EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/29/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-1 
 2. Cedevita 13-4 
 3. Buducnost 13-5 
 4. Partizan 12-6 
 5. Union Olimpija 10-7 
 6. Siroki WWin 9-8 
 7. Radnicki K. 9-8 
 8. KK Zagreb CO 9-8 
 9. Cibona 9-9 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 6-11 
 11. Hemofarm 5-13 
 12. Helios 5-13 
 13. Krka 4-14 
 14. Zlatorog 2-16 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.5 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.17.6 
 3. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.16.7 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.15.9 
 7. Kasun, KK.15.8 
 8. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki14.8 
 10. Prepelic, Helios14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.2 
 4. Kasun, KK.7.1 
 5. Pasalic, Helios6.3 
 6. Scott, Radnicki K.6.0 
 7. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 8. Pavic, Krka5.6 
 9. Collins, Siroki W.5.5 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.5 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.0 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.3 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 6. Papaloukas, Macca.4.1 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.0 
 8. Draper, Cedevita3.9 
 9. Simon, KK.3.9 
 10. Mocnik, Union O.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gay, Helios2.4 
 2. Simon, KK.1.8 
 3. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 4. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.7 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.1.6 
 6. Markovic, Radnicki1.6 
 7. Draper, Cedevita1.6 
 8. Salin, Union Olimp.1.5 
 9. Zubcic, Cibona1.5 
 10. Hendrix, Maccabi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.2 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 6. Scott, Radnicki K.0.9 
 7. Thompson, Union O.0.8 
 8. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.8 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 10. Kasun, KK.0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA: Round 17 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Obras (#1) and Lanus (#6). Lanus was defeated at home 78-86 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Lanus trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-86 at the end of the game. Obras made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) contributed with 22 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Lanus. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Lanus lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Obras are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Quilmes MP (#16) in Mar del Plata in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lanus will play at home against Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Penarol (13-4) against fourteenth ranked GECR Indalo (6-11) on Friday night. Visiting Penarol was defeated by GECR Indalo in a tough game in Comodoro R. 76-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Penarol. American forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 28 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and Devin Davis chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. GECR Indalo moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Club 9. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second position with four games lost. GECR Indalo will play against higher ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#9) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#8) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Quilmes MP managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time newly promoted Quilmes MP edged twelfth-ranked Club 9 in Mar del Plata 80-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Club 9. Newly promoted Quilmes MP maintains sixteenth place with 4-13 record. Club 9 at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. They share it with GECR Indalo. Quilmes MP will meet at home league's leader Obras in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Club 9 will play against Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between La Union (7-10) and Olimpico de La Banda (4-12), which took place in La Banda. Higher ranked La Union lost to fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda in a road game 76-83. The best player for the winners was John DeGroat who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda's coach Gustavo Miravet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fifteenth place with 4-12 record. La Union at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Olimpico de La Banda's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another upset was a game between Wuber-Est.Bahia (7-9) and Boca Juniors (8-9), which took place in Buenos Aires. 8th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia lost to eleventh ranked Boca Juniors in a road game 76-81 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Wuber-Est.Bahia. Alejandro Diez orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. Boca Juniors moved-up to eighth place. Loser Wuber-Est.Bahia dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Boca Juniors will face league's second-placed Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play on the road against GECR Indalo (#12) in Comodoro R..

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Libertad S. smashed San Mart.C. on the road 83-56. Sionista won against Quimsa on its own court 75-71. Regatas C. was outscored by Atenas in Cordoba 91-72.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Matias Sandes of Sionista.


San Mart.C. - Libertad S. 56-83

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Libertad Sunchales (12-5) crushed on the road 13th ranked San Martin Corrientes (5-12) 83-56 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. San Martin Corrientes was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Libertad Sunchales forced 22 San Martin Corrientes turnovers. American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) added 15 points in the effort for San Martin Corrientes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to third place, which they share with Sionista. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Sionista (#3) in Parana in the next round, which may be the game of the day. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Quimsa (#11) in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Pittman 25, J.Treise 12+2reb+6ast, M.Saglietti 12+2reb+1ast, F.Calvi 12+4reb+2ast, A.Alloatti 8+4reb+1ast, R.Battle 6+9reb+2ast
San Mart.C.: F.Elias Saad 15+3reb, W.McFarlan 15+4reb+2ast, J.Michael Martinez 13+12reb, A.Carabajal 6+2reb, A.Eslava 4+3reb+2ast, M.Maciel 3+1reb
gschID: 141278


Sionista - Quimsa 75-71

Very expected game when 9th ranked Quimsa (7-10) lost to third ranked Sionista (12-5) in Parana 71-75 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-71. Sionista made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Federico Ferrini (194-83) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Bernard Robinson (198-81, college: Michigan) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points in the effort for Quimsa. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Sionista have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Obras, which they share with Libertad S. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Sionista will face Libertad Sunchales (#4) at home in the next round. Quimsa will play against San Martin Corrientes (#14).
Top scorers:
Sionista: M.Sandes 20+12reb+5ast, F.Ferrini 13+3reb+1ast, A.Zilli 10+1reb, J.Villegas 8+1reb, L.Cequeira 8+1reb+5ast, H.Rollins 8+6reb
Quimsa: J.Pellot-Rosa 16+1reb+1ast, S.Vega 15+1reb, D.Lo Grippo 14+3reb, B.Robinson 10+11reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 9+2reb, C.Schattmann 4
gschID: 141274


Olimpico LB - La Union 83-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between La Union (7-10) and Olimpico de La Banda (4-12), which took place in La Banda. Higher ranked La Union lost to fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda in a road game 76-83. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But La Union won fourth quarter 13-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Pablo Moldu (191-78) chipped in 14 points and 5 steals. Olimpico de La Banda's coach Gustavo Miravet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ariel Pau (186-84) produced 15 points and naturalized Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Olimpico de La Banda and four La Union players scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fifteenth place with 4-12 record. La Union at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Olimpico de La Banda's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: J.DeGroat 21+10reb, P.Moldu 14+2reb+3ast, C.Amicucci 12+4reb, F.Malara 11+4reb, G.Grays 11+2reb+4ast, E.Villares 6
La Union: A.Pau 15+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 13+2ast, A.Marin 13+6reb, G.Lewis 10+6reb, J.Caceres 9+4reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 8+5reb
gschID: 141275


GECR Indalo - Penarol 82-76

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Penarol (13-4) against fourteenth ranked GECR Indalo (6-11) on Friday night. Visiting Penarol was defeated by GECR Indalo in a tough game in Comodoro R. 76-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Penarol. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Penarol won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when GECR Indalo won last quarter 26-21. Penarol was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 28 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. GECR Indalo moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Club 9. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second position with four games lost. GECR Indalo will play against higher ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#9) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#8) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.McGowan 28+4reb, D.Ciorciari 12+4reb+1ast, D.Davis 10+10reb, S.Scala 8+1reb+2ast, E.Nelson 7+6reb, R.Gabini 6+5reb
Penarol: M.Mata 20+6reb, M.Leiva 12+12reb+1ast, L.Gutierrez 11+1reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 10+5reb+5ast, S.Safar 6+2reb, M.Ibarra 5+2reb
gschID: 141276


Lanus - Obras 78-86

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Obras (#1) and Lanus (#6). Lanus was defeated at home 78-86 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Lanus trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-86 at the end of the game. Obras made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) contributed with 22 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Juan Pablo Cantero (184-82) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lanus. Four Obras and five Lanus players scored in double figures. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. Lanus lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. Obras are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Quilmes MP (#16) in Mar del Plata in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lanus will play at home against Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 22+9reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 22+1ast, T.Field 12+3reb, T.Washam 12+8reb, D.Fells 7+2reb, M.Osimani 6+3ast
Lanus: A.Boccia 19+6reb+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 15+5reb+1ast, T.Taylor 11+6reb, N.Laprovittola 10+2reb+3ast, D.Roland 10+1reb+1ast, D.Guaita 5+4reb
gschID: 141277


Atenas - Regatas C. 91-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Atenas' (11-6) home victory over 6th ranked Regatas Corrientes (9-8) in Cordoba 91-72 on Friday. Atenas maintains fifth place with 11-6 record. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Atenas will face La Union (#10) in Formosa in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Regatas Corrientes will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda (#15).
gschID: 141271


Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia 81-76

Another upset was a game between Wuber-Est.Bahia (7-9) and Boca Juniors (8-9), which took place in Buenos Aires. 8th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia lost to eleventh ranked Boca Juniors in a road game 76-81 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Wuber-Est.Bahia. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Wuber-Est.Bahia outrebounded Boca Juniors 45-27 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Alejandro Diez (201-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. International guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Wuber-Est.Bahia. Boca Juniors moved-up to eighth place. Loser Wuber-Est.Bahia dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Boca Juniors will face league's second-placed Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play on the road against GECR Indalo (#12) in Comodoro R..
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: D.Alston 20+4reb, L.O'Bannon 17+3reb, A.Diez 16+6reb+2ast, J.Brussino 11+2reb+1ast, M.Stanic 5+5reb+10ast, W.Graves 5+4reb+2ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Ignacio Sanchez 14+5reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 13+6reb+1ast, J.Espil 13+4reb, F.Aguerre 10+2reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 8+7reb+3ast, E.Ruiz 7+5reb
gschID: 141272


Quilmes MP - Club 9 80-77

Bottom-ranked Quilmes MP managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time newly promoted Quilmes MP edged twelfth-ranked Club 9 in Mar del Plata 80-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Club 9. Newly promoted Quilmes MP maintains sixteenth place with 4-13 record. Club 9 at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. They share it with GECR Indalo. Quilmes MP will meet at home league's leader Obras in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Club 9 will play against Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 141273




Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 15-2 
 2. Penarol 13-4 
 3. Sionista 12-5 
 4. Libertad S. 12-5 
 5. Atenas 11-6 
 6. Lanus 9-8 
 7. Regatas C. 9-8 
 8. Boca Jrs 8-9 
 9. Wuber-Est.Bahia 7-9 
 10. La Union 7-10 
 11. Quimsa 7-10 
 12. GECR Indalo 6-11 
 13. Club 9 6-11 
 14. San Mart.C. 5-12 
 15. Olimpico LB 4-12 
 16. Quilmes MP 4-13 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1 North
 1. Union Progr. 2-0 
 2. Obera TC 1-1 
 3. San Isidro 1-1 
 4. Estudian.Con. 1-2 
 5. Alvear 1-2 
TNA1 South
 1. Argentino 2-0 
 2. Ciclista 1-1 
 3. Alianza Viedma 1-1 
 4. Huracan 1-1 
 5. Banda Norte 0-2 
TNA2 North
 1. A.Espanola 2-0 
 2. A.Italiana 2-1 
 3. Union Sunch 1-1 
 4. Atl.Echague 1-2 
 5. Tomas Rocam. 0-2 
TNA2 South
 1. Rosario Cent. 2-0 
 2. Bragado 2-1 
 3. Sport Club 1-0 
 4. San Mart.MJ 0-2 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Gutierrez, Obras18.6 
 2. Villegas, Sionista17.0 
 3. Smith, La Union17.0 
 4. Nelson, GECR I.16.6 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.4 
 6. Pittman, Libertad.16.4 
 7. Meyinsse, Wuber-.16.3 
 8. McHopson, Quilm.15.9 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.6 
 10. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matias SANDES
  Sionista
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Sandes, Sionista9.4 
 2. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.1 
 4. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.8.7 
 6. Truscott, Quilm.8.0 
 7. Cowan, Club 97.8 
 8. Nelson, GECR I.7.4 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.1 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.6 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.9 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.9 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.5 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista5.4 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.2 
 7. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 8. Osimani, Obras3.8 
 9. Smith, La Union3.6 
 10. Ciorciari, GECR I.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 3. McHopson, Quilm.1.8 
 4. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.7 
 5. Treise, Libertad S.1.6 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.6 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.6 
 8. Pau, La Union1.5 
 9. Beitzel, San M.1.5 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.3 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Roe, Regatas C.1.2 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 5. Ayarza, Club 91.1 
 6. Clancy, Atenas0.9 
 7. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 8. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 9. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.9 
 10. Kante, Regatas C.0.8 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Dean Vickerman - Coach Blog 1 - by Dean Vickerman

Well, what amazing week it has been for New Zealand basketball and the New Zealand SKY CITY Breakers.

After the SKY CITY Breakers won their 1st Australian League Championship last season the demand for tickets
has sky rocketed. Coming off three consecutive sell out games at the North Shore Events Centre (NSEC) which
seats approximately 4,000, last night we played our 3rd game for the season at Auckland city's Vector Arena and sold
out again but this time 8,000 people!!

A record crowd for a basketball game in NZ and also a league attendance record for the 2011 - 12 NBL season.

It is hard to pinpoint exactly the reason for such a spike in attendance:
The Breaker's off-court team doing a great job in selling and promoting the game.
The game night entertainment.
The increased exposure through new naming rights sponsor 'SKY CITY'.
The team playing an exciting and entertaining style of basketball and winning.
School holidays


Whatever the reason (I am sure it is a combination of all the listed reasons above plus years of hard work) it is great fun and amazing to see the
game of basketball out grow the biggest indoor venue in New Zealand.

Next week we head back the NSEC to our 4,000 seat stadium for a top of the table clash with the Perth Wildcats - This is our biggest rivalry game
due to a history of on-court altercations, the physicality of the battle and the fact that we knocked them out in last years
Semi Finals.

Buckle up - this game will live up to all the hype and it will be the hottest ticket in New Zealand next Thursday night !!



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Wildcats 14-5 
 2. Breakers 14-5 
 3. Crocodiles 10-7 
 4. Taipans 10-8 
 5. Tigers 9-12 
 6. Blaze 8-8 
 7. Kings 8-12 
 8. 36ers 5-13 
 9. Hawks 5-13 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers17.6 
 3. Wilson, Taipans17.1 
 4. Khazzouh, Kings17.1 
 5. Lisch, Wildcats16.6 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.4 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 8. Crawford, Croco.15.4 
 9. Worthington, Blaze15.1 
 10. Deleon, Blaze14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.9 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.5 
 3. Grant, Kings8.3 
 4. Simpsons, 36ers8.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers8.1 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.6 
 9. Bose, Kings6.5 
 10. Saville, Hawks6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.3 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 5. Gibson, Blaze4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.3 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.5 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats3.4 
 9. Martin, Wildcats3.4 
 10. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.6 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.5 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats2.1 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.5 
 5. Crawford, Croco.1.3 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 7. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
 9. Gibson, Blaze1.1 
 10. Gill, Crocodiles1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.2 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Johnson, 36ers1.3 
 5. Nevill, Wildcats1.3 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 8. Knight, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 10. Pledger, Breakers0.8 


Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut to miss 8-12 weeks - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks will have to figure out a way to win without their starting center. The fractured left ankle Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) suffered against the Houston Rockets Wednesday night will force him to miss 8-12 weeks.

The Bucks players have sat out a combined 42 games due to injuries this season and just when they finally looked like they were healthy, their top rebounder and shot blocker goes down.

Bogut has only played in 12 of Milwaukees 18 games this season but in that time he averaged 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocks per game. He has incurred several injuries over the past few years to the point where it is unknown if he will ever play another full season without getting hurt.

The Bucks are 6-3 this season when Bogut scores 10 points or more and 1-8 when he either scores less than 10 points or does not play in the game. The one win when Bogut scored less than 10 points came against the Rockets when he had to leave the game after fracturing his ankle.

Milwaukee is looking to rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Bradley Center.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com


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  AUSTRIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.1 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Drenovac, Arkadia21.4 
 4. Djuric, Gussing20.2 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.8 
 7. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart17.2 
 9. Suljanovic, Kloste.16.6 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.3 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden7.9 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Gordon, Kapfenberg7.1 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.1 
 7. Trmal, St.Polten6.8 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.8 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.6.7 
 10. Scott, Gussing6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.6 
 3. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 4. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.4.8 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Lanegger, Klostern.4.4 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 9. Curry, Gmunden4.3 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Quentin PRYOR
  Wels
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pryor, Wels2.3 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Fears, Kapfenberg2.3 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.2 
 5. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.7 
 6. Brown, Wels1.6 
 7. Jandl, Oberwart1.5 
 8. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 9. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.3 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.0 
 4. Kohlmaier, Wels0.7 
 5. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 6. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 7. Koch, Gussing0.6 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.6 
 10. Brown, Wels0.6 


Anthony Dill got also a Panther - by Eurobasket News
This season our agency has already placed several import players on the austrian market and we just can publish our latest transfer. American power forward Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Texas St.) agreed with the management of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers and will play his first game tonight in the Austrian Cup Final Four in Gussing. The 200 cm tall Anthony is a very experienced player and a client who has been working for several years with our agency. After graduating on the University of Texas State in 2005 he started his professional carreer in Holland with Rotterdam. After two good seasons, in the second he averaged 16.7 points and 8.5 rebounds he decided to move and after a short term deal with Kormend in Hungary he played 7 games for Dimplex Falke Nurnberg in the german Pro A puting up15.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg in 7 games. He finished the season with Spotter Leuven in Belgium. During the summer 2008 our agency got him a deal with Dombovar KC in Hungary and Anthony finally showed his great skills also in our country. He was the 4th best scorer of the league with 19.5 points but helped his team also with 7.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists. After that very strong season it was not a big wonder that several teams were looking for him, finally our client decided to move to Paks. He played also in the CEBL with ASE, in 36 games of the hungarian championship he averaged 14.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Last season he signed with Saint Vallier Basket Drome in the Pro B of France, but played only 7 games because of his injury. This season he played almost two months in Angola, but left his club because of personal reasons.


Courtesy of TSS Management



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Konstantin Berkov close to Gala - by Eurobasket News
Konstantin Berkov (203-C-88) is reportedly close to signing with Gala. The vice-champions are closing on to announcing the deal with the young Azeri centre. Konstantin Berkov played for Dynamo Moscow junior team since 2003. He is now in Baku training with Gala.
Konstantiv Berkov may also join the Azerbaijan National Team. He has Azerbaijan citizenship. The centre used to play for Russian U16 and U18 National Teams.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 13: Kalev/Cramo beats Pieno Zvaigzdes by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with few extra overtimes, derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

Seventh-ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (6-8) were very close to win a game against second ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (10-4) in Tallinn on Thursday. Kalev/Cramo managed to secure only three-point victory 65-62. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Pieno Zvaigzdes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) answered with 18 points for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Defending Estonian champion maintains second place with 10-4 record behind leader Techasas. Pieno Zvaigzdes lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Kedainiai. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face league's leader Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Liepaja (#11) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Fourth ranked Rudupis edged host Baltai Kaunas (2-11) 94-91. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (198-90) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Gintaras Kadziulis chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Baltai Kaunas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rudupis (9-4) moved-up to third place. Baltai Kaunas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Eighth ranked Kedainiai outleveled visiting Juventus (7-8) 91-68. Laimonas Kisielius nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tomas Gaidamavicius came up with 15 points for Juventus in the defeat. Kedainiai have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Juventus at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. Fifth ranked Ventspils won against host Liepaja (2-12) 86-80. Arturs Berzins fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Liepaja's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ventspils maintains fifth place with 8-5 record. Liepaja lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be league's leader Siauliai at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liepaja will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#7) in Pasvalys.
One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Utena where sixth ranked Juventus won against visiting Rudupis (9-4) 87-81. It was a very good performance for Karolis Petrukonis who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Juventus maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Loser Rudupis dropped to the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 13 Tartu Ulikool beat Pieno Zvaigzdes on the road 73-71.


