EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/31/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   


Colorado Kings again at #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association has just released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, January 29th - and once again, the Colorado Kings held onto the top spot followed closely by the Arizona Scorpions, South Carolina Warriors, San Diego Sol and the Chicago Steam.
'The playoffs are going to be really exciting,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'all of these teams are very strong and each feels seriously that they are the best. We shall see. And there are five or six others who feel that they could easily be in the Top 4 if they played one another. We have some great teams in the ABA for sure.'

1. Colorado Kings
2. Arizona Scorpions
3. South Carolina Warriors
4. San Diego Sol
5. Chicago Steam
6. Texas FUEL
7. Jacksonville Giants
8. Athens Razors
9. San Francisco RUMBLE
10. Bay Area Matrix
11. Carolina Cheetahs
12. Little Rock Lightning
13. Richmond Rockets
14. Richmond Elite
15. Lynchburg Legends
16. Memphis Bluff City Reign
17. Connecticut Top Ballerz
18. Lima Explosion
19. Los Angeles SLAM
20. Conway Cyclones
21. Jersey Express
22. Seattle Mountaineers
23. Atlanta Experience
24. Carolina Cougars

'Ready to move into the Top 24,' added Newman, 'are the Northeast Arkansas SWAG, the San Diego SURF and the East Bay Pit Bulls - and a Top 24 ranking is an automatic place in the ABA Playoffs.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Hemofarm hires Nebojsa Bogavac as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm hired a new Head Coach after Zeljko Lukajic left the post recently. Nebojsa Bogavac will lead the team for rest of the season and Hemofarm also has an option for the 2012/13. It will be the first coaching experience for Bogavac, who played for Hemofarm in the past. He was their member from 2001 to 2005. Bogavac won the Adriatic league title with Hemofarm in their last season together. After that, he played for Breogan, Le Mans, ASVEL and Dijon. In the past, Bogavac was a member of Lovcen Cetinje. Hemofarm also named new assistant coaches. Miljan Ivanovic (201-F-77) and Goran Topic will work on these two positions. The team currently has 5-13 record in Adriatic league.

Rookie Ben Hansbrough unexpectedly leaves Krka - by Eurobasket News
Ben Hansbrough (190-G-87, college: Notre Dame) left Krka Novo Mesto and flew back to the US, according to Slovenian media. The American point guard informed his team via text message that he has to leave due to personal problems. Hansbrough also added that he has problems with his ankle. Krka immediately reacted saying they will take all the necessary actions against the player, who has a valid deal until the end of the season. The team also informed media that all payments to Hansbrough were paid on time. Ben Hansbrough joined Krka in December from FC Bayern Muenchen. The rookie had 11.5 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2 rpg in four Adriatic league games. He also added 5.5 ppg and 2 apg for two games in EuroCup. Hansbrough graduated at Notre Dame University last year. He transferred to Notre Dame in 2008 from the Mississippi State University.

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  ARGENTINA   


Last changes of TNA - by Facundo Iatzky
Firmat FC inked Ezequiel Manzanares (197-G-90) who played some games for Sport club this season. They also hired Horacio Segui as head coach, replacing Hugo Miraglia.
Pedro Franco (187-G-81) agreed terms with Alianza Viedma. he replaces Martin Trovellesi.
Mariano Castets (186-G-83), released by penarol last month, now signed with Ciudad Bragado until the end of the season.
Estudiantes Concordia added Gabriel Meriano (183-PG-91) to their roster



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  BAHRAIN   


Isa Town surprise AlAhli - by Eurobasket News
Isa Town surprise AlAhli in the latest game of the Bahrain Basketball League 2011/2012. They edged them 64:59 to take 7-6 record, while Ahli fell at 10-3.
ALMuharraq meanwhile remains undefeated with 12-0 record. In the last game the league leaders smashed Samaheej 105:31. Al-Manama and Al-Hala share the third place with 8-4 records each.


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  BELARUS   


Croatian Vedran Nakic will continue with Minsk-2006 II - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Vedran Nakic (184-PG-89) will continue with Minsk-2006 II until the rest of the season. After the start of the season with the top team, the player will help the second team.
In 2005-2006 he played for signed at Postojnska jama Postojna (1A Play-Out). In 2007-2008 moved to KK Zagreb (A1) and later appeared for KK Zabok (A1). In 2009-2010 moved to Samobor (A2), and then was back at KK Zabok (A1). The season 2010-2011 started for KK Dubrava Zagreb (A1) and in 8 games averaged 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg, but in Jan.'11 moved to HKK Brotnjo Citluk (Bosnia-D1). In 7 games his stats read 5.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 66.7%.
The season 2011-2012 started for BK Minsk-2006 (Belarus-Premier League, starting five) and averaged 7.6 in the National League. He recorded 14 points at the Regular Season Round 4 when Minsk-2006 beat Sozh Gomel 108-42.
Minsk-2006 II also added Aliaksandr Semianiuk (210-F-93) to their roster.



OZAA Osipovichi add Sergej Vabischevich - by Eurobasket News
OZAA Osipovichi add Sergej Vabischevich (190-G-88) to their roster. The player from Belarus will come back to the team where he played earlier.
In 2007-2008 he started for BK Minsk-2006 (Premier League). In 2008-2009 moved to OZAA Osipovichi (Premier League, starting five) and stayed for two seasons. The season 2010-2011 appeared for Zerouno Moncalieri S. Mauro Torino (Italy-A dilettanti, starting five), only pre-season and then headed to SBK Grodno-93 (Premier League). In 43 games his stats read 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg.
Last year he became Belarusian League Regular Season Runner-Up -11 and Belarusian League Finalist -11. Earlier Sergey was a member of the Belarusian U20 National Team -07. At the European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) he averaged 11.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 28.6%. In 2008-2009 he reached Belarusian League Semifinals -08, 09 and also became Belarusian League Regular Season Runner-Up -08. In 2009 he was named
Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Honorable Mention -09.



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  BELGIUM   


Black's 23 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) put on an amazing game in the last round for Antwerp and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 23 points adding two rebounds and six assists for Antwerp in his team's victory, helping them to crush Oostende (9-6) with 19-point margin 68-49. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Antwerp is placed at 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. In the team's last game Black had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Antwerp, through which he has constantly improved. Barton College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Black is in league's top in assists (6th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 2.3spg.

Second best performed player last round was Jermaine Beal (191-G-87) of Verviers-Pep.. He is American guard in his first season at Verviers-Pep.. In the last game Beal recorded impressive 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Verviers-Pep. cruised to a 77-66 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Liege (#7, 5-9). Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Verviers-Pep. managed to get this year. Beal is a newcomer at Verviers-Pep. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to another Verviers-Pep.'s star - forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87, agency: LBM Management). De Zeeuw scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Verviers-Pep., helping his team with a 77-66 win against slightly higher-ranked Liege (#7, 5-9). Verviers-Pep. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for De Zeeuw he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. De Zeeuw has a very solid season. In 12 games in Belgium he scored 10.4ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and FGP: 62.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 15 points and 12 rebounds
5. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jamel McLean (203-F-88) of Leuven - 14 points and 9 rebounds
8. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Gent - 13 points and 6 rebounds
10. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80) of Verviers-Pep. - 9 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)


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Gembo 15-3 
 2. Waregem 14-3 
 3. Fleurus 14-4 
 4. Excelsior 12-6 
 5. Kangar.-Boom 11-6 
 6. St-Niklase 10-8 
 7. Essor Charleroi 9-8 
 8. Sprimont 9-9 
 9. Liege II 8-9 
 10. Sint-Jan Ant. 8-10 
 11. M.Hainaut II 6-10 
 12. Melsele 3-15 
 13. De Westhoek 2-16 
 14. Gistel 2-16 


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 16-1 
 2. Bosna 13-3 
 3. Capljina 13-4 
 4. Varda HE 10-6 
 5. Leotar 10-7 
 6. Mladost 9-8 
 7. Hercegovac 7-9 
 8. Servitium 7-9 
 9. Borac Nektar 5-11 
 10. Celik 5-12 
 11. Zrinjski HT 5-12 
 12. Brotnjo 4-13 
 13. Vogosca 4-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 10-0 
 2. Academik PL 8-3 
 3. Academik BL 7-3 
 4. Vidabasket 6-5 
 5. Overgas 5-5 
 6. Cherno More U18 5-5 
 7. Dunav 2007 5-6 
 8. Chavdar 2-8 
 9. Balkan 2 2-8 
 10. Shumen 2-9 


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  CANADA   


Michael Lieffers claims Canadian CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International forward Michael Lieffers (203-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Saskatchewan and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Brandon (#12, 5-11) with 19-point margin 89-70. Saskatchewan maintains the 3rd position in Canadian CIS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Saskatchewan will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. Lieffers has many years of experience at Saskatchewan, through which he has constantly improved. Lieffers has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 58.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Jarred Ogungbemi (175-G-91) of Calgary. Ogungbemi impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Calgary to another comfortable win 79-64 over the higher-ranked Alberta (#5, 10-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Calgary to move up to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Ogungbemi is one of the most experienced players at Calgary and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Dominyc Coward (198-F) of Lethbridge (#6). Coward showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Lethbridge, leading his team to a 95-87 win against slightly lower-ranked Manitoba (#8, 8-8). Lethbridge needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Coward has a great season in Canada. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (6th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Brown (186-G) of UPEI - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-F-91) of Laval - 19 points and 16 rebounds
6. Ali Mounir) of Brandon - 25 points and 13 rebounds
7. Mike Helsby (195-G/F-89) of Memorial - 8 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists
8. Joel Friesen (193-G) of UFV - 24 points and 8 rebounds
9. Robert Nortmann (198-F) of Dalhousie - 21 points and 14 rebounds
10. Maxwell Allin (193-F) of Laurier - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists

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


Taiwan Mobile Leopards lands Wright - by Eurobasket Center
Taiwan Mobile Leopards strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-C/F-109kg-87, college: Oklahoma). Wright played most recently at Soles de Mexicali (Mexico). While playing 10 games for Soles this season he averaged 13.8ppg and 6.5rpg. Wright is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Canada, China, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela. Wright graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 2010 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

Lightning first to lock up playoff spot - by Eurobasket News
It was an emphatic win, an impressive win, one that saw every member of the team get in the scoring column.

The London Lightning 125-99 win over Saint John Mill Rats on Sunday at the John Labatt Centre in front of 2,730 was as dominating a performance as the Lightning have put together all year.

With a Summerside Storm loss on Saturday the Lightning became the first NBL team to clinch a playoff spot.

The Lightning were singularly not impressed with the fact they are already playoff bound.

'We want home court advantage. Our job is not done,' said Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson. 'We don't care about the playoffs. What we care about is winning the championship. You could clinch the playoffs and be the first one home. That doesn't mean s---.'

The Lightning have had a habit of taking big leads and then watching them wilt later in the game. This time the Lightning looked as if they wanted to put the game away early. They went out to a 12-point lead in the first four minutes.

The Mill Rats closed it to three points near the end of the first quarter but that was as close as they got. A 32-14 third-quarter put the game out of sight.

The Lightning shot 55% from the floor. All 12 players who dressed played and scored.

Gabe Freeman led the Lightning with 29 points, Shamari Spears added 17, DeAnthony Bowden 16, Eddie Smith 14, Tim Ellis 13 and Rodney Buford 11.

Darren Duncan had 22 for the Mill Rats.

'We did what we were supposed to,' Richardson said.

Which was?

'Kick their ass,' he said. 'We knew how important this game was to us. We came off the road after a loss in Moncton, we had to make sure we win. We have to pay attention to details. Our job is to win a championship so every game we have to get better, we have to improve on something every game.'

Right now Richardson is getting great play from some of the guys who come off the bench, particularly Spears, Ellis and Buford. Ellis is just a hard-nosed player who can do everything for you.

It's tough on teams who have to guard Bowden and then he gets a break, they are faced with Smith who can really take the ball inside.

That's how the Lightning wear teams down.

Buford is the NBA veteran who is getting better the closer he gets to the playoffs. He can shoot and knows how to play the game.

�We just wanted to come out together at both ends,� Buford said. �When we play at both ends, no one can beat us. We made a conscientious effort to play defence and rebound and look what happened.�

Buford likes this time of year.

�Yes I do,� he said. �This is most fun part of the season . . . playoffs. The NBA plays 82 games, they really get locked in the playoffs. We�re down to the last nine or 10. It�s time to get ready.�

Buford says clinching means nothing.

�You just can�t come out and say you�ve clinched,� he said. �You have to continue to work to get better, every time out.�

One of the major issues the Lightning have had all year is trying to find bench scoring. A blow-out game is always a good time to get everyone in should a time come when you have to go deep into your bench.

�We�re going to need those guys in the playoffs, especially if someone gets hurt,� Richardson said.

The Mill Rats are potential first-round opponents for the Lightning. By that time they should have Anthony Anderson, their best player, back from injury.

With the win London ran its record to 21-6 while the second-place Halifax Rainmen are 17-8.

London�s next game is Thursday at the John Labatt Centre at 7 p.m. against the Summerside Storm.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Richardson named NBL Canada Coach of the Month, Robinson named Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that London Lightning head coach Micheal Ray Richardson has earned Coach of the Month honours for January 2012. This is the second time that Richardson has earned this honour; he was previously named Coach of the Month for November 2011.

In the month of January, the London Lightning achieved an 8-2 record, and are on pace to not only receive a postseason berth, but to also receive home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The National Basketball League of Canada is also pleased to announce that Brandon Robinson of the Oshawa Power has been named Player of the Week for the week ending January 29, 2012. Robinson joins Morgan Lewis as the second Power player to earn this honour.

Robinson, a 6'6',180 -pound shooting guard, averaged 32 points per game in two contests this week, including scoring 30 in Sunday's overtime win against the Summerside Storm.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


Lamizana's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: VVG Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for TianJin R. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 37 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Zhejiang C. (#9, 13-11) 112-104. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. TianJin R. maintains the 14th position in Chinese league. TianJin R. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-17 record. Lamizana just recently signed at TianJin R. and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Mamadou Lamizana averages just after two games 27.0ppg, 10.5rpg and 5.0apg.

Second best performed player last round was Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh.. He is American forward in his first season at Shanxi Zh.. In the last game Gaines recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Shanxi Zh. lost that game 110-125 to the lower-ranked Shandong FB (#13, 11-15). This loss caused Shanxi Zh. to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gaines is a newcomer at Shanxi Zh. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.3ppg (#4). He also registered 13.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another TianJin R.'s star - forward Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80). Harvey got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . He was another key player of TianJin R., helping his team with a 112-104 win against the higher-ranked Zhejiang C. (#9, 13-11). The chances of TianJin R. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harvey could try to bring TianJin R.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Harvey has individually a great season in China. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.6rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Xiaochuan Zhai (205-F-93) of Beijing Ducks - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ke Wu (209-C-90) of Shandong FB - 25 points and 13 rebounds
6. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of Jiangsu D. - 31 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Wilson Chandler (203-F-87) of Guangsha L. - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lester Hudson (191-G-84) of Qingdao DS - 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. J.R. Smith (198-G-85) of Zhejiang C. - 37 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C. - 21 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  CYPRUS   


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

Game Stats:

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

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

Game Notes:

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

Game recap and analysis coming soon.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Levharti Chomutov Brings In Jacques Jones for Try-Out Period - by Surujh Roopnarine
25-year old forward Jacques Jones (201-F-86, college: Texas Southern) made his Mattoni NBL debut for Levharti Chomutov on Saturday, scoring eight points as the visitors fell to BK JIP Pardubice 64-87 in Round 25 action. Jones, 6-7, was signed for a try-out period as Chomutov looks to fill the void at the 3/4 position due to the injury to team captain Pavel Stanek. The former Texas Southern forward is in his third season of professional basketball, having spent the previous two seasons in Germany before beginning this season in Sweden. Jones had a strong rookie season in Germany during 2009-10 with UBC Hannover Tigers (ProA), where in 25 games he averaged 13.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting nearly 56% on two-point field goals and 39% from three. Jones, who will turn 26 in March, began this season in Sweden with Salon Vilpas Vikings, appearing in two games, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds combined.

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  D-LEAGUE   


Charge's Manny Harris earns D-League honor - by Eurobasket News
Canton Charge guard Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan) is the NBA Development League's Performer of the Week.

Harris averaged 25.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals in three games last week. He scored a season-high 32 points on 11 of 18 shooting Tuesday against Springfield.

Harris enters Monday night's game at Los Angeles averaging 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 10 games with the Charge. Harris played for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


Los Angeles Clippers recall Bledsoe - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam's NBA affiliate Los Angeles Clippers have recalled guard Eric Bledsoe, the team announced yesterday.

Bledsoe, 22, appeared in two games for the Jam as he continues his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. In his two games with the Jam, Bledsoe averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 assists in 21.0 minutes per game. Bledsoe has already rejoined the Clippers and is available to play.

Last year in his rookie season, Bledsoe played in 81 games for the Clippers averaging 6.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Legends end Vipers' six-game winning streak - by Eurobasket News
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers had their six-game winning streak stopped on Sunday afternoon with a 105-101 loss to the Texas Legends. The Vipers (17-10) trailed by 10 with 3:29 remaining and nearly caught the Legends with a 9-0 run that pulled them to within 102-101 with 1:36 left. The Vipers were held scoreless after that. Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) led the Vipers with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) had 17 points. The Vipers will next play at Austin for a back-to-back series beginning Tuesday.

Courtesy of www.themonitor.com


Bighorns 105, Red Claws 102: No last-second magic this time - by Eurobasket News
Try as they might, the Maine Red Claws just couldn't find a way to get over the hump.

The Red Claws battled their way back from two double-digit deficits Sunday, only to be rebuffed as the Reno Bighorns escaped the Portland Expo with a 105-102 victory in a NBA D-League game played before 3,045.

'We fought and I'm proud of the way the guys fought to keep climbing back in it or to stay close,' said Red Claws Coach Dave Leitao. 'We got within two, they'd stretch it back out to 10. It was a bit of a tough hill to climb.'

The Red Claws dug themselves into a hole early and trailed by 20 points in the second quarter, then rallied to tie the game in the third.

But the comeback was spoiled when Reno regained a 10-point lead before the end of the third.

'The game is full of stretches,' said Jerome Randle (5'10''-G-87, college: California), who scored 23 for the Claws. 'Everybody has their moments when they play good as a team and they have their moments when they are not playing so well.

'They capitalized when we weren't playing well and we did the same to them. They were just able to come through in the clutch.'

The Red Claws, who are 9-17 after seeing a modest two-game winning streak end, made a game of it again in the final quarter. Randle keyed a 13-3 run with 10 points as Maine cut the deficit to 94-92.

The Red Claws had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds. Morris Almond, who paced Maine in scoring for a fourth straight game with 26 points, started an inbounds play with 5.6 seconds remaining and fed Lawrence Hill, who drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Idaho on Friday. This time, his 3-point attempt rimmed out.

'These are always the tough ones,' said Bobby Simmons (6'6''-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.), who had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bighorns.

'Winning a game big the night before (a 127-88 victory over Springfield) and coming back in a back-to-back with the same intensity. Fatigue may have set in, but mentally we have to be there and be prepared to play and execute on offense and defense.'

Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) was a difference maker for the Bighorns in the first half. The 6-foot-5 forward scored 15 points in the opening quarter, helping Reno to a 33-22 lead.

The Bighorns (13-12) continued to enjoy offensive success in the second quarter and Emmett, who led Reno with 31 points, again was the catalyst. He added seven points to his total as Reno outscored the Red Claws 12-5 to take a 45-27 lead.

A run by the Red Claws late in the second quarter kept them within striking distance heading into halftime.

Courtney Pigram (6'1''-G-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) punctuated a 14-2 surge with seven straight points that allowed the home side to close the deficit to 53-45 with 1:16 left in the half.

Reno carried a 58-47 lead into the second half.

The Red Claws closed the gap quickly in the third quarter using a 14-4 run in the first 5� minutes to move to within 62-61. Moments later, Almond scored to tie the game at 66.

But Blake Ahearn single-handedly put the Red Claws back on their heels. The veteran guard scored 11 straight points, including three consecutive 3-pointers, during a 13-5 run that gave the visitors an 85-75 lead after three.

Courtesy of www.pressherald.com


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Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Scott, New York Wizards, 25.2
2, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 22.3
3, Clinton, Hudson Valley Hype, 21.3
4, Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 20
5, Roach, Winchester Storm, 18.7
Rebounds Per Game
1, Zephyr, New York Wizards, 11.2
2, Lawley, New York Wizards, 10.5
3, Harrington, Nova Hawks, 7.3
4, Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 6.3
5, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 5.3
Assists Per Game
1, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 6.3
2, Trent, New York Wizards, 4.7
3, Romer, New York Wizards, 4.2
4, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 3.3
5, Roach, Winchester Storm, 2.7
Steals Per Game
1, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 3
2, Scott, New York Wizards, 2.5
3, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 2
4, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 2
5, Romer, New York Wizards, 1.2
Blocks Per Game
1, Harrington, Nova Hawks, 2.3
2, Lawley, New York Wizards, 1.5
3, Zephyr, New York Wizards, 1.5
4, Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 1.3
5, Abraham, New York Wizards, 1


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. New York W. 4-1 
 2. HV Hype 3-1 
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-3 
 4. Brooklyn P. 0-0 
 5. NYC Jaguars 0-2 
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 6-0 
 2. NoVa Hawks 2-2 
 3. Washington M. 2-5 
 4. Winchester S. 1-2 
 5. Harrisburg H. 0-3 


Big Weekend of Ball for EBA - by EBA Media
EBA�s two powerhouse teams in the Washington, DC area went at each other in home and home contests highlighting a banner league weekend.

The Metropolitan All-Stars drew first blood be defeating the Washington Madness, 119 to 114 in overtime, Saturday night on the Madness court. Less than 24 hours later, they returned to the Metro court where the All-Stars� prevailed once again winning 121 to 108 to keep their record at a perfect 4-0 and widen their claim on first place in the EBA Southern Division.

First-year team Philadelphia Live travelled to Long Island, NY to take on a veteran NY Wizards team. The Wizards, led by Aubin Scott�s 35 points, came out victorious with a 122 to 113 win. Tyrone Hill had 35 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the Philadelphia Live.

Rounding out the EBA�s weekend, the NoVa Hawks took on the Harrisburg Horizon. NoVa controlled the game from start to finish with balanced floor play. Joe Kennerly had a game-high 33 points for the Hawks which recorded their first win of the 2012 season. Dom Asbury was high man for the winless Horizon.


E.B.A. Champs win two game against the Madness, one in overtime - by Calvin Brown
The E.B.A. champions, the Metropolitan All-Stars, defeated the Washington Madness in overtime 119 - 113 at Madess. Here's what Metropolitans coach has to say:

Going into today's game I knew it would be a tough contest. I could almost count on team madness bolstering a supremely talented roster. It is always a tough game .
I thought the team was extremely anxious to play this game. In fact playing the same team twice in once weekend made cause for a playoff like environment.
Initially our anxiety got the best of us. Although we had no real problems scoring, there were several defensive lapses. You can't afford to make too many mistakes against a team with the offensive fire power of Team Madness. We went back and forth one taking the others best shot. There came a point were we rallied and made several defensive plays in succession. This allowed us to build a lead as big as large as 18 pts. However the lead was short lived. Again several missed assignments and a hoard of turnovers put madness back into the game and allowed the a lead late in the game.
I believe in the last 3 minutes of the game the All-Stars made their best defensive stance. We got stops and we were able to attack the Rim. However we had dug ourselves a serious whole down 5 with 30.6 seconds left things were rather bleak. I encourage the team to stay aggressive. Attack the rim and foul immediately. With some missed freethrows and some favorable bounces we found ourselves in overtime. We road the defensive momentum into overtime and was able to capture the win. This was truly a nail biter.

The E.B.A. champions, The Mteropolitan All-Stars, defeated the Washington Madness123 - 114. Coach Al after the games:

After the Saturday night battle and victory, there was no time for celebration. We were right back at it on Sunday afternoon.
The games this weekend really had a playoff atmosphere to them. After Saturday nights game I knew we would be in for an even tougher game on Sunday. Sunday's game was everything I anticipated. The Madness team got off to a fast start forcing the tempo and knocking down shots. It took us mid - way through the first quarter to get settled in defensively and to play at our pace, which extremely hard when playing against such and offensively capable team. We withstood their initial run and was able to capture the lead by half time.
The 3rd quarter was not so favorable for us. Team Madness opened the quarter with a flurry of 3 point shots. We had some key players get into foul trouble, but we have players that are more the capable of filling in when needed. In fact, I believe the unit in the 3rd quarter took the lead back. They were in a great rhythm, especially defensively. We road that momentum midway into the 4th qtr. With fresh legs we made some substitutions and we able to extend the lead with increased defensive pressure and rebounding. We stayed in attack mode and didn't settle for jump shots. We were able to secure the victory, but it was one of the better games I've been a part of. To very talented teams playing twice over one weekend. Couldn't ask for much more.



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Tartu Ulikool and Kalev/Cramo achieve the wins - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Ulikool and Kalev/Cramo achieve the wins in the latest games of Baltic League. They both managed to beat Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes.
At first Kalev/Cramo edged Pieno Zvaigzdes 65-62. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-C-86, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
Estonian Tartu Ulikool edged Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys 73:71 on Friday. Pieno Zvaigzdes were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-19 charge of Tartu Ulikool, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 6-4. Rain Veideman helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Darrick Leonard (188-G-84, college: Aurora) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds and Paulius Morkeliunas (201-F-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 15 points in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes.



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January MVP: Henry Domercant, Unics Kazan - by Eurobasket News
If one team is a surprise to be seen standing alone with a 2-0 record atop its Top 16 group, it is Unics Kazan of Russia, a rookie in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. And if there is one player who has everything to do with that startling success, it is veteran guard Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois), who is Euroleague Basketballs choice as bwin MVP for January. In the first month of the new year and its first Top 16 games ever, Unics not only became the only team so far to defeat two group opponents that were seeded higher at the recent Top 16 Draw. It also became the first Euroleague newcomer since 2003 to win its first two Top 16 games. In both of those showdowns, at home against Fenerbahce Ulker and on the road at defending champion Panathinaikos, Unics came back from sizeable deficits that Domercant did a whole lot to erase. If resting on its unexpected regular season success was ever a risk for Unics, Domercant made sure that did not happen at the start of the Top 16. In January, he improved on his already-impressive regular-season averages to 18.5 points on 41.7% three-point shooting plus 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Those numbers translated into a performance index rating of 26 per game, but they only tell part of the story. Unics could easily have lost either game without Domercants big production in timely moments and against elite defenders. He made the difference in the most important numbers of all, Unics taking a 2-0 lead in Group G with four Top 16 games left. All of which makes Domercant a compelling choice as bwin MVP for January!

