EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/28/2012

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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


San Fracisco Rumble 2011-12 roster - by Gianni Pascucci
The San Francisco Rumble, now at the fifth consecutive season in the league, is a traditional ABA powerhouse. The Rumble current record is 9-2, and Head Coach Fulton Mitchell returns for his fourth season at the helm of the team. See heer down the Rumble full roster:

Nr Player Name Pos Height College
2 Taquane 'TQ' Franklin G 5'9' .Shasta College
5 Derek Foster G 6'1' California Christian University
6 Marquel Hoskins G 6'0' San Francisco State University
13 Cardell Butler G 6'5' .Utah State
21 Patrick Dreith F 6'6' UC San Diego
24 Dante Green G/F 6'4' .CSU Monterey Bay
25 Isaiah Pfitzer G/F 6'6' .San Francisco State University
31 James Bridgewater G/F 6'4' .Ohio University
32 Ryan Wessels F 6'8' San Francisco State University
33 Michael Travis C 6'9'.Jackson State University


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina names eight of men's basketball squad for London - by Eurobasket News
Argentina, Olympic gold medal winners in Athens in 2004, have named eight of their 12 players for this year's London Games.

San Antonio Spurs guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances), who also played in the team that won bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, leads the list selected by coach Julio Lamas and posted on the Argentine Basketball Confederation's (CABB) website on Thursday.

Also included are Houston Rockets center Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), forward Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) of the Philadelphia 76ers, guard Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) of the Milwaukee Bucks, Spanish-based guard Hernan Jasen (199-G-78) and guard Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) and centers Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) who play in the Argentine league.

The 34-year-old Ginobili is recovering from surgery on his left shooting hand on January 5 and is not expected to return for at least a month.

Sergio Hernandez, Argentina's coach in 2008, has swapped roles with his former assistant and is now Lamas's number two for the July 29 to August 12 men's basketball competition at the Games

Courtesy of www.gmanetwork.com


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Saigon Heat falls to more experienced Singapore Slingers - by Huy Ngo
The drummers banged away, the cheerleaders shimmied to the beats and a near-capacity crowd at Tan Binh Sports and Culture Center kept the Saigon Heat pumped all the way to a near-upset over the Singapore Slingers Wednesday night in Vietnam.
The game was the first home opener for international pro basketball history in Vietnam, and proved to be a very entertaining affair. Paced by former Denver Nugget Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) 18 points and nine rebounds, the Heat put up a spirited game before falling 60-55 to the more experience Slingers.
Saigon's own Trieu Han Minh set the tone by scoring the first basket on home soil, and that lead would remain with the home side for the majority of the game as Saigon led at the half 27-21. But a combination of some missed shots down the stretch and fatigue owing to a short bench got the better of the Heat.
Jonathan Jones notched 17 points and pulled down 15 boards for Saigon, while Singapore's Donald Little led all scorers with 22 points, including a thunderous dunk that nearly brought down the backboard.
'We made some mental mistakes,' conceded Heat coach Robert Newson. 'We kept them to 21 points. We just have to knock down shots.'
Newson allowed that it was an improvement on the Heat's season opener in Bangkok against the Chang Thailand Slammers, a more lopsided 78-58 contest. The team seemed to feed off the enthusiastic crowd, taking in the historic home opener during Vietnam's Tet holidays.
'There really were a lot of people, especially during Tet,' Newson said. 'It was a really good atmosphere.'
Hodge concurred, despite getting a hand to the eye in the dying minutes and seeing his team's lead slip away. But he refused to offer fatigue as an excuse, despite four starters playing the entire game.
'We're professionals, we have to play through that,' Hodge said. ' (But) I hope that we showed we play with a lot of heart and a lot of guts when we represent Vietnam.
Saigon resident Tien Nguyen, who sat behind the Saigon bench, was excited to be one of the first fans to see pro basketball up close in Vietnam.
'I believe professional games will raise the level of the game here,' he said, adding it's becoming more and more popular with young players every day in this country.
The Heat's next game is this Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against the Westport Dragons.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Bucks' Andrew Bogut out indefinitely with ankle injury - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) is out indefinitely after fracturing his left ankle Wednesday night in Houston.

It's another injury setback for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Bogut's left foot came down awkwardly on a Houston player's foot after Bogut tried to block a shot in the first quarter. The Bucks said Thursday an MRI found Bogut fractured his ankle.

'I will get back from this,' Bogut posted on his Twitter account Thursday night. 'Injury was beyond my control.'

The 7-foot center was playing in his 400th career NBA game. He left with three points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.

Bogut has averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds and a team-high two blocked shots in 12 games this season.

Bogut missed Milwaukee's Jan. 13 game against Dallas with concussion-like symptoms, and that followed a four-game absence to attend to a personal matter back home in Australia.

Bogut missed the end of the 2009-10 season when he dislocated his right elbow, sprained his right wrist and broke his right hand in a hard fall to the floor. The injury bothered him for much of last season.

Bogut also missed 43 games, including the final 31, with an injured lower back in the 2008-09 season.

Courtesy of www.rrstar.com


Ready to Roll or be Rolled over - by Jamar Wilson
Were coming down the final stretch of the season where there is less room for failure. The Parity in the league this year has been efficient. Teams are neck and neck and on any given day anyone can be beaten. Its looking like it will be an exciting finish. We currently hold the sole position of 4th place with our last 6 out of 9 games at home. We lost to a very equip yet struggiling team Wollongong Hawks last Friday. They are a really good team and for some reason we bring out the best in them. Good thing we dont have to see them again this year.
On another note were excited and anticipating the return of a soon to be legend Dusty Rychart. He has been hampered with a foot injury earlier in the season. He is now training again and we look forward to sponging off his wisdom and knowledge of the game.
We fly south tomorrow to the beautiful Gold Coast where we will face a team that has high expectations and are doing whatever they can to live up to the hype. I am sure they are well prepared as we are. My hopes are in stringing a few wins to keep the pressure on the following teams. Our group collectively works hard on the floor and expects 110 percent when the lights are on. That being said we respect everyone. Our mindset is to take on every task like its our last.

My days to come are looking pretty exciting. My college team University at Albany is playing a big conference game this weekend, and my NY Giants will be winning the Super Bowl in two weeks time, No Biggie!

Hope everyone back at the crib is doing well. And to everyone that is out there waiting on a basketball gig. Dont stop working, The big man upstairs usually opens doors when need be!

Jamar
@jaydubbs5



NBL season-high crowd tonight - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League is guaranteed of registering its highest crowd of the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season tonight with the news that the New Zealand Breakers have already sold-out all 7,979 tickets for their home game against the Sydney Kings at Aucklands Vector Arena tonight.

Breakers management put up the sold-out sign for tonights clash against the Kings at around 2:30PM local Auckland time this afternoon with all 7,979 tickets snapped up, ensuring a fourth consecutive sell-out for New Zealand.

The sell-out is the Breakers first-ever at Vector Arena and will establish a club record for a home basketball crowd.

The game is also guaranteed of establishing a new national record as the biggest crowd ever to watch a basketball game in New Zealand.

Before the Sydney Kings attracted 7,532 people to their home game against the Perth Wildcats last round, the Breakers had previously held the season-high attendance record of 6,383 for their clash against Sydney on 28 October last year at Vector Arena.

Tonights crowd will be the largest seen in the iiNet NBL Championship since 9,535 people flocked to the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 1 April 2011 to watch the Kings take on the Gold Coast Blaze.

The sell-out is a stunning endorsement of the Breakers decision to take three of their regular season games this season to Vector Arena, instead of holding them at their normal venue at North Shore Arena.

Prior to the current round, the Breakers have been enjoying a massive 32% growth in their attendance figures for home games this season.

Tonights game against Sydney tips-off at 7:30PM local Auckland time.

Sydney Kings (8-11, 7th) @ New Zealand Breakers (13-5, 1st)

Friday 27 January - Vector Arena - 7:30 PM

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 11-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 10-4 
 3. Rudupis 9-4 
 4. Triumph 8-3 
 5. Ventspils 8-5 
 6. Juventus 7-7 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 6-8 
 8. Kedainiai 5-8 
 9. Tartu Ulikool 5-10 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 2-11 
 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. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja16.5 
 8. Pilk, TT.16.5 
 9. Soo, Rapla16.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Neptu.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.7 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.4 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 4. Nelson, Jelgava8.2 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 6. Arnold, TT.7.8 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 8. Johnson, Naglis P.7.7 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas7.6 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
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, Baltai4.5 
 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. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 7. Landry, Triumph1.8 
 8. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
 9. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 10. Elksnis, Valmiera1.7 
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. Rozitis, Valmiera1.8 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.5 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.4 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.3 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 9. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.0 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cra.0.9 


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  BOSNIA   


Zrinjski got their first win of the season in their visit to Ulcinj - by Eurobasket News
HKK Zrinjski Mostar managed to get their first win of the season in the EUROHOLD Balkan League. This happened in their visit to KK Ulcinj in Round 7 in Group A, as the Bosnian side celebrated a 69:82 win in the end of the game.

KK Ulcinj got off to a good start, leading 4:0 with 1.20 played, and after that 6:3, but Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) made five straight points giving his team a 6:8 lead.The game was tied at 8:8, and after that HKK Zrinjski got ahead and didnt let their laed slip away until the end of the first quarter. They led by 8 - 10:18 with 3.08 left, and after the end of the first period they were already up by double digits - 15:26

Luka Klarica (192-SG-89) scored a three to increase Zrinjskis lead to 14 - 15:29, but KK Ulcinj would go on a seven-to-nothing run, getting the difference back to single digits - 22:29 with 6.37 left in the first half. The home team had their momentum running, and the difference was just 4 points - 27:31 with 5.40 left. Zrinjski scored 10 points in the next three and a half minutes against just 3 for the home team and led 30:41 with two minutes left. Halfway through the game HKK Zrinjski still had the lead - 34:41, as KK Ulcinj managed to erase four points from the difference in the second period.

The visiting side started the second half with five unanswered points - a 2-pointer by Luka Klarice and a three by Diego Kapelan, extending their lead to 12 points - 34:46. The score was 35:48 in favor of HKK Zrinjski, when KK Ulcinj took a timeout. The visitors maintained their lead, as 1.49 before the end of the quarter they were up by 15 - 44:59. After 30 minutes Zrinjski held a 12-point lead - 51:63.

Nothing changed in the first minutes of the closing quarter, as Zrinjski first increased their lead to 15 - 51:66 just a minute after the start of the fourth, and after that they maintained their advantage. Ulcinj managed to bring the gap down to under 10 points - 60:69 with around four and a half minutes to go, but Zrinjski quickly broke ahead again - 62:74 with 3.09 left. Zrinjski didnt let the lead go until the end, as at one point they had a game-high advantage 16 points, before the final score was settled at 69:82.

Diego Kapelan scored a game-high 22 points for HKK Zrinjski, while Marcel Jones (203-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: Oregon St.) had another impressive double-double - 21 points along with 17 rebounds. Luka Klarica scored 20 points, while Branimir Masic added 8. Ivica Petric (196-F/G-88) added 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.

Radoje Djurkovic led Ulcinj with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Alen Djelosevic came off the bench scoring 14, and Boban Medenica added 10. Sinisa Tepavcevic scored 8 points and grabbed 10 boards against his former club.

HKK Zrinjski outrebounded KK Ulcinj - 40 rebounds against 36, and also shot a better percentage from long range - 35% against just 16% for the home side.

Zrinjski moved up to the fifth spot in Group B, as they share the same balance as KK Ulcinj - 1 win and 6 losses, but they have advantage in the direct match-up.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BRAZIL   


Pinheiros/Sky climb on top of NBB ladder - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky climbed on the summit of NBB standings. The Paulista League champions overcame Tijuca 77:71 to improve at 13-3 record leaving Flamengo and Uberlandia behind. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) fired 27 points to lead Pinheiros/Sky. The hosts led by just 4 points at halftime 39:35. They managed to extend the gap to 7 points at the final break and hung on to celebrate victory at the end. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) posted 20 points for the winners. Mineiro answered with 19 points for Tijuca.
Flamengo suffered the third loss at the championship as they surrendered against Paulistano 86:90 away from home. Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88) stepped up with 29 points to pace the home team. Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) added 20 points as Paulistano improved at 10-5 record. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points for Flamengo.
Sao Jose/Vinac surprised Uniceub/BRB 83:82 on the road. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) posted 24 point to pace the visitors. Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) accounted for 16 points in the winning effort. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points for Uniceub/BRB.
Joinville snatched a narrow 75:72 win over Minas. Rashad Bishop (198-F-88, college: Cincinnati) came up with 22 points for Joinville. Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84) added 17 points in the win. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) finished with 21 points for Minas.



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


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  CANADA   


Storm wash out Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen missed a golden opportunity Thursday night to close the gap in the race for first place in the National Basketball League of Canada.

On a night when the front-running London Lightning were upset 98-91 by the lowly Moncton Miracles, the Rainmen stumbled on the road as well, falling 112-102 to the short-handed Summerside Storm, a team they had beaten in four previous meetings this season.

Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) netted 29 points to spark the Storm (10-16), who stunned Halifax by taking a 34-21 lead after the first quarter and weathered a rally in the fourth to fend off the second-place Rainmen (16-7).

'We just didnt come out and play our game plan,' said Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), Halifaxs top scorer with 18. 'When you let a team get comfortable on their home court, anything is possible and tonight we ended up losing because of that.'

Levetts three-pointer about halfway through the first period gave Halifax a three-point cushion but a 13-0 Storm surge, fuelled by a pair of McDowell treys, helped Summerside amass its sizable lead. McDowell finished the quarter with 17 points, going 6-for-10 from the floor.

'He shot the ball really well,' Levett said of the five-foot-11 guard, signed last month when Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) went down with a high ankle sprain.

'He got a lot of confidence going and got his team going. You gotta give em credit. They played really well tonight.'

With the Lightning (19-6) in Halifax tonight, a win by the Rainmen would have drawn them to within one game of London atop the NBL standings.

It wasnt the way the Rainmen wanted to start a busy stretch during which theyre playing back-to-back-to-back contests for the only time this season. They entertain the Storm on Saturday night and are in Moncton to face the Miracles (6-18) on Monday, their fourth game in five nights.

But Levett insisted the Rainmen werent guilty of looking past the Storm, a club that was missing Cayole, Julian Allen, Eric Gilchrese and Jared Carter on Thursday night at EastLink Arena.

Summerside stretched its lead to as many as 17 points in the second period and held a 62-51 advantage at halftime. The Rainmen chipped away in the third and Levetts triple with about 30 seconds left in the quarter drew the visitors to within two at 83-81.

They finally jumped ahead on Levetts baseline jumper about 4 minutes into the fourth. After Xavier Hansbro responded with a trey for the Storm, Abdullahi Kuso completed a three-point play and Levetts drive to the hoop with 5:20 remaining put Halifax in front 96-93.

Undaunted, the Storm strung together eight straight points while Halifax committed a couple of costly turnovers. Chris Hagan stopped the run, cutting the Rainmens deficit to 101-98, but thats as close as they got.

'That was the turning point in the game,' said Levett, referring to Summersides reply to his teams comeback.

'I think we couldve closed the game up. It was our game to win but again we mentally werent there throughout the whole game and we made mistakes and thats what cost us the game. We gave up a five- or six-point swing late in the game and that killed us.'

Halifax trailed 104-98 with possession and a half-minute to go, still clinging to life after the Storm missed five of eight free throws over a 90-second span. But Summerside forced another turnover that Troy Jackson ran back for a layup, dashing any hopes of a dramatic Rainmen ending.

Taliek Brown finished the night with 17 points for Halifax while Hagan had 13 and Lawrence Wright 12.

Louie McCroskey scored 23 points and hauled down a game-high 16 rebounds for Summerside. Mike Williams also had a double-double, with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


CIS Round 21: Tigers beat Huskies by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 21 in the CIS took place in Halifax, NS. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Huskies (6-7) to sixth ranked Tigers (5-6) 78-76 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Casey Fox (193) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Tigers' coach John Campbell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Tory Fassett answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Huskies. Tigers maintains sixth place with 5-6 record. Huskies at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Tigers are looking forward to face higher ranked Axemen (#4) in Wolfville, NS in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Huskies will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Redmen (5-4) which hosted in Montreal, QC second-best Citadines (5-5). Third ranked Redmen managed to get a 10-point victory 71-61. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Vincent Dufort stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Tristan Renaud-Tremblay chipped in 11 points. The best for the losing side was forward Kevin Bitondo (196-87) with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redmen moved-up to second place. Citadines at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in St.Catharines, ON supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Golden Hawks (13-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Badgers (8-7). Golden Hawks smashed Badgers 89-55 on Wednesday. Maxwell Allin nailed 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Andrew Kraus came up with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Badgers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Golden Hawks have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Badgers keep the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Guelph. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in London, ON was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Warriors (4-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Mustangs (5-10). Mustangs defeated Warriors 81-69. The best player for the winners was Ryan Barbeau who scored 20 points and 7 assists. Warriors' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mustangs moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Toronto Univ. Warriors lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 21 Guelph were beaten by McMaster on the road 82-74.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists by Matthew Buckley of Laurier.



Brock - Laurier 55-89

The game in St.Catharines, ON supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Golden Hawks (13-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Badgers (8-7). Golden Hawks smashed Badgers 89-55 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Golden Hawks. Badgers managed to win second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Badgers 56-38 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Maxwell Allin (193) nailed 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and center Matthew Buckley (215) accounted for 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Golden Hawks players scored in double figures. Guard Andrew Kraus (188-86) came up with 10 points and 9 rebounds and forward Andrew Ferguson (198-84) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Badgers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Golden Hawks have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Badgers keep the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Guelph. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laurier: M.Allin 15+8reb+7ast, K.Harrison 14+6reb+2ast, P.Donnelly 12+11reb, M.Buckley 12+12reb+6ast, K.Enright 8+1reb, W.Coulthard 8+2reb+3ast
Brock: A.Ferguson 11+7reb, A.Kraus 10+9reb+2ast, M.Williams 9+3reb+2ast, A.Percival 8+4reb, B.Nahimana 7+3reb, J.Fleming 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 155833


McGill - UQAM 71-61

An interesting game for Redmen (5-4) which hosted in Montreal, QC second-best Citadines (5-5). Third ranked Redmen managed to get a 10-point victory 71-61. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Redmen. Citadines was better in third quarter 23-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Citadines to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Vincent Dufort stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Tristan Renaud-Tremblay (201) chipped in 11 points. The best for the losing side was forward Kevin Bitondo (196-87) with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Eric Cote-Kougnima (193-88) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redmen moved-up to second place. Citadines at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
McGill: V.Dufort 14+7reb+1ast, T.Renaud-Tremblay 11+4reb+1ast, N.Langley 11+2reb, T.Riley 10+4reb+1ast, W.Clark 8+2reb+2ast, K.Sy-Morissette 6+5reb+4ast
UQAM: V.Lanctot-Fortier 14+3reb, P.Tamba 13+2reb, K.Bitondo 13+7reb, E.Cote-Kougnima 11+7reb+1ast, G.Saint-Amand 8+4reb, T.Justin 2
gschID: 155834


St.Mary's - Dalhousie 76-78

The most exciting game of round 21 in the CIS took place in Halifax, NS. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Huskies (6-7) to sixth ranked Tigers (5-6) 78-76 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Casey Fox (193) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Tigers' coach John Campbell used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Tory Fassett answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jerome Smith added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Huskies. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tigers maintains sixth place with 5-6 record. Huskies at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Tigers are looking forward to face higher ranked Axemen (#4) in Wolfville, NS in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Huskies will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: C.Fox 21+2reb+3ast, S.Lopez 14+5reb+2ast, W.Yengue 13+15reb+1ast, R.Kanza Mata 12+6reb+6ast, A.Arthur 10+5reb+1ast, R.Nortmann 8+7reb+1ast
St.Mary's: T.Fassett 22+5reb+1ast, B.Rouse 13+4reb+3ast, J.Smith 12+5reb+6ast, R.Halpin 12+4reb+1ast, M.Pink 10+2reb+1ast, H.Ezenibe 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 155830


McMaster - Guelph 82-74

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Marauders (10-5) beat 6th ranked Gryphons (8-7) in Hamilton, ON 82-74. Gryphons were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 31-21 charge of Marauders, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Marauders outrebounded Gryphons 43-28 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Adam Presutti who scored 27 points and 4 assists. Joe Rocca chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Kareem Malcolm (183) who recorded 27 points and forward Adam Bering (201-88) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Marauders moved-up to second place, which they share with Ottawa. Gryphons at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
McMaster: A.Presutti 27+3reb+4ast, T.Black 16+4reb, J.Rocca 10+11reb, S.Wahidi 9+6reb, V.Raso 8+7reb+4ast, C.Michaud 7+3reb+1ast
Guelph: K.Malcolm 27+3reb+3ast, D.McCarthy 15+4reb, M.Clark 11+1ast, A.Bering 9+12reb, D.Thompson 4+2reb+1ast, A.Campbell 3+2reb
gschID: 155831


Western - Waterloo 81-69

The game in London, ON was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Warriors (4-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Mustangs (5-10). Mustangs defeated Warriors 81-69. It looked good early as Warriors took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mustangs had a 17-13 second period charge getting the lead and Warriors were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-81. Mustangs forced 19 Warriors turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Ryan Barbeau (178) who scored 20 points and 7 assists. Forward Peter Scholtes (196) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Four Mustangs players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mike Wright (180-91) who recorded 16 points and forward Andrew Melbourne (188-90) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Warriors' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mustangs moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Toronto Univ. Warriors lost tenth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Western: R.Barbeau 20+4reb+7ast, P.Scholtes 19+4reb+5ast, N.Diloreto 15+3reb+1ast, R.Higgins 10+4reb+3ast, Q.Henderson 8+3reb+1ast, C.Drouin 7+8reb
Waterloo: M.Wright 16+4reb+3ast, A.Melbourne 12+5reb+1ast, W.Bridge 11+4reb+2ast, S.Pejicic 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Angelini 7+4reb+3ast, L.Ehman 6+1reb
gschID: 155832




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. Desroches, New B.9.0 
 8. Hadzimuratov., Lav.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. Smith, TWU5.7 
 7. Kraus, Brock5.7 
 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. Barrett, Saskatch.2.6 
 6. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.6 
 7. Baribeau, Laval2.6 
 8. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 9. Smith, TWU2.5 
 10. Oliver, Manitoba2.4 
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 


NBL Canada weekly Canadian player report - by Eurobasket News
Joey Haywood (185-G-84) (Vancouver, BC) and the Halifax Rainmen had an incredibly busy schedule this past week, playing three games in four days. Haywood did not let the hectic schedule bother his game. He averaged 15.7 points, 2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Amazingly, the 61 guard ranks third in the NBL Canada in Field Goal Percentage at 54.9%.

Kevin Francis (203-F-84, college: Vincennes Univ.) (Toronto, ON) had another productive week for the Saint John Mill Rats. Francis helped the Mill Rats go undefeated this week, with victories against the Quebec Kebs and the Moncton Miracles. Francis averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

Yannick Anzuluni (205-G/F, college: Houghton) (Ottawa, ON) had a great week for the Quebec Kebs despite his team dropping a pair of games to the Halifax Rainmen and the Saint John Mill Rats. Anzuluni averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds (including a career-high 17 against Halifax), and 3.5 assists per game.

Tut Ruach (188-G-85) (Toronto, ON) had a team-high 26 points in a January 20th loss to the Summerside Storm. Ruach finished the game with 26 points on 7-13 shooting from the field, dished out 9 assists and pulled down 2 rebounds. Ruach now ranks 6th in Assists Per Game in the NBL at 5.08.

Paul Campbell (208-C-87, college: Hawaii) (Toronto, ON) continues to look like a great mid-season pickup for the Oshawa Power. Campbell scored 12 points on 6-8 shooting from the field, grabbed 4 rebounds and handed out 1 assist in a January 20th loss to the Summerside Storm.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


Power signs Rick Bodiford and releases Andrew Francis - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power have acquired guard-forward Rick Bodiford (6'4''-G-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Indiana SE) and released Andrew Francis (6'8''-F-85, college: UTSA).

Bodiford is a 6'5' 200 lb wing and hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Playing in 17 games for the Quebec Kebs, he comes in averaging 5.6 points per game with a season high of 23 points against the Power on December 30, 2011. Bodiford played collegiate ball at Indiana University Southeast of the NAIA and worked out with the Indiana Pacers of the NBA in the summer of 2011.

The Power organization is very pleased to bring Bodiford and on board. He possesses strong ball handling, shooting, strength and athleticism, just in time for the Durham Region team's playoff push.

'We definitely wish Andrew Francis all the best,' said Gary Durrant, President of Basketball Operations. 'Bodiford will add toughness on the wing. He's a hard-nosed player who really wanted the opportunity to play for the Oshawa Power.'

The next Power home game is January 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. against the Saint John Mill Rats.

Courtesy of Oye! Times


Mill Rats sign forward Andrew Francis - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats added some much-needed athleticism to their front court by signing 6'8 forward Andrew Francis (6'8''-F-85, college: UTSA).

The high-flying Francis played the first 15 games of the season as a member of the Moncton Miracles, where he averaged 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1 block per contest.

