EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/18/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ABA   



Jacksonville Giants #1 in ABA Pre-Season Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has just announced its Pre-Season Power Rankings for the upcoming season beginning in November.
"With nearly 90 teams set to play, picking the Top 24 was really difficult," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "We have a lot of very strong teams, many of them our new expansion teams. The only way to know for sure is to see what they all do on the court and I know there will be many changes as the season unfolds. The Jacksonville Giants are set to defend their title."

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Arizona Scorpions
3. South Carolina Warriors
4. Colorado Kings
5. North Dallas Vandals
6. Los Angeles SLAM
7. Chicago Steam
8. San Diego Surf
9. Gulf Coast Flash
10. Texas FUEL
11. Lynchburg Legends
12. Sacramento Heatwave
13. Seattle Mountaineers
14. Richmond Elite
15. Memphis Bluff City Reign
16. Missouri Rhythm
17. Connecticut Top Ballerz
18. Lima Explosion
19. Jersey Express
20. West Texas Whirlwinds
21. Dallas Impact
22. Michiana Monarchs
23. Tampa Bay Rain
24. Atlanta Wildcats

Teams to Watch: Birmingham Blitz, Orange County Novastars, Windy City Monsters, Houston Xperience, Georgia Wildcats, Georgia Jaguars, Gainesville Heatwave, Jackson Showboats, Richmond Rockets, Alaska Quake.
For more information, visit www.abalive.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Jackson's 27 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old guard David Jackson (196-G-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for GECR Indalo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds for GECR Indalo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lanus (#3, 6-4) 94-88. GECR Indalo is placed at 6th position in Argentinian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 7 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be GECR Indalo's top player in his first season with the team. The Pennsylvania State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jackson is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.4ppg) and averages solid 57.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of league's second-best Olimpico LB. He is American center in his first season at Olimpico LB. In the last game Clancy recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Olimpico LB was edged by the lower-ranked Atenas (#6, 4-6) 82-81. Olimpico LB managed to keep the same second spot in North. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Clancy is a newcomer at Olimpico LB and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Union Progr. (#7). Phillip scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Union Progr., leading his team to a 70-65 win against slightly lower-ranked La Union (#8, 1-9). The chances of Union Progr. not to end season at such low position in North, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Phillip could try to bring Union Progr.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Phillip has individually a great season in Argentina. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 12.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jazwin Cowan (210-C-83) of 9 de Julio - 20 points and 15 rebounds
5. Phillip Hopson (188-G-87) of Boca Jrs - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mariano Fierro (201-F/C-86) of Atenas - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cristian Amicucci (202-F/C-85) of Argentino - 14 points and 12 rebounds
8. Julian Aprea (200-F-87) of Atenas - 21 points and 2 rebounds
9. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Penarol - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Axel Weigand (200-C-85) of Argentino - 19 points and 8 rebounds

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



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Day 3 in Beirut - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi - Duhok 96-51
Riyadi posted the third straight win at the Asia Club Championship. The Lebanese side overcame Duhok to improve at 3-0 record. Ahmad Ibrahim (202-G/F-92, college: Rice) nailed 33 points to pace the winners. Duhok fell at 0-2 record in the loss. Riyadi secured a strong start. They cleared off to a 24:4 advantage at the first break. The Lebanese team fired 29 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. They ensured a 53:17 halftime lead. Riyadi maintained the lead throughout the third frame. The Lebanese powerhouse entered the fourth quarter up by 46 points. Riyadi never looked back in the final period and rallied to the victory at the end. Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Amir Saoud (188-G-91) added 10 points for the winners. Antonio Webb (178-G-84, college: Beth.-Cookman) answered with 17 points for Duhok. Kendall Dartez (207-C/F-80, college: Louisville) delivered 10 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the losing case.

E.R. Falcons - Belent 68-96
Belent clinched the first win at the Asia Club Championship in Beirut. The Turkmenistan side outgunned Falcons for 1-1 record. Pavel Averyanov (202-F-87) accounted for 18 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side. Falcon ensured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The Turkmenistan team turned things around in the second quarter. They fired 29 points in the frame to post a 50:33 halftime advantage. Belent stayed in front in the third frame. They secured a 70:46 advantage at the final intermission. Belent cruised to the victory in the fourth quarter. Samender Juginisov (204-F/C-87) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Aleksandr Kozlov (200-F-82) netted 17 points for Belent. Nemekhbayar Battulga (G-81) answered with 18 points for Falcon. Temuujin Ariunbold chipped in 16 points in the loss.



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  AUSTRIA   


Tiedeman's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Wels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Kapfenberg (1-1) with 22-point margin 101-79.

Second best performed player last round was Christoph Nagler (196-G/F-84) of Klosterneub.. He is former international swingman in his 6th season at Klosterneub.. In the last game Nagler recorded impressive 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Klosterneub. cruised to a 94-85 relatively comfortable win over Gmunden (0-2).

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Michael Anthony Dale (197-G/F-84) of UBSC Graz (#3). Dale scored 26 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of UBSC Graz, leading his team to a 100-85 easy win against Arkadia (0-2).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Pearson (206-F/C-89) of Furstenfeld - 27 points and 8 rebounds
5. Pranas Skurdauskas (211-C-88) of Arkadia - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83) of Wels - 15 points and 8 rebounds
7. Marcus Heard (201-F-84) of Gussing - 14 points and 16 rebounds
8. Robert Arnold (198-F-88) of Gmunden - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81) of UBSC Graz - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) of BC Vienna - 13 points and 9 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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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 4 review - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for first-ranked TU/Rock as it allowed them to take a leadership position. TU/Rock smashed bottom-ranked Valga on the road 94-50. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Valga outrebounded TU/Rock 35-0 including a 25- advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Vallo Allingu (206-78) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Silver Leppik (189-83) chipped in 16 points and 6 steals. Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, agency: Court Side) produced 9 points for lost side. TU/Rock have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. which they share with defeated Valga. Valga at the other side still keeps top with three games lost. Valga will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. TU/Rock will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Jelgava at home.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Estonian TTU (1-1) in Tallinn. Hosts were rolled over by Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau (2-2) 87-61. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-2 record before this meeting. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Zambalist Fredrick contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Barsy Atyrau's coach Eduard Skripec felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Arnold Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for TTU. Barsy Atyrau will play against league's second-placed Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TTU will play against the league's leader Ventspils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was played in Kedainiai where Sakalai (#3) beat host Nevezis (#5) 73-63 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Paulius Dambrauskas who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 assists. At the losing side Darius Silinskis responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sakalai (1-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Nevezis still keep top with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Sakalai will meet at home league's leader BC Rakvere in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play against the league's leader Tln Kalev in Tallinn and hope to get finally their first victory.
We should not miss the game where top-ranked Lietkabelis (2-0) against Juventus (1-1) where Lietkabelis won on the road by sixteen points 95-79. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The winners were led by Gytis Sirutavicius who scored that evening 32 points and 5 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietkabelis keep a position of league leader, which they share with Valmiera and Ventspils. Juventus at the other side still keep top place with one game lost. Lietkabelis will have a break next round. Juventus will play on the road against the league's second-placed Liepaja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kaunas. Top-ranked Latvian Valmiera (2-0) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian LSU-Baltai (0-2) 68-66 in the fight for the first place. Pavels Veselovs fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. LSU-Baltai's coach Edas Nickus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Ventspils and Lietkabelis. Loser LSU-Baltai still keeps top with two games lost. Valmiera will face league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.

Rest of the games of round 4 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Lietkabelis crushed Liepaja in Panevezys 86-62. Ventspils beat Siauliai at home 83-75. Jelgava lost to Juventus on the opponent's court 96-101. Rudupis outscored Barons kvartals in a home game 88-57. Barsy Atyrau managed to beat Rapla on the road 81-64.
The best stats of 4th round was 27 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists by Darrick Leonard of Juventus.


