
Top scorers:
Sabac: A.Ivanovic 20+6reb+2ast, P.Boljkovac 18+2reb+3ast, P.Koprivica 12+6reb+1ast, S.Jovanovic 11+8reb, M.Petrovic 8+1reb+4ast, A.Todorovic 6+2reb
Jedinstvo NB: S.Bogdanovic 17+1ast, P.Brankovic 12+5reb+2ast, V.Pekovic 11+5reb+3ast, M.Radenkovic 9+7reb, V.Kirsanov 8+1reb, S.Vokic 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 148101


Spartak - Konstantin 56-57
The most exciting game of round 14 in the B League took place in Subotica. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th ranked Spartak (8-6) to first ranked Konstantin (10-3) 57-56 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spartak. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 21-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Center Marko Jovanovic (214-82) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Konstantin's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Srdjan Stojanovic replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Rados Vukolic added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Spartak. Konstantin have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-3 record, which they share with Mladost Zemun. Spartak at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Jagodina. Konstantin is looking forward to face Sabac (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak will play against Vojvodina (#12) in Novi Sad and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Konstantin: M.Jovanovic 15+10reb, M.Trailovic 12+3reb+4ast, M.Vitkovic 7+1ast, V.Velickovic 6+4ast, V.Djordjevic 6+5reb, M.Gacinovic 5+3reb+2ast
Spartak: S.Stojanovic 17+5reb+2ast, I.Djurovic 10+5reb+1ast, R.Vukolic 7+10reb+1ast, S.Ljubotina 6+5reb+2ast, M.Dinic 5+5reb+2ast, A.Drakulic 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 148102


Beovuk 72 - Napredak A. 64-65
A very close game took place in Beograd between Napredak A. and Beovuk 72. Eleventh ranked Napredak A. (6-8) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Beovuk 72 (6-8). Napredak A. managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 in the fight for the ninth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beovuk 72. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Napredak A. forced 20 Beovuk 72 turnovers. Aleksandar Miladinovic notched 21 points to lead the effort and Nikola Raicevic supported him with 14 points. Even 22 points and 5 steals by forward Marko Babic (196-93) did not help to save the game for Beovuk 72. Bosnian power forward Vuk Ivanovic (208-83, college: BYU, agency: Interperformances) added 6 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Napredak A. moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sabac and Beovuk 72. Napredak A. will meet league's second-placed Mladost Zemun in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Beovuk 72 will play against Mladost Cacak (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Napredak A.: A.Miladinovic 21+2reb+2ast, N.Raicevic 14+4reb+3ast, S.Raicevic 12+3reb+2ast, D.Sikman 8+7reb+5ast, N.Grujo 3+5reb, N.Barac 3+1reb+1ast
Beovuk 72: M.Babic 22+2reb+1ast, M.Dondur 10+4reb, M.Riboskic 8+1reb, V.Ivanovic 6+10reb+1ast, L.Jeremic 5+2reb+1ast, I.Djukovic 5+7reb
gschID: 148097


Jagodina - Mladost Zemun 70-81
An interesting game for Mladost Zemun (10-3) which played road game in Jagodina against 3rd ranked KK Jagodina (8-6). Second ranked Mladost Zemun managed to get a 11-point victory 81-70. The game without a history. Mladost Zemun led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mladost Zemun outrebounded KK Jagodina 44-27 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Nenad Banjanin (201-85, college: E.Michigan) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lazar Rasic chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Mladost Zemun players scored in double figures. Mladost Zemun's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Ninoslav Tmusic (205-73) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jovan Bajic (191-80) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Mladost Zemun have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Konstantin. KK Jagodina at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Spartak. Mladost Zemun will play against Napredak A. (#9) in Aleksinac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Jagodina will play on the road against Crnokosa (#7) in Kosjeric and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mladost Zemun: N.Banjanin 24+11reb+2ast, L.Rasic 15+9reb, N.Celebic 14+2reb+1ast, A.Andrejevic 10+6reb, M.Dugosija 7+3reb, S.Bozovic 6+5reb+1ast
Jagodina: N.Tmusic 14+7reb, N.Filipovic 13+3reb+1ast, J.Bajic 10+3reb+5ast, A.Mirkovic 8+1reb, V.Gajovic 8+2ast, N.Djoric 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 148098

Radnicki Obrenovac - Viva Basket (TBA)


APOEL Nicosia lands Nikola Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News
APOEL Nicosia announced signing of Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) for rest of the season. The 30-year-old power forward is not a new face in Cyprus as he already played there in 2006/07 season. Jovanovic was a member of Etha at that time. After Etha, the player moved to Swisslions Takovo and in 2008/09 joined Polish team Atlas Stal Ostrow. There he exploded with 15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.7 apg in 34 PLK games. From 2009 until the last summer Nikola Jovanovic played for Anwil Wloclawek and participated at the PLK All-Star game last season. He helped Anwil to reach the Polish Cup Finals, while in 2010 Anwil played in the PLK Finals. Jovanovic had 13.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.8 apg in Poland last season, while he also added 13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.7 apg for 6 games in EuroCup. Jovanovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention -09, 11 and also Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Bosmans Team -09, 10, 11. This season he started with Romanian BC Timisoara, but they parted ways in December. He had 8.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 6 games in Romania, plus 13 points and 5 rebounds for a single Balkan League game.