He was a highly coveted player whose name was mentioned in trade talks. Finally on January 4th he was traded to the Oshawa Power for Akeem Wright. When Oshawa released him earlier today, the Mill Rats wasted no time signing him.

'Francis is player we inquired about several times while he was in Moncton, and we are excited to add him to our roster as we come down to the stretch run,' stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy.

Saint John travels to Ontario to face the Oshawa Power on Thursday night January 26th for their Rogers Slam Dunk Night game. On Sunday they head to London to play the Lightning in a 2pm tip off.

The Mill Rats currently sit at 11-13 in fourth place, and have a 2 1/2 game lead over the 5th place Summerside Storm. The next Mill Rats home game is next Wednesday February 1st against the Moncton Miracles at 7pm at Harbour Station.

Saint John is still with out the NBL Canada's leading scorer, Anthony Anderson, who is out with a fractured hand. And the #3 leading scorer in the league, Greg Plummer, is also out injured with a pulled hamstring.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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. McGill 5-4 
 3. UQAM 5-5 
 4. Laval 3-5 
 5. Bishop's 1-7 


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Perasovic back to Spain, takes over Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances) is a new Head Coach of Valencia. The Spanish club announced this news yesterday. Perasovic will replace Paco Olmos, who was fired earlier this week. Velimir Perasovic worked last season with Efes Pilsen Istanbul. They parted ways in March. Before Efes, Perasovic coached Cibona from 2008 to 2010 winning two Croatian titles with them. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Coach of the Year -10. In 2007/08 season, Velimir Perasovic was a Head Coach of MMT Estudiantes Madrid. From 2005 to 2007, he was working with Tau Ceramica and they won Copa del Rey in 2006. That year Tau also reached ACB Finals and won the SuperCup. In the past, Perasovic worked with Caja San Fernando Sevilla.

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Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 19-0 
 2. Sparta Praha 15-3 
 3. Proton Zlin 13-5 
 4. Opava B 13-5 
 5. Sokol Prazsky 11-7 
 6. Sokol H.Kralove 10-8 
 7. Trutnov 10-8 
 8. Liberec 9-9 
 9. Benesov 7-11 
 10. Vysehrad 7-12 
 11. Prostejov B 6-12 
 12. Litomerice 5-13 
 13. Kladno 1-17 
 14. Mlada Boleslav 1-17 


BK Decin Loses a Pair in Import Forward Tarvis Williams and Reserve guard Lukas Marik - by Surujh Roopnarine
BK Decin will be on the lookout for replacement help in the frontcourt after the club announced the departures of American import Tarvis Williams (205-F/C-78, college: Hampton) and reserve guard Lukas Marik (183-PG-90). Williams, who recently turned 34-years old, came to mutual agreement with the club on a termination of his contract so he could pursue another opportunity in Saudi Arabia. The former Hampton Pirate star was playing in part of his seventh season in the Czech Republic. In 13 games with Decin he averaged 6.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 47.4% from the field and 83.3% from the free-throw line. While not on par with his NBL career averages of 13.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, Williams was a good presence in the locker room and was wished well by General Manager Lukas Houser.
According to Houser, Lukas Marik was released after unspecified repeated violations of team rules.
The 21-year old Marik, appeared in six contests for Decin, scoring a total of six points, while shooting 2-11 from the field. This was his first season playing in the Mattoni NBL.



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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 19-1 
 2. Svendborg 18-2 
 3. Naestved 13-8 
 4. SISU 9-11 
 5. Horsholm 8-12 
 6. Aalborg 7-12 
 7. Horsens IC 7-13 
 8. Vaerlose 7-13 
 9. Aabyhoj 7-13 
 10. Falcon 5-15 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. White, Aalborg26.5 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.2 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.6 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.8 
 5. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.1 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj18.8 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg18.4 
 8. Kingsley, Svendborg18.4 
 9. Alexander, Bakken18.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.0 
 2. Glynn, Naestved10.5 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj10.5 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.1 
 5. Benjamin, Horsholm9.1 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.5 
 8. Harris, Horsens IC8.4 
 9. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 10. Rutherford, SISU8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Henry, Naestved5.0 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.0 
 4. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.8 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.4 
 8. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.2 
 10. Iversen, Bakken3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Henry, Naestved4.5 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg2.4 
 5. Alexander, Bakken2.4 
 6. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.2.1 
 8. Sattler, Horsens IC1.9 
 9. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.9 
 3. Colas, Horsholm1.9 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.2 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 


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Skyforce acquires Benson - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced that the team has acquired center Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) from the available player pool. To make room for him on the roster the team waived forward Anthony Mason, Jr. due to injury. He is expected to be in uniform as the Skyforce visits the Erie BayHawks at 6 p.m. CT. The active roster now stands at 10 players.

Benson was waived by the Atlanta Hawks in training camp after being selected in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in four seasons (135 games) at Oakland University. The 6-11, 230-pound center was named The Summit League Player of the Year twice (2009-10, '10-11) and Defensive Player of the Year last season after averaging 3.6 blocks. He won the Lou Henson Award, given to the nation's top mid-major player, after averaging 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.3 blocks as a junior.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Maduabum returns to Bakersfield - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam have acquired forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (6'9''-F-91). Maduabum was the first Jam player and the third player ever drafted from the NBA D-League by an NBA team.

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Maduabum with the 56th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, trading his draft rights to the Denver Nuggets. He appeared in 3 games with the Jam during the 2010-11 season, averaging 0.7 points in 7.0 minutes. A native of Nigeria, Maduabum played for the Dodan Warriors prior to joining the Jam, where he averaged 10.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 20 minutes per game.

Forward Brandon Wallace has been waived due to personal reasons.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Idaho Stampede re-acquire Will Foster and Terrico White - by Eurobasket News
The Idaho Stampede re-acquired Will Foster (7'5''-C-88, college: Gonzaga) and Terrico White (6'5''-G-90, college: Mississippi). Both players were available for yesterday's game at Springfield.

Foster is averaging 5.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and a league-leading 3.1 blocks per game in 17 contests (four starts). White is averaging 12.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in eight games this year.

The Stampede roster now stands at 10 with the team waiving Devin Green due to personal reasons.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Santiago Set To Tipoff! - by Peedu Goldenbeck
Juan Vila on behalf of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), was sworn in Monday afternoon to officially become head of the Organizing Committee of the Superior Basketball Tournament XXXII of Santiago de los Caballeros (ABASACA), which is scheduled to begin on 29 February of this year.

At the same time was the swearing in of the Executive Committee of the Basketball Association of Santiago de los Caballeros (ABASACA) and the Organizing Committee presented the Working Committees of the tournament.

This event was held in the afternoon on Monday in the conference hall of Hotel Grand Admiral Marie in Santiago,, where all members were present, both Organizing Committee and Executive Committee of ABASACA, also present were representatives of the six ( 6) Basketball Clubs of Santiago, the tire event received tremendous support from members of the local sports media on both regional and national levels.

The tournament is scheduled to start on Wednesday, February 29 and will be played by the traditional six (6) teams, Gregorio Urbano Gilbert (Gregorio Urbano Gilbert), Cupes de los Pepines. CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago Sameji Pueblo Neuveo (CPN Pueblo Nuevo) and the current champions of the league Fernando Valerio Club (Plaza Fernando Valerio) This tournament has secured strong support from the Dominican National Brewery (CND), on behalf Bohemia Beer and will be broadcast on different television channels which are The channel Canal 25 major events, Megavisin channel 43 and channel 16 Teleunin and a large radio network new in our country.



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  ESTONIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Toomas RAADIK
  Parnu
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Raadik, Parnu18.6 
 2. Pilk, TT.17.8 
 3. Soo, Rapla17.3 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.16.9 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.4 
 6. Cipruss, Tarvas16.1 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.8 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas14.5 
 9. Arnold, TT.14.3 
 10. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.6 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.3 
 3. Cricelli, Va.8.4 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.0 
 5. Raadik, Parnu7.7 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.5 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.7.1 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Dorbek, Tarvas3.9 
 3. Laane, Rapla3.8 
 4. Pilk, TT.3.6 
 5. Kriisa, Tarvas3.5 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.4 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 8. Keedus, TT.3.0 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool2.9 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Dorbek, Tarvas2.3 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.3 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.1 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.2.0 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Va.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.2 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 7. Veski, Tarvas0.6 
 8. Makke, TT.0.6 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 10. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.5 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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 


McCalebb's 25 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old point guard Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Montepaschi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 25 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Montepaschi in his team's victory, helping them to crush Real in Madrid (1-1) with 19-point margin 88-69. It allowed Montepaschi to consolidate first place in the Euroleague Group F (2-0). In the team's last game McCalebb had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Montepaschi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of New Orleans graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCalebb is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.7ppg) and averages solid 73.9% FGP and 61.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Mason Rocca (204-F-77) of Armani MI. He is American-Italian forward in his 4th season at Armani MI. In the last game Rocca recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Armani MI was edged by Fener.Ulker (1-1) 65-63. Rocca is one of the most experienced players at Armani MI and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Henry Domercant (192-G-80) of Unics. Domercant scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 89-83 win against Panathinaikos in Athens. Unics has a very good start of the Top 16 (2-0). Domercant has a great season in Euroleague. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) of Real Madrid - 17 points and 15 rebounds
5. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of FCB Regal - 18 points and 4 rebounds
8. Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85) of Gescrap BB - 11 points and 11 rebounds
9. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) of Bennet Cantu - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos - 16 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)


Top 16: Exciting Round Two - by Eurobasket News
Group E
CSKA - 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.

Galatasaray - Olympiakos 78-77 OT
In one of the most exciting games so far in this Euroleague season, Galatasaray Medical Park registered its first-ever Top 16 win by downing Olympiacos BC Pireaus 78-77 in overtime in front of a sellout crowd at Abdi Ipecki Sports Hall in Istanbul. Galatasaray had 69-66 lead in the finish of regular time, but Konstantinos Sloukas shocked home fans with a 14-meter half court bomb that sent the game to overtime. Thanks to Jamon Lukas Gordon's (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) basket Galatasaray grabbed 78-77 lead with 27 left in overtime and Olympiakos had the possession. Sloukas missed a jumper, but Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) with offensive rebound secured another possession for his team. Gecevicius tried from downtown at the buzzer, but he missed and the Euroleague newcomer Galatasaray grabbed its first victory ever in Top 16. Jamon Lukas Gordon scored 17 points for the hosts and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) added one less. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds each. In Olympiakos, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 24 points and 6 rebs. Georgios Printezis had 14 points and 5 boards, while Kyle Hines (198-F-86) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 15-15, 27-13, 15-19, 12-22, 9-8 OT. Galatasaray joined Anadolu Efes with 1-1 record in Group E, while Olympiakos dropped to 0-2. In the next round, Galata will meet CSKA in Moscow. Olympiakos will host Anadolu Efes.

Group F
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.

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.

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.

Fener.Ulker - Armani MI 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.

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.

Maccabi T-A - FCB Regal 57-71
Regal Barca dominated in the last quarter to take 57-71 victory against Maccabi Electra on Thursday in Tel Aviv. The reigning Spanish champion now has 2-0 record in Group H of the Euroleague Top 16, while Maccabi slipped to 1-1. Maccabi shares the second place with Bennet Cantu. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) shined for the guests with 18 points. Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) followed him with 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) also secured a great help adding 13 points and 9 rebs. In the loosing squad, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) was better than the others with 17 points. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) and Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) (8 rebs) netted 12 and 8 points respectively. Maccabi had 49-47 lead at the beginning of the last period, but then visitors exploded making 6-15 run for 55-62 lead with 3 minutes remaining. Maccabi was threatening through David Blu, but Ingles and Lorbek helped Barca to keep the safe margin for rest of the way. Quarters: 19-12, 10-17, 13-15, 15-27. Next week, Barca will host Zalgiris, while Maccabi goes to Cantu.




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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 20-4 
 2. Nilan Bisons 17-5 
 3. Kauhajoki 16-10 
 4. Pyrinto 14-10 
 5. ToPo 13-12 
 6. LrNMKY 11-14 
 7. Kouvot 10-14 
 8. KTP 10-16 
 9. Korihait 9-16 
 10. Salon Vilpas 9-16 
 11. Namika Lahti 7-19 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Blue, KTP22.8 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.1 
 3. Newson, Kataja19.0 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki18.9 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.18.8 
 6. Crocker, KTP18.6 
 7. Griffin, ToPo18.6 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.18.5 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.2 
 10. Ivey, Nilan Bisons17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.3 
 2. Blue, KTP10.7 
 3. Newson, Kataja9.5 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.4 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.2 
 9. Brown, Kouvot7.8 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.4 
 2. Moore, Namika L.4.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.5 
 4. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 5. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.2 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 7. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.3.8 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.2 
 10. Ahonen, Salon Vil.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 5. Moore, Namika L.1.9 
 6. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.8 
 9. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.3 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Blue, KTP1.3 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 
 8. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 9. Bell, KTP0.7 
 10. Price, Kataja0.7 


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  FRANCE   


Olympique Antibes sign Trevor Huffman - by Eurobasket Center
Olympique Antibes (ProB) signed 33-year old American Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances). Huffman joined at the beginning of this month Belgacom Spirou (Belgium). While playing 4 games for Spirou he averaged 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.0apg. Huffman is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Venezuela and USA. Huffman graduated from Kent State University in 2002 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
He was voted twice to Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports 1st Team and twice to all-imports team in Portuguese 1st and second division.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Reed comes back to ALM Evreux Basket - by Eurobasket Center
ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Drake Reed (196-F-87, college: Austin Peay St.). Its actually Reeds comeback to Evreux as he played here last season. In 2010-11 he averaged 14.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg in 26 games. Reed played most recently at Oberwart Gunners (Austria). While playing 17 games for Oberwart this season he averaged 19.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.6apg. Reed played also pro basketball in Australia and Austria. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Roanne signs Rashad Wright, releases Andre Barrett - by Eurobasket News
Rashad Wright (189-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia) is a new member of Chorale Roanne. The American point guard penned a deal for rest of the season. At the same time, Roanne parted ways with Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall).
Rashad Wright already made debut for his new team. He had 8 points and 4 assists in a EuroChallenge game against Ventspils. Wright started this season with PAOK Thessaloniki. For 11 games in Greece he averaged 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Almost the same numbers Wright had for 5 EuroCup games.
Andre Barrett had 12.8 ppg, 4.9 apg and 2.5 rpg for 15 games in ProA. He also added 12.1 ppg, 5.8 apg and 1.9 rpg for 8 EuroCup games. He joined Roanne last summer.


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Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Have To Get Back To Playing Aggressively And With Intensity - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket about the next game against FC Bayern Munich January 27th.

How did you spend the Allstar break? What was the coolist experience that you had in this time?

I stayed here in Germany. I actually went to the all-star festivities in Ludwisburg. It was pretty sweet.

The second half is about to start. On what areas will the Tigers have to improve on to be successful?

We have to get back to playing aggressively and with intensity. Our strength is getting out and running. We have to do more of that this second half of the season.

Who was the most improved Tiger in the first half of the season?

Ruben Spoden. He continues to provide a spark off the bench. He has improved tremendously since day one.

What do you remember most from the 86-77 loss against FC Bayern Munich at the start of the season?

I remember we were down big late in the second half but were able to make a huge run to pull within 3. It was too late to try to overcome such a large deficit.

Where would you rate the quick penetration play by Steffan Hamann in all the point guards that you have seen this season?

He gets to the basket just as quick if not quicker than the most explosive point guards in this league. It is definitely his strength.

What will be key in getting the win on Friday?

We have to limit them to one shot, defend well in the half court, identify shooters, and play at our pace.

Are you surprised how tight the Southwest division is with the Spurs and co teams?

Not really, the division has four solid teams in SA, Dallas, Memphis, and Houston.

The Atlantic division is weak. Will the Celtics be able to compete with the 76ers this season for that title?

I think they still have a shot. They are such an experienced team; you would think that things are going to turn around soon.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Help great movie.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




Anthony Fisher Joins EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
According to www.ikz.de, Beko BBL team EnBW Ludwigsburg have brought in Anthony Fisher (191-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) and given him a try out contract. Ludwigsburg who recently lost big man John Bowler for the season also have injury woes at the guard position and with Fischer have a highly reliable both as a scorer and running the attack. He is an experienced player, smart player with great instincts, finds ways to score, set up his teamates and creates opportunities. Fischer is a 25 year old 191 cm guard that last season played for PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (Hungary-A Division) only pre-season, in Oct.'10 moved to SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-PLK, starting five): 22 games: 13.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 73.9%. He played at Tennessee Tech (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 17.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3Pts: 29.4%, FT: 76.1%. He started his professional basketball career in 2008 for Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): Eurocup Qualifications: 4 games: 14.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.8apg; EuroChallenge: 5 games: 14.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg; Austrian League: 40 games: 15.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 76.8%. In 2009-2010, he played for Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 5 games: 2.0ppg. Awards/Achievements in his career have been OVC Regular Season Champion -05, OVC Tournament Semifinals -05, 06, 07, All-OVC 1st Team -07, All-OVC 2nd Team -08, Austrian Bundesliga A All-Star Game -09, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga 1st Team -09, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Champion -09, Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -09, and German Bundesliga Finalist -10.

Source: www.ikz.de


Nino Garris (Pascal Roller Could Read A Play And Knew Things On The Court Before They Happened) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79) is a 32 year old 200cm forward that is playing in the German Regionaliga for TV Salzkotten. He is a very athletic player with a lot of European experience (Euroleague, Uleb Cup,), great competitor, can defend very hard and hell gets rebounds in a crowd because hes tough.
A complete team player, who plays smart and hard. He started his basketball career with Paderborn in 1996. He then played one season for TuS Lichterfelde before moving up to Alba Berlin in 1999 where he played until 2005. With Alba Berlin, he played a total of 132 Beko BBL games and 38 Euroleague games. He was German champion four times and cup winner twice with Alba Berlin. He then played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2005-2008 where he had to fight with injury woes. He played a total of only 52 Beko BBL games and seven ULEB cup games. He finished his Beko BBL career with his hometown team Paderborn Baskets in 2008-2009. He spoke to Eurobasket about the Pascal Roller farewell game January 28th.

It has been a while since you last played in the Beko BBL. Do you miss it?

I wouldnt really say that I miss it. It was a nice time in my life, but life goes on and I have a new chapter in it now.

How is it playing in the German Regionaliga with TV Salzkotten. Do young opponents sometimes ask you for basketball advice?

After I retired from the Beko BBL in 2009, I took about 1.5 years to see what I would do. I also didnt play to much active sport, so I gained about 20 kilos and was having back pain. But after a while it was clear that I could never stay fully away from basketball, because I love it too much. I then joined TV Salzkotten which keeps me fit. Here and there people will ask me what is was like as a player, but I really dont get asked so much.

How do you help young players like Leo Padberg and Til Gloger on the court?

Those two guys are very talented and know what they are doing on the court. If they ask me for advice, then I give it, but really I am on the court to have fun and not act big like I am the ex German national player. We have a good climate in the team. We are having a good run at the moment having won the last 10 games in a row.

Did it take you long to say yes to coming to play at the Pascal Roller farewell game on January 28th?

No it didnt take me long to say yes. It is an honor to have been chosen by Pascal to compete. It will be nice to go back and see many familiar faces. We play Bochum that weekend, but I wont participate in that game.

Besides Pascal Roller, what player are you looking forward to seeing again?

I am looking forward to seeing all the players.

What kind of a game can we await to see?

I just want to have fun. Even though there are a lot of ex players there, we still want to compete and give a good effort. When the game starts, we will be ready to compete. The fans just will have to be surprised what happens.

What is your favorite memory with Pascal Roller on the court during the Frankfurt years 2005-2008?

I had a lot of misfortune in my years with Frankfurt, but my nicest memory was winning game 5 in Leverkusen.

What will you never forget about Pascal Roller the player?

Just the way he played and how calm he was. He was one of those few players that was always consistent.

What made Pascal Roller to the player that he was?

He was a very intelligent player that understood the game fully. What I really liked about him was that he could read a play and knew things before they actually happened. He was a very dangerous player and an opponent could never lose him out of their eyes. He was one of the best German point guards.

What was your nicest memory with him in the German National team?

Standing on the podium at the 2002 World Championships in Indianapolis and getting our medals. That experience was the greatest in my career and one that I will never forget.

Where would you rank Pascal Roller in the best German point guards?

Top 5.

Where will the journey of the Fraport Skyliners end this season?

I dont know. I dont follow the Beko BBL so much, but more the NBA.

Where did you like it more in Berlin or Frankfurt?

I had a lot of misfortune in Frankfurt. I started my career in Berlin and had the most success there. I started my basketball career in Berlin as an 18 year old, fought my way on to the roster and soon was on the German national team.

How is your music career coming along?

I play the piano and listen to music.

Is your son following in your footsteps as a basketball player?

He is more fixated on soccer than basketball at the moment. I also started with soccer at age eight.
He is a little soccer talent.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

New York Giants

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Drive.

Thanks Nino for the chat.




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Galatasaray grabs 78-77 OT win against Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Olympiakos 78-77 OT

In one of the most exciting games so far in this Euroleague season, Galatasaray Medical Park registered its first-ever Top 16 win by downing Olympiacos BC Pireaus 78-77 in overtime in front of a sellout crowd at Abdi Ipecki Sports Hall in Istanbul. Galatasaray had 69-66 lead in the finish of regular time, but Konstantinos Sloukas shocked home fans with a 14-meter half court bomb that sent the game to overtime. Thanks to Jamon Lukas Gordon's (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) basket Galatasaray grabbed 78-77 lead with 27 left in overtime and Olympiakos had the possession. Sloukas missed a jumper, but Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) with offensive rebound secured another possession for his team. Gecevicius tried from downtown at the buzzer, but he missed and the Euroleague newcomer Galatasaray grabbed its first victory ever in Top 16. Jamon Lukas Gordon scored 17 points for the hosts and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) added one less. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds each. In Olympiakos, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 24 points and 6 rebs. Georgios Printezis had 14 points and 5 boards, while Kyle Hines (198-F-86) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 15-15, 27-13, 15-19, 12-22, 9-8 OT. Galatasaray joined Anadolu Efes with 1-1 record in Group E, while Olympiakos dropped to 0-2. In the next round, Galata will meet CSKA in Moscow. Olympiakos will host Anadolu Efes.

Galatasaray: Jamon Lukas Gordon 17, Jaka Lakovic 16, Luksa Andric 10+5 boards, Cevher Ozer 10+5 boards
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 24+6 boards, Georgios Printezis 14+5 boards, Kyle Hines 11


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Francisco Elson inks with Philadelphia 76ers - by Eurobasket News
Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) signed a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. The veteran centre spent the last season with the Utah Jazz. He tallied 2.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Previously Francisco Elson had stints with Barcelona, Pamesa Valencia, Sevilla. The centre moved to the NBA in 2003. He played for the Nuggets, Spurs and Bucks. Francisco Elson became the NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. The centre plays for the Dutch National Team. He participiated at the Qualifying Round to 2011 European Championship in Division B. The centre appeared in one game scoring 12 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Francisco Elson has been the member of the Dutch National Team since 1999.


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.25.1 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak23.4 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.22.9 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.6 
 5. Ciric, PVSK P.21.0 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.19.7 
 8. Austin, Jaszberenyi19.0 
 9. Bell, Kormend19.0 
 10. Wilson, Kaposvari17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen9.7 
 3. Townes, Kormend9.6 
 4. Miskovic, Marso N.9.3 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak9.0 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.6 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari8.6 
 8. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.5 
 9. Egemonye, Soproni8.3 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.2 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Fekete, Marso N.5.6 
 4. Simon, Albacomp5.6 
 5. Williams, Atomeromu5.6 
 6. Ingram, FS Debre.5.5 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok5.2 
 8. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 9. Thomas, Soproni3.9 
 10. El Amin, Albacomp3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gabor DRAHOS
  Szedeak
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Drahos, Szedeak3.0 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.2.9 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari2.5 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.2.5 
 6. Toth, PVSK P.2.4 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.2.4 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.3 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.3 
 10. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Townes, Kormend2.5 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 4. Levy, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Keller, Albacomp1.2 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.1 
 7. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 9. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 10. Hines, ZTE K.0.9 


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


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Independent Basketball Association announces new Spring Teams - by Gianni Pascucci
The IBA is proud to announce the addition of several quality franchises to our 2012 Spring Season. The (New York) Albany Legends, Los Angeles Lightning, Lansing Capitals, Springfield Express, Kenosha Ballers, and interim branding team St. Louis Trotters have all joined the league.
After enjoying a very competitive and successful Winter season the IBA appear to be headed into an even more exciting Spring. The IBA look to build solid region pods and the addition of these quality franchises allow for pillar cornerstones to be built around in their perspective markets. Again the league would like to welcome all these great organizations their communities and fans to the IBA.


