EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/25/2012

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Athens R. 6-1
 2. Atlanta E. 4-1
 3. Jacksonville 4-1
 4. Heartland H. 3-0
 5. Atlanta Aliens 2-1
 6. Georgia G. 1-1
 7. Savannah Storm 0-0
 8. Tampa 0-0
 9. Columbus R. 0-2
 10. E.Point Jaguars 0-8
California NW
 1. Central Valley T. 4-0
 2. Modesto H. 3-2
 3. Chico Rage 0-1
California South
 1. Arizona S. 14-2
 2. San Diego Sol 10-2
 3. San Diego S. 4-4
 4. LA Slam 3-8
 5. Riverside R. 1-3
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2
 7. SoCal Swish 0-4
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-7
Colonial
 1. Lynchburg L. 5-4
 2. NoVa Wonders 4-1
 3. Richmond E. 4-1
 4. Portsmouth C. 2-2
 5. Norfolk Sh. 0-0
 6. Seven Cities 0-0
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 7-0
 2. Milwaukee B. 3-0
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0
 4. Midwest Flames 0-0
 5. Oshkosh 0-0
 6. Cleveland H. 0-1
 7. Porter County P. 0-3
Mid Atlantic
 1. Carolina C. 9-3
 2. Carolina Ch. 6-4
 3. East Carolina T. 4-4
 4. Nashville S. 3-0
 5. S.Carol.W. 3-0
 6. Tennessee MH 2-9
 7. Fayetteville F. 1-9
 8. Clarksville C. 0-2
 9. Carolina J. 0-5
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 5-2
 2. Greencastle GK 2-0
 3. Indianapolis 2-0
 4. Detroit Hoops 1-1
 5. Lansing L. 1-1
 6. Dayton GCHF 0-2
 7. Michiana M. 0-3
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 6-0
 2. Jersey Expr. 5-6
 3. Island Vipers 1-4
 4. New York Ch. 0-1
 5. NYC Thunder 0-3
Northern Division
 1. Oklahoma I. 0-0
Pacific North
 1. Bay Area M. 14-4
 2. S.Francisco R. 9-2
 3. Richmond R. 9-3
 4. Port City P. 4-5
 5. E.Bay Pitbulls 4-6
 6. Sacramento H. 2-14
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 6-0
 2. Alaska Q. 3-3
 3. Washington R. 0-1
 4. Calgary C. 0-4
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 6-1
 2. Panama City D. 0-1
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 13-0
 2. Colorado C. 4-6
 3. Crusaders 2-4
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4
South Central
 1. Bluff City R. 11-2
 2. Conway C. 11-4
 3. Little Rock L. 8-4
 4. N.E. Arkansas 4-8
 5. Missouri R. 2-3
 6. St.Louis P. 1-9
South West
 1. Texas Fuel 9-2
 2. North Dallas 7-1
 3. West Texas W. 3-4
 4. Oklahoma 3-7
 5. Houston R.S. 2-0
 6. N.Texas F. 1-6
 7. Team Havok 0-0
 8. Dallas Impact 0-1
Touring Team
 1. W.Virginia B. 3-6
 2. ABA-Canada 0-0
 3. Florida M. 0-0
 4. Rocky Mountain S. 0-1
 5. Team Haiti 0-1
 6. Appalachian R. 0-2
 7. Chicago F. 0-4


Allen joins the Gwizzlies - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies have just communicated to Usbasket.com that powerful inside player Orlando Allen (6'10''-C-87, college: Marshall) will suit up their playing shirt this weekend against Atlanta and Columbus. Also, the team announced that good performing of Carl-Jean Bart (5'10''-G-87, college: Toccoa Falls) allows to submit his name as a Gwizzlies All-star

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  ACPBL   


Destroyers Roster and Hot start! - by Justin Moore
The Destroyers are a force once again new league same results Coached by former NBA player Dallas Comegys The Destroyers are a serious acpbl championship contender! speaking with coach this past weekend he does it the right way and one of his man reasons for success is keeping his core guys togother lead by mvp candidate Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79, college: Lincoln, PA) and former eba first teamers Anthony Frazier (6'8''-F-82, college: Cheyney) and Sherman Brittingham (6'5''-F-83, college: California, PA) 'stated coach of course you wanna add a guy here and there each season but coach Dallas beleives in loyalty to his players and thats why his team is 5-0 and are always at the top of each minor league they have been in check out the destoyers in action Jan 29th at home vs the toms river shooters and below is there 2012 roster

Brian Smith (6'1''-G)

Tood McCOY 6'4 indiana st

Jesse Fells (6'0''-G-84, college: Fayetteville St.)

Greg GAYLE 6'4 Marshall

Antoine Brockington (6'3''-G-74, college: Coppin St.)

Paul Frazier (6'7''-F-85, college: SUNY Maritime)

Fahreed Cheatham

Anthony Frazier 6'8 Cheyney

Sherman Brittingham 6'5 California PA

Akil Moody (6'5''-F-80, college: Bridgeport)

Denelle HOLLY 6'6 CCP

Daniel O'Neil (6'8''-C/F, college: Franklin Pierce)



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zeljko Lukajic steps down as Head Coach of Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Zeljko Lukajic is no longer a Head Coach of Hemofarm. The Serbian specialist decided to step down on his position last weekend, after impressive 84-63 home win against Slovenian champion Krka. Before this victory, Hemofarm lost nine consecutive games in Adriatic league. They currently have 5-12 record. Recently one of the best Hemofarm players Boris Savovic left for Galatasaray Istanbul. Zeljko Lukajic took over Hemofarm in January of 2010 and he worked with the club also from 1998 to 2005. They won Adriatic league title together in 2005 and played in the Finals of European Radivoj Korac Cup in 2001. In 2005, Lukajic was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Coach of the Year. With Hemofarm he reached ULEB Cup Semifinals that same year and also few Serbian league and Cup Finals. Hemofarm named Dusan Gvozdic as interim Head Coach.

Papa Diasse leaves KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb and Papa Diasse (212-F-87, college: SMU) have reached an agreement on terms of contract termination. The Senegalese player joined KK Zagreb at the start of the season. It was the first pro deal for the player. Papa Diasse tallied 2.3 points, 1.1 rebounds per Euroleague game. In Adriatic League the forward notched 3.7 points, 2.8 rebounds per appearance. Papa Diasse graduated from the Southern Methodist University in 2011. The forward was named All-C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. He participated at the Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. His stats read 8.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game there. Papa Diasse is the member of Senegalese National Team. He participated at 2011 African Championship. The forward delivered 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in Madagascar.


Zlatorog adds Mahalbasic - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog inked BOS-AUT Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) for remainder of the season. Mahalbasic had signed a 6-year deal with Fenerbahce in 2010, but the two parts agreed the terminate the agreement. He started the 2010-11 season on loan with Tofas, for whom he averaged 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10 Turkey TBL League games. Mahalbasic later moved to Split, where he averaged 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11 Croatian league games.

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  ARGENTINA   


Albert Jackson joins Ciclista Olimpico - by Eurobasket News
Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, college: Georgia) will continue his career in Argentina. The centre will join Ciclista Olimpico. He is expected to replace DeVon Hardin (211-C-86). Albert Jackson started the season in Netherlands. He played just one game for Rotterdam Challengers. The centre posted 5 points and 1 board in Eredivisie. Later Albert Jackson moved to Uruguay. He joined Olimpia in LUB. The centre produced 16.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game there. Previously Albert Jackson had stints with Mavort, Anastasia de Fray Bentos, Panteras de Miranda and Gwinnett Majic. He was the WBA champion in 2010 and 2011.


Estudiantes land Ramzee Stanton - by Eurobasket News
Bahia Estudiantes bolstered their roster. They inked Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester). The forward will replace Javier Mojica (190-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.). Ramzee Stanton started the season with Regatas Corrientes. The forward averaged 14.2 points, 5.4 rebounds per Liga Americas game. In Liga A Ramzee Stanton posted 8.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per appearance. It was the fifth straight season with Regatas Corrientes for the forward. Latinbasket.com named Ramzee Stanton into All-Argentinean LigaA 1st Team in 2006. He earned All-Liga Americas Honourable Mention in 2011. Ramzee Stanton participated at 2011 LigaA All-Star Game. Previously the forward had spells for Ben Hur and Quilmes.



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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 20: Gmunden Swans lose to Xion Dukes in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A Bundesliga. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. Second-ranked host Gmunden Swans (13-5) lost to first ranked Xion Dukes (16-2) 83-69. The game was mostly controlled by Xion Dukes. Gmunden Swans managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xion Dukes made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game, while Gmunden Swans only scored eight points from the stripe. Xion Dukes forced 21 Gmunden Swans turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) who added 14 points during the contest. The former international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xion Dukes have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Xion Dukes are looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gmunden Swans will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-18) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 18th consecutive match to eighth ranked BC Vienna (7-11) 94-80. The winners were led by the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who scored that evening 26 points and 5 assists and Jean Francois supported him with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Even 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists by Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) did not help to save the game for St.Polten. BC Vienna moved-up to seventh place, which they share with UBSC Graz. St.Polten at the other side still closes the standings. BC Vienna will play against higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. St.Polten will play against UBSC Graz (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Gussing was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (12-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Gussing Knights (9-9). Kapfenberg Bulls defeated Gussing Knights 92-81 on Monday. The best player for the winners was Thomas Schreiner who scored 15 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Aleksandar Djuric produced 22 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Gussing Knights' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to fourth place. Loser Gussing Knights keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet at home BC Vienna (#8) in the next round. Gussing Knights will play against the league's leader Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and hope to secure a win.
The game in Graz was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (14-4) played at the court of 7th ranked UBSC Graz (7-11). Raiffeisen Wels managed to secure a 7-point victory 98-91. Davor Lamesic orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. UBSC Graz will play against St.Polten.

In the last game of round 20 Oberwart won against Arkadia on the opponent's court 91-80.



Arkadia - Oberwart 80-91

Very expected game in Traiskirchen where 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (4-15) were defeated by fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (12-7) 91-80. Arkadia Lions were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 53-39 second half run of Oberwart Gunners. They made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Arkadia Lions outrebounded Oberwart Gunners 29-17 including 22 on the defensive glass. Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) contributed with 26 points for the winners. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) added 24 points in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oberwart Gunners have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fifth position with 12-7 record. Arkadia Lions lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Oberwart Gunners will have a break next round. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Gmunden Swans (#3) in Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 24+3reb+2ast, B.Danek 18+6reb+9ast, R.Spasojevic 17+4reb, J.Blazevic 11+2reb+1ast, S.N'Diaye 6+4reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 4+6reb
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 26, E.Rizvic 20+6reb+3ast, N.Gacesa 18+3reb+1ast, H.Artner 13+4ast, H.Ochsenhofer 6+4reb, D.Jandl 4+3reb+7ast
gschID: 137172


Gussing - Kapfenberg 81-92

The game in Gussing was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (12-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Gussing Knights (9-9). Kapfenberg Bulls defeated Gussing Knights 92-81 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. Gussing Knights managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87) who scored 15 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and international guard Thomas Klepeisz (188-91) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Gussing Knights' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to fourth place. Loser Gussing Knights keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet at home BC Vienna (#8) in the next round. Gussing Knights will play against the league's leader Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gussing: A.Djuric 22+7reb+2ast, E.Kadic 20+4reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 17+5reb+5ast, C.Scott 8+7reb+2ast, M.Klepeisz 4+2reb+3ast, M.Jandrasits 3
Kapfenberg: D.Mayes 18+2reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 15+3reb+8ast, S.Knabl 14+2reb, L.Gordon 13+12reb+1ast, J.Fears 13+3reb+6ast, D.Nelson 12+5reb
gschID: 137173


Gmunden - Klosterneub. 69-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. Second-ranked host Gmunden Swans (13-5) lost to first ranked Xion Dukes (16-2) 83-69. The game was mostly controlled by Xion Dukes. Gmunden Swans managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xion Dukes made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game, while Gmunden Swans only scored eight points from the stripe. Xion Dukes forced 21 Gmunden Swans turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) who added 14 points during the contest. The former international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xion Dukes have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Xion Dukes are looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gmunden Swans will play against Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 16+8reb+2ast, R.Arnold 12+2ast, M.Mayer 11+8reb+10ast, F.Schoeninger 11+3reb+1ast, R.Poiger 10+2reb+3ast, M.Curry 4+2reb+4ast
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 18+3reb+2ast, C.Bobb 14+4reb+3ast, M.Lanegger 13+3reb+1ast, D.Hamidovic 11+1reb+2ast, J.Chappell 11+5reb, R.Suljanovic 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137174


St.Polten - BC Vienna 80-94

Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-18) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 18th consecutive match to eighth ranked BC Vienna (7-11) 94-80. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BC Vienna's pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-26 extending their advantage to 14 points. The winners were led by the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who scored that evening 26 points and 5 assists and American forward Jean Francois (197-80, college: Georgia South, agency: I.D.S. Law) supported him with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four BC Vienna players scored in double figures. Even 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists by Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) did not help to save the game for St.Polten. Bosnian-Canadian center Igor Bakovic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. BC Vienna moved-up to seventh place, which they share with UBSC Graz. St.Polten at the other side still closes the standings. BC Vienna will play against higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. St.Polten will play against UBSC Graz (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: N.Milosevic 35+6reb+6ast, M.Speiser 13+4reb+1ast, A.Worenz 11, I.Bakovic 9+7reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 8+1reb, T.Blazan 2+1reb+1ast
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 26+3reb+5ast, J.Francois 23+6reb+1ast, M.Djurkovic 19+10reb, D.Toroman 16+4ast, S.Popovic 5+5reb+7ast, T.Gaspar 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137175


UBSC Graz - Wels 91-98

The game in Graz was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (14-4) played at the court of 7th ranked UBSC Graz (7-11). Raiffeisen Wels managed to secure a 7-point victory 98-91. UBSC Graz was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 56-39 second half run of Raiffeisen Wels. Strangely UBSC Graz outrebounded Raiffeisen Wels 34-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by UBSC Graz helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Croatian forward Marko Moric (207-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for UBSC Graz. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. UBSC Graz will play against St.Polten.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Moric 23+13reb+2ast, C.Knor 23+2reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 16+10reb+1ast, S.Grum 16+6ast, R.Lanegger 4+4reb, T.Ambrose 4+1reb
Wels: D.Lamesic 28+9reb, T.Brown 26+4reb+3ast, T.Csebits 15+1reb, Q.Pryor 9+4reb+4ast, A.Farokhmanesh 9+4ast, M.Kohlmaier 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137171




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.1 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Drenovac, Arkadia21.4 
 4. Djuric, Gussing20.2 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.8 
 7. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart17.1 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.16.6 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.4 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden7.9 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.1 
 6. Gordon, Kapfenberg7.1 
 7. Trmal, St.Polten6.8 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.8 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.6.7 
 10. Scott, Gussing6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.6 
 3. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 4. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.4.8 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 9. Curry, Gmunden4.3 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Quentin PRYOR
  Wels
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pryor, Wels2.3 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Fears, Kapfenberg2.3 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.2 
 5. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.7 
 6. Brown, Wels1.7 
 7. Jandl, Oberwart1.6 
 8. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 9. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.3 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.0 
 4. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 5. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 6. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 7. Koch, Gussing0.6 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Brown, Wels0.6 
 10. Skurdauskas, Arka.0.6 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 11-1
 2. Dornbirn 10-2
 3. Mattersb.R. 10-2
 4. BC Vienna jrs 8-5
 5. Schwaz 7-6
 6. Danube City 6-6
 7. Falcons 4-7
 8. Klagenfurt 3-9
 9. Salzburg 3-10
Folded
 1. Fighters 0-14


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 11-0 
 2. Al Ahli 10-2 
 3. Al Manama 8-3 
 4. Al Hala 8-3 
 5. Nuwaidrat 6-5 
 6. Al Ittihad 6-5 
 7. Issa Town 5-6 
 8. Sitra 5-6 
 9. Bahrain Club 2-10 
 10. Samaheej 1-10 
 11. Al Najma 0-12 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Torus signs American point guard Karon Bradley - by Eurobasket Center
Karon Bradley (182-PG-84, college: Wichita St.) will continue his career in FYROM. The American point guard signed a deal for rest of the season with KK Torus - SC Boris Trajkovski. Bradley spent the last one in France. He was a member of the ProB team Lille Metropole Basket. Bradley appeared 24 times in the league averaging 9.2 points, 2.4 assists and 1.5 rebounds. In 2009/10 season, Karon Bradley played for the Swiss team MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket. There he shined with 17.5 ppg, 4.9 apg and 2.6 rpg for 30 games. Before MGS, Bradley spent one year with Rhone Herens Basket, also in Switzerland. His rookie year the point guard spent with Hungarian Soproni. Karon Bradley graduated at the Wichita State University in 2007.

Luka Milojevic signed 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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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas19.0 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.6 
 6. Pilk, TT.16.5 
 7. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja16.5 
 9. Soo, Rapla16.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Neptu.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jawan BAILEY
  Liepaja
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bailey, Liepaja10.8 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas10.7 
 3. McClure, Kedainiai9.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 5. Nelson, Jelgava8.2 
 6. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 7. Arnold, TT.7.8 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 9. Johnson, Naglis P.7.7 
 10. Galdikas, Neptun.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 2. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.1 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas5.0 
 5. Maceina, Juventus4.9 
 6. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 7. Janavicius, Baltai4.4 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 10. Kulagin, Triumph4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dainius SALENGA
  Rudupis
  (197-F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 5. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 8. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
 9. Landry, Triumph1.8 
 10. Laane, Rapla1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.9 
 3. Bailey, Liepaja1.8 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera1.8 
 5. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.5 
 6. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 7. Staniulis, Techasas1.4 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 10. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 


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


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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Grodno-93 12-1 
 2. Minsk-2006 11-1 
 3. Rubon 8-5 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 5-8 
 5. Minsk-2006 II 4-9 
 6. SBK Osipovichi 4-9 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-11 


Premier League Round 13: Minsk-2006 and Grodno-93 won the latest games - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Premier League just ended.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 (#2) and Minsk-2006 II (#5). Minsk-2006 II was crushed at home by 53 points 62-115 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 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 Minsk-2006 II's 46. They also forced 32 Minsk-2006 II turnovers and outrebounded them 42-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Minsk-2006 II's players. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Rostislav Vergun (198-82, college: Birm.Southern) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-1 record behind leader Grodno-93. Minsk-2006 II lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with SBK Osipovichi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very significant was Grodno-93's (#1, 12-1) victory against 4th placed BGUIR-RTI (5-8) 74-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BGUIR-RTI. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Stanislav Ovdeenko accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for BGUIR-RTI in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grodno-93 (12-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. BGUIR-RTI at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 13 SBK Osipovichi lost to Rubon on the opponent's court 75-81.


Minsk-2006 II - Minsk-2006 62-115

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 (#2) and Minsk-2006 II (#5). Minsk-2006 II was crushed at home by 53 points 62-115 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 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 Minsk-2006 II's 46. They also forced 32 Minsk-2006 II turnovers and outrebounded them 42-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Minsk-2006 II's players. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Rostislav Vergun (198-82, college: Birm.Southern) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Valentin Ignatchik (192) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-1 record behind leader Grodno-93. Minsk-2006 II lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with SBK Osipovichi. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: J.Knox 26+6reb+1ast, R.Vergun 19+5reb+4ast, A.Kojenets 17+7reb+1ast, A.Semianiuk 10+5reb+1ast, J.Hawkins 10+3reb+3ast, V.Nakic 9+4reb+3ast
Minsk-2006 II: R.Rutkauskas 20+10reb+1ast, V.Ignatchik 10+1reb+3ast, Y.Kurapau 9+1ast, V.Krisevich 8+3reb, L.Malakhau 7+2reb+1ast, A.Minayeu 5+1reb
gschID: 167803


BGUIR-RTI - Grodno-93 65-74

Very significant was Grodno-93's (#1, 12-1) victory against 4th placed BGUIR-RTI (5-8) 74-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BGUIR-RTI. BGUIR-RTI was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 37-22 second half run of Grodno-93. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BGUIR-RTI's 32. Grodno-93 forced 19 BGUIR-RTI turnovers. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Ukrainian guard Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-84) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Anton Papruha (188-93) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for BGUIR-RTI in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grodno-93 (12-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. BGUIR-RTI at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: K.Yafremov 16+10reb+2ast, S.Ovdeenko 15+6reb+1ast, E.Ivanov 13+3reb+1ast, V.Matyukevych 13+3reb+1ast, A.Syrovatko 7+1reb, D.Kuzmin 6+6reb+5ast
BGUIR-RTI: A.Kuzmitski 17+2reb, A.Papruha 15+1reb+4ast, G.Zakhar 10+15reb+2ast, A.Hrumiantsau 9+1reb, E.Sugoniako 5+5reb, Y.Ignatiev 4+3reb
gschID: 167804


Rubon - SBK Osipovichi 81-75

Rather expected game in Vitebsk where 6th ranked SBK Osipovichi (4-9) was defeated by third ranked Rubon (8-5) 81-75. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 23-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Rubon forced 25 SBK Osipovichi turnovers. SBK Osipovichi was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Viktor Ovsepian (200-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) accounted for 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Anatoli Svirydov (192-82) came up with 19 points and the former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for SBK Osipovichi in the defeat. Four Rubon and five SBK Osipovichi players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Rubon. They maintain third place with 8-5 record having four points less than leader Grodno-93. SBK Osipovichi lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Minsk-2006 II. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rubon: V.Ovsepian 18+16reb+1ast, S.Sapegin 16+3reb+2ast, D.Akulich 13+7reb+7ast, A.Malkov 12+1reb+1ast, D.Sivalko 8+5reb+1ast, P.Karasevich 7+3reb+1ast
SBK Osipovichi: A.Svirydov 19+4reb+3ast, K.Sitnik 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Mishukov 13+11reb+2ast, S.Charykau 12+3reb+4ast, D.Zaitsev 11+8reb+3ast, V.Skidan 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 167805




Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.21.1 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.19.8 
 3. Knox, Minsk-200615.6 
 4. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.7 
 5. Zakhar, BG.13.8 
 6. Patupchyk, Sozh G.13.4 
 7. Kojenets, Minsk.13.3 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.12.9 
 9. Hawkins, Minsk.12.6 
 10. Krisevich, Minsk-.12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.10.5 
 2. Zakhar, BG.10.0 
 3. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.9 
 4. Kojenets, Minsk.7.8 
 5. Ovsepian, Rubon7.3 
 6. Hlebovich, Grodn.6.6 
 7. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.5 
 8. Krisevich, Minsk-.6.5 
 9. Knox, Minsk-20066.3 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.3 
 2. Akulich, Rubon4.8 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.9 
 4. Papruha, BG.3.4 
 5. Volk, SBK O.3.0 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.9 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.2.8 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.6 
 9. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.5 
 10. Trastsinetsk., Mi.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei SAPEGIN
  Rubon
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Sapegin, Rubon2.3 
 2. Zakhar, BG.2.2 
 3. Ovsepian, Rubon2.2 
 4. Akulich, Rubon2.2 
 5. Malkov, Rubon2.1 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 7. Yafremov, Grodn.1.8 
 8. Zaitsev, SBK O.1.8 
 9. Fedorovskiy, Sozh1.8 
 10. Patupchyk, Sozh1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  BG.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, BG.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Strukov, BG.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Soloviev, Rubon0.0 
 7. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 8. Sofaniuk, Minsk-20.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon0.0 


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EuroChallenge: Chalon edged visiting Aalstar - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - Aalstar 87:72

Chalon edged visiting Aalstar to keep the perfect record in Group J of EuroChallenge. The French side grabbed 3-0 record on top after 87:72 win.
Aalstar scored the first 10 points in the game and had massive 30:10 lead after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they led 48:28 at the halftime but failed in the second half. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 31-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) who scored 14 points and 9 assists. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively.

Aalstar: Christopher Young 20+13rebs, Stefon Jackson 18, Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) 13, Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) 11
Chalon: Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) 18, Alade Aminu 15, Steed Tchicamboud 14+9ast, Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) 12



Christopher Copeland claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Aalstar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds for Aalstar in his team's victory, helping them to crush Antwerp (#4, 8-6) with 18-point margin 94-76. Aalstar is placed at 2nd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. In the team's last game Copeland had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Aalstar and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Colorado graduate has very impressive stats this year. Copeland is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.2ppg. Copeland is in league's top in and averages solid 60.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports) of M.Hainaut. Cage impressed basketball fans with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course M.Hainaut cruised to a 86-75 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Liege (#7, 5-8). M.Hainaut's 5th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cage is one of the most experienced players at M.Hainaut and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Caleb Green (203-F-85) of top-ranked Spirou. Green showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Spirou, leading his team to a 62-52 win against the lower-ranked Liege (#7, 5-8). Spirou confirms their top position in Round 11. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Green has a great season in Belgium. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Aalstar - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent - 14 points and 13 rebounds
6. Michael Roll (196-G-87) of Antwerp - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Brandon Freeman (191-G-83) of Leuven - 20 points and 3 rebounds
9. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Michael Haynes (203-F/C-81) of Gent - 21 points, 7 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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Mladen Ostojic and Al Ittihad Jeddah parted ways - by Miljan Veskovic
Bosnian coach Mladen Ostojic (agency: Pro Management Agency ) stepped down as a head coach of Saudi Arabi powerhouse Al Ittihad. The two parts reached mutual agreement about the termination. Al Ittihad is currently lying at the 4th place of Saudi Premier league with the score 4-2. Another Bosnian, Muris Memic was promoted as a head coach and he will be in charge of the team for the rest of the season. As player Muris was a member of Bosna Sarajevo, Mountain State (NAIA), MAFC-ujbuda Budapest, KK SLavija Istocno Sarajevo, Velpak and KK Triland. During his playing career he was known for his relentless approach motivating other players to make their best effort, no doubt he will do the same as a coach. He started this season as Ostojic's assistant and youth program coordinator.

Celik Zenica continues to climb out of the cellar of the Bosnian league! - by Chris Mathieu
Celik Zenica continues to climb out of the cellar of the Bosnian league! Celik Zenica after a dismal start to the season continues to pull itself out of the giant hole it dug itself earlier in the year with a big win over Borac Nectar 73-63. A big win for sure as Borac is one team that Celik is trying to pass and to overcome in its preseason goal of avoiding regulation and now stands at 5-11. With eight more games to go the team probably needs to go 4-4 the rest of the way to ensure staying in the top division of Bosnian basketball.
Mirza Hrncic has played a big role in the improvement the team has shown. He is a tremendous competitor and good defender who was the unsung heart and soul of Sloboda Dita Tulza the last few years.
Keith Richardson is as talented as any point guard in Bosnia but needs to continue to play under control and keep his mistakes down. When he limits his turnovers and bad shots the team plays well and have a great chance at victory.


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Miracles battle to a win over the Storm - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles beat the Summerside Storm at the Moncton Coliseum with a final score of 110-95.

The Miracles came out strong in the first quarter and were up 37-25 after the first 12 minutes of play. The Storm would not lay over that easy, the team battled back hard and the half ended with the Miracles only being up 59-50.

The second half continued to be close but the Storm were never able to take the lead.

Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) was the top scorer for the Miracles with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) followed with 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) led the way for the Storm with 24 points. Jessan Gray (6'10''-F-84, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Iowa St.) was right behind him with 14 points.

Technical fouls were given to Miracles Sylvania Watkins, and Darrell Wonge. Storm's head coach Joe Salerno was also given a technical, as well as Troy Jackson while Mike Williams was ejected from the game.

The Miracles play their next game at home against the London Lightning on Thursday, January 26th, 2012. Game time is 7:00pm at the Moncton Coliseum.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Jamie Vanderbeken joins Bakersfield Jam - by Eurobasket News
Former Iowa State Cyclones and Canadian National member Jamie Vanderbeken (210-F-87, college: Iowa St.) has been acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League.

The 6'11 Forward/Center is coming off a short stint in Greece after failing to crack an NBA roster upon graduating from the Cyclones program.

The Belleville, Ontario native averaged 11.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in his final year and was impressive in his workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to the 2011 NBA Draft.

Vanderbeken will make his Bakersfield debut this Thursday against the visiting Los Angeles D-Fenders in his latest attempt to crack NBA roster.

Courtesy of www.basketballbuzz.ca


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Papa Diasse leaves KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb and Papa Diasse (212-F-87, college: SMU) have reached an agreement on terms of contract termination. The Senegalese player joined KK Zagreb at the start of the season. It was the first pro deal for the player. Papa Diasse tallied 2.3 points, 1.1 rebounds per Euroleague game. In Adriatic League the forward notched 3.7 points, 2.8 rebounds per appearance. Papa Diasse graduated from the Southern Methodist University in 2011. The forward was named All-C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. He participated at the Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. His stats read 8.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game there. Papa Diasse is the member of Senegalese National Team. He participated at 2011 African Championship. The forward delivered 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in Madagascar.


