EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/30/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   


Xperience wins first game - by Gianni Pascucci
The Houston Xperience played its Home opener yesterday night vs. West Texas Whirlwinds at the Forge Gymnasium with a sell out crowd in attendance.
The game was tight throughout with eight lead changes. In the last quarter, new addition P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Wichita St.) took over the game leading the way with a game high 31 points to go with 6 assist and 5 rebounds as the Xperience won the game 126-115. Kevin Barber added 25 points, Christian Sonier (6'0''-G-82, college: Prairie View A&M) and Brandon Walter (6'5''-F) scored 15 apiece. West Texas Whirlwinds was led by Teddy Chambers (6'6''-G/F, college: Wayland Baptist) with 29 points, Berry Whitley (5'9''-G-81, college: SUNO) contributed with 26 points, 8 assists


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 18 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Croatian KK Zagreb CO (#8) forced the game against Slovenian Union Olimpija (#5) into an overtime, but lost by four points 74-78 on Sunday night. The game took place in Zagreb. But the guests from Ljubljana were better at the end. It was a good game for Vladimir Dasic (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Union Olimpija maintains fifth position with 11-7 record. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Union Olimpija will face Radnicki K. (#6) in Kragujevac in the next round. KK Zagreb CO will play at home against Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 18 Siroki WWin was beaten by Maccabi T-A on the road 84-69. Krka lost to Serbian defending champion Partizan on its own court 70-79. Hemofarm was outscored by Radnicki K. in Kragujevac 74-94. Helios lost to Montenegrin defending champion Buducnost at home 60-81. Bottom-ranked Zlatorog were crushed by Cibona on the opponent's court 44-80.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 23 points and 7 rebounds by Mladen Pantic of Hemofarm.


Maccabi T-A - Siroki WWin 84-69

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (17-1) beat 6th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (9-8) in Tel-Aviv 84-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. HKK Siroki WWin was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. HKK Siroki WWin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian-Bosnian forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for HKK Siroki WWin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will face Hemofarm (#11) in Vrsac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HKK Siroki WWin will play at home against Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 18+2reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 18+6reb+3ast, R.Hendrix 17+8reb+1ast, D.Smith 7+6reb, T.Burstein 6+1reb+2ast, J.Scheyer 6+1ast
Siroki WWin: C.Collins 13+9reb+1ast, F.Pilepic 12, I.Ramljak 11+3reb+4ast, J.Naletilic 8+1reb+5ast, D.Planinic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Persic 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 133041


Krka - Partizan 70-79

Very expected game when 13th ranked Slovenian Krka (4-14) lost to fourth ranked Serbian Partizan (12-6) in Novo Mesto 70-79 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Krka won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan made 20-of-20 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Krka was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) replied with 17 points and Israeli-French point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Krka. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Serbian champion maintains fourth position with 12-6 record. Krka lost fifth consecutive game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. Partizan will face Cibona (#9) in Zagreb in the next round where they are favorite. Krka will play at home against Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Macvan 14+6reb, M.Raduljica 11+7reb, D.Kecman 9+2reb+6ast, M.Cakarevic 9+6reb+1ast, V.Lucic 8+2reb+1ast, R.Katic 6+1reb+1ast
Krka: Z.Dragic 17+4reb+3ast, A.Nissim 14+1reb+6ast, S.Pavic 11+6reb+1ast, U.Lucic 8+2reb, E.Muric 7+5reb, J.Lalic 5
gschID: 133042


Radnicki K. - Hemofarm 94-74

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Radnicki K. (9-8) rolled over 11th ranked Hemofarm (5-13) in Kragujevac 94-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Radnicki K. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Radnicki K. outrebounded Hemofarm 39-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Radnicki K. players scored in double figures. Center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points in the effort for Hemofarm. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki K. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Siroki WWin. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Radnicki K. will face higher ranked Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hemofarm will play on the road against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: S.Markovic 15+2reb+5ast, M.Scott 13+7reb+7ast, M.Pavkovic 11+3reb+6ast, S.Bratic 10+4reb, D.Simon 10+2reb+2ast, D.Mijatovic 8+3reb
Hemofarm: M.Pantic 23+7reb+1ast, I.Maras 16+3reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 8+2reb+1ast, A.Nesovic 7+4reb+5ast, D.Milosevic 5+1reb, M.Jeremic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133043


Helios - Buducnost 60-81

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Slovenian Helios (5-13) were outscored by third ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (13-5) in Domzale 81-60 on Saturday. Buducnost made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Serbian guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Center Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) replied with 16 points and 6 assists and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Helios. Buducnost have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains third position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Helios at the other side keep the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Buducnost will face Krka (#13) in Novo Mesto in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Helios will play on the road against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: B.Krstovic 20+3reb, M.Milosevic 13+2reb, B.Dubljevic 12+6reb, J.Anderson 9+6reb+3ast, C.Vitkovac 9+3reb, V.Mihailovic 7+2ast
Helios: K.Prepelic 16+4reb+6ast, D.Bubnic 15+3reb, D.Pasalic 14+10reb, S.Cebular 4+1reb, B.Cresnar 4, D.Gay 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 133044


KK Zagreb CO - Union Olimpija 74-78 OT

Croatian KK Zagreb CO (#8) forced the game against Slovenian Union Olimpija (#5) into an overtime, but lost by four points 74-78 on Sunday night. The game took place in Zagreb. But the guests from Ljubljana were better at the end. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 22-9 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Union Olimpija forced 28 KK Zagreb CO turnovers. Strangely KK Zagreb CO outrebounded Union Olimpija 40-19 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Finnish point guard Sasu Salin (190-91) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Mario Kasun (213-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for KK Zagreb CO. Union Olimpija maintains fifth position with 11-7 record. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Union Olimpija will face Radnicki K. (#6) in Kragujevac in the next round. KK Zagreb CO will play at home against Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: V.Dasic 21+6reb+1ast, S.Salin 14+3reb+4ast, J.Blazic 12+4reb, J.Mocnik 9+1ast, R.Rothbart 8+4reb, G.Jeretin 4+1reb+5ast
KK Zagreb CO: M.Kasun 19+15reb+3ast, S.May 12+5reb+1ast, D.Saric 9+1reb+1ast, D.Rancic 9+2reb+2ast, D.Markota 9+7reb+1ast, P.Babic 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 133045


Cibona - Zlatorog 80-44

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Croatian Cibona (9-9) outplayed bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-16) in Zagreb 80-44 on Friday. The game without a history. Cibona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zlatorog to just 5 points in first quarter. Cibona dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Zlatorog's 18 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Bosnian-Croatian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Austrian-Slovenian power forward Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90) replied with 3 points and 8 rebounds and guard Nejc Strnad (190-83) added 6 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Zlatorog. Zlatorog's coach Ivan Sunara gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Cibona moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Zlatorog lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Cibona will face higher ranked Partizan (#4) in Beograd in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zlatorog will play on the road against HKK Siroki WWin (#7) in Siroki Brijeg.
Top scorers:
Cibona: G.Suton 20+12reb+1ast, D.Rudez 16+6reb+1ast, A.Barbour 16+4reb+2ast, D.Kus 7+1reb+3ast, H.Kovacevic 7+2reb+2ast, M.Rozic 7+6reb+2ast
Zlatorog: L.Lapornik 8+1reb+1ast, N.Strnad 6+5reb+2ast, A.Omic 6+2reb, D.Vujasinovic 6+1reb+3ast, J.Brodnik 6+5reb, J.Skific 5+3reb
gschID: 133040




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  AUSTRALIA   


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


Australian NBL round 17 best performance: Daniel Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Center Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for 36ers, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team 36ers maintains the 8th position in Australian NBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 13 games and recorded just five victories. Johnson turned to be 36ers' top player in his first season with the team. Former Pepperdine University star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.1rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 50.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Edward Gill (184-PG-78, agency: Priority Sports) of Crocodiles. Gill had a very good evening with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Crocodiles cruised to a 79-69 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked 36ers (#8, 5-13). Crocodiles' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-7 record is not bad at all. Gill is a newcomer at Crocodiles, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International) of league's top team Wildcats. Redhage scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Wildcats, leading his team to a 87-55 easy win against #3 ranked Crocodiles in a game of the week. Wildcats confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 5 lost games. Redhage has a very solid season. In 19 games in Australia he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and 3.1apg. Shawn Redhage has also Australian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Myron Allen (180-PG-79) of Tigers - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) of Kings - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86) of Wildcats - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85) of Hawks - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Liam Rush (202-F-82) of Tigers - 18 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) of Crocodiles - 14 points and 11 rebounds
10. Luke Nevill (218-C-86) of Wildcats - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Tragardh, Tigers17.6 
 3. Khazzouh, Kings17.1 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats16.6 
 5. Wilson, Taipans16.4 
 6. Johnson, 36ers16.4 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 8. Crawford, Croco.15.4 
 9. Worthington, Blaze15.2 
 10. Warren, 36ers14.6 
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.7.8 
 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. Gibson, Blaze4.4 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.3 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.5 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats3.4 
 9. Martin, Wildcats3.4 
 10. Dillon, 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. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 9. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
 10. Dillon, Tigers1.0 
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 


NBL Round 17: Perth Wildcats keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perth Wildcats as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Perth Wildcats smashed 3rd placed Townsville Crocodiles at home 87-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Townsville Crocodiles' 30. Perth Wildcats forced 20 Townsville Crocodiles turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Perth Wildcats (14-5) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will play next round against Adelaide 36ers trying to get back on the winning streak. Perth Wildcats will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks managed to get a fifth victory. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers in Gwynneville 90-68. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 22-point difference suggests that Wollongong Hawks is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) nailed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Ayinde Ubaka accounted for 15 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) came up with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Melbourne Tigers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Wollongong Hawks (5-13) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 36ers. Melbourne Tigers lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Wollongong Hawks will play against higher ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#5) in Broadbeach in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Broadbeach supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed Cairns Taipans (10-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (9-8). Gold Coast Blaze smashed Cairns Taipans 76-49 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Mark Worthington who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ian Crosswhite produced 6 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Gold Coast Blaze. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (#9) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 17 36ers lost to Crocodiles on the opponent's court 69-79. Breakers outscored Kings in a home game 93-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 16 rebounds by Daniel Johnson of 36ers.



Wildcats - Crocodiles 87-55

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perth Wildcats as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Perth Wildcats smashed 3rd placed Townsville Crocodiles at home 87-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Townsville Crocodiles' 30. Perth Wildcats forced 20 Townsville Crocodiles turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and international forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) scored 11 points and 4 steals. Perth Wildcats (14-5) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will play next round against Adelaide 36ers trying to get back on the winning streak. Perth Wildcats will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: S.Redhage 16+6reb+3ast, K.Lisch 15+2reb+2ast, J.Wagstaff 13+4reb+4ast, L.Nevill 11+4reb+6ast, D.Williamson 9+8reb, C.Tovey 9+5reb
Crocodiles: J.Holmes 14+11reb+1ast, P.Crawford 11+4reb+1ast, E.Mims 10+6reb, E.Gill 6+1reb+2ast, T.Blanchfield 4+3reb, L.Schenscher 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 138904


Blaze - Taipans 76-49

The game in Broadbeach supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed Cairns Taipans (10-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (9-8). Gold Coast Blaze smashed Cairns Taipans 76-49 on Sunday. The game without a history. Gold Coast Blaze led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gold Coast Blaze forced 21 Cairns Taipans turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. Center Ian Crosswhite (210-82, college: Oregon) produced 6 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) added 12 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Gold Coast Blaze. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (#9) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blaze: M.Worthington 17+7reb, A.Gibson 10+6reb+4ast, A.Deleon 10+7reb+3ast, A.Petrie 10+5reb+1ast, T.Garlepp 9+1reb+2ast, J.Cadee 7+2reb+3ast
Taipans: A.Loughton 12+5reb, A.Warren 6+1reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 6+9reb+3ast, K.Williams 6+4reb+1ast, A.Grabau 6+1reb+1ast, J.Wilson 5
gschID: 138905


Crocodiles - 36ers 79-69

Very expected game in Wulguru where 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-13) were defeated by third ranked Townsville Crocodiles (10-7) 79-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Townsville Crocodiles. Adelaide 36ers managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Townsville Crocodiles forced 20 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Townsville Crocodiles especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Edward Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Five Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Townsville Crocodiles. They maintain third place with 10-7 record having six points less than leader Wildcats. Adelaide 36ers lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Hawks. Townsville Crocodiles will again meet at home Adelaide 36ers (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Adelaide 36ers will play against Melbourne Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: E.Gill 17+7reb+1ast, P.Crawford 14+1reb+1ast, M.Cedar 13+2reb+3ast, J.Holmes 10+10reb+2ast, L.Schenscher 10+7reb+2ast, C.Cedar 7
36ers: D.Johnson 21+16reb+1ast, C.Warren 13+3reb, N.Herbert 11+3reb, S.Weigh 6+3reb+2ast, D.Simpson 6+4reb+2ast, E.Bartlett 4
gschID: 138901


Breakers - Kings 93-64

Very predictable result in Auckland where second ranked New Zealand Breakers (14-5) smashed 7th ranked Kings (8-12) 93-64 on Friday. The game without a history. New Zealand Breakers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for New Zealand Breakers. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Wildcats. Kings lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet at home league's leader Perth Wildcats in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kings will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Breakers: G.Wilkinson 18+5reb+2ast, T.Abercrombie 16+4reb+4ast, C.Jackson 10+9reb+5ast, A.Pledger 9+4reb+1ast, M.Vukona 9+5reb+1ast, B.Anthony 9+5reb
Kings: J.Khazzouh 20+8reb+1ast, A.Bose 13+7reb+3ast, J.Grant 8+4reb, B.Madgen 8+2reb+3ast, L.Martin 7+4reb+5ast, A.Gynes 4+1reb
gschID: 138902


Hawks - Tigers 90-68

Bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks managed to get a fifth victory. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Melbourne Tigers in Gwynneville 90-68. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 22-point difference suggests that Wollongong Hawks is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Wollongong Hawks. Melbourne Tigers was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Melbourne Tigers 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) nailed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) accounted for 15 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Five Wollongong Hawks players scored in double figures. American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) came up with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Liam Rush (202-82) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Melbourne Tigers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Wollongong Hawks (5-13) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 36ers. Melbourne Tigers lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Wollongong Hawks will play against higher ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#5) in Broadbeach in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hawks: M.Campbell 17+3reb+1ast, A.Ubaka 15+4reb+3ast, G.Saville 13+9reb+2ast, J.Catron 12+5reb+1ast, O.Forman 10+3reb+3ast, R.Martin 7+4reb+3ast
Tigers: L.Rush 18+6reb, M.Allen 17+9reb+6ast, R.Dorsey 12+1reb+3ast, D.Dillon 7+4reb+2ast, C.Tragardh 4+2reb+1ast, T.Greer 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 138903




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Fall's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Bamba Fall (216-C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Kalev/Cramo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Pieno Zvaigzdes (#7, 6-8) 65-62. Kalev/Cramo maintains the 2nd position in Baltic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kalev/Cramo will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Fall as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Bamba Fall averages this season 9.0ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87) of Juventus. He is a center in his first season at Juventus. In the last game Petrukonis recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Juventus to edge the higher-ranked Rudupis (#3, 9-4) by 6 points 87-81. Juventus' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Petrukonis is a newcomer at Juventus and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of Tartu Ulikool (#9). Veideman scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Tartu Ulikool, leading his team to a 73-71overtime win against slightly higher-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (#7, 6-8). The chances of Tartu Ulikool not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Veideman could try to bring Tartu Ulikool's a little bit higher in the standings. Veideman has a very solid season. In 15 games in Baltic League he scored 14.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) of Baltai Kaunas - 26 points and 7 rebounds
5. Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) of Rudupis - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) of Rudupis - 11 points and 9 rebounds
9. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) of Ventspils - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) of Kalev/Cramo - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar19.9 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.4 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Green, Spirou14.9 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende14.7 
 7. Freeman, Leuven14.5 
 8. Tofi, Leuven14.0 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 10. Black, Antwerp13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Brown, Gent8.3 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 3. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.9 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.1 
 5. McLean, Leuven6.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.2 
 7. Chaney, Gent5.9 
 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, Gent3.7 
 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, Leuven2.6 
 3. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 6. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 7. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar1.8 
 9. Mukubu, Verviers.1.8 
 10. Bostic, Liege1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.7 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Booker, Oostende1.0 
 4. Jennings, Liege1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 


D1 Round 17: Okapi Aalstar beats Optima Gent by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Optima Gent (5-11) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Okapi Aalstar (10-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Aalst managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Optima Gent was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-23 charge of Okapi Aalstar, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Optima Gent to just 6 points in second quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Optima Gent helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) answered with 8 points and 13 rebounds for Optima Gent. Okapi Aalstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-5 record behind leader Spirou. Optima Gent at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Optima Gent will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Leuven. Sixth ranked Leuven Bears (8-6) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (8-7) 75-74 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Jamel McLean chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Leuven Bears moved-up to fifth place. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will play against bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) on the road in the next round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Antwerp Giants and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Base Oostende (9-6) against fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (9-6) on Friday night. Visiting Base Oostende was crushed by Antwerp Giants in Antwerp 68-49. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Base Oostende. Timothy Black nailed 23 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Matt Lojeski came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Base Oostende in the defeat. Antwerp Giants moved-up to third place, which they share with Oostende. Antwerp Giants will meet Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#6) in the next round. Base Oostende will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Belgacom Liege 77-66. The best player for the winners was Jermaine Beal who scored 26 points (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!). VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains ninth place with 2-13 record. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's next round opponent will be higher ranked Leuven Bears (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Antwerp - Oostende 68-49

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Base Oostende (9-6) against fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (9-6) on Friday night. Visiting Base Oostende was crushed by Antwerp Giants in Antwerp 68-49. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Base Oostende. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) nailed 23 points and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) accounted for 15 points. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Dusan Katnic (193-89, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points respectively for Base Oostende in the defeat. Antwerp Giants moved-up to third place, which they share with Oostende. Antwerp Giants will meet Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#6) in the next round. Base Oostende will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 16+5reb, D.Katnic 10+4reb+1ast, C.Booker 8+5reb+2ast, B.Wright 7+5reb+2ast, Q.Serron 4+1reb+2ast, D.Drobnjak 3+2reb+3ast
Antwerp: T.Black 23+2reb+6ast, D.Wilson 15+1reb+1ast, R.Biggs 13+4reb, S.Mejri 6+8reb+1ast, R.Moors 3+3reb+1ast, J.Mwema 2+1reb
gschID: 132400


Leuven - M.Hainaut 75-74

Important game to mention about took place in Leuven. Sixth ranked Leuven Bears (8-6) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (8-7) 75-74 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 23-19 third quarter run of Leuven Bears. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Leuven Bears and four Dexia Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears moved-up to fifth place. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will play against bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) on the road in the next round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Antwerp Giants and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: A.Nivins 16+7reb, J.Cage 16+7reb+4ast, Q.Taylor 15+7reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 13+8reb+4ast, S.Foster 8+5reb+4ast, L.Giancaterino 3
Leuven: J.Tofi 16+6reb+2ast, J.McLean 14+9reb, B.Freeman 11+1reb, M.McGhee 11+5reb+3ast, N.Marnegrave 11+6reb+3ast, A.Dagunduro 10+2reb+4ast
gschID: 132401


Liege - Verviers-Pep. 66-77

Bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Belgacom Liege 77-66. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 26-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game, while Belgacom Liege only scored six points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) who scored 26 points (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!). International forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 27 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) produced 21 points and the former international guard Guy Muya (190-83, agency: LBM Management) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains ninth place with 2-13 record. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's next round opponent will be higher ranked Leuven Bears (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Liege: J.Bostic 21+2reb+3ast, G.Muya 12+2reb+3ast, D.Waters 11+1reb+2ast, P.Gillet 8+3reb+1ast, G.Hockins 8+2reb+1ast, I.Iarochevitch 4+6reb
Verviers-Pep.: M.De Zeeuw 27+5reb, J.Beal 26+4reb+3ast, B.Merriex 9+8reb+1ast, M.Faison 9+5reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 6+8reb+3ast, G.Hulsen 0
gschID: 132398


Gent - Aalstar 65-67

Eighth-ranked Optima Gent (5-11) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Okapi Aalstar (10-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Aalst managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Optima Gent was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-23 charge of Okapi Aalstar, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Optima Gent to just 6 points in second quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Optima Gent helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) answered with 8 points and 13 rebounds and the former international point guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Optima Gent. Okapi Aalstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-5 record behind leader Spirou. Optima Gent at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Optima Gent will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gent: M.Jenkins 15+2reb, R.Chaney 13+6reb, L.Bosco 11+3reb+5ast, G.Brown 8+13reb, M.Haynes 8+6reb+2ast, B.Heinle 4+2reb
Aalstar: C.Young 15+12reb, C.Copeland 15+5reb+2ast, K.Torbert 13+4reb+1ast, J.Steinbach 9+2reb+1ast, K.Kruger 6+3reb+2ast, S.Jackson 4+9reb
gschID: 132399




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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 M
aroussi. This season he only played for games for Bosnian team Zrinjski.
Meanwhile former Bosnian NT player Mujo Tuljkovic signed with Vogosca which is currently at the end of the standings.
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.



Almin Hodzic left Zenica after only two months - by Nedzad Kladusak
Zenica Celik will continue its fight against relegation without Almin Hodzic (208-C-87, agency: FCM) and Croatian center Nino Vlaic.
Almin Hodzic a former Dominican college player who has been signed two months before left the team after the match against Zrinjskii and returned to USA.After their departure Zenica has been routed by more than 20 points difference.
Zenica has been one of the most prolific teams in BIH producing large numbers of NT player like Kenan Bajramovic, Nedzad Sinanovic, Ivan Opacak, Ognjen Kuzmic...




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  BRAZIL   


Thiago Randazzo continues his career in US - by Paulo Freire
One of the young brazilians prospects of Brazilian NT 2009 class of under-16 is having a new experience in the american basketball.
Thiago Randazzo (94) is already name one of the best newcomers at Kennedy Catholic High School.
The 6-foot-5 moved to US from Brazil last winter. Although Randazzo was around the Gaels since January, he didnt play for them until this season. Hes had almost an instant impact since.
Randazzos story is interesting because of his experience as he played very well in the young basics teams of Minas and Brasilia, as well as the Brazilian NT's for young kids, in US he first joined Frank Kellys AAU team this past spring.
Randazzo moved to US to pursue a Catholic education and a basketball future. He went to live with his uncle, Lou DeMello, the former Rice coach who now works at the Brewster Sports Center and whose son, Mike DeMello, is a sophomore point guard at Kennedy.



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  BULGARIA   


Balkan held Spartak for a 5th season win - by Maria Mitzova
Balkan Botevgrad recorded its 5th victory this season in Bulgaria, holding BC Spartak Pleven to win 77-71 at home. Both teams had their chances throughout the game, but a strong start of the third quarter put Balkan Botevgrad on top.
Balkan Botevgrad is keeping that 6th spot on the standings, while BC Spartak Pleven is second from the bottom.
Balkan Botevgrad led by seven after the first quarter, and though couldn't increase that lead in the second, was still ahead at the break - 48-43.
14 unanswered points for Balkan Botevgrad in the third made their lead 17 points and at that time it was almost clear that the outcome would be.
BC Spartak Pleven kept digging and never gave up, to cut it to just four, with a minute to go in the game. Unfortunately for the visitors, that one minute was not enough to overturn things, and they got their 14 loss of the season.
Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90) was top scorer for Balkan Botevgrad with 20 points plus 9 rebounds, and 20 more added Lubomir Lilov (198-F-87).
Superb game for BC Spartak Pleven played Veselin Georgiev (196-F-86), finishing with 28 points - 8 of 11 attempts from the three-point line.


GAME STATS



Dejan Ivanov: Bulgaria has to be at Eurobasket 2013, Montegranaro can still grow - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian NT forward Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) is in his fourth season in Italy and is playing on high note for his Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Here are some of his thoughts, shared with BgBasket.com:

As an individual performance, I think this is my best season so far. I am happy that I play better with every year. There was a coaching change after the sixth round, and we are still adjusting to the new rhythm. We have many new players, from last season only I and one other guy stayed in the team.

We have great potential, room to grow. We can progress a lot. Right now our main goal is to start getting those wins, and I think things will slowly fall into place.

This is the last year of my contract and we still haven't talked about the next one. With the situation in Europe now, and the uncertainty with all the sponsors, it's not possible yet to discuss that matter.

One of the most important things for any player is to have support from the coach. I think this is vital, I can feel it now. It's the same with my brother Kaloyan Ivanov in Alicante.

I try to follow what is going on in Bulgarian basketball, I watch some games, read on the Internet. The only thing that I want to see is the Bulgarian players developing, that's why I don't watch a lot of Lukoil and Levski, it's pointless. I love to watch Asen Velikov in Rilski sportist, that's far more interesting. In Levski the only Bulgarian to play more minutes is Stefan Georgiev, for example.

Bulgaria now has great chances to qualify for the next Eurobasket. I can't say now - Yes, we are going to qualify - but we just have to. There's no way Azerbaijan or Luxembourg to have better basketball than Bulgaria. Germany is a favorite though, and from what I hear, Svetislav Pesic might return to coach them, and also they have Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman. They are favorites for the first place in the group, but the second team also qualifies, so I think Bulgaria will be at Eurobasket 2013.


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: France overwhelm Bulgaria in the end of Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16-France U16 38:80

France overwhelm Bulgaria in the end of Day 2 of the Turk Telecom U16 International Tournament. The French side took 2-0 record in the group after an easy 80:38 victory.
France beat Ukraine in Day 1 and was the favourite of this game as well. They decided not to waste time and started with 26-4 in the first period. Moreover another 24-16 in the second period brought them 50:20 at the halftime.
France did not slow down and won the third and the last stanzas. It was enough for them to score 15 points in the last two periods. They won the third 15-12 and added 15-6 in the last quarter.
Antoine Wallez top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Lucas Dussoulier posted 11. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) netted 10, whilst Cyrille Vanerot (194-F-96) added 8. Alex Ouandie ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, while Martin Gorunov, Andrey Ivanov (202-F-96) and Rahim Haliminski (180-G-96) netted 6 apiece.

Bulgaria U16: Alex Ouandie 11, Martin Gorunov 6, Andrey Ivanov 6, Rahim Haliminski 6
France U16: Antoine Wallez 12, Lucas Dussoulier 11, Etienne Ory 10, Cyrille Vanerot 8



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Canadian CIS round 22 best performance: Paul Gareau - by Eurobasket News
Forward Paul Gareau (201-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Regina, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The -year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Winnipeg (#13, 4-11) 86-79. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Regina is placed at 12th position in Canadian CIS. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 10 games and recorded just four victories. Gareau has many years of experience at Regina, through which he has constantly improved. Paul Gareau averages this season 17.4ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Aaron Best of Ryerson. Best had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Ryerson to another comfortable win outscoring RMC (#8, 0-15) 107-33. Ryerson's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-8 record is not bad at all. Best is a newcomer at Ryerson, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Boris Bakovic (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) of Calgary (#10). Bakovic scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Calgary, leading his team to a 67-66 win against the higher-ranked Alberta (#4, 10-5). The chances of Calgary not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bakovic could try to bring Calgary's a little bit higher in the standings. Bakovic has a very solid season. In 7 games in Canada he scored 17.6ppg. He also has 6.9rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 59.1%. Boris Bakovic has also Canadian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominyc Coward (198-F) of Lethbridge - 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) of Cape Breton - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Anthony Sears (193-G) of Acadia - 29 points and 9 rebounds
7. Alex Desroches (193-G) of New Brunsw. - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Connor Burns (201-F) of Regina - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jamelle Barrett (180-PG) of Saskatchewan - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Jordan Baker (192-G-91) of Alberta - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Redmen hands first defeat to Stingers - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated Stingers (8-1) recorded its first loss in Montreal, QC on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Redmen (6-4) 73-67. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Stingers. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Stingers won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Vincent Dufort who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Bermudas Tejour Riley (-94) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Decee Krah (180) produced 17 points and 4 steals for the guests. Stingers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Redmen maintains second place with 6-4 record having eighteen points less than leader UBC. Stingers at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was played in Guelph, ON between fifth ranked Badgers and 6th ranked Gryphons where Badgers (9-7) beat Gryphons (8-8) on the road 71-67. Guard Andrew Kraus (188-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Didi Mukendi contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard Kareem Malcolm (183) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Gryphons. Gryphons' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Badgers maintains fifth place with 9-7 record, which they share with Lethbridge. Gryphons at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Manitoba. Badgers will play against higher ranked Marauders (#4) in Hamilton, ON in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gryphons will play at home against Mustangs in London, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Sydney, NS between Varsity Reds and Capers. Seventh ranked Varsity Reds (4-9) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Capers (8-6). Varsity Reds managed to escape with a 2-point win 90-88 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Daniel Quirion who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Varsity Reds' coach Brent Baker used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Jimmy Dorsey responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. Varsity Reds maintains seventh place with 4-9 record. Loser Capers keep the third position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Quebec City, QC. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Rouge et Or (3-6) to third ranked Citadines (6-5) 59-56 in the game for the third place. It was an exceptional evening for Eric Cote-Kougnima who led the winners and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Rouge et Or's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Citadines maintains third place with 6-5 record having seventeen points less than leader UBC. Rouge et Or lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked X-Men (9-3) against sixth ranked Tigers (6-7) on Sunday night. Visiting X-Men was defeated by Tigers in Halifax, NS 79-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of X-Men. The best player for the winners was Robert Nortmann who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. X-Men's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tigers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St.Mary's. Loser X-Men keeps the second position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Memorial were defeated by UPEI in Charlottetown, PEI 100-89. Lethbridge beat Manitoba at home 95-87. TWU lost to UFV on the opponent's court 72-88. UBC outscored UBC Okanagan in a home game 78-48. Winnipeg recorded a loss to Regina on the road 72-79. Calgary defeated Alberta on its own court 79-64. Brandon was smashed by Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK 89-70. Ryerson won against Queen's at home 73-68. York were outscored by Ottawa on the opponent's court 92-61. Carleton rolled over Laurentian in a home game 109-74. Winless RMC was crushed by Toronto Univ. on the road 110-43. Laurier beat Western on its own court 89-73. Memorial lost to UPEI in Charlottetown, PEI 77-95. Windsor unfortunately lost to Lakehead at home 79-85. McMaster rolled over Waterloo on the opponent's court 89-70.
The best stats of 23th round was 23 points and 13 rebounds by Michael Lieffers of Saskatchewan.