Elite
Pieno Zvaigzdes - Tartu Ulikool 71-73 OT

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (5-10) edged 7th ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (6-8) in Pasvalys 73-71 on Friday. Pieno Zvaigzdes were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-19 charge of Tartu Ulikool, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 6-4. Tartu Ulikool made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. Pieno Zvaigzdes were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for guard Rain Veideman (192-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds and forward Paulius Morkeliunas (201-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 15 points in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Tartu Ulikool maintains ninth place with 5-10 record. Pieno Zvaigzdes lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Tartu Ulikool will face league's second-placed Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: R.Veideman 19+6reb+3ast, M.Doronin 16+7reb+1ast, B.Amis 16+7reb, S.Sokk 10+2reb+3ast, S.Leppik 4+3reb, K.Saage 3+1reb
Pieno Zvaigzdes: P.Morkeliunas 15+3reb+2ast, E.Bendzius 12+4reb+2ast, L.Nobles 11+1reb+2ast, D.Leonard 9+10reb+3ast, T.Hughes 9+5reb+3ast, S.Kulvietis 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 165755


Baltai Kaunas - Rudupis 91-94 OT

One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Fourth ranked Rudupis edged host Baltai Kaunas (2-11) 94-91. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-22. But Baltai Kaunas won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Baltai Kaunas used huge pressure winning it 21-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-11. Rudupis made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while Baltai Kaunas only scored nine points from the stripe. Baltai Kaunas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (198-90) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Baltai Kaunas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rudupis (9-4) moved-up to third place. Baltai Kaunas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 20+1reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 18+6reb+3ast, G.Kadziulis 17+1reb+5ast, P.Butkevicius 11+9reb+1ast, A.Labuckas 10+4reb, A.Juskevicius 9+4reb+5ast
Baltai Kaunas: M.Delas 26+7reb+1ast, Z.Janavicius 16+4reb+6ast, G.Zyle 13+1reb, S.Vene 11+7reb, V.Cizauskas 9+9reb+3ast, E.Ulanovas 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 165756


Kedainiai - Juventus 91-68

One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Eighth ranked Kedainiai outleveled visiting Juventus (7-8) 91-68. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-68. Kedainiai outrebounded Juventus 35-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) accounted for 18 points. Four Kedainiai players scored in double figures. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) came up with 15 points and swingman Gintautas Matulis (195-86) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Kedainiai have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Juventus at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: V.Jasikevicius 18+1reb+3ast, L.Kisielius 17+7reb+1ast, V.Ginevicius 12+3reb, E.Dimsa 11+2reb, D.McClure 11+8reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 9+2reb
Juventus: T.Gaidamavicius 15+2reb+3ast, G.Matulis 13+5reb+1ast, Z.Sestokas 12+1reb, D.Pakamanis 9+3reb+3ast, G.Maceina 6+3reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 6+3reb
gschID: 165758


Liepaja - Ventspils 80-86

One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Latvia. Fifth ranked Ventspils won against host Liepaja (2-12) 86-80. The guests were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 23-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ventspils dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 26 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Liepaja 35-19 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guinean-Ivorian swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia) chipped in 18 points. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) produced 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import forward Jawan Bailey (203, college: Incarnate Word) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Liepaja players scored in double figures. Liepaja's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ventspils maintains fifth place with 8-5 record. Liepaja lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Ventspils' next round opponent will be league's leader Siauliai at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liepaja will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#7) in Pasvalys.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: A.Berzins 19+8reb+3ast, M.Diane 18+4reb+1ast, M.Meiers 11+8reb, S.Willard 9+5reb, S.Gray 8+2reb+3ast, T.Abernethy 6+1reb+3ast
Liepaja: J.Mayo 18+5reb+8ast, J.Bailey 15+10reb, M.Kravcenko 13+3ast, J.Porzingis 12+2reb+1ast, A.Bricis 10+1reb, K.Miglinieks 8+3ast
gschID: 165752


Juventus - Rudupis 87-81

One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Utena where sixth ranked Juventus won against visiting Rudupis (9-4) 87-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Rudupis won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Darius Pakamanis (193-81) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) answered with 13 points and 6 assists and forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) added 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Rudupis. Four Juventus and five Rudupis players scored in double figures. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Juventus maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Loser Rudupis dropped to the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: K.Petrukonis 23+10reb+1ast, G.Matulis 15+6reb+2ast, D.Pakamanis 14+5reb+6ast, Z.Sestokas 12+4reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 6+3reb, G.Maceina 6+3reb+4ast
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 16+3reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 14+7reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 14+6reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 13+4reb+6ast, E.Zelionis 12+3reb+1ast, A.Labuckas 6+3reb
gschID: 165753


Kalev/Cramo - Pieno Zvaigzdes 65-62

Seventh-ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (6-8) were very close to win a game against second ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (10-4) in Tallinn on Thursday. Kalev/Cramo managed to secure only three-point victory 65-62. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Pieno Zvaigzdes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) answered with 18 points and American swingman Leroy Nobles (195-87, college: IUPUI) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Defending Estonian champion maintains second place with 10-4 record behind leader Techasas. Pieno Zvaigzdes lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Kedainiai. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face league's leader Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Liepaja (#11) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: B.Fall 16+11reb+2ast, P.Ulyanko 13+8reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 11+3reb+1ast, T.Sokk 9+1reb+2ast, G.Arbet 7+2reb+1ast, A.Skele 5+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: E.Bendzius 18+4reb+3ast, T.Hughes 9+3reb+1ast, L.Nobles 9+5reb+2ast, G.Sirutavicius 9+4reb, P.Morkeliunas 5+7reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 4+3reb
gschID: 165754




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 7-8 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 6-8 
 8. Kedainiai 6-8 
 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, Kedainiai9.3 
 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, Juventus4.6 
 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. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 6. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
 7. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 8. Landry, Triumph1.8 
 9. Matulionis, Lietka.1.7 
 10. Akenparg, TT.1.7 
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. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.4 
 5. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.4 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.3 
 7. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 8. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.0 
 9. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cra.0.9 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 11-4 
 2. Aalstar 9-5 
 3. Antwerp 9-6 
 4. Oostende 9-6 
 5. M.Hainaut 8-6 
 6. Leuven 7-6 
 7. Liege 5-9 
 8. Gent 5-10 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 2-13 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar20.2 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.4 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Green, Spirou14.9 
 6. Freeman, Leuven14.8 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende14.7 
 8. Tofi, Leuven13.8 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.8 
 10. Black, Antwerp13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 3. Brown, Gent7.9 
 4. McLean, Leuven6.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.7 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.2 
 7. Chaney, Gent5.8 
 8. Merriex, Verviers.5.8 
 9. Bostic, Liege5.8 
 10. Matela, Liege5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.5 
 2. Waters, Liege3.8 
 3. Bosco, Gent3.6 
 4. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 5. Thompson, Verviers.3.4 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.3 
 7. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 8. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 9. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 10. Bostic, Liege2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Downey, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.7 
 3. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 6. Steinbach, Aalstar2.0 
 7. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 8. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 9. Bostic, Liege1.8 
 10. Mukubu, Verviers.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.7 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 4. Booker, Oostende1.0 
 5. Jennings, Liege1.0 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.7 
 8. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 


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  BOSNIA   


Jazvin in EnBW Ludwigsburg? - by Nedzad Kladusak
According to the Croatian portal kosarka.hr Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) is currently on try outs in Germany. According this sourse his former team EnBW Ludwigsburg
wants to hire him as replacement for the injured John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: E.Michigan).
Jazvin played already two seasons for Ludwigsburg before he joined Maroussi. This season he only played for games for Bosnian team Zrinjski.
Meanwhile former Bosnian NT player Mujo Tuljkovic seems to be in negotiations with KK Bosna for the upcoming Liga 6.
According to former NT player Sejo Bukva who runs the basketball team of KK Kos, Edin Atic a young 14 year old player has drawn the attention of Real Madrid and according him the transfer of Atic is almost penned. Atic started playing basketball in Donji Vakuf a small town in Central Bosnia.



Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 15-1 
 2. Bosna 13-3 
 3. Capljina 12-4 
 4. Varda HE 10-6 
 5. Leotar 10-7 
 6. Mladost 9-8 
 7. Hercegovac 7-9 
 8. Servitium 7-9 
 9. Borac Nektar 5-10 
 10. Zrinjski HT 5-11 
 11. Celik 5-12 
 12. Brotnjo 4-13 
 13. Vogosca 4-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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  BRAZIL   


Sao Cartano sign the young guard Victor Correia - by Paulo Freire
The Sao Caetano EC team coached by Luiz Carlos Gianini the 'Pizza', hit a new hire player.

The young guard, Victor De Souza (182-G-92), who is only 19 years old and 1.83 (m). Victor who took his first steps in basketball at Monte Lebano Club (traditional club in the capital of Sao paulo city), then passing through the Club Athletico Paulistano (Champion Sub14, Sub16, Sub17, U19 Vice-champion and U19) and completed his basic category at Gremio Recreativo Barueri (3rd place in U19).

Victor Correia was a member of the Brazilian National Team for young basics. He played the South American Championship 2007, which was held in Argentina (Brazil 3rd Place), competed in the Tournament Albert Schwitzer wich has been performed in Germany (Brazil ranks 11th, 16 teams participating), played friendly matches also against Puerto Rico and the United States.


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 15-1 
 2. Levski Sofia 13-3 
 3. Rilski Sportist 10-5 
 4. Tundja Yambol 8-7 
 5. Cherno More 7-8 
 6. Balkan 5-11 
 7. Chernomorets 2-13 
 8. Spartak Pleven 2-14 


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Russia demolish Bulgarian side - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16-Bulgaria U16 82:48

Russia easily beat Bulgaria in the opener of the Turk Telecom Internatioanl Tournmanet. This year, the tournaments games is going to be played at Sakarya Ataturk and Lutfu Yaman sport halls. Turkey U16 National Mens Team along with Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine will participate in the tournament, between January 28th and February 5th.
Russia managed to beat Bulgaria 82:48 as they won all the quarters. Russia starred the game with 20-14 and added 20-12 in the second period. Moreover they needed 22-7 and 20-15 in the second half to seal an easy win.
Aleksandr Zuev poured in 13 points and Vladislav Egorov netted 12. Maxim Morozov followed them with 10, while Daniil Klenkov scored 9. Martin Gorunov ended up with 10 points in defeat, whilst Denis Petkov and Rumen Vasilev posted 9 each.

Russia U16: Aleksandr Zuev 13, Vladislav Egorov 12, Maxim Morozov 10, Daniil Klenkov 9
Bulgaria U16: Martin Gorunov 10, Denis Petkov 9, Rumen Vasilev 9



Jarrett Howell: Bulgaria fits my style, we just played better than Lukoil - by Maria Mitzova
Levski Sofia latest addition Jarrett Howell (180-PG-84, college: Texas Arlington) played a huge game against Lukoil Academik Sofia, for a first win in 12 meetings. The American PG stated that Bulgarian League is more physical than the Romanian, where he played last, and he already fitted in his new team.

-I feel good, the guys are really excited, because this is the first time we beat Lukoil Academik Sofia in over two years, so its really good win for us.

Did you know the importance of this game?
-Yes, I kind of knew the importance, but I think it helped that I just got here. I knew Lukoil Academik Sofia won so much against them, but it was good for me that it was my first time playing, so I didnt feel that pressure. I just looked at it as I am playing against a very good team and trying to get that win.

Since you are here, you are getting all wins, do you expect that to go all the way?
-Yeah, I expect us to win. They won before I got here, I just tell the other guys I just want to add to the pieces they already build here. This win gives us a step in the right direction. It gives us confidence, knowing that down the line, we can come here and beat them. Its really good for our confidence.

You have been here for couple of weeks, how do you feel, do you fit?
-I think I fit. The guys accepted me with open arms. The Americans Harper, Eller, and especially Marcus Hall, helped me get comfortable with the team, learn the system, the city and stuff. They have been really good to me, its been a blessing.

You have played in Romania, how does it compare to Bulgaria?
-Lukoil Academik Sofia and Levski Sofia are two teams that are very good, would be top teams in Romania for sure. Its comparable league, its more physical, but that fits more my style, I like the style of play here. There are some very good teams here, I havent played against everybody, but in the teams I have played, there are guys that can really play, and Bulgarian players are really good.

You play in the Balkan League next week, very important game in Tel Aviv, what do you expect of this one?
-I expect us to do what we did against Lukoil Academik Sofia. Go there, compete, to fight and come out with a win. Thats what we want to do. We know if we get that win, we are in good shape to go to the Final Four. So, we know its important game, and we are going there for the win.

You beat Lukoil Academik Sofia, but that was just a regular season game, you are going to meet them more in the next months. So how do you see their players, how would you rate them?
-I already knew a lot of the players. I knew Sundov, actually Andre Owens and I are fraternity brothers from the same area in Texas. And Brandon Heath I grew up watching him. So they are very good players, so next time we play, all the next times, we are not going to sneak up on them. They are going to be prepared, just like they were now. We just played better. And we are going to be prepared too, we know its going to be a fight every day. Every time we play, we expect it to be a battle, but now I hope that we believe that we can win, and every time we play against them, we can win.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.9 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.20.3 
 3. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.5 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More16.5 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.15.3 
 6. Stankov, Spartak15.1 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.0 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja14.9 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.14.6 
 10. Pavlovski, Cherno.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More9.1 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.5 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.7 
 6. Vukosavljevi., Ril.6.5 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.4 
 8. Tsenov, Spartak6.0 
 9. Todorov, Spartak5.7 
 10. Crawford, Balkan5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.6 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.5 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.2 
 4. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.7 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Filipov, Balkan4.2 
 7. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.5 
 8. Hall, Levski Sofia3.1 
 9. Jefferson, Tundja3.0 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitar ROSHMANOV
  Chernomo.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.6 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.5 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 4. Harper, Levski S.2.2 
 5. Jefferson, Tundja2.0 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.1.9 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 10. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.2 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Martin, Balkan0.8 
 5. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.7 
 6. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.7 
 7. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 8. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.6 
 9. Mijajlovic, Rilski0.5 
 10. Vaklinov, Rilski0.4 


Levski trashed Lukoil Academic on their own court - by Valentin Anguelov
Phenomenal game by the new guard of Levski Jarrett Howell (180-PG-84, college: Texas Arlington) and Vassil Evtimov broke the winning series of Lukoil Academic in Bulgaria to an end. Levski lost the previous 11 meetings with Lukoil Academic and won convincingly by 92-77 over their rival for the title in Bulgaria. Victory had important value because it keeps the chances of Levski to attack the first place in the final standings of the regular season, but also was with psychological effect over direct rival for the Cup of the country, starting in the middle of next month in Samokov. The loss was the first for Lukoil Academic in local championship this season, while the success for Levski was their win number 13 in this year's championship.

Howell was amazing as he played his first derby against their rival and only during the period when he wasnt on the field Lukoil Academic had an advantage. The point guard finished with 18 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds and had efficiency of 26 at the end of the game. Pretty much all the danger to the opponent's basket came from him, either by shooting at a crucial moment or with wonderful assists for his teammates. He protected the ball very well in offense while defensively had most steals for his team..

We should not underestimate the contribution of Vassil Evtimov, dominant force under the basket at both ends of the floor. He ended with monster double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds, adding also three assists for efficiency of 31 - most in the game.

Despite well guarded by Andre Owens, the star of the team of Levski Aaron Harper scored his points and finished at the end with 19.

Levski now will travel to Tel Aviv to visit Hapoel in crucial game of Group B of Balkan League. Both teams are fighting for the first place in this group as only the winner will go directly to the Final Four. Of course, after the success achieved over the champion Lukoil Academic, will bring confidence to travel to Tel Aviv in pursuit of another important for this season.


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  CANADA   


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. Dorsey, Cape Bret.21.2 
 5. Thomas, St.Franc.20.7 
 6. Barbeau, Western20.6 
 7. Mackinnon, Victoria20.4 
 8. Barrett, Saskatch.20.4 
 9. Diloreto, Windsor20.2 
 10. Baker, Alberta20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Phillip, Windsor11.3 
 2. Burke, UBC11.2 
 3. King, TRU10.8 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.7 
 5. Lieffers, Saskatch.9.8 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.6 
 7. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.0 
 8. Desroches, New B.8.9 
 9. Staniscia, Ryerson8.4 
 10. Klassen, Acadia8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.7.8 
 2. Cunningham, Winnip.6.7 
 3. Barrett, Saskatch.6.4 
 4. Collins, Windsor6.0 
 5. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.8 
 6. Kraus, Brock5.7 
 7. Smith, TWU5.7 
 8. Vernon, St.Franc.5.5 
 9. Bonhomme, Brandon5.3 
 10. Allin, Laurier5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Laroche, Concordia3.6 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.3.1 
 3. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.8 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.2.7 
 5. Collins, Windsor2.7 
 6. Baribeau, Laval2.6 
 7. Oliver, Manitoba2.6 
 8. Carter, Lakehead2.5 
 9. Smith, TWU2.5 
 10. Barrett, Saskatch.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Balraj BAINS
  UBC
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bains, UBC2.0 
 2. Andrews, Bishop''s1.8 
 3. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.7 
 4. Kong, St.Francis X.1.6 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.4 
 6. Duke, UPEI1.3 
 7. Fidler, Calgary1.3 
 8. Klassen, Acadia1.3 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.1.2 
 10. Bakovic, Calgary1.1 


CIS Round 22: January 27th results and stats - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Thunderbirds as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunderbirds smashed 14th ranked Heat in Vancouver, BC 77-43. The game without a history. Thunderbirds led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Heat to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Thunderbirds held Heat to an opponent 21.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 47.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Thunderbirds forced 23 Heat turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 35 on the defensive glass. Swingman Kamar Burke (196-86) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) chipped in 17 points and 5 steals during the contest. At the losing side Simon Pelland responded with 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderbirds (11-2) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Heat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. Heat will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Thunderbirds will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Heat in Kelowna, BC.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Golden Bears (10-5) against eleventh ranked Dinos (5-10) on Friday night. Visiting Golden Bears were edged by Dinos in a tough game in Calgary, AB 66-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Golden Bears. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Tyler Fidler supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds by international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) did not help to save the game for Golden Bears. Dinos moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Brandon and Western. Golden Bears at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with McMaster. Dinos will again play against higher ranked Golden Bears (#4) in Edmonton, AB in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Golden Bears will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Windsor, ON. 3rd ranked host Lancers (11-4) lost to second ranked Thunderwolves (13-2) 87-83. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Lancers. Venzal Russel fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Thunderwolves' coach Scott Morrison used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lien Phillip produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Thunderwolves have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Laurier. Loser Lancers keep the third place with four games lost. Thunderwolves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lancers will play again against the league's leader Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ottawa, ON. Their biggest opponent host Gee-Gees (10-6) lost to third ranked Voyageurs (8-8) 90-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gee-Gees. Worth to mention a great performance of Manny Pasquale who helped to win the game recording 31 points (made all of his eight free throws). Gee-Gees' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Voyageurs have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-8 record having just 0 points less than leader Lakehead, which they share with Ryerson. Gee-Gees at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Voyageurs' next round opponent will be league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gee-Gees will play at home against Lions in Toronto, ON.
CIS top team - Ravens (16-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Lions (3-13) in Ottawa, ON 90-48. Willy Manigat scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners. 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. Undefeated Ravens have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Loser Lions keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Ravens will face Voyageurs (#3) in Sudbury, ON in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lions will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Winnipeg lost to Regina on the opponent's court 79-86. Lethbridge managed to outperform Manitoba in a home game 103-89. Winless RMC was rolled over Ryerson on the road 107-33. Saskatchewan crushed Brandon on its own court 92-70. Dalhousie was beaten by Acadia in Wolfville, NS 99-90. Toronto Univ. won against Queen's at home 82-78. Concordia managed to outperform Bishop's on the opponent's court 75-67. Cape Breton managed to beat New Brunsw. in a home game 83-73.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 12 rebounds by Paul Gareau of Regina.


