EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/27/2012

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Athens R. 6-1
 2. Jacksonville 5-2
 3. Atlanta E. 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. 4-1
 2. Modesto H. 3-2
 3. Chico Rage 0-1
California South
 1. Arizona S. 15-2
 2. San Diego Sol 11-2
 3. San Diego S. 4-5
 4. LA Slam 3-8
 5. Riverside R. 1-3
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2
 7. SoCal Swish 0-4
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-8
Colonial
 1. Lynchburg L. 6-4
 2. Richmond E. 5-1
 3. NoVa Wonders 4-1
 4. Portsmouth C. 2-3
 5. Seven Cities 0-0
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 8-0
 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. 6-5
 3. S.Carol.W. 4-0
 4. East Carolina T. 4-4
 5. Nashville S. 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 5-3
 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. E.Bay Pitbulls 5-6
 5. Port City P. 4-6
 6. Sacramento H. 2-14
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 6-0
 2. Alaska Q. 4-3
 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. 16-0
 2. Colorado C. 4-9
 3. Crusaders 2-5
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4
South Central
 1. Bluff City R. 11-2
 2. Conway C. 11-4
 3. Little Rock L. 9-4
 4. N.E. Arkansas 4-8
 5. Missouri R. 2-3
 6. St.Louis P. 1-9
South West
 1. Texas Fuel 10-2
 2. North Dallas 8-1
 3. Oklahoma 4-7
 4. West Texas W. 3-5
 5. Houston R.S. 2-0
 6. N.Texas F. 1-6
 7. Dallas Impact 0-3
Touring Team
 1. W.Virginia B. 3-6
 2. ABA-Canada 0-0
 3. Rocky Mountain S. 0-1
 4. Team Haiti 0-1
 5. Appalachian R. 0-2
 6. Florida M. 0-2
 7. Chicago F. 0-4


Houston Xperience joins the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci
According with an official communication from Owner/coach Kevin Williams , the team named Houston Xperience (that was a traveling team last year with the UBA) has just agreed to join the American Basketball Association. The Xperience will be a full fledge ABA team in 2012-2013, but will play a limited travel schedule for the next two months. First game scheduled is Sat 28 vs West Texas Whirwinds at The Forge Gymnasium, Houston, Tx. See here down the full team roster

1 Joel Lemons G, 6'3 University of Houston
2 Neiman Owens F, 6'5 TCU
3 Christian Sonier G, 6'0 Prairie View A&M
5 Kevin Barber G, 5'10 University of Houston
7 TJ Tate G, 6'3 Cochise Junior College
8 Brandon Walter F, 6'6 Texas Southern
12 Geoff Harner G, 6'0 Concordia University
21 Jarvis Vaughn F, 6'6 Southern University
33 Edward Johnson C, 6'9 McClennan College
41 Justin Long F, 6'6 William Penn
44 Raynell Henderson C, 7'0 Madison High School

Head Coach Kevin Williams
Assistant Coach Ken Stalling



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  ACPBL   


Bombers add Beale - by Justin Moore
The Beltway Bombers have added smooth prolific scoring Tyronne Beale (6'8''-F-84, college: Bowie St.) to their already explosive ACPBL roster. When asked about re-joining the Bombers, Ty said 'after losing the championship game in the Cibane Pro League in Mexico, I'm anxious to get back to winning with a great coach and a talented group of players.' The 6-8 swing forward was a star at Bowie State University in Maryland, played professionally in Mexico, and now re-joins Coach Chaz to be a part of that Bombers potent attack. 'Great to have Ty back with us. He's a very skilled pro who can get buckets from the perimeter and the post; solid rebounder and defender, and has a high basketball IQ. Ty knows my pressure and attack sets and system, and is a problem match-up for defenders'..


Ty now joins a Bombers roster loaded with pro talent, that is once again one of the highest scoring professional teams in the country. Since losing a few players recently to play professionally overseas, and having others unavailable, CEO and Head Coach Chaz Dudley had to carefully add specific pro players that fit in nicely with his team's aggressive attacking style, and to now join current players Hugh Jones, Jamaal Wise, Derick Payne, Rogers Barnes, Chris Darnell, Evan Martin, and the rest of that star-laden roster. 'Ty is unselfish, always plays hard and his only agenda is winning. Once I knew he was available, it was an easy decision to have him with us. He is a proven double-double pro, who has helped me win many games before.'


Coach Chaz also recently added 6-0 PG Greg 'PlayStation' Johnson from NYC (Hofstra University/Harlem Globetrotters), 5-8 PG Mike Lewis (University of West Florida), and 6-10 PF/C Lawrence Felder (Longwood College). They, along with Ty, will showcase their talents for the Bombers on Saturday, January 28th when the Bombers play on the road against the Bay Area Shuckers. Tip-off is at 7:00pm at the Kilby Athletic Center at Annapolis Area Christian School on Burns Crossing Road in Severn MD.





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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian A Bundesliga round 20 best performance: Nenad Milosevic - by Eurobasket News
Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for St.Polten, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, six rebounds and six assists) to as his team St.Polten maintains the 11th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They are still not able to win a single game in the league yet. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 18 games and recorded no victories. In the team's last game Milosevic had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be St.Polten's top player in his first season with the team. Nenad Milosevic averages this season 14.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Croatian Marko Moric (207-F-81) of UBSC Graz. Moric had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as UBSC Graz lost that game 91-98 to the higher-ranked Wels (#2, 14-4). UBSC Graz is still in a red zone at 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Moric is a newcomer at UBSC Graz, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international Matthias Mayer (204-C/F-81) of Gmunden (#3). Mayer showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, eight rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Mayer's great performance Gmunden lost 69-83 to #1 ranked Klosterneub.. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Gmunden needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Mayer has a very solid season. In 18 games in Austria he scored 9.2ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and and 3PT: 44.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) of BC Vienna - 19 points and 10 rebounds
5. Davor Lamesic (203-F-83) of Wels - 28 points and 9 rebounds
6. Todd Brown (196-G-87) of Wels - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82) of Oberwart - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) of Gussing - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) of Kapfenberg - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86) of Arkadia - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 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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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas19.0 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.6 
 6. Pilk, TT.16.5 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja16.5 
 8. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 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. Janavicius, Baltai4.4 
 7. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 10. Kulagin, Triumph4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dainius SALENGA
  Rudupis
  (197-F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 4. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 6. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.8 
 8. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
 9. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 10. Landry, Triumph1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.5 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.9 
 3. Bailey, Liepaja1.8 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera1.8 
 5. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 6. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.5 
 7. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.4 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 10. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 


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  BOSNIA   


Its a three team race to the finish in the Bosnian KSBiH! - by Chris Mathieu
Its a three team race to the finish in the Bosnian KSBiH! As we near the end of the regular season for the Bosnian Domestic League it has become apparent that it is a three team race to the finish line as Igokea, Capljina and Bosna are way above their competition in Bosnia. Once it moves onto the next phase of Basketball and Siroki joins it will then become a four team race. Barring an unforeseen injury or surprise here is the breakdown of the four teams so far
Igokea is built almost exclusively around international Serbs and the team has lot of experience which will be hard to beat. Nebojsa Joksimovic, Milan Dozet, Marko Brkic, Vukasin Aleksic lead the team. The best young player on the team is Marko Miletic who has played a big role on the team for a player who is only 19 years old.
Caplijina has been a breakout team this year, led by the dynamic Marko Jagodic Kuridza he has been arguably the best player in Bosnia this year with averages of over 17ppg 12rbpg 3aspg! Jozo Brkic has been a dominate center for the team and between the two have led Caplijna to dominate the rebounding battle. Nemanja Kovacevic has been a very steady guard for the team and the team has been getting surprising contributions from journeyman Zlatan Halilbegovic. Zeljko Kljestan has been the best young player on the team. He is very good at attacking the basket and has shown a good upside with continued development.
Bosna has been very surprising so far and much credit needs to go to Hamdo Fraljak for integrating so many young and new players into the system. The clear leader of the team is Dzenan Rahimic who is averaging 22ppg and 8rbpg. Dino Hodzic has played at a high level all year. Armin Avidbegovic was a big pickup at point guard off the bench. Eldin Camdzic has shot a bit better from the outside, which still remains his major weakness. Edin Alispahic was injured coming into the season and is just now getting into basketball shape and onto the court. The best young player on the team so far has been Nermin Buza. The talk of youth movement early in the season has fallen by the wayside as the team has continually relied on the veteran presence on the team.
Siroki will be a force to rekon with once they join the league. Led by Jakov Vladovic who appears to be in great shape after battling some injuries the team will be hard to beat. Ivan Ramljak, Darko Planinic, Zeljko Sakic and Boris Barac form a formidable frontline for the team. Boris Barac is a high profile talent who has yet to put it all together. Since he is only 19 there is plenty of time for that to happen.



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  BRAZIL   


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


Araraquara even struggling sign Rafael Stabile - by Paulo Freire
The director Board of the A.B.A. Araraquara Basketball team has already gotten used to deal with problems this season, starting when they have avoided the team ends of their activities before the beginning of the Paulista State Championship.

In 2012, the problems began in the first week of the year, with the shutdown of forward Cicero Gonzaga (202-F-86, college: NE Oklahoma A&M CC), who requested his release of the team claiming personal problems and later hit his return to Australia. The managers then started their search for a replacement player and came to announce the hiring of Jefferson Sobral (203-F-80), who was without playing for about nine months.

Sobral who was going to sign his contract with the A.B.A. Araraquara team, but opted to accept a proposal received a day earlier, when the Tijuca (RJ) came to play in A.B.A. Araraquara city and eventually made a proposal for Sobral inside of the gym.

But the good news began to emerge last Wednesday, it was the last day of registration for the NBB competition, when in a fast move the A.B.A. Araraquara announced the hiring of small forward Rafael Stabile (F-88). The player of 23 years old, 1, 94 cm tall and 93Kg began his career in A.B.A. Araraquara and was playing at the Paraiso basketball team, a small club from the city of Sao Sebastiao do Parais, of Minas Gerais State.

Another positive news was the sign of the young prospect Leandro Rubens. The athlete born in 1994 came from Paulistano young basics team and will complete the roster of the pro team.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Avery Percival added to Brock University's roster - by David Edole
Brock University men's basketball coach Brad Rootes has added 6-foot-6 forward Avery Percival (198-F-85) (British Virgin Islands) to the roster for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

Due to a depleted roster through injuries, the Badgers have added Percival to help up front. Percival originally made the team in September but decided the time committment would affect his academics.

The Badgers original 13-man roster is down to eight, with injuries to four starters Mark Gibson (ankle), Jameson Tipping (high ankle sprain), Didi Mukendi (ankle), Tshing Kasamba (knee) and rookie Nathaniel Gardner (shoulder).

For tonight's game versus Laurier, Gardner will dress. Tipping and Gibson are out indefinitely. Mukendi and Kasamba are day-to-day.


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Bulgarian NBL round 15 best performance: Aaron Harper - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Levski Sofia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (33 pointsfive assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Tundja Yambol (#4, 8-7) 89-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Levski Sofia maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They are still close to the very top. Levski Sofia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. In the team's last game Harper had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Levski Sofia, through which he has constantly improved. Former The University of Mississippi star has very solid stats this year. Harper is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.1ppg. Harper is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.3spg,56.6% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Isiah Martin (203-F/C-89) of Balkan. Martin had a very good evening with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Balkan to edge slightly lower-ranked Chernomorets (#7, 2-13) 90-86. Balkan's 6th position in the standings has not changed. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Balkan managed to get this year. Martin is a newcomer at Balkan, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Chernomorets (#7). Dunovic scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Dunovic's great performance Chernomorets lost 86-90 to slightly higher-ranked Balkan (#6, 4-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Chernomorets can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Dunovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Dunovic has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-G-82) of Spartak Pleven - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85) of Chernomorets - 19 points and 10 rebounds
6. Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77) of Levski Sofia - 9 points and 13 rebounds
7. Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90) of Balkan - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Ofoegbu (206-C-84) of Tundja Yambol - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Stanislav Vaklinov (207-PF-89) of Rilski Sportist - 12 points and 14 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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  CANADA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin KING
  TRU
  (--)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. King, TRU23.9 
 2. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.2 
 3. Pasquale, Laure.22.0 
 4. Thomas, St.Franc.20.7 
 5. Barbeau, Western20.6 
 6. Dorsey, Cape Bret.20.6 
 7. Barrett, Saskatch.20.6 
 8. Mackinnon, Victoria20.4 
 9. Diloreto, Windsor20.0 
 10. Malcolm, Guelph19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kamar BURKE
  UBC
  (196-F/G-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Burke, UBC11.3 
 2. Phillip, Windsor11.2 
 3. King, TRU10.8 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.6 
 5. Lieffers, Saskatch.9.9 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.1 
 7. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.0 
 8. Desroches, New B.9.0 
 9. Oliver, Manitoba8.8 
 10. Staniscia, Ryerson8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.7.7 
 2. Cunningham, Winnip.6.5 
 3. Barrett, Saskatch.6.1 
 4. Collins, Windsor6.0 
 5. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.8 
 6. Kraus, Brock5.7 
 7. Smith, TWU5.7 
 8. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 9. Vernon, St.Franc.5.5 
 10. Allin, Laurier5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.9 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.3.1 
 3. Collins, Windsor2.8 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 5. Baribeau, Laval2.6 
 6. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.6 
 7. Barrett, Saskatch.2.6 
 8. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 9. Sy-M., McGill2.5 
 10. Smith, TWU2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Balraj BAINS
  UBC
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bains, UBC2.0 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.8 
 3. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.6 
 4. Kong, St.Francis X.1.6 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.5 
 6. Fidler, Calgary1.4 
 7. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 8. Duke, UPEI1.3 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.1.2 
 10. Dewar, Alberta1.1 


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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos wins because of offensive rebounds - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Good game at Lefkotheo Indoor Arena with two very good teams and Keravnos getting an important victory over Apoel with 72-76.

With Moore and Hatcher hitting a great start Keravnos got an early lead closing the 1st quarter with 18-24. With a very good 2nd quarter (25-16) Apoel made its comeback and closed the half by 43-40.

At the beginning of the 2nd half Keravnos made a 13-0 run closing the 3rd quarter with 59-64 making things difficult for Apoel. Game finished 72-74 for Apoel.

Statistically wise Keravnos won because of offensive rebounds. It grabbed 16 offensive rebounds as opposed to 7 of Apoel. This gave Keravnos 9 double scoring chances which in close games like this prove to be important. Shooting wise both teams had close percentages as well as the same amount of turnovers.

Congratulations to both teams for a nice game and to both coaches for proving to us that despite all the problems there is still a bit of basketball for us to watch.

For the winners, Moore and Hatcher had 18 each.

For Apoel, McKay had 23 and the 'Dragon' Sims had 14. Cuffee who was verey good at the 1st half had 13.




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  DENMARK   


Danish Ligaen round 20 best performance: Tony Bishop - by Eurobasket News
American forward Tony Bishop (201-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aalborg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 19 rebounds, while his team Aalborg maintains the 6th position in Danish Ligaen. Aalborg is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 19 games. Bishop turned to be Aalborg's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas State University at San Marcos star has very solid stats this year. Bishop. Bishop is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.4ppg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 2.4spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) of SISU. Rutherford had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead SISU to another comfortable win 81-68 over the lower-ranked Vaerlose (#8, 7-13) being unquestionably team leader. SISU's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Rutherford is well-known at SISU and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.8ppg (#4). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Demetrius Phillips (207-F-87) of Aabyhoj (#9). Phillips scored 28 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Phillips' great performance Aabyhoj lost 82-86 to the higher-ranked Svendborg (#2, 18-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aabyhoj not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Phillips could try to bring Aabyhoj's a little bit higher in the standings. Phillips has individually a great season in Denmark. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (7th best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 56.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Will Harris (198-F-86) of Horsens IC - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84) of Horsens IC - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85) of Naestved - 21 points and 5 rebounds
8. Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Bakken - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Julian McFarlane (184-G-86) of Falcon - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Robert Fields) of Falcon - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Fort Wayne Mad Ants sign Mike Tisdale - by Eurobasket Center
Fort Wayne Mad Ants signed 23-year old center Mike Tisdale (215-C-113kg-89, college: Illinois). In his first game he scored 11 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Rio Grande VV 97-104. Tisdale played most recently at Maine Red Claws (D-League). While playing 8 games for Maine RC this season he averaged 3.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 0.1bpg. Tisdale just graduated University of Illinois. It will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.6 
 2. Costner, Los A.23.8 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.8 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.6 
 5. Millsap, Los A.22.2 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.8 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.7 
 9. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers18.6 
 10. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers14.0 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.5 
 4. Williams, Texas L.10.4 
 5. Smith, Rio G.9.4 
 6. Milligan, Canton C.9.3 
 7. Andrews, Los A.9.2 
 8. Foote, Springfield9.1 
 9. Thomas, Reno B.8.7 
 10. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 3. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.6 
 5. Cooksey, Texas L.6.4 
 6. Coleman, Sioux F.6.3 
 7. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 8. Wise, Bakersfield5.9 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Reno B.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal TINSLEY
  Los A.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.3 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 4. Millsap, Los A.2.1 
 5. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 6. Owens, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 7. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 8. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 10. Emmett, Reno B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Reno B.
  (213-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Whiteside, Reno B.3.3 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 3. N''Diaye, Iowa E.2.4 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Saunders, Rio G.2.0 
 6. Williams, Texas L.1.9 
 7. Alabi, Bakersfield1.9 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 9. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 
 10. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Springfield A. - Idaho S. 111-102
Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 15 of his season-high 24 points in the first half and six players scored in double figures to lead the Armor to a 111-102 victory over the Idaho Stampede tonight inside the MassMutual Center. Horner scored 11 points in the second quarter, including 7 points in a span of 42 seconds on back-to-back dunks and a three-pointer in transition. Behind Horner's first half scoring outburst, the Armor (13-12) held a 54-44 lead over Idaho (8-15) at halftime. In the third quarter, the Armor and Stampede battled to a 28-28 tie, giving the Armor a commanding 82-72 advantage through three. Undeterred, the Stampede quickly erased the 10-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, starting the frame on a 13-2 run to take their first lead of the second half, 85-84. The two teams would trade leads six times in the next minute and a half, but back-to-back threes from Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami, FL) (20 points) helped the Armor seal the victory down the stretch. Joining Horner and Hurdle in double figures tonight for the Armor were JamesOn Curry (20 points, 8 assists), Jerry Smith (14 points), L.D. Williams (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Jeff Foote (12 points, 11 rebounds). Tonight's victory equals the Armor's win total from a season ago exactly halfway through the 2011-12 regular season. Terrico White, who was re-acquired by the Stampede today after being waived due to injury, scored a team-high 20 points tonight for Idaho. Paul Carter registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Seth Tarver chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Armor will look for their third consecutive victory Saturday evening when they host the Reno Bighorns at 7:00 PM EST at the MassMutual Center. The Stampede travel to Maine to take on the Red Claws tomorrow evening. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 106-95
Osiris Eldridge (6'3''-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) had 22 points as the Jam beat the LA D-Fenders 106-95 in Bakersfield on Thursday. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) added 21 points for the Jam while Elijah Millsap scored 28 for the D-Fenders in the loss. Quarters: 23-26, 31-24, 23-18, 29-27.

Canton C. - Springfield A. 92-104
Jordan Williams (6'10''-F-90, college: Maryland) had the kind of game Tuesday night sure to bring smiles to Springfield and New Jersey. Williams scored 18 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds, leading the Springfield Armor to a 104-92 NBA D-League victory over the Canton Charge at Memorial Civic Center. It was his third double-double, and perhaps the most impressive one in his four games since being assigned from the Nets one week ago. 'I want to do that every night,' Williams said. 'He's learning how to play at a consistent level,' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'He hasn't played in games since last winter when he was at (the University of) Maryland.' Williams wasn't alone. Dennis Horner, who was alongside Williams with the Nets until being released Jan. 20 and re-signed by the Armor, came off the bench to score 19 points in the Armor's first road win in three tries. 'They were with the Nets, but they weren't playing in games. And with the way the NBA schedule is right now, there weren't even practices going on,' MacKinnon said. 'To get back into game action, it's an adjustment, it's almost like you're re-learning how to play hard and how to play consistently hard. I think (Horner's) doing a fantastic job of re-learning that.' Add in the contributions of 7-foot center Jeff Foote (7'0''-C-88, college: Cornell), a Portland Trail Blazers training-camp invitee who scored 19 points and grabbed eight boards, and the Armor (12-12) rode a strong third quarter to a win over a team it had never faced. 'Jordan and Dennis just got here,' Foote said. 'It's not like we've had a lot of time to jell really. ... It's starting to come together as a group.' 'Between the three of them, it's a nice rotation for us,' MacKinnon said. Former University of Michigan guard Manny Harris scored a season-high 32 points for Canton (10-14). The Charge, an expansion team and the farm team of the Cleveland Cavaliers, lost their fourth straight. Five Armor players reached double figures. In addition to Williams, Foote and Horner, Lance Hurdle scored 16 points and L.D. Williams added 12. Jordan Williams and Foote each had three blocked shots. An effective trapping defense played a part in forcing the Charge into 20 turnovers. Ahead by two points at halftime, the Armor put the game away by outscoring the Charge 20-5 in the first seven minutes of the third quarter. Foote and Jordan Williams had blocks on Canton's first two possessions of the second half, setting up a theme that would repeat itself. The Charge made just 4 of 16 shots in the third as a two-point Armor advantage ballooned to 17. Jordan Williams was assigned to the Armor so he could get more minutes, and that certainly happened Tuesday. He was the only player on either team to play the entire first quarter, when he scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds and went to the free-throw line 10 times. He wound up playing a game-high 35 minutes. When Canton managed to throw some defense his way, then Foote destroyed the Charge inside. Foote made 9 of 15 shots, including an alley-oop dunk off a feed from JamesOn Curry. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Rio Grande VV - Ft.Wayne MA 104-97
Kelvin Lewis' (6'4''-G-88, college: Houston) 22 points and Greg Smith' (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) double-double 17 points, 13 rebounds gave the Rio Grande Valley Vipers a 104-97 home win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants Wednesday night. Two shots from behind the arc by Lewis and Damian Saunders helped the Vipers take control of the game. Tory Johnson put the Mad Ants on the board with a layup, but it did not provide enough momentum to catch the Vipers, who led 30-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Vipers were able to hold on to a strong lead throughout the second quarter. A layup from Smith gave the Vipers their largest lead of the game by 23 points, 35-12. A pair of free throws and a three-point shot from Cameron Jones, followed by one free throw shot from Darnell Lazare helped the Mad Ants close their deficit to 16 points, 58-42 at the end of the first half. Lewis and Saunders helped the Vipers maintain the lead throughout the third quarter. However, towards the end of the quarter a pair of free throws by Sadiel Rojas and a three-point shot from Ramon Harris closed Fort Wayne's deficit to 11 points, 81-70. The Vipers' Lee Humphrey responded with a shot from downtown, but the Mad Ants' Mike Tisdale followed up with two shots at the line to close the third quarter 84-73. The Mad Ants fought back throughout the fourth quarter and were able to close the gap to 4 points, 92-88 with 8:21 on the clock. Smith responded for the Vipers with a pair of two point shots and a free throw to build the Vipers lead to 7 points at the 5:30 mark. Fort Wayne came within 4 points of the Vipers once more at 2:32, but a dunk from Ben Uzoh and free throws from Conroy and Humphrey secured the Vipers' 104-97 win. The Vipers had five players score in double figures. Lewis tallied 22 points, Smith 17 points, Humphrey registered 14 points and Saunders and Willie Warren both chipped in 13 points. Fort Wayne also saw five players score double figures. Gilbert Brown led the Mad Ant's offense with 15 points, followed by Sean Sonderleiter with 14 points, Darington Hobson with 13 points, Jones with 12 points and Tisdale recorded 11 points. Next up, the Vipers hit the road for a pair of road games against the Texas Legends Jan. 28 and 29. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CONTINUES - by Ozell Wells
After listening to Mike Brown's interview, where he stated repeatedly that 'He (Kobe) allows me to do my job.' It hit me like a ton of bricks that the NBA has become 'a player's league' A league where the power struggle is experiencing massive swings, and all sense of formality and gamesmanship have gone out the door like yesterday's garbage.
From seeing the Chris Paul LA saga play out, where the id could not get the parents to buy the sweet cereal that he wanted, Lakers would have been bad for the business side of the NBA; to seeing time honored winning coaches run out of town aka Demarcus Cousins and Paul Westphal. The game as changed drastically, in this its second 'asterisk season'. An asterisk season for those of you who may not remember first took place in '98-'99 with the 1st NBA lockout shortened season. This travesty of what is now being called a season is beginning to play out like a straight to dvd movie. 2 week training camps, back to back games, referees working 3 consecutive night, to watching teams play a type of basketball reminiscent of what we normally see on street corners and in playgrounds across the globe. PAINFUL TO SEE!
CASE AND POINT:
In the third quarter of a recent Wizards 114-106 loss to Houston, Javale McGee caught a pass from John Wall, tossed the ball to himself off the glass and dunked to bring his team within four. For a team that has been struggling to score and win all season, trying to showboat while trailing was questionable. Apparently, if you get a fast break and throw it off the backboard in the third quarter, and youre team is 1-11, youre not supposed to do stuff like that, McGee said, unable to grasp why Coach Saunders and some of his teammates were disappointed.
In my 20 years manning the sidelines, that type of play is not to be utilized at all in a close game to say the least, not mentioning the 1-11 record of the team. WHAT WAS THE BOY THINKING? AND WHO TAUGHT HIM TO THINK THAT WAY?
Believe it or not, the coach that benched McGee was fired and not a single mention of the hapless reckless play on the part of the Wizards. And now a new 'eager to impose his will' cowboy is coming to try and reign in an uncontrollable and chaotic stampede.
Side note, the Sacramento Kings, site of 'Cousins-Westphal', saw their new coach screaming for Cousins to foul, late in a close game and with the Kings sitting comfortaby WITH A FOUL TO GIVE, and that command going unnoticed by Cousins. Hence, a Kings loss ensued.
The public is sure loving every bit of the storm that is swirling around us. Commercials, Playstation games, Televised games at all time viewership highs, and coaches being brought in to replace those who make failed attempts at instilling order and rules in the impending disaster.
WHAT WAS IT THEY ALWAYS SAID ABOUT PUTTING A BAND-AID ON AN OPEN WOUND?
BACK ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND:
The winningest coach in Estonia recently stepped down, alongside the head coach of Valencia in Spain who was released. Now mind you in the ACB of late, Antoine Wright was released, rumor has it ,due to his anger over non payment of salary. Meanwhile across the country in Estudiantes, Luis Flores is facing disciplinary issues due to missing team shootarounds and being late for the team bus. All of his transgression are also rumored to be over non-payment of his salary.