Valga - TU/Rock 50-94

The game had a very big importance for first-ranked TU/Rock as it allowed them to take a leadership position. TU/Rock smashed bottom-ranked Valga on the road 94-50. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Valga outrebounded TU/Rock 35-0 including a 25- advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Vallo Allingu (206-78) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Silver Leppik (189-83) chipped in 16 points and 6 steals. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (195-84, agency: Court Side) produced 9 points and American forward Morgan Grim (203-88, college: Utah St.) added 5 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. TU/Rock have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. which they share with defeated Valga. Valga at the other side still keeps top with three games lost. Valga will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. TU/Rock will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Jelgava at home.
Top scorers:
Valga: T.Oja 10+2reb, E.Cunda 9+3reb+2ast, T.Leok 7+1reb, M.Grim 5+6reb+1ast, J.Jarvelainen 5+2reb, V.Vares 4+5reb+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: S.Leppik 16+1reb+2ast, T.Kurbas 16+1reb+1ast, V.Allingu 14+10reb+2ast, J.Ingram 12+3reb+1ast, I.Nelyubov 11+4reb, K.Saage 11+3reb+1ast
gschID: 198106


TTU - Barsy Atyrau 61-87

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Estonian TTU (1-1) in Tallinn. Hosts were rolled over by Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau (2-2) 87-61. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-2 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Barsy Atyrau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barsy Atyrau forced 19 TTU turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American guard Zambalist Fredrick (183-86, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Barsy Atyrau's coach Eduard Skripec felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Arnold Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for TTU. Barsy Atyrau will play against league's second-placed Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TTU will play against the league's leader Ventspils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU: A.Arnold 19+11reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 11+3reb+2ast, K.Makke 9+1reb, M.Kaja 8+4reb+2ast, E.Keedus 7+5reb+5ast, S.Raudla 3+2ast
Barsy Atyrau: Z.Fredrick 20+2reb+4ast, D.Antonets 19+1reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 17+10reb+2ast, V.Matyukevych 15+5reb+1ast, M.Evstigneev 4+6reb+3ast, K.Gubashev 4+1reb
gschID: 198109


Liepaja - Lietkabelis 62-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers Latvian Liepaja's (1-2) home loss to top-ranked Lithuanian Lietkabelis (2-0) 62-86 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Liepaja was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Lietkabelis outrebounded Liepaja 46-26 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Liepaja's players. Forward Martynas Andriukaitis (204-81) fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Renars Magone (201-92) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (187-87) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Lietkabelis keep a position of league leader, which they share with Valmiera and Ventspils. Loser Liepaja still keeps top place with two games lost. Lietkabelis will have a break next round. Liepaja will play at home against the league's leader Juventus in Utena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: R.Magone 15+7reb, E.Ezerskis 12+3reb+7ast, A.Bricis 10, A.Ate 6+6reb, A.Helmanis 6+3reb, T.Archer 4+4reb
Lietkabelis: M.Andriukaitis 31+8reb, T.Jogela 17+3reb+1ast, K.Cipruss 11+12reb+2ast, K.Babkauskas 8+2reb+4ast, M.Kupsas 7+6reb, K.Vecvagars 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 198108


Nevezis - Sakalai 63-73

An interesting game was played in Kedainiai where Sakalai (#3) beat host Nevezis (#5) 73-63 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Sakalai. Nevezis managed to win third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sakalai won last quarter 20-12. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Paulius Dambrauskas (191-91) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 assists and forward Justas Sinica (203-85) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Sakalai players scored in double figures. At the losing side Slovakian center Darius Silinskis (216-84, agency: Interperformances) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sarunas Kulevicius (195-89) scored 13 points. Sakalai (1-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Nevezis still keep top with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Sakalai will meet at home league's leader BC Rakvere in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nevezis will play against the league's leader Tln Kalev in Tallinn and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: S.Kulevicius 13+1reb+2ast, D.Silinskis 11+8reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 10+2reb+2ast, T.Bishop 8+6reb, V.Jasikevicius 7+4reb+4ast, J.Zohore Bergstedt 6+1reb+1ast
Sakalai: P.Dambrauskas 17+4reb+8ast, J.Sinica 17+8reb, T.Cerneckis 13+2reb+3ast, P.Balocka 13+4reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 6+4reb, R.Matulis 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 198107


Ventspils - Siauliai 83-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both top-ranked Latvian Ventspils and their biggest opponent Lithuanian Siauliai had identical 1-0 record. This time Ventspils used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Siauliai 83-75 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-75. Ventspils outrebounded Siauliai 46-28 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Sandis Valters (193-78) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Roberts Stelmahers used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Ventspils maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with Valmiera and Lietkabelis. Loser Siauliai still keeps top place with one game lost. Ventspils will face league's leader Rapla on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siauliai will play against the league's leader Naglis Palangos in Palanga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: A.Kieza 21+8reb+2ast, P.Dia 14+2reb+2ast, V.Liutych 14+2reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 11+1reb, L.Samenas 9+3reb+2ast, S.Kuzminskas 3+8reb+2ast
Ventspils: S.Valters 18+6reb+2ast, D.Sims 14+5reb+5ast, J.Timma 14+12reb+4ast, A.Berzins 12+5reb, M.Meiers 12+4reb+1ast, D.Lejasmeiers 5+6reb+5ast
gschID: 198105


Juventus - Jelgava 101-96

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Utena where one of their biggest challengers Latvian Jelgava (1-2) was defeated by fifth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (1-1) 101-96 on Tuesday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 31-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Juventus looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Jelgava's players. American guard Darrick Leonard (190-84, college: Aurora) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-88) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Lauris Mizis (198-89) added 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Juventus keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Jelgava still keeps top place with two games lost. Juventus will face league's second-placed Liepaja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jelgava will play against the league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: S.Silavs 20+6reb+1ast, L.Mizis 19+3reb, K.Chamberlain 12+8reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 12+3reb+1ast, A.Duselis 10+3reb, A.Justovics 9+5reb
Juventus: D.Leonard 27+15reb+6ast, A.Cepulis 17, L.Kisielius 16+3reb+4ast, D.Gvezdauskas 15+2reb+6ast, P.Morkeliunas 9+4reb+1ast, N.Varnelis 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 198104


LSU-Baltai - Valmiera 66-68

Important game to mention about took place in Kaunas. Top-ranked Latvian Valmiera (2-0) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Lithuanian LSU-Baltai (0-2) 68-66 in the fight for the first place. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. LSU-Baltai was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83, agency: Players Group) fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and forward Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-85) added 19 points respectively for lost side. LSU-Baltai's coach Edas Nickus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmiera keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Ventspils and Lietkabelis. Loser LSU-Baltai still keeps top with two games lost. Valmiera will face league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: A.Vasiliauskas 19+2reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 18+6reb+2ast, P.Malasauskas 9+1reb+5ast, T.Urbonas 5+4reb+2ast, T.Tamosiunas 5+2reb+4ast, J.Andriuska 4+4reb+1ast
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 24+7reb, J.Kaufmanis 15+4reb+3ast, K.Krumins 15+6reb+2ast, J.Berzins 7+4reb, A.Butjankovs 3+1ast, M.Ziedins 2+3reb
gschID: 198103