UBC - UBC Okanagan 77-43

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Thunderbirds as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunderbirds smashed 14th ranked Heat in Vancouver, BC 77-43. The game without a history. Thunderbirds led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Heat to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Thunderbirds held Heat to an opponent 21.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 47.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Thunderbirds forced 23 Heat turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 35 on the defensive glass. Swingman Kamar Burke (196-86) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) chipped in 17 points and 5 steals during the contest. At the losing side Simon Pelland responded with 14 points and Yassine Ghomari scored 7 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderbirds (11-2) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Heat lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. Heat will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Thunderbirds will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Heat in Kelowna, BC.
Top scorers:
UBC: N.Yu 17+3ast, K.Burke 13+10reb+3ast, T.Nixon 10+1reb+1ast, N.Luyken 9+5reb+2ast, G.Pippus 8, M.Williams 6
UBC Okanagan: S.Pelland 14+4reb, M.Roth 9+3reb, Y.Ghomari 7+4reb+3ast, I.Con 4+3reb, B.Quevillon 3+1reb, E.Dane Medi 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 155847


Regina - Winnipeg 86-79

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Regina, SK where 12th ranked Wesmen (4-11) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Cougars (4-10) 86-79 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-79. Cougars had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Paul Gareau (201) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Connor Burns (201) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Dominique Brown (193) responded with 17 points and guard Andrew Cunningham (186, college: Redlands CC) scored 5 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Wesmen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cougars moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Wesmen dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Cougars will face again Wesmen (#13) in Winnipeg, MB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Regina: P.Gareau 31+12reb, C.Burns 15+13reb+2ast, A.Tate 11+4ast, B.Hebert 9+3reb+2ast, S.Nostedt 6+1reb+3ast, M.Ward 6+2reb
Winnipeg: D.Brown 17+4reb+1ast, T.Krahn 15+3reb, K.Smith 14+2reb, M.McNee 10+5reb, B.Duff 7+3reb, A.Cunningham 5+8reb+8ast
gschID: 155844


Lethbridge - Manitoba 103-89

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Lethbridge, AB where eighth ranked Pronghorn (8-7) defeated 7th ranked Bisons (8-7) 103-89 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Pronghorn. Bisons was better in fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Bisons 57-19 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Dominyc Coward (198) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Daryl Cooper chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Xavier Smith (188) responded with 20 points and American guard Stephan Walton (175-87, college: Valdosta St.) scored 15 points and 4 steals. Four Pronghorn and five Bisons players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pronghorn have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Bisons. Bisons lost third consecutive game. Pronghorn will face again Bisons (#8) in Winnipeg, MB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: M.Duce 22+5reb+2ast, D.Coward 21+16reb+3ast, D.Cooper 19+8reb+4ast, D.Waldner 15+7reb+3ast, A.Fletcher 8+5reb+2ast, T.McIntyre 8+5reb+2ast
Manitoba: X.Smith 20, K.Sansregret 15+1ast, S.Walton 15+3reb+2ast, T.Draward 12, K.Omoerah 10+7reb, J.Huertas 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155845


Calgary - Alberta 67-66

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Golden Bears (10-5) against eleventh ranked Dinos (5-10) on Friday night. Visiting Golden Bears were edged by Dinos in a tough game in Calgary, AB 66-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Golden Bears. Golden Bears were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 20-13 charge of Dinos, which allowed them to win the game. Golden Bears were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Bakovic (201-88, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Tyler Fidler (206-89) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds by international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) did not help to save the game for Golden Bears. Swingman Daniel Ferguson (191, college: Valdosta St.) added 24 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Dinos moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Brandon and Western. Golden Bears at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with McMaster. Dinos will again play against higher ranked Golden Bears (#4) in Edmonton, AB in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Golden Bears will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Calgary: B.Bakovic 24+11reb+1ast, T.Fidler 18+6reb+3ast, J.Ogungbemi 12+7reb+2ast, J.Owen-Thomas 9+1ast, J.Wolfram 3+1reb, T.Debolt 1+1reb
Alberta: D.Ferguson 24+6reb+3ast, J.Baker 24+13reb+3ast, S.Saffa 10+1reb+1ast, M.Cardoza 6+2reb, L.Taylor 2+4reb+1ast, R.Dewar 0+4reb
gschID: 155846


Windsor - Lakehead 83-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Windsor, ON. 3rd ranked host Lancers (11-4) lost to second ranked Thunderwolves (13-2) 87-83. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Lancers. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Lancers won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderwolves made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Lancers turnovers. Strangely Lancers outrebounded Thunderwolves 40-27 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Venzal Russel (188-87, college: Vermilion CC) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Ben Johnson (-88) chipped in 19 points. Thunderwolves' coach Scott Morrison used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International forward Lien Phillip (203-89) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Enrico Diloreto (186-90) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Thunderwolves have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Laurier. Loser Lancers keep the third place with four games lost. Thunderwolves will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lancers will play again against the league's leader Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: V.Russel 20+3reb+4ast, B.Johnson 19+2reb+1ast, G.Carter 13+3reb+6ast, M.Schmidt 9+2reb, R.Thomson 8+4reb+2ast, A.Johnson 7+1reb+1ast
Windsor: E.Diloreto 22+3reb+2ast, L.Phillip 12+12reb+3ast, E.Matthews 11+6reb, J.Collins 9+6reb+6ast, R.Osuntola 9+3reb, R.Christie 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155840


Ryerson - RMC 107-33

Not a big story in a game in Toronto, ON where bottom-ranked RMC (0-15) was rolled over by fourth ranked Rams (8-8) 107-33 on Friday. The game without a history. Rams led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RMC to just 3 points in fourth quarter and to 8 points in second half. Rams dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to RMC's 12. They also forced 26 RMC turnovers and outrebounded them 36-16 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Rams especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. Aaron Best had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Rams players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard James Byun (185) responded with 17 points and Timothy Boettcher scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. 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. Rams moved-up to third place, which they share with Laurentian. Loser RMC still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Rams will face Golden Gaels (#7) in Kingston, ON in the next round. RMC will play on the road against Blues in Toronto, ON and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: A.Best 19+13reb+1ast, J.Gauthier 16+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 15+3reb+5ast, B.Michaelsen 13+2reb+1ast, S.Navaratnarajah 10+5reb+1ast, N.Stankovic 9+2reb
RMC: J.Byun 17+1reb, T.Boettcher 6+5reb, S.Hui 5+1reb+2ast, A.Lavoie 3+1reb, A.Cyr 2+1reb, M.Buss 0+4reb
gschID: 155841


Carleton - York 90-48

CIS top team - Ravens (16-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Lions (3-13) in Ottawa, ON 90-48. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Lions' 22 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Guard Willy Manigat (180) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Kevin Churchill (198) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest (made all of his eight free throws). Four Ravens players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Justin Bell (198) responded with 10 points and Matthew Ziobrowski scored 7 points. 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. Ravens have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-0 record. Loser Lions keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Ravens will face Voyageurs (#3) in Sudbury, ON in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lions will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON.
Top scorers:
Carleton: W.Manigat 18+2reb+3ast, K.Churchill 16+6reb, T.Scrubb 10+4reb, J.Shaver 10+4reb+1ast, P.Scrubb 9+1reb, G.Boucard 8+1reb
York: J.Bell 10+3reb, M.Ziobrowski 7+3reb+1ast, N.Tufegdzich 6+4reb, R.Iheadindu 6+1reb, D.Tyndale 5+2reb, A.Rados 4+3reb
gschID: 155842


Saskatchewan - Brandon 92-70

Everything went according to plan in Saskatoon, SK where fourth ranked Huskies (10-4) outscored 10th ranked Bobcats (5-10) 92-70 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Huskies. Bobcats was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bobcats to just 5 points in first quarter. Huskies dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Bobcats' 36. They outrebounded Bobcats 47-27 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Jamelle Barrett (180) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Chris Unsworth (201) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) during the contest. Four Huskies players scored in double figures. At the losing side Ali Mounir responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Chris Oppong scored 12 points (made all of his eight free throws). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Huskies have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Bobcats lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Huskies will face again Bobcats (#11) in Brandon, MB in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: J.Barrett 18+4reb+10ast, C.Unsworth 16+9reb, D.Jones 15+6reb+2ast, M.Lieffers 12+8reb, M.Forbes 9+9reb+1ast, A.Henry 6+1ast
Brandon: A.Mounir 19+6reb, C.Oppong 12+4reb+2ast, J.Reaves 9+2reb, K.Vince 6+4reb, A.Klocek 5+4reb+1ast, M.Smith 5+1reb
gschID: 155843


Acadia - Dalhousie 99-90

There was no surprise in Wolfville, NS where 6th ranked Tigers (5-7) were defeated by fourth ranked Axemen (7-4) 99-90 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-18. But Tigers won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Axemen made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Guard Anthony Sears (193) scored 29 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds and guard Stephen Lopez (188, college: Bossier-Parish CC) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Axemen and four Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Axemen have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-4 record. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Axemen will have a break next round. Tigers will play at home against the league's leader X-Men (#1) in Antigonish, NS.
Top scorers:
Acadia: A.Sears 29+9reb+1ast, A.Ashe 17+3reb+5ast, O.Klassen 13+8reb+5ast, S.Stoqua 13+2reb+2ast, J.Tull 10+1reb+3ast, S.Smith 10+4reb
Dalhousie: W.Yengue 29+6reb, C.Fox 18+2reb+3ast, S.Lopez 14+5reb+6ast, R.Nortmann 13+6reb, R.Kanza Mata 6+1reb+5ast, S.Williams 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155837


Toronto Univ. - Queen's 82-78

No shocking result in a game in Toronto, ON where fifth ranked Blues (6-10) won against bottom-ranked Golden Gaels (0-15) 82-78 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-78. Blues outrebounded Golden Gaels 44-33 including 21 on the offensive glass. Center Andrew Wasik (201) had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Arun Kumar (183) chipped in 22 points during the contest. At the losing side Mackenzie Simpson responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ryan Golden (183) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Blues maintains fifth position with 6-10 record. Loser Golden Gaels still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Blues will face RMC (#8) in Kingston, ON in the next round. Golden Gaels will play on the road against Rams in Toronto, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Kumar 22+2reb+3ast, A.Wasik 11+13reb+5ast, J.Holmes 10+2reb+1ast, M.Savel 9+1reb+2ast, D.Glisic 9+10reb+2ast, A.Hill 8+5reb+2ast
Queen's: M.Simpson 19+9reb+2ast, N.Misljencevic 15+2reb+2ast, R.Golden 13+6reb+2ast, M.Baker 12+1reb, B.Burgesson 9+6reb+1ast, J.Asefa 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155838


Ottawa - Laurentian 80-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ottawa, ON. Their biggest opponent host Gee-Gees (10-6) lost to third ranked Voyageurs (8-8) 90-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gee-Gees. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Voyageurs made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Manny Pasquale (183) who helped to win the game recording 31 points (made all of his eight free throws). Guard Isiah Pasquale (191) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (196) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) added 14 points in the effort for Gee-Gees. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gee-Gees' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Voyageurs have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-8 record having just 0 points less than leader Lakehead, which they share with Ryerson. Gee-Gees at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Voyageurs' next round opponent will be league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gee-Gees will play at home against Lions in Toronto, ON.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: M.Pasquale 31+2reb+3ast, I.Pasquale 23+3reb+2ast, M.Hull 14+10reb+1ast, G.Serresse 12+5reb+2ast, A.Ratte 6+4reb+1ast, S.Sheldon 4+6reb
Ottawa: G.Gonthier-Dubue 19+8reb+1ast, C.Anderson 15+3reb+1ast, J.Berhanemeskel 14+4reb+2ast, V.Gill 12+3reb+1ast, M.L'Africain 6+2reb+5ast, R.Malcolm-Campbell 4+2reb
gschID: 155839


Bishop's - Concordia 67-75

Very expected game in Lennoxville, QC where 5th ranked Gaiters (1-8) were defeated by top-ranked Stingers (8-0) 75-67 on Friday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-11. But Gaiters won third quarter 27-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stingers made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guard Decee Krah (180) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jerome Blake chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Stingers players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Tim Hunter (201) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sean Monplaisir (188) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stingers have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Loser Gaiters keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Stingers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montreal, QC to the arena Redmen.
Top scorers:
Concordia: D.Krah 21+5reb+3ast, E.Laroche 15+4reb+5ast, J.Blake 14+10reb+1ast, K.Desmarais 10+5reb+2ast, J.Clark 10+3reb+1ast, K.Eyitayo 2+4reb+1ast
Bishop's: M.Post 18+4reb, T.Hunter 17+8reb+2ast, S.Monplaisir 14+8reb+4ast, J.Leonard-Smith 6+5reb+1ast, M.Andrews 6+9reb+2ast, O.Blackwood 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 155835


Cape Breton - New Brunsw. 83-73

Rather predictable result in Sydney, NS where third ranked Capers (8-5) defeated 7th ranked Varsity Reds (3-9) 83-73 on Friday. Capers dominated on the defensive end, holding Varsity Reds to just 1 points in second quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Capers forced 20 Varsity Reds turnovers and outrebounded them 50-28 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) scored 27 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Julien Smith (178) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Alex Desroches (193) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and Matthew Daley scored 12 points and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Capers maintains third position with 8-5 record having just three points less than leader Lakehead. Varsity Reds lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Capers will face again Varsity Reds (#7) in Fredericton, NB in the next round.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 27+4reb+9ast, J.Smith 25+4reb+4ast, M.Lufile 8+3reb, A.Alilovic 8+6reb, A.Geugjes 7+13reb+3ast, J.Glasgow 4+4reb+6ast
New Brunsw.: A.Desroches 20+8reb+2ast, W.McFee 13+2reb+5ast, M.Daley 12+4reb+7ast, D.Quirion 9+4reb+4ast, M.Fosu 5+2reb+2ast, R.Linton 5+1reb
gschID: 155836




Buckley's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old center Matthew Buckley (215-C) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Laurier and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Brock (#5, 8-7) with 34-point margin 89-55. It allowed Laurier to take over top position in the Canadian league. Laurier have a solid 13-2 record. Buckley has many years of experience at Laurier, through which he has constantly improved. Matthew Buckley averages this season 10.9ppg and 8.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kareem Malcolm (183-G) of Guelph. He is a guard in his second season at Guelph. In the last game Malcolm recorded impressive 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Guelph lost that game 74-82 to slightly higher-ranked McMaster (#4, 10-5). Guelph managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Malcolm is well-known at Guelph and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to Adam Presutti of McMaster (#4). Presutti scored 27 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of McMaster, leading his team to a 82-74 win against slightly lower-ranked Guelph (#6, 8-7). McMaster needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Presutti has a very solid season. In 15 games in Canada he scored 10.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Barbeau (178-G) of Western - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Ritchie Kanza Mata) of Dalhousie - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Taylor Black (201-C) of McMaster - 16 points and 4 rebounds
7. Maxwell Allin (193-F) of Laurier - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Vincent Dufort) of McGill - 14 points and 7 rebounds
9. William Yengue (193-F) of Dalhousie - 13 points and 15 rebounds
10. Peter Scholtes (196-F) of Western - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Francis X. 9-2 
 2. UPEI 9-3 
 3. Cape Breton 8-5 
 4. Acadia 7-4 
 5. St.Mary's 6-7 
 6. Dalhousie 5-7 
 7. New Brunsw. 3-9 
 8. Memorial 1-11 
CanWest
 1. UBC 11-2 
 2. Victoria 11-3 
 3. Saskatchewan 10-4 
 4. Alberta 10-5 
 5. UFV 9-5 
 6. TWU 8-6 
 7. Lethbridge 8-7 
 8. Manitoba 8-7 
 9. TRU 5-9 
 10. Calgary 5-10 
 11. Brandon 5-10 
 12. Regina 4-10 
 13. Winnipeg 4-11 
 14. UBC Okanagan 2-11 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 16-0 
 2. Ottawa 10-6 
 3. Laurentian 8-8 
 4. Ryerson 8-8 
 5. Toronto Univ. 6-10 
 6. York 3-13 
 7. Queen's 0-15 
 8. RMC 0-15 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 13-2 
 2. Laurier 13-2 
 3. Windsor 11-4 
 4. McMaster 10-5 
 5. Brock 8-7 
 6. Guelph 8-7 
 7. Western 5-10 
 8. Waterloo 4-11 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 8-0 
 2. McGill 5-4 
 3. UQAM 5-5 
 4. Laval 3-5 
 5. Bishop's 1-8 


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A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 11-3 
 2. KK Split 10-3 
 3. Jolly 10-4 
 4. Zabok 8-5 
 5. Kvarner 2010 6-7 
 6. Svjetlost 5-7 
 7. Alkar Sinj 5-8 
 8. Borik 5-8 
 9. Darda 5-8 
 10. Krizevci 5-9 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Mimica, KK Split23.7 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.9 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar17.5 
 5. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 6. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.2 
 7. Simovic, Kvarner15.9 
 8. Mrva, Jolly14.5 
 9. Zitko, Krizevci14.0 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.9 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner7.1 
 3. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 4. Mrva, Jolly7.0 
 5. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.8 
 6. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 7. Cakarun, Borik6.7 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar6.5 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.3 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci6.5 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.9 
 5. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.2 
 6. Tomas, Zabok3.2 
 7. Mimica, KK Split3.2 
 8. Subotic, KK Split3.2 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.0 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.2 
 3. Mimica, KK Split2.2 
 4. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 6. Mrva, Jolly1.6 
 7. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 8. Panduric, Darda1.5 
 9. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 10. Ridl, Darda1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 3. Vukovic, KK Split1.1 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 6. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.7 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.6 


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  CYPRUS   


Week 16: Keravnos beats Etha and Apollon beats APOEL - by Chris Mammides
Keravnos kept his perfect record for another week and after the decisive victory over Intercolege Etha Engomis and whatever it will be the result in the last game against Pizza Express Apollon nothing chnages as the Cyprus Head Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras brought his team in the top seat of the regular season. So the results of the games were as follows:
Keravnos Strovolou - Intercollege Etha Engomis 74-66
Pizza Express Apollon - CytaVision APOEL 88-77


The games in more details were as follows:

Keravnos Strovolou - Intercollege Etha Engomis 74-66
Quarters: 18-20, 43-32, 61-48 and the final 74-66.

The visitors of Coach Konstantinidis started the game more aggressively and with Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) dominating in the paint took the lead for the only time in the game jsut with the end of the first period with 18-20. From then and on the game had only one protagonist and that wasn't the last season's champions, as Keravnos took over and with an amazing second period and with Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) in his leading role together with Frazier, Veselovs and Chan took the initiatives and succeeded a 25-12 to end the first half with 43-32. From then and on the home team just kept the leading part which was always ona double digit and ended the third period with 61-48. The first five minutes of the fourth period were awesome for Keravnos and 6 minutes before the end of the game the deficit went up to 18 points 70-52 and Keravnos simply slow down when Etha with Darryl Watkins, Ray and Jackson minimise their loss to just 8 points for the final 74-66
Top scorers:
Keravnos: Marcus Moore 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in another great game, Frazier 12, Chan 12 and Veselovs 11
Etha: Darryl Watkins 17, Jackson 10, and Ray 11.

Pizza Express Apollon - CytaVision APOEL 89-77
Quarters: 18-15, 46-29, 71-54and 89-77
A total domination by Miglinieks team over APOEL from the begginign to the end. APOEL took the lead in teh first period with 8-12 and from the minute (4th) and on was following the score whcih went as high as 21 points in teh second period (40-19). The home team with Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.) in a great night and Robinson with Gabrans following had no problem at all against the team of Linos Gavriel. Gillewater was awesome and ended the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Robinson scored 16 and Gabrans 11.

On the other hand, APOEL had nothing to do with the team that last week nearly beat Keravnos, as is key players other than the veteran Sims and Mandic remain in that game of last week, McKay who was the top scorer a week ago with 23 points remain to just 6 while Cuffee stopped at 8 points, so the overal scoring took part by Sims who scored 19 points, followed by Mandic sho scored 15 and Radojevic with 11 points and 8 rebounds in his best game since he join forces with APOEL 2 months ago.

So Apollon will be for sure the second team in teh regular reason no matter if he beats Keravnos next week, as thedefeat in Larnaka from AEK brings him in the 2nd place






Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 15-0 
 2. Apollon 12-2 
 3. Etha 10-4 
 4. AEK 8-5 
 5. APOEL 7-7 
 6. Omonia 5-8 
 7. ENAD 3-10 
 8. AEL 2-12 


Gillenwater's 23 points and 11 rebounds help Apollon dominate APOEL in Limassol - by Nima Siar
Limassol, CY- Troy Gillenwater's 23 points and 11 rebounds help Apollon to an easy 88-77 victory against APOEL. The loss sends APOEL to their 3rd straight loss while Apollon has won their 4th straight against the Nicosia side in all competitions.

Game Stats:

Apollon:
- Troy Gillenwater 23 pts, 11 reb, 8/18 fg
- J. Robinson 16 pts, 4 ast, 6 to

APOEL:
- L. Sims 19 pts, 6 reb, 8/16 fg
- M. Vukasin 15 pt, 5 reb, 2/5 3pt

Game Notes:

- Apllon outscored APOEL 27-14 on 2nd Chance Points
- APOEL 16/26 FT, Apollon 23/28 FT
- Apollon led by as many as 21

Game recap and analysis coming soon.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Grant, Levice20.6 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.8 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.7 
 6. McFadden, Usti n.17.3 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha16.8 
 8. Houska, BK Decin16.3 
 9. Wilson, CEZ N.16.0 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.2 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.8.7 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.5 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.1 
 5. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.2 
 6. Peterson, BK Prost.7.1 
 7. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 8. Pesic, Inter B.7.0 
 9. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.8 
 10. Manousos, NH Os.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.1 
 2. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 3. Ubilla, Inter B.4.4 
 4. Wright, NH Ostrava4.2 
 5. Barnes, BC Kolin4.2 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.0 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen4.0 
 8. George, Svitavy3.9 
 9. Ames, BC Kolin3.8 
 10. Boyer, BK Decin3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Thaddeus MCFADDEN
  Usti n.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McFadden, Usti n.2.5 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 3. Ubilla, Inter B.2.4 
 4. Ames, BC Kolin2.3 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.1 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 7. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 8. Klecka, B&W Opava2.1 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Grant, Levice1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.5 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.4 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Grant, Levice1.1 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Meno, Svitavy1.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Henderson, Levice0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 24-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 20-5 
 3. BK Pardubice 18-6 
 4. BK Decin 18-7 
 5. BC Kolin 17-8 
 6. USK Praha 14-11 
 7. NH Ostrava 13-12 
 8. Levice 10-15 
 9. Svitavy 9-16 
 10. Chomutov 8-16 
 11. Usti n/Labem 7-18 
 12. Inter Bratislava 6-19 
 13. B&W Opava 5-20 
 14. Plzen 5-20 


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 9-10 
 9. Benesov 7-11 
 10. Vysehrad 7-12 
 11. Prostejov B 6-12 
 12. Litomerice 5-13 
 13. Mlada Boleslav 2-17 
 14. Kladno 1-17 


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  DENMARK   


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 7-14 
 10. Falcon 6-15 


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, Aabyhoj19.1 
 7. Kingsley, Svendborg18.4 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg18.4 
 9. Alexander, Bakken18.3 
 10. Iversen, Bakken15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.0 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj10.5 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.5 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.1 
 5. Benjamin, Horsholm9.1 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.6 
 7. Harris, Horsens IC8.4 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.3 
 10. Rutherford, SISU8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Henry, Naestved5.0 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 4. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 5. Sattler, Horsens IC4.0 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.8 
 7. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.3 
 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. McFarlane, Falcon1.9 
 9. Sattler, Horsens IC1.9 
 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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  D-LEAGUE   


Devin Brown is a newcomer at Erie Bay Hawks - by Eurobasket Center
Erie Bay Hawks added to their roster 34-year old swingman Devin Brown (195-G/F-100kg-78, college: UTSA). In his first game he scored 16 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Sioux Falls S. 94-82. Brown played most recently at Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland). Brown is a very experienced player. He graduated from The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio in 2002. It will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.6 
 2. Dentmon, Austin T.23.9 
 3. Costner, Los A.23.8 
 4. Emmett, Reno B.23.8 
 5. Millsap, Los A.22.2 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.8 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.5 
 9. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers18.7 
 10. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.9 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.5 
 4. Williams, Texas L.10.4 
 5. Smith, Rio G.9.4 
 6. Milligan, Canton C.9.3 
 7. Andrews, Los A.9.2 
 8. Foote, Springfield9.1 
 9. Thomas, Reno B.8.7 
 10. Daniels, Erie B.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 3. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.6 
 5. Cooksey, Texas L.6.4 
 6. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 7. Coleman, Sioux F.6.2 
 8. Wise, Bakersfield6.0 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Reno B.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal TINSLEY
  Los A.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.3 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 4. Millsap, Los A.2.1 
 5. Owens, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 6. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.1.9 
 8. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 9. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 10. Emmett, Reno B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Reno B.
  (213-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Whiteside, Reno B.3.3 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 3. N''Diaye, Iowa E.2.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Saunders, Rio G.2.0 
 6. Williams, Texas L.1.9 
 7. Alabi, Bakersfield1.9 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 9. Gilder, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 


Canton Charge lands Harangody - by Eurobasket Center
Canton Charge strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old forward Luke Harangody (201-F-113kg-88, college: Notre Dame). In his first game he scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds helping his new team beat Bakersfield J. 124-108. Harangody played most recently at Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA). While playing 5 games for Cleveland C. this season he averaged 2.6ppg and 1.2rpg. Harangody graduated from University of Notre Dame in 2010. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Bonner comes back to Austin Toros - by Eurobasket Center
Austin Toros added to their roster 27-year old center Lukas Bonner (213-C-109kg-85, college: Massachusetts). Its actually Bonners comeback to Austin T. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 3 points. However his new team lost to Iowa E. 110-111. Bonner played most recently at Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania). While playing 5 games for Neptunas this season he averaged 4.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.0apg. Bonner helped them to make it to the semifinals. He played also pro basketball in Hungary and Lithuania. Bonner graduated from University of Massachusetts in 2009. It will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  EBA   


E.B.A. Madness defeats Hawks - by Calvin Brown
After travelling to Hudson Valley last Saturday (January 14), and losing a hard-fought battle 125 to 102, the Washington Madness rebounded with a convincing 124 to 106 victory over the NoVa Hawks.