ALAS, THE BAND CONTINUES TO PLAY THUS THE SHOW MUST GO ON!



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  ESTONIA   


THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CONTINUES - by Ozell Wells
After listening to Mike Brown's interview, where he stated repeatedly that 'He (Kobe) allows me to do my job.' It hit me like a ton of bricks that the NBA has become 'a player's league' A league where the power struggle is experiencing massive swings, and all sense of formality and gamesmanship have gone out the door like yesterday's garbage.
From seeing the Chris Paul LA saga play out, where the id could not get the parents to buy the sweet cereal that he wanted, Lakers would have been bad for the business side of the NBA; to seeing time honored winning coaches run out of town aka Demarcus Cousins and Paul Westphal. The game as changed drastically, in this its second 'asterisk season'. An asterisk season for those of you who may not remember first took place in '98-'99 with the 1st NBA lockout shortened season. This travesty of what is now being called a season is beginning to play out like a straight to dvd movie. 2 week training camps, back to back games, referees working 3 consecutive night, to watching teams play a type of basketball reminiscent of what we normally see on street corners and in playgrounds across the globe. PAINFUL TO SEE!
CASE AND POINT:
In the third quarter of a recent Wizards 114-106 loss to Houston, Javale McGee caught a pass from John Wall, tossed the ball to himself off the glass and dunked to bring his team within four. For a team that has been struggling to score and win all season, trying to showboat while trailing was questionable. Apparently, if you get a fast break and throw it off the backboard in the third quarter, and youre team is 1-11, youre not supposed to do stuff like that, McGee said, unable to grasp why Coach Saunders and some of his teammates were disappointed.
In my 20 years manning the sidelines, that type of play is not to be utilized at all in a close game to say the least, not mentioning the 1-11 record of the team. WHAT WAS THE BOY THINKING? AND WHO TAUGHT HIM TO THINK THAT WAY?
Believe it or not, the coach that benched McGee was fired and not a single mention of the hapless reckless play on the part of the Wizards. And now a new 'eager to impose his will' cowboy is coming to try and reign in an uncontrollable and chaotic stampede.
Side note, the Sacramento Kings, site of 'Cousins-Westphal', saw their new coach screaming for Cousins to foul, late in a close game and with the Kings sitting comfortaby WITH A FOUL TO GIVE, and that command going unnoticed by Cousins. Hence, a Kings loss ensued.
The public is sure loving every bit of the storm that is swirling around us. Commercials, Playstation games, Televised games at all time viewership highs, and coaches being brought in to replace those who make failed attempts at instilling order and rules in the impending disaster.
WHAT WAS IT THEY ALWAYS SAID ABOUT PUTTING A BAND-AID ON AN OPEN WOUND?
BACK ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND:
The winningest coach in Estonia recently stepped down, alongside the head coach of Valencia in Spain who was released. Now mind you in the ACB of late, Antoine Wright was released, rumor has it ,due to his anger over non payment of salary. Meanwhile across the country in Estudiantes, Luis Flores is facing disciplinary issues due to missing team shootarounds and being late for the team bus. All of his transgression are also rumored to be over non-payment of his salary.

ALAS, THE BAND CONTINUES TO PLAY THUS THE SHOW MUST GO ON!



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Tony Gaffney claims EuroChallenge weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Tony Gaffney (204-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Telekom Baskets and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Top 16).
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding six rebounds for Telekom Baskets in his team's victory, helping them to beat Szolnok (#3, 1-2) 89-75. It allowed Telekom Baskets to jump to the first place in the EuroChallenge group J. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Telekom Baskets has a very solid 2-1 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Gaffney had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Telekom Baskets' top player in his first season with the team. Tony Gaffney averages this season 12.3ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) of second-ranked Karsiyaka. Stanojevic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Karsiyaka was edged by Art.Dragons (3-0) 99-95. The Top 16 is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Stanojevic is well-known by Karsiyaka fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#3). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side) of Aalstar (#4). Young scored 20 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Young's great performance Aalstar lost 72-87 to #2 ranked Chalon. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Aalstar not to end season at such low position in group J, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Young could try to bring Aalstar's a little bit higher in the standings. Young has individually a great season in EuroChallenge. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (8th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 66.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Holland (195-G/F-88) of Roanne - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. David Holston (170-G-86) of Art.Dragons - 31 points and 8 assists
6. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84) of BK Pardubice - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83) of BK Pardubice - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) of Karsiyaka - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86) of Ventspils - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mire Chatman (187-G-78) of Karsiyaka - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Darius Songaila leaves Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) have agreed on terms of contract termination. The veteran centre joined the Turkish team at the start of the season. Darius Songaila posted 7.9 points, 2.8 rebounds per Euroleague game. The centre notched 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in TBL action. Darius Songaila returned to Europe after eight straight seasons in the NBA. He had stints with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets. He also played for CSKA Moscow. Darius Songaila has been the member of Lithuanian National Team since 2000. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Darius Songaila posted 8.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game on home soil.


Velimir Perasovic takes over Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Valencia named their new head coach. Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) steps on the bridge in the Spanish team. The Croatian specialist worked with Efes Pilsen last season. He left the Turkish team in March 2011. Previously Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) coached Sevilla, Tau Ceramica, Estudiantes Madrid, KK Cibona Zagreb. Eurobasket.com named the specialist All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year in 2010. Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) is ACB SuperCup and Copa del Rey winner. He also guided his teams to Croatian Cup and Turkish President Cup titles. The deal with Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) is meant till the end of the season. The Croat will replace Paco Olmos who released several days ago.


Top 16, Round 2: Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
GROUP E

CSKA Moscow - Anadolu Efes 96-68
CSKA Moscow demonstrated its power once again. This time the Russian powerhouse blasted Anadolu Efes 96-68 for 2-0 record in Group E of the Euroleague Top 16. It means that CSKA has a 12-game winning streak in Euroleague this season. Efes slipped to 1-1 in this pool. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) led the hosts with 15 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 30). Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored 13, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 11 points and 8 assists. Anadolu Efes got 21 points from Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84). Their second scorer was Stanko Barac (217-C-86) with 15 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 7 points and 8 boards. CSKA took control on Efes in the second quarter and never looked back. They made 64-38 lead five minutes after the breather and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. Quarters: 23-21, 25-15, 26-17, 22-15. CSKA waits Galatasaray in the next round. Efes will meet Olympiakos in another road game.

CSKA: Andrei Kirilenko 15+8 boards, Nenad Krstic 14+5 boards, Milos Teodosic 13, Viktor Khryapa 11+8 as
Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 21, Stanko Barac 15, Dusko Savanovic 7+8 boards



GROUP F

Gescrap BB - Unicaja 85-70
Bilbao registered first win in the Euroleague Top 16. They handed 85-70 loss to Unicaja joining Real Madrid with 1-1 record in Group F. At the other side, Unicaja dropped to 0-2 after this meeting. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) collected 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, and Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) helped Bilbao with 14 points. The team from Malaga got 18 points from Joel Freeland (208-F-87). Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) (5 rebs) and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) netted 17 and 11 points respectively. Crucial period of the game was the beginning of the last quarter, when Bilbao made 16-4 run for 74-56 lead. It was too much for Unicaja. Quarters: 22-17, 14-17, 22-18, 27-18. Bilbao will meet Real in Madrid in the next round. Unicaja waits Montepaschi.

Gescrap BB: Kostas Vasiliadis 19, Alex Mumbru 18+7 boards+5 as, Aaron Jackson 14
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 18, Gerald Fitch 17+5 boards, Hrvoje Peric 11


Real Madrid - Montepaschi 69-88
Montepaschi did a great job in Madrid on Wednesday night. The Italian champion cruised past Real 69-88 for 2-0 record in Group F of the Euroleague Top 16. At the same time, this is the first loss for Real, who celebrated against Unicaja in Round One. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) had amazing night with 25 points and 6 assists. He reached valuation 36! Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) scored 16 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) followed with 11 points, plus 7 rebounds. For the home squad, Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) collected 17 points and 15 rebs. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) stopped to 9 pts. Montepaschi had impressive start making 15-31 lead after ten minutes of play. That includes 0-14 run during the first period. Real Madrid was desperately trying to come closer, but Montepaschi was too strong for them and managed to keep the safe distance for rest of the way. Quarters: 15-31, 19-16, 14-18, 21-23. Real will host Bilbao next week. Montepaschi goes to Malaga.

Real Madrid: Felipe Reyes 17+15 boards, Jaycee Carroll 12+5 boards, Martynas Pocius 9
Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 25+6 as, Ksistof Lavrinovic 16, David Andersen 11+7 boards


GROUP G

Panathinaikos - Unics 83-89
The Euroleague newcomer Unics shocked reigning champion Panathinaikos in Athens on Wednesday night. It was a 83-89 road victory for the Kazan team, who is now the No.1 of Group G with 2-0 record. PAO slipped to 1-1 after this surprising home defeat. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) paced Unics to victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds (valuation 29). Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored 16 points, while Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) helped his team with 15 pts and 5 rebounds. For the Greens, Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) had 14 points and 7 boards, and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) scored 15 points for 16 minutes on the court. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. PAO had minimum lead at the halftime (42-41) and teams were tied to 49-49 at the middle of Q3. For rest of the period Unics made 7-14 run and later in the last quarter jumped to 65-78 with 4 minutes left. PAO was not able to make a turn, but they cut margin to 6 points until the end, while looking ahead to a tough trip to Kazan, Russia next month. Quarters: 22-17, 20-24, 14-22, 27-26. Unics will waist Emporio Armani next week, while PAO goes to Istanbul for the game against FB Ulker.

Panathinaikos: Mike Batiste 16+5 boards, Dimitris Diamantidis 14+7 boards, Steven Smith 15
Uncis: Henry Domercant 21+5 boards, Terrell Lyday 16, Vladimir Veremeenko 15+5 boards


Fenerbahce Ulker - EA7 Emporio 65-63
Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed a 65-63 thriller win against EA7 Emporio in the opening game of Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul on Wednesday night. There was 28 seconds to go when Omar Cook scored from beyond the arc cutting the Milans deficit to 65-63. Fenerbahce had the possession, but failed to score and visitors got the ball with 3 seconds left. Sergio Scariolo called a time out, after what Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) got a clear look from three-point range but it banged off the rim, giving the hosts first victory in Top 16. FB Ulker has 1-1 record now in Group G, while Milan dropped to 0-2. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points and his countrymate Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Third scorer in this victory was another Croatian Marko Tomas (201-G-85), who scored 8 points. Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) shined for the guests with double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Antonis Fotsis had 16 points and 6 rebs, and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) netted 13 pts. Quarters: 12-10, 18-18, 16-15, 19-20. Next week, FB Ulker will host the reigning Euroleague champion - Panathinaikos. Armani will go to Kazan.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 17, Roko-Leni Ukic 16+6 boards, Marko Tomas 8
EA7 Emporio: Mason Rocca 16+11 boards, Antonis Fotsis 16+6 boards, Stefano Mancinelli 13


GROUP H

Bennet Cantu - Zalgiris 79-78
Bennet Cantu grabbed 79-78 thriller win against Zalgiris in the second round of the Euroleague Top 16. Both teams failed last week, what means that Cantu has 1-1 record now and Zalgiris dropped to 0-2 in Group H. The game winner was decided at the very end. In free throw finish Nicolas Mazzarino brought 78-75 lead to Cantu with two successful shots from the line and there was 8 seconds left. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) was fouled with 5 seconds remaining and he made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second, getting his own rebound and hitting the jumper to knot the game at 78-78. However, Kalnietis fouled Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) on the in-bounds pass and the Georgian scored his first, but missed second free throw with 3.2 seconds to go. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) grabbed the rebound and tried to score from half of the court, but missed. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) shined for the hosts with 15 points and 6 assists. Giorgi Shermadini scored 12 and Denis Marconato (212-C-75) added 9 points. In Zalgiris, DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) delivered 15 points for 15 minutes on the court. Sonny Weems had 14 points and 5 rebs, while Marko Popovic netted 12 points. Quarters: 21-17, 11-19, 17-23, 30-19. Cantu will host Maccabi next week. Zalgiris will travel to Barcelona.

Bennet Cantu: Gianluca Basile 15+6 as, Giorgi Shermadini 12, Denis Marconato 9
Zalgiris: DeJuan Collins 15, Sonny Weems 14+5 boards, Marko Popovic 12




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.19.4 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.18.7 
 4. Domercant, Unics16.8 
 5. Mallet, Spirou16.6 
 6. Gallinari, Armani16.4 
 7. Weems, Zalgiris15.9 
 8. Carroll, Real Madr.15.7 
 9. Krstic, CSKA15.7 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan MACVAN
  Partizan
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Macvan, Partizan8.2 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA8.1 
 3. Motiejunas, Asseco7.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy6.9 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.6.9 
 6. Krstic, CSKA6.7 
 7. Bourousis, Armani6.7 
 8. Kasun, KK.6.6 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja6.4 
 10. May, KK.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Teodosic, CSKA5.4 
 2. Rodriguez, Real M.5.3 
 3. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani MI5.0 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 6. Tunceri, Anadolu4.7 
 7. Prigioni, Caja L.4.6 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.4.5 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.5 
 10. Huertas, FCB Reg.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Anadolu .
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kinsey, Anadolu2.6 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.2 
 3. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 5. Kirilenko, CSKA1.9 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray1.8 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 8. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 9. Eidson, FCB Regal1.6 
 10. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.9 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.6 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.5 
 6. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.3 
 7. Perovic, FCB Regal1.3 
 8. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.3 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 10. Hines, Olympiakos1.2 


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


Olympiakos parts ways with Kalin Lucas - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos released Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.). The guard will be replace by Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M). Kalin Lucas started the season with Olympiakos. It was the first pro deal for the guard. He tallied 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in Euroleague. In A1 League Kalin Lucas notched 8.0 points, 2.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds per appearance. The guard graduated from Michigan State University in 2011. He averaged 17.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal in his senior season. Kalin Lucas was named into All-Big Ten 2nd Team. He also made it into Big Ten All-Tournament Team.


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Finnish Korisliiga round 27 best performance: Vesa Makalainen - by Eurobasket News
International forward Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kauhajoki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed ToPo (#5, 13-11) with 24-point margin 93-69. Kauhajoki maintains the 3rd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kauhajoki will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Makalainen had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kauhajoki and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vesa Makalainen averages this season 10.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances) of LrNMKY. Tiedeman had a very good evening with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for LrNMKY to edge the lower-ranked Korihait (#9, 9-16) 77-72. LrNMKY's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Tiedeman is a newcomer at LrNMKY, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#8). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Kouvot (#7). Jordan scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kouvot, leading his team to a 66-65 win against the lower-ranked Salon Vilpas (#10, 9-16). The chances of Kouvot ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jordan could help Kouvot to bring them higher in the standings. Jordan has a very solid season. In 24 games in Finland he scored 13.2ppg. He also has 7.5rpg and FGP: 56.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84) of LrNMKY - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Kauhajoki - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Kouvot - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of Namika Lahti - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 16 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Tapiolan Honka 13-3 
 2. FoKoPo 12-3 
 3. Pyrinto II 11-4 
 4. BC Nokia 11-5 
 5. Lapua 10-5 
 6. Oulun NMKY 9-7 
 7. SayRi 6-9 
 8. Huima 6-9 
 9. Ura Basket 5-10 
 10. Porvoon Tarmo 5-11 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-12 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-15 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.7 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.25.4 
 3. Conerly, SayRi25.0 
 4. Simmons, Porvoon23.5 
 5. Williams, Lapua22.7 
 6. Manning, Huima21.8 
 7. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.20.4 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi20.1 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.1 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.6 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.4 
 4. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 5. Britton, Huima10.8 
 6. Green, Ura Basket10.7 
 7. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 8. Townes, BC Nokia10.3 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo9.8 
 10. Williams, Lapua9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Conerly, SayRi5.6 
 2. Manning, Huima5.2 
 3. Phillips, Oulun N.4.8 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.6 
 5. Viertola, Huima3.9 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia3.3 
 7. Henderson, Porvoo.3.1 
 8. Jackson, Lapua3.0 
 9. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.5 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 3. Conerly, SayRi2.2 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.9 
 5. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 6. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.8 
 7. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 8. Baxley, Lapua1.8 
 9. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.7 
 10. King, Porvoon1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.7 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.3 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.3 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.1 
 6. Cooper, SayRi1.0 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.9 
 9. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 
 10. Britton, Huima0.8 


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1st Round is a Warp, Round 2 Let's go......... - by Corey Belser


First 17 games is officially a warp, we currently have the top record in the league at 14-3, but it really doesn't mean much with another 17 games still to go! The league has been great. The competition has been tough, the refs questionable at times but when aren't they? For our team and I it's been a constant fight in every game and I am sure tomorrows game won't be any different. It's going to be another tough road game and nothing ever comes easy on the road.

Usually, when we travel for road games we bus the day before, stay in a hotel and have shoot around in the mornings. This is something you don't always get in every country and with every team, so for the rookies out there, it's something to ask your agent before you sign. I know most teams in Finland don't travel the night before their games and the same in Germany with some teams. It's crazy to think that you could be on a bus for 4 - 8hrs, play your game then bus back another 4-8 hours, that's Crazy to me! In Greece when I played, we always traveled the night before and Ukraine was the same. At least in Greece we did my first 2 years before the team went pretty much bankrupt, but that's another story! Don't want to get my blood pressure up!!!

In general France has been a great country to play in. The people have respect for the sport and it's been really professional as far as money being on time, doctor appointments and so forth. I would say French basketball is more professional then in any other country I have played thus far, other then the NBA. So, word to the wise, make sure you do your research before you sign a contract based only on the money they offer! There are a lot of other things that can contribute to your success as a player and a person while overseas! Best of luck to all of the athletes and coaches in the second part of the season, thanks for reading!

Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego)


Regis Aubry claims French NM1 weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Regis Aubry (199-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Montbrison and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Angers BC 49 (#13, 7-10) 65-52. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Montbrison maintains the 18th position in French NM1. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Montbrison have already lost 15 games and recorded just two victories. Aubry turned to be Montbrison's top player in his first season with the team. Aubry has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.9rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-F/C-94) of CFBB. Jaiteh impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Of course CFBB cruised to a 66-59 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Le Puy (#16, 4-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. CFBB keeps 17th position. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories CFBB managed to get this year. Jaiteh is well-known by CFBB fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Senegalese Amadou Gacko (203-C/F-81) of Orchy (#6). Gacko scored 13 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Orchy, leading his team to a 87-75 win against slightly lower-ranked Sorgues (#7, 10-7). Orchy needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Gacko has a very solid season. In 17 games in France he scored 5.6ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 56.9%. Amadou Gacko has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emilien Barbry (188-PG-83) of Orchy - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ian Caskill (207-C-81) of Cognac - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) of Charleville - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adrien Daube (193-G-89) of Le Puy - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois - 12 points and 17 rebounds
9. Darnell Williams (200-F-78) of St Quentin - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-C/F-84) of Souffel - 17 points, 5 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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  GERMANY   


Bobby Brown (EWE Baskets Oldenburg) I Think There Are Phases Where We Lose Concentration - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) is a 27 year old 188cm point guard from Los Angeles, California that is playing for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He is a very athletic combo guard with great scoring and leaping ability. He played at Cal.St. Fullerton (NCAA) from 2003-2007. In 2007-2008, he played for ALBA Berlin (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 16.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 39%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 45 games: 13.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 36.1%, FT: 74.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for Sacramento Kings (NBA): 47 games: 5.2ppg, 1.9apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 76.5%; in Feb.'09 traded to Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA): 19 games: 4.7ppg, 1.4apg. In 2009-2010, he played for : New Orleans Hornets (NBA): 22 games: 6.6ppg, 2.1apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 25.8%; in Jan.'10 moved to Los Angeles Clippers (NBA): 20 games: 3.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.1apg. Last season, he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): 4 games: 23.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg; Polish League: Euroleague: 6 games: 10.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Polish League: VTB League: 5 games: 12.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 56.3%; left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 29 games: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 67.9%; EuroCup: 9 games: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 75.0%. He spoke to eurobasket a few hours before the 2012 Beko BBL Allstar game.

You are playing your second Beko BBL Allstar game. What has been your impression of the festivities in Ludwigsburg?

I have been impressed. It is well organized and the arena is pretty new and the fan base is very good here.

What are your memories of the 2007 Beko BBL Allstar game in Cologne?

That was held in a big arena and I remember that we had a good group of guys with Ricky Paulding, Julius Jenkins and Patrick Femmerling. I remember that we beat the south pretty badly. It was a great experience.

The 2012 Beko BBL format went back to team national-team international. What is your impression of this format?

I like this format and I think its good. I think the fans will see a competitive game, but not trying to injure any one on the floor.

Does Germany have any chance of winning?

I cant say that they wont have any chance of winning. I am sure the fans will see a very competitive game.

Who will win the three point shooting contest?

Ricky Paulding.

Who will win the slam dunk contest?

Marcus Slaughter. He had a pretty good dunk against us.

Oldenburg was handled as one of those teams that could annoy Bamberg and Alba Berlin this season, but why has the team been up and down?

I think that we have phases where we lose concentration. When things arent going well for us, we tend to get down on ourselves. We have to learn to understand that we wont hit every shot or get a stop each possession. We have to start to gel and just be focused and composed for 40 minutes.

Who has been the most improved Oldenburg player in the first half of the season?

Ronnie Burrell brings it in each game and Adam Chubb.

Who was your NBA idol as a kid?

Michael Jordan as a kid. Baron Davis was also a role model for me and like a big brother.

What was your nicest memory at Cal State Fullerton?

Being the schools alltime leading scorer and getting to the Top 16 of the NIT.

How tough is it going back to the O2 arena and not having a place like that in 2006-2007 when you played in the Max Schmeling arena?

I was a bit jealous seeing how big and nice the O2 arena is and how crazy loud it gets there. The locker rooms are also very nice. But the Max Schmeiling arena was also nice, could get loud and had great fan support. I would say I have a 50/50 feeling about the two places.

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

Jordan Farmer and Aaron Affalo.

You played in the NBA for two seasons. I expect your plan is to return?

Yes that is my plan. I will finish the season with Oldenburg and then see what happens. I want to play for a team where I am happy and that really want me.

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

27

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

I made a shot from the other free throw line in high school.

Who will win Patriots-Ravens?

Patriots.

Who will win Giants-49ers?

49ers.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Colombiana.

Thanks Bobby for the chat.




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Olympiakos parts ways with Kalin Lucas - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos released Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.). The guard will be replace by Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M). Kalin Lucas started the season with Olympiakos. It was the first pro deal for the guard. He tallied 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in Euroleague. In A1 League Kalin Lucas notched 8.0 points, 2.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds per appearance. The guard graduated from Michigan State University in 2011. He averaged 17.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal in his senior season. Kalin Lucas was named into All-Big Ten 2nd Team. He also made it into Big Ten All-Tournament Team.


Unics shocks Panathinaikos in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Unics 83-89

The Euroleague newcomer Unics shocked reigning champion Panathinaikos in Athens on Wednesday night. It was a 83-89 road victory for the Kazan team, who is now the No.1 of Group G with 2-0 record. PAO slipped to 1-1 after this surprising home defeat. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) paced Unics to victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds (valuation 29). Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored 16 points, while Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) helped his team with 15 pts and 5 rebounds. For the Greens, Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) had 14 points and 7 boards, and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) scored 15 points for 16 minutes on the court. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. PAO had minimum lead at the halftime (42-41) and teams were tied to 49-49 at the middle of Q3. For rest of the period Unics made 7-14 run and later in the last quarter jumped to 65-78 with 4 minutes left. PAO was not able to make a turn, but they cut margin to 6 points until the end, while looking ahead to a tough trip to Kazan, Russia next month. Quarters: 22-17, 20-24, 14-22, 27-26. Unics will waist Emporio Armani next week, while PAO goes to Istanbul for the game against FB Ulker.

Panathinaikos: Mike Batiste 16+5 boards, Dimitris Diamantidis 14+7 boards, Steven Smith 15
Uncis: Henry Domercant 21+5 boards, Terrell Lyday 16, Vladimir Veremeenko 15+5 boards


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Jerome Beasley takes Chris Hines place at ZTE KK - by Levente Szabo
Zalakeramia-ZTE KK and Chris Hines (203-F, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama) parted ways this morning. The club and the player felt collectively that it is in the best interest for both parties to take another direction. Meanwhile the club announced the signing of former NBA-player Jerome Beasley (209-F/C-80, college: N.Dakota).

Beasley came out of college as an NCAA D2 star and was drafted by the Miami Heat in the legendary 2003 NBA Draft but due to back injuries couldnt see much playing time with them. After his contract expired with the Heat he started a true globe-trotter career. He played in the CBA, D-league, Turkey, Spain, Poland, Venezuela, Australia and Dominican Republic before he found a home with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch in the Dutch top division. He spent 2 years with the team and became a key player for the EuroChallenge participant team. Jerome Beasley recorded in the EuroChallenge 16.3ppg and 6.6rpg, in the Dutch league 14.8ppg and 7.4rpg in his first season. His second year he had 12.5ppg and 8.1rpg in the EuroChallenge (was the 3rd best rebounder in the league) and 11.9ppg combined with 7.4rpg in the Dutch league.

Jerome started this season in Cyprus for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia but left the team lately and now joined Zalakeramia-ZTE KK. He is expected to help the team move up from the bottom of the League and help them to stay in the first division.



Bader's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old center Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for Szolnok and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, while his team edged out Kaposvari (#8, 6-9) 84-81. Szolnok maintains the 4th position in Hungarian league. They are still close to the very top. Szolnok would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. It's Bader's second year at Szolnok and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bader has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 68.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tomislav Ivosev of Szedeak. He is Serbian in his first season at Szedeak. In the last game Ivosev recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Szedeak was edged by slightly lower-ranked FS Debrecen (#12, 4-12) 81-78. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Szedeak dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Ivosev is a newcomer at Szedeak and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.4ppg (#2). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Justin Ingram (185-PG-85) of FS Debrecen (#12). Ingram showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of FS Debrecen, leading his team to a 81-78 win against slightly higher-ranked Szedeak (#11, 5-11). FS Debrecen can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ingram he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ingram has individually a great season in Hungary. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.1ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.5apg (6th best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 53.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Levy (193-G-82) of Szedeak - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nikolas Raivio (192-G-86) of Kaposvari - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86) of Falco-Szova - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72) of Falco-Szova - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Kaposvari - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Falco-Szova - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Kasib Powell (201-F-81) of Kormend - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 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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IBL Tryouts Coming to Orlando February 18-19 - by Kip Leonetti
The International Basketball League will hold player tryouts in the Orlando area for athletes interested in playing for any of the leagues teams during the 2012 season on February 18 and 19.

The tryouts will be hosted by the Orlando Venom, playing their first full season in the IBL this spring, and coordinated by Barry Mestel, Venom head coach and CEO of Winning Ways Pro, a premier basketball training and scouting company which assists basketball players and coaches in reaching their full potential.

