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  ABA   


Nashville holding mid-season tryouts for run to the ABA Finals - by Gianni Pascucci
The Nashville Soul announced that they are looking for two big men and two guards to fill out their roster as they make their move to the playoffs. 'We need two big men and two outstanding guards (point guard, shooting guard)' stated team owner Paul Allsup . 'If you are good enough, you will be back next year too. Nashville is the largest market in our division with incredible benefits if you come here and give us 150% every day. Contact Paul Allsup at 615 715 8411 or you can email nashvillesoul@yahoo.com Once we hear from you, we will provide tryout dates and locations. Hurry. If you think you have what it takes to be a pro, we would love to hear from you and set up a tryout immediately'.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Novo Mesto Sets Eyes On Enisey's Israeli Guard Afik Nissim - by David Pick
Israeli National Team Point/Combo Guard Afik Nissim's close to landing a deal with Slovenian Novo Mesto, according to sources with information of negotiations.

Novo Mesto, who suffered a tough 77:57 Adriatic League lose just last night to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, set eyes on the Israeli talent who seems to be on his way out Enisey, Russia.
After playing in Italy, Ukraine, Israel, Russia, Czech Rep. and France, Nissim will take his talents for the first time to Slovenia, playing for his sixth European team competing in the Adriatic League and the EuroCup Top16 games.

Nissim, who spent the previous season in the Czech Republic playing for Nymburk, completed a noteworthy season winning the Czech Rep. Cup, League Championship and being a member of the Czech Rep. NBL All-Star Game. Nissim posted averages of 12.1 points in the Adriatic League and 12.6 points in the Eurocup Challenge.

Nissim's best game with soon to be his former team, Enisey, came during a Russian League contest against N.Novgorod, dropping 28 points (6/10 for three), 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes of action.

Nissim's accomplishments didn't go unnoticed as national team coach Arik Shivek invited the guard to take part in Israel's EuroBasket tournament this past summer, where Nissim stepped up to the plate recording averages of 5 points and 2.6 assists in 5 games.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick




Round 14: Zlatorog is defeated by Union Olimpija in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 14 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Lasko where fifth ranked Union Olimpija won against host Zlatorog (2-13) 69-63. The game without a history. Union Olimpija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Union Olimpija especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. Guard Jaka Blazic (193-90) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Center Alen Omic (213-92) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Zlatorog's coach Ivan Sunara rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Union Olimpija maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. Zlatorog lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Union Olimpija are looking forward to face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zlatorog will have a break next round.
One of the most interesting games of round 14 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Vrsac where thirteenth ranked Zvezda won against host Hemofarm (4-10) 81-73. Guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) notched 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Petar Popovic supported him with 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Even a double-double of 17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks by forward Boris Savovic (206-87) did not help to save the game for Hemofarm. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Krka and Hemofarm. Hemofarm lost seventh consecutive game. Zvezda will play against higher ranked Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hemofarm will play on the road against KK Zagreb CO (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Podgorica. Third ranked Montenegrin host Buducnost (10-4) defeated second-ranked Croatian Cedevita (11-3) 81-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cedevita. The best player for the winners was Bojan Dubljevic who scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Levour Warren produced 14 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Buducnost have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains third position with 10-4 record having five points less than leader Maccabi T-A, which they share with Partizan. Cedevita at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Buducnost will meet Zvezda (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cedevita will play against Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana and hope to secure a win.
Adriatic League top team - Israeli Maccabi T-A (14-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Slovenian Krka (4-10) in Tel-Aviv 77-57. Demond Mallet orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 14-1 record. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round. Krka will play at home against Cibona (#8) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Adriatic League top team - Israeli Maccabi T-A (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-13) in Tel-Aviv 87-51. Shawn James had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 14-1 record. Zlatorog lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: KK Zagreb CO lost to Partizan on the opponent's court 85-94. Siroki WWin outscored Helios in a home game 85-59. Radnicki K. managed to beat Cibona on the road 87-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 7 rebounds by Mike Scott of Radnicki K..


Partizan - KK Zagreb CO 94-85

Rather expected game in Beograd where 6th ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (7-7) was defeated by fourth ranked Serbian Partizan (10-4) 94-85 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Zagreb CO won third quarter 28-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dusan Kecman (197-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Partizan will face Helios (#13) in Domzale in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play at home against Hemofarm (#12) in Vrsac.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Macvan 29+12reb+1ast, D.Kecman 16+3reb+4ast, V.Lucic 13+1reb+3ast, R.Katic 10+9reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 8+2reb+2ast, D.Andjusic 7+6ast
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 21+8reb+3ast, S.May 19+4reb+1ast, D.Mulaomerovic 13+1reb+1ast, A.Masic 10+5reb, D.Rancic 8+2reb, P.Diasse 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133022


Siroki WWin - Helios 85-59

Rather predictable result in Siroki Brijeg where ninth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (7-7) smashed 13th ranked Slovenian Helios (3-11) 85-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by HKK Siroki WWin. Helios was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. HKK Siroki WWin outrebounded Helios 42-22 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) scored 26 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian-Bosnian forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. HKK Siroki WWin's coach Ivan Velic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 17 points and 4 steals. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Helios keep the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will face Radnicki K. (#6) in Kragujevac in the next round. Helios will play at home against Partizan (#4) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: F.Pilepic 26+1reb, I.Ramljak 15+11reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 9+4ast, B.Barac 8+7reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 7+7reb, J.Bilinovac 7+2reb+1ast
Helios: D.Gay 17+3ast, D.Bubnic 14+7reb+1ast, D.Pasalic 13+6reb, S.Cebular 8+2reb, M.Markovic 4+1reb, D.Jeftic 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133023


Cibona - Radnicki K. 81-87

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Zagreb where 7th ranked Croatian Cibona (7-7) was defeated by eighth ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (7-7) 87-81 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-15. But Cibona won second period 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Radnicki K. won last quarter 26-22. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Cibona was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) scored 31 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) chipped in 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. Guard Davor Kus (191-78, agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and forward Marin Rozic (201-83) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Radnicki K. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Cibona. Cibona lost third consecutive game. Radnicki K. will face HKK Siroki WWin (#7) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: M.Scott 31+7reb+2ast, D.Simon 26+9reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 12+4reb+5ast, S.Bratic 9+5reb, S.Sinovec 6+6reb+1ast, B.Bakic 2+1reb
Cibona: D.Kus 19+4reb+4ast, D.Rudez 18+3reb+2ast, M.Rozic 16+7reb+1ast, A.Barbour 13+5reb+2ast, A.Zizic 7+5reb, K.El-Amin 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133024


Maccabi T-A - Krka 77-57

Adriatic League top team - Israeli Maccabi T-A (14-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Slovenian Krka (4-10) in Tel-Aviv 77-57. It looked good early as Krka took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi T-A had a 23-12 second period charge getting the lead and Krka was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-77. Maccabi T-A forced 20 Krka turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. The other American import swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Croatian center Jure Lalic (212-86) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard Ben Hansbrough (190-87, college: Notre Dame) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Krka. Maccabi T-A have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 14-1 record. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round. Krka will play at home against Cibona (#8) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Mallet 18+1reb+2ast, D.Smith 14+5reb+1ast, G.Pnini 7+1reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 7+1reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 7+7reb+2ast, T.Papaloukas 6+2reb+7ast
Krka: J.Lalic 18+8reb+1ast, L.Uros 9+5reb, B.Hansbrough 9+6reb+5ast, J.Balazic 4+4reb+2ast, B.Krivec 4+2reb+2ast, Z.Dragic 4+4reb
gschID: 133025


Zlatorog - Union Olimpija 63-69

The most interesting game of round 14 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Lasko where fifth ranked Union Olimpija won against host Zlatorog (2-13) 69-63. The game without a history. Union Olimpija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Union Olimpija especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. Guard Jaka Blazic (193-90) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Center Alen Omic (213-92) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian power forward Jure Skific (202-88) scored 11 points. Zlatorog's coach Ivan Sunara rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Union Olimpija maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. Zlatorog lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Union Olimpija are looking forward to face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zlatorog will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: S.Salin 18+1reb, J.Blazic 17+6reb+3ast, D.Thompson 11+8reb, J.Mocnik 9+1reb+2ast, V.Dasic 5+4reb, R.Rothbart 4+2reb+1ast
Zlatorog: A.Omic 15+7reb, J.Skific 11+4reb+2ast, L.Lapornik 10+4reb, J.Brodnik 8+3reb+2ast, A.Gruev 6+2reb+2ast, D.Vujasinovic 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 133019


Buducnost - Cedevita 81-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Podgorica. Third ranked Montenegrin host Buducnost (10-4) defeated second-ranked Croatian Cedevita (11-3) 81-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cedevita. The game was mostly controlled by Buducnost. Cedevita managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cedevita 35-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was center Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. American-Panamanian forward Levour Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Haywood Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Buducnost have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains third position with 10-4 record having five points less than leader Maccabi T-A, which they share with Partizan. Cedevita at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Buducnost will meet Zvezda (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cedevita will play against Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: V.Mihailovic 13+1ast, B.Dubljevic 11+7reb+1ast, J.Anderson 11+4reb+4ast, M.Popovic 9+4reb+2ast, B.Krstovic 9+2reb+4ast, H.Rizvic 9+3reb
Cedevita: L.Warren 14+5reb, H.Owens 13+1reb, M.Smodis 11+1reb, V.Princ 8+1reb+3ast, M.Car 6+5reb+1ast, M.Bilan 4+3reb
gschID: 133020


Hemofarm - Crvena Zvezda 73-81

One of the most interesting games of round 14 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Vrsac where thirteenth ranked Zvezda won against host Hemofarm (4-10) 81-73. It looked good early as Hemofarm took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zvezda took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. Hemofarm was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) notched 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and center Petar Popovic (211-79) supported him with 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Zvezda players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks by forward Boris Savovic (206-87) did not help to save the game for Hemofarm. Guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) added 21 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zvezda moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Krka and Hemofarm. Hemofarm lost seventh consecutive game. Zvezda will play against higher ranked Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hemofarm will play on the road against KK Zagreb CO (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: P.Popovic 16+2reb+1ast, B.Popovic 14+3ast, O.Thomas 11+2reb, N.Vasic 11+1reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 10+6reb+5ast, S.Lesic 9+8reb+1ast
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 21+1reb+1ast, B.Savovic 17+13reb+5ast, N.Dangubic 7, A.Nesovic 7+2reb+4ast, M.Pantic 7+5reb, I.Maras 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133021


Round 15
Maccabi T-A - Zlatorog 87-51

Adriatic League top team - Israeli Maccabi T-A (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-13) in Tel-Aviv 87-51. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Zlatorog's 30. Maccabi T-A forced 22 Zlatorog turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi T-A especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Maccabi T-A made 10 blocks. American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and American-Israeli forward David Blu (201-80, college: USC) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Center Alen Omic (213-92) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds and Slovenian guard Luka Lapornik (195-88) scored 9 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 14-1 record. Zlatorog lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Blu 16+4reb+1ast, S.James 13+10reb+2ast, T.Papaloukas 13+2reb+6ast, L.Eliyahu 12+3reb+3ast, J.Scheyer 10+1reb, S.Schortsanitis 10+3reb+2ast
Zlatorog: A.Omic 10+9reb+1ast, L.Lapornik 9+3reb+4ast, J.Brodnik 8+3reb, S.Atanackovic 7+4reb, J.Skific 5+3reb+3ast, A.Gruev 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147697




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.3 
 2. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 3. Simon, KK.17.2 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.17.1 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.16.4 
 7. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 8. Kasun, KK.15.4 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki14.1 
 10. Prepelic, Helios13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm12.1 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.8 
 4. Kasun, KK.6.8 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.6 
 6. Pasalic, Helios6.1 
 7. Pavic, Krka5.7 
 8. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.6 
 9. Sakic, Siroki WWin5.5 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Markovic, Radnicki8.6 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.4 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.5.3 
 5. Stinson, Krka4.5 
 6. Vladovic, Siroki W.4.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.4 
 8. Draper, Cedevita4.2 
 9. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.0 
 10. Covic, Crvena Z.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gay, Helios2.4 
 2. Dragic, Krka2.0 
 3. Simon, KK.1.9 
 4. Papaloukas, Macca.1.9 
 5. Markovic, Radnicki1.7 
 6. Draper, Cedevita1.7 
 7. Zubcic, Cibona1.7 
 8. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.6 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi1.5 
 10. Salin, Union Olim.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 3. Savovic, Hemofarm1.1 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.1.0 
 5. Simon, Radnicki K.1.0 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 7. Kasun, KK.0.8 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 9. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.7 
 10. Jordan, Krka0.7 


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LigaA Round 11 (second stage): Libertad Sunchales defeat Quimsa in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
San Mart.C. - Sionista 92-85
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sionista (6-5) and San Martin Corrientes (4-7), which took place in Corrientes. Higher ranked Sionista lost to twelfth ranked San Martin Corrientes in a road game 85-92 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Sionista won second period 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Martin Corrientes made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Sionista was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Devon Beitzel (185-88, college: N.Colorado) contributed with 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) answered with 27 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) added 11 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Sionista. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes maintains twelfth place with 4-7 record. Sionista lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face again higher ranked Sionista (#8) in Parana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: C.Matthews 27+14reb+1ast, D.Beitzel 18+1reb, M.Maciel 10+1reb, N.Barrios 10+6reb+3ast, A.Carabajal 10+6ast, W.McFarlan 9+6reb+1ast
Sionista: J.Villegas 27+6reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 13+4reb+2ast, M.Sandes 11+8reb+1ast, A.Zilli 9+3reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 8+4reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141220


GECR Indalo - Boca Jrs 81-84
A very interesting game took place in Comodoro R.. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 13th ranked GECR Indalo (3-8) to tenth ranked Boca Juniors (5-6) 84-81 on Friday evening. GECR Indalo was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Boca Juniors, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Boca Juniors outrebounded GECR Indalo 46-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by GECR Indalo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Larry OBannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the other American import forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Boca Juniors moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Wuber-Est.Bahia and Regatas C. GECR Indalo at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Boca Juniors will have a break next round. GECR Indalo will play again on the road against Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.OBannon 21+4reb, M.Stanic 18+8reb+2ast, D.Alston 13+7reb+1ast, M.Fierro 11+6reb+1ast, A.Diez 6, M.Delia 6+9reb
GECR Indalo: E.Nelson 20+9reb+1ast, C.McGowan 18+2reb+2ast, S.Scala 11+1reb, F.Mansilla 9+1reb, D.Devin 8+9reb+1ast, D.Ciorciari 8+3reb
gschID: 141221


La Union - Regatas C. 78-87
There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Regatas Corrientes (5-6) beat higher ranked La Union (6-5) in Formosa 87-78 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-20. But La Union won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Union was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 22 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for La Union. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Wuber-Est.Bahia and Boca Jrs. Loser La Union keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Regatas Corrientes will have a break next round. La Union will play again on the road against Regatas Corrientes (#11).
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 13+2reb+1ast, L.Roe 12+2reb, J.Martinez 12+2reb+7ast, N.De los Santos 12+1ast, D.Kante 11+9reb+1ast, N.Romano 9+9reb+1ast
La Union: J.Smith 22+4reb+3ast, G.Mikulas 18+8reb+1ast, G.Lewis 10+6reb, R.Wolkowyski 9+5reb, A.Marin 8+2reb, A.Pau 7+2reb
gschID: 141222


Obras - Club 9 98-64
LigaA top team - Obras (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Club 9 (3-8) in Buenos Aires 98-64. The game without a history. Obras led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Club 9's 40 and made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Obras had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Club 9 was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). International forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Obras players scored in double figures. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and guard Gaston Luchino (184-82) scored 14 points. Obras have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Club 9 lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with eight games lost. They share it with GECR Indalo. Obras will again play against Club 9 (#14) in Rio Tercero in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Club 9 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Obras: T.Washam 15+2reb+4ast, J.Gutierrez 15+8reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 14+7reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 13+1ast, T.Smith 13+3reb, A.Elsener 10
Club 9: J.Cowan 26+9reb, G.Luchino 14+3reb+1ast, J.Ayarza 8+2reb, G.Torre 6+1ast, D.Gerbaudo 4+1reb, J.Rashad 2+4reb
gschID: 141223


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Penarol 77-93
The game in Bahia Blanca was also quite interesting. Second ranked Penarol (10-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (5-6). Penarol defeated Wuber-Est.Bahia 93-77 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Penarol looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) who led the winners and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. International guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) came up with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Wuber-Est.Bahia in the defeat. Five Penarol and four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Penarol. Defending champion maintains second place with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Obras. Loser Wuber-Est.Bahia dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with Boca Jrs and Regatas C.. Penarol will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play again against the league's second-placed Penarol (#2) in Mar del Plata and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Penarol: M.Leiva 21+5reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 17+7reb+6ast, S.Safar 16+3reb+3ast, M.Mata 15+6reb+4ast, L.Gutierrez 12+5reb+4ast, F.Giorgetti 5+1reb
Wuber-Est.Bahia: R.Sanchez 16+5reb+2ast, J.Mojica 14+2reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 13+9reb+7ast, A.Zago 12+5reb, J.Meyinsse 6+2reb, E.Ruiz 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 165721


Libertad S. - Quimsa 79-65

An interesting game for Libertad Sunchales (8-3) which hosted in Sunchales 4th placed Quimsa (6-5). Third ranked Libertad Sunchales managed to get a 14-point victory 79-65. Libertad Sunchales maintains third place with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Obras. Quimsa at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Libertad Sunchales are again looking forward to face Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Quimsa will have a break next round.
gschID: 141216


Lanus - Quilmes MP 83-62
Very expected game when 16th ranked Quilmes MP (2-9) was smashed by ninth ranked Lanus (6-5) in Buenos Aires 83-62 on Friday. The game without a history. Lanus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Mariano Byro (195-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Diego Guaita (204-83) contributed with 15 points for the winners. The former international center Axel Weigand (200-85) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Louis Truscott (201-78, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Quilmes MP. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lanus moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Quilmes MP lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Lanus will face again bottom-ranked Quilmes MP (#16) in Mar del Plata in the next round which should be another easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Lanus: M.Byro 23+5reb+2ast, D.Guaita 15+1reb+2ast, F.Giorgi 12+3reb, A.Boccia 9+4reb+4ast, J.Levy 7+5reb+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 6+1reb+4ast
Quilmes MP: A.Weigand 13+8reb, L.Truscott 10+10reb, G.Eseverri 9+3reb, F.Pinero 7+2reb, N.Ferreyra 7+3reb, P.McHopson 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 141217


Olimpico LB - Atenas 64-72
Very predictable result when fourth ranked Atenas (7-4) won against on the road 15th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (2-8) 72-64 on Friday. Olimpico de La Banda was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Italian guard Eduardo Villares (188-79) added 15 points in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Atenas. They maintain fourth place with 7-4 record. Olimpico de La Banda lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with eight games lost. Atenas will have a break next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play again on the road against Atenas (#4) in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Lescano 20+5reb+2ast, M.Melvin 17+5reb, L.Jaime 15+2reb+1ast, M.Garcia 10+3reb+1ast, F.Sucatzky 8+2reb+5ast, J.Manuel Rivero 2+5reb
Olimpico LB: E.Villares 15+1reb+3ast, G.Grays 13+1reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 10+1reb, D.Hardin 10+11reb, J.Machuca 4+2reb+1ast, C.Amicucci 4+3reb
gschID: 141218


Penarol - Wuber-Est.Bahia 84-80
Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (5-6) lost to second ranked Penarol (10-2) in Mar del Plata 80-84 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Wuber-Est.Bahia won third quarter 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wuber-Est.Bahia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Wuber-Est.Bahia. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Penarol. Defending champion maintains second place with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Obras. Loser Wuber-Est.Bahia dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Penarol will face again Wuber-Est.Bahia (#10) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Penarol: F.Campazzo 24+8reb+5ast, L.Gutierrez 16+8reb+3ast, K.Lamonte 15+1reb+2ast, M.Leiva 14+7reb, M.Mata 8+7reb+3ast, M.Ibarra 4+1reb+1ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: R.Sanchez 18+6reb+5ast, J.Meyinsse 16+12reb, J.Ignacio Sanchez 14+6reb+3ast, F.Aguerre 9+4reb, J.Mojica 7+3reb+1ast, J.Espil 5+1reb
gschID: 141219


Campazzo's 24 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old guard Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Penarol and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Penarol in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Wuber-Est.Bahia (#10, 5-6) 84-80. Penarol maintains the 2nd position in Argentinian league. They are still close to the very top. Penarol would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 10-2 record. Campazzo has many years of experience at Penarol, through which he has constantly improved. Campazzo has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 6.9apg. Campazzo is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2spg,58.6% FGP and 45.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) of San Mart.C.. He is American-Venezuelan forward in his first season at San Mart.C.. In the last game Matthews recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Of course San Mart.C. cruised to a 92-85 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Sionista (#8, 6-5). San Mart.C.'s 12th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Matthews is a newcomer at San Mart.C. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jazwin Cowan (205-F/C-83, agency: Dream Team Management) of Club 9 (#14). Cowan scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Cowan's great performance Club 9 lost 64-98 to the higher-ranked Obras (#1, 10-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Club 9 can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Cowan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Cowan has individually a great season in Argentina. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (7th best). Cowan attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) of Sionista - 27 points and 6 rebounds
5. Edward Nelson (203-F-82) of GECR Indalo - 20 points and 9 rebounds
6. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80) of La Union - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) of Penarol - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Joe Smith (193-G-77) of La Union - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 18 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)


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Gutierrez, Obras18.3 
 2. Smith, La Union18.3 
 3. Villegas, Sionista17.3 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.17.0 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.7 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.16.7 
 7. Mojica, Wuber-Es.16.6 
 8. Pittman, Libertad.15.7 
 9. Mikulas, La Union15.5 
 10. Roe, Regatas C.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  Atenas
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 2. Sandes, Sionista9.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 4. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.8.6 
 6. Truscott, Quilm.8.3 
 7. Cowan, Club 97.6 
 8. Matthews, San M.7.2 
 9. Mikulas, La Union7.2 
 10. Williams, Quimsa7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.9 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.8 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.9 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.6 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista4.9 
 6. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 7. Sucatzky, Atenas4.1 
 8. Smith, La Union3.9 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.2 
 3. McHopson, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.7 
 5. Beitzel, San M.1.6 
 6. Washam, Obras1.6 
 7. Pau, La Union1.5 
 8. Funes, GECR I.1.5 
 9. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.5 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Hakeem ROLLINS
  Sionista
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Rollins, Sionista1.3 
 2. Roe, Regatas C.1.2 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.1.1 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 5. Clancy, Atenas1.1 
 6. Ayarza, Club 91.0 
 7. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Cameron TRAGARDH
  Tigers
  (209-C/F-83)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Tragardh, Tigers19.4 
 2. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 3. Khazzouh, Kings17.2 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats17.1 
 5. Johnson, 36ers17.0 
 6. Wilson, Taipans16.9 
 7. Crawford, Croco.16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers15.6 
 9. Warren, 36ers15.5 
 10. Simpsons, 36ers15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.7 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.7 
 4. Grant, Kings8.6 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.8.3 
 6. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 7. Worthington, Blaze6.9 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.5 
 9. Knight, Wildcats6.4 
 10. Saville, Hawks6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Jackson, Breakers5.9 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Gibson, Blaze4.7 
 4. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles4.5 
 6. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.5 
 8. Martin, Wildcats3.5 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.4 
 10. Warren, 36ers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.7 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.5 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.9 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.6 
 5. Gibson, Blaze1.4 
 6. Glover, Hawks1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 8. Crawford, Croco.1.2 
 9. Deleon, Blaze1.0 
 10. Gill, Crocodiles1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.4 
 2. Grant, Kings1.5 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers1.4 
 4. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.2 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.2 
 7. Nevill, Wildcats1.0 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 9. Knight, Wildcats0.9 
 10. Martin, Wildcats0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Wildcats 11-5 
 2. Breakers 11-5 
 3. Tigers 9-8 
 4. Taipans 8-7 
 5. Kings 8-9 
 6. Crocodiles 7-6 
 7. Blaze 6-7 
 8. 36ers 5-10 
 9. Hawks 3-11 


NBL Round 14: New Zealand Breakers beat Melbourne Tigers in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Melbourne. Second ranked New Zealand Breakers faced 3rd ranked Melbourne Tigers. Guests from Auckland (11-5) defeated host Melbourne Tigers (9-8) 90-79. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers outrebounded Melbourne Tigers 38-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. New Zealand Breakers keep a position of league leader, which they share with Wildcats. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. New Zealand Breakers is looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Perth. First ranked Perth Wildcats faced 3rd ranked Melbourne Tigers. Host Perth Wildcats (11-5) defeated guests from Melbourne (9-8) 72-67. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Kevin Lisch contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Melbourne Tigers. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-5 record, which they share with Breakers. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Findon was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Cairns Taipans (8-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-10). Cairns Taipans managed to secure a 5-point victory 72-67 on Saturday. Andrew Warren scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners. Diamon Simpson responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cairns Taipans moved-up to fourth place. Loser Adelaide 36ers keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Cairns Taipans will meet bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Adelaide 36ers will play against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Gwynneville. Local Wollongong Hawks (3-11) lost to seventh ranked Townsville Crocodiles (7-6) 72-57. Jacob Holmes notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to sixth place. Wollongong Hawks lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Kings (#5) in Sydney and it may be quite challenging game. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against Cairns Taipans (#4).