On the way to his game-high 34 points, Jamar Baurd (Mountain State) popped in five from the 3-point line. Dokun Akingbade, 6 10 center from George Washington Univ., controlled the boards at both ends (15 rebounds) and added 30 inside points to help the Madness seal the win.

Veteran guard Angelo Hernandez, 6 4 NC A&T, returned to EBA play with a solid all-around game that included a team-leading 31 points.


This week's player of the week honors go to Washington Madness' Jamar Baurd. The 6' 2' guard from Mountain State hit five 3-pointers on the way to his game-high 34 points. He also contributed to the team's 124 to 102 win over the NoVa Hawks with 7 assists and 4 rebounds.


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  EGYPT   


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Egypt upset the home side - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16-Egypt U17 64:76

Egypt U17 upset the hosts of the Turk Telecom U16 International Tournament. The African team grabbed 76:64 over Turkey in Day 1.
Egypt started with 15:10 and led 7 points at the halftime. They managed to produced 19-17 in the second quarter for 34:27 lead. Both teams nailed 23 points in the third quarter that remained the same difference on the board. Egypt closed the game with 19-14 and look forward for Day 2.
Ehab Saleh paced all the winners with 20 points and Ahmed Soliman netted 17. Walid Abd Gawad followed them with 13, while Oman Abdine added 10. Ogulcan Baykan ended up with 12 points in defeat and Mehmet Alemdaroglu (205-F-96) added 10. Berk Ugurlu brought the hosts 8 points and Mert Cevik (195-G-96) delivered 7.
Tomorrow Egypt will take on Latvia in the second game of the Day. Turkey will meet Slovenia in the last one of Group A.

Turkey U16: Ogulcan Baykan 12, Mehmet Alemdaroglu 10, Berk Ugurlu 8, Mert Cevik 7
Egypt U17: Ehab Saleh 20, Ahmed Soliman 17, Walid Abd Gawad 13, Oman Abdine 10


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  EUROLEAGUE   


EUROLEAGUE TOP 16,WEEK 2:OUR THOUGHTS.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

The best basketball program in Europe

We have express our opinion on this many times.Ferdinando Minucci and Simone Pianigiani have build in Tuscan the best basketball program in Europe. The way they work,the adherence to the plan and the goal in a system that everyone's works for the team and the team can cover anyone's absence.Montepaschi is not an economic leviathans but is a model organism which everyday ''produces basketball''. That's why the undersigned is traveling 3 times at least every year to Siena to watch them..

Montepaschi prepared perfect it's game plan and focus to stop Real's offensive transition which in common includes Suarez post up game (in the first form) and double screen's to Carroll (in 2nd) for a good look. The other winning factor for the Italian champs was the incredible defense on Sergio Rlodriguez,Real's main decisioner. They totally cut him from his teamates,finishing the game with 0/6 FG and 0...assists.

David Moss was a key player again,bringing defense and Indiana's basketball fundementals on the court. I remember him last year playing from back up point guard (McCalebb's injury period) to ''4'' spot in Pianigiani's full court press defense.Montepaschi used him and Thordon a lot at the post in Madrid,a tactic that Pianigiani applies very often years now (especially with Sato-David Hawkins in the wings)to create,score and wears out the opponent. Lavrinovic's performance was the second greatest news of the night-after the 19 point win-for the Italians.The Lithuanian's all araund offense gave an extra power to Pianigiani who canonizes a more functiol frontcourt rotation starting Michelori next to Andersen,for absorving the first minutes strong contacts and unpleasant foul troubles.

Bo-never miss-McCalebb

I'll remind you Vujosevic's declaration when Partizan signed Bo McCalebb. ''He is a good young player,ambitious with strong motive.'' This phrase includes the Partizan's basketball culture and view of things on the market. The 27 year old American is very ambitious. He goals the top of Europe for his club and himself too. McCalleb is clearly the best one on one player in Europe and one of the best finishers the game has seen the latest years. The easiest points for Montepaschi coming always on transition when McCalebb goes to one against two-or three-situations. Ohh.. The never miss nickname has to do with his amazing percentages this year. Never miss..

Commissioner Gordon

Olympiakos showed us two faces. The one at the the first half when he couldn't compete a well prepared & strong defensivelly team and the other at the second half where the Reds present a team that can qualify the playoffs. Gordon Lucas lived a dream,being the game's MVP with big defensive effort and many clutch plays. He scored 4-5 buckets (at the last 2 minutes of the regular time and OT)with the same way (taking the ball from the top of the offense straight to the rim)in crucial moments,fact unexceptable for Olympiakos defense. It was a period that Galata's offense was very predictable and the Red's hadn't the player to protect the paint. Sloukas 3 pointer from long distance will be memorable among with the Turkish funs presence in an amazing atmosphere. The irony is that Olympiakos administration wanted to keep Gordon Lucas to this year's squad but the improved offer of 500.000 dollars is rumored that never reached to the American guard's ears..

First or..second?

Barcelona took advantage his superiority at ''1'' spot against Maccabi and control the rythm taking the tempo on it's own style of playing. It's obvious that Blatt's team needs an extra boost at the perimeter positions next to Langford,to compete in the highest level.Blatt gave to Sopho only 9 minutes of playing time. It seems in the last games that Maccabi's coach is trusting Hendrix quick legs more at the key moments. Although Navarro wasn't in his best condition (he needs a haircut too)Pasqual won a close game with Lorbeck's undeniable quality in the post and his team's defense (the best in the league). The Spaniards made a big step for the playoffs home court advantage but i don't know if they would be happy to a potentional matchup with Panathinaikos for example,if the Greens don't get their groups first spot..

Deja vu..

Panathinaikos made many mistakes defensivelly as Obradovic's players couldn't defend Unics's pick'n roll and as a result the Russians dominated offensivelly in the paint.Veremeenco was Pashutin's key player on both parts of the court.The Belarusian center match Batiste perfectlly on defense and he showed a very good behaviour following the defensive rotation with his mobility.Unic's is a team in a stroke,plays lock down-and smart-defense and has great chemistry.After this win we can say that the chances for the group's first spot are shared.Panathinaikos has been through those kind of situations before.It would be very interesting..

No mercy

Anadolu was competitive for only 10 minutes,as long as Vujasic was finding ways to reach to the basket. Of course winning at Moscow takes a lot more. The Turkish are better team with Kinsey back (even the 2/7 -0/2 FT Kinsey)but they need a lot of work to manage the required level of cooperation. At the second quarter CSKA elevating the pressure of the defense and drowned the Turkisk team.Victor Khryapa's playmaking ability is the oil in the Russian offensive engine and Teodosic's vertical passes to Krstic produce many highlights. The Russians finished the game with 13/27 3-pointers..



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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 21-4 
 2. Nilan Bisons 17-6 
 3. Kauhajoki 16-10 
 4. Pyrinto 14-10 
 5. ToPo 13-12 
 6. LrNMKY 11-14 
 7. Kouvot 10-15 
 8. KTP 10-16 
 9. Salon Vilpas 10-16 
 10. Korihait 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 Bisons21.7 
 3. Durham, Salon Vilp.19.6 
 4. Newson, Kataja19.1 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.19.0 
 6. Beidler, Kauhajoki18.9 
 7. Griffin, ToPo18.6 
 8. Crocker, KTP18.6 
 9. Brooks, Namika L.18.5 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.2 
 2. Blue, KTP10.7 
 3. Durham, Salon Vilp.10.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.4 
 5. Newson, Kataja9.3 
 6. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.3 
 10. Brown, Kouvot7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.5 
 3. Moore, Namika L.4.5 
 4. Virtanen, Kataja4.4 
 5. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.2 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.3.8 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.3.3 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.2 
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. Jordan, Kouvot1.8 
 7. Newson, Kataja1.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 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. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 
 9. Price, Kataja0.7 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


Korisliiga Round 28: Joensuun Kataja take 21-4 record on top - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Salon between second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (17-6) and tenth ranked Salon Vilpas (10-16) on Friday night. Loimaan Korikonkarit was defeated by Salon Vilpas in a tough game on the road 68-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Loimaan Korikonkarit. Loimaan Korikonkarit was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Salon Vilpas, which allowed them to win the game. Salon Vilpas outrebounded Loimaan Korikonkarit 39-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Loimaan Korikonkarit helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 23 points and 6 assists. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Salon Vilpas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KTP. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Salon Vilpas is looking forward to face UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play on the road against LrNMKY (#6) in Lappeenranta and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (16-10) against fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (14-10) on Friday night. Visiting Kauhajoen Karhu was crushed by Tampereen Pyrinto in Tampere 85-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Antti Nikkila contributed with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for Kauhajoen Karhu. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 14-10 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Torpan Pojat in Helsinki 88-86. Worth to mention a great performance of Malik Moore who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Chase Griffin responded with 39 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh position with 7-19 record. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Namika Lahti will meet at home higher ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Torpan Pojat will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja having rather not much hope for a victory.
Leader Joensuun Kataja delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Kouvot (10-15) 96-73. The winners were led by Jared Newson who scored that evening 20 points and 5 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joensuun Kataja (21-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position. Kouvot at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Joensuun Kataja's next round opponent will be Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki. Kouvot will play at home against KTP-Basket in Kotka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. 6th ranked LrNMKY (11-14) played at the court of eighth ranked KTP-Basket (10-16). KTP-Basket defeated LrNMKY 95-85 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of LrNMKY. Tim Blue fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. KTP-Basket maintains eighth position with 10-16 record, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Loser LrNMKY keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. KTP-Basket will face higher ranked Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.



Kataja - Kouvot 96-73

Leader Joensuun Kataja delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Kouvot (10-15) 96-73. Joensuun Kataja made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 20 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) supported him with 11 points and 8 assists. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 29 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Kouvot. His fellow American import guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for lost side. Joensuun Kataja (21-4) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position. Kouvot at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Joensuun Kataja's next round opponent will be Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki. Kouvot will play at home against KTP-Basket in Kotka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Newson 20+5reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 14+3reb, B.Walker 14+2reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 13+3reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 11+3reb+8ast, S.Haanpaa 9+8reb+1ast
Kouvot: A.Brown 29+9reb, A.Akpaso 10+1ast, T.Rintala 10+6reb, I.Seppala 9+3reb+4ast, A.Jordan 9+6reb+8ast, A.Perttu 4+1reb
gschID: 141763


Salon Vilpas - Nilan Bisons 75-68

The most important game in the last round took place in Salon between second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (17-6) and tenth ranked Salon Vilpas (10-16) on Friday night. Loimaan Korikonkarit was defeated by Salon Vilpas in a tough game on the road 68-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Loimaan Korikonkarit. Loimaan Korikonkarit was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Salon Vilpas, which allowed them to win the game. Salon Vilpas outrebounded Loimaan Korikonkarit 39-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Loimaan Korikonkarit helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 23 points and 6 assists. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KTP. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Salon Vilpas is looking forward to face UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play on the road against LrNMKY (#6) in Lappeenranta and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Durham 23+13reb, E.Holloway 23+4reb+6ast, J.Fields 6+12reb, M.Sandberg 5+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 5+2reb+3ast, J.Kataja 5+3reb+2ast
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 22+6reb+3ast, M.Zeno 14+2reb, R.McDade 11+10reb, M.Koivisto 10+3reb+1ast, C.Jones 4+1reb, S.Latvala 3+2reb
gschID: 168175


Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 85-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (16-10) against fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (14-10) on Friday night. Visiting Kauhajoen Karhu was crushed by Tampereen Pyrinto in Tampere 85-61. It looked good early as Kauhajoen Karhu took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tampereen Pyrinto had a 22-11 second period charge getting the lead and Kauhajoen Karhu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-85. Tampereen Pyrinto made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Tampereen Pyrinto outrebounded Kauhajoen Karhu 46-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Kauhajoen Karhu was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) added 15 points in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 14-10 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kauhajoen Karhu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 15+12reb+6ast, A.Nikkila 15+11reb+2ast, A.Lehto 13, A.Williams 12+5reb+3ast, K.Lowe 12+6reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 12+8reb+3ast
Kauhajoki: T.Hendley 15+3reb+1ast, K.Beidler 12+15reb+2ast, H.Hirvikoski 9+3reb, V.Makalainen 9+3reb+3ast, C.Hannah 8+4reb+3ast, A.Huuskonen 4+1reb
gschID: 141760


KTP - LrNMKY 95-85

The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. 6th ranked LrNMKY (11-14) played at the court of eighth ranked KTP-Basket (10-16). KTP-Basket defeated LrNMKY 95-85 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of LrNMKY. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. LrNMKY was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. LrNMKY was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. The other American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points and 4 assists and forward Matias Ojala (197-89) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Five KTP-Basket and four LrNMKY players scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains eighth position with 10-16 record, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Loser LrNMKY keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. KTP-Basket will face higher ranked Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 30+11reb+2ast, T.Crocker 18+7reb+3ast, J.Matinen 17+5reb, M.Pounds 11+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 10+4reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 6+3reb+2ast
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 21+4reb+4ast, M.Ojala 20+4reb, D.Haynes 17+1reb+1ast, L.Hamm 10+6reb+2ast, P.Riihela 7+4reb, J.Jarvinen 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 141761


ToPo - Namika Lahti 86-88

Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Torpan Pojat in Helsinki 88-86. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Namika Lahti made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Bailey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) responded with 39 points (!!!) and 5 assists and international forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) scored 12 points. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh position with 7-19 record. Loser Torpan Pojat keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Namika Lahti will meet at home higher ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Torpan Pojat will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 20+2reb+2ast, M.Moore 20+8reb+5ast, B.Bailey 18+8reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 17+7reb+1ast, R.Suonio 5+4reb, S.Pekkola 5+6reb+1ast
ToPo: C.Griffin 39+4reb+5ast, K.Muurinen 12+4reb, H.Mottola 9+6reb, J.Wilson 7+2reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 7+2reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141762




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ProB Round 19: Boulazac Basket beats Aix-Maurienne by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Fifth-ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Boulazac Basket (16-3) in Aix-les-Bains on Friday. The visitors from Boulazac managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Aix-Maurienne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Boulazac Basket's coach Sylvain Lautie used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Aix-Maurienne. Boulazac Basket have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Aix-Maurienne at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Lille and Bordeaux. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face Nantes (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against JA Vichy (#18) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Sixteenth-ranked SPO Rouen (6-13) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-4). The visitors from Limoges managed to secure only one-point victory 88-87. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Joseph Gomis helped adding 20 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) responded with 21 points and 5 assists. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Limoges CSP Elite. They maintain second place with 15-4 record behind leader Boulazac. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Bordeaux (#6) at home in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Saint Vallier (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ALM Evreux (#13) forced the game against Nantes (#12) into an overtime, but lost by five points 74-79 on Friday night. It was an exceptional evening for David Fergerson who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 assists. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Jeremiah Wood came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for ALM Evreux in the defeat. Nantes (9-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bourg. Loser ALM Evreux dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Denain. Nantes will meet league's leader Boulazac Basket on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALM Evreux will play against Lille Metropole (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between SO Maritime Boulogne (10-9) and JL Bourg (9-10), which took place in Bourg. 8th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne lost to eleventh ranked JL Bourg in a road game 90-104. Ousmane Barro fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. JL Bourg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Nantes. SO Maritime Boulogne at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be Quimper UJAP (#17) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
The game between third ranked Chalons-Reims (13-6) and 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (4-15) in Reims on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Chalons-Reims outscored guests from Quimper 85-55. It was a very good performance for Chris Daniels who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chalons-Reims maintains third place with 13-6 record having just three points less than leader Boulazac, which they share with Fos Ouest. Quimper UJAP lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face Olympique Antibes (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimper UJAP will play against JL Bourg.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Antibes beat Le Portel on the road 87-81. Lille won against Denain on its own court 84-67. Vichy unfortunately lost to Bordeaux in a road game 69-84. Fos Ouest managed to beat St Vallier at home 90-81.