The bwin MVP of the Month honor is now in its eighth season. Although statistics and performance index ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his teams performance. The award for January was decided based on the two Top 16 games that all teams played between Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 26. Euroleague Basketball partner bwin is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does bwins sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

The first game of the Top 16 took place in Kazan, but things did not go the hosts way early. After a 0-15 Fenerbahce Ulker second-quarter run, the Turkish champs led 21-38 and Domercant had just 1 point to his name. Then, the shooting guard netted 2 free throws to end his teams lengthy scoring drought and help narrow the gap to 14 at the halftime break. Unics started to make its way back in the third quarter, though Domercants role was limited to 2 points, 2 assists and 1 steal. Then, he took over the fourth quarter. A Domercant triple gave Unics its first lead since the games early minutes, 58-56. After FB Ulker tied the game, Domercant buried triples on Unicss next two possessions. When the dust cleared, he had single-handily outscored FB Ulker 11-6 in the first 7 minutes of the fourth quarter and put Unics on the path to victory. He finished the night with 16 points, 3 assists, 2 steals and a career-high 2 blocks as Unics snatched a 76-71 win. The next week, Unics travelled to Greece to visit the defending champs, Panathinaikos. Domercant knew what to expect from the hostile OAKA crowd from his playing days at the Greens biggest rival, Olympiacos. On this night, he went to work early. With Unics down by 7 points after 4 minutes, Domercant came through with 8 points before the first quarter ended, to prevent the game from getting ugly. In the second quarter, after his teammates narrowed the gap, Domercant went to work against one of the games premier defenders, six-time Euroleague Best Defender Dimitris Diamantidis. His fade-away jumper over Panathinaikoss star guard put Unics ahead 35-36. After Panathinaikos answered, Domercant put Kazan ahead once more. The game was still close late in the third quarter when Domercant went to work again with a layup and a dish to Aleksey Savrasenko that made it 56-63 at the end of the quarter. His triple to start the fourth made it a 10-point game and Domercant polished off the win with free throws down the stretch. His final tally in Athens was 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists as his team stunned the champs 83-89. It marked the first time in eight years that any team visiting Athens had scored so many points and won against Panathinaikos.

For Domercant, who turned 31 before the Top 16 started, this is his sixth Euroleague season with his fourth different team. His teams have made the playoffs in four of his previous five seasons. So far in this one, Domercant is ranked fifth among all Euroleague players in scoring (16.8 ppg.) and second in three-point shooting accuracy (53.1 %) with more threes made (34) than any other player. Furthermore, his 4.4 rebounds per game is not only on pace for a career high, but more than any other guard to reach the Top 16. And his 7.5 fouls drawn per game is also No. 2 in the Euroleague. With Domercant firing on all cylinders, more specials nights figure to be in the making for Unics Kazan, whose fans can enjoy watching one of their stars receive his award at an upcoming home game.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Darren Townes claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Darren Townes (201-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for BC Nokia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out FoKoPo (#3, 12-4) 61-60. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. BC Nokia maintains the 4th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Nokia will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. Townes turned to be BC Nokia's top player in his first season with the team. Hofstra University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Townes is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 54.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of Oulun NMKY. Moultrie impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Oulun NMKY cruised to a 86-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jyvaskyla (#12, 1-16). Oulun NMKY's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Moultrie is a newcomer at Oulun NMKY and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) of SayRi (#8). Cooper scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Cooper's great performance SayRi lost 82-85 to the higher-ranked Lapua (#5, 11-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of SayRi 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 six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cooper could try to bring SayRi's a little bit higher in the standings. Cooper has individually a great season in Finland. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.9rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 60.9%. Cooper attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Nofflet (194-F-88) of Oulun NMKY - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Lapua - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Eric Williams (198-F-85) of Lapua - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Justice Graham (198-F/G-79) of Huima - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) of Pyrinto II - 24 points and 6 rebounds
9. Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83) of SayRi - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tuomas Viertola (196-F-90) of Huima - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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


French U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Starting five
#s#
Corentin Carne
Carne
Etienne Ory
Ory
Cyrille Vanerot
Vanerot
Antoine Wallez
Wallez
Gregory Bengaber
Bengaber
#e#5
4 Fabrice Diard 182-SG-96 Le Mans France
5 Corentin Carne 190-PG-96 CFBB France
6 Etienne Ory 175-PG-96 CFBB France
7 Gregory Bengaber 177-PG-97 CFBB France
8 Erwan Ruiz 191-PG-96 CFBB France
9 Cyrille Vanerot 194-F-96 CFBB France
10 Lucas Dussoulier 196-PG-96 CFBB France
11 Elie Fedensieu 201-C-96 CFBB France
12 Axel Riff 200-C-96 CFBB France
13 Ywen Smock 201-PF-96 CFBB France
14 Stephane Gombauld 200-PF-97 CFBB France
15 Antoine Wallez 202-PF-96 Le Mans France



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Viktor Sanikidze becomes POW again in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: World Sport Agency) again put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CS Bologna. He received a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Sidigas AV (#7, 10-8) with 20-point margin 76-56. CS Bologna is placed at 2nd position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CS Bologna will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. Sanikidze has many years of experience at CS Bologna, through which he has constantly improved. Viktor Sanikidze has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Sanikidze is in league's top in and averages impressive 62.0% FGP.




Viktor Sanikidze becomes POW again in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze again put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CS Bologna. He received a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Sidigas AV (#7, 10-8) with 20-point margin 76-56. CS Bologna is placed at 2nd position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CS Bologna will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. Sanikidze has many years of experience at CS Bologna, through which he has constantly improved. Viktor Sanikidze has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Sanikidze is in league's top in and averages impressive 62.0% FGP.




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Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Showed A Lot Of Maturity In Our Win Against FC Bayern Munich - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 80-65 win against FC Bayern Munich.

Congrats on the 80-65 win against FC Bayern Munich. When you woke up Friday morning did you have an extra good feeling on game day or was it a normal feeling that you have had on previous game days?

I was pretty excited about the game when I woke up that morning, but I wouldn�t say that I had a special feeling about it. I knew we were ready to play.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen came out and got the lead in the first quarter and never looked back. was this the best season performance over 40 minutes this season?

We played a complete game from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Munich is a great team so to be able to play like we did against them shows some maturity out of our team.

How big was the revenge factor going into the game? The Tigers had lost in Munich, but lost knowing that they had a real good chance to win?

We weren�t looking for revenge, but we were looking for a chance to get back on track and pick up a big win against a great team.

What was the biggest Tiger team strength in this game?

We shot the ball and executed our half court sets really well.

Bayern Munich is a very talented team but is playing way below their potential? What is missing in this team at the moment?

They have all the pieces to be a top contender maybe they just need some more time to gel. They have lost and gained different players and chemistry isn�t formed overnight.

Lou Campbell had a big game with 20 points. Did his ski trip bring him back more relaxed and focused?

Lou was excellent for us. When he plays well, we are always successful. I think the time off for all of us was a great way to refocus.


The Detroit Pistons started slow at 4-15. Where do you see the journey of the Pistons ending this season?

I don�t see it getting much better for the Pistons but you never know.

What is always the worst thing about waiting 2 weeks for the Super bowl to arrive?

Having to wait two weeks to see the best commercials of the year.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




Regionalliga stars: Dave Boykin - by Moritz Korff
Playing in the 1. Regionalliga does not necessarily mean that you are not good enough to make an impact in the 2. Bundesliga or even in the BBL. Far from it! Oftentimes those players who shine at the regional level just go under the radar, while nationwide attention would be appropriate. On the other hand side, in some cases a year or two in the Regionalliga have marked the beginning of a stellar career, as a number of example indicate, especially for players coming out off small colleges who took their first steps overseas on the way up at the regional level. So who's next? Maybe one of those current Regionalliga standouts that Eurobasket Germany will take a closer look at in the near future.

'I love winning!', Dave Boykin (193-G, college: Bridgeport) says. And while winning became a habit for him in high school and in college, the native of White Plains, N.Y., is currently learning the hard way, that there has to be a losing team in each and every basketball game as well. The graduate of Bridgeport University is spending his first season as a pro at Willicher TV (1. Regionalliga West) - the Wildcats only registered their 4th win of the season (having lost in 13 encounters so far) this past weekend, holding off SG BG Bonn-MTuS 101-81. Boykin nailed six three pointers and finished the game with 37 points. Compared to his final season at Bridgeport, his numbers has increased drastically. Boykin averaged 13.3 points (shooting 40.2% from beyond the arc), 3.1 rebounds and 3 assists per contest for the Purple Knights during the 2010-11 campaign, he is now leading the RLW with 26.3 points a game, going along with 4.6rpg, 2.4 spg and 1.6apg. 'As the only American player on my team, my role on this team is a little different from my role in college. Here in Germany, my coach and teammates need me in this role as a big scorer. They look for me to take and make big shots. In college, a did a lot of scoring as well, but my role was to control our game, and get everybody involved in our offense. I've always had the ability to score, but this year has allowed me to really show my offensive game', he says.

Putting a team on his back certainly isn't an easy task, but after all Boykin has no choice but to accept this role: 'Pressure is a big part of the game! I embrace the pressure, and I'm used to working in pressure. New challenges are somethings that I love and look forward to! I have a great group of teammates who never place blame on the next person when something goes wrong on the court, which makes it easy for me to deal with the pressure', he stresses. In a league, which sees several dominating guards like Dortmund's T.J. Smith, Antonio Houston of Grevenbroich or Sechtem's Darien Gay, what puts Boykin on top of the scoring list and being the player that his teammates look up to so often, when the Willich Wildcats need a basket? Boykin: 'I would say having the ability to mix it up, between driving hard to the basket and shooting the jump shot is my best scoring weapon. I love shooting the 3, and the pull-up mid range jumper off the dribble. I bring energy and competitiveness to every practice and game. My whole life I've been a Point Guard with a great handle, who has the ability to be a big scorer. It's all about which guard position that my coach wants me to play. I consider myself as being a true combo guard who can play either guard spot just as well. I also pride myself on playing both ends of the floor, which can be seen in stats, as I lead my league in scoring and steals. I bring a winning/positive attitude to any team I'm apart of, along with a team-first mindset.'

As the United States, year in and year out, produce a countless number of outstanding players, who have the ability to shine at the different levels of basketball in Europe, the market is tight, especially for guards. Knowing the right people and a little bit of luck sometimes are essential ingredients to get your overseas career started. Boykin agrees: 'My time in Europe has been great so far. I love Europe and the basketball game in Europe. It's a physical game here, and I love how each city's fans come out to support their teams! The only bad thing is that it's very hard to find a job without an agent. It's not only about the money. Finding a supportive and positive situation is very important! Well last summer, I didn't have an agent. So even though I had experience playing Division 1 basketball at Fordham University and having two great years at the University of Bridgeport, it was still hard for me to find a good job overseas. I was connected to the Willich WIldcats through a friend of mine who has played through out Europe for many years. He introduced to me to my current coach and a deal was made.'

And leading the 1. Regionalliga West in your first season in Europe isn't the worst way of rooting for yourself, as far as future jobs are concerned: 'I like my team, but I am very convinced that I can continue to play at a high level in a much higher league. For me it was important to get one foot in Europe. Now, I feel that I have proved my game. I am convinced that I can definitely play in a much higher level in Germany and in other places in Europe as well. I've seen many games this season of higher leagues, and I feel I can definitely play with all of them. My plan, along with the help of my agent, is to find a higher level team, and the best possible situation. As mentioned above, last summer, the smartest decision for me was to come play here in Willich, but now I would love the opportunity to bring my game to a high level team. I plan on staying in Germany after the season, and attending tryouts', Boykin says.

Rebounding to Boykins' desire to win games, Saturday's victory against Bonn helped a little bit to improve the record of the Willich Wildcats, who are currently 4-13 on the season. But still, he is far from being satiesfied: 'This has been the most frustrating thing for me in my entire time in Europe so far! I've always been a major part on very successful teams. From high school through college, I've always been on a championship team, so losing this many games so far is killing me! I do feel that we will can still turn this season around very quickly in the second half of the season.'


The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen Strike With Diego Kapelan - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO A outfit ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen got active on the transfer market bringing in Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) Kapelan is a 24 year old shooting guard that was born in Bosnia, but grew up in Canada. This season, he played for HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar (Bosnia-D1) averaging 11,6ppg, 4,0rpg and 2,6apg in 5 games. He played at : Mc Neese St. (NCAA) from 2007-2011 where Macabbi Tel Aviv point guard Demond Mallet played many years ago. In his senior year, Kapelan played 32 games: 14.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 88.5%. In his four year NCAA career, he played a total of 120 NCAA games. Kapelan had his first practice with the team on monday and his coming was helped by friend Taylor Kepkay who told him about the good life in Germany. 'We have improved ourselves in the direction of the playoffs', stated sport director Markus Horn. Kapelan will make his PRO A debut this weekend against USC Heidelberg.Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS: Lower Mainland Championship team, HS: Lower Mainland MVP Southland Conf. East Division Regular Season Champion -11, Southland Conf. Tournament Finalist -11, All-Southland Conf. 2nd Team -11, Southland Conf. All-Tournament Team -11, and Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team -11

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets



Adam Hess (Artland Dragons) Obtains German Citizenship - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Artland Dragon forward Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) obtained the German citizenship today. Hess is 30 year old 201cm forward from Michigan that first came to Germany in 2006. He has always played for the Artland Dragons this being his third tour of duty and fourth season in Qucakenbruck after playing in Spain and France in between. 'I am very happy to be a citizen of Germany. I have many connections to this country. My wife is German, my daughter is German and my ancestors were from Germany. I want to thank all that supported me with this', said Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary). Hess has always felt very comfortable in Germany and this move comes as no surprise. He also doesn�t need to learn the language German, because he studied it from day one and is one of the best speaking American in the Beko BBL.

Source: Artland Dragons


Dave Noel Joins BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BBC Bayreuth has reacted to the injury to American Corey Stokes and brought in Dave Noel (191-G-85, college: Cent.Florida) giving him a contract until the end of February. Noel is a 26 year old 191 cm American guard that was born in Montreal, Cananda. Noel played for Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague) this season averaging 12,9ppg, 5,7rpg and 2,6apg. 'We have a week to get Dave integrated into our systems. He doesn't have much professional experience, but is a nice and active guy. We will see how far he is by the weekend and will be able to see how well he can help us after the Tuebingen game', stressed BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco Van Den Berg. He played at Cent.Florida (NCAA) from 2005-2008 playing a total of 90 NCAA games. He played for Reno Bighorns (D-League) from 2008-2010 playing a total of 57 D-League games. In 2010-2011, he wanted to play for USC Heidelberg, but was unable to on account of passport problems. 'I have a good first impression of BBC Bayreuth. All have been friendly to me and the first practice went well. I want to help the team get wins in the next weeks', stressed Dave Noel (191-G-85, college: Cent.Florida).

Source: BBC Bayreuth


BBL Round 19: No surprise as #1 Brose Baskets defeat New Yorker Phantoms - by Eurobasket News
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (17-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (11-8) in Braunschweig 88-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of New Yorker Phantoms. New Yorker Phantoms trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. Brose Baskets made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Brose Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. It was a great evening for international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 17 points (made all of his seven free throws). At the losing side Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 18 points and 4 assists. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-2 record. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with s.Oliver Baskets. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#10) in Bonn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. New Yorker Phantoms will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Bonn. Fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (12-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Telekom Baskets (9-10) 92-91 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 5 assists. Kyle Weaver accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 assists for Telekom Baskets in the defeat. ALBA Berlin maintains fourth place with 12-6 record. Telekom Baskets at the other side keep the tenth position with ten games lost. ALBA Berlin will play against TBB Trier (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Telekom Baskets will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) in Bamberg and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Trier between TBB Trier and EnBW Ludwigsburg. Seventeenth ranked TBB Trier (6-13) got a very close home victory over 16th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-14). TBB Trier managed to escape with a 1-point win 75-74 in the game for the sixteenth place. Maik Zirbes fired 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Anthony Fisher produced 14 points for lost side. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TBB Trier moved-up to sixteenth place. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. TBB Trier will meet higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Tuebingen where higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (10-9) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Walter Tigers (7-12) 80-65. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of Reggie Redding who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Walter Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with LTi 46ers and Phoenix Hagen. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#11) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Frankfurt where 12th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-11) were upseton its own court by fifteenth ranked LTi 46ers (7-12) 78-65 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. It was a great evening for Barry Stewart who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. LTi 46ers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Walter Tigers and Phoenix Hagen. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. LTi 46ers will face league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm 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 19: s.Oliver Baskets won against Goettingen on the opponent's court 63-53. Phoenix Hagen unfortunately lost to Art.Dragons in a home game 85-95. Bayreuth was rolled over Ratiopharm on the road 52-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals by David Holston of Art.Dragons.



Goettingen - s.Oliver Baskets 53-63

Very expected game when 18th ranked BG Goettingen (2-17) was defeated at home by seventh ranked s Oliver Baskets (11-8) 63-53 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-53. s Oliver Baskets forced 22 BG Goettingen turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Chester Frazier (188-86, college: Illinois) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kyle Bailey (188-82, college: Santa Clara) scored 9 points. BG Goettingen's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. BG Goettingen lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face Phoenix Hagen (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against Bayern Muenchen.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: S.Evans 12+8reb+1ast, K.Bailey 9+4reb+3ast, M.Bauscher 6+2reb, M.Weber 6+1reb+2ast, P.Horne 6+4reb+2ast, D.Tucker 6+6reb
s.Oliver Baskets: I.Elliott 25+8reb+2ast, C.Frazier 16+5reb+1ast, J.Little 6+3reb, C.Kramer 4+4reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 4+3reb+3ast, J.Boone 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133263


Telekom Baskets - ALBA 91-92

Important game to mention about took place in Bonn. Fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (12-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Telekom Baskets (9-10) 92-91 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It looked good early as Telekom Baskets took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ALBA Berlin took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 assists and center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Telekom Baskets in the defeat. Four ALBA Berlin and five Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin maintains fourth place with 12-6 record. Telekom Baskets at the other side keep the tenth position with ten games lost. ALBA Berlin will play against TBB Trier (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Telekom Baskets will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) in Bamberg and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 16+7reb+1ast, J.Jordan 16+1reb+14ast, T.Battle 13+1reb+1ast, S.Serapinas 13+4reb, B.Veikalas 12+3reb, T.Gaffney 11+5reb
ALBA: K.Weaver 19+6reb+1ast, D.Wood 19+3reb+5ast, D.Allen 17+8reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 12+3reb+4ast, M.Simonovic 9+6reb, S.Schultze 6+2reb
gschID: 133258


NY Phantoms - Brose Baskets 79-88

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (17-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (11-8) in Braunschweig 88-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of New Yorker Phantoms. New Yorker Phantoms trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. Brose Baskets made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Brose Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. It was a great evening for international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 17 points (made all of his seven free throws). Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-2 record. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with s.Oliver Baskets. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face Telekom Baskets (#10) in Bonn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. New Yorker Phantoms will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: M.Umeh 18+4reb+4ast, N.Mittmann 16, B.Jorovic 14+4reb+3ast, I.McElroy 9+3reb+3ast, K.Visser 8+3reb+1ast, D.Theis 7+5reb
Brose Baskets: T.Pleiss 17+5reb+2ast, A.Gavel 17+3reb+3ast, A.Leon Tucker 16+5reb, C.Jacobsen 14+4reb+4ast, B.Roberts 13+2reb+5ast, P.Suput 10
gschID: 133259


Phoenix Hagen - Art.Dragons 85-95

Very predictable result when third ranked Artland Dragons (14-5) defeated on the road 13th ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-12) 95-85 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. Phoenix Hagen was better in second period 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Phoenix Hagen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Five Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons maintains third place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Artland Dragons will face EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round. Phoenix Hagen will play on the road against s Oliver Baskets (#6) in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 18+1reb, M.Antonio Carter 15+6reb+3ast, B.Kruel 12+3reb+2ast, B.Brooks 10+6reb+3ast, J.Hasquet 10+5reb+2ast, A.Constantine 8+6reb
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 28+7reb+9ast, A.King 20+8reb+2ast, N.Peavy 20+5reb+1ast, A.Hess 8+2reb, D.Fenn 8+4reb+1ast, B.Bailey 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133260


Ratiopharm - Bayreuth 74-52

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked BBC Bayreuth (8-11) was rolled over on the road by second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (16-2) 74-52 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-52. ratiopharm Ulm dominated on the defensive end, holding BBC Bayreuth to just 6 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BBC Bayreuth's 22. ratiopharm Ulm forced 19 BBC Bayreuth turnovers. It was a great evening for American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian-Haitian guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for ratiopharm Ulm. They maintain second place with 16-2 record behind leader Brose Baskets. Loser BBC Bayreuth keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face LTi 46ers (#14) in Giessen in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 14+5reb+2ast, M.Shtein 10+4reb+1ast, O.Jeanty 8+6reb+3ast, E.Ibekwe 6+2reb, T.Smith 4+6reb+2ast, B.Wyrick 4+7reb
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 18+6reb+2ast, D.Watts 14+5reb+2ast, R.Trice 10+6reb, P.Guenther 10+1reb+3ast, T.Mason-Griffin 10+3reb+3ast, K.Nankivil 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133261


Walter Tigers - B.Muenchen 80-65

An interesting game took place in Tuebingen where higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (10-9) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Walter Tigers (7-12) 80-65. The game without a history. Walter Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 27 personal fouls committed by Bayern Muenchen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 20 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 17 points (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bayern Muenchen. Bayern Muenchen's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Walter Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with LTi 46ers and Phoenix Hagen. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#11) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 17+1reb+2ast, J.Foster 12+2reb+1ast, D.Greene 9+3reb, R.Benzing 9+2reb+1ast, C.Troutman 8+8reb+3ast, S.Hamann 5+1reb
Walter Tigers: L.Campbell 20+1ast, T.Nash 14+7reb, R.Redding 12+10reb+3ast, J.Young 11+4reb+1ast, A.Hodzic 8+5reb+2ast, V.Duggins 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133262


Fraport SKY - LTi 46ers 65-78

An interesting game took place in Frankfurt where 12th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-11) were upseton its own court by fifteenth ranked LTi 46ers (7-12) 78-65 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The game was mostly controlled by LTi 46ers. Deutsche Bank Skyliners was better in second period 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for LTi 46ers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (210-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Devin Gibson (182, college: UTSA) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 16 points and 4 assists. LTi 46ers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Walter Tigers and Phoenix Hagen. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. LTi 46ers will face league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: D.Gibson 21+6reb+2ast, J.McKinney 16+3reb+4ast, Q.Robertson 10+1reb+4ast, M.Nolte 7+4reb+1ast, J.Davidson 6+4reb, J.Herber 3+1reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: B.Stewart 17+7reb, K.Archibong 17+4reb+2ast, C.Prewitt 14+2reb+1ast, R.Pilcevic 14+3reb+4ast, E.Ovcina 9+9reb+5ast, T.McCullough 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133255


TBB Trier - EnBW L'burg 75-74

A very close game took place in Trier between TBB Trier and EnBW Ludwigsburg. Seventeenth ranked TBB Trier (6-13) got a very close home victory over 16th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-14). TBB Trier managed to escape with a 1-point win 75-74 in the game for the sixteenth place. EnBW Ludwigsburg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. TBB Trier made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). American forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 14 points (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import guard Jerry Green (191-80, college: Cal-Irvine) added 11 points respectively for lost side. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TBB Trier moved-up to sixteenth place. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. TBB Trier will meet higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: A.Fisher 14+1reb+1ast, J.Green 11+1reb+2ast, T.Koch 11+3reb, J.Greer 9+1reb+1ast, J.Lischka 7+4reb, E.Jazvin 6+4reb
TBB Trier: M.Zirbes 22+9reb+1ast, D.Joyce 12+4reb+4ast, P.Zwiener 10+5reb+4ast, J.Bynum 9+2reb+1ast, N.Linhart 9+6reb+5ast, J.Washington 6
gschID: 133257




Blake Poole claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Blake Poole (195-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dorsten and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 21 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Wolfenbuettel (#8, 8-11) 91-78. Dorsten maintains the 7th position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dorsten will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. Poole turned to be Dorsten's top player in his first season with the team. St.Martin's College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Poole leads league in rebounds with 13.3rpg. Poole is in league's top in and averages solid 2.3spg and 60.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Femi Oladipo (201-F-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of BG Illertal. Oladipo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as BG Illertal was edged by the higher-ranked BSW Sixers (#5, 11-7) 94-92. BG Illertal managed to keep the same 11th spot in South. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories BG Illertal managed to get this year. Oladipo is a newcomer at BG Illertal and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-G/F-82) of top-ranked Hannover. Prasuhn scored 26 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Prasuhn's great performance Hannover lost 89-101 to the lower-ranked Schwelm (#5, 11-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hannover needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in North. Their record is 14 victories and 4 lost games. Prasuhn has a very solid season. In 19 games in Germany he scored 16.0ppg. He also has 7.1rpg and FGP: 55.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vincent Kittmann (199-F-88) of Herten - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83) of Noerdlingen - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jason Holmes (191-G-86) of Schwelm - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Matthias Haut (182-G-84) of BSW Sixers - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Barkley Falkner (203-F/C-86) of BG Illertal - 22 points and 7 rebounds
9. Zamal Nixon (185-G-89) of Herten - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) of TSV Troester - 17 points and 15 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)


Brooks' 32-point game gives him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old guard Cedric Brooks (185-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Kirchheim and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 32 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Kirchheim in his team's victory, helping them to beat Braves (#14, 5-14) 80-73. Kirchheim maintains the 2nd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kirchheim will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Kirchheim, through which he has constantly improved. Pittsburg State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brooks is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.8ppg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 55.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz. He is American guard in his 3rd season at Chemnitz. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Chemnitz to another comfortable win 82-64 over the lower-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#12, 7-11) being unquestionably team leader. Chemnitz's 5th 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. Johnson is one of the most experienced players at Chemnitz and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Andreas Buechert (208-C-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Ehingen (#11). Buechert scored 17 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Buechert's great performance Ehingen lost 73-77 to the higher-ranked Webmoebel (#4, 11-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ehingen ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Buechert could help Ehingen to bring them higher in the standings. Buechert has a very solid season. In 19 games in Germany he scored 11.1ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 56.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of MBC - 30 points
5. Jaivon Harris (197-G-82) of NBC - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82) of Karlsruhe - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Joleik Schaffrath (206-C-88) of Chemnitz - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Corey Hassan (193-G-87) of Leitershofen - 27 points and 5 rebounds
10. Joseph Henley (196-F-85) of ETB Wohnbau - 18 points and 6 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)


German U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Starting five
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Andreas Obst
Obst
Kevin Casper
Casper
Constantin Ebert
Ebert
Jan Wimberg
Wimberg
Joschka Ferner
Ferner
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4 Armin Musovic 190-PG-97 Frankfurt E. Germany
5 Andreas Obst 190-G-96 Brose Baskets Germany
6 Kevin Casper 199-F-96 Lichterfelde Germany
7 Constantin Ebert 180-PG-96 s.Oliver Baskets Germany
8 Leon Kratzer 200-C-97 Bayreuth Germany
9 Jonas Grof 196-G-96 Phoenix Hagen Germany
11 Max Pfannmueller 198-F-96
12 Jan Wimberg 202-G-96 Oldenburg Germany
13 Robert Glockner 200-PF-96 ALBA Germany
14 Daniel Woltering 206-C-96 Muenster Germany
15 Joschka Ferner 200-F-96 Noerdlingen Germany
21 Lennart Okeke 188-G-96 Frankfurt E. Germany
99 Lennart Okeke 188-G-96 Frankfurt E. Germany



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Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 14-2 
 2. Filathlitikos 14-2 
 3. Niki Volou 10-6 
 4. Irakleio 10-6 
 5. Agia Paraskevis 9-7 
 6. Near East 9-7 
 7. Diagoras 9-7 
 8. Stratoni 8-8 
 9. MENT 8-8 
 10. Doukas 7-9 
 11. Egaleo 7-9 
 12. Koroivos 7-9 
 13. Aias Evosmou 6-10 
 14. Iraklis 5-11 
 15. Anagennisi 4-12 
 16. Halkidona 1-15 


Evaggelis Margaritis claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Evaggelis Margaritis (202-F/C-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ikaroi Serron and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 29-year old power forward had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds for Ikaroi Serron in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pagrati (#14, 5-11) 78-64. Ikaroi Serron is placed at 3rd position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ikaroi Serron will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Margaritis had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ikaroi Serron's top player in his first season with the team. Evaggelis Margaritis averages this season 16.0ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio. Kakiouzis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Lavrio was edged by the lower-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#12, 7-9) 79-77. This loss caused Lavrio to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kakiouzis is well-known by Lavrio fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Ikaroi Serron's star - Filipp Simeonidis (204-F-80, agency: Court Side). Simeonidis scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Ikaroi Serron, helping his team with a 78-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Pagrati (#14, 5-11). Ikaroi Serron needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Simeonidis has a great season in Greece. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Panag Koukounias (199-F-88) of Nea Kifisia - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Vasilis Vagenas (202-F-80) of Doxa Lefkadas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77) of Apollon Patras - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Kostas Macheras (205-C-85) of Panerythraikos - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) of Panerythraikos - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Stratos Nisiotis (203-F-78) of Ermis Lagkada - 21 points and 8 rebounds
10. Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio - 27 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)


Dionte Christmas claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Dionte Christmas (196-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for AGOR and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 41 points adding three rebounds and two assists for AGOR as his team lost the game against Olympiakos (#1, 14-1) 82-97. AGOR maintains the 5th position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 8-6 record. In the team's last game Christmas had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 15 attempts. He turned to be AGOR's top player in his first season with the team. Temple University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Christmas is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.8ppg. Christmas is in league's top in and averages solid 51.9% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old guard Sotiris Karapostolou (194-G-78, agency: FCM) of Kavala. Karapostolou impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Kavala to another comfortable win outscoring Marousi (#13, 0-15) 89-69. This victory allowed Kavala to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Karapostolou is well-known by Kavala fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Ruben Boykin (201-F-85) of Kolossos (#3). Boykin scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Kolossos, leading his team to a 83-82 win against the lower-ranked KAOD (#9, 5-10). Kolossos is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 12-3 record is not that bad... Boykin has a very solid season. In 15 games in Greece he scored 11.2ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 56.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) of Panathinaikos - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76) of KAOD - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) of Aris - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) of PAOK - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-F/C-83) of Marousi - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) of KAOD - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Dimitris Verginis (193-G-87) of Aris - 20 points and 3 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)


B' Division: Round 16: Aiolos and Filathlitikos keep leading the league - by Chris Mammides
During the 16th week of the Second division's league we had the following results:
Anagennisi Flogas - Diagoras Rodou 90-85
Quarters: 17-25, 32-40, 59-62, 90-85
After three months the team of Coach Nektarios Karagiannidis (newcomer on the bench) succeeded to grab a victory, it's very first victory in this second round and in total the 4th victory of the season.
With last victory being with a team which left the league, Halkidona Anagennisi suffered 10 defeats before this win came and made the people of Anagennisi to laugh a bit. The home team was following in the score for the first three quarters but in the fourth and most crucial period, with the help of Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-82) (the top scorer of the division) and Giannis Mitsakis (181-PG-81) with Dallis, Anagennisi was able to win the game against Diagoras. The team of Cach Tsakiris saw the duet of Dimos Kounoupis (206-C-86) and Gogidis offering to his team 44 points but the rest of the team was not in their best so at the end they collapsed against a more passionate opponent
Top scorers:
Anagennisi: Giannis Mitsakis 20, Dallis 15, Aristo Nikoloudis 26 and Moumoglou 14.
Diagoras: Gavananopoulos 13, Dimos Kounoupis 25, Chrsis 14 and Gogidis 19.