The Spring Season begins March 14th, and concludes with Championship Weekend June 22-24th, location to be announced.
The IBA remains committed to partnering with organizations to use Professional Basketball as a platform to positively affect its perspective communities where our franchises reside. For more information log on to http://ibaball.net or email info@ibaball.net




Opening night to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters - L.A. Lightning will debut on May 12 - by Gianni Pascucci
The Los Angeles Lightning will tip off the 2012 pro basketball season in big style by hosting a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County on May 12-13 at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks.
The Lightning, featuring a star-studded lineup of ex-NBA players, has implemented a new Ticket-Split online program, powered by Vendini Ticket Systems. Local charities, high schools and non-profit organizations will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from tickets they sell.
We are here for the community and I feel our new Ticket-Split program is groundbreaking, said owner and general manager Mark Harwell , who created the Lightning in 2007. Whats great about this program is any charity or nonprofit thats trying to raise money can send their followers or donors to our site to purchase tickets.
The system prompt will ask if the buyer is associated with a Los Angeles Lightning fundraising group. A drop-down menu will appear revealing all the participating groups. The buyer then chooses the group that will benefit and the system tracks and routes the money based on that choice.
The Lightning will play 12 of its 15 games at home. Theyll open against the Battle Creek Knights on May 12-13 at 7 p.m. in the Gilbert Sports Arena.
The Lightning plays an exciting, high-scoring brand of basketball, featuring former NBA players like Lamond Murray (6'7''-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California), Toby Bailey (6'6''-G/F-75, college: UCLA), Bryon Russell (6'7''-F-70, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Long Beach St.), Fred Vinson (6'4''-G-71, college: Georgia Tech), Juaquin Hawkins (6'7''-F-73, college: Long Beach St.), Darrick Martin (5'11''-G-71, college: UCLA) and Tyus Edney (5'10''-G-73, college: UCLA). Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan), Billy Knight (6'5''-G, college: UCLA), Kamran Sufi (5'9''-G, college: St.Mary's, CA), Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, college: Loyola Mary), Adam Parada (7'0''-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) and Senator Tony Strickland (6'5''-F-70, college: Whittier) have also been key components on a team that captured the International Basketball League title in its second season in 2009. Murray, who once scored 41 points in an NBA game, was the MVP that year for the Lightning. Russell reached the NBA Finals three times with the Utah Jazz and L.A. Lakers and Bailey helped UCLA capture its last NCAA title in 1995.
Ron Quarterman returns for his fourth season as head coach.
The Lightning will move to a new league this year while playing the same opponents. They've joined the Independent Basketball Association, which was created after the IBL was sold in 2011. The IBA acquired several former IBL teams and has expanded quickly in the North American market with an eye toward international development.
We appreciate (ex-commissioner) Mikal Duilio and all of his accomplishments with the IBL. He is a great visionary and I have a lot of respect for him, said Harwell. I wish the former league the best in their future endeavors. Unfortunately, we werent able to come to terms over licensing issues, so we move forward to play in the IBA and continue planning our tours in Europe and Asia as well as creating a global product.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, most recommended, high-impact mentoring organization in the United States, making a powerful difference in the lives of youth facing adversity -- changing their lives for the better, forever -- by putting consistent, caring adults in their lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County helps children facing adversity to reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one adult mentoring relationships, with measurable results. A 2009 study, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters, found that adults who were mentored as children report that having a Big played a role in who they are today by positively building their self-confidence, providing stability, changing their perspective on life and pushing them to set higher goals.
Any charity, non-profit or school that would like to participate in the Ticket-Split program should contact Mark Harwell (mark@lalightning.net ).
For ticket information, visit the Lighting Community page at www.lalightning.net/community.htm . For information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit their web site at www.bbsvc.org
You can also like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Los-Angeles-Lightning/275367469174559 ) and follow us on Twitter @LA_Lightning


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Express L. Round 13: Snaefell edges KR by one point - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 13 in the Express L. took place in Reykjavik. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of much higher ranked KR (8-5) to seventh ranked Snaefell (7-6) 94-93 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KR. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely KR outrebounded Snaefell 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) fired 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) chipped in 27 points and 7 rebounds. Snaefell's coach Ingi Thor Steinthorsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Snaefell have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion KR dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Thor Thorl. Snaefell are looking forward to face higher ranked Thor Thorl (#5) in Thorlakshofn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KR will play on the road against Njardvik in Njardvik and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Grindavik delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Fjolnir (5-8) 107-73. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Pall Axel Vilbergsson contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Bjorgvin Rikhardsson (175-93) answered with 19 points for Fjolnir. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Grindavik (12-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Fjolnir lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Grindavik will play against IR (#7) in Reykjavik in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Fjolnir will play at home against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Valur (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 96-71 loss to second ranked Stjarnan (9-4) in Reykjavik on Friday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Renato Lindmets stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Birgir Petursson responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stjarnan maintains second place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Grindavik, which they share with Keflavik. Valur lost their thirteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Stjarnan will meet at home Haukar (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play against Keflavik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Sauoarkrokur was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Keflavik (9-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Tindastoll (6-7). Keflavik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tindastoll. Magnus Gunnarsson nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Keflavik moved-up to second place, which they share with Stjarnan. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Valur (#12) in Reykjavik and are hoping to win another game. Tindastoll will play on the road against Fjolnir (#10) in Reykjav­k.

In the last two games of round 13 Njardvik defeated Haukar in Njardvik 85-75. Thor Thorl beat IR at home 88-76.
The best stats of 13th round was 29 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks by Christopher Smith of Haukar.



Haukar - Njardvik 75-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Haukar's (2-11) home loss to tenth ranked Njardvik (6-7) 75-85. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Njardvik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Haukar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 20 rebounds for the winning side and guard Travis Holmes (193-86, college: VMI, agency: Strategic Sports) accounted for 24 points and 7 rebounds. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks and forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Haukar in the defeat. Njardvik moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tindastoll and IR. Haukar lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Njardvik's next round opponent will be higher ranked KR (#4) in Reykjavik and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play on the road against the league's second-placed Stjarnan (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Haukar: C.Smith 29+19reb+1ast, H.Fain 17+7reb+7ast, E.Barja 8+5reb+5ast, H.Einarsson 6+3reb+2ast, M.Gudlaugsson 6, D.Hermannsson 5+2reb+1ast
Njardvik: C.Echols 26+20reb+1ast, T.Holmes 24+7reb+3ast, O.Jonsson 11+3reb+3ast, H.Einarsson 8+4reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 6+3reb+9ast, M.Baginski 5+1reb
gschID: 140150


Thor Thorl - IR 88-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Thor Thorl's (8-5) home victory over 6th ranked IR (6-7) 88-76. It looked good early as IR took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Thor Thorl had a 32-26 second period charge getting the lead and IR was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-88. FYR Macedonian-Australian forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: KMG Sports Management) accounted for 16 points and 16 rebounds. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Forward Hjalti Fridriksson (201-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) added 19 points respectively for IR in the defeat. Thor Thorl moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KR. IR at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Thor Thorl's next round opponent will be Snaefell (#6) in Stykkisholmur. IR will play at home against the league's leader Grindavik.
Top scorers:
IR: N.Sovic 19+3reb, J.Bartolotta 15+1reb+3ast, H.Fridriksson 12+12reb+1ast, T.Hauksson 8+2reb, E.Arnarson 7+3reb+5ast, K.Jonasson 7+5reb+2ast
Thor Thorl: B.Janev 27+5reb+3ast, D.Hilmarsson 19+5reb+3ast, J.Hairston 16+16reb+2ast, D.Govens 12+5reb+2ast, B.Ragnarsson 8+3reb+4ast, G.Jonsson 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 140151


Valur - Stjarnan 71-96

Bottom-ranked Valur (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 96-71 loss to second ranked Stjarnan (9-4) in Reykjavik on Friday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Valur managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan shot 63.3 percent from the field. American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 11 points and 9 assists. At the losing side center Birgir Petursson (205-86) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Slovenian power forward Igor Tratnik (206-89) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Stjarnan and four Valur players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stjarnan maintains second place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Grindavik, which they share with Keflavik. Valur lost their thirteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Stjarnan will meet at home Haukar (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play against Keflavik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Valur: R.Gylfason 14+2ast, B.Petursson 13+8reb+2ast, I.Tratnik 13+6reb+1ast, A.Bracey 13+1reb+1ast, A.Dungal 6+2reb+1ast, K.Olafsson 4+1reb
Stjarnan: R.Lindmets 20+7reb, K.Cothran 16+3reb+2ast, M.Valdimarsson 15+2reb+1ast, J.Zdravevski 13+2reb+1ast, J.Shouse 11+3reb+9ast, G.Larusson 8
gschID: 140152


Tindastoll - Keflavik 72-91

The game in Sauoarkrokur was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Keflavik (9-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Tindastoll (6-7). Keflavik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tindastoll. The game was mostly controlled by Keflavik. Tindastoll was better in fourth quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tindastoll 51-36 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Magnus Gunnarsson (186-81) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Valur Valsson (181-94) accounted for 20 points. Four Keflavik players scored in double figures. Guard Fridrik Hreinsson (184-81) came up with 15 points and 6 assists and American guard Maurice Miller (187-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Tindastoll in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Keflavik moved-up to second place, which they share with Stjarnan. Tindastoll at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Valur (#12) in Reykjavik and are hoping to win another game. Tindastoll will play on the road against Fjolnir (#10) in Reykjav­k.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: M.Miller 15+2reb+4ast, F.Hreinsson 15+2reb+6ast, S.Birgisson 14+4reb+1ast, C.Allen 8+6reb+2ast, H.Viggosson 6+5reb, L.Eiriksson 6+2reb+1ast
Keflavik: M.Gunnarsson 25+10reb+2ast, V.Valsson 20+3reb+3ast, J.Cole 15+9reb+1ast, H.Halldorsson 14+8reb+1ast, C.Parker 9+9reb+5ast, A.Gudbrandsson 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 140153


Grindavik - Fjolnir 107-73

Leader Grindavik delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Fjolnir (5-8) 107-73. The game without a history. Grindavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Fjolnir's 42. They outrebounded Fjolnir 52-26 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Grindavik players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Fjolnir's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Bjorgvin Rikhardsson (175-93) answered with 19 points and American forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Fjolnir. Four Grindavik and five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Grindavik (12-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Fjolnir lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Grindavik will play against IR (#7) in Reykjavik in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Fjolnir will play at home against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: B.Rikhardsson 19+4reb+2ast, A.Gudmundsson 16+1reb, N.Walkup 13+9reb+1ast, C.O'Neil 13+2reb+2ast, J.Sverrisson 10+7reb+1ast, T.Eiriksson 2+2reb+2ast
Grindavik: J.Bullock 26+17reb+4ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 17+5reb+1ast, S.Thorsteinsson 14+3reb+1ast, G.Watson 11+4reb+4ast, O.Saevarsson 10+10reb, R.Pettinella 9+7reb+4ast
gschID: 140154


KR - Snaefell 93-94

The most exciting game of round 13 in the Express L. took place in Reykjavik. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of much higher ranked KR (8-5) to seventh ranked Snaefell (7-6) 94-93 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KR. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely KR outrebounded Snaefell 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) fired 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) chipped in 27 points and 7 rebounds. Snaefell's coach Ingi Thor Steinthorsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) added 17 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five KR players scored in double figures. Snaefell have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion KR dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Thor Thorl. Snaefell are looking forward to face higher ranked Thor Thorl (#5) in Thorlakshofn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KR will play on the road against Njardvik in Njardvik and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KR: J.Brown 23+7reb+5ast, R.Ferguson 17+14reb+3ast, F.Magnusson 16+9reb+2ast, D.Sencanski 14+7reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 11+2reb, M.Hermannsson 7+3reb+2ast
Snaefell: Q.Hankins-Cole 27+7reb+1ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 22+9reb+5ast, M.Hall 17+1reb+5ast, H.Gunnarsson 9+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 6+6reb+2ast, S.Davidsson 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 140149




Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 12-1 
 2. Stjarnan 9-4 
 3. Keflavik 9-4 
 4. KR 8-5 
 5. Thor Thorl 8-5 
 6. Snaefell 7-6 
 7. IR 6-7 
 8. Tindastoll 6-7 
 9. Njardvik 6-7 
 10. Fjolnir 5-8 
 11. Haukar 2-11 
 12. Valur 0-13 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, IR25.0 
 2. Sovic, IR23.7 
 3. Walkup, Fjolnir23.3 
 4. Echols, Njardvik23.1 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl23.0 
 6. Hairston, Thor T.23.0 
 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. Walkup, Fjolnir10.5 
 7. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik10.0 
 9. Shuler, Haukar10.0 
 10. Hampton, Tindasto.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan6.6 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.6 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.5 
 4. Hall, Snaefell6.2 
 5. Dagostino, Keflavik4.8 
 6. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.7 
 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. Hall, Snaefell2.6 
 3. Allen, Tindastoll2.6 
 4. Cothran, Stjarnan2.5 
 5. Parker, Keflavik2.5 
 6. Shuler, Haukar2.5 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan2.3 
 8. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 9. Watson, Grindavik2.1 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.0 
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, Valur2.2 
 5. Hampton, Tindastoll1.3 
 6. Allen, Tindastoll1.2 
 7. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.2 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.1 
 9. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir1.1 
 10. Jonsson, Njardvik1.0 


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 18-0 
 2. Foolad Mahan 14-3 
 3. Azad 14-5 
 4. Petrochimi 13-5 
 5. Zob Ahan 11-6 
 6. Sanaye Petrochimi 9-8 
 7. M.H.Ahvaz 7-12 
 8. Pouya 6-12 
 9. Shiraz a.s Pipe 5-14 
 10. Gorgan 5-14 
 11. Zanjan 4-15 
 12. Jahesh 3-15 


WABA League: Mahram topple Duhok - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Duhok 88:65

Mahram registered the second win in Group B of WABA League. The Iranian team held off Duhok to stay on top of the standings. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) stepped up with impressive 29 points and 14 rebounds to pace Mahram. Duhok suffered the third loss in a row.
Mahram and Duhok stayed neck and neck throughout intense first quarter. The Iranian side eked out a 26:24 lead after ten minutes. Mahram maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. However Duhok stayed within a striking distance. Mahram went into the locker room up by just 3 points 45:42. The margin grew in the third term. Mahram gradually boosted the gap taking a 67:60 advantage with one quarter to go. The Iranian side went on a 15:5 rally at the start of the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) had 19 points, while Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) added 14 points for the winning side. Ali Hamad (193-F-86) and Mohammed Mahdi (205-F/C-80) answered with 16 points each for Duhok. Chamberlain Oguchi had 12 points in the loss.

Mahram: Nikoloz Tskitishvili 29+14 boards, Hamed Afagh 19, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 14
Duhok: Ali Hamad 16, Mohammed Mahdi 16



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WABA League: Mahram topple Duhok - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Duhok 88:65

Mahram registered the second win in Group B of WABA League. The Iranian team held off Duhok to stay on top of the standings. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) stepped up with impressive 29 points and 14 rebounds to pace Mahram. Duhok suffered the third loss in a row.
Mahram and Duhok stayed neck and neck throughout intense first quarter. The Iranian side eked out a 26:24 lead after ten minutes. Mahram maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. However Duhok stayed within a striking distance. Mahram went into the locker room up by just 3 points 45:42. The margin grew in the third term. Mahram gradually boosted the gap taking a 67:60 advantage with one quarter to go. The Iranian side went on a 15:5 rally at the start of the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) had 19 points, while Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) added 14 points for the winning side. Ali Hamad (193-F-86) and Mohammed Mahdi (205-F/C-80) answered with 16 points each for Duhok. Chamberlain Oguchi had 12 points in the loss.

Mahram: Nikoloz Tskitishvili 29+14 boards, Hamed Afagh 19, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 14
Duhok: Ali Hamad 16, Mohammed Mahdi 16



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Real Barca celebrates in Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Real Barca 57-71

Regal Barca dominated in the last quarter to take 57-71 victory against Maccabi Electra on Thursday in Tel Aviv. The reigning Spanish champion now has 2-0 record in Group H of the Euroleague Top 16, while Maccabi slipped to 1-1. Maccabi shares the second place with Bennet Cantu. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) shined for the guests with 18 points. Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) followed him with 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) also secured a great help adding 13 points and 9 rebs. In the loosing squad, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) was better than the others with 17 points. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) and Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) (8 rebs) netted 12 and 8 points respectively. Maccabi had 49-47 lead at the beginning of the last period, but then visitors exploded making 6-15 run for 55-62 lead with 3 minutes remaining. Maccabi was threatening through David Blu, but Ingles and Lorbek helped Barca to keep the safe margin for rest of the way. Quarters: 19-12, 10-17, 13-15, 15-27. Next week, Barca will host Zalgiris, while Maccabi goes to Cantu.

Maccabi Electra: Keith Langford 17, Demond Mallet 12, Richard Hendrix 8+8 boards
Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 18, Fran Vazquez 14+7 boards, Joe Ingles 13+9 boards


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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.3 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.4 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.17.0 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.7 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi15.7 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido L.15.0 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.0 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.5 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.4 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.1 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 5. Moss, Toshiba BT8.2 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.6 
 7. O''Bannon, Panason.7.2 
 8. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.0 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
 10. Takeuchi, Toyota6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.1 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.8 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.7 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.5 
 5. Watanabe, Panason.3.1 
 6. Kashiwakura, Hitac.3.0 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 8. Kinoshita, Panason.2.8 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.7 
 10. Hirose, Panasoni.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.9 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.9 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.1.8 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.6 
 6. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 7. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.3 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi1.3 
 9. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.3 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Richardson, Aishin1.6 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.5 
 3. McFarlin, Tochigi1.1 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 7. Aono, Panasonic T.0.9 
 8. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 


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


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WABA League: Moutahed earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Moutahed - ASU 72:68

Moutahed celebrated the second straight win at the WABA League tournament. They held off ASU to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 23 points to pace the Lebanese team. ASU in the meantime fell at 0-2 record.
Moutahed stormed into this one. They grabbed a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. The Lebanese side kept in charge throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 14 points 45:31. ASU however managed to get closer in the third quarter. The Jordanian team entered the final frame hopeful trailing by just 7 points 49:56. ASU eventually tied things up at 59 in the final frame. But Moutahed surged back in front in the crucial moments and hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Mohamad Akary (188-G-85) provided 17 points, while Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tulsa) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Wesam Al-Sous (181-G-83) answered with 15 points for ASU. Mohammad Hadrab (203-F-84) finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Moutahed: Austin Johnson 23, Mohamad Akary 17, Bassel Bawji 14+11 boards
ASU: Wesam Al-Sous 15, Mohammad Hadrab 12+11 boards



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Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Jamie Adams (Colby CC, Kan.), Carlos Smith (Baltimore City CC, Md.) and Deon Boyce (Davidson CCC, N.C.) have been named NJCAA Mens Basketball Players of the Week for games Jan. 16-22.

The Division I Player of the Week was Adams, while Smith was selected Player of the Week in Division II. Earning Player of the Week for Division III was Boyce.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jamie Adams; Colby Community College, Kan.
Guard; Chicago, Ill.; Hales Franciscan High School
Adams (5 9) led the Trojans of Colby to victory in both of last weeks contests. In a 69-64 win over Butler CC (Kan.), Adams scored 22 points and picked six steals on the defensive end. The sophomore then led Colby to a 73-67 win over No. 19 Hutchinson CC (Kan.) with 30 points and seven assists. With this week off, Adams and the Trojans will return to action on the first day of February against Pratt CC (Kan.).

DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Carlos Smith; Baltimore City Community College, Md.
Forward; Baltimore, Md.; Forest Park High School
A tremendous week on the offensive end for Smith (6 8) powered the Panthers to two wins last week. Smith put up 27 points and nine rebounds in Baltimore Citys 93-81 victory over Montgomery College Rockville (Md.). Leading the charge in an 85-80 win over Chesapeake College (Md.), Smith recorded 41 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Wednesday, Baltimore City and Smith will host Allegany College of Maryland before heading to Anne Arundel CC (Md.) Friday.

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Deon Boyce; Davidson County Community College, N.C.
Forward; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jacksonville High School
In Davidson Countys three wins last week, Boyce (6 6) showcased his dominant abilities in the post. The sophomore posted 10 points and eight rebounds in the Storms 85-66 blowout of Wake Technical CC (N.C.). Boyce registered his first double-double of the week with 14 points and 14 rebounds in an 81-65 win over Sandhills CC (N.C.). Finishing of the week with a 119-79 blowout of Mt. Zion Prep Academy, Boyce tallied 16 points and hauled in 17 boards. Boyce and the Storm will play at Central Carolina CC (N.C.) Wednesday in their first of three games this week.

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Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 13)
Division I: Canon Fields (G) Allen CC, Kan.
Division II: Kevin Thompson (G) Dakota County Tech, Minn.
Division III: Korey Fisher (G) Passaic CCC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games Nov. 14-20)
Division I: Kaheem Ranson (G) Seward CCC, Kan.
Division II: Brendan Cooper (F) Lakeland CC, Ohio
Division III: Chris Austin (G) Ulster CCC, N.Y.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 21-27)
Division I: Derrick Barden (F) Odessa College, Texas
Division II: Quasim Jones (G) Johnson CCC, Kan.
Division III: Jerome Parkins (G) Gateway CC, Conn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 28 Dec. 4)
Division I: Devon Branch (G) Cloud CCC, Kan.
Division II: Maurice Lewis-Briggs (F) CC of Beaver County, Pa.
Division III: Bakari Turner (G) Cedar Valley College, Texas

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 5-11)
Division I: Darren Goodson (F) Pensacola State College, Fla.
Division II: Deontray Dorsey (G) Waubonsee CC, Ill.
Division III: Carl Clemons (F) Broome CC, N.Y.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 12-18)
Division I: None
Division II: Darrell Robinson (G) Cuyahoga CC, Ohio
Division III: Paul Becklens (G) Roxbury CC, Mass.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 2-8)
Division I: Kevin Smith (G) Frederick CC, Md.
Division II: DeAndre Upchurch (G) Highland CC, Kan.
Division III: Taylor Small (G) Vermilion CC, Minn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 9-15)
Division I: Jon Augustin-Fairell (C) Indian River SC, Fla.
Division II: Matt Kelly (G) North Central Missouri College
Division III: Jeromy OBrien (G) Itasca CC, Minn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 16-22)
Division I: Jamie Adams (G) Colby CC, Kan.
Division II: Carlos Smith (F) Baltimore City CC, Md.
Division III: Deon Boyce (F) Davidson CCC, N.C.

Courtesy of www.njcaa.org


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BC Astana prove their dominance - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana maintained top position in D1 standings with back-to-back wins over their archrivals Barsy Atyrau. The victories propelled BC Astana to 12-0 record. Barsy meanwhile fell at 9-5 record.
The first game was quite one-way. BC Astana built a 49:28 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 98:59 win at the end. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) posted 19 points to lead the effort. Maxim Voyeykov (197-F-88) and Rustam Yargaliev (195-F/G-86) added 13 points each in the victory. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) answered with 15 points for Barsy Atyrau. Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
BC Astana started the next game aggressively. They grabbed a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. Barsy Atyrau however stopped the rot and narrowed the margin to 3 points at halftime 35:38. But the second half belonged to the hosts. BC Astana cleared off to a comfortable distance and rallied to a 78:61 win at the end. Luka Drca (195-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) and Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) accounted for 18 points each in the victory. Maxim Voyeykov and Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) added 9 points each for BC Astana. Dmitriy Gavrilov responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Barsy Atyrau.


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  KOSOVO   


Bashkimi loses Zimic, the bosnian accepts Trepcas offer! - by Dren Shporta
The bosnian center Emir Zimic (215-C-86, agency: World Sport Agency) has accepted Trepcas offer. He was in talks with oranges from Prizren, Bashkimi, but Trepca raised the offer and Zimic is now ready to sign for them. Bashkimi was desperately needing a player in center position and they lost him just before the transfer deadline.

Trepca is finishing the final preparations this week in Ulcinj, Montenegro, and Emir Zimic has joined the team, confirms the Trepca offical. The green team from Mitrovica will have to leave Bryant Williams and Paul Davis if they officially sign the 25 year old bosnian center.

Trepca is working hard to take the crown from Sigal Prishtina. In this transfer window they have signed Besnik Azemi from Kosova of Vushtrri and called back Fikret Hanxhiq. Emir Zimic is going to be the second international player for Trepca, after they keeped their talisman, Jaleel Nelson. The kosovar basketball clubs could sign not more than two international players.



Arber Elshani moves to Kosova Vushtrria - by Dren Shporta
Arber Elshani (192-SF-93) has decided to change his team. Now, former Futura player Elshani, has moved to Vushtrrian team of Kosova. 18 year old shooting forward will play for a team that in the second half of the season made a surprise in the league, by registering a victory against Peja.

Vushtrrian team is hoping to find a place in play-off which is the main reason that Arber Elshani is moving to this team. Kosova of Vushtrria has registered 4 victories and 10 defeats in the first half of the season and keeps sixth place in the classification table, which is the last place that seals the ticket for play-off. Arber Elshani has also added; officially for eurobasket.com, that the decision for his move has taken after the recommendations that has took from his former coach Fabian Gjuka.