Jovan Bajic is a newcomer at KK Jagodina - by Eurobasket Center
KK Jagodina (B League) added to their roster 32-year old Serbian guard Jovan Bajic (191-G-80). In his first game he scored 10 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Mladost Zemun 70-81. Bajic played most recently at SCM CSU Craiova (Romania). While playing 13 games for Craiova this season he averaged 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. Bajic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Romania and Slovakia.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Luka Milojevic sings for OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic
Young prospect Luka Milojevic (193-G-91) is new member of OKK Beograd family. Management of OKK Beograd sings long term contract with Milojevic until 2012. Luka Milojevic was born november 11, 1991 in Kruevac, where he made his first basketball steps. Last three seasons Milojevic played for senior team of Napredak Kruevac. In season 2010-201, on 26 games for Napredak Krusevac Milojevic average scored 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Luka Milojevic was member of Serbian U20 National team.

Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.23.5 
 2. Djurovic, Crnokosa20.7 
 3. Riboskic, Beovuk19.8 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost19.3 
 5. Rasic, Mladost17.6 
 6. Dasic, Jagodina17.1 
 7. Dondur, Beovuk 7217.0 
 8. Gagovic, Jagodina16.6 
 9. Stajic, Viva Basket16.5 
 10. Samailovic, Radni.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.12.2 
 2. Tmusic, Jagodina9.1 
 3. Jankovic, Mladost8.2 
 4. Glisovic, Radnic.8.2 
 5. Dondur, Beovuk 727.8 
 6. Grubor, Vojvodina7.7 
 7. Vukovic, Mladost7.7 
 8. Sikman, Napredak.7.6 
 9. Ljubotina, Spartak7.4 
 10. Djurovic, Crnokosa7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.6.7 
 2. Velickovic, Konst.5.7 
 3. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.8 
 4. Simic, Radnicki OB4.7 
 5. Boricic, Radnicki.4.3 
 6. Kasabasic, Crnoko.4.0 
 7. Marinkovic, Mlados.3.8 
 8. Skoko, Vojvodina3.7 
 9. Samailovic, Radnic.3.6 
 10. Pastornjicki, Voj.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.3.2 
 2. Marinkovic, Mlados.2.8 
 3. Kuntic, Spartak2.5 
 4. Tanasijevic, Radni.2.3 
 5. Rasic, Mladost2.3 
 6. Dugosija, Mladost2.2 
 7. Boljkovac, Sabac2.1 
 8. Djoric, Jagodina2.1 
 9. Djurovic, Spartak1.9 
 10. Raicevic, Napreda.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Goran HUSKIC
  Radnicki OB
  (--)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Huskic, Radnicki OB2.2 
 2. Ljubotina, Spartak2.1 
 3. Karahodzic, Spartak1.7 
 4. Jankovic, Mladost1.2 
 5. Dukanac, Mladost1.0 
 6. Banjanin, Mladost0.9 
 7. Grujo, Napredak A.0.8 
 8. Djurovic, Crnokosa0.8 
 9. Savic, Radnicki St.0.8 
 10. Radenkovic, Jedin.0.8 


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Vojvodina 13-3 
 2. Mega Vizura 12-4 
 3. BKK Radnicki 11-5 
 4. Radnicki Basket 10-6 
 5. Borac 10-6 
 6. Smederevo 9-7 
 7. Tamis 9-7 
 8. Sloga 9-7 
 9. OKK Beograd 9-7 
 10. Sloboda Uzice 5-11 
 11. Metalac 5-11 
 12. Zeleznicar 4-12 
 13. Napredak 4-12 
 14. Proleter Naftagas 2-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki K.


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Konstantin 10-3 
 2. Mladost Zemun 10-3 
 3. Radnicki OB 8-5 
 4. Jagodina 8-6 
 5. Spartak 8-6 
 6. Mladost Cacak 7-6 
 7. Crnokosa 7-7 
 8. Viva Basket 6-7 
 9. Napredak A. 6-8 
 10. Beovuk 72 6-8 
 11. Sabac 6-8 
 12. Vojvodina 5-9 
 13. Jedinstvo NB 4-10 
 14. Radnicki Stud. 4-10 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar25.1 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.22.4 
 3. Popovic, Sloga21.1 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.6 
 5. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 6. Dimic, Radnicki.18.4 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 8. Pekovic, Prolet.16.5 
 9. Micic, Mega Vizura15.9 
 10. Smiljanic, Radnic.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bosko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (--)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Balaban, Smederevo9.5 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.8.1 
 4. Smiljanic, Radnic.7.8 
 5. Misanovic, OKK B.6.9 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.6.8 
 7. Cupkovic, Napredak6.8 
 8. Mijajlovic, Sloga6.8 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.6.3 
 10. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Popovic, Sloga6.0 
 2. Dundjerski, Vojvo.5.7 
 3. Jovic, Sloga5.6 
 4. Milisavljevi., Meg.5.1 
 5. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 6. Boltic, BKK R.4.7 
 7. Stefanovic, Smede.4.4 
 8. Radulovic, Zelezni.4.3 
 9. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.2 
 10. Rakic, Sloboda Uz.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.5 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.8 
 3. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.5 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura2.5 
 5. Boltic, BKK R.2.4 
 6. Vulin, Prolet.2.4 
 7. Vasilic, Radnic.2.3 
 8. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.1 
 9. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.1 
 10. Jereminov, Tamis1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.6 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 3. Bojic, Mega Vizura1.1 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo1.1 
 5. Petronic, BKK R.0.9 
 6. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.8 
 7. Cantekin, Mega V.0.8 
 8. Milosevic, Vojvodi.0.8 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 10. Tubak, Radnicki.0.8 