Rudupis - Barons kvartals 88-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Lithuanian Rudupis' (4-0) home victory over their biggest opponent Latvian Barons kvartals (2-1) 88-57 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Barons kvartals' 30 and made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Barons kvartals only scored six points from the stripe. Rudupis forced 19 Barons kvartals turnovers and had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Barons kvartals were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 7 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rudupis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record which they share with defeated Barons kvartals. Loser Barons kvartals still keep top place with one game lost. Rudupis will face league's leader Tln Kalev in Tallinn in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barons kvartals will play at home against the league's leader BC Rakvere and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barons kvartals: M.Gulbis 20+10reb, I.Bergmanis 10+2reb+1ast, S.Metra 9+6reb+1ast, D.Zonne 7+1ast, A.Epners 4+4reb+1ast, N.Miezis 3+4reb+2ast
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 21+11reb+2ast, A.Valeika 13+4reb, G.Kadziulis 11+2reb+1ast, A.Labuckas 10+1reb+1ast, K.Aldakauskas 8, Z.Janavicius 7+9reb+8ast
gschID: 198102


Rapla - Barsy Atyrau 64-81

There was a minor upset when bottom-ranked Estonian Rapla (0-2) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau (2-2) 81-64 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Barsy Atyrau. Rapla was better in third quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Barsy Atyrau won last quarter 28-12. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Ukrainian forward Dmitro Antonets (198-88) chipped in 17 points. Five Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (178-93) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending Kazakhstan champion keeps a position of league leader which they share with defeated Rapla. Loser Rapla still keeps top with two games lost. Barsy Atyrau will face league's second-placed Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rapla will play against the league's leader Ventspils and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Laane 12+1reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 11+4reb, R.Ringmets 11+5reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 7+2reb+3ast, R.Nurger 6+3reb, M.Jurtom 6+3reb+1ast
Barsy Atyrau: V.Matyukevych 19+14reb, D.Antonets 17+3reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Fredrick 10+3reb+2ast, D.Dyatlovsky 10+5reb+3ast, Y.Korshunov 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 198101


Juventus - Lietkabelis 79-95

We should not miss the game where top-ranked Lietkabelis (2-0) against Juventus (1-1) where Lietkabelis won on the road by sixteen points 95-79. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Juventus were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 53-33 second half run of Lietkabelis. 25 personal fouls committed by Juventus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) who scored that evening 32 points and 5 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds by forward Nerijus Varnelis (201-78) did not help to save the game for Juventus. Lithuanian point guard Aidas Viskontas (183-86) added 13 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lietkabelis keep a position of league leader, which they share with Valmiera and Ventspils. Juventus at the other side still keep top place with one game lost. Lietkabelis will have a break next round. Juventus will play on the road against the league's second-placed Liepaja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Juventus: N.Varnelis 17+7reb+3ast, D.Leonard 17+2reb+2ast, A.Viskontas 13+4reb+6ast, A.Cepulis 10, K.Petrukonis 10+7reb+1ast, P.Morkeliunas 6+4reb+1ast
Lietkabelis: G.Sirutavicius 32+2reb+5ast, M.Andriukaitis 14+3reb, K.Babkauskas 13+1reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 12+5reb, K.Cipruss 10+6reb+1ast, V.Ginevicius 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 201655



Darrick Leonard claims Baltic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Darrick Leonard (190-G-84) had a great game in the last round for Juventus and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 28-year old guard had a double-double of 27 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Jelgava (#5, 1-2) 101-96. Juventus is placed at 3rd position in Baltic League . Juventus is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Leonard had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Juventus' top player in his first season with the team. Darrick Leonard averages just after two games 22.0ppg and 8.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Gytis Sirutavicius (195-SF-83) of second-ranked Lietkabelis. Sirutavicius impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Lietkabelis to another comfortable win 95-79 over slightly lower-ranked Juventus (#3, 1-1) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lietkabelis consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Sirutavicius is a newcomer at Lietkabelis and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) of top-ranked Rudupis. Orelikas scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rudupis, leading his team to a 88-57 easy win against #2 ranked Barons kvartals. Rudupis started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Orelikas turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Orelikas has a great season in Baltic League. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) of Barsy Atyrau - 19 points and 14 rebounds
5. Martynas Andriukaitis (204-F-81) of Lietkabelis - 31 points and 8 rebounds
6. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) of Valmiera - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Arnold Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82) of Siauliai - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) of Barsy Atyrau - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) of Rudupis - 7 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Belgian Cup: Division II team Gembo defeats Ethias League's Giants and qualifies for quarter-finals - by Bert Larsimont

After the elimination of Belgacom Spirou by Cuva Houthalen of coach Brian Lynch on October 11th, there has been undoubtedly a second very big surprise in the Belgian Cup 1/8 finals tonight! Division II team Gembo BBC (+5) defeated Ethias League's squad Port of Antwerp Giants: 96-87. Gembo BBC won the 2011-12 Division II title but did not want to take part in the Ethias League this season. The club plays in Borgerhout (close to Antwerp) and Stefan Sappenberghs is Gembo's coach. The President of Gembo, Guy Loubry, must be a happy man tonight as his team defeated neighbouring top team Port of Antwerp Giants of coach Eddy Casteels after a very enjoyable game. The first quarter ended on the following score: 28-26. The Giants then took the lead at the half: 43-48. The team of Stefan "Sappe" Sappenberghs came back on the court with great intentions and with no fear after the break. Domien Loubry (186-G-85), Nick Celis (194-G-88) and their Gembo mates were only two points behind in the third quarter. The Gembo guys finally made it in the last period and the scoreboard showed 96-87 after 40 minutes in this Antwerp derby. If nothing changes (or is rescheduled) Gembo BBC Borgerhout should play another Ethias League team in the Belgian Cup quarter-finals: Belfius Mons-Hainaut (two legs in aggregate).

Four Belgian Cup 1/8 final games were played tonight. All four games involved Division II teams against Ethias League ones.

Here are the results of tonight's games:

Gembo BBC (+5) vs. Port of Antwerp Giants: 96-87
Gent Dragons (+5) vs. Liege Basket: 66-68
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde (+5) vs. Leuven Bears: 79-89
Sint-Niklase Condors (+5) vs. Belfius Mons Hainaut: 61-76

Still to be played:

Kangoeroes Boom (+5) vs. BC Telenet Oostende (on 2012-10-23)
Bent Schoenen Waregem (+5) vs. Okapi Aalstar (on 2012-10-24)
CEP Fleurus (+5) vs. RBC VOO Verviers Pepinster (on 2012-10-28)

Already played:

Cuva Houthalen (+5) vs. Belgacom Spirou Charleroi: 90-87



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Bauru advance into Paulista League semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Bauru clinched the Paulista League semifinal. They swept the quarterfinal series versus Gremio Mogi. Bauru claimed a 96:77 road victory in the third game and celebrated the next round ticket. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) scored 22 points to pace the visitors. Pilar Alves (200-F-84) accounted for 19 points in the victory. Guilherme Filipin (191-G/F-83) netted 14 points for Gremio Mogi.
Paulistano surged ahead in the quarterfinal series versus Winner/Limeira. They celebrated a 90:77 victory in Game 3 of the series. Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) posted 26 points to lead the winners. Elinho Corazza (193-G-89, college: Miami Dade CC) added 17 points and 10 assists for Paulistano. Deryk Ramos (185-G-94) notched 17 points for Winner/Limeira.
Pinheiros/Sky surged ahead in the series versus Liga Sorocabana. They earned an 83:71 home win in the opener. Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) accounted for 20 points, while Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) and Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) had 15 points each in the winning case. Desmond Holloway (190-G-88, college: Co.Carolina) replied with 23 points in the loss.