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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 18-1 
 2. Barons/Keizar. 17-2 
 3. Liepaja-2 16-1 
 4. Saldus 15-4 
 5. Riga 12-7 
 6. RSU 11-8 
 7. VEF Kadeti 10-8 
 8. VA 9-9 
 9. DSN 9-10 
 10. Cesis 6-13 
 11. Jelgava/LLU 6-13 
 12. Livani 6-13 
 13. Ogres 5-13 
 14. Valmiera U21 4-15 
 15. Ridzene 3-16 
 16. Gulbene 3-17 


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  LEBANON   


WABA League: Moutahed earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Moutahed - ASU 72:68

Moutahed celebrated the second straight win at the WABA League tournament. They held off ASU to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 23 points to pace the Lebanese team. ASU in the meantime fell at 0-2 record.
Moutahed stormed into this one. They grabbed a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. The Lebanese side kept in charge throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 14 points 45:31. ASU however managed to get closer in the third quarter. The Jordanian team entered the final frame hopeful trailing by just 7 points 49:56. ASU eventually tied things up at 59 in the final frame. But Moutahed surged back in front in the crucial moments and hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Mohamad Akary (188-G-85) provided 17 points, while Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tulsa) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Wesam Al-Sous (181-G-83) answered with 15 points for ASU. Mohammad Hadrab (203-F-84) finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Moutahed: Austin Johnson 23, Mohamad Akary 17, Bassel Bawji 14+11 boards
ASU: Wesam Al-Sous 15, Mohammad Hadrab 12+11 boards



The Big Derby is on Sunday : Riyadi vs Sagesse - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
This week end the Big Derby will be held in Manara, this derby which used to be the big title due to the big rivalry which existed between Sagesse and Riyadi , the two clubs met many times in the past years and all their games were full of excitement and intensity inside and outside the stadiums, Sagesse who was passing in an unstable situation in the previous years is hoping after the election of the mythic Teams Captain Elie Mechantaf as Club President to regain the path of glory.
On the other side the champion Riyadi who broke all the records in the past 7 years is continuing to dominate each championship, last was the Preliminary round on the WABL when they cruised into 4 big wins especially against the strong Iranian Teams. Riyadi the current Asian Champion is aiming to win the FIBA ASIA Champions cup for the 2nd straight year and to be the 2nd club to do such an achievement after Sagesse in 1999 & 2000.
Sagesse last game in the League was against the struggling Antranik who gave up all hopes to fight in the league, Sagesse had a easy win but not a convincing one on the score of , Sagesse who in last participation in the Dubai tournament finished 3rd beating Ittihad Alexandria but after a big loss in the semi final against Ahly from UAE on the score of 83-63.
On the other side Riyadi had a win against Hoops on the score of 98-84, Hoops who welcomed a new player Jonathan Heard, he had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes of action.
All eyes will be on Manara on Sunday January 29th 2012 to attend another confrontation between these two giants , this game will be the first time to see Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) playing against his old team in an official championship.



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NKL Round 29: Top-ranked Radviliskis win another game - by Eurobasket News
NKL top team - Radviliskis (20-9) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Silute (11-18) 88-73. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Silute managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-G-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Arturas Kaubrys (205-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for Silute. Silute's coach Petras Jonikas rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radviliskis have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-9 record. Silute at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Meresta. Radviliskis are looking forward to face Delikatesas (#4) in Joniskis in the next round. Silute will play on the road against Perlas-MRU (#11) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Marijampole was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Triobet (15-14) played at the court of eighth ranked Matinga-Juod. (16-13). Matinga-Juod. managed to secure a 8-point victory 69-61. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 assists for the winners and Zilvinas Kuklierius chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Matinga-Juod.'s coach Mindaugas Sagaitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (203-90) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Matinga-Juod. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Triobet at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Ezerunas-Karys and Statyba. Matinga-Juod. will play against higher ranked Mazeikiai (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Triobet will play against S.Marciulionio in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between twelfth ranked S.Marciulionio (13-16) and 11th ranked Perlas-MRU (14-15) in Vilnius on Friday ended with biggest points difference. S.Marciulionio outscored guests from Vilnius 89-57. Egidijus Mockevicius nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Gintautas Vileita came up with 13 points for Perlas-MRU in the defeat. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for S.Marciulionio. They maintain twelfth place with 13-16 record. Loser Perlas-MRU keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. S.Marciulionio will meet higher ranked Triobet (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perlas-MRU will play against Silute and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Meresta was beaten by Ezerunas-Karys on the road 76-72. Statyba lost to Mazeikiai on its own court 67-79. LKKA-Atletas managed to outperform ABRO-Univ. in Kaunas 88-74. Bottom-ranked Gargzdai recorded a loss to Nafta Universitetas at home 60-68. Zalgiris-Sabonio was defeated by Delikatesas on the opponent's court 77-69.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 26 points and 14 rebounds by Julius Kazakauskas of Nafta Universitetas.


Ezerunas-Karys - Meresta 76-72

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Ezerunas-Karys (15-14) beat 14th ranked Meresta (11-18) in Moletai 76-72 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Meresta won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and forward Justas Narusis (198-90) accounted for 18 points. Four Ezerunas-Karys players scored in double figures. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) added 16 points respectively for Meresta in the defeat. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Triobet and Statyba. Loser Meresta dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Silute. Ezerunas-Karys will meet league's second-placed LKKA-Atletas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Meresta will play against Gargzdai-Bremena (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: J.Narusis 18+3reb+3ast, M.Kugauda 17+2reb+3ast, A.Slezas 12+3reb+3ast, R.Ambrulaitis 12+12reb+2ast, G.Kulbis 9+4reb+5ast, P.Lescinskas 3+1reb+1ast
Meresta: D.Griskenas 23+7reb, A.Maneikis 16+4reb+1ast, S.Raziulis 8+3reb+3ast, S.Slivka 7+4reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 6+4reb+2ast, A.Galkauskas 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 148491


Statyba - Mazeikiai 67-79

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Statyba (15-14) lost to sixth ranked Mazeikiai (17-12) in Vilnius 67-79 on Friday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. Mazeikiai dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Statyba's 32. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) nailed 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side and swingman Marijus Norkus (197-85) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Statyba in the defeat. Mazeikiai moved-up to fifth place. Loser Statyba dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Triobet and Ezerunas-Karys. Mazeikiai will meet at home Matinga-Juod. (#6) in the next round. Statyba will play against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: P.Brown 22+4reb+5ast, M.Norkus 14+5reb+2ast, J.Jurgo 13+8reb, R.Trakimas 10+2reb+1ast, D.Vaitelis 9+2reb+1ast, M.Simonavicius 6+4reb
Statyba: D.Tarvydas 22+10reb+1ast, V.Luksa 10+7reb+2ast, R.Sugintas 10+4reb+1ast, A.Stakenas 8+8reb+2ast, T.Rinkunas 8+3reb+2ast, O.Varanauskas 7+1reb+8ast
gschID: 148492


ABRO-Univ. - LKKA-Atletas 74-88

Very predictable result when second ranked LKKA-Atletas (19-10) won against 15th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (7-22) in Siauliai 88-74 on Friday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. LKKA-Atletas shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) nailed 29 points for the winning side and point guard Matas Sapiega (179-90) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists. Guard Aridas Kurauskas (184-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists and center Agnius Gurklys (205-88) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for ABRO-Universitetas in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for LKKA-Atletas. They maintain second place with 19-10 record behind leader Radviliskis, which they share with Nafta Universitetas. ABRO-Universitetas lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. LKKA-Atletas will meet at home Ezerunas-Karys (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ABRO-Universitetas will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#7) in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 29+4reb+3ast, V.Sragauskis 18+8reb, M.Sapiega 15+4reb+8ast, T.Tamosiunas 10+2reb+1ast, T.Urbonas 7+9reb+2ast, P.Malasauskas 5+4reb+1ast
ABRO-Univ.: A.Gurklys 18+6reb, A.Kurauskas 14+9reb+12ast, R.Giedraitis 14+2reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 10+3reb, V.Pikalavicius 6+4reb, E.Vaupsas 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 148488


Gargzdai - Nafta Universitetas 60-68

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (6-23) lost at home to third ranked Nafta Universitetas (19-10) 68-60 on Friday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Nafta Universitetas outrebounded Gargzdai-Bremena 39-25 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Nafta Universitetas' coach Dainius Miliunas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Egidijus Ramanauskas (202-88) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Renatas Jonelis (201-84) added 10 points respectively for Gargzdai-Bremena in the defeat. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to second place, which they share with LKKA-Atletas. Gargzdai-Bremena lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. Nafta Universitetas will meet at home Statyba (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Meresta (#14) in Pakruojis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: J.Kazakauskas 26+14reb+1ast, E.Lengvinas 10+6reb+4ast, V.Chodosovskis 8+6reb, D.Anuzis 7+2reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 5+5reb+2ast, D.Norkus 4+2reb
Gargzdai: E.Ramanauskas 16+6reb+1ast, R.Jonelis 10+3reb+2ast, M.Martinkus 8+4ast, K.Timofejevas 7+2reb, T.Mazelis 5+3reb, M.Grigaitis 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 148489


S.Marciulionio - Perlas-MRU 89-57

The game between twelfth ranked S.Marciulionio (13-16) and 11th ranked Perlas-MRU (14-15) in Vilnius on Friday ended with biggest points difference. S.Marciulionio outscored guests from Vilnius 89-57. The game without a history. S.Marciulionio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 22 and made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Perlas-MRU 49-27 including a 37-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and forward Jonas Elvikis (195-82) accounted for 17 points. Five S.Marciulionio players scored in double figures. Guard Gintautas Vileita (193-75, college: Monmouth) came up with 13 points and point guard Paulius Semaska (184-93) added 4 points and 7 assists respectively for Perlas-MRU in the defeat. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for S.Marciulionio. They maintain twelfth place with 13-16 record. Loser Perlas-MRU keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. S.Marciulionio will meet higher ranked Triobet (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Perlas-MRU will play against Silute and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: J.Elvikis 17+4reb+2ast, E.Mockevicius 15+15reb+3ast, R.Jukonis 13+1reb+3ast, O.Olisevicius 12+1reb, T.Lekunas 10+4reb+5ast, N.Varnelis 10+8reb
Perlas-MRU: G.Vileita 13+3reb, T.Padegimas 7+2reb+1ast, K.Brusokas 7+5reb, A.Udras 6+3reb, M.Virbalas 6+3reb+1ast, V.Kazonas 4+2reb
gschID: 148490


Matinga-Juod. - Triobet 69-61

The game in Marijampole was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Triobet (15-14) played at the court of eighth ranked Matinga-Juod. (16-13). Matinga-Juod. managed to secure a 8-point victory 69-61. It looked good early as Triobet took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Matinga-Juod. took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. Triobet was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 assists for the winners and guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Matinga-Juod.'s coach Mindaugas Sagaitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (203-90) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Matinga-Juod. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Triobet at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Ezerunas-Karys and Statyba. Matinga-Juod. will play against higher ranked Mazeikiai (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Triobet will play against S.Marciulionio in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 18+4reb+8ast, K.Pupinis 10+3reb, Z.Kuklierius 10+6reb+2ast, A.Zibuda 9+1reb+1ast, P.Gvazdaitis 6+9reb, M.Kalvelis 4+8reb+2ast
Triobet: H.Vorotnikovas 17+9reb, M.Linkevicius 13+12reb+1ast, R.Cepanonis 7+8reb, R.Juknevicius 6+2reb+1ast, R.Narkevicius 6, P.Vaitiekunas 4+1reb
gschID: 148485


Silute - Radviliskis 73-88

NKL top team - Radviliskis (20-9) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Silute (11-18) 88-73. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Silute managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Center Arturas Kaubrys (205-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and guard Evaldas Jurkus (189-84) added 20 points in the effort for Silute. Silute's coach Petras Jonikas rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radviliskis have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-9 record. Silute at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Meresta. Radviliskis are looking forward to face Delikatesas (#4) in Joniskis in the next round. Silute will play on the road against Perlas-MRU (#11) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: T.Rakauskas 23+6reb+5ast, A.Mineikis 18+8reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 14+2ast, R.Grinius 10+5reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 10+4reb+1ast, R.Rauktys 8+3reb
Silute: A.Kaubrys 26+11reb+2ast, E.Jurkus 20+1reb+2ast, A. Ramonaitis 7+3reb+4ast, R.Rackauskas 7+3reb, M.Tamasevicius 5+2reb+1ast, I.Razutis 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 148486


Delikatesas - Zalgiris-Sabonio 77-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Delikatesas' (18-11) home victory over 5th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (16-13) in Joniskis 77-69 on Friday. Zalgiris-Sabonio trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Delikatesas outrebounded Zalgiris-Sabonio 38-22 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Vadim Volodko (208-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists. Four Delikatesas players scored in double figures. Forward Marius Grigonis (194-94) came up with 16 points and swingman Tomas Dimsa (195-94) added 16 points respectively for Zalgiris-Sabonio in the defeat. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Delikatesas maintains fourth place with 18-11 record. Loser Zalgiris-Sabonio dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Matinga-Juod.. Delikatesas will meet league's leader Radviliskis on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#15) in Siauliai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: A.Kvedaravicius 19+4reb+5ast, V.Uzkuraitis 18+7reb+2ast, V.Volodko 17+13reb+4ast, V.Jatulevicius 10+4reb+3ast, Z.Petraitis 7+4reb+1ast, P.Klemas 6+4reb+2ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Dimsa 16+1ast, M.Grigonis 16+3reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 9+1reb+5ast, T.Jogela 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Skucas 6+3reb+1ast, J.Tamulis 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148487




Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Radviliskis 20-9 
 2. LKKA-Atletas 19-10 
 3. Nafta Universitetas 19-10 
 4. Delikatesas 18-11 
 5. Mazeikiai 17-12 
 6. Matinga-Juod. 16-13 
 7. Zalgiris-Sabonio 16-13 
 8. Statyba 15-14 
 9. Ezerunas-Karys 15-14 
 10. Triobet 15-14 
 11. Perlas-MRU 14-15 
 12. S.Marciulionio 13-16 
 13. Silute 11-18 
 14. Meresta 11-18 
 15. ABRO-Univ. 7-22 
 16. Gargzdai 6-23 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.18.7 
 2. Mikalauskas, Neptu.16.4 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus16.3 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietu.15.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.15.6 
 6. Mazeika, Neptunas15.5 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 8. Vasylius, Siauliai14.5 
 9. Hughes, Pieno Z.13.8 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.4 
 2. Mikalauskas, Neptu.9.2 
 3. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.1 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.9 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.5 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.7.5 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 8. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.9 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.6.5 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Sakal.
  (191-G-91)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.2 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.1 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas4.9 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.4.8 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 6. Maceina, Juventus3.9 
 7. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.9 
 8. Salenga, Rudupis3.4 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai3.3 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.4 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai2.0 
 3. Collins, Zalgiris1.8 
 4. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.8 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas1.7 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.7 
 8. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.6 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 10. Weems, Zalgiris1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.8 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.2 
 5. Samardziski, Lietu.1.2 
 6. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.1 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 8. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.1 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 10. McClure, Kedainiai1.0 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.22.3 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.21.5 
 3. Rakauskas, Radvili.19.3 
 4. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 5. Maneikis, Meresta17.6 
 6. Birgelis, Matinga-.17.5 
 7. Gudaitis, Gargzdai17.0 
 8. Sragauskis, LKKA-.16.8 
 9. Lengvinas, Nafta16.8 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., De.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.8 
 3. Mineikis, Radvilis.8.4 
 4. Urbonas, LK.8.0 
 5. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 6. Ramanauskas, Radvi.7.4 
 7. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.3 
 8. Linkevicius, Triob.7.3 
 9. Jogela, Zalgir.7.3 
 10. Pikalavicius, Del.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  LK.
  (179-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Sapiega, LK.9.9 
 2. Semaska, Perla.5.4 
 3. Razutis, Silute5.1 
 4. Kurauskas, AB.5.0 
 5. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.8 
 6. Kulbis, Ezerunas.4.8 
 7. Varanauskas, Stat.4.6 
 8. Pociukonis, S.Marc.4.5 
 9. Vileita, Perla.4.4 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Tri.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Razutis, Silute2.5 
 2. Slivka, Meresta2.4 
 3. Jogela, Zalgir.2.3 
 4. Brown, Mazeikiai2.2 
 5. Vileita, Perla.2.1 
 6. Uzkuraitis, Delika.2.0 
 7. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 8. Birgelis, Matinga-.1.8 
 9. Semaska, Perla.1.8 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Tri.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.1 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.2.4 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 4. Jucikas, AB.1.1 
 5. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 
 6. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 7. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.1 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 
 9. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.0 
 10. Kalvelis, Matinga.1.0 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos rytas 13-2 
 2. Rudupis 11-2 
 3. Zalgiris 9-0 
 4. Siauliai 9-6 
 5. Baltai Kaunas 8-7 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 7-6 
 7. Neptunas 6-6 
 8. Juventus 5-9 
 9. Kedainiai 4-10 
 10. Sakalai 3-10 
 11. Lietkabelis 3-11 
 12. Naglis Palangos 2-11 


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Sparta add Ezenwa Ukeagu - by Eurobasket News
Sparta landed another import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Ezenwa Ukeagu (203-C/F-81, college: Washington St.). The US-Nigerian player started the last season with BG Karlsruhe. He tallied 2.5 points per game in ProA. Later Ezenwa Ukeagu moved to ADA Blois Basket in France. The centre notched 9.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in NM1. Ezenwa Ukeagu finished the season in Hungary. He signed a deal with SE Salgotarjan. The centre produced 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per appearance. Ezenwa Ukeagu is the member of Nigerian National Team. He participated at 2011 African Championship. His stats read 5.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in Madagascar.


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LNBP Semifinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Second games of the LNBP Semifinals were played last night. Fuerza Regia was better than Toros 83-77 tying the score to 1-1 in the series. In the other games, Halcones Rojos blasted Pioneros 101-75 and the home squad is 2-0 up now. Third games are scheduled for January 29, but this time Toros and Pioneros will be the hosts.

Fuerza Regia - Toros 83-77 (1-1)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Toros won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia forced 25 Toros turnovers. Strangely Toros outrebounded Fuerza Regia 44-15 including a 16-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. International guard Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-81, college: Oregon) scored 22 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 19 points, 7 assists and 6 steals during the contest. International point guard Brody Angley (180-86, college: Santa Clara, agency: JEMsports) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Toros' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: T.Shannon 23+3reb, A.Joseph Tyronzic 22+3reb+4ast, D.Smith 19+2reb+7ast, A.Cruz 11+4reb+8ast, A.Izaguirre 5, K.Rhymer 3+3reb
Toros: B.Angley 19+7reb+3ast, I.Ofoegbu 18+7reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 13+8reb+2ast, E.Manuel Guzman 13+2reb+1ast, D.Pearson 8+9reb, J.Lopez 4+5reb+1ast
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Halc.Rojos - Pioneros 101-75 (2-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Halcones Rojos. Pioneros managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones Rojos looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The former international forward Noe Alonzo (200-F-83, college: Grand Canyon) (200-83, college: Grand Canyon) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Puerto Rican swingman David Cortes (190-81) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. The former international center Horacio Llamas (212-73) replied with 15 points and American forward Evan Brock (204-84, college: Alabama) added 9 points and 7 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:
Halc.Rojos: N.Alonzo 18+2reb+2ast, D.Cortes 15+3reb+1ast, C.Rivera 13+1reb+3ast, L.Bethelmy 12+3reb+2ast, A.Solares 8+4reb+2ast, M.Ayala 8+1reb
Pioneros: H.Llamas 15+4reb+3ast, C.Turley 13, L.Hickerson 11+4reb+1ast, E.Brock 9+7reb+1ast, J.Millsap 9+3reb, C.Hernandez 6+1reb+6ast


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D1: Eric Frederick of Texas Wesleyan wins POW - by Eurobasket News
Eric Frederick (6'8''-F) of Texas Wesleyan has been named the NAIA National Division I Mens Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Frederick was selected based on his performances from Jan. 16 22 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Frederick, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, averaged 29 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Rams. On Jan. 19, he poured in 30 points for his seventh game to hit for at least 30 this year. He added eight rebounds in the 105-79 victory over Southwest (N.M.). He then notched his seventh double-double of the season with 28 points and 13 rebounds in a 79-69 win at Langston (Okla.). For the week, Frederick shot 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from the field, 50 percent (6-of-12) from 3-point range and 92.3 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line.

The native of Oklahoma City, Okla., ranks second in the NAIA in scoring (25.9 ppg), ninth in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and 20th in field goal percentage (.561).

The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 31.

Nominees: Conner Langrehr, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Caleb Hardy, Bethel (Tenn.); Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.); Daryl Arnold, Belhaven (Miss.); Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Diante Watkins, Robert Morris (Ill.); Jordan Dressler, Columbia (Mo.); Melvin Williams, Great Falls (Mont.); Kyle Hunt, Science & Arts (Okla.); Preston Branson, Westmont (Calif.); Tim Steed, Cal State San Marcos.

2011-12 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan
Week 2: Josh Orta, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Week 3: Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Week 4: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan

Courtesy of http://naia.cstv.com


D2: Sylvester named Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Alex Sylvester (G) of Marian (Ind.) has been named the NAIA National Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Sylvester was selected based on his performances from Jan. 16 22 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Sylvester, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, led the Knights to their fourth and fifth-straight victories over teams either ranked or receiving votes in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Sylvester recorded his second double-double of the season in a 66-57 win over No. 4 Grace (Ind.) on Jan. 17. He was an efficient 6-for-8 from the field. In the 68-63 victory over #RV Indiana Wesleyan on Jan. 21, the native of Indianapolis, Ind., netted 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for his fifth-consecutive game of 10-plus points. He scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half as the Knights were able to open a 10-point halftime lead.

On the week, he averaged 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals to push Marians record to 14-7 overall and 5-5 in the Mid-Central College Conference. Earlier this year, Sylvester surpassed the 1,000-point career mark to become the 32nd Knight to achieve that feat and the third in three seasons. In national statistics, he ranks 11th in 3-pointers made per game (3.0) and 12th in steals per game (2.3).

The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 31.

Nominees: Corey Smith, Ottawa (Kan.); Taylor Murren, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Keith Biggers, Dakota State (S.D.); A.J. Koch, Arizona Christian; Brady Fairbanks, Haskell (Kan.); Javontae Ford, Davenport (Mich.); Bryce Kachinski, Warner (Fla.); Kevan West, Concordia (Ore.); Alan Douglas, William Penn (Iowa); Travis Burley, Jamestown (N.D.); Derek Semenas, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); T.J. Heatherington, Point Park (Pa.); Jeremy Mahaffey, Point (Ga.); Marquel Johnson, Asbury (Ky.).

2011-12 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Bobby Hunter, Oregon Tech
Week 2: Caleb Kennedy, Huntington (Ind.)
Week 3: Adam Herman, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 4: Alex Sylvester, Marian (Ind.)

Courtesy of http://naia.cstv.com


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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.11.2 
 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.10.3 
 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. Lowry, Houston R.8.8 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.7 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.7 
 6. Paul, LA Clippers8.6 
 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: 2.9
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.9 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.6 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.4 
 5. Teague, Atlanta H.2.2 
 6. James, Miami Heat2.1 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.9 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.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. Thomas, Charlott.2.3 
 5. Gasol, Memphis G.2.2 
 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 10-6 
 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. 10-8 
 4. Houston R. 10-8 
 5. N.Orleans H. 3-15 


TIMBERWOLVES RICKY RUBIO IN GQS FEBRUARY ISSUE - by Eurobasket News
NBA fans have long been awaiting Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90)s debut. The 21-year-old phenom dazzled onlookers while playing in Spain, and it wasnt long before he had made waves in the U.S. Needless to say, now that Ricky has finally landed, GQ was eager to catch up with the floppy-banged prodigy and get a better sense of what he thinks of Americas love for the NBA and if the Minnesota Timberwolves are the right fit for him.

Ricky Rubio on Americas die-hard NBA fans: 'Barcelona is very similar to Santa Monica. I was out there two years ago to watch the NBA Finals. I got a sense of the place that the people were crazy for the Lakers'.

on moving from coastal Spain to hardy Minneapolis: 'When you play in the NBA, the city, I think, is not the most important thing. The better place might be one thats not at the top right now a place that can use me, that can grant me experience'.