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D2 Round 15: Grosuplje beats Konjice by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Ninth-ranked Konjice (5-9) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Grosuplje (12-2) on Saturday. The visitors from Grosuplje managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Konjice was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Grosuplje, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Jure Misic (188-G-87) who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points. Power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Matic Ribic (186-85) answered with 23 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for Konjice. Grosuplje have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-2 record. Konjice at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hrastnik and Terme Olimia. Grosuplje are looking forward to face Branik (#4) in Maribor in the next round. Konjice will play on the road against the league's second-placed Triglav Strazisce (#2) in Kranj and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Jance Prit managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Jance Prit won against seventh-ranked Radenska in Ljubljana 93-77. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that Jance Prit is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It was a great evening for guard Dejan Mlakar (192-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 assists. Andraz Kavas helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. Jance Prit's coach Bojan Brodnik allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jance Prit (3-11) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Litija and Medvode. Radenska lost their third game in a row. Radenska at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Jance Prit will play against higher ranked Splosna plovba (#6) in Portoroz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radenska will play at home against Litija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Maribor was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Splosna plovba (9-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Branik (10-4). Branik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 82-65 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Splosna plovba. It was an exceptional evening for Aljosa Remus who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. David Moro came up with 17 points for Splosna plovba in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Branik. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Postojna and Sencur CP. Loser Splosna plovba dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Branik will meet league's leader Grosuplje in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Splosna plovba will play against Jance Prit (#12) in Ljubljana and hope to secure a win.
The game between tenth ranked Hrastnik (5-9) and 12th ranked Medvode (3-11) in Hrastnik ended with biggest points difference. Hrastnik outscored guests from Medvode 90-58. The best player for the winners was Ziga Percel who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Medvode's coach Igor Keselj gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hrastnik moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Konjice and Terme Olimia. Medvode lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Hrastnik's next round opponent will be Terme Olimia (#9) in Podcetrtek.

In the last two games of round 15 Terme Olimia was beaten by Postojna on the road 74-69. Litija lost to Sencur CP on its own court 67-83.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 31 points and 8 rebounds by Jure Erzen of Sencur CP.


Postojna - Terme Olimia 74-69

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Postojna (10-4) beat at home 8th ranked Terme Olimia (5-9) 74-69. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Terme Olimia won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Postojna won last quarter 18-15. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Terme Olimia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Tomaz Podboj (185-86) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Tilen Zalar (193-87) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Postojna's coach Predrag Milovic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Robert Abramovic (185-88) who recorded 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Andrej Macek (183-83) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Postojna moved-up to third place, which they share with Sencur CP and Branik. Newly promoted Terme Olimia keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Postojna's next round opponent will be Sencur CP (#5) in Kranj. Terme Olimia will play at home against Hrastnik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Terme Olimia: R.Abramovic 22+5reb+1ast, D.Brcina 12+3reb+1ast, A.Macek 9+9reb+2ast, B.Pungartnik 8+1ast, B.Trupaj 6+8reb, M.Terzan 6+1reb
Postojna: T.Podboj 17+7reb, T.Zalar 14+5reb+4ast, M.Klepo 10+7reb+3ast, S.Milovic 9+2reb+2ast, M.Dimnik 9+1reb+1ast, A.Primc 8+2reb
gschID: 146251


Branik - Splosna plovba 82-65

The game in Maribor was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Splosna plovba (9-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Branik (10-4). Branik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 82-65 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Splosna plovba. The game was mostly controlled by Branik. Splosna plovba managed to win fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Branik outrebounded Splosna plovba 35-20 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Branik made 8 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for forward Aljosa Remus (200-86) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Italian center Davor Barovic (211-90) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Branik players scored in double figures. Guard David Moro (199-86) came up with 17 points and center Pavel Djurkovic (206-79) added 10 points respectively for Splosna plovba in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Branik. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Postojna and Sencur CP. Loser Splosna plovba dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Branik will meet league's leader Grosuplje in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Splosna plovba will play against Jance Prit (#12) in Ljubljana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Splosna plovba: D.Moro 17+3reb, P.Djurkovic 10+4reb+1ast, A.Kavgic 8+3reb+1ast, J.Zagorc 7+2reb+1ast, S.Rajcic 5+1reb, M.Jovanovic 4
Branik: A.Remus 19+7reb+3ast, M.Bratina 11+2reb, D.Barovic 10+10reb+1ast, J.Brolih 10+4reb+1ast, M.Vranjkovic 9+4reb+2ast, J.Tratnik 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146247


Konjice - Grosuplje 80-81

Ninth-ranked Konjice (5-9) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Grosuplje (12-2) on Saturday. The visitors from Grosuplje managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Konjice was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Grosuplje, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Jure Misic (188-87) who saved his team from a defeat with 18 points. Power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Matic Ribic (186-85) answered with 23 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Tomaz Jereb (192-91) added 10 points, 11 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Konjice. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Grosuplje have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-2 record. Konjice at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Hrastnik and Terme Olimia. Grosuplje are looking forward to face Branik (#4) in Maribor in the next round. Konjice will play on the road against the league's second-placed Triglav Strazisce (#2) in Kranj and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Konjice: M.Ribic 23+3reb+2ast, D.Sipura 16+7reb+2ast, B.Sivka 13+3reb+1ast, T.Jereb 10+4reb+11ast, D.Skornik 8+5reb, A.Gacnik 7
Grosuplje: M.Antonijevic 18+2reb+2ast, B.Lobe 18+3reb+1ast, J.Misic 18+4reb+3ast, M.Trampus 10+5reb+1ast, L.Hren 8+6reb+1ast, A.Kunc 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146248