Leandrinho Barbosa joins Celtics - by Eurobasket News (T)

Boston Celtics added to their roster 30-year old Brazilian international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-92kg-82). Barbosa played last season at Indiana Pacers. In 33 NBA games last year he had 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals. Barbosa also played at Toronto earlier that season. In 42 NBA games he recorded 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg. The other team he played that season for was Flamengo in Brazilian league. In 3 Liga Sudamericana games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.0apg. Barbosa also played 3 games in NBA where he recorded also great stats: 17.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.0apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Barbosa has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has played for Senior National Team since 2001 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2000. Barbosa represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdom) this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 16.2ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 68.8%.
Barbosa has played previously professionally in Brazil (Palmeiras and Paschoalotto/Bauru) and NBA (Phoenix Suns).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @WojYahooNBA)



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Balkan League: Kavala edge Rilski Sportist in opener - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Rilski Sportist 81:79

Kavala earned the first win in their debut Balkan League season. They held off Rilski Sportist at home court in the opener for both teams. Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) nailed 20 points to lead the Hellenes.
Kavala earned a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Kavala did not loosen the grasp in the second quarter. They opened a double-digit lead in the second frame but Rilski were able to narrow the gap at 8-point mark at the interval 34:42. Kavala used a 9:1 run midway through the third term to clear off. But Rilski Sportist refused to give up. They cut the deficit to just 4 points 53:57 at the final break. Rilski eventually tied things up at 79 with 11 seconds remaining. Stefanidis sank two free throws to give the hosts a narrow lead. Kirov had a chance to win the game for Rilski but missed a three-pointer and Kavala ran away with victory. James Nunnally (200-G/F-90, college: UCSB) and Nemanja Mitrovic (197-G-90, college: Portland) posted 11 points each for Kavala. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) answered with 31 points for Rilski Sportist. Braxton Dupree (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Towson) had 18 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Kavala: Jeremy Fears 20, James Nunnally 11, Nemanja Mitrovic 11
Rilski Sportist: Terry Smith 31, Braxton Dupree 18+12 boards



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Su Yi-chieh signs with Xinjiang - by Chris Wang (T)

Local media reported that Su Yi-Chieh (181-PG-87), who played with Taiwan Mobile last season, has signed with Chinas Xinjiang and became the sixth Taiwanese player to play in China next season.

Su tested with Xinjiang two years ago but did not sign with the team.

Xinjiang made the semifinal round in the Chinese pro league CBA last season.

The six Taiwanese players to play in China next year are Su, Lin Chih-chieh (Zhejiang), Tseng Wen-ting (Shanghai), Yang Ching-min (Shanxi), Lee Hsueh-lin (Beijing) and Hong Chih-shan (Dongguan).



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Balkan League: Galil Gilboa roll past Slavonski Brod - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Slavonski Brod 66:59

Galil Gilboa earned the first win in the Balkan League season. The defending champions rallied past Slavonski Brod in the opener. Amit Simhon (197-F/G-89, agency: Ronsport) notched 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from Galil Gilboa.
Slavonski Brod looked better in the opening frame. The Croatian team posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the advantage in the second quarter. Slavonski Brod accumulated a 36:27 halftime advantage. Galil Gilboa erased the deficit in the third term. The Israeli team eked out a narrow one-point lead at the final intermission 48:47. The hosts limited their opponents to 12 points in the fourth quarter and posted the victory. Nimrod Tishman (189-PG-91) nailed 12 points, while Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) added 11 points for the winning side. Brice Massamba (208-F/C-88, college: UNLV) answered with 15 points for Slavonski Brod. Denis Toroman (194-G-82, agency: TSS Management) netted 12 points in the loss.

Galil Gilboa: Amit Simhon 13, Nimrod Tishman 12, Brandon Hunter 11
Slavonski Brod: Brice Massamba 15, Denis Toroman 12



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 21
 1. Meno, USK Praha21.0 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy20.3 
 3. Blazek, B&W Opava20.3 
 4. Tomanec, J.Hradec18.6 
 5. Reese, Usti n.17.8 
 6. Taylor, CEZ N.17.5 
 7. Sedmak, BK Decin17.0 
 8. Pope, BK Decin17.0 
 9. Kemp, Levice16.8 
 10. Stanek, Chomutov16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakub BLAZEK
  B&W Opava
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Blazek, B&W Opava11.3 
 2. Meno, USK Praha10.6 
 3. Wilson, NH Ostrava9.6 
 4. Tomanec, J.Hradec9.4 
 5. Muirhead, BK Pardu.9.0 
 6. Deloach, Svitavy8.8 
 7. Tyrna, Usti n.8.5 
 8. Votroubek, USK P.7.4 
 9. Toth, B&W Opava7.0 
 10. Pecka, Chomutov7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava7.3 
 2. Pavkovic, CEZ N.6.4 
 3. Kemp, Levice5.3 
 4. Pope, BK Decin5.0 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.4.6 
 6. Ames, NH Ostrava4.4 
 7. Deloach, Svitavy4.3 
 8. Venta, BK Prostej.3.8 
 9. Gonzalez, BC Kolin3.8 
 10. Muirhead, BK Pard.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  B&W Opava
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sirina, B&W Opava3.0 
 2. Pistecky, Usti n.2.6 
 3. Deloach, Svitavy2.5 
 4. Gonzalez, BC Kolin2.4 
 5. Nolen, Usti n.2.2 
 6. Venta, BK Prostej.2.2 
 7. Mares, USK Praha2.2 
 8. Glover, Chomutov2.0 
 9. Bolds, BC Kolin2.0 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (225-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.2.0 
 2. Simmons, Levice2.0 
 3. Nelson, BK Pardu.1.7 
 4. Nuhanovic, Levice1.3 
 5. Svrdlik, BK Prost.1.2 
 6. Slavik, USK Praha1.2 
 7. Pospisil, BK Pardu.1.0 
 8. Votroubek, USK P.1.0 
 9. Jiricek, BK Decin1.0 
 10. Meno, USK Praha1.0 


Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 5-0 
 2. NH Ostrava 4-1 
 3. BK Pardubice 3-0 
 4. Levice 3-1 
 5. USK Praha 3-2 
 6. BC Kolin 3-2 
 7. BK Decin 2-1 
 8. B&W Opava 2-2 
 9. Svitavy 1-3 
 10. J.Hradec 1-4 
 11. BK Prostejov 1-4 
 12. Chomutov 1-4 
 13. Usti n/Labem 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 17: Levice - Chomutov 85-73
Oct. 17: J.Hradec - Svitavy 76-89
Oct. 17: B&W Opava - BK Prostejov 76-69
Oct. 17: Usti n/Labem - CEZ Nymburk 73-88
Oct. 17: NH Ostrava - USK Praha 65-52
Oct. 17: BK Decin - BC Kolin 100-101

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 20: Svitavy - BK Pardubice
Oct. 20: Chomutov - B&W Opava
Oct. 20: BC Kolin - Levice
Oct. 20: CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin
Oct. 20: USK Praha - Usti n/Labem
Oct. 20: J.Hradec - NH Ostrava


NBL Round 5: BC Kolin defeats leader BK Decin - by Eurobasket News

There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of NBL and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated BK Decin (2-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked BC Kolin (3-2) 101-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. The guests 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 101-100. BC Kolin dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) saved the victory by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward David Machac (205-80) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) answered with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for BK Decin. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with USK Praha. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. BC Kolin is looking forward to face higher ranked Levice (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Decin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for NH Ostrava (4-1) which hosted in Ostrava 4th placed USK Praha (3-2). Third ranked NH Ostrava managed to get a 13-point victory 65-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USK Praha. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners and Adam Ciz chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. The former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. NH Ostrava moved-up to second place. USK Praha at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. NH Ostrava will play against BK Lions Hradec (#10) in J.Hradec in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha will play at home against BK Usti nad Labem (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Basketbal Svitavy's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in J.Hradec, where they defeated BK Lions Hradec (1-4) 89-76 on Wednesday. Michael Deloach nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Jan Tomanec came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds for BK Lions Hradec in the defeat. BK Lions Hradec's coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Basketbal Svitavy (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. It was BK Lions Hradec's fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Chomutov and BK Prostejov. Basketbal Svitavy will meet at home higher ranked BK Pardubice (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Lions Hradec will play against the league's second-placed NH Ostrava (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (5-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (0-5) 88-73. The best player for the winners was Michael Taylor who scored 14 points. CEZ Nymburk's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be BK Decin (#7) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against USK Praha (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 5 BK Prostejov was beaten by B&W Opava on the road 76-69. Levice won against Chomutov on its own court 85-73.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 28 points and 11 rebounds by Jakub Blazek of B&W Opava.