Koroivos Amaliadas - Aiolos Trikallon 71-76
Quarters: 14-30, 33-41, 55-65, 71-76
Only one period the first one, the top seated team of Aiolos did its game and basically kept the other three quarters to simply get a professional victory over the team of Koroivos. The home team tried its best in the last period but was able to reach up until the -4. Godopoulos was not in his best and that was obvious weakness for the team of Coach Giannaris.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: Godopoulos 10, Antoniadis 12, Agapiadis 10, Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81) 23 and Makris 14
Aiolos: Lepeniotis 10, Sotiris Gioulekas (202-F-79) 26, Kaklamanos 11, Harismidis 16

Niki Volou - Iraklis 84-58
Quarters: 20-15, 46-26, 70-42, 84-58
A 30 points game needs no further details, the game was a monologue from the beginning to the end . Iraklis had in a bad day his top scorer Moulakis so this was obvious for all the team who lost simply due to the fact that Niki Volou is much stronger team.
Top scorers:
Niki: Naoum Thimnios (194-F-84) 14, Koutinas 11, Frousklias 12, Zarogiannis 11, Politis 12
Iraklis: Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87) 14, Siopis 11, Petallotis 11

Irakleio - AIAS Evosmou 90-81
Quarters: 24-25, 44-48, 67-63, 90-81
Irakleio had big troubles again Aias and won very difficult a game which was a derby from the very first minute until the end. The players of Coach Rallis and Bitzanis though that only the jerseys of Irakleio would have won the team of Aias but the visitors of Coach Goumas proved them wrong and they had to suffer a lot before finally react to the victory.
Top scorers:
Iraleio: Stefanakis 20, Andreas Xenakis (195-G-81) 24, Petrakis 10, Karlais 14
Aias: Tzinopoulos 14, Mavridis and Danis Eleftheriadis (197-F-89) 20 per head.

Egaleo - Doukas 87-78
Quarters: 23-24, 42-42, 68-57, and 87-78
Egaleo took the lead in the 23rd minute and never lost it until the very end. Christodoulos Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83) was the MVP of the game and the MVP of the week since he scored 37 points and he is the top scorer in a single game this season, the next top scoring came by Aris Aristo Nikoloudis (35 points) in the 4th round. The only negative point for the home team of Coach Hatzigiannakos is the fact that his team was not able to cover the difference of their first round in between game of 12 points.
Top scorers:
Egaleo: Christodoulos Karavolas 37, Giorgos Atzamoglou (190-G-83) 22, Simeopoulos 15, Tolias 10
Doukas: Pasalidis 11, Stikas 12, Georgios Papadionysioy (185-PG-95) 17, Zakinthinos 14

Filathlitikos - Agia Paraskevi 66-58
Quarters: 22-14, 35-32, 50-40, 66-58
Filathlitikos without Saloustros beat KAP and added another victory in its record. The game was a derby between two more or less equal teams but with Filathlitikos being more aggressive and better in the rebounding area as the players of Coach Zivas dashed down 10 rebounds more their opponents. Especially in the offensive part, Alexis Tsamatos (196-F-7) and Adedokubo were magnificent with their 23 rebounds 7 of which were offensive.
Top scorers:
Filathlitikos: Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-F-93) 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 block shots, Alexis Tsamatos 14 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, Georgiadis 13 points and 6 rebounds.
KAP: Konstantinos Sverkounos (184-G-82) 15 points and 3 steal

MENT- Stratoni 74-61
Quarters: 25-16, 46-30, 60-42, and 74-61
The team of MENT passed by the financial problems and added a crucial victory over the most unsteady team of the league. Having in its coaching team the head coach of the u21 team Christos Grafiadelis, MENT with Trnatas in a great night and nearly an absolute shooting from the arc 5of 6, beat Stratoni quite easily.
Top scorers:
MENT: Akis Trantas (194-G-88) 15, Nikolopoulos 10, Dalpas 14, Sikalidis 14, Pallis 11
Stratoni: Kigmetoglou 15, Giannis Daskalopoulos (195-G/F-80) 19




Dimitris Papanikolaou made his debut as the new head coach of AEK - by George Fragkos
Dimitris Papanikolaou (202-F-77) has been a very important player for Greek Basketball from the mid 90s up to 2011, when he decided to retire. Now, a few days before he becomes 35 years old, he has already started a new career in basketball, from another area. Papanikolaou is the new head coach of AEK Athens and last Saturday he made his debut with the team from Athens, which is currently playing at the second division. However, his first game was not just how he would have expected it to be, as AEK lost to Arkadikos by 13 points in Tripoli.

Papanikolaou�s job is not easy for such an inexperienced coach like him, while everyone at AEK cannot even think of remaining at the second division for one more year. Though, the new head coach has all the support both from the board of the club and the fans to work in order to achieve this target.

So far after 16 games in the A2 league, AEK have a record of 10 wins and 6 defeats holding the fourth place at the table but this is not enough for them to get promoted. The team from Athens needs to take at least the second place, which currently holds Apollon Patras with a 12-4 record. The leader of the table is Panelefsiniakos with 13 wins and just 3 losses.


Transfer news - by Chris Mammides
Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-F/C-83) is offcially off Marousi BC and is joining forces with the French super house ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Its expected that another two players t leave the team of Coach Nikos Linardos as Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77) and Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) are looking their future abroad.
Aris Thessaloniki agreed financials tersm with Ivan Tomas (193-G-81)
Ernest Scott (201-F-82, college: Valdosta St.) split ways with DASH Peristeri GS Athens as he will continue his career in Puerto Rico so after Richard Roby (198-G-85), Scott is history from DASH Peristeri GS Athens




Other Transfer news

Greek Coach Giorgos Ketselidis agreed terms with the Georgian team Ministry of Internal Affairs Tbilisi to be the Head Coach of the team which is currently in the 5th place of the A1 Georgian League.

The NBAer Kosta Koufos renewed his contract with Denver Nuggets for another three years. His annual salary will be 3 million dollars per year.



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PromotieDivisie scores round 16: BC Amsterdam, Z&Z2 take a loss. Binnenland still lossless - by Terry Cooper
Well whoa, whoa-Hey hey, what can you say about week 16 as teams that got comfortable in their positions took one to the chin as the standings seemed to shift for teams other than Binnenland who remains undefeated in the league. Most to the part of some teams/players have a tendency to get comfortable when they have defeated their opponents easily before or feel that the game is not important. As we have heard/said many times before that no game is less important than the next. Well BC Amsterdam was the first to feel it as they lost at home over De Groene Uilen 75-64 thank to the experienced play of Erik Schuur while De Hoppers defeated Z&Z2 at home 70-61 and shaking up the standings. Binnenland won easily over Almonte 99-50 while GOBA sent Punch back to Delft with a 65-57 win. The Cangaroes defeated Jugglers 69-55 while VBC Akrides taught a young Rotterdam2 team a lesson to get veteran players early in the season winning easily 85-58. Finally, the Red Giants bounced back to win convincly over BV Hoofddorp 105-77. It's clear that the race has opened up for five teams to get the final 3 spots as Binnenland has secured a playoff spot and working on the #1 seed. As well as the bottom, Rotterdam2 and Jugglers may be stepping down due to poor coaching and personnel decisions. STOP trying to go so young and get players to win. Stay tuned...


Round 16 Scores:

Goba - Punch 65-57
Red Giants - BV Hoofddorp 105-77
BC Amsterdam - De Groene Uilen 64-75
Almonte - Binnenland 50-99
De Hoppers - Z&Z2 70-61
Cangeroes - Jugglers 69-55
Rotterdam2 - VBC Akrides 58-85




Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 17-0 
 2. Amsterdam 13-4 
 3. De Hoppers 13-4 
 4. Leiden 2 13-4 
 5. Cangeroes 11-6 
 6. Red Giants 9-6 
 7. Goba 8-9 
 8. Akrides 6-10 
 9. De Groene 6-10 
 10. Hoofddorp 6-11 
 11. Almonte 5-12 
 12. Punch 5-12 
 13. Rotterdam 2 4-13 
 14. Jugglers 1-16 


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Vanoli-Braga Cremona and Terrence Roderick part ways - by Giovanni Bargna
As officially reported by the team Vanoli-Braga Cremona and Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) decided to part ways.
The american guard from Philadelphia flew to Europe in 2009 joining Traiskirchen in the Austrian league. After that Roderick was signed by Crabs Rimini in the italian legadue where he averaged 16 points per game in season 2010-2011.
The palyer started this season with cremona and was averaging 7.1 ppg in 23 minutes so far. Now he becomes a free agent and will be looking for another team to get back on the court soon.


Thomas' double-double lands him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old power forward James Thomas (203-F/C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Scafati Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed S.Antimo (#15, 5-12) with 27-point margin 82-55. Givova Scafati maintains the 4th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Givova Scafati will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. Thomas turned to be Givova Scafati's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas leads league in rebounds with 11.1rpg. Thomas is in league's top in and averages solid 70.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dwight Hardy (188-G-87) of league's second-best Giorgio Tesi PT. He is American guard in his first season at Giorgio Tesi PT. In the last game Hardy recorded impressive 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Giorgio Tesi PT to edge slightly lower-ranked Enel Brindisi (#3, 11-6) by 6 points 85-79. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Giorgio Tesi PT consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Hardy is a newcomer at Giorgio Tesi PT and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.6ppg (#1).

Third place about best performers goes to another Scafati Basket's star - forward Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73). Radulovic showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Givova Scafati, helping his team with a 82-55 easy win against the lower-ranked S.Antimo (#15, 5-12). Givova Scafati needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Radulovic has a very solid season. In 17 games in Italy he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 5.1rpg, 3.1spg and FGP: 53.5%. Nikola Radulovic has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F/C-86) of Enel Brindisi - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. David Brkic (210-F-82) of Prima Veroli - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86) of Morpho Basket - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Craig Callahan (203-F-81) of Enel Brindisi - 25 points and 8 rebounds
8. Michael Hicks (193-G/F-76) of Sigma Barcel. - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) of Prima Veroli - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Richard McConnell (182-G-89) of Fileni BPA - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 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)


Marco Calvani is new Head Coach of Acea Virtus Roma - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Roma fired their Head Coach Lino Lardo (agency: Players Group) and immediately promoted Marco Calvani (agency: Players Group) to this position. Calvani served as Assistant Coach so far. Lardo took over Roma last summer, but his team faced with 11 defeats in 18 rounds of the SerieA. Before Roma, Lardo worked with Canadian Solar Bologna, Rieti and Armani Jeans Milano.
Marco Calvani (agency: Players Group) joined Roma last summer as Assistant Coach. Last season he worked with Lega Due team Assigeco BPL Lodi, but they parted ways in February. In 2009/10, Calvani was a Head Coach of Scafati Basket also in Lega Due. He worked with the same club in 2007/08, but they competed in SerieA at that time. In the meantime, Calvani spent one year with A dilettanti team Banca Nuvoa Trapani. He also ahs experience from Scavolini and Montecatini.


Italian SerieA round 19 best performance: Viktor Sanikidze - by Eurobasket News
Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: World Sport Agency) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CS Bologna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Sidigas AV (#7, 10-8) with 20-point margin 76-56. CS Bologna is placed at 2nd position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CS Bologna will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. Sanikidze has many years of experience at CS Bologna, through which he has constantly improved. Viktor Sanikidze has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Sanikidze is in league's top in and averages impressive 62.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American James White (199-G-84, agency: Court Side) of Scavolini PS. White had a very good evening with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Scavolini PS lost that game 70-81 to Armani MI (11-7). This loss caused Scavolini PS to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. White is a newcomer at Scavolini PS, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#6). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Australian center David Andersen (212-C-80) of league's top team Montepaschi. Andersen scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Andersen's great performance Montepaschi lost 60-63 to the lower-ranked Umana Venezia (#6, 10-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Montepaschi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Andersen has a great season in Italy. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) of Acea Roma - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85) of Bennet Cantu - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Novipiu CM - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Armani MI - 16 points and 7 rebounds
8. Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87) of Angelico BI - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90) of Acea Roma - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard. - 20 points, 3 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)


Avellino and Domen Lorbek part ways - by Eurobasket News
Domen Lorbek (197-G/F-85) is no longer a member of Sidagas Avelino. Two sides agreed to terminate the ontract. Lorbek joined Avelino last summer, but he faced with injury (plantar fasciitis) and did not appear in a single game this season. Domen Lorbek spent 2010/11 with Spanish Lagun Aro GBC. He had 5.4 ppg and 1 rpg for 31 games in ACB. In 2009/10, the player changed three teams. He started with Cajasol Sevilla, later moved to Helios Domzale and finally joined Lagun Aro GBC in February of 2010. In the past, Lorbek played for Benetton, Estudiantes, Union Olimpija, Helios and Triglav. He played for the Slovenian National Team from 2005 to 2009. They reached EuroBasket 2009 Semifinals together. Lorbek had 5.9 ppg and 2 rpg for 8 games at this event.

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Japanese BJ League round 32 best performance: Michael Parker - by Eurobasket News
American forward Michael Parker (202-F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shimane SM, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Saitama Bron. (#9, 7-18) 71-67. Shimane SM maintains the 6th position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shimane SM will need more victories to improve their 17-11 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 55.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Shimane SM's top player in his first season with the team. Former Evergreen State College star has very solid stats this year. Parker is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.4ppg. Parker is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.7spg and 58.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Johnny Dukes (203-F-84) of Sendai 89ers. Dukes had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Sendai 89ers lost that game 75-85 to slightly lower-ranked Chiba Jets (#7, 11-15). This loss caused Sendai 89ers to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Dukes is a newcomer at Sendai 89ers, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Wayne Marshall (211-C-86) of Osaka Evessa (#3). Marshall scored 20 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Marshall's great performance Osaka Evessa lost 78-82 to slightly lower-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#5, 18-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Osaka Evessa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 8 lost games. Marshall has a very solid season. In 26 games in Japan he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and 1.3bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Okinawa GK - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rick Rickert (211-F-83) of Kyoto Hannar. - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Brian Harper (206-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Reggie Golson (201-F-81) of Shimane SM - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. John Flowers (200-F-89) of Saitama Bron. - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tyler Hughes (213-F-84) of Shinshu BW - 19 points and 12 rebounds
10. Maurice Hargrow (193-G-83) of Chiba Jets - 27 points, 8 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)


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Parker, Shimane SM24.4 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.5 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka21.1 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets19.8 
 5. Woods, Akita NH19.6 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama19.6 
 7. Burrell, Yokohama.19.6 
 8. Flowers, Saitama19.5 
 9. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 10. Kennedy, Iwate B.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.3 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.8 
 3. Malloy, Iwate B.10.7 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.6 
 5. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.6 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Allred, Kyoto H.10.2 
 8. Hughes, Shinshu BW10.2 
 9. Roberts, Shins.10.2 
 10. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.9 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Yamamoto, Shima.5.5 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.5 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.3 
 6. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.9 
 7. Takushi, Oita H.4.9 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.4 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.3 
 10. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.1 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.7 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.3 
 5. Golson, Shimane SM2.1 
 6. Arnold, Hamamats.2.0 
 7. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.0 
 8. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 9. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Davis, Shimane SM4.0 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.5 
 4. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 6. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 7. Flowers, Saitama1.4 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.3 
 9. Turner, Toyama G.1.3 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


BJ League Round 32: Miyazaki Shining Suns defeat Shiga L-Stars in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 32 in the BJ League took place in Miyazaki. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Shiga L-Stars (18-10) to seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-17) 68-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga L-Stars won third quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Miyazaki Shining Suns won last quarter 14-15. Strangely Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 48-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who added 16 points during the contest. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play at home against Osaka Evessa (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Oita Heat Devils (8-19) gave a tough game to third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (19-7). The visitors from Kyoto managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Oita Heat Devils. The winners were led by American forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Lance Allred supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points by American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) did not help to save the game for Oita Heat Devils. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to second place. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#5) at home in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against Toyama Grouses and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Akita Happinets (17-11) against sixth ranked Yokohama BC (13-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Yokohama BC in a tough game in Yokohama 72-79. The best player for the winners was Justin Burrell who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ricky Woods produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Yokohama BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Akita Happinets keep the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Shimane SM. Yokohama BC will meet Iwate Big Bulls (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Akita Happinets will play against Shinshu BW (#8) in Nagano and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Osaka Evessa (18-8) against fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (18-10) on Sunday night. Visiting Osaka Evessa was defeated by Fukuoka Rizing in a tough game in Fukuoka 78-82. Americans were the main players on the court. Kevin Palmer orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Osaka Evessa at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kyoto Hannar. on the road and it may be the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Chiba Jets' road win over one of their biggest challengers Sendai 89ers 85-75 was very exciting. Worth to mention a great performance of Maurice Hargrow who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets (11-15) moved-up to seventh place. Loser Sendai 89ers dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will face Saitama Broncos (#9) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Shinshu BW was destroyed by Okinawa GK on the opponent's court 75-56. Saitama Bron. unfortunately lost to Shimane SM in a home game 67-71. Toyama Grouses rolled over Takamatsu FA on the road 83-55.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 12 rebounds by Michael Parker of Shimane SM.



Oita H.Devils - Kyoto Hannar. 64-66

Eighth-ranked Oita Heat Devils (8-19) gave a tough game to third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (19-7). The visitors from Kyoto managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Oita Heat Devils. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Oita Heat Devils won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kyoto Hannar. won last quarter 16-15. The winners were led by American forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points by American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) did not help to save the game for Oita Heat Devils. Guard Naoto Takushi (182-81) added 10 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to second place. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#5) at home in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against Toyama Grouses and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 21+4reb+1ast, W.White 12+4reb+1ast, T.Finger 10+5reb, N.Takushi 10+4reb+5ast, K.Mitomo 6+4reb+3ast, M.Lottich 5+4reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Cummard 16+4reb+4ast, L.Allred 15+9reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 12+1reb+3ast, R.Rickert 12+13reb+4ast, K.Setoyama 4+3ast, Y.Inoue 3+2reb
gschID: 142104


Miyazaki SS - Shiga L-Stars 68-67

The most exciting game of round 32 in the BJ League took place in Miyazaki. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Shiga L-Stars (18-10) to seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-17) 68-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shiga L-Stars won third quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Miyazaki Shining Suns won last quarter 14-15. Strangely Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 48-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who added 16 points during the contest. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh position with 13-17 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play at home against Osaka Evessa (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 14+13reb+3ast, Y.Okada 14+4reb, D.Gomez Camargo 12+9reb, T.Fujiwara 9+3reb, J.Ashby 7+8reb+1ast, B.Markson 7+5reb
Miyazaki SS: O.Mims 18+12reb+1ast, D.Lyons 16+3reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Tsubasa 7+3ast, D.Dora 6+8reb, L.Witcher 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142105


Okinawa GK - Shinshu BW 75-56

Very expected game when 7th ranked Shinshu BW (11-17) was crushed on the road by first ranked Okinawa GK (22-6) 75-56 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 11 points. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 22-6 record. Shinshu BW lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 17 games lost. Okinawa GK will face Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shinshu BW will play against the league's second-placed Akita Happinets.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: T.Hughes 19+12reb, E.Morris 11+4reb+2ast, L.Roberts 7+6reb+1ast, T.Saito 6+5reb+2ast, D.Raivio 4+2reb, T.Goya 3+5reb+3ast
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 15+6reb+5ast, J.Newton 14+16reb+2ast, D.Palmer 11+1reb, D.Sneed 10+10reb, T.Yonamine 10+2reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142106


Sendai 89ers - Chiba Jets 75-85

Chiba Jets' road win over one of their biggest challengers Sendai 89ers 85-75 was very exciting. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 34-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chiba Jets made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while Sendai 89ers only scored ten points from the stripe. Sendai 89ers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) who added 21 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. American forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian forward Filip Toncinic (212-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chiba Jets (11-15) moved-up to seventh place. Loser Sendai 89ers dropped to the sixth position with 15 games lost. Chiba Jets will face Saitama Broncos (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 28+13reb+4ast, T.Shimura 12+4reb+5ast, D.Fitzgerald 10+8reb+5ast, F.Toncinic 9+12reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 8, R.Singleton 4+1reb
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 27+8reb+6ast, J.Staten 21+15reb+2ast, T.Ishida 13+2reb+2ast, R.Itakura 9+4reb+2ast, G.Moliva 7+12reb+1ast, H.Sato 4
gschID: 142099


Saitama Bron. - Shimane SM 67-71

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Shimane Magic (17-11) defeated on the road 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (7-18) 71-67 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Saitama Broncos won second period 21-16. 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. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who added 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Shimane Magic have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Akita NH. Saitama Broncos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 18 games lost. Shimane Magic will face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Chiba Jets (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Flowers 21+13reb+4ast, J.Humphrey 16+9reb+4ast, J.Miller 12+8reb+1ast, Y.Arai 6, K.Satterfield 5+3reb+4ast, S.Maki 5+1reb
Shimane SM: M.Parker 29+12reb+3ast, R.Golson 16+11reb+6ast, J.Nakama 7+2reb+1ast, J.Davis 7+7reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 6+5reb+5ast, T.Yokoo 6+6reb
gschID: 142100


Yokohama BC - Akita NH 79-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Akita Happinets (17-11) against sixth ranked Yokohama BC (13-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Yokohama BC in a tough game in Yokohama 72-79. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 30-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Yokohama BC made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Yokohama BC had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Kenji Yamada (180-83) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) added 17 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Yokohama BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Akita Happinets keep the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with Shimane SM. Yokohama BC will meet Iwate Big Bulls (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Akita Happinets will play against Shinshu BW (#8) in Nagano and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: R.Woods 19+7reb+5ast, M.Kearse 17+3reb+6ast, K.Shoji 16+4reb, R.Mizumachi 9+4reb+2ast, E.Drayton 8+8reb, Y.Kikuchi 3
Yokohama BC: K.Yamada 18+2reb+4ast, J.Burrell 17+12reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 16+2reb+3ast, M.Simmons 11+4reb+5ast, P.Faye 9+9reb, O.Kimura 8+2reb
gschID: 142101


Takamatsu FA - Toyama Grouses 55-83

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-26) was rolled over at home by fifth ranked Toyama Grouses (13-13) 83-55 on Sunday. The guests 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 83-55. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Toyama Grouses made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds and Masashi Joho (183-82) who added 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. American forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) scored 4 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fourth place. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth position with 26 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round. Takamatsu FA will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: M.Nunnally 14+8reb, P.Butorac 13+7reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 11+2reb+1ast, K.Tsutsumi 6+1reb, K.Smith 4+14reb+4ast, N.Williams 4+2reb
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 21+7reb+3ast, H.Johnson 18+7reb+1ast, M.Joho 16+9reb+4ast, I.Brown 11+9reb+2ast, K.Takano 6+2reb+1ast, T.Mito 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142102


Fukuoka Rizing - Osaka Evessa 82-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Osaka Evessa (18-8) against fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (18-10) on Sunday night. Visiting Osaka Evessa was defeated by Fukuoka Rizing in a tough game in Fukuoka 78-82. Osaka Evessa was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Five Fukuoka Rizing and four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Osaka Evessa at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kyoto Hannar. on the road and it may be the game of the week. Osaka Evessa will play against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 23+7reb+2ast, W.Marshall 20+14reb+3ast, M.Bell 13+11reb+3ast, M.Obuchi 11+3ast, C.Aoki 5+4reb+5ast, S.Konno 4+1reb
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Dearman 18+8reb+2ast, K.Palmer 17+9reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 12+2reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 11+13reb+2ast, C.Dixon 10+6reb+2ast, A.Takeno 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 142103




Japanese JBL round 13 best performance: Philip Ricci - by Eurobasket News
American forward Philip Ricci (202-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Toyota Alvark, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed Hitachi SR (#3, 15-11) with 31-point margin 87-56. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Toyota Alvark to consolidate first place in the Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Toyota Alvark has a very solid 20-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Ricci's second year at Toyota Alvark and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Oregon State University star has very solid stats this year. Ricci is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.3rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 64.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT. Moss had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Toshiba BT lost that game 73-85 to slightly higher-ranked Hokkaido L. (#6, 11-15). Toshiba BT are still at the very bottom. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Toshiba BT managed to get this year. Moss is a newcomer at Toshiba BT, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD (#7). Hale scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Hale's great performance Mitsubishi DD lost 78-83 to the higher-ranked Aishin SH (#2, 19-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mitsubishi DD not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hale could try to bring Mitsubishi DD's a little bit higher in the standings. Hale has individually a great season in Japan. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Panasonic T. - 19 points and 9 rebounds
5. Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT - 18 points and 13 rebounds
6. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of Panasonic T. - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) of Hokkaido L. - 20 points, 6 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)


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 17-10 
 2. Akita NH 17-11 
 3. Niigata Albirex 16-12 
 4. Toyama Grouses 13-13 
 5. Yokohama BC 13-14 
 6. Sendai 89ers 13-15 
 7. Chiba Jets 11-15 
 8. Shinshu BW 11-17 
 9. Saitama Bron. 7-18 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 7-21 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 22-6 
 2. Kyoto Hannar. 19-7 
 3. Osaka Evessa 18-8 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 18-10 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 18-10 
 6. Shimane SM 17-11 
 7. Miyazaki SS 13-17 
 8. Oita H.Devils 8-19 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-26 


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Bryant Williams goes to Kosova Vushtrri - by Dren Shporta

22 year old American center was very close to Trepca. He was about to sign with them until Emir Zimic came. Then, the green team from Mitrovica decided for the Bosnian center and registered him as their player. Afterwards Bryant Williams (205-C-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Oklahoma City) was offered to Kosova Vushtrri, which accepted the player.