Croatian A1 round 14 best performance: Josip Sobin - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked KK Split, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Krizevci (#10, 5-8) 88-82. It allowed KK Split to consolidate first place in the Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KK Split has a very solid 10-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Sobin has many years of experience at KK Split, through which he has constantly improved. Josip Sobin has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.8rpg) and averages impressive 63.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Teo Simovic (205-C-84, agency: Interperformances) of Kvarner 2010. Simovic had a very good evening with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Kvarner 2010 lost that game 76-90 to slightly higher-ranked Zabok (#4, 8-5). Kvarner 2010 managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Simovic is a newcomer at Kvarner 2010, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#7). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Kvarner 2010's star - forward Dino Cinac (198-F-88). Cinac scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Cinac's great performance Kvarner 2010 lost 76-90 to slightly higher-ranked Zabok (#4, 8-5). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Kvarner 2010 ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cinac could help Kvarner 2010 to bring them higher in the standings. Cinac has a great season in Croatia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marijo Hajdic (206-F/C-89) of Dubrovnik - 21 points and 8 rebounds
5. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Maro Lucic (202-C-80) of Dubrovnik - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of KK Split - 28 points and 4 rebounds
8. Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87) of Svjetlost - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marijan Cakarun (90) of Borik - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ante Krapic (202-F-85) of Zadar - 18 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)


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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


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EuroCup: Nymburk go 2-0 in Group I - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Gravelines 79:62

Nymburk posted the second straight win at the start of Last 16 stage of EuroCup. The Czech champions held off Gravelines at home court tonight. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) unloaded 25 points and made 7 assists to lead the hosts. Gravelines suffered the second loss in a row.
The visitors surprised Nymburk in the starting quarter. They went on a 17:10 run to surge ahead. But Nymburk quickly stopped the rot. The hosts answered with a 21:11 rally in the second term to establish a 31:28 halftime advantage. Nymburk burst out with 31 points in the third quarter. It propelled the home team to a comfortable 17-point advantage heading into the final quarter. Gravelines could not recover in the fourth stanza as Nymburk marched to the win at the end. Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) scored 11 points, while Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) added 10 for the winners. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) topscored with 16 points for Gravelines. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) had 11 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 25, Michael Lenzly 11, Petr Benda 10
Gravelines: J.K. Edwards 16, Juby Johnson 11



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All Star Roster - by Thomas Soltau
The following players have been selected for the 2011-2012 All Star Game in Vaerlose by the Danish Fans, the rest of the players will be selected by the coaches:

Ryan White (177-PG-88, college: Texas St.)
Corin Henry
Chanan Colman
Donald Rutherford
Peter Johansen
Nicolai Iversen
Will Hariss Jr.
Bonell Colas
Alexander Bak
Mikkel Plannthin
DMario Curry
Mickey Dennis
Mads Vgter Rasmussen
Tony Bishop

All players have put up impressive numbers and/or single game highlights, and so the spectators and fans of Danish basketball should be in for a treat on All Star Day.

LInk to Vaerlose Basketball Club:

www.vbbk.dk




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. Horsens IC 7-13 
 8. Vaerlose 7-13 
 9. Aabyhoj 7-13 
 10. Falcon 5-15 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. White, Aalborg26.5 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.2 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.3 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.8 
 5. Alexander, Bakken19.2 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.1 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj18.8 
 8. Kingsley, Svendborg18.4 
 9. Bishop, Aalborg18.4 
 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, Horsens10.1 
 5. Benjamin, Horsholm9.1 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.5 
 8. Harris, Horsens IC8.4 
 9. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 4. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 5. Sattler, Horsens IC4.0 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.8 
 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 IC1.9 
 9. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
 10. Creppy, Naestved1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm1.9 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.9 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.0.8 


Ligaen Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Aalborg (7-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Bakken (18-1) on Saturday. The visitors from Aarhus managed to secure only eight-point victory 81-73. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80, college: San Jose City JC) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Bakken have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-1 record. Aalborg lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Bakken will face Naestved (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Aalborg will play against Horsens IC in Horsens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 19 rebounds by Tony Bishop of Aalborg.


SISU - Vaerlose 81-68

Rather expected game in Copenhagen where 6th ranked Vaerlose (7-13) was defeated by fourth ranked SISU (9-11) 81-68 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SISU dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Vaerlose's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) who added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Reginald Delk (193-86, college: Louisville) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Icelandic forward Axel Karason (193-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SISU maintains fourth position with 9-11 record. Vaerlose at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. SISU will face league's second-placed Svendborg at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Vaerlose will play against Horsholm (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Rutherford 28+12reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 19+8reb+4ast, M.Dennis 14+5reb+4ast, D.Harder 11+4reb, M.Flowers 7+3reb, Y.Gyamfi 2+1ast
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 22+2reb, C.Sprinker 15+8reb, R.Delk 13+9reb+7ast, A.Karason 12+11reb+1ast, S.Jensen 3+2reb+3ast, P.Moller 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136185


Svendborg - Aabyhoj 86-82

Very predictable result when second ranked Svendborg (18-2) defeated at home 7th ranked Aabyhoj (7-13) 86-82 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 32-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Svendborg made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Aabyhoj turnovers. Strangely Aabyhoj outrebounded Svendborg 42-24 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) who helped to win the game recording 29 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Demetrius Phillips (207-87, college: Bridgeport) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Five Svendborg and four Aabyhoj players scored in double figures. Svendborg maintains second position with 18-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bakken. Aabyhoj at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Svendborg will face SISU (#4) in Copenhagen in the next round. Aabyhoj will play at home against Falcon.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: A.Darboe 29+4reb+3ast, D.Vinson 16+6reb+2ast, C.Colman 15+4reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 11+3reb+3ast, M.Kingsley 10+5reb+3ast, C.Magaard 3+1ast
Aabyhoj: D.Phillips 28+10reb+2ast, D.Curry 12+13reb+2ast, J.Wang 11+1reb+1ast, O.Sigurdsson 10+1reb, R.Soby Dalboge 6+1reb, D.Jukic 6+8reb+5ast
gschID: 136181


Aalborg - Bakken 73-81 OT

Sixth-ranked Aalborg (7-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Bakken (18-1) on Saturday. The visitors from Aarhus managed to secure only eight-point victory 81-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then Aalborg managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Bakken who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-6. They also forced 20 Aalborg turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) who added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Bakken players scored in double figures. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 19 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Mads Rasmussen (195-88) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bakken have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-1 record. Aalborg lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Bakken will face Naestved (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Aalborg will play against Horsens IC in Horsens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bakken: N.Iversen 22+9reb+3ast, J.Alexander 19+9reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 12+6reb+1ast, M.Dejworek 11+12reb, S.Krath 4+2reb, H.Falsvig 3+1reb+2ast
Aalborg: T.Bishop 29+19reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 13+7reb+4ast, S.Sorensen 9+4reb+2ast, R.Lauridsen 8+3reb+4ast, A.Nielsen 6+1reb, M.Christensen 4+4reb
gschID: 136182


Horsholm - Naestved 77-86

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Horsholm (8-12) was defeated at home by third ranked Naestved (13-7) 86-77 on Saturday. Naestved made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Naestved have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-7 record having four points less than leader Bakken. Horsholm at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Naestved will face league's leader Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Horsholm will play on the road against Vaerlose (#8).
Top scorers:
Naestved: N.Brasas 21+5reb+1ast, C.Henry 19+5reb+7ast, J.Glynn 18+5reb+1ast, P.Johansen 13+8reb+2ast, M.Creppy 8+3reb+4ast, M.Hoirup 7+1reb+1ast
Horsholm: B.Colas 19+9reb, J.Benjamin 14+7reb+2ast, P.Hertz 14+1reb, A.Bak 13+2reb+2ast, A.Haas 7+4ast, J.Bro 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 136183


Horsens IC - Falcon 94-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Horsens IC's (7-13) home victory over bottom-ranked Falcon (5-15) 94-91 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 29-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Horsens IC outrebounded Falcon 39-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) who added 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) responded with 25 points and 4 assists and Mexican Robert Fields scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Horsens IC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Aabyhoj and Vaerlose. Newly promoted Falcon stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Horsens IC will face higher ranked Aalborg (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Falcon will play against Aabyhoj (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Harris 29+8reb+3ast, M.St.John 20+13reb+4ast, D.Sattler 13+7reb+2ast, H.Schur 11+5reb+1ast, J.Larsen 8+1ast, M.Sakne 7+2ast
Falcon: J.McFarlane 25+2reb+4ast, R.Fields 20+5reb+4ast, P.Ba 15+5reb+1ast, H.Thomsen 11+5reb+1ast, P.Jorgensen 8+2reb, C.Nielsen 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 136184




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Cavaliers recall Christian Eyenga - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled swingman Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) from Canton of the NBA Development League.

Eyenga was assigned to Canton on Jan. 4. He played nine games with the Charge, averaging 8.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.6 minutes per game. Eyenga played one minute for the Cavs before he was assigned to Canton.

Also, Cavaliers rookie forward Tristan Thompson did not practice Monday because of a sore ankle. Thompson was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday's blowout loss in Atlanta.

Coach Byron Scott said Thompson's ankle looked better, but it will be a gametime decision whether he plays on Tuesday in Miami.

Thompson, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, is averaging 8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 18 minutes.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


New York Knicks recall Jeremy Lin and Jerome Jordan from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks recalled Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) and Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) Monday from their assignments with the Erie BayHawks.

The recalls had been expected since shortly after the two were assigned to the NBA D-League late this past week.

Lin, a 6-foot 3-inch, 200-pound guard, put up a triple-double in his lone game with Erie, recording 28 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds and two steals over 44 minutes Friday in a 122-113 victory at Maine.

Jordan, a 7-foot, 240-pound center, averaged 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and two blocks in two games, including Sunday's 110-88 loss to the Red Claws.

The BayHawks are off until Sioux Falls visits Tullio Arena Friday and Saturday for 7 p.m. games.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Jamie Vanderbeken joins Bakersfield Jam - by Eurobasket News
Former Iowa State Cyclones and Canadian National member Jamie Vanderbeken (210-F-87, college: Iowa St.) has been acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League.

The 6'11 Forward/Center is coming off a short stint in Greece after failing to crack an NBA roster upon graduating from the Cyclones program.

The Belleville, Ontario native averaged 11.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in his final year and was impressive in his workout with the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to the 2011 NBA Draft.

Vanderbeken will make his Bakersfield debut this Thursday against the visiting Los Angeles D-Fenders in his latest attempt to crack NBA roster.

Courtesy of www.basketballbuzz.ca


Mad Ants add former MSU guard Walton - by Eurobasket News
Travis Walton (6'2''-G-87, college: Michigan St.) needed no introduction to Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey when he drove in from East Lansing, Mich., to join the team at practice Monday morning.

Walton, a former Michigan State point guard signed by the Mad Ants to fill the void left by Walker Russell Jr.'s call-up to the Detroit Pistons, spent part of this summer working out in Fort Wayne

'I was here a lot,' Walton said. 'I played last year with Sean Sonderleiter and Sean connected me with Steve to work out here in the summer.'

Walton had been playing with the NBA D-League's Dakota Wizards, but was released on Dec. 28. He said he was caught up in the 'numbers game' when the Wizards added Tommy Smith.

Walton said he had been looking at an opportunity in Australia when Gansey called.

'I think this will be pretty good,' Walton said. 'It's a great opportunity with Walk playing well, maybe he'll stick (with the Pistons). That's what the D-League is all about, opportunity, so maybe this is my opportunity.'

Walton averaged 4.8 points, two rebounds and one assist per game with the Wizards. Prior to that, he played in Switzerland and in Germany with Mad Ants center Sonderleiter.

Russell was called up to the Pistons at the end of last week, leaving the Ants with only one true point guard in Tory Jackson. Darington Hobson, assigned by the Milwaukee Bucks, also handles the point at times.

'Travis brings a good defensive mindset,' Gansey said. 'To have him and Tory as point guards is tremendous. They both come from good programs and both are scrappy type players. I'm looking forward to playing Travis.'

Walton was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, and broke the Michigan State career assist record once held by Magic Johnson. He was on the conference's all-defensive team twice.

In other news, Mad Ants center Jarrid Famous is nursing a slight injury to his right knee. He said he is day-to-day and doesn't know if he'll be able to play in the team's road game on Wednesday at Rio Grande Valley.

Courtesy of www.news-sentinel.com


Mavericks recall guard Dominique Jones from Texas Legends of D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks have recalled guard Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Jones averaged 13.3 points and 2.3 assists in 22 minutes per game in three games with the Legends.

The 6-foot-5 Jones was assigned to the Legends on Jan. 15. In nine games with the Mavericks before then, he scored 16 points with eight rebounds.

The Mavericks made the move Monday, and said Jones would be available for their game that night against the Phoenix Suns.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Ben Uzoh is D-League Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Jan. 16-22.

Uzoh, a 6-3, 205-pound guard out of Tulsa, averaged 22.3 points, 8.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 37.0 minutes, shooting 66 percent from the floor. He scored a season-high 31 points to go with 10 assists for his first double-double of the season in a 116-104 road win over the Reno Bighorns on Jan. 21 as the Vipers went 3-0 last week.

For the season, Uzoh is averaging 20.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 37.8 minutes.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


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E.B.A. ALL-STARS DEFEAT HORIZON - by Calvin Brown
The Metropolitan All-Stars defeated the Harrisburg Horozon 102 to 87 at home for their second victory in as many games this year. The All-Stars were led by their big man, Calvin Brown with 24 points and 9 rebounds, Eric Poole was dominate on both boards with 15 rebounds to go with 8 points. New comer, Wil Shwartzstein, also had double digets in rebounds to go with his 4 points. Andrew Harding Terrance Carter, Burgess Willaims and Elyon Bush rounded out the double figure scoring with 16, 15, 14 and 10 points respectively. The All-Stars take on E.B.A. power house, the Washington Madness, on Saturday at Madness and Sunday at home at 3:00pm at Laurel High School.

January 22, 2012 Laurel HS 3pm Harrisburg Horizon vs. Metropolitan All-Stars

I thought the Harrisburg Team was extremely tough and well coaced. They had size, athelticism, and a line up saturated with shooters. A very scary combination. With our slight size advantage I knew that they would spread the the floor drive and kick. Also try and create a pace that was to their advantage. We have to have a strong group effort on the defensive end, and we did. I thought the focus in this game was to limit Harrisburg to transition baskets, rebound (award no second chance baskets) and show more patience on the offensive side. The defensive effort is coming along, however I don't think we finished the game with the same intensity. I will take full blame for that. We definitely took to forced shots. Our bad shots led to many transitions 3pt shots for them. We allowed to many offensive rebounds and we became complacent during the contest. The contest is for 48 minutes then I expect 48 minutes of competing. We did a better job at the free throw line, still too many turnovers, and several defensive lapses. We must all remain on the same page and show accountability. It was an extremely competitive contest, and Harrisburg never stop playing. The the big runs we had before half time and at the beginning of the 3rd Qaurter helped our cause.

All-Stars head coach - Al Brown, Jr.


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. HV Hype 4-1 
 2. New York W. 3-1 
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-1 
 4. Brooklyn P. 0-0 
 5. NYC Jaguars 0-3 
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 3-0 
 2. Washington M. 2-2 
 3. Winchester S. 1-3 
 4. Harrisburg H. 0-1 
 5. NoVa Hawks 0-2 


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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 14-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 11-1 
 3. Tarvas 11-4 
 4. Rapla 9-8 
 5. TTU/Kalev 8-8 
 6. Tln Kalev 5-12 
 7. Parnu 3-14 
 8. Valga/CKE 3-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Toomas RAADIK
  Parnu
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Raadik, Parnu18.2 
 2. Pilk, TT.17.8 
 3. Soo, Rapla17.3 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas16.9 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.16.9 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.8 
 8. Arnold, TT.14.3 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.2 
 10. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.1 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.3 
 3. Cricelli, Va.8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.0 
 5. Raadik, Parnu7.9 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.5 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.7.1 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla3.8 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas3.7 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TT.3.6 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.4 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 8. Keedus, TT.3.0 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool2.9 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Kaldre, Rapla2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.2.0 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas1.8 
 10. Karner, Parnu1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.6 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.2 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 8. Makke, TT.0.6 
 9. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.5 
 10. Veski, Tarvas0.5 


Visnapuu steps down - by Janar
Indrek Visnapuu has stepped down from the position of the head coach of Tartu University. Visnapuu coached the team for three seasons, winning the Estonian championships title in 2010. On Sunday, TU lost 93:99 to the last-placed Parnu in Estonian Meistriliiga and after that, both media and the fans publicly declared disappointment towards Visnapuu. TU in in 2nd place in Meistriliiga but has lost chances to reach the play-offs in Baltic Basketball League, having won only 4 games out of 14.
It's not yet official, but rumours are that former legendary player and recent assistant coach Gert Kullamae will take over the job.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas33.7 
 2. Washington, Turk T.22.0 
 3. Stanojevic, Karsi.21.0 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka19.6 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.0 
 6. Copeland, Aalstar18.6 
 7. Karadeniz, Turk T.18.3 
 8. Stimac, Olin Edirne18.0 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok17.9 
 10. Holland, Roanne17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Armia
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Thomas, Armia11.3 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia9.8 
 3. Bader, Szolnok9.7 
 4. Majok, Nitra9.3 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 6. Stanojevic, Karsi.8.4 
 7. Young, Aalstar8.4 
 8. Terry, Khimik8.2 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 10. Mejri, Antwerp7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Jordan, Telekom9.0 
 2. Eldridge, Minsk-20.6.5 
 3. Tchicamboud, Cha.6.1 
 4. Moore, Keravnos6.0 
 5. Barrett, Roanne5.8 
 6. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 8. Slagter, Leiden5.6 
 9. Gaines, Armia5.5 
 10. Wright, Olin Edir.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 2. Frazier, Keravnos2.7 
 3. Moore, Keravnos2.6 
 4. Diane, Nitra2.5 
 5. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 6. Pandula, BK Prost.2.3 
 7. Greene, Hoverla2.3 
 8. Washington, Turk T.2.3 
 9. Hasbrouck, EWE B.2.1 
 10. Young, Ventspils2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.3 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp1.9 
 4. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 5. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 6. Erden, Besiktas1.7 
 7. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 8. Knox, Minsk-20061.5 
 9. Pustovyi, Khimik1.4 
 10. Baxter, Enisey1.4 


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


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Causeur, Cholet21.8 
 2. Curry, BC Donetsk16.8 
 3. Minard, Azovmash16.4 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv15.9 
 5. Caner-Medley, Vale.15.0 
 6. Bell, Groningen15.0 
 7. Simmons, CEZ N.14.9 
 8. McKinney, Fr.14.7 
 9. James, Aris14.7 
 10. Draper, Cedevita14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Benetton TV
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Adrien, Benetton8.4 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv8.4 
 3. Davidson, Fraport8.2 
 4. Booker, Oostende8.0 
 5. Giddens, PAOK7.8 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv7.6 
 7. Roberts, Lietuvos.7.6 
 8. Lee, BC Donetsk7.6 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.5 
 10. Francis, ALBA7.1 
Assists Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  ALBA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Wood, ALBA5.9 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.6 
 3. Halperin, Spart.5.4 
 4. Moore, PGE Turow5.2 
 5. Becirovic, Benetto.4.7 
 6. Rice, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 8. Markovic, Valencia4.5 
 9. Rochestie, Le Mans4.4 
 10. Heath, Lukoil A.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wyatt, Groningen2.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.5 
 3. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 4. Minard, Azovmash2.3 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.1 
 6. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 8. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 9. Draper, Cedevita2.0 
 10. Davis, Banvit BK1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.8 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.2 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 4. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 5. Naymick, CEZ N.1.8 
 6. Scalabrine, Benett.1.7 
 7. Fofana, AS.1.7 
 8. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.5 
 9. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.5 
 10. Falker, Cholet1.3 


Eurocup Round: 2 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
CEZ Nymburk - Gravelines 79-62
Nymburk posted the second straight win at the start of Last 16 stage of EuroCup. The Czech champions held off Gravelines at home court tonight. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) unloaded 25 points and made 7 assists to lead the hosts. Gravelines suffered the second loss in a row. The visitors surprised Nymburk in the starting quarter. They went on a 17:10 run to surge ahead. But Nymburk quickly stopped the rot. The hosts answered with a 21:11 rally in the second term to establish a 31:28 halftime advantage. Nymburk burst out with 31 points in the third quarter. It propelled the home team to a comfortable 17-point advantage heading into the final quarter. Gravelines could not recover in the fourth stanza as Nymburk marched to the win at the end. Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) scored 11 points, while Petr Benda added 10 for the winners. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) topscored with 16 points for Gravelines. Juby Johnson had 11 points in the loss.

Valencia - VEF Riga 80-49
Valencia gave a warm welcome to VEF Riga scorching those at home court in the second round of Last 16 stage of EuroCup. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) knocked down 18 points to pace Valencia to a comfortable 31-point victory. The hosts thus improved at 2-0 record in Group I. VEF Riga suffered the second loss in as many games played. Valencia suffocated the visitors in the opening quarter. It was a one-way traffic as the home team piled up a 15-point lead after ten minutes 25:10. The margin just kept on growing in the second frame. Valencia enjoyed a 49:17 halftime lead. VEF Riga never recovered in the second half. Valencia coasted to an overwhelming win at the end. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) provided 13 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk added 12 points in the victory. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) answered with 10 points each for VEF Riga.

Group J
BC Donetsk - Aris 81-74
BC Donetsk claimed the second consecutive win at the start of EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Ukrainian vice-champions defeated Aris at home court to stay on top of Group J. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) nailed 18 points to lead the hosts. BC Donetsk took over early in the game. They dominated the opening quarter posting a 24:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Aris woke up after a small break. The Hellenes adjusted their offence and cut the deficit to just 6 points at the interval 34:40. BC Donetsk however did not allow the visitors to take initiative after the big break. The Ukrainians maintained the distance and headed into the fourth frame up by 7 points 60:53. The teams traded baskets throughout the final quarter as BC Donetsk kept their opponents at bay and rolled to the win at the end. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) notched 13 points, while Michael Lee and Viacheslav Kravtsov added 12 points each for the winners. Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with 22 points for Aris. Sergio Kerusch finished with 17 points in defeat.

Khimky - ASVEL 86-80
Khimky celebrated the second straight win at the start of EuroCup Last 16 round. They overcame ASVEL at home court to stay on top of Group J. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) nailed 18 points to lead the effort. Khimky got to a quick start. The hosts erupted for 25 points in the opening frame to take a 10-point lead. Khimky kept their opponents at distance throughout the second quarter. The Russian team built a 41:30 halftime advantage. The game remained under the hosts control after the big break. Khimky ensured a 12-point buffer heading into the final quarter. ASVEL poured in 28 points in the fourth term but could not change their fate losing the game at the end. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) notched 17 points, while Kresimir Loncar accounted for 15 points for the winners. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) answered with 18 points for ASVEL. Phil Goss had 14 points as the French team fell at 0-2 record.

Group K
Spartak SP - Banvit BK 80-71
Spartak Saint Petersburg continued to pile up scalps in their EuroCup campaign. They overcame Banvit to record the eighth straight win at the tournament. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) scored 29 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Spartak improved at 2-0 record on top of Group K of Last 16 round. Banvit fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Spartak opened the game aggressively. The hosts stayed on fire offensively in the first half. They erupted for 49 points to build a 9-point lead at the big break. Banvit picked up defensive effort in the third term. The Turkish team limited Spartak to 11 points in the quarter cutting the distance to just 4 points 56:60 with ten minutes remaining. But Spartak bounced back in the fourth term scoring 20 points and coasting to the victory at the end. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) nailed 13 points, while Valery Likhodey had 11 points for the winning side. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) answered with 16 points for Banvit. Baris Ermis had 13 points in the loss.

Krka - Buducnost 64-69
Buducnost opened win count at EuroCup Last 16 round. The Montenegrin team upset Krka away from home to improve at 1-1 record in Group K. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored 11 points each to lead the charge. Buducnost pulled ahead pretty quickly. The visitors arrived at the first break up by 7 points 23:16. Buducnost continued to stay in front in the second quarter. The Montenegrin team accumulated a 40:30 halftime lead. Krka struggled to pick up the right tempo in the third quarter. Buducnost capitalized clearing off to a 14-point distance at the final intermission. Krka finally adjusted and went on a desperate comeback run in the final frame. But Buducnost stood firm and preserved an important win at the end. Milan Milosevic delivered 10 points in the victory. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points for Krka. Zoran Dragic had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Group L
Lietuvos rytas - Benetton TV 78-69
Lietuvos Rytas posted the first win at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off visiting Benetton to gain 1-1 record in Group L. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds to orchestrate victory. Benetton fell at 1-1 record after the loss. The teams opened the game exchanging the baskets. Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Lietyvos Rytas started to pull away in the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 7-point halftime lead 37:30. But Benetton turned things around in the third quarter. Sasa Djordjevic team held Lietuvos Rytas to 9 points in the period to establish a one-point lead heading into the fourth frame 47:46. But Lietuvos Rytas were not intimidated as they shifted the gear and poured in 32 points in the final quarter. It was just enough to celebrate victory at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) nailed 14 points, while Renaldas Seibutis added 13 points for Lietyvos Rytas. Jeffrey Viggiano (197-F-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with 15 points for Benetton. Marcus Goree had 12 points in the loss.

ALBA - Lokomotiv 79-84
Lokomotiv Kuban registered the second win in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. They beat ALBA in Berlin to climb at 2-0 record on top of standings. Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to pace the Russian team. ALBA found themselves at critical situation after 0-2 start in the group. The teams looked well-matched in the opening quarter. ALBA and Lokomotiv exchanged baskets to stay tied at 21 after ten minutes. The hosts pulled their noses in front in the second quarter. ALBA gained a 41:34 halftime lead. But Lokomotiv Kuban slowed their opponents down after the big break. The visitors cut the distance to just a single point 55:56 at the final intermission. Lokomotiv shone in the fourth frame scoring 29 points and leaving ALBA behind. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Roderick Blakney added 14 points for Lokomotiv. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 19 points for ALBA Berlin. Marko Simonovic finished with 16 points.




James to Partizan? - by Uygar Karaca
According to Greek sports website sport24.gr, Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette) is close to BC Partizan MT:S Beograd. An undrafted US player, after a starlike college career landed in Turkey for his first professional
European team, Mersin. However, he did not stay long and last season he played at Lukoil. Got important minutes and responsibilities, headed to Aris and showed his scoring
capabilities among with assist and dribbling skills. The article suggests that there can be financial problems behind the potential divorce. On the other side, BC Partizan MT:S Beograd needed another
guard after Acie Law left for Olympiakos. The team have struggled after Nikola Pekovic left for NBA and eliminated from Euroleague with a defeat from Armani at home. According to
the article, the next 48 hours will be crucial. James went to BC Partizan MT:S Beograd to finalize the agreement. More news to follow...


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Real Madrid's Nikola Mirotic to miss 7-10 days - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) will be out of action for the next 7-10 days. One of the best Real Madrid's players sprained his left foot in the latest round of Liga Endesa. The Spanish squad confirmed that Mirotic will not play tomorrow against Montepaschi Siena. Nikola Mirotic averages 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in Euroleague this season (11 games). He also has 10.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg in Liga Endesa (17 games). Mirotic is a member of Real Madrid since 2007, when he joined their junior team. Last summer he paced Spanish U20 NT to Gold medal at U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao. Mirotic exploded with 27 ppg and 10 rpg for 9 games at this event and was named MVP. He was the top-scorer and second rebounder of the competition. In 2010, Nikola Mirotic led U20 Spain to Bronze medal at U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. That year he was named Best Center of the competition.

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KORISLIIGA: New players on Kataja roster - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Top League (Korisliiga) leader Kataja, Joensuu (20-4) has been in troubles with several players on injured list, but however Team is rolling and winning. Last Sunday Kataja won Finnish Cup 2012 with eight players on the roster. Juha Sten, Juho Nenonen, Ilari Tolvanen and Ville Viita are out, Lasse Hintsala (194-G/F-84) joined Kataja roster some time ago. Now Kataja has signed with Elias Kajander (196-F-80) and Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) from Helsinki area for the rest of this season. Kajander has played nine seasons in Finland top level (PuHu, ToPo, Honka). Haanpaa started this season in Cyprus (Keravnos), but returned back home to Finland during the Christmas break.