For the full interview, please visit: http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201202/ricky-rubio-interview-nba-minnesota-timberwolves




Thursday: Clippers and Celtics celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Orlando M. - Boston C. 83-91
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) had 24 points and 10 assists, and E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) added 16 points to help the Boston Celtics erase a 27-point deficit and beat the Orlando Magic for the second time this week, 91-83 on Thursday night. Pierce and Moore had 10 points each in the fourth quarter. Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) led the Magic with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Orlando had an 11-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but shot two of 17 in the final 12 minutes. The Magic scored just eight points in the period. The Celtics have won three straight for just the second time this season. It also was their fourth consecutive victory over the Magic, dating to last season. Since a season-best, five-game winning streak, the Magic has lost three times in five games, including a 31-point defeat at Boston on Monday. After being mostly manhandled on both ends for three quarters, Boston found its energy in the final 12 minutes, sparked by Pierce and Moore. The Celtics opened the fourth quarter with a 15-1 run and grabbed their first lead since the opening period, 79-76 with 7:32 to play. The Magic went 0 for 7 from the field, missed five of six free throws and committed three turnovers during Boston's spurt. A free throw by Pierce after Ryan Anderson's technical foul made it 84-78 with 3:47 remaining. The Magic got within 84-80 after a pair of free throws by Hedo Turkoglu, but no closer. Early on, it seemed like the Magic's night. In a reversal of its dismal performance in the first half of Monday's loss, Orlando led, 58-37, at halftime on Thursday - eclipsing its point total in the entire first game by a basket in the opening 24 minutes. With three starters out, including center Jermaine O'Neal, Boston Coach Doc Rivers was forced to start Kevin Garnett opposite Howard. The move worked out early. Howard was whistled for two quick fouls - one while setting a screen, and the second defending Garnett about 15 feet from the basket. He was forced to the bench less than three minutes in. The Magic picked it up on both ends without him, and closed the quarter on a 30-11 run to build a 16-point lead. Anderson was active throughout the spurt and led with 12 first-quarter points. He also kept several possessions alive by tipping the ball out from scrums underneath the basket. *Courtesy of www.latimes.com

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 98-91
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading the Clippers to a 98-91 victory over the Grizzlies at Staples Center. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and Mo Williams each scored 18 points, while Caron Butler netted 16 to help Los Angeles rebounded from a loss to the rival Lakers on Wednesday. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) had 24 points to pace the Grizzlies, who made it competitive despite being down 16 points in the first quarter. Nonetheless, Memphis fell for the second straight game on the heels of a seven-game winning streak. There were a combined 19 lead changes and 13 ties in the second and third frames, but none in the fourth. Los Angeles brought a tenuous 74-72 lead into the final stanza and went ahead 89-80 on DeAndre Jordan's alley-oop dunk with 4:46 remaining. The closest the Grizzlies got from there was two, 91-89, following two Gay free throws with 79 seconds on the clock. Butler made it a two-possession game with a driving layup, then teamed with Paul to fore a Gay turnover at the other end. The Clippers finished off the win at the foul line. Memphis trailed by as many as 16 in the first quarter, but got a lift when Gay let one fly from between the opposite three-point line and center court. The buzzer-beating heave somehow banked in to cut the deficit to 29-17, and the Grizzlies pulled closer by scoring the first 11 points of the second quarter, which ended with the Clippers holding a slim 45-44 edge. *Courtesy of www.canada.com


Kobe says Chris Paul has a little-man complex, trashes Clippers as not being real rivals - by Eurobasket News
No one had grown more weary of hearing Chris Paul's (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) name this season, and now no one had grown more weary of listening to Paul on Wednesday night. As they walked down the floor in the final seconds, Pau Gasol listened to a barrage of disparaging words out of the mouth of the Los Angeles Clippers star, including the oldest-running, most-cutting shot of all.

Yes, Paul called him soft. And, no, Gasol didn't want to hear it. Gasol hasn't forgotten the Lakers traded him for Paul, and he hasn't forgotten most fans and maybe most coaches and teammates, too wish the NBA hadnt voided the deal. He doesnt forget it, and maybe this has something to do with him reaching down, patting Paul on the head late Wednesday and sending him into an absolute tirade.

Dont touch the top of my head like Im one of your kids, Paul seethed later.

Gasol swore no patronizing intent, but the message was unmistakable: Run along, Chris. Run along, Clippers. It was patronizing and it was the perfect punctuation for a 96-91 victory over the Clippers on a crazy Staples Center evening. The night ended with Bryant trying to calm down his buddy, Paul, only to fight back laughter as Paul ripped into Bryant about Gasol laying his hands on him.

Paus not a patronizing guy, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) told Yahoo! Sports. Id do some stuff like that, but not him. Thats just not him.

Chris doesnt like that stuff. Hes got that little-man complex. I do that to his head all the time. Man, he just hates it. But hes a tough little [expletive], and hes not going to let that [expletive] slide, accident or not.

The Clips had come with a chip, trying to claim a legitimacy for themselves in Los Angeles. They hit hard, talked loudly and challenged the Lakers in ways that needed to be answered and addressed.

[ Related: Lakers overtake Knicks as most valuable NBA team ]

There were six technical fouls, a flagrant, an ejection, bodies tumbling to the floor and skirmishes everywhere. The Lakers had been wobbly with three straight losses, the Clippers wanted badly to lay them out and, eventually, the night would end with Bryant and Paul bickering at midcourt.

Rivalry?

Please, Bryant said. Weve got five championships. Rivals come from the playoffs.

There was something real in the Staples Center air, something to take, and the Lakers were desperate for a victory. Bryant had watched the Clippers challenge the Lakers everywhere, and watched it inspire something he desperately needed to see out of his teammates: resolve.

As Paul complained to Bryant about Gasols act in those final seconds, Kobe played the unfamiliar role of peacemaker. It didnt go too well because Gasol simply told him he couldnt care less. For the Lakers captain, it was the proper response. Bryant was like an orchestra leader hearing all the right notes. Gasol played with an aggressive, attacking bent, finishing with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Bynum blocked four shots and scored 19 inside. And most of all, Metta World Peace played with a madmans fury, matching Reggie Evans crazy with his best performance of the season.

His was a quirky line three points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals but wildly effective. His lone basket turned out to be the biggest of the game, a 3-pointer with 3:30 left.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Bryant had gone to World Peace and told him simply, Whatever youve become, we need the relentless, old Ron Artest.

Youve got to be you, Bryant told him. Youre a feisty [expletive] out on that court.

[ Related: Kobe ranks as NBAs highest-earning player ]

Thats who he is, Bryant said. Anybody who knows Ron, knows hes a sweet person. Hes got a big heart. Hes very caring. But thats how he is off the court. But when he goes on that court

Bryant opened his left hand and punched it several times with his fist for emphasis. He has to be the guy that people know Ron Artest as, the Ron Artest from Indiana. Bethatguy.

And somehow, there was Artest in the middle of it all, an enforcer, irritant, protecting Gasol when Evans kept popping him. getting into it with Paul, Blake Griffin anyone who dared mess with the Lakers talent. Kobe was downright befuddled over the way some Clippers kept targeting World Peace, kept trying to drag him into conflict.

Hey, you better talk to them, Bryant advised the Clippers Chauncey Billups. You better tell them to leave Ron alone. Someone is going to get their ass knocked out in front of everybody.

When it was over, Bryant was so proud to say: Theres a couple [expletives] in this league you dont mess with and Metta is one of them.

These Lakers needed a night where they were no longer fighting Mike Browns offense, fighting the rim for shots to fall into the basket. They found some trust, found contributions everywhere, and the Big Three of Bryant, Gasol and Bynum played like champions. All hell was breaking loose in the Staples Center, and finally there was someone called Metta World Peace flexing at midcourt, letting the love wash down over him, and it sure looked like the old Ron Artest.

These Clippers are coming for the Lakers, but whatever innocence Pau Gasol claimed, it was no accident when he patted Chris Paul on the head, suggesting the Clips and their point guard run along for now. These are still Kobe Bryants Lakers, and they still have a championship DNA. All hell broke loose at Staples, and the Lakers had come out tougher, together. Theres still some guys you dont mess with in the NBA and they still play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Mavericks get championship rings - by Eurobasket News
The ring is the thing and, finally, the Dallas Mavericks have theirs.

It took a full month into this lockout-delayed season and more than seven months after they hoisted the Larry O'Brien Trophy on the Miami Heat's home floor, but during a moving ceremony prior to Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, coach Rick Carlisle introduced the nine remaining members of the title team, plus former Mavs J.J. Barea and Peja Stojakovic, and owner Mark Cuban handed them their personalized, diamond-encrusted hardware.

The sellout crowd at American Airlines Center didn't sit down from the moment a video montage of hair-raising playoff highlights was shown on the jumbo screens hanging above mid-court until Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) slid his ring on his long finger and then introduced Cuban to give the owner his spoils.

Carlisle introduced each player by recalling a stirring playoff memory. He introduced Jason Kidd as the greatest point guard in Mavericks history before getting to the final player left without a ring.

'Ten-time All-Star, 2007 league MVP, 2011 Finals MVP; one day soon we'll have a statue outside the AAC, without question, the greatest player in Mavericks history -- Dirk Nowitzki.'

The crowd roared with excitement as Nowitzki, wearing a three-piece suit as he sits out a third game with a sore right knee, accepted his ring, held it high and then slipped it on. Nowitzki then took the mic and greeted his fans in typical Nowitzki style.

'Wow. How's it look?' said Nowitzki as he flashed his ring to the crowd. 'Thank you much for coming out. This is a special, special night. It looks like there's only one ring left. Without this man nothing would be possible. He's the greatest owner in sports, he's our man, here's Mark Cuban.'

The Mavs celebrated the franchise's first championship prior to the season opener on Christmas Day with the raising of the championship banner. But the rings weren't ready because Cuban waited until after the lockout so he could consult with Nowitzki and Kidd on the design.

The rings feature the Mavs' logo on top in diamonds with 'WORLD' and 'CHAMPIONS' engraved above and below the logo. The player's name and jersey number is engraved on one side and engraved on the other is the team's postseason motto, 'The Time Is Now.'
Cuban purposely planned this ceremony to coincide with the Wolves' visit so that Barea, who played with the club for five seasons and was integral to capturing the title, could attend. Barea received a rousing ovation and still admits that he never wanted to leave Dallas, but like all six of the Mavs' free agents after last season, was offered only a one-year deal.

'Things happen,' Barea, who is nursing a hamstring injury and did not play Wednesday night, said at Minnesota's morning shootaround. 'I'm a little disappointed it went that way. But to get to come here and get the ring with everybody and the fans, it will be nice.'

Carlisle thanked the other four title-team members who were not present -- Tyson Chandler, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler and Corey Brewer -- and said he looks forward to presenting them with their rings when their respective teams play in Dallas.

Also, the franchise awarded former Mavs Rolando Blackman, Brad Davis and Derek Harper, stars of Dallas' first decade of existence, with rings. Blackman works for the organization within the community, Davis is the radio color broadcaster and Harper works on the television broadcast.

Cuban said he paid a total of $1.4 million for the rings for the 15 players and the entire coaching staff. Each diamond-encrusted beauty is estimated to cost $40,000.

Cuban, who flirted with going nontraditional and with something other than championship rings -- only to be strongly rebuffed by his players and coaches -- said his excitement comes from finally having the rings in the building.

Carlisle is part of an exclusive group of people who have won a championship as a player and as a coach. The championship ring from the 1985-86 Boston Celtics team that he keeps locked away in his home will be joined by this one, won in his ninth year as a head coach and with his third team.

'This has been a wonderful trilogy of experiences -- the banner, the White House and then the ring ceremony will be great,' Carlisle said earlier in the week.

But while the Mavs were able to appreciate the ceremony, they also are ready to move forward.

'The moment's already gone,' Kidd said. 'We accomplished that in June and we had our banner raised against Miami. All this is past. This is just icing on the cake in the sense of being able to get the hardware, finally, but this is a new season, so we're fighting for another ring.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Dirk Nowitzki unsure about return - by Eurobasket News
Originally scheduled to miss only four games with a sore right knee, Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) could possibly be out longer, he said Thursday.

Nowitzki, who will miss his fourth game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, spoke to the media for the first time since being sidelined and said he's making progress. Nowitzki said a decision on his return will be made closer to game time before Sunday's matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Nowitzki has spent the week mostly working off the court to strengthen the knee and improve his overall conditioning. Nowitzki said he focused heavily on weight lifting and running, and on the court focused on bending his knees and getting his legs back under his shot.

'I feel better. I think it was definitely a good week for me to work on some stuff that I wasn't able to work on when I had some trouble with my knee,' Nowitzki said. 'We were always shooting for Sunday, so we'll just take it day by day and see how these next two days of training go and keep pushing myself, twice a day. But that's where my head is, hopefully Sunday, and we'll go from there.'

Meanwhile, reserve swingman Vince Carter said he's made surprising progress over the last two days, which might enable him to return from a sprained left foot for Friday's game against the Jazz.

Carter, who turned 35 on Thursday, practiced with the team for the first time since twisting his foot after taking the final shot in a 73-70 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 16. Carter is the Mavs' second-leading scorer off the bench, averaging 9.5 points and the team's top 3-point shooter at 44.4 percent.

Carter said he will go through Friday morning's shootaround and determine if he's ready to return after missing five games.

Nowitzki said this week-long training camp of sorts was strictly about strengthening his knee and not about his overall conditioning. Carlisle reiterated Thursday that he deemed this a week for Nowitzki to work out 'some physical issues that needed to be resolved; physical, like the body. The knee was a part of it, conditioning's part of it.'

Nowitzki seemed slightly irritated that his overall conditioning was in question and not simply his bothersome right knee.

'No, I don't know why coach threw that out there,' Nowitzki said. 'I didn't have any problem with conditioning at all. You can never work hard enough on conditioning, but that wasn't holding me back.'

Nowitzki said he's not concerned about a long-term knee issue and he repeated his belief that a longer-than-usual break from his offseason training regimen, exacerbated by the hastened start of a two-week training camp and then an onslaught of games that started Dec. 25, left the knee vulnerable.

'This is all about me getting my body right, getting my leg stronger, getting my base back,' Nowitzki said. 'You saw on my jump shot. I had no lift, shot most of them straight-legged, had no air time.'

No matter the primary issue, the Mavs (11-8) need their star player healthy and producing on the floor. Nowitzki said his sore knee limited his ability to bend it while shooting and severely hampered him from making moves that have become a significant part of his offensive arsenal, such as putting the ball on the floor and driving to either side.

'When your knee's swelling, you lose confidence a little bit and you don't do those moves as hard as you want to,' Nowitzki said. 'Sometimes in a game you'd rather swing it before you even try it. This week is a mental week, too, where you push yourself to make those moves, even though it might be a little sore or a little stiff. That's what it's all about. You've got to gain some confidence back in your body and the ability. It's definitely a great week for me to get some work in.'

Nowitzki said he has confidence that when he does return -- either Sunday or some time after -- he will bounce back to his old form. He was averaging 17.5 points, his lowest scoring average since his second season, on 45.6 percent shooting and just 23.5 percent from beyond the arc.

The Mavs, who went 2-7 without Nowitzki last season after he sprained the same knee, won their first two against New Orleans and Phoenix before the Minnesota Timberwolves ended Dallas' three-game overall win and seven-game home win streak Wednesday night, 105-90.

'The progress has been significant,' Carlisle said. 'Look, we're going day to day and we're keeping a close eye on it. There's been no final determination yet, as he said. We'll see what's what when we get to Saturday or Sunday.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Eric Gordon turns down Hornets 4-year extension offer - by Eurobasket News
Guard Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) has turned down a four-year extension offer from the New Orleans Hornets, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because negotiations had not been discussed publicly, didnt disclose the financial terms of New Orleans offer.

Gordon, who turned 23 last month, came to New Orleans as a key component of a multiplayer trade shortly before the regular season that sent four-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. Under NBA rules, the Hornets had until midnight Wednesday to come to terms with Gordon on an extension in order to prevent him from becoming a restricted free agent after this season.

Because of his bruised right knee, Gordon has played in only two games this season, including New Orleans season opener, when he hit the winning shot to cap a 20-point outing in Phoenix. He bruised his right knee in that game and attempted a comeback on Jan. 4, when he scored 22 points in a loss to Philadelphia.

Speaking shortly before the Hornets saw their season-long losing streak reach nine games with a 101-91 setback in Oklahoma City, Hornets coach Monty Williams said Gordon is expected to sit out at least three more weeks.

We will re-evaluate after that time, Williams said. Doctors think he needs more time. Its prudent for us as an organization is to make sure hes right before he comes back.

Gordon averaged 22.3 points last season, his third as a pro since being selected seventh overall out of Indiana in the 2008 NBA draft.

The Hornets are 1-1 in games Gordon has played and 2-14 in games he has missed. While New Orleans has played solid enough defense to remain competitive in most of its games, playing without Gordons scoring punch has hurt in crunch time. Of New Orleans 15 losses, 10 have come by single digits, including three-straight two-point defeats before the 10-point loss to the Western Conference-leading Thunder.

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Bucks' Andrew Bogut out indefinitely with ankle injury - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) is out indefinitely after fracturing his left ankle Wednesday night in Houston.

It's another injury setback for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Bogut's left foot came down awkwardly on a Houston player's foot after Bogut tried to block a shot in the first quarter. The Bucks said Thursday an MRI found Bogut fractured his ankle.

'I will get back from this,' Bogut posted on his Twitter account Thursday night. 'Injury was beyond my control.'

The 7-foot center was playing in his 400th career NBA game. He left with three points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.

Bogut has averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds and a team-high two blocked shots in 12 games this season.

Bogut missed Milwaukee's Jan. 13 game against Dallas with concussion-like symptoms, and that followed a four-game absence to attend to a personal matter back home in Australia.

Bogut missed the end of the 2009-10 season when he dislocated his right elbow, sprained his right wrist and broke his right hand in a hard fall to the floor. The injury bothered him for much of last season.

Bogut also missed 43 games, including the final 31, with an injured lower back in the 2008-09 season.

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Power signs Rick Bodiford and releases Andrew Francis - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power have acquired guard-forward Rick Bodiford (6'4''-G-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Indiana SE) and released Andrew Francis (6'8''-F-85, college: UTSA).

Bodiford is a 6'5' 200 lb wing and hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Playing in 17 games for the Quebec Kebs, he comes in averaging 5.6 points per game with a season high of 23 points against the Power on December 30, 2011. Bodiford played collegiate ball at Indiana University Southeast of the NAIA and worked out with the Indiana Pacers of the NBA in the summer of 2011.

The Power organization is very pleased to bring Bodiford and on board. He possesses strong ball handling, shooting, strength and athleticism, just in time for the Durham Region team's playoff push.

'We definitely wish Andrew Francis all the best,' said Gary Durrant, President of Basketball Operations. 'Bodiford will add toughness on the wing. He's a hard-nosed player who really wanted the opportunity to play for the Oshawa Power.'

The next Power home game is January 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. against the Saint John Mill Rats.

Courtesy of Oye! Times


Storm wash out Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen missed a golden opportunity Thursday night to close the gap in the race for first place in the National Basketball League of Canada.

On a night when the front-running London Lightning were upset 98-91 by the lowly Moncton Miracles, the Rainmen stumbled on the road as well, falling 112-102 to the short-handed Summerside Storm, a team they had beaten in four previous meetings this season.

Stephen McDowell (5'11''-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) netted 29 points to spark the Storm (10-16), who stunned Halifax by taking a 34-21 lead after the first quarter and weathered a rally in the fourth to fend off the second-place Rainmen (16-7).

'We just didnt come out and play our game plan,' said Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), Halifaxs top scorer with 18. 'When you let a team get comfortable on their home court, anything is possible and tonight we ended up losing because of that.'

Levetts three-pointer about halfway through the first period gave Halifax a three-point cushion but a 13-0 Storm surge, fuelled by a pair of McDowell treys, helped Summerside amass its sizable lead. McDowell finished the quarter with 17 points, going 6-for-10 from the floor.

'He shot the ball really well,' Levett said of the five-foot-11 guard, signed last month when Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's) went down with a high ankle sprain.

'He got a lot of confidence going and got his team going. You gotta give em credit. They played really well tonight.'

With the Lightning (19-6) in Halifax tonight, a win by the Rainmen would have drawn them to within one game of London atop the NBL standings.

It wasnt the way the Rainmen wanted to start a busy stretch during which theyre playing back-to-back-to-back contests for the only time this season. They entertain the Storm on Saturday night and are in Moncton to face the Miracles (6-18) on Monday, their fourth game in five nights.

But Levett insisted the Rainmen werent guilty of looking past the Storm, a club that was missing Cayole, Julian Allen, Eric Gilchrese and Jared Carter on Thursday night at EastLink Arena.

Summerside stretched its lead to as many as 17 points in the second period and held a 62-51 advantage at halftime. The Rainmen chipped away in the third and Levetts triple with about 30 seconds left in the quarter drew the visitors to within two at 83-81.

They finally jumped ahead on Levetts baseline jumper about 4 minutes into the fourth. After Xavier Hansbro responded with a trey for the Storm, Abdullahi Kuso completed a three-point play and Levetts drive to the hoop with 5:20 remaining put Halifax in front 96-93.

Undaunted, the Storm strung together eight straight points while Halifax committed a couple of costly turnovers. Chris Hagan stopped the run, cutting the Rainmens deficit to 101-98, but thats as close as they got.

'That was the turning point in the game,' said Levett, referring to Summersides reply to his teams comeback.

'I think we couldve closed the game up. It was our game to win but again we mentally werent there throughout the whole game and we made mistakes and thats what cost us the game. We gave up a five- or six-point swing late in the game and that killed us.'

Halifax trailed 104-98 with possession and a half-minute to go, still clinging to life after the Storm missed five of eight free throws over a 90-second span. But Summerside forced another turnover that Troy Jackson ran back for a layup, dashing any hopes of a dramatic Rainmen ending.

Taliek Brown finished the night with 17 points for Halifax while Hagan had 13 and Lawrence Wright 12.

Louie McCroskey scored 23 points and hauled down a game-high 16 rebounds for Summerside. Mike Williams also had a double-double, with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Mill Rats sign forward Andrew Francis - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats added some much-needed athleticism to their front court by signing 6'8 forward Andrew Francis (6'8''-F-85, college: UTSA).

The high-flying Francis played the first 15 games of the season as a member of the Moncton Miracles, where he averaged 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1 block per contest.

He was a highly coveted player whose name was mentioned in trade talks. Finally on January 4th he was traded to the Oshawa Power for Akeem Wright. When Oshawa released him earlier today, the Mill Rats wasted no time signing him.

'Francis is player we inquired about several times while he was in Moncton, and we are excited to add him to our roster as we come down to the stretch run,' stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy.

Saint John travels to Ontario to face the Oshawa Power on Thursday night January 26th for their Rogers Slam Dunk Night game. On Sunday they head to London to play the Lightning in a 2pm tip off.

The Mill Rats currently sit at 11-13 in fourth place, and have a 2 1/2 game lead over the 5th place Summerside Storm. The next Mill Rats home game is next Wednesday February 1st against the Moncton Miracles at 7pm at Harbour Station.

Saint John is still with out the NBL Canada's leading scorer, Anthony Anderson, who is out with a fractured hand. And the #3 leading scorer in the league, Greg Plummer, is also out injured with a pulled hamstring.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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 1. London L. 18-5 
 2. Quebec K. 17-10 
 3. Halifax R. 16-7 
 4. St.John M.R. 12-13 
 5. Summerside S. 10-15 
 6. Oshawa P. 8-18 
 7. Moncton M. 5-18 


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No. 7 North Carolina rolls past NC State 74-55 - by Eurobasket News
North Carolina State's front line of C.J. Leslie (6'8''-F) and Richard Howell (6'8''-F) provided enough inside punch to make the Wolfpack offense one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's best. Seventh-ranked North Carolina's size and length took that away Thursday night.

Leslie and Howell combined for 17 points, though most of that came after the Tar Heels had built a big lead on the way to a 74-55 win. Leslie had nine on 3-for-12 shooting, while Howell had eight points but played just 16 minutes before fouling out with 8:38 left.

Afterward, first-year coach Mark Gottfried said it was the first time the team didn't show the poise to stay with the offense and grind out shots against North Carolina's tough defense. John Henson blocked five shots to lead the interior defense that allowed just 20 points in the paint.

'They denied our high post, which is where we want to get the ball because we feel like that's where we're best,' senior C.J. Williams said. 'It kind of took us out of what we really are capable of doing, and we have more options than just the high post. We have to be able to go to those more often.'

Leslie and Howell were part of a starting lineup in which all five players were averaging between 11.9 and 13.3 points. The Wolfpack averaged 77 points and shot 48 percent coming in, but finished with a season lows in scoring and shooting percentage (36.8).

'We were not very sharp offensively,' Gottfried said. 'We've played against good defensive teams this year. So yes, they were very good and at the same time we were not very good. The combination of the two, here we are.'

For North Carolina, Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds.

Reggie Bullock (6'7''-G-91) added 11 points in his first career start for the Tar Heels (17-3, 4-1), who had no trouble winning their 11th straight against their longtime rivals.

While N.C. State (15-6, 4-2) was off to its best start in the conference league in six years under Gottfried, the Tar Heels ended up making this game look like almost every other in the five years since the Wolfpack last beat them.

With its bigger front line dominating inside, North Carolina shot 48 percent and led by 31 points in the second half.

Scott Wood (6'6''-F) scored 11 points to lead the Wolfpack, whose only real highlight came when Lorenzo Brown banked in an 80-foot heave to beat the halftime horn.

By that point, however, the Tar Heels led by 14 points and were on the way to turning the entire second half into a crowd-pleasing romp.

It was North Carolina's first game since losing starting guard Dexter Strickland to a season-ending knee injury last week at Virginia Tech. The injury robbed the team of its backup point guard and best perimeter defender, meaning a different look for the Tar Heels by starting Bullock and giving freshman Stilman White more minutes behind point guard Kendall Marshall.

Bullock hit 4 of 9 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and finished with five rebounds and three assists. White hit a 3-pointer with about 12 minutes left to send the home crowd into a roar and give North Carolina a 59-32 lead.

Harrison Barnes added 15 points for the Tar Heels, while Marshall had 11 assists.