Tryouts will be held at the teams home court, the Winter Park Community Center in Winter Park, Florida.

''Barry Mestel has trained, coached and scouted internationally and is working closely with us and our partners to ensure a first class tryout for all IBL hopefuls,'' IBL Commissioner Graf shared.

''We will have video and statistics from scrimmages and scouting reports for our teams, also benefiting players with a 360 evaluation to improve their game. It is important for the league to host tryouts from coast to coast in conjunction with our teams to find the best athletes, keeping a high level of talent and competition on the floor,'' Graf added.

''I am delighted to host the IBL tryout. The IBL is the premier league as a spring board to assist players in earning a contract to play overseas,'' Mestel boasted.

With the season fast approaching in April, this is the first of more tryouts from individual teams and the league.

Dates and Times: February 18 and 19, 2012; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day
Location: Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Sign up online at www.winwayspro.com/eventCalendar.html



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Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 11-1 
 2. Stjarnan 8-4 
 3. Keflavik 8-4 
 4. KR 8-5 
 5. Thor Thorl 8-5 
 6. Snaefell 7-6 
 7. Tindastoll 6-6 
 8. Njardvik 6-7 
 9. IR 6-7 
 10. Fjolnir 5-7 
 11. Haukar 2-11 
 12. Valur 0-12 


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


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, IR25.0 
 2. Walkup, Fjolnir24.3 
 3. Sovic, IR23.7 
 4. Echols, Njardvik23.1 
 5. Hairston, Thor T.23.0 
 6. Govens, Thor Thorl23.0 
 7. Dagostino, Keflavik22.9 
 8. Shuler, Haukar22.7 
 9. Johnson, Valur22.0 
 10. Tairu, KR21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Hairston, Thor T.13.5 
 2. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.1 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.8 
 4. Ringgold, Thor Tho.11.3 
 5. Smith, Haukar10.9 
 6. Tratnik, Valur10.8 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir10.6 
 8. Shuler, Haukar10.0 
 9. Hampton, Tindastoll9.9 
 10. Cole, Keflavik9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Giordan WATSON
  Grindavik
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Watson, Grindavik6.8 
 2. Miller, Tindastoll6.7 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan6.4 
 4. Hall, Snaefell6.2 
 5. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.9 
 6. Dagostino, Keflavik4.8 
 7. Haraldsson, Haukar4.6 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 9. Steinarsson, Fjoln.4.4 
 10. Horton, KR4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.8 
 2. Parker, Keflavik2.6 
 3. Hall, Snaefell2.6 
 4. Cothran, Stjarnan2.6 
 5. Shuler, Haukar2.5 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan2.4 
 7. Miller, Tindastoll2.3 
 8. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.0 
 9. Dagostino, Keflavik1.9 
 10. Watson, Grindavik1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Hairston, Thor T.4.5 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.2 
 3. Hugee, Valur2.3 
 4. Tratnik, Valur2.3 
 5. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.3 
 6. Hampton, Tindastoll1.3 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.2 
 8. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir1.1 
 9. Allen, Tindastoll1.0 
 10. Jonsson, Njardvik1.0 


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WABA League: Moutahed draw first blood - by Eurobasket News
Moutahed - Duhok 97:87

Moutahed celebrated the first win in the WABA League Group B. They shot down Duhok to improve at 1-1 record. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) poured in 37 points to lead the winners. Duhok suffered the second loss in a row at the tournament.
Moutahed pulled ahead late in the opening quarter. The Lebanese team gained a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. But Duhok opened the second frame on a 15:2 run to surge ahead. The Iraqis hung on to establish a 45:44 halftime lead. Moutahed however quickly restored their advantage after the main break. The Lebanese side grabbed the initiative and recorded a 76:69 lead at the final intermission. Duhok got within a striking distance midway through the final term but Moutahed relied on Austin Johnson who led them to the victory. Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tulsa) provided 30 points and 13 boards, while Marwan Ziadeh (202-C-87) had 8 points for the winners. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) answered with 29 points for Duhok. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) finished with 26 points in defeat.

Moutahed: Austin Johnson 37, Bassel Bawji 30+13 boards, Marwan Ziadeh 8
Duhok: Chamberlain Oguchi 29, Malcolm Battles 26



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Jordan Crawford Teams Up With Eurobasket - by David Pick
Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford tells Eurobasket he wasn't surprised Flip Saunders was fired, expects his team to make the playoffs, is certain Kobe Bryant's the best player in the world, and talks about his older brother Joe's, career in Israel.

After a strong finish last year, the Washington Wizards sophomore guard Jordan Crawford, wasn't aware that playing in the NBA from the get-go, gets somewhat tiring. 'In terms of playing, this season has been a lot different,' Crawford exclusively told Eurobasket, enjoying his day off from the office.

'Around this time last year I wasn't playing at all. I only played 26 games when I really was a factor, so this season feels like it's been going on for a long time and we've only played less than a third of the games.' Crawford said.

Crawford also revealed he wasn't completely surprised when General Manager Ernie Grunfeld relieved Flip Saunders from his coaching position, 'It was kind of expected with the way things were going. You just got to deal with the situation and that's what we're doing right now.' When referring to the Wizards' future, Crawford didn't hesitate, setting high standers for him and his teammates. 'If everyone believes it's possible, we definitely have a chance to make the playoffs. The East isn't that strong, and as a team we're getting much closer and playing better.'

Surprisingly, while most basketball players look to mimic Michael Jordan, Crawford's older brother and childhood idol Joe, is undergoing his own hardwood battles in the Israeli league, 6,000 miles away.

After playing college hoops alongside Rajon Rondo, then excelling in the D-League, Joe was tabbed by the New York Knicks; however, with Chris Duhon, Larry Hughes, Nate Robinson and young draftee Toney Douglas on the roster, Crawford's aim was simply to prove he belonged. 'It's hard getting a real playing opportunity in the NBA,' said Washington's Crawford, explaining why his brother didn't get a fair chance in the league. 'Sometimes, like in Joe's situation, you're in a tough position and you just never get your chance.'
Crawford continued, 'The NBA isn't really about how good you are. It's about opportunities, luck and basically if someone gives you a chance to play. There's some politics to it, but it all comes down to being in the right place at the right time.'

Meanwhile, in Israel, after losing Dwayne Mitchell (last season's MVP) to Ashkelon, Maccabi Rishon explored the free agent market earlier this summer inquest of a talent that will lead the organization to back-to-back domestic league final four appearances, and become the face of its new era.

Jordan's older brother Joe, a 25-year-old Wildcat alumnus appears to have developed into that person.

Nearly 5-monts after landing in Israel, Crawford's ranked fourth in league in scoring, averaging just below 20 points per game, earning this week's Israeli League Player of the Week honors after dropping 29 points on 3-6 shooting from deep, in addition to drawing 8 fouls from the league's second best defensive team, BC Habikaa. Rishon, currently standing fourth in the Israeli association, has already qualified for the State-Cup Final Four in February.

During the recent NBA lockout, Crawford (Jordan) was intrigued by the possibility of joining his older brother in Israel, 'I already began receiving offers to go abroad but I wanted to go to Israel to be with Joe, see the sites and experience the culture.' Yet, it was Joe who told his brother to stay home, develop his game and keep the no-days-off mindset that led him to last season's success. Behind closed doors, Crawford still 'plans to make a trip out there around May with my parents.'

Regarding the differences and similarities in each others' games the NBAer said, 'We kind of play a similar game but then again we do things differently. We're comparable in the way we get to the hole but Joe's stronger then I am. He also shoots better than I do now. I'm more of a crafty player and try to wiggle my way through people.'

Back to the U.S. - Crawford shed some light on his 'better then Michael Jordan' comment, 'What's the point of playing basketball for your career if you dont want to be better then who they call the greatest. Every time you're in a barber shop or anywhere people talk basketball, their talking about the greatest players. If you don't want to be mentioned in that conversation then you're doing it for nothing.'

When asked about the ongoing 'who's a better player, Kobe Bryant or Lebron James' debate, Crawford said, 'Kobe of course. From the players that don't play at all to the stars, everybody in the NBA is good. Everyone can compete with one another having a better night any time out, it just come downs to if you can do it every single night, and that's the
difference between them.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick





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McCalebb shines, Montepaschi celebrates 69-88 win in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Montepaschi 69-88

Montepaschi did a great job in Madrid on Wednesday night. The Italian champion cruised past Real 69-88 for 2-0 record in Group F of the Euroleague Top 16. At the same time, this is the first loss for Real, who celebrated against Unicaja in Round One. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) had amazing night with 25 points and 6 assists. He reached valuation 36! Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) scored 16 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) followed with 11 points, plus 7 rebounds. For the home squad, Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) collected 17 points and 15 rebs. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) stopped to 9 pts. Montepaschi had impressive start making 15-31 lead after ten minutes of play. That includes 0-14 run during the first period. Real Madrid was desperately trying to come closer, but Montepaschi was too strong for them and managed to keep the safe distance for rest of the way. Quarters: 15-31, 19-16, 14-18, 21-23. Real will host Bilbao next week. Montepaschi goes to Malaga.

Real Madrid: Felipe Reyes 17+15 boards, Jaycee Carroll 12+5 boards, Martynas Pocius 9
Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 25+6 as, Ksistof Lavrinovic 16, David Andersen 11+7 boards


Fenerbahce Ulker escapes with 65-63 home win against EA7 Emporio Milan - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - EA7 Emporio 65-63

Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed a 65-63 thriller win against EA7 Emporio in the opening game of Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul on Wednesday night. There was 28 seconds to go when Omar Cook scored from beyond the arc cutting the Milans deficit to 65-63. Fenerbahce had the possession, but failed to score and visitors got the ball with 3 seconds left. Sergio Scariolo called a time out, after what Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) got a clear look from three-point range but it banged off the rim, giving the hosts first victory in Top 16. FB Ulker has 1-1 record now in Group G, while Milan dropped to 0-2. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points and his countrymate Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Third scorer in this victory was another Croatian Marko Tomas (201-G-85), who scored 8 points. Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) shined for the guests with double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Antonis Fotsis had 16 points and 6 rebs, and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) netted 13 pts. Quarters: 12-10, 18-18, 16-15, 19-20. Next week, FB Ulker will host the reigning Euroleague champion - Panathinaikos. Armani will go to Kazan.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 17, Roko-Leni Ukic 16+6 boards, Marko Tomas 8
EA7 Emporio: Mason Rocca 16+11 boards, Antonis Fotsis 16+6 boards, Stefano Mancinelli 13


Cantu grabs thriller win against Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Zalgiris 79-78

Bennet Cantu grabbed 79-78 thriller win against Zalgiris in the second round of the Euroleague Top 16. Both teams failed last week, what means that Cantu has 1-1 record now and Zalgiris dropped to 0-2 in Group H. The game winner was decided at the very end. In free throw finish Nicolas Mazzarino brought 78-75 lead to Cantu with two successful shots from the line and there was 8 seconds left. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) was fouled with 5 seconds remaining and he made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second, getting his own rebound and hitting the jumper to knot the game at 78-78. However, Kalnietis fouled Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) on the in-bounds pass and the Georgian scored his first, but missed second free throw with 3.2 seconds to go. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) grabbed the rebound and tried to score from half of the court, but missed. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) shined for the hosts with 15 points and 6 assists. Giorgi Shermadini scored 12 and Denis Marconato (212-C-75) added 9 points. In Zalgiris, DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) delivered 15 points for 15 minutes on the court. Sonny Weems had 14 points and 5 rebs, while Marko Popovic netted 12 points. Quarters: 21-17, 11-19, 17-23, 30-19. Cantu will host Maccabi next week. Zalgiris will travel to Barcelona.

Bennet Cantu: Gianluca Basile 15+6 as, Giorgi Shermadini 12, Denis Marconato 9
Zalgiris: DeJuan Collins 15, Sonny Weems 14+5 boards, Marko Popovic 12


Nuggets officially sign Gallinari to four-year extension - by Eurobasket Center
The Denver Nuggets signed Italian forward and top scorer Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) to a multi-year contract extension, the National Basketball Association (NBA) team said on Wednesday.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed but Denver media reported it to be a four-year deal worth $42 million.

Gallinari, acquired as part of a blockbuster 13-player trade last year that sent four-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, is averaging career-highs in points (17.4), rebounds (5.2), assists (2.8) and steals (1.7) this season.

'Gallo has been excellent and done everything we have asked since we made the trade last February,' Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said in a statement.

'Everybody is seeing how talented he is, and he's only 23 years old. He is only going to get better.'

Gallinari, originally taken sixth overall by the Knicks in the 2006 NBA Draft, is Denver's top scorer and set a career-high with 37 points in a double-overtime victory over the Knicks on Jan. 21.

Denver have won four straight games and are locked in a battle with Oklahoma City for top spot in the Western Conference.

Courtesy of www.guardian.co.uk


JR Bremer signs with Olimpia Milano - by Andrea Centenari
As reported by the official site, russian team BC Nizhny Novgorod announced the departure of JR Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) to Olimpia EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. The Russian club accepted the proposal made by the italian team to get the player.
Ernest Bremer returns to Italy after his stint with Angelico Biella in mid-2000. The american guard, with bosnian passport, was averaging 13.4ppg and 3.5apg in PBL while in VTB League was scoring 11.5ppg with 5.2apg.


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WABA League: Champville down ASU for the second win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Champville - ASU 84:70

Champville recorded the second straight win at the start of WABA League Group B action. They overcame Jordanian ASU to ensure 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) stepped up with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Champville pulled ahead early in the game. They finished the opening quarter with a 5-point lead 23:18. Champville kept ASU at distance throughout the second quarter. The Lebanese team arrived at halftime enjoying a 40:34 advantage. The margin grew at 9-point mark after the third quarter 56:47. ASU could not threaten the gap in the final frame as Champville cruised to the win. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) provided 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Champville. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) added 18 points in the victory. Esian Henderson (204-F/C-86, college: Central Mo.) answered with 23 points for ASU. Mousa Alawadi (180-G/F-85) had 13 points in the first loss for the Jordanian side at the tournament.

Champville: Fadi Khatib 23+10 boards, Garnett Thompson 20+14 boards, Samuel Hoskin 18
ASU: Esian Henderson 23, Mousa Alawadi 13



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Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 12-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 9-5 
 3. BK Almaty 5-5 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 5-5 
 5. Tobol 5-9 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-12 


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Trepca goes to Montenegro to finish season preparations - by Dren Shporta
The green team from Mitrovica, Trepca, will full staff has gone to Ulcinj, Montenegro, to finish the preseason preparations. The greens will stay in Adriatic seacost for a week.

League leaders were very happy when Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) rejoined his teammates on the beach. Trepca is also testing two americans Paul Davis and Bryant Williams there, to see which one will stay at the club during the second part of the season.

Just week before season starts Ilir Selmanis boys are charging their batteries for the championship fight. They are in the first place of BKT Superliga and they want to break Sigal Prishtina serie of six championships in a row.




Mirza Ahmetbasic strengthens Peja! - by Dren Shporta
Peja seems to have found the player they needed. The yellows seem to have agreed the terms with former Bashkimi player Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-G-87, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Abil.Christian). Bosnian guard was recently playing for Austrian team, BC Vienna. He had an average of 14.8 points and 3.9 assists per game in Austrian Bundesliga A.

Peja had some problems during the first half of the season which made them to gain some penalties from Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) and also FBK suspended on of their most experienced player, Valdet Grapci. But with great Eric Salley and Blerim Mazreku, yellow eagles returned their team in top four.

Peja has registered 7 victories and 7 defeats during first half of the season in BKT Superliga. They have changed their coach Bujar Loci, which is replaced by Croatian Ivica Maric. They will face the champions, Sigal Prishtina, in the first match of the upcoming part of the season. 24 year old Bosnian guard is still not officially registered as a Peja player.





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Al Qadsia finished first place in the first round - by Jasmien Nanhekhan
After finishing five games Al Qadsia finished first place in the first round.

It surely was a compatible round since all Kuwaiti top teams lost at least one game.


Last night Al Qadsia won the first game against Al Yarmook with 40 points in the second round.
After ending the first quarter Al Qadsia held Al Yarmook with 7 points; it was an all around effort with great defense by the whole team.

We believe that all the teams will play with the same intensity as the previous round.
Good luck to all with the start of this new round and we will keep you up to date with more information about the Kuwaiti League.


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


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WABA League: Champville down ASU for the second win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Champville - ASU 84:70

Champville recorded the second straight win at the start of WABA League Group B action. They overcame Jordanian ASU to ensure 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) stepped up with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Champville pulled ahead early in the game. They finished the opening quarter with a 5-point lead 23:18. Champville kept ASU at distance throughout the second quarter. The Lebanese team arrived at halftime enjoying a 40:34 advantage. The margin grew at 9-point mark after the third quarter 56:47. ASU could not threaten the gap in the final frame as Champville cruised to the win. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) provided 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Champville. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) added 18 points in the victory. Esian Henderson (204-F/C-86, college: Central Mo.) answered with 23 points for ASU. Mousa Alawadi (180-G/F-85) had 13 points in the first loss for the Jordanian side at the tournament.

Champville: Fadi Khatib 23+10 boards, Garnett Thompson 20+14 boards, Samuel Hoskin 18
ASU: Esian Henderson 23, Mousa Alawadi 13



WABA League: Moutahed draw first blood - by Eurobasket News
Moutahed - Duhok 97:87

Moutahed celebrated the first win in the WABA League Group B. They shot down Duhok to improve at 1-1 record. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) poured in 37 points to lead the winners. Duhok suffered the second loss in a row at the tournament.
Moutahed pulled ahead late in the opening quarter. The Lebanese team gained a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. But Duhok opened the second frame on a 15:2 run to surge ahead. The Iraqis hung on to establish a 45:44 halftime lead. Moutahed however quickly restored their advantage after the main break. The Lebanese side grabbed the initiative and recorded a 76:69 lead at the final intermission. Duhok got within a striking distance midway through the final term but Moutahed relied on Austin Johnson who led them to the victory. Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tulsa) provided 30 points and 13 boards, while Marwan Ziadeh (202-C-87) had 8 points for the winners. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) answered with 29 points for Duhok. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) finished with 26 points in defeat.

Moutahed: Austin Johnson 37, Bassel Bawji 30+13 boards, Marwan Ziadeh 8
Duhok: Chamberlain Oguchi 29, Malcolm Battles 26



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Galatasaray and Songaila part ways - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Lithuanian forward Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) became a free agent after terminating his contract with Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul on a mutual agreement. Sources say that he will not play in tonight's Euroleague Top16 game versus Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus.

Turkish press claims that Songaila's game did not live up to the expectations of the coaches and Songaila was not happy with the role he played in the team as well. Therefore, both parties mutually agreed to terminate the contract.

'I don't think that Songaila felt our ambitions. We are splitting because Songaila did not give us what we expected',- Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul coach Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ) said.

Songaila played 10 Euroleague matches this season. He started all of them in a starting five but only played 15.3 minutes, averaging 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds.

He was close to an agreement with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius in the preseason but has decided to accept a more lucrative agreement from the Turkish club.



Cantu grabs thriller win against Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Zalgiris 79-78

Bennet Cantu grabbed 79-78 thriller win against Zalgiris in the second round of the Euroleague Top 16. Both teams failed last week, what means that Cantu has 1-1 record now and Zalgiris dropped to 0-2 in Group H. The game winner was decided at the very end. In free throw finish Nicolas Mazzarino brought 78-75 lead to Cantu with two successful shots from the line and there was 8 seconds left. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) was fouled with 5 seconds remaining and he made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second, getting his own rebound and hitting the jumper to knot the game at 78-78. However, Kalnietis fouled Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) on the in-bounds pass and the Georgian scored his first, but missed second free throw with 3.2 seconds to go. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) grabbed the rebound and tried to score from half of the court, but missed. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) shined for the hosts with 15 points and 6 assists. Giorgi Shermadini scored 12 and Denis Marconato (212-C-75) added 9 points. In Zalgiris, DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) delivered 15 points for 15 minutes on the court. Sonny Weems had 14 points and 5 rebs, while Marko Popovic netted 12 points. Quarters: 21-17, 11-19, 17-23, 30-19. Cantu will host Maccabi next week. Zalgiris will travel to Barcelona.

Bennet Cantu: Gianluca Basile 15+6 as, Giorgi Shermadini 12, Denis Marconato 9
Zalgiris: DeJuan Collins 15, Sonny Weems 14+5 boards, Marko Popovic 12


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LNBP Semifinals: Toros and Halcones Rojos take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
First games of the LNBP Semifinals were played last night. Toros and Halcones Rojos managed to beat their rivals and to take 1-0 lead in the series. The second games are scheduled for tonight and same teams will be the hosts. The format is best-of-seven.



Fuerza Regia - Toros 74-88 (0-1)
The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Fuerza Regia was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Dominican power forward Elys Manuel Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized American forward Lonnie Ellis Vasquez (198, college: Mississippi Coll.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Toros players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: T.Shannon 21+7reb+3ast, D.Smith 19+5reb+4ast, A.Cruz 13+1reb+2ast, J.Kelly 6+3reb+1ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 6+3reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 5
Toros: E.Manuel Guzman 26+5reb+1ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 18+6reb+2ast, B.Angley 15+2reb+7ast, I.Ofoegbu 12+5reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 11+7reb+3ast, D.Pearson 4+1reb+1ast


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Halc.Rojos - Pioneros 92-68 (1-0)
The game without a history. Halcones Rojos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) contributed with 19 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Evan Brock (204-84, college: Alabama) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 19+6reb, J.Millsap 13+1reb+3ast, C.Hernandez 9+2reb, S.Soriano 6+3reb+3ast, E.Brock 6+12reb+1ast, A.Garcia 6+6reb
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 26+9reb+3ast, G.Vargas 19+2reb+8ast, N.Alonzo 13+1reb, P.Stoll 12+2reb+4ast, D.Cortes 12+2reb+1ast, C.Rivera 4+4reb+3ast
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Balkan League: Montenegrin teams defeated - by Darko Pekic
Mornar and Ulcinj were both defeated yesterday in Round 7 of Eurohold Balkan League. Ulcinj lost at home against Zrinjski (69:82) and in that way they continued the losing streak (only 1 win in 7 games) The only win they had was against Zrinjski but the club from Mostar did not want to finish the regional competition without a win so they did their best against Ulcinj. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: Oregon St.) was unstoppable with 21 points and 17 rebounds for Zrinjski while Radoje Djurkovic (198-C/F-87) was better than others with 19 points in Ulcinj.

Mornar did not have a lot of chances against Galil Gilboa in Israel. The strong team loaded with Americans controlled well the game and only Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) (22 points) tried to respond to their organized attacks. It is obvious that Mornar is still unexperienced for such good teams. Romeo Travis (200-PF-84, college: Akron) was the game MVP with 22 points and 10 rebounds.


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Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Golde State W. - Portland TB 101-93
Mark Jackson looked up the scoreboard during a timeout late in the fourth quarter and couldn't be happier to find his team in another close game. The final result had the rookie coach smiling even more. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored a season-high 32 points and added seven assists and six rebounds, and the Warriors extended their recent home dominance against Portland with a 101-93 victory Wednesday night to redeem a recent string of fourth-quarter collapses and last-second blunders. 'I think it's just what the doctor ordered,' said Jackson, whose Warriors are 6-11. 'No sense in running away with a win. We need to learn how to win close games.' At least for a night, they finally did. David Lee had 26 points and five rebounds, and Brandon Rush scored 14 points in relief to give Golden State its 12th win in the last 13 meetings at home against Portland. The Warriors also snapped a three-game losing streak and beat a Western Conference opponent for the first time this season after an 0-6 start. 'We weren't stressing about it,' Curry said. 'It wasn't like we were sitting around the last couple days wondering what to do. We knew that we could close out games if we take care of the ball and execute the way we know we can.' LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Jamal Crawford and Nicolas Batum added 16 points each for Portland, which finished a stretch of three games in three nights at 2-1. The Warriors made a season-best 11 3-pointers. 'They had some really good stretches. In the third quarter was when they really put us on our heels,' Crawford said. 'It's easy to get seduced into their style.' The Warriors wore down a tired Blazers team late with a fast pace and the kind of defense Jackson has preached since taking over the historically offensive-oriented franchise. Dorell Wright had a pair of dunks and Curry made a 3-pointer to highlight a 16-5 spurt between the third and fourth quarters that put the Warriors ahead 85-75 and seemingly in complete control for another home victory. Instead, Golden State almost added to its string of recent collapses. After blowing a 20-point lead in a loss at Memphis on Monday night, the Warriors had to hold on in the final minutes. The Blazers whittled the Warriors' lead to 91-88 on Jamal Crawford's free throws with a little less than 5 minutes to play. Then Monta Ellis, held to only four points but with 12 assists, made a fadeaway and Curry followed with a short jumper to push Golden State back in front by seven to send Portland home with another Bay Area bust. Curry's surge was a welcome sign for a Warriors team that desperately needs its young franchise player to return to form after missing eight games with a recurring sprain on his surgically repaired right ankle. In only his third game back, the sharp-shooting Curry offset a slow offensive output from his backcourt teammate. 'He ran the point position and that's with scoring 32 points,' Jackson said. 'He got what he wanted.' And made the Blazers' blistering start simply disappear. Showing no signs of team playing its third game in as many nights, Portland pulled away with a combination of easy fast-break layups and offensive rebounds. The Blazers took a 22-12 lead before many fans at Oracle Arena even took their seats. Fatigue finally caught up to Portland when it mattered most. Rush came off the bench to spark sluggish Golden State, making back-to-back 3-pointers to highlight a 12-1 run that put the Warriors ahead 24-23 late in the first quarter. Neither side created much separation the rest of the half. There were six lead changes and eight ties before the break, with Portland in front 53-48 after shooting 51.3 percent from the field. Golden State shot 44.7 percent in the first half. 'As a team, we did not play well. As a unit, we need to play better,' Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. 'We're not going to single anybody out. There are some things that we all needed to do better.' *Courtesy of www.chron.com