Now, Williams will play for Vushtrria team during the second half of the season as they made the request to register him in Basketball Federation (FBK). Kosova from Vushtrri has registered 4 victories and 10 defeats during winter season, but they lost their main player Besnik Azemi who signed for Trepca.

With Bryant Williams as replacement for Besnik Azemi and other players loaned and returned they will be the main team fighting for the last two places that will secure the ticket for play-offs. With the actual players they are open also for some surprises, like they did it against Peja in the last week of winter season. After Arber Elshani, they registered also a free player Leon Prekazi.



Bryant Williams goes to Kosova Vushtrri - by Dren Shporta
22 year old American center was very close to Trepca. He was about to sign with them until Emir Zimic came. Then, the green team from Mitrovica decided for the Bosnian center and registered him as their player. Afterwards Bryant Williams (205-C-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Oklahoma City) was offered to Kosova Vushtrri, which accepted the player.

Now, Williams will play for Vushtrria team during the second half of the season as they made the request to register him in Basketball Federation (FBK). Kosova from Vushtrri has registered 4 victories and 10 defeats during winter season, but they lost their main player Besnik Azemi who signed for Trepca. With Bryant Williams as replacement for Besnik Azemi and other players loaned and returned they will be the main team fighting for the last two places that will secure the ticket for play-offs. With the actual players they are open also for some surprises, like they did it against Peja in the last week of winter season. After Arber Elshani, they registered also a free player Leon Prekazi. Kosova will host Drita in their first match.



Peja registers two Americans - by Dren Shporta
The fourth team in classification table, Peja, has registered two Americans for the second half of the season. Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85, college: Charleston) and Mario Edwards is the duo, that is coming from the same team, South Carolina Warriors.

Dustin Scott is 26 year old power forward, who can play also as a center, while Mario Edwards is a 191 cm high guard who will replace one of the best Peja players of the winter season Eric Salley.

In combination with other players that Peja has, it is likely to think that they could now create problems to all the teams in the league, including leaders duo, Trepca and Sigal Prishtina. Peja will visit Sigal Prishtina in the first game of the second half of the season. Yellows have also added Mirza Ahmetbasic to the team, the Bosnian with kosovar passport.



Visar Bunjaku moves from Bashkimi to Vllaznimi - by Dren Shporta
Bashkimis 24 year old shooting guard, Visar Bunjaku (194-G/F-87), has moved to second league team Vllaznimi. He has decided to play for Gjakovas team until the end of the season. Vllaznimi is actually leading the way to enter the BKT Superliga.

Bunjaku, couldnt find enough space in the orange team during the first half of the season, when Bashkimi has changed three coaches for three months. Vllaznimi is leading in the second league of Kosovo with 6 wins out of 6 played games. There are only seven teams in the kosovar second basketball league and Vllaznimi will rest in the first weekend which will start on February, 11th.



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  KUWAIT   


Kazma reach AlQadsia on top - by Eurobasket News
Kazma reach AlQadsia on top as both teams have 5-2 record. Kazma overcame Yarmouk 74:66, while AlQadsia lost to AlSahel 61:71. The latter improved to 4-3 record on the third position. In another game AlKuwait SC beat AlJahra 79:78. Kuwait improved to 4-3 record to share the third place with Sahel.


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Kavaliauskas' 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for VEF Riga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 31 points adding five rebounds and three assists for VEF Riga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liepaja (#3, 9-8) 89-83. VEF Riga is placed at 5th position in Latvian league. They are still close to the very top. VEF Riga would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-1 record. Kavaliauskas turned to be VEF Riga's top player in his first season with the team. Antanas Kavaliauskas averages this season 12.7ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85). He is Latvian forward in his second season at VEF Riga. In the last game Berzins recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for VEF Riga to edge slightly higher-ranked Liepaja (#3, 9-8) by 6 points 89-83. This victory allowed VEF Riga to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 8 matches. Berzins is well-known at VEF Riga and together with Antanas Kavaliauskas he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Martins Meiers (206-C-91) of league's second-best Ventspils. Meiers scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Ventspils, leading his team to a 108-71 easy win against the lower-ranked LU (#6, 8-9). Ventspils have amazing season winning all 9 games without a single defeat. Meiers turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Meiers has a very solid season. In 8 games in Latvia he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 65.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Turiba - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Steven Gray (195-G-89) of Ventspils - 27 points
6. Sam Willard (205-F) of Ventspils - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91) of Valmiera - 13 points and 9 rebounds
8. Krists Piternieks (202-G-87) of Turiba - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Josh Mayo (182-G-87) of Liepaja - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Zanis Peiners (203-G-90) of LU - 22 points and 3 assists

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


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Kedainiai and Rudupis taste the latest victories in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Kedainiai and Rudupis taste the latest victories in BBL beating their opponents over the weekend.
One of the most interesting games of round 13 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Kedainiai outleveled visiting Juventus 91:68. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-68. Kedainiai outrebounded Juventus 35-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-PG-85) accounted for 18 points. Tomas Gaidamavicius came up with 15 points and Gintautas Matulis added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Juventus in the defeat.
Rudupis edged host Baltai Kaunas 94-91. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-22. But Baltai Kaunas won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Baltai Kaunas used huge pressure winning it 21-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. Gediminas Orelikas (198-G/F-90) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Mario Delas responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 6 assists.





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  MALTA   


Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 4-0 
 2. Bupa 3-1 
 3. Siggiewi 2-2 
 4. Floriana 2-2 
 5. Depiro 1-3 
 6. Loyola 0-4 


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Nebojsa Bogavac returns to Hemofarm......as a coach! - by Darko Pekic
Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: BeoExcell) is the new head coach of Hemofarm Vrsac. After the departure of Zeljko Lukajic (agency: Alti Sport ) and huge financial problems in Hemofarm, this news can bring smiles back on Hemofarm's fans faces. His assistant will be Goran Topic . Bogavac is a former shooting guard of Hemofarm and Serbia and Montenegro National Team, and is known for his great scoring ability. The head coach position in Hemofarm will be his first job in a new role and he is expected to save save from relegation.

Neboja Bogavac grew up in Mojkovac (Montenegro).. He became known in Lovcen's jersey and then proved his quality in Hemofarm and helped them to win the first and only Adriatic League title in their history. He also left a good impression in France where he spent the last seasons in his preofessional career. Bogavac retired in 2010.


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  NBA   


Los Angeles Clippers recall Bledsoe - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam's NBA affiliate Los Angeles Clippers have recalled guard Eric Bledsoe, the team announced yesterday.

Bledsoe, 22, appeared in two games for the Jam as he continues his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. In his two games with the Jam, Bledsoe averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 assists in 21.0 minutes per game. Bledsoe has already rejoined the Clippers and is available to play.

Last year in his rookie season, Bledsoe played in 81 games for the Clippers averaging 6.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Courtney Lee unharmed in car accident - by Eurobasket News
Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) was back at Toyota Center for the first time since his weekend car accident, thankful to have escaped unharmed, saying he would be unaffected by the incident and with an offer from a local dealership to endorse the vehicle he praised in his early Sunday tweet.

Lee's vehicle was struck head on by a car he said ran a red light at the corner of McKinney and Louisiana at around midnight after Saturday's game at Toyota Center. Lee and two passengers in his vehicle were not harmed, but the other driver was rushed to the hospital.

'I'm fine. Luckily I was able to walk away from the accident unharmed. Everybody else in the car was able to walk away also. I was driving down McKinney on my way home. A car that was coming down Louisiana speeding, if I had to take a guess anywhere between 80 to 100 miles per hour. I saw him at the last second and tried to swerve right to avoid him or just nip the back of his car, but he was coming so fast he hit us straight on when I swerved.

�Once I saw him out of the corner of my eye, I tried to hit the brakes and swerve but by that time, it was too late because he was going so fast. The first thing that was going through my mind because I had two passengers � was to try to change the angle of the impact so they wouldn�t get hit head on. The second one was to try to prepare myself because those airbags were coming out pretty fast.

�Once the accident went down I asked everybody if they were all right. Then I told everybody to get out of the car because once the airbags come out, it kind of has that smell like something is burning. I wasn�t sure if something was burning outside so the next step was to get out of the car as fast as possible.�

Lee spent much of the morning recounting the story for teammates, though he had spoken to many and to Rockets coach Kevin McHale on Sunday, a day off for the Rockets after the back-to-back Friday and Saturday.

�The person in the back seat, the first thing that came out of his mouth was �Praise the Lord,� � Lee said. �That�s the way I felt. Once I got out of the car, it was pretty much totaled. I was worried about that, but then I looked down the street. I saw his car and I saw him on the side of the road. Right then and there I thought, �Forget about the car.� I�m glad I�m healthy and I�m saying prayers for him that he�ll come out OK.

�I know he�s at the hospital. I know he�s in critical condition. The one thing that was kind of a relief is that when the ambulance came, they got him on the stretcher, they said when they rode him over they heard him moan so that indicates he was still alive, still breathing.�

Shaken up on Sunday, Lee said the incident would not impact him on the court against the Timberwolves. He said it would affect him on the way home, however.

�I will be a more alert driver,� he said. �Probably conscious when I go through intersections. Even when I have the green light, I�ll probably look both ways before crossing. If I saw the car probably a half second earlier, I could probably avoid it.�

Lee offered thanks to the car maker in a tweet, inspiring a call Monday with an offer to replace the vehicle and more.

�I actually got a call from a manager at Cadillac this morning asking me to do a commercial,� Lee said. �I told him I�m down for it as long as I get a good deal on the Cadillac.�

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Lakers show interest in Cavs' Sessions - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have talked with the Cleveland Cavalier's about possibly acquiring guard Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada), league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as a candidate who could help their depleted backcourt.

The Lakers are without injured guard Steve Blake, and have relied heavily on rookies Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris to play behind 37-year-old Derek Fisher.

The Lakers have an $8.9 million trade exception, acquired from the Dallas Mavericks for Lamar Odom, to absorb salary. Sessions makes $4.3 million this season and has a player option for $4.6 million for the 2012-13 season.

Cleveland is interested in stockpiling draft picks in potential deals, sources said. Several teams have inquired about Sessions lately, front-office sources said. The Lakers have a handful of players on short-term deals who can't be traded until March 1.

Sessions has been a career 45-percent shooter, but has struggled this season in limited minutes behind No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving. Sessions shooting 34 percent and averaging 9.1 points.

After two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Sessions signed a four year, $16 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to the 2009-10 season. A year later, he was traded to the Cavaliers. He had his best season with Cleveland in 2010-11, averaging 13.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game.

The Lakers also worked out veteran NBA guard Morris Peterson several days ago, sources said. As first reported by Hoopsworld.com, the Lakers have discussed the possibility of signing veteran guard Gilbert Arenas, sources said. He's been working out in Florida, but no one in the Lakers organization has seen him lately to gauge the kind of shape he's in. There's significant resistance in some parts of the Lakers' front office and locker room to signing Arenas, but there's also a sense it won't hurt to at least evaluate him.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


MarShon Brooks is out indefinitely with a broken toe - by Eurobasket News
An X-ray revealed Monday that rookie standout Marshon Brooks (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Providence) has a fractured pinky toe on his right foot and will be out for an indefinite period.

The cause and time of the injury is unknown, and the Nets were holding off on a timetable for his recovery until after he sees a doctor.

Following Sunday's loss to the Raptors' when Brooks played 22 minutes after recovering from a sore Achilles heel on his other foot -- he came to the Nets practice facility with 'significant swelling' on his toe, coach Avery Johnson said.

'We think it could be something that happened some time ago. Sometimes, your toe is kinda sore and you don't think much of it. But he came in this morning and we sent him in for an X-ray, and it is a fracture,' Johnson said.

DeShawn Stevenson will also miss the game because of his chronic knee tendinitis and will likely get his knee drained. Without Stevenson and Brooks, the Nets could either start Shawne Williams at small forward or D-League call-up Larry Owens.

Deron Williams tried to lighten the mood when asked when the injuries would stop.

�When coach wants it to stop,� he said. �Where�s he from? New Orleans. You know what they do in New Orleans? (Voodoo)

�He�s got something going on. He pissed off somebody back home and they just put the hex on us.�
� (But) it�s not funny� There�s nothing we can do. It seems like it�s just one after another � guys are just falling. It�s unfortunate, but it�s just one of those things you can�t control � you just go out there and play.�

*** Although Lopez has been traveling with the team and showing up at practice, the center is �not close� to returning, Johnson said.

Lopez�s original timetable after getting surgery Dec. 24 (almost six weeks ago) was 6-to-8 weeks. Johnson indicated it would be longer.

�When you�re talking about a small bone in a big guy�s foot, that�s why I hate throwing out timeframes. It�s probably about eight weeks before we really start moving. It could be 8 to 10 weeks; we don�t know yet. It depends on how he heals. I�m not a doctor, but again, we haven�t had really any good fortune with injuries, so we definitely don�t want to bring him back too fast.�

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Mavs: Dirk Nowitzki returns; Jason Kidd out - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) returned, but Jason Kidd's (6'4''-PG-73, college: California) strained right calf will keep the Dallas Mavericks from finally being whole again for at least another week.

Nowitzki scored just 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting, but he grabbed a season-high 13 boards in Sunday night's 101-100 overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs after his eight-day personal training camp of sorts designed to strengthen his bothersome right knee.

He said he still experienced some swelling in the knee during his two-a-day workouts that focused on weight lifting and running, but said he felt better on the floor and that it was obvious by his movement.

'Moving better, got a couple of one-dribble, two-dribble-and-up pull-ups, which basically was nonexistent before I left,' Nowitzki said. 'It's coming back. My legs are getting stronger, my base is getting stronger, so I just got to keep on working.'

After being extended to 38 minutes because of overtime, tying for his second-most minutes of the season, Nowitzki said he's not worried about being able to bounce back for Monday night's game at the Phoenix Suns.

'I'll be fine,' Nowitzki said.

Nowitzki sat out the last four games. Early in the season, he started wearing a protective sleeve over his right knee and as the season progressed, he acknowledged that it was giving him trouble.

Prior to a game at New Orleans on Jan. 21, Carlisle announced the unusual step of removing Nowitzki from the lineup for four games so he could concentrate on improving his knee and his overall conditioning.

'It's been very good,' Carlisle said of Nowitzki's progress.

Kidd, who was hurt barely two minutes into Friday's 15-point win over the Utah Jazz, received relatively good news about his injury.

The initial fear was that Kidd might have sustained an Achilles injury because of his immediate descrption of how it felt as he limped off the court. He told head athletic trainer Casey Smith that it felt like someone had kicked him in the back of the shin.

The replay showed no one around Kidd, which sparked the initial fear of a more serious injury.

'They were a little nervous I had torn the Achillles or something because that's, I guess, the common theme when you say you got kicked in the back of the calf,' Kidd said. 'I'm just happy it was just a strain.'

Kidd, 38, missed four games earlier this month and has already nearly tripled the number of games missed this season than in any of his past six seasons.

'He's been so consistent just being out there on the floor,' Carlisle said. 'Really, I don't remember him sitting a game for injury since I've been here. We've rested him a couple of times, but it may have been a couple things where he was banged up slightly.

'This happened on that transition play where he was going back and (Devin) Harris was kind of in a spin and just a freaky play.'

Guard Delonte West, who sat out Friday's game with a tight right hamstring, rejoined the Mavs' lineup Sunday. Swingman Vince Carter made his return Friday from a five-game layoff with a sprained left foot.

Rodrigue Beaubois was in Sunday night's lineup in Kidd's place, along with Nowitzki, Carter, Shawn Marion and Brendan Haywood.

The Mavs haven't suffered from their string of injuries to key players, a credit to the depth they assembled purposely for this rugged, 66-game schedule.

Before Sunday, Dallas was 7-1 in games in which one of its two future Hall of Famers didn't play. Sunday was the 14th time the Mavs lacked Kidd, Nowitzki or Carter.

'We've been without two Hall of Famers now for a substantial number of games, or at least one of them, and that's very challenging,' Carlisle said. 'Fortunately, we are deep and the guys have taken the challenge to be able to get it done when they're out.'

Nowitzki spoke with the media on Thursday, his lone interview session during his exile from playing, and said his knee is making progress.

With Sunday's win, the Mavs took over sole possession of first place in the Southwest Division. The Spurs won the first meeting in San Antonio, 93-71, on a barrage of 3-pointers.

The Spurs continued to be without leading scorer Manu Ginobili, who broke his left hand on Jan. 2.

Courtesy of ESPN


Knicks staying patient as D'Antoni tries to get New York up to speed - by Eurobasket News
If Knicks fans were deciding the fate of coach Mike D'Antoni, you get the sense he'd be gone and the Phil Jackson era would already have begun.

It's not just that D'Antoni's squad is losing, but that he's having such a hard time helping stars Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony align or following through on the unofficial promises made when New York landed Tyson Chandler. There was talk of titles in the Big Apple again when the champion center arrived, or at least talk that the Knicks' new front line would be enough to take them deep into the playoffs. Six weeks later, even making the playoffs isn't a certainty. With Friday's 99-89 loss in Miami, the Knicks have dropped eight of their last nine games and sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-12 record.

But sources close to the situation say that D'Antoni is safe for now and the foreseeable future. Owner James Dolan is remaining patient, and D'Antoni, who is in the final year of his contract, will be given an opportunity to make the most of the Baron Davis experiment that is about to begin.

Davis, who was picked up via amnesty on Dec. 20 and insists he's up for the challenge, began practicing this week and is expected to soon make his debut after being out with a back injury. He is, as the Knicks see it, the missing driver to the race car they have spent the last few years building. And until the hot rod goes around the track a few times, no one will be looking at the D'Antoni-led pit crew for answers.

The loss of Chauncey Billups, who was amnestied to create the necessary salary cap room for Chandler, has been huge. With Billups on board for the second half of last season, the Knicks averaged 107 points per game while allowing 105.6 points per game and going 14-14. Entering Friday, the team was on the wrong side of its own point differential this season, allowing 95.3 points per game (ranked 16th) while scoring an average of 94.5 points (15th). It comes as no surprise to anyone who has tracked D'Antoni's career. The high-octane offensive system he perfected during his Phoenix days is dependent on having a high-level point guard to keep the pedal to the floor.

As for the stars, Stoudemire and Anthony have only been teammates for approximately half of a season (54 regular-season Knicks games combined) and there's an internal belief that momentum and cohesion down the stretch could be enough to make for an impactful showing in the playoffs. Still, the lackluster starts for both players simply can't continue.

Anthony -- who missed Friday's loss at Miami and will miss Saturday's game at Houston because of ankle, wrist and thumb ailments -- has seen his scoring dip (26.3 points per game with the Knicks last season to 23.6 this season) along with his field-goal percentage (46.1 percent last season, down to a career-low 39.4 percent). Stoudemire is having his worst season since he was a rookie in 2002-03: He's averaging 17.8 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting this season, a sharp decline from the 25.3 points and 50.2 percent shooting of last season.

The schedule, if not the critics, will be kind to the Knicks in the immediate future. Only five of their next 14 opponents currently have winning records, and nine of the games are at home. It'll be worth listening closely to the public message of the Knicks players, as the continued support of the players (chief among them Stoudemire and Anthony) is paramount to D'Antoni's survival.

Dolan, who is notoriously stubborn when it comes to ignoring the pressure from the public that surrounds his team (see Thomas, Isiah), wants to see where this goes but cares far more about the mood in his locker room than he does the fans. But if there's no improvement a month from now and the rumblings that Jackson wants out of retirement and into Madison Square Garden continue to grow louder? Those Knicks fans who want D'Antoni gone in seven seconds or less might finally get their way.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Pacer beat the Magic Easily, 106-85 - by Daniel Gibson
ORLANDO---The Indiana Pacers flipped the result on the Orlando Magic a few days after the Magic came to Indiana and blew them out on their home court.

This time the Pacers were the ones winning easily 106-85. After the game Dwight Howard called his teammates out telling them not to come out the locker room if they weren't ready to play.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 24 points with David West and George Hill adding 16 points apiece.

The Pacers started off the game hot but the Magic shooters warmed up and kept them in the game.

The second half was a completely different story. The Pacers defense swarmed Howard and made it tough for him. He finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds but he was the only Magic player to score in double figures.

These two teams are heading in different directions right now with the Pacers winning and the Magic struggling with their best player looking for a way out. After the game Granger spoke with ESPN about how the team feels about their hot start to the season.

'It is a lot of fun to win and be one of the top teams right now,' Granger said. 'We are playing together and that is the biggest thing. We have so much talent now. We are in position to really contend for the East.'



Sunday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - LA Clippers 105-109
Chauncey Billups' (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) homecoming couldn't have gone better. He scored a season-high 32 points and drew a crucial foul in the waning seconds to help seal the Los Angeles Clippers' 109-105 victory that snapped the Denver Nuggets' six-game winning streak Sunday night. It was Billups' first game at the Pepsi Center since the Nuggets included him in the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster trade nearly a year ago. Billups received a rousing ovation during introductions, and some highlights of his days with the Nuggets were shown on the overhead scoreboards. The Denver native was enthusiastically introduced as 'still the King of Park Hill.' Those cheers turned to groans when Billups scored a dozen points in the first quarter and swished a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter, reminding the Nuggets and their fans of what they'd lost. He saved his best play for the fourth quarter. The only visitor who got a louder ovation was Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, sitting courtside. The Nuggets opened a 10-point lead early in the fourth but the Clippers used a 10-0 run to tie it at 87 with 8 1/2 minutes to go and it was close the rest of the way. Just when the Nuggets started to pull away, going up five, Billups took over as he had so many times in this building. His sixth 3-pointer tied it at 99, and his three-point play finished off an 8-0 spurt gave the Clippers a 102-99 lead with 2:37 left. The Nuggets regained the lead 105-104 on Nene's dunk with 47 seconds remaining after Andre Miller's steal of Chris Paul's poor pass. But Paul's two free throws gave Los Angeles the lead for good with 36 seconds left. DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) hit one of two free throws with 23 seconds left to give the Clippers a 107-105 lead, and after a timeout, Nene, who led the Nuggets with 18 points, pushed off against Billups, drawing the offensive foul with 18 seconds remaining. Paul sank two free throws to push the Clippers' cushion to 109-105 with 17 seconds left, and the Nuggets weren't able to recover. Paul finished with 25 points, and Blake Griffin added 17. Billups had 15 points at the half and really got hot in the third quarter, sinking three straight 3-pointers, including one with Rudy Fernandez all over him that capped a stretch of five straight 3s for the Clippers, the other two coming from Paul. The Nuggets took an 83-77 lead into the fourth quarter after Fernandez's astonishing tip-in at the third-quarter buzzer. Corey Brewer's desperation heave was off-target and Fernandez cut through the lane and with his left hand tipped the ball off the glass and through the hoop as the buzzer sounded and the backboard lit up. Billups spent 2 1/2 years in his second stint with the Nuggets, instantly turned a middling Denver team into a contender when he came over from Detroit for Allen Iverson in 2008. He guided the Nuggets to a franchise-best 54 wins and the Western Conference finals that year. 'I've told the story that if we don't make the Chauncey trade, I don't think I'm here right now,' Nuggets coach George Karl said. 'We were playing very ordinary basketball. Then we made the trade and we went from ordinary to good pretty quick. I remember when (former Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien) called and said the trade was done, I was downstairs in my house and I actually think I got down on my knees and thanked God.' Conversely, Karl nearly cried 11 months ago when Billups, who starred at the University of Colorado, got caught up in Anthony's trade demand and was included in the 13-player, three-way deal on Feb. 22, 2011, that sent him to New York. 'I think Chauncey's a winner and he's one of the best winners of all-time,' Karl said. 'He has great skills but he also has a great head. ... I think everybody knows it was a sad day when we had to part with him. I mean, it was hard on everybody.' Billups included. He landed in Los Angeles this season when the Knicks invoked the amnesty clause that's part of the new collective bargaining agreement and cut him without having to count his $14.5 million salary against their cap. Claimed by the Clippers, Billups briefly contemplated retirement but then decided to play a 15th NBA season, and as he showed Sunday night, he's still at the top of his game. He's a big part of Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro's star-studded veteran cast that includes Griffin, Paul, Mo Williams and Caron Butler that's speeding the learning curve for younger teammates while also stealing the buzz from Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and the Lakers in Los Angeles. Billups' departure led to more playing time for Ty Lawson in Denver, and he was slated to start Sunday night after missing time with a sprained left ankle, but he was a late scratch. That scuttled some of Karl's plans to play fast against the Clippers, getting the Nuggets into the open court more. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Boston C. - Cleveland C. 87-88
Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 23 points, sinking a layup with 2.6 seconds left as the Cleveland Cavaliers scored the last 12 points of the game to beat the Boston Celtics 88-87 on Sunday night. Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) scored 18 points and added nine rebounds for Cleveland, which had lost five of its last six games. Ray Allen returned from an ankle injury and scored 22 points, making 4 of 6 from 3-point range. But he missed a jumper from the left corner when Boston still held a one-point lead on its second-to-last possession. Paul Pierce scored 18 points with six rebounds and five assists for the Celtics, who had won four in a row. Boston led 87-76 before Cleveland scored eight straight points, including two layups by Varejao, to make it 87-84 with 98 seconds left. After a timeout, Pierce missed a finger roll and Alonzo Gee, who was hacked trying to score on an offensive rebound, sank a pair of free throws to make it a one-point game. Allen missed from the left corner, and Kevin Garnett grabbed the rebound but traveled. Irving missed for Cleveland and Varejao got the rebound out to Antawn Jamison, who missed a 3-pointer. Boston's Brandon Bass got the rebound but Gee knocked it loose, Varejao went to the floor to corral it and called a timeout. Irving dribbled down the clock near midcourt, then drove to the basket, spun and laid it in to give Cleveland its first lead in almost 20 minutes. Pierce got the ball on the inbounds pass and was fouled. He got the ball again on the restart, took one dribble and got off a shot that bounced off the rim as the officials waved it off anyway. Boston fell to 4-2 since point guard Rajon Rondo went out with a right wrist injury. The Celtics were also without Allen for three games with a sore left ankle. The Celtics had beaten the Cavaliers twice in a row and five times in their last six meetings, including the last three games of a second-round playoff series in 2010 that was LeBron James (6'8''-F-84)' swan song in Cleveland. Boston led 44-43 at halftime. Cleveland led 55-53 early in the third quarter before Allen hit a 3-pointer to give the Celtics the lead for good and start them on a 14-2 run that gave them the first double-digit lead of the game for either team. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Orlando M. - Indiana P. 85-106
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 24 points, and David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) and George Hill each had 16 as the Indiana Pacers ran past the Orlando Magic 106-85 on Sunday night. The Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak to the Magic and avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season. Indiana had a 16-2 edge in second-chance points and got 42 points from its bench. The Pacers also went 8 for 17 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 24 points and 13 rebounds, but was a dismal 4 for 15 from the free throw line. Chris Duhon added 14 points and Jason Richardson 13. The Magic's loss marked their first three-game skid of the season. It came after a horrendous week in which they endured a pair of losses by 25 or more points. The Pacers erased a three-point Magic halftime lead and built as much as a 23-point advantage in the fourth quarter. Howard had Orlando's first basket of the period to get the Magic within 10, but wasn't allowed many field goal attempts rest of the way as the Pacers opted to foul him whenever he got the ball deep underneath. He fed into the strategy, going 1 for 4 from the free throw line in the quarter before going to the bench with 4:20 to play. The Magic tried to keep pace by making 3s, but couldn't find the accuracy they had in the first half. They also were slowed by 19 turnovers that led to 21 Pacers points. Nine Magic turnovers in the first 8 minutes of the game helped the Pacers build as much as a 15-point lead in the first half. Indiana's bench was also active with 28 first-half points, led by Hill's 13. Orlando got back in the game late in the second quarter, though, using an 18-2 run over the final 5 minutes to take a 51-48 lead into the locker room. The Magic had no turnovers in the final 7:25 of the half, with Howard carrying the offense with 14 points, along with 11 from Ryan Anderson and 10 from Richardson. *Courtesy of www.pantagraph.com