N.C. State struggled to get easy baskets inside, managed only a single basket on the fast break and missed most of its jumpers in the first half and trailed 37-23 after Brown's fullcourt heave.

The Tar Heels had no such trouble. Zeller had a double-double by halftime with 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting and 12 rebounds. Barnes added nine points as the Tar Heels made 12 of 17 shots in the paint.

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Gonzaga continues domination of Portland, 74-62 - by Eurobasket News
Gary Bell (6'1''-G) had 18 points, Elias Harris (6'7''-F-89) added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Gonzaga beat Portland 74-62 Thursday night for its 18th straight win in the series.

Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-88) added 16 points on 5 of 5 shooting for the Bulldogs (17-3, 7-1 West Coast), who won their fourth straight game. Kevin Pangos (6'1''-G-93) had 12 points.

Ryan Nicholas (6'7''-F-91) had all 13 of his points and eight of his 10 rebounds in the first half for the Pilots (5-16, 2-6), who have lost five in a row. Tim Douglas added 11 points and Derrick Rodgers nine.

Gonzaga came out sizzling in the second half, making 15 of 22 shots from the field and 18 of 20 free throws.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com


Late run sends No. 19 Virginia past Boston College, 66-49 - by Eurobasket News
Boston College coach Steve Donahue has nine freshmen on his roster, and four in his starting lineup. Sometimes, the amount of on-the-job training they get depends on the pace of the game.

Eventually, he said, he knows they will run out of steam.

The Eagles did that after surging to tie No. 19 Virginia at 44-44 with 10:25 to play Thursday night, only to see the Cavaliers then launch a 20-3 run on their way to a 66-49 victory.

'It's a unique situation where we have nine freshmen, and the top seven out of eight are freshman,' the Eagles' second-year coach said. 'I think the kids have done a really good job.

'Some guys are hitting a wall and not playing as well as they were earlier.'

He hopes those guys saw in Tony Bennett's Cavaliers what hard work can produce.

'I think they're a very good basketball team. They guard the heck out of you. They share it. And Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88) is a handful,' Donahue said. 'I think Tony does as good a job as anybody in the country coaching his guys up to play to their strengths. I think that's what you saw tonight.'

Scott scored 18 points to lead Virginia.

Freshman Ryan Anderson (6'8''-F-92) had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Boston College (7-13, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which stayed in it by making seven 3-pointers before the Cavaliers took command. Fellow freshman Dennis Clifford scored eight points, and Lonnie Jackson also had eight, all after halftime.

The Eagles managed just one field goal in a 10-minute span as Virginia (16-3, 3-2) put the game away.

Virginia scored on five straight possessions early in the second half, and the Eagles scored on only three, but all three baskets were 3-pointers -- by Gabe Moton, Jackson and Matt Humphrey.

When Virginia came up empty on a few consecutive trips, an inside basket by Jordan Daniels and a wide-open 3 by Rubin from the left corner tied it at 44.

That's when it all disintegrated for the Eagles.

A driving basket by Jontel Evans (5'10''-G-90) and another by Malcolm Brogdon gave Virginia a 48-44 lead. The Cavaliers failed to get anything out of consecutive turnovers by the Eagles, but BC then bailed out Virginia by fouling Akil Mitchell on a fast-break layup that he missed. He made both free throws.

A baseline jumper by Darion Atkins, another driving bank by Evans and Sammy Zeglinski's back-to-back 3-pointers made it 60-46.

Two free throws by Scott capped the burst for the Cavaliers.

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No. 14 Florida beats Mississippi 64-60 - by Eurobasket News
Patric Young (6'9''-F/C-92) scored 15 points, Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) added 12 and No. 14 Florida rallied from a double-digit first-half deficit to beat Mississippi 64-60 on Thursday night.

Florida (16-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) fell behind 20-4 in the opening minutes and trailed 38-28 at halftime. But the Gators worked their way back thanks to lockdown defense and clutch 3-pointers from Boynton and Mike Rosario.

Young was 7 of 10 from the field despite playing on with tendinitis in his right ankle. Erving Walker had 10 points and nine assists.

Terrance Henry (6'10''-F-89) had 21 points for Mississippi (13-7, 3-3), while Nick Williams (6'4''-G-89) added 14. The Rebels shot 60.9 percent from the field in the first half, hitting all six of their 3-point attempts. They couldn't duplicate that success in the second half, making just 8 of 29 (27.6 percent) from the field.

Ole Miss got the pace it wanted from the very beginning, forcing Florida into a half-court, physical game. That negated the Gators' one major strength - superior guard play - and they struggled to find open 3-point looks for much of the game.

The Rebels went on a 14-0 run to take a 20-4 lead in the first 8 minutes before settling for the 10-point halftime lead. They made 14 of 23 shots from the field in the first half, and had an uncharacteristic good touch from long range. Williams hit four of the team's six 3-pointers, knocking the Gators on their heels.

Ole Miss came into the game as the worst 3-point shooting team in the SEC, making just 27.2 percent.

But Florida slowly climbed back into the game in the second half behind Young and some well-timed 3-pointers, including Scottie Wilbekin's with 10:11 remaining that tied the game at 46. Young's dunk gave the Gators a 48-46 lead - their first since the opening minutes.

While Florida was heating up, the Ole Miss offense was grinding to a halt and the 3-point shooting reverted to previous form. The Rebels scored only eight points in the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Rosario put the Gators ahead for good with 5:29 remaining, draining a 3-pointer for a 53-52 lead. Boynton gave Florida some separation minutes later, hitting consecutive 3-pointers to push the lead to 59-54.

Ole Miss pulled within 63-60 with 18 seconds remaining and had a chance to tie. But Florida's defense slapped the ball away from Marcus Aniefiok, who was trying to find room to take a 3-pointer, and Bradley Beal hit a free throw that sealed the victory.

The Gators have won six of their past seven games.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


No. 16 Indiana falls to No. 25 Wisconsin 57-50 - by Eurobasket News
Suddenly, Indiana's resurgence has hit a major snag.

After a 57-50 loss at No. 25 Wisconsin on Thursday night, the 16th-ranked Hoosiers have lost four of their past five games and slipped below .500 in the Big Ten.

Indiana (16-5, 4-5) certainly had its chances. The Hoosiers were trailing by one with 2:09 left, but went scoreless the rest of the way to give the game away.

'Very frustrating, especially when we preach 40 minutes and we only play 38,' guard Verdell Jones III (6'5''-G-89) said.

Jones and Christian Watford (6'9''-F-91) scored 12 points each for the Hoosiers, who had snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory at Penn State on Sunday but couldn't keep that momentum going.

The Badgers have won nine straight over Indiana, a streak Indiana coach Tom Crean believed his players were prepared to end.

'They were locked in,' Crean said. 'Literally a couple things didn't bounce our way.'

Ben Brust (6'1''-G) scored 13 points and Ryan Evans (6'6''-G/F) added 12 for the Badgers (17-5, 6-3), who have five straight -- including road victories at Purdue and Illinois.

'We just had to keep believing that we have a good team,' forward Jared Berggren said. 'We really believe that. Despite the struggles at the start of the Big Ten, we knew what we had here. We knew we had guys that weren't going to give up easy.'

Despite going 4 for 17 from 3-point range, Wisconsin fell back on its defense.

'They play at a snail's pace, and you've got to steal possessions against them,' Crean said.

Berggren had a career-high five blocks, leading the way in a strong defensive effort against Indiana standout freshman forward Cody Zeller.

'Jared did a great job on Zeller,' Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor said. 'He's obviously one of the best players in the country, and what Jared was able to do was impressive.'

Zeller scored seven points on 2-for-7 shooting.

'I had to limit his touches, and just try to battle with him,' Berggren said. 'Just try to make everything difficult for him and I was able to come up with a couple blocks.'

Crean didn't fault Zeller's play.

'We didn't give him the chance to post up like he's used to,' Crean said. 'When we settled down we did a better job. Cody's fine. Cody did a lot of really good things.'

Jones didn't score in the second half.

Mike Bruesewitz and Taylor had 10 points each for the Badgers. Taylor shot 5 for 14 from the field.

'Obviously I didn't shoot the ball that great,' Taylor said. 'I'm not too worried about that. Like I said, any time you cannot shoot the ball well and go out and get a win against a really good team is always fun, especially a team like that, that has so many scorers, to hold them to 50 points. That's pretty impressive.'

With Wisconsin leading 49-48, Josh Gasser found Bruesewitz open inside, and he slammed it home with both hands for a 51-48 lead with 2:47 left.

Then Watford missed two free throws -- but he got another chance after Wisconsin lost the ball. He hit a long jumper in transition, cutting the lead to one with 2:05 left.

Evans then came up with a critical rebound and was fouled. He made two free throws to put Wisconsin up by three with 1:04 remaining. Coming out of a timeout, Zeller missed inside for the Hoosiers.

Taylor missed but Bruesewitz came up with a rebound and was fouled. He hit two free throws to put the game away.

'They got a couple rebounds at crucial times,' Crean said. 'We were in position to win and just didn't finish it.'

Indiana came into Thursday's game shooting 50 percent from the field this season, best in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, has been even more reliant than usual on 3-point shooting. When the Badgers are on, they're tough to beat -- and when they're not, they have typically struggled, although they turned that around Thursday.

Indiana played to the scouting report in the first half, shooting 50 percent from the field and taking a 27-25 lead.

Wisconsin was 2 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half, with Taylor going 0 for 3.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


NIU dismisses starter for rules violation - by Eurobasket News
Northern Illinois has dismissed forward Tim Toler (6'7''-F-89) from the school's basketball team.

NIU head coach Mark Montgomery said Thursday that the senior from Indianapolis violated team rules before the Huskies' game Saturday against Ball State. Montgomery says Toler will remain in school.

Toler played in 16 games this season. He had 14 starts and averaged 10.8 points.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Jared CUNNINGHAM
  Oregon S.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Cunningham, Oregon17.8 
 2. Wroten, Washington17.1 
 3. Crabbe, California15.7 
 4. Watkins, Utah15.6 
 5. Motum, Washingt.15.5 
 6. Ross, Washington15.1 
 7. Wilcox, Washington14.8 
 8. Joseph, Oregon14.6 
 9. Jones, USC14.5 
 10. Aden, Washingt.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre ROBERSON
  Colorado
  (200-G-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Roberson, Colorado11.1 
 2. N''Diaye, Washi.8.1 
 3. Hill, Arizona8.1 
 4. Perry, Arizona7.3 
 5. Moreland, Oregon S.6.8 
 6. Ross, Washington6.6 
 7. Motum, Washingt.6.5 
 8. Lockett, Arizona6.4 
 9. Wear, UCLA6.3 
 10. Washburn, Utah6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Reggie MOORE
  Washingt.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Moore, Washingt.5.5 
 2. Watkins, Utah4.8 
 3. Cobbs, California4.8 
 4. Gaddy, Washington4.6 
 5. Gutierrez, Califor.4.5 
 6. Jones, UCLA4.4 
 7. Anderson, UCLA3.7 
 8. Bright, Stanford3.4 
 9. Colvin, Arizona St.3.4 
 10. Wroten, Washingt.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jared CUNNINGHAM
  Oregon S.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cunningham, Oregon2.9 
 2. Starks, Oregon St.2.0 
 3. Wroten, Washington2.0 
 4. Jones, UCLA1.9 
 5. Jones, USC1.8 
 6. Anderson, UCLA1.6 
 7. Joseph, Oregon1.5 
 8. Lockett, Arizona1.5 
 9. King, Arizona St.1.5 
 10. Gutierrez, Califo.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric MORELAND
  Oregon S.
  (208-F-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Moreland, Oregon S.1.8 
 2. Woods, Oregon1.6 
 3. Roberson, Colorado1.6 
 4. Stover, UCLA1.4 
 5. N''Diaye, Washi.1.4 
 6. Collier, Oregon St.1.4 
 7. Kravish, California1.2 
 8. Pateev, Arizona St.1.2 
 9. Solomon, California1.2 
 10. Felix, Arizona St.1.1 


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Lagos Hosts Oil Industry Games - by Eurobasket News
The Central Planning Committee of the Bi-annual Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry has announced Lagos as the venue of the 14th edition of the competition which attracts companies in the country's oil and gas industry.

According to a statement signed by Mr. Peter Odjoji, Chairman, Central Planning Committee, the Games will begin with the preliminaries of the football event on Saturday, February 4 and end Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the Practice Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

He said that the finals of the Games will take place at different venues in Lagos including Chevron Recreation Club Gbagada, Ikoyi Club, National Stadium, Surulere and Teslim Balogun Stadium.


'The Games has become a veritable platform for employees in the nation's Oil and Gas Industry to interact with one another in a sporting atmosphere, which promotes goodwill, physical wellbeing and friendship,' he said.

Mr. Odjoji also informed that apart from the regular features of the Games which include; football, golf, quash, table tennis, tennis, scrabble, chess, 8 Ball Pool, swimming, 100 metres dash and Athletics, Basketball has also been introduced in the 2012 edition.

'We continue to explore ways of making the Games better and more inclusive,' he said.

The participating companies in the Games include; Addax Petroleum, Chevron, Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian Agip Oil Company, ExxonMobil, Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), NNPC, PTI Shell Development Petroleum Company, Total and Oando.

Courtesy of: Vanguard


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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Argentina names eight of men's basketball squad for London - by Eurobasket News
Argentina, Olympic gold medal winners in Athens in 2004, have named eight of their 12 players for this year's London Games.

San Antonio Spurs guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances), who also played in the team that won bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, leads the list selected by coach Julio Lamas and posted on the Argentine Basketball Confederation's (CABB) website on Thursday.

Also included are Houston Rockets center Luis Scola (206-F/C-80), forward Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) of the Philadelphia 76ers, guard Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) of the Milwaukee Bucks, Spanish-based guard Hernan Jasen (199-G-78) and guard Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) and centers Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) who play in the Argentine league.

The 34-year-old Ginobili is recovering from surgery on his left shooting hand on January 5 and is not expected to return for at least a month.

Sergio Hernandez, Argentina's coach in 2008, has swapped roles with his former assistant and is now Lamas's number two for the July 29 to August 12 men's basketball competition at the Games

Courtesy of www.gmanetwork.com


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  PBL   


Steamers add center to roster - by Eurobasket News
Matthew Gorman (6'8''-C-84, college: Syracuse), a reserve on the 2003 Syracuse University national championship team, has been added to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers roster.

Gorman first practiced with the team Wednesday and is expected to see some playing time Saturday in a 2:05 p.m. Premier Basketball League home game against the Dayton AirStrikers. It will be Gormans first game action since May 2010, when the 6-foot-10 center finished his second season in the British Basketball League.

Hes in good shape, Steamers co-coach and general manager John Bucci said.

Hes probably a week and a half away from being in top playing condition.

Besides getting himself physically ready, Gorman knows he has some other catching up to do.

You could tell I havent been playing competitively, he said in a phone interview after practice. Im coming in in the middle of the season and these guys have been going at it for a month.

Gorman, who thought his playing days might be over, knows many of the players around the PBL.

This one kind of just came up, Gorman said. I had been looking, but I had given up hope after the fall when nothing happened.

Gorman was working in his hometown of Watertown, N.Y. when Bucci reached him.

A member of the same recruiting class as Carmelo Anthony and Bishop Hannan graduate Gerry McNamara, Gorman appeared in nine games and scored 21 points for the national champions.

Gorman redshirted after his sophomore season and was the last member of the national championship team still in the program when he worked his way up to become a part-time starter as a fifth-year senior in the 2006-07 season.

He averaged 2.6 points in 75 career games while playing with the Orangemen.

Saturdays game has an earlier starting time than originally scheduled.

In another roster move, guard Chris Matthews has left the team to sign with a professional team in Mexico.

Matthews, who played at St. Bonaventure University, came off the bench in four games for the Steamers. During that time, he averaged 5.3 points a game, while shooting just 1-for-11 from 3-point range.

Courtesy of www.timesleader.com


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  QATAR   


Suliman's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old swingman Khalid Suliman (198-G/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for As Sadd and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Al Wakrah (#7, 0-4) with 30-point margin 93-63. As Sadd maintains the 4th position in Qatari league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. As Sadd will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Suliman had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at As Sadd, through which he has constantly improved. Suliman has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 48.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Babacar Marone (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) of Al Jaysh. He is Senegalese forward in his 5th season at Al Jaysh. In the last game Marone recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Al Jaysh to another comfortable win 77-64 over Qatar (#8, 0-4) being unquestionably team leader. Al Jaysh's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Marone is one of the most experienced players at Al Jaysh and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Abdulai Jalloh (188-G-86) of Al Arabi (#3). Jalloh showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Al Arabi, leading his team to a 79-71 win against the lower-ranked Al Ahli (#6, 1-3). Al Arabi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Jalloh has a great season in Qatar. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.5ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 9.8rpg (9th best) and assists with 4.3apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tanguy Ngombo (197-F-84) of Al Rayyan - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Cameron Crisp (192-G-81) of Al Ahli - 36 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Djibril Thiam (208-F-86) of As Sadd - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Alvin Mofunanya (203-F-87) of Al Arabi - 21 points and 13 rebounds
8. Boney Watson (183-G) of Al Gharrafah - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Oumar Seck) of Qatar - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Augustine Okosun (210-C-86) of Al Ahli - 19 points, 17 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)


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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D1 Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Uhud 7-0 
 2. Al Fath 7-1 
 3. Al Ahli 5-1 
 4. Al Hilal 4-1 
 5. Al Ittihad 4-2 
 6. Al Wehda 4-3 
 7. Al Ansar 3-2 
 8. Al Qadisiya 2-4 
 9. Al Nahdha 1-5 
 10. Al Kweldeeh 1-6 
 11. Al Jubail 0-6 
 12. Al Safa 0-7 


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  SPAIN   


Gran Canaria release Alando Tucker - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria opted to part ways with Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin). The forward joined the team in November. He tallied 6.0 points, 1.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In ACB his stats read 3.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. Last season Alando Tucker spent in Russia. He played for Lokomotiv Kuban. The forward averaged 12.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal in EuroChallenge. In Russian PBL Alando Tucker notched 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds. He was drafted by the D-League Texas Legends last summer. Previously Tucker had stints in NBA, D-League and Puerto Rico. Alando Tucker was named All-Big Ten Player of the Year back in 2007 while playing for Wisconsin.

Real Barca celebrates in Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Real Barca 57-71

Regal Barca dominated in the last quarter to take 57-71 victory against Maccabi Electra on Thursday in Tel Aviv. The reigning Spanish champion now has 2-0 record in Group H of the Euroleague Top 16, while Maccabi slipped to 1-1. Maccabi shares the second place with Bennet Cantu. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) shined for the guests with 18 points. Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) followed him with 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) also secured a great help adding 13 points and 9 rebs. In the loosing squad, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) was better than the others with 17 points. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) and Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) (8 rebs) netted 12 and 8 points respectively. Maccabi had 49-47 lead at the beginning of the last period, but then visitors exploded making 6-15 run for 55-62 lead with 3 minutes remaining. Maccabi was threatening through David Blu, but Ingles and Lorbek helped Barca to keep the safe margin for rest of the way. Quarters: 19-12, 10-17, 13-15, 15-27. Next week, Barca will host Zalgiris, while Maccabi goes to Cantu.

Maccabi Electra: Keith Langford 17, Demond Mallet 12, Richard Hendrix 8+8 boards
Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 18, Fran Vazquez 14+7 boards, Joe Ingles 13+9 boards


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  SWITZERLAND   


1LN market news - by Luca Maffioli
SP Star Gordola agreed on terms of contract with Davide Balletta (187-G-81). The Swiss guard, former Captain of SAM Massagno, started this season with SAM. He averaged 1.3 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in eight LNA games. Birsfelden added to their roster Jonas Lutz (193-F-84). Kusnacht-Erlenbach signed David Castro (192-F-85). Castro started this season in BC Alstom Baden averaging 7.0 points per game.

STB Bern-Giants sign Yuanta Holland, Panagiotopoulos leaves Zurich Wildcats - by Luca Maffioli
STB Bern-Giants strengthened their roster with Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78, college: Dayton). The American power forward started this season in GC Zurich Wildcats. He averaged 18.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in seven LNB games. Ioannis Panagiotopoulos (178-G-90) decided to leave GC Zurich Wildcats. The Greek guard averaged 2.9 points, 0,6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 10 games.

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City Bulls, ABC Renew Rivalry - by Eurobasket News
A partisan crowd is expected at the National Indoor Stadium today when basketball giants Vijana and ABC lock horns in the RBA League match.Matches involving the two teams usually attract tens of basketball fans, mainly the youth, and today's showdown is expected to follow that tradition. Both teams were yesterday busy, perfecting their tactics for what promises to be an exciting match.

The two teams last met in the RBA League last year at the same venue where Vijana, better known in the basketball circles as City Bulls, hit their rivals 65-58.

But Vijana should not expect an easy ride today because ABC have been very impressive this year.

Filbert Mwaipungu, one of the country's best basketball players at the moment, is among the players Vijana must mark tightly if they want to grab the two points at stake in today's encounter.

The other key players for ABC are Gilbert Batungi, Adamu Jegame and Juma Kisocky while Vijana will likely bank on Jacob Malenga, Mohamed Dibo and Mohamed Heri to score points.ABC will be fighting for their first victory in the league, while Vijana, who beat Pazi 61-56 in their opening match, will be seeking their second win.

Vijana coach Bahati Mgunda predicted a tough match yesterday, but remained optimistic that it would produce positive results for his team.

'ABC are a hard nut to crack when at their best as those who have seen them in action can attest,' said Mgunda.

'But our fans should expect positive results, we're well prepared for the match,' he added.

His ABC counterpart, Leonard Kwale said his team would not afford another defeat to Vijana today.'They should expect the worst this time around. We'll be all out for a win,' Kwale said confidently.
Courtesy of: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)


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  TURKEY   


Galatasaray grabs 78-77 OT win against Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Olympiakos 78-77 OT

In one of the most exciting games so far in this Euroleague season, Galatasaray Medical Park registered its first-ever Top 16 win by downing Olympiacos BC Pireaus 78-77 in overtime in front of a sellout crowd at Abdi Ipecki Sports Hall in Istanbul. Galatasaray had 69-66 lead in the finish of regular time, but Konstantinos Sloukas shocked home fans with a 14-meter half court bomb that sent the game to overtime. Thanks to Jamon Lukas Gordon's (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) basket Galatasaray grabbed 78-77 lead with 27 left in overtime and Olympiakos had the possession. Sloukas missed a jumper, but Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) with offensive rebound secured another possession for his team. Gecevicius tried from downtown at the buzzer, but he missed and the Euroleague newcomer Galatasaray grabbed its first victory ever in Top 16. Jamon Lukas Gordon scored 17 points for the hosts and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) added one less. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds each. In Olympiakos, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 24 points and 6 rebs. Georgios Printezis had 14 points and 5 boards, while Kyle Hines (198-F-86) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 15-15, 27-13, 15-19, 12-22, 9-8 OT. Galatasaray joined Anadolu Efes with 1-1 record in Group E, while Olympiakos dropped to 0-2. In the next round, Galata will meet CSKA in Moscow. Olympiakos will host Anadolu Efes.

Galatasaray: Jamon Lukas Gordon 17, Jaka Lakovic 16, Luksa Andric 10+5 boards, Cevher Ozer 10+5 boards
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 24+6 boards, Georgios Printezis 14+5 boards, Kyle Hines 11


Fenerbahce Ulker wins Euroleague thriller vs. Emporio Armani: 65-63 - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahce Ulker earned a critical first victory in Group G of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. In the opening game of Istanbul's Ulker Sports Arena, Fenerbahce took a narrow lead into the fourth quarter and held on to beat EA7 Emporio Armani 65-63. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points, Roko Ukic returned from injury with 16 points.

Both offenses struggled in the first quarter, scoring only a handful two-pointers. Marko Tomas opened the score for Fenerbahce, the guests from Milan tied a minute later and took a 2-4 lead after 4 minutes. Roko Ukic tied again for Ulker. After mutual baskets, foul shots by Omer Onan and Bojan Bogdanovic gave the hosts a 12-10 edge at the end of the low-scoring first quarter.

Drew Nicholas sank the the games first three-pointer at the start of the second period, giving Emporio a 12-13 lead. Bogdanovic aswered with a triple of his own and added a layup and foul shot to bringFenerbahce out in front again: 18-15 after 12 minutes of playing time. Milan's Ioannis Bourousis fired a bomb from downtown to tie once again. Oguz Savas did most of the scoring for Ulker after that, but the guests took a 25-27 lead. After an exchange of foul shots, Ukic nailed a triple to give Fenerbahce a 30-28 lead at halftime.

Marko Tomas opened the score in the third period, giving Ulker a 32-28 margin. Ukic bumped the lead to 34-29 after 22 minutes, but Milan tied again after 25: 34-34. Fenerbahce made a 6-0 run to take a 42-36 advantage. Drew Nicholas ended the period with a triple, cutting Fener's lead to 46-43.