San Antonio S. - Atlanta H. 105-83
Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) both scored 17 points, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the surging Atlanta Hawks their first lopsided loss of the season, 105-83 on Wednesday night. Tiago Splitter added 16 points for the Spurs, who relished a convincing win over the Southeast Division leaders after losing two of their previous three and barely squeaking past woeful New Orleans on Monday night. Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 22 points. Kirk Hinrich made his season debut, after missing 18 games recovering from shoulder surgery, and scored seven points in 14 minutes. Joe Johnson had just 10 points for Atlanta. The 22-point blowout was a rare embarrassment for the Hawks (13-6), who had won six of seven. Atlanta's few losses this season included a triple-overtime heartbreaker to LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Miami, and a two-point defeat to Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) and Chicago. The Hawks got manhandled this time, largely by an underperforming outfit of San Antonio role players. Tony Parker had 15 points, and Tim Duncan scored just six and grabbed 11 rebounds. San Antonio's reserves outscored the Hawks bench players 51-27. Johnson, who had averaged 23 points in Atlanta's previous seven games, shot just 5 of 12 from the floor. Josh Smith added 13 points on 6 of 17 shooting. The Spurs shot 51 percent from the floor, marking the first time this season that Atlanta has allowed an opponent to make more than half its shots. The Spurs have been practically auditioning scorers without Manu Ginobili, who could miss at least another month because of a broken left hand. Parker has been the lone constant on offense, yet even the 29-year-old star entered the game shooting his lowest percentage (46 percent) in a half-decade. He stumbled early against the Hawks and finished 5 of 13. The reserves picked up the slack. Bonner, the 3-point gunner stumbling through a career-worst shooting slump, eclipsed double digits for only the third time this season and tied a season high with five 3s. Splitter, who scored a career-high 25 points in a weekend loss to Houston, was in double figures for the fifth straight game. Even little-used rookie point guard Cory Joseph scored a season-best eight points in 19 minutes. The Spurs started the second quarter with the combination of Joseph, Splitter, Bonner, Gary Neal and Danny Green, who made for a surprising scoring unit that doubled San Antonio's lead to 41-28 in a span of six minutes. Green finished with 10 points. The Spurs improved to 10-1 at home, but are 2-6 on the road. They have only three more home games before they spend much of February away because of an annual Rodeo Road Trip. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Utah Jazz - Toronto R. 106-111 2OT
Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81) hit a 3-pointer to tie it at the end of regulation and the Toronto Raptors rallied from an 18-point first-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-106 in double-overtime Wednesday night. Andrea Bargnani and reserve Linas Kleiza each scored 25 points for the Raptors, who won in Salt Lake City for the first time since 2004. Kleiza hit four of Toronto's 10 3-pointers. The Raptors won 99-96 in Phoenix on Tuesday night to end an eight-game losing streak against Phoenix before halting their 11-game skid against the Jazz. Paul Millsap led Utah with a season-high 31 points, including a 3-pointer to force the second overtime. Devin Harris added a season-best 24 points for the Jazz, but missed three late free throws. Utah center Al Jefferson sat out because of an inflamed right ankle and was wearing a walking boot on the sideline. Toronto scored the first five points of overtime on a layup from Calderon and Kleiza's 3-pointer. Derrick Favors' jam off a Gordon Hayward steal pulled Utah to 95-93, and Millsap tipped in Hayward's airball with 1:13 left to tie the game at 95. Kleiza hit his fourth 3-pointer to bump Toronto's lead to 98-95. Millsap's free throws made it a one-point game with 43 seconds left in OT, but Kleiza hit a pair of free throws to push it to 100-97 with 10.7 seconds left, setting up Millsap's tying 3 at the end of the first extra period. Kleiza hit another 3 in the second OT and Calderon added another to put Toronto up 109-103. Harris made only one of four free throws down the stretch, and the Raptors sealed it on a jumper by Leandro Barbosa. The game was tied 50-all at halftime and went back and forth in the third, with Harris and Millsap carrying the Jazz, while Aaron Gray and Calderon fueled the Raptors. A 6-0 run gave Utah a 69-62 lead late in the third, and Utah took a 75-69 edge into the fourth. The Jazz led 80-71 on a running jumper by Miles. Kleiza and Bargnani hit 3-pointers, and DeMar Derozan scored on a driving layup that pulled Toronto to 84-83 with 4:50 remaining. Utah then made two defensive plays, with Millsap forcing Bargnani into a tough shot and Favors blocking Kleiza. Millsap's driving reverse layup gave Utah an 86-83 lead with 2:52 remaining, and Harris' layup made it 90-87 with 17 seconds left. Calderon's big shot then forced overtime. The Jazz led by as many as 18 points in the first quarter, fueled by Harris, who had 12 points and a four-point play on a shot that banked in with 8:16 left. Utah made eight of its first 12 shots, while Toronto started cold. That quickly changed. The Raptors cut the gap to 32-23 at the end of one, with Barbosa hitting his first three shots, Bargnani draining a 3-pointer and Amir Johnson scoring on a driving layup. Toronto opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to pull to 34-29 and was within two on Kleiza's 3-pointer with 6:23 left in the half. Bargnani's 3-pointer with 55 seconds left in the half gave the Raptors their first lead at 50-48. After shooting 67 percent to open the game, the Jazz missed 18 of their next 28 shots and were at 42.1 percent at halftime. It didn't help that Utah was without Jefferson, who leads the team in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (9.4). He missed one game earlier this season with the same injury. Second-year pro Favors started in Jefferson's place but got into early foul trouble, picking up his second with 3:34 left in the first. He finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Cleveland C. - New York K. 91-81
After he dressed following another disturbing loss, Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) was asked about his injured right thumb, the All-Star's newest ailment. 'It's messed up,' he said. So are the Knicks. One night after finally getting its offense to flow as designed, New York made 23 turnovers and never mounted a serious comeback in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, falling 91-81 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Knicks' seventh loss in eight games. Anderson Varejao had 16 rebounds, a powerful dunk down the stretch and outhustled Anthony and Amare Stoudemire to help the Cavs end a four-game losing streak. Antawn Jamison added 15 points for the Cavs, who won their ninth straight at home over New York. The Knicks haven't won in Cleveland since 2006. As the game was slipping away in the closing minutes, Anthony, blocked from a clear path to the basket by several Cavaliers, threw a pass to the wing for Stoudemire. But the ball went right through Stoudemire's legs and out of bounds, another costly error for the Knicks who may be the NBA's most disappointing team this season. 'We've got to find a way to score,' coach Mike D'Antoni said. 'We're not scoring the basketball.' Stoudemire had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the sloppy Knicks, who had six turnovers and just 17 points in the fourth quarter. Anthony scored 15 points - 14 more than he had in a win Tuesday night over Charlotte - but he had another poor shooting night, going 5 of 14. New York scored just 36 points in the second half and failed to get closer than six points in the fourth. Anthony can't pinpoint the Knicks' problems. 'I can't really put my finger on it right now,' he said. 'I can't figure it out. Last night, guys got going early and tonight we were waiting for it to come to us rather than go get it. We just couldn't figure it out.' Anthony hurt his thumb against the Bobcats, another hindrance to go along with a sprained left wrist and sprained right ankle. He didn't use his injuries as an excuse, but the damage is preventing Anthony to play his game. 'There's no frustration,' he said. 'I'm thinking about my body. There's a lot going through my mind right now and I'm trying to figure it out. I'll get it figured out. It's a tough situation right now due to the circumstances, but I'll get it figured out. I'll tell you that.' The Cavs led by five entering the fourth and stretched it when reserve Alonzo Gee made a steal and went in for a windmill dunk to put Cleveland ahead 75-66. At that point, the Knicks seemed to pack it in. They got within 81-73 on a drive by Anthony, but Tyson Chandler stopped New York's momentum when he picked up a technical foul for elbowing Varejao while going for a rebound. 'That shouldn't have been a technical,' Chandler said. 'He was running up my back every play. On the free throw, I'm trying to get him off so he doesn't get an offensive rebound. I get a technical. Hopefully, the league sees what really happens.' *Courtesy of www.utsandiego.com

Detroit P. - Miami Heat 98-101
With the game on the line, LeBron James looked as calm as could be while shooting his free throws. The Miami star made six in a row in the final 1:19, lifting the Heat to a 101-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. James finished with 32 points, and Miami recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. 'We've got to close out games,' James said. 'We know we're going to get the best shot from everybody. To be able to be down late in the game and then come back and win, it was good stuff for us.' The Heat trailed 98-95 after a 3-pointer by Detroit's Jonas Jerebko, but James made two free throws to cut the deficit to one with 1:19 left. After Damien Wilkins fumbled the ball out of bounds for the Pistons, James drove straight at Austin Daye, drawing another foul and putting Miami up 99-98. 'I've just got to go up and make them,' James said. 'When you get the opportunity, you go up and make them, and then you live with the results.' James made two more with 9.4 seconds remaining after Detroit's Greg Monroe missed inside. Daye traveled in the final seconds while trying to get a 3-point attempt off. Chris Bosh hit his first seven shots and finished with 27 points for Miami - which was without Dwyane Wade, who sat out because of a right ankle injury. Daye scored a career-high 28 points for the Pistons. He'd scored only 45 points in 13 games before Wednesday. James went 13 of 14 from the free throw line after entering the game shooting 73 percent. He had a 20-for-37 stretch from the line over three games earlier this month, including an ugly 9-for-17 effort against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pistons trailed 90-80 in the fourth quarter before rallying with a 12-0 run. They took the lead when rookie Brandon Knight made a midrange shot after James nearly intercepted a crosscourt pass to him. 'I thought our guys showed great fight, spirit and resolve,' Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said. 'You have to look at the fight for the whole game. If we can establish this as part of our DNA, we'll put ourselves in position to win a lot of games, but it can't be just Miami.' Bosh answered with five straight points to put the Heat up 95-92, but Monroe scored inside while being fouled and his free throw tied the game. After a miss by Shane Battier, Jerebko made an open 3-pointer from near the top of the key to give Detroit a 98-95 advantage. After a Miami timeout, Daye poked the ball away from James, and Knight came up with it and was fouled. But he missed both free throws, and Detroit wouldn't score again. Wade missed his sixth consecutive game. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says he is still day-to-day. Detroit's Tayshaun Prince missed the game because of a family matter, and guard Ben Gordon was out with a sore shoulder. Bosh handled most of the scoring early, going 6 for 6 in the first quarter with a 3-pointer. At one point, Miami led 14-9 and Bosh had 13 points. He hurt the Pistons from the perimeter and inside, and the Heat led 24-17 after the first. Daye did his best to respond for Detroit, scoring 18 points in the second quarter. Detroit moved the ball well on offense, and Daye made four 3-pointers in the period. 'My teammates deserve a lot of the credit. We were doing a great job of moving the ball and drawing guys out of position, and that meant I got a lot of open shots,' Daye said. Miami led by as many as 11 in the second but had to settle for a 56-50 halftime lead after Daye's 12-footer at the buzzer. At the end of the third quarter, it was James' turn to make a last-second shot. His 3-pointer gave Miami an 80-74 lead. The Heat snapped a three-game skid on the road. 'We're getting there,' Battier said. 'We haven't played well the last week and a half. We get a big boost to our team with Dwyane coming back off injury. Hopefully we can find our stride.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Chicago B. - Indiana P. 90-95
Playing without Luol Deng (wrist) and Taj Gibson (ankle) once again, the Chicago Bulls suffered their first home loss of the season at the hands of the Indiana Pacers, 95-90, Wednesday night at the United Center. The Bulls dropped to 16-4. The Bulls placed all five starters in double figures, led by Derrick Rose 's 24 points. However, the Pacers (12-5) had six and shot 47.5 percent from the field. Danny Granger poured in a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds and Roy Hibbert had 20 points and eight rebounds. David West added 14 points and seven rebounds and made several baskets when his team really needed them. Ronnie Brewer again started in place of Deng and had his best outing of the season, posting 20 points, 10 rebounds, both of which season-highs, and five assists. Rip Hamilton, who had reached the 20-point plateau in the past two games, scored 17 points but missed 14-of-20 field-goals. Joakim Noah continued to display high-energy basketball, scoring 10 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking a shot, while Carlos Boozer struggled to find his offensive rhythm most of the game and had 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting. Coach Tom Thibodeau's bunch survived the Pacers' quick start as Rose scored 12 straight points to end the first quarter. The Bulls led 54-44 through two quarters of play, finishing the first half on a 20-9 run powered by Brewer's 14 second-quarter points. As usual, they were moving the ball well and running in transition, putting up 13 assists and 14 fastbreak points in the first half. But the Pacers were the ones who played aggressively in the second half, outscoring the Bulls 31-20 in the third quarter. The visitors built a seven-point lead with almost four minutes to play, although the Bulls responded and following a Noah rebound, they were within 92-90 with 35 seconds to play. Then, Rose dished it out to Brian Scalabrine for a wide-open three-pointer, but the veteran forward missed it and Hibbert made an uncontested dunk after multiple loose-ball scrambles. Both teams are clearly very familiar with each other, having faced off in a hard-fought, entertaining first-round playoff series last season and in a pair of preseason contests. Although Wednesday's game wasn't nearly as physical as last spring's matchup -- some of that most likely because Pacers enforcer Jeff Foster was out -- it was a statement win for the road team. Since taking over in the middle of last season, Indiana coach Frank Vogel has brought a confident attitude to his team, which truly believes it can get past the Bulls whenever the two clubs face each other. Of course, for the Bulls it's simply one loss, their first since Jan. 16, and should give them lots to work on, and Thibodeau will certainly make sure of that. The Bulls shot just 40 percent from the field and 3-for-13 from three-point range. They had plenty of cold spells and couldn't get the big shot when they needed it. Hamilton, Rose and Boozer shot a combined 20-for-53 (37.7 percent). The Bulls had 13 first-half assists but only six in the second half, and they were also outrebounded 44-41. The 'Bench Mob' had just eight points and six rebounds, with C.J. Watson missing all six of his attempts. Next up, the Bulls have a day off Thursday night before wrapping up their four-game homestand on Friday night against Scott Skiles' Milwaukee Bucks (7-10). *Courtesy of www.chicagonow.com

Sacramento K. - Denver N. 93-122
Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) made it perfectly clear why the Denver Nuggets signed him to a hefty contract extension. The 23-year-old Italian star scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half and the Nuggets routed the Sacramento Kings 122-93 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory and fifth in a row on the road. The Nuggets, who have the second-best record in the Western Conference at 13-5, signed Gallinari to a four-year, $42 million contract extension Wednesday morning. 'The contract means a lot. It means this team, this franchise really believes in me,' said Gallinari, who was coming off a career-high 37 points Saturday in a victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. 'I feel great about this team. It was easy for me to say yes to this contract.' Constantly penetrating inside the Kings' porous defense, it also looked easy the way the Nuggets scored throughout the lopsided game. Denver produced an NBA-high 92 points in the paints, the most since the NBA began keeping track of this statistic. Only four of Denver's 50 baskets were outside that area. The San Antonio Spurs had the previous high with 90 points in the paint in a win over the Golden State on March 19, 2010. The Kings also allowed the previous points-in-the-paint high this season, giving up 72 in a Jan. 3 loss to Memphis. 'We were attacking the basket and not settling for jumpers,' Al Harrington said. 'We knew the Kings were struggling defensively and we wanted to attack them.' The Nuggets had seven players in double figures and finished with 29 assists. They shot 55 percent and outrebounded the Kings 48-35. 'We didn't have any resistance in the paint,' Kings coach Keith Smart said. 'We knew the fast break was going to be a tough issue anyway because of the way Denver gets out and pushes the ball. But we just got broken down too many times at the point of attack.' Denver led by 23 points at the half and scored the first eight points of the third quarter. They have won five consecutive road wins for the first time since joining the NBA in 1976-77. 'I like doing things that have never been done before,' Denver coach George Karl said. 'Right now we have good energy, good focus, and guys are playing together.' Nene had 16 points for Denver, 7-3 on the road. Andre Miller added 15 points and 10 assists, Corey Brewer also had 15 points, Ty Lawson 11, and Al Harrington 10. The only negative for Denver was Lawson leaving the game for good in the second quarter after spraining his left ankle on defense against Isaiah Thomas. Lawson expects to miss Friday's home game against Toronto, but believes he will return Sunday. The Nuggets played without starting guard Arron Afflalo and reserver Rudy Fernandez, who are both nursing injuries. Rookie Jimmer Fredette made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for the Kings, who never got the lead under 20 points in the second half. DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 15 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points, and Tyreke Evans had 12 and seven assists. 'We hadn't gotten beat like that at home this year, and that's something we want to do - protect our home court,' said Fredette, who was one point shy of his career high of 20 two games ago against Memphis. 'We have to have a short memory and get on to the next game, move forward.' With Carmelo Anthony now playing with the New York Knicks, the Nuggets envision multi-talented Gallinari becoming the face of the franchise. And Gallinari responded by playing like an All-Star in the opening half. He was 7 of 10 from the field, hit all seven free throws, and blocked two shots in 21 minutes. Gallinari finished with three rebounds and three blocks. 'He didn't force anything, and for about a 15-minute stretch in the first half Danilo was the best player on the court,' Karl said. 'Our passing was spectacular tonight. We were getting a lot off easy baskets underneath their defense.' Denver shot nearly 60 percent and had its running game on display in assuming a 66-43 halftime lead. The Nuggets scored off the break and got numerous easy opportunities inside, their 46 points in the paint more than the Kings had overall. Ahead by six points after one quarter, the Nuggets outscored Sacramento 34-17 in the second. Denver bothered the youthful Kings at the defensive end and capitalized at the other end. Gallinari scored 14 points and Harrington had eight in the quarter. Despite the big halftime lead, the Nuggets experienced no letdown in the third quarter. The lead reached in the third when Denver continued its torrid shooting and outscored sluggish Sacramento 28-22. 'The ball was moving tonight and the ball was going in the net,' said Lawson, who played just 15 minutes. 'Everyone was touching the ball, everyone was sharing, and everyone was scoring. It was a fun game for us.' The day didn't start out fun for the Kings, who announced that leading scorer Marcus Thornton is expected to miss one or two weeks with a deep bruise in his left thigh. Thornton, who is averaging 16.4 points, was replaced in the starting lineup by Fredette. The struggling Kings, who are the NBA's youngest team, were coming off a pair of road losses, including a humbling 128-95 loss on Saturday to Memphis. The Kings are 4-8 under Keith Smart, who replaced fired Paul Westphal seven games into the season. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

LA Lakers - LA Clippers 96-91
Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit for a 96-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in another testy edition of their cross-hallway rivalry. Andrew Bynum scored 19 points to help the Lakers snapped their three-game skid with their first win of the season over their fellow Staples Center tenants. The Clippers beat the Lakers twice in the preseason and again earlier this month, staking an early claim to L.A. superiority with their revamped lineup. The Lakers aren't ready to cede the city just yet - and they were willing to fight for it. The clubs combined for six technical fouls, and the Lakers' Josh McRoberts was ejected. Blake Griffin had 26 points and nine rebounds, and Caron Butler and Mo Williams added 16 points apiece for the Clippers, who led for nearly every possession of the first 3{ quarters. Chris Paul had four points and 12 assists for the Clippers in his return from a five-game absence because of a strained left hamstring. After trailing for all but the opening basket, Bryant put the Lakers in front with six points during an 11-4 run capped by Metta World Peace's 3-pointer with 3:30 to play. The Lakers nursed the lead into the final minute, when Bynum made a lyaup and blocked DeAndre Jordan's shot in the paint on consecutive possessions, essentially sealing the Lakers' ninth straight 'home' victory in the building shared by these clubs. The Lakers have won 10 of their last 11 home games since Christmas, and the Clippers still haven't beaten the Lakers twice in a row since the 2006-07 season. The Lakers still failed to score 100 points for the 12th straight game, matching their longest low-scoring stretch since early 2004. Paul hadn't played since the Clippers' home victory over the Lakers 11 days ago, but his teammates stayed in first place in the Pacific Division during his absence. Coach Vinny Del Negro appeared to be limiting Paul's minutes slightly, perhaps with an eye to the Clippers' five games in the next eight days. Butler scored the Clippers' first 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers as they jumped to an early 10-point lead to the delight of their small fan contingent. The Clippers stayed narrowly ahead with 12 first-half points from Griffin, who landed his nightly jaw-dropping dunk when he drove past Gasol on the perimeter and floated past Bynum for a double-clutch jam. Later, Griffin made a nimble reverse hook shot and a flying rebound putback dunk within a minute of each other. The Lakers got unlikely offensive help from Andrew Goudelock, the rookie from College of Charleston who had scored just 10 points all season before matching that total midway through the second quarter against the Clippers. Goudelock hit two 3-pointers and didn't miss a shot until the third quarter. The testiness and bad tempers that infiltrated this rivalry last year also resurfaced when Griffin and World Peace went down in a heap as they chased a loose ball at midcourt in the third quarter. Both teams surrounded the tangle of limbs and exchanged minor contact, but officials only ruled a jump ball. Bryant committed six turnovers in the third quarter as the Clippers maintained their lead, and Mo Williams added the tension with a flagrant foul on Goudelock during a fast break early in the fourth. The officials attempted to keep peace with technical fouls - including two quick ones to McRoberts, who was ejected with 9:35 to play after two exchanges with the Clippers' Reggie Evans. Chauncey Billups committed a technical foul during the Lakers' run to an 87-82 lead on World Peace's sixth 3-pointer in 38 tries during his dismal offensive season. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

Oklah.City T. - N.Orleans H. 101-91
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 25 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their 10th win in 11 games, 101-91 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. The Thunder improved to 15-3, the best record in the Western Conference, despite an off night from guard Russell Westbrook and 21 turnovers. Oklahoma City led throughout, including by as many as 14 in the first half. The Hornets pulled to 83-81 with 9:07 left in the game, but Westbrook hit back-to-back shots and the Hornets never got closer than four the rest of the way. Westbrook started 1 for 10 with four turnovers. He finished 4 of 14 for 14 points. Jarrett Jack scored 20 points to lead New Orleans. Gustavo Ayon, who came in averaging just 3.2 points, added 16 and Carl Landry 15 for the Hornets. *Courtesy of www.koco.com

Houston R. - Milwaukee B. 99-105
Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) and Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) each scored 20 points, Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 19 rebounds after Andrew Bogut sprained his left ankle, and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak in Houston with a 105-99 victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night. Bogut left in the first quarter and did not return, but Milwaukee hit a season-high 14 shots from 3-point range to win in Houston for the first time since Nov. 2, 1999, when the Rockets still played in the Compaq Center. Kevin Martin scored 29 points, and Samuel Dalembert had 13 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who had a seven-game winning streak snapped. Houston was 8 for 31 from 3-point range and dropped to 7-2 at home this season. The Rockets had started fast at home during their winning streak, but missed their first six shots on Wednesday. Carlos Delfino and Jennings hit 3-pointers during Milwaukee's opening 12-0 run. Bogut sprained his left ankle after colliding with Kyle Lowry on a drive, and then awkwardly landing on the Rockets' point guard's foot. He limped to the locker room with 2:31 left in the quarter, and the Rockets finished with a 14-9 spurt to trail only 29-23. Jackson sank a 3-pointer and hit a turnaround jumper early in the second quarter, as the Bucks rebuilt their lead. Courtney Lee's 3-pointer from the corner then started a 13-2 Houston run, finished by Martin's 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead for the first time. The Rockets led 51-42 at the break, fueled by Martin's eight second-quarter points. Without Bogut inside, the Bucks shot 25 percent (6 for 24) and were outrebounded 20-12 in the second quarter. Martin swished a 3-pointer 18 seconds into the second half. Houston held a double-digit lead for the 11th consecutive game, its longest streak since 2008, when they built double-digit leads in 20 consecutive games during their 22-game winning streak. Jennings kept Milwaukee close with three 3-pointers in the third quarter. Mike Dunleavy's first 3-pointer since Dec. 30 cut the deficit to one, and Beno Udrih's mid-range shot put the Bucks ahead 72-70 heading to the fourth. Milwaukee stretched the margin to 10, mostly with free throws, and Houston coach Kevin McHale called timeout. Larry Sanders blocked Lowry on a drive, and Dunleavy and Jackson hit 3s as the Bucks stretched the lead to 17. The Rockets then mounted a charge, started by another 3-pointer by Martin. Lowry sank a 3-pointer and Goran Dragic scored on a drive to pull Houston within four, at 98-94, with a minute left. Drew Gooden swished two free throws with 33 seconds remaining, though, and Milwaukee hung on for its third straight road win. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Dallas M. - Minnesota T. 90-105
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) had 31 points and 10 rebounds after signing his new contract and the Minnesota Timberwolves handed defending NBA champion Dallas another ceremonious loss, 105-90 Wednesday night. The end of the Mavericks' seven-game home winning streak, and their franchise-record streak of holding 15 consecutive opponents under 100 points, came after they finally received their championship rings during a pregame ceremony. That presentation came exactly a month after Dallas raised the championship banner before the season opener. They trailed by 21 points at halftime that day on the way to a 105-94 loss to Miami in an NBA finals rematch. Dallas led by 14 points before halftime against the Timberwolves. But Minnesota finished the first half with eight consecutive points in the final minute, then had a 13-4 run in the first 5 minutes of the third quarter for the lead. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Washington W. - Charlotte B. 92-75
Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Randy Wittman's first game as coach. Wittman took over for the fired Flip Saunders on Tuesday, and guided the team without the benefit of a practice. Saunders' lead assistant has been an NBA coach twice - with Minnesota and Cleveland. His career record improved to 101-207. He didn't change the starting lineup. 'All these guys get a clean slate with me,' Wittman said. They started off brilliantly against a team with even more problems. The Bobcats, who have lost six straight, are now 3-16 and were missing their top two scorers: Gerald Henderson and D.J. Augustin. Matt Carroll scored 17 points and rookie Cory Higgins had a season-high 13 for the Bobcats. Tyrus Thomas also had 13 points and blocked nine shots - one short of a team record. John Wall scored 12 points for the Wizards, who broke a three-game losing streak but are still just 3-15. Washington led throughout and had a 31-17 advantage after one. The second quarter was even worse for Charlotte. The Bobcats missed their first seven shots of the quarter and finished 5 for 20 in the period, scoring just 11 points and trailing 48-28 at halftime. The Bobcats used a 9-0 run early in the third to cut the lead to 50-37, but Washington soon pushed the lead to 25 and led 71-49 heading into the fourth. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Philadelph.76 - New Jersey N. 90-97 OT
Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) scored 34 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left in overtime, to help lift the New Jersey Nets to a 97-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) had 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Jordan Farmer added 12 points for the Nets (6-13). Anthony Morrow had 16 points starting his second straight game for rookie MarShon Brooks (sore right Achilles tendon). Lou Williams led Philadelphia with 17 points. The Atlantic Division-leading Sixers (12-6) again played without starting center Spencer Hawes (left Achilles strain) and his backup, rookie Nik Vucevic (left knee quad strain). Jrue Holiday stole Farmer's inbound pass and scored on a driving layup to give the Sixers a 90-88 lead with 1:18 left in OT. But Deron Williams answered with a jumper to tie it. After Jodie Meeks missed at the opposite end, Williams nailed a long 3. Lou Williams missed a 3 for the Sixers and Morrow sank a pair of free throws to seal it. Jeered vociferously by the crowd, Humphries had one of his best all-around games. Humphries has been booed wherever the Nets play since his marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian ended after 72 days. Holiday hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Sixers a 78-77 lead with 2:29 left. Neither team made a basket over the next 1:20 until Morrow hit a 3 to put the Nets up 80-78. Elton Brand answered with a short jumper to tie it at 80. Farmer missed at the other end and Young made a diving save to gather the rebound. After the timeout, Lou Williams nailed an 18-footer over Deron Williams to put the Sixers up 82-80. But Deron Williams tied it with a slashing layup through three defenders with 1.3 to go to send it to overtime. The Sixers have come a long way under second-year coach Doug Collins. Last season, they started 3-13 before a strong finish put them at 41-41 and sent them to the playoffs only to lose to Miami in five games. Despite this loss, they seem headed toward their first winning season since 2004-05 when Allen Iverson was the star. New Jersey used a 13-2 run to take a 59-51 lead in the third quarter. Humphries got things started for the Nets with consecutive dunks. Deron Williams made two jumpers in a row during the run. The Sixers went 6:11 without a basket in that stretch, missing several open jumpers during an 0-for-7 drought. Shawne Williams made a rainbow 3-pointer from a few feet inside halfcourt before the third-quarter buzzer sounded, giving the Nets a 66-61 lead. Both teams looked lackluster at the start. Without their two big men, the Sixers didn't have an answer for Humphries. He had six points and five rebounds in the first quarter and grabbed six more boards in the second. The Nets took a 29-20 lead after a 14-4 run that stretched from late in the first quarter into the second. Morrow hit a 3-pointer and a jumper toward the end of the run. But the Sixers scored the next 11 points. Thaddeus Young hit a jumper and scored on a driving layup to give Philadelphia a 31-29 lead. The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter and the Sixers took a 45-43 lead into halftime. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers30.2 
 2. James, Miami Heat29.1 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.25.7 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.3 
 5. Anthony, New Y.23.6 
 6. Bargnani, Toron.23.5 
 7. Aldridge, Portland.22.5 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Bosh, Miami Heat21.7 
 10. Griffin, LA Clipp.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.6 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.7 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.7 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.3 
 5. Varejao, Clevelan.11.2 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.8 
 8. Lee, Golde S.10.4 
 9. Gasol, Memphis G.10.2 
 10. Chandler, New Y.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.9.4 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.8 
 4. Lowry, Houston R.8.8 
 5. Calderon, Toron.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.7 
 7. Williams, New J.8.6 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.3 
 9. Parker, San A.8.1 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.7.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.8 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.6 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.6 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.4 
 5. Teague, Atlanta H.2.2 
 6. James, Miami Heat2.1 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 8. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 9. Allen, Memphis G.1.9 
 10. Ellis, Golde S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Javale MCGEE
  Washingt.
  (213-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. McGee, Washingt.3.0 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers2.9 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 4. Gasol, Memphis G.2.4 
 5. Thomas, Charlott.2.3 
 6. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 7. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 


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


Bobcats exercise fourth-year option on swingman Henderson - by Eurobasket Center
The Bobcats have exercised the fourth-year option on guard/forward Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke) for next season.