Hrastnik - Medvode 90-58

The game between tenth ranked Hrastnik (5-9) and 12th ranked Medvode (3-11) in Hrastnik ended with biggest points difference. Hrastnik outscored guests from Medvode 90-58. It looked good early as Medvode took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hrastnik took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 32 points. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Hrastnik outrebounded Medvode 44-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Medvode helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Ziga Percel (188-89) who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Guard Sanel Dzombic (198-78) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dario Krejic (195-78) who recorded 12 points and guard Dejan Buncic (177-77) added 11 points respectively. Medvode's coach Igor Keselj gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hrastnik moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Konjice and Terme Olimia. Medvode lost their ninth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Hrastnik's next round opponent will be Terme Olimia (#9) in Podcetrtek.
Top scorers:
Medvode: D.Krejic 12+4reb+3ast, D.Buncic 11+3reb+3ast, N.Gregorcic 10+1reb, R.Babic 6+3reb+3ast, D.Dolinar 5+9reb, N.Kalamanda 5+2reb
Hrastnik: Z.Percel 26+8reb+4ast, S.Dzombic 22+10reb+1ast, G.Ovnik 15+1reb+3ast, M.Vajdic 7+4reb+2ast, M.Babic 6+3reb+3ast, A.Hasanovic 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 146250


Litija - Sencur CP 67-83

Very expected game when 11th ranked Litija (3-11) lost at home to third ranked Sencur CP (10-4) 83-67. The game without a history. Sencur CP led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Litija's 30 and made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was center Jure Erzen (203-75) who scored 31 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Anel Blazevic (182-86) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Matic Zupanc (182-90) who recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Luka Hren (198-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Sencur CP. They maintain third place with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader Grosuplje, which they share with Postojna and Branik. Litija at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Sencur CP's next round opponent will be Postojna (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Litija will play against Radenska (#7) in Murska Sobota.
Top scorers:
Litija: M.Zupanc 18+7reb+8ast, L.Hren 16+5reb+1ast, C.Lipovsek 14+3reb+1ast, R.Gominsek 8+1reb+1ast, S.Ljubenovic 7, L.Golez 2+1reb+1ast
Sencur CP: J.Erzen 31+8reb+2ast, A.Blazevic 17+1reb+7ast, D.Keric 9+5reb, K.Cvek 8+1reb, R.Horvat 8+5reb+1ast, K.Balazic 5+1reb
gschID: 146245


Jance Prit - Radenska 93-77

Bottom-ranked Jance Prit managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Jance Prit won against seventh-ranked Radenska in Ljubljana 93-77. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference suggests that Jance Prit is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Radenska was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 55-32 second half run of Jance Prit. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Radenska was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Dejan Mlakar (192-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 assists. Forward Andraz Kavas (200-92) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. Jance Prit's coach Bojan Brodnik allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mitja Majc (198-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Five Jance Prit and four Radenska players scored in double figures. Jance Prit (3-11) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Litija and Medvode. Radenska lost their third game in a row. Radenska at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Jance Prit will play against higher ranked Splosna plovba (#6) in Portoroz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radenska will play at home against Litija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radenska: I.Spesic 22+10reb+2ast, M.Majc 17+10reb, R.Suran 11+1reb+1ast, T.Horvat 10+2reb+4ast, A.Novak 6+4reb+1ast, M.Gomboc 4+2reb
Jance Prit: D.Mlakar 20+4reb+7ast, A.Kavas 17+7reb, J.Bezica 15+3reb+2ast, N.Cukovic 10+3reb+2ast, J.Pticak 10+2reb+5ast, M.Sirnik 10+9reb+2ast
gschID: 146246




1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Grosuplje 12-2 
 2. Triglav Strazisce 11-3 
 3. Postojna 10-4 
 4. Branik 10-4 
 5. Sencur CP 10-4 
 6. Splosna plovba 9-5 
 7. Radenska 6-8 
 8. Hrastnik 5-9 
 9. Terme Olimia 5-9 
 10. Konjice 5-9 
 11. Litija 3-11 
 12. Jance Prit 3-11 
 13. Medvode 3-11 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Igor SPESIC
  Radenska
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Spesic, Radenska19.6 
 2. Erzen, Sencur CP19.1 
 3. Mlakar, Jance Prit18.5 
 4. Abramovic, Terme O.17.8 
 5. Remus, Branik17.6 
 6. Moro, Splosna17.3 
 7. Pusic, Sencur CP17.2 
 8. Horvat, Radenska17.1 
 9. Ribic, Konjice16.9 
 10. Dzombic, Hrastnik16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Igor SPESIC
  Radenska
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Spesic, Radenska8.9 
 2. Klepo, Postojna8.2 
 3. Erzen, Sencur CP8.0 
 4. Kavgic, Splosna7.9 
 5. Tusek, Hrastnik7.8 
 6. Sivka, Konjice6.8 
 7. Dolinar, Medvode6.7 
 8. Barovic, Branik6.6 
 9. Korosec, Trigla.6.6 
 10. Skornik, Konjice6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rok PERKO
  Splosna .
  (179-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Perko, Splosna5.4 
 2. Jereb, Konjice5.3 
 3. Macek, Terme Olimia4.5 
 4. Jersin, Trigla.4.2 
 5. Mlakar, Jance Prit4.1 
 6. Brolih, Branik3.9 
 7. Suran, Radenska3.8 
 8. Ovnik, Hrastnik3.8 
 9. Blazevic, Sencur CP3.6 
 10. Percel, Hrastnik3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dragan PUSIC
  Sencur CP
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pusic, Sencur CP2.4 
 2. Jereb, Konjice2.3 
 3. Spesic, Radenska1.9 
 4. Jersin, Trigla.1.8 
 5. Percel, Hrastnik1.7 
 6. Trampus, Grosuplje1.7 
 7. Ribic, Konjice1.6 
 8. Jerman, Grosuplje1.6 
 9. Brolih, Branik1.6 
 10. Abramovic, Terme1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales KUNC
  Grosuplje
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kunc, Grosuplje1.4 
 2. Trampus, Grosuplje1.3 
 3. Barovic, Branik1.1 
 4. Lobe, Grosuplje0.9 
 5. Klepo, Postojna0.9 
 6. Novak, Radenska0.7 
 7. Dolinar, Medvode0.7 
 8. Muha, Postojna0.6 
 9. Spesic, Radenska0.6 
 10. Globovnik, Terme0.5 