In the fourth period Mason Rocca opened the scored for the guests, answered by a triple from Bogdanovic. Emir Preldzic and Kaya Peker added baskets for a 53-47 margin, and a triple by Preldzic increased the gap to 8 points: 58-50 after 35 minutes of playing time. With a minute and a half left, Ulker was in front with 64-58. After mutual free throws, Milan's Omar Cook struck from long range to make it 65-64 with 28 seconds to go. Fenerbahce failed to score, giving Milan a final chance at victory. Antonis Fotsis missed from outsite the arc with 3 seconds left, giving Ulker the much needed win.


Aliaga Petkim bring in Trent Plaisted - by Eurobasket News
Aliaga Petkim signed contract with Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU). The centre will replace Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada) on the roster. Aliaga released the latter one. Trent Plaisted recently left Ukraine where he played for Cherkasy. He joined the Ukrainian team back in November. Trent Plaisted averaged 13.6 points, 7.1 rebounds per game in Superleague. Last season the centre started in Croatia. He had a stint with Cedevita Zagreb. Trent Plaisted notched 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. In EuroCup his stats read 9.1 points and 3.9 rebounds. Later the centre moved to Zalgiris Kaunas. He posted 5.8 points in LKL and 7.7 points per appearance in Euroleague.

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  UBA   


Disciples Leading The Way In Southern Conference - by Travis McAvene
The road to the 2012 UBA championship will have to go thru the southern conference. The GIE Morrow Disciples are leading the way to start the season with a 8-1 record.

The Disciples are led by the UBA's leading scorer Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian), who is currently averaging 30.8 ppg. They also have the league's second leading rebounder Chris Moore (6'8''-F-88, college: Morgan St.), who is averaging 14.0 rpg and Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, college: Clayton St.) who is third in the league in scoring at 23.8 ppg.

This team balance should continue to keep the Disciples at the top of the southern conference for the remainder of the season. The Disciples take the court again this weekend against the Georgia Lions.


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 19-6 
 2. BC Donetsk 18-6 
 3. Azovmash 17-8 
 4. Khimik 16-9 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 15-9 
 6. BC Odessa 15-10 
 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 


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 Odessa19.0 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.18.7 
 6. King, BC Odessa18.4 
 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 Odessa10.8 
 3. Drozdov, Azovmash9.0 
 4. Fraser, DniproAzot8.9 
 5. Davis, Fe.8.7 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.8.7 
 7. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 8. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.0 
 9. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 10. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mitchell, Khimik6.3 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.9 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.9 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.5 
 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
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Fe.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 2. House, Dnipro1.9 
 3. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.8 
 5. Curry, BC Donetsk1.8 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 8. Solomon, Cherkasy1.6 
 9. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 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. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 7. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 8. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Hal.1.4 
 10. Pecherov, Azovma.1.3 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


All Eyes Forward For Riders - by Paul Nilsen

Bradd Wierzbicki (191-G-85, college: Queens, NY) has called on his team-mates not to dwell on the disappointment of losing valuable ground in the title race last weekend.

The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders player had to endure an agonizing and gut-wrenching home floor loss to Prestige Homes MK Lions but rather then looking backwards, its all eyes forward as far as hes concerned.

Its going to be key to bounce back after the loss against Lions explained Wierzbicki.

With two games pretty much every single weekend, you just cant dwell on the losses.

He added We really cant afford to think about what happened last weekend because we have to be ready for when we play Glasgow Rocks and Cheshire Jets.

Riders will certainly be pumped and out to make amends when they host the Rocks tomorrow night and it promises to be a real test of character for Sterling Davis and his team who of course were trashed at home to Mersey Tigers last time out.

Things certainly dont get much easier for the Rocks' play-caller because Riders form just one part of a really tough double header with the ambitious UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders their opponent at the Pavilions on Sunday.

Equally, Cheshire Jets are still on the slide and will be eager for a win now that other teams around them in the form of Heat and Tigers have recorded a victory or two. As well as entertaining Riders on Sunday, they will feel they have an excellent opportunity of getting back to winning ways beforehand when they travel to the north-east to face Durham.

But, Wildcats will also relish the visit of Jets having pushed league leaders Newcastle Eagles hard last weekend before falling at the final hurdle, a common theme of their rookie BBL season. Dave Elderkin must firstly take his team to Prestige Homes MK Lions tonight before facing Jets.

After their somewhat surprise success last weekend at Riders, the Wildcats game is one which Mike New and his players cant afford to lose since it would disrupt their momentum which has witnessed them slowly climbing up the table in recent weeks. In particular because they will face a tough match-up with Guildford Heat at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday afternoon.

After their sensational road win at Kelvin Hall, Tigers coach Tony Garbelotto will take his team to Tyneside with real confidence and looking to spring a huge upset against his former club.

His players have nothing to lose and with Myles Hesson in particular really in the groove, he is someone Fab Flournoy and the Eagles coaching staff will no doubt be looking to shackle as the league leaders look to consolidate top spot.

Waiting to take advantage of any potential slip-up are Worcester Wolves who along with Riders and Raiders pose the main threat to the Eagles charge towards the BBL Championship. Paul James an his in-form team face One Health Sharks Sheffield who were well beaten by the Eagles last weekend.




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  URUGUAY   


Douglas and Allen lead Bohemios - by Hector Lopez
Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, college: E.Kentucky) netted 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) added 15 points and 11 rebounds leading Bohemios to beat Trouville 83-82, for first round for Group 1 for the Super Liga, the LUB second stage. It was the six win in arow for Bohemios. For Trouville Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) scored 21 points with 9 rebounds and 3 assists and Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) with 8 points grabbed 17 rebounds.
Other results for Group 1:
Lagomar Canelones 87 - Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Wingate) 23 points 8 rebounds and David Butler (203-F-82, college: Embry Riddle) 10 points 16 rebounds
Wanderers 68 - Reggie Mathis (193-G, college: Lamar) 10 points 4 rebounds, Gaston Gilardoni 13 points 5 rebounds, and Andre Stephens (203-F-87, college: S.Mississippi), without points and 5 rebounds 2 assists
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Welcome 77 - Claudio Charquero (207-C-77) 24 points 7 rebounds, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 15 points 4 rebounds 3 assists, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 15 points 8 rebounds
Hebaica Macabi 74 - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 14 points 2 rebounds, Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 13 points 6 rebounds, Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 6 points 2 rebounds


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Serie 1
 1. Bohemios 1-0 
 2. Lagomar 1-0 
 3. Welcome 1-0 
 4. Hebraica 0-1 
 5. Wanderers 0-1 
 6. Trouville 0-1 
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: 24.7
 1. Brown, Trouville24.7 
 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. Allen, Bohemios15.6 
 3. Polk, Montevideo14.1 
 4. Shellman, Sayago12.8 
 5. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.12.8 
 6. Keenan, Larre B.10.8 
 7. Passos, Hebraica10.7 
 8. Crews, Cader10.7 
 9. Douglas, Bohemios10.0 
 10. Jackson, Defensor10.0 
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. Silvarrey, Sayago4.8 
 7. Jennings, Cordon4.8 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.7 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.6 
 10. Tornaria, Trouvil.4.4 
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. Clarkson, Larre B.2.4 
 5. Barrera, Hebraica2.4 
 6. Garcia Moral., Big.2.3 
 7. Brown, Trouville2.2 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville2.2 
 9. Evans, Cader2.1 
 10. Silvarrey, Sayago2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Bohemios
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Allen, Bohemios3.8 
 2. Jackson, Olimpia2.3 
 3. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.2.2 
 4. Humphrey, Bigua1.9 
 5. Polk, Montevideo1.8 
 6. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 7. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 8. Crews, Cader1.6 
 9. Augustus, Hebraica1.5 
 10. McCoy, Sayago1.5 


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  VENEZUELA   


Kahiem Seawright joins Trotamundos - by Eurobasket News
Trotamundos de Carabobo brought in another import player. They signed a deal with Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Rhode Island). The centre joins Pedro Meza Rogel (186-G-85, college: Arizona W. CC) and John Williamson (199-F/C-86, college: Cincinnati) as the third import on the roster. Kahiem Seawright started the season in Spain. He played for Valladolid. His stats read 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds per game in ACB. Last season Kahiem Seawright played for Baloncesto Leon in LEB Gold. The centre posted 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Kahiem Seawright into All-Spanish LEB Gold 1st Team. The centre started his pro career in 2009/10 season. He spent it also in Spain with C.B. Tarragona 2016.



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  VIETNAM   


Saigon Heat falls to more experienced Singapore Slingers - by Huy Ngo
The drummers banged away, the cheerleaders shimmied to the beats and a near-capacity crowd at Tan Binh Sports and Culture Center kept the Saigon Heat pumped all the way to a near-upset over the Singapore Slingers Wednesday night in Vietnam.
The game was the first home opener for international pro basketball history in Vietnam, and proved to be a very entertaining affair. Paced by former Denver Nugget Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) 18 points and nine rebounds, the Heat put up a spirited game before falling 60-55 to the more experience Slingers.
Saigon's own Trieu Han Minh set the tone by scoring the first basket on home soil, and that lead would remain with the home side for the majority of the game as Saigon led at the half 27-21. But a combination of some missed shots down the stretch and fatigue owing to a short bench got the better of the Heat.
Jonathan Jones notched 17 points and pulled down 15 boards for Saigon, while Singapore's Donald Little led all scorers with 22 points, including a thunderous dunk that nearly brought down the backboard.
'We made some mental mistakes,' conceded Heat coach Robert Newson. 'We kept them to 21 points. We just have to knock down shots.'
Newson allowed that it was an improvement on the Heat's season opener in Bangkok against the Chang Thailand Slammers, a more lopsided 78-58 contest. The team seemed to feed off the enthusiastic crowd, taking in the historic home opener during Vietnam's Tet holidays.
'There really were a lot of people, especially during Tet,' Newson said. 'It was a really good atmosphere.'
Hodge concurred, despite getting a hand to the eye in the dying minutes and seeing his team's lead slip away. But he refused to offer fatigue as an excuse, despite four starters playing the entire game.
'We're professionals, we have to play through that,' Hodge said. ' (But) I hope that we showed we play with a lot of heart and a lot of guts when we represent Vietnam.
Saigon resident Tien Nguyen, who sat behind the Saigon bench, was excited to be one of the first fans to see pro basketball up close in Vietnam.
'I believe professional games will raise the level of the game here,' he said, adding it's becoming more and more popular with young players every day in this country.
The Heat's next game is this Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against the Westport Dragons.



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Results and Stats from Day 3 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Duhok 88:65
Mahram registered the second win in Group B of WABA League. The Iranian team held off Duhok to stay on top of the standings. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) stepped up with impressive 29 points and 14 rebounds to pace Mahram. Duhok suffered the third loss in a row.
Mahram and Duhok stayed neck and neck throughout intense first quarter. The Iranian side eked out a 26:24 lead after ten minutes. Mahram maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. However Duhok stayed within a striking distance. Mahram went into the locker room up by just 3 points 45:42. The margin grew in the third term. Mahram gradually boosted the gap taking a 67:60 advantage with one quarter to go. The Iranian side went on a 15:5 rally at the start of the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) had 19 points, while Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) added 14 points for the winning side. Ali Hamad (193-F-86) and Mohammed Mahdi (205-F/C-80) answered with 16 points each for Duhok. Chamberlain Oguchi had 12 points in the loss.

Mahram: Nikoloz Tskitishvili 29+14 boards, Hamed Afagh 19, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 14
Duhok: Ali Hamad 16, Mohammed Mahdi 16

Moutahed - ASU 72:68
Moutahed celebrated the second straight win at the WABA League tournament. They held off ASU to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 23 points to pace the Lebanese team. ASU in the meantime fell at 0-2 record.
Moutahed stormed into this one. They grabbed a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. The Lebanese side kept in charge throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 14 points 45:31. ASU however managed to get closer in the third quarter. The Jordanian team entered the final frame hopeful trailing by just 7 points 49:56. ASU eventually tied things up at 59 in the final frame. But Moutahed surged back in front in the crucial moments and hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Mohamad Akary (188-G-85) provided 17 points, while Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Tulsa) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Wesam Al-Sous (181-G-83) answered with 15 points for ASU. Mohammad Hadrab (203-F-84) finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Moutahed: Austin Johnson 23, Mohamad Akary 17, Bassel Bawji 14+11 boards
ASU: Wesam Al-Sous 15, Mohammad Hadrab 12+11 boards



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 2-0 
 3. Moutahed 2-1 
 4. ASU 0-2 
 5. Duhok 0-3 




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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Adelaide Lightning halt Logan run - by Eurobasket News
The Adelaide Lightning outscored the Logan Thunder 21-9 in the final term to run away 63-52 victors at Logan Metro Stadium tonight.

Trailing by one point after three quarters, the ladder-leaders dominated the home town Thunder to finish the game, ending their four-game winning streak.

Playing without star centre Suzy Batkovic, the Lightning were led by Abby Bishop (189-C-88) who top-scored in the contest with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Jennifer Screen (180-G-82) added a double-double of her own with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Amy Lewis finished with eight points and ten rebounds for the Lightning, who took their record to 15-3 on the season.

The Thunder were led by Renae Camino (177-G-86) who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Cayla Francis suffered through a terrible shooting night to still finish with eight points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

Ahead 13-8 after one term, the Thunder were outscored 19-14 in the second term to see scores tied at 27 points apiece at the half.

The Lightning must now back up against the Townsville Fire in the second leg of their road-trip tomorrow night.

Adelaide Lightning 63 (Abby Bishop 21, Jennifer Screen 14, Angela Marino 12) defeated Logan Thunder 52 (Renae Camino 15, Sarah Graham (163-G-89) 9, Cayla Francis 8)

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Adelaide 14-3 
 2. Bulleen B. 12-4 
 3. Townsville F. 12-7 
 4. Sydney UF 11-8 
 5. Logan T. 10-6 
 6. Bendigo S. 10-8 
 7. Dandenong R. 10-8 
 8. Canberra C. 7-12 
 9. Waves 2-16 
 10. AIS 1-17 


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.25.5 
 2. Cambage, Bulle.21.9 
 3. Snell, Sydney UF19.4 
 4. Macleod, Dandenon.18.3 
 5. Denson, Sydney UF17.1 
 6. Cox, Waves16.9 
 7. Dowdell, Townsvil.16.2 
 8. Bishop, Adelaide16.1 
 9. Jarry, Bulleen B.15.9 
 10. O''Hea, Dandenong15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cayla FRANCIS
  Logan T.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Francis, Logan T.10.3 
 2. Batkovic-B., Adela.10.2 
 3. Dowdell, Townsvil.9.6 
 4. Cambage, Bulle.9.2 
 5. Tolo, Canberra C.8.9 
 6. Bishop, Adelaide8.6 
 7. Richards, Bendi.8.3 
 8. Denson, Sydney UF8.2 
 9. Cox, Waves8.1 
 10. Jarry, Bulleen B.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Dandenon.
  (167-G-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Macleod, Dandenon.7.1 
 2. Poto, Sydney UF4.7 
 3. Snell, Sydney UF4.6 
 4. O''Hea, Dandenong4.5 
 5. Richards, Bulleen4.3 
 6. Veal, Logan T.3.9 
 7. Marino, Adelaide3.8 
 8. Flanagan, Townsvil.3.8 
 9. Harrower, Bendi.3.5 
 10. Hunt, Canberra C.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johannah LEEDHAM
  Bulle.
  (180-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Leedham, Bulle.2.8 
 2. Batkovic-B., Adela.2.7 
 3. Cox, Waves2.2 
 4. Snell, Sydney UF1.8 
 5. Poto, Sydney UF1.7 
 6. Blicavs, AIS1.7 
 7. Veal, Logan T.1.5 
 8. Madgen, Bendigo S.1.3 
 9. Taylor, Logan T.1.3 
 10. Smith, Bendigo S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marianna TOLO
  Canberra C.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Tolo, Canberra C.2.9 
 2. Cambage, Bulle.2.6 
 3. Tomlinson, Dandeno.1.8 
 4. Francis, Logan T.1.6 
 5. Batkovic-B., Adela.1.5 
 6. Snell, Sydney UF1.1 
 7. Wilson, Canberra.1.0 
 8. Foley, Townsville0.9 
 9. Afeaki, Sydney UF0.9 
 10. Hargreaves, Waves0.8 


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  CANADA - Women  


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
AUS
 1. St.Mary's 10-3 
 2. Acadia 9-1 
 3. Cape Breton 7-5 
 4. Memorial 6-6 
 5. St.Francis X. 5-6 
 6. New Brunsw. 4-7 
 7. Dalhousie 3-8 
 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 6-3 
 3. Bishop's 4-4 
 4. Laval 3-5 
 5. UQAM 2-8 
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 11-5 
 3. Laurier 10-5 
 4. McMaster 8-7 
 5. Lakehead 7-7 
 6. Western 7-8 
 7. Guelph 6-9 
 8. Waterloo 1-14 


CIS Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justine COLLEY
  St.Mary''s
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Colley, St.Mary''s24.3 
 2. Colborne, New B.20.7 
 3. Cooke, Cape Breton19.7 
 4. Schuetze, TRU19.6 
 5. Macdonald, Ryerson18.4 
 6. Sunley-P., Ottawa18.1 
 7. Clemencon, Windsor18.0 
 8. Simard, UQAM17.5 
 9. Moore, Queen''s17.5 
 10. Clarke, Alberta17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandy EDMISON
  RMC
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Edmison, RMC10.8 
 2. Lennox, Ottawa10.7 
 3. Wierks, UFV10.4 
 4. Douglas, Guelph10.1 
 5. Emmerson, Saskatc.10.0 
 6. Sunley-P., Ottawa9.7 
 7. Tilk, Ryerson9.7 
 8. Schuetze, TRU9.4 
 9. Kerr, York9.4 
 10. Von Maltzahn, Dal.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jorri DUXBURY
  TRU
  (170-G-)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Duxbury, TRU5.6 
 2. Zalesiak, Regina5.4 
 3. Langlois, Windsor5.4 
 4. Kaye, Calgary5.3 
 5. Goodis, Victoria5.3 
 6. Colley, St.Mary''s5.2 
 7. Roy, Bishop''s4.7 
 8. Thompson, Dalho.4.6 
 9. Ring, Ottawa4.6 
 10. Bonomo, McMaster4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Miah-Marie LANGLOIS
  Windsor
  (176-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Langlois, Windsor3.9 
 2. Medri, Toronto3.4 
 3. Kaye, Calgary3.3 
 4. Carkner, TWU3.3 
 5. Zalesiak, Regina3.1 
 6. Bush, Carleton3.0 
 7. Mazerolle, Laurier2.9 
 8. Williams, Windsor2.9 
 9. Colley, St.Mary''s2.9 
 10. Nichols, Lethbrid.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Abbey DUINKER
  Acadia
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Duinker, Acadia1.9 
 2. Douglas, Guelph1.7 
 3. Peklova, Windsor1.4 
 4. Huntley, UBC1.3 
 5. Rosenkranz, Brock1.3 
 6. Jones, St.Franc.1.2 
 7. Russell, New B.1.2 
 8. Stansfield, UBC1.2 
 9. Forsey, Memorial1.1 
 10. Chiarot, McMaster1.1 


Canadian women abroad highlights - by Eurobasket News
Taryn Wicijowski (190-F-91) (Regina, SK) had a terrific game for Utah when they played against Arizona last week. Taryn recorded 16 points and a game high, 13 rebounds, in 42 minutes of action. Taryn shot 7-of-14 from the field and helped Utah squeak by Arizona 65-60 (OT). Taryn leads her team in rebounds per game (8.4) and blocks per game (1.6).

Tamara Tatham (187-F-85, college: Massachusetts) (Brampton, ON) continues to have an impressive season with Halle. When Halle took on Heli Girls, she notched another double-double by scoring a game high 22 points and grabbing a season high, 15 rebounds. Halle ended up winning a very close contest, 69-63. Tamara continues to lead her team in points per game (18.7), rebounds per game (10.2) and steals per game (3.4).

Leanne Evans (191-C-86) (Port Moody, BC) was one of the only bright spots for 08 when they played against Umea. In the game where 08 lost 54-70, Leanne produced her sixth double-double of the season when she grabbed a season high, 14 rebounds and chipped in with 11 points. Leanne continues to lead her team in rebounds per game (9.2) and blocks per game (2.3).

Michelle Plouffe (193-F-92) (Edmonton, AB) had an efficient weekend playing 2 games for University of Utah. In the first game she collected 10 rebounds and scored 11 points in a 65-60 (OT) win, over Arizona. The following game she led her team in points (15) and collected 7 rebounds in a lost to Arizona State, 51-59. Michelle leads Utah in points per game (14.6).

Katherine Plouffe (190-G/F-92) (Edmonton, AB) sister of, Michelle Plouffe, had a great game for Marquette when they played Providence. In the 52-50 lost, Katherine did what she could by posting team highs in points (16) and rebounds (11). Katherine leads Marquette in points per game (14.1) and rebounds per game (8.2).

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round 14: Maccabi Ashdod defeats Elitzur Ramla in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 14 in the D1 took place in Ashdod. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Elitzur Ramla (10-3) to first ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-2) 75-74 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Elitzur Ramla. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Elitzur Ramla was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Maccabi Ashdod, which allowed them to win the game. American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (192-87, college: S.Florida) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American Plenette Pierson (188-81, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. International Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-2 record. Defending champion Elitzur Ramla keeps the second place with three games lost. Maccabi Ashdod are looking forward to face Hap.Petah Tikva (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Elitzur Ramla will play against Ramat Hasharon (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Ramat Hen. Fifth ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (8-4) saved a 3-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers B.C. Habikaa (8-5) 68-65 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of B.C. Habikaa. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) notched 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Danielle Robinson supported her with 20 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds by forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) did not help to save the game for B.C. Habikaa. Maccabi Ramat Hen moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted B.C. Habikaa dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Maccabi Ramat Hen will play against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#8) on the road in the next round. B.C. Habikaa will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Netanya where higher ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (5-7) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Elitzur Netanya (4-9) 91-81 on Thursday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Jessica Lawson who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Kaili McLaren produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. Elitzur Netanya moved-up to ninth place. Hap.Petah Tikva lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Elitzur Netanya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hap.Petah Tikva will play against the league's leader Maccabi Ashdod (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Third ranked Ramat Hasharon (9-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Bnot Hasharon (5-8) by 26 points 87-61, which is the biggest margin this round. Jia Perkins orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Ramat Hasharon's coach Orna Ostfeld felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ramat Hasharon maintains third position with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi Ashdod. Bnot Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Ramat Hasharon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Elitzur Ramla on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bnot Hasharon will play against Elitzur Holon (#10).

In the last game of round 14 H.R. Le-Zion won against Elitzur Holon on the opponent's court 83-79.