B&W Opava - BK Prostejov 76-69

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked B&W Opava (2-2) beat at home 10th ranked BK Prostejov (1-4) 76-69. BK Prostejov was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. B&W Opava made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. B&W Opava outrebounded BK Prostejov 43-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) chipped in 20 points and 8 assists. American forward Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. B&W Opava maintains eighth place with 2-2 record. BK Prostejov lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with four games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be Levharti Chomutov (#12) on the road.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: A.Dufault 17+5reb+3ast, M.Venta 11+2reb+1ast, V.Bratcenkov 11+2reb, O.Kohout 9+7reb, J.Bohacik 9+2reb, D.Pandula 4+4reb+3ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 28+11reb+2ast, J.Sirina 20+2reb+8ast, J.Dihel 15+5reb+1ast, L.Toth 9+12reb+3ast, P.Dokoupil 3+2reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 1+9reb
gschID: 182960


Levice - Chomutov 85-73

Very expected game when 11th ranked Levharti Chomutov (1-4) lost on the road to sixth ranked Levice (3-1) 85-73. It looked good early as Levharti Chomutov took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Levice had a 22-5 second period charge getting the lead and Levharti Chomutov was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-85. Levice dominated on the defensive end, holding Levharti Chomutov to just 5 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 36. The best player for the winners was American guard Willie Kemp (188-87, college: Memphis) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. Slovenian center Salih Nuhanovic (208-82) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Power forward Pavel Stanek (203-76, agency: Court Side) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Showron Glover (180-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levice moved-up to fourth place. Levharti Chomutov at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Levice's next round opponent will be BC Kolin (#6) on the road. Levharti Chomutov will play against B&W Opava (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: P.Stanek 19+6reb+1ast, P.Bosak 13+1reb, S.Glover 10+6reb+1ast, A.Zampach 6+3reb+1ast, J.Pack 6+5reb, F.Halada 5
Levice: W.Kemp 20+4reb+5ast, S.Nuhanovic 15+8reb+2ast, J.Simmons 11+4reb+1ast, F.Lehman 8+1reb+1ast, S.Bilic 6+2reb+2ast, T.Mrvis 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 182959


BK Decin - BC Kolin 100-101

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated BK Decin (2-1) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked BC Kolin (3-2) 101-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. The guests 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 101-100. BC Kolin dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Demarius Bolds (190-84, college: Missouri Western, agency: I.D.S. Law) saved the victory by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward David Machac (205-80) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. BC Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) answered with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) added 25 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Decin. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with USK Praha. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. BC Kolin is looking forward to face higher ranked Levice (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Decin will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Pope 26+9reb+6ast, P.Sedmak 25+6reb+2ast, L.Stria 19+6reb+1ast, A.Alic 9+3reb+4ast, R.Landa 8+2reb+2ast, J.Jiricek 4+1ast
BC Kolin: D.Bolds 26+7reb+4ast, D.Machac 20+3reb+2ast, S.Zuzak 16+2reb+3ast, J.Jelinek 10+2reb+3ast, R.Field 8+3reb, D.Radulovic 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 182958


Usti n/Labem - CEZ Nymburk 73-88

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (5-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (0-5) 88-73. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. BK Usti nad Labem was better in fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Michael Taylor (188-86, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 14 points. His fellow American import guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas, agency: Two Points) chipped in 14 points. CEZ Nymburk's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and center Tomas Hruby (206-78) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Four CEZ Nymburk and five BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be BK Decin (#7) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against USK Praha (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.Hruby 15+2reb, P.Gavin 13+3reb+1ast, L.Horak 12+3reb+1ast, B.Reese 11+3reb, J.Krakovic 10+9reb+1ast, S.Licartovsky 7+4reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: M.Taylor 14+2reb+1ast, A.Abrams 14+1reb+2ast, L.Palyza 13+2reb+1ast, A.Naymick 11+4reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 8+4reb, M.Pavkovic 8+1reb+6ast
gschID: 182957


NH Ostrava - USK Praha 65-52

An interesting game for NH Ostrava (4-1) which hosted in Ostrava 4th placed USK Praha (3-2). Third ranked NH Ostrava managed to get a 13-point victory 65-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USK Praha. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. NH Ostrava forced 19 USK Praha turnovers. American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners and point guard Adam Ciz (190-91) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. The former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. NH Ostrava moved-up to second place. USK Praha at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. NH Ostrava will play against BK Lions Hradec (#10) in J.Hradec in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha will play at home against BK Usti nad Labem (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: M.Mares 16+1reb+1ast, B.Meno 15+6reb+2ast, S.Votroubek 11+15reb, J.Slavik 6+7reb, M.Sotnar 3+2reb+2ast, J.Stariat 1+1reb
NH Ostrava: R.Ames 15+4reb+6ast, A.Ciz 14+4reb+4ast, L.Jurecka 11+3reb+2ast, M.Gniadek 8+2reb+2ast, J.Greene 8+10reb, R.Pelikan 4+3reb
gschID: 182956


J.Hradec - Svitavy 76-89

Basketbal Svitavy's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in J.Hradec, where they defeated BK Lions Hradec (1-4) 89-76 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-76. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Jan Pavlik (186-78, agency: Court Side) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for BK Lions Hradec in the defeat. BK Lions Hradec's coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Basketbal Svitavy (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. It was BK Lions Hradec's fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Chomutov and BK Prostejov. Basketbal Svitavy will meet at home higher ranked BK Pardubice (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Lions Hradec will play against the league's second-placed NH Ostrava (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: J.Pavlik 21+3reb+4ast, J.Tomanec 18+9reb+2ast, T.Voslajer 9+6reb, R.Kramny 5+5reb+1ast, R.Zachrla 5+4reb+1ast, E.Eisman 5+2reb+2ast
Svitavy: M.Deloach 22+13reb+9ast, P.Mroz 15+7reb+1ast, J.Sedlak 11+2reb, P.Milos 8+3reb, L.Moravec 7+1reb+3ast, T.Macela 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 182955


Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 4-0 
 2. Kara Trutnov 3-1 
 3. Loko Plzen 3-1 
 4. Sokol H.K. 3-1 
 5. Sokol P. 3-1 
 6. Proton Zlin 2-2 
 7. Liberec 2-2 
 8. Ostrava 2-3 
 9. JBC Brno 1-3 
 10. Nymburk B 1-3 
 11. Sokol V. 1-3 
 12. U19 0-1 
 13. Litomerice 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 16: U19 - Ostrava 68-74
Oct. 19: Sokol P. - Loko Plzen
Oct. 19: Sparta Praha - Sokol V.
Oct. 21: Sokol H.K. - JBC Brno
Oct. 19: Liberec - Kara Trutnov
Oct. 21: Litomerice - Nymburk B
Oct. 21: Proton Zlin - Ostrava



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  DOMINICA   


Sugar Creole Basketball Festival update - by Eurobasket News

The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association wishes to inform all its fans , sponsors and Dominicans, that the Sugar Creole Basketball Festival (SCBF) which was postponed due to the bad weather last weekend has been reschedule. After discussions with St Kitts they advise us of the difficulty in getting flights into Dominica because of the Creole Festival, so we decided on the only available date which is November 8, 2012 for the St Kitts team to get into Dominica. The Association also informed Martinique of this situation and Martinique has agreed to reschedule their arrival into Dominica to coincide with ST Kitts.