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Captain on board - by Wolfgang Lucena
On January 23, 1958, a civilian-military movement overthrew the Venezuela government led by Marcos Perez Jimenez, who leaves the country in route to the Dominican Republic aboard of the presidential airplane the 'Holy Cow'. A day to celebrate! But today there is something else that basketball fanatics from Puerto La Cruz will celebrate as well because the Captain of the Ship, outstanding guard Oscar Torres is back to Marinos de Anzotegui. Oscar Torres played 39 games during the regular season of 2011 in 26 minutes per game scored 15.6 points, 44% from the 3 points, 4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) is also a member of the Venezuela senior National team.



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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 34-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 29-12 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 26-15 
 4. KCC Egis 24-17 
 5. ET Land 21-20 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 18-23 
 7. SK Knights 15-26 
 8. LG Sakers 15-26 
 9. Goyang Orions 14-28 
 10. Samsung Th. 9-31 


KBL Round 44: KCC Egis lose to Dongbu Promy in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Wonju. First ranked host Dongbu Promy (34-7) defeated 4th ranked KCC Egis (24-17) 85-78. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Dongbu Promy outrebounded KCC Egis 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) who added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Dongbu Promy have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 34-7 record. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face Mobis Phoebus (#6) in Ulsan in the next round where they are favorite. KCC Egis will play on the road against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Anyang. Second ranked host Anyang KGC (29-12) smashed one of their biggest challengers Sonic Boom KT (26-15) 79-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. The winners were led by American center Chris Daniels (211-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Sek-Eun Oh supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) did not help to save the game for Sonic Boom KT. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Anyang KGC maintains second position with 29-12 record having five points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked LG Sakers in Seoul 92-88. The best player for the winners was Ira Clark who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Samsung Thunders' coach Sang-Jun Kim used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Aaron Haynes produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Samsung Thunders maintains tenth position with 9-31 record. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 26 games lost. They share the position with SK Knights. Samsung Thunders will meet at home higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LG Sakers will play against ET Land Elephants in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 44 Goyang Orions won against SK Knights on the opponent's court 89-79. ET Land managed to outperform Mobis Phoebus in a home game 90-78.



Samsung Th. - LG Sakers 92-88

Bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked LG Sakers in Seoul 92-88. LG Sakers were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 12-point lead after three quarters before a 35-19 charge of Samsung Thunders, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). International power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Samsung Thunders' coach Sang-Jun Kim used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Yong-Jun Oh (193-80) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Samsung Thunders maintains tenth position with 9-31 record. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 26 games lost. They share the position with SK Knights. Samsung Thunders will meet at home higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LG Sakers will play against ET Land Elephants in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 33+13reb+6ast, E.Sandrin 22+10reb+5ast, W.Lee 15+2reb+3ast, S.Kim 8+1reb+10ast, H.Hu 8+3reb, B.Lee 6+2reb+1ast
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 33+11reb+4ast, Y.Oh 22+3reb+5ast, G.Stevenson 14+5reb+2ast, J.Seo 8+1reb, C.Song 6+1reb, H.Byun 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 145815


Dongbu Promy - KCC Egis 85-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Wonju. First ranked host Dongbu Promy (34-7) defeated 4th ranked KCC Egis (24-17) 85-78. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Dongbu Promy outrebounded KCC Egis 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) who added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Min-Soo Jeong (194-88) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 34-7 record. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face Mobis Phoebus (#6) in Ulsan in the next round where they are favorite. KCC Egis will play on the road against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 27+15reb, H.Yoon 16+9reb+7ast, J.Ahn 15+2reb+6ast, J.Kim 11+9reb+5ast, J.Park 11+2reb+2ast, J.Hwang 5+1ast
KCC Egis: M.Jeong 15+5reb+1ast, D.Sims 14+7reb+4ast, T.Akins 13+2reb+5ast, T.Kim 12+1ast, S.Choo 11+1reb+1ast, J.Lim 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145816


Anyang KGC - Sonic Boom KT 79-57

The game between Top Four teams took place in Anyang. Second ranked host Anyang KGC (29-12) smashed one of their biggest challengers Sonic Boom KT (26-15) 79-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. Anyang KGC dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sonic Boom KT's 36. They outrebounded Sonic Boom KT 32-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American center Chris Daniels (211-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) did not help to save the game for Sonic Boom KT. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) added 14 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Anyang KGC maintains second position with 29-12 record having five points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: C.Daniels 23+13reb+5ast, S.Oh 14+9reb+3ast, T.Kim 11+3reb, J.Lee 7+3reb+2ast, S.Kim 7+3ast, I.Kim 6+1reb
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 18+6reb, S.Park 14+4reb+2ast, S.Cho 13+1reb+5ast, M.Pyo 6+1reb+1ast, D.Cho 2+1reb+3ast, S.Lee 2+3reb
gschID: 145817