Elitzur Netanya - Hap.Petah Tikva 91-81

An interesting game took place in Netanya where higher ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (5-7) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Elitzur Netanya (4-9) 91-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Netanya. Hap.Petah Tikva managed to win third quarter 29-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Netanya made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was center Jessica Lawson (191-86, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Ambrosia Anderson (186-84, college: BYU) chipped in 20 points. Forward Kaili McLaren (188-88, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Sheri Lynette Sam (183-74, college: Vanderbilt) added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Elitzur Netanya and four Hap.Petah Tikva players scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya moved-up to ninth place. Hap.Petah Tikva lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Elitzur Netanya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hap.Petah Tikva will play against the league's leader Maccabi Ashdod (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: J.Lawson 24+15reb+1ast, A.Anderson 20+4reb+3ast, A.Bjorklund 17+7reb+2ast, O.Howard 16+2reb+6ast, R.Ben Nun 10+3ast, S.Shabtai 2+1reb+1ast
Hap.Petah Tikva: K.McLaren 25+13reb+2ast, S.Lynette Sam 20+10reb+5ast, C.Reed 17+8reb+5ast, S.Porat 11+2reb+2ast, K.Ristic 8+4ast, T.Ben-Ishay 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 153724


Elitzur Holon - H.R. Le-Zion 79-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Elitzur Holon's (3-10) home loss to eighth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (5-8) 79-83. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Elitzur Holon won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Elitzur Holon turnovers. American guard Jori Davis (175-89, college: Indiana, agency: Merit Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The other American import guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (173-87, college: California) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion players scored in double figures. International forward Bar Gilinsky (185-92) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Brittani Shells (170-89, college: Richmond, agency: Merit Sports) added 18 points in the effort for Elitzur Holon. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bnot Hasharon. Elitzur Holon at the other side dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Holon will play against Bnot Hasharon (#7) in Hertzeliya.
Top scorers:
H.R. Le-Zion: A.Gray-Lawson 23+2reb+4ast, B.Spears 20+6reb+1ast, J.Davis 20+6reb+5ast, V.Dunlap 13+10reb+5ast, R.Ross 5+2reb, K.Nechama 2+1reb+1ast
Elitzur Holon: B.Gilinsky 23+5reb, B.Shells 18+1reb+2ast, M.Walker 10+7reb+2ast, T.Robinson 9+7reb+1ast, H.Gutin 8+4reb, L.Golan 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 153721


Ramat Hasharon - Bnot Hasharon 87-61

Third ranked Ramat Hasharon (9-4) crushed at home 7th ranked Bnot Hasharon (5-8) by 26 points 87-61, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Ramat Hasharon. Bnot Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ramat Hasharon players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American guard Jia Perkins (173-82, college: Texas Tech, agency: Merit Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Jamaican-American guard Maurita Reid (173-85, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Ramat Hasharon's coach Orna Ostfeld felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Karima Christmas (182-89, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bnot Hasharon. Ramat Hasharon maintains third position with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi Ashdod. Bnot Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Ramat Hasharon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Elitzur Ramla on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bnot Hasharon will play against Elitzur Holon (#10).
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: J.Perkins 24+3reb+2ast, M.Reid 10+7reb+7ast, A.Cohen 10+1reb+7ast, J.Breland 8+7reb+2ast, J.Fleisher 7+5reb, S.Raanan 7+1ast
Bnot Hasharon: K.Christmas 19+14reb+3ast, K.Gardin 11+7reb+2ast, S.Levi 8+3ast, S.Gigi 7+4reb+1ast, K.Swanier 6+2reb+2ast, I.Lucas 5+3reb
gschID: 153722


Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Ramla 75-74

The most exciting game of round 14 in the D1 took place in Ashdod. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Elitzur Ramla (10-3) to first ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-2) 75-74 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Elitzur Ramla. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Elitzur Ramla was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Maccabi Ashdod, which allowed them to win the game. American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (192-87, college: S.Florida) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American Plenette Pierson (188-81, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. International Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and American Tanisha Wright (180-83, college: Penn St., agency: LBM Management) scored 18 points. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-2 record. Defending champion Elitzur Ramla keeps the second place with three games lost. Maccabi Ashdod are looking forward to face Hap.Petah Tikva (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Elitzur Ramla will play against Ramat Hasharon (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: B.Denson 22+9reb+1ast, A.Shields 21+4reb+1ast, P.Pierson 12+9reb+8ast, T.Young 7+4reb+3ast, M.Dori 6+1reb+1ast, N.Kolodny 5+4reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: S.Doron 25+5reb+3ast, T.Wright 18+3reb+2ast, A.Turcinovic 12+3reb, L.Wisdom-Hylton 6+5reb+1ast, A.Jackson 6+2reb+2ast, K.Levitsky 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 153723


Maccabi R.Hen - B.C. Habikaa 68-65

Important game to mention about took place in Ramat Hen. Fifth ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (8-4) saved a 3-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers B.C. Habikaa (8-5) 68-65 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of B.C. Habikaa. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Maccabi Ramat Hen dominated on the defensive end, holding B.C. Habikaa to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Maccabi Ramat Hen forced 25 B.C. Habikaa turnovers. Strangely B.C. Habikaa outrebounded Maccabi Ramat Hen 34-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) notched 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Danielle Robinson (175-89, college: Oklahoma) supported her with 20 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds by forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) did not help to save the game for B.C. Habikaa. Center Jenna Smith (191-88, college: Illinois) added 16 points and 17 rebounds for the guests. Maccabi Ramat Hen moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted B.C. Habikaa dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Maccabi Ramat Hen will play against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#8) on the road in the next round. B.C. Habikaa will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi R.Hen: D.Robinson 20+1reb+4ast, K.Griffin 16+7reb+2ast, D.Morris 14+2reb+1ast, S.Holmes 8+6reb+2ast, S.Tzairi 7+2reb+3ast, L.Peleg 3
B.C. Habikaa: A.Thompson 30+11reb+2ast, J.Smith 16+17reb+1ast, C.Degraffenreid 8+2reb+5ast, N.Stevenson 5+3reb+5ast, I.Mizrachi 3+3ast, D.Yahalomi 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 153720




Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Maccabi Ashdod 11-2 
 2. Elitzur Ramla 10-3 
 3. Ramat Hasharon 9-4 
 4. Maccabi R.Hen 8-4 
 5. B.C. Habikaa 8-5 
 6. Hap.Petah Tikva 5-7 
 7. Bnot Hasharon 5-8 
 8. H.R. Le-Zion 5-8 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 4-9 
 10. Elitzur Holon 3-10 
 11. Hapoel T-A 2-10 


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Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Tamara Jones (Garden City CC, Kan.), Amanda Rodenberg (North Central Missouri College) and Adrianna Ivanovic (Mesabi Range CTC, Minn.) have been named NJCAA Womens Basketball Players of the Week for games Jan. 16-22.

Jones claimed Player of the Week for Division I, while Division II honors went to Rodenberg. Ivanovic was named Player of the Week in Division III.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tamara Jones; Garden City Community College, Kan.
Forward; Prosser, Wash.; Prosser High School
Posting back-to-back double-doubles, Jones (6 1) cleared the path for victory in both of Garden Citys games last week. Sinking 14-of-18 shots from the field, Jones recorded 30 points and 12 rebounds in a 78-67 win over Pratt CC (Kan.). The freshman then led the Lady Busters to a 61-57 victory over Cloud County CC (Kan.) with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Garden City and Jones will play at No. 8 Seward CCC (Kan.) Wednesday before returning home to host Dodge City CC (Kan.) Saturday.

DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amanda Rodenberg; North Central Missouri College
Forward; Richmond, Mo.; Orrick High School
Rodenberg (6 0) led the Lady Pirates to two victories last week behind her double-double performances. The freshman tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds in North Central Missouris 73-60 win over Cottey College (Mo.). In a 70-64 win over St. Louis CC (Mo.), Rodenberg scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Rodenberg and the Lady Pirates will be on the road Wednesday at MCC-Penn Valley (Mo.) and will host Missouri Valley JV Friday.

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adrianna Ivanovic; Mesabi Range Community & Technical College, Minn.
Forward; Big Fork, Minn.; Big Fork High School
Behind Ivanovic (5 11), Mesabi Range picked up two key conference wins last week. The Lady Norse defeated Itasca CC (Minn.) 60-48 thanks to Ivanovics 15-point, 14-rebound performance. The sophomore was all over the floor in a 67-54 win over Rainy River CC (Minn.), recording 17 points, 17 boards, six assists and five blocks. In their lone matchup of the week, Ivanovic and the Lady Norse will host Vermilion CC (Minn.).

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Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 13)
Division I: Kelva Atkins (G), Columbia State CC (Tenn.)
Division II: Ashley Robbins (G), Delaware TCC
Division III: Jaeivonnte Wright (G), Hostos CC (N.Y.)

Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games Nov. 14-20)
Division I: LaPrecious Naylon (G), Itawamba CC (Miss.)
Division II: Kara McLemore (F), Cincinnati State TCC (Ohio)
Division III: Lavon Childress (F), Gloucester CC (N.J.)

Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 21-27)
Division I: Antoinette Carter (F), Murray State College (Okla.)
Division II: Diane Abbady (F), Essex CC (N.J.)
Division III: Celestra Warren (G), Joliet Junior College (Ill.)

Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 28 Dec. 4)
Division I: Dionne Harris (F), Barton CC (Kan.)
Division II: Abby Weinreis (G), Bismarck State College (N.D.)
Division III: Rebecca Pope (G), UCONN-Avery Point

Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 5-11)
Division I: Jenisha Jackson (C), Southwest Tennessee CC
Division II: Tiara Maxon (G), Bismarck State College (N.D.)
Division III: Elizabeth Lawler (C), Ocean CC (N.J.)

Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 12-18)
Division I: Me Me Ward (F), Palm Beach State College (Fla.)
Division II: Asia Wheeler (F), Guilford Technical College (N.C.)
Division III: Lenae Rash (G), Rainy River CC (Minn.)

Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 2-8)
Division I: Jolie Olingende (F), Arizona Western College
Division II: Jazmyne Good (G), Muskegon CC (Mich.)
Division III: Jackie Awosika (G), Hostos CC (N.Y.)

Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 9-15)
Division I: Priscila Santos (G), USU-College of Eastern Utah
Division II: NaDerra Carey (G), Pima CC (Ariz.)
Division III: Alison Hardiman (G), Massasoit CC (Mass.)

Womens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 16-22)
Division I: Tamara Jones (F), Garden City CC (Kan.)
Division II: Amanda Rodenberg (F), North Central Missouri College
Division III: Adrianna Ivanovic (F), Mesabi Range CTC (Minn.)

Courtesy of www.njcaa.org


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Gunta BASKO
  TTT Riga
  (181-F-80)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Basko, TTT Riga21.3 
 2. Niedola, TTT Riga18.1 
 3. Nimane, TTT Riga17.4 
 4. Egle, DU17.2 
 5. Krastina, TTT Riga16.5 
 6. Laksa, Kolibri/U-1616.3 
 7. Alilujeva, Liepajas14.7 
 8. Vorma, LU14.6 
 9. Kreslina, Kolibri/.14.0 
 10. Aizsila, TTT J.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liene BERNSONE
  Cesis
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Bernsone, Cesis10.6 
 2. Niedola, TTT Riga10.4 
 3. Horelika, Cesis10.2 
 4. Krasovska, Liepajas8.9 
 5. Alilujeva, Liepajas7.8 
 6. Egle, DU7.6 
 7. Basko, TTT Riga7.5 
 8. Veidere, TTT J.7.5 
 9. Lisnere, RTU-Merks7.4 
 10. Nimane, TTT Riga7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Olesja JEVSEJEVA
  DU
  (174-F-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Jevsejeva, DU5.4 
 2. Krastina, TTT Riga3.9 
 3. Basko, TTT Riga3.6 
 4. Kazakevica, DU3.3 
 5. Reke, Cesis3.0 
 6. Audere, RTU-Merks2.8 
 7. Horelika, Cesis2.7 
 8. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.7 
 9. Lisnere, RTU-Merks2.6 
 10. Egle, DU2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Sabine NIEDOLA
  TTT Riga
  (184-F-91)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Niedola, TTT Riga3.9 
 2. Basko, TTT Riga3.8 
 3. Krastina, TTT Riga3.4 
 4. Reke, Cesis2.8 
 5. Malkevica, RTU-M.2.6 
 6. Aizsila, TTT J.2.5 
 7. Kazakevica, DU2.3 
 8. Bridina, TTT Riga2.3 
 9. Nimane, TTT Riga2.2 
 10. Jevsejeva, DU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (194-C-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Surkusa, TTT Riga1.7 
 2. Bernsone, Cesis1.6 
 3. Veidere, TTT J.1.5 
 4. Krasovska, Liepajas1.4 
 5. Bundule, Cesis1.3 
 6. Langina, TTT J.1.2 
 7. Lisnere, RTU-Merks0.9 
 8. Basko, TTT Riga0.9 
 9. Tomsone, TTT J.0.9 
 10. Lazdeniece, RTU-.0.9 


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 17-1 
 2. Cesis 12-5 
 3. RTU-Merks 11-6 
 4. Liepajas 10-8 
 5. TTT Juniores 7-9 
 6. DU 7-10 
 7. LU 4-14 
 8. Kolibri/U-16 0-15 


Dita Rozenberga is a newcomer at TTT Riga - by Eurobasket Center
TTT Riga strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old forward Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92). In her first game she scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and 3 assists helping her new team beat RTU-Merks 73-57. Rozenberga played most recently at RTU-Merks Riga (LSBL). While playing 16 games for RTU-Merks this season she averaged 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg. Rozenberga helped them to make it to the final.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI-Aistes 17-0 
 2. Sirenos 10-6 
 3. Kibirkstis-Tiche 10-6 
 4. Lemminkainen 9-7 
 5. Utena 8-9 
 6. LKKA-Aistes 5-12 
 7. Suduva 4-13 
 8. Ruta Siauliai 4-14 


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Rasa ZEMANTAUSKAITE
  Siren.
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Zemantauskai., Sir.17.8 
 2. Panasiuk, Ruta S.16.8 
 3. Melnikova, Suduva15.6 
 4. Baliutaviciu., Rut.15.2 
 5. Vengryte, Kibirk.15.0 
 6. Budryte, Utena14.8 
 7. Pilypaitis, VICI-.14.5 
 8. Milieskiene, Lemmi.14.4 
 9. Briedyte, Utena14.1 
 10. Kinkeviciene, Sud.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egle TARASEVICIUTE
  Siren.
  (182-F-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Taraseviciut., Sir.9.3 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Rut.8.8 
 3. Alminaite, Sirenos8.7 
 4. Grigalauskyt., Lem.8.4 
 5. Budryte, Utena8.1 
 6. Svaryte, LK.7.7 
 7. Melnikova, Suduva7.6 
 8. Balciunaite, LKKA-.7.2 
 9. Maltseva, Suduva6.9 
 10. Galdikaite, Kibir.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sakellie DANIELS
  Kibirk.
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Daniels, Kibirk.6.4 
 2. Zygelyte, Utena6.1 
 3. Ziuzkova, Ruta S.5.2 
 4. Pilypaitis, VICI-.4.7 
 5. Okockyte, VI.3.7 
 6. Sharovka, Lemminka.3.6 
 7. Likhtarovich, VICI.3.4 
 8. Kinkeviciene, Sudu.3.3 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Rut.2.8 
 10. Balciunaite, LKKA.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jevgenija SHAROVKA
  Lemminka.
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sharovka, Lemminka.3.8 
 2. Daniels, Kibirk.3.8 
 3. Milieskiene, Lemmi.3.4 
 4. Pilypaitis, VICI-.3.1 
 5. Kinkeviciene, Sudu.3.0 
 6. Ziuzkova, Ruta S.2.5 
 7. Briedyte, Utena2.4 
 8. Baliutaviciu., Rut.2.3 
 9. Zemantauskai., Sir.2.2 
 10. Balciunaite, LKKA.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  Sirenos
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Alminaite, Sirenos4.2 
 2. Maltseva, Suduva1.1 
 3. Sipaviciute, VICI-.1.1 
 4. Vengryte, Kibirk.1.0 
 5. Melnikova, Suduva0.9 
 6. Grigalauskyt., Lem.0.8 
 7. Palaimaite, Utena0.6 
 8. Kapylova, Ruta S.0.6 
 9. Putnina, VI.0.6 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena0.6 


LMKL Round 17: Derby game ends with VICI-Aistes' defeat of LKKA-Aistes - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LMKL.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: VICI-Aistes (#1) and LKKA-Aistes (#6). VICI-Aistes (17-0) crushed visiting LKKA-Aistes (5-12) by 31 points 82-51. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-51. VICI-Aistes dominated on the defensive end, holding LKKA-Aistes to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Aistes' 20. VICI-Aistes forced 24 LKKA-Aistes turnovers. Belarusian swingman Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-88, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 4 assists. International guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-90) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for LKKA-Aistes. LKKA-Aistes' coach Ricardas Maceina gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated VICI-Aistes have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. LKKA-Aistes lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. VICI-Aistes are looking forward to face Lemminkainen (#4) in Klaipeda in the next round. LKKA-Aistes will have a break next round.
The game in Siauliai was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Kibirkstis-Tiche (10-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Ruta Siauliai (4-14). Kibirkstis-Tiche managed to secure a 9-point victory 67-58. American guard Sakellie Daniels (170-84, college: Charlotte) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Kristina Vengryte chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Center Volha Kapylova (187) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Kibirkstis-Tiche moved-up to second place, which they share with Sirenos. Ruta Siauliai at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Kibirkstis-Tiche will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ruta Siauliai will play again at home against Kibirkstis-Tiche (#3) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 17 Utena was smashed by Sirenos on the road 77-58. Lemminkainen destroyed Suduva on its own court 88-59.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 21 points and 17 rebounds by Jurga Budryte of Utena.



Sirenos - Utena 77-58

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Sirenos (10-6) crushed 5th ranked Utena (8-9) in Kaunas 77-58. The game without a history. Sirenos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Utena's 30. Forward Egle Taraseviciute (182-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Rasa Zemantauskaite (177-81) chipped in 24 points. Forward Jurga Budryte (187-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds and center Giedre Kirstukaite (190-86) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted Sirenos maintains second place with 10-6 record having eight points less than leader VICI-Aistes, which they share with Kibirkstis-Tiche. Utena at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Sirenos will play against Suduva (#7) in Marijampole in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Utena will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sirenos: R.Zemantauskaite 24+3reb+3ast, K.Alminaite 17+8reb+2ast, E.Taraseviciute 16+13reb+2ast, I.Kersulyte 9+4reb+1ast, E.Liutkute 6+5reb+4ast, I.Stankeviciute 3+1reb+1ast
Utena: J.Budryte 21+17reb+3ast, G.Kirstukaite 13+8reb+4ast, E.Briedyte 10+3ast, A.Daujadiene 5+1reb+1ast, K.Palaimaite 4+2reb+1ast, A.Ziegyte 3
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VICI-Aistes - LKKA-Aistes 82-51

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Kaunas: VICI-Aistes (#1) and LKKA-Aistes (#6). VICI-Aistes (17-0) crushed visiting LKKA-Aistes (5-12) by 31 points 82-51. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-51. VICI-Aistes dominated on the defensive end, holding LKKA-Aistes to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Aistes' 20. VICI-Aistes forced 24 LKKA-Aistes turnovers. Belarusian swingman Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-88, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 4 assists. International guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-90) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Kornelija Balciunaite (176-81) added 6 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for LKKA-Aistes. LKKA-Aistes' coach Ricardas Maceina gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. VICI-Aistes have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. LKKA-Aistes lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. VICI-Aistes are looking forward to face Lemminkainen (#4) in Klaipeda in the next round. LKKA-Aistes will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
VICI-Aistes: M.Kvederaviciute 17+3reb+1ast, V.Kuktiene 15+3reb+2ast, T.Likhtarovich 14+3reb+4ast, C.Pilypaitis 7+1reb+3ast, R.Valentiene 7+5reb+3ast, V.Sipaviciute 6+3reb
LKKA-Aistes: L.Svaryte 22+7reb, K.Balciunaite 6+6reb+1ast, N.Skadaite 6+2ast, S.Jasiunskaite 5+3reb, J.Marmiene 4+1reb+1ast, D.Saurazaite 4+5reb+1ast
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Ruta Siauliai - Kibirkstis-Tiche 58-67

The game in Siauliai was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Kibirkstis-Tiche (10-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Ruta Siauliai (4-14). Kibirkstis-Tiche managed to secure a 9-point victory 67-58. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Ruta Siauliai won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kibirkstis-Tiche dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Ruta Siauliai's 28. American guard Sakellie Daniels (170-84, college: Charlotte) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and the former international center Kristina Vengryte (190-81) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Center Volha Kapylova (187) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Belarusian center Lidia Panasiuk (183-85) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Kibirkstis-Tiche moved-up to second place, which they share with Sirenos. Ruta Siauliai at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Kibirkstis-Tiche will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ruta Siauliai will play again at home against Kibirkstis-Tiche (#3) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kibirkstis-Tiche: K.Vengryte 20+7reb+1ast, S.Daniels 17+10reb+5ast, S.Galdikaite 12+5reb+3ast, S.Dreimane 8+2reb+1ast, G.Sniokaite 3, E.Sniokaite 3+1reb+1ast
Ruta Siauliai: V.Kapylova 17+6reb+3ast, V.Ziuzkova 11+4reb+1ast, B.Dominauskaite 9+8reb+2ast, L.Panasiuk 9+7reb+5ast, S.Baliutaviciute 8+5reb+1ast, S.Kuodiene 4+4reb+1ast
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Lemminkainen - Suduva 88-59

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Suduva (4-13) was smashed by fourth ranked Lemminkainen (9-7) in Klaipeda 88-59. Suduva was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Lemminkainen forced 30 Suduva turnovers and outrebounded them 41-26 including 18 on the offensive glass. Suduva was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Monika Grigalauskyte (190-92) stepped up and scored 8 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and point guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals. Belarusian center Tatsiana Melnikova (190-87) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Monika Aleksaite (178-93) scored 13 points and 4 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lemminkainen maintains fourth place with 9-7 record. Suduva lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Lemminkainen will play against league's leader VICI-Aistes in Kaunas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Suduva will play at home against the league's second-placed Sirenos (#2) in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lemminkainen: R.Milieskiene 21+2reb, L.Aglinskaite 16+4reb+1ast, I.Visgaudaite 14+2reb+5ast, J.Sharovka 9+3reb+4ast, M.Grigalauskyte 8+15reb+1ast, J.Bungaite 8+6reb
Suduva: T.Melnikova 16+7reb+1ast, M.Aleksaite 13+4reb, L.Maltseva 10+3reb+2ast, L.Kinkeviciene 7, R.Lenciauskaite 5+2reb, M.Bulanova 5+2reb+1ast
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  NAIA - Women  


NAIA Division II women's basketball weekly report - by Eurobasket News
NAIA Game of the Week
No. 9 Northwestern (Iowa) (15-5) at No. 2 Briar Cliff (Iowa) (19-3)
Wednesday, Sioux City, Iowa, 6 p.m. CST, Newman Flanagan Center
For a second-straight week, the Game of the Week settles in western Iowa and features a pair of top-10 teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Both Briar Cliff (10-2 GPAC) and Northwestern (9-3 GPAC) are within two games of first-place Concordia (Neb.) in the league standings. Briar Cliff won the first meeting between these two teams, 76-69, at Northwestern on Nov. 16.
Briar Cliff will enter play with wins in 10 of its last 11 contests. The Chargers were upset by unranked Mount Marty (S.D.), 73-67, on Jan. 4 but have since won four straight, including wins over then-No. 5 Morningside (Iowa), 97-84, on Jan. 7 and then-No. 19 Hastings (Neb.), 75-63, on Jan. 21. Briar Cliff is 5-2 this season versus ranked opponents and 8-0 at home.
The Chargers lead the nation in assists per game (19.1) and scoring (85.5 points per game) and are second in steals per game (15.9) and in field goal percentage (.479). Briar Cliff has five players averaging at least 9.2 points per contest, led by senior guard Kylie Dillas 13.0 per game. Dilla also leads the team with 3.1 assists per game.
Northwestern is playing in the Game of the Week for the second time in-a-row after losing a 76-74 GPAC thriller to then-No. 9 Morningside on Jan. 18. The Red Raiders had been riding an 11-game winning streak prior to the tight defeat. Northwestern is 3-5 against ranked opponents and 6-3 in true road contests.
The Red Raiders rank second nationally in assists per game (18.8), third in field goal percentage (.469) and 10th in scoring (75.9 points per game). Northwestern is led by junior forward Kendra De Jong, who is fifth in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.567), 13th in points per game (19.1) and 27th in rebounds per game (8.3).

Around the Top 25
The week of Jan. 16 22 featured only three matchups between Top 25 teams. In the NAIA Game of the Week, No. 9 Morningside (Iowa) squeaked out a pivotal road victory over No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa), 76-74, on Jan. 18. The Mustangs rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit led by a season high scoring outburst of 21 points by Shelby Beaudette.
In other Top 25 action, No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan continued its roll by topping No. 25 Saint Francis (Ind.), 73-62, on Jan. 18. The Wildcats were led by star frontcourt player Krystal Stonekings 20 points and nine rebounds. In another key GPAC showdown, No. 2 Briar Cliff (Iowa) knocked off No. 19 Hastings (Neb.), 75-63, on Jan. 21. Megan Salcedo nailed 10 of 11 field goals on her way to 21 points for Briar Cliff.
Top-25 squads posted a mark of 37-15 (.711) last week, while top-10 teams went 17-3 (.850). Between Jan. 18 and Jan. 21, 12 upsets occurred in which unranked squads got the best of Top 25 teams. Virginia Intermont, powered by NAIA Player of the Week Teonika Webbs outputs of 23 and 37 points, respectively, defeated No. 19 Blufield (Va.) on Jan. 18 and No. 22 Montreat (N.C.) on Jan. 21. No. 8 Mount Mercy (Iowa) fell twice to unranked opponents, dropping games to Iowa Wesleyan and Viterbo (Wis.) during the week.
The week of Jan. 23 29 showcases another three meetings between top-25 teams, including the Game of the Week. In other matchups of ranked squads, No. 10 Grand View (Iowa) topped now-No. 15 Mount Mercy, 65-61, on Monday and No. 18 Hastings will take on No. 9 Northwestern on Saturday.

National Statistical Notes
A pair of teammates from St. Thomas (Fla.) reached the 1,000-point plateau in the span of roughly a week as seniors Maddie Cummings and Nickerline Montina surpassed the mark earlier this month. Cummings did so with a 3-pointer at Johnson & Wales (Fla.) on Jan. 6. Exactly a week later, Montina became a member of the 1,000-point club with a 19-point performance in a win over Webber International (Fla.).
Jennifer Jorgenson of No. 10 Grand View (Iowa) leads the nation in scoring at a 23.2 per-game clip. Jorgenson has scored 20-or-more points in 16 of the Vikings 22 games and has yet to fail to record fewer than 11 points in a single game. The senior has amassed 1,722 career points and is averaging 20.7 points in 83 career games at Grand View.
Davenports (Mich.) Karlee Despres holds the season single-game high with 43 points in a Nov. 11 loss to Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).
Jessalyn Jackson of Northwest (Wash.) leads the NAIA in rebounds per game with 12.0 and blocks per game with 5.0. Corbans (Ore.) Emily Tsugawa dishes out the most assists with 6.7 per contest, while Anna Jones of Iowa Wesleyan paces the NAIA with 4.1 steals per game.

Coaching Milestones
Joanne Bracker of Midland (Neb.), now in her 42nd season as a head coach, holds the all-time record for NAIA womens basketball coaching victories with 734. Her career coaching record now stands at 734-397 (.649).
Sterlings (Kan.) Lonnie Kruse is 25 wins away f