Henderson has started all 18 games and is averaging 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He's reached double-figure scoring in six straight games, including three of 20 points or more, and is averaging 19.5 points on 54 percent shooting during that span.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says, 'Gerald embodies the basketball culture we have created here of putting guys on the floor who work hard at their craft, have a passion for the game and are willing to take advantage of the resources afforded to them.'

The move will pay Henderson $3.1 million next season. The club has the option to make him a restricted free agent after the 2012-13 season.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Nuggets officially sign Gallinari to four-year extension - by Eurobasket Center
The Denver Nuggets signed Italian forward and top scorer Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) to a multi-year contract extension, the National Basketball Association (NBA) team said on Wednesday.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed but Denver media reported it to be a four-year deal worth $42 million.

Gallinari, acquired as part of a blockbuster 13-player trade last year that sent four-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, is averaging career-highs in points (17.4), rebounds (5.2), assists (2.8) and steals (1.7) this season.

'Gallo has been excellent and done everything we have asked since we made the trade last February,' Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said in a statement.

'Everybody is seeing how talented he is, and he's only 23 years old. He is only going to get better.'

Gallinari, originally taken sixth overall by the Knicks in the 2006 NBA Draft, is Denver's top scorer and set a career-high with 37 points in a double-overtime victory over the Knicks on Jan. 21.

Denver have won four straight games and are locked in a battle with Oklahoma City for top spot in the Western Conference.

Courtesy of www.guardian.co.uk


Kevin Love re-signs with Timberwolves for four years, $61 million - by Eurobasket Center
NBA owners haggled with players for months during testy labor negotiations last summer and fall, seeking a system that will allow small-market teams to retain their young stars for the long run.

In a contradictory twist, the Timberwolves and All-Star forward Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) agreed early Wednesday morning to a contract extension in which the team got the shorter deal it sought while Love gave up his desire for 'designated player' status that would have kept him in Minnesota for five more seasons beyond this one.

In the end, the two sides compromised on a four-year contract worth nearly $61 million that gives Love the option to become an unrestricted free agent after the third season.
'I wanted to be here,' Love said. 'I love Minnesota. I love the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I love the fans. Everyone who has been around me the last four years knows that.
Obviously, the cold weather is tough at some points, but the fans have been so great.

'There were some naysayers in my career, even before draft night, after draft night. But the fans have been with me since Day 1, so I thank them. That message is really heartfelt and sincere.'

If Love takes that out option, his contract will expire just when Ricky Rubio's rookie contract and coach Rick Adelman's contract could be up in the summer of 2015. Until at least then, he is a Timberwolf.

'It's a good thing for everybody, from him, the organization,' Adelman said. 'It's out of the way. Now he's relieved to get it done and we can just move forward.'

The Wolves balked at a five-year contract that would have paid Love nearly $80 million in a market where the Twins have watched Joe Mauer play fewer and fewer games by the month since they signed him to a $184 million contract in 2010. A four-year deal also is less money on the books if owner Glen Taylor decides to sell the team in that time.

Taylor and President of Basketball Operations David Kahn didn't want to commit their only allowed designated-player slot just six weeks into a new labor deal that will last for at least the next six seasons. Kahn said saving that ability to award another player - Ricky Rubio perhaps? - with a five-year extension someday was a consideration.

'Not at all, it's for somebody perhaps,' Kahn said when asked if he was saving that slot for Rubio. 'We're 45 days into a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. It was hard to extinguish that right for the next 5 3/4 years.'

Love could have become a restricted free agent next summer - or an unrestricted free agent in 2013 if he played next season for a $6.1 million salary - but he chose the guaranteed $61 million in his pocket now and the right to leave three seasons into the contract if he so chooses. Or he could sign a two-year extension with the team then.

Courtesy of www.sunherald.com


N-B-A equals GREED - by Alex Yam
The heading says it all. We are about 1/4 of the way through the shortened 2011-12 NBA season, and can anyone say they are satisfied with the quality of basketball?? If your answer is YES, do not read further. I suspect most of the fan population would answer an emphatic NO! Lets start with the rosters, or lack there of.... I mean have you seen some of the NBA benches???? they are just that a bench... the production has been scarce.

Lets look at all the injuries that the players are going through because of the lack of a training camp, and conditioning, with the need for players, everyone is now claiming they can make an NBA roster, and is it me or are the same teams seem like they are playing every night, with little to no rest, GREAT JOB DAVID STERN.. your thirst to control everything has put what was on pace to be a record year in the NBA in 2011-12 , now resembles some what of a traveling circus sideshow, with stops daily, COMING SOON TO A CITY NEAR YOU!

That was before the idiotic sandbag of the Lakers on the CP3 trade.... wow... TOO bad the NFL just locked up Roger Goodell till 2018, or he would have been my vote to cross over the the NBA.


"STERN"-LY STUPID - by Alex Yam
The heading says it all. We are about 1/4 of the way through the shortened 2011-12 NBA season, and can anyone say they are satisfied with the quality of basketball?? If your answer is YES, do not read further. I suspect most of the fan population would answer an emphatic NO! Lets start with the rosters, or lack there of.... I mean have you seen some of the NBA benches???? they are just that a bench... the production has been scarce.

Lets look at all the injuries that the players are going through because of the lack of a training camp, and conditioning, with the need for players, everyone is now claiming they can make an NBA roster, and is it me or are the same teams seem like they are playing every night, with little to no rest, GREAT JOB DAVID STERN.. your thirst to control everything has put what was on pace to be a record year in the NBA in 2011-12 , now resembles some what of a traveling circus sideshow, with stops daily, COMING SOON TO A CITY NEAR YOU!

That was before the idiotic sandbag of the Lakers on the CP3 trade.... wow... TOO bad the NFL just locked up Roger Goodell till 2018, or he would have been my vote to cross over the the NBA.


Jordan Crawford Teams Up With Eurobasket - by David Pick
Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford tells Eurobasket he wasn't surprised Flip Saunders was fired, expects his team to make the playoffs, is certain Kobe Bryant's the best player in the world, and talks about his older brother Joe's, career in Israel.

After a strong finish last year, the Washington Wizards sophomore guard Jordan Crawford, wasn't aware that playing in the NBA from the get-go, gets somewhat tiring. 'In terms of playing, this season has been a lot different,' Crawford exclusively told Eurobasket, enjoying his day off from the office.

'Around this time last year I wasn't playing at all. I only played 26 games when I really was a factor, so this season feels like it's been going on for a long time and we've only played less than a third of the games.' Crawford said.

Crawford also revealed he wasn't completely surprised when General Manager Ernie Grunfeld relieved Flip Saunders from his coaching position, 'It was kind of expected with the way things were going. You just got to deal with the situation and that's what we're doing right now.' When referring to the Wizards' future, Crawford didn't hesitate, setting high standers for him and his teammates. 'If everyone believes it's possible, we definitely have a chance to make the playoffs. The East isn't that strong, and as a team we're getting much closer and playing better.'

Surprisingly, while most basketball players look to mimic Michael Jordan, Crawford's older brother and childhood idol Joe, is undergoing his own hardwood battles in the Israeli league, 6,000 miles away.

After playing college hoops alongside Rajon Rondo, then excelling in the D-League, Joe was tabbed by the New York Knicks; however, with Chris Duhon, Larry Hughes, Nate Robinson and young draftee Toney Douglas on the roster, Crawford's aim was simply to prove he belonged. 'It's hard getting a real playing opportunity in the NBA,' said Washington's Crawford,
explaining why his brother didn't get a fair chance in the league. 'Sometimes, like in Joe's situation, you're in a tough position and you just never get your chance.'
Crawford continued, 'The NBA isn't really about how good you are. It's about opportunities, luck and basically if someone gives you a chance to play. There's some politics to it, but it all comes down to being in the right place at the right time.'

Meanwhile, in Israel, after losing Dwayne Mitchell (last season's MVP) to Ashkelon, Maccabi Rishon explored the free agent market earlier this summer inquest of a talent that will lead the organization to back-to-back domestic league final four appearances, and become the face of its new era.

Jordan's older brother Joe, a 25-year-old Wildcat alumnus appears to have developed into that person.

Nearly 5-monts after landing in Israel, Crawford's ranked fourth in league in scoring, averaging just below 20 points per game, earning this week's Israeli League Player of the Week honors after dropping 29 points on 3-6 shooting from deep, in addition to drawing 8 fouls from the league's second best defensive team, BC Habikaa. Rishon, currently standing fourth in the Israeli association, has already qualified for the State-Cup Final Four in February.

During the recent NBA lockout, Crawford (Jordan) was intrigued by the possibility of joining his older brother in Israel, 'I already began receiving offers to go abroad but I wanted to go to Israel to be with Joe, see the sites and experience the culture.' Yet, it was Joe who told his brother to stay home, develop his game and keep the no-days-off mindset that led him to last season's success. Behind closed doors, Crawford still 'plans to make a trip out there around May with my parents.'

Regarding the differences and similarities in each others' games the NBAer said, 'We kind of play a similar game but then again we do things differently. We're comparable in the way we get to the hole but Joe's stronger then I am. He also shoots better than I do now. I'm more of a crafty player and try to wiggle my way through people.'

Back to the U.S. - Crawford shed some light on his 'better then Michael Jordan' comment, 'What's the point of playing basketball for your career if you dont want to be better then who they call the greatest. Every time you're in a barber shop or anywhere people talk basketball, their talking about the greatest players. If you don't want to be mentioned in that conversation then you're doing it for nothing.'

When asked about the ongoing 'who's a better player, Kobe Bryant or Lebron James' debate, Crawford said, 'Kobe of course. From the players that don't play at all to the stars, everybody in the NBA is good. Everyone can compete with one another having a better night any time out, it just come downs to if you can do it every single night, and that's the
difference between them.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick





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Top 25 - Men
WAC Standings
 1. Nevada 5-0 (15-3) 
 2. N.Mexico St. 3-1 (13-6) 
 3. Idaho 3-2 (10-9) 
 4. Utah St. 3-2 (11-9) 
 5. Louisiana Tech 3-2 (11-9) 
 6. Hawaii 1-3 (6-9) 
 7. Fresno St. 1-4 (8-12) 
 8. San Jose St. 0-5 (7-13) 


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 John SHURNA
  Northwes.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Shurna, Northwes.19.2 
 2. Frazier, Penn St.17.9 
 3. Sullinger, Ohio St.17.3 
 4. Crawford, Northwes.16.9 
 5. Hummel, Purdue15.4 
 6. Green, Michigan.15.3 
 7. Buford, Ohio St.15.2 
 8. Hardaway Jr., Mich.15.2 
 9. Spencer, Nebraska14.8 
 10. Thomas, Ohio St.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Michigan.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Green, Michigan.10.3 
 2. Sullinger, Ohio St.9.3 
 3. Mbakwe, Minnesota9.1 
 4. Leonard, Illinois7.8 
 5. Evans, Wisconsin6.7 
 6. Hummel, Purdue6.2 
 7. Zeller, Indiana6.2 
 8. Shurna, Northwes.5.8 
 9. Williams, Minnesota5.8 
 10. Smotrycz, Michigan5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tim FRAZIER
  Penn St.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Frazier, Penn St.6.3 
 2. Burke, Michigan5.0 
 3. Craft, Ohio St.5.0 
 4. Taylor, Wisconsin4.3 
 5. Appling, Michigan4.0 
 6. Jackson, Purdue3.9 
 7. Sobolewski, Northw.3.9 
 8. Cartwright, Iowa3.9 
 9. Green, Michigan.3.7 
 10. Spencer, Nebraska3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Ohio St.
  (187-G-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Craft, Ohio St.2.4 
 2. Frazier, Penn St.2.2 
 3. Richardson, Nebra.1.9 
 4. Oladipo, Indiana1.7 
 5. Gatens, Iowa1.7 
 6. Green, Michigan.1.6 
 7. Williams, Minnesota1.6 
 8. Paul, Illinois1.6 
 9. Devyn Marble, Iowa1.5 
 10. Sullinger, Ohio S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jorge Brian DIAZ
  Nebraska
  (210-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Diaz, Nebraska2.1 
 2. Leonard, Illinois2.0 
 3. Mbakwe, Minnesota1.7 
 4. Berggren, Wisco.1.6 
 5. Shurna, Northwes.1.5 
 6. Zeller, Indiana1.5 
 7. Williams, Minnesota1.5 
 8. Sampson III, Minn.1.4 
 9. Hummel, Purdue1.2 
 10. Evans, Wisconsin1.2 


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GNAC Teams in Top 25 - by Sanjey Noriega
From gnacsports.com

W.Washington (17-3) is ranked 18th and Alaska-Anch. (13-4) is ranked 25th in this week's NABC Division II Men's basketball national poll.

The two are the only West Region teams to receive votes in this week's poll. Though the poll has no impact on who eventually hosts the West Region playoffs in March, it may be a pretty good indicator of whom the front runners are.

The NCAA will announce the first of three regional ranking on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Those rankings will eventually determine the host school and the five at-large teams that will join the GNAC, PacWest and CCAA champions in the playoffs.

W.Washington currently leads Alaska-Anch. and Western Oregon by one game in the GNAC race. Meanwhile, the CCAA and PacWest races are both multi-tie affairs.

Chico State, Humboldt State, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino are in a five-way tie for the CCAA lead, all with 8-4 records.

Four teams - Cal Baptist, Dixie State, Chaminade and BYU-Hawaii - are tied for the PacWest lead with 6-1 marks. Cal Baptist is a provisional school and is not eligible for the playoffs.



Moses Sundufu nets in 18 points in St.Mary's win - by Kristian Santiago
Four of five three-point shots went in for Sierra Leone-born Moses Sundufu (187-G) when his Rattler defeated Texas A&M Kingsville 70-67 last Monday.
Sundufu, who stayed perfect from the charity-line, led the team with 18 points in the overtime-win.
The junior at St.Mary's in Texas is currently averaging 9,2 ppg in 20 minutes of play and there is also a nice article about his difficult path to St.Mary's right here:
http://www.stmarytx.edu/news/top-stories/index.php?headline=Away_From_War_Sundufu_Finds_Refuge


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Asean Basketball League Roundup: January 25, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo
SINGAPORE SLINGERS over SAIGON HEAT, 60-55

Saigon Heat absorbed a bitter ending to their home opener. Despite having an 8-point lead early in the third quarter and outrebounding the Slingers 48 to 25, the Heat fell to the Singapore Slingers in front of their home crowd at a packed Tan Binh Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.

Slingers big man Donald Little inspired his teams comeback in the third quarter by scoring 11 big points. Little finished the game as the lead scorer with 22 points and 8 rebounds while Filipino guard Don Dulay contributed16 points.

The Slingers had a tough start as they were able to score only 10 points in the first quarter and 8 points in the second quarter. To add to their troubles, Desmond Oh, who starred in the Slingers last game, had to leave the game in the second quarter after a collision with Heat import Julius Hodge. The Slingers injury woes did not stop there as import Louis Graham had to leave the game on a stretcher after what looked like an elbow to the face. Fortunately, Graham was able to recover and checked back into the game in the fourth quarter.

The Heat struggled in the last quarter and only managed to make 1 field goal out of 11 attempts in the last three minutes of the game. Condsequently, their shooting percentage dropped to only 29%. Julius Hodge led Saigon with 18 points while Jonathan Jones had a double-double 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Saigon Heat will try to get their first win against the Westports Malaysia Dragons this Saturday (Jan 28th) at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Slingers will also be playing this weekend as they host the Bangkok Cobras at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on the 29th of January.

SGS 60- Little 21, Dulay 16, Graham 11, Wong 3, Canta 3, Oh 2, Khoo 2, Matialakan 2, Lim 0
SH 55- Hodge 18, Jones 17, Smith 11, Oeun 4, Trieu 2, Ly 2, Capati 1
QS: 10-15, 21-27, 40-42, 60-55

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com



PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 25
 1. David, Powerade T.25.0 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.19.0 
 4. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.5 
 5. Lassiter, Powerade.17.3 
 6. Santos, Petron B.17.3 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull15.8 
 8. Chan, Rain or Shine15.5 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces15.4 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.11.8 
 2. Kramer, Powerade.11.2 
 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 Text8.6 
 9. Pingris, B-Meg L.8.4 
 10. Peek, Talk N Text8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cabagnot, Petron6.9 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.1 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.4 
 5. Mercado, Meralco5.0 
 6. Lee, Rain or Shine4.8 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 8. Castro, Talk N Te.4.5 
 9. Lassiter, Powerade.4.0 
 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.1.5 
 5. Cardona, Meralco1.5 
 6. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 7. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 8. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
 10. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
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. Reyes, Petron Bla.1.1 
 6. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 7. Espiritu, Shopin.1.0 
 8. Reyes, Alaska Aces1.0 
 9. Peek, Talk N Text1.0 
 10. Espinas, Meralco1.0 


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  POLAND   


Try outs in Zastal and in Kotwica - by Maciej Paszyn
Two teams from middle of the Polish extraleague are testing players being able to strengthen their rotation.

Nemanja Miljkovic (205-F-90) - 205 cm power foward arrived to Zastal Zielona Gora for 10-days try-outs . The oficial side of the club reported that the player would pass tests ten days long after which the club will decide about possible signing the contract with him. Team manager is admitting, getting the young Serb is investment for the future.

Kotwica Kolobrzeg is the second club conducting tests at present. 29 -years old Demetrius Brown (201-F-83, college: San Jose St.) joined the team yesterday on the principle try-out. American foward (201 cm) recently was on tests in Asseco Prokom Gdynia, but didn't sign a contract with the champion of Poland. Brown played recently in Luxembourg, where took down on average 18.8 pts, 5.8 rb. and 2 as. to the match. New player won't certainly appear in the closest game with PBG Basketball Poznan



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D1 Stats
Points Per Game
 Abdulai JALLOH
  Al Arabi
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Jalloh, Al Arabi29.5 
 2. Watson, Al Gharr.24.0 
 3. Ngombo, Al Rayyan24.0 
 4. Crisp, Al Ahli22.3 
 5. Suliman, As Sadd19.0 
 6. Soyebo, Qatar17.8 
 7. Ahmar, Al Jaysh17.8 
 8. Seck, Qatar17.5 
 9. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.17.5 
 10. Ali, Al Rayyan17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Oumar SECK
  Qatar
  (--)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Seck, Qatar14.5 
 2. Okoro, Qatar14.0 
 3. Mofunanya, Al Ar.13.8 
 4. Southall, As Sadd12.7 
 5. Okosun, Al Ahli12.5 
 6. Byrd, Al Arabi12.3 
 7. Jabbi, Al Ahli11.3 
 8. Souleye, Al Wakrah11.0 
 9. Jalloh, Al Arabi9.8 
 10. Abussar, Al Gharr.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Boney WATSON
  Al Gharr.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Watson, Al Gharr.6.5 
 2. Ismail, Al Rayyan4.5 
 3. Mousa, As Sadd4.5 
 4. Soyebo, Qatar4.3 
 5. Jalloh, Al Arabi4.3 
 6. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.4.0 
 7. Mohammed, Al Ra.3.9 
 8. Ali, Al Rayyan3.8 
 9. Abdu, Al Wakrah3.5 
 10. Al Siddeequ, Al A.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ousseynou N''DIAYE
  Al Gharr.
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.3.0 
 2. Jalloh, Al Arabi2.8 
 3. Hani, Al Jaysh2.5 
 4. Seck, Qatar2.3 
 5. Abdelkader, Al Gha.2.3 
 6. Saad, As Sadd2.3 
 7. Ngombo, Al Rayyan2.3 
 8. Ismail, Al Rayyan1.8 
 9. Abdullah Ali, Al G.1.8 
 10. Soyebo, Qatar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SOUTHALL
  As Sadd
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Southall, As Sadd2.7 
 2. Souleye, Al Wakrah1.8 
 3. Okosun, Al Ahli1.8 
 4. Byrd, Al Arabi1.3 
 5. Mofunanya, Al Ar.1.0 
 6. Seck, Qatar1.0 
 7. Abdelkader, Al Gha.1.0 
 8. Jabbi, Al Ahli1.0 
 9. Yousef, As Sadd0.8 
 10. Zaidan, Al Ahli0.8 


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


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U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca bring in Phillip Michael Jones - by Eurobasket News
U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old U.S. Virgin Islands international power forward Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte). The player arrived from Atletico Aguada.
In his first game he scored 9 points helping his new team beat CSM Bucuresti 87-79. Jones played most recently at Atletico Aguada (Uruguay). While playing 5 games for Aguada this season he averaged 3.8ppg, 8.6rpg and 0.2bpg. Jones is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and U.S. Virgin Islands. Jones just graduated University of North Carolina - Charlotte and actually missed last season.
Jones played for U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team this year. He represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) last year. Jones team won Gold and his stats at this event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 58.6%, FT: 80.0%.




Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Timisoara 16-2 
 2. Gaz Metan 14-4 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 13-4 
 4. Oradea 12-5 
 5. Targu Mures 12-6 
 6. CSU Sibiu 11-6 
 7. CSM Bucuresti 11-7 
 8. Ploiesti 10-7 
 9. Rovinari 10-8 
 10. Pitesti 9-9 
 11. Dinamo B. 5-12 
 12. Giurgiu 5-13 
 13. Craiova 5-13 
 14. Perla Harghitei 3-14 
 15. Politehnica 0-19 
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 1. Otopeni 4-11 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 25
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu25.0 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.23.8 
 3. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.22.1 
 5. Brown, Dinamo B.21.5 
 6. Ross, Craiova19.6 
 7. Tomic, Craiova19.6 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.4 
 9. Dykes, U.Mobite.18.8 
 10. Kearse, CSU Sibiu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.8 
 3. Carutasu, CSM B.9.4 
 4. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.2 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.8.8 
 6. Grubisic, Giurgiu8.7 
 7. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.5 
 8. Steffel, Rovinari8.3 
 9. Burlacu, Ploiesti8.3 
 10. Vlaicu, Giurgiu8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu8.0 
 2. Maric, Oradea6.7 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.5.9 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 5. Nikolic, Rovinari4.9 
 6. Brown, Dinamo B.4.9 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.4.9 
 8. Cuic, Timisoara4.8 
 9. Vlahovic, Ploiesti4.8 
 10. Darby, Rovinari4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.5 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.8 
 3. Tucker, Perla H.2.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.0 
 6. Nicolae, Politehni.1.9 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.9 
 8. Darby, Rovinari1.9 
 9. Burlacu, Ploiesti1.8 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryson MCKENZIE
  CSM B.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. McKenzie, CSM B.2.0 
 2. Oluic, Rovinari1.9 
 3. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 4. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti1.5 
 6. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.5 
 7. Albijanic, Ploiesti1.1 
 8. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.1 
 9. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.1 
 10. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 


When you get snow, make a snowman - by Chris Terrell
The wintery snow drifts and the sound of the frozen flakes cascading on the apartment window is now becoming a pleasant noise that is becoming more and more like home. Life in Romania has been an adventure for sure. I am becoming more acostumed to the orez y puy (rice and chicken) at the sponsor restaurant. From the ladies at the lunch spot, to the gentlemen that take care of us for dinner after the games, to the support personnel at the arena, the physical therapist, my friend the taxi driver who swears today she is 'no more smoking', Romania is full of smiles, and with caring and passionate people who make us feel very welcome and are all very passionate about basketball.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, it is the first year in the top division for Giurgiu, and this past week we were on the road in the capital city of Bucharest against 60 years of basketball tradition in Dinamo. The first half was a nightmare; new system, new players, new coach and a TV game on the road. We're still a little robotic, over thinking where am I suppose to be, being overly cautious at some moments, and a group of players that were all trying to hard to impress. We didn't get the ball movement, the offense was stagnant and we were shell shocked early. We regrouped at the half down 21 and cut it to 6 midway thru the 4th, hopes still alive that we could pull the upset. In the end, we fell by 11 but there was many lessons learned from the game and some things we can build from and continue to mature as a unit.