Therefore the Tournament format will allow teams to arrive on Thursday evening or Friday morning and the games will begin on Friday evening with four teams participating, Dominica, Dominica Under 23, ST Kitts and Martinique.

Sugar Creole Basketball Tournament Date is now schedule for November 9th to 11th , 2012.
Courtesy of: http://www.caribbeanbasketball.com



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Eulis Baez selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Dominican Republic players, who play currently abroad.

Eulis Baez
Eulis Baez
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Eulis Baez (198-82, college: W.Illinois), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help G.Canaria 2014 (2-1) to beat Caja Laboral (2-1). Baez scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes on the court. It was his first game for G.Canaria 2014 this season. G.Canaria 2014 was badly defeated 80-64 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) Caja Laboral. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Baez played for the Dominican Republic senior national team three years ago.

Adris Deleon
Adris Deleon
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington). He contributed to a Wollongong Hawks' victory against the fifth-ranked Cairns Taipans (1-1) 68-58 in the Australian NBL in Friday night's game. Deleon scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Wollongong Hawks (2-0) are placed first in the NBL. . It's Deleon's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 41.2% and FT: 66.7%. Deleon played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2009.

Elys Guzman
Elys Guzman
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Elys Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.), who plays in Ecuador. He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Mavort (0-3) in their last game. Despite Guzman's very good performance Mavort lost 73-84 on their home court in Ibarra to the higher-ranked (#3) Centauros de Apure. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Guzman also added 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. So far Mavort lost all three games in the Preliminary Round. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Sudamericana. Guzman is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Guzman averages: 24.0ppg, 8.3rpg in the three games he played so far. He played for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #4. An experienced power forward Josh Asselin (210-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Assignia Manresa (0-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Asselin's good performance Assignia Manresa was defeated 83-71 on the road by the higher-ranked FIATC Joventut (#8). He scored 10 points. . This season Asselin has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Asselin played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Asselin used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Sean Ogirri
Sean Ogirri
   #5. Former international point guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (1-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Leche Rio Breogan lost 86-90 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked River_Andorra. Ogirri scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. . Ogirri has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg in the two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Dominican Republic. Despite Ogirri played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #6. Swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) managed to help Strasbourg IG to win against the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (0-2) 70-62 in the French ProA last Monday. Greer scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (1-1) is placed sixth in the ProA. . Greer is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). His overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He is a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team three years ago. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #7. Former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) couldn't help Banvit BK (0-1) in their game against Anadolu Efes (1-0) in the Turkish TBL. He recorded 7 points and added 4 assists in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Banvit BK this season. Banvit BK lost 69-79 in Istanbul to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. . Mejia used to play for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago.

James Feldeine
James Feldeine
   #8. Guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (0-3) in their game against Real Madrid (3-0) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 7 points. The bottom-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 100-79 in a derby game by the much higher-ranked Real Madrid (#3). So far Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost all three games in the Regular Season. . Feldeine averaged so far 12.3ppg and 2.0spg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Feldeine played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Former international forward Jose Domingues Del Villar (195-84, college: Brewton Parker) couldn't help Espoo Basket (1-2) in their game against JyWe (2-1) in the Finnish 1st Division (second division), despite his good performance last Sunday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. But the sixth-placed Espoo Basket lost 58-67 in Jyvaskyla to the higher-ranked (#3) JyWe in the Division B. . This year Del Villar's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago.

Larry Turner
Larry Turner
   #10. Power forward Larry Turner (210-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.) couldn't help the league outsider Apollon Patras (0-20) in their game against Ikaros (1-0) in the Greek A1. Turner recorded 5 points. Apollon Patras was edged 67-65 in Kalitheas by the leading Ikaros. So far Apollon Patras lost all twenty games in the Regular Season. . Turner's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Turner is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Dominican Republic senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #11. Former international forward Carlos Novas (197-92) couldn't help Gmunden Swans in their game against Xion Dukes in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Novas cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 85-94. This year Novas averages just 2.0ppg in the two games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Dominican Republic passport but never been selected to any of Dominican Republic national teams:

   #1. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF) was the major contributor in a FIATC Joventut's victory against the 14th-ranked Assignia Manresa (0-3) 83-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (2-1) is placed eighth in the ACB. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Quezada is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.7apg. He also averaged so far 15.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the three games he played so far. Quezada has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) led Strasbourg IG to a victory over the 11th-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (0-2) 70-62 in the French ProA last Monday. Greer was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Strasbourg IG (1-1) is placed sixth in the ProA. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Greer is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Greer averages: 16.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 6.0apg and 1.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Greer has never played in Dominican Republic.



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TU/Rock remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

TU/Rock remain undefeated in Baltic league and improved to 4-0 record. The favorites overcame Valga 94:50 in the latest game. Vallo Allingu (206-F/C-78) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Silver Leppik (189-G-83) chipped in 16 points and 6 steals. Edgars Cunda (195-G-84, agency: Court Side) produced 9 points and American forward Morgan Grim (203-F-88, college: Utah St.) added 5 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Estonian TTU meanwhile lost to Barsy Atyrau 61:87. Barsy Atyrau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barsy Atyrau forced 19 TTU turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Zambalist Fredrick contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Arnold Arnold (208-C-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for TTU.



Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Estonians who are currently playing abroad.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90, agency: Alti Sport). He was the major contributor in Rudupis' victory against the ninth-ranked Nevezis (1-2) crushing them 104-58 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Vene scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court. Rudupis Prienu (3-0) is placed first in the LKL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Vene is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 68.2%(15-22) and FT: 66.7% in the three games he played so far. Vene played for the Estonian senior national team years ago.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82). He led his Italian team Montepaschi Siena to a victory against the ninth-ranked Montepaschi Siena (1-2) 92-82 in a derby game in the Euroleague last Friday. Kangur recorded 13 points. It was his first game for Montepaschi Siena this season. His team is placed fifth in group B. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kangur played for the Estonian national team in 2012.

Viljar Veski
Viljar Veski
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Viljar Veski (215-86). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Prat Juventud (0-1) 81-64 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Veski recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was his first game for Palma this season. His team is placed first in the LEB Silver. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Veski is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league with 16.0ppg. He played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Reinar Hallik
Reinar Hallik
   #4. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84) managed to help CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca to win against the 11th-ranked CSU Sibiu (0-2) 75-63 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. Hallik scored 5 points. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (2-0) is placed sixth in the Division A. . It's Hallik's first season with the team. This year he averages: 2.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Hallik used to play for the Estonian national team earlier this year.

Joonas Vaino
Joonas Vaino
   #5. U20 international power forward Joonas Vaino (204-92), who plays in the Finnish Korisliiga could not help Namika Lahti (0-3) to beat Tampereen Pyrinto (0-0). He scored 5 points in 15 minutes. The bottom-ranked Namika Lahti was crushed 116-76 at home by the much higher-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto. So far Namika Lahti lost all three games in the Regular Season. . This year Vaino averages only 1.7ppg in the three games. He used to play for the Estonian U20 national team earlier this year.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Janar Talts (207-PF-83) plays for Cimberio Varese in Italian SerieA
Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-PG-89) plays for Olimpi in Georgian Superleague
Siergiej Babenko (208-F/C-61) plays for Ironi Ashkelon in Israeli Winner League
Kent-Kaarel Vene (192-SG-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Reimo Pahn (202-F-87) plays for Kerava Energia Team in Finnish 1st Division
Sven Kaldre (197-G/F-91) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga
Maert Tralla (177-PG-87) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Regionalliga



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Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

Dwight Thorne
Dwight Thorne
#1. Dwight Thorne (190-PG-88, college: Colorado, currently plays in Greece) led Peristeri GS to a surprising victory over Panelefsiniakos 77-75 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thorne recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. It was his first game for Peristeri GS this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. His team is placed seventh in the A1. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Thorne is currently first on the league's list of top scorers with 26 points. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2012 Thorne went to the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Kiev.