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EuroCup: Nymburk go 2-0 in Group I - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Gravelines 79:62

Nymburk posted the second straight win at the start of Last 16 stage of EuroCup. The Czech champions held off Gravelines at home court tonight. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) unloaded 25 points and made 7 assists to lead the hosts. Gravelines suffered the second loss in a row.
The visitors surprised Nymburk in the starting quarter. They went on a 17:10 run to surge ahead. But Nymburk quickly stopped the rot. The hosts answered with a 21:11 rally in the second term to establish a 31:28 halftime advantage. Nymburk burst out with 31 points in the third quarter. It propelled the home team to a comfortable 17-point advantage heading into the final quarter. Gravelines could not recover in the fourth stanza as Nymburk marched to the win at the end. Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) scored 11 points, while Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) added 10 for the winners. J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) topscored with 16 points for Gravelines. Juby Johnson (196-G-81, college: Miami, OH) had 11 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 25, Michael Lenzly 11, Petr Benda 10
Gravelines: J.K. Edwards 16, Juby Johnson 11



EuroCup: Khimky earn second win in Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - ASVEL 86-80

Khimky celebrated the second straight win at the start of EuroCup Last 16 round. They overcame ASVEL at home court to stay on top of Group J. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) nailed 18 points to lead the effort.
Khimky got to a quick start. The hosts erupted for 25 points in the opening frame to take a 10-point lead. Khimky kept their opponents at distance throughout the second quarter. The Russian team built a 41:30 halftime advantage. The game remained under the hosts control after the big break. Khimky ensured a 12-point buffer heading into the final quarter. ASVEL poured in 28 points in the fourth term but could not change their fate losing the game at the end. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) notched 17 points, while Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) answered with 18 points for ASVEL. Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) had 14 points as the French team fell at 0-2 record.

Khimky: Thomas Kelati 18, Vitaly Fridzon 17, Kresimir Loncar 15
ASVEL: Edwin Jackson 18, Phil Goss 14



EuroChallenge: Ventspils upset Chorale de Roanne in France - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Ventspils 88:89 OT

Ventspils upset Chorale de Roanne in France in Round 3 of EuroChallenge Group I. The Latvian side celebrated the initial victory to stay alive in the tournament.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chorale de Roanne won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Chorale de Roanne used huge pressure winning it 18-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-16. Ventspils shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage.
The best player for the winners was Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) who recorded 31 points and 8 rebounds and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively.

Roanne: John Holland 31, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 16, Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 14, Jackson 11
Ventspils: Mamadi Diane 25, Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) 16, Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) 13, Martins Meiers 12




EuroChallenge: Chalon edged visiting Aalstar - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - Aalstar 87:72

Chalon edged visiting Aalstar to keep the perfect record in Group J of EuroChallenge. The French side grabbed 3-0 record on top after 87:72 win.
Aalstar scored the first 10 points in the game and had massive 30:10 lead after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they led 48:28 at the halftime but failed in the second half. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 31-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) who scored 14 points and 9 assists. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively.

Aalstar: Christopher Young 20+13rebs, Stefon Jackson 18, Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) 13, Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) 11
Chalon: Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) 18, Alade Aminu 15, Steed Tchicamboud 14+9ast, Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) 12



Lamine Kante claims French ProB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Lamine Kante (200-SF-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Denain and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 24-year old had the game-high 28 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Denain in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bourg (8-10) 97-87. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Denain is placed at 11th position in French ProB. Denain 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 8-10 record. In the team's last game Kante had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Denain's top player in his first season with the team. Lamine Kante averages this season 13.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne. Osby impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Maurienne lost that game 65-71 to slightly higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#3, 12-6). This loss caused Maurienne to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Osby is a newcomer at Maurienne and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. University of Maryland alumni Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) of Evreux (#13). Wood showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Evreux, leading his team to a 85-66 easy win against the higher-ranked Bordeaux (#6, 10-8). The chances of Evreux ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wood could help Evreux to bring them higher in the standings. Wood has a great season in France. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 11.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benjamin Monclar (190-SG-88) of Antibes - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of Bourg - 24 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jeff Allen (201-F/C-87) of Antibes - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of Vichy - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85) of St Vallier - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Steve Smith (200-PF-81) of Lille - 23 points and 8 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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Torus signs American point guard Karon Bradley - by Eurobasket Center
Karon Bradley (182-PG-84, college: Wichita St.) will continue his career in FYROM. The American point guard signed a deal for rest of the season with KK Torus - SC Boris Trajkovski. Bradley spent the last one in France. He was a member of the ProB team Lille Metropole Basket. Bradley appeared 24 times in the league averaging 9.2 points, 2.4 assists and 1.5 rebounds. In 2009/10 season, Karon Bradley played for the Swiss team MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket. There he shined with 17.5 ppg, 4.9 apg and 2.6 rpg for 30 games. Before MGS, Bradley spent one year with Rhone Herens Basket, also in Switzerland. His rookie year the point guard spent with Hungarian Soproni. Karon Bradley graduated at the Wichita State University in 2007.

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EuroChallenge: EWE Basket rout ZZ Leiden in Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News
EWE Basket-ZZ Leiden 85:62

EWE Basket rout ZZ Leiden in Oldenburg for 2-1 record in Group I. The German team did not have much troubles in a 85:62 victory. The team from Netherlands fell at 1-2 record.
The hosts took the early lead in the game and enjoyed 27:14 after the first period. Moreover they added 23-13 in the second frame for 23-point lead at the halftime.
In the third quarter EWE Basket produced a 24-21 surge and led the game to the victory. The guests managed to win the last period 14-11 but fell in the game.
Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) posted 13. Robin Smeulders (208-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Milan Majstorovic (207-C-83) added 10. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) netted 20 points in the losing effort and Worthy de Jong (194-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 11.

EWE Basket: Kenny Hasbrouck 16, Ronald Burrell 13, Robin Smeulders 10+12 rebs, Milan Majstorovic 10
ZZ Leiden: Seamus Boxley 20, Worthy de Jong 11


EuroCup: Lokomotiv silence ALBA in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Lokomotiv Kuban 79:84

Lokomotiv Kuban registered the second win in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. They beat ALBA in Berlin to climb at 2-0 record on top of standings. Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to pace the Russian team. ALBA found themselves at critical situation after 0-2 start in the group.
The teams looked well-matched in the opening quarter. ALBA and Lokomotiv exchanged baskets to stay tied at 21 after ten minutes. The hosts pulled their noses in front in the second quarter. ALBA gained a 41:34 halftime lead. But Lokomotiv Kuban slowed their opponents down after the big break. The visitors cut the distance to just a single point 55:56 at the final intermission. Lokomotiv shone in the fourth frame scoring 29 points and leaving ALBA behind. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) added 14 points for Lokomotiv. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 19 points for ALBA Berlin. Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 16 points.

ALBA: Derrick Allen 19, Marko Simonovic 16
Lokomotiv Kuban: Maxim Grigoryev 17, Jeremiah Massey 16, Roderick Blakney 14



EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons stole the show from Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka-Artland Dragons 95:99

Artland Dragons stole the show from Turkey as they opened Round 3 of EuroChallenge with the road win over Pinar Karsiyaka. The German team celebrated 99:95 win due to the last period. The victory allowed them to grab 3-0 record on top of Group L. The Turkish side meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped to 2-1 record in the second place.
It was an offensive start in the game as both teams scored 27 points in the opening period. Moreover the second quarter brought 20-20, that totaled for 47:47 at the halftime. Pinar Karsiyaka won the third period 30-21 and led by 9 points with 10 minutes to go. Artland Dragons however did not give up and after 31-18 in the last stanza sealed the victory.
David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) erupted with 31 points for the winners to keep the perfect record in Group L. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) nailed 17 and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) posted 13. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) had a great night with 32 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort, while Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) notched 24. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) added 7.

Pinar Karsiyaka: Jovo Stanojevic 32+11 rebs, Mire Chatman 24, Ilkan Karaman 16+11 rebs, Birkan Batuk 7
Artland Dragons: David Holston 31, Brandon Thomas 17, Darren Fenn 13



My 2012 Beko BBL Allstar Reflections And Schaffartzik And Gaffney Speak The Same Language Stealing The Show - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After the brutal 78-65 Fraport Skyliners loss Friday night against the LTI Giessen 46ers in the Hessen derby which is about as tough to digest for Frankfurt fans as it is for Celtic fans if Lakers coach Phil Jackson catches an errand pass on the sideline in Boston and heaves up a shot from the bench seeing nothing but net to put more salt into a Celtic loss, Tom Brady having to survive a second loss to Eli Manning in a Superbowl or for the families of 911 victims having to hear the comments that actor Mark Wahlberg made stating he could of fought off terrorists in one of the 911 terror flights and landed the plane safely if he had been on one of the hijacked planes as the Lti Giessen 46ers snapped their nine game losing streak against Frankfurt dating back to their last victory in 2007 on a Rouven Roessler buzzer beater. What better way then to jump in a car 16 hours later and to visit the 2012 Beko BBL Allstar day in Ludwigsburg to get the daily team basketball (Fraport Skyliners) out of your mind and just enjoy a day of high class basketball festivities with the best players in the top German league. In January each year, the Beko BBL steps aside one weekend from the top level competition and gives the fans the chance to get close to their stars and just be spoiled with an NBBL game touting the best young German kids playing against each other, a three point shooting clash, an always exciting and spectacular slam dunk contest, fun with the team mascots and to close out the day with the Beko BBL Allstar game in the evening.

This was the seventh Beko BBL Allstar game that I have visited and fifth different venue. The first few years where I was able to experience the glitz of the Beko BBL was in Cologne and Mannheim from 2006-2009, where it was held in giant arenas, but all in all the atmosphere in the 15,000 plus filled places was not able to be felt as they were less than filled to capacity. In 2010, the Beko BBL decided to shift the event to smaller arenas and in my opinion it has been the right decision as the atmosphere has been right on the last three years in Bonn, Trier and in Ludwigsburg. The Ludwigsburg arena may only have seated 4,200, but it was sold out and the place was loud and the players defiantly felt it while the game was being played. Even though the biggest spectacle and climax to the day is the Allstar game at 8.30, if one is a real fan and wants to absorb all facets of the event, one has to come early and just enjoy how the arena gets fuller and fuller. As a journalist, it also doesnt hurt to come early, because one is able to see many familiar faces and just continue to make those valuable basketball contacts. I was in the Ludwigsburg arena at 3:15 and right away was charmed by the grand hospitality of the Beko BBL and was pleased by the top service. It was no secret, that media seats were limited and as a writer for top European basketball site Eurobasket and broadcaster for Radio Fortuna, I was more than pleased and humbled when I found my spot in the first row as the press seats were elevated a bit, but the view was superb as I was between the press speaker of the German basketball federation and a representative of the well known German sports website Spox. I have to add though, that some arenas in the Beko BBL dont have the luxury to much space or room, but as a basketball fanatic, those are things that one has to accept. The area in the press boxes were so tight, that I really felt like I was reliving the trash compactor scene in the Star Wars movie or being a Boston Bruin crammed in the penalty box in the old Boston garden. The hospitality and hard work and effort of Beko BBL press secretary Dirk Kaiser is always immaculate. At that time, the arena was still as good as empty, but one already was having basketball thoughts dancing in the mind as to how the festivities could look like in the next hours.

The next order of business on the schedule in the Ludwigsburg arena was the autograph signing which started at 4:00 pm. This is a great time for the young kids to come face to face with their basketball heros, pose for photos and get that autograph that they may not have gotten after a loss since the player snuck out to the bus. Just seeing that special glow in the eyes of some of the seven and eight year olds can be a Kodak moment. It may be silly as an adult myself and knowing a majority of the players personally anyway to stand in line, but in that respect the kid in myself comes back to life as I was a fanatic autograph collecter as a kid and can totally remember how exciting it was waiting for players after games or in front of the team hotels to get that signature. The format in the Ludwigsburg arena was very relaxed as a round type of table was set up so two to three players could be present. Some players already had their cards signed while other players was signing them as the patrons were coming through. It is always nice to have a short friendly mingle with the players and get a feel to how they are enjoying the attention at that moment. The players were relaxed and seemed to be enjoying the attention. The most active table was with Bamberg players Marcus Slaughter, PJ Tucker and ex NBA player Bobby Brown. Slaughter and Tucker were the loudest joking around already ready for the slam dunk contest that was following. Not only the players are the stars, but also the team mascots are starting to get on the bandwagon with emphasizing publicity as Oldenburg mascot Hubird was also signing autographs on his autograph card. The 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood should have been next to teammate Derrick Allen signing autographes, but he was no where in sight. The news soon came that he was in Berlin nursing a minor injury that he had sustained in the Eurocup game loss in Treviso, Italy. Other guys like David Holston and Ricky Paulding were more reserved and were just sporting their big smiles as they could easily moonlight for Crest or Colgate commercials.

The Beko BBL Allstar game isnt only a place to see the basketball stars and see their magic, but also a place to see people involved in the basketball world and be seen. As 5pm rolled around, more and more fans were entering the arena as well as more and more basketball personalities and people in the basketball scene were making their presence. It is always nice seeing people you might only see once or twice each season at the two games that are played between two teams. It was no surprise that players of EnBW Ludwigsburg would be in the arena. I spoted Alex Harris and David Mccray making the rounds in the arena as well as Jerry Green who made a visit in the press room shortly before the start of the Beko BBL Allstar game at 20:30 to grant a interview request. Dragon Dojcin made the long journey form Trier to root on his teammates Maik Zirbes and Philipp Zwiener. Ex Artland Dragan manager Marko Beens was mingling despite having left the club to become the CEO of the German Vollyball league. EnBW Ludwigsburg sport director Mario Probst was sporting a huge smile despite the current woes of the club and the announcement that center John Bowler is lost for the season due to a knee injury didnt sweeten the excitement of the Allstar game either for him. Members of PRO A team Crailsheim were in attendance as well as Mitteldeutscher BC manager Martin Geissler that continues to do what he can to bring the Wolves back to the Beko BBL next year. 1993 European champion Hansi Gnad was high up in the rafters enjoying the festivities as well es ex LTi Giessen 46er sport director Vladi Bogojevic. NBC head coach Derrick Taylor was sporting his big smile and was watching his son David Taylor in the NBBL game. Despite the extremely difficult season of BG Goettingen who are suffering as badly as if Skyliner mascot Dunking Kong was being held captured in the dungeon of Toby the Dragan are in 18th place,but CEO Marc Franz isnt sinking his head and continues to bleed the purple colours of his organization as he was not difficult to spot with his purple sport coat. Ex North Carolina star Ademola Okulaja was in attendance as was Skyliner legend Pascal Roller who drew the 2012 Beko BBL cup games before the game. A guest that never misses an Allstar game is ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll who was flattered by my persistent lauding of the success of his team, but knowing his love for the game, there is no basketball team official in the Beko BBL that is more on top of the world than him right now. He was there with head coach Thorsten Leibenath who was busy scouting the NBBL Allstar game and his player Andreas Wenzel. Henrik Rodel was also watching the kids show their talent as was FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic. Darius Hall was running around the arena being his usual jovial self and seemed perplexed when three little girls asked him three times who he was even though he kept saying Darius Hall. He also was putting bogus rumors into the world over the Beko BBL twiter account, but soon the secret was lifted as a gag.

The NBBL Allstar game followed at 5:00 pm. I couldnt follow it, because I was doing interviews with players, but the South prevailed 58-51. Top scorer of the south and one of the biggest talents in the game with FC Bayern Munich player Bogdan Radosavljevic with 12 points and seven rebounds. Paul Zipser who is another one of those German players that has a big career in front of him contributed 12 points as well. Top scorer for the north team was Leon Tolksdorf with 11 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Derrick Taylor son David finished with six points, two rebounds and two assists and 18 year old German point guard talent Dennis Schroeder that is getting minutes with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig produced six points , two rebounds and three assists. The shooting was mediocre for both teams under 40%, but one cant expect too much from this game simply because for many of the young players, it is the first time that they are presenting their goods on such a huge stage and so many important basketball figures from teams watching that nerves can play a significant role.

The three point shooting contest followed. This was a very interesting competition as it had some strong sharp shooters including a former winner with BBC Bayreuth guard Osvaldo Jeanty as well as 2004 Detroit Pistons draft pick Rickey Pualding who seems to have more of a knack for hitting three pointers with a hand in his eye, always dangerous sniper Johannes Strasser, former Jon Leuer teammate at Wisconsin Keaton Nankivil who recently hit a back breaking buzzer beater against FC Bayern Munich and former Chevon Troutman teammate at Pittsburgh Donatas Zavackas. I would of put my money on Jeanty, but one should never count out a guy who has a home game which Zavackas had. In the final round, the competition was tight, but Zavackas kept the title in Ludwigsburg as he won it on the last try netting 17 three pointers from downtown. Next on the bill was the highly anticipated slam dunk contest. The judges were 2008 cup winner with Artland Darius Hall, 1993 European champion Stephen Baeck, EnBW Ludwigsburg coach Steven Key and Ion Nicolau who was the first coach of the first ever Beko BBL Allstar game in 1987. Telekom Baskets Bonn forward Tony Gaffney was quite confident an hour before the show as he told me that he had something crazy planned with Heko Schaffartzik who was his teammate last season with Turk Telekom. However Gaffney had no idea who Salu Benjamin Tadi was who was the amateur that had won last year. Also in the competition was Marcus Slaughter, amateur Stephan Mueller and Isiah Swann and Maik Zirbes who had to jump in for TBB Trier guard John Bynum and EnBW Ludwigsburg guard Mark Dorris that had to cancel due to minor injuries. It is always refreshing to witness innovative ideas with the dunks as well as with the dunk costumes. Maik Zirbes got the crowd going early as he took the mask/head of the TBB Trier mascot Aggi Mock and dunked. It wasnt easy with the weight, but he did a good job. Slaughter had some entertaining dunks with help from teammate PJ Tucker giving him crisp lobs. Amatuer Stephan Mueller had his problems, but it was all in good fun and the crowd got a laugh as fake angel wings were plastered on his back to help his dunking. Slaughter had showed some crashing dunks this season, but was unable to reach the final. In the final were Tadi, Swann and Gaffney. Gaffney might not have won the dunk contest, but he stole the show a bit from Tadi with two spectacular and creative dunks. The first, he flew over Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) like his favorite college player back in the day would have with Marcus Camby as the German was sitting on a chair reading a newspaper. However his next dunk stole the show as Schaffartzik went about 15 rows up in the stands and lobbed the ball on the court and the American took the first bounce and jammed the ball at home. Little kids got big eyes when they saw Schaffartzik climbing high into the stands with the basketball and the only thing missing was for the little ones to do the Kevin Home alone crazy look. However there was no getting by Tadi who dunked over five kids and as an encore had a kid have the ball like on a servers dish and Tadi flew over him taking the ball and jamming it home for his second win in a row.

At 20.30 started the 2012 Beko BBL allstar game. It was my seventh live radio broadcast and calling a game like this is always a lot of fun since there is no pressure for a team to win, but every one is just having fun somehow hiding that competitive spirit just a little bit. The Beko BBL decided to go back to an old format of having Germany play against the international stars. This time, one could of called the game Germany against USA as no other international player from another country was chosen. S.Oliver baskets Wurzburg center Jason Boone was speculating with a good game for Germany having the edge, while John Bynum and Dane Watts were going with the Red, white and blue. This format had only taken place three times from 1996-1998 and each time, team international won, but the games were always close and were decided in the three games by only a total of 22 points. If anyone was expecting a romp by team USA , they were in for a big surprise as it was team Germany that dominated the game from the get go that had comfortable leads throughout until the third quarter where team USa tied the game at 73-73. Even though team USA had been practicing distinct plays in the morning shoot around, team Germany were just laughing around and staying relaxed, but it was team USA that seemed nervous and almost afraid of losing during the game. For Team USA to have lost would have been a big embarrassment and for long stretches it seemed like Team Germany would prevail and have bragging rights for a whole year. Team Germany played very intelligent team basketball while Team USA seemed lethargic at times having big problems finding a flow and rhythm. An entertaining moment in the game was when ratiopharm Ulm teammates Per Guenther and John Bryant made back to back baskets. In the days leading up to the game there had been friendly trash talk by the two players seen on videos, but during these two plays there was only smiles and brotherly like love. Guenther posted up against Bryant and either knew a secret how to be successful that no one else knew in the arena except for the basketball god or was just totally outright crazy. However the young German national player made a running hook shot over the big man that would have made former Skyliner Ilian Evtimov proud who had practiced that shot with ease in his Frankfurt days. On the next play Bryant came back and dropped a three pointer over Guenther. However, even though the game was tight and Germany seemed t be in control, it was team USA that had the better nerves and luck in crunch time to get the win. Chris Fleming took the needed timeouts to give his team the right advice and might even have gotten something vital from his dad who was sitting by his side on the bench sporting a matching outfit that Fleming and his assistant Arne Woltman had on. Down the stretch, it was John Bryant that took control getting big buckets and just showing his beast self under the boards. German national player Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) kept team Germany in the game with some of his usual crazy big bombs, but Team USA closed out the game with a 5-0 run as the game was tied at 84-84 as ex Toronto Raptor PJ Tucker hit a jumper and put icing on the cake with an ally-op stuff sending the fans home with one last dose of sweetenss. Team USA was led by 2012 Beko BBL MVP John Bryant who had 23 points points and nine rebounds. Chevon Troutman added 15 points and nine rebounds. PJ Tucker had 14 points and Bobby Brown chipped in with 13 points. Team Germany was led by Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) with 15 points, seven assists and four rebounds. The two big men Maik Zirbes and NBA draft pick Tibor Pleiss added 14 points a piece. Germany played a very spirited game and have nothing to hide. Despite losing in the last minute, all one can say is, wait until next year. It was bitter though that Germany gave up such a big chance not to beat Team USA which would have been a giant accomplishment to brag to their grand children one day. All in all, it was another great show put on by the Beko BBL and one can only look forward to the 2013 game which I hope will be in the new ratiopharm Ulm arena.



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Greek A2 round 15 best performance: Nikos Argyropoylos - by Eurobasket News
Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Apollon Patras, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat OFI (#7, 8-7) 100-94. Apollon Patras maintains the 2nd position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Apollon Patras will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. It's Argyropoylos' second year at Apollon Patras and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nikos Argyropoylos has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada. Anagnostopoulos had a very good evening with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Ermis Lagkada to edge slightly lower-ranked Perama Ermis (#11, 7-8) 97-92. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ermis Lagkada dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Anagnostopoulos is well-known at Ermis Lagkada and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Spyros Magounis (200-G-85, agency: FCM) of league's top team Panelefsiniakos. Magounis scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Panelefsiniakos, leading his team to a 102-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Pagrati (#14, 5-10). Panelefsiniakos confirms their top position in the standings Magounis has a great season in Greece. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-G-83) of Panelefsiniakos - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of OFI - 21 points and 11 rebounds
6. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77) of Apollon Patras - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) of Nea Kifisia - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Aristides Koronidis (188-G-82) of Perama Ermis - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Doxa Lefkadas - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Petros Noeas (204-F-87) of AEK - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Greek A1 round 15 best performance: Haralampos Giannopoulos - by Eurobasket News
Forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89, agency: FCM) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Peristeri GS, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, five rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Ikaros (#12, 3-12) 81-69. Peristeri GS is placed at 7th position in Greek A1. Peristeri GS 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 6-8 record. In the team's last game Giannopoulos had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Haralampos Giannopoulos averages this season 10.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77) of Marousi. Kommatos had a very good evening with 32 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Marousi lost that game 84-89 to the higher-ranked Olympiakos (#1, 14-1). Marousi are still at the very bottom. 14 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Kommatos is a newcomer at Marousi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#1). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was French center Guy-Marc Michel (213-C-88) of KAOD (#8). Michel scored 22 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Michel's great performance KAOD lost 72-101 to the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#2, 13-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of KAOD ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Michel could help KAOD to bring them higher in the standings. Michel has a very solid season. In 14 games in Greece he scored 4.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) of Kolossos - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Alex Stepheson (205-F-87) of Panionios - 13 points and 11 rebounds
6. Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) of PAOK - 23 points and 5 rebounds
7. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) of KAOD - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Nick Calathes (198-G-89) of Panathinaikos - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. David Logan (184-G-82) of Panathinaikos - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) of Ikaros - 19 points and 12 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)


EuroCup: BC Donetsk start strong, edge Aris - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk - Aris 81-74

BC Donetsk claimed the second consecutive win at the start of EuroCup Last 16 stage. The Ukrainian vice-champions defeated Aris at home court to stay on top of Group J. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) nailed 18 points to lead the hosts.
BC Donetsk took over early in the game. They dominated the opening quarter posting a 24:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Aris woke up after a small break. The Hellenes adjusted their offence and cut the deficit to just 6 points at the interval 34:40. BC Donetsk however did not allow the visitors to take initiative after the big break. The Ukrainians maintained the distance and headed into the fourth frame up by 7 points 60:53. The teams traded baskets throughout the final quarter as BC Donetsk kept their opponents at bay and rolled to the win at the end. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) notched 13 points, while Michael Lee (207-F-86) and Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points each for the winners. Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with 22 points for Aris. Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) finished with 17 points in defeat.

BC Donetsk: Ramel Curry 18, Maksym Pustozvonov 13, Michael Lee 12, Viacheslav Kravtsov 12
Aris: Ronald Davis 22, Sergio Kerusch 17



Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.0 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.2 
 3. Beck, Ikaros18.0 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.17.6 
 5. Baxter, Ikaros17.0 
 6. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris16.0 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.7 
 9. Dikoudis, PAOK14.9 
 10. James, Aris14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.8 
 2. Stepheson, Panio.8.0 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.8 
 4. Bavcic, KAOD7.3 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Kommatos, Marousi6.7 
 7. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 8. NaNa, Ilysiakos6.4 
 9. O''Bryant, Kavala6.1 
 10. Giddens, PAOK6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.2 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.1 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.8 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.4 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.6 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.3 
 10. Perperoglou, Pana.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy BAXTER
  Ikaros
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Baxter, Ikaros2.2 
 2. Wright, AGOR2.2 
 3. James, Aris1.9 
 4. Thompson, Ilysi.1.9 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Christmas, AGOR1.4 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.4 
 9. Logan, Panathin.1.3 
 10. Apostolidis, Ilys.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.8 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.6 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.3 
 5. Edwards, Perister.1.0 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Elegar, Marousi1.0 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Giddens, PAOK0.7 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.0.7 


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


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EuroChallenge: EWE Basket rout ZZ Leiden in Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News
EWE Basket-ZZ Leiden 85:62

EWE Basket rout ZZ Leiden in Oldenburg for 2-1 record in Group I. The German team did not have much troubles in a 85:62 victory. The team from Netherlands fell at 1-2 record.
The hosts took the early lead in the game and enjoyed 27:14 after the first period. Moreover they added 23-13 in the second frame for 23-point lead at the halftime.
In the third quarter EWE Basket produced a 24-21 surge and led the game to the victory. The guests managed to win the last period 14-11 but fell in the game.
Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) posted 13. Robin Smeulders (208-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Milan Majstorovic (207-C-83) added 10. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) netted 20 points in the losing effort and Worthy de Jong (194-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 11.

EWE Basket: Kenny Hasbrouck 16, Ronald Burrell 13, Robin Smeulders 10+12 rebs, Milan Majstorovic 10
ZZ Leiden: Seamus Boxley 20, Worthy de Jong 11


Peter van Paassen out for at least two weeks - by Fred Roggen
EiffelTowers Den Bosch will be without center PPeter Van Paassen (211-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure). The center has a back injury, which have been troubling him for some time. He injured his back in the cup match against Magixx. Today scans in the hospital showed nothing serious.
'It's just an injury that requires him to rest. We've been told right now that it's two or three weeks,'' the staff said.
Peter Van Paassen averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds this season



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  HUNGARY   


Robert Laslo moved to Szeged - by Tamas Deri
Hungarian-serbian guard Robert Laslo (194-G-84, agency: TSS Management) agreed to break his contract with the management of NYKK some days ago and signed already with Szeged. The 194 cm tall guard is a well known player in Hungary as he played already between 2006 and 2008 for the team and was one of the best bosman players of the league averaging over 16 points per game in both seasons. This summer he agreed with MBK Rieker Komarno but left the team before the season started and moved to Hungary in November. He played 9 games for NYKK and helped his team with 9.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court.

Hungarian Cup: JKSE is the first team under the best 8 - by Tamas Deri
Tonight the newcomer team of the Top Division could win also the second game of the 1/8 Finals in the Hungarian Cup and got closer to the Final Four. The home team was lead by american guard Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.), who helped the winners with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian big man Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points and 5 rebounds, american forward Kyle Austin (203-F-88, college: Cal-Riverside) put up 12 points and 7 boards. It was also a great debut of Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) in Hungary, who finished the game with a great double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Jaszberenyi KSE - Marso-Vagep NYKK 86-68
(15-22, 27-17, 25-12, 19-17)
JKSE: Szogi, HODGES 22/9, AUSTIN 12/3, HORTI 13, DRAMICANIN 18/3, Helmeczi 4, Kovacs 4, Wehner 5/3, Fulop 4, Borszeki 4, Sormaz, Antal, Coach: Balazs Horvath
NYKK: Fekete 2, FIELDS 26/3, Mohcsi 7/3, SITKU 16/3, Miskovic 4, Pap I. 9/3, Nagy K. 4/3, Siska, Coach: Tamas Ferenczi



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  ICELAND   


Powerade Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Final eight in Powerade cup finsh last night with a double overtime win for last years winner KR.
KR beat Snaefell 111-104. Joshua Brown tight the game up in first overtime with a crazy three point shot on a buzzer. Brown ended the game with 49 points. Robert Ferguson added 18 on for KR, Hreggvidur magnusson 16 and Dejan Sencanski 14. For Snaefell Quincy Hankins-Cole 23. Jon Olafur Jonsson 22. Marquis Hall 16.