Maurienne - Boulazac 71-73

Fifth-ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Boulazac Basket (16-3) in Aix-les-Bains on Friday. The visitors from Boulazac managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Aix-Maurienne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Boulazac Basket's coach Sylvain Lautie used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) added 22 points in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Boulazac Basket have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Aix-Maurienne at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Lille and Bordeaux. Boulazac Basket are looking forward to face Nantes (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against JA Vichy (#18) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: D.Monroe 15+8reb+5ast, R.Ayers 11+5reb+1ast, F.Adjiwanou 10+1reb, A.McKenzie 9+4reb+2ast, M.Cheriet 8+2ast, T.Dubiez 5+1reb+1ast
Maurienne: D.Tucker 22+4reb+1ast, W.Brown 18+10reb+3ast, S.Darnauzan 11+2reb+5ast, B.Osby 9+12reb+2ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 6+6reb+2ast, A.Gomisz 5+1reb
gschID: 139898


Le Portel - Antibes 81-87

There was a small surprise when sixteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (7-12) beat on the road 14th ranked Le Portel (7-12) 87-81 on Friday. Le Portel was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Olympique Antibes made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated also this game. It was a very good performance for power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Trevor Huffman (185-79, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) answered with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Le Portel. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with defeated Le Portel. Le Portel lost their fifth game in a row. Olympique Antibes will face higher ranked Chalons-Reims (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Antibes: J.Allen 24+11reb+2ast, T.Huffman 17+2reb+5ast, M.Badiane 16+6reb, B.Monclar 10+1reb+1ast, L.Bengaber 9+8reb+4ast, S.Essart 7+3reb+2ast
Le Portel: C.Davis 24+5reb+1ast, R.Taylor 20+7reb+6ast, N.Wyatte 14+5reb+3ast, J.Ludon 10+4reb+1ast, M.N'Diaye 5+3reb+1ast, B.Mangin 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 139899


Nantes - Evreux 79-74 OT

ALM Evreux (#13) forced the game against Nantes (#12) into an overtime, but lost by five points 74-79 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime then ALM Evreux managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Nantes who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-12. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Nantes forced 19 ALM Evreux turnovers. Strangely ALM Evreux outrebounded Nantes 44-29 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 assists. Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Guillaume Pons (198-79) added 21 points respectively for ALM Evreux in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Nantes (9-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bourg. Loser ALM Evreux dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Denain. Nantes will meet league's leader Boulazac Basket on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALM Evreux will play against Lille Metropole (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nantes: D.Fergerson 15+4reb+12ast, N.Gayon 14+2reb+1ast, M.Badiane 14+8reb, D.Ramseyer 12+5reb+1ast, A.Charles 12+4reb+4ast, G.Watt 5+4reb
Evreux: G.Pons 21+1reb+2ast, J.Wood 12+14reb+2ast, A.Rowland 11+7reb+5ast, D.Reed 11+6reb+1ast, L.Konate 10+4reb, G.Florimont 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 139900


Chalons-Reims - Quimper 85-55

The game between third ranked Chalons-Reims (13-6) and 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (4-15) in Reims on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Chalons-Reims outscored guests from Quimper 85-55. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. Quimper UJAP was better in fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Quimper UJAP to just 7 points in second quarter. Chalons-Reims dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Quimper UJAP's 22. They outrebounded Quimper UJAP 32-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Chalons-Reims especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. It was a very good performance for American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aurelien Salmon (204-87) answered with 16 points and point guard Vincent Mouillard (187-87) added 9 points and 4 steals in the effort for Quimper UJAP. Chalons-Reims maintains third place with 13-6 record having just three points less than leader Boulazac, which they share with Fos Ouest. Quimper UJAP lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face Olympique Antibes (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimper UJAP will play against JL Bourg.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 18+3reb+1ast, N.Carter 14+3reb+2ast, C.Daniels 12+9reb+1ast, K.Corre 8+7reb+4ast, E.Plateau 8+2reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 7+1reb
Quimper: A.Salmon 16+4reb, V.Mouillard 9+2reb+3ast, W.Molas 7+1reb+2ast, G.Lessort 7+4reb+1ast, P.Paelay 7+4reb+1ast, A.McCoy 5
gschID: 139901


Rouen - Limoges 87-88

Sixteenth-ranked SPO Rouen (6-13) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-4). The visitors from Limoges managed to secure only one-point victory 88-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. SPO Rouen was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). The former international guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) helped adding 20 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) responded with 21 points and 5 assists and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (199-82, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Limoges CSP Elite and five SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Limoges CSP Elite. They maintain second place with 15-4 record behind leader Boulazac. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 13 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Bordeaux (#6) at home in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Saint Vallier (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Limoges: C.Massie 22+14reb+2ast, J.Gomis 20+2reb+7ast, L.Milbourne 15+2reb, K.McAlarney 11+4reb+4ast, J.Mipoka 10+3reb, S.Traore 7+7reb+1ast
Rouen: J.Siggers 21+4reb+5ast, C.Bronchard 17+7reb+4ast, P.Poupet 14+4reb+2ast, L.Chelle 12+2reb+1ast, A.Dunn 10+9reb+1ast, S.Dia 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 139902


Lille - Denain 84-67

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Denain Voltaire (8-11) lost on the road to eighth ranked Lille Metropole (11-8) 84-67 on Friday. The game without a history. Lille Metropole led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lille Metropole forced 22 Denain Voltaire turnovers. American players dominated also this game. Quite impressive performance for swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole's coach Fabien Romeyer used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) answered with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Denain Voltaire. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Lille Metropole. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maurienne and Bordeaux. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Lille Metropole will face ALM Evreux (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Denain Voltaire will play against Le Portel.
Top scorers:
Lille: C.Marshall 21+8reb+1ast, S.Bradford 13+7reb+1ast, A.Rigaux 13+1reb+5ast, S.Smith 12+1reb, J.Sauret 7+4reb+3ast, B.Gillet 6+1reb+2ast
Denain: J.James 18+9reb+4ast, R.Rossiter 16+13reb+1ast, N.Rohnert 15+4reb, R.Brocheray 9+4reb, L.Kante 5+4reb+2ast, F.Minet 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 151899


Bordeaux - Vichy 84-69

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Bordeaux (11-8) won against at home 18th ranked JA Vichy (3-16) 84-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Bordeaux. JA Vichy was better in second period 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bordeaux dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to JA Vichy's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by JA Vichy's players. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Naturalized Ivorian swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for JA Vichy. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bordeaux moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lille and Maurienne. Loser JA Vichy keeps the eighteenth position with 16 games lost. Bordeaux will face league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JA Vichy will play against Aix-Maurienne (#5) in Aix-les-Bains and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: J.Ford 22+3reb+1ast, K.Cunningham 14+9reb+5ast, S.Driss 13+6reb+5ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 13+3reb, G.Darrigand 9+2reb+2ast, M.Doubal 5+1reb+3ast
Vichy: W.Aka 23+5reb+1ast, S.Dondon 12+4reb, M.Jefferson 10+7reb+2ast, A.Eito 9+1reb+2ast, M.Guichard 9+4reb, E.Craven 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 139895


Bourg - Boulogne 104-90

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between SO Maritime Boulogne (10-9) and JL Bourg (9-10), which took place in Bourg. 8th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne lost to eleventh ranked JL Bourg in a road game 90-104. It looked good early as SO Maritime Boulogne took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then JL Bourg had a 25-20 second period charge getting the lead and SO Maritime Boulogne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-104. JL Bourg players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by SO Maritime Boulogne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) chipped in 26 points. point guard Zainoul Bah (188-84) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and naturalized American Tony Stanley (194-77, college: Dayton) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four JL Bourg and five SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. JL Bourg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Nantes. SO Maritime Boulogne at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. JL Bourg's next round opponent will be Quimper UJAP (#17) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Bourg: J.Cornley 26+3reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 20+3ast, O.Barro 16+15reb+1ast, D.Copeland 12+2reb+7ast, J.Sanchez 9+3reb+3ast, I.Koma 6+5reb+1ast
Boulogne: T.Stanley 20+5reb+1ast, Z.Bah 18+2reb+10ast, D.Summers 13+6reb, J.Mathis 12+5reb+1ast, C.Rouse 12+5reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139896


Fos Ouest - St Vallier 90-81

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Saint Vallier (10-9) lost on the road to fourth ranked Fos Ouest (13-6) 90-81 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-20. But Saint Vallier won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fos Ouest made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Fos Ouest outrebounded Saint Vallier 41-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. Saint Vallier was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American Bill Clark (195-88, college: Duquesne) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and David Denave (195-85) added 19 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) in the effort for Saint Vallier. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fos Ouest. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Saint Vallier lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Fos Ouest will face SO Maritime Boulogne (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Saint Vallier will play against SPO Rouen.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 23+3reb+2ast, B.Clark 18+4reb+4ast, P.Haquet 16+7reb+2ast, E.Choquet 11+2reb+1ast, K.Atamna 10+4reb+5ast, M.Hachad 7+13reb+4ast
St Vallier: S.Barrett 28+5reb+4ast, D.Denave 19+2reb+2ast, K.Shiloh 14+8reb, L.Prowell 8+5reb, M.Toti 6+1reb, H.Disy 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 139897




ProA Round 16: Le Mans lose to Sluc Nancy - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Nancy between third ranked Le Mans (11-5) and fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (12-4) on Saturday night. Le Mans was defeated by Sluc Nancy on the road 77-95. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Le Mans outrebounded Sluc Nancy 37-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. Sluc Nancy looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sluc Nancy made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for Le Mans. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Sluc Nancy are looking forward to face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Le Mans will play on the road against Entente Orleans 45 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Chorale de Roanne (7-9) 71-66. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 rebounds and Andrew Albicy who added 11 points, 6 assists and 7 steals during the contest. At the losing side American forward Rick Jackson (206-89, college: Syracuse) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Cholet and Dijon. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against JSF Nanterre (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chorale de Roanne will play against JDA Dijon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between JDA Dijon (7-9) and JSF Nanterre (6-10), which took place in Nanterre. Higher ranked JDA Dijon was outleveled in a road game by twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre 89-65 on Saturday. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by Ryvon Covile who scored that evening 13 points and 9 rebounds. Even 12 points and 5 assists by Bobby Dixon did not help to save the game for JDA Dijon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Strasbourg. JDA Dijon at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Cholet and Roanne. JSF Nanterre will meet league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JDA Dijon will play against Chorale de Roanne (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifteenth ranked Poitiers (4-12) and 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-14) in Poitiers ended with biggest points difference. Poitiers outscored guests from Toulon 91-65. Antonio Grant fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Poitiers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Hyeres-Toulon lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Poitiers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Paris-Levallois (#6).

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. Chalon beat Strasbourg on the road 74-67. ASVEL won against Le Havre on its own court 68-61. Orleans managed to outperform Cholet in a road game 86-76. Paris-Levallois managed to beat Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home 96-82.


Nancy - Le Mans 95-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Nancy between third ranked Le Mans (11-5) and fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (12-4) on Saturday night. Le Mans was defeated by Sluc Nancy on the road 77-95. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Le Mans outrebounded Sluc Nancy 37-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. Sluc Nancy looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sluc Nancy made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans. Five Sluc Nancy and four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Sluc Nancy are looking forward to face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Le Mans will play on the road against Entente Orleans 45 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nancy: B.King 27+3reb+5ast, A.Akingbala 17+4reb+1ast, J.Shuler 16+1reb+1ast, V.Samnick 11+7reb+5ast, A.Moerman 10+5reb+1ast, J.Linehan 7+1reb+7ast
Le Mans: T.Rochestie 18+6reb+9ast, A.Acker 11+2reb, J.Paulo Batista 10+7reb+1ast, A.Koffi 10+7reb+1ast, C.Kahudi 9+5reb+1ast, T.Bryant 8+5reb
gschID: 133616


Roanne - Gravelines 66-71

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Chorale de Roanne (7-9) 71-66. It looked good early as Chorale de Roanne took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gravelines-Dunkerque had a 18-15 second period charge getting the lead and Chorale de Roanne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-71. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 rebounds and international point guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) who added 11 points, 6 assists and 7 steals during the contest. At the losing side American forward Rick Jackson (206-89, college: Syracuse) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-2 record. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Cholet and Dijon. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against JSF Nanterre (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chorale de Roanne will play against JDA Dijon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Edwards 13+5reb+3ast, A.Albicy 11+3reb+6ast, J.Johnson 11+1reb+1ast, R.Jomby 9+3reb, J.Reynolds 9+4reb+1ast, L.Vaty 6+4reb
Roanne: R.Jackson 20+8reb+1ast, D.Page 18+6reb, J.Holland 13+9reb+2ast, R.Wright 8+2reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 5+8reb+1ast, M.Diabate 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 133617


Poitiers - Hyeres-Toulon 91-65

The game between fifteenth ranked Poitiers (4-12) and 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-14) in Poitiers ended with biggest points difference. Poitiers outscored guests from Toulon 91-65. The game was mostly controlled by Poitiers. Hyeres-Toulon was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hyeres-Toulon to just 5 points in first quarter. Poitiers dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hyeres-Toulon's 40. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 43-29 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Evan Fournier (199-92) chipped in 17 points. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Louis Labeyrie (209-92) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Poitiers moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Hyeres-Toulon lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Poitiers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Paris-Levallois (#6).
Top scorers:
Poitiers: E.Fournier 17+3reb+2ast, R.Wright 16+1reb+1ast, A.Grant 15+7reb+1ast, K.Younger 11+7reb+3ast, A.Dobbins 6+5reb+4ast, P.Badiane 6+4reb
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Morlende 17+4reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 16+11reb+4ast, K.Reid 9+5ast, M.Faye 9+3reb+1ast, R.Roberts 6+3reb, T.Terrell 5+5reb
gschID: 133613


Strasbourg - Chalon 67-74

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Chalon/Saor (13-3) beat on the road 11th ranked Strasbourg IG (6-10) 74-67. It looked good early as Strasbourg IG took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalon/Saor had a 20-14 second period charge getting the lead and Strasbourg IG was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-74. Chalon/Saor made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Strasbourg IG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 13-3 record behind leader Gravelines. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be Poitiers (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. Strasbourg IG will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 16+4reb+4ast, S.Tchicamboud 15+4reb+4ast, A.Aminu 11+6reb, N.Lang 9+1reb, I.Evtimov 7+4reb, M.Delaney 6+5reb+2ast
Strasbourg: A.Ajinca 17+7reb+2ast, K.Anderson 17+3reb+3ast, R.Greer 14+14reb+6ast, C.Oliver 13+10reb+1ast, N.de Jong 2+1reb+1ast, A.Toupane 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133614


Nanterre - Dijon 89-65

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between JDA Dijon (7-9) and JSF Nanterre (6-10), which took place in Nanterre. Higher ranked JDA Dijon was outleveled in a road game by twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre 89-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 66.1 percent from the field. JSF Nanterre shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 70.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by JDA Dijon's players. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored that evening 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) supported him with 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 12 points and 5 assists by point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for JDA Dijon. Swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five JSF Nanterre and four JDA Dijon 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. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Strasbourg. JDA Dijon at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Cholet and Roanne. JSF Nanterre will meet league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JDA Dijon will play against Chorale de Roanne (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: M.Riley 15+4reb+3ast, X.Corosine 14+1ast, M.Diarra 13+1reb+2ast, R.Covile 13+9reb, D.Garrett 12+2reb+4ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 10+2reb+3ast
Dijon: D.Melody 13+1reb, B.Dixon 12+3reb+5ast, A.Harris 10+3reb, Z.Moss 10+3reb, S.Marshall 9+5reb+1ast, J.Leloup 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 133615


ASVEL - Le Havre 68-61

Very expected game when 12th ranked STB Le Havre (5-11) lost to eighth ranked ASVEL (8-8) in Villeurbanne 61-68. It looked good early as STB Le Havre took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ASVEL had a 29-14 second period charge getting the lead and STB Le Havre was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-68. ASVEL players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American power forward Hilton Armstrong (208-84, college: Connecticut) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized Trinidad and Tobago guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Four ASVEL players scored in double figures. American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) produced 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) added 20 points respectively for lost side. ASVEL moved-up to seventh place. STB Le Havre at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. ASVEL's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sluc Nancy (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. STB Le Havre will play against Cholet (#10).
Top scorers:
ASVEL: H.Armstrong 16+12reb+5ast, K.Tillie 13+2reb+2ast, P.Goss 11+3reb+3ast, L.Westermann 10+3reb+6ast, P.Lacombe 8+4reb+5ast, E.Jackson 6+6reb+1ast
Le Havre: B.Boddicker 20+2reb, N.Wise 12+7reb+6ast, G.Jenkins 8+5reb+2ast, J.Cox 6+3reb+1ast, C.Leonard 5+3reb, O.Camara 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 133610


Cholet - Orleans 76-86

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (11-5) won against on the road 9th ranked Cholet (7-9) 86-76. It looked good early as Cholet took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Entente Orleans 45 had a 16-10 second period charge getting the lead and Cholet was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-86. Entente Orleans 45 made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) fired 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. International guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) produced 21 points and 7 assists and American guard Patrick Christopher (196-88, college: California) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Entente Orleans 45 have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois and Le Mans. Cholet at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Entente Orleans 45's next round opponent will be Le Mans (#4) at home. Cholet will play against STB Le Havre (#13).
Top scorers:
Orleans: G.Joseph 15+2reb, C.Banks 12+1reb+2ast, D.Monds 12+6reb, A.Sy 11+3reb+3ast, B.Greene 11+6reb+4ast, M.N'Doye 8+1reb+1ast
Cholet: P.Christopher 21+1reb, F.Causeur 21+1reb+7ast, L.Vebobe 8+7reb+1ast, R.Falker 6+5reb+1ast, R.Duport 6+3reb, K.Houston 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 133611


Paris-Levallois - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 96-82

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (4-12) lost on the road to fifth ranked Paris-Levallois (11-5) 96-82. It looked good early as Pau-Lacq-Orthez took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Paris-Levallois had a 20-16 second period charge getting the lead and Pau-Lacq-Orthez was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-96. Paris-Levallois made 33-of-41 charity shots (80.5 percent) during the game, while Pau-Lacq-Orthez only scored eleven points from the stripe. Paris-Levallois forced 20 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. 36 personal fouls committed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) fired 26 points and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) chipped in 22 points. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) produced 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Paris-Levallois moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Mans and Orleans. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Strasbourg IG.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 26+4reb+5ast, T.Meacham 22+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 12+3reb+3ast, L.Hamilton 11+16reb, V.Masingue 7+2reb+1ast, D.Noel 5+1reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 21+2reb+3ast, A.Mendy 20+3reb+3ast, C.Elonu 11+6reb+4ast, C.Marquis 9+5reb+1ast, F.Lesca 7+1reb, R.Lesca 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133612




Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 14-2 
 2. Chalon 13-3 
 3. Nancy 12-4 
 4. Le Mans 11-5 
 5. Orleans 11-5 
 6. Paris-Levallois 11-5 
 7. ASVEL 8-8 
 8. Roanne 7-9 
 9. Dijon 7-9 
 10. Cholet 7-9 
 11. Strasbourg 6-10 
 12. Nanterre 6-10 
 13. Le Havre 5-11 
 14. Poitiers 4-12 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 4-12 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-14 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Boulazac 16-3 
 2. Limoges 15-4 
 3. Chalons-Reims 13-6 
 4. Fos Ouest 13-6 
 5. Maurienne 11-8 
 6. Bordeaux 11-8 
 7. Lille 11-8 
 8. St Vallier 10-9 
 9. Boulogne 10-9 
 10. Nantes 9-10 
 11. Bourg 9-10 
 12. Denain 8-11 
 13. Evreux 8-11 
 14. Antibes 7-12 
 15. Le Portel 7-12 
 16. Rouen 6-13 
 17. Quimper 4-15 
 18. Vichy 3-16 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 14-4 
 2. St Quentin 14-4 
 3. Blois 12-6 
 4. Souffel 12-6 
 5. Orchy 12-6 
 6. Cognac 11-7 
 7. Sorgues 11-7 
 8. Roche 11-7 
 9. Lievin 10-8 
 10. Challans 9-9 
 11. Brest 9-9 
 12. Angers BC 49 8-10 
 13. Chartres 8-10 
 14. Rueil 7-11 
 15. Clermont 6-12 
 16. Le Puy 4-14 
 17. CFBB 2-16 
 18. Montbrison 2-16 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.21.7 
 2. Parker, AS.20.3 
 3. Rochestie, Le Mans19.4 
 4. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.5 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.9 
 6. Cox, Le Havre17.2 
 7. Hamilton, Paris-.17.1 
 8. Batum, Nancy17.1 
 9. Causeur, Cholet16.3 
 10. Wise, Le Havre15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamont HAMILTON
  Paris-.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Hamilton, Paris-.8.8 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.7.9 
 3. Aminu, Chalon7.8 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy7.7 
 5. Greer, Strasbourg7.4 
 6. Armstrong, AS.7.3 
 7. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 8. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.0 
 9. Vebobe, Cholet7.0 
 10. Harper, Strasbourg6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon8.4 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.8 
 3. Parker, AS.6.3 
 4. Wise, Le Havre6.0 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.8 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.1 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.9 
 8. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 9. Dixon, Dijon4.8 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.4 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.1 
 3. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.9 
 6. Wise, Le Havre1.9 
 7. Melody, Dijon1.9 
 8. Acker, Le Mans1.9 
 9. Sangare, Orleans1.7 
 10. Pellin, Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.4 
 2. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 3. Jackson, Roanne1.2 
 4. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.1.1 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.1 
 7. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 8. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 9. de Jong, Strasbou.0.9 
 10. Williams, Paris-.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Bourg
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 2. McCray, Boulogne18.3 
 3. Davis, Le Portel18.2 
 4. Denave, St Vallier18.2 
 5. Paelay, Quimper16.5 
 6. Gay, Fos Ouest16.4 
 7. Barro, Bourg16.3 
 8. Siggers, Rouen16.3 
 9. Wood, Evreux15.9 
 10. Smith, Lille15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Wood, Evreux11.4 
 2. Massie, Limoges11.3 
 3. Osby, Maurienne9.7 
 4. Rossiter, Denain9.6 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac9.5 
 6. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.9 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.8 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.8.5 
 10. Prowell, St Valli.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.1 
 2. Copeland, Bourg5.9 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.5 
 5. Mouillard, Quimper5.3 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.3 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen5.3 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.5.1 
 9. Denave, St Vallier4.9 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Charles, Nantes2.6 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.6 
 3. Paelay, Quimper2.3 
 4. Shiloh, St Vallier2.1 
 5. Eito, Vichy2.0 
 6. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier1.9 
 8. James, Denain1.9 
 9. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 10. Poupet, Rouen1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 3. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 4. Jefferson, Vichy1.3 
 5. Prowell, St Vallier0.9 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux0.9 
 7. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. Barrett, St Vallier0.9 
 10. Massie, Limoges0.9 


NM1 Round 18: Angers BC 49 defeats leader Charleville-Mezieres - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (14-4) on the court of thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by Angers BC 49 91-59. The game without a history. Angers BC 49 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Angers BC 49 outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 46-23 including a 32-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Angers BC 49 made 7 blocks. It was a good game for forward SyPir Traore (204-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) replied with 20 points for Charleville-Mezieres. Angers BC 49 (8-10) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Chartres. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with St Quentin. Angers BC 49 is looking forward to face higher ranked Sorgues (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Montbrison (#18) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Saint-Quentin (14-4) which hosted in Saint-Quentin 3rd ranked Souffelweyersheim (12-6). Second ranked Saint-Quentin managed to get a 7-point victory 73-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jimmal Ball chipped in 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Saint-Quentin have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Charleville lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Blois and Orchy. Saint-Quentin will play against Le Puy ASMB (#16) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Blois (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Etendard de Brest (#9) forced the game against Blois (#4) into an overtime, but lost by two points 92-94 on Saturday night. Ville Kaunisto notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Vaidotas Pridotkas did not help to save the game for Etendard de Brest. Blois have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Souffel and Orchy. Loser Etendard de Brest dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Challans. Blois will meet Souffelweyersheim (#4) in the next round. Etendard de Brest will play against Orchesien BC (#5) in Orchies and hope to secure a win.
The game in Sorgues was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Cognac (11-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Sorgues (11-7). Sorgues defeated Cognac 80-68. The best player for the winners was Slobodan Ocokoljic who scored 17 points and 5 assists. Sorgues moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cognac and Roche. Sorgues' next round opponent will be Angers BC 49 (#12) at home where they are favorite.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: bottom-ranked Montbrison was beaten by Lievin on the road 84-70. Clermont won against Le Puy on its own court 70-56. Challans was outscored by Roche in a road game 80-48. CFBB recorded a loss to Rueil at home 66-75. Chartres was defeated by Orchy on the opponent's court 76-66.