UPEI - Memorial 100-89

There was no surprise in Charlottetown, PEI where 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-13) were defeated by first ranked Panthers (11-3) 100-89 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Panthers. Sea Hawks was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panthers forced 21 Sea Hawks turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Terrence Brown (186) who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds. Sudanese forward Manock Lual (198-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Panthers players scored in double figures. Forward Robbie Habib (193-89) produced 33 points (!!!) and naturalized British swingman Mike Helsby (195-89) added 8 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panthers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record, which they share with Victoria. Sea Hawks lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Memorial: R.Habib 33+3reb+2ast, C.Gould 16+3reb+2ast, J.Alliman 13+3reb+1ast, M.Helsby 8+15reb+14ast, T.Haley 7, J.Shepherd 5+7reb+4ast
UPEI: T.Brown 28+5reb+3ast, D.Moss 20+4reb+1ast, M.Lual 14+16reb+5ast, J.Cooper 13+6reb+4ast, A.Robbins 10+3reb, J.Duke 6+4reb
gschID: 155867


Lethbridge - Manitoba 95-87

Everything could happen in Lethbridge, AB at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Pronghorn and 8th ranked Bisons had identical 8-7 record. This time Pronghorn used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Winnipeg, MB 95-87 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Pronghorn dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Bisons' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Dominyc Coward (198) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Derek Waldner (201) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Pronghorn's coach Dave Adams allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Kevin Oliver (198) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Yigit Ozsayiner added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Pronghorn and four Bisons players scored in double figures. Pronghorn have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Brock. Bisons lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Pronghorn will have a break next round. Bisons will play at home against Dinos (#9) in Calgary, AB.
Top scorers:
Manitoba: K.Sansregret 18+1reb+3ast, K.Oliver 17+11reb+3ast, Y.Ozsayiner 17+8reb+3ast, S.Walton 15+3reb+6ast, X.Smith 8+3reb+2ast, K.Omoerah 8+4reb+1ast
Lethbridge: D.Coward 19+12reb+5ast, D.Cooper 18+3ast, M.Duce 14+2reb+1ast, J.Chief-Morris 11+4reb+1ast, D.Waldner 11+12reb+1ast, A.Fletcher 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 155863


UFV - TWU 88-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Spartans' (8-7) road loss to fifth ranked Cascades (10-5) 72-88 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cascades. Spartans was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartans to just 7 points in first quarter. Cascades made 32-of-37 free shots (86.5 percent) during the game, while Spartans only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Spartans 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Spartans were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Joel Friesen (193) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Cascades players scored in double figures. Guard Calvin Westbrook (193-88, college: CS Stanislaus) produced 21 points and American guard Tristan Smith (183-86) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cascades have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Spartans dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TWU: C.Westbrook 21+2ast, T.Smith 12+2reb+6ast, J.Bakuteka 9+2reb+2ast, T.Linttell 8+3reb, S.Peter 7+4reb+2ast, K.Osborne 6+3reb
UFV: J.Friesen 24+8reb+1ast, K.Grewal 17+5reb, S.Freeman 13+3reb+2ast, S.Bjorgaard 11+2reb+1ast, J.Moedt 10+7reb, J.York 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155864


UBC - UBC Okanagan 78-48

Very predictable result in Vancouver, BC where first ranked Thunderbirds (12-2) outscored 14th ranked Heat (2-12) 78-48 on Saturday. The game without a history. Thunderbirds led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Heat's 20. Thunderbirds forced 25 Heat turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minnesota St.) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Kamar Burke (196-86) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Mack Roth produced 15 points and Yassine Ghomari added 7 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thunderbirds have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-2 record. Heat lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: M.Roth 15+4reb+1ast, I.Con 9+2reb, Y.Ghomari 7+4reb+2ast, B.Macdonald 5+3reb+1ast, S.Pelland 4+3reb+1ast, J.Asselstine 4
UBC: D.Plumb 18+8reb+1ast, K.Burke 15+7reb+3ast, T.Nixon 10+9reb+3ast, M.Lewandowski 9+7reb+1ast, G.Bath 7+3reb, N.Yu 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 155865


Dalhousie - St.Francis X. 79-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked X-Men (9-3) against sixth ranked Tigers (6-7) on Sunday night. Visiting X-Men was defeated by Tigers in Halifax, NS 79-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of X-Men. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-68. Tigers outrebounded X-Men 40-28 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Bahamas forward Robert Nortmann (198) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Cameroonian forward William Yengue (193) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Terry Thomas (193) produced 17 points and guard Will Donkoh (185) added 13 points respectively for the guests. X-Men's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tigers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St.Mary's. Loser X-Men keeps the second position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: T.Thomas 17+4reb+3ast, W.Donkoh 13+3reb+2ast, J.Dunn 11+7reb, M.Clayton 8+5reb+3ast, R.Madera 8+3reb, T.Vernon 6+4reb+7ast
Dalhousie: R.Nortmann 21+14reb+1ast, W.Yengue 17+7reb+2ast, C.Fox 16+1reb+4ast, R.Kanza Mata 9+7reb+7ast, S.Williams 9+5reb+1ast, S.Lopez 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 155866


Regina - Winnipeg 79-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Wesmen's (4-12) road loss to twelfth ranked Cougars (5-10) 72-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 25-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cougars forced 19 Wesmen turnovers. The best player for the winners was Gradyn Childerhose who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Brendan Hebert (180) chipped in 19 points. Cougars' coach James Hillis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Mark McNee (198) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Benny Iko (198) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Cougars moved-up to eleventh place. Wesmen lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Winnipeg: M.McNee 21+9reb+1ast, D.Brown 13+4reb+2ast, B.Iko 11+12reb+2ast, T.Krahn 11+2reb, A.Cunningham 10+5reb+4ast, B.Duff 3+1reb+1ast
Regina: B.Hebert 19+2reb+2ast, G.Childerhose 14+7reb+3ast, P.Gareau 13+7reb+2ast, S.Nostedt 13+1reb+2ast, C.Burns 10+10reb, V.Grujic 6+4reb
gschID: 155861


Calgary - Alberta 79-64

There was a surprise result in Calgary, AB where tenth ranked Dinos (6-10) won against 4th placed Golden Bears (10-6) 79-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dinos. Golden Bears was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Jarred Ogungbemi (175-91) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Tyler Fidler (206-89) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Robert Dewar (211-91) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dinos moved-up to ninth place. Loser Golden Bears dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Dinos will face higher ranked Bisons (#8) in Winnipeg, MB in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Alberta: R.Dewar 16+6reb+1ast, D.Ferguson 13+1reb+3ast, J.Baker 11+6reb+2ast, A.Bates 9+4reb, S.Saffa 6+4reb+1ast, S.Cava 4+2reb
Calgary: J.Ogungbemi 25+6reb+3ast, T.Fidler 12+9reb+2ast, J.Owen-Thomas 8+3reb+3ast, K.Milburn 8+1reb+2ast, B.Bakovic 8+7reb, A.McGuinness 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155862


McGill - Concordia 73-67

Undefeated Stingers (8-1) recorded its first loss in Montreal, QC on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Redmen (6-4) 73-67. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Stingers. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Stingers won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Vincent Dufort who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Bermudas Tejour Riley (-94) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Decee Krah (180) produced 17 points and 4 steals and international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Stingers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Redmen maintains second place with 6-4 record having eighteen points less than leader UBC. Stingers at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Concordia: D.Krah 17+2reb+2ast, K.Desmarais 13+7reb+1ast, J.Blake 12+1reb, E.Laroche 8+8reb, M.Tajfel 6, T.Garner 6+3reb
McGill: V.Dufort 16+6reb+1ast, K.Sy-Morissette 12+3reb+1ast, T.Renaud-Tremblay 10+4reb+1ast, T.Riley 9+6reb+2ast, W.Clark 9+8reb, A.Mitrovic 8+4reb
gschID: 155858


Laval - UQAM 56-59

A very interesting game took place in Quebec City, QC. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Rouge et Or (3-6) to third ranked Citadines (6-5) 59-56 in the game for the third place. Rouge et Or was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 15-8 third quarter run of Citadines. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Eric Cote-Kougnima (193-88) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Gregory Saint-Amand (193-88) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91, college: High School) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and center Simon Mercier (198-89) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Rouge et Or in the defeat. Rouge et Or's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Citadines maintains third place with 6-5 record having seventeen points less than leader UBC. Rouge et Or lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laval: B.Hadzimuratovic 19+16reb+1ast, S.Mercier 10+6reb+2ast, H.Ryan 7+3reb+1ast, E.Labrecque 7+2reb, X.Baribeau 7+2reb+8ast, T.Dezutter 2+5reb+4ast
UQAM: E.Cote-Kougnima 14+7reb+3ast, G.Saint-Amand 13+6reb+3ast, A.Bernard 9+3reb+2ast, K.Bitondo 6+4reb+1ast, R.Kwaku Addai 5+2reb+4ast, P.Tamba 4+5reb
gschID: 155859


Saskatchewan - Brandon 89-70

There was no surprise in Saskatoon, SK where 11th ranked Bobcats (5-11) were crushed by third ranked Huskies (11-4) 89-70 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was international forward Michael Lieffers (203-87) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American point guard Jamelle Barrett (180) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Four Huskies players scored in double figures. Ali Mounir produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and forward Donovan Gayle (193) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Bobcats' coach gave the chance to play for eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Huskies have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having eight points less than leader UBC. Bobcats lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brandon: A.Mounir 25+13reb+1ast, K.Vince 15+3reb+1ast, D.Gayle 14+4reb+2ast, E.Schippers 6+5reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 5+5reb+6ast, J.Reaves 5+2reb
Saskatchewan: M.Lieffers 23+13reb+2ast, D.Jones 21+7reb, P.Lomuro 16+2reb+1ast, J.Barrett 16+7reb+12ast, M.Forbes 7+2reb+1ast, B.Baker 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 155860


Ryerson - Queen's 73-68

No shocking result in a game in Toronto, ON where third ranked Rams (9-8) defeated bottom-ranked Golden Gaels (0-16) 73-68 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Rams made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Jordon Gauthier who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Italian guard Luke Staniscia (193-88) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Rams players scored in double figures. Forward Nikola Misljencevic (196) produced 21 points and guard Ryan Golden (183) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rams maintains third place with 9-8 record having eight points less than leader UBC. Loser Golden Gaels still closes the standings with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Queen's: N.Misljencevic 21+3reb+1ast, R.Golden 15+5reb+1ast, M.Simpson 10+4reb, B.Burgesson 7+4reb, D.Adams 5+3reb+4ast, A.Weatherill 4+2reb
Ryerson: J.Gauthier 17+5reb+2ast, L.Staniscia 15+5reb+1ast, J.Jones 14+4reb+3ast, A.Best 10+5reb+1ast, B.Michaelsen 8+5reb, G.Berry 6
gschID: 155854


Ottawa - York 92-61

Very expected game in Ottawa, ON where 6th ranked Lions (3-14) were rolled over by second ranked Gee-Gees (11-6) 92-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Gee-Gees led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) who scored 27 points. Forward Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (196) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Gee-Gees players scored in double figures. Guard David Tyndale (180) produced 17 points and forward Aaron Rados (196) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gee-Gees maintains second place with 11-6 record having six points less than leader UBC. Loser Lions keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
York: D.Tyndale 17+2reb+1ast, A.Rados 12+5reb, J.Bell 7+3reb, K.Buchanan 5+3reb+2ast, R.Isaac 4+5reb, N.Tufegdzich 4+6reb
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 27+4reb, V.Gill 18, G.Gonthier-Dubue 12+9reb+2ast, M.L'Africain 11+4reb+4ast, Y.Issayas 9+3ast, C.Anderson 5+9reb
gschID: 155855


Carleton - Laurentian 109-74

Rather predictable result in Ottawa, ON where leader Ravens (17-0) outscored 3rd placed Voyageurs (8-9) 109-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.9 percent from the field. Ravens shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Voyageurs' players. The best player for the winners was guard Willy Manigat (180) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Forward Kevin Churchill (198) chipped in 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Ravens players scored in double figures. Alex Ratte produced 32 points and 4 assists and Shavaan Sheldon added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. Loser Voyageurs dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Laurentian: A.Ratte 32+4reb+4ast, I.Pasquale 12+1reb+1ast, S.Sheldon 8+5reb+2ast, G.Serresse 7+1reb+1ast, M.Hull 6+4reb, S.Levac 6+1reb
Carleton: W.Manigat 22+1reb+4ast, K.Churchill 18+4reb+3ast, P.Scrubb 16+1reb+3ast, T.Scrubb 14+1reb, E.Thompson 14+3reb, T.Hinz 9+4reb+11ast
gschID: 155856


Toronto Univ. - RMC 110-43

Not a big story in a game in Toronto, ON where bottom-ranked RMC (0-16) was outplayed by fifth ranked Blues (7-10) 110-43 on Saturday. The game without a history. Blues 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 7 points in third quarter. Blues held RMC to an opponent 22.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 53.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded RMC 48-34 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Blues shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by RMC's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Blues made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was Arun Kumar (183) who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Denis Ankrah chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Blues players scored in double figures. Guard Connor Duke (191) produced 19 points and Alexandre Lavoie added 12 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Blues maintains fifth place with 7-10 record. Loser RMC still closes the standings with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
RMC: C.Duke 19+3reb, A.Lavoie 12+4reb+1ast, J.Byun 6+2reb, S.Hui 2+5reb+2ast, T.Boettcher 2+11reb+1ast, K.Hicks 2+2reb
Toronto Univ.: A.Kumar 16+6reb+4ast, J.Holmes 16+1reb, D.Churchill 14+1reb+1ast, D.Ankrah 12+8reb+1ast, A.Hill 11+3reb+3ast, A.Plummer 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 155857


Laurier - Western 89-73

Everything went according to plan in Waterloo, ON where second ranked Golden Hawks (14-2) won against 7th ranked Mustangs (5-11) 89-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Golden Hawks. Mustangs was better in fourth quarter 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Golden Hawks forced 20 Mustangs turnovers and outrebounded them 46-28 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Maxwell Allin (193) who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Center Patrick Donnelly (203) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Five Golden Hawks players scored in double figures. Guard Ryan Barbeau (178) produced 28 points and 5 assists and forward Peter Scholtes (196) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Golden Hawks have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lakehead. Loser Mustangs keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Golden Hawks will face Lancers (#3) in Windsor, ON in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mustangs will play on the road against Gryphons (#6) in Guelph, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Western: R.Barbeau 28+3reb+5ast, P.Scholtes 22+5reb+1ast, Q.Henderson 8+5reb+2ast, N.Diloreto 8+1reb+1ast, J.Bernard 4+1reb+1ast, G.Morrow 2+3reb
Laurier: M.Allin 23+9reb+9ast, P.Donnelly 21+14reb+1ast, W.Coulthard 14+1reb+4ast, K.Harrison 13+6reb, M.Buckley 10+5reb+1ast, J.Forde 4+2reb
gschID: 155851


UPEI - Memorial 95-77

There was no surprise in Charlottetown, PEI where 8th ranked Sea Hawks (1-13) were defeated by first ranked Panthers (11-3) 95-77 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Panthers's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-11 extending their advantage to 18 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sea Hawks' 26. They outrebounded Sea Hawks 44-26 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Sudanese forward Manock Lual (198-89) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Donathan Moss chipped in 26 points. Center Jason Shepherd (193-89) produced 29 points and 5 assists and naturalized British swingman Mike Helsby (195-89) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panthers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record, which they share with Victoria. Sea Hawks lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Memorial: J.Shepherd 29+2reb+5ast, M.Helsby 17+12reb+2ast, C.Gould 10+2reb, R.Habib 10+1reb+1ast, T.Haley 6+1reb, R.Wood 3+2reb+2ast
UPEI: D.Moss 26+4reb+1ast, M.Lual 22+10reb+1ast, G.Doane 15+2reb+2ast, J.Cooper 14+8reb+2ast, T.Brown 9+5reb+3ast, J.Duke 9+11reb+1ast
gschID: 155852


Windsor - Lakehead 79-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Thunderwolves' (14-2) road victory over 3rd placed Lancers (11-5) 85-79 on Saturday. Lancers trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Strangely Lancers outrebounded Thunderwolves 48-26 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Ben Johnson (-88) who scored 29 points. Naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Lien Phillip (203-89) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Evan Matthews (206-92) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunderwolves have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Laurier. Loser Lancers keep the third place with five games lost. Thunderwolves will have a break next round. Lancers will play at home against the league's second-placed Golden Hawks in Waterloo, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Windsor: L.Phillip 17+11reb+2ast, E.Matthews 16+6reb, E.Diloreto 13+3reb+4ast, J.McQueen 9+2reb+2ast, R.Christie 8+11reb, J.Collins 5+5reb+7ast
Lakehead: B.Johnson 29+2reb+2ast, J.Jones 14+7reb+1ast, Y.Salhia 14+8reb, R.Thomson 8+2reb+1ast, M.Schmidt 6+1reb+1ast, A.Johnson 5
gschID: 155853


Cape Breton - New Brunsw. 88-90

A very close game took place in Sydney, NS between Varsity Reds and Capers. Seventh ranked Varsity Reds (4-9) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Capers (8-6). Varsity Reds managed to escape with a 2-point win 90-88 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Varsity Reds made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. It was a great evening for guard Daniel Quirion (183) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. British V.Islands guard William McFee (191) helped adding 23 points and 4 assists. Varsity Reds' coach Brent Baker used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists and guard Al Alilovic (198) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Varsity Reds maintains seventh place with 4-9 record. Loser Capers keep the third position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 22+8reb+12ast, A.Alilovic 22+5reb, J.Smith 12+4reb+6ast, M.Lufile 10+3reb+1ast, A.Geugjes 7+6reb, L.Macquarrie 7+3reb+3ast
New Brunsw.: W.McFee 23+2reb+4ast, D.Quirion 19+5reb+12ast, J.Irvine 11+3reb+1ast, M.Fosu 11+8reb+2ast, A.Desroches 9+2reb, S.Amoah 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 155848


Guelph - Brock 67-71

Another exciting game was played in Guelph, ON between fifth ranked Badgers and 6th ranked Gryphons where Badgers (9-7) beat Gryphons (8-8) on the road 71-67. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 23-12 last quarter charge of Gryphons cut the lead to 71-67 at the end of the game. Badgers dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Gryphons' 26. Badgers forced 19 Gryphons turnovers. Guard Andrew Kraus (188-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Guard Didi Mukendi (183) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard Kareem Malcolm (183) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Daniel McCarthy (188) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gryphons. Gryphons' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Badgers maintains fifth place with 9-7 record, which they share with Lethbridge. Gryphons at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Manitoba. Badgers will play against higher ranked Marauders (#4) in Hamilton, ON in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gryphons will play at home against Mustangs in London, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guelph: D.McCarthy 20+5reb, A.Bering 15+6reb, K.Malcolm 13+9reb+3ast, M.Clark 6+1reb, J.Beatty 5+3reb, S.Wiredu 3+8reb+2ast
Brock: D.Mukendi 19+1reb+3ast, A.Kraus 17+8reb+5ast, A.Ferguson 13+5reb+1ast, T.Kasamba 9+3reb+2ast, J.Fleming 8+3reb+1ast, M.Williams 3+1reb
gschID: 155849


Waterloo - McMaster 70-89

Very expected game in Waterloo, ON where 8th ranked Warriors (4-12) were rolled over by fourth ranked Marauders (11-5) 89-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 58-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Marauders outrebounded Warriors 43-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Warriors were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Victor Raso (193) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Aaron Redpath chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Marauders players scored in double figures. Guard Mike Wright (180-91) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and forward Andrew Melbourne (188-90) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Marauders moved-up to third place, which they share with Windsor. Warriors lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Marauders will face Badgers (#5) in St.Catharines, ON in the next round.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: M.Wright 26+7reb+1ast, A.Melbourne 16+4reb+1ast, T.Stevenson 9+1ast, W.Bridge 6+1reb+4ast, Z.Angelini 5+6reb+2ast, J.Johnson 4
McMaster: V.Raso 18+6reb+4ast, N.Pelech 15+4reb, A.Redpath 12+5reb+6ast, J.Rocca 10+3reb+2ast, A.Presutti 10+4reb+3ast, T.Black 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 155850




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Wu comes back to Zhejiang Guangsha Lions - by Eurobasket Center
Zhejiang Guangsha Lions added to their roster 27-year old Taiwanese international power forward Tai-Hao Wu (202-F/C-100kg-85, college: BYU-Hawaii). Its actually Wus comeback to Guangsha L. as he played here before. In In his first game he didnt score any points. Wu played most recently at TTL Taiwan Beer (Taiwan). He helped them to win the championship title. Wu graduated from BYU-Hawaii in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Wu has been a member of Taiwanese international program for some years. He played for senior national team this year and previously for U18 national team in 2000. Wu represented Taiwan at the Asian Championships in Wuhan (China) last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


CBA Round 27: DongGuan Leopards lose to Zhejiang Guangsha Lions - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked DongGuan Leopards (16-10) and fourth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (15-10) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. DongGuan Leopards were defeated by Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in a tough game in Hangzhou 109-114. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-23. But DongGuan Leopards won third quarter 28-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 43-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) contributed with 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach Jim Cleamons used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists for DongGuan Leopards. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions are looking forward to face Fujian SBS XunXin (#7) in Jinjiang in the next round. DongGuan Leopards will play at home against Jilin Tigers (#12) in Changchun and are hoping to win this game.
CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (22-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-14) in Changchun 107-94. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jilin Tigers. It was a great evening for American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Peng Zhou helped adding 24 points. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-4 record. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Liaoning Hunters (#5) in Yingkou in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against DongGuan Leopards (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Zhejiang Cyclones (13-11) and TianJin Rongcheng (9-17), which took place in Tianjin. Higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones lost to fourteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng in a road game 104-112 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Mamadou Lamizana who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 5 assists. TianJin Rongcheng's coach Paul Coughter allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. J.R. Smith came up with 37 points (!!!) and 5 assists for Zhejiang Cyclones in the defeat. TianJin Rongcheng maintains fourteenth place with 9-17 record. Loser Zhejiang Cyclones keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. TianJin Rongcheng will meet at home Jiangsu Dragons (#16) in the next round. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against Qingdao Double Star (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Shanxi Zhongyu (13-11) and Shandong Bulls (11-15), which took place in Taiyuan. Higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu lost at home to thirteenth ranked Shandong Bulls 110-125. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. The best player for the winners was Ke Wu who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shandong Bulls maintains thirteenth place with 11-15 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be Bayi Fubang (#15) in Ningbo.
Another upset was a game between Fujian SBS XunXin (14-12) and Shanghai Sharks (14-11), which took place in Shanghai. 6th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin lost to ninth ranked Shanghai Sharks in a road game 90-94 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fujian SBS XunXin. It was a good game for Mike Harris who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Shanghai Sharks' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liaoning H. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will face Xinjiang Flying Tige (#10) in Urumqi in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fujian SBS XunXin will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Jiangsu D. was smashed by Beijing Ducks on the road 116-97. Xinjiang F.T. won against Foshan on its own court 103-94. Qingdao DS managed to outperform Bayi Fubang in a road game 103-91.



Jilin NE T. - Guandong ST 94-107

CBA top team - Guandong Tigers (22-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Jilin Tigers (11-14) in Changchun 107-94. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Jilin Tigers. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Jilin Tigers was better in fourth quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Jilin Tigers' 50. Guandong Tigers forced 20 Jilin Tigers turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Peng Zhou (207-89) helped adding 24 points. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) scored 22 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-4 record. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Liaoning Hunters (#5) in Yingkou in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against DongGuan Leopards (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: Z.Peng 24+4reb+1ast, B.Aaron 22+2reb+1ast, S.James 19+13reb+5ast, C.Jianghua 11+5reb+5ast, R.JunFei 8+1reb, W.Zheng 6+4reb+1ast
Jilin NE T.: W.Jameel 23+11reb+2ast, M.Cartier 22+1reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 16+2reb+3ast, L.Tao 9+6reb+1ast, L.Wei 9+6reb+1ast, D.Osama 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 158268


Beijing Ducks - Jiangsu D. 116-97

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Beijing Ducks (18-8) crushed at home 16th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (7-18) 116-97 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Ducks. Jiangsu Dragons was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu Dragons' 46. Jiangsu Dragons were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Xiaochuan Zhai (205-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Beijing Ducks' coach LuLei Min used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Li Yang (194-85) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. Five Beijing Ducks and four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Beijing Ducks. They maintain second place with 18-8 record having four points less than leader Guandong ST. Loser Jiangsu Dragons keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Beijing Ducks will have a break next round. Jiangsu Dragons will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#14) in Tianjin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: Z.Xiaochuan 25+12reb+3ast, X.LiBin 17+2reb, J.Zhe 15+6reb+3ast, Z.YanXi 15+8reb+1ast, M.Randolph 15+10reb+1ast, M.Stephon 13+8reb+7ast
Jiangsu D.: V.Jackson 31+13reb+2ast, M.Da 20+4reb, Y.Li 19+8reb, Y.Li 12+3reb+4ast, H.XueFeng 7+6reb+1ast, L.Yahui 5+10reb+1ast
gschID: 158269


Xinjiang F.T. - Foshan 103-94

Very expected game when 17th ranked Foshan (6-19) lost to eleventh ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (12-12) in Urumqi 94-103 on Sunday. Foshan trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 94-103 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and center Zhun Zheng (214-92) added 25 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Foshan. Foshan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to tenth place. Foshan lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Foshan will play against Shanxi Zhongyu (#8) in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang F.T.: P.Tim 24+6reb+2ast, P.Duo 17+3reb+3ast, X.GuoChong 15+2reb, C.Tal 11+2reb+1ast, M.Bateer 11+7reb+8ast, L.Gani 11+6reb+1ast
Foshan: H.Marcus 26+9reb, Z.Zhun 25+10reb, M.Michel 22+5reb+9ast, M.WuLan 8+8reb, L.Zhi 6+3reb+2ast, H.Bing 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 158270


Bayi Fubang - Qingdao DS 91-103

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Qingdao Double Star (12-14) won against 15th ranked Bayi Fubang (7-17) in Ningbo 103-91 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 56-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Qingdao Double Star dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 54. It was a good game for American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Gen Li (196-88) contributed with 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Lehei De (208-87) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bayi Fubang. Four Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. Bayi Fubang's coach Chang Bin Adijan rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to eleventh place. Bayi Fubang lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Qingdao Double Star will face higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#9) in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayi Fubang will play at home against Shandong Bulls (#13) in Jinan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 32+10reb+4ast, L.Gen 30+6reb+1ast, X.YuYang 22+8reb+3ast, O.Olumide 8+11reb+4ast, C.Kai 5+6reb+2ast, C.Liang 4+1reb+1ast
Bayi Fubang: D.Lehei 19+6reb, W.ZhiZhi 17+10reb+1ast, T.Xiang 13+4reb+1ast, W.Lei 12+5reb+3ast, X.ZhongHao 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Bo 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 158265


TianJin R. - Zhejiang C. 112-104

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Zhejiang Cyclones (13-11) and TianJin Rongcheng (9-17), which took place in Tianjin. Higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones lost to fourteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng in a road game 104-112 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 36-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TianJin Rongcheng made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Ivorian-French power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers, agency: VVG Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) accounted for 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds for the winning side. TianJin Rongcheng's coach Paul Coughter allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) came up with 37 points (!!!) and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) added 21 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks respectively for Zhejiang Cyclones in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TianJin Rongcheng maintains fourteenth place with 9-17 record. Loser Zhejiang Cyclones keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. TianJin Rongcheng will meet at home Jiangsu Dragons (#16) in the next round. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against Qingdao Double Star (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: L.Mamadou 37+12reb+5ast, H.Donnell 34+12reb, Z.Nan 16+4reb+2ast, X.GuiJun 11+3reb+1ast, X.Lei 5+3reb, L.GangFeng 3
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 37+3reb+5ast, B.Josh 21+18reb+4ast, D.Jinhui 19+8reb+1ast, X.Yo Bo 13+1reb, Z.ChunJun 6+10reb+5ast, J.Peng 4+1reb
gschID: 158266


Guangsha L. - DongGuan L. 114-109

The game between third ranked DongGuan Leopards (16-10) and fourth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (15-10) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. DongGuan Leopards were defeated by Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in a tough game in Hangzhou 109-114. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-23. But DongGuan Leopards won third quarter 28-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 43-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach Jim Cleamons used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 40 points (!!!) and 5 assists and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) added 29 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for DongGuan Leopards. Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions and four DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions are looking forward to face Fujian SBS XunXin (#7) in Jinjiang in the next round. DongGuan Leopards will play at home against Jilin Tigers (#12) in Changchun and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: C.Wilson 28+10reb+2ast, L.Chih-Chieh 23+3reb+4ast, R.Peter John 21+11reb+1ast, J.Lipeng 15+3reb+4ast, W.Bo 10+7reb+2ast, Z.Yongpeng 9+2reb+1ast
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 40+4reb+5ast, R.Shavlik 29+8reb+2ast, Q.Biao 16+3reb+2ast, Z.Kai 16+9reb+3ast, H.ZhongMian 4+2reb+3ast, F.Qi 2
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Shanxi Zh. - Shandong FB 110-125

Another upset was a game between Shanxi Zhongyu (13-11) and Shandong Bulls (11-15), which took place in Taiyuan. Higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu lost at home to thirteenth ranked Shandong Bulls 110-125. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shanxi Zhongyu. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Shanxi Zhongyu was better in third quarter 30-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game. Shandong Bulls outrebounded Shanxi Zhongyu 60-40 including a 42-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Ke Wu (209-90) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) added 31 points and 6 steals respectively. Five Shandong Bulls and four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shandong Bulls maintains thirteenth place with 11-15 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be Bayi Fubang (#15) in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: W.Ke 25+13reb, A.Alan 21+5reb+4ast, H.Othello 19+12reb, T.HanLin 15+7reb+1ast, L.JiuLong 14+8reb+1ast, Y.Ding 12+4reb+2ast
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 31+3reb+2ast, G.Charles 30+14reb+4ast, Y.PengFei 14+8reb, D.JiangPeng 11+3reb+1ast, L.XiaoMing 8+4reb+7ast, P.Jiang 7+3reb+1ast
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Shanghai S. - Fujian XX 94-90

Another upset was a game between Fujian SBS XunXin (14-12) and Shanghai Sharks (14-11), which took place in Shanghai. 6th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin lost to ninth ranked Shanghai Sharks in a road game 90-94 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fujian SBS XunXin. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fujian SBS XunXin won third quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Fujian SBS XunXin outrebounded Shanghai Sharks 54-38 including a 24-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Wei Liu (190-80) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) answered with 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) added 17 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Fujian SBS XunXin. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liaoning H. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will face Xinjiang Flying Tige (#10) in Urumqi in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fujian SBS XunXin will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: H.Mike 20+8reb+2ast, L.Wei 20+5reb+4ast, W.Yong-Liang 15+3reb+2ast, L.Marcus 13+8reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 10+7reb+1ast, L.Ziqui 8+2reb+5ast
Fujian XX: R.Anthony 39+9reb+1ast, A.Zaid 17+16reb+2ast, M.Will 17+11reb+2ast, G.Lei 6+3reb, L.Yi Ting 4+1reb, Z.Qixin 4+3reb
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Guangdong, Beijing Win as CBA Season Resumes - by Arthur Volbert
The CBA season resumed after the New Year's break with first-place Guangdong and second-place Beijing both posting victories.

Zhou Peng scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds as Guangdong topped Jilin 107-94 and moved its record to 22-4. Aaron Brooks scored 22. James Singleton had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Chen Jianghua had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ren Junfei scored 8. Zhu Fangyu did not play. Jameel Watkins had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Jilin. Cartier Martin scored 22. Zhong Cheng had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Lu Wei and Li Tao each had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 8 points and 5 rebounds. National teamer Yu Shulong continued his disappointing season, being scoreless in 15 minutes and thoroughly outplayed by Chen Jianghua.

Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93), who now seems in the lead for rookie of the year, had 25 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals as Beijing blasted Jiangsu 116-97. Beijing is now 18-8. Xie Libin scored 17. Randolph Morris had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals. Zhu Yanxi, Beijing's other rookie-of-the-year candidate, had 15 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out in 20 minutes. Stephon Marbury had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Fang Shuo had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Chen Lei and Lee Hsueh-Lin continued their absences. Jackson Vroman had 31 points and 12 rebounds for Jiangsu. Meng Da scored 20. Yang Li had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Yi Li had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Hu Xuefeng had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Liu Yahui had 5 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Williams was not present.

Wilson Chandler had 28 points and 10 rebounds as Zhejiang Guangsha edged Dongguan 114-109. Guangsha is now fourth at 15-10 while Dongguan is third at 16-10. Peter John Ramos had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Guangsha. Lin Chih-Chieh had 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Jin Lipeng had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Bo had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Yongpeng scored 9. Josh Akognon had 40 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists for Dongguan. Shavlik Randolph had 29 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Qiu Biao also scored 16. Neither young seven-footer, Sun Zhe or Li Muhao, saw any playing time in this tight game.

Shanghai defeated Fujian 94-90. Liu Wei had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Michael Harris had 20 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Yong scored 15. Marcus Landry had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Liu Ziqui had 8 points and 5 assists. Anthony Roberson had 39 points and 9 rebounds for Fujian. Zaid Abbas had 17 points and 16 rebounds. Will McDonald had 17 points and 11 rebounds. No native player scored more than 6.

Young big man Wu Ke had 25 points and 13 rebounds as Shandong topped Shanxi 125-110. Allan Anderson had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Othello Hunter had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Tao Hanlin, Shandong's other young big man, had 15 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Liu Jiulong had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Ding Yanyuhang had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Sui Ran had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Marcus Williams scored 31 for Shanxi. Charles Gaines had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Young big man Yan Pengfei had 14 points and 8 rebounds in 39 minutes but needs to improve on defense. Duan Jiangpeng scored 11 but only hit 3 of 11 shots. Lv Xiaoming had 8 points and 7 assists.

Bayi will almost certainly be eligible to take an Asian import next year. A Zaid Abbas or Osama Daghlas would improve their team. The Army team dropped to 7-17 with a 103-91 loss to Qingdao. Lester Hudson had 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Li Gen, clearly the best native player on the court today, had 30 points and 6 rebounds. Even Xue Yuyang had a field day with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. He would have made the NBA if he played that way every day, but, of course, he doesn't. Olumide Oyedeji had 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Delehei had 19 points and 6 rebounds for Bayi. Aging Wang Zhizhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds and outplayed by Xue Yuyang. Tian Yuxiang had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Lei had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Xu Zhonghao had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Bo had 8 points and 3 rebounds.

New import, # 2, had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists as Tianjin outscored Zhejiang 112-104. Donnell Harvey had 34 points and 12 rebounds. Zhang Nan had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Xu Guijun had 11 points and 3 rebounds. J. R. Smith had 37 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists for Zhejiang. Josh Boone had 21 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. Ding Jinhui had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Xia Yobo scored 13. Zhang Chunjun had 6 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Xinjiang defeated Foshan 103-94. Tim Pickett had 24 points and 6 rebounds. Meng Duo scored 17 and Xu Guozhong had 15. Mengke Bateer had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Gani Lawal had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Xirelijiang scored 11. Marcus Haislip had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Foshan. Zheng Zhun had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Michel Maadanly had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Maiwulan had 8 points and 8 rebounds.