In the last game of round 14 Blaze were defeated by Kings in Sydney 102-96.
The best stats of 14th round was 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Jerai Grant of Kings.



Kings - Blaze 102-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Gold Coast Blaze's (6-7) road loss to sixth ranked Kings (8-9) 96-102. It looked good early as Gold Coast Blaze took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kings had a 33-28 second period charge getting the lead and Gold Coast Blaze was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 96-102. Kings forced 23 Gold Coast Blaze turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Kings brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 31 personal fouls committed by Gold Coast Blaze helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86) supported him with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) did not help to save the game for Gold Coast Blaze. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) added 15 points and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kings moved-up to fifth place. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Kings' next round opponent will be Townsville Crocodiles (#6) in Wulguru. Gold Coast Blaze will play on the road against Melbourne Tigers.
Top scorers:
Blaze: M.Worthington 18+10reb+2ast, A.Gibson 15+3reb+4ast, A.Deleon 14+3reb+1ast, J.Cadee 11+1reb+3ast, W.Hudson 11+5reb, J.Harvey 10+1reb+1ast
Kings: J.Grant 23+12reb+4ast, A.Bruce 21+1reb+2ast, J.Khazzouh 14+11reb+4ast, A.Bose 12+3reb+3ast, B.Madgen 11+4reb+2ast, L.Cooper 10+2reb+6ast
gschID: 138887


Hawks - Crocodiles 57-72

The game with biggest result difference took place in Gwynneville. Local Wollongong Hawks (3-11) lost to seventh ranked Townsville Crocodiles (7-6) 72-57. The game was mostly controlled by Townsville Crocodiles. Wollongong Hawks was better in fourth quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Townsville Crocodiles dominated on the defensive end, holding Wollongong Hawks to just 6 points in third quarter. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Even 11 points and 5 rebounds by power forward Larry Davidson (206-83, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for Wollongong Hawks. American point guard Showron Glover (180-87, agency: EM-PA) added 8 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to sixth place. Wollongong Hawks lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Kings (#5) in Sydney and it may be quite challenging game. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against Cairns Taipans (#4).
Top scorers:
Hawks: L.Davidson 11+5reb, S.Glover 8+3reb+5ast, O.Forman 8+5reb+2ast, J.Catron 7+5reb, T.Coenraad 6+5reb+1ast, M.Campbell 5+5reb+3ast
Crocodiles: C.Cedar 15, J.Holmes 13+16reb+7ast, L.Schenscher 11+5reb+1ast, P.Crawford 10+3reb+2ast, E.Mims 9+4reb, B.Allen 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138888


Tigers - Breakers 79-90

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Melbourne. Second ranked New Zealand Breakers faced 3rd ranked Melbourne Tigers. Guests from Auckland (11-5) defeated host Melbourne Tigers (9-8) 90-79. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. New Zealand Breakers outrebounded Melbourne Tigers 38-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Five New Zealand Breakers and four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers keep a position of league leader, which they share with Wildcats. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. New Zealand Breakers is looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Tragardh 22+7reb+1ast, A.Ubaka 17+3reb+5ast, L.Rush 16+2reb, B.Lewis 10+2reb, D.Dillon 7+2reb+5ast, R.Dorsey 5+2reb
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 18+5reb+3ast, D.Corletto 15+1ast, C.Bruton 14+1reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 11+7reb, A.Pledger 11+8reb, C.Jackson 11+9reb+11ast
gschID: 138889


Wildcats - Tigers 72-67

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Perth. First ranked Perth Wildcats faced 3rd ranked Melbourne Tigers. Host Perth Wildcats (11-5) defeated guests from Melbourne (9-8) 72-67. Melbourne Tigers were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 20-8 third quarter run of Perth Wildcats. They also forced 24 Melbourne Tigers turnovers. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Liam Rush (202-82) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. Perth Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-5 record, which they share with Breakers. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach in the next round where they are favorite. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tigers: L.Rush 17+8reb+1ast, C.Tragardh 17+9reb+3ast, R.Dorsey 9+2reb+2ast, D.Dillon 8+4reb+6ast, B.Lewis 8+2reb, A.Ubaka 6+3reb+5ast
Wildcats: S.Redhage 19+7reb+2ast, K.Lisch 16+3reb+4ast, L.Nevill 12+4reb, J.Wagstaff 10+3reb+1ast, M.Knight 8+8reb, D.Martin 5+10reb+2ast
gschID: 138885


36ers - Taipans 67-72

The game in Findon was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Cairns Taipans (8-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-10). Cairns Taipans managed to secure a 5-point victory 72-67 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Andrew Warren (195-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Ian Crosswhite (210-82, college: Oregon) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Cairns Taipans moved-up to fourth place. Loser Adelaide 36ers keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Cairns Taipans will meet bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Adelaide 36ers will play against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Simpson 16+12reb, D.Johnson 15+11reb, C.Warren 10+2reb+4ast, M.Creek 9+5reb, S.Weigh 8+9reb, E.Bartlett 4
Taipans: A.Warren 25+4reb+1ast, J.Wilson 16+4reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 14+6reb+3ast, B.Hill 7+4reb+2ast, A.Loughton 5+6reb+1ast, A.Grabau 3+5reb
gschID: 138886




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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 17: Gmunden Swans lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Round 17 in A Bundesliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Wels where host Raiffeisen Wels (11-4) edged league's leader Gmunden Swans (12-3) 81-79 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Iranian point guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) produced 20 points for the guests. Raiffeisen Wels maintains third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Klosterneub. Gmunden Swans at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Klosterneub.. Gmunden Swans will play next round against St.Polten trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Raiffeisen Wels will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Gussing Knights on the road.
Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-80 loss to second ranked Xion Dukes (13-2) in St.Polten. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Jason Chappell contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) answered with 25 points and 8 assists for St.Polten. Xion Dukes have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. St.Polten at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Xion Dukes will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. St.Polten will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Furstenfeld were defeated by UBSC Graz in a road game 74-68. Oberwart beat BC Vienna at home 103-85. Arkadia was destroyed by Kapfenberg on the opponent's court 86-65.


Wels - Gmunden 81-79

Round 17 in A Bundesliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Wels where host Raiffeisen Wels (11-4) edged league's leader Gmunden Swans (12-3) 81-79 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 42-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Iranian point guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) produced 20 points and the other American import forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Raiffeisen Wels and four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels maintains third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Klosterneub. Gmunden Swans at the other side dropped to the second position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Klosterneub.. Gmunden Swans will play next round against St.Polten trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Raiffeisen Wels will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Gussing Knights on the road.
Top scorers:
Wels: A.Farokhmanesh 15+3reb+6ast, D.Lamesic 15+7reb, J.Werner 14+10reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 11+5reb+4ast, T.Brown 10+5reb+2ast, R.Vieider 8+2reb
Gmunden: M.Curry 20+1reb+2ast, M.Mayer 15+3reb+2ast, R.Arnold 14+6reb+2ast, R.Poiger 13+7reb+2ast, D.Oppland 8+6reb+3ast, E.Murati 6
gschID: 137156


St.Polten - Klosterneub. 80-101

Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 101-80 loss to second ranked Xion Dukes (13-2) in St.Polten. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It looked good early as St.Polten took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then Xion Dukes had a 33-19 second period charge getting the lead and St.Polten was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-101. Xion Dukes made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. St.Polten was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American power forward Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) answered with 25 points and 8 assists and Bosnian-Canadian center Igor Bakovic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for St.Polten. Xion Dukes have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. St.Polten at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Xion Dukes will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. St.Polten will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 31+6reb+2ast, R.Suljanovic 15+3reb+1ast, C.Bobb 14+2reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 11+2reb+4ast, J.Chappell 8+9reb+2ast, L.Sallomon 8+2reb+1ast
St.Polten: N.Milosevic 25+1reb+8ast, I.Bakovic 14+9reb+2ast, F.Kramer 9+3reb, F.Trmal 9+3reb, T.Blazan 8+1ast, L.Gvozden 7+4ast
gschID: 137158


UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld 74-68

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (5-11) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked UBSC Graz (7-9) 74-68. It looked good early as Furstenfeld Panthers took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then UBSC Graz had a 19-14 second period charge getting the lead and Furstenfeld Panthers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-74. Strangely Furstenfeld Panthers outrebounded UBSC Graz 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Croatian forward Marko Moric (207-81) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the other American import forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers. The victory was the third consecutive win for UBSC Graz. They maintain seventh place with 7-9 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. UBSC Graz will play against higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: S.Grum 21+4reb+3ast, M.Moric 19+5reb+2ast, M.Stegnjaic 12+8reb+2ast, T.Ambrose 7+4reb+1ast, C.Knor 5+1ast, R.Lanegger 5+1reb+2ast
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 23+7reb+3ast, G.Ware 19+2reb+1ast, J.Robinson 10+11reb+2ast, B.Matthews 7+5reb, M.Graf 5+7reb+2ast, L.O'Neal 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137159


Oberwart - BC Vienna 103-85

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (9-7) defeated at home 8th ranked BC Vienna (6-10) 103-85. It looked good early as BC Vienna took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oberwart Gunners had a 33-17 second period charge getting the lead and BC Vienna was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-103. Oberwart Gunners dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BC Vienna's 32. American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. Oberwart Gunners' coach Neno Asceric allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (199-87) added 19 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for BC Vienna. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 9-7 record. BC Vienna lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Oberwart Gunners will play against UBSC Graz (#7) on the road in the next round. BC Vienna will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 24+9reb+1ast, H.Artner 16+1reb+2ast, V.Hollins 15+5reb+7ast, D.Jandl 14+5reb+5ast, N.Gacesa 11+7reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 9+2reb
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 35+9reb+7ast, M.Kovacevic 19+10reb+2ast, A.Trepalovac 10+6reb, M.Djurovic 8+1reb+2ast, M.Kracun 6+1reb, T.Gaspar 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 137160


Kapfenberg - Arkadia 86-65

Very expected game when 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (4-12) were rolled over on the road by fourth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (9-5) 86-65. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains fourth place with 9-5 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against league's leader Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arkadia Lions will play at home against Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 166766




Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 9-1
 2. Dornbirn 9-2
 3. Mattersb.R. 8-2
 4. BC Vienna jrs 7-4
 5. Schwaz 6-4
 6. Danube City 4-6
 7. Falcons 4-6
 8. Klagenfurt 3-7
 9. Salzburg 2-9
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 1. Fighters 0-11


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.1 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Drenovac, Arkadia20.2 
 4. Djuric, Gussing20.2 
 5. Reed, Oberwart20.2 
 6. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.19.2 
 8. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 9. Bobb, Klosterneub.17.5 
 10. Curry, Gmunden17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels8.7 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.6 
 4. Reed, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.9 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.6 
 7. Trmal, St.Polten6.9 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.8 
 9. Ware, Furstenfeld6.8 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg6.0 
 2. Danek, Arkadia5.7 
 3. Klepeisz, Gussing5.4 
 4. Vay, Arkadia5.0 
 5. Lanegger, Klostern.4.9 
 6. Schreiner, Kapfe.4.9 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.4.8 
 8. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Arkadia
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Vay, Arkadia2.6 
 2. Pryor, Wels2.4 
 3. Fears, Kapfenberg2.4 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 5. Milosevic, St.Polt.2.0 
 6. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 7. Scott, Gussing1.8 
 8. Brown, Wels1.7 
 9. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.2 
 3. Scott, Gussing1.0 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 5. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 6. Brown, Wels0.7 
 7. Vay, Arkadia0.6 
 8. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 9. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 10. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 


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Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 9-0 
 2. Al Ahli 7-2 
 3. Al Hala 7-2 
 4. Al Manama 7-3 
 5. Al Ittihad 6-4 
 6. Nuwaidrat 5-4 
 7. Issa Town 4-6 
 8. Sitra 4-6 
 9. Bahrain Club 2-7 
 10. Samaheej 1-8 
 11. Al Najma 0-10 


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Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 9-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 8-3 
 3. Triumph 8-3 
 4. Rudupis 7-3 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 6-4 
 6. Ventspils 6-5 
 7. Juventus 5-5 
 8. Tartu Ulikool 4-8 
 9. Kedainiai 2-8 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 2-9 
 11. Liepaja 2-10 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Naglis Palangos 5-1 
 2. Neptunas 5-2 
 3. Tarvas 4-2 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 3-5 
 5. Jelgava 0-7 
Group B
 1. Techasas 6-2 
 2. Sakalai 6-2 
 3. Valmiera 6-3 
 4. TTU/Kalev 3-5 
 5. Rapla 2-6 
 6. Turiba 2-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Bowles, Siauliai21.0 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.7 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.4 
 4. Barinov, Naglis P.18.0 
 5. Hallik, Tarvas17.2 
 6. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.6 
 8. Reminas, Naglis P.16.5 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja16.3 
 10. Runkaukas, Neptu.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.5 
 2. Ringmets, Rapla9.3 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.8.8 
 4. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.6 
 6. Nelson, Jelgava8.4 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai8.3 
 8. Arnold, TT.8.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.9 
 2. Maceina, Juventus5.7 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas5.5 
 4. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.0 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas4.8 
 7. Janavicius, Baltai4.5 
 8. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 10. Benn, Naglis Pala.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Oskars VIRSIS
  Valmiera
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Virsis, Valmiera2.2 
 2. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas2.0 
 4. McKee, Triumph2.0 
 5. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.9 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava1.9 
 9. Landry, Triumph1.8 
 10. Young, Ventspils1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.9 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.9 
 4. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 5. Staniulis, Techasas1.6 
 6. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 9. Cipruss, Tarvas1.0 
 10. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 


Denzel Bowles left BC Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) left BC Siauliai and the team is looking for a replacement. The American player received a proposal from the Philippine leading B-MEG Llamados' team.
In 2011 Siauliai got their roster shaped with the American player. They have agreed on terms of contract with Denzel Bowles. It was the first pro contract for the forward. Denzel Bowles has just graduated from the James Madison University. He tallied 17.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game in his senior season. Denzel Bowles made it into All-CAA 1st Team. He also made it into NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team.
In his top game Siauliai lost to Baltai Kaunas 83:87 on December 16, 2011. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Siauliai won fourth quarter 31-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baltai Kaunas made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American power forward Denzel Bowles replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds.





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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 14: Okapi Aalstar defeats leader Spirou Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Spirou Charleroi (9-3) on the court of fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Okapi Aalstar 77-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Spirou Charleroi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Okapi Aalstar shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Spirou Charleroi only scored one point from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) saved the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Jorn Steinbach (181-89) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Spirou Charleroi. Okapi Aalstar (8-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Oostende. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with three games lost. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spirou Charleroi will play at home against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to win this game.
Eighth-ranked Optima Gent (4-9) was very close to win a game against first ranked Spirou Charleroi (9-3). Spirou Charleroi managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jiri Welsch chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American guard La'Shard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-3 record. Optima Gent lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Optima Gent will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Antwerp Giants (7-5) against seventh ranked Belgacom Liege (5-5) on Friday night. Visiting Antwerp Giants were defeated by Belgacom Liege in a tough game in Liege 74-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. Len Matela notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 22 points by Michael Roll did not help to save the game for Antwerp Giants. Belgacom Liege maintains seventh position with 5-5 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Belgacom Liege will meet at home higher ranked Base Oostende (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Antwerp Giants will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between seventh ranked Leuven Bears (6-5) and 8th ranked Optima Gent (4-9) in Leuven ended with biggest points difference. Leuven Bears beat guests from Gent 70-57. The best player for the winners was Adeola Dagunduro who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Leuven Bears moved-up to fifth place. Optima Gent lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Leuven Bears' next round opponent will be higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Optima Gent will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 Oostende beat Verviers-Pep. on the road 75-69.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 21 points and 14 rebounds by Jason Love of Verviers-Pep..



Liege - Antwerp 78-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Antwerp Giants (7-5) against seventh ranked Belgacom Liege (5-5) on Friday night. Visiting Antwerp Giants were defeated by Belgacom Liege in a tough game in Liege 74-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 31-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Belgacom Liege shot 27 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Antwerp Giants only scored nine points from the stripe. American center Len Matela (206-80, college: Bowling Green, agency: Interperformances) notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Guy Muya (190-83, agency: LBM Management) supported him with 21 points. Four Belgacom Liege players scored in double figures. Even 22 points by American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) did not help to save the game for Antwerp Giants. His fellow American import guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 13 points and 5 assists for the guests. Belgacom Liege maintains seventh position with 5-5 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Belgacom Liege will meet at home higher ranked Base Oostende (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Antwerp Giants will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: G.Muya 21+3reb+3ast, L.Matela 20+9reb, J.Bostic 14+6reb+3ast, G.Hockins 10+4reb, D.Waters 9+3reb+3ast, P.Gillet 2+4reb
Antwerp: M.Roll 22+4reb+1ast, T.Black 13+1reb+5ast, D.Wilson 12+5reb+1ast, R.Moors 8+4ast, J.Mwema 7+1reb+1ast, J.Vaughn 6+3reb
gschID: 132386


Aalstar - Spirou 77-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Spirou Charleroi (9-3) on the court of fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Okapi Aalstar 77-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Spirou Charleroi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Okapi Aalstar shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Spirou Charleroi only scored one point from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) saved the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Jorn Steinbach (181-89) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spirou Charleroi. Four Okapi Aalstar and five Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar (8-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with Oostende. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with three games lost. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spirou Charleroi will play at home against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 25+8reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 13+1reb+4ast, C.Young 12+3reb, J.Holiday 11+3reb+1ast, S.Jackson 8+4reb+1ast, K.Kruger 4+2reb+1ast
Spirou: J.Welsch 15+5reb+3ast, C.Hill 12+5reb+3ast, J.Hamilton 12+3reb+2ast, D.Broyles 11+2reb+2ast, C.Green 11+7reb+1ast, A.Riddick 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132387


Verviers-Pep. - Oostende 69-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Base Oostende (8-5) beat on the road bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-11) 75-69. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Base Oostende made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by VOO Verviers-Pepinster helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard TJ Thompson (177-82, college: G.Washington) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Base Oostende have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Aalstar. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Base Oostende's next round opponent will be Belgacom Liege (#7) on the road where they are favorite. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Djordjevic 20+9reb+10ast, M.Lojeski 13+4reb+1ast, C.Booker 13+7reb+1ast, D.Katnic 9+3reb, D.Drobnjak 8+2ast, Q.Serron 8+4reb
Verviers-Pep.: J.Love 21+14reb, T.Thompson 14+4reb+2ast, J.Beal 10+2reb+1ast, M.Faison 8+5reb+2ast, W.Boss Mukubu 7+4reb, B.Merriex 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 132388


Leuven - Gent 70-57

The game between seventh ranked Leuven Bears (6-5) and 8th ranked Optima Gent (4-9) in Leuven ended with biggest points difference. Leuven Bears beat guests from Gent 70-57. The game was mostly controlled by Leuven Bears. Optima Gent was better in second period 11-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leuven Bears dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Optima Gent's 26. Leuven Bears forced 21 Optima Gent turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Optima Gent helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) produced 6 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Leuven Bears moved-up to fifth place. Optima Gent lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Leuven Bears' next round opponent will be higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Optima Gent will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: J.McLean 14+6reb, A.Dagunduro 14+6reb+2ast, J.Tofi 12+6reb+1ast, M.McGhee 11+4reb+2ast, I.Hanavan 11+4reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 4+8reb+2ast
Gent: R.Chaney 15+4reb, M.Haynes 13+5reb+1ast, L.Bosco 8, L.Anderson 8+1reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 7+5reb+3ast, G.Brown 6+17reb+1ast
gschID: 132389


Round 1
Spirou - Gent 65-64

Eighth-ranked Optima Gent (4-9) was very close to win a game against first ranked Spirou Charleroi (9-3). Spirou Charleroi managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected much easier game. Optima Gent was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 14-7 third quarter run of Spirou Charleroi. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Optima Gent to just 7 points in third quarter. Spirou Charleroi forced 23 Optima Gent turnovers. American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American guard La'Shard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) scored 14 points. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-3 record. Optima Gent lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Optima Gent will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: C.Green 14+5reb+2ast, D.Broyles 14+2reb, J.Welsch 14+5reb+1ast, A.Riddick 9+7reb+1ast, C.Beghin 6+1reb, C.Hill 6+6reb+1ast
Gent: M.Haynes 14+4reb, L.Anderson 13+6reb+2ast, S.Geukens 12+4reb, G.Brown 9+7reb, B.Heinle 6+3reb+1ast, R.Chaney 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 165551




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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar18.9 
 2. Bostic, Liege17.1 
 3. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Freeman, Leuven15.4 
 6. Booker, Oostende14.2 
 7. Tofi, Leuven14.1 
 8. Green, Spirou13.6 
 9. Winston, Oostende13.5 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.1 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp7.9 
 3. Brown, Gent7.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar6.9 
 5. McLean, Leuven6.6 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 7. Chaney, Gent5.6 
 8. Merriex, Verviers.5.6 
 9. Tofi, Leuven5.5 
 10. Carter, M.Hainaut5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.6 
 2. Waters, Liege3.8 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.5 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.5 
 5. Thompson, Verviers.3.4 
 6. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 7. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 8. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 9. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 10. Muya, Liege2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Downey, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Dagunduro, Leuven2.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 6. Steinbach, Aalstar2.0 
 7. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
 8. Ruoff, Aalstar1.8 
 9. Haynes, Gent1.8 
 10. Bostic, Liege1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.7 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.9 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.4 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.2 
 5. Booker, Oostende1.1 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Gillet, Liege0.6 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


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Bosnian Igor Hadziomerovic is out for the season for Boise State! - by Chris Mathieu
Bosnian Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92) is out for the season for Boise State! Igor Hadziomerovic suffered a severe foot injury at the end of decemeber and his season is over for Boise State. Igor started out strong in his freshman season in the NCAA. Igor averaged 7ppg 2rbpg 2aspg while shooting over 40% from the field for both 2's and 3's and started four games for the Broncos. It was a nice start to his college career and hopefully he will come back next year strong and healthy for his team.