Lievin - Montbrison 84-70

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Lievin Basket (10-8) beat at home bottom-ranked Montbrison (2-16) 84-70. The game without a history. Lievin Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-79) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Lievin Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Polish forward Lukasz Biela (200-80) who recorded 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Frederic Giraud (190-79) added 10 points respectively. Lievin Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place. Newly promoted Montbrison stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Roche (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Montbrison will play against the league's leader Charleville-Mezieres (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Lievin: S.Cretaux 14+1reb+1ast, V.Mendy 14+9reb, A.Pierre-Joseph 13+5reb+5ast, J.Dessart 12+1reb+6ast, V.Lehut 11+2reb, A.Hoard 10+3reb+2ast
Montbrison: L.Biela 23+5reb+1ast, F.Giraud 10+3reb+1ast, C.Pegon 8+3reb+1ast, J.St Robert 7+5reb, K.Mondesir 6+4reb, R.Aubry 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 147072


Clermont - Le Puy 70-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 16th ranked Le Puy ASMB's (4-14) road loss to fifteenth ranked Stade Clermont (6-12) 56-70. The game was mostly controlled by Stade Clermont. Le Puy ASMB was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was point guard Julien Cortey (175-80) who scored 11 points and 9 assists. Center Karim Ouattara (212-70) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Yohann Jacques (204-90) who recorded 17 points and swingman Guillaume Sene (197-86) added 13 points respectively. Stade Clermont maintains fifteenth position with 6-12 record. Le Puy ASMB at the other side keeps the sixteenth place with 14 games lost. Stade Clermont's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rueil (#14) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Le Puy ASMB will play against the league's second-placed Saint-Quentin where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Clermont: B.Matanga 16+3reb, K.Ouattara 14+6reb, X.Delarue 11+4reb+2ast, J.Cortey 11+4reb+9ast, S.Naydenov 6+1ast, M.Diakite 5+2reb
Le Puy: Y.Jacques 17+4reb, G.Sene 13+2reb, R.Wilson 10+2reb, S.Borval 6+3reb+1ast, M.Gotagni 6+3reb, A.Daube 4+3reb+7ast
gschID: 147073


Blois - Brest 94-92 OT

Etendard de Brest (#9) forced the game against Blois (#4) into an overtime, but lost by two points 92-94 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 27-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Blois forced 19 Etendard de Brest turnovers. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) supported him with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) did not help to save the game for Etendard de Brest. Spanish center Rafael Lopez (204-86) added 19 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Blois have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Souffel and Orchy. Loser Etendard de Brest dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Challans. Blois will meet Souffelweyersheim (#4) in the next round. Etendard de Brest will play against Orchesien BC (#5) in Orchies and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Blois: J.Tornato 20+9reb+3ast, G.Staelens 19+3reb+3ast, B.Recoura 14+1reb+3ast, V.Kaunisto 13+18reb+4ast, P.Brochard 13+3reb+3ast, T.Delon 6+1reb+1ast
Brest: V.Pridotkas 20+11reb+4ast, R.Lopez 19+14reb+1ast, A.Liorel 17+1reb+6ast, J.Doreau 12+4reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 11+3reb+5ast, B.Vounang 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 147070


Sorgues - Cognac 80-68

The game in Sorgues was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Cognac (11-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Sorgues (11-7). Sorgues defeated Cognac 80-68. The game without a history. Sorgues led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Mathieu Bigote (187-84) who recorded 17 points and American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sorgues moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cognac and Roche. Sorgues' next round opponent will be Angers BC 49 (#12) at home where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 17+3reb+5ast, D.Griffin 14+6reb+1ast, V.Ateba 12+5reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 12+1reb, A.Thinon 9, X.Pasut 8+5reb
Cognac: M.Bigote 17+4reb+1ast, I.Caskill 12+6reb+2ast, J.Moupegnou 12+2reb+1ast, J.Godin 10+4reb+4ast, N.Kaczmarow 7+7reb+4ast, M.Buval 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147071


Angers BC 49 - Charleville 91-59

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (14-4) on the court of thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by Angers BC 49 91-59. The game without a history. Angers BC 49 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Angers BC 49 outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 46-23 including a 32-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Angers BC 49 made 7 blocks. It was a good game for forward SyPir Traore (204-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) replied with 20 points and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Angers BC 49 (8-10) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Chartres. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with St Quentin. Angers BC 49 is looking forward to face higher ranked Sorgues (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Montbrison (#18) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: S.Traore 30+11reb+3ast, T.Pearson 20+12reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 15+6reb+3ast, T.Ramphort 10+6reb+4ast, O.Sulpice 8+7reb+7ast, A.Fellah 5+4reb+7ast
Charleville: C.Belser 20+4reb+2ast, F.Calvez 10+1reb+7ast, T.Toney 8+8reb+3ast, C.Guillarme 6+1reb+1ast, N.Racon 5+3reb+1ast, D.Pistre 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147066


Roche - Challans 80-48

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Roche (11-7) rolled over at home 11th ranked Vendee Challans (9-9) 80-48. The game without a history. Roche led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vendee Challans to just 7 points in first quarter. Roche dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Vendee Challans' 26 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Roche forced 20 Vendee Challans turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) who scored 21 points and 5 assists. Forward Patrick Clerence (202-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) who recorded 10 points and 7 rebounds and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) added 11 points respectively. Roche moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cognac and Sorgues. Vendee Challans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be Lievin Basket (#9) at home. Vendee Challans will play against CFBB in Paris.
Top scorers:
Roche: M.Diallo 21+2reb+5ast, P.Clerence 14+5reb+1ast, E.Andre 13+6reb+1ast, R.Pegon 9+8reb+1ast, F.Bateko 9+1reb+1ast, S.Neri 5+2reb+2ast
Challans: F.Herard 11+4reb, J.Almanson 10+7reb, G.Renon 8+4reb+2ast, S.Cherasse 6+3reb, S.Girma 6+4reb+2ast, N.Gouacide 2+5reb
gschID: 147067


CFBB - Rueil 66-75

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked CFBB (2-16) lost to fourteenth ranked Rueil (7-11) in Paris 66-75. After very bad start, CFBB stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 3 points 38-35. But it was not enough and Rueil took back the control in second half. They shot 60.9 percent from the field. Rueil had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Moroccan forward Karim Gourari (195-84) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and guard Anthony Racine (190-94) added 15 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Rueil maintains fourteenth position with 7-11 record. CFBB at the other side keeps the seventeenth place with 16 games lost. Rueil's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) at home. CFBB will play against Vendee Challans.
Top scorers:
Rueil: K.Gourari 19+5reb+2ast, M.Diame 15+5reb+1ast, M.Niakate 14+4reb+2ast, S.Cabarkapa 11+11reb+1ast, C.Mansare 7+1reb, G.Mdivani 5+4reb+2ast
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 18+15reb+1ast, A.Racine 15+4reb+6ast, B.Dallo 13+4reb+2ast, C.Pontens 7+2ast, A.Chassang 6+4reb+1ast, L.Paoletti 4
gschID: 147068


St Quentin - Souffel 73-66

An interesting game for Saint-Quentin (14-4) which hosted in Saint-Quentin 3rd ranked Souffelweyersheim (12-6). Second ranked Saint-Quentin managed to get a 7-point victory 73-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. Souffelweyersheim was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 26-14 charge of Saint-Quentin, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 26 Souffelweyersheim turnovers. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) chipped in 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) scored 16 points. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Charleville lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. They share the position with Blois and Orchy. Saint-Quentin will play against Le Puy ASMB (#16) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Blois (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 17+13reb, J.Ball 15+3reb+2ast, K.Howell 13+2reb+2ast, K.Bichard 9+2reb+1ast, G.Sylvain 8+1reb, D.Williams 4+6reb+1ast
Souffel: J.Tschamber 16+2reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 11+9reb+2ast, F.Broliron 11+1reb, S.Kancel 10+2reb, J.Alingue 9+8reb+1ast, J.Bach 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 147069


Orchy - Chartres 76-66

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Orchesien BC (12-6) defeated 12th ranked Chartres (8-10) in Orchies 76-66. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 23-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Orchesien BC made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) who scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Orchesien BC have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Blois and Souffel. Chartres lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be Etendard de Brest (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Chartres will play against Cognac.
Top scorers:
Orchy: D.Petrovic 19+4reb, J.Bluntt 14+8reb+1ast, D.Cilly 9+3reb+3ast, A.Gacko 8+3reb, D.Hayes 8+6reb, E.Barbry 8+6reb+3ast
Chartres: L.Avramovic 20+13reb, M.Ipouck 10+5reb, Z.Bojovic 9+2reb, M.Vasic 9+5reb, G.Merie 7+4reb+4ast, H.Jalce 6+2reb
gschID: 147065




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Vaidotas PRIDOTKAS
  Brest
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Pridotkas, Brest18.1 
 2. Bluntt, Orchy17.4 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois17.3 
 4. Belser, Charleville17.1 
 5. Petrovic, Orchy16.9 
 6. Bigote, Cognac16.7 
 7. Thomas, Roche15.9 
 8. Almanson, Challans15.8 
 9. Staelens, Blois15.8 
 10. Pearson, Angers B.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.2 
 2. Caskill, Cognac10.6 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB10.3 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin9.1 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest8.5 
 6. Mendy, Lievin8.4 
 7. Pearson, Angers B.8.3 
 8. Avramovic, Chart.8.1 
 9. Aubry, Montbrison7.7 
 10. Diame, Rueil7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.7 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.5 
 3. Brochard, Blois4.9 
 4. Ball, St Quentin4.9 
 5. Daube, Le Puy4.8 
 6. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 7. Dessart, Lievin4.3 
 8. Cortey, Clermont4.2 
 9. Berquier, Chartres4.1 
 10. Godin, Cognac4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Damien PISTRE
  Charleville
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 2. Toto N''Kote, Roche1.9 
 3. Calvez, Charleville1.9 
 4. Bigote, Cognac1.8 
 5. Cretaux, Lievin1.7 
 6. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 7. Ball, St Quentin1.7 
 8. Bichard, St Quentin1.7 
 9. Gourari, Rueil1.7 
 10. Diallo, Roche1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel1.8 
 2. Caskill, Cognac1.7 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 5. Ipouck, Chartres1.3 
 6. Morin, CFBB1.2 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 8. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 9. Diame, Rueil1.0 
 10. Toney, Charleville0.9 


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: France rout Ukraine - by Eurobasket Center
France U16-Ukraine U16 83:42



France opened Turk Telecom U16 Tournament with the victory. They easily rolled over Ukraine 83:42 in the opener.
France started the game with 18-8 and never looked behind. They added 25-14 in the second quarter to take 43:22 halftime advantage. Moreover both last frames also belonged to the favorites as they limited Ukraine with 10 points in the third and the last quarter. France won the third period 13-10 and finished the game with 27-10.
Cyrille Vanerot (194-F-96) stepped up with 20 points and Erwan Ruiz netted 11. Stephane Gombauld delivered 9, while Fabrice Diard scored 8. Oleksandr Kobets ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Sergiy Pryymak notched 8.
This year, the tournaments games is going to be played at Sakarya Atatrk and Lutfu Yaman sport halls. Turkey U16 National Mens Team along with Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine will participate in the tournament, between January 28th and February 5th.

France U16: Cyrille Vanerot 20, Erwan Ruiz 11, Stephane Gombauld 9, Fabrice Diard 8
Ukraine U16: Oleksandr Kobets 25, Sergiy Pryymak 8




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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 13-2 
 2. MZT Skopje 12-3 
 3. Torus Skopje 11-4 
 4. Lirija 10-5 
 5. Rabotnicki 7-8 
 6. Kumanovo 6-9 
 7. Vardar 4-10 
 8. Kozuv 2-12 
 9. ABA Strumica 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Brooks, ABA S.21.0 
 2. Boswell, ABA S.19.3 
 3. Radulovic, Vardar18.5 
 4. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 5. Gecevski, MZT S.17.6 
 6. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 8. Filipovic, Lirija16.9 
 9. Nikolovski, Feni I.16.7 
 10. Dahlman, MZT S.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.9.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.8.7 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.9 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.9 
 6. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus7.3 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Simic, Lirija6.4 
 10. Cole, Rabotnicki6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar KARADZOVSKI
  Torus S.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Karadzovski, Torus3.7 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 3. Morban, Lirija3.5 
 4. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 5. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.1 
 6. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.1 
 7. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.0 
 9. Cekovski, MZT S.2.9 
 10. Stojanovski, MZT2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.6 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Morban, Lirija1.5 
 4. Filipovic, Lirija1.5 
 5. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar1.2 
 7. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 8. Simonovski, Feni I.1.2 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 10. Bogoev, Rabotnic.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus0.9 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 6. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 7. Simic, Lirija0.8 
 8. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 9. Tasovski, Rabotnic.0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 


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Giorgi Shermadini's Free Throws - by Geo Basket
Basketball junkie Yarone Arbel has been traveling the globe to watch games for almost a decade. He works as an analyst for official websites of the top competitions and events in European basketball. He also uses his experience and broad network of connections to provide consulting and scouting services for clubs at all levels.

In what has become almost a ritual, Bennet Cantu used the push of its fans to get another narrow home win. After a 1-point win over Olympiacos and a 3-point win over Caja Laboral, now came 79-78 over Zalgiris. It was what we like to call 'a great Top 16 game.' Two crazy shots to beat the shot clock on each side, both made it to the Top 10 plays of the week, a great comeback and a thrilling finish. Once again Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) was the man to make the final play to decide, this time with a single point and then a single miss from the foul line that we'll get back to shortly. With eight minutes to go, Zalgiris was up by 13, but the hosts took over with a great blitz. Then came the most impressive part. Both teams hit 15 free throws in a row in the closing minute. The miss to break the streak was an intentional one by Sonny Weems, who took his own rebound to tie the score with 3 seconds to go. Then Shermadini went to the foul line and made his first to push Cantu's streak to 11 made free throws in a row. He missed the last one, but that forced Zalgiris to take a tough long shot that missed and Cantu won the game. Cantu was 8 of 12 until the last minute from the foul line, and added 11 in 12 to take a very important win. One that made Maccabi's coach David Blatt say: 'Now we'll fight with Cantu for the second spot in the group.' No bigger compliment than that for Cantu and its Coach Andrea Trinchieri, yet Cantu isn't looking for compliments. That's why it's fighting with Maccabi for the second spot in Group H.
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Jermaine Bucknor Moves To The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Canadian national player Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) is headed back to Germany to play in the Beko BBL joining the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg until the end of the season.'He is a physical player, quick and can shoot from outside. Whereever he has played, he has given his team energy, got rebounds and defended well. I am looking forward to new impulses from him on offense', stated s.Oliver Baskets head coach John Patrick. Bucknor is a 28 year old 199cm forward from Edmonton, Canada. Bucknor last played in Argentina for Libertad Sunchales where he played 17 games averaging 8,5ppg, 5,1rpg and 1,0apg in 22 minutes per game. The Beko BBL got a taste of his game last season as he played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt playing 12 games: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.6%; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg. Who could forget his strong effort in Hagen where he led Frankfurt to a victory with his hot three point scoring. After his stint with Frankfurt, he finished the season with Club 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (Argentina-LigaA) playing 18 games: 14.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.4%. Bucknor started his basketball career in 2001 with Richmond (NCAA) and played there until 2006. In 2006, he started his professional basketball career with Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProB): 12 games: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 79.3%; left in Dec.'06, in Jan.'07 tested by Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL): 16 games: 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 57.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (France-ProB): French League: 24 games: 12.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 76.1%; 24 games: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 75.0%; in May '08 agreed terms with Edmonton Chill (Canada-IBL). In 2008-2009, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 10 games: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 81.8%, in Feb.'09 moved to Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (France-ProB): 12 games: 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 93.2%. In 2009-2010, he returned back to Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 31 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 82.4%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NIT Quarterfinals -02, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -02, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -04, Canadian National Team-04, 05, Tournament of the Americas (Copa America) in Santo Domingo -05, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -06, Canadian National Team -06-07, 09-10, Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07, Marchand Cup -09: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb, 1block, FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -09 (Semifinals): 9 games: 4.4ppg, 2.6rpg, and the World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg.

Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 16-2 
 2. Ratiopharm 15-2 
 3. Art.Dragons 14-5 
 4. ALBA 11-6 
 5. NY Phantoms 11-7 
 6. s.Oliver Baskets 11-8 
 7. EWE Baskets 10-8 
 8. B.Muenchen 10-9 
 9. Bremerhaven 9-9 
 10. Telekom Baskets 9-9 
 11. Bayreuth 8-10 
 12. Fraport SKY 8-11 
 13. Walter Tigers 7-12 
 14. LTi 46ers 7-12 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 7-12 
 16. EnBW L'burg 5-13 
 17. TBB Trier 5-13 
 18. Goettingen 2-17 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.8 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.17.6 
 3. Carter, Phoenix16.3 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.15.7 
 5. Jonusas, Phoenix15.6 
 6. Foster, B.Muenchen14.7 
 7. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.14.2 
 9. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.2 
 10. Burrell, EWE B.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Evans, Goettingen8.5 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.3 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 5. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 6. Davidson, Fraport7.5 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.4 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm6.9 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen6.7 
 10. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.3 
 4. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 5. Brown, EWE Baskets5.1 
 6. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.6 
 8. Gibson, Bayreuth4.2 
 9. Everett, Bremerha.4.2 
 10. Campbell, Walter4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.8 
 2. Dorris, EnBW L.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.6 
 4. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.5 
 5. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 8. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 9. Wood, ALBA1.3 
 10. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.0 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.6 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 6. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.3 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 9. Boone, s.Oliver.0.9 
 10. Redding, Walter T.0.9 


Rolando Little has left Cottbus - by Moritz Korff
Rolando Little (206-F-86, college: Idaho St.), second leading scorer and leading rebounder of 1. Regionalliga North team White Devils Cottbus, has suddenly disappeared from Germany without notifying anyone, as the club announced, and has reportedly accepted a more attractive offer to play in Kosovo. 'We were shocked. That's a bitter pill to swallow at this point in the season', the club's chairman Sebastian Tempel stated. 'Everybody on the team will help to find a replacement and everybody agrees that this action has been non-professional and morally indefensible', the article says on the White Devils' website.
The Devils will have to make a quick decision, which player to sign instead of Little, as the Regionalliga transfer period expires on January 31st.


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) We Had Some Pretty Intense Battles In My Gottingen Days Against Pascal Roller - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket about the game against BG Goettingen January 28th.

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

Resting, relaxing and recharging the battery. I got a chance to see my brother play a college basketball game. And they got the win. It was definitely the highlight of the trip.

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

All around. There isn't one area where we don't need to continue to improve but our focus will remain on defense. Offensively we're going to have some off days, but we know our D can keep us in any game.

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

That's a tough question. I would say Maxi Kleber. I personally think he's going to be an NBA player if he continues to work hard. He has all the tools, and has been tremendous for us thus far.

What do you remember most from the 92-60 win in the first half against BG Goettingen?

Just seeing so many familiar faces. Both on the court and in the crowd. It was bittersweet to compete against former teammates and have fans that used to root for me, root against me.

How difficult will this game be for you concerning what that organization has gone through and what you achieved with them the last years?

When you get out on the court it's just another game. Obviously it would mean a lot to get this win, but moreso because we want to get back on track and not so much because it's Gottingen.


What will be key in getting the win?

We have to control the pace, rebound the ball and get some easy baskets. If we can do that we will put ourselves in a good position to win the game. We also don't want to make the mistake of being too over-motivated.


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

I don't know what to make of the NBA this season. 66 games in 100 days seems like a lot and if you get hot, these wins can be rattled off in no time at all.

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

Absolutely not, they look old and washed up. They need to make some serious moves to be able to compete with the teams now.

What is your fondest memory of Pascal Roller on the court? He is having his farewell game this Saturday in Frankfurt.

I don't know if I have any fond memories of Pascal Roller. We had some pretty intense battles in my Gottingen days, however, a guy who I played against in High School (Keith Simmons, Former Frankfurt Skyliner) spoke highly of Roller as a leader and teammate. I wish him well in his life after basketball.

Thanks Jason for the chat.