N.Orleans H. - Atlanta H. 72-94
Instead of giving his sore left ankle more rest, Jeff Teague decided to play and the point guard turned in one of the best games of his career. Teague tied a career high with 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks won for the fourth time in five games, 94-72 over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night. 'I didn't really feel too much pain when I got out there,' Teague said. 'I might feel a little bit tomorrow or something, but we just played as a team. We were moving the ball well, guys were getting open shots and just knocking them down.' Willie Green (6'4''-G-81, college: Detroit Mercy) added 16 points and Marvin Williams 14 for Atlanta, which can close its road trip with a 4-1 record by winning in Toronto on Tuesday night. 'It's just a road mentality,' Teague said. 'It's tough to beat somebody at their home, so you come in and you have to be fully focused and ready, and we're doing that.' The Hawks broke the game open with a 23-4 run during the last half of the third quarter, while New Orleans was in the midst of missing 12 straight shots. Green's 32-foot 3-pointer to end the period made it 76-52, and Atlanta's lead got as large as 29 in the fourth quarter as the Hawks handed the Hornets their most lopsided loss this season. 'I don't think we let them key in on anything. We switched it up with the play calling and things like that,' Teague said. 'When you're moving the ball and making shots like that, it's hard for anybody to play defense.' Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) scored 13 points for New Orleans, which was as close as 53-48 on Jarrett Jack's free throws with 5:44 to go in the third before Atlanta took over. Jack finished with 10 points in the Hornets' 16th loss in 18 games. The Hornets, who have lost 10 times by single digits, have been competitive in most of their games and had hoped they were turning the corner after a lopsided victory over Orlando on Friday night, which snapped a nine-game skid. Instead, they responded with one of their worst games of the season, shooting only 37.5 percent (27 of 72). 'Frustrating. Embarrassing. It's not what the fans deserve. It's not what the coaches deserve,' Hornets forward Jason Smith said. 'We came out sluggish. We didn't play hard. We didn't play defense.' The Hornets shot 5 of 19 in the first quarter and 5 of 20 in the third. They went from 7:06 of the third quarter to 9:35 of the fourth without hitting a field goal (0 for 12) and turned the ball over six times during that stretch. 'It's certainly one of those games you have to flush the toilet on and get ready for the next one, but I was really disappointed in our effort, especially at home with a day in between games,' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. 'We don't have enough talent to go out there and play one-on-one basketball. We certainly don't have enough talent to go out there and not play with effort. That was the frustrating part.' The Hawks shot 44 percent (36 of 82) and went 12 of 23 on 3-pointers, with Teague hitting all four he attempted. Marvin Williams was 3 of 4 from long range. Atlanta also outrebounded New Orleans 42-36. Joe Johnson and Ivan Johnson each scored nine points for the Hawks. Teague left Atlanta's previous game at Detroit on Friday with a sprained left ankle, but he returned to the starting lineup Sunday and had an immediate effect on the game. Atlanta raced to a 12-2 lead with Marvin Williams and Teague each hitting 3s and Teague adding a 16-foot jumper. Teague then hit back-to-back 3s on his way to 11 first-quarter points and the Hawks took a 21-point lead barely 9 minutes into the game when Kirk Hinrich's layup made it 27-6. Green called Teague's performance on the sore ankle 'very impressive.' 'We've been constantly on him about just being aggressive and tonight he did that,' Green said. 'He set the tone for us. He does a good job of getting guys involved and sometimes he has to be aggressive. We just want him to be able to do all of that and that's a lot to ask, but he's just getting better.' The Hornets clawed back into the game with an 11-0 run in the second quarter during which Okafor scored five points and capped the surge with a three-point play on an inside basket to make it 33-26. Williams' second 3 of the game interrupted the spurt before Okafor scored inside and Gustavo Ayon hit a reverse layup to cut it to 36-30. Atlanta then built its lead back to double digits, closing out the half with a 6-1 mini-run capped by Johnson's driving floater from the lane to make it 46-35. *Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

Dallas M. - San Antonio S. 101-100 OT
Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona) scored a season-high 34 points, including four in the last 42 seconds of overtime, as the Dallas Mavericks rebounded after blowing a big lead against San Antonio for a 101-100 victory Sunday night. Terry put Dallas back in the lead to stay when he took a pass from Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) for a 12-foot baseline jumper with 42 seconds left. After Shawn Marion stole the ball from Gary Neal, Terry had two free throws with 17 seconds left to make it 101-98. Neal, who finish with 19 points, then drove for a layup and was fouled by Shawn Marion. But Neal missed a potential tying free throw that was rebounded by Ian Mahinmi, who then missed two free throw attempts. After Neal got the rebound and the Spurs called timeout, Vince Carter knocked the ball loose. Danny Green grabbed it and threw up a shot that ricocheted off the front of the rim as the game ended. Green and the Spurs thought he had a game-winner at the end of regulation, but his 14-footer was disallowed when replay clearly showed that shot didn't get out of his hands before the buzzer sounded. Dallas led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter before San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich decided to go with his reserves. The Spurs' last 51 points after that came from bench players, and they went ahead by as many as nine in the fourth quarter with the help of a flurry of 3-pointers. The Mavericks got even at 91 when Terry hit a 15-footer with a half-second left. That was set up after Rodrigue Beaubois, starting for injured Jason Kidd, drove for a layup with 30 seconds left and then had a blocked shot on a drive by Neal. San Antonio had one more shot, and Green swished a 14-footer off the inbound pass. But officials looked at the replay before ruling it didn't count and sending the game to overtime. Carter had 21 points, his most with the Mavericks, while Beaubois had had 14. Nowitzki, playing for the first time after a four-game hiatus to strengthen his sore right knee and do conditioning work, had 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting with 13 rebounds. Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Green each had 12 points for the Spurs. Dallas (13-8) took over the Southwest Division lead, ahead of Houston (12-8) and the Spurs (12-9). The Mavericks had a 67-49 lead after Terry's basket with 3:48 left in the third quarter. That's when San Antonio's reserves took over. There were seven consecutive points to cut the gap, that capped by Matt Bonner's 3-pointer that helped ignite a frenzy of 3-pointers. San Antonio opened the fourth quarter with a 17-2 surge that included five 3-pointers. Bonner's trey from the right wing with 8:24 left in regulation put the Spurs up 75-71. That was from about the same spot that Green had hit before a missed shot by Nowitzki. San Antonio, which made seven 3s in the fourth quarter, led 84-75 with 5 1/2 minutes left when Neal stole the ball from Terry and had a fast-break jumper. It was still 89-81 only 2 minutes later when Neal made a 3-pointer. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Minnesota T. - LA Lakers 101-106
Kobe Bryant had 35 points and 14 rebounds and Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 28 to give the Los Angeles Lakers a much-needed road victory, 106-101 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) added 21 points for the Lakers, who won for just the second time in nine road games this season. They led by 18 in the third quarter, then withstood a furious Timberwolves charge to hang on for their second victory in six games. Kevin Love had 33 points and 13 rebounds and Michael Beasley added 18 points and 12 boards for the Wolves, who lost to the Lakers for the 16th straight time. Minnesota led 94-93 with 3:19 to play, but the Lakers' size was too much down the stretch. Bynum threw down two dunks and Bryant slithered into the lane for two clutch jumpers to turn back the young Wolves. The Lakers staggered into Target Center on Sunday night with four losses in five games and an ugly 1-7 mark on the road. Their struggling offense in new coach Mike Brown's first season had failed to top 100 points in 13 straight games, the club's longest streak since the shot clock was implemented in 1954. But the Lakers shot 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range against the Wolves. What had been a sleeper of a game turned into a heart-pounder in the final 17 minutes. The Lakers were in complete control midway through the third quarter, shooting 55 percent and suffocating the young Wolves offense. Bryant was feeling it, yapping at Wes Johnson after drilling a 3-pointer right in his grill and Gasol's layup gave the Lakers a 73-55 lead with 5 minutes to play in the period. Ricky Rubio had just one point, two assists and two rebounds at that point, and the Wolves were unable to get anything going outside of Love's typically efficient night. Then Wolves coach Rick Adelman switched to a zone defense and Beasley and Anthony Randolph added some much-needed energy to rally the team. Martell Webster hit a 3, Randolph threw down an alley-oop from Rubio and the Spanish rookie finished a 19-6 quarter-closing surge with a running bank shot to cut the Lakers' lead to 79-74 heading into the fourth. Rubio's pull-up jumper tied the game at 89 with 6 minutes to play. But the Lakers finally started using their size to find holes in the zone and overpower the undersized Wolves. Gasol had an awful night in Milwaukee, shooting 6 of 18. But he was sharp from the start against the Wolves, hitting his first four and scoring 14 on 6-for-8 shooting in the first quarter. Rubio finished with five points, eight assists and four rebounds. Webster had 10 points. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Miami Heat - Chicago B. 97-93
The odds had to overwhelmingly be in Chicago's favor. Down by a point with 22.7 seconds left, with Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) heading to the line to shoot a pair of free throws. The reigning NBA MVP. He was a perfect 29 for 29 from the foul line in the fourth quarter this season. As if this moment needed extra significance, it was coming against the Miami Heat, the team that downed Rose and the Bulls in last season's Eastern Conference finals by taking the series' last four games. Rose missed the first. Missed the second, too. And missed a potentially game-tying jumper with 3.7 seconds left to boot, as somehow the Heat held on for a wild 97-93 win on Sunday. LeBron James - the player who Rose supplanted as the league MVP - scored 35 points for Miami, which never trailed yet never could relax until Chris Bosh sealed it by making two free throws with 0.1 seconds left. 'This is so surreal right now knowing that I had a chance to win the game,' said Rose, emotional at his locker afterward. 'And this time it didn't work out.' Bosh scored 24 points and added 12 rebounds for the Heat (15-5), who got 15 points from Dwyane Wade and pulled within one game of the Bulls (17-5) in the East. 'Like the playoffs in January,' Wade said. Richard Hamilton and Joakim Noah each scored 11 for Chicago, which got 10 apiece from Ronnie Brewer and Carlos Boozer. 'A highly contested basketball game,' said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Oh, that doesn't even begin to tell the story of this one. 'I let my team down,' Rose said. It had a little of everything. James leaped over - yes, over - Chicago's 5-foot-11 John Lucas for an alley-oop dunk from Wade in the opening minutes, saying afterward he never saw the Bulls' guard in his path. Wade missed nine of his first 10 shots, airballing the last of those. James missed a pair of free throws 5.1 seconds after Rose misfired on his tries in the final moments. There were skirmishes, hard fouls, pushing and screaming and shoving. Even an inadvertent whistle in the final moments that ultimately didn't hurt Miami, although the Heat strongly believed the whistle took away their advantage. As for that notion that this was 'just another game' ... nope. Not even close. 'The way I see it, every time we play the Bulls it's going to be like that,' Bosh said. 'It's always going to be an atmosphere where nobody wants to lose and that's how the playoffs are.' This wasn't the playoffs. It only seemed that way. The Bulls trailed by 12 points midway through the second quarter, though never let Miami pull completely away. Not even in the fourth quarter, when it seemed like Miami was on the cusp: James connected on a long jumper to close the third quarter, then he and Shane Battier set each other up for 3-pointers on the first two possessions of the fourth for an 82-71 lead. Chicago called time-out, and Rose willed the Bulls back. A floating jumper made it 84-82, and a knifing layup that he made seem simply effortless knotted the game for the fourth and final time with 6:55 left. The Heat answered with a 10-2 run, before Chicago rallied again, Rose's three-point play with 49.1 seconds left cutting the lead to 94-93. On the play where he missed the free throws, Rose then lost the ball on a drive, but drew contact from Miami's Udonis Haslem and went to the line. Rose's first hit the front of the rim and bounced away, and his second rimmed out. James grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Noah - only to miss both free throws himself. 'I couldn't believe he missed both,' Wade said of Rose. 'I couldn't believe LeBron missed both, either. Averaged itself out, I guess.' After James' second miss, Wade said he knocked the ball away and Bosh appeared to emerge with control, but an inadvertent whistle led to a jump ball. James - who talked Bosh out of taking the tap himself - outleaped Taj Gibson, getting the ball to Mario Chalmers, who made one free throw for a two-point lead. Chicago wound up getting one last chance with 9.9 seconds left, calling time out. Naturally, it went to Rose, who weaved his way into the lane - but came up short. Bosh got the rebound, and Miami began celebrating. 'The ball was on our side this time,' said James, who defended Rose in the fourth quarter - and in the postgame, saying last season's MVP deserved credit for the comeback instead of simply having all the blame for misfiring down the stretch. The Bulls played without forward Luol Deng and guard C.J. Watson, both sidelined with wrist injuries. Watson may be back in Chicago's lineup as early as Monday, and Deng - who has a torn ligament in his left, non-shooting, wrist - is 'very close' to a return, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. Insistence that this was 'just another game' notwithstanding, Miami started quickly. Wade appeared a bit more emotionally charged than usual after joining his teammates in the pregame huddle, and the Heat ran out to a fast early edge. Maybe it would be more accurate to say they 'jumped' out to that lead. Wade set James up for three dunks in the first 7 minutes, the last of which is probably going to be replayed for quite a while. James appeared to be forgotten as he hovered on the weak side of the floor, so he darted toward the basket. Wade tossed a lob his way - and the two-time MVP went over Lucas for a dunk that put Miami up 16-7. 'I never saw him,' James said. Said Lucas: 'When he gets that running jump, what can I do?' More than two hours later, that play - so wild that the NBA quickly tweeted video of the slam - almost seemed forgotten. The Heat celebrated, and the Bulls lamented. Just like in last season's East finals. 'Derrick has always been someone who's his biggest critic,' Noah said. 'He takes losses very hard. He wouldn't be the competitor that he is if he weren't. At the end of the day, we have his back. I'll go to war with him any day. I've never been around a competitor like that in my life.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

New Jersey N. - Toronto R. 73-94
Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 94-73 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday night. The Raptors put together a 12-1 run midway in the second quarter, going from two points down to nine up at 40-31. They took a 44-39 lead into the half. Toronto guard Jerryd Byless led the stretch, driving for one basket and making three of four free throws. The Nets led only once in the game - at 26-24 - and were led by Deron Williams' (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) 24 points. The result left both teams with records of 7-14, tying them for third place in the Atlantic Division. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Clippers' Chauncey Billups has reached out to Kenyon Martin - by Eurobasket News
Martin Kenyon (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) to the Clippers?

Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) would like to see that happen.

In fact, the Clippers' veteran guard said Saturday that he has reached out to the free-agent forward, a former teammate of his in Denver, about signing with the Clippers.

What are Martin's thoughts about doing so?

'I'll let him tell y'all that,' Billups said with a smile.

Asked about reports that the Clippers are one of a handful of teams that have contacted Martin, Coach Vinny Del Negro declined to go into specifics.

'Kenyon is an experienced guy that knows how to play, can play some [power forward], play some [center],' Del Negro said. 'He brings a lot of athleticism �'

Del Negro neither confirmed nor denied that he has reached out to Martin.

Financially, the Clippers could make a strong play for the 34-year-old Martin, an 11-year NBA veteran.

They have two trade exceptions they can use to sign a player, one for $3.8 million and another for $2.7 million that were acquired in their deal for Chris Paul. They also have what's called a mini mid-level exception for $2.5 million, and, lastly, the Clippers have a 14-man roster, leaving one spot open.

'He's very valuable,' Billups said of Martin. 'Of course, he comes from winning stock. He's been to the [NBA] Finals twice. He has great ability. He is a leader. One thing I know about Kenyon, he's a winner. He'll do whatever it takes to win. He's one of the great one-on-one defensive players for a big man I've played with. And, contrary to what everybody believes, he's a really good dude.'

Martin can sign with an NBA team as soon as the team he signed with in China, the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers, completes its season.

Martin signed with Xinjiang Guanghui during the NBA lockout, but the China Basketball Assn. stipulated that any players signing this season complete the season before returning to the NBA.

Since the Flying Tigers are currently out of the playoff race, their season could end in mid-February.

Martin averaged a career-low 8.6 points and only 6.2 rebounds in 48 games for Denver last season.

Courtesy of http://articles.latimes.com


Report: Sixers asked Knicks about potential Amare Stoudemire trade - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers have reached out to the New York Knicks to ask about their willingness to trade power forward Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82), CSN Philadelphia reports (via Pro Basketball Talk).

The Sixers' inquiries are being characterized as 'due diligence', a league source tells CSN Philly, and no trade is imminent.

The Sixers reportedly had discussions with the Suns about trading for Stoudemire before he went to the Knicks as a free agent in June 2010, CSN notes.

This is not the first time Stoudemire's name has been mentioned in trade rumors recently. The Knicks reportedly were shopping him to the Hornets in an effort to land Chris Paul this offseasn, and Stephen A. Smith reported earlier this month that the Orlando Magic called the Knicks to gauge their interest in trading Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard.

Stoudemire's numbers are way off from last season, and some around the league are wondering whether he and Carmelo Anthony can play together effectively. Stoudemire is averaging 17.7 points per game, down from 25.3 last year, and is shooting just 42.8 percent, down from 50.2 percent, and taking just 15.4 shots per game, down from 19.0 last year.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Dwight Howard says he's open to playing with Derrick Rose in Chicago - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) is open to playing in Chicago with fellow star, point guard Derrick Rose, at least according to the Chicago Tribune's interpretation of recent comments from Howard.

Howard is understood to have given the Magic a list of three teams with which he's willing to sign a long-term deal-the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers.

But, Howard told the Tribune, 'If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen. It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That's my brother.''

Yahoo! Sports reported last month that Adidas, which sponsors both Rose and Howard, does not want both its marquee NBA endorsers in the same market and that the shoe company will be influential in where Howard ends up. That�s something Howard denies.

�Adidas simply cannot have its two signature players on the same team in the same market,� a sneaker executive told Yahoo! �Derrick is the face of that market, owns that market, and Adidas can�t possibly have maximum bang for its buck with Dwight there.�

'It has nothing to do with Adidas,' Howard retorted, per the Tribune. 'In fact, Adidas would love that because me and Derrick have the same guy.'

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Lightning first to lock up playoff spot - by Eurobasket News
It was an emphatic win, an impressive win, one that saw every member of the team get in the scoring column.

The London Lightning 125-99 win over Saint John Mill Rats on Sunday at the John Labatt Centre in front of 2,730 was as dominating a performance as the Lightning have put together all year.

With a Summerside Storm loss on Saturday the Lightning became the first NBL team to clinch a playoff spot.

The Lightning were singularly not impressed with the fact they are already playoff bound.

'We want home court advantage. Our job is not done,' said Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson. 'We don't care about the playoffs. What we care about is winning the championship. You could clinch the playoffs and be the first one home. That doesn't mean s---.'

The Lightning have had a habit of taking big leads and then watching them wilt later in the game. This time the Lightning looked as if they wanted to put the game away early. They went out to a 12-point lead in the first four minutes.

The Mill Rats closed it to three points near the end of the first quarter but that was as close as they got. A 32-14 third-quarter put the game out of sight.

The Lightning shot 55% from the floor. All 12 players who dressed played and scored.

Gabe Freeman led the Lightning with 29 points, Shamari Spears added 17, DeAnthony Bowden 16, Eddie Smith 14, Tim Ellis 13 and Rodney Buford 11.

Darren Duncan had 22 for the Mill Rats.

'We did what we were supposed to,' Richardson said.

Which was?

'Kick their ass,' he said. 'We knew how important this game was to us. We came off the road after a loss in Moncton, we had to make sure we win. We have to pay attention to details. Our job is to win a championship so every game we have to get better, we have to improve on something every game.'

Right now Richardson is getting great play from some of the guys who come off the bench, particularly Spears, Ellis and Buford. Ellis is just a hard-nosed player who can do everything for you.

It's tough on teams who have to guard Bowden and then he gets a break, they are faced with Smith who can really take the ball inside.

That's how the Lightning wear teams down.

Buford is the NBA veteran who is getting better the closer he gets to the playoffs. He can shoot and knows how to play the game.

�We just wanted to come out together at both ends,� Buford said. �When we play at both ends, no one can beat us. We made a conscientious effort to play defence and rebound and look what happened.�

Buford likes this time of year.

�Yes I do,� he said. �This is most fun part of the season . . . playoffs. The NBA plays 82 games, they really get locked in the playoffs. We�re down to the last nine or 10. It�s time to get ready.�

Buford says clinching means nothing.

�You just can�t come out and say you�ve clinched,� he said. �You have to continue to work to get better, every time out.�

One of the major issues the Lightning have had all year is trying to find bench scoring. A blow-out game is always a good time to get everyone in should a time come when you have to go deep into your bench.

�We�re going to need those guys in the playoffs, especially if someone gets hurt,� Richardson said.

The Mill Rats are potential first-round opponents for the Lightning. By that time they should have Anthony Anderson, their best player, back from injury.

With the win London ran its record to 21-6 while the second-place Halifax Rainmen are 17-8.

London�s next game is Thursday at the John Labatt Centre at 7 p.m. against the Summerside Storm.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Richardson named NBL Canada Coach of the Month, Robinson named Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that London Lightning head coach Michael Ray Richardson has earned Coach of the Month honours for January 2012. This is the second time that Richardson has earned this honour; he was previously named Coach of the Month for November 2011.

In the month of January, the London Lightning achieved an 8-2 record, and are on pace to not only receive a postseason berth, but to also receive home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The National Basketball League of Canada is also pleased to announce that Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) of the Oshawa Power has been named Player of the Week for the week ending January 29, 2012. Robinson joins Morgan Lewis as the second Power player to earn this honour.

Robinson, a 6'6',180 -pound shooting guard, averaged 32 points per game in two contests this week, including scoring 30 in Sunday's overtime win against the Summerside Storm.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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No. 16 Indiana beats Iowa 103-89 - by Eurobasket News
Freshman Cody Zeller (6'11''-F-92) scored a season-high 26 points to help No. 16 Indiana defeat Iowa 103-89 on Sunday night.

Zeller made 11 of 12 shots and had four assists and three steals for the Hoosiers (17-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who scored more than 100 points in a conference game for the first time since defeating Iowa 110-79 on March 12, 1995.

Christian Watford (6'9''-F-91) scored 15 points, Verdell Jones III (6'5''-G-89) had 14 points and nine assists and Victor Oladipo had 12 points and six rebounds for the Hoosiers, who had lost four of five.

Josh Oglesby (6'5''-G-92) scored a season-high 24 points and Matt Gatens added 20 for Iowa (11-11, 3-6). The Hawkeyes shot 63 percent from the field, but committed 17 turnovers. Since defeating Michigan, the Hawkeyes have lost at Purdue, at home to Nebraska and at Indiana.

Iowa and Indiana will meet again in Iowa City on Feb. 19.

Indiana was held to a season-low 50 points in a loss at Wisconsin on Thursday night, but had that many by halftime against Iowa. The Hoosiers finished with 20 assists after having four against Wisconsin.

On the rare occasion in which Indiana missed a shot against the Hawkeyes, the Hoosiers often got the rebound. Indiana scored 23 second-chance points on 20 offensive boards.

Indiana's Derek Elston hit three straight shots, including two 3-pointers, in a run that gave the Hoosiers a 26-18 lead with 11:37 left in the first half. Iowa cut the lead to one point on a basket by Aaron White, but the Hoosiers quickly regrouped. Tom Pritchard scored baskets 16 seconds apart in a run that gave Indiana a 44-36 lead.

The Hoosiers led 54-37 at halftime, their second-highest point total in a half this season. Indiana shot 54 percent and grabbed 11 offensive rebounds. Iowa shot 50 percent but committed 10 turnovers in the first half and was outrebounded 24-11.

A powerful one-handed dunk by Zeller gave the Hoosiers a 65-48 lead.

Iowa rallied and cut the deficit to 67-55 on a dunk by Nelsahn Basabe. Zeller took a break with Indiana leading 72-57. A two-handed putback dunk by Pritchard helped the Hoosiers maintain their lead, and Indiana led 81-64 when Zeller returned. His breakaway dunk increased the lead to 85-64.

The Hoosiers scored their 100th point on a free throw by Oladipo with 2:30 remaining.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Kentucky still easy No. 1 in AP poll; Mizzou drops to fourth - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky starts it second straight week - and fourth this season - as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press' college basketball poll.

The Wildcats were again a runaway choice, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.

Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 votes, and Ohio State both moved up one place to second and third. Missouri, which had been No. 2, dropped to fourth after its loss to Oklahoma State.

North Carolina, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and undefeated Murray State round out the top 10. The Racers, the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division I, cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


No. 4 Ohio State Beats No. 20 Michigan 64-49 - by Eurobasket News
Lenzelle Smith Jr. (6'4''-G) scored 17 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds as No. 4 Ohio State flexed its muscle inside to beat No. 20 Michigan 64-49 on Sunday, keeping the Buckeyes in a first-place tie in the Big Ten.

Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F-92) added 13 points and William Buford (6'6''-G-90) and Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F-91) both had 12 for Ohio State (19-3, 7-2), which ran its winning streak over its archrival to six straight and eight of nine.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'5''-G-92) had 15 points for the Wolverines (16-6, 6-3). Trey Burke, the conference's top freshman point guard, returned to his hometown to play for the first time against Sullinger, his former high school teammate, and finished with 13 points.