Tindastoll 94 Njardvik 83. Close game until late in the game when Fridrik hreinsson made 2 three pointers within 30 seconds.
Curtis Allen and Maurice Miller 19 each for the winner. Maciej Baginski (BORN 1995) 27 points Travis Holmes 23. Cameron Echols 17 for Njardvik.

Fjolnir 83. Keflavik 102 Fjolnir again folling on weak defense . Jarryd Cole 35 points for Keflavik. Nathan Walkup 28. Jon Sverrisson 19. Calvin O'Neil 17 for Fjolnir.

KFI 104. Hamar 69. Two Div 1 teams playing here, easy win for the top team in the league. Kristjan Andresson 27 Ari Gylfason 26 for KFI.
Louie Kirkman 21 for Hamar.


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  IRAN   


Slobodan Bozovic and Melli Haffari part ways, Ahvaz signs Rasheim Wright - by Aydin Dianat
After 5 games with Melli Haffari Ahvaz and a very good game against Jahesh Tarabar Qom last week , which helped the team win getting 14 pts 9 rebounds and 3 assists and 2 steals and holding off Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85) to only 13 pts, Slobodan Bozovic (207-F/C-79) and Melli Haffari Ahvaz part ways with a chance to resign the Serbian big man for the playoffs. Slobodan was averaging 34 minutes per game, 10.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg , 63% 2pts , 20.6% 3pts, 54% FT , 1 apg, and an average efficiency of 10.6 in 5 games he played for the club.
As replacement the club signed Rasheim Wright (192-G-81) the Jordanian national who had very good numbers in Asian Championships 2011 (19.1 ppg) and Pan Arab games 2011 (21.7 ppg). With this transfer Melli Haffari Ahvaz increased their chances for a spot in playoffs and a shot to be in the final four. Rasheim Wright debut will be this Thursday against Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour in Ahvaz 22 Bahman Arena in front of their fans.


Maristes braces up for high-voltage Group B action - by Maarouf Mawloud
Two of the most gifted basketballers in FIBA Asia history will go into a head-on collision as they lead the fortunes of their long-loyal clubs in the Group B Prelim Round action of the WABA League, which tips off at the Dik El Mehdi Stadium on Wednesday.

Lebanese Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Iranian Samad Bahrami are two of the most delightful players we have seen in recent memory. Few will doubt this. Fewer can digest the fact that neither El Khatib nor Bahrami will be involved in any international competition outside of FIBA Asia this year.

But considering the supreme resourcefulness of these two superstars it can only be expected that the absence of any international action for their National Teams will spur them into more focused action every time they take to court, and more so when pitted against each other.

Therefore it may not out of place to place El Khatibs Champville and Bahramis Mahram as the leading contenders for the top position in Group B.

Both Champville and Mahram carry unbeaten records from their domestic leagues into the WABA League, which only heightens the intensity in the competition.

Not that other three in fray are here to merely make up numbers.

Two of them Jordans ASU and Iraqs Duhok are champions of their domestic leagues albeit the season for this year is just nascent in their countries and both had made the top eight of the 23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Manila last year.

Moutahed complete the fray of the group termed by Champville coach Ghassan Sarkis and his Mahram counterpart Mostafa Hashemi as the tougher of the two.

The action about 10 days ago in Group A Prelim Round at the Manara just off the coast of Beirut was fierce, fascinating and forceful.

The scene of action now moves to a higher altitude at the picturesque Maristes. As the altitude goes higher so will the action bound to get higher in voltage.


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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
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons24.5 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.23.8 
 3. Enos, Moycullen23.6 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian19.5 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.19.3 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 7. Cummins, Belfast16.8 
 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 Demons10.2 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian9.2 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints7.9 
 10. O''Brien, 11890 K.7.9 
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. Coughlan, UCC D.4.3 
 4. Clarke, 11890 K.4.3 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.4.2 
 6. Madsen, 11890 K.4.2 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.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   


National League Round 15: Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba wins against Hod Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba managed to get a fourth victory on Tuesday night. This time they edged sixth-ranked Hod Hasharon 95-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hod Hasharon won third quarter 28-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel Kfar Saba won last quarter 26-27. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Kfar Saba outrebounded Hod Hasharon 45-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Hod Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 31 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists for Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Kfar Saba (4-11) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Hapoel Y/M. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba is looking forward to face higher ranked Elitzur Ramla (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hod Hasharon will play against Kiryat Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
National League top team - Beer Yaakov (13-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (4-11) 94-80. It was a great evening for American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Yoad Bet-Yosef helped adding 25 points and 4 assists. Beer Yaakov's coach Idan Plada allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Beer Yaakov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. Beer Yaakov will play against Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Hapoel Afula (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ironi Kiryat Ata (#10) forced the game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) into an overtime, but lost by thirteen points 88-101 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Kiryat Ata. But the guests from Nes Ziyona were better at the end. It was an exceptional evening for Gabe Blair who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Avi Nanikashvili came up with 28 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for Ironi Kiryat Ata in the defeat. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Ironi Kiryat Ata lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Lev Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet at home league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Ironi Nahariya (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kiryat Tivon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Kiryat Tivon (8-7). Elitzur Yavne managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81. The best player for the winners was Eyal Engel who scored 27 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Elitzur Yavne's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Elitzur Yavne have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Kiryat Tivon at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be league's leader Beer Yaakov at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kiryat Tivon will play against Hod Hasharon (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Lev Hasharon. Eleventh ranked Lev Hasharon (6-9) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Ironi Nahariya (6-8) 77-76 on Tuesday evening. It was a good game for Lewis Clinch who saved his team from a defeat with 31 points and 4 assists. Lev Hasharon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ironi K-A and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nahariya lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Lev Hasharon will face Ironi Ramat Gan (#12) on the road in the next round.

In the last two games of round 15 Elitzur Ramla was beaten by Hapoel T-A on the road 112-94. Hapoel Afula was destroyed by Ironi Ramat Gan on its own court 70-98.



Kiryat Tivon - Elitzur Yavne 81-87

The game in Kiryat Tivon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Elitzur Yavne (11-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Kiryat Tivon (8-7). Elitzur Yavne managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kiryat Tivon won third quarter 31-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Yavne made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Kiryat Tivon turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Kiryat Tivon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Eyal Engel (190-85) who scored 27 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds. Elitzur Yavne's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Kiryat Tivon at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Elitzur Yavne's next round opponent will be league's leader Beer Yaakov at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kiryat Tivon will play against Hod Hasharon (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: R.Clemente 23+13reb, K.Izik 21+8reb+3ast, B.Hagbi 16+4reb+7ast, E.Solomoviz 10+3reb, O.Hover 4+2reb+1ast, J.Gomes 4+3reb+2ast
Elitzur Yavne: E.Engel 27+4reb+7ast, E.Hofman 25+5reb+2ast, B.Laing 16+9reb+1ast, K.Wilson 8+4reb+4ast, N.Golan 5+1reb, T.Dray 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145288


Hapoel K/S - Hod Hasharon 95-94

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba managed to get a fourth victory on Tuesday night. This time they edged sixth-ranked Hod Hasharon 95-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hod Hasharon won third quarter 28-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel Kfar Saba won last quarter 26-27. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Kfar Saba outrebounded Hod Hasharon 45-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Hod Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) added 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Five Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba (4-11) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Hapoel Y/M. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba is looking forward to face higher ranked Elitzur Ramla (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hod Hasharon will play against Kiryat Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: G.Gandel 20+9reb+4ast, H.Ratner 17+2reb+4ast, A.Sukar 14+9reb+11ast, A.Skverer 12+3reb+4ast, A.Johnson 12+7reb+5ast, J.Mintz 8+2reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: M.Moses 43+17reb+2ast, E.McCollum 31+14reb+1ast, E.Rotemberg 8+3reb+3ast, S.Kleimintz 7+1ast, A.Deri 2+2reb, O.Ron 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 145289


Hapoel T-A - Elitzur Ramla 112-94

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (12-3) beat at home 9th ranked Elitzur Ramla (6-9) 112-94 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Elitzur Ramla was better in fourth quarter 30-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Ramla's 42. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 20 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 8 blocks. Elitzur Ramla was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) who led his team to a victory with 31 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Naturalized American swingman Corry Carr (192-75, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) answered with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) added 22 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Five Hapoel Tel-Aviv and four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains second place with 12-3 record behind leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Loser Elitzur Ramla keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face Ironi Nes-Ziona (#6) in Nes Ziyona in the next round. Elitzur Ramla will play at home against Hapoel Kfar Saba.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: S.Moragne 25+6reb+4ast, R.Bacon 22+10reb+1ast, I.Rejwan 11+2reb+2ast, R.Barzilai 11+1reb+1ast, O.Cohen 11+2reb+2ast, I.Berkowitz 7+4reb+3ast
Hapoel T-A: A.Zelkovits 31+1reb+1ast, C.Carr 19+5reb+4ast, G.Eytan 16+4reb+5ast, C.Kelly 14+9reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 13+4reb+1ast, D.Stitt 10+3reb+4ast
gschID: 145290


Ironi K-A - Ironi Nes-Ziona 88-101 OT

Ironi Kiryat Ata (#10) forced the game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) into an overtime, but lost by thirteen points 88-101 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Kiryat Ata. But the guests from Nes Ziyona were better at the end. Ironi Kiryat Ata trailed 46-44 at halftime, rallying from a 27-14 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. The game was tied at the end of regular time and was extended into overtime, which they eventually won that period 20-7. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Kiryat Ata's 32 and made 34-of-38 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 22 Ironi Kiryat Ata turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) accounted for 24 points and 4 assists for the winning side. point guard Avi Nanikashvili (187-83) came up with 28 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Ironi Kiryat Ata in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Ironi Kiryat Ata lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Lev Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet at home league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Ironi Nahariya (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: A.Nanikashvili 28+3reb+1ast, R.Elbaz 17+3ast, T.Younger 12+6reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 11+5reb+6ast, D.Peterson 6+5reb, G.Halamish 6+2reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: G.Blair 26+11reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 24+3reb+4ast, D.Bank 14+5reb+7ast, B.Benn 12+11reb+4ast, O.Flaisher 12, T.Karpeles 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 145291


Lev Hasharon - Ironi Nahariya 77-76

Important game to mention about took place in Lev Hasharon. Eleventh ranked Lev Hasharon (6-9) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Ironi Nahariya (6-8) 77-76 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 20-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lev Hasharon made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) who saved his team from a defeat with 31 points and 4 assists. Naturalized Belarusian power forward Vladi Yeremishin (201-84, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 7 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Lev Hasharon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ironi K-A and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nahariya lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Lev Hasharon will face Ironi Ramat Gan (#12) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: E.Traimel 24+8reb+3ast, M.Ginyard 20+7reb+3ast, J.Roberts 13+10reb, O.Ben Hemo 8+4reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 5+2reb+7ast, L.Shvarzvald 4+1reb+1ast
Lev Hasharon: L.Clinch 31+3reb+4ast, A.Sela 11+3reb+2ast, A.Kazarnovski 10+6reb+3ast, O.Rub 8+6reb+3ast, V.Yeremishin 7+12reb+1ast, B.Sharoni 4+2reb
gschID: 145292


Hapoel Afula - Ironi Ramat Gan 70-98

There was an upset when 4th placed Hapoel Afula (9-6) was smashed at home by thirteenth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (5-10) 98-70 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Ramat Gan. Hapoel Afula was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Ramat Gan dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Afula's 34. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Ramat Gan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Guard T.J Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 assists for the winners. Five Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard Ronny LeMelle (196-81, college: Auburn) added 16 points in the effort for Hapoel Afula. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Hapoel Afula keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will face higher ranked Lev Hasharon (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Afula will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: R.LeMelle 16+4reb+1ast, G.Thondique 14+11reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 13+5reb+3ast, Y.Deri 9+2reb+6ast, O.Blayzer 9+5reb+1ast, E.Knafo 8+2reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: R.Webb 20+16reb, D.Davidi 19+3ast, A.Tamir 16+7reb+2ast, Y.Yatzkan 16+5reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 12+8reb, T.Bannister 11+3reb+14ast
gschID: 145286


Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel Y/M 94-80

National League top team - Beer Yaakov (13-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (4-11) 94-80. The game was mostly controlled by Beer Yaakov. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido was better in fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beer Yaakov made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) helped adding 25 points and 4 assists. Beer Yaakov's coach Idan Plada allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Inam Eiram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Four Beer Yaakov and five Hapoel Yokneam/Megido players scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. Beer Yaakov will play against Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Hapoel Afula (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Y/M: T.Sanders 27+6reb+4ast, I.Eiram 13+4reb+7ast, J.Sztarkman 12+2reb+1ast, R.Turner 12+9reb+1ast, H.Barbi 12+6reb+1ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 4+1reb+2ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 31+10reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 25+1reb+4ast, N.Miller 17+6reb+5ast, C.Watson 14+7reb+1ast, I.Buchman 4+4reb+3ast, Y.Shulman 3+2ast
gschID: 145287




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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 27
 1. McCollum, Hapoel K.27.0 
 2. Sanders, Hapoel Y.24.1 
 3. Hall, Macc.B.Y.23.8 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.23.2 
 5. Moragne, Elitzur22.3 
 6. Ginyard, Ironi N.22.2 
 7. Miller, Macc.B.Y.21.9 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.7 
 9. Thondique, Hapoel21.1 
 10. Bet-Yosef, Macc..20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.9 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.7 
 3. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.4 
 4. Moses, Hapoel K/S11.2 
 5. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.3 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.10.0 
 7. Blair, Ironi N.9.7 
 8. McCollum, Hapoel K.9.4 
 9. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.4 
 10. Kelly, Hapoel T-A9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.8 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.7.4 
 3. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.3 
 4. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.6 
 5. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.3 
 6. Rub, Lev Hasharon6.3 
 7. Bannister, Ironi R.6.2 
 8. Assaf, Ironi N.4.8 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.4.0 
 10. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon3.7 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.2 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur3.1 
 4. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S2.8 
 5. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.7 
 6. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.5 
 7. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.4 
 8. McCollum, Hapoel K.2.3 
 9. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A3.0 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Blair, Ironi N.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Hod H.1.9 
 5. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.1.8 
 7. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.7 
 8. Thondique, Hapoel1.5 
 9. Tzubrevitch, Ironi1.2 
 10. Rosefelt, Lev H.1.2 


Israeli Premier League round 14 best performance: Romeo Travis - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Romeo Travis (200-PF-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Galil Gilboa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi Haifa (#11, 3-10) 85-72. Galil Gilboa maintains the 2nd position in Israeli Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Galil Gilboa will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. Travis turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. Romeo Travis averages this season 16.3ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Bnei Hasharon. Dunn had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Bnei Hasharon was edged by the higher-ranked Hapoel Holon (#3, 8-5) 89-85. Bnei Hasharon is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Bnei Hasharon managed to get this year. Dunn is a newcomer at Bnei Hasharon, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#7). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Joe Crawford (196-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports) of Maccabi Rishon (#4). Crawford scored 29 points. He was a key player of Maccabi Rishon, leading his team to a 81-76 win against the lower-ranked B.C. Habikaa (#7, 6-7). Maccabi Rishon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Crawford has a great season in Israel. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Ironi Ashkelon - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Hapoel Holon - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Derwin Kitchen (193-G-86) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87) of Hapoel J-M - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Paul Delaney (188-G-86) of B.C. Habikaa - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90) of Maccabi Haifa - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joseph Jones (204-C/F-86) of Galil Gilboa - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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


Happiness - by T.J. Bannister
Happiness isn't given it's a choice and sometimes you go through hard times but my ultimate goal in life is to serve God and just be happy. I was just blessed to have a son born and his name is also TJ and looking at his pictures everyday makes me happy especially when I go through hard times over here. So no matter what I will smile and continue to play hard and try to do whatever it takes to keep myself happy and enjoy the game. No matter how difficult things get you should never allow anyone to steal your joy and your happiness in life and I also look at the fact that things could be worst. So I would like to encourage every player who's struggling or going through tough times just stay focused and know that things will eventually get better and never give up. Whatever drives you to play this game and play it to the fullest do it and never get down on yourself because there are people who would give anything to have this opportunity and the best way to enjoy what you do is just do it with your heart and smile while you're doing it. On the contrary Israel has still been really interesting and I'm really thankful for the people who are in my life here, and I would like to give a special shout out to Moshe because he has helped me tremendously, not in basketball but just being a great guy and do any and everything to help make things better for the Americans while we are here. So thanks a lot Moshe for being a great person and may God continue to bless you and your family. And you are really one person I can say that I've seen who does everything with happiness and you live life to the fullest.

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  ITALY   


Scavolini confirms signing of Arminas Urbutis - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro announced signing of Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) for rest of the season. The Lithuanian big guy arrived from Rupidis, where he had 16.7 ppg and 7 rpg for 3 EuroCup games. Urbutis also added 7.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 9 games in Baltic league this season. In LKL, the player averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 8 appearances. Arminas Urbutis is not a new face in Italy as he spent last two seasons with Cantu. In the latest one he had 1.3 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 10 games in SerieA. He had better numbers in 2009/10. Arminas Urbutis is a product of Hofstra University, where he graduated in 2009. He had 3.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg for his school as a senior (32 games). Urbutis played for Lithuanian U20 National Team in the past.

Nazionale A Round 20: Leader Trento loses to Chieti - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. 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 Trento (14-6) on the court of first ranked Chieti on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Chieti 66-62. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Trento. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 10-9 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) chipped in 19 points. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) produced 20 points and 6 steals for the guests. Newly promoted Chieti maintains first position with 11-9 record, which they share with Casalpusterlengo and Recanati. Trento at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Chieti is looking forward to face Pavia (#5) on the road in the next round. Trento will play against Latina Basket (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in . Third ranked Treviglio (12-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Bari (10-10) 80-78 in the fight for the third place. Center Jacopo Borra (212-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 8 rebounds. Tommaso Marino contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) replied with 29 points for Bari. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Treviglio maintains third position with 12-8 record having four points less than leader Omegna which they share with defeated Bari. Newly promoted Bari keeps the third place with ten games lost. Treviglio will play against Ferentino (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bari will play against Casalpusterlengo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Orlandina (13-7) against fifth ranked Comsum.it SI (7-13) on Sunday night. Host Orlandina was defeated by Comsum.it SI in a tough game in Orlandina 68-76. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Orlandina. Worth to mention a great performance of Stefano Simeoli who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Fabio Zanelli responded with 20 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Comsum.it SI moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Anagni and Fabriano. Newly promoted Orlandina keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Comsum.it SI will meet at home Ruvo (#6) in the next round. Orlandina will play against the league's second-placed Torino (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Napoli. First ranked Napoli faced second-ranked Torino. Host Napoli (16-4) defeated guests from Torino (13-7) 58-50. The winners were led by Simone Gatti who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds. Napoli have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first position with 16-4 record. Torino at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Napoli's next round opponent will be Castelletto (#6) on the road where they are favorite. Torino will play against the league's second-placed Orlandina (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in San Severo. Second ranked Trieste faced 4th ranked Mazzeo San Severo. Guests from Trieste (13-7) defeated host Mazzeo San Severo (8-12) 72-66. The best player for the winners was Luca Gandini who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Trieste maintains second position with 13-7 record having just three points less than leader Omegna, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Trieste will face league's second-placed Recanati at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Pavia was defeated by Ferentino in a road game 80-72. Recanati beat Firenze at home 86-77. Santarcangelo lost to Fabriano on the opponent's court 72-82. Matera managed to outperform Casalpusterlengo in a home game 90-77. Castelletto recorded a loss to Anagni on the road 98-81. Ruvo was defeated by Perugia on its own court 66-77. Omegna beat Latina Basket in a road game 77-66.



Ferentino - Pavia 80-72

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Pavia (9-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Ferentino (13-7) 80-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Federico Maiocco (200-83) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Four Pavia players scored in double figures. Ferentino moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Pavia dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Ferentino will face Treviglio (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Pavia will play against the league's leader Chieti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pavia: R.Maggio 15+2reb+1ast, R.Pederzini 13+4reb+1ast, L.Furlanetto 11+5reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 10+6reb+2ast, I.Cisse 8+6reb, D.Bozzetto 7+4reb
Ferentino: A.Iannuzzi 18+12reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 15+5reb, F.Guarino 13+2reb+8ast, F.Gagliardo 8+3reb+2ast, S.Parrillo 7+6reb+2ast, S.Bonfiglio 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 135802


Chieti - Trento 66-62

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Trento (14-6) on the court of first ranked Chieti on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Chieti 66-62. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Trento. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 10-9 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) chipped in 19 points. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) produced 20 points and 6 steals and forward Davide Pascolo (200-90) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Chieti maintains first position with 11-9 record, which they share with Casalpusterlengo and Recanati. Trento at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Chieti is looking forward to face Pavia (#5) on the road in the next round. Trento will play against Latina Basket (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 20+3reb, M.Negri 10+3reb+1ast, S.Fiorito 9+2reb+2ast, L.Conte 8+3reb, W.Santarossa 7+7reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 6+8reb+2ast
Chieti: R.Feliciangeli 19+3reb+2ast, A.Raschi 12+5reb+3ast, E.Rossi 12+17reb, S.Rajola 8+6reb+3ast, F.Gialloreto 7+2reb, A.Porfido 4+6reb
gschID: 135803


Recanati - Firenze 86-77

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Recanati (11-9) defeated at home 5th ranked Firenze (6-14) 86-77 on Sunday. The game without a history. Recanati led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Firenze was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Marco Ceron (195-92) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Roberto Fossati (185-78) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Four Recanati players scored in double figures. The former international center Federico Bellina (205-79, agency: Players Group) produced 16 points and swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Recanati keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Chieti and Casalpusterlengo. Firenze lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Recanati will face league's second-placed Trieste on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Firenze will play against Fabriano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Firenze: F.Bellina 16+4reb, D.Scodavolpe 13+2reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 11+3reb+3ast, D.Monaldi 9+3reb+2ast, A.Amici 9+6reb+3ast, S.Spizzichini 7+4reb+1ast
Recanati: M.Ceron 20+6reb+4ast, R.Fossati 17+3reb+5ast, A.Pierini 13+8reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 11+6reb+1ast, S.Centanni 9+5ast, P.Chiarello 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 135798


Fabriano - Santarcangelo 82-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Santarcangelo's (5-15) road loss to fifth ranked Fabriano (7-13) 72-82 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-72. Fabriano had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fabriano especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian point guard Nicolas Manuel Stanic (177-84, agency: Players Group) who scored 15 points and 8 assists. Power forward Luca Usberti (201-73) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Fabriano players scored in double figures. Forward Jacopo Silimbani (202-86) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Fabriano moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Comsum.it SI and Anagni. Santarcangelo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Fabriano will face Firenze (#5) on the road in the next round. Santarcangelo will play against Matera and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santarcangelo: J.Silimbani 22+8reb, E.Rivali 13+2reb+2ast, L.Bedetti 9+3reb+2ast, M.Palermo 7+4reb+1ast, L.Pesaresi 6+1reb+1ast, M.Bonaiuti 6+1reb
Fabriano: L.Usberti 18+5reb+2ast, N.Manuel Stanic 15+3reb+8ast, G.Sgobba 14+7reb, G.Castelletta 10+7reb, C.Fontani 8+2reb+1ast, M.Gigena 7+1reb
gschID: 135799


Matera - Casalpusterlengo 90-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Matera (9-11) beat at home 4th ranked Casalpusterlengo (11-9) 90-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Matera. Casalpusterlengo was better in second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Casalpusterlengo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) who scored 24 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). The former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Matera players scored in double figures. Matera's coach Francesco Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) produced 15 points and guard Marco Contento (190-91) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Matera moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Casalpusterlengo still keeps top position with nine games lost. Matera will face Santarcangelo (#6) in Sant'Arcangelo in the next round. Casalpusterlengo will play against Bari (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: M.Contento 17+1ast, A.Chiumenti 15+4reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 13, R.Prandin 9+3reb, P.Biligha 8+5reb, F.Loschi 7+8reb
Matera: G.Cantagalli 24+4reb+2ast, S.Vico 14+1reb+3ast, A.Pilotti 13+7reb+1ast, C.Grappasonni 10+2reb, L.Tardito 8+2reb, P.Aprea 7+2reb
gschID: 135800


Bari - Treviglio 78-80

Important game to mention about took place in . Third ranked Treviglio (12-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Bari (10-10) 80-78 in the fight for the third place. It looked good early as Bari took an 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Treviglio took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 2 points. They also forced 19 Bari turnovers. Center Jacopo Borra (212-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) replied with 29 points and center Domenico Morena (210-70) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bari. Four Bari players scored in double figures. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Treviglio maintains third position with 12-8 record having four points less than leader Omegna which they share with defeated Bari. Newly promoted Bari keeps the third place with ten games lost. Treviglio will play against Ferentino (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bari will play against Casalpusterlengo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bari: A.Ruggiero 29+2reb+2ast, D.Morena 15+5reb+2ast, M.Cardillo 14+3reb+3ast, S.Gigena 13+3reb+1ast, M.Bona 3+1reb, M.Chiusolo 2+3reb
Treviglio: J.Borra 27+8reb, T.Marino 19+1reb+5ast, G.Zanella 8+4reb+6ast, R.Marulli 8+2reb+2ast, S.Tomasini 6, N.Cazzolato 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135801


Anagni - Castelletto 98-81

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Castelletto (8-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Anagni (7-13) 98-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Anagni. Castelletto was better in third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Castelletto 36-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Anagni shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 65.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Jacopo Pozzi (200-87) who scored 32 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all seven shots !!!). Nicolo Benedusi (193-88) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Anagni's coach Luciano Nunzi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Simone Cotani (201-81) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Anagni moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Comsum.it SI and Fabriano. Castelletto lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Anagni will face league's leader Omegna on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Castelletto will play against the league's leader Napoli.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: S.Cotani 23+6reb, S.Ferrarese 15+4reb, A.Iannone 14+3reb, A.Piazza 9, L.Marmugi 8+3reb, S.Appendini 7
Anagni: J.Pozzi 32+6reb, N.Benedusi 16+9reb+3ast, V.Circosta 16+2reb+5ast, D.Corral 9+12reb, L.Ciribeni 8+3reb, F.Vanni 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135793


Napoli - Torino 58-50

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Napoli. First ranked Napoli faced second-ranked Torino. Host Napoli (16-4) defeated guests from Torino (13-7) 58-50. Torino was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 28-15 third quarter run of Napoli. They also forced 29 Torino turnovers. The winners were led by forward Simone Gatti (202-82) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Simone Lenardon (189-85) supported him with 12 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Torino. Naturalized San Marino Federico Tassinari (195-77, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Napoli have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first position with 16-4 record. Torino at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Napoli's next round opponent will be Castelletto (#6) on the road where they are favorite. Torino will play against the league's second-placed Orlandina (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Torino: M.Portannese 16+7reb+2ast, L.Fontecchio 9+3reb, C.Masper 8+2reb+1ast, F.Tassinari 7+6reb, F.Conti 4+6reb, D.Parente 3+1reb+2ast
Napoli: S.Gatti 17+7reb, S.Lenardon 12+2reb, N.Rizzitiello 10+1reb, N.Sabbatino 5+2reb, B.Musso 5+2reb+7ast, A.Iannilli 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 135794


Orlandina - Comsum.it SI 68-76

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Orlandina (13-7) against fifth ranked Comsum.it SI (7-13) on Sunday night. Host Orlandina was defeated by Comsum.it SI in a tough game in Orlandina 68-76. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Orlandina. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. They outrebounded Orlandina 35-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and guard Gabriele Spizzichini (195-92) who added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Comsum.it SI players scored in double figures. The former international guard Fabio Zanelli (196-76) responded with 20 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Comsum.it SI moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Anagni and Fabriano. Newly promoted Orlandina keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Comsum.it SI will meet at home Ruvo (#6) in the next round. Orlandina will play against the league's second-placed Torino (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orlandina: F.Zanelli 20+1reb+5ast, N.Crow 14+5reb+2ast, G.Zampolli 13+1reb, F.Alessandri 8+3reb+4ast, N.Damiani 5+4reb, A.Benevelli 4+6reb
Comsum.it SI: G.Spizzichini 21+6reb+4ast, S.Simeoli 20+10reb+6ast, N.Mei 10+2reb+4ast, C.Bianconi 10+5reb, A.Tessitori 8+6reb, M.Pascolo 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 135795