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Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 19-0 
 2. Sparta Praha 15-4 
 3. Proton Zlin 14-5 
 4. Opava B 14-5 
 5. Sokol H.Kralove 11-8 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 11-8 
 7. Trutnov 10-9 
 8. Liberec 9-10 
 9. Prostejov B 7-12 
 10. Vysehrad 7-12 
 11. Benesov 7-12 
 12. Litomerice 6-13 
 13. Mlada Boleslav 2-17 
 14. Kladno 1-18 


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Interesting first month of 2012 - by Durell Vinson
Svendborg- SISU 94-66 Won
Svendborg- Naestved 77-83 Lost
Svendborg- Falcon 95- 82 Won
Svendborg -Aabyhoj 86-82 Won
Svendborg- SISU 90-71 Won

This month of basketball for my team after winning the Danish Cup been a interesting one for us. We are 4-1 in 2012 so far with a lot of close games, teams are out to get wins now and my team cant be satisfied with the Danish Cup win, we got a Danish CDL Championship to battle for and see Bakken Bears probably again.
Im talk a bit about the games we played, a home game versus SISU which is a quick group of guys which are getting better each game they play. But with us we had a game plan of playing at a high speed on offense and having intensity on defense which we did and won the game. The next game we played after the cup victory was a strong group Naestved which on their home court is a tough place to play them on. The gym being small and a lot of noise it was to their advantage they made a run in the game which we usually can come back from in any other game. During the last minutes we had our chances to make our run but turnovers during crunch time will never help you. So they pull it off and got the victory and give us our second lost of the season. The lost we took it drop our first place ranking and put us in second place meaning we will have to wait for the final match against the Bakken Bears to see who will win the season top rank placement.
The two games versus Falcon and Aabyhoj were both tight, where we had to tighten up on defense and make free throws at the end to pull through with the win. Both teams are coming together to make progress as we get closer to the playoffs. The final game of January was against SISU on their home court, this game was a hard fought game for my team. We were in control most of the game with a close first half ,where they were ten down at half with an 34-44. The third quarter they got hot with a lot of second chance points and won the third quarter 22-16. After a huddle with my teammates we got focused on defense and offense like we know how and won the last quarter 30-15 and the game 90-71. I thank God for the glory to guide me and my team through the good and tight game times this month and months to come.
Around this time January and February the top teams are liable to get beat and lose their focus, which in my past teams in Finland we did. But the most interesting thing about my team Svendborg Rabbits this year, is that regardless if we are down or up in a game we still keep the energy and the fight until the end of the game. Me as a player want to get better each day and each practice to help my team when its crunch time in the games to help us win. Patience, Desire and Determination for a season is what it takes for a team to get over the hump during a long season and reach their goals they made at the beginning of the season.
Signing Out

Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner)


Ligaen Round 21: Svendborg beats SISU in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Copenhagen. Second ranked Svendborg faced 4th placed SISU. Guests from Svendborg (19-2) smashed host SISU (9-12) 90-71. The game was mostly controlled by Svendborg. SISU managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svendborg dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to SISU's 30. They outrebounded SISU 37-26 including a 28-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Svendborg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) who recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Svendborg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bakken. SISU at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Vaerlose (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SISU will play against Naestved and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Naestved. First ranked Bakken faced 3rd placed Naestved. Guests from Aarhus (19-1) defeated host Naestved (13-8) 78-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Naestved. It was a good game for the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Andreas Jakobsen contributed with 19 points for the winners. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for Naestved. Bakken have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-1 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Bakken will play against bottom-ranked Falcon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naestved will play against SISU (#4) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Falcon managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Falcon won against ninth-ranked Aabyhoj 82-70. Julian McFarlane stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was D'Mario Curry with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Newly promoted Falcon maintains tenth place with 6-15 record. Loser Aabyhoj keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Falcon will meet league's leader Bakken in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aabyhoj will play against Horsens IC (#6) in Horsens and hope to secure a win.
The game in Vaerlose was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Horsholm (8-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Vaerlose (8-13). Vaerlose managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. Mads Rasmussen nailed 22 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Vaerlose moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Horsholm and Horsens IC. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Svendborg on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsholm will play against Aalborg.

In the last game of round 21 Horsens IC defeated Aalborg in Horsens 101-90.
The best stats of 21th round was 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists by Mike St.John of Horsens IC.



SISU - Svendborg 71-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Copenhagen. Second ranked Svendborg faced 4th placed SISU. Guests from Svendborg (19-2) smashed host SISU (9-12) 90-71. The game was mostly controlled by Svendborg. SISU managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svendborg dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to SISU's 30. They outrebounded SISU 37-26 including a 28-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Svendborg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) who recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and the other American import swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Svendborg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bakken. SISU at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Vaerlose (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SISU will play against Naestved and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: M.Dennis 19+2reb+4ast, M.Nielsen 16+5reb+1ast, D.Rutherford 15+7reb+4ast, M.Flowers 9+3reb+2ast, D.Harder 9+4reb+1ast, M.Glahn 3+1reb
Svendborg: D.Vinson 20+10reb+1ast, C.Colman 19+7reb+6ast, A.Darboe 17+6reb+8ast, M.Kingsley 16+4reb, M.Mariegaard 7+3reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 6+6reb
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Vaerlose - Horsholm 86-82

The game in Vaerlose was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Horsholm (8-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Vaerlose (8-13). Vaerlose managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-10. But Horsholm won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vaerlose shot 33 for 47 from the free-throw line, while Horsholm only scored eleven points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Horsholm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) nailed 22 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Icelandic forward Axel Karason (193-83) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Horsholm in the defeat. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. Vaerlose moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Horsholm and Horsens IC. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Svendborg on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsholm will play against Aalborg.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: B.Colas 22+11reb+5ast, J.Benjamin 20+6reb+2ast, A.Bak 13+1reb+2ast, Z.Jukic 11+2reb, P.Hertz 6+4reb+2ast, A.Haas 6+5ast
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 22+4reb+4ast, A.Karason 18+8reb+1ast, C.Sprinker 10+2reb, R.Delk 10+5reb+7ast, R.Larsen 8+8reb+1ast, S.Jensen 6+2reb
gschID: 136190


Naestved - Bakken 63-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Naestved. First ranked Bakken faced 3rd placed Naestved. Guests from Aarhus (19-1) defeated host Naestved (13-8) 78-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Naestved. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Naestved was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia, MO) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Bakken players scored in double figures. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American-British guard Michael Creppy (190-86, college: Clark Atlanta) added 14 points in the effort for Naestved. Bakken have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-1 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Bakken will play against bottom-ranked Falcon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naestved will play against SISU (#4) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: M.Creppy 14+4reb, N.Brasas 14+3reb, P.Johansen 11+4reb+1ast, M.Frandsen 8+5reb+1ast, C.Henry 8+5reb+8ast, J.Glynn 6+9reb+1ast
Bakken: A.Jakobsen 19+2reb+2ast, N.Iversen 17+6reb+4ast, J.Alexander 13+7reb, C.Christoffersen 12+10reb, C.Nielsen 9+1reb, F.Nielsen 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 136186


Aabyhoj - Falcon 70-82

Bottom-ranked Falcon managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Falcon won against ninth-ranked Aabyhoj 82-70. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 42-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Falcon made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The former international guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 assists for the winners and Mexican Robert Fields chipped in 17 points. Four Falcon players scored in double figures. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) with 24 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Darko Jukic (199-90) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted Falcon maintains tenth place with 6-15 record. Loser Aabyhoj keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Falcon will meet league's leader Bakken in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aabyhoj will play against Horsens IC (#6) in Horsens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 24+9reb+2ast, D.Jukic 11+5reb+2ast, J.Wang 8+1reb, R.Soby Dalboge 8+1reb+2ast, A.Elsner 8+1reb+2ast, R.Laier 5+5reb+1ast
Falcon: J.McFarlane 20+3reb+5ast, R.Fields 17+3ast, H.Thomsen 12+1reb+2ast, C.Thomsen 10+2reb, C.Nielsen 7+2reb, P.Ba 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 136187


Aalborg - Horsens IC 90-101

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Aalborg (7-13) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Horsens IC (8-13) 101-90. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Aalborg was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Aalborg's 54. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) accounted for 28 points and 5 rebounds. St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Aalborg in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Horsens IC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Horsholm and Vaerlose. Aalborg lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Horsens IC's next round opponent will be Aabyhoj (#9) on the road. Aalborg will play against Horsholm.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: T.Bishop 23+11reb+4ast, M.Rasmussen 22+4reb+3ast, R.White 20+6reb+3ast, R.Lauridsen 14+5reb+2ast, S.Eleraky 6+8reb+1ast, M.Christensen 3+2ast
Horsens IC: W.Harris 28+5reb+3ast, D.Sattler 20+3reb+11ast, M.St.John 20+14reb+5ast, H.Schur 15+2reb+2ast, S.Einarsson 8+2ast, U.Grinbergs 4+7reb
gschID: 136188




Championship Feel - by Durell Vinson
The Danish Cup Championship game, in which my team Svendborg Rabbits, played against the Bakken bears at a neutral gym, meaning neither of the teams were familiar with the atmosphere. This in my eyes, is what you call a big atmosphere type of game where real players play the game and where the ballaz show up to do work. The game was on television in a big arena, with replays of every exciting play shown in slow motion on the two jumbo screens that were in the air. See, to me coming from Wagner College we didnt have a big arena; we played in a nice sized gym that fit about 1,300 people, so getting to show my abilities to many people in that size arena and in front of the Danish community on television is something that gets me excited and hyped up for.
My team was focus, like a hawk ready to hunt to win this championship game. Our coach had a game plan and a way to get us on a more mental note against Bakken, since they beat us last time at home. The game started out like all games; trying to get a feel for what the other team is doing, going at the other teams weaknesses and trying to use our strengths to take the lead. Bakken jumped out to a slight lead in the begin, but we fought hard to take a nice lead by halftime. But my team wasnt happy with the first half, so we wanted to make sure that we came out focused to keep the tempo of the game and hold off the Bakken teams run. Which, they made their run, like every good team does and tied the game before the start of the last quarter. But I knew already what we needed to do the last quarter, make sure we stand strong on defense and make good decisions on offense and thats what we did and won the game 75- 73.
Once we won, we celebrated like we won the Super Bowl. The champagne was popped and sprayed around along with the gold confetti everywhere and us holding up the Danish Cup in the air. Ah. A feeling of relief for the win. This Cup win being my first championship in my fourth season as a professional basketball player. To me, I felt like a big chip was lifted off my shoulders. First off, for feeling like my career wasnt going no where fast, and second for my team recovering from the troubles they had the past 2 years with losing the Cup finals. And now, we won to start our 2012 year off right.
Signing Out

Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner)


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Latest news - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles D. - Canton C. 101-110
The Canton Charge won their second-straight game with a 110-101 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders at the Toyota Sports Center Saturday night. The win improved Canton to 12-14 this season and dropped LA to 17-10. Los Angeles came out blazing hot in the first, going 14-of-19 shooting for nearly 74% to take a 32-22 lead behind 11 points from both Mardy Collins and Zach Andrews. The D-Fenders would continue their offensive onslaught in the second by going 11-of-15 from the floor for 73% shooting. The difference came as the Charge made a 10-3 run in the final 2:07 to erase an 11-point deficit and went into the half down just 60-56 despite the D-Fenders shooting nearly 74% from the floor overall. After being able to hang with LA's offensive barrage, Canton struck in the third period by outscoring the D-Fenders 28-18 to take their first lead since the opening minutes. Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan) had 13 third quarter points as the Charge were finally able to build an advantage they would never relinquish the rest of the way. They outscored LA 54-41 in the second half and were able to get the win although they tied a season-low with 29 rebounds in the game. In just his second game since being assigned by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) led Canton with 21 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes played. Harris continued his offensive assault as of late with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Harris was 14-of-16 from the free throw line and has scored in double figures in seven-straight games and in nine of ten games overall this season. The D-Fenders were paced by Collins and Gerald Green, who both had 25 points in 38 and 41 minutes respectively. Andrews finished with a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards in 36 minutes. Brandon Costner supplied 14 points off the bench in 30 minutes. T.J. Campbell continued to take advantage of starting at the point guard position by pouring in 19 points, including 4-of-7 three-point shooting, with a team-leading seven assists and two steals in 38 minutes. Antoine Agudio provided 14 points and four dishes in 29 minutes off the bench. The two teams will meet again for their final matchup of the season Monday night at 10:00 p.m., capping off the three-game California road trip for the Charge. *Courtesy of D-League

Springfield A. - Reno B. 88-127
Maybe it's just as well the Springfield Armor will not see the Reno Bighorns again in the regular season. The Bighorn offense just dismantled the Armor defense from the opening whistle, leading to a 127-88 loss for Springfield before 3,603 at the MassMutual Center. It was the worst loss of the season for the Armor by far. The previous 12 losses for the Armor came by an average of 8.75 points. Only four were by double digits, the worst a 17-point defeat at Fort Wayne. 'I didn't see the Springfield Armor tonight, that wasn't us,'' Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. 'That was totally out of character and over the course of 50-plus games - I hope there are plus games for us, I think there is - you drop one like this and unfortunately it happened at home and I appologize to the fans who came out to support us.'' It was the fifth game in eight days for the Armor (12-12) while it was just the second game over the same span for Reno (13-13). 'I think we're both mentally and physically weary and that was out of character,'' MacKinnon said. 'We didn't have the fight we normally have, we didn't have the zip we normally have. 'I told them, most teams normally have a 12 o'clock rule, if you win you can celebrate until midnight,'' he added. 'What we made tonight was a 9:15 rule. At 9:15 tonight we decide we're done with this game and we're going to be ready for Sioux Falls next week.'' Records fell all over the place, and none of them were of the positive kind for the Armor. The one that hurt Springfield the least was Reno guard Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) extending his NBA-record consecutive made free throw streak to 103 with four makes. The rest of the marks were of the season-high, or low depending on the point of view, variety. The Armor allowed a season-high in field goals (46), rebounds (50), assists (31) and 3-pointers (12, tied), and had a season-low in rebounds (35). Normally a very good defensive team, the Armor were all but helpless against the Reno offense which exploited matchup problems and made Springfield pay whenever it double teamed anyone. Reno was stingy on the defensive glass, giving the Armor very few second-chance opportunities while crashing the offensive boards with energy. The Bighorns had 16 more rebounds in the first half alone. It didn't take long for this game to get away from the Armor. They held a 12-11 lead after Jeff Foote dropped in a hook shot with 6 minutes, 44 seconds left in the first quarter. It would be the last lead for the night for Springfield. Reno finished the quarter with a 25-3 run to take a 20-point lead into the second quarter. Very little went right for the Armor in the quarter while the Bighorns could do no wrong. L.D. Williams (6'4''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) picked up three fouls midway through the quarter, the Armor were 1 for 8 on 3-pointers and only managed three second-chance points. Reno dropped 6 of 8 3-point attempts, and that includes a last-second heave at the end of the period that was just the second miss from distance. The Bighorns outrebounded the Armor by 10 and scored 15 second-chance points. The second quarter didn't get any better for the Armor. About the only thing that went right was when a man proposed to his girlfriend on the Jumbotron and she said 'Yes.'' Little changed in the second half as the Armor offense could not get any traction and the defense wasn't much better. Zach Graham led the Bighorns with 23 points while Chris Ayer and Andre Emmett scored 18 apiece. Williams and JamesOn Curry led the Armor with 17 each. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Tulsa 66ers - Ft.Wayne MA 82-94
Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) notched his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) scored a team-high 18 points and Ryan Reid added nine points and nine rebounds, but the Tulsa 66ers (13-13) fell short at home to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (10-16) by a 94-82 final Saturday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. The Tulsa defense forced 14 Fort Wayne turnovers and created nine steals, led by Xavier Alexander and Brady Morningstar with two thefts each. The 66ers held the Mad Ants to 24-of-68 (.353) shooting overall. Offensively, the 66ers posted 17 assists on 28 made buckets, led by Dyson with four dishes. The game, which included a combined 92 free throws between the two squads, featured 14 lead changes and nine ties. 'Give the Fort Wayne players credit, they hung in there and made the plays needed to win,' 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. 'We will get back to work and not hang our heads. I have confidence we will learn from tonight and move on.' Leading Fort Wayne off the bench was Sadiel Rojas with 18 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Gilbert Brown scored a game-high 21 points. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Dakota W. - Iowa E. 117-97
Smooth as a baby's bottom. The Dakota Wizards, playing with a couple of new parts, looked like a well-oiled machine on Saturday night. With newcomers Stefhon Hannah and Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) bombing in 31 and 24 points, respectively, the Wizards took the Iowa Energy to the woodshed. The final tally was 117-97 as the hosts derailed the East Conference leaders before a record crowd of 6,189 at the Civic Center. Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said roster movement is the nature of the D-League, and players are expected to adapt. 'Our guys are used to players coming and going. We have a good group of guys who want the team to be successful and everyone gets their opportunity,' Bjorkgren said. Bjorkgren said Hannah was impressive to say the least. 'Steph brings a lot of pressure defense. And there was a stretch there in the second quarter when he hit those four 3s and helped us build a halftime lead,' the coach said. For Wright, on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, the transition was amazingly easy. He had just one day of practice with the team before Saturday's game. 'It really was smooth. ... I was just trying to fit within the system,' he said. 'This is a great group of guys who work hard, like to defend and run well. That's what we try to do out there.' It was a fast-break layup by Hannah with 2:00 to play that gave the Wizards a 115-87 advantage, their largest cushion of the night. Dakota gave the crowd plenty to cheer about, leading nearly from wire to wire. Edwin Ubiles scored six points and Wright added four as the Wizards came out flying, taking a 14-5 lead. Iowa battled back to within a point before the Wizards carved out a 26-21 first-quarter edge. The Wizards opened a pair of 11-point leads in the second quarter, but the Energy put together its best stretch of the night. A 13-3 surge enabled the visitors to tie the game at 49 on a pair of Mike Efevberha free throws with 2:43 left in the half. Then Wright turned things around. He contributed a three-point play and went coast-to-coast for a stuff following a steal to propel the Wizards to a 56-49 lead. By the time Dakota was done, the halftime lead was 60-51. The Wizards buried Iowa with an 11-2 run to start the second half, opening a 71-52 bulge. Another six-point burst put the Energy at a 77-59 disadvantage. That was pretty much the ball game. Iowa drew no closer than 16 the rest of the way. Hannah, a 6-foot-1 guard playing his second game with the Wizards, rocketed seven 3-pointers in 17 attempts. He added six assists en route to 31 points. Wright, a 6-8 forward playing his first game as a Wizard, swished 11 of 14 shots and yanked down eight rebounds. Other offensive contributors included Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, college: Oklahoma St.) with 17 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds; Ubiles with 16 points; Tommy Smith with 13 points and nine rebounds and Marcus Dove with 10 points. Marksman Moses Ehambe netted 23 points for Iowa, connecting on 10 of 15 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. Making the attendance record possible was a general admission ticket giveaway. The previous record was 6,180 on Dec. 31, 2001. 'I really appreciate the fan support,' Bjorkgren said. 'We love playing here in Bismarck, and this was a great atmosphere.' Saturday's game was the first of a four-game set for Iowa. The Energy plays host to the Wizards next Friday and Saturday and again on Feb. 10. The Wizards play three of their next four against Iowa with an intervening game at Sioux Falls on Feb. 7. 'We play them three out of the next four games, so we're going to see a lot of them,' Bjorkgren said. 'We want to really battle and compete every game and we'll go from there.' Iowa had won nine of its last 11 before getting singed by the Wizards. The setback didn't sit well with coach Kevin Young. 'Basically this is a four-game series. They threw the first punch in this game and we've got to answer them,' Young said. 'I'm not going to make excuses. Dakota outplayed us in every facet of the game,' Young added. '... We've got to be ready to go for the next game.' *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com

Erie Bay H. - Sioux Falls S. 98-93
The Erie BayHawks (12-13) were able to close the month of January out on a positive note, taking both games in their weekend set against Sioux Falls. Keith McLeod (6'3''-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) led the charge with 25 points and six assists in his second game as a BayHawk. Erie opened up a nine point advantage in the first quarter before Sioux Falls (7-19) was able to battle back and cut the lead to 24-21 at the end of the first frame. The Skyforce took their first lead of the weekend in the second quarter on a Trey Gilder dunk following an Erie turnover. The remainder of the second quarter was a see-saw battle and Erie took a one point lead into the break. The second half belonged to Keith McLeod as he took over in the third quarter scoring 22 points. Behind McLeod's offensive showcase, the BayHawks took a 14 point advantage into the final frame. Sioux Falls did not give in, cutting the final deficit to five points, 98-93. Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) posted his third consecutive double-double (23 points and 12 rebounds) and D.J. Kennedy finished his excellent weekend with another strong effort (19 points, 14 rebounds). Tirrell Baines also contributed with a double digit scoring effort (15 points). Sioux Falls was paced by newly acquired big man, Keith Benson (24 points, 7 rebounds). Casey Mitchell added 22 points off the bench for the Skyforce and Gilder (17 points, 6 assists), Dominique Coleman (11 points, 8 rebounds), Patrick Ewing, Jr. (11 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds) also contributed with double digits in the scoring column. Erie begins a west coast trip with a stop in Bakersfield for a Groundhog's Day match-up against the Jam while Sioux Falls continues their road trip with a stop in Springfield, also on February 2nd. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

Texas L. - Rio Grande VV 86-97
The Texas Legends experienced a record crowd of 5,291 fans at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco during their Saturday night loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 97-86. Ramon Dyer (6'7''-F-84, college: Houston) attacked the offensive glass with tenacity for 10 of his 15 rebounds. He also contributed 13 points to solidify his 7th double-double of the season. Behind Dyer strong rebounding performance Texas won the battle of the boards, 43-36, but the hot shooting of Rio Grande Valley (55.4%) was enough to put the game away. The Legends struggled to defend the Vipers fast break attack as Rio Grande Valley produced 30 points in transition scoring on 10 of 13 possessions in the open court. Texas was unable to buy a bucket making a mere 36.1% from the field, but they did manage to outscore the Vipers in the paint 44-41. Texas (11-14) will lace it up again tomorrow as the Vipers (17-9) challenge the Legends in the second game of their back to back tipping off at 2:30PM on Sunday. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Egypt continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16-Egypt U17 78:90

Egypt U17 continue their winning streak at the Turk Telecom U16 International Tournament. The African team achieved the second straight win beating Latvia U16 90:78.
Both teams nailed 19 points in the opening period and the Baltic team added another 19 in the second one. Egypt meanwhile scored 21 to take 2-point lead at the halftime. The African side added 24-18 in the third period and finished the game with 26-22 in the last stanza. Latvia lost the second game in a row and fell at 0-2 record.
Ehab Saleh stepped up with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Walid Abd Gawad notched 20. Ahmed Soliman collected 18 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Oman Fouad added 10. Rudolfs Stradnieks (202-C-96) finished the game with 18 points and Ervins Meznieks (185-F-96) added 13 in defeat.
Egypt will face Serbia in Day 3 of the tournament, while Latvia will take on Turkey.

Latvia U16: Rudolfs Stradnieks 18, Ervins Meznieks 13, Davis Zonne (183-PG-96) 9
Egypt U17: Ehab Saleh 23+10 rebs, Walid Abd Gawad 20, Ahmed Soliman 18+10 rebs, Oman Fouad 10



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Banvit tab Kalin Lucas - by Eurobasket News
Banvit Basketbol Kulubu signed Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) for the rest of the season. The American player already debuted in the National League.
Kalin Lucas had waived by Olympiakos after Greek Club add Acie Law. Kalin Lucas has first season in Europe and he played lastly in Olympiakos.
In 2006-2007 he started for Sterling Heights, MI / Orchard Lake St. Mary's and averaged 22.6 points, 6.8 assists, 6.1 rebounds and four steals. In 2007-2008 moved to Michigan St. (NCAA) and after 36 games his stats read 10.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3Pts: 36.4%, FT: 76.8%. In his last season there he averaged 17.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.8%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 82.0%. The season 2011-2012 started with Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1, starting five), but in Jan.'12 moved to Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-TBL).




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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 around 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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Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Tapiolan Honka 13-3 
 2. Pyrinto II 12-4 
 3. FoKoPo 12-4 
 4. BC Nokia 12-5 
 5. Lapua 11-5 
 6. Oulun NMKY 10-7 
 7. Huima 7-9 
 8. SayRi 6-10 
 9. Porvoon Tarmo 5-11 
 10. Ura Basket 5-11 
 11. ToPo Akatemia 4-13 
 12. Jyvaskyla 1-16 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.7 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.25.0 
 3. Conerly, SayRi24.3 
 4. Simmons, Porvoon23.5 
 5. Williams, Lapua22.9 
 6. Manning, Huima21.7 
 7. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.20.5 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi19.8 
 10. Cooper, SayRi19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.5 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.4 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia10.4 
 8. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 9. Andrews, Ura B.9.8 
 10. Williams, Lapua9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (176-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Manning, Huima5.5 
 2. Conerly, SayRi5.2 
 3. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.6 
 5. Viertola, Huima3.9 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia3.3 
 7. Jackson, Lapua3.1 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 9. Henderson, Porvoo.3.1 
 10. Harjula, Pyrinto2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Conerly, SayRi2.7 
 2. Jackson, Lapua2.3 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.9 
 5. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.8 
 6. Abdullah, SayRi1.8 
 7. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 9. Baxley, Lapua1.8 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.6 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.3 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.2 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.1 
 6. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.9 
 9. Britton, Huima0.8 
 10. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 


1st Division Round 16: BC Nokia edges Forssan Koripojat by one point - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 16 in the 1st Division took place in Forssa. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of much higher ranked Forssan Koripojat (12-4) to fourth ranked BC Nokia (12-5) 61-60 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nokia forced 21 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Markus Molenius (203-92) produced 14 points for lost side. BC Nokia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-5 record. Forssan Koripojat at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Pyrinto II. BC Nokia are looking forward to face Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Forssan Koripojat will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#11) in Helsinki and is hoping to win this game.
Seventh-ranked Saynatsalon Riento (6-10) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (11-5) in Jyvaskyla. The visitors from Lapua managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saynatsalon Riento. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds. Eric Williams contributed with 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for Saynatsalon Riento. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 11-5 record. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against league's leader Tapiolan Honka at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against BC Nokia (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Tapiolan Honka delivered the thirteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-11) 88-68. Worth to mention a quality performance of Tero Laitinen who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Benzor Simmons responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tapiolan Honka (13-3) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Porvoon Tarmo dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Ura Basket. Tapiolan Honka will meet Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Oulun NMKY (#6) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Korisliiga just one year after relegation.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Aanekoski. Local Aanekosken Huima (7-9) outscored 9th ranked Ura Basket (5-11) 101-79. The winners were led by Tuomas Viertola who scored that evening 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Aanekosken Huima's coach Justice Graham felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to seventh place. Ura Basket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Aanekosken Huima's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (#12) on the road where they are favorite. Ura Basket will play against the league's second-placed Pyrinto II having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last two games of round 16 bottom-ranked Jyvaskyla was defeated by Oulun NMKY in a road game 86-74. Pyrinto II beat ToPo Akatemia at home 92-84.
The best stats of 16th round was 22 points and 13 rebounds by Brian Moultrie of Oulun NMKY.



Huima - Ura Basket 101-79

The game with biggest result difference took place in Aanekoski. Local Aanekosken Huima (7-9) outscored 9th ranked Ura Basket (5-11) 101-79. The game was mostly controlled by Aanekosken Huima. Ura Basket was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aanekosken Huima dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ura Basket's 42. Aanekosken Huima forced 19 Ura Basket turnovers and had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by forward Tuomas Viertola (196-90) who scored that evening 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) supported him with 20 points and 9 assists. Four Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. Aanekosken Huima's coach Justice Graham felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds by forward Jan-Axel Alanko (197-82) did not help to save the game for Ura Basket. Swingman Niilo Lehtila (195-83) added 23 points for lost side. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to seventh place. Ura Basket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Aanekosken Huima's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (#12) on the road where they are favorite. Ura Basket will play against the league's second-placed Pyrinto II having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Huima: T.Viertola 23+8reb+4ast, M.Liukko 22+7reb, T.Manning 20+4reb+9ast, J.Graham 19+11reb+3ast, J.Uecker 6+4reb+1ast, A.Jamsen 6+1reb
Ura Basket: N.Lehtila 23+1reb+3ast, J.Alanko 22+12reb, L.Green 12+3reb, E.Andrews 9+11reb+2ast, S.Salminen 8+4reb+1ast, J.Kukkonen 3+1reb+3ast
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Oulun NMKY - Jyvaskyla 86-74

There was no surprise when 12th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-16) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Oulun NMKY (10-7) 86-74. BC Jyvaskyla was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-36 second half run of Oulun NMKY. 25 personal fouls committed by BC Jyvaskyla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) supported him with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. Even 20 points by forward Jani Parkkinen (191-87) did not help to save the game for BC Jyvaskyla. American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY maintains sixth position with 10-7 record. BC Jyvaskyla lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be Porvoon Tarmo (#9) on the road. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: B.Moultrie 22+13reb+1ast, J.Nofflet 22+7reb+6ast, L.Phillips 18+4reb+9ast, H.Vihavainen 11+1reb+1ast, J.Siivikko 7+5reb, S.Keinonen 6+9reb
Jyvaskyla: J.Parkkinen 20+3reb+1ast, M.Markkanen 9+5reb, L.Storrs 7+10reb+4ast, S.Itani 6+1reb+1ast, K.Kuokkanen 6+3reb+2ast, J.Konttinen 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150230


SayRi - Lapua 82-85

Seventh-ranked Saynatsalon Riento (6-10) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (11-5) in Jyvaskyla. The visitors from Lapua managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saynatsalon Riento. It looked good early as Saynatsalon Riento took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lapuan Korikobrat had a 25-22 second period charge getting the lead and Saynatsalon Riento was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-85. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Saynatsalon Riento. Four Lapuan Korikobrat and five Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 11-5 record. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against league's leader Tapiolan Honka at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against BC Nokia (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 29+7reb+3ast, E.Williams 25+11reb+2ast, V.Turja 11+6reb, E.Jackson 10+7reb+4ast, P.Peltokangas 8+4reb, K.Siven 2+3reb+1ast
SayRi: K.Cooper 25+11reb, A.Conerly 21+7reb+3ast, B.Abdullah 16+12reb+5ast, J.Lehto 10+2reb+1ast, S.Mantymaa 10+5reb, T.Sarkka 0
gschID: 150226


FoKoPo - BC Nokia 60-61

The most exciting game of round 16 in the 1st Division took place in Forssa. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of much higher ranked Forssan Koripojat (12-4) to fourth ranked BC Nokia (12-5) 61-60 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nokia forced 21 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Markus Molenius (203-92) produced 14 points and American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. BC Nokia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-5 record. Forssan Koripojat at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Pyrinto II. BC Nokia are looking forward to face Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Forssan Koripojat will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#11) in Helsinki and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: D.Townes 25+12reb, G.January 15+10reb, S.Hopkins 8+1reb, T.Riihela 7+4reb+2ast, T.Kankaanpaa 4+2reb+1ast, V.Tuominen 2+2reb+2ast
FoKoPo: M.Molenius 14+3reb+1ast, H.Coleman 13+5reb, T.Robinson 8+7reb+1ast, C.Thompson 7+10reb, E.Johansson 5, J.Heinikoski 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150227


Pyrinto II - ToPo Akatemia 92-84

No shocking result in a game in Tampere where third ranked Pyrinto II (12-4) defeated 11th ranked Torpan Pojat (4-13) 92-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torpan Pojat won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pyrinto II shot 31 for 42 from the free-throw line, while Torpan Pojat only scored nine points from the stripe. Pyrinto II forced 21 Torpan Pojat turnovers. 36 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds and guard Joni Harjula (189-83) supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by Ukrainian power forward Timur Babkin (204-87) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) added 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Pyrinto II have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with FoKoPo. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Pyrinto II's next round opponent will be Ura Basket (#10) in Kaarina and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play at home against Forssan Koripojat.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: O.Heinonen 24+6reb, J.Vaananen 22+1reb+3ast, J.Harjula 17+6reb+5ast, S.Liljeberg 10+1reb, J.Pulkkinen 7+11reb+3ast, J.Kilpinen 5+3reb
ToPo Akatemia: A.Lavastida 19+7reb+1ast, T.Babkin 19+10reb+1ast, J.Herrala 13+5reb, H.Hohteri 10+3reb+5ast, H.Niemisto 7, J.Rajala 7+6reb
gschID: 150228


Tapiolan Honka - Porvoon Tarmo 88-68

Leader Tapiolan Honka delivered the thirteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-11) 88-68. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 20 points. Tapiolan Honka forced 19 Porvoon Tarmo turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tapiolan Honka made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) who added 20 points during the contest. Four Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Benzor Simmons (195-88, college: Tenn-Martin) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jarno Nissinen (195-77) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tapiolan Honka (13-3) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Porvoon Tarmo dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Ura Basket. Tapiolan Honka will meet Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Oulun NMKY (#6) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Korisliiga just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: V.Kopio 20+4reb, T.Laitinen 17+9reb+3ast, A.Vanjoki 15+1reb+1ast, D.Dolenc 10+6reb, B.Thomas 8+1ast, K.Naapi 6+2reb+1ast
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Simmons 19+10reb, T.Still 10+2reb+2ast, J.Nissinen 10+3reb+3ast, T.Hartikainen 7+4reb+1ast, K.Hytonen 5+1reb, S.Beatovic 5+1reb
gschID: 150225




Timur Babkin is a newcomer at Torpan Pojat Akatemia Helsinki - by Eurobasket Center
Torpan Pojat Akatemia Helsinki (1st Division) added to their roster 25-year old Ukrainian power forward Timur Babkin (204-F/C-87). In his first game he scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Pyrinto II 84-92. Babkin played most recently at Koksokhim-Stal Alchevsk (Ukraine). While playing 4 games for Koksokh-Stal this season he averaged 11.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.0apg. Babkin played also pro basketball in Belarus and Ukraine. He played for Ukrainian U18 national team until 2005.