Michigan fell to 1-5 on opponents' home courts this season.

The Buckeyes extended their homecourt winning streak to 38, the second-longest in the program's 100 years.

Leading by three points at halftime, the Buckeyes pulled away with a 14-2 run midway through the second half. Bookended by 3-pointers by Burke, most of the points came as a result of backdoor cuts or drives. It didn't include a 3.

Buford, who was quiet throughout the first half, got it started with a driving layup. Later in the spurt he stepped in front of Burke's crosscourt pass and streaked the length of the court for a dunk.

Smith, who had more offensive rebounds than Michigan almost all game, scored twice � a layup on an assist from Buford and a short baseline jumper. Aaron Craft, Thomas and Sullinger, who sat out portions of the game due to foul trouble, all contributed two points to make it 48-35.

The Wolverines drew as close as 50-43 on a basket by Morgan inside. Morgan then stole the ball from Sullinger and grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed 3 by Douglass. But as Morgan was bracing to go up for the follow, Craft darted in and stole the ball.

Craft, who finished with seven points, four assists and three steals, then had an assist on Thomas' basket in traffic at the other end to make it 52-43. The lead never fell below eight points again.

The Buckeyes held a 24-21 lead after a grueling, physical, defense-dominated half.

Neither team was able to get into its offense because of the head-to-head battles, particularly between the point guards.

Burke had four assists and three turnovers to go with two points in 19 minutes. Craft managed two points with two turnovers and a steal. In a brief appearance, Shannon Scott had two steals.

There were four ties and seven lead changes in the first half.

Buford, Ohio State's second-leading scorer and only senior, didn't score in the opening 18:57 and finished the half with three points. Smith had nine points and seven rebounds.

Morgan had six points on 3-of-4 shooting while the rest of the team was 6 of 21.

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


California holds off rival Stanford 69-59 - by Eurobasket News
Jorge Gutierrez (6'3''-G-88) took little satisfaction walking off California's home floor guaranteed of a perfect record at Haas Pavilion against rival Stanford.

'Personally,' he said, 'I don't think it's a rivalry.'

In the last three-plus years, Gutierrez and the rest of Cal's senior class have sure made it seem that way.

Allen Crabbe (6'6''-G-92) scored 18 points and Gutierrez had 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the Golden Bears past Stanford 69-59 on Sunday in front of the program's first home sellout in almost two years.

Harper Kamp (6'8''-F-88) added 15 points to propel the Bears (17-5, 7-2 Pac-12) to their fifth win in the last six meetings against the Cardinal. The announced crowd of 11,877 at rowdy Haas Pavilion cheered Cal to a perfect 14-0 start at home this season to keep pace with Washington atop the crowded Pac-12 Conference race.

'Whoever is on top is our rival,' Gutierrez said. 'We want to end up first.'

Move over, Stanford.

At least for now.

Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92) scored 11 points off the bench in place of foul-prone Dwight Powell, who had 11 points and four rebounds before fouling out as Stanford lost at Berkeley for the fourth straight time.

Josh Owens added nine points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (15-6, 5-4), losers of a season-high three straight. Stanford shot just 2 of 15 from 3-point range and was outrebounded 41-31.

'They just were able to get more second-chance opportunities. That hurt us down the stretch of the ballgame,' Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said.

The teams combined for 13 lead changes and five ties over a frantic 40 minutes, delighting a gold towel-waving crowd�sprinkled with Cardinal colors, of course�that pounced at every chance to roar to its feet.

Not until a late push did the Bears deliver ample opportunities to cheer.

Kamp's free throws extended Cal's lead to 48-43 late in the second half, igniting the crowd with his aggressive play. He also drew a fourth foul on starter Powell in the process that started an avalanche of Bears offense.

Gutierrez stole a pass from Powell soon after and sprinted for an uncontested layup, and Crabbe added a jumper and a put-back as part of a 12-3 run that put the Bears ahead 56-46 with a little more than 5 minutes remaining. Powell never got in rhythm and fouled out with 4:55 to play.

'The crowd was like what I remember it when I used to come over,' said Cal coach Mike Montgomery, who coached at Stanford from 1986-2004 before leaving for a brief stint with the NBA's Golden State Warriors. 'I think there's something to that.'

A rocking blue-and-gold crowd at Haas Pavilion had the home team energized from the start.

The Bears bullied and bruised Stanford on defense, holding the longer and lankier Cardinal scoreless for almost six minutes in the first half. Cal took advantage with a 10-2 spurt during that stretch, capped by Gutierrez's 3-pointer to take a 14-11 lead midway through the first half.

Cal defenders swarmed Stanford's shooters throughout, even adding some hard-hitting fouls and going elbow-to-elbow for rebounds. The Bears' blistering defense converted stops into transition scores, getting consecutive three-point plays on layups by Christian Behrens and Justin Cobbs�with Aaron Bright whistled for a foul each time�to go ahead 25-16.

Stanford stayed strong early with a boost off the bench.

With foul trouble sidelining starters Powell and Bright, Nastic had nine points in the opening half, including a baseline jumper at the buzzer by the freshman center that gave the Cardinal a 33-32 lead and sent teammates jumping off the bench in celebration.

'We had a bit of a letup toward the end,' Nastic said. 'Give them credit, they kept going.'

The long-running Bay Area rivalry brought out some headliners from both sides.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star, sat courtside below his No. 11 Cal jersey hanging from the rafters. San Francisco Giants chief executive and Cal grad Larry Baer also was in attendance and so was Jim Plunkett, Stanford's 1970 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, as well as current athletes and coaches from both universities.

The extra attention helped create the first sellout at Haas Pavilion since Feb. 27, 2010, when Cal defeated Arizona State 62-46 to clinch at least a share of the conference title.

'I don't think I've ever seen the gym that packed,' Gutierrez said. 'I've been here 3 1/2 years, that's the first time I've ever seen the gym that packed.'

Stanford hosts Cal in the regular-season finale March 4.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com


Georgia Tech falls to No. 7 North Carolina 93-81 - by Eurobasket News
Glen Rice (6'5''-G-91) just never looked like himself Sunday.

Georgia Tech's scoring leader struggled to just four points in the 93-81 loss at No. 7 North Carolina, robbing the Yellow Jackets of a reliable scorer who has turned in big performances against highly ranked Duke and against North Carolina State in the team's only win of the past month.

Rice said he was bothered by the injury to his right big toe suffered during a recent practice.

'I don't know what happened,' Rice said. 'I guess my big toe was just bothering me today. But, I mean, no excuses. I should have come out there and played better. It just wasn't a good game today.'

Rice had scored 28 points in the loss to the Blue Devils and 22 points in the win days later at N.C. State on Jan. 11. But he finished 2-for-7 from the field and 0-for-2 from 3-point range against the Tar Heels.

He came in averaging about 14 points, but played just 22 minutes in one of his shortest stints on the court all year.

For North Carolina, Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) scored 23 points and the Tar Heels hit 10 3-pointers to end a four-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets.

Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) added 17 points for the Tar Heels (18-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 12 of 13 games and extended their school-record home winning streak to 31 games. North Carolina shot 54 percent from the field, led by 20 points at halftime and by 24 in the second half of an easy win that moved the Tar Heels into a tie with Duke and Florida State atop the ACC standings.

John Henson (6'11''-F-90) had 13 points and Reggie Bullock added 11 for the Tar Heels, while Kendall Marshall had 12 assists.

Mfon Udofia scored 16 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (8-13, 1-6), who trailed by double figures the entire second half.

The Yellow Jackets have lost five straight games and nine of 10 in the past five weeks.

In an odd stat, North Carolina hadn't beaten Georgia Tech in nearly three years. The Tar Heels lost three times to Georgia Tech in 2009-10, including the first round of the ACC tournament. Last season, the Yellow Jackets beat the Tar Heels by 20 points in Atlanta, though that humbling outcome marked a turning point in UNC's season as the Tar Heels went on to win the ACC regular-season title and get within a game of the Final Four.

The four-game losing streak was the longest for UNC in the 84-year history of the series.

On Sunday, Georgia Tech had no way to slow North Carolina's offense, which knocked down open shots and repeatedly got out in transition in what often looked like a tune up game more than a league contest. North Carolina shot 60 percent in the opening half, while its 93 points and 10 3s were the most allowed by Georgia Tech all season.

Coach Roy Williams has said several times that he believed he had a good shooting team, though the Tar Heels were hitting just 25 percent from 3-point range in ACC games. North Carolina hadn't made more than five 3s in a league game this season, including a 2-for-16 performance against Miami and a 4-for-21 showing in the 33-point loss at Florida State. But the Tar Heels knocked down plenty of outside looks Sunday, hitting five 3s in the first 10 minutes and finishing 8 for 12 in the first half.

Marshall had six assists on 3s in that half, including two crosscourt passes to set up 3s by Bullock and P.J. Hairston.

The UNC players wore pink-trimmed shoes as part of the weekend's Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, though Barnes and Zeller changed out of theirs by the start of the second half.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Notre Dame upsets No. 24 UConn 50-48 - by Eurobasket News
Eric Atkins (6'1''-G-91) scored 13 points and Jerian Grant hit three key free throws late as Notre Dame beat No. 24 Connecticut 50-48 on Sunday, the third straight win for the Irish and the third straight loss for the Huskies.

Grant had 11 points and Scott Martin (6'8''-G-88) added 10 for Notre Dame (14-8, 6-3 Big East), who controlled the tempo throughout.

The loss spoiled the return of freshman guard Ryan Boatright (6'0''-G-92) for Connecticut (14-6, 4-4), who missed the last three games amid an NCAA investigation into his eligibility.

Notre Dame trailed 24-21 at halftime, but went on a 13-0 run to open the second half.

Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) had 16 points to lead the Huskies and had a chance to tie the game after missing his second free throw with 2.3 seconds left on purpose. He grabbed the rebound of the miss but his off-balance follow bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Freshman Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93) had 15 points and 11 rebounds for UConn.

Boatright was cleared Saturday by the NCAA to return to action, despite a finding by the governing body that he and his mother received more than $8,000 in impermissible benefits both before and after he enrolled in school.

He made his first appearance 4 minutes into the game, entering to a standing ovation. He scored his first points on a runner in the lane at the halftime buzzer and finished with six points.

Notre Dame blocked three shots during its second-half run that turned a 24-21 deficit into a 34-24 lead. Scott Martin capped it with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Connecticut didn't have a field goal for the first 7 minutes of the second half, but the Huskies trailed by just five points after a basket by Drummond and a 3-pointer by Lamb.

Drummond brought the crowd back into the game with a rebound, dunk and free throw that cut the deficit to 36-34 with 7:30 left in the game. But the Huskies never retook the lead.

A Notre Dame steal and a layup by Atkins pushed the lead to 44-38 with 4 minutes left.

A driving layup by Boatright made it 45-42 with a minute left. A steal by Roscoe Smith gave the Huskies a chance to tie, but Shabazz Napier missed a 3-pointer and Pat Connaughton calmly hit two free throws on the other end.

An dunk by Drummond on an alley-oop pass from Napier made it 47-44 with 36 seconds left.

UConn's defense forced an inbounds 5-second call before the Irish could get a timeout. But Napier missed everything on another 3-point attempt. He was 0 for 7 from behind the arc.

Grant hit three free throws around a 3-pointer from Lamb to make it 50-47.

Notre Dame outrebounded UConn 33-29 including 11-7 on the offensive end.

The win caps a good week for the Irish. They beat then-No. 1 Syracuse on Jan. 21 before winning at Seton Hall. Notre Dame set team records in that game by allowing the Pirates just 15 field goals, and 42 points.

The Huskies held the Irish to just 36 percent shooting in the first half. But Notre Dame stayed in the game by hitting four of their nine 3-point attempts. They were 7 of 22 from long range for the game.

Drummond and Lamb carried UConn in the first half, scoring 15 of the team's 24 points. Those two were 7 of 12 from the field while the rest of the team was 4 of 10.

Connecticut went 6-3 this season with Boatright out of the lineup, but was 1-2 since he was forced to sit out a second time after serving a six-game suspension to open the season. The Huskies won at Notre Dame, snapping the Irish's 29-game home-court winning streak, before losing consecutive games to Cincinnati and Tennessee, both by three points.

Connecticut has been ranked in the Top 25 for 28 straight weeks, the fifth-longest stretch in program history, a run that is likely to end Monday.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


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Steamers fade in fourth, fall to Dayton - by Eurobasket News
For three quarters of Saturday's game, it looked like the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers were headed to a fourth straight victory.

But the defense failed and the offense sputtered in the fourth, and the Steamers fell to the Dayton Air Strikers, 114-108, at the Lackawanna College Student Union before more than 700.

Fueled by forward Rob Robinson's (6'8''-F-87, college: Robert Morris) strong play, the Steamers entered the final quarter with a 75-70 lead.

But the Air Strikers (2-4) stormed into the fourth with an 11-2 run powered by Brandon Russ (6'8''-F-87, college: S.Indiana).

Russ opened the quarter with a three-point play, and his basket with a little more than 10 minutes remaining cut the Steamers' lead to 77-76. Mark Gomillia (6'5''-F-87, college: SF Austin) followed with a basket that put the Air Strikers ahead 78-77, the team's first lead since 16-14 with 5:12 remaining in the first quarter.

'We choose when to play defense,' Steamers co-coach John Bucci said. 'We didn't play well enough to win. We lost to a better team.'

The Steamers (3-3) were able to put together a late run, with two 3-pointers from Tyler Bullock (6'2''-G-88, college: Nebraska-Omaha) and Vincent Simpson (6'1''-G-88, college: Hampton), cutting the Air Strikers' lead to 110-108.

'We didn't play well. We made that run in the third quarter, and then we kind of settled and thought the game was over,' Steamers co-coach Dennis Mishko said. 'They stepped it up and we just didn't match their intensity.'

Russ gave the Steamers problems throughout the game, finishing with 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting and 11 rebounds. Russ was able to work inside against a Steamers front court that, outside of Robinson, looked overmatched.

Robinson was the lone bright spot among the Steamers' big men, using his quickness to the basket. He finished with 23 points and 23 rebounds, and nearly amassed a double-double in the first quarter, falling short by one rebound.

'We were on a roll, but then our offense went south and we let our offense affect our defense,' Robinson said. 'It went downhill from there.'

Simpson added 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Steamers, who had not played a game since Jan. 15.

'We need to get back in the gym and work on fundamentals,' Mishko said.

Courtesy of http://citizensvoice.com


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Asean Basketball League Roundup: January 28-29, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo
AIR ASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIORS over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 86-73
Both teams came into this game searching for wins after bitter losses last weekend. The Patriots lost to the San Miguel Beermen and the Warriors lost against the Westports Malaysia Dragons.

The Pinoys started the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run and held on to their lead to eventually beat the Indonesians. Patriots import Anthony Johnson led all scoring with 33 points, while his teammate Nakiea Miller recorded his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 16 rebounds. On the other end, Warriors point guard Mario Wuysang led his team with 24 points.

The Patriots big men dominated the paint as they outscored the Warriors 40-28 inside and outrebounded the Warriors 44-28. Johnson was in attack mode in this game and was aggressive on offense. The Patriots also got key contributions from their point guard, Al Vergara, who scored 14 points.

Indonesia Warriors two imports, Steven Thomas and Jonathan Smith, were limited to 16 points each, while their three ASEAN imports Harold Sta. Cruz, Jerick Canada, and Ricky Ricafuente had a tough game as they only managed 7 combined points.

PHP 86 - Johnson 33, Miller 19, Vergara 14, Larong 11, Raymundo 4, Wainwright 3, Laure 2, Ybanez 0, Fernandez 0, Saldua 0, Arellano 0, Rodriguez
INW 73 - Wuysang 24, Smith 16, Thomas 16, Prihantono 10, Sta. Cruz 4, Canada 3, Ricafuente 0, Gunawan 0
QS: 17-15, 37-35, 62-56, 86-73

WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS over SAIGON HEAT, 97-86
The Westports Malaysia Dragons were on fire in front of their home crowd today as they recorded their third straight win, leaving them as the only team in the ABL that is currently unbeaten.

The Dragons hit the ground running and within the first two and a half minutes of the first quarter, they led the Heat, 22-8, which prompted a timeout by Coach Newsom to try and get his team back on track. Jonathan Jones came back in and managed 2 points and although they managed to cut the Dragons lead by a little bit, the quarter ended with the Dragons up 25-14.

The Dragons never lost the lead the entire game and the team shot very well, making 54% of their field goals and converting 63% of their three pointers, with Guganeswaran Batumalai, Brian Williams and Patrick Cabahug sinking all of their attempts in the game. Brian Williams ended the game with another double-double line of 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The top scorer for the game, however, was Saigon Heats Julius Hodge, who put in an incredible 42 points, nearly half of his teams total. Fellow import Jonathan Jones had his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

WMD 97 - Wade 26, Williams 20, Loh 14, Cabahug 11, Kuppusamy 11, Batumalai 6, Belasco 5, Pacana 4, Lau 0, Kuek 0, Ng 0, Chee 0
SGH 86 - Hodge 42, Jones 16, Smith 13, Oeun 7, Capati 6, Trieu 2, Nguyen 0, Doan 0, Ly 0
QS: 25-14, 51-37, 71-56, 97-86


SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 68-59
The Chang Thailand Slammers came into the game looking to bounce back from their loss against the Bangkok Cobras last weekend, while the San Miguel Beermen came in high after besting the AirAsia Philippine Patriots.

Kenneth Walker and DeAndre Thomas led their team in the first quarter, contributing 14 out of the teams total of 19 points. The San Miguel Beermen, however, stepped it up in the second quarter, and a strong performance from Darlon Johnson gave his team the lead for the first time in the game. The San Miguel Beermen were on top at halftime, 33-32.

The game remained tight as the Slammers tried their best to regain the lead throughout the third quarter, but the Beermen stubbornly held on. SMB eventually entered the final period leading, 51-48.

The Thais still tried hard to catch up in the fourth period and managed to cut the lead down to just two points with eight minutes left on the clock. This only prompted a resurgence by the Beermen, who answered with an 8-point run to leave the Slammers behind. Sterling performances from Dalron Johnson and Leo Avenido saw the Beermen notch up their second consecutive win.

Despite the loss, the Slammers Kenneth Walker had an impressive game, recording a double double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

SMB 68 - Johnson 21, Avenido 14, Thomson 10, Fernandez 9, Rizada 5, Fajardo 3, Baguion 3, Cabatu 3, Luanzon 0, Mangahas 0, Gonzales 0
CTS 59 - Walker 21, Thomas 15, Tolomia 11, Suttisin 5, Lertmalaiporn 4, Apiromvilaichai 3, TIntai 0, Sangthong 0, Jantuma 0, Williams 0
QS: 15-19, 33-32, 51-48, 68-59

SINGAPORE SLINGERS over BANGKOK COBRAS, 73-48
The Singapore Slingers recorded their third win for the season against the Bangkok Cobras. It was a very close game in the first half with both teams matching each other point-for-point throughout the first quarter. The point spread did not go beyond two and the quarter ended with both teams tied at 14.

The Slingers stepped it up in the second quarter, however, with import Louis Graham almost unstoppable in the paint. They kept the Cobras down to just 7 points this quarter, while the Slingers racked up 19, giving them a comfortable 12 point lead going at the break.

The second half was all about the Slingers as they continued to dominate in the paint both offensively and defensively. The Cobras recorded 16 turnovers in total throughout this game, double the total for the Slingers. The Slingers also managed 42 points in the paint as compared to the Cobras 16.

Wong Wei Long top-scored for the Slingers with 15 points and his teammate Louis Graham contributed another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Donald Little was also a force to be reckoned with under the basket, recording 17 rebounds in this game. For the Bangkok Cobras, Ratdech Kruatiwa was the top scorer with 11 points and 7 rebounds, followed by teammates Gentry Lewis and Michael Earl with 10 points apiece.

SGS 73 - Wong 15, Graham 14, Dulay 10, Little 9, Oh 8, Ng 5, Tan 4, Lim 4, Khoo 2, Canta 2, Matialakan 0, Goh 0
BKC 48 - Kruatiwa 11, Lewis 10, Earl 10, Apiromvilaichai 5, Limsuwan 5, Kongkum 3, Chaiwat 2, Klahan 2, Wanna 0
QS: 14-14, 33-21, 52-32, 73-48


*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com



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  POLAND   


Micha Michalak - coaches remember this name! - by Maciej Paszyn
Michal Michalak (194-G-93) -18 years old guard a few weeks ago moved from AZS Politechnika Warszawa to the LKS Sphinx Petrolinvest Lodz team. Last weekend in his debut in the new team scored 31 points. In the match against Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg in the sequence of 33 minutes Michalak made 7/10 2 pt shoots, 3 / 5 from behind the line 6.75 and made 8 of 13 free throws. He added also 4 rebounds to his statistics in the defence, 2 asists, 3 fouls, steal, 3 turnovers and the block. This result remains the best achievement so far amongst Polish players playing in TBL.

Michalak belongs to the youth polish National team with which he got among others 2nd place on U-17 world championship and 1st place on U-16 Eurobasket.


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Over 100 names expected for 2012 BSN Draft - by Marcos Carlo
Yesterday afternoon there were 93 names submitted for the 2012 BSN Draft. The league expects over 100 names before the midnight deadline and they will announce the official list on Monday. This draft gives the opportunity to Puerto Rican-born players to enter the league. Also a player can be eligible if one of his parents or grandparents were born on the island. So far some of the names on the list include college players like Thomas Vazquez-Simmons, Andres Torres, Wayne Portalatin, Alex Franklin and Marlon Rivera.

Some expect Angel Garcia, Eddie Basden and Daviin Davis to submit their names but they haven't been added to the official list. Guard Mike Rosario asked the league about the draft and could consider entering the league soon.

The 2012 BSN Draft is scheduled for February 2.


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Goran Martinic gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian Div.A - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin Goran Martinic (184-PG-87, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for CSM Bucuresti and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old playmaker had the game-high 39 points adding three rebounds and three assists for CSM Bucuresti in his team's victory, helping them to beat Oradea (#5, 12-6) 83-72. CSM Bucuresti maintains the 6th position in Romanian Div.A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSM Bucuresti will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. In the team's last game Martinic had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSM Bucuresti, through which he has constantly improved. Martinic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.6ppg. Martinic is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 52.9% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American center Paul Nelson (208-C-88) of Dinamo B.. Nelson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Dinamo B. lost that game 81-88 to slightly higher-ranked Rovinari (#9, 11-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Dinamo B. keeps 11th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Dinamo B. managed to get this year. Nelson is a newcomer at Dinamo B. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American JuJuan Cooley (175-PG-82) of Targu Mures (#4). Cooley scored 13 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). He was a key player of Targu Mures, leading his team to a 76-54 easy win against #3 ranked U.Mobitel.CN in a game of the week. Targu Mures needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Cooley has a great season in Romania. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.2apg (3rd best). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Enrico Tucker (183-PG) of Perla Harghitei - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Ivanovic (206-F-80) of Gaz Metan - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kaylone Riley (203-C-88) of CSU Sibiu - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Calvin Watson (197-G-85) of Targu Mures - 16 points and 5 rebounds
8. Deven Mitchell (197-F-84) of Gaz Metan - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nemanja Maric (196-G-83) of Oradea - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Emmanuel Dies (204-F/C-77) of Perla Harghitei - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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


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Rocks cause upset as they defeat the Riders in Leicester - by Eurobasket News
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 82 (23,39,52) (Wierzbicki 21, Sullivan 16, Hardy/Rundles 12)

Glasgow Rocks 87 (16,33,57) (Murray 26, Huffor 17, Green 14)


The Glasgow Rocks have put consecutive losses behind them as they won their first game of 2012, beating the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 82-87 in the East Midlands. That condemned the Riders to back-to-back home defeats, as both teams pursue top four positions in the BBL Championship table.

The Rocks were led by 26 points and 7 rebounds from Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC), while Danny Huffor (193-G, college: Newberry) scored 17 points on 3/4 shooting from beyond the arc. Bradd Wierzbicki shot 3/5 from long range on his way to 21 points to lead the hosts.

The teams traded baskets to 4-4 in a slow start to the game, before the Riders rattled off the next six points as Hardy dunked, then blocked at the other end, and Wierzbicki hit a three-pointer. Despite the Rocks getting back to within three, baskets from Barry Lamble (208-C-83) and Jamell Anderson off the bench helped the Riders to a 23-16 lead after the opening ten minutes.

After the hosts flirted with a double-digit lead as Rundles opened the scoring in the second period, the Rocks narrowed the gap as Murray and Huffor each hit five points, with both scoring a three-pointer, for a one possession game at 33-31 midway through. But the Rocks would score just once in the next three minutes as baskets from Brett Royster and Wierzbicki helped the Riders back into the ascendancy at 39-33 going into the locker rooms.

They maintained that margin through the first four minutes of the third quarter as the teams traded baskets, but the Rocks showed signs of what was to come as Huffor and Cranston made consecutive scores, to make it 47-45, and forced the Riders into a timeout. The Riders led 50-47 when their visitors made the decisive move: a pair of Wedemire free-throws sparked a 10-0 surge in which Huffor scored the other 8, including two three-pointers. The Riders didn't score for three minutes and found themselves trailing 52-57 going into a crucial fourth quarter.

But the Rocks only pushed on in the fourth, despite Drew Sullivan netting an early three-pointer. Sterling Davis responded with one of his own and the Rocks maintained a buffer of around six points until their lead went through the double-digit barrier at 61-71 on Murray's three-pointer inside the final five minutes. But the game was far from done as the Riders chipped away and made a last-ditch salvo. A 7-0 run, capped by a Rundles triple, got them back to within one shot at 72-75 with two minutes to play, only for the Rocks to go back out to nine points at 74-83 one minute later with Mychal Green making a vital three-point play. But a Wierzbicki three-pointer with 23 seconds left, and one from Sullivan with 18 seconds left, meant that the Riders were within reach at 82-85. However the Rocks held out as Green made two crucial free-throws and Sterling Davis stole the ball from Sullivan to settle matters at the end.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk


Rocks endure heartbreaking loss to the Raiders, 85-78 - by Eurobasket News
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders 85 (13,39,55) (Colbert 23, Rowe 22, Bell 15)

Glasgow Rocks 78 (25,56,70) (Green 28, Huffor 18, Harrison 15)


UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders moved themselves level on points with the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in third position in the BBL Championship thanks to a come-from-behind 85-78 victory over the Glasgow Rocks at the Plymouth Pavilions on Sunday evening.

Both sides traded baskets throughout the early exchanges of the contest with the Raiders enjoying a single-point lead at 12-11, but a Danny Huffor three-pointer broke the game open for the Rocks as they ended the quarter strongly and bagged a 14-1 tear to take the score out to 13-25 at the end of the first period.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Mychal Green (193-G-83, college: Ohio) and another one from EJ Harrison saw the Rocks extend their lead further to 21 points at 19-40 midway through the second quarter. The home side tried valiantly to stop the flow of the Rocks and close the deficit and a Michael Ojo (195-G, college: Lehigh) three-pointer trimmed the gap to 14 points at 39-53, but an Harrison basket from beyond the arc sent the visitors into the locker rooms leading 39-56 at the half.