Ruvo - Perugia 66-77

Everything went according to plan in Ruvo di Puglia where third ranked Perugia (9-11) won against 6th ranked Ruvo (2-18) 77-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Perugia. Ruvo was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Perugia outrebounded Ruvo 33-16 including 21 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Frederic Emejuru (203-88) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Davide Bonacini (190-90) added 13 points and 6 steals respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perugia maintains third position with 9-11 record having seven points less than leader Omegna, which they share with 3 other teams. Ruvo lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Perugia will face Mazzeo San Severo (#4) at home in the next round. Ruvo will play against Comsum.it SI in Siena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ruvo: D.Bonacini 13+1reb+2ast, M.Tagliabue 11+4reb, F.Emejuru 10+6reb, G.Tomasiello 9+3reb+3ast, C.Villani 6+1ast, G.Valesin 6+1ast
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 27+5reb+1ast, G.Chiatti 16+2reb+2ast, L.Bisconti 12+11reb+1ast, F.Baldi Rossi 6+5reb+2ast, F.Santantonio 4+2reb+1ast, S.Bonamente 3+2reb
gschID: 135796


San Severo - Trieste 66-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in San Severo. Second ranked Trieste faced 4th ranked Mazzeo San Severo. Guests from Trieste (13-7) defeated host Mazzeo San Severo (8-12) 72-66. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-66. Trieste forced 24 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Luca Gandini (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) produced 19 points and forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Trieste maintains second position with 13-7 record having just three points less than leader Omegna, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Trieste will face league's second-placed Recanati at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Severo: G.Rugolo 19+4reb+1ast, F.Candido 13+4reb+1ast, F.Amoroso 12+5reb+1ast, R.Marzoli 8+4reb+2ast, F.Lovatti 6+6reb, M.Poluzzi 6+2reb+1ast
Trieste: L.Gandini 19+10reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 12+6reb, D.Mastrangelo 10+2reb, L.Bonetta 8, M.Carra 7+1reb, M.Ruzzier 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135797


Latina Basket - Omegna 66-77

There was no surprise when 4th ranked Latina Basket (9-11) was defeated at home by first ranked Omegna (18-2) 77-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Omegna. Latina Basket was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Latina Basket 36-20 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Tommaso Plateo (191-78) produced 16 points and naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Omegna have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Loser Latina Basket dropped to the third place with 11 games lost. Omegna will face Anagni (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Latina Basket will play against the league's leader Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: M.Micevic 17+2reb+1ast, T.Plateo 16+4reb, G.Gazzotti 9+4reb, R.Serena 8+2reb+1ast, T.Milani 8+3reb+3ast, R.Tavernelli 3+3reb+2ast
Omegna: S.Masciadri 16+9reb, D.Casadei 16+7reb+1ast, P.Paci 11+8reb, A.Saccaggi 9+3reb+2ast, T.Raspino 9+3reb, P.Picazio 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135792




EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas douse Benetton in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Benetton 78-69

Lietuvos Rytas posted the first win at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off visiting Benetton to gain 1-1 record in Group L. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds to orchestrate victory. Benetton fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
The teams opened the game exchanging the baskets. Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Lietyvos Rytas started to pull away in the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 7-point halftime lead 37:30. But Benetton turned things around in the third quarter. Sasa Djordjevic team held Lietuvos Rytas to 9 points in the period to establish a one-point lead heading into the fourth frame 47:46. But Lietuvos Rytas were not intimidated as they shifted the gear and poured in 32 points in the final quarter. It was just enough to celebrate victory at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) nailed 14 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) added 13 points for Lietyvos Rytas. Jeffrey Viggiano (197-F-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with 15 points for Benetton. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) had 12 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Jonas Valanciunas 17+10 boards, Mindaugas Katelynas 14, Renaldas Seibutis 13
Benetton: Jeffrey Viggiano 15, Marcus Goree 12



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. Gandini, Trieste7.6 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.6 
 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. Rossi, Chieti2.9 
 7. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 8. Guarino, Ferentino2.8 
 9. Amici, Firenze2.8 
 10. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacopo BORRA
  Treviglio
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.4 
 3. Candido, San Seve.1.4 
 4. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 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 12-8 
 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 10-10 
 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 


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  JAPAN   


IBL to feature Japanese team in 2012 - by Eurobasket News
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 honoured 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 quicklyin 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 IBL 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 JBA's Nippon Tornadoes played an 18-game road schedule, traveling across the United States and Canada. The team featured current Vancouver Volcanoes player Kenta Nakashima and BJ League veteran Daisuke Tamura, 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.'

Stay tuned for many more announcements to come from the IBL, including the name and look of the new team from Japan. Tip-off for the 2012 season is set for April, get your tickets now by visiting the IBL's new website at www.IBL.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  JORDAN   


Maristes braces up for high-voltage Group B action - by Maarouf Mawloud
Two of the most gifted basketballers in FIBA Asia history will go into a head-on collision as they lead the fortunes of their long-loyal clubs in the Group B Prelim Round action of the WABA League, which tips off at the Dik El Mehdi Stadium on Wednesday.

Lebanese Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Iranian Samad Bahrami are two of the most delightful players we have seen in recent memory. Few will doubt this. Fewer can digest the fact that neither El Khatib nor Bahrami will be involved in any international competition outside of FIBA Asia this year.

But considering the supreme resourcefulness of these two superstars it can only be expected that the absence of any international action for their National Teams will spur them into more focused action every time they take to court, and more so when pitted against each other.

Therefore it may not out of place to place El Khatibs Champville and Bahramis Mahram as the leading contenders for the top position in Group B.

Both Champville and Mahram carry unbeaten records from their domestic leagues into the WABA League, which only heightens the intensity in the competition.

Not that other three in fray are here to merely make up numbers.

Two of them Jordans ASU and Iraqs Duhok are champions of their domestic leagues albeit the season for this year is just nascent in their countries and both had made the top eight of the 23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Manila last year.

Moutahed complete the fray of the group termed by Champville coach Ghassan Sarkis and his Mahram counterpart Mostafa Hashemi as the tougher of the two.

The action about 10 days ago in Group A Prelim Round at the Manara just off the coast of Beirut was fierce, fascinating and forceful.

The scene of action now moves to a higher altitude at the picturesque Maristes. As the altitude goes higher so will the action bound to get higher in voltage.


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  KOSOVO   


Paul Davis on test in Trepca - by Dren Shporta
Paul Davis (205-F-88, college: Winston Salem) is the other player that will fight for a place in Trepcas team. He will have to show himself against Bryant Williams, to secure a place at greens, which are challenging the title.

Paul Davis is a 205 cm. high forward that recently played in Lithuanian Naglis Palangos. Naglis is the team that plays in Lithuanian elite basketball league. 23 year old American will join Trepca these days and the coach Ilir Selmani will have the word which one will stay, Davis or Williams.

Trepca team has registered only one defeat during the first half of the season. The greens from Mitrovica are the only team in BKT Superliga that will continue with minimum one international player that played in first three months of the season. This success belongs to Jaleel Nelson, who showed high form during all the season. Trepca will host Bashkimi in the first match of the second half of the season. Trepca has won two games out of two played against Bashkimi. Trepca is strengthened with Besnik Azemi, Fikret Hanxhiq in this month and will select one of the two Americans on test, Paul Davis or Bryant Williams, to rise their number of transfers on three.



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EuroChallenge: Ventspils upset Chorale de Roanne in France - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Ventspils 88:89 OT

Ventspils upset Chorale de Roanne in France in Round 3 of EuroChallenge Group I. The Latvian side celebrated the initial victory to stay alive in the tournament.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chorale de Roanne won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Chorale de Roanne used huge pressure winning it 18-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-16. Ventspils shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage.
The best player for the winners was Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) who recorded 31 points and 8 rebounds and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively.

Roanne: John Holland 31, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 16, Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 14, Jackson 11
Ventspils: Mamadi Diane 25, Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) 16, Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) 13, Martins Meiers 12




Best players of Latvian LBL round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Liepaja and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Valmiera (#1, 10-6) 83-77. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Liepaja is placed at 2nd position in Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Liepaja will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Porzingis had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Liepaja and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) of league's best team Valmiera. Kalve impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Valmiera was edged by slightly lower-ranked Jelgava (#3, 9-7) 88-84. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Valmiera still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 10-6 record. Kalve is a newcomer at Valmiera and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#3). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Kyle Nelson (203-F-89, agency: N.E.T.) of Jelgava (#3). Nelson scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Jelgava, leading his team to a 88-84 win against #1 ranked Valmiera. Jelgava 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. Nelson has a great season in Latvia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zanis Peiners (203-G-90) of LU - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kyle Nelson (203-F-89) of Jelgava - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kristaps Dargais (195-G-90) of LU - 15 points and 8 rebounds
7. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Valmiera - 6 points and 12 rebounds
9. Sandris Vitols (195-F-90) of LU - 18 points and 4 assists
10. Arturs Duselis (200-F-89) of Jelgava - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 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)


EuroCup: Valencia leave no chance for VEF Riga in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - VEF Riga 80:49

Valencia gave a warm welcome to VEF Riga scorching those at home court in the second round of Last 16 stage of EuroCup. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) knocked down 18 points to pace Valencia to a comfortable 31-point victory. The hosts thus improved at 2-0 record in Group I. VEF Riga suffered the second loss in as many games played.
Valencia suffocated the visitors in the opening quarter. It was a one-way traffic as the home team piled up a 15-point lead after ten minutes 25:10. The margin just kept on growing in the second frame. Valencia enjoyed a 49:17 halftime lead. VEF Riga never recovered in the second half. Valencia coasted to an overwhelming win at the end. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) provided 13 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points in the victory. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) answered with 10 points each for VEF Riga.

Valencia: Nando De Colo 18, Niklas Caner-Medley 13, Serhiy Lishchuk 12
VEF Riga: Tyler Cain 10, Kaspars Berzins 10



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Anibal emerge champions in Dubai international tourney - by Rabih Khoury
A 13-3 run in the closing two minutes helped Anibal of Lebanon take the game away and beat UAEs Al Ahli 89-79 in the final of the 23rd Dubai International Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

Anibal took control of the proceedings early and went ahead 32-16 at the end of the first quarter, but thereafter the UAE team fought back.

At the end of three quarters of entertaining play, Anibal managed to go ahead 61-58 marginally ahead.

The fourth quarter too was one of equal exchanges before Anibal capitalized on the rivals foul trouble in the end moments and delivered the decisive run.

Ghaleb Reda, the MVP of the game, led Anibals scoring with 30 points. Nigerian import Ebi Ndubi had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds with American import Jay Youngblood contributing 23 points.

Rodrigue Akl, who was adjudged the Player of the Tournament, had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.

Senegalese Cheikh Samb poured in a mammoth game-high 38 points for Al Ahli, but in vain.

Leroy Hurd had 14 points.

Source: http://www.fibaasia.net/NewsDetails.aspx?id=1834


Cruz Daniles signed with Al-Mouttahed Tripoli - by Maarouf Mawloud
After releasing Trim Kibwe from their squad,Al Mouttahed Tripoli signed a contract with Cruz Daniels (211-C-85, college: High Point).
Cruz is a very good blockshoter and has started his Professional career with Nyon club in Switzerland,the same team where Mouttahed star Austin Johnson start his professional career too...
Cruz will play his first game tonight against Mahram Iran,in WABA tournament,and he's supposed to join the team in the lebanese league too.
all the luck for Cruz and Mouttahed


Maristes braces up for high-voltage Group B action - by Maarouf Mawloud
Two of the most gifted basketballers in FIBA Asia history will go into a head-on collision as they lead the fortunes of their long-loyal clubs in the Group B Prelim Round action of the WABA League, which tips off at the Dik El Mehdi Stadium on Wednesday.

Lebanese Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Iranian Samad Bahrami are two of the most delightful players we have seen in recent memory. Few will doubt this. Fewer can digest the fact that neither El Khatib nor Bahrami will be involved in any international competition outside of FIBA Asia this year.

But considering the supreme resourcefulness of these two superstars it can only be expected that the absence of any international action for their National Teams will spur them into more focused action every time they take to court, and more so when pitted against each other.

Therefore it may not out of place to place El Khatibs Champville and Bahramis Mahram as the leading contenders for the top position in Group B.

Both Champville and Mahram carry unbeaten records from their domestic leagues into the WABA League, which only heightens the intensity in the competition.

Not that other three in fray are here to merely make up numbers.

Two of them Jordans ASU and Iraqs Duhok are champions of their domestic leagues albeit the season for this year is just nascent in their countries and both had made the top eight of the 23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Manila last year.

Moutahed complete the fray of the group termed by Champville coach Ghassan Sarkis and his Mahram counterpart Mostafa Hashemi as the tougher of the two.

The action about 10 days ago in Group A Prelim Round at the Manara just off the coast of Beirut was fierce, fascinating and forceful.

The scene of action now moves to a higher altitude at the picturesque Maristes. As the altitude goes higher so will the action bound to get higher in voltage.


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Kuzminskas leaves Rudupis - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Rudupis Prienu is continuing their roster alterations. Seventh player this season leaves the team - this time tall man Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California). The contract with Lithuanian center is terminated by a mutual agreement. His contract had a clause that allows to terminate it ahead of time. According to the director of the club, Aurimas Bartuska, remaining players should not change until the end of the season as this is not foreseen in their contracts.

Kuzminskas should continue his career in Trefl Sopot where he player in 2009-10.

Meanwhile, as mentioned yesterday, Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) will be returning to Prienai from B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas.

Rudupis Prienu currently has 10 active players. Among the recent players that left Rudupis Prienu are: Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) (moved to B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas), Aidas Viskontas (185-PG-86) (Neptunas Klaipeda), Arminas Urbutis (Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro), Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) (contract not extended). Youngsters Domantas Seskus (182-PG-92) and Tautvydas Zioba (198-F-92) moved to Rudupis Prienu KKSC Prienu that plays in a lower division.

They have achieved 11 victories in 13 games and are now second in the BEKO-LKL championship.




Scavolini confirms signing of Arminas Urbutis - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro announced signing of Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) for rest of the season. The Lithuanian big guy arrived from Rupidis, where he had 16.7 ppg and 7 rpg for 3 EuroCup games. Urbutis also added 7.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 9 games in Baltic league this season. In LKL, the player averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 8 appearances. Arminas Urbutis is not a new face in Italy as he spent last two seasons with Cantu. In the latest one he had 1.3 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 10 games in SerieA. He had better numbers in 2009/10. Arminas Urbutis is a product of Hofstra University, where he graduated in 2009. He had 3.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg for his school as a senior (32 games). Urbutis played for Lithuanian U20 National Team in the past.

EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas douse Benetton in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Benetton 78-69

Lietuvos Rytas posted the first win at EuroCup Last 16 stage. They held off visiting Benetton to gain 1-1 record in Group L. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds to orchestrate victory. Benetton fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
The teams opened the game exchanging the baskets. Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Lietyvos Rytas started to pull away in the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 7-point halftime lead 37:30. But Benetton turned things around in the third quarter. Sasa Djordjevic team held Lietuvos Rytas to 9 points in the period to establish a one-point lead heading into the fourth frame 47:46. But Lietuvos Rytas were not intimidated as they shifted the gear and poured in 32 points in the final quarter. It was just enough to celebrate victory at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) nailed 14 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) added 13 points for Lietyvos Rytas. Jeffrey Viggiano (197-F-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with 15 points for Benetton. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) had 12 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Jonas Valanciunas 17+10 boards, Mindaugas Katelynas 14, Renaldas Seibutis 13
Benetton: Jeffrey Viggiano 15, Marcus Goree 12



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Athleta, Siggiewi and Floriana with victories - by Eurobasket News
Athleta stayed perfect after the third round of action at National League. The defending champions held off BUPA Luxol 91:57 at home court to improve at 3-0 record. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) scored 23 points to lead the charge. Athleta cleared off to a 12-point lead at halftime. They stretched the gap to 21 points at the final break and rolled to the victory at the end. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) posted 16 points, while Steve Schembri (187-F-79) and Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) added 14 points each for the winners. Jeron Belin (198-F-88, college: St.Peter's) answered with 27 points for BUPA Luxol.
Siggiewi opened the win count at the championship. They prevailed against Loyola 68:62 at home court. Maier had 25 points to pace the winners. Alan Borg (196-G/F-80) added 24 points for the hosts. Rashanti Harris (203-F) answered with 26 points for Loyola as they suffered the third loss in a row.
Floriana held off visiting Depiro 65:37. Evan Fjeld (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont) erupted for 35 points to lead the charge. Christopher Sammut (169-G-85) added 22 points in the winning case. Greg Hamlin (201-F-86, college: E.Tenn.St.) accounted for 9 points for Depiro.



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Zarko Rakocevic signs in Switzerland - by Darko Pekic
Lugano Tigers, one of the best teams in Switzerland, announced today the signing of 28-years old power forward / center Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84). The Montenegrin player started this season in Austria with BC Vienna. He averaged 17.6 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 11 A Bundesliga games. In December he moved to Spain. He signed a one month deal with Valencia. Rakocevic played only one ACB and EuroCup game against Oostende (20 points and 13 rebounds).

Rakocevic played also for Buducnost and Partizan in Adriatic League. He is a former member of U21 Serbia and Montenegro National Team.


EuroCup: Buducnost surprise Krka in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Buducnost 64:69

Buducnost opened win count at EuroCup Last 16 round. The Montenegrin team upset Krka away from home to improve at 1-1 record in Group K. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored 11 points each to lead the charge.
Buducnost pulled ahead pretty quickly. The visitors arrived at the first break up by 7 points 23:16. Buducnost continued to stay in front in the second quarter. The Montenegrin team accumulated a 40:30 halftime lead. Krka struggled to pick up the right tempo in the third quarter. Buducnost capitalized clearing off to a 14-point distance at the final intermission. Krka finally adjusted and went on a desperate comeback run in the final frame. But Buducnost stood firm and preserved an important win at the end. Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 points in the victory. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points for Krka. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Krka: Zoran Dragic 14, Afik Nissim 12
Buducnost: Nikola Ivanovic 11, Jermaine Anderson 11, Milan Milosevic 10



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Spurs to retire Bruce Bowen's jersey in March - by Eurobasket News
Every championship team has several key role players who make a huge difference with limited responsibilities. They're necessary components of a winner, though, and those players deserve credit for what they do. Usually, that comes in the form of a ridiculous contract or random team honor involving a gold watch and short pregame ceremony. Because, you know, those guys still aren't stars.

However, the San Antonio Spurs see things a little differently. In December 2007, they retired the No. 6 jersey of longtime point guard Avery Johnson, whose best season with the club topped out at a PER of 17.3, which is in fact 2.3 hollingerinos above the league average. Now, they're set to bestow the same honor upon franchise mainstay Bruce Bowen (6'7''-F-71, college: CS Fullerton) and his No.12 uniform during halftime of their March 21 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. From the team's press release:
Bowen's No. 12 jersey will join James Silas' No. 13, George Gervin's No. 44, Johnny Moore's No. 00, David Robinson's No. 50, Sean Elliott's No. 32 and Avery Johnson's No. 6 in the rafters in the AT&T Center.

'Bruce Bowen was the premier perimeter defender in the NBA for close to a decade,' said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. 'His success is proof that hard work and determination do, in fact, pay off. Statistics are meaningless when talking about his importance to this franchise. The simple fact is the Spurs don't win NBA Championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007 without Bruce Bowen.'

Bowen joined the Spurs on July 31, 2001. He spent nine seasons (2001-09) in San Antonio and appeared in 630 games, one of just eight players to appear in 600-plus games with the Spurs. Bowen started in every game he played in for the Silver and Black, averaging 6.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31.2 minutes.

Popovich is correct that Bowen's contributions can't be measured in stats, although the figures of eight All-Defensive selections and a franchise-record 500 straight starts do a decent job. He was a major contributor to a series of very successful teams, and a pillar of the community and an occasional student at UT-San Antonio while a Spur. It makes sense that they'd want to give him this honor.

Still, Bowen is far from the usual retired-jersey recipient, even if he's much more deserving than Johnson was in 2007. For most teams, only the greatest of stars get a retired jersey. And while it's fine for the Spurs to give out these honors as they wish, it does make you wonder if they'll keep going with more role players from their championship squads. Is Fabricio Oberto next? Or do the Spurs already recognize Manu Ginobili's makeshift ceremony from November 2010?

Whatever the case, it's clear that the team's biggest stars will now deserve an honor greater than a simple jersey retirement. Look for an Iwo Jima-style statue of Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker raising a championship banner some time over the next decade.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


New York Knicks recall Jeremy Lin and Jerome Jordan from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks recalled Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) and Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) Monday from their assignments with the Erie BayHawks.

The recalls had been expected since shortly after the two were assigned to the NBA D-League late this past week.

Lin, a 6-foot 3-inch, 200-pound guard, put up a triple-double in his lone game with Erie, recording 28 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds and two steals over 44 minutes Friday in a 122-113 victory at Maine.

Jordan, a 7-foot, 240-pound center, averaged 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and two blocks in two games, including Sunday's 110-88 loss to the Red Claws.

The BayHawks are off until Sioux Falls visits Tullio Arena Friday and Saturday for 7 p.m. games.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo beginning to flourish in reserve role - by Eurobasket News
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) has been the subject of many reported deals involving the Grizzlies over the past year.

The reserve 6-3 guard continues to block out the would-be distractions but Mayo wants you to know about a trade he loves.

Mayo recently swapped ideas with Griz coach Lionel Hollins about how to best utilize him, and the exchange seems to be working well for both parties. Hollins has given Mayo more freedom to score and the fourth-year gunner has returned the favor by giving the Griz instant offense.

It's a transaction that's served Mayo and the organization well during a six-game winning streak, and for the first time since Hollins asked Mayo to play off the bench.

A team that began the season ranked near the NBA's basement in three-point shooting has Mayo firing at a 48.9-percent clip. A squad that once was notable for its inept offense in reserve now has Mayo scoring 13.2 points per game off the bench as it tries to win a seventh straight tonight at Golden State.

The Grizzlies have rediscovered Mayo, and Mayo has traded personal apathy for productivity.

'I can play and I'm an offensive threat,' Mayo said with renewed confidence. 'It's not like I'm going to put it up every time. But I can make a play. At the end of the day, coach Hollins and I have grown. (The other day) coach drew up a play for me to go back door. But the (defender) dropped and I found Marc and Marc found Rudy and Rudy hit a three. It's just playing basketball and coach is preaching that every day. Just play ball. Just make the basketball play. That's what I'm trying to do.'

Mayo is now playing like the franchise envisioned. That was made possible by Hollins' acknowledgement that he needed to stop restricting Mayo with rigid offensive sets. So Mayo has a green light. He shoots and passes at will instead of waiting for standstill shots or to run off screens to shoot.

'He has to be a free-flowing, shoot-it-as-he-feels-it type of guy to have success consistently,' Hollins said. 'I try to give him as much freedom within what we're doing as long as it's not hurting the team. He's responded by making shots.'

It's hard to argue with the new arrangement given Mayo has made 16 of his last 27 3-pointers. He's buried 19 of 30 long-range shots during the Grizzlies' streak, including a career-high six 3-pointers last Saturday against Sacramento.

Mayo's 48.9-percent three-point shooting ranks fifth in the NBA, and is a franchise and career high.

'He obviously knows his role,' teammate Tony Allen said. 'When he comes in he has to be 'The Microwave.' He has to come in and give us energy offensively.'

Allen referenced the nickname given to former Detroit Pistons sixth man Vinnie Johnson's explosive offense off the bench with the microwave analogy. Griz assistant coach Barry Hecker calls Mayo the 'Mempho-wave.'

Mayo has finally embraced the role and dropped the idea of being a glue guy. In other words, he's developed a healthy selfishness and no longer is trying to play like a point guard.

'If I can't do anything, I'm going to shoot it when I'm open,' Mayo said. 'The guys are doing a good job of finding me.'

With Mayo, teammates also notice a player who is no longer tormented by constant trade rumors.

'He's had some time to block that out and understand that it's a business,' forward Rudy Gay said. 'You just have to play your game. He's a great shooter. That's what got him here. That's why he's here. And that's how he's going to help us.'

Truth is, Griz management isn't seriously thinking of dealing Mayo nor is his possible, restricted free-agent status this summer a major concern. Mayo likely will remain with the Griz this season because of his productivity and the Grizzlies' ability to control his future with the right of first refusal on contract offers.

Although Mayo is eligible to negotiate a long-term contact extension with Memphis by Wednesday, the Griz aren't compelled to agree to a deal or trade him at the moment.

'It remains to be seen whether something happens or not,' Griz general manager Chris Wallace said about a Mayo contract extension. 'If it doesn't happen I wouldn't read much into it. We didn't extend Rudy and resigned him. It's a floating situation. I wouldn't say (Mayo) is a lock to be with us after this year and I wouldn't say he isn't. There's so much ground to be covered between now and July.'

Meanwhile, Mayo keeps paving the wave for a productive season.

'I'm happy in Memphis. Don't get it twisted,' Mayo said. 'I love the foundation we've built. This is my comfort. I'm good.'

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com


Cavaliers recall Christian Eyenga - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled swingman Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) from Canton of the NBA Development League.

Eyenga was assigned to Canton on Jan. 4. He played nine games with the Charge, averaging 8.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.6 minutes per game. Eyenga played one minute for the Cavs before he was assigned to Canton.

Also, Cavaliers rookie forward Tristan Thompson did not practice Monday because of a sore ankle. Thompson was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday's blowout loss in Atlanta.

Coach Byron Scott said Thompson's ankle looked better, but it will be a gametime decision whether he plays on Tuesday in Miami.