Marcus Arnold
Marcus Arnold
#2. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois, currently plays in Turkey) led Aliaga to a 3-point victory over the 13th-ranked Hacettepe University (0-1) 73-70 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Arnold recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Aliaga this season. His team is placed first in the TBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Four years ago Arnold took part in the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

Chad Tomko
Chad Tomko
#3. Chad Tomko (180-PG-89, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Denmark) led Bakken to a victory over the closely-ranked Naestved (3-3) 76-72 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. Tomko was the top player that evening. He scored 34 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 38 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Tomko's second season in pro basketball. Bakken Bears (5-0) is placed second in the Ligaen. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Tomko's first year with the team. Tomko is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Tomko averages: 21.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg and 2.2spg in the five games he played so far. Tomko is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last year he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Zurich.

Kyndall Dykes
Kyndall Dykes
#4. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Hoverla (4-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Hoverla was defeated 92-84 on the road by the leading Budivelnyk. Dykes was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. It's Dykes' first season with the team. Dykes has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg and 2.3spg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2009 Dykes attended the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

Jason Conley
Jason Conley
#5. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in LrNMKY's victory against the league outsider Lapuan Korikobrat (0-4) 88-76 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 18 rebounds. Conley also added 4 assists in 32 minutes. Lappeenranta NMKY (3-1) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Conley is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Conley averages: 19.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.8apg and 2.0spg in the four games he played so far. Conley played in 2012at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas for Union Monaco.

Kyle Lamonte
Kyle Lamonte
#6. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, college: William Carey, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help La Union (2-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lamonte's very good performance the sixth-placed La Union was defeated 70-65 at home by the lower-ranked Union Progresista (#7) in the North group. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Lamonte also added 6 rebounds. . Lamonte has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.8apg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Justin Knox
Justin Knox
#7. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Turkey) led Vestel to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Darussafaka (1-1) 91-83 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) in Sunday night's game. Knox was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Knox also added and 3 steals in 29 minutes. Vestelspor Manisa (2-0) is placed sixth in the TB2L. . Knox is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Knox averages: 20.5ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.5spg in the two games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also for Team Munich at the ESL in Cologne, Germany in 2011.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
#8. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Mexico) led Pioneros to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Osos (2-11) crushing them 118-65 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Saturday. Scott recorded 19 points and added 7 assists. Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (11-11) is placed fifth in the LNBP. . Scott has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. Scott is a naturalized American. He played last year at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Geneva.

Karron Clarke
Karron Clarke
#9. Karron Clarke (198-F-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Sendai 89ers (1-3) in their last game. Despite Clarke's very good performance Sendai 89ers (#8) were edged 70-68 at home by the leading Iwate Big Bulls in the Eastern group. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds. Clarke also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. It was Sendai 89ers' third consecutive loss in a row. . Clarke is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 8.8ppg and 2.0apg in the four games he played so far. He attended in 2009 the ESL camp in New York.

Christopher Long
Christopher Long
#10. Christopher Long (187-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Elon, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help Siarka Jezioro (2-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Siarka Jezioro was defeated 92-84 on the road by the second-ranked Stelmet ZG. Long scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. . Long is currently seventh on the list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. Worth to mention Long played also for Team Geneva at the ESL in Las Vegas last year.



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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons27.3 
 2. Jalonen, Korihait23.0 
 3. Gibson, LrNM.22.8 
 4. Burgess, FoKoPo21.3 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.20.8 
 6. Ikavalko, FoKoPo20.5 
 7. Barrett, KTP19.8 
 8. Conley, LrNM.19.8 
 9. Haanpaa, Lapua18.8 
 10. Hall, Salon Vilpas18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 13
 1. McDade, Nilan B.13.0 
 2. Tolbert, Lapua11.5 
 3. Conley, LrNM.10.0 
 4. Burgess, FoKoPo8.7 
 5. Hester, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Logins, LrNM.8.3 
 7. Johnson, Namika L.8.0 
 8. Atupem, Salon Vilp.8.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto7.8 
 10. Dyer, Korihait7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 9
 1. Williams, Pyrinto9.0 
 2. Hall, Salon Vilpas5.3 
 3. Sarcevic, KTP4.8 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.8 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.4.8 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.4.5 
 7. Smith, Kataja4.3 
 8. Holmes, Lapua4.3 
 9. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.0 
 10. Conley, LrNM.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNM.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gibson, LrNM.2.8 
 2. Hall, Salon Vilpas2.5 
 3. Holloway, Namika L.2.0 
 4. Conley, LrNM.2.0 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki2.0 
 6. Smith, Kataja1.8 
 7. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.8 
 8. Williams, KTP1.8 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP1.8 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  KTP
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Barrett, KTP1.8 
 2. Commons, Lapua1.8 
 3. Taft, Korihait1.5 
 4. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.3 
 5. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Ford, Kauhajoki1.0 
 7. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 9. Dyer, Korihait1.0 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 


Sasu Salin selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Finns who are currently playing abroad.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Sasu Salin (192-91, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Slovenian team Union Olimpija to a victory against the sixth-ranked Cantu (0-1) 84-71 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Salin recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Union Olimpija this season. His team is placed third in group A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Salin played for the Finnish senior national team years ago.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sasu Salin and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Rannikko managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana to win against the sixth-ranked Cantu (0-1) 84-71. He recorded only 4 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Union Olimpija this season. Rannikko played for the Finnish national team in 2012.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia. He could not help Khimky (0-1) to beat Fenerbahce Ulker (1-0). Koponen recorded 6 points in only 14 minutes. It was his first game for Khimky this season. The fourth-placed Khimky lost 80-92 on the road to the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker in the group A of Euroleague. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Koponen played for the Finnish national team years ago.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #4. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Solna Vikings' victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (3-1) 75-70 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. He scored 17 points and added 7 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Solna Vikings (3-1) is placed third in the Basketligan. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Ahonen's first season with the team. Ahonen is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers. This season he averages: 7.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.5apg. Ahonen used to play for the Finnish national team earlier this year.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #5. International forward Ville Kaunisto (205-82, currently plays in France) led Blois to a victory over the league outsider Sorgues (0-4) 87-70 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Kaunisto had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (3-0) is placed first in the NM1. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. . Kaunisto is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kaunisto averages: 15.7ppg, 15.7rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0bpg in the three games he played so far. He used to play for the Finnish national team earlier this year.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #6. Center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Montenegrin team Buducnost win their game against the league outsider Szolnok (1-3) crushing them 75-50 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Lee recorded only 4 points. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (2-2) is placed sixth in the Adriatic League. . Lee's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Lee is international player as he played for the Finnish senior team years ago. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #7. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Vanoli Cremona (0-3) in their game against Enel Brindisi (1-2) in the Italian SerieA. Kotti cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. The bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona lost 69-78 in Brindisi to the higher-ranked (#12) Enel. So far Vanoli Cremona lost all three games in the Regular Season. . This year Kotti's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 6.3rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Finnish national team earlier this year.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #8. Small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tuukka Kotti and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Huff was not able to secure a victory for Vanoli Cremona (0-3) in their game against Enel Brindisi (1-2). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Huff scored only 2 points. The bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was defeated 78-69 in Brindisi by the higher-ranked Enel (#12). Huff's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Finnish national team earlier this year.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Emir Sulejmanovic (204-C/F-95) plays for Union Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for TTU in Estonian KML
Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Winner League
Joonas Caven (211-C/F-93) plays for Prat Juventud in Spanish LEB Silver