In the second half a 7-0 run from the home side trimmed the deficit back to 10 points at 46-56, but a 12-2 response from the Rocks took the score back out to 48-68 with 1:32 left in the third quarter. The Raiders finished the period the stronger as they netted seven of the last nine points of the quarter as an Anthony Rowe (203-F-85, college: N.Georgia) basket on the buzzer saw the Raiders trailing by 15 points at 55-70 heading into the final stanza.

In the final quarter the Raiders exploded out of the blocks and got themselves right back into the contest as they enjoyed a 17-0 start to the period to lead 72-70 with 4:49 remaining in the game. A Green free-throw with 1:58 left got the Rocks to within two points at 78-76, but the Raiders killed the game off in the closing stages as they enjoyed a 7-2 run to end the game on top.

Lehmon Colbert led the scoring for the Raiders with 23 points in the victory, but it was Green who led all scorers in the contest with 28 points for the Rocks.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk


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  SERBIA   


Hemofarm hires Nebojsa Bogavac as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm hired a new Head Coach after Zeljko Lukajic left the post recently. Nebojsa Bogavac will lead the team for rest of the season and Hemofarm also has an option for the 2012/13. It will be the first coaching experience for Bogavac, who played for Hemofarm in the past. He was their member from 2001 to 2005. Bogavac won the Adriatic league title with Hemofarm in their last season together. After that, he played for Breogan, Le Mans, ASVEL and Dijon. In the past, Bogavac was a member of Lovcen Cetinje. Hemofarm also named new assistant coaches. Miljan Ivanovic (201-F-77) and Goran Topic will work on these two positions. The team currently has 5-13 record in Adriatic league.

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Travis Nelson gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian Telemach League - by Eurobasket News
American Travis Nelson (211-C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sentjur and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old center had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Sentjur as his team lost the game against Elektra (#2, 11-3) 75-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sentjur maintains the 4th position in Slovenian Telemach League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sentjur will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 9-5 record. Nelson turned to be Sentjur's top player in his first season with the team. Minnesota State University Mankato graduate has very impressive stats this year. Nelson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 6.9rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 62.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Montenegrin center Mensud Julevic (200-C-85) of second-ranked Elektra. Julevic impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Elektra cruised to a 84-75 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Sentjur (#4, 9-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Elektra consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 11-3 record is not bad at all. Julevic is a newcomer at Elektra and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) of Maribor Messer (#7). Mucic scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Maribor Messer, leading his team to a 103-48 easy win against the lower-ranked Parklji (#10, 1-13). Maribor Messer needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Mucic has a great season in Slovenia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ilija Gavric (200-F-88) of Maribor Messer - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. Drazen Bubnic (205-F-86) of Helios - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93) of Geoplin Slovan - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) of Geoplin Slovan - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Miha Fon (194-G-84) of Geoplin Slovan - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Luka Voncina (193-G-91) of LTHcast Mercator - 23 points and 3 rebounds
10. Ilija Zolotic (207-F/C-86) of Maribor Messer - 16 points, 8 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)


Avellino and Domen Lorbek part ways - by Eurobasket News
Domen Lorbek (197-G/F-85) is no longer a member of Sidagas Avelino. Two sides agreed to terminate the ontract. Lorbek joined Avelino last summer, but he faced with injury (plantar fasciitis) and did not appear in a single game this season. Domen Lorbek spent 2010/11 with Spanish Lagun Aro GBC. He had 5.4 ppg and 1 rpg for 31 games in ACB. In 2009/10, the player changed three teams. He started with Cajasol Sevilla, later moved to Helios Domzale and finally joined Lagun Aro GBC in February of 2010. In the past, Lorbek played for Benetton, Estudiantes, Union Olimpija, Helios and Triglav. He played for the Slovenian National Team from 2005 to 2009. They reached EuroBasket 2009 Semifinals together. Lorbek had 5.9 ppg and 2 rpg for 8 games at this event.

Rookie Ben Hansbrough unexpectedly leaves Krka - by Eurobasket News
Ben Hansbrough (190-G-87, college: Notre Dame) left Krka Novo Mesto and flew back to the US, according to Slovenian media. The American point guard informed his team via text message that he has to leave due to personal problems. Hansbrough also added that he has problems with his ankle. Krka immediately reacted saying they will take all the necessary actions against the player, who has a valid deal until the end of the season. The team also informed media that all payments to Hansbrough were paid on time. Ben Hansbrough joined Krka in December from FC Bayern Muenchen. The rookie had 11.5 ppg, 2.8 apg and 2 rpg in four Adriatic league games. He also added 5.5 ppg and 2 apg for two games in EuroCup. Hansbrough graduated at Notre Dame University last year. He transferred to Notre Dame in 2008 from the Mississippi State University.

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Vidal's 22 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old swingman Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lagun Aro GBC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 22 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Lagun Aro GBC in his team's victory, helping them to beat Blusens M. (#17, 4-14) 88-80. Lagun Aro GBC is placed at 7th position in Spanish league. Lagun Aro GBC is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-9 record. In the team's last game Vidal had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Sergi Vidal averages this season 11.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Stephane Lasme (203-F-82) of Obradoiro. He is Gabonese forward in his first season at Obradoiro. In the last game Lasme recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Obradoiro lost that game 80-88 to the higher-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#7, 9-9). Obradoiro is still in a red zone at 17th spot in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Obradoiro managed to get this year. Lasme is a newcomer at Obradoiro and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Manresa (#12). Doellman got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. Despite Doellman's great performance Manresa lost 79-92 to slightly lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#14, 7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Manresa ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Doellman could help Manresa to bring them higher in the standings. Doellman has a great season in Spain. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) of FCB Regal - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. James Augustine (208-F-84) of UCAM Murcia - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of Gescrap BB - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Chris Lofton (188-G-86) of Asefa Estudian. - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jayson Granger (186-G-89) of Asefa Estudian. - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84) of Caja Laboral - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of FCB Regal - 17 points, 3 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)


UCAM Murcia waives Head Coach Luis Guil - by Eurobasket News
Luis Guil is no longer a Head Coach of UCAM Murcia. The Spanish club released him today. Murcia currently has 4-14 record and they fight for the survival in Liga Endesa. Luis Guil took over Murcia in 2010. He led them to LEB Gold title last season. At the same time Murcia won the promotion for Liga Endesa and Guil was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Coach of the Year -11. Before Murcia, Guil worked two years as a Head Coach of Fuenlabrada. Luis Guil led U18 Spain to Gold medal at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw last summer. He was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Best Coach -11. In the past, Guil worked with U18 and U16 Spain. UCAM Murcia is already on the market searching for the new HC.

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid fires coach Casimiro - by Natxo Mendaza
Monday was a tough day for Spanish coaches. A few minutes later than UCAM Murcia announced the dismissal of Luis Guil, it was Blancos de Rueda de Valladolid the next one to release its head coach. Valladolid, last at the Liga Endesa standings with a 4-14 record, lost last home game against CAI Zaragoza 58-73. The board of directors of the club met on Monday afternoon and as a result of the meeting Luis Casimiro was removed from his current head coach position. On the official press release, the Spanish club recognized that it was a tough decision, taking into account all the problems Casimiro was forced to go through over the season. As such, Blancos de Rueda Valladolid stressed his commitment and effort, thanking him for all the work he has done till the present day.

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid and Seawright part ways - by Natxo Mendaza
Blancos de Rueda Valladolid has officially announced the release of Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Rhode Island). Seawright joined Valladolid this summer after a dominant last season in Adecco LEB Gold with Leon. Seawright couldn't perform at the same level in ACB, though, as he averaged just 7.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 22 mpg. The recent signings of Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca and, most important, Curtis Borchardt, forced Valladolid to take Seawright off the active roster in early January. Seawright is now heading to Venezuela, where he will join Trotamundos de Carabobo, coached by Ivan Deniz .

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Taiwan Mobile Leopards lands Wright - by Eurobasket Center
Taiwan Mobile Leopards strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-C/F-109kg-87, college: Oklahoma). Wright played most recently at Soles de Mexicali (Mexico). While playing 10 games for Soles this season he averaged 13.8ppg and 6.5rpg. Wright is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Canada, China, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela. Wright graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 2010 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBL - by Eurobasket News
British Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) had an amazing evening in the last round for Besiktas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Bandirma Kir. (#16, 0-16) with 21-point margin 79-58. Besiktas maintains the 4th position in Turkish TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Besiktas will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. In the team's last game Mensah-Bonsu had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Besiktas' top player in his first season with the team. The George Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mensah-Bonsu is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 56.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports) of Mersin. Grundy impressed basketball fans with 35 points and 3 rebounds. Of course Mersin cruised to a 88-81 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Tofas (#7, 10-6). This victory allowed Mersin to move up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Grundy is a newcomer at Mersin 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 19.0ppg (#3). He also recorded 3.4 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of Karsiyaka (#6). Chatman showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Chatman's great performance Karsiyaka lost 70-83 to the higher-ranked Banvit BK (#3, 12-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Karsiyaka needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Chatman has a great season in Turkey. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (best scorer) and assists with 6.2apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) of Hacettepe Univ. - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) of Fener.Ulker - 27 points and 3 assists
6. Bradley Buckman (203-F-84) of Tofas - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) of Aliaga - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Turk Telekom - 23 points and 6 rebounds
9. Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Trabzonspor - 24 points and 12 rebounds
10. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Anadolu Efes - 13 points, 10 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)


TBL Round 16: in the Beko Basketball League Fenerbahce Ulker beats Trabzonspor in overtime 74-84. - by Pervin Elgin
Fenebahce Ulker had to dig deep to beat low ranked Trabzonspor, but cleared the job in overtime. After 68-68 equality in regular time, Ulker outscored the hosts in overtime and secured a 74-84 victory. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points, Mirsad Turkcan 16 and Marko Tomas 15.

The first period started with a three point shot of Trabzonspor's Kerem Ozkan. Kaya Peker responded for Fenerbahce. Halfway trought the period Ulker took a 6-8 lead, but the hosts equalized quickly. With ongoing mutual baskets, Trabzonspor finished the period 19-16 ahead.

Trabzonspor opened the second period with three point scores by Elton Brown and John Randle, creating an 8-point gap: 24-16. Ulker replied with scores by Roko Ukic, closing the difference to 24-21.With little over two minutes left, Fenerbahce equalized (27-27), but after that the hosts shut Ulker's offence down and went to the locker room with a 32-27 lead.

Trabzonspor made another quick start in the the second half and captured a 8-0 series to make it a double digit difference: 40-27. A three point score by Marko Tomas ended Fener's silence, but Trabzonspor didn't allow a further comeback and finished the third period with a 10-point lead: 55-45.

In the fourth period Bojan Bogdanovic and Marko Tomas captured a 9-0 series for Fenerbahce, closing the gap to 1 point: 55-54. Trabzonspor's Jonathan Gibson made it a 6-point difference again, but three pointers by Bogdanovic and Emir Preldzic ties the game at 60-60. Moments later, Fener took the lead again for the first time since the first period, 64-67. After a basket by the hosts Emir Preldzic's free throw made it 66-68, but with 5 seconds of playing time left Jonathan Gibson was awarded two free throws and dind't make a mistake, tying the game at 68-68 just before the final buzzer.

Bojan Bogdanovic opened the score in the extended time, and Mirsad Turkcan carried the difference to 7 points: 68-75. After two minutes Trabzonsport broke the silence, making it 70-75, but Fenerbahce took a firm grasp of the game and increased the lead to 74-82. The final score was for Ulker as well and secured a hard fought 10-point victory: 74-84.

Fenerbahce is now ranked fifth and will play 14-ranked Antalya BSB next week at home.


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Sports and Government - by Julius Johnson
It is widely known that the Greek economy is falling apart mainly because Greece has a long history of corruption. The tills are empty and confidence is the government is at an all time low.

In fact CNN reported that 6 in 10 Greeks don't pay income taxes. Greek tax evasion has long been as widely expected as feta on a Greek salad.

If Greek tax corruption were cleared up, it is said that Greece would have a balanced budget!

Those involved in professional basketball should not be surprised, as Greek teams regularly maneuver around the tax code, using image and consulting contracts in place of employment in order to save money. In sports and government, we find parallel universes, where corruption is cool and governance is gone. The Fiba website lists the following teams that failed to comply with monetary sanctions: Aris, Panionios, Maroussi, Olympia Larisa, and AEP Olimpias Patron.

We see that the EU and European basketball clubs are facing an unprecedented crisis.

If it is common knowledge that basketball teams shortchange their governments and it is well known that teams don't withhold correct income taxes, why doesn't anybody do something about it?

If the EU countries can simply collect taxes and European teams follow course (by following the law), we can expect a recovery. If Greek restaurants in America are no longer cash only, anything is possible.



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Wildcats Bench Does The Trick - by Paul Nilsen
Durham Wildcats kept their play-off hopes alive as they picked up their second victory of the season with a 90-86 home win against Cheshire Jets on Saturday.



Coach Dave Elderkin was a happy man after the win, especially with his bench player who overcame a big first period deficit:



'I thought at first that we hadn't got of the bus returning from Milton Keynes. This soon changed to a realisation that poor defence the Jets to score 72 percent of their shots.



'From the starters only Mike Capocci had any minutes in the second period as the bench set about cutting into the Jets lead. Mark Elderkin, Chris Pearce, Notis Chalkidis, Liam O'Mahoney and Michael Davies worked with Mike Capocci to limit the Jets to 10 second period points while putting 21 into the Jets basket - Pearce had 19 at the half and the team 11 second period steals.

'The starters also played limited minutes in the third but played their part as we turned the one point half time deficit into a five point lead at the end of the third.

'The Jets came back into it in the final period, Matt Schneck and Colin O'Reilly being the danger men, but a full house cheered home the Wildcats in a thrilling final quarter involving seven lead changes. Capocci top scored but Chris Pearce with 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and five steals caught the eye, well backed up in the final quarter by Paul Elderkin and DJ Glavan.'



That game was Wildcats' second of the weekend as they had gone down 82-73 at Prestige Homes MK Lions on Friday evening as a dominant first three periods saw the home side take an unassailable lead. However Lions couldn't complete a weekend double as Guildford Heat won 83-66 at Surrey Sports Park with former MK player Mike Martin leading the way with 16 points.



Leaders Newcastle Eagles continued their fine season with a 94-77 victory against Mersey Tigers to improve their record to 14-1.



UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders kept up their pursuit of the Eagles with an 85-78 victory against Glasgow Rocks on Sunday, but there was success for Sterling Davis team the previous evening as they dented Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders' title chances with an 87-82 road win - Gareth Murray coming up big with 26 points.



The Riders bounced back on Sunday to hand Cheshire Jets their second defeat of the weekend as 23 points from Bradd Wierzbicki helped them to an 80-73 win at Northgate Arena.



Second placed Worcester Wolves also saw their title hopes take a knock as Jimmy Langhurst's basket with 7.5 seconds remaining saw hosts One Health Sharks Sheffield seal a thrilling 74-73 victory at the EIS on Friday evening.


BBL Round Up Sunday 29 January - by Paul Nilsen
Sunday's action saw victories for the Guildford Heat, UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders as all of the teams look to securing as high a position in the BBL Championship table as January draws to a close.

The Raiders had to use all of their mental toughness as they came from a 15 point deficit at the start of the final quarter to overcome the Glasgow Rocks 85-78 at the Plymouth Pavilions.

A 17-0 start to the period saw the Raiders take the lead and having restricted the Rocks to just eight points in the last ten minutes of the game they enjoyed the victory to put themselves level on points with the Riders in third position in the table.

The Riders themselves had to work hard to eventually pick up a 73-80 victory over the Cheshire Jets at the Northgate Arena.

After trailing by a point at the end of the first quarter, the Riders broke the game open in the second period as they outscored their hosts 14-29 to lead 28-42 at the half. Despite the best efforts of the Jets to get back into the game in the closing stages where they got to within three points at 73-76 inside the final minute, the Riders held on and secured the victory from the foul-line.

In the final game of the day, the Heat enjoyed a little bit more comfort as they defeated the MK Lions 83-66 at Surrey Sports Park.

Despite trailing by nine points at 6-15 early on, a 13-2 burst from the Heat gave them a 19-17 lead at the end of the opening period and they never looked back from that point onwards as they went onto record the comfortable victory.

Heat Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos commented, 'It was a good defensive performance and after a slow start, we got into the game and played well.'


Leopards to play Flyers in Men's National Cup final - by Eurobasket News
Sportscover National Cup Finals 2012


Men's Final

BA London Leopards v Bristol Academy Flyers
Sunday 29 January, Ponds Forge, Sheffield, 3:30pm




The BA London Leopards and Bristol Academy Flyers meet in the 2012 Men's Sportscover National Cup finals on Sunday in Sheffield, with both teams looking to add their name to the title once again.


Including Sunday's appearance Flyers have featured in the last three Cup finals, winning the competition in 2010, and their coach Andreas Kapoulas admits the Cup is very important to the club:


'The National Cup has a special meaning to our club,' he said. 'It's the first major national title that we won and in a way it was the one that put us on the map for English basketball. Going to the 2010 Final we were the underdogs versus a very strong Manchester side and no one was expecting us to perform as well as we did.'


Leopards also have experience winning the Men's National Cup in 2006 against Reading Rockets. London coach Dejan Mihevc is eager to pick up the first trophy of the season as well:


'I would lie if I [said] that it won't mean a lot because it will, but as any game we play I like to win and when we win I feel happy, and for sure I [want to] feel happy on Sunday!' he said.


Kapoulas and Mihevc are EU nationals, Andreas from Greece and Dejan Slovenia, and both also have experience working with national teams. Kapoulas is in his first year as the England Under 16 Men's head coach and Mihevc led his native Slovenia to the U16 Men's European Championship Division A gold medal game twice, winning once and earning the silver medal on another occasion.


Plenty of individual talent will be on show Sunday with players from both teams featuring all over the 'top ten' statistical charts.


For Leopards, import players Vernon Teel and Ousman Krubally may be considered the two top Americans playing EBL this season. Teel is the league's top scorer and also averages nearly a triple double while Krubally is the rebounding leader and sits third in scoring. Their Australian-British guard John Lister (189-G-83) has also made his name known in his first EBL season with a 47% shooting accuracy from three-point range.


Krubally, who attended Division 1 school Loyola Marymount (where he averaged 12.8 points and 4.8 assists per game) looks forward to playing in his first EBL final: 'It's the first opportunity in my professional career to win some hardware, so I will be ready. It would mean a lot to this team as we have made so many improvements since October; going into this game we are on a six game winning streak so we will be well prepared and want to keep our streak alive,' he said.


Krubally's teammate David Buchberger (193-G, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Lehigh), another Leopard weapon, shares the sentiment: 'To win the Cup final would really mean a lot,' he said. 'It would be a great accomplishment for our team, and really give us a lot of momentum going into the second half of the season.'


Kapoulas and the Flyers will be sweating on the fitness of their star guard, British U23 player Tyrone Treasure, who has been struggling with an ankle injury this year. Treasure has had a string of bad luck with injuries in the National Cup as he was forced to leave the 2011 Final in the opening minutes with the same problem. He is the team's top scorer this season (18 points per game) so coach Kapoulas knows how important his contribution will be:


'Ty has been working with our physio staff every day the last two weeks and should hopefully be fit for the big game,' he said. 'At the moment it looks very positive, however we do not want to risk a more severe injury so we are going to be cautious and make a final decision on his availability towards the end of the week.'


Like Leopards though, Bristol have several players who can put up big numbers. Their American duo, Doug McLaughlin-Williams and Davis Bowne, have been with the club since their Cup win in 2010 and along with English guard Greg Streete form a nucleus that has stayed together for several seasons.


Sunday's game will not be the first time the clubs have met this season. A shoot-out in London on 27 November saw Leopards survive a Flyers comeback in the fourth with a 91-87 win, breaking Bristol's early season winning streak. Teel, Krubally and Lister combined for 71 Leopards' points that day while Treasure, McLaughlin-Williams and Bowne's combined tally was 60.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk




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Women News

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Minsk-2006 and Olimpia join Horizont in the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 and Olimpia join Horizont in the Second Stage of Baltic League. Both teams finished second in their groups, while Berezina is out.
In the last game Tim-Scuf beat Belarusian Minsk-2006 61:57. Minsk-2006 was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 11-5 charge of Tim-Scuf, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Minsk-2006 to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Larysa Stadnik stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side Russian forward Galina Ignatovich responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Volha Istseliatsova (189-F/C-88) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Earlier Berezina handed Tim-Scuf their first loss, 80:79. Tim-Scuf was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Berezina-RCOR, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Berezina-RCOR especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Hanna Kalenta (187-C-94) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nataliya Gavryliuk (178-F-90) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Olga Maznichenko added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tim-Scuf.
Olimpia finished the First round with the loss from Kibirkstis-Tiche 86:91. Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Ukrainian forward Anna Pokoiova scored 22 points and 5 rebounds.




Horizont tab Katerina Snytsina - by Eurobasket News
Horizont tab Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) for the rest of the season. The national team player comes back from Russia.
In 2009-2010 she signed with Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia-A Superleague) and in EuroCup averaged 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 75.0%. In Russian League after 13 games her stats read 15.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 84.6%.
In 2010-2011 for Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia-PBL) her stats read 9.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 81.8%. The season 2011-2012 she also started for Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia-PBL), but now moved to Belarus.
At the European Championships in Poland -11 in 6 games v averaged 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 87.5%. Last year she also became Russian Cup Finalist -11. Earlier she became Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Honorable Mention -10 and Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Bosmans Team -10. In 2009 she became Polish PLKK Champion with Lotos.




Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 9-1 
 2. Gorizont 8-1 
 3. Olimpia 8-2 
 4. Berezina 7-6 
 5. BrGU 4-7 
 6. Victoria 1-11 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-9 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 9-1 
 2. Rudar Sport 6-3 
 3. Jedinstvo 5-3 
 4. Borac ML-IEFK 5-4 
 5. RMU Banovici 4-5 
 6. Mladost 3-7 
 7. Igokea 0-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. Celik
 2. Igman
 3. Mladi Krajisnik
 4. Sloboda


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Canadian CIS round 21 best performance: Cassie Cooke - by Eurobasket News
American guard Cassie Cooke (175-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cape Breton, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, six rebounds and six assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass New Brunsw. (#7, 4-9) with 41-point margin 100-59. Cape Breton maintains the 3rd position in Canadian CIS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cape Breton will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. In the team's last game Cooke had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. She turned to be Cape Breton's top player in her first season with the team. Former Mt.Saint Mary's College, MD star has very solid stats this year. Cooke is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.4ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old former international center Marie-Pascale Nadeau (188-C-89) of Laval. Nadeau had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Laval was edged by slightly lower-ranked UQAM (#5, 3-8) 82-78. Laval managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Nadeau is one of the most experienced players at Laval and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C) of league's top team Ottawa. Sunley-Paisley scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was a key player of Ottawa, leading her team to a 73-47 easy win against the lower-ranked York (#6, 6-11). Ottawa confirms their top position in the standings Sunley-Paisley has a very solid season. In 17 games in Canada she scored 17.7ppg. She also has 9.3rpg, 2.1spg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dalyce Emmerson (191-F) of Saskatchewan - 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Valerie Gauvin (G) of UQAM - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Emily Jameson (178-G-91) of Memorial - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Zara Huntley (188-C-89) of UBC - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jessica Resch (178-G) of Carleton - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jill Stratton (178-G) of Toronto Univ. - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nicole Rosenkranz (185-F) of Brock - 18 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)


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Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Gospic 13-1 
 2. Novi Zagreb 12-2 
 3. Medvescak 11-2 
 4. Jolly 11-3 
 5. Pleter 7-6 
 6. Studenec Omis 6-7 
 7. Zadar 5-8 
 8. Croatia 2006 4-10 
 9. Rockwool Pula 4-10 
 10. Agram ZG 3-11 
 11. Dubrava 0-14 


Sibenik hands ovi Zagreb first home loss - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik Jolly used a zone defense to hand second placed Novi Zagreb first home loss of the season, 77-68.
Novi Zagreb-Sibenik Jolly 68-77: The teams were tied at 38 going into halftime and Sibenik outscored Zagreb 18-6 in the third quarter. Five players reached double digits in scoring for Sibenik. Antonija Misura scored 22 points, 16 year old Ivana Dujic (170-PG-95) came off the bench for 11 points including three 3-pointer in the final quarter, Kristina Benic added 11 points, and Iva Cigic and Luca Ivankovic both scored 10 points. Zagreb was again led by Mirna Mazic with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Emanuela Salopek had 14 points and 7 rebounds.
(Juric 6, Cuncic 7, Bosilj 7, Salopek 14, Matic 3, Mada 4, Mazic 25, Olajuwon 2 - Cigic 10, Benic 11, Misura 22, Semren 7, Ivankovic 10, Perisa 2, Dujic 11, Vrsaljko 4)
Gosipic CO-Studenac Omis 92-60: Defending champion outscored the visiting team 30-14 in the opening quarter and led by as many as 28 points at the halftime. Jelena Ivezic scored 20 points, Ivana Jurcevic 19 and Eva Komplet 13 while Ivana Seric had 19 points for Omis and Ana Parunov added 15..
(Ivezic 20, Mandir 7, G.Devcic 2, Dover 4, Jurcevic 19, McBride 8, Komplet 13, Badanjak 2, Vrsaljko 4, Pavetic 4, Keane 9 - Puljic 5, Vrvilo 3, Kalajzic 5, Seric 19, Dincic 9, Parunov 15, Dilber 4).
Croatia 2006-Medvescak 61-71: Medvescak outrebounded city rival 46-32, picking up 16 offensive boards. Iva Borovic and Anja Majstrovic scored scored 19 points each, Ana Marija Begic had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Iva Todoric collected 10 points and 6 steals. The game was tied 30-30 at the halftime, but Medvescak dominated in the third quarter, 27-16. Nikolina Ilijanic led Croatia with game-high 20 points and Marija Kovac added 14.
(Kovac 14, Butina 7, Vukadin 8, Dzankic 6, Ilijanic 20, Skara 6 - Begic 13, Peric 3, Packovski 3, Borovic 19, Todoric 10, Majstorovic 19, Rados 4).
Rockwool Pula-Agram 58-75: The last but one placed Agram dominated the home team for the first three quarters taking the 64-34 lead. Nina Premasunac, last season Pula's players, finished with game-high 25 points, experienced Vera Saric-Alatovic scored 23 points and Ema Mestrovic had 14 points. Pula had only five scorers. Ivana Dukic scored 18 points including five 3-pointers and Antonia Jakelic added 10.
(Dukic 18, Dikic 12, Tukic 2, Zubak 8, Ramljak 8, Jakelic 10 - Marin 5, Vukicevic 8, Mestrovic 14, Saric-Alatovic 23, Premasunac 25)
Dubrava-Pleter 49-89: Pleter opened the game with a 29.-10 runa and won in all four quarters. Katarina Mrcela led all scorers with 18 points and Anja Karaga had 11 points for Dubrava.
Zadar bye.