Thompson, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, is averaging 8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 18 minutes.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Monday's games review (10) - by Eurobasket News
Golde State W. - Memphis G. 90-91
The Memphis Grizzlies built their longest winning streak in six seasons with a flurry of fast starts. They kept it going with one of the best finishes in franchise history. Maybe now coach Lionel Hollins' team will be taken seriously. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 23 points, three in the final 23 seconds, and the surging Grizzlies rallied from 20 points down in the second half to beat the Golden State Warriors 91-90 on Monday night. 'That was a big win for us,' said Gay, who added nine rebounds and four assists. 'We went through a lot to get it. We showed what we're made of and we showed our toughness.' Memphis (10-6) needed a 39-point fourth quarter to get it done. That was no easy task for a team that managed only 35 points in the entire first half. The Grizzlies were also playing their third game in four nights, with a visit to Portland on Tuesday next up on the schedule. Instead of collapsing after falling behind 63-43 with 3:23 left in the third quarter, Memphis rallied for what Gay agreed was the team's biggest victory of the season. The win was the Grizzlies' seventh straight, matching their longest streak since a seven-game run in March 2006. 'We were dead in the water in the first half. We had no answers,' Hollins said. 'We don't quit, we fight. We did that and we were able to come back and get this win, which is a sweet win.' Mike Conley had 20 points and nine assists for the first-place Grizzlies, who remained a half-game ahead of San Antonio in the Southwest Division. Marc Gasol added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Tony Allen had 14 points and eight rebounds. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 20 points and five assists for Golden State, outscored 11-5 over the final 2:15. 'At the start of that fourth quarter, we could have knocked them out,' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. 'They would have been ready to surrender. We didn't when we had a chance to. They got underneath our skin and we didn't respond.' The Grizzlies kicked off their four-game West Coast trip with a win despite getting outplayed for most of the night before breaking loose in the fourth quarter. Allen had 10 points in the final period and played stellar defense against Ellis, Conley added nine points and Marreesse Speights scored all eight of his points to help fuel the comeback. Conley came up big on both ends of the court. He forced a pair of late turnovers, then scored the go-ahead basket on a driving layup after stealing a pass from Stephen Curry. Gay, who finished 10 of 21 from the floor, then made a 17-foot fadeaway and later added an insurance free throw. 'When you're missing easy layups and easy buckets ... you feel like maybe this just ain't meant to be,' Conley said. 'But that's where our fight came out in us and we said, 'We have to keep attacking and keep being aggressive.'' Golden State, which has dropped its last three, missed a flurry of 3-pointers in the waning moments but pulled within 89-87 on Brandon Rush's long jumper. After O.J. Mayo sank a pair of free throws for Memphis, Ellis made a 3 with 0.6 seconds left for the final margin. Curry finished with 18 points in his second game back from an ankle injury. David Lee added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Rush scored 10 off the bench. Golden State built a 17-point lead with just more than 4 minutes left in the first half before Memphis closed to 42-33 on a pair of free throws by Gay with 9.4 seconds left. Gay and Gasol both had 12 points before halftime but Curry, who missed nearly three weeks with a recurring ankle injury, raced down the court and scored on a layup to make it 44-33 at the break. The Warriors got a big boost from their bench in the second quarter. Backup guard Nate Robinson had six assists and Klay Thompson added seven points while Ekpe Udoh and Dominic McGuire combined for seven points as part of a 10-2 run. Memphis, which has played only one team with a record above .500 during its winning streak, looked tired playing its third game in four days. The Grizzlies missed 10 of their first 13 shots, committed 11 turnovers in the first half and allowed the hustling Warriors to dish out 14 assists before intermission. Ellis kept Golden State rolling with a pair of quick buckets in the third quarter. Curry added a 19-foot jumper and Lee scored on a dunk to give the Warriors a 55-39 advantage. Rush, who had a 3-pointer during Golden State's run early in the second, added another dunk later to push the lead to 63-43. Memphis pulled within 85-84 when Allen stole a pass from Curry and scored on a short jumper with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies went ahead for good on Conley's layup. 'We had every opportunity to win,' Curry said. 'We did everything we could to let it slip away.' *Courtesy of www.chron.com

N.Orleans H. - San Antonio S. 102-104
Tim Duncan (6'10''-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) 's season-high 28 points and late-game heroics proved too much for the feisty yet hapless Hornets to overcome. Duncan sank a 13-foot running hook in a lane with 1.4 seconds left, and the San Antonio Spurs sent New Orleans to an eighth straight loss, 104-102 on Monday night. Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) added 20 points and a career-high 17 assists for the Spurs, who snapped a two-game skid, while Richard Jefferson added 14 points and Tiago Splitter added 12 points. The Hornets inbounded the ball to Carl Landry for a desperation 3-pointer that could have won it as time expired, but the shot fell short, dooming New Orleans to its 14th loss in 15 games. Jarrett Jack led the Hornets with 26 points and nine assists. Trevor Ariza tied a season high with 18 points and Landry also scored 18. The Spurs led 102-98 after Duncan hit two free throws to reach his season high in points with 1:16 to go, setting up a thrilling finish to a game that included 15 lead changes and eight ties. Jack hit a reverse layup in a crowd to make it a one-score game, then the Hornents got a pair of critical defensive stops to set up Landry's tip-ion of Jack's missed floater, tying it with 5.2 seconds left. The Spurs immediately took timeout and then fed the ball to Duncan, who seemed to have no intention of giving it up as he went strong to the lane for his clutch running hook over Emeka Okafor, quieting a crowd that was on its feet and begging for one more defensive stand. New Orleans led most of the third quarter and was up 80-74 late in the period after Jack's jumper, but Jefferson responded with one of his four 3-pointers and Parker converted a difficult driving scoop to cut it to 80-79 heading into the final quarter. The Hornets, who had turned the ball over only eight times through the first three quarters, then turned it over six times in the fourth, which hurt in a game that went down to the wire and wound up being the Hornets' third-straight two-point loss to a Southwest Division opponent. Both teams shot well, with the Spurs hitting 55 percent (41 of 75) and the Hornets, who had struggled to even break 90 recently, connecting on nearly 51 percent (42 of 83). New Orleans was strong inside, outscoring San Antonio 42-40 in the paint and outrebounding the Spurs 40-27. Marco Belinelli had 12 points for New Orleans and Okafor added 10. Gary Neal scored 10 for the Spurs, hitting both 3s he attempted. Looking to get over the hump after consecutive close losses to Houston and Dallas, New Orleans started fast and led by as much as nine, 22-13, on Jack's pull-up jumper in the first quarter. The lead was short lived, however, as the Spurs responded with a 12-2 run that included three jumpers by Duncan - one of them a running bank shot - and two free throws by the veteran star forward to give the Spurs a 25-24 lead. The Spurs built a first-half lead as large as six when Parker's 22-foot jumper made it 42-36. New Orleans clawed back to briefly take a lead on Ariza's 3 and the game remained tight for the remainder of the opening half, which ended with the Spurs leading 56-55. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Dallas M. - Phoenix Suns 93-87
Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) scored a season-high 29 points and the short-handed Dallas Mavericks stretched their home winning streak to seven games with a 93-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Marion, who entered with five 3-pointers all season, went 4 of 6 from behind the arc and 11 for 20 from the field. Top scorer Dirk Nowitzki and key reserve Vince Carter remain out for the defending NBA champion Mavericks (11-7), who returned home from a 2-2 road trip. Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke) scored a season-high 19 points for Phoenix and Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 17 rebounds, his eighth consecutive double-double. Shannon Brown added 14 points for the Suns, who have lost six of eight. Phoenix has dropped its last nine games at Dallas. Ian Mahinmi had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks. Nowitzki missed his second game in what has been projected as a four-game stretch to work on his conditioning and allow his sore right knee to improve. Carter sat out his fourth consecutive game with a sprained left foot. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Nowitzki went through two conditioning sessions on Monday. The MVP of last year's NBA finals will be monitored as the week goes on to determine his progress. Carlisle said the German star could miss more than four games depending on how much improvement he shows. 'There's some conditioning and some things with the knee that need to be resolved,' Carlisle said. Dallas continues to play tough defense, holding an opponent under 100 points in its 15th straight game to extend its franchise record. Marion's nine points sparked a 10-2 third-quarter run. Marion, who had 14 points in the third quarter, converted a three-point play, then hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Dallas a 70-55 advantage with 4:41 left in the quarter. Phoenix ended the third quarter with six unanswered points, narrowing the deficit to 74-65. Sebastien Telfair of the Suns was tagged with a flagrant foul with 7:07 left in the third quarter, earning an automatic ejection when he hit Dallas' Roddy Beaubois in the face and hauled him to the floor on Beaubois' layup attempt. Beaubois made both foul shots, and when Dallas got the ball back, Lamar Odom's basket extended the Mavericks' edge to 88-74. The Suns made one last push when Steve Nash hit a 16-footer with 2:16 left to narrow the gap to 91-84. But Marion's basket with 35 seconds remaining extended Dallas' lead to 93-84, closing out the Suns. Dallas was up at halftime, 49-46, with Brendan Haywood having already set a season high with 10 points. Marion led the way for Dallas with 12, the same total as Hill. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Portland TB - Sacramento K. 101-89
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) knew what had been holding him back: too much thinking and not enough shooting. His coach and teammates agreed. Crawford scored a season-high 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers returned home from a six-game road trip with a 101-89 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. 'All these guys said, 'just play',' said Crawford, who joined the Blazers last month as a free agent. ' (They said) you've got to be the person you were before you came here. You can't try to fit it in.' Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) had 20 points and eight rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who were coming off a 2-4 trip. Portland improved to 7-1 at the Rose Garden, playing there for the first time since Jan. 11. 'It felt good being home with the fans - we got some home cooking in,' said Craig Smith, who had 10 points and seven rebounds for Portland. A 13-year veteran, the 6-foot-5 Crawford has been tentative and inconsistent at times since joining Portland. He is shooting 34 percent for the season, well below his career average. While Crawford is most comfortable at shooting guard, the Blazers have played him much of the time at point guard where he has had problems with turnovers. But there had been signs he was finding his range. He had 24 points Jan. 11 against Orlando and 22 against Atlanta on Wednesday. 'Coming into the game I just felt good,' he said. 'It was a fresh start. I just cleared my head and said this is day one all over again.' DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 13 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the season, for the Kings. Jimmer Fredette scored 13 points and Francisco Garcia added 12. Sacramento dropped to 2-9 on the road. The Blazers beat the Kings 101-79 on Dec. 27 and have taken 11 of the last 12 in the series. The last time the two teams met, the Kings were coached by Paul Westphal. He was fired after seven games and replaced with assistant Keith Smart, who is 4-7 since taking over. Sacramento was missing second-leading scorer Marcus Thornton with a thigh bruise. The Kings had won two in a row but fell 128-95 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, despite Fredette's career-high 20 points. Against the Blazers, Sacramento led early in the game but couldn't sustain it. Returning from missing a game with a hand injury, Wallace had 15 points and eight rebounds in the first half for the Blazers. Portland went on a 20-7 run at the end of the second quarter, briefly opening a 20-point lead and took a 53-38 advantage into the break. 'The second quarter got away from us toward the end,' Smart said. 'It only takes a couple moments in a game, or a quarter, for it to separate.' Portland went up 76-56 and the Kings didn't get any closer than 13 down until Isaiah Thomas and Fredette made 3-pointers in the last minute. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Boston C. - Orlando M. 87-56
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) and former Magic forward Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) each scored 19 points to carry the injury-riddled Boston Celtics to an 87-56 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. The Magic set franchise lows for points and field goals (16). Boston was minus starters Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and three bench players, drastically reducing its roster. Bass and Pierce carried the offense and Boston got some strong play from a cast of down-the-bench reserves. The Celtics snapped a streak of six straight losses against teams with winning records. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 18 points and 14 rebounds. He needs eight points to surpass Nick Anderson as the Magic's all-time leading scorer. Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics led by 10 at the half, turned up the pressure defensively and scored 16 of the first 21 points in the second half to pull ahead 62-41. Pierce had seven points in the run and set up Marquis Daniels for a layup that gave Boston its 21-point edge with 2:31 remaining in the quarter. The Celtics held Orlando to one field goal in the opening 9:52 of the third and just two for the quarter - both 3-pointers. The Magic hit 2 of 11 shots and had nine turnovers. Howard, who missed 5 of 8 free throws in the third and went 0 for 5 from the field, flung the ball in frustration at the end of the quarter, nailing the backboard from his own end of the floor as the horn sounded with Boston holding a 69-46 lead. Boston didn't let up in the fourth until Pierce and Garnett came out with just over five minutes to play. The Magic had a season-high 25 turnovers, 20 in the second half, and a season-low points. Jermaine O'Neal and Howard were involved in a brief shoving match in the lane and both were given technicals midway into the third quarter. O'Neal got the initial foul on the play with a hard shove. The Celtics led 36-36 at halftime, with Pierce and Bass each scoring 13 points. The Celtics acquired Bass in a sign-and-trade deal with Orland that sent Glen 'Big Baby' Davis to the Magic. Boston forwards Mickael Pietrus (shoulder) and Chris Wilcox (left calf) and guard Keyon Dooling (right knee) were also out - though not missed on this night. Boston scored nine straight points late in the second quarter, pulling to a 43-33 lead on Pierce's 3 from the left wing with 45 seconds left. Sasha Pavlovic and Avery Bradley started in the backcourt for Boston and attempted to pressure Orlando's guards early, helping the Celtics pick up the pressure defensively. Neither team shot well in the opening half. Boston hit 36.6 percent and Orlando 28.9, but Bass was 5 of 8 from the floor in the opening half and Howard had 14 points. *Courtesy of sfgate.com

Milwaukee B. - Atlanta H. 92-97
Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) helped the Atlanta Hawks start their five-game road trip with a big victory. Johnson scored 14 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Hawks over the Milwaukee Bucks 97-92 on Monday night. Trailing by four to start the fourth, the Bucks chipped away and caught the Hawks on a 3-pointer by Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89), a free throw by Ersan Ilyasova and two from Mike Dunleavy that gave Milwaukee a 74-73 lead with 8:21 left. 'When they took the lead in the fourth quarter, it was a chance for us to see what we were made of,' Hawks coach Larry Drew said of the Bucks' last gasp. 'Our guys preserved.' The Hawks never let the lead get past four before Johnson led them back. 'I was just trying to pick my spots,' he said. 'It was a tough first three quarters for me. In the fourth, I didn't want to stop being aggressive and I wanted to take what the defense gave me.' His long jumper tied it at 84 and then his next two shots from in close pushed the lead to three. Drew Gooden hit a 3-pointer from deep in the corner, but Josh Smith answered a 3 that gave Atlanta the lead for good. Drew said that he knew he could depend on Johnson to get the job done. 'He has been money,' he said. 'He's a guy we rely on a lot particular in those situations. He was really in a rhythm.' Johnson scored just four points in the first on 2-of-9 shooting. In the third, he started to find his stride, scoring 10 points. 'One thing I wanted to do in the second half was to get him into a rhythm,' Drew said. 'I had my mind made up I was going to leave him out there until he got into a good rhythm. He did that and he came up with some big shots.' Smith's 3 with under a minute to go was a pretty big shot, too. The Hawks whipped the pass around the 3-point arc before it found Smith who calmly hit the shot. Bucks coach Scott Skiles said that his team didn't cover real well on that play. 'We broke down a little bit, but Joe puts the pressure on you,' he said. 'He collapses the defense and he can see people. He made a nice pass out. (Jeff) Teague made a nice play, and Josh knocked it down.' Johnson, who came in averaging 18.6 points, was 10 of 22 from the floor and 8 for 8 from the line. He had five rebounds and two steals. Smith had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Teague added 15 points for Atlanta. Smith was impressed with Johnson. 'This is the first game where I have seen him in a long time where they were just beating on him all night,' Smith said. 'He just showed so much resilience. He didn't stop playing. I was just glad to see our leader lead like that.' With the Bucks on the attack for the last time, Marvin Williams deflected a pass from Dunleavy and the Hawks came up with the loose ball. Milwaukee fouled Smith with 9.7 seconds left. He made the two free throws and after Jennings raced in for a driving layup for Milwaukee's final points, Johnson made two free throws for the final margin. Jennings had 21 points and 11 assists to lead Milwaukee, and Dunleavy added a season-high 17 points. Zaza Pachulia grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Andrew Bogut had six points and 12 rebounds and Gooden added 13 points for Milwaukee, which hoped to build on the momentum of big victories on the road. The Bucks, who started 0-8 away from home, won 100-86 at New York on Friday and then 91-82 at Miami on Sunday despite shooting 35.0 percent. Trailing 70-64 after three quarters, the Bucks opened the fourth with a 10-3 surge. Dunleavy started it with an eight-foot jumper and then capped it with two free throws that gave Milwaukee the lead at 74-73 with 8:21 left. It was the 18th lead change in the game. The Bucks recovered from shooting 9 of 23 (39 percent) in the first quarter with an 11-of-22 effort (55 percent) in the second to tie the score at 48 as the half ended. Teague scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting for Atlanta, which shot 54.5 percent in the first quarter. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Minnesota T. - Houston R. 92-107
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 31 points to lead the Houston Rockets to their seventh straight victory, 107-92 over Minnesota on Monday night in coach Kevin McHale's first game back at Target Center since he was fired by the Timberwolves in 2009. Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) had 16 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 15 rebounds for the Rockets, who put the game away with a 19-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Kevin Love had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who committed 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter in coach Rick Adelman's first game against the team he spent the last four seasons coaching. Ricky Rubio had 12 assists for Minnesota, but the rookie scored just six points on 2-for-10 shooting and turned the ball over five times. The Rockets started the season 3-7 and were 0-5 on the road against Western Conference foes entering the game. But the 6-foot-7 Martin was way too much for Minnesota's small backcourt, overwhelming Luke Ridnour and Wayne Ellington with an array of cuts to the basket, turn-around jumpers and even a one-handed runner off one foot that swished through that gave the Rockets a 50-42 lead late in the first half. The Wolves turned up the defense to take a 70-65 lead late in the third, but the Rockets blew the doors open with that big run to take control. Goran Dragic scored eight in the surge and finished with 14 points. McHale was booed lustily when introduced before the game, a startling reception for someone who once was one of this state's most revered sports heroes. McHale grew up in Hibbing on Minnesota's Iron Range and starred at the University of Minnesota before a Hall of Fame pro career with the Boston Celtics. He took over as GM of the Timberwolves in 1995 and helped one of the league's most woeful franchises become relevant when he drafted Kevin Garnett out of high school in June of that year. The Wolves made the playoffs eight straight years, the last a magical run to the Western Conference finals in 2004. The Wolves haven't been back to the postseason since, with a series of ill-fated decisions by McHale contributing to their downfall. He was fired in 2009 and spent two seasons in television before joining the Rockets this year. Adelman had a similar exit from Houston, with management deciding not to give him another contract after last season. Martin, Lowry and Luis Scola all went over to shake Adelman's hand before the game. Adelman spent four seasons in Houston and helped an undermanned team take the Lakers to seven games in the 2009 Western Conference finals. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Chicago B. - New Jersey N. 110-95
Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) and Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) each scored 22 points to lead the banged-up Chicago Bulls to an easy 110-95 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Monday. Hamilton set season highs in points and assists (10). Rose added eight assists and hung with Deron Williams after missing four games with a sprained left big toe. Joakim Noah chipped in with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls made it look easy, cruising to their fourth straight win even though they're hardly a picture of health at the moment. They still turned in an impressive performance, though. Rose seemed hobbled at times but was able to stick with one of the game's best point guards, hours after he said the injury could be an issue the rest of the season. He got plenty of help from Hamilton, who delivered one of his best performances as a Bull. Noah came up big, too, after missing a game with a sprained left ankle. Carlos Boozer had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Ronnie Brewer (11 points) filled in nicely with Luol Deng sidelined by a sprained left wrist. Williams had 16 points and 10 assists for New Jersey. Jordan Farmar scored 22. Anthony Morrow added 15 points, but the Nets simply were simply overwhelmed playing their third game in as many nights. The Bulls led by as much as 17 in the first half and went to the locker room up 59-43 with Rose and Hamilton leading the way. Rose scored 14 in the half even though he appeared to be hobbling a bit. That didn't stop him from hitting two 3-pointers in the half, from finding Hamilton with a neat feed for an alley-oop layup in the first quarter or from wrapping two breakaway dunks around a steal during one 15-second stretch in the second quarter, although he went up easy on those jams. Hamilton was active from the start, whether he was converting layups or burying jumpers. Brewer provided an early spark, too, with nine points in the first quarter, and even seldom-used backup Brian Scalabrine had his moments in the first half. That included a neat driving reverse layup and feed from underneath to Omer Asik for another layup. The Bulls did all that even though they were missing one of their best players in Deng, who was injured Saturday and might miss a few more games. Coach Tom Thibodeau said he's day to day and didn't completely rule out surgery even though he doesn't think it will be necessary. He said Deng is 'still consulting some doctors.' Losing him for an extended period would be a big blow, but the Bulls believe they have enough depth to overcome injuries. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Oklah.City T. - Detroit P. 99-79
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) and reserve James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) each scored 24 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Detroit Pistons 99-79 Monday night for their fourth straight blowout win at home. The Thunder built up a 30-point lead midway through the second quarter and Detroit got no closer than 17 after the opening period. Oklahoma City's starters had sat out all of the fourth quarter in the previous three games at Chesapeake Energy Arena and that streak was only stopped because Serge Ibaka replaced an injured Nick Collison with the rest of the backups. Collison sprained his left ankle and didn't play after halftime. Rookie Brandon Knight led Detroit with 13 points. Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe added 12 apiece. The overmatched Pistons - last in the league in scoring, rebounding and turnovers committed - never stood a chance from the start. Westbrook had a right-handed throwdown dunk and Durant got out in transition for a layup and a three-point play as the Thunder took control with a 9-0 run after Stuckey's basket to open the game. Oklahoma City was already up by 19 late in a first quarter in which Detroit missed 15 of 18 shots and got outrebounded 16-6, and another stretch of nine points in a row put the Thunder ahead 51-21 after Durant's jumper from the right side with 5:31 to go before halftime. Oklahoma City made 22 of its first 33 shots. Even when things seemed to be going well for Detroit, they didn't. Brandon Knight, Jonas Jerebko and Damien Wilkins had a 3-on-1 in transition against Thabo Sefolosha that ended when Sefolosha blocked Jerebko's shot to keep the Thunder lead at 60-33 going into halftime. The Pistons played without Ben Gordon for the second straight game because of a sore left shoulder, and Will Bynum (foot) and Charlie Villanueva (ankle) also remained out. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Philadelph.76 - Washington W. 103-83
Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) also scored 17 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to 103-83 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Jodie Meeks added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 11 assists. The Sixers led by 30 in the first half and easily cruised to their third win of the season against the hapless Wizards. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 17 points. They lost their third straight game and remained the NBA's only winless road team at 0-7. The Sixers are one of the league's early-season surprises and are counting on this week's slate of home games to fatten their record. After the Wizards, they play New Jersey, Charlotte and Detroit, four of the five worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Playing without starting center Spencer Hawes (left Achilles strain) and forward Nik Vucevic (quadriceps strain), the Sixers improved to 8-1 at home. The Sixers must wish they could play the Wizards (2-15) every night. They beat them by 31 points and 13 points on consecutive nights earlier this month, and this game was never competitive. Brand was sent home from the morning shootaround with a stomach ailment. He dunked for Philadelphia's first basket off Iguodala's steal. It was the start of big first quarters for each of them. Iguodala had seven assists and Brand 11 points - both numbers above their season averages. Meeks hit consecutive 3s for a 17-10 lead, and the rout was on. The Sixers made nine of their first 14 shots, setting the pace for a torrid first half. The Wizards, who lost Sunday at Boston, played with little passion in the first half. They walked down the court for offensive possessions, never hustled after loose balls and couldn't convert the easiest of buckets, missing eight of nine shots in the paint in the first quarter. Washington coach Flip Saunders took a knee in front of the scorer's table, bowed his head and rubbed his temples after a string of sloppy plays. About 45 minutes before the opening tip, Sixers coach Doug Collins said he wanted to see if his team had 'mental toughness' heading into a game without two of its best big men. Hawes averages 10.4 points and 8.8 rebounds, and Vucevic has had a promising rookie season off the bench. 'My feeling is, when everything is good and things are going well, that's one thing,' Collins said. 'But when you start facing adversity, are we all going to pull together? I know one thing, there won't be any excuses from my standpoint. I think our players know that. We're not going to go out with the idea that because we're hurt, it gives us an excuse to lose games.' No excuses needed. Pick any stat and the Sixers dominated. They went 4 of 9 on 3s in the first half; the Wizards were 0 for 5. At one point in the first half, the entire Wizards team had only outscored the Sixers' bench 30-27. With Hawes out, Collins turned to 13-year veteran Tony Battie to guard JaVale McGee. McGee, averaging 11.8 points, took only two shots in the first half. McGee finished with two points. Sixers rookie Lavoy Allen, who starred at nearby Temple, made all five shots from the floor and scored 10 points. Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young each scored 14. The Sixers had 62 points in the first half, topping their previous season high for a half (54) set against, yup, Washington on Jan. 13. Led by Brand and Holiday, the Sixers shot 65 percent in the half (26 of 40) and the Wizards never threatened to rally. A year ago, the Sixers were a slumping team trying to find their way. In Collins' first season, they started 4-13 before a strong finish put them at 41-41 and in the playoffs. After this blowout, the Sixers are 12-5 and rolling toward their first winning season since 2004-05. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




Baron Davis of Knicks returns to lineup during road trip - by Eurobasket News
Baron Davis (6'3''-PG-79, college: UCLA) returned Monday for his first practice with the Knicks.

The injured point guard could make his debut Saturday in Houston for the finale of their four-game road trip, according to sources.

The Knicks prefer to start Davis on the road because there would be less pressure for him to perform. But if he has the slightest setback during practices, his debut would be pushed back to against the Pistons at Madison Square Garden next Tuesday.

Davis has, as expected, beaten the timetable his agent, Todd Ramasar, set in mid-December of at least eight to 10 weeks to recover from his back injury.

Davis has been reluctant to publicly set a date because it hinges on his day-to-day progress and he doesnt want to be disappointed.

Every team goes through adversity, Davis said. This is our adversity. There was all the hype about us winning the championship. Judge us at the end of the season. Our goal is to be ready by April.

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Orlando Bounces After Tough Night: Magic 102 - Pacers 83 - by Daniel Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS, IND---Last night the Orlando Magic scored a franchise worst 56 points in a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics. They came to Indy looking to get back on track against the Pacers, fresh off a road trip.

The Magic made their poor play and lack of energy from last night disappear as they defeated the Pacers 102-81. Dwight Howard set the franchise record for points scored finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds to pass over Nick Anderson.

The pacers got out to a fast start with some hot led by Danny Grangers 10 first half points. It looked like the Pacers would run away with the game early after Howard picked up his third foul two minutes into the second quarter.

Ryan Anderson and Earl Clark kept the Magic in it and they battled back to tie it up at 45-45 going into the half.

Coming out of the half Howard was looking to make up for lost time as he was aggressive on defense and offense. In the third period the Magic kept feeding him the ball in the post and he responded by throwing down some vicious dunks. Anderson kept the hot hand going and Hedo Turkoglu started to come to also.

The fourth quarter was more of the same but the crowd really got into the action and tried to help the Pacers will their way back into the game. The crowd erupted when Clark got his dunk blocked but the Pacers couldnt convert at the other end.

The score was 87-69 with 6:30 left in the half after Quentin Richardson caught the ball on the wing and froze Hibbert with a pump fake and finished at the rim with a tough reverse layup. He hit a three a few possessions later to push the lead to 20 at, 91-71.
Down the stretch the Magic forced some turnovers and knocked down some baskets deep in the shot clock as time ran out on the Pacers.

Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert led the Pacers in scoring with 16 points each.



Mavericks recall guard Dominique Jones from Texas Legends of D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks have recalled guard Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Jones averaged 13.3 points and 2.3 assists in 22 minutes per game in three games with the Legends.

The 6-foot-5 Jones was assigned to the Legends on Jan. 15. In nine games with the Mavericks before then, he scored 16 points with eight rebounds.

The Mavericks made the move Monday, and said Jones would be available for their game that night against the Phoenix Suns.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Howard, Gasol named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) and Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) have been named the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, respectively, for games played January 16 through 22.

Howard averaged 19.5 points, 18.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.8 blocks as the Magic won three of four games. He posted consecutive 20-point, 20-rebound games against San Antonio and the Lakers to close out the week.

Gasol helped the Grizzlies go 4-0 by averaging 19.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 blocks.

Other nominees were Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, Denver's Danilo Gallinari and Al Harrington, Memphis' Mike Conley, Miami's Chris Bosh and LeBron James, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Phoenix's Steve Nash.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.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.25.7 
 4. Anthony, New Y.25.7 
 5. Love, Minnesota T.24.9 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.23.1 
 7. Aldridge, Portland.22.7 
 8. Bargnani, Toron.22.3 
 9. Griffin, LA Clipp.21.0 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 16
 1. Howard, Orlando M.16.0 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.9 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.5 
 5. Varejao, Clevelan.10.9 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.10.8 
 7. Lee, Golde S.10.7 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.10.6 
 9. Humphries, New J.10.3 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.1 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.4 
 3. Lowry, Houston R.8.7 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.7 
 5. Rose, Chicago B.8.6 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.5 
 7. Paul, LA Clippers8.4 
 8. Williams, New J.8.4 
 9. Parker, San A.8.1 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.8.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.8 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.6 
 3. Shumpert, New Y.2.6 
 4. Rubio, Minnesot.2.5 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.2.1 
 6. James, Miami Heat2.1 
 7. Teague, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.2.1 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat2.0 
 10. Iguodala, Philade.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 DeAndre JORDAN
  LA Clippers
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jordan, LA Clippers3.0 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.9 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 4. Gasol, Memphis G.2.5 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 6. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Bynum, LA Lakers1.8 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Gortat, Phoenix1.7 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 12-5 
 2. Boston C. 7-9 
 3. New York K. 6-10 
 4. New Jersey N. 5-13 
 5. Toronto R. 4-13 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 16-3 
 2. Indiana P. 11-4 
 3. Cleveland C. 6-9 
 4. Milwaukee B. 6-10 
 5. Detroit P. 4-14 
Southeast Div.
 1. Atlanta H. 13-5 
 2. Miami Heat 11-5 
 3. Orlando M. 11-5 
 4. Charlotte B. 3-14 
 5. Washington W. 2-15 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 14-3 
 2. Denver N. 12-5 
 3. Utah Jazz 10-5 
 4. Portland TB 10-7 
 5. Minnesota T. 7-10 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 10-8 
 2. LA Clippers 9-5 
 3. Phoenix Suns 6-10 
 4. Sacramento K. 6-12 
 5. Golde State W. 5-11 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 11-7 
 2. Dallas M. 11-7 
 3. Memphis G. 10-6 
 4. Houston R. 10-7 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-14 


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Darren Duncan Player of the Week - by Greg
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Darren Duncan (5'11''-G-88, college: Merrimack) of the Saint John Mill Rats has been named Player of the Week for the week ending January 22, 2012.

Duncan joins Anthony Anderson as the second Mill Rat player to receive this honour.

Darren, a 5'11' guard from Merrimack, had a double-double average of 21 points and 12 assists in Saint John's two wins - a 102-100 home victory over Quebec, and a 78-71 win over their New Brunswick rivals, the Moncton Miracles. The two wins kept Saint John in the hunt for a postseason berth.


Miracles battle to a win over the Storm - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles beat the Summerside Storm at the Moncton Coliseum with a final score of 110-95.

The Miracles came out strong in the first quarter and were up 37-25 after the first 12 minutes of play. The Storm would not lay over that easy, the team battled back hard and the half ended with the Miracles only being up 59-50.

The second half continued to be close but the Storm were never able to take the lead.

Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) was the top scorer for the Miracles with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) followed with 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) led the way for the Storm with 24 points. Jessan Gray (6'10''-F-84, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Iowa St.) was right behind him with 14 points.

Technical fouls were given to Miracles Sylvania Watkins, and Darrell Wonge. Storm's head coach Joe Salerno was also given a technical, as well as Troy Jackson while Mike Williams was ejected from the game.

The Miracles play their next game at home against the London Lightning on Thursday, January 26th, 2012. Game time is 7:00pm at the Moncton Coliseum.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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. 9-15 
 6. Oshawa P. 8-17 
 7. Moncton M. 5-18 


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No.5 KU grinds out 64-54 win over Texas A&M - by Eurobasket News
The Texas A&M team that Big 12 coaches identified as a co-favorite showed up Monday and gave Kansas all it wanted.

The fifth-ranked Jayhawks prevailed 64-54, surviving a challenge from an Aggies team that had slipped to near the bottom of the league standings.

But A&M didn't play like a team looking up in the standings ... and fifth-ranked Kansas looked nothing like a team thats leading the Big 12 at 7-0 and 17-3 overall.

Soft, selfish and dumb, is how coach Bill Self described a first half in which the Jayhawks, who scored the games first 11 points, found themselves trailing by two at the break.

In this grinder where nothing came easily Kansas won the game from the only spot where its shots werent challenged, at the free-throw line.

Kansas, a 65.5 percent free-throw shooting team on the season, went 20 of 23 from the line. Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F) made all 10 of his on his way to an 18-point game. It was the best free-throw shooting night for a Kansas player since Wayne Simien (6'9''-F-83, college: Kansas) made all 11 in a game during his Big 12 player-of-the-year 2005 season.

Same stroke as always, said Robinson, who entered the game a 63.6 percent free-throw shooter on the year.

Nothing new, he said.

But all were needed. Robinson had three free ones in the games most important juncture.

The Jayhawks led 44-42 with about 7 minutes remaining. Only once had Kansas had more than a one-possession lead in the second half at that point.

Robinson scored inside and completed a three-point play, and he added two more freebies on the next trip that gave the Jayhawks some breathing room.

The games tempo favored A&M.

I knew this wasnt going to be an 80-point game, Self said.

No way. Texas A&M, which fell to 2-5 in the league and 11-8 overall, had to ugly it up. On offense the Aggies were effective in bleeding the shot clock, and for a long stretch got many positive outcomes - an Elston Turner (6'5''-G-90) basket, or a foul. Turner finished with 24 points.

On defense, the ideas were to close lanes that have become scoring avenues for the suddenly offensive-minded Taylor and throw bodies at Robinson.

We wanted to try and push him off the block, and just keep him off the boards A&M forward David Loubeau said.

When Robinson kicked it out, or anytime the Jayhawks got the ball to its primary deep shooters, Elijah Johnson and Conner Teahan, the result wasnt good. The duo combined to make one of 11 from behind the arc.

And A&M had something of a scouting advantage. First-year Aggies assistant coach Kyle Keller had been a member of the Kansas staff the previous three seasons.

Every time I called a play or Coach called a play they called it out right after us, Taylor said. They pretty knew what we were doing.

But some things the Aggies couldnt overcome, like Jeff Witheys defense. The 7-foot Withey blocked eight shots, including two on one sequence late against Loubeau.

The Jayhawks needed all of it. Not only was A&M without Khris Middleton, its second leading scorer who aggravated a knee injury in Saturdays victory over Oklahoma, the second half unfolded with point guard Dash Harris limping.

Harris injured his foot late in a first half in which he had scored the final bucket on a drive, and had four assists and six rebounds by intermission.

Dash is a warrior, Aggies coach Billy Kennedy said. For him to do what he did well give him a couple of days off and hope it doesnt get any worse.

Self thought Kansas looked tired. The Jayhawks had two big victories last week, Monday against Baylor and Saturday at Texas. The quick turnaround seemed to show.

Kansas struggled to score and allowed the Aggies to control the pace but the Jayhawks defense played well in the second half. At one point, Kansas forced turnovers on four of five A&M possessions, including a shot-clock violation.

It was ugly, Taylor said. But its in the conference and all conference wins are good.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


No. 3 Syracuse beats Cincinnati 60-53 - by Eurobasket News
Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88) scored 17 points Monday night, and No. 3 Syracuse recovered from its first loss of the season by beating Cincinnati 60-53, giving coach Jim Boeheim a notable career win.

The Orange (21-1, 8-1 Big East) used a late 12-2 run to pull away from the Bearcats (15-6, 5-3), who tried to use the energy of their first home sellout to get a signature win.

Instead, Boeheim came away with career victory No. 877, moving him ahead of Adolph Rupp into sole possession of fourth place on the Division I coaching list.

Syracuse was coming off a 67-58 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday that ended the best start in school history and cost the Orange their No. 1 ranking. Joseph had three driving baskets during the 12-2 run midway through the second half.

Cashmere Wright (6'0''-G-90) had 17 points for Cincinnati, which suffered its first back-to-back losses of the season.

A little old-fashioned zone defense made the difference. Cincinnati's 53 points matched its season low against Xavier.

The Bearcats, who wore throwback uniforms for their biggest home game of the season. Most of the 13,176 fans dressed in white, and the coaches wore white button-down shirts without jackets. Syracuse's late spurt sent them to the exits before the buzzer.

The Orange was missing 7-foot center Fab Melo for the second straight game. Melo is their top rebounder and shot blocker. The school hasn't disclosed the reason for his absence.

Syracuse leads the Big East with 78.9 points per game and 48 percent shooting, fueled by fastbreak layups off turnovers. Cincinnati kept it close until the late Orange run.

The Bearcats fed off the crowd's energy and made four of their first five shots from behind the arc, including three long 3s by Wright, for a 15-6 lead. They went cold after that and had trouble scoring inside Syracuse's zone defense.

C.J. Fair (6'8''-F-91) had a fastbreak dunk and a baseline jumper during a 9-0 run that tied it at 15. Both defenses then dug in, keeping it close the rest of the half.

Syracuse never led during its loss at Notre Dame, unable to overcome a slow start. The Orange got their first lead Monday in the final minute of the half. Joseph had a driving dunk - he went past two Bearcats on the baseline - and Dion Waiters hit a pull-up jumper with a second left for a 28-25 halftime lead.

Cincinnati went inside to power forward Yancy Gates (6'9''-F-89) at the start of the second half and got a lot of open shots. The power forward had three layups and a 15-foot jumper, scoring eight of the Bearcats' first 13 points in the half.

Gates had his best offensive game since returning from a six-game suspension for a brawl against Xavier, scoring 16 points.

Syracuse finally found its touch from behind the arc. Scoop Jardine hit a 3 with 9:30 left - the Orange had been 0 for 8 - and Brandon Triche followed with another during the 12-2 run that gave the Orange their biggest lead at 52-44 with 6:08 to go.

Another 3 by Jardine pushed it to 59-48 with 1:52 left, sending the white-shirted fans to the exits.

Courtesy of www.tribune-chronicle.com


Kentucky back at No. 1 in AP poll - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky is back on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll. Freshman Michael Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93) has a simple plan on how to stay there.

'All we've got to do is win games and we'll be No. 1 forever,' said Kidd-Gilchrist, one of three freshman starters for the Wildcats. 'To be this young as a team and to be No. 1, that's a blessing.'

Kentucky is the only team in last week's top four not to lose over the weekend.

The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 1 for two weeks earlier this season, moved up one place Monday after receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

'We'll address it for a second or two, but we've just got to play,' Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

Missouri, which got two No. 1 votes, jumped from fifth to second, while Syracuse, which was in first place for the past six weeks, dropped to third after losing at Notre Dame, its first loss this season. The Orange were No. 1 on two ballots.

'Wow. Who would've thunk it? It's a tremendous honor,' Tigers coach Frank Haith said. 'These guys are to be commended for their hard work, how they've played. I'm really proud of them. But we also know that rankings; it's nice, but at the end of the day, we want to be playing in March.'

Kentucky lost the No. 1 ranking when it fell Dec. 10 at Indiana on Christian Watford's 3-pointer at the buzzer. Since then, the Wildcats have won 11 straight by an average of 17.6 points with road games this week at Georgia on Tuesday night and LSU on Saturday.

Even during the winning streak, Calipari said he hasn't liked how his team has responded to physical play and that the Wildcats might be due for an upset again soon after watching film as a team on Sunday night.

'I like my team. We're going on a tough road trip, but I did tell them the way this is going we probably need a loss so that we'll come together and say, 'We're not losing like this.' In other words, getting manhandled,' Calipari said. 'We're getting manhandled and winning close games so they think it's OK.'

Ohio State and Kansas moved up two places to fourth and fifth and were followed by Baylor, which fell three places after losing two games last week, North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown and Michigan State. Duke dropped four places after losing to Florida State at home.

Murray State, the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division I at 20-0, is 11th and doesn't play again until Saturday against Eastern Illinois.

'Today, I happened to drive by the arena and I just saw a line of people and students out there trying to get tickets right now, a whole week before our game,' Racers guard Donte Poole said. 'It just motivates you. It makes you keep that enthusiasm up, keep on doing the things that have gotten us here.'

UNLV is 12th followed by San Diego State, Florida, Creighton, Indiana, Marquette, Mississippi State, Virginia, Michigan, St. Mary's and Kansas State.

Florida State, which beat North Carolina and Duke in its four-game winning streak, moves back into the poll at No. 23. Connecticut fell to No. 24 and Wisconsin, which has won four straight after losing three in a row, is back at No. 25.

Illinois, which lost to Penn State and Wisconsin last week, dropped out from 22nd. Louisville, which reached as high as No. 4 this season but has lost five of eight, fell out from 23rd.

North Carolina is the only other team to be ranked No. 1 this season, holding the spot in the preseason Top 25 and the first poll of the regular season.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Delaware hands Towson 40th loss in row, 62-43 - by Eurobasket News
Devon Saddler (6'2''-G) scored 16 points and Kyle Anderson (6'2''-G) 14 as Delaware used a late surge to pull away for a 62-43 victory over winless Towson on Monday night.

The Blue Hens (9-10, 5-4 Colonial Athletic Association) held Towson to one basket over a span of 10:30 during which they outscored the Tigers 20-4.

Towson (0-21, 0-9) lost for the 40th consecutive time, dating to last season, extending its Division I record. The Tigers have been outscored by an average of 20.4 points in conference games.

The Tigers never led but trailed just 24-22 at halftime and 31-29 with 15 minutes left in the game. But led by Jarvis Threatt (6'2''-G), who scored nine points in a span of 6:07, the Blue Hens widened their lead to 46-37.

Marcus Damas (6'7''-F) led Towson with 16 points and Robert Nwankwo had nine points and 12 rebounds, ending his streak of three straight double-doubles.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Darrion PELLUM
  Hampton
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Pellum, Hampton18.8 
 2. Stevens, Florida16.6 
 3. Gallo, Coppin St.16.4 
 4. Riley, S.Caroli.16.0 
 5. Clement, N.C.Cent.15.9 
 6. O''Quinn, Norfolk15.8 
 7. Sutton, N.C.Central15.6 
 8. Andrews, Howard15.3 
 9. Tate, Delaware St.15.2 
 10. Willis, N.C.Cent.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle O''QUINN
  Norfolk .
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. O''Quinn, Norfolk10.4 
 2. Stevens, Florida9.3 
 3. Bruce, Hampton8.6 
 4. Spencer, Md-E S.8.3 
 5. Thompson, Morgan8.2 
 6. Williams, Coppin S.7.8 
 7. Louis, Savannah S.7.8 
 8. Sutton, N.C.Central7.6 
 9. Oliver, Delaware S.7.4 
 10. Sanders, S.Caroli.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel CHAPMAN
  N.C.Cent.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Chapman, N.C.Cent.6.1 
 2. Threatt, Delaware.5.7 
 3. Blackmon, Savanna.5.0 
 4. Tuitt, Hampton4.5 
 5. Toombs, S.Caroli.4.1 
 6. Gallo, Coppin St.3.9 
 7. Hill, N..3.8 
 8. Ellis, Coppin St.3.7 
 9. Willis, N.C.Cent.3.2 
 10. Frazier, Howard3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Delaware.
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Threatt, Delaware.2.8 
 2. Stevens, Florida2.2 
 3. Sutton, N.C.Central2.2 
 4. Powell, N.Car.1.8 
 5. Woods, Md-E Shore1.8 
 6. Tolson, Hampton1.6 
 7. Jackson, Morgan S.1.6 
 8. Willis, N.C.Cent.1.6 
 9. Holloman, Beth.-Co.1.5 
 10. Gallo, Coppin St.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kendall GRAY
  Delaware St.
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gray, Delaware St.3.2 
 2. O''Quinn, Norfolk3.0 
 3. Oliver, Delaware S.2.2 
 4. Agbelese, Hampton2.1 
 5. Chiles, Morgan St.2.0 
 6. Sanders, S.Caroli.1.9 
 7. Smith, Savannah.1.8 
 8. Stevens, Florida1.7 
 9. Crowder, Florida1.6 
 10. Thompson, Morgan1.4 


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


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Ben Uzoh is D-League Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Jan. 16-22.

Uzoh, a 6-3, 205-pound guard out of Tulsa, averaged 22.3 points, 8.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 37.0 minutes, shooting 66 percent from the floor. He scored a season-high 31 points to go with 10 assists for his first double-double of the season in a 116-104 road win over the Reno Bighorns on Jan. 21 as the Vipers went 3-0 last week.

For the season, Uzoh is averaging 20.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 37.8 minutes.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


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Ferranti number one in Norway for round 15 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Ryan Ferranti (196-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Baerum Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The -year old player was the main contributor (21 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Ammerud Bskt (#7, 2-13) with 35-point margin 93-58. Baerum Basket maintains the 3rd position in Norwegian BLNO. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Baerum Basket will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. Ferranti turned to be Baerum Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Former Rollins College star has very solid stats this year. Ferranti is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 2.2spg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International) of league's leader Asker Aliens. Lee-Ingram had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Asker Aliens cruised to a 86-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Gimle BBK (#6, 7-8). Of course Asker Aliens still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 12 matches. Lee-Ingram is a newcomer at Asker Aliens, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.4ppg (#1). He also registered 12.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Brad Byerson (201-F-85) of Tromso (#4). Byerson showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tromso, leading his team to a 77-70 win against slightly lower-ranked Centrum (#5, 8-7). Tromso needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Byerson has a great season in Norway. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (5th best) and assists with 3.8apg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 55.9%. Byerson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Centrum - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Parnell Smith (200-F-84) of Gimle BBK - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Magnus Midtvedt (182-PG-90) of Asker Aliens - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Hani Issalhi (187-G-84) of Tromso - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Stian Mjos (182-G-89) of Baerum Basket - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Stian Enge (190-G-90) of Gimle BBK - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Filip Sjostrom (198-F-90) of Baerum Basket - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. David, Powerade T.24.6 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.19.0 
 4. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.5 
 5. Santos, Petron B.17.3 
 6. Lassiter, Powerade.17.0 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull15.8 
 8. Castro, Talk N Te.15.6 
 9. Chan, Rain or Shine15.5 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.11.8 
 2. Kramer, Powerade.10.7 
 3. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.1 
 4. Taulava, Meralco9.9 
 5. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 6. Sena, Shopinas.9.4 
 7. Espinas, Meralco9.1 
 8. Carey, Talk N Text8.8 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.8.4 
 10. Peek, Talk N Text8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cabagnot, Petron6.9 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.5.9 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.1 
 5. Mercado, Meralco5.0 
 6. Lee, Rain or Shine4.8 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 8. Castro, Talk N Te.4.7 
 9. Lassiter, Powerade.4.1 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze1.8 
 2. Arboleda, Barako B.1.8 
 3. Miller, Barako Bull1.7 
 4. Lassiter, Powerade.1.6 
 5. Cardona, Meralco1.5 
 6. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 8. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
 9. Mercado, Meralco1.3 
 10. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.1.9 
 2. Quinahan, Rain o.1.6 
 3. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.3 
 5. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 6. Reyes, Petron Bla.1.1 
 7. Espiritu, Shopin.1.0 
 8. Reyes, Alaska Aces1.0 
 9. Espinas, Meralco1.0 
 10. Peek, Talk N Text0.9 


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  POLAND   


PLK Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Anwil (#3) forced the game against PGE Turow (#2) into an overtime, but lost by five points 79-84 on Saturday night. The game took place in Wloclawek. But the guests from Zgorzelec were better at the end. The best player for the winners was John Edwards who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. PGE Turow maintains second place with 15-5 record behind leader Trefl Sopot. Anwil at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. PGE Turow will face league's leader Trefl Sopot at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Anwil will play against AZS Koszalin.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Zastal ZG was defeated by Trefl Sopot in a road game 84-67. PBG Basket won against Polpharma on the opponent's court 67-65. Energa Czarni managed to outperform Slask Wroclaw in a home game 76-65. PGE Turow recorded a loss to AZS Koszalin on the road 83-72. AZS PW was defeated by Slask Wroclaw on its own court 74-87.
The best stats of 23th round was 22 points and 7 rebounds by Filip Dylewicz of Trefl Sopot.



Trefl Sopot - Zastal ZG 84-67

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Zastal ZG (13-8) was defeated on the road by first ranked Trefl Sopot (16-5) 84-67 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl Sopot. Zastal ZG was better in fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trefl Sopot shot 26 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Zastal ZG only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Zastal ZG 35-21 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zastal ZG was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Zastal ZG's coach Mihailo Uvalin rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Trefl Sopot have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-5 record. Zastal ZG at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Trefl Sopot will face league's second-placed PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zastal ZG will play at home against Energa Czarni in Slupsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 13+1reb+2ast, M.Flieger 10+1ast, K.Archibeque 10+7reb+1ast, K.Chanas 9+1ast, P.Pasco 9+3reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 8+2reb+2ast
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 22+7reb+1ast, J.Turek 17+8reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 13+4reb+2ast, L.Wisniewski 12+1reb+5ast, M.Stefanski 10+8reb+2ast, A.Waczynski 9+3reb+5ast
gschID: 149270


LKS Lodz - AZS Koszalin 0-20

gschID: 149266


Anwil - PGE Turow 79-84 OT

Anwil (#3) forced the game against PGE Turow (#2) into an overtime, but lost by five points 79-84 on Saturday night. The game took place in Wloclawek. But the guests from Zgorzelec were better at the end. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 15-10. PGE Turow made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Anwil was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center John Edwards (213-81, college: Kent St.) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Lukasz Majewski (199-82) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Lorinza Harrington (193-80, college: Wingate) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. PGE Turow maintains second place with 15-5 record behind leader Trefl Sopot. Anwil at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. PGE Turow will face league's leader Trefl Sopot at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Anwil will play against AZS Koszalin.
Top scorers:
Anwil: C.Edwards 16+5reb+1ast, L.Majewski 14+6reb+3ast, L.Harrington 14+4reb+4ast, K.Szubarga 13+1reb+1ast, D.Berisha 10+2reb+2ast, L.Kinnard 8+5reb
PGE Turow: J.Edwards 22+5reb, D.Jackson 16+5reb, D.Kickert 16+7reb+1ast, A.Cel 12+7reb+4ast, K.Wysocki 11+5reb+3ast, R.Moore 5+8reb+5ast
gschID: 149267


Polpharma - PBG Basket 65-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Starogard where 10th ranked Polpharma (7-14) was edged by eleventh ranked PBG Basket (7-15) 67-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Marcin Nowakowski (184-89) produced 12 points and 4 assists and international point guard Tomasz Snieg (190-89) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. PBG Basket maintains eleventh place with 7-15 record. Loser Polpharma keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. PBG Basket will face higher ranked Kotwica (#6) in Kolobrzeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: M.Nowakowski 12+2reb+4ast, T.Snieg 12+1reb+4ast, G.Arabas 9+3reb+1ast, M.Hicks 8+1reb+1ast, A.Metelski 7+7reb, P.Dabrowski 7+7reb+1ast
PBG Basket: D.Micic 21+2reb+4ast, D.Kulig 17+6reb+1ast, N.Nikolic 10+7reb+3ast, T.Smorawinski 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Comagic 6+5reb, J.Parzenski 4+5reb
gschID: 149268


Energa Czarni - Slask Wroclaw 76-65

Rather predictable result in Slupsk where third ranked Energa Czarni (15-6) beat 7th ranked Slask Wroclaw (11-10) 76-65 on Tuesday. Slask Wroclaw was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-7 charge of Energa Czarni, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Slask Wroclaw to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Energa Czarni dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Slask Wroclaw's 30. The best player for the winners was American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) who scored 11 points and 7 assists. Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Bartosz Diduszko (198-87) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Energa Czarni have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-6 record behind leader Trefl Sopot. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Energa Czarni will face Zastal ZG (#5) in Zielona Gora in the next round. Slask Wroclaw will play at home against Polpharma in Starogard.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: P.Graham 15+1ast, B.Diduszko 12+10reb, A.Mladenovic 10+11reb+2ast, Q.Calhoun 10+3reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 8+3reb, R.Skibniewski 6+3reb+4ast
Energa Czarni: P.Kikowski 13+2reb+3ast, S.Burrell 11+3reb+7ast, M.Cesnauskis 10+1reb+3ast, S.Morrison 10+8reb+1ast, D.Weaver 7+1reb, Z.Bialek 7+5reb
gschID: 149269


AZS PW - Siarka Jezioro 85-88 OT

Siarka Jezioro claimed an overtime victory over AZS PW on the road. J. Miller knocked down 17 points to lead the visitors. L.Corbet added 16 points, while N.Doaks and J.Tiller had 14 points as Siarka Jezioro improved at 9-12 record in the ladder. L.Karwowski responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for AZS PW. J.Morkos accounted for 14 points in the loss.
Top scorers:
AZS PW: L.Karwowski 20+7reb+3ast, J.Mokros 14+4reb, M.Ponitka 11+7reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 10+5reb+1ast, M.Popiolek 7+1reb+5ast, P.Pamula 6+1ast
Siarka Jezioro: J.Miller 17+6ast, L.Corbett 16+4reb+4ast, N.Doaks 14+7reb+1ast, J.Tiller 14+10reb+5ast, P.Karnowski 12+9reb, W.Barycz 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149265


Round 19
AZS Koszalin - PGE Turow 83-72

There was an upset when second-ranked PGE Turow (15-5) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked AZS Koszalin (10-11) 83-72 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 30-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-86) who scored 19 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 15 points. Naturalized French forward Aaron Cel (203-87) produced 20 points and American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. AZS Koszalin maintains eighth place with 10-11 record. Loser PGE Turow keeps the second position with five games lost. AZS Koszalin will face higher ranked Anwil (#4) in Wloclawek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. PGE Turow will play at home against the league's leader Trefl Sopot and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: A.Cel 20+4reb+1ast, D.Jackson 18+5reb, D.Kickert 13+3reb+1ast, R.Moore 10+5reb+6ast, G.Gustas 5+2reb+3ast, K.Wysocki 3+2reb+1ast
AZS Koszalin: M.Dutkiewicz 19+2reb, G.Reese 15+4reb+1ast, R.Bigus 10+3reb+1ast, C.Eziukwu 10+8reb, L.McIntosh 9+5ast, I.Milicic 8+3reb+7ast
gschID: 166533


AZS PW - Slask Wroclaw 74-87

Everything went according to plan in Warszawa where seventh ranked Slask Wroclaw (11-10) won against 12th ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (5-16) 87-74 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-74. Slask Wroclaw forced 21 AZS Politechnika Warszawska turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-80, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Bartosz Diduszko (198-87) chipped in 17 points. International guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) produced 20 points and 4 assists and forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. AZS Politechnika Warszawska at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will face Polpharma (#10) in Starogard in the next round.
Top scorers:
AZS PW: P.Pamula 20+2reb+4ast, M.Nowakowski 14+6reb+1ast, L.Karwowski 12+5reb+1ast, S.Kowalczyk 9+1reb+4ast, M.Ponitka 7+7reb+2ast, M.Popiolek 5+2reb+3ast
Slask Wroclaw: S.Bogavac 22+9reb+3ast, B.Diduszko 17+4reb+1ast, P.Graham 15+2reb+1ast, Q.Calhoun 9+2reb, R.Skibniewski 8+1reb+5ast, P.Niedzwiedzki 6+2reb
gschID: 166534




Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Trefl Sopot 16-5 
 2. PGE Turow 15-5 
 3. Energa Czarni 15-6 
 4. Anwil 14-7 
 5. Zastal ZG 13-8 
 6. Kotwica 12-9 
 7. Slask Wroclaw 11-10 
 8. AZS Koszalin 10-11 
 9. Siarka Jezioro 9-12 
 10. Polpharma 7-14 
 11. PBG Basket 7-15 
 12. AZS PW 5-16 
 13. LKS Lodz 3-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asseco Prokom


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.7 
 2. Edwards, Anwil16.8 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 4. Kulig, PBG Basket16.7 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.5 
 6. Corbett, Siarka J.16.4 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.1 
 8. Koszarek, Trefl S.16.0 
 9. Miller, Siarka J.15.7 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica11.7 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.9 
 6. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.4 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.0 
 8. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.0 
 9. Archibeque, Zastal6.8 
 10. Dluski, LKS Lodz6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Skibniewski, Slask6.9 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.6 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.3 
 4. Moore, PGE Turow5.1 
 5. Wilczek, AZS P.5.1 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.4.8 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.8 
 8. Szubarga, Anwil4.6 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.4.6 
 10. Micic, PBG Basket4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.0 
 2. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 4. Cesnauskis, Energa1.4 
 5. Comagic, PBG B.1.4 
 6. Edwards, Anwil1.4 
 7. Ponitka, AZS P.1.3 
 8. Wisniewski, Trefl1.3 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszal.1.3 
 10. Kinnard, Anwil1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.2.1 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Kesicki, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.5 
 6. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 7. Harris, Kotwica1.2 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Barycz, Siarka J.1.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot1.0 


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  PORTUGAL   


Ben Reed: Still in shock but I understand Carlos Lisboa decision. - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Eurobasket had an exclusive interview with Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan), now that he's leaving Sport Lisboa Benfica. Soon he'll be a free agent and it's understandable that many teams might search his qualities to help them get a title this season. But for now, as Reed feels still in shock with what happened with his career, he feels that it's time to sit back and keep positive.

Eurobasket: You had some fantastic years in Sport Lisboa Benfica, but it didn't end up in a good way. What can you say about this process?
Ben Reed: The process I am going through right now is new to me, I havent been on a team where the coach felt my contributions to the team wasnt enough! It was quick with everything that happened so in a way i'm still in shock but at the same time i understand that Carlos Lisboa didnt feel i was best fit for his team in Sport Lisboa Benfica !

E:Your numbers had a huge breakdown this season. Did you felt you didn't fit in Carlos Lisboa game plan?
BR: This year the reason the numbers were down is due to i was tryig to find my role on the team ! With a team full of scorers it was easy for me to be unselfish and get the team envolved because all in all i just wanted to win its never been about numbers with me ! Winning was the only option! Because even when i played, we were 11-0 so it wasnt about the numbers it was about winning and doing whatever for the team to win !

E:What do you think of the teams in Portuguese League? Do Ovarense Dolce Vita and Barreirense CEPSA have chances to dispute the title?
BR: The Portuguese league is pretty good this year becuase you have young teams like Barreirense CEPSA playing really well and a few other teams that were in the bottom half last year are competing with the top half teams this year ! I feel that Ovarense Dolce Vita will always have a chance to compete for a title due to there chemisty and the fact that they have many people on there team to win! And with the confidence that teams like Barreirense CEPSA , CAB Madeira , are playing with anything can happen !

E:Are you fully fit in this moment or do you still have any injury problems?
BR: As for me, i suffered a high ankle sprain a few weeks ago but i am back running on it and good to go !

E:What are your immediate plans, now that you're leaving Sport Lisboa Benfica?
BR: As of now i have no immediate plans and that is due to the contract situation that is going on between myself and Sport Lisboa Benfica! So for now just sitting back smiling and staying positive ! I just want to say thanks to all the fans that cared and my time thus far in portugal have been wonderful due to the people supporting me and that will never be forgotten !


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  PUERTO RICO   


New format for the 2012 season: - by Luis Modestti
]BSN owners approved a new format for the 2012 BSN season that starts on March 1.

Since there are going to be eight teams this season, the top six teams will qualify to the playoffs which will be in a Round Robin format of ten games.

The top four teams in the Round Robin qualify to the semifinals. The matchups are going to be 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3. The semifinals and finals are a best of seven series.

The eight participants this season are: Capitanes de Arecibo, Vaqueros de Bayamon, Mets de Guaynabo, Brujos de Guayama, Indios de Mayaguez, Atleticos de San German, Piratas de Quebradillas and Caciques de Humacao.