SK Knights - Goyang Orions 79-89

There was a minor upset in Seoul where 7th ranked SK Knights (15-26) were defeated by ninth ranked Goyang Orions (14-28) 89-79 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Goyang Orions. SK Knights managed to win third quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Goyang Orions dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to SK Knights' 30 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Hee-Jung Joo (181-77) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Goyang Orions and four SK Knights players scored in double figures. SK Knights' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Goyang Orions maintains ninth position with 14-28 record. SK Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: D.Kim 25+7reb+4ast, C.Williams 18+10reb+1ast, J.Choi 14+4reb, Y.Kim 10+2ast, D.Sandrin 10+2reb, J.Chun 7+3reb
SK Knights: S.Lee 20+1reb+3ast, H.Joo 20+7reb+3ast, H.Kim 15+2reb, A.McCaskill 13+11reb+2ast, J.Han 5+4reb+2ast, H.Lee 3+1reb
gschID: 145818


ET Land - Mobis Phoebus 90-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked ET Land Elephants' (21-20) home victory over 6th ranked Mobis Phoebus (18-23) 90-78 on Sunday. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants 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 Mobis Phoebus' 34. ET Land Elephants looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. ET Land Elephants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Goo-Young Park (185-84) added 12 points respectively for the guests. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth position with 21-20 record. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the sixth place with 23 games lost. ET Land Elephants will meet LG Sakers (#8) in the next round. Mobis Phoebus will play against the league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ET Land: H.Hill 33+12reb+3ast, T.Moon 22+5reb+7ast, H.Kang 13+4reb+2ast, H.Lee 8+7reb+1ast, B.Chung 5+1reb+1ast, K.Shin 4+1reb+4ast
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 20+15reb+4ast, G.Park 12+3reb+2ast, D.Kim 10+2reb+4ast, S.Hwa Hong 9+1reb+1ast, J.Park 8+4ast, S.Wook Lim 6+1reb
gschID: 145814




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  SPAIN   


Daniel Diez claims Spanish EBA weekly honour - by Mariano Galindo
Real Madrid player Daniel Diez (199-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for EBA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 18-year old player helped to Real Madrid for getting a very important triumph vs Torrelodones (67-66). Diez posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds for 27 index rating. In this Group B, Nico Scott came back to the court with Quintanar after his injury.

D'or Fischer claims Spanish ACB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American D'or Fischer (211-C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Gescrap BB and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Blusens M. (#18, 4-13) 79-65. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Gescrap BB is placed at 10th position in Spanish ACB. Gescrap BB 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 8-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Fischer as usually he does not deliver so high stats. D'or Fischer averages this season 8.4ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old center Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) of Gran Canaria. Rey impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as GC 2014 lost that game 70-75 to the higher-ranked Cajasol (#6, 10-7). GC 2014 managed to keep the same 13th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Rey is well-known by GC 2014 fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Andy Panko (204-F-77) of Lagun Aro GBC (#9). Panko scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Lagun Aro GBC, leading his team to a 89-85 win against the lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#16, 4-13). The chances of Lagun Aro GBC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Panko could help Lagun Aro GBC to bring them higher in the standings. Panko has a great season in Spain. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) of Valencia - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) of Real Madrid - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) of Unicaja - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Assignia M. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Pedro Llompart (190-G-82) of Lucentum - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) of Fuenlabrada - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Javier Salgado (180-PG-80) of Lagun Aro GBC - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Valencia releases Head Coach Paco Olmos - by Eurobasket News
Paco Olmos is no longer a Head Coach of Valencia. The Spanish club released him and announced this news yesterday. They immediately started search for the new HC, while in the meantime Jesus Mulero will lead the team as interim Head Coach. Paco Olmos took over the team last summer. He registered 8 wins and 9 defeats in Liga Endesa. In the latest round, Valencia failed against FIATC Joventut as a guest, 81-73. In EuroCup, Valencia started the Last 16 stage with 63-69 road win against Gravelines. Before Valencia, Paco Olmos worked two years with Vive Menorca. Before that he was coaching Caja Rural and Calpe Aguas. He already led Valencia from 2002 to 2004.

Caceres releases Bouldin, targets Sanchez, Olmos - by Natxo Mendaza
Caceres officially announced today the release of Dreike Bouldin (202-G/F-80, college: Fresno St.), who joined the club in November to replace Carleton Scott, also released during the season. According to the Spanish club, both parts have reached an agreement to break the contract. Bouldin, who previously played for several other teams in Spain both in LEB Gold and LEB Silver (Palencia, Avila, Girona and Rosala), averaged just 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in less than 18 minutes per game. Caceres is now looking for a reinforcement to replace Bouldin, and it seems the best positioned to take the job is a former player: Francisco Sanchez (201-F-79) recently released by Granada due to its serious financial problems. It's also rumoured that Caceres could be behind Sergio Olmos (213-C-86, college: Temple) to add some more firepower to its frontcourt. Olmos, last season in Palencia, joined Valencia early this season on a temporary contract.

Ourense tab Kyle Hill - by Eurobasket News
Ourense bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Kyle Hill (188-G-79, college: E.Illinois). The guard started the previous season in Lucentum Alicante. He tallied 5.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in LEB Gold. Later the guard moved to Hemofarm. Kyle Hill notched 7.7 points, 2.6 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Serbian League. In Adriatic League Kyle Hill averaged 6.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously Kyle Hill had stints in Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece and France. Eurobasket.com named the player into All-Adriatic League 1st Team in 2005. He also made it into Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team in both 2010 and 2011.