Last night, we took on perenial power Sibiu and this game was dramatic. Again, a slow start to the first half included 3 or 4 warnings from the refs that the next time would be a T. We shared the ball much better, got deeper into our sets, and were starting to see the results of alot of hardwork. Players are starting to buy into their roles, the ball movement and player movement is much improved and there were alot of big moments in the game. Raymond Kraemer (193-G-87, college: Nevada) did a great job shooting a high field goal percentage from 2 and from 3 and being strong on the glass. Catalin Vlaicu (203-PF/C-86) is emerging as a dominant national player and also made several big plays with his physicality, hardwork, and heart. At one moment the power forward was a one man press break and took it coast to coast for the bucket splittin a couple traps along the way. Finishing the game with 6-8 shooting and 3-3 from the line. Zoran Milicec, Brian Burrell, and Kevin Sims were all making plays for their teammates... it's getting better. For Sibiu, experienced forward Cortney Scott did a great job in pick and roll and pick and pop with Jaytonah Wisseh. A huge 3rd quarter surge took Giurgiu up by 7 but Sibiu found a couple things that started working in the 4th and pulled back ahead for the win. It was an emotional game and I was drained by the time it was over but many in attendance told me it was one of the best games they've ever seen the home town play. As much as it stings, knowing that this young club is now moving in the right direction keeps me focused on the task at hand, each day a step ahead and no steps back. We're now 2-2 (including a friendly) after the club had gotten off to a tough 4-11 start prior to changes with players and coach and turn our attention to the winner of 7 of the last 8 Romanian Championships in Asesoft... a gigantic test. Until then, I'll be thinking about rotations and matchups and what key plays to call in the key moments. All the while, the snow drift packs it way outside the front door and the frozen flakes cascading on the apartment window sounds like ocean waves in the distance. Today I'm looking for the corn cob pipe for Frosty. Best wishes from Romania.


Div.A Round 18: Leader Timisoara gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Timisoara delivered the sixteenth win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-19) 99-60 in Iasi. The game without a history. Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. Timisoara outrebounded Politehnica 39-17 including a 29-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Politehnica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) who recorded 15 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. Timisoara have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with 19 games lost. Timisoara will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Politehnica will play on the road against Craiova (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-19) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-73 loss to fourteenth ranked Perla Harghitei (3-14) in Iasi. It was a good game for Croatian forward Dino Erceg (203-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Ashley Champion contributed with 26 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) replied with 21 points for Politehnica. Politehnica's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Perla Harghitei maintains fourteenth position with 3-14 record. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with 19 games lost. Perla Harghitei will play against league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Politehnica will play on the road against Craiova (#13) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Thirteenth-ranked Craiova (5-13) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked Rovinari (10-8) on Wednesday. Rovinari managed to secure only five-point victory 84-79. However their fans expected much easier game. David Steffel had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Donte Gennie with 18 points and 5 assists. Rovinari maintains ninth position with 10-8 record. Loser Craiova dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Giurgiu. Rovinari will meet CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#11) on the road in the next round. Craiova will play against Politehnica in Iasi and hope to secure a win.
The game in Mures was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Gaz Metan (14-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Targu Mures (12-6). Gaz Metan managed to secure a 6-point victory 80-74. Ivan Ivanovic notched 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Gaz Metan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record having just two points less than leader Timisoara. Targu Mures at the other side keep the fifth place with six games lost. Gaz Metan's next round opponent will be Perla Harghitei (#14) in Miercurea which should be an easy win for them. Targu Mures will play on the road against U-Mobitelco (#3) in Cluj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
CSM Bucuresti were defeated by U.Mobitel.CN in Cluj 87-79. Pitesti smashed Dinamo B. at home 97-69. CSU Sibiu won against Giurgiu on the opponent's court 88-82.



Politehnica - Timisoara 60-99

Leader Timisoara delivered the sixteenth win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-19) 99-60 in Iasi. The game without a history. Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. Timisoara outrebounded Politehnica 39-17 including a 29-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Politehnica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Four Timisoara players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) who recorded 15 points and Alexandru Botez added 12 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Timisoara have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with 19 games lost. Timisoara will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Politehnica will play on the road against Craiova (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Politehnica: M.Nicolae 15+3reb+2ast, A.Botez 12+3reb, V.Cobzaru 7+2reb+2ast, M.Zarkovic 6+1reb+2ast, V.Popovici 6+1reb+1ast, A.Chidiu 5+1reb
Timisoara: S.Spralja 22+5reb+3ast, Z.Jovanovic 18+1reb+6ast, N.Markovic 14+3reb, B.Popescu 10+8reb+1ast, I.Siriscevic 9+5reb+5ast, I.Dodoc 8+3ast
gschID: 139001


U.Mobitel.CN - CSM Bucuresti 87-79

There was no surprise in Cluj where 6th ranked CSM Bucuresti (11-7) was defeated by third ranked U-Mobitelco (13-4) 87-79. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CSM Bucuresti won third quarter 29-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for U-Mobitelco especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) notched 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the effort and American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) supported him with 22 points. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 25 points and 10 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) by Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) did not help to save the game for CSM Bucuresti. Jamaican-Canadian guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) added 23 points. CSM Bucuresti's coach Hristu Sapera rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains third position with 13-4 record having four points less than leader Timisoara. CSM Bucuresti at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. U-Mobitelco's next round opponent will be Targu Mures (#5) at home. CSM Bucuresti will play against Oradea.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: G.Martinic 25+3reb+10ast, G.Gallimore 23+3reb, E.Rhinehart 9+3reb+1ast, C.Fometescu 8+3reb+1ast, M.Ljubojevic 5+1reb, B.McKenzie 4+11reb+1ast
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 25+7reb+4ast, K.Dykes 22+2reb+2ast, J.LaGrange 11+4reb+5ast, V.Mijovic 10+8reb+5ast, P.Michael Jones 9+1ast, M.Paul 8+4reb+5ast
gschID: 139002


Politehnica - Perla Harghitei 73-101

Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-19) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-73 loss to fourteenth ranked Perla Harghitei (3-14) in Iasi. The game without a history. Perla Harghitei led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. Perla Harghitei players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for Croatian forward Dino Erceg (203-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Ashley Champion (197-81, college: Chattanooga, agency: Court Side) contributed with 26 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) replied with 21 points and forward Vlad Popovici (200-94) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Politehnica. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Politehnica's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Perla Harghitei maintains fourteenth position with 3-14 record. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with 19 games lost. Perla Harghitei will play against league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Politehnica will play on the road against Craiova (#13) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Politehnica Iasi: M.Nicolae 21+4reb+2ast, V.Popovici 14+5reb+4ast, C.Amarghioalei 13+3reb+2ast, M.Zarkovic 11+3reb+3ast, I.Hurjui 8+2reb+6ast, V.Cobzaru 4+2reb
Miercurea Ciuc: A.Champion 26+4reb+2ast, E.Tucker 22+1reb+2ast, D.Erceg 18+15reb+1ast, E.Dies 11+2reb+1ast, C.Long 6+3reb+7ast, V.Pora 6+2reb
gschID: 138996


Rovinari - Craiova 84-79 OT

Thirteenth-ranked Craiova (5-13) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked Rovinari (10-8) on Wednesday. Rovinari managed to secure only five-point victory 84-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 13-8. Rovinari outrebounded Craiova 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Czech power forward David Steffel (212-85) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Donte Gennie (185-83, college: Georgia South) with 18 points and 5 assists and Canadian swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five Craiova players scored in double figures. Rovinari maintains ninth position with 10-8 record. Loser Craiova dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Giurgiu. Rovinari will meet CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#11) on the road in the next round. Craiova will play against Politehnica in Iasi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Craiova: D.Gennie 18+3reb+5ast, S.Ross 17+6reb+2ast, A.Belanovic 15+5reb+4ast, L.Seals 11+6reb+4ast, H.Codin 10+4reb, L.Dawson 8+1reb+2ast
Rovinari: D.Steffel 26+17reb+3ast, L.Darby 21+8reb+9ast, P.Troupe 17+3reb+5ast, S.Nikolic 9+5reb+8ast, A.Gutoaia 6+1reb, B.Kabengele-Kalala 5+1reb
gschID: 138997


Pitesti - Dinamo B. 97-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Pitesti's (9-9) home victory over 11th ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (5-12) 97-69. The game without a history. Pitesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to CS Dinamo Bucuresti's 46. Pitesti players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by CS Dinamo Bucuresti's players. American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tenn Tech, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian guard Slobodan Popovic (198-80, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 22 points. Five Pitesti players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Shemik Thompson (182, college: Cent.Conn.St.) did not help to save the game for CS Dinamo Bucuresti. His fellow American import forward Jer'Vaughn Johnson (198-88, college: CS Fullerton) added 19 points and 8 rebounds. CS Dinamo Bucuresti's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Pitesti maintains tenth position with 9-9 record. Newly promoted CS Dinamo Bucuresti keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Pitesti's next round opponent will be higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#6) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Rovinari (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dinamo B.: S.Thompson 24+5reb+1ast, J.Johnson 19+8reb+1ast, P.Nelson 7+11reb+2ast, A.Haymon 6+3reb+2ast, J.Blocker 4+1reb, B.Aktas 3+5reb+1ast
Pitesti: S.Popovic 22+4reb+2ast, D.Kinloch 20+11reb, D.Popescu 15+6reb+4ast, O.Calota 15+4reb+7ast, A.Negut 11+6reb+4ast, D.Vujacic 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 138998


Giurgiu - CSU Sibiu 82-88

Very expected game when 12th ranked Giurgiu (5-13) was defeated at home by seventh ranked CSU Sibiu (11-6) 88-82. The guests were ahead by 10 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 34-25 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Giurgiu outrebounded CSU Sibiu 35-16 including 21 on the defensive glass. American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) notched a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 assists to lead the effort and Russian-German forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) supported him with 13 points. Even a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by American guard Raymond Kraemer (193-87, college: Nevada) did not help to save the game for Giurgiu. Center Catalin Vlaicu (203-86) added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four CSU Sibiu and five Giurgiu players scored in double figures. CSU Sibiu moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Giurgiu keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. CSU Sibiu's next round opponent will be Pitesti (#10) at home. Giurgiu will play against Ploiesti.
Top scorers:
Giurgiu: R.Kraemer 28+10reb+1ast, K.Sims 15+2reb+9ast, C.Vlaicu 15+10reb+3ast, B.Burrell 11+9reb+4ast, Z.Milovic 11+3reb+7ast, D.Powell 1+1reb
CSU Sibiu: J.Wisseh 28+4reb+10ast, N.Khartchenkov 13+3reb+1ast, C.Scott 13+1reb+1ast, C.Craciun 10+2reb+1ast, K.Riley 10+3ast, D.Austin 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 138999


Targu Mures - Gaz Metan 74-80

The game in Mures was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Gaz Metan (14-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Targu Mures (12-6). Gaz Metan managed to secure a 6-point victory 80-74. Targu Mures were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 47-39 second half run of Gaz Metan. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Gaz Metan outrebounded Targu Mures 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) notched 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by the former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Targu Mures. Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (196-83, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Gaz Metan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-4 record having just two points less than leader Timisoara. Targu Mures at the other side keep the fifth place with six games lost. Gaz Metan's next round opponent will be Perla Harghitei (#14) in Miercurea which should be an easy win for them. Targu Mures will play on the road against U-Mobitelco (#3) in Cluj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: V.Stanescu 18+5reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 16+6reb+3ast, C.Watson 13+6reb+3ast, J.Cooley 11+4reb+1ast, F.Lapuste 5, B.Baczo 5+1reb
Gaz Metan: I.Ivanovic 14+8reb+6ast, I.Tomeljak 14+4reb+5ast, T.Nicoara 14+10reb, I.Zigeranovic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 9+5reb+1ast, C.Moore 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 138995




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Spartak-Primorie add Sean Denison - by Eurobasket News
Spartak-Primorie strengthened their frontcourt. They invited Sean Denison (210-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Santa Clara). The deal has an option of a tryout period for the player. Sean Denison spent the last season in Germany. He played for Eisbaeren Bremerhabven. The Canadian player averaged 8.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists per game in Bundesliga. Previously Sean Denison spent three seasons with Tofas Bursa in Turkey. Eurobasket.com named Sean Denison All-Turkish TB2L Centre of the Year in 2008. The centre was the member of Canadian National Team in 2007. He participated at 2007 PanAmerican Games.

CSKA too strong for Anadolu Efes in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow - Anadolu Efes 96-68

CSKA Moscow demonstrated its power once again. This time the Russian powerhouse blasted Anadolu Efes 96-68 for 2-0 record in Group E of the Euroleague Top 16. It means that CSKA has a 12-game winning streak in Euroleague this season. Efes slipped to 1-1 in this pool. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) led the hosts with 15 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 30). Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored 13, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 11 points and 8 assists. Anadolu Efes got 21 points from Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84). Their second scorer was Stanko Barac (217-C-86) with 15 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 7 points and 8 boards. CSKA took control on Efes in the second quarter and never looked back. They made 64-38 lead five minutes after the breather and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. Quarters: 23-21, 25-15, 26-17, 22-15. CSKA waits Galatasaray in the next round. Efes will meet Olympiakos in another road game.

CSKA: Andrei Kirilenko 15+8 boards, Nenad Krstic 14+5 boards, Milos Teodosic 13, Viktor Khryapa 11+8 as
Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 21, Stanko Barac 15, Dusko Savanovic 7+8 boards


Unics shocks Panathinaikos in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Unics 83-89

The Euroleague newcomer Unics shocked reigning champion Panathinaikos in Athens on Wednesday night. It was a 83-89 road victory for the Kazan team, who is now the No.1 of Group G with 2-0 record. PAO slipped to 1-1 after this surprising home defeat. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) paced Unics to victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds (valuation 29). Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored 16 points, while Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) helped his team with 15 pts and 5 rebounds. For the Greens, Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) had 14 points and 7 boards, and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) scored 15 points for 16 minutes on the court. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. PAO had minimum lead at the halftime (42-41) and teams were tied to 49-49 at the middle of Q3. For rest of the period Unics made 7-14 run and later in the last quarter jumped to 65-78 with 4 minutes left. PAO was not able to make a turn, but they cut margin to 6 points until the end, while looking ahead to a tough trip to Kazan, Russia next month. Quarters: 22-17, 20-24, 14-22, 27-26. Unics will waist Emporio Armani next week, while PAO goes to Istanbul for the game against FB Ulker.

Panathinaikos: Mike Batiste 16+5 boards, Dimitris Diamantidis 14+7 boards, Steven Smith 15
Uncis: Henry Domercant 21+5 boards, Terrell Lyday 16, Vladimir Veremeenko 15+5 boards


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Moses Sundufu nets in 18 points in St.Mary's win - by Kristian Santiago
Four of five three-point shots went in for Sierra Leone-born Moses Sundufu (187-G) when his Rattler defeated Texas A&M Kingsville 70-67 last Monday.
Sundufu, who stayed perfect from the charity-line, led the team with 18 points in the overtime-win.
The junior at St.Mary's in Texas is currently averaging 9,2 ppg in 20 minutes of play and there is also a nice article about his difficult path to St.Mary's right here:
http://www.stmarytx.edu/news/top-stories/index.php?headline=Away_From_War_Sundufu_Finds_Refuge


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ASEAN League: Singapore Slingers claim second win - by Eurobasket News
Saigon Heat - Singapore Slingers 55:60

Singapore Slingers recorded the second consecutive win at the ASEAN League. They defeated Saigon Heat on the road to climb at 2-1 record. The debutants from Vietnam in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Saigon Heat led by Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) got to a confident start. The hosts built a 15:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The Heat maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Heat secured a 27:21 halftime advantage. But the Slingers turned things around after the big break. They erased the deficit and even pulled ahead after a three-pointer from Dulay. But Saigon regained the lead 42:40 heading into the fourth frame. However Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) helped the Slingers surge ahead again. The visitors boosted the lead to 7 points late in regulation and hung on to escape with a tough win at the end. Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) provided 21 points, while Dulay Donald (173-G-80) finished with 16 points in the win. Saigon Heat answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds from Julius Hodge. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) had 17 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Saigon Heat: Julius Hodge 18, Jonathan Jones 17
Singapore Slingers: Little Donald 21, Dulay Donald 16, Graham Louis 11



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Eric Dawson is a no show for Olimpija - by Matej Bergant
BC Union Olimpija Ljubljana agreed and signed a contract with US player Eric Dawson (208-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) prior this week. Despite the valid contract signed by both sides and the fact that the management obtained all the necessary papers and Letter of Clearance, the player didn't arrive to Ljubljana, Slovenia on agreed date. Union Olimpija will take appropriate actions in this matter. Dawson started the season in D-League with Austin Toros where he had an average of 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. He played collegiate basketball at the Midwestern State University. He already played twice international basketball as he spent time in Japan and South Korea. This would be his first time in Europe.

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Velimir Perasovic takes over Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Valencia named their new head coach. Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) steps on the bridge in the Spanish team. The Croatian specialist worked with Efes Pilsen last season. He left the Turkish team in March 2011. Previously Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) coached Sevilla, Tau Ceramica, Estudiantes Madrid, KK Cibona Zagreb. Eurobasket.com named the specialist All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year in 2010. Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) is ACB SuperCup and Copa del Rey winner. He also guided his teams to Croatian Cup and Turkish President Cup titles. The deal with Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) is meant till the end of the season. The Croat will replace Paco Olmos who released several days ago.


Bilbao hands 85-70 loss to Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Gescrap BB - Unicaja 85-70

Bilbao registered first win in the Euroleague Top 16. They handed 85-70 loss to Unicaja joining Real Madrid with 1-1 record in Group F. At the other side, Unicaja dropped to 0-2 after this meeting. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) top-scored for the hosts with 19 points. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) collected 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, and Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) helped Bilbao with 14 points. The team from Malaga got 18 points from Joel Freeland (208-F-87). Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) (5 rebs) and Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) netted 17 and 11 points respectively. Crucial period of the game was the beginning of the last quarter, when Bilbao made 16-4 run for 74-56 lead. It was too much for Unicaja. Quarters: 22-17, 14-17, 22-18, 27-18. Bilbao will meet Real in Madrid in the next round. Unicaja waits Montepaschi.

Gescrap BB: Kostas Vasiliadis 19, Alex Mumbru 18+7 boards+5 as, Aaron Jackson 14
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 18, Gerald Fitch 17+5 boards, Hrvoje Peric 11


McCalebb shines, Montepaschi celebrates 69-88 win in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Montepaschi 69-88

Montepaschi did a great job in Madrid on Wednesday night. The Italian champion cruised past Real 69-88 for 2-0 record in Group F of the Euroleague Top 16. At the same time, this is the first loss for Real, who celebrated against Unicaja in Round One. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) had amazing night with 25 points and 6 assists. He reached valuation 36! Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) scored 16 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) followed with 11 points, plus 7 rebounds. For the home squad, Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) collected 17 points and 15 rebs. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) stopped to 9 pts. Montepaschi had impressive start making 15-31 lead after ten minutes of play. That includes 0-14 run during the first period. Real Madrid was desperately trying to come closer, but Montepaschi was too strong for them and managed to keep the safe distance for rest of the way. Quarters: 15-31, 19-16, 14-18, 21-23. Real will host Bilbao next week. Montepaschi goes to Malaga.

Real Madrid: Felipe Reyes 17+15 boards, Jaycee Carroll 12+5 boards, Martynas Pocius 9
Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 25+6 as, Ksistof Lavrinovic 16, David Andersen 11+7 boards


Lawal's double-double lands him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Knet Clavijo and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Burgos (#2, 13-7) 75-68. Knet Clavijo is placed at 11th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Knet Clavijo 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 9-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Lawal as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Wayne State College (MI) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawal leads league in rebounds with 10.9rpg. Lawal is in league's top in and averages solid 1.6bpg and 62.3% FGP. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-G/F-81) of Leon. He is a swingman in his second season at Leon. In the last game Gonzalez recorded impressive 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Leon to edge slightly higher-ranked Caceres (9-11) by 5 points 95-90. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Leon keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Gonzalez is well-known at Leon and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jesus Fernandez (204-C-75) of Granada (#17). Fernandez scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Fernandez's great performance Granada lost 50-68 to the higher-ranked Girona (#8, 11-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Granada can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Fernandez he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Fernandez has a very solid season. In 19 games in Spain he scored 13.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-F-86) of Burgos - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Urko Otegui (203-F/C-81) of Menorca - 24 points and 11 rebounds
6. Marcus Norris (185-G-74) of Lleida - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88) of La Palma - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) of Navarra - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86) of Palencia - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jakim Donaldson (204-C/F-83) of Canarias - 17 points and 9 rebounds

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


Jose Balmon claims Spanish LEB Silver weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Jose Balmon (204-C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Las Rozas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 30-year old center had the game-high 29 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Las Rozas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Avila (#9, 6-7) 73-64. Las Rozas maintains the 5th position in Spanish LEB Silver. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Las Rozas will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Balmon had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Las Rozas' top player in his first season with the team. Balmon has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.5ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young point guard Ignacio Guigou (186-PG-91) of Tenerife. Guigou impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Tenerife lost that game 73-98 to slightly higher-ranked Oviedo CB (#10, 5-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Tenerife keeps 12th position. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Tenerife managed to get this year. Guigou is a newcomer at Tenerife and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Bryan LeDuc (203-F) of Oviedo CB (#10). LeDuc scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Oviedo CB, leading his team to a 98-73 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Tenerife (#12, 3-10). The chances of Oviedo CB not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, LeDuc could try to bring Oviedo CB's a little bit higher in the standings. LeDuc has a very solid season. In 13 games in Spain he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 63.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alberto Ausina (203-C/F-81) of Aurteneche M. - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-C/F-88) of Lan Mobel ISB - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Andrais Thornton (203-C-85) of Plasencia - 14 points and 9 rebounds
7. Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Las Rozas - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ruben Martinez (196-G/F-85) of Las Rozas - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Marcus Eriksson (196-G/F-93) of Barca Regal II - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Georvys Elias (199-F-81) of Tenerife - 17 points and 10 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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Nathan Connolly moves to BBC Nyon - by Luca Maffioli
BBC Nyon strengthened their roster with addition of 35-years old player Nathan Connolly (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose, NY). The American guard/forward started this season with SAV Vacallo but he played only three LNA games averaging 7.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists. In 2009-2010, Connolly, played nine games in United Kingdom with Tees Valley Mohawks. He averaged 26.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game. He played also in New Zealand, Austria, Germany and Portugal.

Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Neuchatel 17-0 
 2. Vevey 13-4 
 3. Meyrin Geneve 13-4 
 4. BC AKA 12-5 
 5. Bern 12-5 
 6. Bernex 10-7 
 7. Nyon U23 10-8 
 8. Villars 8-10 
 9. Zurich Wildcats 5-11 
 10. Blonay Basket 5-12 
 11. Pully 4-13 
 12. Swiss Central 4-13 
 13. DDV Lugano 3-13 
 14. Acad.Fribourg 3-14 


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Standings - D1
D1 Stage Two Standings
Places 1-8
 1. C Africain 0-0
 2. CA Bizerte 0-0
 3. ES Rades 0-0
 4. ES Sahel 0-0
 5. ESG 0-0
 6. Ezzahra 0-0
 7. JS Kairouan 0-0
 8. Stade Nabeulien 0-0
Places 9-14
 1. AS Hammamet 0-0
 2. ASC Bizerte 0-0
 3. C Cheminots 0-0
 4. JS Manazeh 0-0
 5. Tunisair 0-0
 6. US Monastir 0-0
Stage One Standings


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Tyrone Nelson gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TB2L - by Eurobasket News
American Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Akhisar Bld and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Gaziantep (#5, 14-5) 72-69. Akhisar Bld is placed at 6th position in Turkish TB2L. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akhisar Bld will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. It's Nelson's second year at Akhisar Bld and it's hard to imagine this team without him. New Mexico State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nelson is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.7ppg. Nelson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.8rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 53.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old forward Ismail Cevik (206-F-81) of second-ranked Selcuk Univ.. Cevik impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Selcuk Univ. to edge the lower-ranked Istanbulspor (#16, 6-13) by 6 points 74-68. This victory allowed Selcuk Univ. to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 15-4 record is not bad at all. Cevik is a newcomer at Selcuk Univ. 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.

The third best performed player last round was American Marquise Gray (206-F/C-86) of Baskent Genclik (#12). Gray scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Baskent Genclik, leading his team to a 71-64 win against the lower-ranked Pertevniyal (#15, 7-12). The chances of Baskent Genclik ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gray could help Baskent Genclik to bring them higher in the standings. Gray has a great season in Turkey. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 62.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Final Genclik - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Ismail Esmeray (C-86) of Pamukkale - 22 points and 6 rebounds
6. Will Caudle (206-C-82) of Pamukkale - 20 points and 16 rebounds
7. Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) of Genc Telekom - 28 points and 8 rebounds
8. Hadi Ozdemir (203-F-83) of Vestel - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Cihad Sahin (203-F-83) of Optimum TED - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Umutcan Ozyildirim (196-G-83) of Istanbul B.B. - 18 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)


CSKA too strong for Anadolu Efes in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
CSKA Moscow - Anadolu Efes 96-68

CSKA Moscow demonstrated its power once again. This time the Russian powerhouse blasted Anadolu Efes 96-68 for 2-0 record in Group E of the Euroleague Top 16. It means that CSKA has a 12-game winning streak in Euroleague this season. Efes slipped to 1-1 in this pool. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) led the hosts with 15 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 30). Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored 13, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 11 points and 8 assists. Anadolu Efes got 21 points from Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84). Their second scorer was Stanko Barac (217-C-86) with 15 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 7 points and 8 boards. CSKA took control on Efes in the second quarter and never looked back. They made 64-38 lead five minutes after the breather and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. Quarters: 23-21, 25-15, 26-17, 22-15. CSKA waits Galatasaray in the next round. Efes will meet Olympiakos in another road game.

CSKA: Andrei Kirilenko 15+8 boards, Nenad Krstic 14+5 boards, Milos Teodosic 13, Viktor Khryapa 11+8 as
Anadolu Efes: Sasha Vujacic 21, Stanko Barac 15, Dusko Savanovic 7+8 boards


Orhun Ene : Kalin Lucas in Banvit - by Ugur Turker
Banvit Basketbol Kulubu strengthen his frontcourt with Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.). Orhun Ene, head coach of Banvit Basketbol Kulubu, confirmed to Ugur TURKER that Kalin Lucas came to Turkey to join Banvit Basketbol Kulubu. ; ' We reached an agreement with Kalin Lucas. He is in Turkey,Bandrma and if there will be no problem in medical test tomorrow, we are going to sign official contract with him. ' Kalin Lucas had waived by Olympiakos after Greek Club add Acie Law. Kalin Lucas has first season in Europe and he played lastly in Olympiakos.