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Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Unitri/Universo 10-2 
 2. Flamengo 9-2 
 3. Itabom/Bauru 9-2 
 4. Pinheiros/Sky 9-3 
 5. Paulistano 8-3 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 8-3 
 7. Uniceub/BRB 5-5 
 8. Liga Sorocaba 5-6 
 9. Cia do Terno 5-6 
 10. Tijuca TC 4-7 
 11. Winner/Limeira 4-7 
 12. Minas 4-7 
 13. Vivo/Franca 3-9 
 14. Vila Velha 1-10 
 15. Araraquara 0-12 


Uberlandia surprise Flamengo on the road - by Eurobasket News
Uberlandia celebrated the 10th win in the NBB season. They stunned Flamengo 89:81 in Rio de Janeiro and climbed on top of the ladder. Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) knocked down 29 points to lead the winners. The teams were tied at 69:69 after three quarters. But Uberlandia went on a 20:12 run in the fourth term and secured a tough win at the end. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) posted 18 points in the winning effort. Caio Torres answered with 21 points for Flamengo. Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) and David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) had 15 points each in the loss.
Paulistano recorded the eighth win in the season as they shocked Liga Sorocabana 103:74. Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88) stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) accounted for 17 points in the victory. Paulistano piled up a 14-point lead at halftime and never looked back en route to the win. Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87, college: Lamar) chipped in 15 points for Liga Sorocabana.
Tijuca held off visiting Vivo/Franca 102:98. Ulisses Lima (192-F-85) notched 22 points in the winning case. Diego Conceicao (200-F-87) had 18 points for Tijuca as they improved at 4-7 record. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) reacted with 25 points in the loss.
Minas toppled Vila Velha 84:78 away from home. Mark Borders (188-G-82, college: Tampa) nailed 25 points, while Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) delivered 21 points for Minas. Vila Velha answered with 19 points from Ibrahim Badmus.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin KING
  TRU
  (--)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. King, TRU25.6 
 2. Fassett, St.Mary''s22.3 
 3. Habib, Memorial22.2 
 4. Barbeau, Western21.9 
 5. Mackinnon, Victoria21.8 
 6. Baker, Alberta21.5 
 7. Yu, UBC21.4 
 8. Diloreto, Windsor21.3 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.20.7 
 10. Coston, TWU20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan BAKER
  Alberta
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Baker, Alberta10.8 
 2. Phillip, Windsor10.8 
 3. Burke, UBC10.7 
 4. King, TRU10.7 
 5. Klassen, Acadia9.7 
 6. Lieffers, Saskatch.9.4 
 7. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.0 
 8. Desroches, New B.8.9 
 9. Staniscia, Ryerson8.8 
 10. Cote-K., UQ.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.1 
 2. Kanza Mata, Dalho.6.2 
 3. Helsby, Memorial6.0 
 4. Shepherd, Memorial6.0 
 5. Bonhomme, Brandon5.8 
 6. Kraus, Brock5.8 
 7. Smith, TWU5.7 
 8. Collins, Windsor5.6 
 9. Yu, UBC5.4 
 10. Barrett, Saskatch.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Evens LAROCHE
  Concordia
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Laroche, Concordia4.5 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.3.6 
 3. Smith, TWU3.0 
 4. Collins, Windsor2.9 
 5. Cooper, Lethbridge2.9 
 6. Baker, Alberta2.8 
 7. Cooper, UPEI2.7 
 8. Oliver, Manitoba2.7 
 9. Cote-K., UQ.2.6 
 10. Dorsey, Cape Bre.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Balraj BAINS
  UBC
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bains, UBC2.3 
 2. Klassen, Acadia1.7 
 3. Coward, Lethbridge1.7 
 4. Thomas, St.Franc.1.4 
 5. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.4 
 6. Andrews, Bishop''s1.3 
 7. Eyitayo, Concordia1.3 
 8. Lual, UPEI1.2 
 9. Tufegdzich, York1.2 
 10. Buckley, Laurier1.1 


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


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Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong ST 16-4 
 2. Guangsha L. 14-6 
 3. Beijing Ducks 14-6 
 4. Zhejiang C. 12-7 
 5. DongGuan L. 12-8 
 6. Shanghai S. 11-8 
 7. Liaoning H. 11-9 
 8. Fujian XX 11-9 
 9. Xinjiang F.T. 10-8 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 9-9 
 11. Qingdao DS 9-11 
 12. Shandong FB 8-12 
 13. Jilin NE T. 7-13 
 14. Bayi Fubang 6-13 
 15. Foshan 6-13 
 16. TianJin R. 6-14 
 17. Jiangsu D. 4-16 


Guangdong Takes Three-Game Lead in CBA - by Arthur Volbert
Defending champion Guangdong moved into a three-game lead in the CBA as it topped Qingdao 127-117 while its closest competitors, Beijing, Zhejiang Guangsha and Zhejiang, all lost. Guangdong now has a 17-4 record. Liu Xiaoyu, a once-hyped point guard who has been used sparingly this season, led Guangdong with 20 points and 4 assists. Aaron Brooks had 16 points and 5 assists but played only 19 minutes. Veterans Wang Shipeng and Zhu Fangyu each scored 15. Wang Zheng had 14 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Su Wei did not play. James Singleton had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Dong Hanlin had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 10 and Ren Junfei had 9. Lester Hudson had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for Qingdao. Li Gen scored 19. Olumide Oyedeji had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Cai Liang and Chen Kai each scored 11 and Xue Yuyang had 9. Sani Sakakini had 8 points and 7 rebounds.

After winning its first 13 games, Beijing dropped its seventh game in its last eight with a 105-101 loss to Fujian. Its record fell to 14-7. Fujian, which is now 12-9, was led by McDonald Will (211-C-79, college: S.Florida) who had 41 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Anthony Roberson had 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhao Tailong had 15 points and 3 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 6 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists.

One wonders how much Beijing misses Lee Hsueh-Lin, the diminutive Taiwanese point guard who was injured after 9 games. One contribution of Lee was that he prevented Stephon Marbury from wearing down and there is no one on the Beijing team who can take his place. Marbury had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists today. Wang Xiaohui, one of the guards who plays Lee's spot in the rotation, had 16 points and 4 rebounds but only one assist. Randolph Morris had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Zhai Xiaochuan had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Chen Lei did not play.

Zhejiang Guangsha also fell to 14-7 with a 97-88 loss to Shanghai. Shanghai is now 12-8. Michael Harris had 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Liu Wei had 13 points and 4 rebounds. New import Marcus Landry had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Meng Lingyuan had 12 points and 4 assists. Zhang Zhaoxu had 6 points and 8 rebounds and contained Guangsha's 7-3 center Peter John Ramos. Wang Yong had 5 points and 7 rebounds. Wilson Chandler had 23 points and 9 rebounds for Guangsha. Jin Lipeng scored 17. Ramos had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Lin Chih-Chieh had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Zhang Wei scored 10. Wang Bo had 6 points and 5 rebounds.

Zhejiang fell to 12-8 with a 128-110 loss to Shanxi. Marcus Williams had 49 points for Shanxi to offset the 57 scored by Zhejiang's J. R. Smith. Charles Gaines had 30 points and 16 rebounds. Lv Xiaoming had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Ren Junhui had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Bao Zhaobao had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Smith added 11 rebounds and 3 assists to his 57 points. Josh Boone had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Dayong scored 8. Cao Fei had 7 points and 7 rebounds. National teamer Ding Jinhui, who appears to have regressed, scored 6 points and 6 rebounds.

Dongguan is now in fourth place with a 13-8 record after a 91-89 triumph over Tianjin. Shavlik Randolph had 22 points, 18 rebounds and 4 steals. Josh Akognon had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Sun Tonglin had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He Zhongmian scored 11. Hung Chih-Shan had 9 points and 4 rebounds Donnell Harvey had 22 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists for Tianjin. Shen Tujun scored 17. Zhang Nan had 16 points and 7 assists. Xu Guijun had 14 points and 4 rebounds. David Harrison had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Shandong defeated Liaoning 102-94. Allan Anderson had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Othelo Hunter had 22 points and 14 rebounds. Ding Yanyuhang had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Cao Zhenhuan had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Tao Hanlin had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Xu Jiahan had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Rodney Carney had 27 points for Liaoning but only 1 rebound. He Tianju had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Donnell Harvey had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Yang Ming had 12 points and 7 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Han Dejun had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng scored 9.

Jilin defeated Foshan 98-78. Jameel Watkins had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Li Tao had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Osama Daghlas had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 10 asssists. Cartier Martin had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 11 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Luo Zhi had 18 points and 4 rebounds for Foshan. Marcus Haislip had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Marcus Douthit had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Zheng Zhun had 8 points and 13 rebounds. Michel Maadanly had 8 points and 4 rebounds.

Last-place Jiangsu overcame Xinjiang 97-84. Jackson Vroman had 25 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Meng Da had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Yi Li scored 17. Song Kangming had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus Williams had 10 points and 5 assists. Yang Li scored 9. Gani Lawal had 30 points and 26 rebounds for Xinjiang. Mengke Bateer had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Tim Pickett had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Xirelijiang had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Meng Duo scored 9.



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  CROATIA   


Sendai 89ers lands Toncinic - by Eurobasket Center
Sendai 89ers (BJ League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Croatian forward Filip Toncinic (212-F-84, college: Texas A&M-CC). In his first game he scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds helping his new team beat Kyoto Hannar. 76-62. Toncinic played most recently at KK Zadar (Croatia). He played also pro basketball in Croatia and Syria. Toncinic graduated Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in 2010 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos continues his unbeaten record - by Michael Aristidou

Keravnos Strovolou won Proteas Danoi AEL 150-46 in Limassol last night in a match where the home team played with their junior team.
There isnt much to say about the game due to the big difference.
Keravnos Strovolou is still unbeaten this season and looks more serious than ever to win the championship.
Quarters 10-34, 21-69, 30-103, 46-150

Dragisevic was the first scorer with 32, while Pilavas and Freizer added another 24.
For the cadet team of AEL Panagi and R. Georgiou scored 12.



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Houska's 27 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old forward Pavel Houska (201-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Decin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 27 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for BK Decin in his team's victory, helping them to beat BC Kolin (#4, 15-6) 83-75. BK Decin maintains the 5th position in Czech Republic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BK Decin will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. Houska has many years of experience at BK Decin, through which he has constantly improved. Houska has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.2ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.1rpg) and averages solid 54.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was James Hughes (211-C-83, agency: I.D.S. Law) of NH Ostrava. He is American center in his first season at NH Ostrava. In the last game Hughes recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as NH Ostrava was edged by the higher-ranked BK Prostejov (#2, 18-3) 82-79. NH Ostrava managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-12 record. Hughes is a newcomer at NH Ostrava and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Petr Bohacik (202-F-85) of BK Pardubice (#3). Bohacik scored 12 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of BK Pardubice, leading his team to a 87-82 win against the lower-ranked USK Praha (#6, 13-9). BK Pardubice is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 18-4 record is not that bad... Bohacik has a very solid season. In 22 games in Czech Republic he scored 9.5ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 60.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of BK Prostejov - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) of BC Kolin - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jamar Smith (191-G-87) of BK Prostejov - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Keaton Grant (193-G-86) of Levice - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Stepan Vrubl (186-G-76) of Plzen - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) of Svitavy - 17 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)


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.4 
 2. Costner, Los A.24.4 
 3. Millsap, Los A.23.4 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.0 
 5. Emmett, Reno B.21.8 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.4 
 8. Biggs, Canton C.19.8 
 9. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.19.5 
 10. Curry, Springfiel.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers14.4 
 2. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.5 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.10.4 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.9.7 
 6. Harris, Maine RC9.6 
 7. Foote, Springfield9.3 
 8. Thomas, Reno B.9.0 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 10. Brown, Springfiel.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.1 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 3. Coleman, Sioux F.7.1 
 4. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.6.7 
 6. Cooksey, Texas L.6.6 
 7. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 8. Ahearn, Reno B.6.1 
 9. Wise, Bakersfield6.1 
 10. Curry, Springfiel.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Millsap, Los A.2.7 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.4 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.2.2 
 5. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 7. Coleman, Sioux F.2.1 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 9. Curry, Springfield2.1 
 10. Roberts, Texas L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Foster, Idaho S.3.3 
 2. Thomas, Los A.2.7 
 3. Daniels, Erie B.2.3 
 4. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 5. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 
 6. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 
 7. Anderson, Dakota1.5 
 8. Fazekas, Reno B.1.5 
 9. Kent, Maine RC1.5 
 10. Dawson, Austin T.1.4 


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  ESTONIA   


Estonian KML round 15 best performance: Kaspars Cipruss - by Eurobasket News
Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Tarvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Tln Kalev (#6, 4-10) with 25-point margin 89-64. Tarvas is placed at 2nd position in Estonian KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tarvas will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. Cipruss turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Kaspars Cipruss has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.8ppg) and averages impressive 68.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) of Rapla. Ringmets had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Rapla to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Parnu (#7, 2-11) 101-69. Rapla's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-7 record is not bad at all. Ringmets is well-known at Rapla and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU/Kalev (#5). Akenparg scored 20 points. He was a key player of TTU/Kalev, leading his team to a 89-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Valga/CKE (#8, 2-13). TTU/Kalev 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. Akenparg has a very solid season. In 14 games in Estonia he scored 12.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) of Rapla - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) of Tarvas - 17 points and 9 rebounds
6. Matt Shaw (203-F-88) of Tln Kalev - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Indrek Kajupank (200-F-88) of Rapla - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) of Tarvas - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) of Rapla - 21 points and 2 assists
10. Mooses Kaja (195-F-88) of TTU/Kalev - 6 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  EUROCUP   


Krka confirm Afik Nissim - by Eurobasket News
Krka Novo Mesto bolstered their backcourt. They confirmed the signing of Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket). The player is expected to join the team on Monday. The Israeli guard started the season in Enisey Krasnoyarsk. He tallied 5.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 boards per game in EuroChallenge. In PBL his stats read 7.1 points, 2.9 assists and 1.7 boards per game. Afik Nissim posted 5.8 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 boards in VTB League. The guard is the member of Israeli National Team. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. His stats read 5.0 points and 2.6 assists in Lithuania.


Novo Mesto Sets Eyes On Enisey's Israeli Guard Afik Nissim - by David Pick
Israeli National Team Point/Combo Guard Afik Nissim's close to landing a deal with Slovenian Novo Mesto, according to sources with information of negotiations.

Novo Mesto, who suffered a tough 77:57 Adriatic League lose just last night to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, set eyes on the Israeli talent who seems to be on his way out Enisey, Russia.
After playing in Italy, Ukraine, Israel, Russia, Czech Rep. and France, Nissim will take his talents for the first time to Slovenia, playing for his sixth European team competing in the Adriatic League and the EuroCup Top16 games.

Nissim, who spent the previous season in the Czech Republic playing for Nymburk, completed a noteworthy season winning the Czech Rep. Cup, League Championship and being a member of the Czech Rep. NBL All-Star Game. Nissim posted averages of 12.1 points in the Adriatic League and 12.6 points in the Eurocup Challenge.

Nissim's best game with soon to be his former team, Enisey, came during a Russian League contest against N.Novgorod, dropping 28 points (6/10 for three), 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes of action.

Nissim's accomplishments didn't go unnoticed as national team coach Arik Shivek invited the guard to take part in Israel's EuroBasket tournament this past summer, where Nissim stepped up to the plate recording averages of 5 points and 2.6 assists in 5 games.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Hungary NT announced Laszlo Ratgeber - by Eurobasket News
Hungary NT announced Laszlo Ratgeber as a head Coach. His goal will be to take the Hungarian boys to the 2013 European Championship. The Hungarian Specialist will prepare the team for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. The Hungarians played in the Additional Qualifying Round for EuroBasket 2011 but finished third behind Finland and Portugal.
In 2004-2005 Laszlo joined MiZo-PVSK (A) women team and stayed with the team for 4 seasons. In 2008-2009 he coached Spartak Moscow Region (Russia-A Superleague) women team and reached success. In 2010-2011 moved to Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey-TKBL) women team and became Turkish President Cup Winner -11, reached Turkish Cup Semifinals -11, became Turkish TBBL Regular Season Runner-Up -11. He also became Turkish TBBL Champion -11 and was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Coach of the Year -11.
Since parting ways with Fenerbahce, Ratgeber has been focusing on the development of his basketball academy in his hometown of Pecs. His goal will be to take the Hungarian boys to the 2013 European Championship.




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  FINLAND   


Conerly's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old guard Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for SayRi and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Jyvaskyla (#12, 1-13) with 21-point margin 102-81. SayRi is placed at 8th position in Finnish 1st Division. SayRi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-9 record. Conerly turned to be SayRi's top player in his first season with the team. Jacksonville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Conerly. Conerly is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.5ppg) and averages solid 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tracy Robinson (201-F-86) of top-ranked FoKoPo. He is American forward in his first season at FoKoPo. In the last game Robinson recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead FoKoPo to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#10, 4-9) 94-73. Of course FoKoPo still keep 's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 12 matches. Robinson is a newcomer at FoKoPo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gerald January (201-F/C-88) of BC Nokia (#3). January scored 24 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of BC Nokia, leading his team to a 76-75 win against slightly lower-ranked Lapua (#5, 9-5). BC Nokia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. January has a great season in Finland. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.1spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Walter Baxley (191-G-84) of Lapua - 35 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) of SayRi - 17 points and 18 rebounds
6. Eze Andrews (201-F/C-83) of Ura Basket - 23 points and 16 rebounds
7. Jarno Nissinen (195-F-77) of Jyvaskyla - 23 points and 3 rebounds
8. Bilal Abdullah (196-G-84) of SayRi - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) of Tapiolan Honka - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Lionel Green (196-G/F-84) of Ura Basket - 20 points and 12 rebounds

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


1.DIVISION: BC Nokia defeated Lapua by one - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 14: One real thriller took place at Nokia today, when BC Nokia defeated Korikobrat (Lapua) by one 76-75 (41-38). It was Mikko Ovaska (193-F-81), who hit his both FTs in time 38:55 and made the final digits 76-75 on the scoreboard. A minute later team captain Timo Riihela (193-G-80) missed two FTs, but the hosts won anyway.
Gerald January (201-F/C-88, college: Montevallo) led BC Nokia with a double-double 24pts/18rbs. Sharpshooter Walter Baxley (191-G-84, college: Mars Hill) collected this time 35 points for Lapua. At Saynatsalo local Riento beat BC Jyvaskyla 102-81 (46-46) in a game, where the referees called altogether 59 fouls. 38 of them were against visitor BC JKL. So, Riento got 56 FTs and made 41 of them. American G Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83, college: Jacksonville) alone got 21 FTs and made 18 of them. Conerly scored 30 pts and grabbed 15 rbs. Lance Storrs (195-G-89, college: Georgia Tech) netted 29 pts for BC JKL. FoKoPo (Forssa) won over Tarmo (Porvoo) 94-73 (56-39), YMCA Oulu lost at home vs Pyrinto II (Tampere) 75-81 (32-41) and Honka (Tapiola) was better than Ura Basket (Kaarina) 77-65 (37-36). There are eight rounds left out of the regular season.
BC Nokia - Lapua 76-75 (41-38). (Gerald January 24/18, Timo Riihela 19, Ville Tuominen 9 - Walter Baxley 35, Eric Eilliams 15/12, Emmanuel Jackson 15).
Riento - BC Jyvaskyla 102-81 (46-46). (Aubrey Conerly 30/15/8a, Bilal Abdullah 21, Kenneth Cooper 17/18 - Lance Storrs 29, Juuso Konttinen 14, Miikka Markkanen 11).
FoKoPo - Tarmo 94-73 (56-39). (Tracy Robinson 25/11, HL Coleman 15, Markus Molenius 13 - Shawn Henderson 25, Tyrwone Still 18, Benzor Simmons 18).
YMCA Oulu - Pyrinto II 75-81 (32-41). (Brian Moultrie 19, Lloyd Phillips 16, Henri Vihavainen 15 - Joni Harjula 23, Osku Heinonen 19, Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 19).
Honka, Tapiola - Ura Basket 77-65 (37-36). (Villematti Kopio 24, Ilkka Sirola 16, Kalle Naapi 13 - Eze Andrews 23/16, Lionel Green 20/12, Jussi Kukkonen 8).



KORISLIIGA: The standings living after each round - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 22: The Finnish Top League becomes more interesting the longer this season goes. The basketball fans must be happy - at least. Tonight Kouvot (Kouvola) was so close for a giant upset, but visitor Kataja (Joensuu) was more lucky winning finally by two after 10 lead changes and five ties: 60-62 (35-25). Kouvot had too many (23) turnovers and too few FTs (6/6). Kataja made only 12 fouls in the contest (12 were called) and Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) (17pts/13rbs) once again saving his team. Kataja (18-4) got all but two points from the starters. Kouvot (9-12) got 19 pts help from the bench. Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.) had a double-double 12pts/12rbs.
At Loimaa local Bisons (13-5) forced Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) into 23 turnovers and that is too much on this level. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) (ex-ToPo) led Bisons with 21 pts. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double 20pts/12rbs and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) netted in double digits (16 pts) as well. Head Coach Greg Gibson was very pleased with the second half game and keeping Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) in one point. Mottola played 15:21 minutes and missed his all five shots making only one out of two FTs. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) scored 19 pts for ToPo (12-9).

KTP (Kotka) has turned the ship's course totally after Coach change and getting Jeremy Williams (200-SF-87, college: UTEP) on the roster. This time Pyrinto (Tampere) had to admit KTP was too tough: 96-83 (47-44). The game was not easy for the hosts either. There were 15 lead changes and 14 ties before KTP was winning the last quarter 30-18. Both teams had five players in double figures. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) led KTP (8-14) with 21 and Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) Pyrinto (13-8) with 21 pts as well.
Karhu (Kauhajoki) was rolling again, when defeating Korihait in Uusikaupunki 77-91 (46-47). Karhu (14-8) had six players in 13-16 points! That must have been difficult for the hosts to defend so many sharpshooters in the same contest. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) made four out of seven 3-pointers and Aleksi Huuskonen (188-G-88) missed only two treys out of six. Karhu was 13/29 (45%) from behind the arc.
Vilpas (Salo) beat YMCA Lahti by 18 pts 85-67 (39-29) in front of 1360 spectators. Young Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) led the hosts with 17 points (new personal record). John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) had a double-double 10pts/15rbs. Vilpas (9-13) won the rebounds 52-31! YMCA Lahti (5-17) still missing Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) netted 20 pts.
Kouvot - Kataja 60-62 (35-25). (Anthony Brown 12/12, Antto Nikkarinen 12, Antoine Jordan 9 - Jared Newson 17/13, Sami Lehtoranta 13, Antti Kanervo 12. A: 1043).
Bisons - ToPo 82-63 (32-36). (Mikko Koivisto 21, Martin Zeno 20/12, Jeb Ivey 16 - Carl Lindbom 19, Kimmo Muurinen 16, Chase Griffin 11. A: 738).
KTP - Pyrinto 96-83 (47-44). (Tony Crocker 21, Tim Blue 20, Jukka Matinen 17 - Damon Williams 21/5a, Antero Lehto 15, Antti Nikkila 14. A: 1117).
Korihait - Karhu 77-91 (46-47). (Cory Johnson 19, Shawn Vanzant 19, Nigel Moore 12 - Clevin Hannah 16, Aleksi Huuskonen 16, Vesa Makalainen 16. A: 513).
Vilpas - YMCA Lahti 85-67 (39-29). (Mikael Sandberg 17, Emmanuel Holloway 15, John Fields 10/15 - Ryan Brooks 20, Malik Moore 19, Brant Bailey 10. A: 1360).