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  SWEDEN   


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 14-0 
 2. Taby 12-3 
 3. Akropol 11-4 
 4. LF Future 11-4 
 5. Blackeberg 8-7 
 6. Orongo 8-7 
 7. Haga Haninge 8-7 
 8. Talje 5-10 
 9. Jarva Devils 5-10 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 4-10 
 11. Eskilstuna 2-14 
 12. BG Lulea 1-13 
South
 1. Malbas 15-0 
 2. Nassjo 13-2 
 3. Hoganas 11-3 
 4. Brahe Basket 11-5 
 5. Srbija 10-5 
 6. Helsingborg 6-8 
 7. Hogsbo 5-10 
 8. Solna Branten 4-9 
 9. Fryshuset 4-11 
 10. Eos 3-11 
 11. Sanda 3-12 
 12. Norrkoping BK 2-11 


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 Binyam FEGHADU
  Jarva D.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Feghadu, Jarva D.29.1 
 2. Fitzgerald, Malbas27.5 
 3. Bergstrom, Black.21.2 
 4. Banks, Taby20.4 
 5. Vukovic, Helsingbo.20.1 
 6. Ganstrand, Sanda18.7 
 7. Nordin, Taby18.1 
 8. Hartmann, Akropol17.7 
 9. Thorangen, Sanda17.6 
 10. Karovic, Eos17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Petkovski, Srbija12.3 
 2. Nilsson, Orongo11.7 
 3. Rawlins, Up.11.4 
 4. Damjanovic, Nassjo10.9 
 5. Hartmann, Akropol10.4 
 6. Eliassson, Solna B.10.1 
 7. Vukovic, Helsingbo.9.7 
 8. Nordin, Taby9.6 
 9. Robinson, Brahe B.9.6 
 10. Urban, Eskilstuna9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Farzad NOURI
  Blackeberg
  (179-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nouri, Blackeberg5.5 
 2. Lundin, Taby5.3 
 3. Kovacek, Talje4.8 
 4. Ghebremeskel, Eag.4.8 
 5. Rawlins, Up.4.8 
 6. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.8 
 7. Kutra, Hoganas4.5 
 8. Strazdauskas, Hog.4.5 
 9. Hultman-Boye, Hag.4.5 
 10. Wazzi, Nassjo4.3 
Steals Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.4 
 2. Wazzi, Nassjo3.3 
 3. Feghadu, Jarva D.3.2 
 4. Rawlins, Up.3.1 
 5. Taylor, Eagles2.8 
 6. Kutra, Hoganas2.6 
 7. Dilek, Fryshuset2.6 
 8. Dawit, Fryshuset2.5 
 9. Strazdauskas, Hog.2.5 
 10. Carbone, Jarva D.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre NILSSON
  Orongo
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nilsson, Orongo3.0 
 2. Robinson, Brahe B.2.2 
 3. Flink, Helsingborg2.0 
 4. Taylor, Eagles1.9 
 5. Rawlins, Up.1.8 
 6. Bergstrom, Black.1.8 
 7. Femic, Eagles1.5 
 8. Williams, Sanda1.3 
 9. Urban, Eskilstuna1.3 
 10. Sinani, Malbas1.2 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 14-1 
 2. Fribourg 11-4 
 3. Geneve Lions 11-4 
 4. Monthey 10-5 
 5. SAV Vacallo 9-6 
 6. Starwings 6-10 
 7. Boncourt 4-11 
 8. BBC Nyon 2-13 
 9. SAM Massagno 1-14 


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.1 
 2. Barnette, Geneve18.5 
 3. Smith, Monthey18.1 
 4. Burrows, Starwings18.1 
 5. Yates, Fribourg17.4 
 6. Uzas, SAV Vacallo17.2 
 7. Calasan, Boncourt16.9 
 8. Efevberha, Lugano16.7 
 9. Jones, SAM M.16.4 
 10. Schneiderman, SAV16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.10.1 
 2. Johnson, Starwings9.3 
 3. Bing, Geneve Lions9.3 
 4. Burrows, Starwings8.6 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt8.3 
 6. Barnette, Geneve8.2 
 7. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.1 
 8. Allen, Boncourt7.7 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.5 
 10. Schneiderman, SAV7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.9 
 2. Jenkins, Starwings5.6 
 3. Petkovic, Starw.5.5 
 4. Draughan, Lugano5.1 
 5. Petkovic, Fribourg4.2 
 6. Thomas, BBC Nyon4.0 
 7. Buscaglia, Geneve3.9 
 8. Efevberha, Lugano3.8 
 9. Bobetso, BBC Nyon3.7 
 10. Barnette, Geneve3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.2 
 2. Gugino, SAM M.2.6 
 3. Boylan, Monthey2.6 
 4. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.5 
 5. Efevberha, Lugano2.4 
 6. Jenkins, Starwings2.4 
 7. Thomas, BBC Nyon2.3 
 8. Jones, SAM M.2.2 
 9. Smith, Monthey2.1 
 10. Louissaint, Month.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Starwings2.1 
 3. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.5 
 4. Salaam, Monthey1.4 
 5. Matter, Starwings1.3 
 6. Barnette, Geneve1.0 
 7. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 8. Albrecht, Starw.1.0 
 9. Lahey, Boncourt0.9 
 10. Molteni, SAM M.0.9 


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  TURKEY   


TBL All-Star Game: Foreigners grab 140-139 thriller win, Sasha Vujacic MVP - by Eurobasket News
Turkish players team - Foreigners 139-140

TBL All-Star Game was played yesterday in Trabzon. Foreigners celebrated 139-140 victory thanks to Carlos Arroyo's (188-G-79, college: FIU) triple in the finish. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) was named the MVP of this event. He led Foreigners with 24 points and 5 assists. Jonathan Gibson (182-PG-87, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 19 points, Arroyo had double-double of 13 points and 13 assists, while James Gist (205-F-86) helped with 12 pts. For the Turkish players team, Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona) collected 24 points and 5 rebounds. Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll, MT) scored 17, points while Emir Preldzic (205-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) (8 as), Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) (7 as) and Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) delivered 14 points each. Quarters: 40-39, 34-45, 37-31, 28-25. Pops Mensah Bonsu was the winner in dunking contest. He was better than James Gist in the Finals. The 3-point shootout winner was Jonathan Gibson. His rival in the Finals was Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell).