By Eurobasket Data Center


1.DIVISION: FoKoPo lost at home - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 16-17: FoKoPo (Forssa) lost tonight at home vs BC Nokia by one 60-61 (35-16) and by the same the lead in this league. FoKoPo leading by 21 points in the beginning of the third quarter lost the control of the game and BC Nokia's captain Timo Riihela (193-G-80) made the winning bucket (60-61) with his lay-up at time 39:00. Darren Townes (201-F-86, college: Hofstra) led BC Nokia with a double-double 25pts/12rbs. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) scored 14 pts for FoKoPo.
Huima (Aanekoski) defeated Ura Basket from Kaarina 101-79 (56-39), when Ura's both American players got into foul troubles early. Tuomas Viertola (196-F-90) netted 23 points for the hosts. Niilo Lehtila (195-G/F-83) led Ura Basket with 23 pts as well. Pyrinto II (Tampere) won over ToPo Academy from Helsinki 92-84 (43-38). Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) led Pyrinto with 24 pts and Timur Babkin (204-F/C-87) from Ukraine helped ToPo A with a double-double 19pts/10rbs. Riento (Saynatsalo) and Korikobrat (Lapua) made their contest a thriller. Visitor Lapua won 82-85 (42-44). Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, college: UAB) (SayRi) had a agin a double-double 25pts/11rbs and sharpshooter Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) missed his 3-pointers, but scored anyway 29 pts. In Oulu local YMCA beat BC Jyvaskyla 86-74 (37-38). Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) led YMCA Oulu with 22 pts and 13 rbs. Jani Parkkinen (191-F-87) netted 20 pts for BC JKL. By the way, all 11 Jyvaskyla players scored more or less points.
1.Division Top-5 teams are within four points, when there are six rounds left out of the regular season! Honka (Tapiola) is now leading with 13-3 record. Then come Pyrinto II (12-4), FoKoPo (12-4), BC Nokia (12-5) and Lapua (11-5). Interesting!


Brandon Thomas agreed terms with Tapiolan Honka - by Eurobasket Center
Brandon Thomas (192-G-85, college: Texas St.) agreed terms with Tapiolan Honka and will help the team until the end of the season. In his first game he scored 8 points helping his new team beat Porvoon Tarmo 88:68.
He is a great rebounder, has the ability to rebound with bigger opponents, a great slasher and a very aggressive penetrator, very athletic with a 36 inch vertical jump.
Thomas played most recently at BBC Nyon (Switzerland). He played also pro basketball in Japan and Switzerland.
In 2004-2005 he started for Navarro Junior College and after 30 games averaged 4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg. In 2006-2007 moved to Texas St.-San Marcos (NCAA) and showed 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.9%, FT: 50.0%. In 2007-2008 for Texas St.-San Marcos (NCAA) his stats read 7.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 52.1%, FT: 32.1%.




Tim Blue claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Tim Blue (205-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for KTP and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat LrNMKY (#6, 11-14) 95-85. KTP maintains the 8th position in Finnish Korisliiga. KTP is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-16 record. In the team's last game Blue had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Middle Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blue is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Blue is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,55.6% FGP and 44.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83) of ToPo. Griffin impressed basketball fans with 39 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as ToPo was edged by the lower-ranked Namika Lahti (#11, 7-19) 88-86. ToPo managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Griffin is a newcomer at ToPo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#7).

The third best performed player last round was American Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Kouvot (#7). Brown scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Brown's great performance Kouvot lost 73-96 to the higher-ranked Kataja (#1, 21-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kouvot ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brown could help Kouvot to bring them higher in the standings. Brown has a very solid season. In 25 games in Finland he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 7.8rpg and FGP: 56.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 23 points and 13 rebounds
5. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of Namika Lahti - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of KTP - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86) of Salon Vilpas - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78) of Pyrinto - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Team Chemistry In Effect Part 2 - by Curtis Marshall
Hello everyone, it's been an interesting last two games for us. The winning streak now extends to 8 games for Lille Metropole Basket Clubs. In the last two games we beat Saint Vallier Basket Drome and Denain ASC Voltaire. Both teams are very dangerous teams and have good players. Saint Vallier Basket Drome is a hard place to play at because it's a small town and there is not a lot to do there, so most of the locals come to the game. Denain ASC Voltaire is a very dangerous team because of their size; they can cause matchup problems for a lot of teams. They also change their defense a lot so that can cause many teams problems if they don't come prepared and focused. Denain ASC Voltaire is the first team I have ever played against that played man-to-man, zone, box-n-one, and a triangle-n-two in the same game. A collective defense is what got us these two wins; we held both these teams below their scoring averages. We have come a long way; there was a time during this season when we were sitting in 16th position. Now we are currently in 5th position and we are not looking back. During my career I played on a team ranked at the bottom of the league and can tell you it's not easy staying motivated when you continue to lose. This was not an issue with this team, we continued to press in, keep each other motivated, and work hard. We went from being the hunter to now being the hunted. Lille is now the team to beat and everyone will be coming at us hard. Even though teams may be coming for us, we are still coming for them. We are not satisfied with where we are and definitely want to continue our success.

I still give all our success to God. We are definitely blessed and I thank God for the opportunity to do what I love most. I'm from St. Louis and I know a lot of people there that will never leave the city. I don't take anything for granted and I'm so thankful for everything that has happened in my life. Apart from my work on the court I have been busy off the court as well. Besides blogging for eurobasket, I started a fan page on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/curtismarshallbasketball), and would appreciate it if you would check it out and Like the page. I also have my personal website coming out soon so check it out (http://www.marshalltime.com). You can follow me on twitter @marshalltime too. 'No man has ever seen, heard or even imagined the wonderful things God has in store for those who love the Lord' -- I Corinthians 2:9 Continue to keep God first in everything you do, until next time, Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) signing off. God bless you all and have a great day!!!!



Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: France overwhelm Bulgaria in the end of Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16-France U16 38:80

France overwhelm Bulgaria in the end of Day 2 of the Turk Telecom U16 International Tournament. The French side took 2-0 record in the group after an easy 80:38 victory.
France beat Ukraine in Day 1 and was the favourite of this game as well. They decided not to waste time and started with 26-4 in the first period. Moreover another 24-16 in the second period brought them 50:20 at the halftime.
France did not slow down and won the third and the last stanzas. It was enough for them to score 15 points in the last two periods. They won the third 15-12 and added 15-6 in the last quarter.
Antoine Wallez top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Lucas Dussoulier posted 11. Etienne Ory (175-PG-96) netted 10, whilst Cyrille Vanerot (194-F-96) added 8. Alex Ouandie ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, while Martin Gorunov, Andrey Ivanov (202-F-96) and Rahim Haliminski (180-G-96) netted 6 apiece.

Bulgaria U16: Alex Ouandie 11, Martin Gorunov 6, Andrey Ivanov 6, Rahim Haliminski 6
France U16: Antoine Wallez 12, Lucas Dussoulier 11, Etienne Ory 10, Cyrille Vanerot 8



Traore's double-double lands him NM1 Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward SyPir Traore (204-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Angers BC 49 and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Charleville (#1, 14-4) with 32-point margin 91-59. Angers BC 49 is placed at 12th position in French NM1. Angers BC 49 is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-10 record. In the team's last game Traore had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Angers BC 49, through which he has constantly improved. SyPir Traore averages this season 11.6ppg and 5.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-F/C-94) of CFBB. He is a forward in his second season at CFBB. In the last game Jaiteh recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as CFBB lost that game 66-75 to the higher-ranked Rueil (#14, 7-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. CFBB keeps 17th position. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories CFBB managed to get this year. Jaiteh is well-known at CFBB and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) of Blois (#3). Tornato scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 94-92overtime win against the lower-ranked Brest (#11, 9-9). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Tornato has a very solid season. In 18 games in France he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 5.8rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Brest - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ljubomir Avramovic (201-C-79) of Chartres - 20 points and 13 rebounds
6. Rafael Lopez (204-C-86) of Brest - 19 points and 14 rebounds
7. Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) of St Quentin - 17 points and 13 rebounds
8. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of Angers BC 49 - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois - 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Karim Gourari (195-F-84) of Rueil - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Massie's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
34-year old Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Limoges and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Rouen (#16, 6-13) 88-87. Limoges maintains the 2nd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Limoges will need more victories to improve their 15-4 record. It's Massie's second year at Limoges and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Memphis graduate has very impressive stats this year. Massie is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.3rpg) and averages solid 60.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) of St Vallier. He is Canadian in his first season at St Vallier. In the last game Barrett recorded impressive 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as St Vallier lost that game 81-90 to the higher-ranked Fos Ouest (#4, 13-6). Despite lost game St Vallier moved up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Barrett is a newcomer at St Vallier and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jeff Allen (201-F/C-87) of Antibes (#14). Allen scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Antibes, leading his team to a 87-81 win against Le Portel (7-12). The chances of Antibes not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Allen could try to bring Antibes' a little bit higher in the standings. Allen has individually a great season in France. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Ford (207-C/F-78) of Bordeaux - 22 points and 3 rebounds
5. Zainoul Bah (188-PG-84) of Boulogne - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Fos Ouest - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Fergerson (185-G-78) of Nantes - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain - 16 points and 13 rebounds
9. Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of Bourg - 16 points and 15 rebounds
10. Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83) of Lille - 21 points and 8 rebounds

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


King's 27 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Bernard King (196-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nancy and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 27 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Nancy in his team's victory, helping them to crush Le Mans (#4, 11-5) with 18-point margin 95-77. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Nancy is placed at 3rd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nancy will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. In the team's last game King had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Nancy, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Bernard King averages this season 12.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Paris-Levallois. He is American guard in his first season at Paris-Levallois. In the last game Chatfield recorded impressive 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Paris-Levallois to another comfortable win 96-82 over the lower-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15, 4-12) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Paris-Levallois slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chatfield is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.7ppg (#1). He also recorded 3.7 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84) of ASVEL (#7). Armstrong showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of ASVEL, leading his team to a 68-61 win against the lower-ranked Le Havre (#13, 5-11). ASVEL needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Armstrong has a great season in France. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) of Cholet - 21 points and 7 assists
6. Louis Labeyrie (209-C-92) of Hyeres-Toulon - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Le Mans - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88) of Strasbourg - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rick Jackson (206-F-89) of Roanne - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83) of Nancy - 17 points and 4 rebounds

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


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Superleague Round 17: #1 Feni Indistrija is defeated by Torus Skopje - by Eurobasket News
All hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Feni Indistrija (13-2) on the court of third ranked Torus Skopje on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Torus Skopje 77-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Torus Skopje made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Feni Indistrija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Torus Skopje maintains third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Defending champion Feni Indistrija still keeps top position with two games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Lirija (#4) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#5). Lirija (10-5) crushed visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (7-8) by 20 points 94-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fersped-Rabotnicki. Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) nailed 18 points and 5 assists for the winning side and Balsa Radunovic accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Fersped-Rabotnicki in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lirija have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-5 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Lirija will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play at home against Kozuv (#8) in Gergelija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Gergelija was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Vardar (4-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Kozuv (3-12). Kozuv defeated Vardar 91-80 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Miko Golubovic who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Kozuv's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Aleksandar Stefanovski produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Newly promoted Kozuv maintains eighth place with 3-12 record. Vardar at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kozuv will meet higher ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vardar will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (6-9) crushed at home 9th ranked ABA Strumica (2-14) by 65 points 129-64, which is the biggest margin this round. Uros Lukovic orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kumanovo 2009 maintains sixth place with 6-9 record. ABA Strumica lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Kumanovo 2009's next round opponent will be Vardar (#7) in Skopje.



Kumanovo - ABA Strumica 129-64

Sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (6-9) crushed at home 9th ranked ABA Strumica (2-14) by 65 points 129-64, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Kumanovo 2009 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kumanovo 2009 well out of reach of ABA Strumica shooting 76.1 percent from the field. They outrebounded ABA Strumica 38-12 including a 28-6 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kumanovo 2009 players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by ABA Strumica's players. Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) for the winners. Goran Sokolov answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Atanas Ilasev added 16 points in the effort for ABA Strumica. Five Kumanovo 2009 and four ABA Strumica 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. Kumanovo 2009 maintains sixth place with 6-9 record. ABA Strumica lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Kumanovo 2009's next round opponent will be Vardar (#7) in Skopje.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: U.Lukovic 24+4reb, D.Mikic 22+5reb, D.Matic 14+4reb+2ast, M.Janjusevic 14+4reb+3ast, M.Petrovski 12+8reb, T.Shabotic 10+1reb
ABA Strumica: A.Ilasev 16+2reb+1ast, G.Sokolov 16+5reb+1ast, A.Kosev 11+1reb+3ast, Z.Delev 11+1reb+4ast, A.Sajkarov 6+2reb, I.Partenov 4+1ast
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Kozuv - Vardar 91-80

The game in Gergelija was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Vardar (4-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Kozuv (3-12). Kozuv defeated Vardar 91-80 on Sunday. Kozuv dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Vardar's 34 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin center Miko Golubovic (206-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-80) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Kozuv's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Aleksandar Stefanovski (200-87) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and Predrag Pajic (-93) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Kozuv and five Vardar players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Kozuv maintains eighth place with 3-12 record. Vardar at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kozuv will meet higher ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vardar will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: M.Golubovic 26+9reb+3ast, D.Domovic 19+4reb+2ast, A.Dimitrovski 19+5reb+6ast, M.Bulic 10+2reb, M.Hasanov 7+1reb+1ast, V.Buha 4+1reb
Vardar: A.Stefanovski 22+5reb, V.Georgievski 14+3reb+2ast, D.Radulovic 14+2reb, P.Pajic 11+6reb+2ast, A.Tasevski 10+1reb, D.Kostevski 9+2reb
gschID: 151680


Lirija - Rabotnicki 94-74

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Lirija (#4) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#5). Lirija (10-5) crushed visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (7-8) by 20 points 94-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fersped-Rabotnicki. The game without a history. Lirija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) nailed 18 points and 5 assists for the winning side and Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian power forward Milos Pavlovic (210-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Fersped-Rabotnicki in the defeat. Four Lirija and five Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lirija have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-5 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Lirija will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play at home against Kozuv (#8) in Gergelija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lirija: V.Filipovic 18+3reb+5ast, D.Tasovski 17+2reb, B.Radunovic 14+9reb+2ast, M.Carter 13+4reb+3ast, S.Avramovski 8+1reb+2ast, T.Simic 8+5reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: E.Hadzibulic 18+1reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 17+8reb+1ast, M.Pavlovic 13+11reb+2ast, V.Zujovic 12+3reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 11+4reb+2ast, B.Bogeski 3+1ast
gschID: 151681


Torus Skopje - Feni Indistrija 77-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Feni Indistrija (13-2) on the court of third ranked Torus Skopje on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Torus Skopje 77-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Torus Skopje made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Feni Indistrija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) scored 17 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Torus Skopje maintains third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Defending champion Feni Indistrija still keeps top position with two games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: J.Reynolds 24+10reb, J.Boswell 14+5reb+1ast, K.Bradley 12, B.Trajkovski 10+6reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 5+4reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 5+3reb+4ast
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 17, J.Frye 13+10reb+2ast, G.Samardziev 11+1reb, I.Lilov 7+1reb, Z.Gocevski 6+4reb, K.Nikolovski 6+6reb
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Omar Khanani joins BC Aschersleben Tiges - by Daniel Poerschke
British-American guard Omar Khanani (182-G-85, college: Texas Coll.) joins Aschersleben Tigers BC in the 1. Regionalliga North until the end of the season. The experienced guard played in England and Iceland before. In his first game for the Tigers last night, Omar scored 15 points in a 82:78 win over Rostock. Aschersleben head coach Nandor Kovacs is happy, that he has Omar on board now. Aschersleben is currently trying to stay in the league.

John Bynum (TBB Trier) My Fondest Memory Of Pascal Roller is Lighting Us Up While I Played In Bremerhaven Shooting Jumpers Off The Pick And Roll - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the home game against EnBW Ludwigsburg January 29th.



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

I had a quiet week and just got ready for the second half the season. I spent half the time here in Trier and then ended up in Wurzburg for half the time as well. It was a great week.


The first half wasnt great for TBB Trier, but if you had to pick an area where the team was consistent what would you chose?

I think we can improve in a lot of ways. It wasnt an easy first half for us because our record doesn't show how good our team really is. We have lost a lot of close games but I think we just need to do a better job and being more consistent at closing out games. We need to find a way to get it done.


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

I would say Nate Linhart, in my eyes he is our unsung hero. He does so much at both ends of the court and has a nitch of being at the right place at the right time and without him we are a different team. He has improved in our system, we all knew he could play but he just needed to adjust to our system here.


What do you remember most from the 77-64 loss in the first half of the season against EnBW Ludwigsburg?

It was one of our worst games of the year, we didn't shoot the ball well and with the exception a run in the 2nd quarter they outplayed us bad.


What will be key in getting the win on Sunday? They lost John Bowler, but might have a new player in by the weekend.


First of all I wish John Bowler a speedy recovery and best of luck to him and as far as the new player goes we will just have to make an in game adjustment and the key for the win is just to play our game and play our sets and play solid defense.

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

To be honest this season will be about who is able to stay healthy and keep players fresh. I think this season you may see some teams benefit from the short schedule. I think older teams will struggle with the exception of the Spurs.

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

The 76ers are off to a good start and I think Boston will be okay, they are a team that will be around in the post season.


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

I would say my fondest memory is him lighting us up while I played in Bremerhaven shooting jumpers off the pick and roll. He had great games and had a great career.

Thanks John for the chat



EnBW Ludwigsburg Bring In Ermin Jazvin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
EnBW Ludwigsburg reacted quickly to the season ending injury to John Bowler by bringing Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) who played with the team from 2004-2006. Jasvin is a 31 year old 210cm center from Bosnia and Hergovenia. He started his career in 1997 with Lokomotiva Mostar. He then played with Bosna Sarajevo from 1998-2004. He then went to Germany and had his first tour of duty with EnBW Ludwigsburg playing there from 2004-2006. In his second season, he played 33 games averaging 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 59.0%, FT: 59.0%. He then played for Maroussi Athens (Greece-A1)from 2006-2008 playing a total of 37 games in the first division of the Greek league. In 2008-2009, he played for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Russia-A Superleague) playing 22 games: 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 55.2%, FT: 57.1%. In 2009-2010, he played for CB Granada (Spain-ACB): 7 games: 1.9ppg, 2.3rpg. Last season, he played for SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 8 games: 7.5ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.9%; left in Nov.'10, in Dec.'10 moved to Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 8 games: 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 58.1%; in Feb.'11 signed at Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK): 17 games: 8.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.4%, FT: 51.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Bosnia and Herzegovina League Champion -99, Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team -01-04, 06-09-11, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Semifinals -03, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Cup Semifinals -04
Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Stars Game -04, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Regular Season Champion -04, Bosnia and Herzegovina League Finalist -04
German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -05, Greek League Semifinals -08, Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08: 6 games: 5.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 52.0%, FT: 39.1%, Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 7 games: 1.7ppg, 1.6rpg, Polish League Semifinals -11, and European Championships in Lithuania -11: 2 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Germany opened Day 2 successfully - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16-Ukraine U16 58:42

Germany U16 opened Day 2 successfully as they rolled over Ukraine U16 58:42. Trailing after the first half, the German side need the strong second half and won the game.
Both teams scored 14 points each in the first period as Elbert closed the opening frame. Oleksandr Kobets and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk gave Ukraine double digit advantage but they could not win the game. Germany reduced to 30:26 at the halftime and Kevin Kasper gave them 31:30 early in the third. After 18-8 in it Germany took 44:38 after thirty minutes in the court. Both teams scored another 8 points each in the last frame for the final result.
Andreas Obst (190-G-96) stepped up with 14 points and Joschka Ferner (200-F-96) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lennart Okeke (188-G-96), Kevin Casper (199-F-96) and Leon Kratzen posted 6 points apiece. Oleksandr Kobets replied with 23 points in defeat and Sergiy Pryymak added 8.

Germany U16: Andreas Obst 14, Joschka Ferner 12 +10 rebs, Lennart Okeke 6, Kevin Casper 6, Leon Kratzen 6
Ukraine U16: Oleksandr Kobets 23, Sergiy Pryymak 8



ProA Round 20: Bottom-ranked Leitershofen wins against USC Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked Leitershofen managed to get a third victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Leitershofen won against seventh-ranked USC Heidelberg 88-82. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-22. But USC Heidelberg won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leitershofen made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) contributed with 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for USC Heidelberg. Newly promoted Leitershofen maintains fifteenth position with 3-15 record. USC Heidelberg at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with NBC. Leitershofen are looking forward to face league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. USC Heidelberg will play on the road against ETB Wohnbau (#12) in Essen and is hoping to win this game.
ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (15-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Science City Jena (9-10) in Weissenfels 81-73. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson who added 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against bottom-ranked Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play at home against NBC (#7) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Nurnberg between NBC and BG Karlsruhe. Ninth ranked NBC (9-9) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked BG Karlsruhe (7-12). NBC managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Jaivon Harris who scored that evening 22 points and 4 assists. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by Jonathan Moore did not help to save the game for BG Karlsruhe. NBC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Heidelberg. Loser BG Karlsruhe keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. NBC will meet Science City Jena (#9) on the road in the next round. BG Karlsruhe will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (11-8) and 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-11) in Chemnitz ended with biggest points difference. BV Chemnitz 99 beat guests from Essen 82-64. The best player for the winners was Gary Johnson who scored 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). BV Chemnitz 99's coach Felix Schreier allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. BV Chemnitz 99 maintains fifth position with 11-8 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99's next round opponent will be Cuxhaven BasCats (#10) on the road where they are favorite. ETB Wohnbau will play against USC Heidelberg.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Duesseldorf was beaten by Crailsheim on the road 66-54. Braves lost to Kirchheim on its own court 73-80. Ehingen unfortunately lost to Webmoebel in Paderborn 73-77.



NBC - Karlsruhe 82-80

A very close game took place in Nurnberg between NBC and BG Karlsruhe. Ninth ranked NBC (9-9) got a very close home victory over 13th ranked BG Karlsruhe (7-12). NBC managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 22-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. NBC looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) who scored that evening 22 points and 4 assists and swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) supported him with 17 points. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) did not help to save the game for BG Karlsruhe. American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) added 22 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. NBC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Heidelberg. Loser BG Karlsruhe keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. NBC will meet Science City Jena (#9) on the road in the next round. BG Karlsruhe will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NBC: J.Harris 22+4reb+4ast, C.Adler 17+3reb+2ast, I.Okoye 12+4reb, C.Abercrombie 11+8reb, R.De Michael 8+8reb+4ast, J.Reile 4+1reb+1ast
Karlsruhe: J.Howard 22+9reb+1ast, J.Moore 17+13reb+3ast, D.Jones 16+4ast, M.Stockton 10+2reb+3ast, R.Roessler 7+3reb+5ast, M.Samarco 6+1reb
gschID: 141506


Crailsheim - Duesseldorf 66-54

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Crailsheim Merlins (13-6) beat at home 6th ranked Gloria Giants (10-9) 66-54. The game without a history. Crailsheim Merlins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) who scored 17 points. Naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) added 8 points and 15 rebounds respectively for the guests. Crailsheim Merlins maintains third position with 13-6 record having just one points less than leader MBC. Gloria Giants at the other side keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gloria Giants will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#11) in Allmendingen and be promoted back to the BBL just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: A.Cook 17+4reb+3ast, B.Baptist 16+4reb, M.Hill 11+1reb+2ast, J.Buck 11+9reb, D.Webb 4+6reb+2ast, B.Lischka 3+4reb
Duesseldorf: R.Keerles 17+5reb+1ast, P.Friedel 12+5reb+2ast, P.Flomo 8+15reb, A.Hunter 7+3reb, M.Brauer 6+4reb, D.Mims 2+2reb
gschID: 141507


Heidelberg - Leitershofen 82-88

Bottom-ranked Leitershofen managed to get a third victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Leitershofen won against seventh-ranked USC Heidelberg 88-82. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-22. But USC Heidelberg won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leitershofen made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) contributed with 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for USC Heidelberg. Newly promoted Leitershofen maintains fifteenth position with 3-15 record. USC Heidelberg at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with NBC. Leitershofen are looking forward to face league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. USC Heidelberg will play on the road against ETB Wohnbau (#12) in Essen and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: C.Hassan 27+5reb+1ast, J.Lipke 27+6reb+3ast, D.Richardson 14+11reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 9+3reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 6+6reb, F.Foerster 3
Heidelberg: S.Watts 20+7reb+2ast, J.Williams 19+11reb+1ast, O.Komarek 12, K.Barth 8+2reb+6ast, P.Zipser 6+3reb+1ast, C.Burgess 5+10reb+4ast
gschID: 141508


Chemnitz - ETB Wohnbau 82-64

The game between fifth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (11-8) and 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-11) in Chemnitz ended with biggest points difference. BV Chemnitz 99 beat guests from Essen 82-64. The game was mostly controlled by BV Chemnitz 99. ETB Wohnbau was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ETB Wohnbau to just 7 points in first quarter. It was a great shooting night for BV Chemnitz 99 especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by ETB Wohnbau's players. The best player for the winners was American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who scored 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Center Joleik Schaffrath (206-88, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. BV Chemnitz 99's coach Felix Schreier allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and his fellow American import point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. BV Chemnitz 99 maintains fifth position with 11-8 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99's next round opponent will be Cuxhaven BasCats (#10) on the road where they are favorite. ETB Wohnbau will play against USC Heidelberg.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 29+5reb+6ast, J.Schaffrath 15+9reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 11+3reb+1ast, A.Rosenthal 8+1reb, J.Schmidt 7+1reb, T.Shaw 7+10reb+3ast
ETB Wohnbau: J.Henley 18+6reb, C.Alexander 16+7reb+1ast, P.Carney 15+1ast, K.Chones 5+4reb, K.Wysocki 4+4reb+3ast, C.Bartels 4
gschID: 141502


Braves - Kirchheim 73-80

Very expected game when 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (5-14) lost to second ranked Kirchheim Knights (14-5) in Homburg 73-80. Saar-Pfalz Braves were ahead by 13 points at the halftime before a 50-30 second half run of Kirchheim Knights. The best player for the winners was American guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) who scored 32 points. Forward Sebastian Adeberg (198-84) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (200-88, college: McNeese St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and forward Robert Cardenas (200-82) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Four Saar-Pfalz Braves players scored in double figures. Saar-Pfalz Braves' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kirchheim Knights maintains second position with 14-5 record behind leader MBC. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be Crailsheim Merlins (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against BG Karlsruhe (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 32+4reb+2ast, S.Adeberg 19+5reb, D.Uskoski 10+10reb, N.Menck 7+3reb+1ast, A.Smith 7+6reb+9ast, R.Tomasevic 3+1ast
Braves: N.Okorie 13+1reb+2ast, R.Cardenas 13+3reb+2ast, P.Alawoya 11+10reb+1ast, T.Reed 10+3reb+3ast, N.Valentic 6+3reb+3ast, D.Cheremnykh 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 141503


MBC - Jena 81-73

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (15-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Science City Jena (9-10) in Weissenfels 81-73. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-19 Science City Jena's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-73 at the end of the game. Mitteldeutscher BC made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Science City Jena outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 32-19. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and Icelandic guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) who added 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against bottom-ranked Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Science City Jena will play at home against NBC (#7) in Nurnberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Reid 30+1reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 22+1reb+4ast, P.Heyden 10+4reb+1ast, L.Hinnant 7+2reb+1ast, S.Leutloff 7+2reb+1ast, A.Cavars 3+2reb+1ast
Jena: K.Barker 20+6reb+1ast, J.Black 19+5reb, T.Kepkay 13+4reb+3ast, E.Vierneisel 9+3reb, J.Voigtmann 5+5reb, C.Roquette 4+4reb
gschID: 141504


Webmoebel - Ehingen 77-73

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (11-7) won against 11th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (8-11) in Paderborn 77-73. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Ehingen/Urspringschule was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Webmoebel Baskets made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford) chipped in 13 points. Center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-7 record. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will have a break next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play on the road against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: J.Mason 19+6reb+2ast, J.Diggs 13+2reb+3ast, M.Fleischmann 11+2reb+1ast, N.Freer 10+4reb, M.Jost 9+6reb+1ast, O.Wendt 6+2reb+9ast
Ehingen: A.Buechert 17+14reb, V.Matthews 16+6reb+4ast, A.Calvin 13+3reb, A.Vargas 10+1reb+1ast, G.Williamson 6+3reb+6ast, M.Valerien 5+1reb
gschID: 141505




ProB Round 20: Leader Hannover Tigers lose to SG Schwelmer Baskets - by Eurobasket News
Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that four games need overtime in just one round. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Hannover Tigers (14-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of sixth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by SG Schwelmer Baskets 101-89. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hannover Tigers. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-89. SG Schwelmer Baskets made 30-of-39 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Hannover Tigers turnovers and outrebounded them 46-29 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. SG Schwelmer Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hannover Tigers' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 21 points and 9 assists. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. SG Schwelmer Baskets (11-7) moved-up to fifth place in Group North. Hannover Tigers at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets are looking forward to face higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hannover Tigers will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Langen. Seventh ranked TV 1862 Langen (10-8) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked USC Leipzig (12-6) 67-65 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Leipzig. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Luke Fitzgerald contributed with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for USC Leipzig. USC Leipzig's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TV 1862 Langen maintains seventh position in Group South with 10-8 record. USC Leipzig at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (12-6) against fourth ranked Hertener Loewen (12-6) on Sunday night. Visiting SC Rasta Vechta was defeated by Hertener Loewen in Herten 98-81. Worth to mention a great performance of Zamal Nixon who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 assists. Marvin Boadu responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. SC Rasta Vechta's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hertener Loewen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group North, which they share with Vechta. Hertener Loewen will meet at home SC Rist Wedel (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. SC Rasta Vechta will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (14-4) against sixth ranked Hanau (11-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated by Hanau in Hanau 76-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Oettinger Rockets Gotha. The winners were led by Anish Sharda who scored that evening 21 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hanau have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with BSW Sixers. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Eleventh-ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (3-15) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked BSW Sixers (11-7) in Sandersdorf on Saturday. BSW Sixers managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Matthias Haut who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Newly promoted BSW Sixers maintains fifth position in Group South with 11-7 record, which they share with Hanau. Loser BG Illertal/Weissenhorn keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North ALBA Berlin II was defeated by Bayer Giants in Leverkusen 75-72. Rist Wedel smashed Stahnsdorf at home 78-56. Wulfen won against Bernau on the opponent's court 78-65. Dorsten managed to outperform Wolfenbuettel in a home game 91-78.
In Group South Fraport SKY II recorded a loss to Licher Baeren on the road 78-76. Noerdlingen defeated Giessen on its own court 77-60. Dragons was beaten by TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach 71-64.
The best stats of 20th round was 21 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists by Blake Poole of Dorsten.