Korisliiga Round 24: Joensuun Kataja defeats Kouvot in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Kouvot (9-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Joensuun Kataja (18-4) in Kouvola on Sunday. The visitors from Joensuu managed to secure only two-point victory 62-60. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 37-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 22 Kouvot turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) who added 13 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 18-4 record. Kouvot lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (13-8) against tenth ranked KTP-Basket (8-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Tampereen Pyrinto was defeated by KTP-Basket in Kotka 96-83. The winners were led by American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) who scored that evening 21 points and 5 rebounds and Tim Blue supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 21 points and 5 assists by American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) did not help to save the game for Tampereen Pyrinto. KTP-Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Korihait. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. KTP-Basket will play against higher ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Uusikaupunki was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (14-8) played at the court of 8th ranked UU-Korihait (8-14). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated UU-Korihait 91-77 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Todd Hendley who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Cory Johnson who recorded 19 points. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. UU-Korihait lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with KTP. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home KTP-Basket (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. UU-Korihait will play against Namika Lahti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (14-5) crushed at home 5th ranked Torpan Pojat (12-10) by 19 points 82-63, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Martin Zeno who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second position with 14-5 record having seven points less than leader Kataja. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit's next round opponent will be Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) on the road.

In the last game of round 24 bottom-ranked Namika Lahti lost to Salon Vilpas on the opponent's court 67-85.



Nilan Bisons - ToPo 82-63

Second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (14-5) crushed at home 5th ranked Torpan Pojat (12-10) by 19 points 82-63, which is the biggest margin this round. Torpan Pojat was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 50-27 second half run of Loimaan Korikonkarit. They also forced 22 Torpan Pojat turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) added 16 points in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second position with 14-5 record having seven points less than leader Kataja. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit's next round opponent will be Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) on the road.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Koivisto 21+2reb+2ast, M.Zeno 20+12reb+2ast, J.Ivey 16+5reb+6ast, C.Jones 7+3reb, R.McDade 7+4reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 6+1reb+1ast
ToPo: C.Lindbom 19+7reb, K.Muurinen 16+4reb+2ast, C.Griffin 11+3reb+3ast, E.Lehtinen 7+3reb, T.Heinonen 6+8reb+1ast, S.Niskanen 2+1reb
gschID: 141743


Kouvot - Kataja 60-62

Sixth-ranked Kouvot (9-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Joensuun Kataja (18-4) in Kouvola on Sunday. The visitors from Joensuu managed to secure only two-point victory 62-60. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 37-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 22 Kouvot turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) who added 13 points during the contest. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 18-4 record. Kouvot lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Newson 17+13reb, S.Lehtoranta 13+3reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 12+2reb+1ast, B.Walker 10+3reb+4ast, J.Price 8+4reb, P.Virtanen 2+1reb+2ast
Kouvot: A.Nikkarinen 12+3reb+4ast, A.Brown 12+12reb, J.Gonner 9+4reb, A.Jordan 9+6reb+2ast, I.Seppala 7, A.Akpaso 5+1ast
gschID: 141739


Salon Vilpas - Namika Lahti 85-67

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Namika Lahti (5-17) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Salon Vilpas (9-13) 85-67. It looked good early as Namika Lahti took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Salon Vilpas had a 29-15 second period charge getting the lead and Namika Lahti was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-85. They outrebounded Namika Lahti 48-29 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Salon Vilpas players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Namika Lahti. Salon Vilpas moved-up to seventh place. Namika Lahti at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Salon Vilpas' next round opponent will be league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Namika Lahti will play against UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: M.Sandberg 17+4reb+1ast, E.Holloway 15+7reb+5ast, J.Fields 10+15reb+1ast, A.Durham 10+9reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 8+1reb+6ast, J.Kataja 7+2reb+2ast
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 20+7reb+1ast, M.Moore 19+4reb+4ast, B.Bailey 10+5reb, S.Pekkola 6+6reb, R.Suonio 5+1reb+2ast, J.Koskinen 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141740


Korihait - Kauhajoki 77-91

The game in Uusikaupunki was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (14-8) played at the court of 8th ranked UU-Korihait (8-14). Kauhajoen Karhu defeated UU-Korihait 91-77 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 19 points and point guard Shawn Vanzant (183-88, college: Butler) added 19 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. UU-Korihait lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with KTP. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home KTP-Basket (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. UU-Korihait will play against Namika Lahti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: V.Makalainen 16+1ast, A.Huuskonen 16+3reb, C.Hannah 16+3reb+5ast, T.Hendley 15+11reb+2ast, H.Hirvikoski 13+3reb+1ast, K.Beidler 13+10reb+1ast
Korihait: S.Vanzant 19+2reb+3ast, C.Johnson 19+4reb+3ast, N.Moore 12+7reb+5ast, P.Heinonen 9+10reb, P.Rainamaa 8+3reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 6+2reb
gschID: 141741


KTP - Pyrinto 96-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (13-8) against tenth ranked KTP-Basket (8-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Tampereen Pyrinto was defeated by KTP-Basket in Kotka 96-83. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when KTP-Basket's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-18 extending their advantage to 13 points. The winners were led by American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) who scored that evening 21 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Even 21 points and 5 assists by American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) did not help to save the game for Tampereen Pyrinto. The former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) added 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Korihait. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. KTP-Basket will play against higher ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Crocker 21+5reb+3ast, T.Blue 20+5reb+1ast, J.Matinen 17+4reb, J.Williams 14+7reb+2ast, B.Sarcevic 10+2reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 7+3reb
Pyrinto: D.Williams 21+4reb+5ast, A.Lehto 15+1reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 14+9reb, K.Lowe 13+6reb+3ast, O.Ahvenniemi 10+7reb, A.Williams 7+7reb
gschID: 141742




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 18-4 
 2. Nilan Bisons 14-5 
 3. Kauhajoki 14-8 
 4. Pyrinto 13-8 
 5. ToPo 12-10 
 6. Kouvot 9-12 
 7. Salon Vilpas 9-13 
 8. LrNMKY 8-13 
 9. KTP 8-14 
 10. Korihait 8-14 
 11. Namika Lahti 5-17 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Blue, KTP21.7 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.6 
 3. Crocker, KTP20.7 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.8 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.19.5 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Newson, Kataja18.5 
 8. Griffin, ToPo17.6 
 9. Hamm, LrNM.17.5 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.1 
 2. Blue, KTP11.2 
 3. Newson, Kataja9.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.0 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.3 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto7.9 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.5 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.4 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 5. Moore, Namika L.4.0 
 6. Virtanen, Kataja4.0 
 7. Walker, Kataja3.9 
 8. Sarcevic, KTP3.9 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.3 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.2 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 5. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 6. Moore, Namika L.1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 10. Brooks, Namika L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.4 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Blue, KTP1.0 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. Price, Kataja0.7 
 9. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


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Nantes sign Gordon Watt - by Eurobasket News
Nantes deepened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Gordon Watt (198-F-86, college: Houston Baptist). The forward will replace Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) on the roster. Gordon Watt started the season in Cyprus. Last season the forward played for Duesseldorf in Germany. His stats read 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 1Bundesliga. Gordon Watt is not new to France. He had a stint with Vichy in 2009/10. The forward averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 boards in ProA. He also played in Sweden. Gordon Watt was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Forward of the Year in 2010.



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


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 12-3 
 2. Vechta 11-4 
 3. SU Medien 10-5 
 4. Schwelm 9-6 
 5. Stahnsdorf 9-6 
 6. Dorsten 9-7 
 7. Herten 8-6 
 8. Wolfenbuettel 8-8 
 9. Wulfen 7-9 
 10. Rist Wedel 5-10 
 11. Bayer Giants 5-10 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 4-11 
 13. Bernau 1-14 
Group South
 1. Gotha 12-3 
 2. Noerdlingen 12-3 
 3. Leipzig 10-4 
 4. BSW Sixers 10-5 
 5. Dragons 9-5 
 6. Hanau 8-7 
 7. Langen 8-7 
 8. Licher Baeren 7-8 
 9. TSV Troester 5-9 
 10. Fraport SKY II 4-11 
 11. Giessen 2-12 
 12. BG Illertal 1-13 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets18.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.17.2 
 3. Carter, Phoenix16.9 
 4. Foster, B.Muenchen15.5 
 5. Jonusas, Phoenix15.5 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.15.2 
 7. Burrell, EWE B.14.5 
 8. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 9. Sykes, Goettingen13.9 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.6 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 4. Evans, Goettingen8.0 
 5. Davidson, Fraport7.9 
 6. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.6 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm7.0 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.4 
 10. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.5 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 4. Brown, EWE Baskets5.3 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 6. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.8 
 8. Campbell, Walter T.4.5 
 9. Gibson, Bayreuth4.2 
 10. Everett, Bremerha.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.9 
 2. Dorris, EnBW L.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.5 
 6. Carter, Phoenix1.4 
 7. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 8. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 9. Wood, ALBA1.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.9 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.7 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Davidson, Fraport1.5 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.1 
 9. Redding, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Boone, s.Oliver.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.1 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf19.7 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel19.3 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.7 
 6. Hassan, Leitersh.17.9 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.8 
 8. Howard, Karlsruhe17.5 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim17.3 
 10. Reid, MBC17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.7 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.6 
 3. Black, Jena8.2 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim8.1 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz7.7 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven7.4 
 7. Richardson, Leiter.7.1 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel6.9 
 9. De Michael, NBC6.8 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.0 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.7 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.5 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.9 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim4.7 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.6 
 7. Diggs, Webmoebel4.5 
 8. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.4 
 10. Reese, Duesseldo.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.3 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.1.9 
 3. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.7 
 5. Capel, Cuxhaven1.7 
 6. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.6 
 7. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 8. Harris, NBC1.5 
 9. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 10. Stockton, Karlsru.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.8 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.5 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.3 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.1 
 5. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 6. Okoye, NBC0.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 8. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 9. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 10. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) We Have To Ride The Confidence in Tuebingen After Beating A Great Team Like Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 25 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen January 8th.

Congrats on the 84-65 win against 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg are struggling on the road, but continue to win most of their home games.Does the team feel added pressure to have to win at home?

It's always easier to play at home, but I think it's more of a respect thing. Normally after knowing the fans traveled hours to watch us lose on the road, we try to bounce back and get them a home win.


After a slow start, the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg got going in the second quarter. What adjustments did the team make?

We tightened up a little bit on defense and used the crowds energy to help start a run. We were able to force them into some difficult shots and even though they hit a few of them, we knew if the game played out like that it was to our advantage.

In the second half, Wurzburg outscored Alba Berlin 49-32. What was key in the second half for getting the win?

Again, it was a low scoring game, but we got hot for a stretch and were able to maintain that lead down the stretch. Offensively, Ricky Harris put the team on his back and brought us home.


The team limited Dashaun Wood to six points and five assists in 38 minutes. What was key for making life difficult for him?

I think we have the two best on ball defenders in the entire BBL. And if any guard in the league has John Little on him for 19 minutes and Chester Frazier on him for the other 19 minutes, it's going to be a long night.

You and Torin Francis combined for 34 points. How was it battling him for space underneath?

He's a top center in this league and it's always fun to battle against those guys. The refs let us play physical on this day and it was definitely one of the hardest defensive assignments of the year so far.

The next game is against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. What is your fondest memory from playing in Tuebingen the last years with BG Goettingen?

Well last year my good friend Chris Oliver played for them so it was a great feeling getting the season sweep against them. It led to a summer full of bragging rights.


Tuebingen is a very strong team at home. What will be key in getting the win?

We have to ride the confidence that comes with beating a great team like Alba and continue to work hard every day in practice. Our assistant coach Marcel Schroeder does a great job of getting us prepared to play every opponent, but we're going to have to perform.


What NBA team would you like to see be a success this season?

It's hard to say, I am a Knicks fan, always have been, and I hope they can get back to a prominent level in the NBA, but it's fun watching the Heat. With the lockout though, I'm fearful whoever wins this season will have an asterisk next to it.


Which NBA player do you see as being the top favorite for rookie of the year?

Before the season I would have said Kemba Walker, but having watched a few games I'm thinking it's between Norris Cole and Ricky Rubio. Don't count out Jon Leuer though.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) After Keaton Nankivil Wins The Three Point Shooting Contest, You Can Refer To Him As Money Ball - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before their game against the LTi Giessen 46ers January 8th.

Congrats on the 76-75 win at home against FC Bayern Munich. How much have you been aware of the German sports brand FC Bayern Munich since you arrived in 2008?

It wasn't until last year until I realized how big they were when they put their basketball team together in Pro A. I had heard a little bit about soccer before but I don't follow it too much.

ratiopharm Ulm had a great start and controlled the game until the fourth quarter when FC Bayern Munich tied the game. What were the main reasons for letting the team come back?

They played zone the 2nd half and we did not attack it aggressively enough and allowed them to come back.

ratiopharm ulm has so many weapons and can use them in so many times of a game. Have you ever seen a more calm and composed player at 21 years of age than Tommy Mason Griffin?

Tommy has played in a lot of big games and against top talent in the US from a young age. Our team is not surprised when he has big games, we see it every day in practice.

Keaton Nankivil hit a three early then missed a few and had the last shot of the game winning it. He may not have been the first choice, but his ex teammate and friend Jon Leuer would not have doubted his ability to make that shot. Did you have swallow a bit, or were you 100% sure he would make that shot?

We all have confidence in Keaton shooting, some people thought he shot it too early (Tommy) but everyone was happy when it went in. It was a long shot with Hamann right there, clutch.

Did Nankivil earn a new nickname after this win to add to his anvil nickname?

After that shot and after he wins the 3pt contest you can refer to him as 'moneyball'.

How was it battling Chevon Troutman? ratiopharm Ulm limited his play inside as he only had seven points, four rebounds in 24 minutes

He was strong under the basket and battled for everything he got. It was physical playing against him and Homan.

The next game is at home against the Giessen 46ers. They are fighting to stay in the league. They held teams like Braunschweig and Frankfurt to under 65 points the last weeks. What will be key in getting the win?

Playing tough defense and getting our fans involved at home. Matching their intensity on both ends.

What is always difficult when playing against Koko Archibong?

He is active on both ends, you have to match his intensity.

Manu Ginobolli broke his arm and is out. How will the Spurs compensate his loss best???

Tony Parker will need to get more scoring and their role guys like Neal, Bonner and Green need to be consistent.

Thanks Dane for the chat.



BBL Round 17: Artland Dragons lose to Telekom Baskets - by Eurobasket News
1.Bundesliga is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left.

The game between third ranked Artland Dragons (12-5) and tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (9-8) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Artland Dragons were edged by Telekom Baskets in a tough game in Bonn 92-95. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. Artland Dragons were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-20 charge of Telekom Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Artland Dragons. Telekom Baskets moved-up to eighth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Bremerhaven. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Telekom Baskets is again looking forward to face higher ranked Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Artland Dragons will have a break next round.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (14-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Bayern Muenchen (9-8) in Bamberg 89-77. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and Casey Jacobsen chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). International guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) responded with 18 points and 8 assists. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-2 record, which they share with Ratiopharm. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Telekom Baskets and Bremerhaven. Brose Baskets will play against EWE Baskets (#5) in Oldenburg in the next round. Bayern Muenchen will play at home against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (11-5) and 18th ranked BG Goettingen (2-15) in Berlin on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. ALBA Berlin outscored guests from Goettingen 83-50. American players dominated the game. Torin Francis nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side. ALBA Berlin's coach Gordon Herbert felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Raymond Sykes came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for BG Goettingen in the defeat. ALBA Berlin maintains fourth place with 11-5 record. BG Goettingen lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. ALBA Berlin will meet BBC Bayreuth (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm (#2) and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: s.Oliver Baskets smashed Walter Tigers on the road 82-60. NY Phantoms won against Bayreuth on its own court 77-62. Bremerhaven managed to outperform Phoenix Hagen in a road game 96-88. Ratiopharm rolled over LTi 46ers at home 97-74. EnBW L'burg were defeated by Fraport SKY on the opponent's court 76-72. EWE Baskets smashed TBB Trier in a home game 105-72. EnBW L'burg was destroyed by ALBA on the road 88-69.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Adam Chubb of EWE Baskets.



Walter Tigers - s.Oliver Baskets 60-82

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked s Oliver Baskets (10-7) crushed 13th ranked Walter Tigers (6-11) in Tuebingen 82-60 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-60. s Oliver Baskets dominated on the defensive end, holding Walter Tigers to just 6 points in third quarter. American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) nailed 14 points and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Chester Frazier (188-86, college: Illinois) accounted for 11 points and 6 assists. Five s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. Bosnian forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, college: Lipscomb, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Walter Tigers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Loser Walter Tigers keep the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Phoenix Hagen. s Oliver Baskets will meet at home Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Walter Tigers will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Little 16+2reb, C.Kramer 14+2reb+3ast, B.Jacobson 14+3reb+5ast, C.Frazier 11+4reb+6ast, J.Boone 10+7reb, M.Kleber 7+3reb
Walter Tigers: A.Hodzic 13+7reb, J.Young 10+1reb+2ast, R.Redding 8+4reb+1ast, T.Nash 8+5reb+2ast, P.Cukinas 7+3reb+1ast, V.Duggins 7+6reb
gschID: 133245


Telekom Baskets - Art.Dragons 95-92

The game between third ranked Artland Dragons (12-5) and tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (9-8) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Artland Dragons were edged by Telekom Baskets in a tough game in Bonn 92-95. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. Artland Dragons were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-20 charge of Telekom Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Artland Dragons. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets moved-up to eighth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Bremerhaven. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the third position with five games lost. Telekom Baskets is again looking forward to face higher ranked Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Artland Dragons will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: B.Veikalas 21+9reb+4ast, T.Battle 20+6reb, T.Gaffney 19+5reb+2ast, C.Ensminger 17+9reb+1ast, J.Jordan 8+3reb+10ast, A.Mangold 7+1reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: N.Peavy 17+5reb+1ast, A.King 15+8reb+3ast, D.Fenn 13+3reb+1ast, D.Holston 12+1reb+6ast, J.Strasser 9+1reb+2ast, B.Thomas 7+4reb
gschID: 133241


NY Phantoms - Bayreuth 77-62

Very expected game when 11th ranked BBC Bayreuth (7-10) lost to sixth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (10-7) in Braunschweig 62-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by New Yorker Phantoms. BBC Bayreuth managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) nailed 15 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Stephen Dennis (198-87, college: Kutztown) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) came up with 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Yorker Phantoms maintains sixth place with 10-7 record, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. BBC Bayreuth lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Fraport SKY. New Yorker Phantoms will meet at home TBB Trier (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play against ALBA Berlin (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: K.Visser 15+4reb+5ast, S.Dennis 14+5reb+3ast, L.Greer 12+3reb+2ast, M.Umeh 11+2reb+3ast, I.McElroy 10+3reb+3ast, R.Kulawick 5+1reb
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 14+4reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 9+1reb+2ast, C.Stokes 9+2reb+1ast, O.Jeanty 7+2reb+1ast, D.Gibson 6+2reb+3ast, T.Smith 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 133242


Phoenix Hagen - Bremerhaven 88-96

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (9-8) won against on the road 14th ranked Phoenix Hagen (6-11) 96-88 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven shot 61.0 percent from the field. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 31-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. The former international center Christopher McNaughton (211-82, college: Bucknell, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 23 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side and American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) came up with 21 points and American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Phoenix Hagen in the defeat. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to eighth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Telekom Baskets. Loser Phoenix Hagen dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Walter Tigers. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Phoenix Hagen will play again against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: C.McNaughton 23+9reb, Z.Peacock 18+5reb+2ast, A.Gordon 17+4ast, A.Smith 17+10reb+2ast, M.Smith 11+3ast, T.Everett 7+3reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 21+3reb+3ast, M.Antonio Carter 16+6reb+4ast, T.Blackwood 15+7ast, B.Kruel 13+1reb+1ast, B.Brooks 8+2reb+9ast, A.Constantine 6+1reb
gschID: 133243


Ratiopharm - LTi 46ers 97-74

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked LTi 46ers (5-12) were outscored on the road by second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (14-2) 97-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. ratiopharm Ulm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) accounted for 16 points. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. Guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) came up with 19 points and guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for LTi 46ers in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for ratiopharm Ulm. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Brose Baskets. LTi 46ers lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg and TBB Trier. ratiopharm Ulm will meet bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. LTi 46ers will play against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: D.Watts 18+6reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 16+2reb+2ast, K.Nankivil 15+3reb, P.Guenther 14+2reb+2ast, J.Bryant 12+5reb+2ast, T.Mason-Griffin 10+3ast
LTi 46ers: B.Stewart 19+3reb+3ast, E.Ovcina 14+3reb+1ast, R.Pilcevic 14+3ast, W.Bernard 9+5reb+5ast, R.Oehle 6, M.Nikagbatse 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133244


Brose Baskets - B.Muenchen 89-77

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (14-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Bayern Muenchen (9-8) in Bamberg 89-77. It looked good early as Bayern Muenchen took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Brose Baskets had a 28-9 second period charge getting the lead and Bayern Muenchen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-89. Brose Baskets made 28-of-36 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Bayern Muenchen only scored eleven points from the stripe. Bayern Muenchen was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Casey Jacobsen (198-81, college: Stanford) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). International guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) responded with 18 points and 8 assists and American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-2 record, which they share with Ratiopharm. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Telekom Baskets and Bremerhaven. Brose Baskets will play against EWE Baskets (#5) in Oldenburg in the next round. Bayern Muenchen will play at home against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 23+6reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 18+5reb+6ast, A.Gavel 14+1reb+5ast, T.Pleiss 13+6reb, M.Slaughter 8+5reb, B.Roberts 5+1reb+1ast
B.Muenchen: S.Hamann 18+2reb+8ast, J.Homan 17+8reb+2ast, C.Troutman 14+5reb, A.Nadjfeji 10+2reb+1ast, D.Greene 6+1reb, R.Benzing 4+5reb
gschID: 133237


ALBA - Goettingen 83-50

The game between fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (11-5) and 18th ranked BG Goettingen (2-15) in Berlin on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. ALBA Berlin outscored guests from Goettingen 83-50. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BG Goettingen to just 5 points in third quarter. ALBA Berlin dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BG Goettingen's 30. American players dominated the game. Forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 15 points and 5 assists. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin's coach Gordon Herbert felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds and guard Paris Horne (191-87, college: St.John's) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for BG Goettingen in the defeat. ALBA Berlin maintains fourth place with 11-5 record. BG Goettingen lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. ALBA Berlin will meet BBC Bayreuth (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ALBA: T.Francis 22+12reb+1ast, D.Allen 16+2reb+1ast, B.Taylor 15+1reb+5ast, H.Schaffartzik 12+1reb+1ast, S.Schultze 7+5reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 5+5reb
Goettingen: R.Sykes 11+16reb, P.Horne 11+6reb+2ast, S.Evans 8+9reb, M.Bauscher 8+3reb+2ast, P.Noch 5+2reb, M.Weber 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133238


Fraport SKY - EnBW L'burg 76-72

Everything went according to plan when twelfth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-10) defeated 15th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-12) in Frankfurt 76-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-72. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Johannes Herber (197-83, college: W.Virginia, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 11 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Jerry Green (191-80, college: Cal-Irvine) came up with 15 points and Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Bayreuth. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with TBB Trier and LTi 46ers. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: J.Davidson 21+8reb+1ast, M.Thompson 17+1ast, J.Herber 11+5reb+3ast, J.McKinney 8+3reb+3ast, M.Nolte 6+1reb, J.Burtschi 6+1reb+1ast
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 16+2reb+1ast, J.Green 15+3reb+2ast, M.Dorris 10+1reb, J.Bowler 9+2reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 8+11reb+1ast, J.Lischka 8+3reb
gschID: 133239


EWE Baskets - TBB Trier 105-72

There was no surprise when 17th ranked TBB Trier (5-12) was outleveled by sixth ranked EWE Baskets (10-6) in Oldenburg 105-72 on Sunday. The game without a history. EWE Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.7 percent from the field and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. EWE Baskets outrebounded TBB Trier 33-18 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. EWE Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winning side and guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 17 points and 7 assists. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) came up with 17 points and guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 15 points respectively for TBB Trier in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for EWE Baskets. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser TBB Trier dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with EnBW L'burg and LTi 46ers. EWE Baskets will meet league's leader Brose Baskets in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TBB Trier will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#6) in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: A.Chubb 18+13reb+4ast, B.Brown 17+7ast, R.Burrell 17+5reb+2ast, K.Hasbrouck 14+2reb+3ast, R.Paulding 14+3reb, S.Sehovic 7+4reb+4ast
TBB Trier: N.Linhart 17+3reb+1ast, J.Bynum 15+4reb+1ast, O.Fassler 8+1reb+2ast, P.Zwiener 7+2reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 7+3reb+1ast, D.Joyce 6+1reb+7ast
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Group Rnd 9
ALBA - EnBW L'burg 88-69

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (11-5) crushed at home 15th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (5-12) 88-69 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. EnBW Ludwigsburg managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) nailed 26 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) accounted for 8 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall, agency: Court Side) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ALBA Berlin maintains fourth place with 11-5 record. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with TBB Trier and LTi 46ers. ALBA Berlin will meet BBC Bayreuth (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) in Bamberg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ALBA: T.Francis 26+4reb+2ast, B.Taylor 16+5reb+4ast, M.Simonovic 15+3reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 11+7ast, D.Wood 8+10reb+7ast, K.Weaver 6+5reb+3ast
EnBW L'burg: D.Zavackas 13+5reb+1ast, M.Dorris 13+5reb+2ast, J.Bowler 11+3reb+2ast, A.Harris 8+5reb+1ast, J.Green 6+1reb+2ast, J.Lischka 6+2reb+2ast
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  GREECE   


A1: Round 12 - Kolossos and Panathinaikos continue with victories - by Chris Mammides
The top seated teams of Kolossos Rodou and Panathinaikos continue their positive effort after beating Peristeri and Panionios respectively. The round 13 the two teams will play against each other in Rhodes island where the home team of Kolossos Rodou will host the European champions of Coach Obradovic.