Turkish players team: Ali Karadeniz 24+5 boards, Sinan Guler 17, Emir Preldzic 14+8 as, Cenk Akyol 14+7 as, Umit Sonkol 14
Foreigners: Sasha Vujacic 24+5 as, Jonathan Gibson 19, Carlos Arroyo 13+13 as, James Gist 12


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Douglass, Okla. downs O.P. Walker 68-60 in Sugar Bowl boys basketball tournament championship - by David Edole
Michael Harris, Contributing writer, January 22, 2012 3:23 p.m.

The run through the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic for O. Perry Walker came to a stone-cold end Saturday night at the Alario Center.

The Chargers went without a single field goal for nearly a quarter in losing the tournament final to Fredrick A. Douglass of Oklahoma City, 68-60.

'I think we wore down a little bit, ' Walker Coach Brian Gibson said. 'I thought we played hard, but our execution was a little off.'

Walker started the third quarter well, taking advantage of the Trojans' own issues in shooting. Rashad Ray hit a 3-pointer, and a short jumper by Damon Jackson gave the Chargers a 36-31 lead.

But Jackson's basket was the last of the quarter, and if not for two free throws, Douglass would have completely shut out Walker (12-6).

In the meantime, Douglass (11-3) went without a field goal for the first five minutes of the quarter, and only had a free throw.

However, it was just a matter of time before Trojans guard Stephen Clark heated up.

Clark, the tournament MVP, sank consecutive 3-pointers, and the Trojans grabbed the lead for good at 38-36 with 2:17 left. Clark finished with 33 points, 15 of which from 3-point range, and he went 14-for-16 from the free-throw line. He also had six assists.

'Up until that point, we did what we planned to do, ' Gibson said. 'But he got away a couple times and got some long shots. He's an exceptional young man, and he's going to do some great things.'

Walker had an earlier shot at taking command as Douglass started the game shooting only 31 percent through the first quarter and 32 percent through the first half. Walker hit 64 percent in the first quarter and 53 percent in the first half, yet the score was tied at 31 at halftime.

But the huge difference at the start was that Douglass outrebounded Walker 24-13 in the half, including 14-4 on offensive boards.

'We had several opportunities; things just didn't fall for us, ' Gibson said.

Tyree Griffin led the Chargers with 17 points, and Ray and Jamal Samuel had 10 each. Samuel also had seven rebounds.

In the consolation final, Ricardo Gathers had 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead Riverside to a 69-51 victory over John Curtis. Lucas Martin-Julien led the Rebels with 17.

Riverside held the Patriots to just 25 percent shooting in the second half and won the second-half scoring battle 37-19. Malachi Dupre and Isaac Banks had 14 points each for Curtis.

WALKER 66, ST. JOHN BOSCO 54: Center Jamal Samuel and guards Rashad Ray and Tyree Griffin scored 18, 15 and 12 points respectively to pace the Chargers past the Braves in Thursdays fourth and final game. Samuel and Griffin, OPWs point guard, also contributed six rebounds to the Metro areas No. 4 ranked team. Guard-forward Isaac Hamilton scored 18 points and forwards Daniel Hamilton and Darryl Matthews added 15 points apiece for St. John Bosco from Los Angeles County, which was pressured into 18 turnovers to spoil a 40-26 advantage in rebounding.. OPW committed just eight turnovers.


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy21.3 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.20.3 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.7 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.9 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.18.7 
 6. King, BC Odessa18.3 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.5 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik17.3 
 9. Harris, Halychyna17.2 
 10. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.11.5 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.9 
 3. Fraser, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.7 
 5. Davis, Kryvbasb.8.6 
 6. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 7. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.0 
 8. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 9. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.7 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mitchell, Khimik6.3 
 2. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.9 
 3. Deane, BC Odessa5.9 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.4 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro5.2 
 6. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 7. Butskyy, Fe.4.8 
 8. Morovic, Halychyna4.4 
 9. Solomon, Cherkasy4.4 
 10. Ervin, BC Kyiv4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick HOUSE
  Dnipro
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. House, Dnipro1.9 
 2. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 3. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.8 
 5. Curry, BC Donetsk1.8 
 6. Nelson, BC Donetsk1.6 
 7. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
 10. Ewing, Azovmash1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.4 
 2. McClintock, Mykola.2.3 
 3. King, BC Odessa2.2 
 4. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 5. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.6 
 6. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 7. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Hal.1.4 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Pecherov, Azovma.1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 19-5 
 2. BC Donetsk 17-6 
 3. Khimik 16-9 
 4. Azovmash 15-8 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 15-9 
 6. BC Odessa 15-9 
 7. Hoverla 14-11 
 8. Dnipro 13-12 
 9. BC Kyiv 12-12 
 10. Mykolaiv 9-15 
 11. Kryvbasbasket 8-16 
 12. Cherkasy 6-17 
 13. DniproAzot 6-17 
 14. Halychyna 3-22 


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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 13-1 
 2. Worcester W. 12-3 
 3. Plymouth R. 8-2 
 4. Leicester R. 8-2 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 7-7 
 6. Sheffield S. 6-7 
 7. MK Lions 6-7 
 8. Guildford Heat 4-9 
 9. Cheshire Jets 3-9 
 10. Mersey Tigers 3-11 
 11. Durham W. 1-13 


Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Bristol AF 10-2 
 2. Derby T. 9-3 
 3. Worthing T. 8-4 
 4. Leicester W. 8-4 
 5. Bradford D. 7-4