Group North
Schwelm - Hannover 101-89

Top ranked Hannover Tigers (14-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of sixth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by SG Schwelmer Baskets 101-89. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hannover Tigers. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-89. SG Schwelmer Baskets made 30-of-39 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Hannover Tigers turnovers and outrebounded them 46-29 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. SG Schwelmer Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hannover Tigers' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 21 points and 9 assists. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) added 22 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Five SG Schwelmer Baskets and four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets (11-7) moved-up to fifth place in Group North. Hannover Tigers at the other side still keep top position with four games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets are looking forward to face higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hannover Tigers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Smith 21+3reb+9ast, J.Holmes 20+15reb+5ast, M.Dohmen 18+4reb, A.Starr 17+7reb+4ast, J.Ducker 10+4reb+2ast, K.Speier 9+4reb+1ast
Hannover: J.Prasuhn 26+14reb, J.Doerksen 23+5reb, R.Williams 22+7reb+3ast, S.Janzen 10+1reb+2ast, T.Welzel 8+2reb+2ast, B.Memenga 0
gschID: 143684


Bayer Giants - ALBA Berlin II 75-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked ALBA Berlin II's (4-14) road loss to eleventh ranked Bayer Giants (7-11) 72-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-72. Bayer Giants made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Matthias Brueggemann (206-84) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Lucca Staiger (196-88, college: Iowa St.) produced 19 points and 4 assists and American forward Darren Stackhouse (198, college: Shepherd, agency: ProSportsCareers) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bayer Giants maintains eleventh position in Group North with 7-11 record. ALBA Berlin II lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Bayer Giants will face league's second-placed Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin II will play at home against SSV Lok Bernau (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: M.Brueggemann 17+8reb+1ast, J.Eggleston 16+6reb+2ast, T.Joenke 12+9reb+3ast, F.Sadek 12+3reb+8ast, M.Goddek 8+1reb, C.Robinson 7+4reb
ALBA Berlin II: L.Staiger 19+4reb+4ast, D.Stackhouse 16+8reb+1ast, C.Dinc 14+6reb+1ast, J.Ney 12+8reb+2ast, S.Fulle 8+3ast, N.Schumann 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 143685


Herten - Vechta 98-81

Very important is a road loss of third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (12-6) against fourth ranked Hertener Loewen (12-6) on Sunday night. Visiting SC Rasta Vechta was defeated by Hertener Loewen in Herten 98-81. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. Hertener Loewen made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 assists and forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) who added 19 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Guard Marvin Boadu (193-89) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five Hertener Loewen and four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hertener Loewen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group North, which they share with Vechta. Hertener Loewen will meet at home SC Rist Wedel (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. SC Rasta Vechta will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Herten: Z.Nixon 28+3reb+6ast, J.Taylor 20+5reb+3ast, V.Kittmann 19+11reb+3ast, M.Berger 13+3reb+3ast, C.Hackenesch 11+7reb+1ast, R.Wright 7+1reb+2ast
Vechta: M.Boadu 20+5reb+4ast, A.Rudowitz 18+7reb, D.Madrich 15+6reb, M.Smallwood 10+10reb+1ast, M.Reid 9+2reb+5ast, P.Heitzhausen 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 143686


Rist Wedel - Stahnsdorf 78-56

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked SC Rist Wedel (8-11) smashed at home higher ranked RSV Eintracht (11-8) 78-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SC Rist Wedel. RSV Eintracht was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded RSV Eintracht 40-27 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. SC Rist Wedel looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by RSV Eintracht's players. The best player for the winners was American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) who scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. SC Rist Wedel's coach Ozhan Gurel felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Akeem Bennett (190-87, college: St.Francis, NY) produced 11 points and 5 assists and power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen and Wolfenbuettel. Loser RSV Eintracht dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face higher ranked Hertener Loewen (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Rist Wedel: P.Wischnewski 19+1reb+2ast, A.Pettaway 16+8reb+4ast, F.Boeke 10+14reb, I.Akpinar 9+4reb+2ast, A.Johnston 7+3reb+6ast, M.Duah 3+3reb+2ast
Stahnsdorf: K.Watson 12+3ast, A.Bennett 11+4reb+5ast, Y.Evans 11+5reb+1ast, K.Williams 8+4reb, M.Haucke 8+6reb, T.Schoeps 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 143681


Bernau - Wulfen 65-78

Rather expected game when 13th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (1-18) was defeated at home by tenth ranked BSV Wulfen (8-11) 78-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. BSV Wulfen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to SSV Lok Bernau's 38. The best player for the winners was American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. BSV Wulfen's coach Sebastian Borgmann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and forward Sebastian Trzcionka (197-79) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. BSV Wulfen moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Wolfenbuettel and Rist Wedel. SSV Lok Bernau lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. BSV Wulfen will face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#8) on the road in the next round. SSV Lok Bernau will play against ALBA Berlin II (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 23+6reb, D.Smith 18+6reb, H.Bellscheidt 13+3reb, R.Sherman 10+1reb, R.Haenig 9+4reb+2ast, T.Reuter 5+5reb+2ast
Bernau: M.Woody 15+7reb+2ast, S.Trzcionka 13+3reb+2ast, F.Schekauski 13+3reb+1ast, J.Heide 9+3reb+4ast, J.Jones 5+2reb, D.Klein 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 143682


Dorsten - Wolfenbuettel 91-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Dorsten's (10-8) home victory over 8th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (8-11) 91-78 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Dorsten's pressure prevailed and they won that period 32-24 extending their advantage to 13 points. They made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Dorsten had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Five Dorsten players scored in double figures. Dorsten's coach Torsten Schierenbeck allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced 21 points and 5 steals and power forward Reggie Owens (200-87, college: Azusa Pacific) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Dorsten maintains seventh position in Group North with 10-8 record. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Dorsten will face higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#6) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play at home against BSV Wulfen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: B.Poole 21+19reb+4ast, G.Hagner 17+3reb+4ast, T.Bryant 16+4reb+5ast, J.Cadmus 14+3reb+2ast, M.Schulze-Pals 13+4reb+1ast, N.Pelaj 6+1reb+3ast
Wolfenbuettel: M.Jones 21+1reb+2ast, R.Owens 12+7reb+1ast, D.Nawrocki 11+7reb, N.Staebe 8+4reb+1ast, H.Knopke 7+6reb+6ast, M.Hart 6+5reb
gschID: 143683


Group South
BSW Sixers - BG Illertal 94-92

Eleventh-ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (3-15) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked BSW Sixers (11-7) in Sandersdorf on Saturday. BSW Sixers managed to secure only two-point victory 94-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-92. The best player for the winners was guard Matthias Haut (182-84, college: NC-Wesleyan) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) chipped in 21 points. Five BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. Forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) added 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Newly promoted BSW Sixers maintains fifth position in Group South with 11-7 record, which they share with Hanau. Loser BG Illertal/Weissenhorn keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: M.Haut 22+4reb+4ast, S.Ahnsehl 21+3reb+3ast, D.Stawowski 10+4reb+1ast, R.McLemore 10+11reb, A.Fleetwood 10+8reb+1ast, F.Diestelhorst 10+3reb+2ast
BG Illertal: B.Falkner 22+7reb, F.Oladipo 21+13reb+5ast, M.Mercer 11+3ast, P.Vojkovic 9+1ast, D.Jones 8+1reb+3ast, M.Simic 8+3reb
gschID: 143813


Hanau - Gotha 76-64

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (14-4) against sixth ranked Hanau (11-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated by Hanau in Hanau 76-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Hanau made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Oettinger Rockets Gotha helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) who scored that evening 21 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American power forward Chris Miles (211-86, college: BYU, agency: The Black Agency, LLC) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Even 9 points and 8 rebounds by American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) did not help to save the game for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (195-88) added 10 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hanau have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with BSW Sixers. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hanau: A.Sharda 21+2reb+6ast, I.Ickert 12+6reb+1ast, C.Miles 12+10reb, S.Koehnert 10+1reb+2ast, M.Schick 7+5reb, D.Michalczyk 6+1reb+3ast
Gotha: D.Watson 14+2ast, K.Schaffartzik 11+1reb, T.Baker 10+6reb, A.Kuppe 10+4reb+2ast, M.Monk 9+8reb+1ast, D.Roberts 5+2reb
gschID: 143814


Langen - Leipzig 67-65

Important game to mention about took place in Langen. Seventh ranked TV 1862 Langen (10-8) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked USC Leipzig (12-6) 67-65 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Leipzig. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-8 USC Leipzig's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 67-65 at the end of the game. TV 1862 Langen players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. USC Leipzig was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Luke Fitzgerald (202-87, college: Cumberlands) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for USC Leipzig. USC Leipzig's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TV 1862 Langen maintains seventh position in Group South with 10-8 record. USC Leipzig at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Langen: M.Voeller 19+9reb+3ast, L.Fitzgerald 17+11reb, N.Drury 10+4reb+7ast, S.Greene 6+9reb+1ast, N.Butz 5+3reb, M.Schneider 4+1reb+7ast
Leipzig: L.Morinia 15+5reb+4ast, K.Kranz 11+3reb, M.Pratt 11+13reb+3ast, R.Schirmer 9+4reb+1ast, R.Frohlich 9+2reb+1ast, W.Simon 6+2reb
gschID: 143815


Licher Baeren - Fraport SKY II 78-76

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (5-13) was edged on the road by eighth ranked Licher Baeren (8-10) 78-76 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-18. But Fraport Skyliners II won second period 14-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) who scored 20 points. The other American import forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. Bradshaw is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) produced 21 points and forward Fabian Franke (198-88) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Four Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. Fraport Skyliners II's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Licher Baeren maintains eighth position in Group South with 8-10 record, which they share with TSV Troester. Loser Fraport Skyliners II keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: B.Young 20+4reb+1ast, V.Klassen 14+4reb+1ast, R.Christen 12+2reb+1ast, G.Aud 8+1reb, T.Bradshaw 8+12reb+1ast, N.Pederson 7+3reb
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 21+4reb, F.Franke 18+4reb, F.Theilig 14+1reb+4ast, D.Barthel 10+6reb, D.Jemison 8+7reb, B.Nicolay 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 143816


Noerdlingen - Giessen 77-60

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Noerdlingen (13-5) won against at home 12th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-16) 77-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Noerdlingen. Giessen Pointers was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. Noerdlingen's coach Mario Matic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Zeljko Pavlovic (194-80) produced 17 points and American forward Jarrel Smith (200, college: Concordia Irvine) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Noerdlingen maintains second position in Group South with 13-5 record behind leader Gotha. Giessen Pointers lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: K.Johnson 17+11reb+1ast, D.Rastatter 17+5reb+1ast, J.Jamerson 14+7reb+8ast, D.Rotim 10+3reb+1ast, J.Eichler 9+7reb+2ast, F.Brutting 4+1reb+5ast
Giessen: Z.Pavlovic 17+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 12+5reb, F.Rotaru 10+5reb+1ast, D.Stevens 9+3ast, D.Lockhart 7+5reb+2ast, D.Henke 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 143817


TSV Troester - Dragons 71-64

There was an upset in Breitenguessbach where higher ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (11-6) was defeated by ninth ranked TSV Troester (8-10) 71-64 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dragons Rhoendorf was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Philipp Neumann (210-92) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) chipped in 21 points. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Tim Kasper (198-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. TSV Troester moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren. Loser Dragons Rhoendorf keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: D.Harris 21+4reb, P.Neumann 17+15reb+1ast, D.Schmidt 10+6reb+3ast, I.Pavic 7+5reb+2ast, J.Richter 6+4reb+1ast, M.Stuckey 4+1reb+1ast
Dragons: S.Turnbull 17+6reb+4ast, T.Kasper 12+8reb+1ast, F.Koch 9+8reb, N.Larsen 8+3reb+6ast, E.Jones 7+8reb+1ast, M.Leschek 4+2reb
gschID: 143818




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


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 15-3 
 2. Kirchheim 14-5 
 3. Crailsheim 13-6 
 4. Webmoebel 11-7 
 5. Chemnitz 11-8 
 6. Duesseldorf 10-9 
 7. NBC 9-9 
 8. Heidelberg 9-9 
 9. Jena 9-10 
 10. Cuxhaven 8-10 
 11. Ehingen 8-11 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 7-11 
 13. Karlsruhe 7-12 
 14. Braves 5-14 
 15. Leitershofen 3-15 


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.14.3 
 9. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.2 
 10. Wood, ALBA14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.3 
 2. Evans, Goettingen8.5 
 3. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.3 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 5. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 6. Davidson, Fraport7.5 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.4 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm6.8 
 9. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.7 
 10. Homan, B.Muenchen6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.2 
 4. Brown, EWE Baskets5.1 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 6. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.6 
 8. Everett, Bremerha.4.2 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.2 
 10. Gibson, Bayreuth4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.8 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.1.6 
 3. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.5 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.1.5 
 5. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 8. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.3 
 9. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 10. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.9 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.5 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.5 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 6. Davidson, Fraport1.4 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.3 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 9. Boone, s.Oliver.0.9 
 10. Redding, Walter T.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.8 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.18.7 
 5. Stommes, Webmoebel18.6 
 6. Hassan, Leitersh.18.3 
 7. Reid, MBC17.6 
 8. Howard, Karlsruhe17.1 
 9. Brooks, Kirchheim16.8 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.7 
 3. Black, Jena8.1 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim7.9 
 5. Richardson, Leiter.7.8 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.3 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel7.0 
 9. De Michael, NBC6.9 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.2 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.4 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.3 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.9 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.8 
 6. Hill, Crailsheim4.6 
 7. Diggs, Webmoebel4.4 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.4 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.3 
 10. Reese, Duesseldo.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.1.9 
 3. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 4. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz1.6 
 6. Diggs, Webmoebel1.6 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen1.6 
 8. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.5 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 10. Harris, NBC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.7 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.1 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.0 
 5. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 7. Okoye, NBC0.8 
 8. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 9. Howard, Karlsruhe0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


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  GREECE   


A1 Week 16- Part 2: Kolossos succeeded a crucial road win - by Chris Mammides
In the second part of the A1 games, Kolossos added another one victory after beating KAOD in Dramas with 82-83 having as an MVP of his team the Greek guard Nikos Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) who even though missed both the free throws with less than ten seconds to go, he dashed down the offensive rebound and killed the dreams of the home team for one last chance to balance or win the game. The other matches were more or less expected with the victory of Ilysiakos over PAOK, with 75-69, PAOK who traveled in Athens without his top performer, American forward Gidens and with only non Greeks being three players, Stiggers, Aleksic and Petaway. Kavala beat very easy after the 21st minute, the last seated team of Maroussi with 89-69 with Sotiris Karapostolou (194-G-78, college: S.New Hampshire)s fifth consecutive great game which is boosting his self esteem and is obvious that a new (old) star is born for the Greek league. Last but not least, the show time on the fourth quarter of Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) (41 points, 3 rebounds, 8 winning fouls, 1 steal and 2 assists) overcome the victory of Olympiakos over AGOR with 97-82. Dionte Christmas becomes the first player this season to score more than 40 points in a single game!
The games in more analysis:
KAOD - Kolossos Rodou 82-83
Quarters: 15:13, 36-35, 54-54, 82-83
The two teams enter the game with obvious reasons as both of them were looking for the victory for different reasons. The first period ended with a slight difference for the home team with the usual suspect in scoring being the same, as the international shooting guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) is having his best ever scoring period, from a close distance was the punished Karidas who came back in the Dramas team after his punishment. On the other hand, Kolossos was getting his points mainly from Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona), in this first period. The 2nd period was the same with the first period with the home team keeping at the minimum difference of one point with Athinaiou giving some score to Coach Kalafatakis team. In the 3rd period everything was balance as the score was going basket by basket to end up in a total balance and in the 4th and most crucial period the game was won by Nikos Nikos Liakopoulos and his offensive rebound at the end.
Top scorers:
KAOD: Karidas 13, Kosta Charalampidis 17, Athinaiou 15.
Kolossos: Nikos Liakopoulos 15, Hatten 18, Ruben Boykin 19, Tsamis 10.

Ilysiakos - PAOK 75-69
Quarters: 12-15, 29-38, 54-55, 75-69.
A decisive victory by Flevarakis troops was taken place earlier today as Ilysiakos beat the team of PAOK and is now more definitely a part of the A1 for another season. Ilysiakos reached the four victories which means that at a glance safeguard the participation in the division for another one season as Maroussi will need a miracle to reach the 5 victories this season with the specific team (currently has a record of 0-14). In regards to the game now, PAOK started more aggressivle and with Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) In the leading role took a small lead of three by the end of the first period which became bigger by the end of the first quarter with Stiggers and Aleksic giving some good score to their team. The 3rd period, Ilysiakos made the comeback and with Hatzis, Papanaikolopoulos and DJ Darryl Thompson (173-PG-85, college: Appalachian St.) in the leading roles ended the period with the minimum against them 54-55. The total recall came on the fourth period as Mike Tompson was truly very good and with the rebounding help from Tsiakos, Ilysiakos added another one victory and is looking the future in a much better and optimistic way.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: Papanikolopoulos 10, Darryl Thompson 20, Hatzis 10
PAOK: Stiggers 11, Dimos Dikoudis 20, Petway 11, Aleksic 10

Kavala -Maroussi 89-69
Quarters: 20-16, 35-34, 60-52, 89-69.
As all the games this season, Maroussi was very good in the first half and very tired in the second half, so in the first 20 minutes we had a total balance in the game and when Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-F/C-83), Gagaloudis and Kommatos got tired, then the players of Coach Priftis knock them down, with Sotiris Karapostolou in another great game (25 points, 2 rebounds, 4 winning fouls, 6 assists and 1 block shot in 28 minutes) Kavala reached its 7th victory and is currently in the privileged 5th position of the league with a record of 7-8.
Top scorers:
Kavala: Pacalic 17, Garrison 14, Taylor 11, Sotiris Karapostolou 25
Maroussi: Akepsimaidis 12, Dimitris Haritopoulos 17, Kommatos 10, Gagaloudis 12

Olympiakos - AGOR 97-82
Quarters: 31-21, 50-33, 70-49, 97-82.
An amazing show by Dionte Christmas is what the fans will keep from this game, Olympiakos was more of a team in the court but Dionte Christmas and Petway prove once more that the Americans of AGOR is the main reason why AGOR is currently in the 6th place with a game less than the others and with a positive record of 8-6.
The home team with a great offensive game in the second period took a lead of 17 points and that was the best period for the reds who overcome the visitors by 24 rebounds!! 48 vs24, the Cretans were shooting more three pointers than two pointers and that is the reason why the score went so high from both teams.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: Antic 12 points and 12 rebounds, Gecevicius 14, Pritnezis 12, Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F-90) 13, Sloukas 11
AGOR: Dionte Christmas 41, Petway 16



Mid January - Greek Free Agent's List - by Chris Mammides
14 weeks after the beginning of the Greek A1 league with the list of the free agents still being very interesting and quite serious. Some more transactions have been made but the list is still quite strong and vital. Eurobasket is presenting the invigorated list with some deductions. Here is the intense outcome of our research

In the Guard position:
Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80)
Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77)


Nikos Pappas (194-G-90) (he stil have problems with Bizgaia Bilbao where he belongs)
Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-G-85)
Fotis Lioutas (193-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire)
Milos Pavlisevic (196-SG-82)
Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85)
Lazaros Seferidis (192-G-82)*

In the forward position:
Nikos Theodorakos (202-F-89) went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft making him an Unrestricted FA.
Antonis Kesisoglou (206-F-91)
Luke Hristou (195-F-88)
Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79) He is participating in Foinikas Larissas friendly games (as he comes from Larissa) but he is still a free agent
Milos Sakota (203-F-84)

In the center position:
Jacob Blankenship (207-C-90)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)
Giorgos Loupos (208-C-78)*

* For these three players there is some doubts whether are still active players as there are no news for possible retirement




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Dionte CHRISTMAS
  AGOR
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Christmas, AGOR19.8 
 2. Kommatos, Marousi19.2 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.17.6 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Tapoutos, Aris16.2 
 6. Beck, Ikaros16.1 
 7. Baxter, Ikaros16.0 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.5 
 9. Dikoudis, PAOK15.3 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.6 
 2. Stepheson, Panio.7.7 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 4. Bavcic, KAOD7.1 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi6.4 
 8. NaNa, Ilysiakos6.4 
 9. Giddens, PAOK6.0 
 10. Boykin, Kolossos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.1 
 2. Charalampidi., KAO.5.1 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.8 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.3 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.3 
 10. Mocnik, Perister.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wright, AGOR2.1 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Baxter, Ikaros1.8 
 4. Thompson, Ilysi.1.8 
 5. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.6 
 6. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 8. Christmas, AGOR1.4 
 9. Logan, Panathin.1.4 
 10. Diamantidis, Pana.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.7 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.6 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.2 
 5. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Edwards, Perister.1.0 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.8 
 9. Gardener, Ilysiakos0.7 
 10. Giddens, PAOK0.7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 14-1
 2. Olympiakos 14-1
 3. Kolossos 12-3
 4. Panionios 11-4
 5. AGOR 8-6
 6. Kavala 7-8
 7. Peristeri GS 6-8
 8. PAOK 6-9
 9. Aris 5-10
 10. KAOD 5-10
 11. Ilysiakos 5-10
 12. Ikaros 3-13
 13. Marousi 0-15


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  HOLLAND   


Results Dutch Basketball League: ZZ Leiden, Gas Terra Flames and Eiffel Towers Win - by Sanders Jackson

This weekend in DBL action, the top three teams in the standings avoided slipups this weekend, as defending Dutch champion ZZ Leiden held off Landstede Basketball at home, while an impressive 4th quarter performance by the duo of Voorn and Koenis helped Gas Terra Flames overcome Lauselac Aris, while on Sunday Eiffel Towers took no prisoners on Rotterdam Basketball College.

In the Vijfmeihal on Saturday night, with both teams suffering from injuries to key players, the defending DBL champs leaned on one of their returnees to help ZZ Leiden find the way, with ZZ winning over Landstede 65-58. With ZZ Leiden showing the effects of the EuroChallenge rounds, the return of
Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) from injury would be a welcome sight for the team of head coach Toon van Helfteren. Kennedy would snatch down 12 rebounds, while Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) would provide the outside balance, leading all scorers with 18 pts. Landstede, missing key player Gerald Robinson (204-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tenn-Martin) and with Damon Huffman (187-G-85) returning from an ankle injury, were led by Cameron Wells (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Citadel) with 18 pts. Landstede shot only 35.4% FG. ZZ Leiden improves to 12-4 while Landstede falls to 9-10.


In a packed Martiniplaza on Saturday night, thanks to the play of X-factors Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: Court Side) and Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side), and not to mention strong defensive pressure on the ball and offensive rebounding, Gas Terra Flames wins the northern derby over Lauselac Aris 80-73. Both Voorn and Koenis stepped up their play at a moment when the home team needed someone to step in and provide a spark. In the final minute of the 3rd quarter, Gas Terra Flames head coach Hakim Salem pulled a rabbit out of his hat by inserting Voorn in to guard Lauselac PG Andrew Dawson (190-F-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) which would be the turning point of the game. Voorn forced three consecutive turnovers, which led to three Donar baskets. The move would be the beginning of the tempo advantage the Flames needed. Prior to the Voorn insertion the Flames' efficency on the defensive in particular was not clicking on all cylinders, as the point guards had difficulties stimulating the team on the defensive end. But with the energy Voorn brought to the court, it energized the entire Flames' team.


Further on in the 4th quarter, Donar took advantage of bad (or no) blocking out by Aris, resulting in put backs and free throw opportunities. The game would remain close until the end, but a three-point dagger by Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) and two David Bell (186-G-81) iced the game for the Flames. Bell led six Flames players in double figures with 14 pts. DBL top scorer Lance Jeter (190-G-88, college: Nebraska) led all scorers with 18 pts., but the defense of Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) helped make it difficult for him to get open looks in crunch time. The Flames had a 46-25 rebounding advantage and a 17-3 second chance points advantage. Gas Terra Flames improve to 13-5, a half-game out of 1st place behind Eiffel Towers.


In the Maaspoort on Sunday afternoon it would be an offensive clinic for the current DBL leaders, particularly in the 2nd quarter (39 points scored) as Eiffel Towers would hammer Rotterdam Basketball College 113-68. The score was 67-33 at the half for Eiffel and from there it was all she wrote. Eiffel shot sizzling numbers of 62.2% FG and 60% from the three-point line, as well as sharing the wealth with 29 assists, as well as forcing 22 turnovers. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored a season-high 26 pts. to lead all scorers. Eiffel improves to 13-4.



Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 21 - by Eurobasket News
International forward Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Den Bosch and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Den Bosch in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Rotterdam (#7, 2-15) with 47-point margin 113-66. It allowed Den Bosch to jump to the first place in the Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Den Bosch has a very solid 13-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Wessels had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Den Bosch, through which he has constantly improved. Stefan Wessels averages this season 11.0ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Den Bosch's star - 24-year old American guard David Gonzalvez (193-G-87). Gonzalvez impressed basketball fans with 15 points and 6 assists. Of course together with Wessels he helped Den Bosch with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#7, 2-15) 113-66. This victory allowed Den Bosch to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team has currently 13-4 record. Gonzalvez is a newcomer at Den Bosch and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side) of second-ranked Groningen. Koenis scored 11 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Groningen, leading his team to a 80-73 win against the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#6, 8-9). Groningen needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Koenis has a very solid season. In 17 games in Holland he scored 6.4ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 66.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84) of Den Bosch - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) of Rotterdam - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81) of Leiden - 9 points and 12 rebounds
7. Frank Turner (178-G-88) of Den Bosch - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85) of Zwolle - 10 points and 14 rebounds
9. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Leiden - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Lance Jeter (190-G-88) of Leeuwarden - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 13-4 
 2. Groningen 13-5 
 3. Leiden 11-4 
 4. Nijmegen 10-6 
 5. Zwolle 9-10 
 6. Leeuwarden 8-9 
 7. Rotterdam 2-15 
 8. Weert 2-15 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden19.0 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam17.9 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.1 
 5. Humphrey, Nijmegen16.1 
 6. Boxley, Leiden15.9 
 7. Acker, Nijmegen14.9 
 8. Bell, Groningen14.8 
 9. Wesby, Groningen14.7 
 10. Wesley, Den Bosch14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Coleman, Weert8.7 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.5 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.6 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. Boxley, Leiden6.9 
 6. Van Paassen, Den6.5 
 7. Saaka, Zwolle6.5 
 8. de Randamie, Groni.6.4 
 9. van Kempen, Weert6.3 
 10. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.3 
Assists Per Game
 DeMario ANDERSON
  Weert
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch4.6 
 3. Harman, Weert4.3 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.8 
 5. Wells, Zwolle3.7 
 6. Acker, Nijmegen3.6 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.1 
 8. Jansen, Den Bosch3.1 
 9. Huffman, Zwolle3.0 
 10. Defares, Groningen2.9 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.6 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle2.4 
 3. Wells, Zwolle2.4 
 4. Harman, Weert2.3 
 5. de Jong, Leiden1.9 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch1.8 
 7. Turner, Den Bosch1.8 
 8. Wessels, Den Bosch1.8 
 9. Jones, Rotterdam1.7 
 10. Acker, Nijmegen1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.3 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch1.2 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.1.0 
 5. Boxley, Leiden0.9 
 6. Minter, Weert0.8 
 7. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 8. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.7 
 9. Saaka, Zwolle0.7 
 10. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 


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  INDONESIA   


Ahmad's 15 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 15 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Satria Muda in his team's victory, helping them to outclass NSH GMC Riau (#11, 1-11) with 29-point margin 80-51. It allowed Satria Muda to consolidate first place in the Indonesian league. Satria Muda has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. Ahmad has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Ahmad has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 11.9ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89) of Bima Sakti. He is a guard in his first season at Bima Sakti. In the last game Dwi Priasmoro recorded impressive 21 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Bima Sakti lost that game 48-56 to the higher-ranked Garuda (#4, 9-4). Bima Sakti is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Dwi Priasmoro is a newcomer at Bima Sakti and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Eko Sasmito (188-C-85) of Pacific Caesar (#9). Sasmito scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Sasmito's great performance Pacific Caesar lost 55-68 to slightly higher-ranked Muba Hangtuah (#7, 7-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Pacific Caesar can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sasmito he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sasmito has a very solid season. In 17 games in Indonesia he scored 9.6ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and 1.3bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bima Sakti - 14 points and 12 rebounds
6. Vamiga Michel (191-SF-92) of Satria Muda - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dewa Galih (185-SF-87) of Pacific Caesar - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau - 9 points and 11 rebounds
10. Romy Christanto Chandra (189-F-73) of Pelita Jaya - 1 point, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Best players of Indonesian NBL round 19 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Daniel Iskandar (190-F-71) had an amazing evening in the last round for Stadium Jak. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 40-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Bima Sakti (#8, 4-7) 84-73. Stadium Jak. maintains the 6th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stadium Jak. will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Iskandar as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Iskandar has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.5rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-F-90) of Satya Wacana. Nasution impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Satya Wacana to another comfortable win 62-49 over slightly higher-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 3-10) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Satya Wacana is still at the dead bottom 12th position. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Satya Wacana managed to get this year. Nasution is a newcomer at Satya Wacana and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was another Stadium Jak.'s star - Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85). Ferdiansyah scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Stadium Jak., helping his team with a 84-73 win against slightly lower-ranked Bima Sakti (#8, 4-7). Stadium Jak. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Ferdiansyah has a great season in Indonesia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.1ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Valentino Wuwungan (193-F-89) of Satya Wacana - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Agustinus Indrajaya (191-C-83) of CLS Knights - 22 points and 7 rebounds
6. Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of Aspac - 19 points and 8 rebounds
7. Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85) of Pelita Jaya - 9 points and 11 rebounds
8. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) of Bima Sakti - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) of Garuda - 8 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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


NBL Round 20: Top-ranked Satria Muda wins another game - by Eurobasket News
NBL top team - Satria Muda (11-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-11) in Jakarta 80-51. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. NSH GMC Riau managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 7 points in third quarter. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 34. Satria Muda forced 23 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 71-38 including a 27-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Vamiga Michel (191-92) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Max Yanto (215-83) replied with 9 points and 11 rebounds for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda maintains first position with 11-1 record. NSH GMC Riau lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face Muba Hangtuah (#7) in Pandang in the next round where they are favorite. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against Pacific Caesar (#9) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sakti was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Garuda (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Bima Sakti (4-8). Garuda managed to secure a 8-point victory 56-48. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Christ Gideon (188-84) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds and Hendrik Agustinus who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Garuda moved-up to fourth place. Bima Sakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between 12th ranked Satya Wacana (1-12) and third ranked Pelita Jaya (10-3) in Salatiga on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Jakarta outscored Satya Wacana 83-37. The winners were led by Ary Chandra who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Even 7 points and 9 rebounds by Yo Sua did not help to save the game for Satya Wacana. 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. Pelita Jaya have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 10-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Loser Satya Wacana stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 20 Muba Hangtuah beat Pacific Caesar on the road 68-55.


Satya Wacana - Pelita Jaya 37-83

The game between 12th ranked Satya Wacana (1-12) and third ranked Pelita Jaya (10-3) in Salatiga on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Jakarta outscored Satya Wacana 83-37. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 6 points in second quarter. Pelita Jaya held Satya Wacana to an opponent 20.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 29.9 percent accuracy of the winners and had 26 for 43 from the free-throw line, while Satya Wacana only scored six points from the stripe. Pelita Jaya forced 24 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 57-38 including 20 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and forward Yudhi Mardiyansyah (193-83) supported him with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Even 7 points and 9 rebounds by guard Yo Sua (180-91) did not help to save the game for Satya Wacana. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) added 12 points for the hosts. 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. Pelita Jaya have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 10-3 record behind leader Satria Muda. Loser Satya Wacana stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 12+2reb, Y.Sua 7+9reb, F.Nugroho 4+2reb, V.Wuwungan 3+1reb, J.Lolowang 3+1reb+2ast, P.Mahandaru 2+1reb
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 11+10reb+3ast, J.Sucipto 10+3reb, Y.Mardiyansyah 10+5reb+2ast, V.Palopo 9+5reb, D.Wenas 8+6reb+1ast, P.Indrawan 8+1reb
gschID: 166082


Pacific Caesar - Muba Hangtuah 55-68

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Muba Hangtuah (7-5) beat 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (3-9) in Surabaya 68-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Muba Hangtuah. Pacific Caesar managed to win second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pacific Caesar to just 7 points in first quarter. Muba Hangtuah dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 28. Muba Hangtuah forced 24 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by forward Ary Sapto (188-80) who scored that evening 15 points and 9 rebounds and point guard H Hardianus (175-92) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by center Eko Sasmito (188-85) did not help to save the game for Pacific Caesar. Dewa Galih (185-87) added 12 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Muba Hangtuah moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Stadium Jak. Pacific Caesar lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Muba Hangtuah will meet at home league's leader Satria Muda in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pacific Caesar will play against NSH GMC Riau (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: E.Sasmito 21+7reb+1ast, D.Galih 12+3reb+5ast, H.Listiyono 10+3reb+3ast, P.King Dhay 7+3reb+2ast, R.Anggakara 2+2reb, G.Nagata 2+7reb
Muba Hangtuah: A.Sapto 15+9reb+1ast, H.Hardianus 14+8reb+1ast, A.Sigar 13+3reb+2ast, T.Wilopo 9+3reb+4ast, M.Joni 8+7reb+2ast, A.Junaidi 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 166083


Bima Sakti - Garuda 48-56

The game in Sakti was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Garuda (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Bima Sakti (4-8). Garuda managed to secure a 8-point victory 56-48. Bima Sakti was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 28-15 second half run of Garuda. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bima Sakti to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 24 Bima Sakti turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Christ Gideon (188-84) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-82) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Garuda moved-up to fourth place. Bima Sakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 21+6reb+1ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 14+12reb+1ast, U.Gendro Maryono 4+1reb, G.Virgian 4+3reb+2ast, M.Indra 3+3reb, H.Gunawan 2+3reb+2ast
Garuda: H.Agustinus 13+7reb+2ast, C.Gideon 12+9reb+2ast, I.Budianto 10+3reb, W.Wijaya 6+3reb+1ast, H.Ramli 5+2reb+1ast, N.Fritzgerald 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 166084


Satria Muda - NSH GMC Riau 80-51

NBL top team - Satria Muda (11-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-11) in Jakarta 80-51. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. NSH GMC Riau managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 7 points in third quarter. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 34. Satria Muda forced 23 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 71-38 including a 27-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Vamiga Michel (191-92) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Max Yanto (215-83) replied with 9 points and 11 rebounds and Reza Israelli (182-82) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda maintains first position with 11-1 record. NSH GMC Riau lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face Muba Hangtuah (#7) in Pandang in the next round where they are favorite. NSH GMC Riau will play at home against Pacific Caesar (#9) in Surabaya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: R.Israelli 11+7reb+2ast, M.Yanto 9+11reb+1ast, M.Yesyurun 8+1reb+1ast, R.Febriyan 6+5reb+1ast, Y.Efendi 5+1reb, S.Agustinus 5+1reb+1ast
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 21+10reb+1ast, F.Julius Ahmad 15+4reb+2ast, V.Michel 11+8reb+2ast, F.Susanto 8+9reb+1ast, B.Siregar 8+6reb, W.Situmorang 6+8reb
gschID: 166081




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  IRAN   


WABA League: Mahram shoot down Champville, top Group B - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Champville 67:64

Mahram narrowly defeated Champville to win WABA League Group B. The Iranian team now entered the quarterfinal stage undefeated and would face Aramex of Jordan. Champville lost their initial game and clinched the second position in the ladder. They will take on Petrochimi in the playoffs.
Mahram eked out a 21:17 lead after the close first frame. They went on a 13:2 run early in the second period to clear off. Mahram established a 37:24 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 16-point mark in the third quarter. Mahram entered the final frame up by as many as 19 points 52:33. But Champville did not surrender as they trimmed the deficit to single digits and eventually came within a striking distance. The Lebanese team ran out of time before threatening the margin even more. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) posted 20 points and 5 boards for Mahram. Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) added 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) contributed 13 points and 5 rebounds in the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) answered with 26 points for Champville. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 20, Pape Sow 16+14 boards, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 13
Champville: Fadi Khatib 26, Garnett Thompson 14



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  IRAQ   


WABA League: Duhok hold off ASU in crucial game - by Eurobasket News
Duhok - ASU 113:106

Duhok celebrated a crucial win at WABA League Group B. They overcame Jordanian ASU to improve at 1-3 record and clinched the fourth spot that sent them into the next round. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) posted 28 points and 7 rebounds to pace Duhok. ASU in the meantime fell at 0-4 record and got eliminated from the tournament.
ASU got the upper hand in the opening quarter. The Jordanian team grabbed a 31:29 lead after a high-flying period. But Duhok surged ahead late in the half. The Iraqis secured a 59:53 lead at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. ASU pulled ahead to enter the final frame up by two points 77:75. Duhok however did not surrender and soon regained the lead. Quinton Day (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: UMKC) and Esian Henderson fouled out for ASU and Duhok capitalized surviving a tough final minutes and clinching a difficult win at the end. Jenero Gorgiss (185-G/F-82) posted 23 points, while Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) added 20 points in the victory. Quinton Day and Islam Abbaas (203-C-80) finished with 23 points each in the loss.