About the games now, in more analysis we had the following results and scorers in this second part of the Round 12 of the A1 league:

Panathinaikos - Panionios 89-69
Quarters: 27-23, 50-37, 69-49, 89-69
Panathinaikos beat Panionios with 20 points difference in a game which just ended with the final score being 89-69 with the Greens speeding up after the first quarter (27-23) and with amazing defense in the 2nd and 3rd period took the victory quite easy in a game which reached the 25 points difference at the beggining of the 4th period. Diepler's three pointers helped Panionios to cut the deficit to just 20 points as the American had 3/4 in the 4th period and a total of 3/8.
Mike Batiste scored 16 points in 16 minutes and also dashed down 4 rebounds, while Vougioukas scored 14 points and 3 rebounds in 13 minutes, Jasikevicius followed with 11 points and 5 assists, while the highlight of the game was the 'no look' assist which 3D offer to Kaimakoglou in an amazing scene in OAKA where the 5.000 fans were cheering.
Top scorer for Giorgos Bartzokas 's Panionios who showed many positive sides in its game was Stevan Nadjfeji (202-F-79) and Alex Stepheson (205-F-87, college: USC) who scored 14 and 13 points respectively while Diepler with his 3 thee pointers at the end reched the 11 points.

Peristeri - Kolossos Rodou 46-66

Quarters: 8-21, 16-42, 30-53, 46-66
The team of Coach Pedoulakis without his key players Richard Roby and Eric Boateng and with Giannopoulso in his worst presentation with PEristeri's jersey remaining pointless with 0/8 three pointers in 19 minutes, had no chance against the players of Kolossos Rodou. Frangias saw Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) and Harissis being his top scorers and top performers for another one game. Kolossos face no problem at all against Peristeri as the difference between the two teams was abvious, more quality and more choices for Frangias in compare witht he roster of Pedoulakis pluss all the financial weakenesses which are more obvious in Peristeri. The home team after 20 minutes was able to score only 16 points, 8 per period while Kolossos was allready finished the game as by the first half Frangias players scored 42 points. With nearly 30 points in the first half and without the psychology to 'fight back' the second half was a typical case for Kolossos

Top scorers:
Peristeri: Sotirios Manolopoulos (208-F-87) 16
Kolossos: Angelos Tsamis 15 and Harisisis 13

AGOR - Aris Thessaloniki 88-83

Quarters: 18-13, 39-40, 64-64, 88-83
After a great game by Koufos's players, AGOR beat Aris Thessalonikis with Damir Latovic (204-C-80) in a great perfrormance in the fourth and most crucial period while Petway and Christmas were also very good and solid scorers in compare to Aleaxandris's players where only Davies and James where trying to succeed the road win. AGOR took the crucial victory at the very end and the 4th period where Koufos saw Damir Latovic scoring his 10 points and giving the victory to his team. AGOR with this victory reached the 6th place of the regular season same as PAOK with a 17 points and a
Top scorers:
AGOR: Christmas 16, Petway 18, Damir Latovic 15, Tsohlas 10 and Papanikolaou 13

Aris: Davies 19, Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) 13, James 15, Krucic 12




Vladimir Boisa in Athens to join Panionios - by George Fragkos
Despite their very good performances in the Greek Basket League, Panionios ON Telecoms Athens have decided to strengthen their roster even more. Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) has already arrived in Athens and having agreed a contract with the team from Nea Smirni, he is expected to start training with his new team tomorrow.

This is not the first time Boisa joins a Greek club, as from January 2008 till June of the same year he played for Aris, when the team from Thessaloniki participated in the Euroleague. During that period Boisa had 18 appearances in the league and 10 in the Euroleague with an average of a little more than 3 points and 2 rebounds per game.

Last year Boisa was a regular member of Union Olimpija and he also participated in the Georgian National team, which took the 11th place in the Eurobasket 2011.



A2: First blood for Panelefsiniakos in its own home court - by Chris Mammides
The first game for 2012 was not successful for the two top seated teams as both Panelefsiniakos and AEK Athens suffered with crucial loses. Doxa Lefkadas beat AEK Athens, Coach Liagas suffered his first loss after nine consecutive. Doxa was much better and beat fairly easy the team of AEK with 64-52. Ermis Perama though succeeded the victory of the week as the escape from Elefsina was 100% successful with the Cyprus international Aristides Koronidis (188-G-82) being the man of the match with his overall presentation in the court. The winner of this round was most definitely the team of Coach Vetoulas, as Apollon Patras beat the team of Panerythraikos with 70-54 and cut the deficit from the top position to just one point.

The games with more details were as follows:
Doxa Lefkadas - AEK Athens 64-52
Quarters: 20-13, 29-23, 46-37, and 64-52
Doxa Lefkadas of Coach Vournas face no problem against Vassilopoulos and his pals and took the lead from the early beginning with solid defense and good peripheral shooting stats. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) was the man of the match as upon the difficulty faced at the mid part of the third period the experienced forward scored three consecutive three pointers and put a tombstone in AEKs dreams. It is worth mentioned the bad shooting from Vassilopoulos who ended the game with 1/8 three pointers!
Top Scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: Nikos Pettas 21, 3 assists and 3 steals, Pekovic 13
AEK : Vassilopoulos 11, Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) 12, Despos 10

Panelefsiniakos - Ermis Perama 85-88
Quarters: 25-23, 50-40, 66-65, 85-88
A great derby took place in Elfsina where the most unpredictable team of the league this season, Perama succeeded a great road win against the top seated team of Elefsina and change the dynamics of the competition. Thomas Nikou (185-G-79) was great in his organizational skills as his 11 assists are quite impressive number for the A2 league but the Cyprus international Aristides Koronidis was not bad at all as his 7 assists and his three three pointers from the 9 meters, were crucial and assisted quite a lot his team to reach the victory. Dinos Kalabakos team after OFI and Apollon Patras beat another one from the top 5 teams of the league and is showing his serious face (from time to time).
Top scorers:
Panelefsinaikos: Kiriakopoulos 14 points and 6 assists, Thomas Nikou 17 points and 11 assists, Koukouravas 14, Spyros Magounis (200-G-85) 22 and 4 steals
Perama: Karabarsos 10, Tsarouhas 10, Milicevic 13, Aristides Koronidis 18 points and 7 assists, Skoutaris 13 points and 11 rebounds, Pashalis 12.

N. Kifisia - OFI 64-53
Quarters: 16-11, 40-16, 53-34, 64-53
Cretans are quite unstable this season and seems that they are losing a lost of their power off the island as the team of Coach Papatheodorou with simple basketball had no problem against OFI and with a deficit of even 24 points in the game they controlled the match all 40 minutes of it without any problem. Sizopoulos, Katiakos, Bardas and Lewis were in a low productivity and that was the main reason of the total collapse for the Cretans against Nea Kifisia
Nea Kifisia: Menoudakos 13, Sioutis 13, Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-C/F-80) 14 points and 8 rebounds
OFI: Lewis 10, Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) 19 points and 11 rebounds

Ermis Lagkada - Ikaroi Serron 77-73
Quarters: 23-15, 29-36, 57-54, 77-73
Ikaroi Serron added another one negative result in their series and remains to the record of 7-6 and the 7th place of the league. Coach Kamarakis team was very good for 25 minutes but the last 15 minutes of the game got tired and lose a game which was a derby from the beginning to the end.
Top scorers:
Ermis: Spyros Kekelis (181-G-80) 22, Iliadis 10, Anagnostopoulos 19, Nisiotis 13
Ikaroi: Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) 21, Margaritis 14, Theodorakos 10

Amyntas - Pierikos Arhelaos 73-61
Quarters: 18-8, 39-29, 51-42, 73-61
Amyntas was too aggressive for Coach Galanis troops and showed its moods from the beginning, the game was mostly in the +10 for the home team as the visitors couldnt do anything better than to cut the deficit to as less as 7 points.
Top scorers:
Amyntas: Vardianos 13, Sourlis 10 points and 4 steals, Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) 13 points and 9 rebounds
Pierikos Arhelaos: Behlivanis 10, Thodoris Panaras (195-F-77) 14 points and 4 steals

Arkadikos - Pagrati 82-63
Quarters: 19-16, 45-30, 69-42, and 82-63
Pagrati will be among the teams to fight for the relegation as it seems that Coach Sorotos was not able to bring the necessary changes in order to enforce the team moreover President Bogonikolos by sending off the Bracey brothers lost for sure at least 15 points in the productive part, points that never replaced with any other player. So for another afternoon the opponent of Pagrati, Arkadikos face no problem after the first period and took the victory with 19 points in a game which reached the 23 points difference before the end.
Unless some serious transfers (from the free agents) will take place, the team of Pagrati will go all the way to the second division with AEK Argous.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: Tosic 14, Yfantis and Sokratis Gizogiannis 10 per head, Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) 16 and Andronikos Gizogiannis 11
Pagrati: Alexandros Raptis (200-F-81) 18 points and 10 rebounds, Dimakos 16 and Sigkounas 10

Apollon Patras- Panerythraikos 70-54
Quarters: 16-11, 35-29, 58-41, 70-54
Apollon dominated the game from the first minute to the end and with Petrovic and Argyropoulos in the leading roles face no troubles against Coach Houhoulis team who saw only the veteran Stelios Kotnoudis to try for the best for his team.
Top scorers:
Apollon: Petrovic 16, Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) 17, Krolo 10, Zafeiris 10
Panerythraikos: Stelios Kontoudis (185-G-73) 18 and Katoufas 10

Lavrio - AEK Argous 92-66
Quarters: 21-9, 25-17, 22-20, and 92-66
A good training for the continuation of the league was the game for Coach Serelis and his players against the weakest team of the league and one of the two teams to be relegated in the Division B. Moreover the visiting site of Coach Vourdoulas lost one of the top players of the team as Sinanovic is history
Top scorers:
Lavrio: Kakiouzis 10, Giannakopoulos 12, Tirlas 10, Psamaderis 14, Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) 21
AEK Argous: Alex Stevovic (191-G-90) 28, Maglos 12, Koukounias 10



Greeks of Diaspora - by Chris Mammides
Michael Bizoukas's profile by Omaha.com
The team's most important player, though, might be skinny point guard Michael Bizoukas (187-G-90). A transfer from DePaul, the 6-foot-1, 184-pound Bizoukas has provided stability to a team that was expected to take a big dip after losing four senior starters off last season's Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship squad.
With Bizoukas running the show, Missouri State won its first two Valley games before losing Wednesday night to Illinois State. Overall, the Bears are 9-6 while facing a difficult schedule that included playing five of their eight games on the road. We'd be a completely different basketball team if we didn't have him,' Missouri State coach Paul Lusk said.
The Bears got Bizoukas after he decided to take advantage of the NCAA rule that allows a fifth-year player with a degree to transfer and use his final season of eligibility at a different school. Bizoukas graduated from DePaul with a degree in management last spring after being a role player for the Blue Demons the past three seasons. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 assists in 86 games at DePaul. Illness forced him to redshirt as a true freshman, and he spent the next three seasons playing primarily a backup role at the point.
After averaging 1.3 points and 1.8 assists in 28 games last season, Bizoukas started shopping around for another place to play last spring. One of the schools he seriously considered was Creighton, but the Bluejays returned a point guard in Antoine Young (182-G-89) who averaged almost 36 minutes per game last season.
Bizoukas wanted a chance to start, and he found that in Springfield. Weems was the only player on Missouri State's roster who had any extensive experience. The Bears were going to depend on a handful of returning role players and a group of newcomers to fill the rotation. In addition, they had a new coach in Lusk, who moved from Purdue to take over the program when Cuonzo Martin left for Tennessee.
Bizoukas' decision to transfer to Missouri State hardly sent Bears' fans into frenzy, but it made Lusk's day. 'We knew it was absolutely critical to get a guy like Mike Bizoukas,' Lusk said. 'When we got him, a lot of people looked at his statistics and said he hasn't done much. But I knew he would bring great value to our team.'
Bizoukas ranks second in the Valley, behind Creighton's Grant Gibbs (193-G-89), in assists, averaging 6.0 per game. He's averaged 5.2 points per game while playing more minutes (471) in half a season with Missouri State than he did in his best season at DePaul (451). 'He's cerebral, and he's a pass-first guy,' Paul Lusk said. 'He's got a high motor, and he's been the stabilizing force we needed with all the new guys we had coming in.' All the new faces might have contributed to Weems' up-and-down start. Lately, the senior forward has been playing up to the level that earned him Valley player of the year honors last season.
But it's been Bizoukas who has provided the direction that has a team that was picked sixth in the preseason poll believing that it can be a championship contender.



Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Kosta CHARALAMPIDIS
  KAO.
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Charalampidi., KAO.18.6 
 2. Kommatos, Marousi18.5 
 3. Christmas, AGOR18.3 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Tapoutos, Aris16.0 
 6. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.8 
 7. Baynes, Ikaros15.6 
 8. James, Aris15.0 
 9. Bavcic, KAOD14.8 
 10. Dikoudis, PAOK14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Baynes, Ikaros9.5 
 2. Bavcic, KAOD8.8 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.8 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.7 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Kommatos, Marousi6.7 
 7. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 8. Giddens, PAOK6.7 
 9. Muldrow, Aris6.3 
 10. Charissis, Koloss.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi5.5 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.9 
 5. James, Aris4.5 
 6. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 7. Wright, AGOR3.8 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.8 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.5 
 10. Tsamis, Kolossos3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Darryl THOMPSON
  Ilysi.
  (173-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Ilysi.2.3 
 2. Wright, AGOR2.2 
 3. James, Aris1.9 
 4. Tsamis, Kolossos1.5 
 5. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.5 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 8. Logan, Panathin.1.5 
 9. Chatzis, Ilysiakos1.3 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Muldrow, Aris1.7 
 2. O''Bryant, Kavala1.7 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.2 
 5. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 6. Edwards, Perister.1.0 
 7. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 8. Giddens, PAOK0.8 
 9. Scott, Peristeri GS0.8 
 10. Elegar, Marousi0.8 


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


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 11-3 
 2. Groningen 10-4 
 3. Leiden 8-4 
 4. Leeuwarden 8-6 
 5. Zwolle 8-7 
 6. Nijmegen 7-6 
 7. Rotterdam 2-12 
 8. Weert 1-13 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.2 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam17.9 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen16.7 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen16.5 
 6. Wesby, Groningen15.5 
 7. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.4 
 8. Boxley, Leiden14.8 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.14.8 
 10. Wesley, Den Bosch14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Coleman, Weert8.8 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.5 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.8 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. de Randamie, Groni.6.7 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch6.7 
 7. van Kempen, Weert6.6 
 8. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.4 
 9. Van Paassen, Den6.4 
 10. Boxley, Leiden6.3 
Assists Per Game
 DeMario ANDERSON
  Weert
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 2. Harman, Weert4.6 
 3. Turner, Den Bosch4.4 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.9 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen3.8 
 6. Wells, Zwolle3.5 
 7. Bell, Groningen3.2 
 8. Huffman, Zwolle3.1 
 9. Defares, Groningen3.0 
 10. Slagter, Leiden3.0 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.6 
 2. Harman, Weert2.5 
 3. Wells, Zwolle2.5 
 4. Huffman, Zwolle2.4 
 5. Turner, Den Bosch2.0 
 6. Acker, Nijmegen1.9 
 7. de Jong, Leiden1.9 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch1.7 
 9. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 10. Wesby, Groningen1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen1.5 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.3 
 5. Zondervan, Zwolle0.9 
 6. Minter, Weert0.9 
 7. Boxley, Leiden0.8 
 8. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 
 9. Poels, Leeuwarden0.7 
 10. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.6 


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.8 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak23.5 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.22.9 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari22.5 
 5. Ciric, PVSK P.21.0 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.19.2 
 8. Wilson, Kaposvari19.2 
 9. Townes, Kormend18.4 
 10. Bell, Kormend18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.3 
 3. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak9.1 
 5. Townes, Kormend9.1 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.9 
 7. Egemonye, Soproni8.5 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari8.2 
 9. Fey, Kaposvari7.9 
 10. Hines, ZTE K.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.7 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari6.2 
 3. Fekete, Marso N.5.7 
 4. Simon, Albacomp5.6 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.5 
 6. Williams, Atomeromu5.3 
 7. Ingram, FS Debre.5.1 
 8. Drahos, Szedeak4.6 
 9. El Amin, Albacomp4.2 
 10. Vasojevic, PVSK P.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fekete, Marso N.3.2 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.9 
 3. Doyne, PVSK P.2.7 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari2.5 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 6. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.5 
 7. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 8. Wilson, Kaposvari2.3 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.3 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Townes, Kormend2.1 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.9 
 3. Levy, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 5. Morgen, Atomeromu1.2 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 7. Chism, Albacomp1.1 
 8. Fey, Kaposvari1.1 
 9. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 


Hungary NT announced Laszlo Ratgeber - by Eurobasket News
Hungary NT announced Laszlo Ratgeber as a head Coach. His goal will be to take the Hungarian boys to the 2013 European Championship. The Hungarian Specialist will prepare the team for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia. The Hungarians played in the Additional Qualifying Round for EuroBasket 2011 but finished third behind Finland and Portugal.
In 2004-2005 Laszlo joined MiZo-PVSK (A) women team and stayed with the team for 4 seasons. In 2008-2009 he coached Spartak Moscow Region (Russia-A Superleague) women team and reached success. In 2010-2011 moved to Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey-TKBL) women team and became Turkish President Cup Winner -11, reached Turkish Cup Semifinals -11, became Turkish TBBL Regular Season Runner-Up -11. He also became Turkish TBBL Champion -11 and was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Coach of the Year -11.
Since parting ways with Fenerbahce, Ratgeber has been focusing on the development of his basketball academy in his hometown of Pecs. His goal will be to take the Hungarian boys to the 2013 European Championship.




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


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


Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from games with Icelandic pro players around Europe.
Spain.
CAI Zaragoza 63 Gran Canaria 77. Jon Stefansson 13 pts. 3 assist & 2 steals.
CAI Zaragoza 64 Cajason 77 Jon Stefansson 11 points, 2 rebs, 2 assist.
Assignia Manresa 83 Ucan Murcia 77. Haukur Palsson 5 points & 2 rebounds.
Germany
MBC 70 Dusseldorf 68. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 11 pts , 2 rebounds.
Sweden.
Solna 85 Norrkoping 97. Logi Gunnarsson 16, 4 rebs , 5 assist for Solna.
Sundsvall 107 Jamtland 78.
Brynjar Bjornsson 8 pts, 4 rebs & 5 assist for Jamtland. Jakob Sigurdarson 19 points, 2 rebounds 5 assist. Hlynur Baeringsson 16,pts, 8 rebs & 2 assist. Pavel Ermolinskij 133 pts, 11 boards & 11 assist



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Best players of Indonesian NBL round 10 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Satria Muda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 30-year old playmaker had the game-high 14 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Satria Muda in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Pelita Jaya (#2, 5-2) 86-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Satria Muda to consolidate first place in the Indonesian NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Satria Muda already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Ahmad has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Faisal Julius Ahmad averages this season 11.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Gege Nagata (185-F-88) of Pacific Caesar. Nagata impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 6 rebounds. It was enough for Pacific Caesar to edge slightly lower-ranked Comfort Mobile (#9, 2-5) by 6 points 70-64. Pacific Caesar's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Nagata is a newcomer at Pacific Caesar 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 14.8ppg (#1). He also registered 4.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Pacific Caesar's star - Eko Sasmito (188-C-85). Sasmito scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Pacific Caesar, helping his team with a 70-64 win against slightly lower-ranked Comfort Mobile (#9, 2-5). The chances of Pacific Caesar ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sasmito could help Pacific Caesar to bring them higher in the standings. Sasmito has a great season in Indonesia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johanis Ingutali (194-SF-87) of Comfort Mobile - 13 points and 4 rebounds
5. Kelly Purwanto (177-PG-83) of Pelita Jaya - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vamiga Michel (191-SF-92) of Satria Muda - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) of Satria Muda - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. R Ruslan (197-C-89) of Stadium Jak. - 4 points and 9 rebounds
10. Pek King Dhay (185-G/F-78) of Pacific Caesar - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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New Year/Mid Season - by Adrian Banks
How is everybody? I hope everyone had a great Christmas and happy new years. I sure did with 60-70 degree weather in Israel. I actually found a Christmas tree in Israel this year, which I was surprised, but still excited to see it. I had a chance to decorate and have a some what normal Christmas this year abroad. I had gifts and the whole nine yards. Basketball wise we finished the year off strong with a four game winning streak. Our last win was over a higher ranked team, at their gym which was tough, we won on a last minute tip in by my teammate Eric Hicks.

I'm very excited about the new year starting and getting back to playing winning. This is the end of our two week break. We had a bye week in the league so we have not played a game in the new year, but we are planning to start it off just like we ended last year. I hope everyone has a great year, I definitely am......so far!!!



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SerieA Round 15: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

SerieA round 15 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Armani Milano (10-4) against seventeenth ranked Banca Tercas (4-10) 74-68 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 6 points. It was a good game for American power forward Brandon Brown (202-C/F-81, college: Tulane) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Armani Milano. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banca Tercas moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Novipiu CM. Armani Milano at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Montepaschi. Armani Milano will play next round against Benetton Treviso trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Banca Tercas will try to continue on its current victory against seventeenth ranked Novipiu CM in Casale.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked CS Bologna (9-5) against tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (8-6) on Sunday night. Visiting CS Bologna was defeated by Scavolini Pesaro in a tough game in Pesaro 77-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of CS Bologna. It was a great evening for American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 assists. James White helped adding 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Umana Venezia and Sidigas AV. CS Bologna at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Bennet Cantu. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Lottomatica Roma (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CS Bologna will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sassari supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Montepaschi Siena (11-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Banco di Sard. (7-7). Montepaschi Siena defeated Banco di Sard. 91-75 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Banco di Sard.. It was an exceptional evening for David Andersen who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Vanja Plisnic came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Banco di Sard. in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Banco di Sard. dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Cimberio VA and Angelico BI. Montepaschi Siena will meet CS Bologna (#4) on the road in the next round. Banco di Sard. will play against Umana Venezia (#5) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Treviso. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 13th ranked Benetton Treviso (5-9) to seventh ranked Umana Venezia (8-6) 68-67 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Tamar Slay who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Scavolini PS and Sidigas AV. Benetton Treviso lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be Banco di Sard. (#8) in Sassari. Benetton Treviso will play on the road against the league's second-placed Armani Milano (#2).
Important game to mention about took place in Casale. Twelfth ranked Lottomatica Roma (7-8) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Novipiu CM (4-10) 93-92 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Nihad Djedovic who saved his team from a defeat with 22 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Novipiu CM dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novipiu CM will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: Cimberio VA was beaten by Vanoli CR on the road 69-61. Otto Caserta lost to Fabi Shoes on its own court 66-75. Angelico BI unfortunately lost to Bennet Cantu in a road game 61-66.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 24 points and 6 assists by Mustafa Shakur of Novipiu CM.