Fenerbahce Ulker escapes with 65-63 home win against EA7 Emporio Milan - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - EA7 Emporio 65-63

Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed a 65-63 thriller win against EA7 Emporio in the opening game of Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul on Wednesday night. There was 28 seconds to go when Omar Cook scored from beyond the arc cutting the Milans deficit to 65-63. Fenerbahce had the possession, but failed to score and visitors got the ball with 3 seconds left. Sergio Scariolo called a time out, after what Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) got a clear look from three-point range but it banged off the rim, giving the hosts first victory in Top 16. FB Ulker has 1-1 record now in Group G, while Milan dropped to 0-2. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points and his countrymate Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Third scorer in this victory was another Croatian Marko Tomas (201-G-85), who scored 8 points. Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) shined for the guests with double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Antonis Fotsis had 16 points and 6 rebs, and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) netted 13 pts. Quarters: 12-10, 18-18, 16-15, 19-20. Next week, FB Ulker will host the reigning Euroleague champion - Panathinaikos. Armani will go to Kazan.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 17, Roko-Leni Ukic 16+6 boards, Marko Tomas 8
EA7 Emporio: Mason Rocca 16+11 boards, Antonis Fotsis 16+6 boards, Stefano Mancinelli 13


Darius Songaila leaves Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) have agreed on terms of contract termination. The veteran centre joined the Turkish team at the start of the season. Darius Songaila posted 7.9 points, 2.8 rebounds per Euroleague game. The centre notched 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in TBL action. Darius Songaila returned to Europe after eight straight seasons in the NBA. He had stints with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets. He also played for CSKA Moscow. Darius Songaila has been the member of Lithuanian National Team since 2000. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Darius Songaila posted 8.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game on home soil.


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Phillip Michael Jones is a newcomer at U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket Center
U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old U.S. Virgin Islands international power forward Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-116kg-85, college: Charlotte). In his first game he scored 9 points helping his new team beat CSM Bucuresti 87-79. Jones played most recently at Atletico Aguada (Uruguay). While playing 5 games for Aguada this season he averaged 3.8ppg, 8.6rpg and 0.2bpg. Jones is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and U.S. Virgin Islands. Jones just graduated University of North Carolina - Charlotte and actually missed last season. It will be his first season in pro basketball. Jones played for U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team this year. He represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) last year. Jones team won Gold and his stats at this event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg, Blocks-3(1.6bpg), FGP: 58.6%, FT: 80.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Ivanna Eudora Kean HS Basketball Tournament set for this weekend - by David Edole
Tournament will be double elimination up until Championship. Running time will be used for every game until the championship games. The Championship games will be played using regular time. Tournament is governed by IAA rules.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
#1 Girls Gift Hill Vs IEKHS 4:00 pm
#1 Boys Gift Hill Vs Antilles 5 maf

Friday, January 27, 2012
#2 Boys Country Day Vs Central 4:00 pm
#2 Girls CAHS Vs Central 5 maf
#3 Boys Complex Vs CAHS 5 maf
#3 Girls Complex Vs Winner G1 5 maf
#4 Girls Loser G1 Vs Loser G2 5 maf
#4 Boys IEKHS Vs Winner G1 5 maf

Saturday, January 28, 2012
#5 Boys Winner G2 Vs Winner G3 9:30 am
#5 Girls Winner G2 Vs Winner G3 5maf
#6 Boys Loser G2 Vs Loser G3 5maf
#6 Girls Winner G4 Vs Loser G3 5maf
#7 Boys Loser G1 Vs Loser G5 5maf
#7 Girls Loser G5 Vs Winner G6 5maf
#8 Boys Loser G4 Vs Winner G6 5maf
#9 Boys Winner G4 Vs Winner G5 5maf
#10Boys Winner G7 Vs Winner G8 5maf
#11Boys Loser G9 Vs Winner G10 5maf

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Championship Game
#8 Girls Winner G5 Vs WinnerG7 10:00 am

Championship Game
#12Boys Winner G9 Vs Winner G11 5maf


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Sunday's game review: Taylors 23 points lead Slam - by David Walls

Cincinnati S. Louisville S. 111-78
Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY) had 23 points and 7 rebounds as the Cincinnati Slam continue its six-game winning streak with a 111-78 rout of the Louisville Swish on Sunday night. Ervin Williams (6'9''-F/C-88, college: St.Catharine) chipped in with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Will Richard (6'5''-F/G-84) added 18 points and four assists for the Slam. The Slam dominated inside the paint, outrebounding the Swish 53-33 while handing them their third straight loss. Anthony missed all seven shots from the field and finished with one point.

'We had a good balance of scoring and played unselfish basketball the entire game, said Coach Travis McAvene .' I want our team to stay hungry and continue to improve on the defensive end, added McAvene.

GIE Morrow Disciples Atlanta A. 82-97
Desmond Blue (6'11''-C-88, college: Lee) return provided the Atlanta Assault with the lift to end two losing streaks - one that had lasted two weeks. Blue, absent for last game with a left calf strain, scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half, and the Assault snapped an two-game losing streak by beating Morrow 97-82 on Sunday night, their first win over the Disciples in two years.

The Disciples were shorthanded only dressing 5 players due to sickness (flu) to Johnathan Simpson (6'8''-C/F, college: Clark Atlanta), Dominique Bedford (6'9''-F/C-85, college: Morris Brown), Terrence Green (6'10''-C, college: Augustana, IL) and Chad Eichelberger (6'9''-F-82, college: St.Andrews). Although they were shorthanded the Disciples led by 12 in the third but the Assaults were too much in the end. Desmond Blue led the Assault with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. New comer Daniel Bolick (5'10''-PG-89, college: N.Carolina) sparked also sparked the Assault with 8 points and 7 assists. Some stats cant be marked, said Assault coach Chris Brown . Blue and Bolic controlled this game from the inside out. The Disciples were led by Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) and Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, college: Clayton St.) who scored 25 points apiece in a losing effort.

Tennessee D. Georgia Lions 104- 94
Shawn Morgan (6'6''-F-86, college: Arkansas St.) scored 28 points 8 assists and 9 rebounds as the Tennessee Dragons beat the Georgia Lions 104-94 on Sunday night. Christian Simmons (6'5''-F-84, college: Cumberlands) scored 17 points; Joshua Walker (6'4''-F-84, college: S.Wesleyan) added 15 points and 7 assists for Tennessee. James Williams (6'3''-G/F-85, college: Victory) had 17 points to lead the Lions, and Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian) scored 15 and 7 assists. The Dragons still hold the 2nd spot in the Southern Conference and look to make a strong run into the playoffs.

Midwest M. Cleveland R. 80-74
In the first game of the night, the Rams fell short in a comeback attempt losing to the Midwest Magic 80 to Rams 74. After falling behind by 20, Edlonzo Rowell (6'2''-G-85) led the Rams with 33 points and Tony Smith (6'7''-F/C-88, college: E.Carolina) chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds still resulting in a losing effort. On the winning side, the Magic was led by Joe Davis with 22 points and 7 rebounds, Baliah Young added 26 points, but it was Ibrahim Konate who controlled the game with12 points and 12 rebounds.

Southeast H.-Buckeye B. 100-94
The Southeast Hoopstars capped the night be beating the Buckeye Blazers 100 to 94. Eric Mcpearson led the Hoopstars with 31 points, 9 assist and 3 steals while Dave Brown added 15 points and 6 assist to get revenge on their earlier loss in the season. The Blazers were led by Reginald Harwell with 24 points, 6 assist and 6 rebounds in their only loss of the season.




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


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.3 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.20.3 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.7 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.9 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.18.7 
 6. King, BC Odessa18.3 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.5 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik17.3 
 9. Harris, Halychyna17.2 
 10. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.11.5 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.9 
 3. Fraser, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.7 
 5. Davis, Kryvbasb.8.7 
 6. Drozdov, Azovmash8.5 
 7. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 8. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 9. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.0 
 10. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mitchell, Khimik6.3 
 2. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.9 
 3. Deane, BC Odessa5.9 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.6 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro5.2 
 6. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 7. Butskyy, Fe.4.8 
 8. Solomon, Cherkasy4.6 
 9. Morovic, Halychyna4.4 
 10. Ervin, BC Kyiv4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick HOUSE
  Dnipro
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. House, Dnipro1.9 
 2. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. Minard, Azovmash1.8 
 4. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 5. Curry, BC Donetsk1.8 
 6. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 7. Solomon, Cherkasy1.6 
 8. Nelson, BC Donetsk1.6 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
 10. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.4 
 2. McClintock, Mykola.2.3 
 3. King, BC Odessa2.2 
 4. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 5. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.6 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Hal.1.4 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Pecherov, Azovma.1.3 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 19-5 
 2. BC Donetsk 17-6 
 3. Azovmash 16-8 
 4. Khimik 16-9 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 15-9 
 6. BC Odessa 15-9 
 7. Hoverla 14-11 
 8. Dnipro 13-12 
 9. BC Kyiv 12-12 
 10. Mykolaiv 9-15 
 11. Kryvbasbasket 8-17 
 12. Cherkasy 7-18 
 13. DniproAzot 6-17 
 14. Halychyna 3-22 


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  URUGUAY   


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Serie 1
 1. Bohemios 0-0 
 2. Hebraica 0-0 
 3. Lagomar 0-0 
 4. Trouville 0-0 
 5. Wanderers 0-0 
 6. Welcome 0-0 
Serie 2
 1. Malvin 1-0 
 2. Plaza 1-0 
 3. Bigua 1-0 
 4. Aguada 0-1 
 5. Anastasia 0-1 
 6. Defensor 0-1 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Trouville
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Brown, Trouville24.8 
 2. Keenan, Larre B.23.9 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua23.8 
 4. Crews, Cader23.5 
 5. Herring, Bohemios22.7 
 6. Roland, Sayago22.1 
 7. Eddie, Cordon21.7 
 8. McCullough, Un.Atl.21.2 
 9. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
 10. Jennings, Cordon20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Bigua
  (203-C/F-79)
  Avg: 43.8
 1. Humphrey, Bigua43.8 
 2. Polk, Montevideo14.1 
 3. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.12.8 
 4. Shellman, Sayago12.8 
 5. Passos, Hebraica10.9 
 6. Keenan, Larre B.10.8 
 7. Crews, Cader10.7 
 8. Jackson, Defensor10.0 
 9. Douglas, Bohemios9.8 
 10. Haller, Montevideo9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.8 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin5.9 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada5.6 
 4. Taboada, Larre B.5.0 
 5. Vidal, Bigua4.9 
 6. Jennings, Cordon4.8 
 7. Silvarrey, Sayago4.8 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.7 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.6 
 10. de Gouveia, Mont.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derrick MILLER
  Cordon
  (202-C/F-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Miller, Cordon2.8 
 2. Shellman, Sayago2.5 
 3. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 4. Barrera, Hebraica2.5 
 5. Clarkson, Larre B.2.4 
 6. Garcia Moral., Big.2.3 
 7. Brown, Trouville2.3 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville2.2 
 9. Evans, Cader2.1 
 10. Silvarrey, Sayago2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert JACKSON
  Olimpia
  (211-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jackson, Olimpia2.3 
 2. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.2.2 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua1.9 
 4. Polk, Montevideo1.8 
 5. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 6. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 7. Crews, Cader1.6 
 8. McCoy, Sayago1.5 
 9. Augustus, Hebraica1.5 
 10. Newsome, Malvin1.4 


Malvin, the defending champions, beat Aguada - by Hector Lopez
Malvin, the defending champions, beat Aguada 76-64, in one of the opening games for the Super Liga, the second stage for the LUB championship. Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winner, while Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 5 points and 6 rebounds. For Aguada, Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) netted 28 points and took 8 rebounds and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) scored 12 with 6 rebounds.
Other resuls for the Super Liga Group 2 were:
Bigua 83 - DeVaughn Lamont (208-F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: CS Monterey) 23 points 6 rebounds, Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 14 points 5 rebounds
Defensor Sporting 72 - Rashad Chase (201-F/C-87, college: Georgia St.) 16 points 2 rebounds, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 6 points 7 rebounds
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Plaza 83 - Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Georgetown, KY) 17 points 9 rebounds, Joseph Harris (196-F-87, college: Co.Carolina) 12 points 6 rebounds
Anastasia 66 - Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 15 points 10 rebounds, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 9 points 6 rebounds
(The game was suspended with 25 seconds to play after an incident among players)


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  VIETNAM   


ASEAN League: Singapore Slingers claim second win - by Eurobasket News
Saigon Heat - Singapore Slingers 55:60

Singapore Slingers recorded the second consecutive win at the ASEAN League. They defeated Saigon Heat on the road to climb at 2-1 record. The debutants from Vietnam in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Saigon Heat led by Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) got to a confident start. The hosts built a 15:10 lead ten minutes into the game. The Heat maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Heat secured a 27:21 halftime advantage. But the Slingers turned things around after the big break. They erased the deficit and even pulled ahead after a three-pointer from Dulay. But Saigon regained the lead 42:40 heading into the fourth frame. However Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) helped the Slingers surge ahead again. The visitors boosted the lead to 7 points late in regulation and hung on to escape with a tough win at the end. Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) provided 21 points, while Dulay Donald (173-G-80) finished with 16 points in the win. Saigon Heat answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds from Julius Hodge. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) had 17 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Saigon Heat: Julius Hodge 18, Jonathan Jones 17
Singapore Slingers: Little Donald 21, Dulay Donald 16, Graham Louis 11



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  WABA LEAGUE   


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Group B
Champville - ASU 84:70

Champville recorded the second straight win at the start of WABA League Group B action. They overcame Jordanian ASU to ensure 2-0 record on top of the ladder. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) stepped up with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Champville pulled ahead early in the game. They finished the opening quarter with a 5-point lead 23:18. Champville kept ASU at distance throughout the second quarter. The Lebanese team arrived at halftime enjoying a 40:34 advantage. The margin grew at 9-point mark after the third quarter 56:47. ASU could not threaten the gap in the final frame as Champville cruised to the win. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) provided 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Champville. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) added 18 points in the victory. Esian Henderson (204-F/C-86, college: Central Mo.) answered with 23 points for ASU. Mousa Alawadi (180-G/F-85) had 13 points in the first loss for the Jordanian side at the tournament.

Champville: Fadi Khatib 23+10 boards, Garnett Thompson 20+14 boards, Samuel Hoskin 18
ASU: Esian Henderson 23, Mousa Alawadi 13


Moutahed - Duhok 97:87
Moutahed celebrated the first win in the WABA League Group B. They shot down Duhok to improve at 1-1 record. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) poured in 37 points to lead the winners. Duhok suffered the second loss in a row at the tournament.
Moutahed pulled ahead late in the opening quarter. The Lebanese team gained a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. But Duhok opened the second frame on a 15:2 run to surge ahead. The Iraqis hung on to establish a 45:44 halftime lead. Moutahed however quickly restored their advantage after the main break. The Lebanese side grabbed the initiative and recorded a 76:69 lead at the final intermission. Duhok got within a striking distance midway through the final term but Moutahed relied on Austin Johnson who led them to the victory. Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tulsa) provided 30 points and 13 boards, while Marwan Ziadeh (202-C-87) had 8 points for the winners. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) answered with 29 points for Duhok. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) finished with 26 points in defeat.

Moutahed: Austin Johnson 37, Bassel Bawji 30+13 boards, Marwan Ziadeh 8
Duhok: Chamberlain Oguchi 29, Malcolm Battles 26



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


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


FIBA Basketball World Cup officially launched in Madrid - by Eurobasket
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Thursday officially launched the 2014 edition of its flagship tournament by revealing its brand new name, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, at a special event in the Spanish capital.

There was a distinct national flavour to the evening as the logo of the FIBA Basketball World Cup was unveiled and the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) formally presented the six host cities Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Granada and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann explained the thinking behind the name change of the biggest international basketball tournament from FIBA World Championship to FIBA Basketball World Cup in front of the more than 400 guests which included eminent members of Spanish society, political institutions and the business world.

The new name is short and catchy. The term World Cup is known by people all over the globe and resonates in different languages: Copa del Mundo, Coppa del Mondo, Coupe du Monde, he said.

This new name reflects the prestige that our tournament has as a premier international competition and allows for it to be recognised as what it truly is: one of the biggest global sporting events, along with the FIFA World Cup, the Rugby World Cup and the Cricket World Cup.

The logo for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup was unveiled with a special contemporary Spanish ballet performance. It is inspired by the concept of the basketball dance. Two hands, symbolising the body part most directly involved in both basketball and Spanish dance, create a dynamic graphic that blends expressive gestures. The colourful design inspired by the palette of colours found in the FIBA logo pays tribute to Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

Jos Luis Sez, the President of the Spanish Basketball Federation, provided in-depth information on the six host cities and venues before the event concluded with the impressive unveiling of the logo.

Our commitment and desire is to organise the FIBA Basketball World Cup for everyone. The best way to do that is by giving it a global dimension which, starting in September 2014, will become a true legacy for the whole society, he said.

That is why we want to come out of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup with Spain as a platform for the promotion of basketball and the transmission of its great values as a sport, a focus of economic activity and a tool for social transformation.

FIBA President Yvan Mainini thanked the Spanish Basketball Federation for its hospitality and said the huge turnout of dignitaries which included greats Oscar Schmidt, Dino Meneghin and Juan Antonio San Epifanio reflected just how highly-regarded the tournament is in Spain and all around the world.

'It's a huge honour to have with us three of the biggest legends in international basketball. These men are symbolic with world class basketball. Having them here and so many others confirms that we made a good choice in attributing the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup to Spain,' he said.
You can find high resolution images of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup logo as well as photos of the event on photos.fiba.com (username: public; password: gallery) and www.feb.es.


Courtesy of FIBA.com




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Cambage's 17 points and 8 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old center Liz Cambage (203-C-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Bulleen B. and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
She had the game-high 17 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Bulleen B. in her team's victory, helping them to outclass AIS (#10, 1-17) with 45-point margin 103-58. Bulleen B. is placed at 2nd position in Australian WNBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bulleen B. will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. Cambage turned to be Bulleen B.'s top player in her first season with the team. Cambage has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 14.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 6.5rpg) and averages solid 3.0bpg and 63.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brigitte Ardossi (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of Canberra C.. She is a forward in her first season at Canberra C.. In the last game Ardossi recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Canberra C. lost that game 59-72 to the higher-ranked Logan T. (#4, 10-6). Canberra C. is still second from the bottom in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Ardossi is a newcomer at Canberra C. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Deanna Smith (179-G-80) of Bendigo S. (#5). Smith scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Smith's great performance Bendigo S. lost 54-70 to the higher-ranked Adelaide (#1, 14-3). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bendigo S. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Smith has a very solid season. In 3 games in Australia she scored 5.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shanavia Dowdell (188-F-87) of Townsville F. - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) of Adelaide - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Amy Denson (186-F-84) of Sydney UF - 21 points and 10 rebounds
7. Corinna Montgomery (188-F/C-87) of Logan T. - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) of Bulleen B. - 13 points and 6 rebounds
9. Cortney Hargreaves (181-G-91) of Waves - 11 points and 9 rebounds
10. Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) of Waves - 16 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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  BELARUS - Women  


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 9-1 
 2. Gorizont 8-1 
 3. Olimpia 7-2 
 4. Berezina 7-6 
 5. BrGU 3-7 
 6. Victoria 1-10 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-8 


Rimantas Grigas will be appointed head coach of Belarusian National Team - by Eurobasket News
Rimantas Grigas has reportedly agreed to take over Belarusian National Team. The Lithuanian specialist is now working as an assistant coach with UMMC Ekaterinburg. Previously Rimantas Grigas was the head coach of Mazeikiai, Atletas, Zalgiris Kaunas, Budivelnyk Kiev. Eurobasket.com named him All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Rimantas Grigas also guided Lithuanian U18 and University National Teams. He will replace Anatoly Buyalskiy . Belarus finished just in the ninth position at 2011 EuroBasket.
Belarus got into Group A of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They start their campaign on June 13th. Belarus will host Hungary.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Standings - CNBF
LBF Standings
 1. Americana 8-0 
 2. Ourinhos 6-2 
 3. Poty/Acucar 6-2 
 4. Santo Andre 6-3 
 5. Sao Jose 6-3 
 6. Maranhao 3-7 
 7. Blumenau 2-6 
 8. Basquete Clube 1-7 
 9. Sao Caetano 0-8 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Iziane CASTRO MARQUES
  Maran.
  (183-G/F-82)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Castro Marqu., Mar.25.3 
 2. Felipe, Santo Andre16.2 
 3. De Oliviera, Sao J.15.8 
 4. Ribeiro, Sao Jose15.3 
 5. Oliveira, Maranhao14.3 
 6. Silvestre, Santo A.14.2 
 7. Martins, Santo A.13.0 
 8. De Andrade, Sao J.13.0 
 9. Nascimento, Sao J.13.0 
 10. Gomes, Santo And.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alessandra DE OLIVIERA
  Sao J.
  (201-C-73)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. De Oliviera, Sao J.12.8 
 2. Gomes, Santo Andre8.4 
 3. Castro Marqu., Mar.8.1 
 4. Dos Santos, Maran.6.3 
 5. Santos, Maranhao6.3 
 6. Lima, Santo Andre6.2 
 7. Souza, Sao Jose5.8 
 8. Kelly, Maranhao5.6 
 9. De Andrade, Sao J.5.3 
 10. Ribeiro, Sao Jose4.5 
Assists Per Game
 Katia CAVALLARO
  Santo A.
  (168-G-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Cavallaro, Santo A.4.4 
 2. Garvao, Santo And.4.2 
 3. Felipe, Santo Andre3.6 
 4. Martins, Santo A.3.3 
 5. Souza, Sao Jose3.3 
 6. De Andrade, Sao J.3.0 
 7. Martins, Santo A.2.8 
 8. Castro Marqu., Mar.2.6 
 9. Silva, Maranhao2.4 
 10. Nascimento, Sao2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patricia RIBEIRO
  Sao Jose
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Ribeiro, Sao Jose4.3 
 2. Cavallaro, Santo A.3.6 
 3. Oliveira, Maranhao3.5 
 4. Felipe, Santo Andre3.0 
 5. Souza, Sao Jose3.0 
 6. De Andrade, Sao J.2.3 
 7. Martins, Santo A.2.0 
 8. Castro Marqu., Mar.1.6 
 9. De Oliviera, Sao J.1.5 
 10. Gomes, Santo And.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ega GARVAO
  Santo Andre
  (185-C-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Garvao, Santo And.1.8 
 2. Santos, Maranhao0.9 
 3. Dos Santos, Maran.0.9 
 4. De Oliviera, Sao J.0.8 
 5. Castro Marqu., Mar.0.8 
 6. De Andrade, Sao J.0.5 
 7. Ferreira, Sao Jose0.5 
 8. Silvestre, Santo A.0.4 
 9. Gomes, Santo Andre0.4 
 10. Kelly, Maranhao0.4 


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Tamara Phillip led Central Arizona with 23 points - by David Edole
DOUGLAS The Central Arizona College womens basketball team withstood a second-half rally by Cochise College to post a 63-56 victory on Saturday night.

The third-ranked Vaqueras (19-1, 11-0 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) increased their 39-24 halftime lead to as many as 24 points early in the second half. The host Apaches (12-9, 6-5), however, began turning up the pressure on defense and hitting shots on offense to reduce their deficit to as few as six before the Vaqueras were able to hold on for the seven-point win.

We started making mistake after mistake, and they started pressuring us, Central Arizona coach Denise Cardenas said. We really got rattled. The place was going crazy.

The Vaqueras committed 17 of their 25 turnovers in the frenetic second half.

Too many turnovers down the stretch, Cardenas said. I am glad we got out of here with the win, and Im glad were done with this place for the year. Its a tough place to play, even going back to when I was a player. Crazy things happen at Cochise.

Tamara Phillip led Central Arizona with 23 points and eight steals, and she also grabbed five rebounds.

Brea Townsend and Katrina Salinas scored 11 points each for the Vaqueras, while Townsend added six rebounds.

Central Arizona also got eight points from Katrina Ottesen, five points from Alice Pitts, two points each from Paris Webb and Tafara Phillip, and one point and eight rebounds from Shanice Butler.

Ashley Mitchell led Cochise with 19 points.

They played hard, Cardenas said about the Apaches. I give them a lot of credit.

I was talking to their coach (Laura Hughes). She asked me how were able to take everybodys best shot. That happens a lot.

We have to wear our jerseys with pride and stand strong when we go into other teams gyms and also when we play at home. We want to keep our tradition going. We just have to work hard every time out.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Johnson's 31-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old forward Adrienne Johnson (182-F-89, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Dunav 8806 and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
She had the game-high 31 points adding two rebounds and two assists for Dunav 8806 in her team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Slavia (#7, 0-15) with 19-point margin 74-55. It allowed Dunav 8806 to consolidate first place in the Bulgarian NBL. Dunav 8806 has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 13-1. Johnson turned to be Dunav 8806's top player in her first season with the team. Louisiana Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.1ppg. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 60.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) of Montana 2003. She is former international center in her first season at Montana 2003. In the last game Makarieva recorded impressive 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead Montana 2003 to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Levski (#5, 6-9) 80-55. This victory allowed Montana 2003 to move up to 3rd position in the standings. Her team's 8-6 record is not bad at all. Makarieva is a newcomer at Montana 2003 and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Montana 2003's star - forward Natalia Topalova-Shopova (186-F-80). Topalova-Shopova showcased her all-around game by recording 23 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. She was another key player of Montana 2003, helping her team with a 80-55 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Levski (#5, 6-9). Montana 2003 needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Topalova-Shopova has a very solid season. In 14 games in Bulgaria she scored 20.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87) of Neftochimic - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Juanita Ward (180-G-86) of Levski - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Katerina Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) of Neftochimic - 15 points and 16 rebounds
7. Antonia Zagorova (190-F/C-90) of Slavia - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anna Sokolan (178-G-84) of Neftochimic - 11 points and 4 assists
9. Maria Zhelyazkova (181-F-86) of Neftochimic - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Aleksandra Kancheva (182-F-90) of Dunav 8806 - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  CANADA - Women  


Longtime Rams Coach pothier Passes - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca The Ryerson Atheletics and basketball communities are mourning the loss of Sandy Pothier,who passed away on Jan 21,2012 after a courageous two year battle with cancer. She was 50. The former Ryerson Rams womens basketball coach is respected and remembered as a woman of influence leader,coach,teacher and friend. pothier coached the Rams for 18 seasos and is the longest serving coach in team history. She mentored and coached over 200 student atheletes including 32 oua all-stars and award winners at Ryerson. In her final year with the Rams in 2009-10, Pothier guided her squad to its best ever regular season with a record 14 wins and 8 losses.

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


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Meistriliiga Round 7: Tallinna Ulikool beats Audentes SG/N - by Marten Lombiots
In the first game in Thursday night of round 7 KK Tallinna Ulikool beats Audentese SG/Noortekoondis 85:60. The game was mostly controlled by Tallinn likool and its their 5th win in the league. Tallinna likool wins the first 10 minutes 31:16. In the second period Audentes played better and won back 7 points. But it was not enough to get back into the game, because in the second half Tallinna likool dominates the game well.
Best perforer in Tallinn likool Nele Laurimaa (176-F-93) with 31 points and 4 steals. Her two point shot accuracy was 15-12. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) made double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. Also grate play by Pirgit Puu (170-PG-88) with 8 points, 7 assists and by Janett Perv (181-F/G-91) with 9 points, 8 rebounds. Best performers in team Audentes were Greeta Uprus (175-G/F-94) with 21 points and 4 rebounds, Ellen-Anett Poldmaa (177-PG-94) with double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds. Eliise Pajumets (162-G-94) helped with 11 points
The next game for Tallinna likool is with league leader Eclex Tallinn in February.