BG Goettingen Haul In Darrell Tucker - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Nothing has come easy for 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen this season and continue to be in the Beko BBL cellar and with hopes of jumping out have stabilized their roster with experience bringing in Darrell Tucker (206-C/F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF). Tucker is a 31 year old 206cm forward from Oakland, California. He can score from anywhere, inside or out. Can also hit a three pointer. Also, he blocks shots, is a tenacious rebounder and plays outstanding defense. He played at USF (NCAA) from 1999-2003 and in his senior year played 23 games: 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 18ast. In 2003-2004, he started his professional basketball career with Cimberio Novara (Ita-Legadue) tested in September but not signed, was also tested by Brandt Hagen (1.Bundesliga) and Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-1A): Euroleague: 2 games: 0.5ppg, 1reb; Adriatic League: 3 games: 0.7ppg, 2reb. In 2004-2005, he played for : Huntsville Flight (NBDL): waived in Nov.'04 before the season started, at the beginning of Jan.'05 signed at Antranik Beirut (Lebanon-Div.A), left in April '05: 14 games: Score-5 (22.6ppg), Reb-3 (11.3rpg), 1.6apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 30.0%. In 2005-2006, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProA): 34 games: 11.6ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 83.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-DBL), left in March'07: 22 games: 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 63.4%. In 2007-2008, he played for Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie): ULEB Cup: 9 games: 17.2ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 48.7%, FT: 91.7%; Dutch League: 39 games: 15.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 83.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 11 games: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 70.8%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 15.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, left team in Dec.'08, then moved to An Nasr (United Arab Emirates-D1). In 2009-2010, he played for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 5 games: 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 45.5%; left in Feb.'10, in Mar.'10 moved to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 76.2%. Last season, he played for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League): 14 games: 5.3ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 72.7%, left in March'11 Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been All-WAC Team -00, WAC Freshman of the Year -00, All-WCC Honorable Mention -01, All-WCC Team -02, Dutch Cup Winner -08, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention -08, Dutch Eredivisie Finalist -08, and Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game -08.

Source: BG Goettingen


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Germany closed Day 1 with the win - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16-Germany U16 47:58

Germany U16 closed Day 1 of the Turk Telecom U16 International Tournament with the victory. The German team overcame Montenegro U16 58:47.
This year, the tournaments games is going to be played at Sakarya Ataturk and Lutfu Yaman sport halls. Turkey U16 National Mens Team along with Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine will participate in the tournament, between January 28th and February 5th.
Germany opened the game with 17-10 and led 7 points at the halftime after 11-11 in the second quarter. Moreover they added 12-9 in the third quarter and finished the game with 18-17.
Andreas Obst (190-G-96) stepped up with 14 points and Joschka Ferner (200-F-96) followed him with 12. Kevin Casper (199-F-96) and Lennart Okeke (188-G-96) supported them with 6 points apiece. Lazar Pavicevic (184-G-96) finished the night with 14 points, while Vasilije Knezevic collected 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Montenegro U16: Lazar Pavicevic 14, Vasilije Knezevic 12+16 rebs
Germany U16: Andreas Obst 14, Joschka Ferner 12, Kevin Casper 6, Lennart Okeke 6



Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pascal Roller Was Clutch! - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 27 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. In 2009-2010, he moved to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 37 games: 14.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 78.7% . This season, he played with Vanoli-Braga Cremona (Italy-SerieA ) averaging 4,1ppg and 2,7rpg in seven games. Recently, he moved to the Artland Dragons and he took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against Phoenix Hagen January 28th.

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

Not much of a break for us so the coolest thing for me was probably watching an episode of ' Dexter'

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

Defense.

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

It feels like I just got here so its hard to say.

What do you remember most from the 109-59 romp over Phoenix Hagen recently?

We played great team basketball.

Phoenix Hagen is a very dangerous team. They recently brought back Patrick Sparks to the Beko BBL. What do you remember from his play years ago at Kentucky?

I think I remember him shooting the ball well and them making a good run in the tourney

What will be key in getting the win on Saturday?

Defense

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

Yes, but the Spurs being on top is no surprise

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

Sure, its still early

What is your fondest memory of Pascal Roller on the court? He is having his farewell game this Saturday.

I remember him hitting a crucial 3 after a free throw offensive rebound late in a game last season that gave them a chance to win after we had been winning the entire game. Clutch!

Thanks Brandon for the chat.




Jermaine Bucknor joins s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket Center
s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg agreed terms with 29-year old Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). In his first game he scored 2 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Goettingen 63-53. Bucknor played most recently at Libertad Sunchales (Argentina). While playing 17 games for Libertad S. this season he averaged 8.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.0apg. Bucknor is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Poland, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Bucknor graduated from University of Richmond in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.0 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.2 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.17.6 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Tapoutos, Aris16.2 
 6. Beck, Ikaros16.1 
 7. Baxter, Ikaros16.0 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.7 
 9. Dikoudis, PAOK14.9 
 10. James, Aris14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.6 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.8 
 3. Stepheson, Panio.7.7 
 4. Bavcic, KAOD7.3 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Kommatos, Marousi6.7 
 7. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 8. NaNa, Ilysiakos6.4 
 9. O''Bryant, Kavala6.1 
 10. Giddens, PAOK6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.2 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.8 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.4 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.6 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.3 
 10. Mocnik, Perister.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wright, AGOR2.2 
 2. Thompson, Ilysi.1.9 
 3. James, Aris1.9 
 4. Baxter, Ikaros1.8 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 7. Christmas, AGOR1.4 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.4 
 9. Logan, Panathin.1.4 
 10. Diamantidis, Pana.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.8 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.6 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.3 
 5. Edwards, Perister.1.0 
 6. Elegar, Marousi1.0 
 7. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.8 
 9. Gardener, Ilysiakos0.7 
 10. Giddens, PAOK0.7 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.21.4 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.20.1 
 3. Vasilopoulos, AEK18.3 
 4. Psileas, Lavrio17.6 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.6 
 6. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.2 
 7. Magounis, Panele.16.9 
 8. Pettas, Doxa L.16.9 
 9. Sinadinovic, AEK/A.16.4 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dimitris LOLAS
  Amyntas .
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Lolas, Amyntas8.6 
 2. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.4 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI8.3 
 4. Krolo, Apollon Pat.8.2 
 5. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.2 
 6. Sklavos, AEK7.8 
 7. Macheras, Panery.7.6 
 8. Paschalis, Perama7.3 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.2 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.7.5 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.8 
 3. Nikou, Panelefs.5.7 
 4. Koronidis, Perama5.6 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.1 
 6. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.5 
 7. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.3 
 8. Makris, Pagrati4.2 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.1 
 10. Kyriakopoulo., Pa.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Evaggelis MARGARITIS
  Ikaroi S.
  (202-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Margaritis, Ikaroi2.0 
 2. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.8 
 3. Pettas, Doxa L.1.8 
 4. Magounis, Panele.1.8 
 5. Petrovic-S., Apoll.1.7 
 6. Papadakis, Arkad.1.5 
 7. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.5 
 8. Iliadis, Ermis L.1.4 
 9. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.4 
 10. Kallianotis, Pane.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.1 
 2. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI0.9 
 4. Libaris-P., Doxa L.0.9 
 5. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.8 
 6. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.7 
 7. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.7 
 8. Katiakos, OFI0.6 
 9. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.6 
 10. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 13-3 
 2. Apollon Patras 12-4 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 10-6 
 4. AEK 10-6 
 5. Arkadikos 9-7 
 6. Lavrio 9-7 
 7. Doxa Lefkadas 9-7 
 8. Nea Kifisia 9-7 
 9. OFI 8-8 
 10. Perama Ermis 8-8 
 11. Ermis Lagkada 8-8 
 12. Amyntas Dafnis 7-9 
 13. Panerythraikos 6-10 
 14. Pagrati 5-11 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 5-11 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-16 


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


Greeks of Diaspora - by Chris Mammides
Like every weekend, eurobasket is presenting you another Greek of Diaspora, this time is the power forward of Endicott College, Andre Makris (204-F/C-94). Makris is doing amazing games this season and was voted last week as the top performer of the week and the Rookie of the Week - Endicott College freshman forward Andre Makris (Southbury, Conn.) continued a strong start to his inaugural season as a Gull, netting a game-high 17 points in an 82-60 victory at Green Mountain. In addition, Makris matched teammate Aaron Karkow with a game-best 10 rebounds. In 32 minutes of play, Makris shot 54% from the field (7-of-13) and 75% from the free-throw line (3-of-4), while adding three blocked shots.
Andre Makris is a 6-10' forward who can play quite easy both the places of the forward position but also since he has amazing reflexes in the court and great defencive skills in many occasions he does play also in the center position.


Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Greek-American player!!



A2 Round 16: Apollon Patras edge Periko/Arhelaos by three points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Fifteenth-ranked Periko/Arhelaos (5-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Apollon Patras (12-4) on Saturday. Apollon Patras managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 29-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Apollon Patras made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Periko/Arhelaos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. Apollon Patras' coach used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Apollon Patras have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Panelefsiniakos. Periko/Arhelaos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Pagrati. Apollon Patras are looking forward to face AEK (#4) in Athens in the next round. Periko/Arhelaos will play at home against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos (#1) in Eleusina and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked AEK (10-6) against sixth ranked Arkadikos (9-7) on Saturday night. Visiting AEK was defeated by Arkadikos in Arkadia 82-69. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Giorgos Kopsaftis contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Dimitris Despos (209-76, agency: FCM) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for AEK. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. AEK at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Ikaroi Serron. Arkadikos will play against bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AEK will play against the league's second-placed Apollon Patras (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Panelefsiniakos delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked OFI (8-8) 86-73 in Eleusina. Worth to mention a quality performance of Giannis Kyriakopoulos who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Alexis Bardas responded with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panelefsiniakos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Newly promoted OFI dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Perama Ermis and Ermis Lagkada. Panelefsiniakos will meet Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. OFI will play against Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 108-69 loss to tenth ranked Nea Kifisia (9-7) in Athens. The winners were led by Panag Koukounias who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Coach Elias Papatheodorou's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nea Kifisia have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. Nea Kifisia's next round opponent will be Lavrio (#6) on the road. AEK/Argous will play against Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Thirteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (7-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Lavrio (9-7) 79-77 on Saturday evening. Leonidas Zoupas fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Amyntas Dafnis' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Lavrio keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face higher ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lavrio will play against Nea Kifisia in Athens.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Pagrati was defeated by Ikaroi Serron in Serres 78-64. Perama Ermis beat Panerythraikos at home 82-73. Doxa Lefkadas won against Ermis Lagkada on the opponent's court 84-79.
The best stats of 16th round was 31 points and 12 rebounds by Giannis Kakiouzis of Lavrio.



Arkadikos - AEK 82-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked AEK (10-6) against sixth ranked Arkadikos (9-7) on Saturday night. Visiting AEK was defeated by Arkadikos in Arkadia 82-69. AEK was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Arkadikos made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Arkadikos players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. AEK was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Giorgos Kopsaftis (192-83, agency: FCM) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Center Dimitris Despos (209-76, agency: FCM) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Antonis Mantzaris (196-86) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for AEK. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. AEK at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Ikaroi Serron. Arkadikos will play against bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. AEK will play against the league's second-placed Apollon Patras (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: P.Kosanovic 19+3reb, G.Kopsaftis 17+4reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 12+9reb+4ast, S.Tosic 11+2reb+1ast, S.Gizogiannis 9+3reb, M.Papadakis 8+2reb+10ast
AEK: D.Despos 19+11reb, A.Mantzaris 17+6reb+1ast, V.Sklavos 15+6reb+3ast, F.Vasilopoulos 9+1reb+10ast, N.Kourtis 5+4reb, A.Siamandouras 2+2reb
gschID: 138443


Apollon Patras - Periko/Arhelaos 75-72

Fifteenth-ranked Periko/Arhelaos (5-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Apollon Patras (12-4) on Saturday. Apollon Patras managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 29-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Apollon Patras made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Periko/Arhelaos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. Apollon Patras' coach used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Thodoris Panaras (195-77) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Periko/Arhelaos players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Panelefsiniakos. Periko/Arhelaos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Pagrati. Apollon Patras are looking forward to face AEK (#4) in Athens in the next round. Periko/Arhelaos will play at home against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos (#1) in Eleusina and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 20+10reb+5ast, G.Petropoulos 19+1reb, N.Argyropoylos 16+4reb+7ast, I.Krolo 7+6reb, D.Virijevic 6+2reb, G.Lianos 5+7reb+1ast
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Maltesios 18+2reb, K.Bechlivanis 17+6reb+4ast, T.Panaras 15+6reb+3ast, D.Marmarinos 12+3reb, P.Martzos 4+5reb, G.Foutsitzis 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 138444


Panelefsiniakos - OFI 86-73

Leader Panelefsiniakos delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked OFI (8-8) 86-73 in Eleusina. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-73. Panelefsiniakos shot 60.7 percent from the field. They also forced 22 OFI turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 assists and forward Christos Deligiannis (204-84, agency: FCM) who added 16 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Alexis Bardas (189-81) responded with 19 points and American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panelefsiniakos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-3 record. Newly promoted OFI dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Perama Ermis and Ermis Lagkada. Panelefsiniakos will meet Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. OFI will play against Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: C.Deligiannis 16+4reb+4ast, G.Kyriakopoulos 16+2reb+6ast, T.Nikou 14+3reb+4ast, S.Magounis 13+2reb+2ast, N.Mantzioris 10+1reb+1ast, V.Giannoulakos 8+5reb
OFI: A.Bardas 19+2reb+1ast, D.Lewis 14+4reb, G.Kerasovitis 8+3reb+4ast, D.Katiakos 7+5reb, K.Balafas 7+2reb, A.Sizopoulos 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 138445


Ikaroi Serron - Pagrati 78-64

There was no surprise in Serres where 14th ranked Pagrati (5-11) was defeated by fourth ranked Ikaroi Serron (10-6) 78-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ikaroi Serron made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Power forward Evaggelis Margaritis (202-82) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Ikaroi Serron's coach Stathis Kamarakis gave the chance to play for all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ikaroi Serron have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK. Pagrati lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Ikaroi Serron will face OFI (#9) in Heraklion in the next round where they are favorite. Pagrati will play at home against Perama Ermis (#10).
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: E.Margaritis 24+8reb+1ast, F.Simeonidis 14+11reb+3ast, K.Totsios 13+3reb+4ast, G.Theodorakos 9+1reb+2ast, K.Pehlivanis 7+2reb, S.Kaberidis 5+5ast
Pagrati: A.Koutroulias 17+11reb+2ast, A.Sigounas 14+5reb, S.Veskoukis 12+4reb+3ast, G.Dimakos 8+7reb+2ast, A.Raptis 6+5reb, C.Vidalis 5+5ast
gschID: 138446


Perama Ermis - Panerythraikos 82-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Perama Ermis' (8-8) home victory over 12th ranked Panerythraikos (6-10) 82-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-73. Perama Ermis made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Panerythraikos was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) fired 21 points and 8 assists for the winners. Center Kostas Paschalis (208-75) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Perama Ermis players scored in double figures. Forward Sotiris Katoufas (206-79) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Perama Ermis moved-up to ninth place, which they share with OFI and Ermis Lagkada. Panerythraikos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Perama Ermis will face Pagrati (#14) in Athens in the next round where they are favorite. Panerythraikos will play at home against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perama Ermis: N.Michalos 21+3reb+8ast, K.Paschalis 19+8reb, A.Koronidis 12+1reb+6ast, M.Milicevic 10+5reb, L.Skoutaris 9+10reb+3ast, V.Delis 5+1reb
Panerythraikos: S.Katoufas 18+11reb+3ast, K.Macheras 17+10reb+1ast, G.Rodostoglou 14+2reb+2ast, S.Kontoudis 8+2reb+3ast, T.Straganiotis 4+1ast, C.Lakkas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 138447


Ermis Lagkada - Doxa Lefkadas 79-84

Everything could happen in Lagadas at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Doxa Lefkadas and 9th ranked Ermis Lagkada had identical 8-7 record. But Ermis Lagkada was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Lefkadas 84-79 on Saturday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Doxa Lefkadas made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. Ermis Lagkada was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vasilis Vagenas (202-80) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Doxa Lefkadas players scored in double figures. The former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) produced 24 points and 4 assists and center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Doxa Lefkadas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Doxa Lefkadas will face Amyntas Dafnis (#12) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ermis Lagkada will play on the road against Panerythraikos in New Eritrea.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: N.Pettas 22+7reb+3ast, V.Vagenas 20+6reb+3ast, V.Ekine 11+2reb+1ast, K.Tsotsos 11+5reb, M.Pekovic 8+3reb+3ast, O.Matenidis 8+2reb+4ast
Ermis Lagkada: S.Iliadis 24+3reb+4ast, S.Nisiotis 21+8reb, G.Anagnostopoulos 18+9reb+2ast, S.Kekelis 7+2reb+5ast, H.Plioukas 6+3reb+2ast, T.Onasoglou 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138440


Amyntas Dafnis - Lavrio 79-77

Important game to mention about took place in Athens. Thirteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (7-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Lavrio (9-7) 79-77 on Saturday evening. Lavrio was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lavrio was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Amyntas Dafnis' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) added 27 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Lavrio keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face higher ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lavrio will play against Nea Kifisia in Athens.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: L.Zoupas 19+2reb+4ast, K.Vardavas 15+5reb, T.Vardianos 13+1reb+1ast, G.Sourlis 13+5reb, F.Pagonis 8+6reb+3ast, D.Chilaris 5
Lavrio: G.Kakiouzis 31+12reb, N.Psileas 27+5reb+2ast, D.Giannakopoulos 11+7reb+5ast, V.Kounas 5+6reb+2ast, K.Sinnis 2+3reb+1ast, G.Psomaderis 1+1reb
gschID: 138441


Nea Kifisia - AEK/Argous 108-69

Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 108-69 loss to tenth ranked Nea Kifisia (9-7) in Athens. It looked good early as AEK/Argous took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nea Kifisia had a 34-15 second period charge getting the lead and AEK/Argous was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-108. Nea Kifisia dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to AEK/Argous' 36. Nea Kifisia forced 27 AEK/Argous turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. The winners were led by forward Panag Koukounias (199-88) who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Savas Nikitakis (184-76) supported him with 23 points and 7 assists. Four Nea Kifisia players scored in double figures. Coach Elias Papatheodorou's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 27 points by naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) did not help to save the game for AEK/Argous. Forward Vasilis Stateras (203-85) added 13 points for lost side. Nea Kifisia have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. Nea Kifisia's next round opponent will be Lavrio (#6) on the road. AEK/Argous will play against Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: P.Koukounias 24+6reb+1ast, S.Nikitakis 23+7ast, F.Moschovitis 14+2ast, S.Diamantopoulos 13+7reb, N.Kokkalis 9+1ast, M.Kolokas 9+5reb+1ast
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 27+1reb+2ast, V.Stateras 13+4reb+3ast, P.Efstratiou 9+6reb, G.Koukounias 8+7reb+1ast, K.Maglos 7+2reb, G.Flevaris 3+5reb
gschID: 138442




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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 12-4 
 2. Groningen 12-5 
 3. Leiden 10-4 
 4. Nijmegen 10-6 
 5. Zwolle 9-9 
 6. Leeuwarden 8-8 
 7. Rotterdam 2-14 
 8. Weert 2-15 


Rotterdam Basketbal College Signs Nick Oudendag - by Fred Roggen
Rotterdam Basketbal College announced that they have signed Dutch center Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87) for the remain of the season. Oudendag, 24, played this season in Belgium, 2nd division, for BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele One.
Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87) has played for the Dutch teams of Den Helder, Magixx for KidsRights and in Belgium for Antwerp Giants.
During the 2010-2011 season, Oudendag played for the Magixx for KidsRights, where he posted averages of 8.3 points and 5.9 rebounds.