Vanoli CR - Cimberio VA 69-61

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (5-10) beat higher ranked Cimberio Varese (7-7) in Cremona 69-61 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cimberio Varese won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli-Braga forced 19 Cimberio Varese turnovers. Strangely Cimberio Varese outrebounded Vanoli-Braga 40-26 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Belgian point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. The former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to fifteenth place. Loser Cimberio Varese keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Vanoli-Braga will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: B.Tabu-Eboma 15+2reb+2ast, D.Cinciarini 11+7reb+1ast, D.Lighty 11+3reb+3ast, M.Tusek 9+1reb+1ast, J.Perkovic 8+3reb+1ast, M.Milic 7+9reb
Cimberio VA: Y.Diawara 21+7reb+2ast, K.Kangur 16+6reb+3ast, D.Fajardo 8+7reb+2ast, J.Hurtt 4+9reb, J.Talts 4+4reb, R.Stipcevic 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 150747


Banca Tercas - Armani MI 74-68

SerieA round 15 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Armani Milano (10-4) against seventeenth ranked Banca Tercas (4-10) 74-68 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 6 points. It was a good game for American power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. International forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Armani Milano. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banca Tercas moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Novipiu CM. Armani Milano at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Montepaschi. Armani Milano will play next round against Benetton Treviso trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Banca Tercas will try to continue on its current victory against seventeenth ranked Novipiu CM in Casale.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: B.Brown 28+6reb+3ast, D.McGrath 12+2reb+3ast, D.Brown 11+4reb+4ast, M.Borisov 10+4reb+2ast, B.Cerella 7+3reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 4+4reb+2ast
Armani MI: S.Mancinelli 16+6reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 12+2reb, A.Fotsis 10+7reb, D.Nicholas 9+2reb+3ast, O.Cook 8+5reb+3ast, M.Rocca 4+2reb
gschID: 150748


Novipiu CM - Acea Roma 92-93

Important game to mention about took place in Casale. Twelfth ranked Lottomatica Roma (7-8) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Novipiu CM (4-10) 93-92 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Lottomatica Roma dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Novipiu CM's 26. It was a good game for Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) who saved his team from a defeat with 22 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Slovenian power forward Uros Slokar (210-83) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. American guard Mustafa Shakur (192-84, college: Arizona) answered with 24 points and 6 assists and the other American import guard Matt Janning (196-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 18 points in the effort for Novipiu CM. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Novipiu CM dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novipiu CM will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Acea Roma: N.Djedovic 22+4reb+1ast, U.Slokar 20+3reb+4ast, C.Tucker 16+2reb+5ast, M.Kakiouzis 14+2reb, A.Maestranzi 14+2reb+3ast, M.Mordente 3+2reb+3ast
Novipiu CM: M.Shakur 24+3reb+6ast, M.Janning 18+4reb+2ast, G.Temple 15+3reb+2ast, M.Malaventura 10+1reb, O.Stevic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Chiotti 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 150749


Benetton TV - Umana Venezia 67-68

A very interesting game took place in Treviso. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 13th ranked Benetton Treviso (5-9) to seventh ranked Umana Venezia (8-6) 68-67 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Benetton Treviso was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Massimo Bulleri (188-77) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and Romanian power forward Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: American, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Umana Venezia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Scavolini PS and Sidigas AV. Benetton Treviso lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be Banco di Sard. (#8) in Sassari. Benetton Treviso will play on the road against the league's second-placed Armani Milano (#2).
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: T.Slay 13+5reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 10+8reb, K.Clark 9+3reb+3ast, T.Bowers 8+5reb+2ast, T.Fantoni 7, S.Bryan 6+1reb
Benetton TV: M.Bulleri 18+8reb, J.Thomas 16+1reb+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 11+7reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 7+7reb+1ast, B.Ortner 7+4reb+1ast, S.Becirovic 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 150743


Banco di Sard. - Montepaschi 75-91

The game in Sassari supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Montepaschi Siena (11-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Banco di Sard. (7-7). Montepaschi Siena defeated Banco di Sard. 91-75 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Banco di Sard.. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Montepaschi Siena outrebounded Banco di Sard. 41-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for Australian center David Andersen (212-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Bosnian-Serbian power forward Vanja Plisnic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Banco di Sard. in the defeat. Four Banco di Sard. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Banco di Sard. dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Cimberio VA and Angelico BI. Montepaschi Siena will meet CS Bologna (#4) on the road in the next round. Banco di Sard. will play against Umana Venezia (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Andersen 23+11reb, D.Moss 22+11reb, B.McCalebb 17+2reb+6ast, N.Zisis 8+4reb+8ast, M.Carraretto 7, I.Rakocevic 7+2ast
Banco di Sard.: V.Plisnic 16+6reb+1ast, D.Diener 13+3reb+3ast, Q.Hosley 12+8reb+2ast, T.Diener 11+2reb+7ast, N.Metreveli 8+3reb, T.Easley 8+2reb
gschID: 150744


Scavolini PS - CS Bologna 86-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked CS Bologna (9-5) against tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (8-6) on Sunday night. Visiting CS Bologna was defeated by Scavolini Pesaro in a tough game in Pesaro 77-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of CS Bologna. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-19. But CS Bologna won second period 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Scavolini Pesaro especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a great evening for American point guard Ricky Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) helped adding 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-87, college: Memphis) scored 13 points. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Umana Venezia and Sidigas AV. CS Bologna at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Bennet Cantu. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Lottomatica Roma (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CS Bologna will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: R.Hickman 23+3reb+5ast, J.White 20+6reb+4ast, J.Jones 15+6reb+5ast, T.Lydeka 10+5reb, D.Cavaliero 8+1reb, D.Hackett 7+6reb+2ast
CS Bologna: V.Sanikidze 22+9reb+2ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 13+3reb+1ast, P.Koponen 10+3reb, D.Gailius 9+2reb, G.Poeta 7+3reb+2ast, K.Lang 5+4reb
gschID: 150745


Otto Caserta - Fabi Shoes 66-75

There was an upset when higher ranked Otto Caserta (6-8) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (5-9) 75-66 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-66. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Otto Caserta turnovers. Otto Caserta was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-French forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American-FYR Macedonian center Kevin Fletcher (207-80, college: Colorado Springs, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Otto Caserta. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Benetton TV. Otto Caserta lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face higher ranked Bennet Cantu (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: I.Zoroski 14+1reb+2ast, J.McNeal 13+4reb, T.Kirksay 12+11reb+5ast, D.Ivanov 8+5reb, C.Karl 7+3reb, S.Nicevic 6
Otto Caserta: A.Smith 19+8reb+2ast, K.Fletcher 13+6reb, G.Maresca 11+2reb, A.Doornekamp 8+4reb+2ast, C.Bell 8+4reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 150746


Bennet Cantu - Angelico BI 66-61

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Bennet Cantu (9-5) won against at home 9th ranked Angelico Biella (7-7) 66-61 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 19-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Angelico Biella was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Denis Marconato (212-75) contributed with 12 points for the winners. The former international swingman Matteo Soragna (198-75) answered with 21 points and Spanish center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Angelico Biella. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with CS Bologna. Angelico Biella lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Bennet Cantu will face Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will play against Otto Caserta (#12).
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: G.Basile 12+2reb+3ast, D.Marconato 12+4reb+2ast, M.Leunen 9+7reb+4ast, N.Mazzarino 9+2reb+2ast, V.Micov 8+1reb+4ast, G.Shermadini 6+4reb
Angelico BI: M.Soragna 21+1ast, J.Pullen 14+2reb+1ast, A.Miralles 11+9reb, A.Coleman 8+3reb+2ast, M.Chessa 4+1reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 3+6reb+4ast
gschID: 150742




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Musso, Napoli19.3 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.19.1 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.9 
 4. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.9 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.8 
 6. Carrizo, Ferentino15.6 
 7. Zanelli, Orlandina15.3 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.15.2 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..15.0 
 10. Ferrarese, Castel.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.9 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.9 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.6 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 5. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.3 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.3 
 7. Tessitori, Comsum..8.3 
 8. Ferraro, Trieste7.7 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.7 
 10. Gandini, Trieste7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.0 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.7 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 4. Vico, Matera3.4 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 6. Zanelli, Orlandina3.2 
 7. Forray, Trento3.1 
 8. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 9. Parente, Torino2.8 
 10. Rivali, Santarcan.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.8 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.3 
 3. Portannese, Torino3.1 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.0 
 5. Musso, Napoli2.9 
 6. Guarino, Ferentino2.9 
 7. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 8. Pilotti, Matera2.9 
 9. Amici, Firenze2.9 
 10. Vico, Matera2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 2. Borra, Treviglio1.4 
 3. Ancellotti, Santar.1.3 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.3 
 5. Benevelli, Orlandi.1.1 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 7. Tessitori, Comsum..1.1 
 8. Corral, Anagni0.9 
 9. Feliciangeli, Chie.0.9 
 10. Biligha, Casalp.0.9 


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


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 13-5 
 2. Trieste 11-6 
 3. Perugia 8-10 
 4. Firenze 6-12 
 5. Comsum.it SI 6-12 
 6. Santarcangelo 4-14 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 15-2 
 2. Torino 13-5 
 3. Treviglio 11-7 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 10-8 
 5. Pavia 8-10 
 6. Castelletto 8-10 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 10-8 
 2. Recanati 10-8 
 3. Chieti 9-9 
 4. San Severo 8-10 
 5. Fabriano 5-12 
 6. Ruvo 2-16 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 13-4 
 2. Orlandina 12-6 
 3. Ferentino 12-6 
 4. Latina Basket 8-10 
 5. Matera 7-11 
 6. Anagni 6-12 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Mustafa SHAKUR
  Novipiu CM
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Shakur, Novipiu CM20.8 
 2. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 3. Smith, Otto C.17.2 
 4. Coleman, Angelico.17.1 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV16.8 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.6 
 7. Pullen, Angelico BI16.2 
 8. Datome, Acea Roma16.1 
 9. Diawara, Cimberio.15.9 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.1 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.6 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.4 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.8 
 6. Smith, Otto C.7.5 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.5 
 8. Dragicevic, Angeli.6.9 
 9. Jones, Scavolini PS6.9 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.6 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.5.6 
 3. Cook, Armani MI5.0 
 4. Diener, Banco d.4.9 
 5. Stipcevic, Cimberi.4.1 
 6. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.0 
 7. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 8. Poeta, CS Bologna3.9 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI3.6 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.6 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes3.4 
 3. Hosley, Banco d.2.6 
 4. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV2.3 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.2 
 7. Poeta, CS Bologna2.2 
 8. Bowers, Umana V.2.0 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV1.9 
 10. Stonerook, Monte.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 2. Shermadini, Bennet1.2 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.0 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas0.9 
 5. Crosariol, Acea R.0.9 
 6. Bourousis, Armani0.8 
 7. Lavrinovic, Montep.0.8 
 8. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 9. Hunter, Banco d.0.8 
 10. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.7 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.23.6 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.23.1 
 3. Hardy, Giorgio22.6 
 4. Voskuil, Morpho B.20.0 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.1 
 6. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.1 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola18.2 
 8. McConnell, Fileni17.2 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli17.0 
 10. Kelley, Biancobl.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Thomas, Givova S.10.4 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.4 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.6 
 4. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.4 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.9 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.1 
 7. Brooks, Fileni BPA7.1 
 8. Baldassarre, Bianc.6.9 
 9. Chiacig, Trenkwald.6.9 
 10. Huff, MarcoPol.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.8 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.5.3 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.6 
 4. Green, Sigma B.4.3 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.9 
 6. Renfroe, Enel B.3.6 
 7. Marigney, Givova S.3.3 
 8. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.3 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 10. Levin, Givova Sca.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. West, Tezenis2.9 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.2.9 
 3. Radulovic, Givova2.9 
 4. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 5. Thompson, Centra.2.8 
 6. Hunter, Enel Brind.2.5 
 7. Blizzard, Biancobl.2.4 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.4 
 9. Green, Sigma B.2.2 
 10. Robinson, Trenkwa.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.8 
 2. Cervi, Trenkwalder1.8 
 3. Trapani, MarcoPol.1.0 
 4. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.8 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 7. Renzi, Tezenis0.8 
 8. Campbell, S.Antimo0.7 
 9. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 10. Busma, Centrale.0.7 


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


Lega2 Round 15: Givova Scafati loses to Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Givova Scafati (8-6) and fifth ranked Enel Brindisi (9-5) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Givova Scafati was crushed by Enel Brindisi in Brindisi 71-100. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 65-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Enel Brindisi dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Givova Scafati's 26. Enel Brindisi forced 25 Givova Scafati turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Givova Scafati helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for Givova Scafati. Enel Brindisi moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Centrale Latte. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Enel Brindisi is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Givova Scafati will play against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli and is hoping to win this game.
Lega2 top team - Trenkwalder RE (11-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (6-8) in Reggio Emilia 97-86. It was a great evening for American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Dawan Robinson helped adding 22 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. MarcoPoloShop.it at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Trenkwalder RE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play on the road against Givova Scafati (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Verona supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Morpho Basket (8-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Tezenis Verona (6-8). Morpho Basket smashed Tezenis Verona 88-67 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Alan Voskuil who led the winners and scored 24 points and 4 assists. Mario West came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Tezenis Verona in the defeat. Morpho Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Loser Tezenis Verona keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Morpho Basket will meet at home Fileni BPA (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Tezenis Verona will play against Biancoblu BO in Bologna and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Jesi. It ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Fileni BPA (6-8) to fourteenth ranked Prima Veroli (5-9) 75-72 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was David Brkic who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Prima Veroli moved-up to thirteenth place. Fileni BPA at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: Aget Imola beat S.Antimo on the road 70-66. Sigma Barcel. won against Biancoblu BO on its own court 89-78. Assi Ostuni unfortunately lost to Centrale Latte in Brescia 64-70.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 21 points and 10 assists by Mike Green of Sigma Barcel..



S.Antimo - Aget Imola 66-70

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Aget Imola (6-8) beat bottom-ranked S.Antimo (3-11) in Sant'Antimo 70-66. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Aget Imola forced 19 S.Antimo turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Argentinian guard Patricio Prato (196-79) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Aget Imola moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted S.Antimo stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Aget Imola's next round opponent will be higher ranked Enel Brindisi (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. S.Antimo will play against Prima Veroli (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 20+8reb+4ast, P.Prato 17+8reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 13+3reb+1ast, T.Kotti 8+4reb+1ast, F.Masoni 7+2reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 5+2reb
S.Antimo: F.Campbell 19+5reb+3ast, M.Bozovic 11+13reb+1ast, G.Eliantonio 11, A.Cittadini 8+3reb+1ast, D.Teague 7+6reb, C.Cantone 5+1reb+7ast
gschID: 135557


Enel Brindisi - Givova Scafati 100-71

The game between third ranked Givova Scafati (8-6) and fifth ranked Enel Brindisi (9-5) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Givova Scafati was crushed by Enel Brindisi in Brindisi 71-100. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 65-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Enel Brindisi dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Givova Scafati's 26. Enel Brindisi forced 25 Givova Scafati turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Givova Scafati helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) added 13 points in the effort for Givova Scafati. Five Enel Brindisi and four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Centrale Latte. Givova Scafati at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Enel Brindisi is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Givova Scafati will play against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: C.Callahan 25+6reb, J.Hunter 19+2ast, A.Renfroe 17+3reb+8ast, D.Borovnjak 14+8reb+3ast, K.Ndoja 10+5reb, M.Formenti 5+2reb+2ast
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 22+8reb+3ast, A.Ghiacci 13+2reb, M.Levin 11+1reb+1ast, M.Casini 11+3reb, N.Radulovic 8+2reb, O.Gueye 3
gschID: 135550


Sigma Barcel. - Biancoblu BO 89-78

Very expected game when 13th ranked Biancoblu BO (4-10) lost on the road to seventh ranked Sigma Barcellona (8-5) 89-78. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Sigma Barcellona made 30-of-32 charity shots (93.8 percent) during the game, while Biancoblu BO only scored eight points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Biancoblu BO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. Naturalized Canadian forward Philip Martin (202-80, college: Hawaii) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Morpho Basket. Biancoblu BO lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Sigma Barcellona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Centrale Latte (#3) in Brescia and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Biancoblu BO will play on the road against Tezenis Verona (#8).
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Green 21+4reb+10ast, M.Hicks 17+2ast, R.Bucci 16+1reb, P.Martin 14+8reb, M.Mocavero 6+2reb, D.Bonessio 4+1reb
Biancoblu BO: B.Blizzard 20+5reb+3ast, T.Kelley 19+2reb+4ast, P.Baldassarre 12+6reb, M.Canavesi 10+2reb, M.Montano 7+1reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 6+3reb
gschID: 135551


Fileni BPA - Prima Veroli 72-75

A very interesting game took place in Jesi. It ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Fileni BPA (6-8) to fourteenth ranked Prima Veroli (5-9) 75-72 on Sunday evening. Fileni BPA was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Prima Veroli, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) added 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Prima Veroli moved-up to thirteenth place. Fileni BPA at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: D.Brkic 16+7reb, R.Rullo 14+3reb+4ast, B.Elder 14+8reb+1ast, A.Giovacchini 12+7reb, G.Lee 8+6reb, R.Cortese 5+1reb
Fileni BPA: J.Brooks 22+9reb, M.Maggioli 20+8reb+3ast, R.McConnell 11+3reb+4ast, R.Hoover 7+3reb, M.Santiangeli 6, F.Migliori 4+6reb
gschID: 135553


Trenkwalder - MarcoPoloShop 97-86

Lega2 top team - Trenkwalder RE (11-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (6-8) in Reggio Emilia 97-86. The game was mostly controlled by Trenkwalder RE. MarcoPoloShop.it was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trenkwalder RE shot 60.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Trenkwalder RE especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) helped adding 22 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. MarcoPoloShop.it at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Trenkwalder RE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play on the road against Givova Scafati (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Taylor 23+5reb+1ast, D.Robinson 22+7reb, F.Ruini 18+2reb+1ast, D.Filloy 15+9reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 8+1reb, D.Slanina 8+1reb
MarcoPoloShop: A.Freeman 25+5reb+1ast, S.Huff 16+7reb, B.Wanamaker 13+5reb+1ast, J.Trapani 12+3reb, R.Casoli 9+2reb, N.Natali 6+6reb
gschID: 135554


Centrale Latte - Assi Ostuni 70-64

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Centrale Latte (9-5) won against 9th ranked Assi Ostuni (6-8) in Brescia 70-64. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as Assi Ostuni took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Centrale Latte had a 28-16 second period charge getting the lead and Assi Ostuni was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-70. Centrale Latte dominated on the defensive end, holding Assi Ostuni to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Centrale Latte forced 19 Assi Ostuni turnovers. Strangely Assi Ostuni outrebounded Centrale Latte 44-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) chipped in 17 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Centrale Latte players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) who recorded 13 points and American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) added 12 points and 5 steals respectively. Centrale Latte moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Enel Brindisi. Newly promoted Assi Ostuni dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Centrale Latte's next round opponent will be Sigma Barcellona (#6) at home. Assi Ostuni will play against the league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia.
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: M.Jose Ghersetti 18+7reb+1ast, R.Thompson 17+3reb+2ast, F.Bushati 14+2reb+2ast, M.Rezzano 10+6reb, D.Busma 6+7reb+1ast, S.Stojkov 3+1reb+3ast
Assi Ostuni: M.Jurevicus 13+4reb+1ast, A.Johnson 12+3reb+3ast, T.Rinaldi 9+6reb, J.Klobucar 9+3reb+3ast, F.Basei 6+5reb, D.Diliegro 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 135555


Tezenis Verona - Morpho Basket 67-88

The game in Verona supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Morpho Basket (8-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Tezenis Verona (6-8). Morpho Basket smashed Tezenis Verona 88-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Morpho Basket. Tezenis Verona managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tezenis Verona 42-28 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 4 assists. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) accounted for 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Four Morpho Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Mario West (196-84, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) added 20 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively for Tezenis Verona in the defeat. Morpho Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Loser Tezenis Verona keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Morpho Basket will meet at home Fileni BPA (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Tezenis Verona will play against Biancoblu BO in Bologna and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 24+2reb+4ast, C.Cotis Harrison 19+2reb+4ast, D.Anderson 15+13reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 12+4reb+1ast, R.Perego 7+2reb, R.Amoroso 6+4reb
Tezenis Verona: M.West 22+5reb+1ast, A.Porta 20+2reb+5ast, K.Waleskowski 9+5reb, C.DiGiuliomaria 6+6reb, A.Renzi 5+4reb+2ast, D.Vukcevic 3+4reb
gschID: 135556




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  JAPAN   


BJ League Round 27: Niigata Albirex loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the BJ League leadership position after last games. Round 27 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Niigata Albirex (14-9). They were defeated by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-13) 96-90 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Niigata Albirex won fourth quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miyazaki Shining Suns dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata Albirex's 42 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) helped adding 8 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) with 24 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh place with 12-13 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Akita NH. They were replaced at the leadership position by Akita NH. Niigata Albirex will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Miyazaki Shining Suns will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Niigata Albirex at home.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Akita Happinets as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Akita Happinets defeated 5th ranked Toyama Grouses at home 75-67. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Curtis Terry (196-85, college: UNLV) who led the winners and scored 36 points (!!!) and 5 steals. Ricky Woods accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Akita Happinets' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Akita Happinets will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Toyama Grouses at home.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (15-6) against fourth ranked Sendai 89ers (12-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Sendai 89ers in Sendai 76-62. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Johnny Dukes who scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Rick Rickert who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sendai 89ers maintains fourth place with 12-11 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the third position with six games lost. Sendai 89ers will again meet at home higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round.
The game in Shimane was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Shiga L-Stars (15-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Shimane Magic (13-10). Shimane Magic defeated Shiga L-Stars 85-73. It was a good game for Michael Parker who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Shimane Magic moved-up to third place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be again Shiga L-Stars (#4) at home.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Osaka Evessa won against Takamatsu FA on the opponent's court 71-65. Shinshu BW managed to outperform Iwate Big Bulls in a home game 75-64. Saitama Bron. recorded a loss to Yokohama BC on the road 80-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds by Justin Burrell of Yokohama BC.