Duhok: Malcolm Battles 28, Jenero Gorgiss 23, Chamberlain Oguchi 20
ASU: Quinton Day 23, Islam Abbaas 23+12 boards



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  IRELAND   


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


BasketballIreland Cups Results. - by Patrick Maher
Basketball Ireland Senior Men's National Cup Final

Dublin Thunder (Dublin) 85 (48) (G Wong 15, M Goj 15, C Gallagher 14) UCD Marian 45 (22) (G Edge 19, M Ryan 6)
MVP; Derrick Courtney (Dublin Thunder)

Saturday, January 28 2012



Basketball Ireland U-18 Womens National Cup Final
Singletons SuperValu Brunell 56 (25) (A Waters 25, M OLeary 10, E Thornton 6) Tralee Imperials 44 (19) (L Rogers 8, A Fitzgerald 8, D Geaney )
MVP; Amy Waters (Singletons SuperValu Brunell)

Basketball Ireland U-18 Mens National Cup Final


Templeogue (Dublin) 69 (39) (N Dunne 20, L Thompson 17, B Morrison 16) Maree (Galway) 49 (32) (E Walsh 13, P Burke 11, C Shields 9)
MVP; Nathan Dunne (Templeogue)

Basketball Ireland U-20 Womens National Cup Final


Tralee Imperials (Kerry) 51 (25) (D Geaney 11, A Fitzgerald 10, D Kearney 9) DCU Mercy (Dublin) 53 (22) (C Foley 18, P Black 17, R OKeefe 11)
MVP; Peggy Black (DCU Mercy)


Basketball Ireland U-20 Mens National Cup Final


Maree (Galway) 72 (37) (K Hansberry 23, P Burke 18, C O Hagan 13) Killester (Dublin) 57 (22) (C Roe 25, P Sullivan 14, S McGrath 7)
MVP; Kenneth Hansberry (Maree)

Basketball Ireland Senior Womens National Cup Final


Tralee Imperials (Kerry) 36 (24) (A Campbell 10, E Sherwood 9, S Mackessy 7) Scruffys St. Pauls (Kerry) 51 (21) (M Finnegan 20, C OConnell 10, M Galwey 9)
MVP; Mairead Finnegan (St Pauls)

Courtesy Shane Whelan . www.basketballireland.ie





Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons24.5 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.23.8 
 3. Enos, Moycullen23.6 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.19.4 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian19.2 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 7. Cummins, Belfast16.8 
 8. Glover, DCU Saints15.4 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.15.1 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.4 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.4 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles12.4 
 5. Enos, Moycullen11.1 
 6. Atupem, UCC Demons10.2 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian9.1 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. O''Brien, 11890 K.8.0 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.9 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.8 
 3. Clarke, 11890 K.4.4 
 4. Dowd, Moycullen4.3 
 5. Coughlan, UCC D.4.3 
 6. Madsen, 11890 K.4.2 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.4.2 
 8. Turner, 11890 K.3.9 
 9. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.8 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.6 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.3 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.4 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.3 
 6. Madsen, 11890 K.2.2 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.2.2 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 9. Stith, UCD Marian1.9 
 10. Taylor, B.Gais N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.6 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.4 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.1 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.8 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.1.5 
 6. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.4 
 7. Casey, 11890 K.1.4 
 8. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.1.0 
 10. Taylor, B.Gais N.0.8 


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  ITALY   


Lega2 Round 18: Tezenis Verona defeats leader Trenkwalder RE - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Trenkwalder RE (12-4) on the court of ninth ranked Tezenis Verona on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Tezenis Verona 90-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. The game without a history. Tezenis Verona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Tezenis Verona outrebounded Trenkwalder RE 42-28 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Tezenis Verona's coach Alberto Martelossi felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) replied with 16 points and 4 assists for Trenkwalder RE. Tezenis Verona (8-9) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fileni BPA and Morpho Basket. Trenkwalder RE at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Tezenis Verona is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Trenkwalder RE will play against Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia and is hoping to win this game.

In the last two games of round 18 Morpho Basket was beaten by Prima Veroli on the road 85-76. Giorgio Tesi PT won against Enel Brindisi on its own court 85-79. Fileni BPA unfortunately lost to Centrale Latte in Brescia 72-77. Assi Ostuni managed to beat MarcoPoloShop at home 68-67. Bottom-ranked S.Antimo was crushed by Givova Scafati on the opponent's court 82-55.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals by Nikola Radulovic of Givova Scafati.



Prima Veroli - Morpho Basket 85-76

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Prima Veroli (6-11) beat at home higher ranked Morpho Basket (8-9) 85-76 on Sunday. Morpho Basket trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-85 at the end of the game. Prima Veroli made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Morpho Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Prima Veroli's coach Fernando Gentile used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) replied with 29 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Morpho Basket. Prima Veroli moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Aget Imola. Morpho Basket lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Prima Veroli will face higher ranked Enel Brindisi (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 26+3reb+6ast, D.Brkic 25+6reb, R.Cortese 9+2ast, B.Elder 9+3reb+2ast, G.Lee 6+4reb, R.Rullo 6
Morpho Basket: D.Anderson 29+3reb+2ast, A.Voskuil 13+1reb+3ast, C.Cotis Harrison 12+6reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 8+3reb, R.Perego 6+2reb, L.Infante 5+4reb
gschID: 167358


Sigma Barcel. - Aget Imola 91-85 2OT

Sigma Barcellona needed two overtimes to tame Aget Imola at home court. Michael Hicks came up with 21 points and 7 rebounds to pace the hosts to the 11th win in the season. R.Bucci added 18 points, while M.Green contributed 16 points for the winners. Trent Whiting answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds for Aget Imola as they fell at 6-11 record after the loss.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Hicks 21+7reb, R.Bucci 18+2reb+5ast, M.Green 16+2reb+2ast, P.Martin 10+6reb, A.Piazza 10+1reb, M.Da Ros 10+1reb+1ast
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 26+6reb+2ast, D.Bruttini 16+7reb+2ast, T.Kotti 11+8reb+4ast, F.Masoni 9+1ast, P.Prato 8+2reb, D.Cournooh 8+1reb
gschID: 167359


Giorgio Tesi PT - Enel Brindisi 85-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Tuscany Pistoia and one of their biggest challengers Enel Brindisi had identical 11-5 record. This time Tuscany Pistoia used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Brindisi 85-79 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 4 steals. The other American import forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Four Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-5 record having just -1 point less than leader Trenkwalder. Loser Enel Brindisi keeps the third place with six games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will face Biancoblu BO (#14) in Bologna in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Enel Brindisi will play at home against Prima Veroli (#13) and be promoted back to the SerieA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 26+3reb+3ast, B.Jones 18+8reb, G.Gurini 13+7reb+2ast, F.Toppo 9+11reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 8, G.Galanda 7+9reb+3ast
Enel Brindisi: C.Callahan 25+8reb+1ast, D.Borovnjak 18+12reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 16+8reb+5ast, M.Formenti 10+4ast, J.Hunter 7+1reb+4ast, K.Ndoja 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 167360


Centrale Latte - Fileni BPA 77-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Centrale Latte's (10-7) home victory over 7th ranked Fileni BPA (8-9) in Brescia 77-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 24-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Centrale Latte forced 19 Fileni BPA turnovers. It was a good game for naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points, 8 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Fileni BPA. Four Fileni BPA players scored in double figures. Centrale Latte maintains sixth position with 10-7 record. Loser Fileni BPA keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Centrale Latte will face league's leader Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fileni BPA will play at home against Givova Scafati (#4).
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: L.Gergati 16+1reb+1ast, L.Goldwire 16+2reb+6ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 15+10reb+1ast, M.Farioli 8+9reb, F.Bushati 6+4reb+5ast, M.Rezzano 5+2reb
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 23+10reb, R.McConnell 16+4reb+8ast, J.Brooks 11+6reb, F.Migliori 11+2reb+3ast, R.Hoover 9+1ast, M.Santiangeli 2
gschID: 167356


Tezenis Verona - Trenkwalder 90-62

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Trenkwalder RE (12-4) on the court of ninth ranked Tezenis Verona on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Tezenis Verona 90-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. The game without a history. Tezenis Verona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Tezenis Verona outrebounded Trenkwalder RE 42-28 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. Tezenis Verona's coach Alberto Martelossi felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Trenkwalder RE. Tezenis Verona (8-9) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fileni BPA and Morpho Basket. Trenkwalder RE at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Tezenis Verona is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Trenkwalder RE will play against Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: D.Vukcevic 20+3reb+2ast, A.Porta 17+6reb+4ast, G.Boscagin 13+6reb, K.Waleskowski 12+7reb, M.West 9+2reb+1ast, G.Mariani 9+3reb+1ast
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 16+2reb+4ast, D.Taylor 14+6reb, R.Chiacig 9+6reb, R.Cervi 8+4reb, D.Filloy 5+3reb, K.Viglianisi 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 167357


Assi Ostuni - MarcoPoloShop 68-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (6-10) was edged on the road by eleventh ranked Assi Ostuni (7-10) 68-67 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Assi Ostuni forced 20 MarcoPoloShop.it turnovers. MarcoPoloShop.it was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) who saved his team from a defeat with 22 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American center Dane Diliegro (205-88, college: New Hampshire) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American forward Joe Trapani (203-88, college: Boston Coll.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for MarcoPoloShop.it. Four MarcoPoloShop.it players scored in double figures. Assi Ostuni moved-up to tenth place. MarcoPoloShop.it lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Assi Ostuni will face higher ranked Morpho Basket (#8) in Piacenza in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against Sigma Barcellona.
Top scorers:
Assi Ostuni: A.Johnson 22+1reb+5ast, J.Klobucar 11+4reb, D.Diliegro 10+9reb, M.Jurevicus 7+6reb+2ast, S.Berti 5+2reb, G.Carenza 5
MarcoPoloShop: A.Freeman 18+1reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 15+5reb+1ast, J.Trapani 13+7reb+1ast, S.Huff 11+9reb+2ast, R.Casoli 6+3reb, N.Natali 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 167354


Givova Scafati - S.Antimo 82-55

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Givova Scafati (11-6) outplayed at home bottom-ranked S.Antimo (5-12) 82-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Givova Scafati. S.Antimo was better in second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati outrebounded S.Antimo 34-19 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Givova Scafati especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. S.Antimo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. American power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Givova Scafati's coach Massimo Bianchi felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 16 points and his fellow American import swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) added 12 points and 4 steals in the effort for S.Antimo. Givova Scafati have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Enel Brindisi and Sigma Barcel. Newly promoted S.Antimo stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Givova Scafati will face Fileni BPA (#7) in Jesi in the next round.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: J.Thomas 17+11reb, N.Radulovic 17+8reb+4ast, A.Ghiacci 16+2reb+2ast, P.Marigney 12+5reb+7ast, M.Levin 7+1reb+2ast, G.Sorrentino 6+3reb+1ast
S.Antimo: T.Bell 16+2reb, F.Campbell 12+2reb+3ast, C.Cantone 6+1reb, M.Rossi 6+2reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 5+2reb, R.Moraschini 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 167355




SerieA Round 19: #1 Montepaschi Siena is defeated by Umana Venezia - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Montepaschi Siena (13-5) on the court of eighth ranked Umana Venezia on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Umana Venezia 63-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Montepaschi Siena won third quarter 17-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Umana Venezia won last quarter 13-11. It was a great evening for Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Tommaso Fantoni (204-85, agency: Players Group) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Australian center David Andersen (212-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia (10-7) moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top position with five games lost. Umana Venezia are looking forward to face higher ranked Bennet Cantu (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montepaschi Siena will play against Otto Caserta and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Scavolini Pesaro (11-7) against fifth ranked Armani Milano (11-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Scavolini Pesaro was defeated by Armani Milano in Milano 81-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Scavolini Pesaro. It was an exceptional evening for Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds. American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for Scavolini Pesaro in the defeat. Armani Milano moved-up to third place, which they share with Bennet Cantu and Scavolini PS. Armani Milano will play against league's second-placed CS Bologna on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Scavolini Pesaro will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bennet Cantu (11-7) against eighth ranked Banco di Sard. (10-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Bennet Cantu was defeated by Banco di Sard. in a tough game in Sassari 67-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. Quinton Hosley fired 22 points for the winners. Vladimir Micov produced 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banco di Sard. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sidigas AV. Bennet Cantu at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Armani MI and Scavolini PS. Banco di Sard. will meet at home bottom-ranked Vanoli-Braga (#17) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bennet Cantu will play against Umana Venezia (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Novipiu CM edged sixteenth-ranked Vanoli-Braga in Cremona 74-73. Worth to mention a great performance of Oliver Stevic who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Novipiu CM (5-13) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Vanoli-Braga lost third consecutive game. Novipiu CM's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vanoli-Braga will play against Banco di Sard. (#8) in Sassari.
Important game to mention about took place in Teramo. Twelfth ranked Benetton Treviso (8-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Banca Tercas (6-12) 78-76 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Benjamin Ortner who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. Benetton Treviso maintains twelfth place with 8-10 record. Loser Banca Tercas dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Benetton Treviso will face higher ranked Air Avellino (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Banca Tercas will play against Angelico Biella (#10).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Sidigas AV was destroyed by CS Bologna on the opponent's court 76-56. Fabi Shoes managed to outperform Cimberio VA in a home game 63-60. Acea Roma recorded a loss to Angelico BI on the road 81-73.



Armani MI - Scavolini PS 81-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Scavolini Pesaro (11-7) against fifth ranked Armani Milano (11-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Scavolini Pesaro was defeated by Armani Milano in Milano 81-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Scavolini Pesaro. It looked good early as Scavolini Pesaro took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Armani Milano took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 11 points. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Daniel Hackett (198-87, college: USC) added 12 points respectively for Scavolini Pesaro in the defeat. Armani Milano moved-up to third place, which they share with Bennet Cantu and Scavolini PS. Armani Milano will play against league's second-placed CS Bologna on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Scavolini Pesaro will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: A.Fotsis 16+7reb, D.Nicholas 12+3reb+1ast, M.Rocca 12+6reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 11+7reb+2ast, A.Gentile 11+7reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 8+4reb+2ast
Scavolini PS: J.White 25+7reb+2ast, D.Hackett 12+4reb+3ast, R.Hickman 11+2reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 9+5reb, J.Jones 6+12reb+1ast, S.Flamini 3
gschID: 150780


Vanoli CR - Novipiu CM 73-74 OT

Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Novipiu CM edged sixteenth-ranked Vanoli-Braga in Cremona 74-73. Vanoli-Braga was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 16-10 charge of Novipiu CM, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-13. Novipiu CM forced 19 Vanoli-Braga turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) answered with 19 points and American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Vanoli-Braga. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Novipiu CM (5-13) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Vanoli-Braga lost third consecutive game. Novipiu CM's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vanoli-Braga will play against Banco di Sard. (#8) in Sassari.
Top scorers:
Novipiu CM: O.Stevic 15+9reb, M.Janning 15+3reb+3ast, D.Chiotti 12+6reb, S.Gentile 11+4reb, M.Shakur 6+4reb+3ast, G.Temple 5+3reb+2ast
Vanoli CR: D.Cinciarini 19+3reb+1ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 14+1reb+3ast, D.Lighty 11+9reb+2ast, M.Milic 11+5reb+1ast, M.Tusek 6+1reb, L.D'Ercole 6+2reb
gschID: 150781


Banca Tercas - Benetton TV 76-78

Important game to mention about took place in Teramo. Twelfth ranked Benetton Treviso (8-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Banca Tercas (6-12) 78-76 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) helped adding 18 points. Four Benetton Treviso players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Benetton Treviso maintains twelfth place with 8-10 record. Loser Banca Tercas dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Benetton Treviso will face higher ranked Air Avellino (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Banca Tercas will play against Angelico Biella (#10).
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: B.Ortner 18+7reb+2ast, M.Goree 18+2reb+3ast, A.De Nicolao 14+6reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 12+4reb+3ast, V.Moldoveanu 5, J.Thomas 4+1ast
Banca Tercas: V.Amoroso 19+5reb, Y.Green 16+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 14+5reb+4ast, A.Goods 7+2reb+2ast, B.Brown 7+7reb+1ast, D.McGrath 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 150776


CS Bologna - Sidigas AV 76-56

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Air Avellino (10-8) was crushed on the road by third ranked CS Bologna (12-6) 76-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by CS Bologna. Air Avellino was better in fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Air Avellino to just 7 points in first quarter. CS Bologna shot 19 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Air Avellino only scored three points from the stripe. They outrebounded Air Avellino 49-33 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Air Avellino was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-87, college: Memphis) helped adding 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). At the losing side American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) responded with 21 points and American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CS Bologna moved-up to second place. Loser Air Avellino dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. CS Bologna will face Armani Milano (#5) at home in the next round. Air Avellino will play against Benetton Treviso.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: C.Douglas-Roberts 19+1reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 16+12reb+1ast, D.Gailius 15+2reb, L.Vitali 6+5reb+2ast, P.Koponen 6+4reb+3ast, K.Lang 5+10reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: M.Green 21+3reb+1ast, R.Slay 9+9reb, L.Johnson 6+6reb+1ast, M.Soloperto 4+6reb, T.Dean 4+2reb, M.Ferrara 4+1reb
gschID: 150777


Fabi Shoes - Cimberio VA 63-60

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (7-11) edged at home higher ranked Cimberio Varese (9-9) 63-60 on Sunday. Cimberio Varese was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Fabi Shoes Montegranaro, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro forced 19 Cimberio Varese turnovers. Cimberio Varese was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Jerel McNeal (191-87, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Cimberio Varese's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Acea Roma. Loser Cimberio Varese keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face Lottomatica Roma (#13) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: J.McNeal 17+5reb+4ast, I.Zoroski 16+1reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 10+5reb, C.Karl 9+4reb, V.Mazzola 6+6reb, M.Antonutti 3+2reb
Cimberio VA: K.Kangur 18+10reb, Y.Diawara 16+8reb+1ast, T.Weeden 12+4reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 8+2reb+4ast, D.Fajardo 4+4reb+2ast, J.Hurtt 2+1reb
gschID: 150778


Angelico BI - Acea Roma 81-73

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Lottomatica Roma (7-11) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Angelico Biella (9-9) 81-73 on Wednesday. Lottomatica Roma trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-81 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import point guard Jacob Pullen (182-89, college: Kansas St.) helped adding 20 points. At the losing side Slovenian power forward Uros Slokar (210-83) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Angelico Biella moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Cimberio VA. Lottomatica Roma lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Angelico Biella will face Banca Tercas (#15) in Teramo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lottomatica Roma will play at home against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 23+3reb+4ast, J.Pullen 20+3reb+3ast, A.Miralles 12+9reb+1ast, G.Jurak 9+6reb+1ast, M.Chessa 8, M.Soragna 7+4reb+1ast
Acea Roma: U.Slokar 24+6reb, N.Djedovic 19+2reb+2ast, N.Gordic 8+3reb+3ast, M.Kakiouzis 7+9reb, C.Tucker 5+10ast, L.Datome 5+2reb
gschID: 150779


Umana Venezia - Montepaschi 63-60

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Montepaschi Siena (13-5) on the court of eighth ranked Umana Venezia on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Umana Venezia 63-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Montepaschi Siena won third quarter 17-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Umana Venezia won last quarter 13-11. It was a great evening for Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Tommaso Fantoni (204-85, agency: Players Group) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Australian center David Andersen (212-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia (10-7) moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top position with five games lost. Umana Venezia are looking forward to face higher ranked Bennet Cantu (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montepaschi Siena will play against Otto Caserta and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: S.Szewczyk 17+7reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 11+6reb, T.Bowers 7+3reb+4ast, G.Meini 7+2reb, K.Clark 6+4reb, A.Young 5+5reb+2ast
Montepaschi: D.Andersen 18+10reb+2ast, B.McCalebb 13+4reb+4ast, D.Moss 6+4reb+2ast, I.Rakocevic 5+4reb+1ast, P.Aradori 5+3reb, S.Stonerook 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 150774


Banco di Sard. - Bennet Cantu 74-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bennet Cantu (11-7) against eighth ranked Banco di Sard. (10-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Bennet Cantu was defeated by Banco di Sard. in a tough game in Sassari 67-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) fired 22 points for the winners. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 20 points. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banco di Sard. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sidigas AV. Bennet Cantu at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Armani MI and Scavolini PS. Banco di Sard. will meet at home bottom-ranked Vanoli-Braga (#17) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bennet Cantu will play against Umana Venezia (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: Q.Hosley 22+4reb+1ast, D.Diener 20+3reb+2ast, T.Diener 14+4reb+3ast, G.DeVecchi 6+1reb+1ast, T.Easley 6+8reb, M.Vanuzzo 5+1reb
Bennet Cantu: V.Micov 21+7reb+3ast, G.Brunner 12+5reb, M.Leunen 7+1reb+3ast, M.Markoishvili 7+3reb+2ast, D.Marconato 6+2reb, G.Shermadini 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150775




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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Shakur, Novipiu CM18.1 
 3. Smith, Otto C.18.1 
 4. Coleman, Angelico.18.1 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV16.7 
 6. White, Scavolin.16.4 
 7. Diawara, Cimberio.16.4 
 8. Diener, Banco d.16.0 
 9. Andersen, Montepa.15.9 
 10. Pullen, Angelico15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.7 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.2 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.9 
 5. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 6. Chiotti, Novip.7.7 
 7. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.2 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.8 
 10. Szewczyk, Umana6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.6 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.5.9 
 3. Cook, Armani MI5.2 
 4. Diener, Banco d.4.8 
 5. Poeta, CS Bologna4.2 
 6. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.8 
 8. Shakur, Novipiu CM3.8 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.6 
 10. Zoroski, Fabi Sho.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.2 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.8 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 4. Green, Sidigas AV2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.3 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.2 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 8. Bowers, Umana V.1.9 
 9. Kangur, Cimberio.1.8 
 10. Smith, Otto C.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. Green, Banca Terc.0.8 
 7. Hunter, Banco d.0.8 
 8. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 9. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 
 10. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Dwight HARDY
  Giorgio .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Hardy, Giorgio22.6 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.22.6 
 3. Freeman, MarcoPol.22.4 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.0 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola18.9 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.8 
 7. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.6 
 8. McConnell, Fileni18.3 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli17.0 
 10. Maggioli, Fileni17.0 
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.8.3 
 4. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.1 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.8.1 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.1 
 7. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.1 
 8. Brkic, Prima Veroli6.9 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.8 
 10. Chiacig, Trenkwal.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Assi O.
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Johnson, Assi O.4.9 
 2. Green, Sigma B.4.6 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Renfroe, Enel B.3.4 
 5. Kelley, Biancobl.3.4 
 6. Marigney, Givova S.3.4 
 7. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.4 
 8. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 10. Goldwire, Centra.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. West, Tezenis3.2 
 2. Radulovic, Givova3.1 
 3. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.5 
 5. McConnell, Fileni2.5 
 6. Hunter, Enel Brind.2.4 
 7. Thompson, Centra.2.4 
 8. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 9. Marigney, Givova S.2.4 
 10. Goldwire, Centra.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder1.9 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.5 
 3. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.9 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 5. Trapani, MarcoPol.0.8 
 6. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 7. Busma, Centrale.0.7 
 8. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 9. Radulovic, Givova0.7 
 10. Jurevicus, Assi O.0.6 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 12-4 
 2. Giorgio Tesi PT 12-5 
 3. Enel Brindisi 11-6 
 4. Givova Scafati 11-6 
 5. Sigma Barcel. 11-6 
 6. Centrale Latte 10-7 
 7. Fileni BPA 8-9 
 8. Morpho Basket 8-9 
 9. Tezenis Verona 8-9 
 10. Assi Ostuni 7-10 
 11. MarcoPoloShop 6-10 
 12. Aget Imola 6-11 
 13. Prima Veroli 6-11 
 14. Biancoblu BO 5-11 
 15. S.Antimo 5-12 


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  JAPAN   


BJ League Round 31: Akita Happinets lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the BJ League leadership position after last games. Round 31 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Akita Happinets (17-10). They were edged by sixth ranked Yokohama BC (12-14) 72-69 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-69. It was a great evening for American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Senegalese guard Pape Faye (194-87) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Yokohama BC maintains sixth place with 12-14 record. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top position with ten games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Okinawa GK who have the same record. Akita Happinets will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Yokohama BC will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Akita Happinets at home.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Akita Happinets) loss. Hamamatsu Phoenix defeated 3rd placed Niigata Albirex in Mikawa 83-77. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Jeffrey Parmer accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) came up with 26 points for Niigata Albirex in the defeat. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Akita NH. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Seventh-ranked Shinshu BW (11-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Okinawa GK (21-6) on Saturday. Okinawa GK managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Jeff Newton fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lee Roberts produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 21-6 record. Shinshu BW lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK will again meet at home Shinshu BW (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Shinshu BW will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Fukuoka. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (17-10) to third ranked Osaka Evessa (18-7) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Worth to mention a great performance of Cohey Aoki who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kyoto Hannar. (18-7) against eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (8-18) on Saturday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Oita Heat Devils in a tough game in Oita 79-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. It was a great evening for Wendell White who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Oita Heat Devils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 8-18 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the second position with seven games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face again higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 31: Toyama Grouses lost to Takamatsu FA on the opponent's court 76-79. Miyazaki SS unfortunately lost to Shiga L-Stars in a home game 70-80. Niigata Albirex was rolled over Hamamatsu P. on the road 70-90. Sendai 89ers defeated Chiba Jets on its own court 83-77. Shimane SM smashed Saitama Bron. in a road game 88-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by Michael Parker of Shimane SM.



Okinawa GK - Shinshu BW 75-72

Seventh-ranked Shinshu BW (11-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Okinawa GK (21-6) on Saturday. Okinawa GK managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shinshu BW won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 21-6 record. Shinshu BW lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK will again meet at home Shinshu BW (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Shinshu BW will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 15+8reb, D.Raivio 15+5reb+3ast, T.Hughes 12+10reb, E.Morris 10+4reb+3ast, K.Luckett 6+6reb, T.Goya 6+1ast
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 16+8reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 14, A.McHenry 10+7reb+3ast, N.Namizato 9+4reb+1ast, D.Palmer 9+4reb+2ast, T.Yonamine 6+3reb+9ast
gschID: 142098


Hamamatsu P. - Niigata Albirex 83-77

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Akita Happinets) loss. Hamamatsu Phoenix defeated 3rd placed Niigata Albirex in Mikawa 83-77. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 28-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) came up with 26 points and power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) added 2 points and 19 rebounds respectively for Niigata Albirex in the defeat. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Akita NH. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 26+3reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 18+2reb, E.Maxey 10+3reb, B.Davis 7+7reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 6+2reb, D.Gordon 6+1reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 25+8reb+6ast, J.Parmer 17+8reb+3ast, J.Dixon 15+4reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 12+5reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 6+5reb+1ast, A.Ohta 6+1reb
gschID: 142093


Takamatsu FA - Toyama Grouses 79-76 OT

There was an upset when higher ranked Toyama Grouses (12-13) were edged on the road by ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (2-25) 79-76 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-10. But Toyama Grouses won second period 16-15. 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 Toyama Grouses used huge pressure winning it 20-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 12-15. Takamatsu FA forced 21 Toyama Grouses turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) helped adding 12 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side Masashi Joho (183-82) responded with 29 points (made all of his eight free throws) and American-Dominican power forward Larry Turner (210-82, college: Tennessee St., agency: Strategic Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA maintains ninth place with 2-25 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Takamatsu FA will face again higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 29+4reb+1ast, H.Johnson 20+7reb, B.Harper 14+9reb, L.Turner 13+16reb, I.Brown 0+2reb, D.Searcy 0+3reb
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 20+3reb+4ast, K.Smith 16+11reb+5ast, M.Nunnally 12+15reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 11+3reb+2ast, S.Takada 6+2reb+1ast, N.Williams 6+3reb
gschID: 142094


Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 79-82

A very interesting game took place in Fukuoka. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (17-10) to third ranked Osaka Evessa (18-7) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fukuoka Rizing won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Fukuoka Rizing helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 assists. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jun Nakanishi (180-82, college: Santa Monica CC) added 22 points in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Nakanishi 22+3reb, A.Takeno 15+2ast, K.Palmer 12+4reb+1ast, C.Dixon 11+12reb+4ast, J.Dearman 10+9reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 8+10reb+4ast
Osaka Evessa: C.Aoki 22+1reb+4ast, M.Bell 18+5reb+3ast, W.Marshall 13+8reb, M.Obuchi 9+2reb+3ast, L.Washington 7+13reb+5ast, S.Takeda 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142095


Oita H.Devils - Kyoto Hannar. 85-79

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kyoto Hannar. (18-7) against eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (8-18) on Saturday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Oita Heat Devils in a tough game in Oita 79-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. Kyoto Hannar. trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 32-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Strangely Kyoto Hannar. outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 40-23 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Naoto Takushi (182-81) helped adding 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Five Oita Heat Devils and four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 8-18 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the second position with seven games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face again higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 21+12reb+1ast, L.Cummard 21+9reb+6ast, B.Camara 16+9reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 10+1reb+5ast, T.Kawabe 7+1ast, L.Allred 4+6reb
Oita H.Devils: W.White 16+7reb+3ast, N.Takushi 16+1reb+7ast, T.Cummings 13+7reb+2ast, M.Lottich 13+1reb+2ast, K.Mitomo 12+1reb+4ast, T.Finger 10+4reb
gschID: 142096


Miyazaki SS - Shiga L-Stars 70-80

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (18-9) defeated on the road 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-17) 80-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five Shiga L-Stars and four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars maintains fourth place with 18-9 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 17 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars (#4).
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Dora 19+13reb+1ast, O.Mims 15+6reb+1ast, Y.Tsubasa 11+1reb+1ast, D.Lyons 11+7reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 8+3reb+1ast, L.Witcher 4+1reb
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 23+4reb+1ast, J.Ashby 14+10reb, Y.Okada 12+3reb, D.Gomez Camargo 11+8reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 10+4reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142097


Hamamatsu P. - Niigata Albirex 90-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed Niigata Albirex's (16-12) road loss to second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (17-10) 70-90 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Niigata Albirex was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hamamatsu Phoenix made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) helped adding 20 points. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) responded with 20 points and power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) scored 6 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Akita NH. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 20+4reb+2ast, E.Maxey 18+6reb+1ast, K.Sato 11+2reb, H.Kondo 7+4reb+1ast, B.Davis 6+7reb, C.Holm 6+16reb+4ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 20+2reb+2ast, J.Dixon 14+6reb+8ast, S.Nakanishi 13+5reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 12+6reb+1ast, J.Parmer 12+2reb+2ast, A.Ohta 10+5reb
gschID: 142089


Sendai 89ers - Chiba Jets 83-77

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Sendai 89ers (13-14) beat at home 8th ranked Chiba Jets (10-15) 83-77 on Saturday. 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 83-77. Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) scored 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sendai 89ers moved-up to fourth place. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face again Chiba Jets (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 33+9reb+3ast, J.Staten 19+9reb+4ast, T.Ishida 13+1reb+1ast, H.Sato 6+2reb, Shouta 4+2reb+1ast, R.Itakura 2+3reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 19+6reb+1ast, F.Toncinic 16+5reb, J.Dukes 14+13reb+3ast, T.Komoda 12+3reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 9+1reb, T.Shimura 8+1reb+11ast
gschID: 142090


Saitama Bron. - Shimane SM 66-88

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (7-17) were outplayed at home by sixth ranked Shimane Magic (16-11) 88-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Saitama Broncos was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Saitama Broncos' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 11 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) helped adding 16 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Jayme Miller (203-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) scored 18 points. Shimane Magic have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 16-11 record. Saitama Broncos lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against Shimane Magic (#6).
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 18+3reb+2ast, J.Flowers 12+9reb, J.Miller 12+14reb+1ast, D.Terashita 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 7, Y.Arai 3+1reb+1ast
Shimane SM: M.Parker 35+15reb+3ast, R.Golson 16+5reb+8ast, J.Davis 12+14reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 12+5reb+4ast, J.Nakama 8+1reb+3ast, E.Yamamoto 2+4reb+4ast
gschID: 142091


Yokohama BC - Akita NH 72-69

There was a change at the BJ League leadership position after last games. Round 31 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Akita Happinets (17-10). They were edged by sixth ranked Yokohama BC (12-14) 72-69 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-69. It was a great evening for American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Senegalese guard Pape Faye (194-87) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Yokohama BC maintains sixth place with 12-14 record. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top position with ten games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Okinawa GK who have the same record. Akita Happinets will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Yokohama BC will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Akita Happinets at home.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: R.Woods 23+7reb+3ast, S.Ocitti 12+11reb+2ast, R.Mizumachi 8+2reb, K.Shoji 8+2reb, Y.Kikuchi 7+2ast, M.Kearse 7+7reb+8ast
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 19+13reb+2ast, S.Hisayama 11+4reb+1ast, M.Simmons 11+6reb+2ast, P.Faye 10+8reb+2ast, O.Kimura 9+2reb, M.Kabaya 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 142092




UBA Round 13: #1 Toyota Alvark is defeated by Hitachi Sunrockers - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Toyota Alvark (20-6) in Osaka on Friday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (15-11) 62-59. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) stepped up and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) chipped in 22 points. At the losing side American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-11 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark, which they share with Panasonic T. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers is looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play at home against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses (#2) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Osaka. 3rd placed host Hitachi Sunrockers (15-11) were smashed by first ranked Toyota Alvark (20-6) 87-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Jeff Gibbs accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) came up with 9 points for Hitachi Sunrockers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark maintains first place with 20-6 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Panasonic T.. Toyota Alvark will play against league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Tochigi was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (15-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (12-14). Panasonic Trians managed to secure a 8-point victory 91-83 on Saturday. Kosuke Kanamaru fired 26 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Panasonic Trians' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Takuya Kawamura produced 19 points and 6 assists for lost side. Panasonic Trians have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Panasonic Trians will meet Hokkaido L. (#6) in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and hope to secure a win.
The game in Tochigi supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (15-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (12-14). Panasonic Trians smashed Tochigi Brex 87-63. Worth to mention a great performance of Kosuke Kanamaru who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. 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. Panasonic Trians have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Tochigi Brex at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Panasonic Trians' next round opponent will be Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Mitsubishi DD lost to Aishin SH on the opponent's court 78-83. Aishin SH managed to outperform Mitsubishi DD in a home game 85-75. Bottom-ranked Toshiba BT recorded a loss to Hokkaido L. on the road 85-73. Hokkaido L. defeated Toshiba BT on its own court 77-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 11 rebounds by Chris Moss of Toshiba BT.



Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 83-78

Very expected game in Kariya where 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-16) were defeated by second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (19-7) 83-78. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Aishin Sea Horses made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 19 points in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains second place with 19-7 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: A.Richardson 21+6reb+2ast, J.Sakuragi 17+12reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 16+4reb+5ast, T.Furukawa 8+2reb, H.Ryoma 7+2ast, S.Asayama 6+2reb+2ast
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 24+11reb+3ast, K.Igarashi 19+4reb+2ast, W.Brown-Matsushima 12+9reb+2ast, A.Minatoya 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Abe 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Ueta 6+4reb
gschID: 137491


Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 83-91

The game in Tochigi was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (15-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (12-14). Panasonic Trians managed to secure a 8-point victory 91-83 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Panasonic Trians made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. International swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) fired 26 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Panasonic Trians' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) produced 19 points and 6 assists and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 14 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for lost side. Panasonic Trians have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Loser Tochigi Brex keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Panasonic Trians will meet Hokkaido L. (#6) in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 26+5reb+2ast, C.O'Bannon 19+9reb+1ast, A.Custis 17+5reb+1ast, K.Hirose 14+10reb+2ast, F.Aono 5+1reb+3ast, H.Kinoshita 4+2reb+3ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 19+3reb+6ast, S.Ito 14+3reb+1ast, I.McFarlin 14+6reb+1ast, D.Yamada 12, C.Garnett 9+7reb, Y.Tabuse 7+5reb+5ast
gschID: 137486


Tochigi Brex - Panasonic T. 63-87

The game in Tochigi supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (15-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (12-14). Panasonic Trians smashed Tochigi Brex 87-63. The game without a history. Panasonic Trians led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Tochigi Brex's 38. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Tochigi Brex. 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. Panasonic Trians have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hitachi SR. Tochigi Brex at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Panasonic Trians' next round opponent will be Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 24+8reb+3ast, C.O'Bannon 14+7reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 14+2reb+5ast, T.Onishi 10+2reb+3ast, K.Hirose 8+4reb, A.Custis 6+7reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 23+7reb+3ast, I.McFarlin 15+12reb, K.Takeda 5+1reb, Y.Tabuse 4+5reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 3+1reb, R.Anzai 3+1reb
gschID: 137487


Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark 62-59

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Toyota Alvark (20-6) in Osaka on Friday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (15-11) 62-59. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) stepped up and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) chipped in 22 points. At the losing side American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-11 record having five points less than leader Toyota Alvark, which they share with Panasonic T. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers is looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play at home against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses (#2) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: D.Kobayashi 22+2reb, J.Takeuchi 17+7reb+6ast, F.Nishimura 10+3reb+4ast, T.Sato 8+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 2+8reb, H.Kashiwakura 2+2reb
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 16+10reb, K.Takeuchi 12+10reb+2ast, Y.Okada 9+1reb+2ast, T.Ito 8+2reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 4+7reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137488


Hitachi SR - Toyota Alvark 56-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Osaka. 3rd placed host Hitachi Sunrockers (15-11) were smashed by first ranked Toyota Alvark (20-6) 87-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Toyota Alvark outrebounded Hitachi Sunrockers 45-20 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) came up with 9 points and Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Hitachi Sunrockers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark maintains first place with 20-6 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Panasonic T.. Toyota Alvark will play against league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 14+12reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 13+2reb+3ast, P.Ricci 13+13reb+4ast, K.Takeuchi 12+6reb, Y.Okada 12+3reb+1ast, T.Watanabe 11+1reb
Hitachi SR: F.Nishimura 13+1reb, J.Takeuchi 9+4reb+2ast, C.Maraker 7+6reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 7, T.Sakai 7, T.Sato 6+2ast
gschID: 137489


Aishin SH - Mitsubishi DD 85-75

Rather predictable result in Kariya where second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (19-7) defeated 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (10-16) 85-75. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a very good performance for the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Defending champion maintains second place with 19-7 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 16+6reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 13+7ast, A.Richardson 12+3reb, K.Young 12+3reb, S.Asayama 8+1reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 8+2reb+1ast
Mitsubishi DD: J.Uzawa 24+6reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 19+4reb+4ast, B.Allen 12+15reb, Z.Abe 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Ueta 4+3reb, Y.Yo 3
gschID: 137490


Hokkaido L. - Toshiba BT 85-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Toshiba Thunders' (2-24) road loss to seventh ranked Hokkaido L. (11-15) 73-85. The game without a history. Hokkaido L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hokkaido L. outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 39-27 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Toshiba Thunders helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) added 17 points and 4 steals in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. moved-up to sixth place. Toshiba Thunders lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Hokkaido L.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Tochigi Brex (#5).
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 22+4reb, T.Klette 15+8reb, J.Lewis 12+7reb+2ast, M.Diouf 12+10reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 12+4reb+3ast, T.Abe 7+1reb+1ast
Toshiba BT: C.Moss 19+11reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 17+2reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 16+1reb+3ast, T.Kurihara 4+1reb, E.Sou 4+2reb+2ast, Y.Kagami 4+3reb
gschID: 137484


Hokkaido L. - Toshiba BT 77-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Hokkaido L.'s (11-15) home victory over bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-24) 77-66. The game was mostly controlled by Hokkaido L.. Toshiba Thunders was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hokkaido L. made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and forward Yuya Kagami (193-84) added 10 points in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. moved-up to sixth place. Toshiba Thunders lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Hokkaido L.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Tochigi Brex (#5).
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: R.Sakurai 20+6reb+2ast, T.Orimo 15+3reb+4ast, D.Noguchi 12+3reb+2ast, J.Lewis 12+6reb+3ast, M.Diouf 8+8reb+3ast, T.Klette 6+5reb
Toshiba BT: C.Moss 18+13reb+1ast, Y.Kuwahara 11+3reb, Y.Kagami 10+4reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 8+5ast, T.Kurihara 7+2ast, S.Kikuchi 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137485




Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.4 
 2. Kanamaru, Panasoni.17.4 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.17.3 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.3 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi15.6 
 6. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.3 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.8 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.1 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.5 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.2 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.0 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.3 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.5 
 5. Moss, Toshiba BT8.5 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.7 
 7. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.3 
 8. O''Bannon, Panason.7.2 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.0 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.9 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.6 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.4 
 5. Kashiwakura, Hitac.3.1 
 6. Watanabe, Panason.3.1 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.1 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.7 
 9. Kinoshita, Panason.2.7 
 10. Hirose, Panasoni.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.7 
 4. Hale, Mitsubis.1.7 
 5. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 7. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
 8. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.3 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.3 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Richardson, Aishin1.5 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.5 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi1.0 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota0.9 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 
 9. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 10. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 20-6 
 2. Aishin SH 19-7 
 3. Hitachi SR 15-11 
 4. Panasonic T. 15-11 
 5. Tochigi Brex 12-14 
 6. Hokkaido L. 11-15 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 10-16 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-24 


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  JORDAN   


WABA League: Duhok hold off ASU in crucial game - by Eurobasket News
Duhok - ASU 113:106

Duhok celebrated a crucial win at WABA League Group B. They overcame Jordanian ASU to improve at 1-3 record and clinched the fourth spot that sent them into the next round. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) posted 28 points and 7 rebounds to pace Duhok. ASU in the meantime fell at 0-4 record and got eliminated from the tournament.
ASU got the upper hand in the opening quarter. The Jordanian team grabbed a 31:29 lead after a high-flying period. But Duhok surged ahead late in the half. The Iraqis secured a 59:53 lead at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. ASU pulled ahead to enter the final frame up by two points 77:75. Duhok however did not surrender and soon regained the lead. Quinton Day (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: UMKC) and Esian Henderson fouled out for ASU and Duhok capitalized surviving a tough final minutes and clinching a difficult win at the end. Jenero Gorgiss (185-G/F-82) posted 23 points, while Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) added 20 points in the victory. Quinton Day and Islam Abbaas (203-C-80) finished with 23 points each in the loss.

Duhok: Malcolm Battles 28, Jenero Gorgiss 23, Chamberlain Oguchi 20
ASU: Quinton Day 23, Islam Abbaas 23+12 boards



Wesam Al-Sous: I think we can dig deep in our reserves to qualify - by Omar Shafaamri
Wesam Al-Sous (181-G-83) is one of the quiet unsung heroes in Jordanian basketball. The 28-year-old guard shot into the limelight as a part of the core group when the WABA nation put together a futuristic plan almost a decade ago. Ever since, the 181-cm player has played his role as a support-cast to the more accomplished group with selfless conviction.

Wesam is like the an axle to the wheel, coach Mario Palma, under whom Jordan for the first time made their biggest forays in international basketball had said moments after leading the team to their maiden bronze medal in the 25th FIBA Asia Championship at Tianjin in 2009.

Two years thence, Al-Sous formed an integral part in the National Teams plans yet again, this time under the shrewd tactician of a coach Tab Baldwin as Jordan went about their business with pythonesque silence in preying on their opponents in the play-offs at the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan before finishing with the silver.

Those were heady nights, Al-Sous, here a part of the Applied Science University team for the WABA League Group B Prelim Round said recalling the euphoric moments in Wuhan.

Those were moments Ill never forget in my life. Just when everybody had written us off, we began to make everybody look up. It was a great experience, he said.

But not everything in Jordan is hunky-dory.

Yes, agrees Al-Sous.

Our season is only a week old. It has begun really late, he said.

But there are a lot of positive things that are happening around, which we can count on. Sam (Daghles) and Zuzu (Zaid Abbas) are doing very well in the (Chinese) CBA. Ayman (Idais) and Mousa (AlAwadih) are back from injury and playing well. Thing can only get better, Al-Sous added.

Lack of the game-practice, according to Al-Sous, is one of the reasons, ASU arent able to translate their performance into wins here.

ASU, have lost all their three games so far and are facing a virtual play-off for the No 4 spot in Group B here against Iraqs Duhok on Sunday.

We played just one game before coming here. That just is not sufficient to take on the teams here. All teams we have played so far have played more than 10 games each in their domestic leagues. And all of them have great quality and experience, Al-Sous said.

Duhok have never beaten ASU in their three meetings so far, but Al-Sous shrugged off any such factors affecting the performance.

That was in the past. But the way they have played here so far will make it very tough for us. They are a very good team. There is no doubt in that. It wont be easy for us. There is no doubt in that either, he said.

But I think we can dig deep in our reserves to achieve what we set out for. Our primary target when we came here was to gain as much game-experience as possible and qualify for the play-offs. I am confident we can achieve that, he said.

FIBA Asia


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  LATVIA   


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Egypt continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16-Egypt U17 78:90

Egypt U17 continue their winning streak at the Turk Telecom U16 International Tournament. The African team achieved the second straight win beating Latvia U16 90:78.
Both teams nailed 19 points in the opening period and the Baltic team added another 19 in the second one. Egypt meanwhile scored 21 to take 2-point lead at the halftime. The African side added 24-18 in the third period and finished the game with 26-22 in the last stanza. Latvia lost the second game in a row and fell at 0-2 record.
Ehab Saleh stepped up with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Walid Abd Gawad notched 20. Ahmed Soliman collected 18 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Oman Fouad added 10. Rudolfs Stradnieks (202-C-96) finished the game with 18 points and Ervins Meznieks (185-F-96) added 13 in defeat.
Egypt will face Serbia in Day 3 of the tournament, while Latvia will take on Turkey.

Latvia U16: Rudolfs Stradnieks 18, Ervins Meznieks 13, Davis Zonne (183-PG-96) 9
Egypt U17: Ehab Saleh 23+10 rebs, Walid Abd Gawad 20, Ahmed Soliman 18+10 rebs, Oman Fouad 10



LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 11-7 
 2. Ventspils 9-0 
 3. Liepaja 9-8 
 4. Jelgava 9-8 
 5. VEF Riga 8-1 
 6. LU 8-9 
 7. Turiba 6-10 
 8. Jurmala 4-13 
 9. U18 0-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, VEF Riga24.1 
 2. Peiners, LU19.2 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja17.6 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera17.2 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava17.2 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala16.9 
 8. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 9. Young, Ventspils15.0 
 10. Perry, VEF Riga14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga9.4 
 2. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 3. Willard, Ventspils8.6 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Sims, VEF Riga8.0 
 6. Dargais, LU7.9 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.4 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava6.7 
 9. Andriukaitis, Liep.6.3 
 10. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.6 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.8 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.7 
 5. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.6 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 7. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.4 
 8. Millage, VEF Riga3.1 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga3.1 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Peiners, LU2.2 
 3. Gray, Ventspils1.9 
 4. Osins, LU1.9 
 5. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 7. Timma, Liepaja1.6 
 8. Young, Ventspils1.6 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.6 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.3 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 7. Gromovs, U180.7 
 8. Willard, Ventspils0.7 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 


LBL Round 17: Turiba defeats leader Valmiera - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Valmiera (11-7) on the court of seventh ranked Turiba on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Turiba 85-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valmiera won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Turiba forced 20 Valmiera turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Krists Piternieks (202-87) contributed with 14 points and 5 steals for the winners. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) answered with 18 points and 5 assists for Valmiera. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Turiba maintains seventh place with 6-10 record. Valmiera at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Turiba are looking forward to face Jurmala (#8) on the road in the next round. Valmiera will play against U18 (#9) in Riga and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Jelgava. Seventh ranked Turiba (6-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Jelgava (9-8) 63-61 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jelgava. Forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Janis Dilevka chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Turiba's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Turiba maintains seventh place with 6-10 record. Jelgava at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Liepaja. Turiba will play against Jurmala (#8) on the road in the next round. Jelgava will play again against Turiba (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Liepaja (9-8) against sixth ranked VEF Riga (8-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Liepaja was defeated by VEF Riga in a tough game in Riga 83-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liepaja. Antanas Kavaliauskas nailed 31 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Josh Mayo came up with 22 points and 9 assists for Liepaja in the defeat. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Loser Liepaja dropped to the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Jelgava. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
LBL top team - Valmiera (11-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Jurmala (4-13) 96-67. The best player for the winners was Ingus Bankevics who scored 23 points. Jurmala's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Valmiera maintains first place with 11-7 record. Jurmala lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked U18 (#9) in Riga and are hoping to win another game. Jurmala will play at home against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between leader Ventspils (9-0) and 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (8-9) in Ventspils on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Ventspils outscored guests from Riga 108-71. Martins Meiers orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Ventspils have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Latvijas Universitate dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Turiba - Valmiera 85-78

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Valmiera (11-7) on the court of seventh ranked Turiba on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Turiba 85-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valmiera won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Turiba forced 20 Valmiera turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Valmiera helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Krists Piternieks (202-87) contributed with 14 points and 5 steals for the winners. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) answered with 18 points and 5 assists and Edmunds Elksnis added 17 points in the effort for Valmiera. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Turiba maintains seventh place with 6-10 record. Valmiera at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Turiba are looking forward to face Jurmala (#8) on the road in the next round. Valmiera will play against U18 (#9) in Riga and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Mednis 23+5reb+2ast, K.Mediss 15+1reb, K.Piternieks 14+4reb+3ast, M.Rudmiezis 9+4reb+3ast, E.Kikuts 6+2reb, S.Bets 6+1reb
Valmiera: J.Lucas 18+1reb+5ast, E.Elksnis 17+4reb+2ast, O.Virsis 12+3reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 10+2ast, J.Rozitis 8+11reb+2ast, M.Ziedins 5+8reb
gschID: 166550


Jelgava - Turiba 61-63

Important game to mention about took place in Jelgava. Seventh ranked Turiba (6-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Jelgava (9-8) 63-61 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jelgava. Jelgava was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Turiba, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Janis Dilevka (198-88) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Turiba players scored in double figures. Turiba's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) scored 9 points. Turiba maintains seventh place with 6-10 record. Jelgava at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Liepaja. Turiba will play against Jurmala (#8) on the road in the next round. Jelgava will play again against Turiba (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Turiba: K.Mediss 17+5reb+4ast, R.Mednis 12+5reb+1ast, J.Dilevka 12+6reb+1ast, E.Kikuts 10+4reb+1ast, J.Antrops 10+4reb+2ast, M.Sokolovs 2+1reb+1ast
Jelgava: K.Nelson 11+7reb+1ast, A.Duselis 10+1reb+1ast, S.Silavs 9+3reb+3ast, K.Kanbergs 8+2reb+4ast, A.Justovics 7+3reb+2ast, K.Krumins 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 166547


VEF Riga - Liepaja 89-83

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Liepaja (9-8) against sixth ranked VEF Riga (8-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Liepaja was defeated by VEF Riga in a tough game in Riga 83-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liepaja. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 32-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 30 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Liepaja 39-15 including a 24-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) nailed 31 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) accounted for 20 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) came up with 22 points and 9 assists and the former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points respectively for Liepaja in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Loser Liepaja dropped to the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Jelgava. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: A.Kavaliauskas 31+5reb+3ast, K.Berzins 20+15reb+3ast, S.Valters 14+6reb+4ast, C.Sims 11+2reb, C.Millage 7+6reb+5ast, G.Jahovics 6+3reb+2ast
Liepaja: J.Mayo 22+2reb+9ast, J.Porzingis 19+3reb, M.Kravcenko 11+3reb+5ast, K.Miglinieks 11+1reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 8+3reb, J.Bailey 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166548


Ventspils - LU 108-71

The game between leader Ventspils (9-0) and 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (8-9) in Ventspils on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Ventspils outscored guests from Riga 108-71. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Latvijas Universitate's 36. Ventspils forced 22 Latvijas Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 43-20 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. International center Martins Meiers (206-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 27 points for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ventspils have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Latvijas Universitate dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: S.Gray 27+1ast, M.Meiers 22+10reb, S.Willard 12+12reb+2ast, J.Young 10+2reb+4ast, A.Strelnieks 9+3reb, R.Zakis 9+4reb+1ast
LU: Z.Peiners 22+1reb+3ast, K.Dargais 12+7reb+1ast, Z.Plivda 10+5reb+1ast, A.Kravalis 8, A.Osins 6+2reb+2ast, M.Vitols 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166549


Valmiera - Jurmala 96-67

LBL top team - Valmiera (11-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Jurmala (4-13) 96-67. The game without a history. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-36 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Jurmala only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Jurmala 39-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Ingus Bankevics (195-85, agency: Players Group) who scored 23 points. The former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Forward Atis Ozols (198-81) produced 15 points and forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Jurmala's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Valmiera maintains first place with 11-7 record. Jurmala lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked U18 (#9) in Riga and are hoping to win another game. Jurmala will play at home against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: I.Bankevics 23+1reb+2ast, E.Kalve 16+7reb+2ast, J.Lucas 15+2reb+7ast, O.Virsis 14+7reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 13+9reb, J.Rozitis 10+10reb+1ast
Jurmala: A.Ozols 15+2reb+3ast, E.Jonats 11+3reb, E.Indans 8+3reb, U.Pinete 8+1reb, V.Dambergs 7+4reb+1ast, R.Vaikulis 6+2reb
gschID: 166546




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  LEBANON   


WABA League: Mahram shoot down Champville, top Group B - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Champville 67:64

Mahram narrowly defeated Champville to win WABA League Group B. The Iranian team now entered the quarterfinal stage undefeated and would face Aramex of Jordan. Champville lost their initial game and clinched the second position in the ladder. They will take on Petrochimi in the playoffs.
Mahram eked out a 21:17 lead after the close first frame. They went on a 13:2 run early in the second period to clear off. Mahram established a 37:24 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 16-point mark in the third quarter. Mahram entered the final frame up by as many as 19 points 52:33. But Champville did not surrender as they trimmed the deficit to single digits and eventually came within a striking distance. The Lebanese team ran out of time before threatening the margin even more. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) posted 20 points and 5 boards for Mahram. Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) added 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) contributed 13 points and 5 rebounds in the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) answered with 26 points for Champville. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 20, Pape Sow 16+14 boards, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 13
Champville: Fadi Khatib 26, Garnett Thompson 14



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian NKL round 30 best performance: Raimondas Ambrulaitis - by Eurobasket News
Forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ezerunas-Karys, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to the 11th position in the Lithuanian NKL. Ezerunas-Karys is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 15th lost game this season out of 30 games. Ambrulaitis has many years of experience at Ezerunas-Karys, through which he has constantly improved. Raimondas Ambrulaitis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 64.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-C-80) of Matinga-Juod.. Kalvelis had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Matinga-Juod. cruised to a 78-68 relatively comfortable win over Mazeikiai (17-13). This victory allowed Matinga-Juod. to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kalvelis is a newcomer at Matinga-Juod., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Ezerunas-Karys' star - forward Andrius Slezas (200-F-75). Slezas scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Slezas' great performance Ezerunas-Karys lost 95-98in overtime to the higher-ranked LKKA-Atletas (#2, 20-10). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Ezerunas-Karys needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 15 lost games. Slezas has a very solid season. In 25 games in Lithuania he scored 13.9ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mantas Virbalas (203-F/C-88) of Perlas-MRU - 23 points and 14 rebounds
5. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Egidijus Ramanauskas (202-F-88) of Gargzdai - 18 points and 13 rebounds
8. Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Juozas Ramanauskas (207-C-85) of Radviliskis - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Zalgiris claims a thriller victory versus Prienai - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Zalgiris - Rudupis 76:74

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (11-0) reached their 11th victory in the BEKO-LKL championship claiming a tough home victory over Rudupis Prienu (11-3) 76:74 (28:18, 16:22, 14:21, 18:13).

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas started a match better and led 7:1 after the first minute. However, Adas Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) answered with a two pointer (7:3) but Weems responded with a three pointer (10-3). Midway in the first quarter, Kalnietis scored two points with a foul and increased the lead to 18:9. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas kept running away (27:12) but Rudupis Prienu managed to cut the lead to 28:18 before the end of the first period.

Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) started the secon quarter with a three pointer (28:21). But then B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas responded with an 11:3 run and recovered their 15 point advantage (36:21). Four minutes left to play until halftime Rudupis Prienu spurted 9:0 and cut the lead to 8 (42:34). 1.5 seconds on the clock Reeves Nelson fouled his opponent and after making both free throws Rudupis Prienu only trailed by 4 - 40:44.

After the halftime, Arturas Milaknis reduced Rudupis Prienu deficit to 2 (42:44) and started a close point-to-point fight. Edgaras Zelionis tied the score at 49:49. Neither team could build a bigger lead in the third period but Rudupis Prienu gained a 3 point lead 30 seconds till the deciding quarter (61:58).

The score was quickly tied in the fourth quarter. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) then scored 5 points in a row, Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87, agency: Interperformances) answerd with a two pointer (66:63 B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas lead). Three minutes left to play Adas Adas Juskevicius drained a three pointer but Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with two triples (74:66). Arnas Arnas Labuckas scored three and Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) added two in the last minute of the match (76:74 B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas) and Rudupis Prienu stole the ball having the last possession to tie the score but B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas managed to defend and celebrated a tough victory.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas: Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) 19, Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) 15, Paulius Jankunas (9 rebs.) and Mantas Kalnietis 14, Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) 5.

Rudupis Prienu: Arnas Labuckas 14, Adas Juskevicius 13, Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) 10, Gediminas Orelikas, Arturas Milaknis and Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) 9.


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.17.6 
 2. Urbonas, Juventus16.3 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.15.8 
 4. Cepukaitis, Lietka.15.6 
 5. Mazeika, Neptunas15.5 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 7. Vasylius, Siauliai14.5 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.13.8 
 9. Baniulis, Sakalai13.6 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.4 
 2. Mikalauskas, Neptu.9.2 
 3. Butkevicius, Rudup.8.6 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.9 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.5 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.7.5 
 8. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.9 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.6.5 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.3 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.2 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas4.9 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.4.8 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 6. Maceina, Juventus3.9 
 7. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.9 
 8. Salenga, Rudupis3.4 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.4 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.4 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai2.0 
 3. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.8 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas1.7 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 6. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.7 
 7. Collins, Zalgiris1.6 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 9. Milaknis, Rudupis1.6 
 10. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.8 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Samardziski, Lietu.1.2 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.2 
 6. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.1 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai1.0 
 10. Butkevicius, Rudu.1.0 


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Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 14-3 
 2. Sparta 13-4 
 3. Amicale 10-7 
 4. Musel Pikes 10-7 
 5. Etzella 9-8 
 6. Residence 9-8 
 7. Basket Esch 8-9 
 8. Soleuvre 8-9 
 9. BBC Nitia 2-15 
 10. Heffingen 2-15 


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Buducnost crashed Helios in the second half - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost made another big step toward their goal- Adriatic League Final Four Tournament in Israel. They were able to get an away win in Slovenia against Zmagoslav Sagadin 's Helios (60:81) and now they can concentrate on the Eurocup game agianst Banvit (Turkey). However, nobody expected that Dejan Radonjic 's team would get an easy victory because in last round Helios surprised Olimpija in Ljubljana and they are generally known as a tough team to beat. But the big heart of Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80), Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and others made a difference last night.

The game was tied in the first half because Helios was making open shots and everybody expected a tied finish in Domzale. But in the third quarter things on the floor changed in Buducnost's favor. Helios was unable to respond, they started making mistakes and Buducnost closed the game with +21. Bojan Krstovic was very inspired, he scored 20 points and played well in defense. He was assisted by Milan Milosevic, who does all the little things on the floor and is now considered one of the most important players in Buducnost. Who would have though that at beginning of the season? In Helios Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) scored 16 and Drazen Bubnic (205-F-86) added 15.


EBL Round 13: The Big Four can not be stopped - by Darko Pekic
Mornar, Lovcen, Sutjeska and Teodo,four biggest candidates for Superleague Tournament and potential rivals of Buducnost did not allow any surprises to happen in Round 13. They all got deserved victories. Mornar won the derby game against Ulcinj, the squad in decline. The guard duo- Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) with 18 points and Ivan Jelenic (190-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) with 19 points got them another important victory. Ulcinj was obviously unable to recover after a disppointing home game against Zrinjski in Balkan League and their fall is very painful for the fans. Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) was their leading scorer last night with 22 points.

Lovcen keeps playing strong and maintains the second position. The game against Podgorica was decided in the third quarter when Lovcen got +9. After that they did not allow the young squad from Podgorica to threat them any more. The point guard Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) ran the show with 18 points, Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87) added 17. For the guest, Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) had a great night with 28 points.

Sutjeska had no problems against the weakest team in the League, ABS Primorje. They got another important victory in their Superleague race and will be a tough opponent to beat in rest of the season. Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) keeps dominating ( 22 points, 7 rebounds). He was assisted by Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) who scored 12. In ABS Primorje, the newcomer Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) scored 19. The team from Herceg Novi will need a miracle to stay in the League.

Teodo returned home with another victory. In a tied game they were able to beat Danilovgrad and increase their chances for Superaleague qualification. The newcomer Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) played an amazing game for the guests against his former team. He scored 28 points and added 9 rebounds. Radomir Pekic (195-G-92) helped him with 13 points. Danilovgrad got contribution from Filip Petkovic (200-F-90) and Vladimir Mrdak (204-C-94). They scored 14 points each.

ABS PRIMORJE - SUTJESKA 65:75
DANILOVGRAD - TEODO 71:79
LOVCEN - PODGORICA 86:77
MORNAR - ULCINJ 99:88
JEDINSTVO - MOGREN today


MZT Skopje signed Nikola Vucurovic - by Darko Pekic
MZT Skopje, one of the strongest clubs in Macedonia and future member of Adriatic League, announced the signing of experienced Montenegrin forward Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) until end of the season, with an option for next season also. The ambitiouis club from the capital of Macedonia, founded in 1966, will try to win the league title this year and prepare themself well for the future challanges in the strongest regional league- Adriatic League. To make it easier, they have already signed Macedonian NT members Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) and Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) along with few American players. The sharp shooter Vucurovic, former member of U21 Serbia and Montenegro National Team is a missing part of the puzzle and he will surely be a good addition to Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza )'s squad.

Nikola Vucurovic started the season in Mogren (EBL) and averaged 19.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.9 apg. He was the third leading scorer of Montenegrin championship. Vucurovic has previously played in Bosnia, Germany and France.


Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Russia eased past Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16-Montenegro U16 72:56

Russia U16 eased past Montenegro U16 in Day 2 of the International Tournament. The Russian squad improved to 2-0 record after 72:56 victory.
Montenegro surprised the Russian team with 18-17 in the first period, but then failed in the game. Russia scored another 17 points in the second period and it was enough to take the lead at 34:33. In the third quarter they added 20-17 for 54:50 lead and celebrated the victory due to the easy win in the last stanza. Russia needed 18-6 in it for 16-point victory.
Andrey Korolyatin top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Vladislav Egorov (200-F-96) nailed 13. Maxim Morozov posted 11, while Aleksandr Zuev added 9. Vasilije Knezevic collected 20 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort and Petar Popovic scored 12. Milos Andelic, Aleksandar Dozic and Lazar Pavicevic added 8 points each in defeat.

Russia U16: Andrey Korolyatin 16, Vladislav Egorov 13, Maxim Morozov 11, Aleksandr Zuev 9
Montenegro U16: Vasilije Knezevic 20 +12 rebs, Petar Popovic 12 , Milos Andelic 8, Aleksandar Dozic 8, Lazar Pavicevic 8



Pain in January!!! - by Akeem Scott

Gukentaj Eurobasket,
Happy New Year to Eurobasket.com, players, coaches, staff and fans. Before I start, I want to thank God and Jesus for this opportunity to play the sport I love and be able to share it with you, the reader. This month overall has been good. My team, Monar Bar went 5-1 in some really close games. The hardest part for me has been the physical toll on my body. I took a real good beating this month going to the basket. This caused me to lose some sleep. The tossing and turning from the pain had me up late at night. With my style of fast and physical play I know I will have months like this. Athletes should endure pain anytime they look to be the best. If you dont, you're not working hard enough. Some games, blood should be leaking from somewhere. For me, the last two games I had blood leaking from both sides of my legs, from diving and getting bumped in the air and onto the floor. Thats the part of the game I love. Its no longer about basketball, its about whose tougher!!! On the court, I think Im the toughest man there is. The great NFL coach Vince Lombardi once said,Hurt is in the mind. I believe a true warrior blocks out pain and enjoys the suffering. Today I ask you about your job. Are you working the hardest? Are you fighting to be the best? Are you sacrificing your body, sleep and time to prove you are better than your competition? Heres the thing, you wont win all the battles. If you answered yes to the questions I asked, you will win most. In January, Monar Bar played well, going 5-1. We fought, sacrificed and stuck together in battle. We won most.
You know who else won: THE NEW YORK GIANTS!!! Beating Atlanta, Greenbay and San Francisco. We were the underdogs in all 3 games. We are in the Super Bowl and everybody is saying we will lose this game as well. Im just proud to be a NEW YORK GIANT. We Bleed Blue.


Here are 3 cool facts about me:
1. Im the youngest of my mothers kids. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother.
2. I collect cool looking rocks from different countries.
3. Im writing a book about the lessons of love.