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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Kormend 15-2 
 2. Falco-Szova 15-2 
 3. Albacomp 13-3 
 4. Szolnok 13-3 
 5. Atomeromu 10-7 
 6. Kecskemeti 9-7 
 7. PVSK Pannon 8-9 
 8. Kaposvari 7-9 
 9. Soproni 6-10 
 10. Marso NYKK 6-11 
 11. Szedeak 5-12 
 12. FS Debrecen 4-12 
 13. Jaszberenyi 4-13 
 14. ZTE KK 1-16 


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, Szedeak23.1 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.21.9 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.6 
 5. Ciric, PVSK P.21.2 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.20.0 
 8. Bell, Kormend19.3 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi19.1 
 10. Levy, Szedeak18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen9.7 
 3. Townes, Kormend9.5 
 4. Miskovic, Marso N.9.4 
 5. Bader, Szolnok9.0 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari8.6 
 7. Fey, Kaposvari8.6 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 9. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.5 
 10. Austin, Jaszberen.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.7 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok5.7 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.5.5 
 6. Fekete, Marso N.5.4 
 7. Simon, Albacomp5.4 
 8. Drahos, Szedeak4.2 
 9. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.9 
 10. Thomas, Soproni3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gabor DRAHOS
  Szedeak
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Drahos, Szedeak2.9 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.2.7 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak2.6 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.2.5 
 5. Doyne, PVSK P.2.5 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 7. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.3 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
 10. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Townes, Kormend2.6 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.8 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.6 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.2 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.1 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak1.1 
 8. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 9. Egemonye, Soproni0.9 
 10. Miskovic, Marso N.0.9 


A Division Round 17: Falco-Szova defeats Albacomp in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 17 in the A Division took place in Szekesfehervar. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Albacomp (13-3) to second ranked Falco-Szova (15-2) 73-71 on Saturday evening. Falco-Szova forced 22 Albacomp turnovers. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Falco-Szova have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kormend. Albacomp at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Szolnok. Falco-Szova is looking forward to face FS Debrecen (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Albacomp will play against Kecskemeti (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
A Division top team - Kormend (15-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked ZTE KK (1-16) 78-65. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) nailed 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Darian Townes accounted for 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kormend's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Gergely Toth (207-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) came up with 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for ZTE KK in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kormend. They maintain first place with 15-2 record, which they share with Falco-Szova. ZTE KK lost their fifth game in a row. Defending champion stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Kormend will play against Atomeromu (#5) in Paks in the next round. ZTE KK will play at home against Jaszberenyi (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kecskemet was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Atomeromu (10-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Kecskemeti (9-7). Kecskemeti managed to secure a 8-point victory 64-56 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Marko Derasimovic who scored 13 points. Hernold Gardener produced 12 points and 4 steals for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kecskemeti. They maintain sixth place with 9-7 record. Loser Atomeromu keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Kecskemeti will meet at home higher ranked Albacomp (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atomeromu will play against the league's leader Kormend and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh-ranked Szedeak (5-12) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Szolnok (13-3). Szolnok managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected much easier game. Marton Bader orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Szolnok. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Albacomp. Szedeak lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be Marso NYKK (#10) in Nyiregyhaza and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play on the road against Soproni and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth ranked Kaposvari (7-9) crushed at home 9th ranked Marso NYKK (6-11) by 19 points 88-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Ahelegbe K. stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Kaposvari maintains eighth place with 7-9 record. Loser Marso NYKK dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Kaposvari will face higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marso NYKK will play at home against Szolnok in Szolnok.

In the last game of round 17 PVSK Pannon won against Jaszberenyi on the opponent's court 91-87.


Jaszberenyi - PVSK Pannon 87-91
Very expected game when 13th ranked Jaszberenyi (4-13) was defeated at home by seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (8-9) 91-87 on Saturday. Jaszberenyi was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 28-21 charge of PVSK Pannon, which allowed them to win the game. Jaszberenyi was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five PVSK Pannon and four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh place with 8-9 record. Newly promoted Jaszberenyi keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. PVSK Pannon will face Kaposvari (#8) at home in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play against ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: A.Ciric 24+9reb+3ast, J.Doyne 23+6reb, N.Vasojevic 17+4reb+4ast, N.Toth 13+11reb+2ast, P.Kovacs 10+2reb+1ast, A.Lepsenyi 2+2reb
Jaszberenyi: K.Austin 20+8reb+5ast, R.Dramicanin 19+7reb+2ast, J.Hodges 19+9reb+6ast, B.Horti 18+3reb+1ast, B.Sormaz 5+2reb+3ast, G.Fulop 4+1reb
gschID: 146728


Kormend - ZTE KK 78-65
A Division top team - Kormend (15-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked ZTE KK (1-16) 78-65. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. ZTE KK was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) nailed 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Darian Townes (208-84) accounted for 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kormend's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Gergely Toth (207-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) came up with 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and center Gyorgy Kinter (213-88) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for ZTE KK in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kormend. They maintain first place with 15-2 record, which they share with Falco-Szova. ZTE KK lost their fifth game in a row. Defending champion stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Kormend will play against Atomeromu (#5) in Paks in the next round. ZTE KK will play at home against Jaszberenyi (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 24+8reb+6ast, D.Townes 13+9reb+1ast, K.Powell 11+4reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 10+2reb+2ast, B.Sonyak 6+1reb+1ast, G.Fodor 5+1reb
ZTE KK: G.Toth 21+4reb, B.Perine 11+1ast, G.Kinter 11+10reb+2ast, T.Whitworth 10+1reb, D.Gaspar 5+2reb+6ast, D.Kertesz 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 146729


Kecskemeti - Atomeromu 64-56
The game in Kecskemet was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Atomeromu (10-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Kecskemeti (9-7). Kecskemeti managed to secure a 8-point victory 64-56 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-56. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) who scored 13 points. The former international center Zoltan Bencze (213-81, agency: FCM) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) produced 12 points and 4 steals and the former international center Gergely Koertelyesi (203-83, agency: TSS Management) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kecskemeti. They maintain sixth place with 9-7 record. Loser Atomeromu keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Kecskemeti will meet at home higher ranked Albacomp (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atomeromu will play against the league's leader Kormend and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 13+3reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Bencze 11+6reb, T.Kelley 11+1reb+3ast, I.Vukadinov 6+4reb+1ast, G.Denes 6+3reb+1ast
Atomeromu: H.Gardener 12+4reb, N.Williams 11+3ast, A.Kovacs 9+3reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 8+3reb, F.Morgen 6+7reb, G.Koertelyesi 6+8reb
gschID: 146730


Albacomp - Falco-Szova 71-73
The most exciting game of round 17 in the A Division took place in Szekesfehervar. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Albacomp (13-3) to second ranked Falco-Szova (15-2) 73-71 on Saturday evening. Falco-Szova forced 22 Albacomp turnovers. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Falco-Szova and four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Falco-Szova have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kormend. Albacomp at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Szolnok. Falco-Szova is looking forward to face FS Debrecen (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Albacomp will play against Kecskemeti (#6) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: D.Pantelic 19+7reb+2ast, L.Kalman 12+2reb+9ast, C.Timberlake 12+2reb+3ast, T.Harazin 12+2reb, Z.Szabo 10+8reb+1ast, B.Jancikin 4+2reb
Albacomp: D.Hollis 25+7reb+1ast, W.Chism 13+10reb+2ast, A.Keller 12+4reb, B.Simon 11+3reb+3ast, M.El Amin 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Supola 2
gschID: 146731


Szolnok - Szedeak 90-88
Eleventh-ranked Szedeak (5-12) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Szolnok (13-3). Szolnok managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Szedeak won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Szolnok especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. International guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) answered with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian Tomislav Ivosev added 19 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Szedeak. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Szolnok. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Albacomp. Szedeak lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Szolnok's next round opponent will be Marso NYKK (#10) in Nyiregyhaza and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play on the road against Soproni and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 27+15reb, A.Horvath 16+1reb+5ast, H.Nikolov 15+3reb+3ast, O.Trotter 14+5reb+13ast, M.Fodor 7+3reb+2ast, Z.Trepak 3
Szedeak: J.Levy 29+6reb+5ast, T.Ivosev 19+3reb+6ast, A.Tanacs 14+1ast, R.Laslo 12+7reb+4ast, G.Drahos 4+6reb+4ast, N.Dukic 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 146726


Kaposvari - Marso NYKK 88-69
Eighth ranked Kaposvari (7-9) crushed at home 9th ranked Marso NYKK (6-11) by 19 points 88-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Kaposvari led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Ahelegbe K. stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds. Four Kaposvari players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Kaposvari maintains eighth place with 7-9 record. Loser Marso NYKK dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Kaposvari will face higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marso NYKK will play at home against Szolnok in Szolnok.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: Ahelegbe K. 23+5reb+10ast, M.Fey 21+12reb+1ast, N.Raivio 21+9reb+2ast, B.Szoke 10+5reb, J.Lekli 8+7reb, D.Koma 3+1reb
Marso NYKK: I.Miskovic 27+11reb+1ast, F.B. 17+2reb+4ast, E.Sitku 7+2reb+1ast, S.Fekete 7+3reb+2ast, D.Kandic 6+7reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 5+3reb
gschID: 146727

Debrecen - Soproni, February 1



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


Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 13 - by Eurobasket News
American J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Grindavik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team outclassed Fjolnir (#10, 5-8) with 34-point margin 107-73. It allowed Grindavik to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. Grindavik has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. In the team's last game Bullock had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Grindavik's top player in his first season with the team. Cleveland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bullock is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 10.0rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Haukar. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Haukar lost that game 75-85 to slightly higher-ranked Njardvik (#9, 6-7). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Haukar keeps 11th position. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Haukar managed to get this year. Smith is a newcomer at Haukar and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Njardvik (#9). Echols scored 26 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Njardvik, leading his team to a 85-75 win against slightly lower-ranked Haukar (#11, 2-11). The chances of Njardvik ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Echols could help Njardvik to bring them higher in the standings. Echols has a great season in Iceland. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Travis Holmes (193-G-86) of Njardvik - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) of Snaefell - 27 points and 7 rebounds
6. Blagoj Janev (203-F-84) of Thor Thorl - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Joshua Brown (187-G-88) of KR - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85) of KR - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan - 20 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 10-1 
 2. Aspac 10-2 
 3. Pelita Jaya 9-3 
 4. CLS Knights 8-4 
 5. Garuda 8-4 
 6. Stadium Jak. 7-5 
 7. Muba Hangtuah 6-5 
 8. Bima Sakti 4-7 
 9. Pacific Caesar 3-8 
 10. Comfort Mobile 3-10 
 11. NSH GMC Riau 1-10 
 12. Satya Wacana 1-11 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.14.6 
 2. Nagata, Pacific14.4 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.1 
 4. Sapto, Muba H.13.6 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.0 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.9 
 7. Prawiro, Aspac12.6 
 8. Chandra, Pelita J.12.5 
 9. Dewanto, Pelita J.12.3 
 10. Ariestedes, Stadi.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.11.1 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.7.5 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac7.4 
 4. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.2 
 5. Situmorang, Satria6.9 
 6. Regowo, Aspac6.9 
 7. Yanto, NSH G.6.9 
 8. Poedjakesuma, Peli.6.7 
 9. Iskandar, Stadium6.5 
 10. Wuwungan, Satya6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.9 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac3.7 
 3. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.4 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.3 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.3.1 
 6. Wilopo, Muba H.2.7 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.5 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.5 
 9. Yusran, Stadium2.4 
 10. Hardianus, Muba H.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.4 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.7 
 3. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.5 
 4. Gerungan, Aspac2.2 
 5. Uniputty, Comfor.2.2 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.2 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.1 
 9. Poedjakesuma, Peli.1.9 
 10. Michel, Satria Mu.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian Ronaldo SITEPU
  Satria M.
  (200-C/F-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Sitepu, Satria M.3.1 
 2. Ruslan, Stadium2.3 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac1.9 
 4. Teguh, Muba H.1.6 
 5. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 6. Sasmito, Pacific1.3 
 7. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 8. Arizki, Aspac1.1 
 9. Gunawan, Satya W.0.9 
 10. Listiyono, Pacifi.0.9 


ASEAN League: Philippine Patriots overpower Indonesia Warriors - by Eurobasket News
Philippine Patriots - Indonesia Warriors 86:73

Philippine Patriots celebrated the second win at ASEAN League season. They shot down Indonesia Warriors to improve at 2-1 record. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the hosts. The Warriors in the meantime fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
The teams stayed close in the opening quarter. The hosts eked out a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. The Patriots and Warriors continued to exchange baskets throughout the second term. The home team secured a 2-point lead at halftime 37:35. Philippine Patriots slowly managed to clear off as they gained a 7-point lead late in the period. The hosts used a 10:2 run early in the final quarter to take a comfortable lead. They maintained it till the final buzzer sealing the victory at the end. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona) posted 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Al Vergara (173-G-79) added 14 points for the hosts. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) answered with 24 points for the Warriors. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) and Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 16 points each in the loss.

Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 33+11 boards, Nakiea Miller 19+16 boards, Al Vergara 14
Indonesia Warriors: Mario Wuysang 24, Jonathan Smith 16, Steve Thomas 16




NBL Round 19: CLS Knights are upset by Pelita Jaya - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked CLS Knights (8-4) and fourth ranked Pelita Jaya (9-3) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. CLS Knights were defeated by Pelita Jaya in a tough game in Jakarta 64-70. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of CLS Knights. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 22-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pelita Jaya forced 19 CLS Knights turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by CLS Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Ary Chandra (182-84) fired 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) chipped in 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place. CLS Knights at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Garuda. Pelita Jaya are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (#12) in Salatiga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CLS Knights will have a break next round.
Satya Wacana can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Jakarta, where they defeated Comfort Mobile (3-10) 62-49. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Valentino Wuwungan contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) answered with 8 points and 9 rebounds for Comfort Mobile. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Satya Wacana maintains twelfth place with 1-11 record. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Satya Wacana will play against higher ranked Pelita Jaya (#3) in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Comfort Mobile will have a break next round.
The game in Bandung was also quite interesting. Second ranked Aspac (10-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Garuda (8-4). Aspac managed to secure a 4-point victory 57-53 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Pringgo Regowo who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Aspac's coach Tjetjep Firmansyah used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Vinton Nolland responded with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Aspac have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Satria Muda. Loser Garuda dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with CLS Knights. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta .
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Stadium Jakarta (7-5) beat 8th ranked Bima Sakti (4-7) 84-73. It was a quality performance for Daniel Iskandar who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 7-5 record. Bima Sakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta .

The best stats of 19th round was 21 points and 8 rebounds by Merio Ferdiansyah of Stadium Jak..



Garuda - Aspac 53-57

The game in Bandung was also quite interesting. Second ranked Aspac (10-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Garuda (8-4). Aspac managed to secure a 4-point victory 57-53 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-10. But Garuda won second period 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aspac forced 27 Garuda turnovers. Strangely Garuda outrebounded Aspac 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) helped adding 6 points and 10 rebounds. Aspac's coach Tjetjep Firmansyah used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Vinton Nolland (194-82) responded with 8 points and 13 rebounds and the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Aspac have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Satria Muda. Loser Garuda dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with CLS Knights. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta .
Top scorers:
Aspac: P.Regowo 19+8reb+1ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 8+5reb+2ast, X.Prawiro 7+1reb+1ast, S.Harun Nurman 7+2reb+1ast, D.Gerungan 6+2reb+4ast, I.Thoyib 6+10reb+1ast
Garuda: W.Wijaya 15+2reb+4ast, V.Nolland 8+13reb+2ast, F.Minallah 8+6reb, C.Gideon 8+6reb, T.Febyanto 4+1reb+3ast, I.Budianto 4+5reb
gschID: 166080


Comfort Mobile - Satya Wacana 49-62

Satya Wacana can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Jakarta, where they defeated Comfort Mobile (3-10) 62-49. Comfort Mobile was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Satya Wacana dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 28. Satya Wacana forced 24 Comfort Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 51-31 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Valentino Wuwungan (193-89) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Airlangga Sabara (190-85) answered with 8 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Comfort Mobile. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Satya Wacana maintains twelfth place with 1-11 record. Comfort Mobile at the other side keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Satya Wacana will play against higher ranked Pelita Jaya (#3) in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Comfort Mobile will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 15+6reb+1ast, V.Wuwungan 14+8reb+4ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 12+14reb+2ast, Y.Sua 8+5reb, M.Halim 6+5reb+2ast, P.Mahandaru 3+1ast
Comfort Mobile: R.Orlando Uniputty 15+1reb+1ast, H.Kurniawan 11+7reb+1ast, A.Sabara 8+9reb+2ast, A.Prasetyo 6+3reb+2ast, R.Rudini 4+2reb+1ast, J.Ingutali 3+1reb
gschID: 166078


Pelita Jaya - CLS Knights 70-64

The game between third ranked CLS Knights (8-4) and fourth ranked Pelita Jaya (9-3) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. CLS Knights were defeated by Pelita Jaya in a tough game in Jakarta 64-70. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of CLS Knights. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 22-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pelita Jaya forced 19 CLS Knights turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by CLS Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Ary Chandra (182-84) fired 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) chipped in 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Dwi Haryoko (193-85) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place. CLS Knights at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Garuda. Pelita Jaya are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (#12) in Salatiga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CLS Knights will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 14+3reb+5ast, J.Sucipto 10+4reb, F.Dini 9+6reb, P.Indrawan 9+11reb, K.Purwanto 8+5reb+5ast, E.Sebayang 7+6reb+1ast
CLS Knights: A.Indrajaya 22+7reb+1ast, D.Haryoko 9+7reb+2ast, H.Herman 6+4reb, D.Muharri 6+7reb, A.Ekayana 5+3reb+3ast, S.Febiansyakh 5+1ast
gschID: 166079


Stadium Jak. - Bima Sakti 84-73

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jakarta. Local Stadium Jakarta (7-5) beat 8th ranked Bima Sakti (4-7) 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by Stadium Jakarta. Bima Sakti was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stadium Jakarta forced 26 Bima Sakti turnovers and outrebounded them 50-32 including a 23-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for forward Daniel Iskandar (190-71) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) accounted for 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) came up with 23 points and 4 steals and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Bima Sakti in the defeat. Stadium Jakarta maintains sixth place with 7-5 record. Bima Sakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Stadium Jakarta's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta .
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 21+8reb+2ast, D.Iskandar 19+13reb+2ast, R.Ariestedes 16+9reb+3ast, A.Sujarwo 7+2reb, M.Wicaksono 6+3reb+1ast, D.Leonardo 6+5reb+3ast
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 23+4reb+1ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 12+10reb+1ast, H.Gunawan 11+2reb, U.Gendro Maryono 10+1reb, G.Virgian 9+3reb+1ast, D.Sartika 4+5reb+5ast
gschID: 166077




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WABA League: Mahram thump ASU to stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - ASU 87:57

Mahram registered the third win in a row in WABA League Group B. Tonight the Iranian powerhouse outscored ASU to improve at 3-0 record on top of the standings. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) scored 22 points to lead the winners. ASU fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Mahram started the game sloppily. ASU capitalized and grabbed a 20:8 lead ten minutes into the game. ASU still led midway through the second quarter but Mahram finally came back to life and went on a 22:6 run to build a 46:31 halftime lead. The Iranian team limited their opponents to just 8 points in the third term and recorded a 70:39 lead at the final break. Mahram easily maintained the lead throughout the final frame and raced to the victory. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) accounted for 18 points, while Babak Paknezhad (200-F-81) had 11 points in the win. Mohammad Hussein (213-C-90) answered with 16 points and 14 rebounds for ASU. Quinton Day (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: UMKC) netted 13 points in the loss.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 22, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 18, Babak Paknezhad 11
ASU: Mohammad Hussein 16+14 boards, Quinton Day 13



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Toronto Raptors' Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely - by Eurobasket News
Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) is out indefinitely with a strained calf, the NBA team announced Friday.

The team said that tests revealed no significant damage to Bargnani's injured left calf, adding that he will be treated symptomatically and he will not play for an indefinite period of time.

It's the second flare-up of the injury for Bargnani this season. He first hurt his calf on Jan. 11, leaving in the third quarter of the game against the Sacramento Kings. He missed the six games that followed, with the Raptors winning none of those games.

He returned on Tuesday in Phoenix, scoring 36 points in the Raptors' first win against the Suns since 2004. The Raptors broke a streak of similar futility against the Jazz a night later, as Bargnani scored 25 points in the double-overtime victory. However, he left the game in the first overtime after injuring himself while contesting a rebound with Utah's Paul Millsap.

The Raptors are 6-7 in games that Bargnani has played in this year and 0-6 in games that he has sat out.

Bargnani is averaging 23.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. His 22.49 player efficiency rating is 17th in the league and far and away the best mark on the Raptors.

The Raptors are in Denver on Friday night before wrapping up a five-game road trip in New Jersey on Sunday.

Courtesy of www.vancouversun.com


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Shakur, Novipiu CM19.2 
 3. Smith, Otto C.18.1 
 4. Coleman, Angelico.18.1 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV17.5 
 6. Diawara, Cimberio.16.4 
 7. Diener, Banco d.16.0 
 8. Hickman, Scavolin.15.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI15.9 
 10. Andersen, Montep.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.6 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.4 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.1 
 5. Chiotti, Novip.7.8 
 6. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 7. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS6.9 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.8 
 10. Szewczyk, Umana6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.9 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.5.9 
 3. Cook, Armani MI5.4 
 4. Diener, Banco d.4.8 
 5. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 6. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 7. Shakur, Novipiu CM3.9 
 8. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.8 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.6 
 10. Zoroski, Fabi Sho.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.2 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.9 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 4. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.3 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.2 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.1 
 8. Bowers, Umana V.1.9 
 9. Kangur, Cimberio.1.9 
 10. Diawara, Cimberio.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Banco d.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Easley, Banco d.1.9 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 4. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 5. Lavrinovic, Montep.0.8 
 6. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 7. Hunter, Banco d.0.8 
 8. Green, Banca Terc.0.8 
 9. Stevic, Novipiu CM0.8 
 10. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Paul MARIGNEY
  Givova S.
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Marigney, Givova S.23.3 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.4 
 3. Freeman, MarcoPol.22.4 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.2 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.1 
 6. Voskuil, Morpho B.19.0 
 7. McConnell, Fileni18.4 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola18.3 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli17.0 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.1 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.4 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.6 
 4. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.1 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.9 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.1 
 7. Brkic, Prima Veroli7.0 
 8. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
 9. Chiacig, Trenkwald.6.9 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni6.9 
Assists Per Game