Shimane SM - Shiga L-Stars 85-73

The game in Shimane was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Shiga L-Stars (15-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Shimane Magic (13-10). Shimane Magic defeated Shiga L-Stars 85-73. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Shimane Magic moved-up to third place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be again Shiga L-Stars (#4) at home.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: R.Golson 23+5reb+2ast, M.Parker 19+15reb+2ast, J.Davis 11+9reb, J.Nakama 11+2reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 9+1reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 8+3reb+6ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Ashby 17+5reb+1ast, Y.Okada 15+1reb+3ast, R.Nixon 13+8reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 9+11reb, S.Ogawa 5+1reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142062


Takamatsu FA - Osaka Evessa 65-71

Very expected game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (1-22) was defeated at home by second ranked Osaka Evessa (16-5) 71-65. Takamatsu FA was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 42-27 second half run of Osaka Evessa. It was a good game for American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Hiroyuki Kikuchi (192-83) added 20 points in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Osaka Evessa have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-5 record having 3 victories less than leader Akita NH. Takamatsu FA at the other side keeps the ninth position with 22 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2).
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: W.Marshall 13+5reb+1ast, K.Tyner 12+2reb, C.Aoki 11+3reb+1ast, L.Washington 9+5reb+4ast, L.Blackledge 9+9reb+4ast, M.Obuchi 8+4reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: H.Kikuchi 20+1ast, N.Williams 18+16reb+2ast, K.Smith 10+6reb+4ast, M.Nunnally 6+7reb+4ast, S.Takada 6+3reb, M.Kita 5+2ast
gschID: 142063


Miyazaki SS - Niigata Albirex 96-90

There was a change at the BJ League leadership position after last games. Round 27 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Niigata Albirex (14-9). They were defeated by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-13) 96-90 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Niigata Albirex won fourth quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miyazaki Shining Suns dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata Albirex's 42 and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) helped adding 8 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) with 24 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns and five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh place with 12-13 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Akita NH. They were replaced at the leadership position by Akita NH. Niigata Albirex will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Miyazaki Shining Suns will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Niigata Albirex at home.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Lyons 20+6reb+4ast, Y.Tsubasa 19+1reb, L.Witcher 17+6reb+1ast, O.Mims 14+3reb, T.Shimizu 9+2reb+4ast, D.Dora 8+11reb+7ast
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 24+4reb+2ast, E.Maxey 16+8reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 15+3reb+1ast, D.Gordon 13+4reb+1ast, C.Holm 11+14reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 6+1reb
gschID: 142064


Akita NH - Toyama Grouses 75-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Akita Happinets as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Akita Happinets defeated 5th ranked Toyama Grouses at home 75-67. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-8. But Toyama Grouses won second period 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Akita Happinets won last quarter 28-22. They also forced 25 Toyama Grouses turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Curtis Terry (196-85, college: UNLV) who led the winners and scored 36 points (!!!) and 5 steals. His fellow American import swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Akita Happinets' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Masashi Joho (183-82) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Akita Happinets will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Toyama Grouses at home.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: C.Terry 36+4reb+1ast, R.Woods 14+8reb+3ast, S.Ocitti 11+10reb, K.Shoji 6+3reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 6+7reb+2ast, R.Mizumachi 2+1reb+4ast
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 18+8reb+2ast, T.Mito 12+4reb+3ast, D.Searcy 10+11reb+1ast, M.Joho 10+9reb+3ast, I.Brown 8+6reb+2ast, H.Johnson 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 142058


Sendai 89ers - Kyoto Hannar. 76-62

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (15-6) against fourth ranked Sendai 89ers (12-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Sendai 89ers in Sendai 76-62. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Kyoto Hannar.. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-62. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sendai 89ers made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) who scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) chipped in 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sendai 89ers maintains fourth place with 12-11 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the third position with six games lost. Sendai 89ers will again meet at home higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 28+6reb+3ast, D.Fitzgerald 15+3reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 11+1reb+1ast, R.Singleton 9+11reb+2ast, F.Toncinic 5+5reb, T.Shimura 4+3reb+7ast
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Allred 19+11reb+4ast, R.Rickert 16+15reb+3ast, K.Setoyama 7+5reb+1ast, B.Camara 6+2reb, L.Cummard 5+2reb+1ast, T.Murakami 4+1ast
gschID: 142059


Shinshu BW - Iwate Big Bulls 75-64

Rather predictable result in Nagano where eighth ranked Shinshu BW (10-13) defeated 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (7-18) 75-64. Iwate Big Bulls were ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 39-20 second half run of Shinshu BW. It was a good game for American guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 20 rebounds and Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Shinshu BW moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Yokohama BC. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the tenth position with 18 games lost. Shinshu BW's next round opponent will be again Iwate Big Bulls (#10) at home.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 27+5reb+5ast, T.Hughes 19+10reb+3ast, E.Morris 12+10reb+2ast, L.Roberts 6+7reb+1ast, T.Saito 6+1reb, T.Utsunomiya 3+2reb
Iwate Big Bulls: L.Malloy 18+20reb, G.Klaiber 15+9reb, T.Kennedy 15+7reb+1ast, H.Kantake 5+1reb+2ast, Y.Yamamoto 5+3reb+9ast, J.Shin 5+1reb
gschID: 142060


Yokohama BC - Saitama Bron. 80-68

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (7-16) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Yokohama BC (10-13) 80-68. The game was mostly controlled by Yokohama BC. Saitama Broncos was better in fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Saitama Broncos 40-29 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Yokohama BC players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) contributed with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Jayme Miller (203-85) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) added 18 points in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Yokohama BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 10-13 record, which they share with Shinshu BW. Saitama Broncos at the other side keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 33+12reb+1ast, P.Faye 9+7reb, C.McFarland 8+10reb+5ast, K.Yamada 7+2reb+7ast, G.Shey 6+1reb+3ast, O.Kimura 5+1reb+2ast
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 18+3reb+3ast, J.Miller 17+7reb+1ast, D.Terashita 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Arai 6+4reb, N.Beard 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 142061




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


Sendai 89ers lands Toncinic - by Eurobasket Center
Sendai 89ers (BJ League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Croatian forward Filip Toncinic (212-F-84, college: Texas A&M-CC). In his first game he scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds helping his new team beat Kyoto Hannar. 76-62. Toncinic played most recently at KK Zadar (Croatia). He played also pro basketball in Croatia and Syria. Toncinic graduated Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in 2010 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Holm's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Niigata Albirex and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Hamamatsu P. (#3, 13-10) 85-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Niigata Albirex to consolidate first place in the Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Niigata Albirex has a very solid 14-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Holm as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Vermont graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holm leads league in rebounds with 14.5rpg. Holm is in league's top in and averages solid 51.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony McHenry (202-SF-83) of top-ranked Okinawa GK. He is American in his 4th season at Okinawa GK. In the last game McHenry recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Okinawa GK cruised to a 100-90 overtime win over the lower-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#5, 15-9). Of course Okinawa GK still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 19-5 record. McHenry is one of the most experienced players at Okinawa GK and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils (#8). White scored 25 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Oita H.Devils, leading his team to a 87-74 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Miyazaki SS (#7, 11-13). Oita H.Devils can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for White he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. White has individually a great season in Japan. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Humphrey (188-G/F-80) of Saitama Bron. - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Fukuoka Rizing - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Justin Burrell (235-F-88) of Yokohama BC - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. David Palmer (201-F-82) of Okinawa GK - 30 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Wayne Arnold (193-G-84) of Hamamatsu P. - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kenny Satterfield (188-PG-81) of Saitama Bron. - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Oneal Mims (208-F-83) of Miyazaki SS - 18 points, 16 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)


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.3 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.0 
 4. White, Oita H.20.4 
 5. Flowers, Saitama19.9 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama19.9 
 7. Woods, Akita NH19.7 
 8. Staten, Chiba Jets19.6 
 9. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 10. Burrell, Yokohama.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.5 
 2. Malloy, Iwate B.11.0 
 3. Roberts, Shins.10.9 
 4. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.8 
 5. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.5 
 6. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 8. Allred, Kyoto H.10.2 
 9. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.2 
 10. Blackledge, Osaka10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.1 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.5.8 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.0 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.4.9 
 6. Takushi, Oita H.4.8 
 7. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.8 
 8. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.6 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.5 
 10. Dukes, Sendai 89.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.1 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka3.0 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.7 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.5 
 5. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.2 
 6. Arnold, Hamamats.2.1 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 8. Satterfield, Saita.1.8 
 9. Joho, Toyama G.1.8 
 10. Nakanishi, Fukuok.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.7 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.1 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.5 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.7 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 7. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 
 10. Ocitti, Akita NH1.3 


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  KUWAIT   


AlKuwait SC wins Super Cup 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
AlKuwait SC wins Super Cup 2011/2012 as they grabbed a thrilling victory over AlQadsia. After 17-17 in the opening period, the winners led by one point at the halftime. Again both teams notched 23 points each in the third quarter and then in the fourth one AlKuwait SC added another narrow win at the end for 84:82 total success.


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  LATVIA   


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


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 15-0 
 2. Liepaja-2 15-1 
 3. Barons/Keizar. 14-2 
 4. Saldus 12-3 
 5. Riga 9-6 
 6. RSU 9-6 
 7. VA 9-7 
 8. VEF Kadeti 8-6 
 9. DSN 6-9 
 10. Cesis 5-11 
 11. Livani 5-11 
 12. Valmiera U21 4-12 
 13. Ogres 4-12 
 14. Jelgava/LLU 4-12 
 15. Ridzene 3-12 
 16. Gulbene 2-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sims, VEF Riga26.3 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 3. Ozols, Jurmala18.4 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava18.3 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja18.2 
 6. Peiners, LU18.2 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera18.2 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.7 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.4 
 10. Kanbergs, Jelgava14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.6 
 2. Sims, VEF Riga9.0 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga8.6 
 4. Dargais, LU8.2 
 5. Willard, Ventspils8.1 
 6. Rozitis, Valmiera7.9 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.8 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava6.9 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.6 
 10. Kalve, Valmiera6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.4 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.4.2 
 4. Coders, Jurmala4.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 8. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.4 
 9. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 10. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.6 
 3. Peiners, LU2.3 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 5. Osins, LU1.8 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja1.7 
 8. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.9 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Willard, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Sims, VEF Riga0.7 
 9. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 10. Meiers, Ventspils0.7 


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  LEBANON   


23rd Dubai Tournament Draw - by Rabih Khoury
Yesterday the draw was made for the 23rd Dubai International Basketball Tournament that will be held in Dubai from 12 to 21 January 2012 in which 8 teams are participating and they are:

1-Anibal-Lebanon

2-Sagesse-Lebanon

3-Hoops-Lebanon

4-UAE National Team

5-Al Ahli Dubai-UAE

6-Al Ittihad Alexandria- Egypt

7-Foolad Mahan-Iran

8-BK Almaty-Khazakhistan

After the draw the distributions of teams were as follows:

Group A: Anibal-Lebanon , Al Ahli Dubai-UAE , Al Ittihad Alexandria- Egypt , Foolad Mahan-Iran

Group B: Sagesse-Lebanon , Hoops-Lebanon , UAE National Team , BK Almaty-Khazakhistan


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.18.7 
 2. Urbonas, Juventus16.3 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.15.7 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas14.9 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 6. Lowe, Kedainiai14.4 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.1 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.8 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis13.6 
 10. Vasylius, Siauliai13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.4 
 2. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.1 
 3. McClure, Kedainiai7.8 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.4 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.7.3 
 7. Davis, Naglis P.7.0 
 8. Adomaitis, Kedaini.6.9 
 9. Cepukaitis, Techa.6.8 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Sakal.
  (191-G-91)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.2 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.9 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.4.5 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.2 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas4.2 
 8. Kelys, Pieno Z.3.6 
 9. Salenga, Rudupis3.4 
 10. Pakamanis, Juven.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.6 
 2. Lowe, Neptunas2.3 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai2.3 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas1.9 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris1.8 
 6. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.8 
 7. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.7 
 8. Long, Siauliai1.7 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 10. Ginevicius, Kedai.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 3. Staniulis, Techasas1.4 
 4. Samardziski, Lietu.1.3 
 5. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.3 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.3 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai1.2 
 8. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.1 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis1.1 
 10. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.1 


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


LKL Round 12: #1 Lietuvos rytas are defeated by Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lietuvos rytas (11-2) in Vilnius on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by top-ranked Zalgiris (9-0) 82-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Lietuvos rytas' 18. 27 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) with 17 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Zalgiris have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-0 record having six point less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Lietuvos rytas at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lietuvos rytas will play on the road against Baltai Kaunas and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Prienai. Third ranked Rudupis (9-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Siauliai (8-4) 89-88 in the fight for the third place. The winners were led by swingman Gediminas Orelikas (199-90) who scored that evening 16 points and 5 rebounds and Gintaras Kadziulis supported him with 15 points. Even 20 points by the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) did not help to save the game for Siauliai. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rudupis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Siauliai at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Rudupis will play against Kedainiai (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Siauliai will play against Neptunas (#6) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Techasas managed to get a second victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Kedainiai in Panevezys 100-58. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 42-point difference suggests that Techasas is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The best player for the winners was Vaidas Cepukaitis who scored 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Marius Valukonis who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Techasas (2-10) moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Kedainiai keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Techasas will meet at home higher ranked Neptunas (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kedainiai will play against Rudupis where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
A very interesting game took place in Utena. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Techasas (2-10) to eighth ranked Juventus (5-7) 82-79 on Friday evening. It was a good game for Vaidotas Volkus who led his team to a victory with 21 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Juventus maintains eighth position with 5-7 record. Techasas at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. Juventus' next round opponent will be higher ranked Baltai Kaunas (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Techasas will play against Neptunas (#6) in Klaipeda.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: Sakalai lost to Baltai Kaunas on the opponent's court 71-78. Rudupis outscored Pieno Zvaigzdes in a home game 91-72. Naglis Palangos recorded a loss to Kedainiai on the road 86-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 12 rebounds by Sylvester Morgan of Pieno Zvaigzdes.



Baltai Kaunas - Sakalai 78-71

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Sakalai (3-10) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Baltai Kaunas (7-5) 78-71. It looked good early as Sakalai took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Baltai Kaunas had a 21-14 second period charge getting the lead and Sakalai was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-78. 24 personal fouls committed by Sakalai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Guard Vytenis Cizauskas (189-92) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Baltai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Arvydas Gydra (206-89) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sakalai. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Baltai Kaunas moved-up to fifth place. Sakalai lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Baltai Kaunas' next round opponent will be league's leader Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Baltai Kaunas: Z.Janavicius 17+1reb+2ast, V.Cizauskas 12+6reb+1ast, M.Delas 10+8reb, E.Ulanovas 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kupsas 8+3reb, K.Vecvagars 8+5ast
Sakalai: E.Baniulis 19+6reb+2ast, L.Samenas 14+3reb+2ast, A.Gydra 13+6reb+1ast, P.Joneliunas 8+6reb+2ast, A.Kiausas 5+3reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151951


Lietuvos rytas - Zalgiris 72-82

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lietuvos rytas (11-2) in Vilnius on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by top-ranked Zalgiris (9-0) 82-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Lietuvos rytas' 18. 27 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) with 17 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-0 record having six point less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Lietuvos rytas at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lietuvos rytas will play on the road against Baltai Kaunas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 18+9reb+1ast, S.Weems 15+3reb+3ast, T.Delininkaitis 10+2reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 9+1reb+4ast, D.Salenga 7+1ast, M.Popovic 7+3reb+3ast
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 17+1reb+1ast, T.Rice 17+1reb+4ast, A.Rasic 15+2reb+1ast, M.Katelynas 8+2reb+2ast, S.Babrauskas 5, A.Jomantas 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 151952


Techasas - Kedainiai 100-58

Bottom-ranked Techasas managed to get a second victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Kedainiai in Panevezys 100-58. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 42-point difference suggests that Techasas is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by Techasas. Kedainiai managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Techasas dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kedainiai's 40 and made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Techasas forced 20 Kedainiai turnovers and had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Kedainiai's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Techasas made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) who scored 19 points. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Five Techasas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Techasas (2-10) moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Kedainiai keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Techasas will meet at home higher ranked Neptunas (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kedainiai will play against Rudupis where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Techasas: V.Cepukaitis 19+3reb+1ast, J.Zurna 16+2reb+2ast, E.Stanionis 12+6reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 12+6reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 10+4reb+6ast, O.Matulionis 8+2ast
Kedainiai: M.Valukonis 15+6reb+3ast, L.Kisielius 11+4reb, P.Beliavicius 7+3reb+1ast, D.McClure 6+7reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 6+3reb+1ast, V.Ginevicius 5+1reb
gschID: 151953


Rudupis - Pieno Zvaigzdes 91-72

Rather predictable result in Prienai where third ranked Rudupis (9-2) smashed 7th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (5-6) 91-72. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Pieno Zvaigzdes was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rudupis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pieno Zvaigzdes' players. It was a good game for guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. American center Sylvester Morgan (208-83, college: Georgia St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) added 16 points in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Five Rudupis and four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Rudupis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Rudupis' next round opponent will be Kedainiai (#9) at home where they are favorite. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Siauliai.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 16+5reb+1ast, G.Kadziulis 14+1reb+6ast, G.Orelikas 12+2reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 12+3reb+2ast, A.Juskevicius 11+4reb+3ast, A.Urbutis 10+5reb+2ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: S.Morgan 18+12reb+1ast, T.Hughes 16+2reb+2ast, E.Bendzius 13+4reb+1ast, G.Sirutavicius 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Kelys 7+2reb+4ast, S.Kulvietis 5+2reb
gschID: 165727


Rudupis - Siauliai 89-88

Important game to mention about took place in Prienai. Third ranked Rudupis (9-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Siauliai (8-4) 89-88 in the fight for the third place. Siauliai was ahead by 12 points after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Rudupis, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by swingman Gediminas Orelikas (199-90) who scored that evening 16 points and 5 rebounds and guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) supported him with 15 points. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Even 20 points by the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) did not help to save the game for Siauliai. The former international forward Mindaugas Zukauskas (201-75, agency: World Sport Agency) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rudupis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Siauliai at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Rudupis will play against Kedainiai (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Siauliai will play against Neptunas (#6) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 17+1reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 16+5reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 15+3reb+2ast, A.Urbutis 14+3reb+2ast, S.Buterlevicius 9+5reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 8+3reb+1ast
Siauliai: V.Vasylius 20+4reb+2ast, D.Bowles 18+5reb+2ast, M.Zukauskas 15+7reb+3ast, D.Gvezdauskas 8, V.Liutych 7+5reb, R.Broadus 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 151948


Kedainiai - Naglis Palangos 86-72

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Naglis Palangos (2-11) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Kedainiai (3-9) 86-72. The game was mostly controlled by Kedainiai. Naglis Palangos was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kedainiai dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 32. It was a good game for American forward David McClure (198-86, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Russian forward Nikita Barinov (200-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and Paulius Kleiza (195-88) added 20 points in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Kedainiai maintains ninth position with 3-9 record. Naglis Palangos lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Kedainiai's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rudupis (#3) in Prienai and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: D.McClure 19+6reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 16+6reb+3ast, M.Valukonis 15+9reb+1ast, V.Ginevicius 8+5reb+3ast, V.Jasikevicius 6, T.Cerneckis 5+2reb+1ast
Naglis Palangos: P.Kleiza 20+3reb+1ast, N.Barinov 12+14reb+5ast, P.Davis 11+11reb, T.Rinkevicius 9+2reb+2ast, M.Reminas 9+2reb+2ast, R.Pickett 7+5reb
gschID: 151949


Juventus - Techasas 82-79

A very interesting game took place in Utena. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Techasas (2-10) to eighth ranked Juventus (5-7) 82-79 on Friday evening. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) who led his team to a victory with 21 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) added 17 points in the effort for Techasas. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Juventus maintains eighth position with 5-7 record. Techasas at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. Juventus' next round opponent will be higher ranked Baltai Kaunas (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Techasas will play against Neptunas (#6) in Klaipeda.
Top scorers:
Juventus: V.Volkus 21+2reb+2ast, G.Maceina 13+5reb+2ast, G.Matulis 13+4reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 9+1reb, R.Gumeniuk 6, K.Petrukonis 6+5reb+2ast
Techasas: V.Cepukaitis 19+8reb+2ast, O.Matulionis 17+4reb+1ast, J.Zurna 9+3reb+4ast, G.Staniulis 8+4reb+1ast, E.Stanionis 7+3reb+1ast, S.Kulevicius 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 151950




Lithuanian NKL round 24 best performance: Aivaras Kvedaravicius - by Eurobasket News
Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Delikatesas, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat ABRO-Univ. (#15, 6-18) 92-80. Delikatesas maintains the 3rd position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Delikatesas will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. Kvedaravicius turned to be Delikatesas' top player in his first season with the team. Aivaras Kvedaravicius averages this season 16.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 4.6apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys. Ambrulaitis had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Ezerunas-Karys cruised to a 84-74 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Silute (#13, 9-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ezerunas-Karys keeps 11th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ambrulaitis is one of the most experienced players at Ezerunas-Karys and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of S.Marciulionio (#14). Mockevicius scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of S.Marciulionio, leading his team to a 104-69 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Gargzdai (#16, 6-18). The chances of S.Marciulionio not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mockevicius could try to bring S.Marciulionio's a little bit higher in the standings. Mockevicius has a very solid season. In 4 games in Lithuania he scored 7.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marius Grigonis (194-F-94) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Simonas Slivka (193-G-86) of Meresta - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Ignas Razutis (185-G-87) of Silute - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) of S.Marciulionio - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Remigijus Trakimas (205-C-87) of Mazeikiai - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 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)


LKL: Techasas crushes Kedainiai - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Panevezys Techasas - Kedainiai Triobet 100:58

Panevezys Techasas (2/10) has achieved its second victory in the BEKO-LKL Championship by easily defeating Kedainiai Triobet (3/8) 100:58 (26:15, 28:8, 22:23, 24:12) in Panevezys.

The hosts began the match strong and developed a double digit lead over the first quarter (26:15). They were increasing their lead over the course of the match and towards the end of the second quarter the difference reached 31 points (54:23). Kedainiai Triobet could not respond in the second half and had to admit the victory of Panevezys Techasas 100:58.

Panevezys Techasas: Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) 19 (9/10 ft), Julius Zurna (188-G-86) 16 (6/7 2pt), Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) (5/5 2pt) and Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) (4/5 2pt) 12, Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) 10, Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) and Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) 8.

Kedainiai Triobet: Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) 15 (6 rebs.), Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) 11, Paulius Beliavicius (193-G-88) 7.

The victory has allowed Panevezys to rise to 11th place in the league table whereas Kedainiai Triobet is 9th.



Siauliai parts ways with Bowles - by Adomas Kraunevicius
BC Siauliai will have to look for improvement for their front line as their leader Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) will be leaving the team and moving to Philippines. Before Christmas, Bowles received an offer from the leader of the Phillipine Championship, B-Meg Llamados. They offered Bowles a salary that was several times higher than that at Siauliai and also agreed to pay the additional amount to the team in order to buy the contract out.

'We are not able to pay Denzel as much as the Philippine team has offered therefore we are forced to let our leader go',- stated director of the club, Adomas Klimavicius. 'We are smart enough thus we did not create any artificial obstacles. We have asked Denzel to be understanding and stay for several more weeks until we find a replacement for him'.

The American should play his last match wearing Siauliai uniform next Saturday in Liepaja against the local Liepajas Lauvas. Siauliai' fans will have a chance to see Bowles for the last home games on the 9th of January versus Juventus-LKSK Utenos and 11th of January LKF match versus Neptunas Klaipeda.

Coach Antanas Sireika admitted that losing Bowles puts the team in a tough situation: 'We not only lost a player, but also the entire game of our team as Denzel was the axis of our strategy we have developed',- said Sireika .

This leaves Siauliai with only one center as Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) is out due to a broken hand: 'It would not be that bad losing Bowles if Vytautas Sarakauskas was healthy. But now we are left with only one center - 18 year old Ignas Ramasauskas (211-C-93)',- added Sireika .

The director of Siauliai, Adomas Klimavicius stated that they have several players as candidates to replace Bowles but neither has been invited to the tryouts yet.

Denzel Bowles is the highest scoring (21 pts) and most valuable (23.9 value points) player in the BBL Elite Division, and is second in terms of rebounds (7.6).
He was named player of the month in BBL Elite Division last October.
Bowles averaged 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in BEKO-LKL Championship.