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Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEL Limassol 10-0 
 2. Keravnos 10-1 
 3. Univ.of Cyprus 6-4 
 4. Olympos 5-6 
 5. APOP Paphou 4-6 
 6. Achilleas 1-8 
 7. Akademia 0-10 


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Japanese WJBL round 26 best performance: Maki Takada - by Eurobasket News
International center Maki Takada (183-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Denso Iris, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Aishin AW (#8, 2-24) 74-63. Denso Iris maintains the 3rd position in Japanese WJBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Denso Iris will need more victories to improve their 18-8 record. Takada has many years of experience at Denso Iris, through which he has constantly improved. Maki Takada has solid league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.2ppg. Takada is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg,2.8spg and 53.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international Yuka Mamiya (184-C/F-90) of league's leader JX Sunflowers. Mamiya had a very good evening with 38 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as JX Sunflowers lost that game 82-88 to the lower-ranked Fujitsu RW (#4, 16-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. JX Sunflowers still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. It was just her team's 4th loss this season, while they won 22 other games. Mamiya is one of the most experienced players at JX Sunflowers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Mami Ikeda (178-C/F-81) of league's second-best Toyota A.. Ikeda scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Toyota A., leading her team to a 91-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Airlines R. (#7, 4-22). Toyota A. is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 22-4 record is not that bad... Ikeda has a great season in Japan. After 26 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (4th best) and assists with 2.9apg (9th best). She also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reika Takahashi (177-F-88) of Airlines R. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Akiko Obata (165-G-81) of Denso Iris - 6 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Asami Yoshida (165-PG-87) of JX Sunflowers - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Nozomi Zhao (190-C-84) of Toyota A. - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lynn Kibayashi (184-C/F-89) of JX Sunflowers - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Yasuko Hashimoto (163-G-82) of Mitsubishi K. - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Mitiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) of Mitsubishi K. - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Latvian LSBL round 19 best performance: Zane Alilujeva - by Eurobasket News
British center Zane Alilujeva (185-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Liepajas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while her team edged out LU (#7, 4-15) 65-61. Liepajas maintains the 4th position in Latvian LSBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Liepajas will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. Alilujeva has many years of experience at Liepajas, through which he has constantly improved. Zane Alilujeva has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 51.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Kristina Egle (177-F-86) of DU. Egle had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course she lead DU to another comfortable win 74-56 over Kolibri/U-16 (#8, 0-16) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed DU to move up to 5th position in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Egle is one of the most experienced players at DU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#4). She also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was international swingman Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) of league's top team TTT Riga. Krastina scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. She was a key player of TTT Riga, leading her team to a 73-57 easy win against #3 ranked RTU-Merks in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count TTT Riga as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 17 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Krastina has a great season in Latvia. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (5th best) and assists with 3.9apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anete Vorma (165-G-89) of LU - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Agija Kruga (176-F-94) of Liepajas - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Krista Krasovska (184-C-93) of Liepajas - 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rendija Misus (174-F-93) of Liepajas - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Olga Lakomko (172-G-85) of DU - 16 points and 4 assists
9. Paula Luke (185-C-96) of Kolibri/U-16 - 8 points and 8 rebounds
10. Zane Alilujeva (185-C-87) of Liepajas - 12 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


LMKL enjoys All Star Game - by Eurobasket News
LMKL enjoys All Star Game in the country as LMKL team won over LKL team 61:60. It was a fascinating show with the different contests. Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) won three-point contest, while Vita Zilinskaite (190-C-93) was named Mis Krepsinis.

LMKL: Rima Valentiene (170-PG-78), Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) (Kauno VICI-Aists), Rasa Zemantauskaite-Matlasaitiene (Kauno r. Sirenos), Kristina Vengryte (190-C-81) (Vilniaus Kibirktis-Tich-IKI), Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) (Klaipdos Lemminkainen), Jurga Budryte (187-F-81) (Utena), Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) ('LKKA-Aists'), Ligita Kinkeviciene (173-G-76) (Marijampols Sduva) and Sandra Baliutavciut (iauli Rta).

LKL: Sergejus Jovaia (Kauno Balt direktorius), Linas Gilys (LKL generalinis direktorius), Linas Kvedaravicius (Vilniaus Sakal sporto direktorius), Naglis Jaruevicius (Prien Rdupio prezidentas), Vitoldas Masalskis (Kauno algirio sporto direktorius), Arvydas Gronskis (Vilniaus Lietuvos ryto treneris-asistentas), Mindaugas Kildiius (Molt Eernas-Karys).
Stats courtesy of: lmkl.lt



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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
Prve A ZCKL Standings
 1. Buducnost 9-0 
 2. Roling Niksic 9-2 
 3. Rudar 7-3 
 4. Primorje 4-6 
 5. Kotor 3-7 
 6. Lovcen 3-8 
 7. Antivari Bar 0-9 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Baylor still No. 1 in AP women's basketball poll - by Eurobasket News
Baylor remains the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll.

The Lady Bears received all the first-place votes Monday for the ninth straight week after routing Oklahoma and Kansas. Baylor visits Missouri and Kansas State this week.

Notre Dame, Connecticut, Stanford and Duke followed the Lady Bears. Connecticut and Duke play each other on Monday night. Kentucky was sixth. Miami, Tennessee, Maryland and Green Bay round out the first 10. It is the highest ranking ever for the Phoenix, who along with Baylor are the only unbeaten teams left in Division I.

Georgia Tech entered the poll for the first time this season at No. 24. The Yellow Jackets host N.C. State on Thursday.

DePaul dropped out of the Top 25.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Delle Donne and Delaware women beat James Madison - by Eurobasket News
Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89) scored 23 points and No. 15 Delaware rallied from a seven-point deficit to beat James Madison 72-65 on Sunday night.

The Blue Hens (18-1, 9-0 Colonial Athletic Association) made 33 of 37 free throws and snapped a nine-game losing streak to James Madison, which beat them in the 2011 CAA championship game.

Lauren Carra (5'9''-G) added a season-high 22 points for Delaware, which trailed 58-51 with 7� left in the game.

Delle Donne scored the next five points and the Blue Hens went on an 11-3 run over the next 3 minutes. Danielle Parker (6'2''-F) 's jumper with 5:28 left gave the Blue Hens the lead for good. Delaware hit eight of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Tarik Hislop - who scored her 1,000th career point on a jumper at the 8:57 mark in the first half - led the Dukes (15-5, 6-3) with 17 points. Kirby Burkholder added 15.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


Johnson, Williams carry No. 10 Miami women past BC - by Eurobasket News
Boston College coach Sylvia Crawley is hoping that having her team watch film on its own will get her Eagles' players out of their funk.

The Eagles were overmatched for much of the game, falling to the 10th-ranked Hurricanes 88-57 on Sunday for their eighth straight loss.

'We've given them game tapes and they're going to watch it themselves together to see what we saw,' Crawley said. 'Sometimes it's different when you're on the court. We're trying a lot of different things with this group. They're young. We're trying to help them be visual learners and not to make the same mistakes.'

Boston College committed 15 of its 20 turnovers in the first half and gave up nine of 23 offensive rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.

'We talked about if we can take care of these two things 'You've got to box out and you've got to take care of the ball. If we can take care of that we've got a chance to chip away.''

They never did.

The Hurricanes (19-3, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and pulled to a double digit lead on Riquna Williams' basket in the lane 5:44 into the game. Their advantage never dropped into single digits the rest of the way.

Shenise Johnson (5'11''-G-90) scored 16 of her 22 points in the opening half to lead Miami to its eighth straight win.

Williams had 15 of her 18 points in the first half while Stefanie Yderstrom (5'8''-G-90) added 15 points for Miami, which hasn't lost since dropping its conference opener at North Carolina on Jan. 2.

Tessah Holt (5'5''-G) paced Boston College (5-16, 0-8) with 12 points.

Williams, who needs six points to become the program's fifth player to reach 2,000, also grabbed eight rebounds. Johnson became the fourth to reach the 2,000-point mark earlier this season. She had nine boards.

Miami missed its first two shots from the floor before its superior tandem of Johnson and Williams combined with its pressure defense to take charge.

Johnson missed the first shot of the game - a short jumper in the lane - but hit six of her next eight during the first half. She scored eight of her team's initial 16 points as the Hurricanes pulled to a 13-point lead on her 3-pointer.

After Johnson's offensive surge, Williams dominated, scoring 11 straight Miami points and 13 of 16 as the Hurricanes pushed their lead to 27-11 midway into the half.

Johnson's two free throws gave the Hurricanes a 41-16 edge, their largest lead in the opening half.

Miami led 48-27 at intermission.

The Hurricanes pushed their lead over 30 points (61-29) on Williams' basket early into the second half. They came out after intermission and scored 13 of the initial 15 points, making sure the Eagles wouldn't give them any threat.

Williams came down awkwardly after a basket late in the first half and walked to the bench gingerly, but she started the second half wasn't affected by the fall.

The Hurricanes entered the game leading the conference averaging 14.3 steals per game.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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  POLAND - Women  


Weaver number one in Poland for round 18 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Lyndra Weaver (185-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Gorzow, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds and three assists) to her team's victory, helping them to beat ROW Rybnik (#5, 12-6) 85-79. Gorzow maintains the 6th position in Polish PLKK. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gorzow will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. Weaver turned to be Gorzow's top player in her first season with the team. Lyndra Weaver averages this season 12.5ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Rachele Fitz (183-F-87) of ROW Rybnik. Fitz had a very good evening with 32 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as ROW Rybnik lost that game 79-85 to slightly lower-ranked Gorzow (#6, 11-7). This loss caused ROW Rybnik to drop to 5th position in . Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fitz is a newcomer at ROW Rybnik, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Gorzow's star - international forward Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89). Skobel got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. She was another key player of Gorzow, helping her team with a 85-79 win against slightly higher-ranked ROW Rybnik (#5, 12-6). Gorzow needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 11 victories and 7 lost games. Skobel has a great season in Poland. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.4ppg (4th best). She also has 2.7spg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) of Wisla Can-Pak - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Aneika Henry (193-C-86) of Lotos Gdynia - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83) of Energa Torun - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aneta Kotnis (186-F-89) of Inea AZS - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-G-85) of Energa Torun - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Alli Smalley (172-G-89) of Gorzow - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86) of Lotos Gdynia - 21 points, 3 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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  ROMANIA - Women  


Chevon Keith gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian D1 - by Eurobasket News
American Chevon Keith (178-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sp.Studentesc and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds, while her team crushed Oradea (#15, 2-16) with 24-point margin 99-75. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Sp.Studentesc maintains the 9th position in Romanian D1. Sp.Studentesc is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-8 record. Keith turned to be Sp.Studentesc's top player in her first season with the team. Western Carolina University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Keith is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.0ppg), assists (6th best: 4.4apg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Sp.Studentesc's star - 25-year old American forward Odessa Williams (188-F-86). Williams impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Of course together with Keith she helped Sp.Studentesc with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Oradea (#15, 2-16) 99-75. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Sp.Studentesc keeps 9th position. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Sp.Studentesc and similarly like Chevon Keith has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Longwood College alumni Williams played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was another Sp.Studentesc's star - American Gaati Werema (183-G-88). Werema scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. She was another key player of Sp.Studentesc, helping her team with a 99-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Oradea (#15, 2-16). Sp.Studentesc needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 8 lost games. Werema has a great season in Romania. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (3rd best). She also has FGP: 50.4% and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rebecca Tobin (195-F-88) of Alba Iulia - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Stanecia Graham (186-F-86) of ICIM Arad - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Carla Bartee (182-F-85) of Craiova - 23 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79) of ICIM Arad - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tiffany Brown (165-G-86) of Timisoara - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Judit Kajdacsi (192-C-79) of Brasov - 10 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Olga Cazac (187-C-74) of Brasov - 21 points and 7 rebounds

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


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Gruda number one in Russia for round 14 - by Eurobasket News
French center Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked UMMC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, seven rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass Dynamo M. (#8, 3-10) with 26-point margin 83-57. UMMC maintains the 2nd position in Russian PBL. UMMC has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. Gruda has many years of experience at UMMC, through which he has constantly improved. Sandrine Gruda has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.5ppg) and averages impressive 68.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Jessica Davenport (196-C-85) of Chevakata. Davenport had a very good evening with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Of course she lead Chevakata to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Energy Ivanovo (#10, 1-12) 92-45. Chevakata's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davenport is one of the most experienced players at Chevakata and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#4). She also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was international center Natalia Myasoedova (193-C-87) of Dynamo-GUVD (#9). Myasoedova scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Myasoedova's great performance Dynamo-GUVD lost 64-73 to slightly higher-ranked Spartak SP (#7, 4-9). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. Dynamo-GUVD can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Myasoedova she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Myasoedova has a very solid season. In 13 games in Russia she scored 13.5ppg. She also has 6.8rpg and 1.7bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) of Nadezhda O. - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of Nadezhda O. - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. Ekaterina Lisina (202-C-87) of Dynamo K. - 15 points and 3 rebounds
7. Seimone Augustus (187-G-84) of Spartak V MR - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ekaterina Timofeeva) of Spartak SP - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Deanna Nolan (182-G/F-79) of UMMC - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Loree Moore (176-G-83) of Chevakata - 2 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Radulovic's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Natasa Radulovic (180-G-82, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Triglav and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
She had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat AJM Maribor (#4, 8-5) in overtime 74-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Triglav to consolidate first place in the Slovenian SKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Triglav keeps perfect 13 -0 record. Radulovic turned to be Triglav's top player in her first season with the team. Radulovic has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in assists (7th best: 2.7apg).

Second best performed player last round was Eva Rupnik (177-F-92) of Jezica. She is a forward in her 4th season at Jezica. In the last game Rupnik recorded impressive 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Jezica to edge slightly lower-ranked Rogaska (#8, 3-10) by 6 points 71-65. Jezica's 6th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Rupnik is one of the most experienced players at Jezica and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#5). She also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Sanja Orozovic (184-G-90) of league's second-best Athlete Celje. Orozovic scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was a key player of Athlete Celje, leading her team to a 96-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Ilrija (#5, 7-6). Many experts and fans count Athlete Celje as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost games.. Orozovic has a great season in Slovenia. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (7th best). She also has 2.1spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90) of AJM Maribor - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Romana Vukovic (180-F-88) of Domzale - 23 points and 14 rebounds
6. Teja Oblak (171-G-90) of Athlete Celje - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) of Athlete Celje - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ursa Svetic (173-G-93) of Rogaska - 23 points
9. Ziva Zdolsek (178-G-89) of Triglav - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Maja Drozg (179-F/C-81) of AJM Maribor - 12 points and 10 rebounds

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


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Tim-Scuf wins Group B, advanced to Elite Eight - by Eurobasket News
Tim-Scuf wins Group B, advanced to Elite Eight of Baltic League. The Ukrainian team finished the First Round with 9-1 record.
In the last game Tim-Scuf beat Belarusian Minsk-2006 61:57. Minsk-2006 was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 11-5 charge of Tim-Scuf, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Minsk-2006 to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Larysa Stadnik (178-G-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side Russian forward Galina Ignatovich responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Volha Istseliatsova (189-F/C-88) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Earlier Berezina handed Tim-Scuf their first loss, 80:79. Tim-Scuf was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Berezina-RCOR, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Berezina-RCOR especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Hanna Kalenta contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nataliya Gavryliuk (178-F-90) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Olga Maznichenko added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tim-Scuf.




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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. UWIC Archers 10-0 
 2. Sheffield Hatters 7-3 
 3. Sevenoaks Suns 6-4 
 4. Barking Abbey 6-5 
 5. Nottingham 4-6 
 6. Northumbria 4-6 
 7. Durham W. 2-8 
 8. Leeds Carnegie 2-9 


Archers, Hatters to clash in Women's National Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Sportscover National Cup Finals 2012

Women's Final

City of Sheffield Hatters v UWIC Archers
Sunday 29 January, Ponds Forge, Sheffield, 1:15pm




UWIC Archers and City of Sheffield Hatters meet for the second time in a Women's National Cup final on Sunday at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, tip-off 1:15.


UWIC will be looking to take National Cup honours for the first time on Sunday and also become the first club, other than Sheffield Hatters or Rhondda Rebels, to the win this women's competition since 1998. Thames Valley Tigers defeated Hatters in the '98 Cup Final at Sheffield Arena, and since then the title has been won by either the Yorkshire side or the now defunct Rebels. Also, impressively, for the past 22 years Sheffield have won 14 National Cups and appeared in all but two finals.


As intimidating as this may be for someone entering a final against Sheffield, the book may favour Archers in this match-up as they are the current league leaders, with a perfect 10-0 record, and this also includes a league win against Hatters in December.


'As I have said all along, you have no rights to dream of silverware if you don't make finals!' said Archers coach Damian Jennings.


Indeed Archers have made several finals in recent seasons but other than the 2010 playoff final when they defeated Sheffield 56-52, the Welsh club have been forced into a runner-up position by Hatters.


Sheffield is arguably having their worst season for years with three losses already including a forfeit against Nottingham Wildcats for not having their licence cards. However, head coach Vanessa Ellis is ready for things to turn around this weekend against UWIC:


'We've had a couple of tough weeks and it would be nice to win something to improve people's morale,' she said. 'We're really looking forward to playing a Cup final in Sheffield against our rivals and take home the first trophy of the season.'


The teams head into the final with a couple of injury worries, but with their roster depth that includes several Great Britain players, there will be plenty of talent on display. British players Rose Anderson and Stefanie Collins (174-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) are nursing injury problems for UWIC and ex-New Zealand international Charmian Purcell is out with a knee injury for Hatters.


'We may be slightly under the cosh with two key players not 100% fit, but the response from our rotation this week in training has been excellent,' said Jennings. 'We did not perform well on the road last weekend, but still managed to secure wins - again I think this highlights the resolve and ambition of not just our leadership group but the ambition of our bench toward the success of this team.


'I have no doubt that whichever unit is fit to play for us we will be looking to perform at a level that ensures we create a chance for something special.'


Among the cast of British players competing Sunday is Hatters guard Sarah Naylor (183-F-83), who is eager to play against their rivals:


'Both the team and I are really excited about playing in another Cup final,' she said. 'Although it's always a tough game against UWIC I think that if we play as well as I know we can, we can come away with a good result.'


Naylor has been one of the league's top shooters in recent years and this season is third in three-point percentage (45%) and shares the top spot from the free throw line with UWIC's Collins (96%).


The top ranked statistical player in Division 1 is also a Hatter and a British potential, Stephanie Gandy. The American-born forward is the league's top scorer (22.8 points per game) and shoots nearly 60% from the floor. Other players to watch out for from Sheffield include another Naylor, Helen, as well as Lauren Thomas-Johnson, Jo Clayden and point guard Lisa Hutchinson - all of whom are national team players.


UWIC is also heavily stacked with British talent apart from the previously mentioned guards Collins and Anderson. Meagan Hoffman (183-F-82, college: Adams St.), Hannah Shaw and Kate Butters all have experience with Great Britain and younger players Francesca Whitby and Kristie Sheils are performing well under the tutelage of Jennings' coaching staff.


The international experience between these teams is not confined to the players, however, with Ellis and Jennings both assistant coaches for Great Britain's Senior Women and Jennings is also the head coach for the Under 20 team.


UWIC and Sheffield met in the 2009 National Cup final and Hatters came out 76-59 winners, their first of three consecutive since that time.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Division 1 Women preview - by Eurobasket News
With UWIC and Sheffield facing off in the Cup final on Sunday, there are only three Division 1 fixtures this weekend.


Barking Abbey Leopards v Durham Wildcats

28 January, 5pm, Barking Abbey Leisure Centre


Leeds Carengie v Barking Abbey Leopards

29 January, 2pm, Leeds Met University



Barking Abbey Leopards go into the weekend with an opportunity to move level on seven wins with Sheffield and Sevenoaks.


They host last-placed Durham Wildcats on Saturday and travel to next-to-bottom Leeds Carnegie on Sunday and wins in both games will move them level on points with a Suns team who don't have a game this weekend and a Hatters team who will be concentrating on silverware on Sunday.


They have actually lost four of their last six league fixtures, but two of these were against UWIC and one was against Sheffield - the other was against Team Northumbria. They have already beaten Durham twice in league play this season and also took their first fixture with Leeds with a 73-71 home win.


GB international Sarah McKay is leading the way for Leopards, averaging a double-double of 17.83 points and 12.67 rebounds so far this season.


Nottingham Wildcats v Team Northumbria

28 January, 5pm, Nottingham Wildcats Arena



The teams currently sitting 5th and 6th in the table face each other on Saturday evening as Nottingham host Team Northumbria.


Both teams won last weekend and will be hopeful of making a run towards a playoff position in the coming weeks.


This will be their first league meeting of the season, but they did match up in the quarter finals of the National Cup, when 25 points from Caitlin Flood (180-F-86, college: Manhattan) led Nottingham to a 67-59 home victory.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


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Last call for refunds of travel expenses of WUSBA players; February 29, 2012 is absolute deadline - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga., (January 30, 2012) ----The deadline for submitted a request for reimbursement has come and gone. The coaches and the players who purchased airline, train or bus travel expenditures from the 2011 summer and fall basketball seasons will receive a full refund from the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) after the league processes the ticket information from the travel source. The league will extend all requests to expire on February 29, 2012. Players may exchange refund for travel airfare to a WUSBA team city to play in the 2012 basketball season.

'We have also decided to refund the players who purchased a ticket from the 2010 basketball season as well,' said Duane Allen Jenkins, the leagues President and CEO. 'We announce reimbursement last year and we receive 61 requests. This was alarming because we only had 48 players signed to play, so we were skeptical about the intentions of some of the request. We found a great many request were from people who didn't agree to play.' 'Any player who can prove they purchased a ticket last year will receive 100% reimbursement.'

'We tried to open the season last year and the year before, however, we had some challenges we could not overcome, such as the air conditioning issue this summer and the conflict in scheduling this fall. It has been one thing or another that has caused us to delay our opening until April 2012.' 'Basketball is a winter and spring sport, the colleges and high schools we will to rent from, agree, they have space for us in the spring.' 'In 2010 we couldn't play because we didn't have enough players and coaches, I didn't allow enough time to properly prepare to have a successful season.'

'Now we have everything all set to go and that is our plan,' said Jenkins, the WUSBA sole owner and chief executive office. Every coach will be retained for the spring basketball season.'

The executive staff of the WUSBA reviewed the measure and voted to cancel the season during a series of marathon calls in mid August. 'That was probably the hardest part of the discussion we had: What do we do about the kids who wanted to play in the league?' Jenkins said, 'And I think the answer to that is, it was always a possibility that we would postpone our opening, but we needed to be fair to ourselves and our teams and target the spring.' Every venue gave us preliminary approval to rent the gymnasiums; we have an exact number of contracted gyms.'

The league will verify the submitted request and issue payments to all basketball players. Some players and players left jobs to play in the league, while others are left with canceled airline tickets.

'We feel completely responsible for what took place and we will get these kids their money as soon as the verification process envelopes,' said Jenkins. '

The league has not lost any money since its inception, he said, and funding the league was not a factor in moving the season to the spring of 2012.' Over the previous year, though, corporate sponsorships have been stalled due to the delay in opening the season for both leagues. We finished this quest into basketball and we do not owe anyone a red nickel, we are proud of that fact, we owe no one any money and we did not receive any money from any individual or business during this time. Jenkins said, after extensive discussions with the leagues investors and sponsors, they all agree with our decision. The WUSBA has reported it has retained all sponsors and advertiser for the new season. 'I have been doing business with most of these companies since the mid 1980's and they are very familiar with me,' said Jenkins.

'I am extremely excited about the new season,' Jenkins said. 'We can't wait; the league will start this spring.'

'We had a number of great young coaches coming in, and with all these obstacles that have happened, we believe our business model of women's basketball will be successful,' Jenkins said.

Jenkins said 'We have received confirmation from most of the arenas we had rental agreements with and we should have a complete list of signed gymnasiums by the end of November.' 'We are shooting for twenty teams; however whichever arenas we have signed by the end of this month is the teams we will start with. If we will announce the teams in the next couple of days.'

Any player who bought an airline, train or bus ticket, this year or last year should to send a copy of their request to www.wusbateamrefund.com. After verification of purchase a full refund will be sent to each player.



WUSBA Community Partnership Programs centerpiece to league's mission - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (January 30, 2012) --- For most families in every American city, the cost of purchasing winter clothing for their child every fall stretches their ability, to seek out the monies to give their child basic comforts. In fact, many of the lower-income students in most school districts routinely attend school without the proper clothing to begin the new school year. Considering the current constraints of funding in the household, schools with a large population of high-needs students are find it difficult to step in and assist these families.

To ensure that students in need, have a coat, scarf, mittens or shoes during the school year, particularly this winter, the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) and the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc, have initiated the WUSBA Overcoat, Mitten Scarf and Boot Extravaganza. The WUSBA and its basketball teams have arranged the collection of winter clothing with the help of Burlington Coat Factory, Wal Mart, Target and several clothing manufacturers.

Recently the WUSBA began to unite these companies in a gigantic effort to provide students with proper winter clothing in each of the league team cities. This October, these companies are launching the first annual collaborative winter clothing drive. 'We need everything from coats to new shoes and boots, for the kids in need' said WUSBA president Duane Allen Jenkins, 'We do this same program in my daughters school, we decided to expand our efforts to include elementary schools in all our twenty proposed league cities.'

Title sponsors include Wal Mart and Burlington Coat factory, The two discount giants are jumpstarting the drive with a commitment to provide the need items at significant discounted cost. The collaboration of the additional companies will raise the majority of its support through a combination of monies, donated clothing and sharply discounted prices on purchases. This united effort will be accessible in late October through the end of December or until all students receive the clothing or until all articles are exhausted. This program will allow the schools effectively distribute the much needed winter clothing to students in their schools. The drive will secure donations that will be used on the local level.

'We are thankful for the inclusion of Charleston County School students and families in such a needed and worthwhile program', said Dr. Brenda Nelson, Ed.D. Director of Community Outreach, Charleston County School District, 'we do look forward to working with the WUSBA around this effort.'

'We appreciate you and WUSBA reaching out to us to help our students. We appreciate the WUSBA working with some of our schools and I think your programs are a good match' said Karen Hanson of Duval County Schools. The Duval County school system has jurisdiction over all Jacksonville Florida area public schools.

'Our chief goal in coordinating this effort was to attempt to create a solution, rather than ignore an ever present challenge that plagues our communities. It's a terrible thing to have to select between buying school clothing or food for the family, we pray our efforts can make a difference', said Jenkins. 'The WUSBA is obligated to help all our cities anyway we can.'

The Women's United States Basketball Association is a womens professional basketball league based in the southern United States and will feature many players from the U.S. and around the world. The league has proposed to activate twenty teams spread out over nine southern states. The following is a list of current teams;

The Southern Division consists of the Atlanta Platinum (Ga.), the Mobile Spirit (Al), the Birmingham Starz (Al) the Tallahassee Cypress (Fl) and the Columbus (Ga.).

The Piedmont Division will house the Augusta Raging River (Ga.), the Charlotte Blue Wave (NC), the Columbia Breeze (SC), the Macon Storm (Ga.) and the Winston Salem Cardinals (NC).

The Atlantic Division will field the Jacksonville Surf (Fla.), the Richmond Colonials (Va.), the Savannah Seahawks (Ga.), the Norfolk Blaze (VA) and the Charleston Cadets (SC).

The Appalachian Division is the West Virginia Capitals (WV), the Nashville Thunder (Tn.), the Chattanooga Royal (Tn.), the Huntsville Rockets (Al.) and the Knoxville Reign (Tn.).

Last winter it was brutally cold here in the south, we just want to be prepared this year for the same type of weather. We want all the kids to be safe and warm

Yvonne Lewis, Chief Community Coordinator of Birmingham City Schools Public Schools was contacted about this program and stated, 'We are thrilled to be included with the collaboration. While we have undertaken a clothing drive each year, we need winter coats for the children, we were excited by the opportunity to combine our efforts with the WUSBA.'