Meisterliga Stst Leaders
Points Per Game
 Heila ROSENFELDT
  Tartu U.
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Rosenfeldt, Tartu17.2 
 2. Jallai, Eclex Tall.16.8 
 3. Nikolai, KK Talli.15.3 
 4. Wallace, KK Talli.14.8 
 5. Miil, KK Talli.14.2 
 6. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.13.3 
 7. Laurimaa, KK Talli.13.3 
 8. Puu, KK Tallina U.13.2 
 9. Kasemagi, KK Talli.13.0 
 10. Uprus, Au.10.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Triin TEPPO
  Tartu Ulikooli
  (186-F/C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.11.2 
 2. Wallace, KK Talli.9.5 
 3. Jallai, Eclex Tall.9.3 
 4. Rosenfeldt, Tartu8.8 
 5. Kasemagi, KK Talli.7.6 
 6. Rits, Au.6.9 
 7. Nikolai, KK Talli.6.3 
 8. Koster, Eclex Tall.6.1 
 9. Arniste, Tartu U.5.3 
 10. Poldmaa, Auden.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Heila ROSENFELDT
  Tartu U.
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rosenfeldt, Tartu5.0 
 2. Nikolai, KK Talli.3.5 
 3. Jallai, Eclex Tall.3.5 
 4. Miil, KK Talli.3.3 
 5. Puu, KK Tallina U.2.7 
 6. Poljakov, Tartu U.2.3 
 7. Haas, Eclex Tallinn2.0 
 8. Ruutli, Tartu U.2.0 
 9. Wallace, KK Talli.2.0 
 10. Kasemagi, KK Tall.1.6 
Steals Per Game
 Heila ROSENFELDT
  Tartu U.
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rosenfeldt, Tartu3.4 
 2. Kullamaa, Auden.3.0 
 3. Miil, KK Talli.2.8 
 4. Jallai, Eclex Tall.2.5 
 5. Kosk, Eclex Tallinn2.3 
 6. Puu, KK Tallina U.2.3 
 7. Koster, Eclex Tall.2.1 
 8. Piibur, Eclex Tall.2.0 
 9. Laurimaa, KK Talli.2.0 
 10. Arniste, Tartu U.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kerttu JALLAI
  Eclex Tallinn
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jallai, Eclex Tall.2.5 
 2. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.1.2 
 3. Wallace, KK Talli.0.7 
 4. Arbet-Lenear, Ecle.0.6 
 5. Koster, Eclex Tall.0.6 
 6. Kasemagi, KK Talli.0.6 
 7. Nikolai, KK Talli.0.5 
 8. Puu, KK Tallina U.0.5 
 9. Poljakov, Tartu U.0.5 
 10. Lass, Au.0.5 


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. KK Tallina U. 5-1 
 2. Eclex Tallinn 5-1 
 3. Tartu Ulikooli 2-4 
 4. Audentes SG/N. 1-7 


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Iva Perovanovic claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for CCC Polkowice and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds for CCC Polkowice in her team's victory, helping them to edge out Tarbes (#7, 0-11), the league's bottom-ranked team in overtime 99-96. CCC Polkowice maintains the 5th position in Euroleague group B. CCC Polkowice is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-6 record. Perovanovic turned to be CCC Polkowice's top player in her first season with the team. Iva Perovanovic averages this season 12.7ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old point guard Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) of Lattes Montp.. Lawson-Wade impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Lattes Montp. lost that game 61-70 to slightly higher-ranked Good Angels (#3, 8-5). Lattes Montp. managed to keep the same 5th spot in group C. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Lawson-Wade is a newcomer at Lattes Montp. and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management) of second-ranked Galatasaray. Charles scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Galatasaray, leading her team to a 81-74 win against the lower-ranked Bourges (#5, 6-7). Galatasaray is closer and closer to the top of the standings in group A. They will still need more victories. But 11-2 record is not that bad... Charles has a great season in Euroleague. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87) of Good Angels - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) of Lotos Gdynia - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81) of Familia Schio - 17 points and 14 rebounds
7. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) of Gospic - 20 points and 13 rebounds
8. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Galatasaray - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) of Tarbes - 23 points and 5 rebounds
10. Hanna Zavecz (182-F/G-85) of UNIQA Eurol. - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Niina LAAKSONEN
  Espoo T.
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Laaksonen, Espoo17.7 
 2. McCants, PeKa16.9 
 3. House, FoA16.6 
 4. Wilson, Espoo Team16.2 
 5. Robinson, Huima15.5 
 6. Reshetko, Catz15.3 
 7. Pounds, Catz15.2 
 8. Salomaa, FoA15.1 
 9. Copeland, Catz15.0 
 10. Anderson, Catz14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Robinson, Huima12.8 
 2. Ali, Huima11.5 
 3. Szunko, ToPo11.4 
 4. Laaksonen, Espoo10.6 
 5. Hart, Kerava10.6 
 6. Reshetko, Catz9.6 
 7. Gissendanner, PeKa9.0 
 8. Underwood, HoNsU8.8 
 9. Anderson, Catz8.6 
 10. Paavola, Kerava8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Reetta PIIPARI
  PeKa
  (170-G-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Piipari, PeKa3.8 
 2. House, FoA3.8 
 3. Robinson, Huima3.2 
 4. Lehtoranta, PeKa2.9 
 5. Jamsen, Huima2.8 
 6. Jennings, Espoo T.2.5 
 7. Nurmi, ToPo2.4 
 8. Copeland, Catz2.4 
 9. Pounds, Catz2.3 
 10. Kesanen, Catz2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Vanessa HOUSE
  FoA
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. House, FoA3.5 
 2. Copeland, Catz3.2 
 3. Anderson, Catz2.7 
 4. Ali, Huima2.5 
 5. Robinson, Huima2.4 
 6. Underwood, HoNsU2.2 
 7. Jamsen, Huima2.2 
 8. Pounds, Catz2.2 
 9. McCants, PeKa2.1 
 10. Jennings, Espoo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Minna STEN
  HoNsU
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sten, HoNsU2.0 
 2. Saarinen, ToPo1.1 
 3. Anderson, Catz1.1 
 4. McCants, PeKa1.1 
 5. Paavola, Kerava0.9 
 6. Ali, Huima0.9 
 7. Lepisto, HoNsU0.8 
 8. Wilson, Espoo Team0.8 
 9. Reshetko, Catz0.8 
 10. Szunko, ToPo0.7 


Standings - Women
SM-sarja Standings
 1. Catz 18-0 
 2. Huima 12-5 
 3. PeKa 12-6 
 4. FoA 9-8 
 5. Espoo Team 7-10 
 6. ToPo 5-12 
 7. HoNsU 5-12 
 8. Kerava 1-16 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Djene Diawara claims French LFB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Mali Djene Diawara (192-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Charleville and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old center had the game-high 19 points adding nine rebounds for Charleville in her team's victory, helping them to crush Villeneuve (#11, 6-11) with 24-point margin 80-56. Charleville is placed at 7th position in French LFB. Charleville 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 8-8 record. Diawara has many years of experience at Charleville, through which he has constantly improved. Diawara has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 53.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old Russian power forward Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-PF-89) of Arras. Grishaeva impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Arras lost that game 72-80 to the higher-ranked Lattes Montp. (#1, 14-3). Arras is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Grishaeva is one of the most experienced players at Arras and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Turkish Leigh Aziz (186-F/C-79) of Lyon (#13). Aziz scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Aziz's great performance Lyon lost 55-75 to the higher-ranked Bourges (#3, 12-4). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Lyon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Aziz she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Aziz has individually a great season in France. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) of Lattes Montp. - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84) of Landes - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) of Bourges - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Lattes Montp. - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Amisha Carter (186-PF-82) of Union Hainaut - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Johanne Gomis (178-SG-85) of Nantes - 19 points and 3 rebounds
10. Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) of Charleville - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 7 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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  GREECE - Women  


Latoya Williams claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Latoya Williams (193-C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Esperides and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while her team crushed Apollon Kal. (#11, 2-12) with 17-point margin 69-52. Esperides maintains the 2nd position in Greek A1. They are still close to the very top. Esperides would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-2 record. Williams turned to be Esperides' top player in her first season with the team. Chipola JC graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.8ppg and leads league in rebounds with 15.3rpg. Williams is in league's top in and averages solid 1.8bpg,2.2spg and 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Collen Planeta (188-F-88) of DAS Ano Liosa. Planeta impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Of course DAS Ano Liosa cruised to a 62-55 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked PAOK (#10, 4-10). DAS Ano Liosa's 7th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Planeta is a newcomer at DAS Ano Liosa and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#4). She also registered 9.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Andria Tamoutseli (180-F/C-86) of Apollon Kal. (#11). Tamoutseli showcased her all-around game by recording 13 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. Despite Tamoutseli's great performance Apollon Kal. lost 52-69 to the higher-ranked Esperides (#2, 12-2). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Apollon Kal. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tamoutseli she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Tamoutseli has a very solid season. In 13 games in Greece she scored 4.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maria Zikiridou (187-F-83) of Kronos AD - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Maria Xanthou (185-F-82) of Kronos AD - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Diana Delva (188-F/C) of Panathinaikos - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86) of Panionios - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Haily Dunham (188-G-87) of Esperides - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nikitta Gartrell (175-G-88) of Asteras - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Quenese Davis (178-G-88) of PAOK - 17 points, 5 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)


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 12-4 
 2. ProBuild Lions 12-4 
 3. Grasshoppers 9-4 
 4. Lekdetec.nl 7-7 
 5. CTO 7-7 
 6. HLB Account. 2-12 
 7. Eurosped 2-13 
 8. Wereldtickets.nl 0-0 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Best players of Hungarian A round 17 - by Eurobasket News
Latvian Anita Teilane (196-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vasas and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 11 points and sixteen rebounds, while her team beat Cegledi EKK (#9, 5-12) 59-52. Vasas is placed at 7th position in Hungarian A. Vasas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. Teilane turned to be Vasas' top player in her first season with the team. Teilane has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (7th best: 13.8ppg) and averages solid 3.5bpg and 2.6spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Serbian Jelena Budimir (192-C/F-85) of DKSK. Budimir impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as DKSK lost that game 69-87 to league's leader UNIQA Eurol. (#1, 17-0). This loss caused DKSK to drop to 8th position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories DKSK managed to get this year. Budimir is a newcomer at DKSK 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.

The third best performed player last round was another DKSK's star - Serbian Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81). Hadzovic scored 23 points. Despite Hadzovic's great performance DKSK lost 69-87 to the league's current leader UNIQA Eurol. (#1, 17-0). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. DKSK can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hadzovic she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Hadzovic has individually a great season in Hungary. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amadea Szamosi (190-F/C-94) of Pecs 2010 - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) of UNIQA Eurol. - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Judit Szelesy (184-F-78) of ZTE - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Orsolya Zsovar (182-G/F-84) of ZTE - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stefanie Lynn Murphy (193-F-89) of Pecs 2010 - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Reka Balint (182-F-91) of Atomeromu - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) of UNIQA Eurol. - 19 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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  ICELAND - Women  


Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 18 - by Eurobasket News
American Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Keflavik and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 35 points and eighteen rebounds, while her team beat Njardvik (#2, 13-5) 68-62. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Keflavik to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. Keflavik have a solid 15-3 record. Butler turned to be Keflavik's top player in her first season with the team. Georgetown University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Butler is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 15.2rpg), assists (9th best: 3.8apg) and averages solid 3.9bpg and 2.9spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American shooting guard Katherine Graham (180-SG-89, agency: Merit Sports) of Hamar. Graham impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course she lead Hamar to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Snaefell (#5, 8-9) 82-57. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Hamar managed to get this year. Graham is a newcomer at Hamar and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#7). Her other stats are also decent: 7.3rpg and 5.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Haukar (#4). Rhoads showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, nine rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. She was a key player of Haukar, leading her team to a 84-66 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Valur (#6, 5-13). Haukar needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 7 lost games. Rhoads has a great season in Iceland. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (8th best) and assists with 7.5apg (best passer). She also has 2.8spg and 1.2bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lele Hardy (178-SF-88) of Njardvik - 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Margret Sturludottir (178-F-89) of KR - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Samantha Murphy (172-SG-88) of Hamar - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Sigrun Amundadottir (183-C/F-88) of KR - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Iris Sverrisdottir (175-F-90) of Haukar - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Shanae Baker-Brice (168-G-87) of Njardvik - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Melissa Lechlitner (170-G-88) of Valur - 22 points, 6 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)


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  ITALY - Women  


Costi's double-double lands her A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Eleonora Costi (180-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Bologna and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 15.
She had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while her team beat Biassono (#14, 1-13) 64-54. It allowed Bologna to consolidate first place in the Italian league. Bologna have a solid 13-2 record. Costi has many years of experience at Bologna, through which he has constantly improved. Eleonora Costi averages this season 13.8ppg and 8.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ada Puliti (174-G-85) of Orvieto. She is a guard in her second season at Orvieto. In the last game Puliti recorded impressive 22 points and 9 rebounds. Of course she lead Orvieto to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Firenze (#14, 1-14) 66-43. Orvieto's 5th position in South has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Puliti is well-known at Orvieto and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Annalisa Borroni (183-G-83) of Muggia (#5). Borroni scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Muggia, leading her team to a 63-61 win against the lower-ranked Borgotaro (#13, 3-12). Muggia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in North. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Borroni has a great season in Italy. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81) of T. La Spezia - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Clelia Corsi (190-C-89) of Firenze - 16 points and 14 rebounds
6. Eleonora Laffi (188-F-83) of Vigarano - 22 points and 3 rebounds
7. Rosa Cupido (167-G-92) of Napoli S.Dike - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Ntumba Madelene Mitongu (180-F/C-81) of Milano - 7 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Virginia Galbiati (173-G-92) of Biassono - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) of Marghera - 16 points and 14 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)


Best players of Italian A1 round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Familia Schio and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 30-year old power forward had the game-high 9 points adding twenty rebounds and three assists for Familia Schio in her team's victory, helping them to beat Cagliari CUS (#11, 2-11) 65-54. Familia Schio maintains the 2nd position in Italian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Familia Schio will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. Ford turned to be Familia Schio's top player in her first season with the team. Louisiana Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ford. Ford is in league's top in points (9th best: 12.5ppg) and averages solid 57.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Shamela Hampton (191-C-87) of Lucca. Hampton impressed basketball fans with 17 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Lucca to edge slightly higher-ranked Umbertide (9-4) by 4 points 65-61. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lucca consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. Her team's 9-4 record is not bad at all. Hampton is well-known by Lucca fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Lucca's star - American Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management). Willis scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of Lucca, helping her team with a 65-61 win against #3 ranked Umbertide. Lucca needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Willis has a great season in Italy. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.9ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) of Basket Parma - 16 points and 11 rebounds
5. Michelle Greco (176-G-80) of Taranto - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) of Bracco Geas - 15 points and 3 rebounds
7. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) of Bracco Geas - 11 points and 7 rebounds
8. Marija Eric (164-G-83) of Faenza - 7 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) of Basket Parma - 15 points and 5 rebounds
10. Chiara Pastore (171-G-86) of Familia Schio - 9 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  NCAA2 - Women  


Seawolves Move Up in Rankings - by Sanjey Noriega
From: gnacsports.com

Alaska Anchorage is ranked 12th in this week's WBCA Top 25 women's basketball poll.

The Seawolves climbed from 14th after winning two games last week to improve to 17-3. They were the only GNAC team to receive a vote in the poll.

UC San Diego (18-0) is ranked No. 1. Also in the Top 25 from the West Region are Grand Canyon (13-1) at No. 11 and Cal Poly Pomona (12-4) at No. 22.



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  SERBIA - Women  


Zoric number one in Serbia for round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Guard Jelena Zoric (177-G) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Spartak, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The -year old player was the main contributor (18 points, six rebounds and five assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass Proleter (#11, 4-11) with 49-point margin 100-51. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Spartak is placed at 10th position in Serbian A League. Spartak is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Zoric as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Jelena Zoric averages this season 6.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old Snjezana Vasic (178-F-75) of Celarevo. Vasic had a very good evening with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Celarevo was edged by the lower-ranked Beocin (#9, 5-10) 64-62. Celarevo managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vasic is one of the most experienced players at Celarevo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#7). Her other stats are also decent: 7.5rpg and 4.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Jelena Marinkov (185-C-90) of Proleter (#11). Marinkov scored 18 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Marinkov's great performance Proleter lost 51-100 to slightly higher-ranked Spartak (#10, 5-10). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Proleter can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Marinkov she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Marinkov has a very solid season. In 15 games in Serbia she scored 13.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Natasa Mijatovic (190-F-89) of Vrbas - 26 points and 8 rebounds
5. Ljiljana Tomasevic (174-G-88) of Crvena Zvezda - 28 points and 2 rebounds
6. Ivana Kosanovic) of Beocin - 17 points and 7 rebounds
7. Marija Kovacic (197-C-78) of Jagodina 2001 - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jovana Veselinovic (170-G-88) of Spartak - 21 points and 4 assists
9. Vida Emese (188-F/C-93) of Spartak - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) of Jagodina 2001 - 15 points, 10 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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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


WKBL Round 27: Winnus are upset by KB Stars - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Winnus (18-10) and fourth ranked KB Stars (12-15) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Winnus were defeated by KB Stars in Guri 82-70. The game was mostly controlled by KB Stars. Winnus managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Sun-Min Jung (185-74) who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Yeon-Ha Beon (180-80) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KB Stars maintains fourth place with 12-15 record. Winnus at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. KB Stars are looking forward to face higher ranked Bichumi (#3) in Yongin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Winnus will play at home against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Guri. Local Winnus (18-10) beat 5th ranked Cool Cats (10-17) 69-54. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cool Cats. It was a good game for forward Chae-Jin Han (174-84) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jung Ja Sin contributed with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Ji-Yoon Kim (170-76) answered with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Cool Cats. Cool Cats' coach In-Kyo Chung rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest. Winnus maintains second place with 18-10 record having two points less than leader S-Birds. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. Winnus will play against league's leader S-Birds in Anshan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cool Cats will play at home against Woori Hansae (#6) in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 27 bottom-ranked Woori Hansae were defeated by Bichumi in Yongin 69-65.



Winnus - KB Stars 70-82

The game between second ranked Winnus (18-10) and fourth ranked KB Stars (12-15) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Winnus were defeated by KB Stars in Guri 82-70. The game was mostly controlled by KB Stars. Winnus managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Sun-Min Jung (185-74) who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Yeon-Ha Beon (180-80) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Jin-Young Kim (165-84) added 10 points respectively. Four Winnus players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KB Stars maintains fourth place with 12-15 record. Winnus at the other side keep the second position with ten games lost. KB Stars are looking forward to face higher ranked Bichumi (#3) in Yongin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Winnus will play at home against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KB Stars: Y.Beon 26+5reb+2ast, S.Jung 26+7reb+6ast, S.Kim 12+4reb, A.Kang 8+3reb+6ast, S.Jung 4+4reb, S.Sim 2
Winnus: J.Ja Sin 18+10reb+7ast, B.Kim 14+3reb, C.Han 11+3reb+2ast, J.Kim 10+4reb+3ast, E.Joo Cho 9+3reb+1ast, H.Noh 4
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Bichumi - Woori Hansae 69-65

There was no surprise in Yongin where 6th ranked Woori Hansae (4-23) was defeated by third ranked Bichumi (15-12) 69-65. It looked good early as Woori Hansae took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bichumi took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Woori Hansae's 30. It was a good game for international swingman Kimberly Roberson (178-86, college: Indiana) who led her team to a victory with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international center Kwe-Ryong Kim (192-79) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Hye-Yoon Bae (182-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Young-Hui Lim (178-80) added 23 points in the effort for Woori Hansae. Bichumi maintains third place with 15-12 record having six points less than leader S-Birds. Woori Hansae lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Bichumi will play against KB Stars (#4) in Seoul in the next round. Woori Hansae will play on the road against Cool Cats in Bucheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bichumi: K.Roberson 24+5reb+4ast, K.Kim 13+7reb+3ast, J.Park 11+3reb+6ast, S.Lee 7+11reb, Y.Lee 7+2reb+1ast, T.Park 7+1ast
Woori Hansae: Y.Lim 23+2reb+2ast, H.Bae 17+11reb+2ast, J.Yang 14+6reb+5ast, H.Park 3+1reb+1ast, E.Park 3+2reb, A.Go 3+2reb
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Winnus - Cool Cats 69-54

The game with biggest result difference took place in Guri. Local Winnus (18-10) beat 5th ranked Cool Cats (10-17) 69-54. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cool Cats. Cool Cats were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 38-19 second half run of Winnus. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cool Cats to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Cool Cats 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for forward Chae-Jin Han (174-84) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. International power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Ji-Yoon Kim (170-76) answered with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and center Yun-Ha Heo (183-79) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cool Cats. Cool Cats' coach In-Kyo Chung rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest. Winnus maintains second place with 18-10 record having two points less than leader S-Birds. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. Winnus will play against league's leader S-Birds in Anshan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cool Cats will play at home against Woori Hansae (#6) in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Winnus: C.Han 16+11reb+2ast, E.Joo Cho 15+6reb+2ast, J.Ja Sin 12+11reb+4ast, B.Kim 11+3reb, J.Kim 9+4reb+4ast, J.Won 6+6reb+3ast
Cool Cats: J.Kim 14+5reb+2ast, J.Kim 13+6reb+6ast, Y.Heo 12+8reb+4ast, S.Jin 8+2reb, N.Kim 6+2reb+2ast, J.Lee 1+1reb
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Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 22-4 
 2. Winnus 18-10 
 3. Bichumi 15-12 
 4. KB Stars 12-15 
 5. Cool Cats 10-17 
 6. Woori Hansae 4-23 


WKBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jung-Eun KIM
  Cool Cats
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Kim, Cool Cats18.5 
 2. Jung, KB Stars16.9 
 3. Kang, S-Birds16.0 
 4. Lee, S-Birds15.0 
 5. Han, Winnus15.0 
 6. Kim, Cool Cats14.8 
 7. Sin, Winnus14.7 
 8. Kim, S-Birds14.5 
 9. Cho, Winnus14.2 
 10. Lim, Woori Hansae13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jung Ja SIN
  Winnus
  (185-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Sin, Winnus12.3 
 2. Heo, Cool Cats9.3 
 3. Kang, S-Birds8.5 
 4. Jung, KB Stars7.2 
 5. Bae, Woori Hansae6.7 
 6. Kim, S-Birds6.2 
 7. Kim, Bichumi5.9 
 8. Gang, Cool Cats5.9 
 9. Lee, Bichumi5.9 
 10. Choi, S-Birds5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lee, Bichumi7.0 
 2. Kim, Cool Cats6.7 
 3. Choi, S-Birds6.0 
 4. Sin, Winnus4.3 
 5. Lee, Winnus4.3 
 6. Kim, S-Birds4.0 
 7. Park, Bichumi3.9 
 8. Heo, Cool Cats3.8 
 9. Beon, KB Stars3.6 
 10. Park, KB Stars3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lee, Bichumi2.4 
 2. Han, Winnus2.1 
 3. Roberson, Bichumi1.7 
 4. Choi, S-Birds1.7 
 5. Lee, S-Birds1.6 
 6. Beon, KB Stars1.3 
 7. Jung, KB Stars1.3 
 8. Bae, Woori Hansae1.0 
 9. Kim, Winnus1.0 
 10. Heo, Cool Cats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sun-Hwa JUNG
  KB Stars
  (184-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Jung, KB Stars1.6 
 2. Sin, Winnus1.3 
 3. Kang, S-Birds1.3 
 4. Kim, S-Birds1.2 
 5. Gang, Cool Cats1.1 
 6. Kim, Cool Cats0.9 
 7. Roberson, Bichumi0.8 
 8. Yang, Woori Hansae0.7 
 9. Bae, Woori Hansae0.7 
 10. Heo, Cool Cats0.6 


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  SPAIN - Women  


Astou Traore claims Spanish LFB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Senegalese Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had an amazing evening in the last round for Mariana and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 30-year old power forward had the game-high 35 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Mariana in her team's victory, helping them to beat Rivas Ecopolis (#5, 10-5) 89-79. Mariana is placed at 6th position in Spanish LFB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mariana will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. In the team's last game Traore had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. She turned to be Mariana's top player in her first season with the team. Traore has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.1ppg) and averages solid 53.5% FGP and 47.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Demetress Adams (193-F-87) of Real C.Vigo. Adams impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Real C.Vigo lost that game 60-66 to the lower-ranked Ibiza (#14, 2-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Real C.Vigo dropped in the standings to 11th position. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Real C.Vigo managed to get this year. Adams is a newcomer at Real C.Vigo 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.

The third best performed player last round was Chilean Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89) of Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (#9). Morrison scored 16 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Morrison's great performance Burgos lost 68-75 to the lower-ranked Hondar.-Irun (4-11). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Burgos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Morrison she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Morrison has individually a great season in Spain. After 25 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aina Denti (195-C-85) of Ibiza - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91) of Hondar.-Irun - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Angelica Robinson (196-F-87) of Girona - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86) of Rivas Ecopolis - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) of Rivas Ecopolis - 14 points and 11 rebounds
9. Isabel Sanchez (180-F-76) of Perfumerias - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Rachel Allison (185-F-87) of Burgos - 21 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)


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Telge 16-2 
 2. Northland 15-2 
 3. Solna Vikings 14-4 
 4. Mark Basket 13-4 
 5. Sallen 11-6 
 6. Visby 7-9 
 7. Norrkoping 6-11 
 8. 08 6-11 
 9. Eos 5-11 
 10. Kvarnby 4-13 
 11. Umea 4-13 
 12. Jarfalla 1-15 


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Kristin TURK
  Mark Basket
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Turk, Mark Basket27.9 
 2. Key, Mark Basket22.5 
 3. Saunders, Visby19.6 
 4. Nilsson, Umea19.1 
 5. Andersson, Solna V.16.5 
 6. Edwards, Northland16.4 
 7. Nordstrom, Sallen15.9 
 8. Kallman, Norrkoping14.7 
 9. Nybom, Umea14.4 
 10. Drammeh, Telge14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jessica NILSSON
  Umea
  (184-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nilsson, Umea11.4 
 2. Brown, Visby10.5 
 3. Drammeh, Telge9.6 
 4. Evans, 089.2 
 5. Massamba, Norrk.8.9 
 6. Zahui, Telge8.7 
 7. Edwards, Northland8.3 
 8. Key, Mark Basket