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Radonjic's boys like to drink Cedevita - by Darko Pekic
Although the game between Buducnost and Cedevita should have been a derby of 14th Round the events on the court surprised everybody. Buducnost players played probably the best game of the season and dominated during the whole game. The final result speaks for itself 81-64 for Buducnost. Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Beo Basket ) did not find the answer for Dejan Radonjic 's offense and Buducnost had often more than 20 points advantage. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) had agreat debut although he had only a couple of practices with his new team. He scored 9 points and gave an important contribution in defense. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) built up the strong lead while Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) maintened it in the second half (he scored most of his points in the third quarter). For Cedevita two Americans Levour Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) with 14 points and Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) with 13 points were better than others.

Buducnost will play the next game againt Red Star Belgrade in Belgrade on Wednesday.


Stevan Milosevic returns home - by Darko Pekic
The 26 year old Montenegrin center Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) signed a contract with Mornar until the end of 2011/2012 season. Milosevic, who was born and raised in Bar, returns to his hometown after several years abroad. He will be an important addition to Mihajlo Pavicevic 's squad. The older brother of Buducnost's power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky), started his career in Mornar and played also for clubs such as Partizan, Red Star and Buducnost. Milosevic joined the Turkish side Trabzonspor at the beginning of the season but it seems that the call from his home team Mornar did not let him think twice and he accepted the offer from Mornar.

Hasan Rizvic is the new center of KK Buducnost Podgorica - by Darko Pekic
Good news for all Buducnost Podgorica fans. As it was announced a couple of days before, Buducnost was very close to sign the Bosnian-Slovenian big man Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84). And they took the opportunity to get stronger under the basket! Rizvic will wear the blue and white jersey for the rest of the season. The signature of Rizvic means that Buducnost does not count on Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell)'s services any more and he is free to sign a new deal somewhere else. Tica did not prove that he could play at the highest level (3 ppg and 3.6 rpg in Adriatic League) so Buducnost decided to get some fresh blood.

Hasan Rizvic is a regular member of Slovenian National Team. He started the season in Ukraine and got playing experience in Bosnia, Slovenia, Russia nad Poland.


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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 9-1 
 2. RSB Berkane 9-1 
 3. MAF Fez 7-3 
 4. WAC Casabl. 6-4 
 5. PCS Plazza C. 5-5 
 6. CRA Hoceima 4-5 
 7. FUS Rabat 3-6 
 8. IRT Tanger 2-8 
 9. KAC 2-8 
 10. RCA Casabl. 2-8 


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Saturday's games (10): Griffin scores 22 to lead Clips over Bucks 92-86 - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Milwaukee B. 92-86
On a night when point guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) didn't have his usual numbers, Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups were there to help complement Blake Griffin's (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) usual solid effort. Griffin had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Butler scored 20 points against the team he suffered a season-ending injury against last January, and the Clippers beat the severely undermanned Milwaukee Bucks 92-86 on Saturday night. 'I love it,' said Billups, who scored 19 points. 'I love it because your stars don't have to be superstars every night. They can lean on other guys when it's not going so well.' The chippy game resulted in a combined 54 fouls, including a flagrant 1 against Milwaukee's Larry Sanders for his hard takedown of Butler on an attempted layup with 1:38 left in the third quarter. Paul finished with nine points and seven assists. 'We have so many scorers and so many weapons that even if the ball doesn't go in sometimes, we'll still be able to score points,' Griffin said. 'As good as our new guys are, that's what makes that transition easier. Guys like Chauncey and Caron, because of how good they are and how hard they work and how much they love the game, it just flows a little bit better than it would otherwise.' The last time Butler played against the Bucks, on New Year's Day 2011 with Dallas, he ruptured a tendon in his right knee while going for an offensive rebound at Milwaukee. He underwent surgery and missed the rest of the Mavericks' championship season, then signed with the Clippers as a free agent. 'He's highly motivated, coming off that injury, and he's going to have a great year,' Billups said. 'I don't know if people forgot, but Caron has been one of the best small forwards in the game in the last seven, eight, nine years. He probably flew under the radar because he didn't play much last year. But we know about him, and he won't be a secret for long.' Brandon Jennings scored 21 points and had seven assists for the Bucks, who have lost four straight. They played their third in a row without center Andrew Bogut, who is in Australia attending to personal matters with his family. Teammate Luc Mbah a Moute, who helped UCLA reach the Final Four in 2008, missed his third in a row because of tendinitis in his right knee. In addition, swingman Mike Dunleavy Jr. was sidelined by a groin problem, reserve guard Beno Udrih also sat out with an injured left shoulder, and reserve forward Jon Brockman left the game for good midway through the second quarter because of a bruised left eye. Drew Gooden again started in Bogut's place, contributing 18 points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Bucks are off to their first 0-5 start on the road since 2004-05, when they dropped their first seven. 'We need somebody to step up and knock down shots for us,' said forward Stephen Jackson, who was 4 for 18. 'It has been difficult on this trip, for sure. We haven't gotten anybody with any consistency knocking down shots. We're not playing a very efficient game right now.' Paul took a breather after getting his fourth foul with 2:17 left in the third quarter and Los Angeles leading 65-59. He was replaced by Randy Foye, who had played only six minutes to that point despite his 14-point fourth quarter in Wednesday's 117-89 win over Houston. The Clippers still had a four-point lead when Paul reported back in with 9:55 remaining, and they stayed in front the rest of the way. Paul hit a 20-footer with 2:23 remaining to help clinch it. 'I never go into a game saying I'm going to get 15 or 20 points. I'm just going to take whatever the defense gives me,' Paul said. 'Tonight Chauncey got it going - and Blake, obviously. That's how it's going to be with this team all season long. You've got to win games like this. When it's all said and done, it's not about the stats. It's about the won and lost columns.' Milwaukee led 40-38 at halftime despite shooting 35 percent. The Clippers took charge in the third quarter with a 14-2 run that gave them their biggest lead, 63-50, with 4:48 left in the period. 'Defensively, we just have so much room for improvement,' Griffin said. 'We played poorly on defense tonight, and luckily they missed some shots.' The 3-point shooting was poor at both ends of the court. The Clippers missed their first nine attempts - all in the first half - and finished 4 for 19. The Bucks were 6 for 20 after missing 10 of their first 12 from behind the arc. Forward Reggie Evans grabbed six rebounds in his Clippers debut after being sidelined for the first five games of the season because of a sprained right foot. The ninth-year veteran averaged a career-high 11.5 rebounds in 30 games with Toronto last season. The Bucks shrugged off a seven-point deficit and took their first lead 38 seconds into the second quarter on a layup by Jennings that put them ahead 19-17. Clippers reserve guard Ryan Gomes picked up three fouls in his first 7 minutes on the floor and was back on the bench with 10:18 left in the half. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

New Jersey N. - Miami Heat 90-101
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) returned to the lineup and scored 22 of his 32 points in the first quarter, and the Miami Heat rolled to a 101-90 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night despite playing without Dwyane Wade. Wade missed his third straight game with a bruised left foot, but James had the game under control by the time his All-Star teammate arrived at his seat on the bench. James made his first seven shots, leaping high for dunks, lobs and blocked shots and showing no effects from the sprained left ankle that forced him to miss a game. The NBA's leading scorer added nine assists and seven rebounds. Chris Bosh added 16 points after a slow start for the Heat, who won their third straight and ran the NBA's best record to 8-1. They hope to have Wade back when they move to the West for the final three games of a five-game trip. Kris Humphries tied a career high with 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Nets, who shot just 33.7 percent in front of a sellout crowd of 18,711. Deron Williams had 10 points and 10 assists but was just 4 of 16 from the field. James took part in the morning shootaround, but the Heat didn't decide he would play until shortly before tipoff in order to see how he felt after warming up. He was fine. James quickly proved it, taking a hit but converting the basket for a three-point play barely a minute into the game during the Heat's 10-0 start. He hung on the rim as the backboard shook for a couple of seconds after one dunk, appearing to motion to someone near the court. Wade also worked out prior to the game before the Heat decided to give him additional rest. He arrived at the Heat bench near the end of the first quarter, just in time to see James throw down a fast-break dunk in the final minute and later hit a 19-foot jumper with 0.2 seconds left for a 31-18 lead. James finally missed after returning from a second-quarter rest, off on an attempted bank shot, but made his final shot of the half and Miami took a 57-35 lead into halftime. Bosh, who had 33 points and 14 rebounds Thursday in the Heat's triple-overtime victory in Atlanta without the other two-thirds of the Big Three, shot 1 for 6 in the first half. The Nets were 15 of 31 behind the arc in Friday's 97-85 victory over Toronto, and coach Avery Johnson said the 3-ball needed to be a weapon because his team has no post game with starting center Brook Lopez out with a broken right foot. But the Nets missed 18 of their first 21 Saturday before finishing 10 of 33. Still, the Nets cut it to 10 on Williams' 3-pointer with 4:27 left in the third, and had a chance to get closer on their next possession when rookie MarShon Brooks drove for a layup. But James blocked the shot to trigger a fast break that led to Shane Battier's 3-pointer, and rookie Norris Cole followed with one to make it 72-56. Udonis Haslem had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Philadelph.76 - Toronto R. 97-62
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday also scored 14 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their fourth straight win, 97-62 over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Lou Williams scored 13 points, and rookie Nikola Vucevic had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers. A year after starting 3-13, the Sixers are 5-2 and the early leaders in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers blew the game open in the third quarter, using a 30-8 run to build a 25-point lead. Elton Brand heard whistles from the crowd after he was forced to change jerseys on the court because of a rip on the back of his 42. Toronto's Amir Johnson yanked at the 4 and ripped the numeral right off. Andre Bargnani had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Johnson had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors. The Sixers turned a methodical game into a rout after a sizzling third quarter that led to their second win in two nights. Iguodala nailed a 3-pointer during an 11-0 opening spurt that ignited the 30-8 run. Holiday added a 3 during the game-changing charge and the young, energetic Sixers were alley-ooping and fastbreaking their way to a win. The Sixers went 15 for 40 from the floor in the first half. Led by Holiday and a flawless 4 of 4 from Thaddeus Young, the Sixers made 12 of 23 shots in the third (52 percent) and raced to a 25-point lead. Young scored 12 points. One night after holding Detroit to 0 for 10 shooting from 3-point range, the Raptors were a measly 1 for 12. Ed Stefanski, the former general manager who put this Sixers team together, watched this blowout as a member of Toronto's organization. Stefanski was fired after four seasons and quickly landed with the Raptors as executive vice president of basketball operations. Stefanski hired Doug Collins, who led the Sixers to the playoffs last season, but it was too late to save his job. More wins like this might have helped him. 'You can't use the word patience in the city of Philadelphia, which I never used,' Stefanski said before the game. 'You can't use the word rebuilding.' While the Sixers could use that true superstar who can carry them to championship contention, the lean years appear over. The Sixers have a pool of seven players who can all score in double figures in every game. This one was no exception. The lone cause of concern came in the second half when leading rebounder Spencer Hawes sat out all but 2 minutes. He was spotted on the bench with a wrap over his jersey around his midsection. The Sixers had no injury update. The only hole in their game was in Brand's jersey. Johnson grabbed the stitched 4 and gave it a good yank with his right hand as he ran away from Brand. He ripped the top part of the 4 off the jersey, leaving the number flapping in the air. Brand removed his jersey and was briefly shirtless as the crowd whistled and catcalled at their power forward. He was all smiles - and so were the Sixers fans who bellowed 'First place!' after the final horn. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Dallas M. - N.Orleans H. 96-81
Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) and Ian Mahinmi had 13 points each to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 96-81 victory over New Orleans on Saturday to hand the depleted Hornets their sixth consecutive loss. Carter and Mahinmi led a balanced scoring attack for the Mavericks (4-5), who won their fourth straight at home and had six players scoring in double figures. Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead New Orleans, which was without three players who are in its regular rotation. Hornets post player Jason Smith missed the game to be with his family after the death of his grandmother Friday night. Guard Eric Gordon (bruised right knee) and forward Trevor Ariza (groin strain) were also out. The Hornets played their second of three games in four days. They lost at home against the Nuggets on Friday, and play in Denver on Monday. Dirk Nowitzki picked up his second foul less than 4 minutes in. Lamar Odom replaced him and immediately hit a jumper as part of a back-and-forth stretch. While Nowitzki had the early fouls and only 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting, plenty of Dallas players did their part to contribute - 11 different Mavericks had already scored by halftime, including seven with at least five points. Delonte West and Jason Terry both had 12 points, while Roddy Beaubois had 11 for the defending NBA champs. With Jason Kidd out because of a lower back injury, Carter started for the first time since the season opener. The Mavericks extended their lead to 50-36 when Carter was involved in all the points of a 7-0 run in just over 1 1/2 minutes late in the first half. Carter had a steal that led to Terry's 16-foot pull-up jumper. After Carter rebounded a Hornets miss, he passed the ball to Shawn Marion for an alley-oop pass to Brandan Wright while being fouled. Wright added the free throw. That spurt ended when Carter took a step around Marco Belinelli and exploded along the baseline for a monster one-handed dunk to make it 50-36. Even after missing 10 consecutive shots in the third quarter, Dallas still had a 10-point lead. New Orleans never got closer. Beaubois ended that shooting drought with a long jumper with 5:44 left in the third quarter. He then had a steal and a pass to Marion for a slam dunk that made it 68-54. Despite the winning streak at home, Dallas has had a couple of lopsided road losses during that same stretch. The Mavericks were coming off a 93-71 loss at San Antonio on Thursday night, when they made only 1 of 19 shots from 3-point range. The Spurs took control from the start with a game-opening 19-4 run. There were nine lead changes and five ties in the first 7 1/2 minutes before Lamar Odom tipped in his own missed layup to break a 16-all tie. The Mavs led the rest of the way, and pushed in front 26-20 by the end of the first after Mahinmi had an impressive 2-minute surge despite missing two free throws to end the quarter. Terry had an alley-oop pass to Mahinmi, who scored again after getting a pass from Marion. Terry then lost control of the ball, which was pulled in by Mahinmi on the floor, who gave it back to Terry for a 12-foot bank shot. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Golde State W. - Utah Jazz 87-88
Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) made a go-ahead free throw with 11 seconds remaining, lifting the Utah Jazz past the Golden State Warriors 88-87 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Hayward finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Al Jefferson added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who shot just 39.5 percent. Monta Ellis had 32 points and six assists but had a costly turnover that led to Hayward's free throw and missed a running bank shot at the buzzer to send Golden State to its fifth straight loss. Stephen Curry and starting center Andris Biedrins sat out for the second straight game with sprained right ankles for Golden State. An otherwise strong defensive game turned into an offensive outpouring late. Golden State built a six-point lead in the fourth quarter with a 9-4 run to start the period capped by Brandon Rush's 3-pointer. A series of turnovers and fouls put the Jazz in prime position to pounce, taking an 81-79 lead on Hayward's free throws with 4:50 remaining in what became a back-and-forth finish. After Ellis jumped in the air for a pass that was picked off by Devin Harris, Hayward took the ball sprinted up court to drew a foul on Rush at the rim. He made the first free throw to put Utah up 88-87, and the Warriors took over with 9.9 seconds to play after rebounding Hayward's miss on the second. Ellis let the clock drain down and moved to his right, sending a shot that banked off the back, touched the rim and missed. He was 16 for 17 from the free throw line, the most he has ever made in his career. The wounded Warriors shook up the home team's plans again. Curry will be examined in Charlotte on Monday night by Dr. Bob Anderson, who performed surgery on the point guard's troublesome ankle May 25, while Biedrins is expected back sooner. The Jazz exploited Golden State's weaknesses in a hurry. Utah sliced through the paint past backup center Kwame Brown for easy buckets almost at will, and the Warriors' undersized Nate Robinson-Monta Ellis combo proved passive on defense. The Jazz created endless passing lanes that led to several uncontested shots, getting off to an 18-6 start highlighted by Hayward's 3-pointer in the first quarter. The Warriors trimmed that cushion to five in the first few minutes of the second quarter behind a pair of 3-pointers by Robinson, with the 5-foot-9 guard flicking three fingers on both hands after each and waving his arms to the crowd. After switching to a zone defense and pushing the tempo, a dazzling displaying of acrobatic layups and fadeaway jumpers by Ellis put Golden State in front for the first time in the final minute of the half. He finished with 10 points in the period - and 18 in the half - to give the Warriors a 46-45 lead at the break. The second half started in similar fashion. The Jazz raced out on a 10-2 run capped by a turnaround jumper by Derrick Favors to go ahead by seven. Ellis again took charge, pushing the pace to give the Warriors a 66-63 lead entering the fourth quarter. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Indiana P. - Charlotte B. 99-77
Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) scored 20 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-77 on Saturday night. Hibbert, who briefly left the game with a sprained right ankle, also had eight rebounds and three blocks. Tyler Hansbrough scored 15 points, Darren Collison had 14, and Danny Granger and George Hill each added 13 for the Pacers (6-2), who improved to 3-0 at home. Indiana was coming off an 87-74 win at Boston on Friday night. D.J. Augustin scored 20 points, Gerald Henderson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Byron Mullens added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats (2-6). Indiana shot 51 percent and held the Bobcats to 33-percent shooting - the fifth time the Pacers have held an opponent under 40 percent. Charlotte led 49-43 at halftime, but the Pacers made a run early in the third quarter. A layup by Collison tied the score at 51, and a tip-in putback by Hibbert on Indiana's next possession put the Pacers ahead. Granger broke out of his slump to push Indiana ahead 56-51. Charlotte shot 1 for 8 from the field during Indiana's 15-3 run to start the second half. Hibbert scored on back-to-back possessions to give Indiana a four-point lead before he went down with the ankle injury. Right before Hibbert was hurt, Hill was issued a technical foul after disagreeing with a foul call against him, but Augustin missed the free throw and the Bobcats failed to score on the extra possession. The Pacers took advantage when Jeff Foster scored on a putback to bump Indiana's lead to 68-62. Indiana led 71-63 at the end of the third after shooting 57 percent from the field in the quarter, while Charlotte made just 5 of 25 shots in the period. Henderson threw Hill off his back with 10:45 to go and Hill was restrained by Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Indiana's Dahntay Jones made the technical free throw then Henderson was called for an offensive foul after he threw an elbow at Hill on the next possession. By then, Indiana led 76-63, and the Pacers remained in control from there. *Courtesy of www.tri-cityherald.com

Atlanta H. - Chicago B. 109-94
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 25 points, Joe Johnson and Vladimir Radmanovic each added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat Chicago 109-94 Saturday night to snap the Bulls' six-game winning streak. John Lucas III had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which never led. The Bulls, who dropped to 7-2, had been off to their best start since going 12-0 in 1996-97. Derrick Rose, last season's league MVP, scored eight points for Chicago - his lowest total since the Bulls took a 17-point victory at Toronto on Dec. 15, 2010. He did not return to the game after leaving with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Both teams used mostly reserves in the fourth before Atlanta coach Larry Drew had starters Smith, Johnson and Al Horford enter the game for a few minutes late in the final period. Kyle Korver finished with 13 points for the Bulls, and Carlos Boozer and Jimmy Butler each had 12. Omer Asik pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. The outcome was in stark contrast to last Tuesday at Chicago, where the Hawks blew a 19-point lead in the third quarter and allowed the Bulls to outscore them 34-18 in the final period for a 76-74 loss. This time, there was no such ugly streak for Atlanta. The Hawks, who improved to 6-3, have won two straight. They were up 17 late in the first quarter before the Bulls came within two with 4:09 to go in the second on Carlos Boozer's layup. But Atlanta went on an 18-2 run, ending on Johnson's 12-foot runner in the final seconds of the half, to lead by 18 at intermission. Jeff Teague's dunk with 5:52 left in the third quarter gave the Hawks their biggest lead at 29. Hawks forward Marvin Williams left the game midway through the first with a sore left ankle and did not return. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Detroit P. - New York K. 80-103
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 22 points and Mike Bibby added 16 to lead the New York Knicks to an easy 103-80 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. Carmelo Anthony scored 13 points in three quarters for New York, which led 64-42 at halftime and by 29 after three. The Detroit fans had little to cheer about - except when highlights of Lions touchdowns from their playoff game in New Orleans were shown on the big screen. Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 19 points. Bibby has scored 27 points in his last two games after scoring seven through New York's first six. Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey sat out with a groin injury, and the Pistons were also without forwards Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva, who had sore ankles. Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert made his first career start, replacing Toney Douglas. He finished with 11 points, including an alley-oop dunk late in the game that made it 99-73. New York led by just a point after the first quarter before breaking the game open in the second. With the score tied at 32, the Knicks went on a 26-4 run, highlighted by a one-handed dunk by Anthony over Detroit big man Greg Monroe that made it 52-35. Moments later, Bibby made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 20, and he added another shot from long distance at the shot clock buzzer to make it 58-36. Bibby led all scorers in the first half with 14 points, making all four of his 3-point attempts. Detroit gave the Knicks far too many extra chances in the half, turning the ball over 11 times and allowing nine offensive rebounds. The Pistons finished with 20 turnovers. They've lost three straight, each by decisive margins. Chicago beat them by 16 before Philadelphia defeated Detroit 96-73 on Friday night. New York was playing the second game of a back-to-back set as well, having edged Washington 99-96 the previous night. The Pistons haven't been drawing well this season, although Saturday night's announced attendance of 12,044 was mitigated by the fact that the Lions were playing their first playoff game in a dozen years at the same time. The area's basketball team has a ways to go if it's going to reach the postseason. The Pistons looked disoriented on defense throughout, allowing several easy dunks and doing little to slow the Knicks. After an alley-oop from Anthony to Tyson Chandler and a dunk by Stoudemire, New York led 79-53 in the third quarter. Josh Harrellson, the Knicks' 6-foot-10 rookie, added a 3-pointer to make it 82-55. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Houston R. - Oklah.City T. 95-98
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) hit a jumper with 22 seconds left and nailed two free throws to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 98-95 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Durant finished with 27 points and six rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 25 points and six assists, and reserve Nazr Mohammed had a season-high 17 points and six rebounds for the Thunder. Oklahoma City won its second straight over Houston and plays its final game of a back-to-back-to-back stretch Sunday in San Antonio. Luis Scola had a season-high 28 points and seven rebounds, Goran Dragic had a season-best 20 points and eight assists, and Kevin Martin had 16 points to lead the Rockets (2-6), who have lost four straight games. After Durant put the Thunder on top 96-95 with 22 seconds left, Chandler Parsons missed a 3-point attempt, but the ball went out of bounds off the Thunder. Dragic missed a running jumper with 7 seconds left, and Durant grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Durant hit both free throws for the final margin before Dragic threw the ball out of bounds with less than a second remaining to seal it. After Durant nailed a 3-pointer to put the Thunder up 90-87, the Rockets unanswered with a 6-0 run to take the lead on a Dragic lay-up before extending it to 93-90 on Scola's jumper with 2:03 left. Durant closed the gap to 95-94 on a jumper with 1:22 remaining and Martin turned it over on the other end, but Durant missed a jumper with under a minute left. Patrick Patterson had a chance to put Houston back up by three, but he missed from 20 feet. Houston began the second half with a 6-0 run to take a 52-48 lead on a Martin dunk, and answered back-to-back jumpers from Westbrook with an 14-2 run highlighted by 10 points from Dragic, including a 3-pointer with 4:41 left in the third to make it 66-54. Oklahoma City, however, responded with a 12-0 run over the final 2:38 to tie it 72-all and ended the quarter on a lay-up by Mohammed. Westbrook and Mohammed each had four points in the run as the Rockets missed their last six shots of the quarter and committed three turnovers. The Thunder continued the momentum into the fourth quarter, taking an 82-77 lead on a James Harden 3-pointer with 8:42 remaining, but Houston answered with six