Peace,
Keem



Standings - 1B
1B First B League Standings
 1. Un.Mediteran 8-4
 2. S.Centar 7-3
 3. Ibar Rozaje 7-4
 4. Gorstak 6-1
 5. Rudar 6-4
 6. Centar BP 5-2
 7. Berane 2010 5-6
 8. Kotor 4-7
 9. Zeta 2-9
 10. Pljevlja 1-11


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Exciting Saturday, 6 games: Depleted Bucks upset Lakers 100-89 - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte B. - Washington W. 99-102
Javale McGee (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Nevada) scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds as the Washington Wizards defeated the Charlotte Bobcats for the second time in a week, 102-99 on Saturday night. The matchup between two teams tied for the fewest wins in the NBA came down to the final shot, but Matt Carroll's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short. McGee had a chance to seal the game with less than 6 seconds to go, but missed two foul shots. But that was about all McGee didn't do right, as shot 9 of 14 from the field. Like many others this season, McGee exposed Charlotte's poor interior defense, using an effective hook shot in the lane. John Wall added 13 points and 10 assists for the Wizards (4-16). The Wizards also got 21 points from Nick Young, while reserves Trevor Booker and Jordan Crawford chipped in with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) became the third Bobcats (3-18) player to register a triple-double, recording 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The 6-foot-1 Walker joined Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw as the only players in franchise history to record such a feat. Diaw, back in the starting lineup for the Bobcats, had 21 points and 10 assists. Byron Mullens scored 23 points, while Carroll and Tyrus Thomas each added 13. The Bobcats have lost eight straight. The Wizards held the lead for most of the game, but the Bobcats battled back from 12 points down to take the lead at 92-90 on a dunk by Mullens. But that lead was short-lived as McGee hit a running hook in the lane two possessions later to give the Wizards a 96-94 lead they would never relinquish. Trailing 102-99 with 41.2 seconds left, the Bobcats had a chance to tie, but burned almost the entire 24-second clock unable to get a look at an open 3-pointer as the Wizards stepped up the defense. Eventually, Diaw drove the lane but missed and McGee quickly grabbed the rebound. The Bobcats immediately fouled. McGee missed both shots and the Bobcats called timeout with 4.6 seconds left. Carroll got a good look on the ensuing inbounds play, but his 3-point attempt to tie the game hit off the front rim. *Courtesy of www.boston.com

Milwaukee B. - LA Lakers 100-89
The injury-hit Milwaukee Bucks stunned the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 100-89 Saturday helped by a herculean effort from Drew Gooden (6'10''-F-81, college: Kansas). The Bucks (8-11) were without leading rebounder Andrew Bogut, who has a broken ankle, while second top scorer Stephen Jackson sat out the game with suspension. Gooden filled the void with 23 points - 18 coming in the second half - and eight rebounds, Mike Dunleavy and Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) scoring 15 points each coming off the bench. Gooden hit a three pointer late in the first quarter to spark a 17-0 Milwaukee run that extended into the second quarter to turn a six-point deficit into an 11-point lead at 34-23. Outside of a brief Lakers surge near the end of the third quarter that trimmed the Bucks lead to three points, Milwaukee maintained a comfortable grip on the lead. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) led the Lakers with 27 points as Los Angeles (11-9) fell to 1-7 on the road. *Courtesy of www.reuters.com

Utah Jazz - Sacramento K. 96-93
The scene was set for a perfect Jimmertime ending for the Kings. Down by two with the ball late in the game, Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-PG-89, college: BYU) ended with the ball in his hands behind the 3-point line. The crowd gasped, Fredette unleashed a wide-open shot and ... airball. Not the kind of airtime the former BYU standout - nor his many fans in attendance - hoped for. It turned out fine for the home team, though, as the Utah Jazz escaped with a 96-93 win over the Sacramento Kings. Fredette ended up scoring 14 points in his Utah NBA debut. But it was the Jazz's Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) and C.J. Miles who stole his thunder and saved the day for the Jazz on offnight for usually reliable Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. Hayward led Utah with 21 points and Miles scored 20 points off the bench, playing extended minutes and starting the second half after Raja Bell strained his right adductor. Millsap was a monster on the boards with 14 boards but only scored six points on 2-for-10 shooting. Jefferson had 12 points but missed 8 of 13 shots. Tyreke Evans led all scorers with 31 points for the Kings, who also got 14 apiece from Fredette, DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson. Utah had a 13-point lead until reserve guard Isaiah Thomas, the smallest man on the court, went off for 13 points in the fourth to bring the Kings back. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Utah, which improved to 11-7. The Kings dropped their fourth straight, falling to 6-14. The Jazz host Portland on Monday. *Courtesy of www.desertnews.com

Houston R. - New York K. 97-84
Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) came off the bench to score 19 points for the Houston Rockets in their 97-84 victory over the New York Knicks in a National Basketball Association contest. The Rockets (12-8), who have won nine of their past 10 games, are tied with the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks for first place in the Western Conference's five-team Southwest Division. Reserve Goran Dragic (6'5''-PG-86) had 16 points for the Rockets, who shot 49 percent from the floor last night compared with the Knicks, who connected on 38 percent of their field goal attempts at the Toyota Center in Houston. Jordan Hill had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Courtney Lee scored 14 points and Samuel Dalembert pulled down 14 rebounds. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 23 points and Tyson Chandler added 14 and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Knicks who lost their third straight game. New York is tied with the New Jersey Nets for third place, seven games behind the leading Philadelphia 76ers, in the Eastern Conference's five-team Atlantic Division. *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Phoenix Suns - Memphis G. 86-84
Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) made two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining to lift the Phoenix Suns to an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. Dudley finished with a season-high 20 points, Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) added 21 and Marcin Gortat finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol had 18 points each and Mike Conley added 15 for the Grizzlies, who have dropped three straight after a season-best seven-game winning streak. The Grizzlies had a chance to win but Conley, coming off a screen by Gasol at the top right of the arc, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Nash collided with Gasol on the play and limped off the court. Phoenix, which led by as many as 14 in the second half, was 8 for 8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, led by Dudley's perfect 4-for-4 shooting. The Suns took the lead for good midway in the first quarter and held a 63-56 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter. Memphis rallied to within two twice before finally tying the game at 82 on a driving layup by Dante Cunningham with 1:24 to go. Gortat missed a desperation 22-footer as the shot clock expired and Cunningham missed a 20-footer on the other end. But on the rebound, Gasol hooked Dudley's right arm for a loose-ball foul, setting up the decisive two free throws. Nash, appearing in his 700th career game in a Suns uniform, entered the contest needed 13 assists to become the franchise's career leader in the category but his scoring was needed more than his ball distribution. Nash finished 8 of 14 from the field and added two of the Suns' five 3-pointers. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Philadelph.76 - Detroit P. 95-74
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) recorded the eighth triple-double of his career with 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers won their second straight game with a 95-74 victory over the struggling Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. Iguodala, who turned 28 on Saturday, received a nice ovation from the crowd when he secured his triple-double with a defensive rebound with 7:34 remaining. Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) scored 17 points, Elton Brand added 14 and Jrue Holiday had 13 for the Sixers, who improved to 14-6 and 10-2 at home. They are 3-1 on this seven-game homestand, which gets markedly tougher next week with visits from the Orlando Magic on Monday, Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and Miami Heat on Friday. The Sixers have been a strong second-half team this season, and this game was no different. They came out of halftime with a quick 8-2 run - highlighted by 3-pointers from Iguodala and Jodie Meeks - and extended their lead to 50-33. Detroit never got closer than nine the rest of the game. The Pistons received a boost with the return of forward Tayshaun Prince, who had missed the previous two games tending to a family matter. Prince finished with just six points. The short-handed Pistons were still without injured guards Will Bynum and Ben Gordon, as well as forward Charlie Villanueva. The missing pieces were noticeable as the Pistons struggled mightily on offense in the first half with 31 points, their second-fewest in any half this season. Maybe it was a carryover from Friday's 107-101 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks in which the Pistons relinquished a six-point lead in the final 54 seconds of regulation. One night later, they trailed Philadelphia 42-31 at halftime. Detroit wasn't much sharper in the second half and fell to 4-17 with four straight losses and eight of nine. Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Austin Daye added 12 points. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




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Former Clarion and California Pa. Stars Rollie Smith and Jerial Nixon Explode for Cleveland Hotcards - by Vance Marbury
Friday January 27th 2012

The Cleveland Hotcards faced some buisness adversity before and during the game vs the Pittsburgh Bullets but in the end the Cleveland Hotcards came out with another victory defeating the Cleveland Hotcards 104 Pittsburgh Bullets 96.

The Cleveland Hotcards was led by former Clarion University product Rollie Smith, who tallied 29 pts 3 asts. 4 reb. Jerial Nixon, who college career spanded Lakeland CC (Mentor, Oh) and then California Pa. added 26 pts 8 rebs 3 asts. Former Dartmouth University player Dan Biber added 17 pts 6 rebs. Former Spoonriver CC player William Jones 22 pts 10 rebs 3 blocks. Former Lakeland CC (Mentor Oh) Darvel Harris contributed 4 pts 6 asts 3 stls 5 rebs. (Cleveland State University Student) and former track star John Oliver scored 7 pts and added 2 rebs to his stat line. 6'10' Taylor Young closed the line out with 14 rebs 5 blocks and several change in shots.

The Pittsburgh Bullets, had a very nice crowd, nice facility and a good team and they played a very good competitive game.

The Cleveland Hotcards is on a current 4 game winning streak in the Ohio Valley Basketball League. The next few weeks will be a challenge for the Cleveland Hotcards, facing the Chicago Steam (ABA), Lima Explosion (ABA), and the Columbus Storm (OVL), over the next few weeks.



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Tychicus Snow joins Lake Michigan Admirals - by Eurobasket Center
Lake Michigan Admirals agreed terms with 27-year old Tychicus Snow (170-PG-74kg-85, college: Miss.Valley St.). In his first game he scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Rochester R. 94-102. Snow played most recently at Maine Red Claws (D-League). He graduated from Mississippi Valley State University in 2007. It will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze upset Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket News
Thailand Slammers - Petron Blaze 59:68

Petron Blaze registered the second win in ASEAN League season. They fired past Thailand Slammers to climb at 2-1 record. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) scored 21 points and grabbed 8rebounds to lead the winners. The Slammers in the meantime suffered the third loss at the tournament.
The defending champions got to a better start. The hosts posted a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the game. But the Philippines team quickly turned things around. Petron Blaze erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 33:32 halftime lead. The Blaze maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They recorded a 3-point advantage heading into the final quarter. The Slammers never got any closer in the reminder of the contest as Petron Blaze marched to the win at the end. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) posted 14 points, while Douglas Thomas (206-F/C-83, college: Iowa) added 10 points in the victory. Thailand Slammers answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds from Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama). DeAndre Thomas (203-C-86, college: Robert Morris) accounted for 15 points in the loss.

Thailand Slammers: Dalron Johnson 21, Leo Avenido 14, Douglas Thomas 10
Petron Blaze: Kenneth Walker 21+11 boards, DeAndre Thomas 15


2011-2012 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 5: Inevitable - by Enzo Flojo
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over POWERADE TIGERS, 110-101

'It took 27 years for a team to defend this championship. Mas matagal iyon kaysa huling grand slam (1996 by Alaska Milk). That made it so special.' - Vincent Reyes , coach of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters the 2012 PBA Philippine Cup repeat champions.

Like their victims the TNT Tropang Texters can also be considered, in many ways, a Cinderella squad. Consider these:

-They lost a heartbreaking series to the Petron Blaze Boosters in the last conference of the previous season.
-Though their roster is the most stacked in the league, they hardly enjoyed their depth as many of their players suffered a plethora of injuries throughout the Philippine Cup.
-We all know what happened to Ali Peek (194-F-75, college: St.Mary's, CA), right?
-They were down 1-3 to their former tormentors, Petron, in the semifinals.

Despite all those bumps in the road, however, coach Chot Reyess crew stuck in there and seemingly willed their way to win 7 of their last 8 matches, ending with something that hasnt happened in nearly 3 decades an All-Filipino title successfully defended.

Talk N Texts stars came together at just the right time. Ali Peek's return brought awe and inspiration to the PBA faithful. They rallied to beat the Boosters, and get a measure of vengeance in the process. They showed their superiority against a hot-shooting Powerade five.

It was a great ride for the Texters, and, through it all, the lone star who shone the brightest and played in ALL of TNT's games was decorated as the Finals MVP Larry Fonacier (186-F/G-82).

The Baby-Faced Assassin, as he is fondly tagged, averaged a shade above 16 points per game in the Finals, showing the versatility and shooting that made him a feared competitor in years past. Now, it seems theres no slowing him, and the Texters, down.

Right now the Tropang Texters are the best in the Philippines, and if one is to simply look back at their story, it would be easy to conclude that all this glory in which they are basking was, after all, inevitable.

After the JUMP the compressed game recap from PBA.ph:

From the brink of disaster all the way to the pinnacle of glory.

Talk N Text completed this incredible ride as the Tropang Texters brushed off the Powerade Tigers to successfully defend the PBA Philippine Cup championship to the delight of their cheering fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday. The Texters sprang back strong from their Game Four defeat, overwhelming the Tigers with a massive effort to reward themselves with a third title in the last four conferences

It was so sweet as it made them only the first team in 27 years to rule the most prestigious tourney in back-to-back fashion.

Reyes had his personal achievement, catching up with Jong Uichico at fourth in the all-time ladder among champion coaches. Reyes and Uichico have got eight to Baby Dalupans 15, Tim Cones 13 and Norman Blacks 10.

The eloquent TNT bench tactician, now with five all-Filipino championships under his belt, said the tragedy suffered and survived by Ali Peek and the epic comeback they pulled off against Petron Blaze in the Final Four made their latest conquest more meaningful. The Texters completed a special journey while cutting short the Tigers Cinderella ride.

Ryan Reyes (188-G-83, college: Cerritos JC) sizzled with a league all-time high 10 steals plus 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and Ranidel de Ocampo, Jimmy Alapag, Jayson Castro, Ali Peek, Kelly Williams and Larry Fonacier had their own shining moments as they negated Gary David (187-G/F-78)'s 37-point explosion.

What cant be taken away from Powerade was the gallant stand the Tigers put up despite all their handicaps. The Cinderella team, making it all the way to the Finals after barely entering the playoffs, refused to give up even if they fell behind by 24 points in the third quarter.

But the Texters, calm, composed and simply the better team, hung in there.

Fonacier scored only 9 points, but he put in all these in a decisive run helping the Texters pull away in the second quarter.

The former Ateneo Eagle averaged 16.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the series and was named the Bayad Center Finals MVP.

TNT 110 - Reyes 20, De Ocampo 18, Alapag 17, Castro 14, Peek 13, Williams 10, Fonacier 9, Dillinger 7, Gamalinda 2, Carey 0.
POW 101- David 37, Anthony 22, Casio 19, Lassiter 12, Adducul 4, Kramer 3, Crisano 3, Vanlandingham 1, Lingganay 0, Allera 0, Cruz 0.
QS: 30-16, 60-46, 85-64, 110-101

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



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Turk Telecom U16 Tournament: Serbia improved to 2-0 in Sakarya - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16-Poland U16 67:62

Serbia improved to 2-0 in Sakarya at the Turk Telecom U16 International Tournament. They overcame Poland 67:62 mostly due to the second half.
Serbia opened the game with 20-15 but could keep only 1 point at the halftime. Poland bounced back with 22-16 for 36:37 after two quarters. In the second half, Serbia took the control of the game and did not let Poland decrease the gap. Serbia won the third period 18-16 and added 13-9 in the last stanza. Jovan Starincevic made the last four free throws for the final success.
Jovan Starincevic paced all the winners with 20 points and Vasilije Vucetic (96, agency: Sport Connect) netted 16. Ivan Daskalovic delivered 8, while Nikola Pavlovic notched 7. Grzegorz Kulka responded with 14 points in the losing effort and Marek Zywert (95) scored 12. Filip Pruefer (208-C-96) collected 11 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

Serbia U16: Jovan Starincevic 20, Vasilije Vucetic 16, Ivan Daskalovic 8, Nikola Pavlovic 7
Poland U16: Grzegorz Kulka 14, Marek Zywert 12, Filip Pruefer 11+12 rebs




Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Trefl Sopot 17-5 
 2. PGE Turow 15-6 
 3. Anwil 15-7 
 4. Energa Czarni 15-7 
 5. Zastal ZG 14-8 
 6. Slask Wroclaw 12-10 
 7. Kotwica 12-10 
 8. AZS Koszalin 10-12 
 9. Siarka Jezioro 10-12 
 10. PBG Basket 8-15 
 11. Polpharma 7-15 
 12. AZS PW 5-16 
 13. LKS Lodz 3-20 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asseco Prokom


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.7 
 2. Kulig, PBG Basket17.0 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 4. Corbett, Siarka J.16.7 
 5. Edwards, Anwil16.7 
 6. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.5 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.1 
 8. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.9 
 9. Turek, Trefl Sopot15.6 
 10. Miller, Siarka J.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica11.7 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 5. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.6 
 6. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.5 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.6.9 
 9. Dluski, LKS Lodz6.8 
 10. Archibeque, Zasta.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Skibniewski, Slask6.9 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.6 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.3 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.1 
 5. Moore, PGE Turow5.0 
 6. Burrell, Energa C.5.0 
 7. Szubarga, Anwil4.7 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.4.7 
 9. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 10. Micic, PBG Basket4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.0 
 2. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 4. Comagic, PBG B.1.4 
 5. Cesnauskis, Energa1.4 
 6. Edwards, Anwil1.3 
 7. Ponitka, AZS P.1.3 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszal.1.3 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow1.3 
 10. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.9 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Kesicki, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.5 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 6. Morrison, Energa C.1.4 
 7. Harris, Kotwica1.3 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Barycz, Siarka J.1.0 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot1.0 


PLK Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked AZS Koszalin (10-12) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Anwil (15-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Wloclawek managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AZS Koszalin. It was a good game for Corsley Edwards who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Anwil moved-up to third place, which they share with Energa Czarni. AZS Koszalin at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Anwil will face Siarka Jezioro (#9) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round where they are favorite. AZS Koszalin will play on the road against the league's leader Trefl Sopot.

In the last game of round 24 Polpharma was smashed by Slask Wroclaw on the road 93-68. Zastal ZG won against Energa Czarni on its own court 79-75. Trefl Sopot managed to outperform PGE Turow in a road game 87-86. Siarka Jezioro rolled over LKS Lodz at home 105-76. Kotwica was defeated by PBG Basket on the opponent's court 82-70.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 31 points by Michal Michalak of LKS Lodz.



Slask Wroclaw - Polpharma 93-68

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Slask Wroclaw (12-10) crushed at home 10th ranked Polpharma (7-15) 93-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Slask Wroclaw led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 4 assists. Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-80, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 8 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Daniel Wall (196-82) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Jeremy Simmons (203-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Polpharma. Four Polpharma 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. Slask Wroclaw moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kotwica. Polpharma at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will face Kotwica (#7) in Kolobrzeg in the next round. Polpharma will play at home against Zastal ZG (#5) in Zielona Gora.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: A.Wojcik 15+1ast, P.Graham 13+4reb+4ast, R.Skibniewski 10+1reb+6ast, Q.Calhoun 9+3reb+1ast, B.Diduszko 9+4reb, A.Mladenovic 8+5reb+1ast
Polpharma: D.Wall 15+5reb+2ast, J.Simmons 12+9reb, T.Snieg 10+3reb+5ast, M.Hicks 10+1reb+2ast, A.Metelski 8+2reb, M.Nowakowski 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149275


AZS Koszalin - Anwil 79-80 OT

Eighth-ranked AZS Koszalin (10-12) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Anwil (15-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Wloclawek managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AZS Koszalin. AZS Koszalin was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 17-15 charge of Anwil, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 5-4. It was a good game for American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Anwil players scored in double figures. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Canadian forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for AZS Koszalin. Anwil moved-up to third place, which they share with Energa Czarni. AZS Koszalin at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Anwil will face Siarka Jezioro (#9) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round where they are favorite. AZS Koszalin will play on the road against the league's leader Trefl Sopot.
Top scorers:
Anwil: C.Edwards 15+12reb+3ast, B.Woloszyn 15+6reb+1ast, K.Szubarga 14+2reb+7ast, L.Kinnard 11+7reb+1ast, D.Berisha 8+3reb+1ast, L.Harrington 7+2reb
AZS Koszalin: C.Eziukwu 20+5reb+1ast, G.Surmacz 18+7reb+1ast, M.Dutkiewicz 14+7reb+1ast, L.McIntosh 9+2reb+2ast, R.Bigus 8+4reb, I.Milicic 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 149276


Zastal ZG - Energa Czarni 79-75

There was a minor upset when second-best Energa Czarni (15-7) lost to fifth ranked Zastal ZG (14-8) in Zielona Gora 75-79 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Energa Czarni won third quarter 24-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Energa Czarni was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 assists. The former international forward Piotr Stelmach (205-84, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American-Puerto Rican guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) added 21 points in the effort for Energa Czarni. Zastal ZG maintains fifth position with 14-8 record. Loser Energa Czarni dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Zastal ZG will face Polpharma (#11) in Starogard in the next round where they are favorite. Energa Czarni will play at home against the league's second-placed PGE Turow (#2) in Zgorzelec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: P.Stelmach 20+5reb, W.Hodge 19+2reb+8ast, K.Chanas 16+2reb+2ast, M.Sroka 9+2reb, P.Pasco 5+11reb+2ast, M.Flieger 4+2reb+2ast
Energa Czarni: D.Hinson 21+2reb+2ast, S.Burrell 20+5reb+8ast, S.Morrison 10+3reb, P.Kikowski 6+1reb+1ast, D.Weaver 6+4reb+1ast, M.Cesnauskis 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149272


PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot 86-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Trefl Sopot's (17-5) road victory over second-best PGE Turow (15-6) in Zgorzelec 87-86 on Saturday. The guests 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 87-86. Trefl Sopot made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. American center John Edwards (213-81, college: Kent St.) replied with 22 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for PGE Turow. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Trefl Sopot have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. Loser PGE Turow keeps the second place with six games lost. Trefl Sopot will face AZS Koszalin (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PGE Turow will play against Energa Czarni (#4) in Slupsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: J.Turek 22+10reb, A.Waczynski 19+1reb, F.Dylewicz 18+5reb, L.Koszarek 13+4reb+5ast, L.Wisniewski 6+1reb+4ast, V.Cummings 4+1reb+1ast
PGE Turow: J.Edwards 22+4reb+1ast, R.Moore 14+5reb+5ast, A.Cel 13+4reb+1ast, M.Jankowski 8+2reb, D.Kickert 7+2reb, D.Jackson 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 149273


Siarka Jezioro - LKS Lodz 105-76

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked LKS Sphinx (3-20) was outscored by ninth ranked Siarka Jezioro (10-12) in Tarnobrzeg 105-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Siarka Jezioro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard J.T. Tiller (191-88, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. Guard Michal Michalak (194-93) replied with 31 points and center Krzysztof Sulima (202-90) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for LKS Sphinx. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Siarka Jezioro moved-up to eighth place, which they share with AZS Koszalin. LKS Sphinx lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 20 lost games. Siarka Jezioro will face higher ranked Anwil (#3) in Wloclawek in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LKS Sphinx will play at home against AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#12) in Warszawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: L.Corbett 23+4reb+4ast, J.Tiller 19+5reb+3ast, M.Piechowicz 17+4reb+1ast, J.Miller 14+5reb+4ast, N.Doaks 9+5reb, W.Barycz 9+6reb+2ast
LKS Lodz: M.Michalak 31+4reb+2ast, K.Sulima 10+11reb, J.Zyskowski 6+3reb, B.Szczepaniak 6+1reb+1ast, B.Bartoszewicz 6+5reb, B.Gillespie 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 149274


PBG Basket - Kotwica 82-70

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked PBG Basket (8-15) defeated higher ranked Kotwica (12-10) in Poznan 82-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by PBG Basket. Kotwica was better in second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PBG Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. It was a good game for the former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four PBG Basket players scored in double figures. PBG Basket's coach Milija Bogicevic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) replied with 9 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Tomasz Kesicki (212-86) added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Kotwica. PBG Basket moved-up to tenth place. Kotwica lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. PBG Basket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: D.Kulig 22+6reb, D.Micic 18+1reb+6ast, N.Nikolic 11+3reb+5ast, Z.Comagic 11+6reb+5ast, J.Parzenski 7+4reb+2ast, T.Smorawinski 6+2reb
Kotwica: L.Diduszko 13+2reb+1ast, O.Brandwein 13+1reb+2ast, M.Kwiatkowski 12+2reb+2ast, J.Sapp 10+2reb+1ast, D.Harris 9+12reb+1ast, T.Kesicki 7+11reb+1ast
gschID: 149271




Marcel Wilczek gets MVP of the Week award for Polish 1Liga - by Eurobasket News
Marcel Wilczek (200-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Sokol Lancut and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 19 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out SKK Siedlce (#5, 11-7) 67-63. It allowed Sokol Lancut to consolidate first place in the Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sokol Lancut has a very solid 15-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Wilczek's second year at Sokol Lancut and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wilczek has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 51.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old forward Aleks Perka (201-F-87, agency: Stanley International) of AZS Kutno. Perka impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for AZS Kutno to edge the lower-ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (#10, 9-9) in overtime by 5 points 85-80. AZS Kutno's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Perka is well-known by AZS Kutno fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Piotr Kardas (182-G-78) of Rosa Radom (#7). Kardas scored 15 points and passed nine assists. He was a key player of Rosa Radom, leading his team to a 79-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Start Lublin (#12, 8-11). Rosa Radom needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Kardas has a great season in Poland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.6apg (8th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 58.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artur Donigiewicz (185-G-84) of Rosa Radom - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcin Malczyk (193-G-82) of Start Gdynia - 17 points and 5 rebounds
6. Pawel Kowalczuk (207-C/F-80) of SKK Siedlce - 10 points and 12 rebounds
7. Grzegorz Kukielka (192-G-83) of Sportino - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-G-89) of Start Lublin - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-F-84) of Znicz Basket - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Michal Woloszyn (202-F-84) of MKS DG - 25 points and 5 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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Learning and growing from the Final Four. - by Cavel Witter


Last weekend was a big opportunity for us as a team. It allowed us to see where we stand against the top two teams in the league. We were able to beat the best team in the league, Benefica, in a thriller. That game was a test of our character. We were down most of the game, but unlike past games we stuck together and put up a fight. Because of that we were victorious. Being a younger team we have both, advantages and disadvantages, but what we lack in experience we makeup by playing extremely hard. This was apparent during the battle against Benefica last Saturday. They are very good team with a lot of experience. We were able to play a full forty minute game against them with nonstop intensity, and that lead us to a win. The next day we played Porto, who is currently second in the league. It was a real challenge playing back to back. The game was similar to the Benefica game as we were down most of the game. We still we played hard and was able to tie the game with five seconds left before Porto was able to hit a shot before the buzz. That loss was hard to deal with because we were so close to making history. We looked at the brighter side, and celebrated how far we had come as team. I dont believe in moral victory but I do believe learning and taking the positive from any situation. Even though we didnt win the final four, I believe that we bonded and grew tighter as a team. Thats something that all of us can benefit us for the rest of the season. We still have chance to play and show off our abilities in the final 8 and the playoffs. Hopefully there well be victorious, but until then my teammates and I will continue practicing and playing hard!

Cavel Witter (183-G-87, college: Creighton)


Trip to Africa - by Cavel Witter


We are going to Africa, and I am beyond excited! We will be traveling to Angola this weekend. Since learning about African cultures in school, I have been intrigued by the many lifestyles and rich history that the continent has to offer. Now I have a chance to see a small portion of it firsthand. This will be a special moment for me, because Ive never had an opportunity like this given to me before. To top it off Im going with a good group guys. Its another opportunity for us to play against high competition but in a different country and possibly create new synergy. The temporary change of scenery will be good for us too. I am truly blessed to be able to travel while doing what I love. I thank God every day for giving me this talent. By saying that this opportunity will not be taken for granted.

Cavel Witter (183-G-87, college: Creighton)


Proliga Round 12: Electrico FC defeats Fisica in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 12 in the Proliga took place in Ponte de Sor. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Fisica (6-6) to seventh ranked Electrico FC (6-6) 79-77 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fisica. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fisica won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Electrico FC forced 19 Fisica turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tiago Pinto (183-88) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 assists and naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) who added 16 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Fisica's coach Ivan Kostourkov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Electrico FC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sangalhos and Fisica. Electrico FC is looking forward to face Sangalhos (#7) on the road in the next round. Fisica will play against Povoa and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Illiabum (8-4) against fourth ranked Angrabasket (8-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Illiabum was defeated by Angrabasket in Angra 74-60. The winners were led by American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Flavio Gomes supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Even 19 points by forward Pedro Azevedo (193-81) did not help to save the game for Illiabum. Angrabasket have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Illiabum and Galitos-Tley. Angrabasket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Illiabum will play at home against Guifoes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Barreiro. One of their biggest challengers host Galitos-Tley (8-4) lost to first ranked Alges (11-1) 79-75. The best player for the winners was DeSean White who scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Rui Quintino who recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Alges have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Galitos-Tley at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Illiabum and Angra. Alges will meet at home Maia Basket (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galitos-Tley will play against Oliveirense (#8) in Oliveira and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Guifoes where higher ranked Sangalhos (6-6) were upseton the court of tenth ranked Guifoes (4-8) 61-53. It was a good game for Odair Conceicao who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. Guifoes maintains tenth position with 4-8 record. Sangalhos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Guifoes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Illiabum (#3) in Ilhavo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sangalhos will play at home against Electrico FC in Ponte de Sor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth ranked Maia Basket (5-7) crushed at home 11th ranked Gaeirense (3-9) by 37 points 78-41, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Paulo Diamantino who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maia Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. Maia Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Oliveirense. Newly promoted Gaeirense keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. Maia Basket will face league's leader Alges on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last game of round 12 Oliveirense won against Povoa on the opponent's court 79-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 13 rebounds by Deantre Jefferson of Oliveirense.



Maia Basket - Gaeirense 78-41

Ninth ranked Maia Basket (5-7) crushed at home 11th ranked Gaeirense (3-9) by 37 points 78-41, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Maia Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maia Basket shot 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Gaeirense only scored six points from the stripe. Gaeirense was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Paulo Diamantino (203-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and guard Pedro Tavares (182-83) who added 14 points during the contest. Five Maia Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Amadeu Cordeiro (192-78) with 9 points and center Filipe Canha (202-80) scored 5 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maia Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. Maia Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Oliveirense. Newly promoted Gaeirense keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. Maia Basket will face league's leader Alges on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Gaeirense: A.Cordeiro 9+4reb, O.Gomes 6+5reb, J.Ribeiro 6+3reb, F.Canha 5+7reb, E.Lucas 5+1ast, H.Aurelio 4+6reb
Maia Basket: P.Diamantino 15+14reb, P.Tavares 14+3reb+1ast, P.Catarino 12+4ast, J.Oliveira 11+5reb+1ast, R.Marques 10+2reb, J.Gomes 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132864


Angra - Illiabum 74-60

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Illiabum (8-4) against fourth ranked Angrabasket (8-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Illiabum was defeated by Angrabasket in Angra 74-60. The game was mostly controlled by Angrabasket. Illiabum was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Angrabasket forced 22 Illiabum turnovers. The winners were led by American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Cape Verdean swingman Flavio Gomes (194-89) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Five Angrabasket players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by forward Pedro Azevedo (193-81) did not help to save the game for Illiabum. Antonio Pereira added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Angrabasket have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Illiabum and Galitos-Tley. Angrabasket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Illiabum will play at home against Guifoes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: P.Azevedo 19+1reb+2ast, A.Pereira 12+6reb+4ast, D.Swetalla 10+6reb+4ast, K.Richard 8+9reb+2ast, M.Mota 7+3reb+1ast, J.David 4+1reb
Angra: T.Mack 18+13reb, F.Gomes 17+10reb+3ast, P.Loth 15+7reb+4ast, D.Gibson 13+5reb+4ast, J.Avila 10+2reb+5ast, R.Laranjo 1
gschID: 132865


Guifoes - Sangalhos 61-53

An interesting game took place in Guifoes where higher ranked Sangalhos (6-6) were upseton the court of tenth ranked Guifoes (4-8) 61-53. Sangalhos were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 35-23 second half run of Guifoes. They outrebounded Sangalhos 48-26 including a 24-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for naturalized Cape Verdean forward Odair Conceicao (197-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Jose Almeida (199-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Guifoes players scored in double figures. Swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Nuno Bizarro (192-80) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sangalhos. Guifoes maintains tenth position with 4-8 record. Sangalhos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Guifoes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Illiabum (#3) in Ilhavo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sangalhos will play at home against Electrico FC in Ponte de Sor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sangalhos: E.Silva 21+8reb+2ast, N.Bizarro 17+5reb+1ast, L.Fonte 7+4reb, A.Duarte 4+3reb+2ast, J.Seabra 2+4reb+4ast, M.Carmo 2+2reb+6ast
Guifoes: J.Gaspar 13+8reb, O.Conceicao 12+16reb+1ast, P.Silva 11+1reb+2ast, J.Almeida 11+15reb+1ast, A.Libanio 9+1reb+1ast, D.Correia 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 132866


Electrico FC - Fisica 79-77

The most exciting game of round 12 in the Proliga took place in Ponte de Sor. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Fisica (6-6) to seventh ranked Electrico FC (6-6) 79-77 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fisica. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fisica won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Electrico FC forced 19 Fisica turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tiago Pinto (183-88) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 assists and naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) who added 16 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Edson Rosario scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Fisica's coach Ivan Kostourkov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Electrico FC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sangalhos and Fisica. Electrico FC is looking forward to face Sangalhos (#7) on the road in the next round. Fisica will play against Povoa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fisica: C.Dias 19+1reb, J.Cardoso 17+9reb+2ast, E.Rosario 16+5reb+1ast, M.Salvador 7+3reb+2ast, B.Freire 7+5reb+4ast, R.Rodrigues 6+7reb+5ast
Electrico FC: T.Pinto 28+1reb+4ast, M.Neves 16+17reb, P.Raminhos 9+4reb+2ast, J.Lanzinha 8+7reb+9ast, P.Afonso 8+4reb, J.Andre 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132861


Povoa - Oliveirense