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  QATAR   


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 


D1 Stats
Points Per Game
 Abdulai JALLOH
  Al Arabi
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Jalloh, 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. Seck, Qatar17.0 
 8. Ali, Al Rayyan17.0 
 9. Ismail, Al Rayyan16.7 
 10. Abdulla, As Sadd16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Oumar SECK
  Qatar
  (--)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Seck, Qatar15.3 
 2. Mofunanya, Al Ar.14.0 
 3. Jabbi, Al Ahli13.3 
 4. Southall, As Sadd12.7 
 5. Byrd, Al Arabi12.3 
 6. Okoro, Qatar11.5 
 7. Okosun, Al Ahli11.0 
 8. Souleye, Al Wakrah10.3 
 9. Leslie, Al Rayyan9.0 
 10. Jalloh, Al Arabi8.7 
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
 Abdulai JALLOH
  Al Arabi
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jalloh, 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. Seck, Qatar1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SOUTHALL
  As Sadd
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Southall, As Sadd2.7 
 2. Souleye, Al Wakrah2.3 
 3. Byrd, Al Arabi1.7 
 4. Jabbi, Al Ahli1.3 
 5. Mofunanya, Al Ar.1.3 
 6. Okosun, Al Ahli1.0 
 7. Zaidan, Al Ahli1.0 
 8. Saleem, Al Rayyan1.0 
 9. Seck, Qatar1.0 
 10. Abdelkader, Al Gh.1.0 


Tanguy Ngombo gets MVP of the Week award for Qatari D1 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Congolese forward Tanguy Ngombo (197-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Al Rayyan and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 42 points adding seven rebounds for Al Rayyan in his team's victory, helping them to beat Al Arabi (#3, 2-1) 95-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Al Rayyan is placed at 2nd position in Congolese D1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Al Rayyan already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Ngombo had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He just recently signed at Al Rayyan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ngombo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.3ppg) and averages solid 2.3spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Temi Soyebo (183-G-84) of Qatar. Soyebo impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Qatar lost that game 65-76 to Al Gharrafah (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Soyebo is a newcomer at Qatar and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.3rpg and 3.7apg. Univ. of N.Carolina-Wilmington alumni Soyebo played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Bakhra Ahmar of Al Jaysh (#5). Ahmar scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Ahmar's great performance Al Jaysh lost 69-75 to As Sadd (#4, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Al Jaysh not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ahmar could try to bring Al Jaysh's a little bit higher in the standings. Ahmar has a very solid season. In 3 games in Qatar he scored 14.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. O Shiek) of Qatar - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. U Ukaokoro) of Qatar - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Yasseen Ismail (204-F/C-80) of Al Rayyan - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dibril Abdulla) of As Sadd - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jalloh Abdulai) of Al Arabi - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Boney Watson (183-G) of Al Gharrafah - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) of Al Rayyan - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Energia Rovinari confirms Rajko Kljajevic for the season - by Eurobasket News
Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: BeoExcell) will spend rest of the season with Energia Rovinari. The Serbian big man appeared twice for the club so far averaging 4.5 points and 1.5 rebound. Kljajevic most recently played for Radnicki Kragujevac. It was in 2009/10 season. He had 6.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 12 games in Serbian league. Kljajevic also added 5.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 15 Adriatic league games. Rajko Kljajevic started 2009/10 season with PBG Basket Poznan collecting 10 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 10 games, but they parted ways in December and Kljajevic moved to Radnicki. He played for Radnicki also from 2006 to 2009. He shined in 2008/09 season with 18.8 ppg and 6 rpg for 25 games in Serbia, while he also added 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 10 games in Balkan league. In the past, Kljajevic played for Ergonom Best and Rudar Sjever.

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Triumph wants Jarvis Varnado - by Vladimir Lobanov
According to reports Triumph Lyubertsy are interested in American center Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88, college: Mississippi St.)currently plays at Israeli side Hapoel Jerusalem.
Triumph,who are looking to strengthen the team with an inside player are very interested in the Mississippi St graduate and already hold talks with his delegates.
The shot blocker center is in his second year in European basketball with the first year at Italian Lega2 side Tuscany Tissue Pistoia with stats of 15.4ppg,8.9rpg 1.8spg,3.1bpg.
This year with Hapoel Jerusalem he averages 9.3ppg 4.9rpg 2.0bpg in Israeli league and 8.3ppg 5.0rpg 2.2bpg in the Eurocup.
Triumph,who are unwilling to pay any buyout for the player are waiting that the player himself will get a release from the Israeli side.


Nikolaev's double-double lands him Superleague Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ural Ekaterinb. and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Sojuz Zaretchny (#9, 3-15) 97-87. It allowed Ural Ekaterinb. to consolidate first place in the Russian Superleague. Ural Ekaterinb. have a solid 17-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Nikolaev as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Nikolaev has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 48.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Aleksandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of Univ.Surgut. He is Azerbaijan center in his first season at Univ.Surgut. In the last game Rindin recorded impressive 18 points and 2 assists. Bad luck as Univ.Surgut lost that game 69-75 to the lower-ranked Spartak V. (#8, 5-15). Univ.Surgut managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 11-9 record is not bad at all. Rindin is a newcomer at Univ.Surgut and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) of Spartak V. (#8). Goldyrev scored 18 points. He was a key player of Spartak V., leading his team to a 75-69 win against the higher-ranked Univ.Surgut (#4, 11-9). Spartak V. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Goldyrev he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Goldyrev has a very solid season. In 20 games in Russia he scored 7.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aleksander Pushkin (203-F-87) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 19 points and 5 rebounds
6. Denis Novikov (200-F-85) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andrey Kuzemkin (183-PG-87) of Severstal - 17 points and 3 assists
8. Stanislav Sotnikov (200-F-85) of TEMP-SUMZ - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Maksim Dybovskiy (195-F-87) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 17 points and 2 rebounds
10. Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-G-85) of Univ.Surgut - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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


EuroCup: Loukas Mavrokefalidis leads Spartak past Banvit - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP - Banvit 80:71

Spartak Saint Petersburg continued to pile up scalps in their EuroCup campaign. They overcame Banvit to record the eighth straight win at the tournament. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) scored 29 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as Spartak improved at 2-0 record on top of Group K of Last 16 round. Banvit fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Spartak opened the game aggressively. The hosts stayed on fire offensively in the first half. They erupted for 49 points to build a 9-point lead at the big break. Banvit picked up defensive effort in the third term. The Turkish team limited Spartak to 11 points in the quarter cutting the distance to just 4 points 56:60 with ten minutes remaining. But Spartak bounced back in the fourth term scoring 20 points and coasting to the victory at the end. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) nailed 13 points, while Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) had 11 points for the winning side. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) answered with 16 points for Banvit. Baris Ermis (194-G-85) had 13 points in the loss.

Spartak SP: Loukas Mavrokefalidis 29, Patrick Beverley 13, Valery Likhodey 11
Banvit: Charles Davis 16, Baris Ermis 13



EuroCup: Khimky earn second win in Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - ASVEL 86-80

Khimky celebrated the second straight win at the start of EuroCup Last 16 round. They overcame ASVEL at home court to stay on top of Group J. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) nailed 18 points to lead the effort.
Khimky got to a quick start. The hosts erupted for 25 points in the opening frame to take a 10-point lead. Khimky kept their opponents at distance throughout the second quarter. The Russian team built a 41:30 halftime advantage. The game remained under the hosts control after the big break. Khimky ensured a 12-point buffer heading into the final quarter. ASVEL poured in 28 points in the fourth term but could not change their fate losing the game at the end. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) notched 17 points, while Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) answered with 18 points for ASVEL. Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) had 14 points as the French team fell at 0-2 record.

Khimky: Thomas Kelati 18, Vitaly Fridzon 17, Kresimir Loncar 15
ASVEL: Edwin Jackson 18, Phil Goss 14



EuroCup: Lokomotiv silence ALBA in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Lokomotiv Kuban 79:84

Lokomotiv Kuban registered the second win in EuroCup Last 16 Group L. They beat ALBA in Berlin to climb at 2-0 record on top of standings. Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to pace the Russian team. ALBA found themselves at critical situation after 0-2 start in the group.
The teams looked well-matched in the opening quarter. ALBA and Lokomotiv exchanged baskets to stay tied at 21 after ten minutes. The hosts pulled their noses in front in the second quarter. ALBA gained a 41:34 halftime lead. But Lokomotiv Kuban slowed their opponents down after the big break. The visitors cut the distance to just a single point 55:56 at the final intermission. Lokomotiv shone in the fourth frame scoring 29 points and leaving ALBA behind. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Roderick Blakney (181-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) added 14 points for Lokomotiv. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) answered with 19 points for ALBA Berlin. Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 16 points.

ALBA: Derrick Allen 19, Marko Simonovic 16
Lokomotiv Kuban: Maxim Grigoryev 17, Jeremiah Massey 16, Roderick Blakney 14



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Zeljko Lukajic steps down as Head Coach of Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Zeljko Lukajic is no longer a Head Coach of Hemofarm. The Serbian specialist decided to step down on his position last weekend, after impressive 84-63 home win against Slovenian champion Krka. Before this victory, Hemofarm lost nine consecutive games in Adriatic league. They currently have 5-12 record. Recently one of the best Hemofarm players Boris Savovic left for Galatasaray Istanbul. Zeljko Lukajic took over Hemofarm in January of 2010 and he worked with the club also from 1998 to 2005. They won Adriatic league title together in 2005 and played in the Finals of European Radivoj Korac Cup in 2001. In 2005, Lukajic was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Coach of the Year. With Hemofarm he reached ULEB Cup Semifinals that same year and also few Serbian league and Cup Finals. Hemofarm named Dusan Gvozdic as interim Head Coach.

Energia Rovinari confirms Rajko Kljajevic for the season - by Eurobasket News
Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: BeoExcell) will spend rest of the season with Energia Rovinari. The Serbian big man appeared twice for the club so far averaging 4.5 points and 1.5 rebound. Kljajevic most recently played for Radnicki Kragujevac. It was in 2009/10 season. He had 6.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 12 games in Serbian league. Kljajevic also added 5.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 15 Adriatic league games. Rajko Kljajevic started 2009/10 season with PBG Basket Poznan collecting 10 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 10 games, but they parted ways in December and Kljajevic moved to Radnicki. He played for Radnicki also from 2006 to 2009. He shined in 2008/09 season with 18.8 ppg and 6 rpg for 25 games in Serbia, while he also added 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 10 games in Balkan league. In the past, Kljajevic played for Ergonom Best and Rudar Sjever.

Partizan close to sign PG Dominic James - by Eurobasket News
Partizan MTS is close to sign a deal with Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette). According to local media, the American point guard already arrived to Belgrade and he is expected to sign a deal soon. Partizan was on the market since they parted ways with Acie Law at the end of December. Dominic James started this season with Aris Thessaloniki. He appeared 7 times in EuroCup with them averaging 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists. James registered almost the same numbers in 14 Greek league games. Dominic James helped Lukoil Akademik to win the Bulgarian league title and Cup last season. He had 13.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.9 apg and 1.9 spg in 24 domestic league games. In EuroChallenge, James averaged 13.8 points and 4 assists in 14 games. Season 2009/10 he spent with Turkish Mersin. Dominic James graduated at Marquette University in 2009.

Bosko Balaban gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian A League - by Eurobasket News
Bosko Balaban had an amazing evening in the last round for Smederevo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The -year old had the game-high 35 points adding eight rebounds for Smederevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Tamis (9-7) 82-74. Smederevo is placed at 5th position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Smederevo will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. Balaban turned to be Smederevo's top player in his first season with the team. Balaban has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.6ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 71.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old power forward Slaven Cupkovic (205-PF-88) of Napredak. Cupkovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Napredak to edge the higher-ranked Vojvodina (#1, 13-3) by 1 point 85-84. Napredak's 13th position in the standings has not changed. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Napredak managed to get this year. Cupkovic is well-known by Napredak fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Stanoje Knezevic (202-PF-89) of OKK Beograd (#8). Knezevic scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of OKK Beograd, leading his team to a 74-72 win against the lower-ranked Zeleznicar (#12, 4-12). OKK Beograd 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. Knezevic has a very solid season. In 14 games in Serbia he scored 7.4ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) of Mega Vizura - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) of Zeleznicar - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87) of Vojvodina - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Milan Milovanovic (205-C/F-91) of Radnicki Basket - 13 points and 5 rebounds
8. Filip Pajevic (200-F/C-84) of Borac - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marko Popadic (190-PG-89) of Tamis - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Aleksandar Petrovic (206-C-72) of BKK Radnicki - 22 points and 4 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)


Luka Milojevic signed 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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EuroCup: Buducnost surprise Krka in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Buducnost 64:69

Buducnost opened win count at EuroCup Last 16 round. The Montenegrin team upset Krka away from home to improve at 1-1 record in Group K. Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored 11 points each to lead the charge.
Buducnost pulled ahead pretty quickly. The visitors arrived at the first break up by 7 points 23:16. Buducnost continued to stay in front in the second quarter. The Montenegrin team accumulated a 40:30 halftime lead. Krka struggled to pick up the right tempo in the third quarter. Buducnost capitalized clearing off to a 14-point distance at the final intermission. Krka finally adjusted and went on a desperate comeback run in the final frame. But Buducnost stood firm and preserved an important win at the end. Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 points in the victory. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points for Krka. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Krka: Zoran Dragic 14, Afik Nissim 12
Buducnost: Nikola Ivanovic 11, Jermaine Anderson 11, Milan Milosevic 10



Zlatorog adds Mahalbasic - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog inked BOS-AUT Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) for remainder of the season. Mahalbasic had signed a 6-year deal with Fenerbahce in 2010, but the two parts agreed the terminate the agreement. He started the 2010-11 season on loan with Tofas, for whom he averaged 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 10 Turkey TBL League games. Mahalbasic later moved to Split, where he averaged 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11 Croatian league games.

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KBL Round 45: ET Land Elephants edge LG Sakers by two points - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked LG Sakers (15-27) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (22-20) in Changwon on Tuesday. The visitors from Inchon managed to secure only two-point victory 87-85. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 27-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 22-20 record. LG Sakers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 27 games lost. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play at home against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get the third consecutive victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked KCC Egis in Seoul 76-68. It was a good game for American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Sandrin contributed with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points for KCC Egis. Samsung Thunders have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 10-31 record. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fourth position with 18 games lost. Samsung Thunders will play against league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KCC Egis will play at home against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Dongbu Promy delivered the 35th victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Mobis Phoebus (18-24) 67-62 in Ulsan. Joo-Sung Kim stepped up and scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Terrence Leather with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Dongbu Promy (35-7) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the sixth position with 24 games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mobis Phoebus will play against SK Knights (#7) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Mobis Phoebus - Dongbu Promy 62-67

Leader Dongbu Promy delivered the 35th victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Mobis Phoebus (18-24) 67-62 in Ulsan. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mobis Phoebus won third quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) stepped up and scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Dongbu Promy (35-7) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the sixth position with 24 games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mobis Phoebus will play against SK Knights (#7) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 20+6reb+2ast, G.Park 13+1ast, D.Yang 11+5reb+5ast, D.Kim 6+4reb+5ast, J.Park 4+2reb, J.Ryu 4+6reb
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 14+6reb+3ast, J.Hwang 13+2ast, J.Kim 12+8reb+4ast, J.Park 12+2reb+1ast, R.Benson 11+8reb, J.Ahn 5+2reb+3ast
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Samsung Th. - KCC Egis 76-68

Bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get the third consecutive victory. This time they won against fourth-ranked KCC Egis in Seoul 76-68. The game without a history. Samsung Thunders led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Samsung Thunders had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. KCC Egis were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. International power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points and American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KCC Egis. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Samsung Thunders have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 10-31 record. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fourth position with 18 games lost. Samsung Thunders will play against league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KCC Egis will play at home against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: T.Akins 23+4reb+3ast, D.Sims 18+6reb+1ast, S.Choo 12+5reb, M.Jeong 10+4reb, M.Sin 5+5reb+4ast, S.Jung 0
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 28+10reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 19+15reb+4ast, K.Ngi 12+6reb+2ast, S.Kim 7+1reb+5ast, W.Lee 7+1reb+4ast, B.Lee 3
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LG Sakers - ET Land 85-87

Eighth-ranked LG Sakers (15-27) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (22-20) in Changwon on Tuesday. The visitors from Inchon managed to secure only two-point victory 87-85. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 27-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 22-20 record. LG Sakers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 27 games lost. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play at home against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 24+11reb+6ast, G.Stevenson 20+9reb+3ast, C.Young Jung 15+5reb+3ast, Y.Oh 13+3reb+3ast, J.Seo 6+6reb+1ast, I.Baek 5+1ast
ET Land: H.Hill 28+16reb+3ast, T.Moon 20+3reb+2ast, B.Chung 10+5reb, H.Lee 10+3ast, H.Lee 9+3reb+3ast, K.Shin 4+2ast
gschID: 145821




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 35-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 29-12 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 26-15 
 4. KCC Egis 24-18 
 5. ET Land 22-20 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 18-24 
 7. SK Knights 15-26 
 8. LG Sakers 15-27 
 9. Goyang Orions 14-28 
 10. Samsung Th. 10-31 


South Korean KBL round 44 best performance: Ira Clark - by Eurobasket News
American Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Samsung Th., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
The 36-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out LG Sakers (#8, 15-26) 92-88. Samsung Th. maintains the 10th position in South Korean KBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 31 games and recorded just nine victories. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Samsung Th.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Texas star has very solid stats this year. Clark is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.6ppg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 57.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of ET Land. Hill had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds. Of course ET Land cruised to a 90-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#6, 18-23). ET Land's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-20 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hill is well-known at ET Land and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#8). He also registered 10.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of LG Sakers (#8). Haynes got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and four assists. Despite Haynes' great performance LG Sakers lost 88-92 to slightly lower-ranked Samsung Th. (#10, 9-31). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of LG Sakers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 26 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Haynes could try to bring LG Sakers' a little bit higher in the standings. Haynes has individually a great season in South Korea. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.9ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (4th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 60.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Daniels (211-C-84) of Anyang KGC - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy - 27 points and 15 rebounds
6. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Samsung Th. - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dong-Uk Kim (195-F-81) of Goyang Orions - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tae-Jong Moon (199-F-75) of ET Land - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-73) of SK Knights - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  SPAIN   


Copa del Rey 2012: Schedule announced - by Eurobasket Center
The Spanish Basketball Federation announced schedule for the Copa del Rey 2012 (Spanish Cup). Eight best Liga Endesa teams at the half of the season (after 17 rounds) booked a spot for this tournament. It will take a place from February 16-19 at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. Semifinals will be played on February 16 and 17. Pairs are (A) Caja Laboral - Lagun Aro GBC, (B) FC Barcelona Regal - Lucentum Alicante, (C) Unicaja - Banca Civica and (D) Real Madrid - Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Semifinals are scheduled for February 18, while the Big Final will be played a day later at 18h.


Quarterfinals:
B Caja Laboral - Lagun Aro GBC 16/02/2012 19:00h
A FC Barcelona Regal - Lucentum Alicante 16/02/2011 21:30h
D Unicaja - Banca Cvica 17/02/2011 19:00h
C Real Madrid - Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 17/02/2011 21:30h

Semifinals:
SF2 Vencedor A - Vencedor B 18/02/2011 18:00h
SF1 Vencedor C - Vencedor D 18/02/2011 20:30h

Big Final
Final Vencedor SF1 - Vencedor SF2 19/02/2011 18:00h


Regal Barca is the defending champion. Barca won Copa del Ray also in 2010 and they are one of the favorites to win third Cup in the row.




EuroCup: Valencia leave no chance for VEF Riga in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - VEF Riga 80:49

Valencia gave a warm welcome to VEF Riga scorching those at home court in the second round of Last 16 stage of EuroCup. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) knocked down 18 points to pace Valencia to a comfortable 31-point victory. The hosts thus improved at 2-0 record in Group I. VEF Riga suffered the second loss in as many games played.
Valencia suffocated the visitors in the opening quarter. It was a one-way traffic as the home team piled up a 15-point lead after ten minutes 25:10. The margin just kept on growing in the second frame. Valencia enjoyed a 49:17 halftime lead. VEF Riga never recovered in the second half. Valencia coasted to an overwhelming win at the end. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) provided 13 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points in the victory. Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) and Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) answered with 10 points each for VEF Riga.

Valencia: Nando De Colo 18, Niklas Caner-Medley 13, Serhiy Lishchuk 12
VEF Riga: Tyler Cain 10, Kaspars Berzins 10



Real Madrid's Nikola Mirotic to miss 7-10 days - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) will be out of action for the next 7-10 days. One of the best Real Madrid's players sprained his left foot in the latest round of Liga Endesa. The Spanish squad confirmed that Mirotic will not play tomorrow against Montepaschi Siena. Nikola Mirotic averages 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in Euroleague this season (11 games). He also has 10.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg in Liga Endesa (17 games). Mirotic is a member of Real Madrid since 2007, when he joined their junior team. Last summer he paced Spanish U20 NT to Gold medal at U20 EuroBasket in Bilbao. Mirotic exploded with 27 ppg and 10 rpg for 9 games at this event and was named MVP. He was the top-scorer and second rebounder of the competition. In 2010, Nikola Mirotic led U20 Spain to Bronze medal at U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. That year he was named Best Center of the competition.

Marc Gasol earns NBA Player of Week honor - by Eurobasket News
Spanish center Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) was named the NBA Western Conference player of the week on Monday after leading the Memphis Grizzlies to a perfect 4-0 week.

Gasol averaged 19.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 blocks as the Grizzlies defeated Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit and Sacramento.

In three of those games he had 'double-doubles' in points and rebounds, including his 20-point, 11-rebound effort in a 128-95 win over Sacramento on Saturday.

The younger brother of the Lakers' Pau Gasol is enjoying a career-best NBA season in scoring with an average of 15.2 points per game, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.

Marc Gasol re-signed with the Grizzlies in December with local media reporting he agreed a four year deal worth almost $58 million.

Orlando star Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference player of the week, a span in which the Magic went 3-1.

Courtesy of www.france24.com


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Basketligan Round 24: Sodertalje Kings keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Sodertalje Kings as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Sodertalje Kings smashed second-best LF Basket at home 92-73. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sodertalje Kings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American point guard Johnell Smith (185-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (200-85, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Sodertalje Kings' coach Vedran Bosnic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Boras. LF Basket at the other side dropped to the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. LF Basket will play next round against Eco Orebro trying to get back on the winning streak. Sodertalje Kings will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (0-24) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 74-64 loss to third ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (14-9) in Orebro. It was a good game for American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Petras Balocka contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Paul Burke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) replied with 20 points for Eco Orebro. Defending champion maintains third position with 14-9 record behind leader Sodertalje, which they share with LF Basket. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against LF Basket (#4) in Lulea in the next round. Eco Orebro will play at home against LF Basket (#4) in Lulea and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Solna supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked 08 Stockholm (12-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Solna Vikings (12-11). Solna Vikings smashed 08 Stockholm 102-78 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 08 Stockholm. Worth to mention a great performance of William Walker who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. Solna Vikings' coach Torbjorn Gehrke felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Helgi Magnusson with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Solna Vikings have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 08. Solna Vikings will meet KFUM Jamtland (#9) on the road in the next round. 08 Stockholm will play against Uppsala Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sundsvall was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Sodertalje Kings (15-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Sundsvall Dragons (13-11). Sodertalje Kings managed to secure a 6-point victory 84-78. The winners were led by Kenneth Simms who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sodertalje Kings keep a position of league leader, which they share with Boras. Sundsvall Dragons lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Solna - 08 102-78

The game in Solna supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked 08 Stockholm (12-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Solna Vikings (12-11). Solna Vikings smashed 08 Stockholm 102-78 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 08 Stockholm. The game without a history. Solna Vikings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to 08 Stockholm's 40 and made 16-of-16 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They outrebounded 08 Stockholm 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel, IN, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and Bulgarian center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Solna Vikings' coach Torbjorn Gehrke felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Icelandic swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Nils Hedstrom (190-83) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Solna Vikings have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 08. Solna Vikings will meet KFUM Jamtland (#9) on the road in the next round. 08 Stockholm will play against Uppsala Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
08: H.Magnusson 17+6reb+2ast, N.Hedstrom 15+7reb+1ast, J.Blom 14+4reb+1ast, B.Cvilak 12+5reb+1ast, K.Nagwere 9+2reb+1ast, J.Akesson 6+1reb
Solna: W.Walker 20+5reb+1ast, L.Gunnarsson 18+5reb+1ast, K.Doychinov 17+8reb+1ast, J.Flowers 15+8reb+2ast, J.Westerlund 10+4reb+4ast, L.Myrthil 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132288


Eco Orebro - Norrkoping 64-74

Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (0-24) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 74-64 loss to third ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (14-9) in Orebro. Eco Orebro was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Paul Burke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) replied with 20 points and guard Brandon Barton (192-88) added 16 points in the effort for Eco Orebro. Defending champion maintains third position with 14-9 record behind leader Sodertalje, which they share with LF Basket. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against LF Basket (#4) in Lulea in the next round. Eco Orebro will play at home against LF Basket (#4) in Lulea and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: D.Watt 20+4reb+2ast, B.Barton 16+2reb+3ast, P.Hampton 12+4reb+1ast, T.Georgitsis 9+4reb+2ast, B.Toombs 4+13reb+2ast, S.Licartovsky 3+4reb+2ast
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 16+4reb+3ast, P.Sakinis 13+3reb, P.Balocka 11+7reb, O.Ayuba 9+3reb+5ast, M.Lindquist 8+1reb+3ast, M.Ringstrom 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 132289


Sodertalje - LF Basket 92-73

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Sodertalje Kings as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Sodertalje Kings smashed second-best LF Basket at home 92-73. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sodertalje Kings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American point guard Johnell Smith (185-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 26 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (200-85, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Sodertalje Kings' coach Vedran Bosnic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and American-German center Urule Igbavboa (205-87, college: Valparaiso) added 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Boras. LF Basket at the other side dropped to the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. LF Basket will play next round against Eco Orebro trying to get back on the winning streak. Sodertalje Kings will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: M.Pahlmblad 18+1reb, E.Salon 17+1reb, U.Igbavboa 17+4reb+1ast, K.Ramsey 15+9reb+1ast, C.Ryan 6+7reb+2ast, T.Kearney 0+1ast
Sodertalje: J.Smith 26+9reb+6ast, T.Borg 14+1reb+1ast, K.Simms 12+7reb, M.Griskenas 12+6reb+1ast, A.Lindqvist 9+2reb, D.Pita 9
gschID: 132290


Sundsvall - Sodertalje 78-84

The game in Sundsvall was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Sodertalje Kings (15-9) played at the court of 5th ranked Sundsvall Dragons (13-11). Sodertalje Kings managed to secure a 6-point victory 84-78. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-20 Sundsvall Dragons' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-78 at the end of the game. Sodertalje Kings made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (200-85, college: Wichita St.) supported him with 18 points. Even a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Dino Gregory (200-89, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Sundsvall Dragons. Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) added 20 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings keep a position of league leader, which they share with Boras. Sundsvall Dragons lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: D.Gregory 23+11reb+1ast, J.Sigurdarson 20+2reb+4ast, H.Baeringsson 14+8reb+2ast, J.Pierre 12+2reb+5ast, T.Liden 5+2reb+3ast, W.Gutenius 2+1reb
Sodertalje: M.Griskenas 18+3reb, D.Pita 18+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 14+3reb+4ast, K.Simms 10+10reb+2ast, A.Lindqvist 10+1reb+1ast, A.Chuk 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 132292




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sodertalje 15-9 
 2. Boras 15-9 
 3. Norrkoping 14-9 
 4. LF Basket 14-9 
 5. Sundsvall 13-11 
 6. Uppsala 13-11 
 7. Solna 12-11 
 8. 08 12-11 
 9. Jamtland 10-14 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-24 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.2 
 3. Palm, Boras19.3 
 4. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.2 
 5. Krayem, Boras18.7 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje18.0 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland17.6 
 8. Mbemba, LF Basket17.4 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.3 
 10. McKnight, Boras17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Palm, Boras11.0 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.7 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala10.1 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro10.0 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.7 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland8.9 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje8.8 
 8. Safford, LF Basket7.8 
 9. McKnight, Boras7.6 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.1 
 2. Krayem, Boras6.5 
 3. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.0 
 4. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.8 
 5. Carter, Uppsala5.3 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.9 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.1 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland4.0 
 9. Eriksson, Uppsala3.9 
 10. McKnight, Jamtla.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Uppsala
  (190-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Uppsala2.9 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.9 
 3. Mbemba, LF Basket2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.3 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 6. Krayem, Boras2.0 
 7. Ramsey, LF Basket1.9 
 8. Johnson, Sundsvall1.8 
 9. McDowell, Solna1.8 
 10. Zabas, Jamtland1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Delvon JOHNSON
  Uppsala
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Johnson, Uppsala1.9 
 2. Ramsey, LF Basket