KORISLIIGA: Kouvot upset Kataja - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 4: Kouvot (Kouvola) upset tonight visitor Kataja from Joensuu. The hero of the contest was Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington), who had two FTs at the very last second of the game and teams were tied 66-66. Hester missed the first one, but not the second one and Kouvot had won 67-66 (29-41). Kouvot won the last quarter 17-8 and Hester himself had a double-double 19pts/10rbs. Another thriller at Salo, where local Vilpas and visitor YMCA Lahti had 10 lead changes and nine ties, untill YMCA Lahti had won 64-68 (25-30). Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, agency: Two Points, college: St.Francis, PA) (Lahti) scored game high 19 points. Karhu (Kauhajoki) defeated UU-Korihait from Uusikaupunki 95-83 (39-41), YMCA Lappeenranta beat Korikobrat (Lapua) 88-76 (38-29) and FoKoPo (Forssa) lost at home vs KTP (Kotka) 83-105 (48-55).
Kouvot - Kataja 67-66 (29-41). (Gilberto Clavell 21, Chris Hester 19/10, Ilari Seppala 10 - Juho Lehtoranta 15, Sami Lehtoranta 12, Matt Morgan 10. A: 895).
Vilpas - YMCA Lahti 64-68 (25-30). (Troy Barnies 18, Marquis Hall 16/9a, Shawn Atupem 13/8 - Cedric Latimer 19, Emmanuel Holloway 15/5a, Louis Johnson 12/14. A: 1180).

YMCA LPR - Lapua 88-76 (38-29). (Matt Gibson 30, Jason Conley 20/18, Greg Logins 13/10 - Samuel Haanpaa 24/8, Dwight Tolbert 17/17, Aleksi Huuskonen 9. A: 493).
Kauhajoki - Korihait 95-83 (39-41). (J'Nathan Bullock 18/7, Ilkka Vuori 16, Giordan Watson 15 - Mikko Jalonen 27, Petri Heinonen 18, Ryan Dyer 10/9. A: 649).
FoKoPo - KTP 83-105 (48-55). (Charlie Burgess 27/9, Jahmar Thorpe 14, Andrais Thornton 10 - Antwine Williams 20/5a, Sefton Barrett 19, Timo Heinonen 17. A: 564).


Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 4-0 
 2. Kauhajoki 3-1 
 3. KTP 3-1 
 4. LrNMKY 3-1 
 5. Kouvot 2-1 
 6. FoKoPo 2-2 
 7. Kataja 2-2 
 8. Nilan Bisons 1-2 
 9. Namika Lahti 1-3 
 10. Korihait 1-3 
 11. Salon Vilpas 1-3 
 12. Lapua 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 17: Kauhajoki - Korihait 95-83
Oct. 16: Pyrinto - Nilan Bisons 91-84
Oct. 17: LrNMKY - Lapua 88-76
Oct. 17: FoKoPo - KTP 83-105
Oct. 17: Kouvot - Kataja 67-66
Oct. 17: Salon Vilpas - Namika Lahti 64-68

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: KTP - LrNMKY
Oct. 19: Namika Lahti - FoKoPo
Oct. 19: Korihait - Lapua
Oct. 20: Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas
Oct. 20: Kauhajoki - Kouvot
Oct. 21: Kataja - Pyrinto


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 3-0 
 2. SayRi 2-0 
 3. Tapiolan Honka 2-0 
 4. Pyrinto II 1-1 
 5. Oulun NMKY 1-1 
 6. Huima 1-2 
 7. ToPo 1-2 
 8. BC Nokia 0-2 
 9. Ura Basket 0-3 
Division B
 1. TuNMKY 3-0 
 2. JyWe 3-1 
 3. Jarvenpaa 2-1 
 4. KaU Koris 2-1 
 5. Kerava ET 1-2 
 6. Espoo Basket 1-2 
 7. HBA-Marsky 1-2 
 8. BC Jyvaskyla 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 3

B

Oct. 12: Jarvenpaa - BC Jyvaskyla 96-59

A

Oct. 12: Porvoon Tarmo - Huima 93-58

B

Oct. 14: HBA-Marsky - Kerava ET 89-99

A

Oct. 14: ToPo - Pyrinto II 89-79

B

Oct. 14: TuNMKY - KaU Koris 78-72
Oct. 14: JyWe - Espoo Basket 67-58
Oct. 17: BC Jyvaskyla - JyWe 57-69

A

Oct. 14: Tapiolan Honka - Ura Basket 124-82
Oct. 19: SayRi - BC Nokia


Korisliiga Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 4 means everything may happen in Korisliiga as the season just started. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The biggest surprise of round 4 was guest KTP-Basket's (3-1) easy road victory over one of their biggest challengers Forssan Koripojat (2-2) 105-83 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Forssan Koripojat. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. Forssan Koripojat managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KTP-Basket forced 19 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. KTP-Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 19 points. American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) produced 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KTP-Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with LrNMKY and Kauhajoki. Newly promoted Forssan Koripojat dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Kataja. KTP-Basket is looking forward to face LrNMKY (#4) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Forssan Koripojat will play on the road against Namika Lahti and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Kouvola. Seventh ranked Kouvot (2-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (2-2) 67-66 in the fight for the fifth place. Worth to mention a great performance of Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Chris Hester contributed with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St., agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 5 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Joensuun Kataja. Kouvot moved-up to fifth place. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with FoKoPo. Kouvot will play against league's second-placed Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Namika Lahti can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Salon, where they defeated Salon Vilpas (1-3) 68-64 on Wednesday. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Emmanuel Holloway who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. At the losing side Marquis Hall responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Namika Lahti left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Korihait and Salon Vilpas. Namika Lahti will meet at home higher ranked Forssan Koripojat (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Salon Vilpas will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (1-2) 91-84. The game was also dominated by American players. The winners were led by Damon Williams who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Defending champion Loimaan Korikonkarit keeps the eighth place with two games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be Joensuun Kataja (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Salon Vilpas.
Bottom-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-76 loss to fifth ranked LrNMKY (3-1) in Lappeenranta on Wednesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Jason Conley fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LrNMKY moved-up to second place, which they share with KTP and Kauhajoki. Newly promoted Lapuan Korikobrat still closes the standings with four games lost. LrNMKY will face KTP-Basket (#3) in Kotka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lapuan Korikobrat will play on the road against UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 4 Korihait was defeated by Kauhajoki in a road game 95-83.


Kauhajoki - Korihait 95-83

There was no surprise in Kauhajoki where 8th ranked UU-Korihait (1-3) was defeated by sixth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (3-1) 95-83 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 56-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kauhajoen Karhu made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 UU-Korihait turnovers. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Ilkka Vuori (181-86) chipped in 16 points. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach Ari Tammivaara used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) produced 27 points and the former international Petri Heinonen (207-88) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to second place, which they share with KTP and LrNMKY. UU-Korihait lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will face Kouvot (#5) in Kouvola in the next round. UU-Korihait will play at home against Lapuan Korikobrat (#12).
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: J.Bullock 18+7reb, I.Vuori 16+3reb+1ast, G.Watson 15+4ast, T.Ford 12+6reb+1ast, E.Skamo 12+4reb+3ast, H.Hirvikoski 9+2reb+3ast
Korihait: M.Jalonen 27+3reb+3ast, P.Heinonen 18+5reb, R.Dyer 10+9reb, N.Malinen 9+1reb+1ast, M.Herbert 7+2reb, C.Taft 6+5reb
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FoKoPo - KTP 83-105

The biggest surprise of round 4 was guest KTP-Basket's (3-1) easy road victory over one of their biggest challengers Forssan Koripojat (2-2) 105-83 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Forssan Koripojat. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. Forssan Koripojat managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KTP-Basket forced 19 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. KTP-Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 19 points. American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) produced 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KTP-Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with LrNMKY and Kauhajoki. Newly promoted Forssan Koripojat dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Kataja. KTP-Basket is looking forward to face LrNMKY (#4) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Forssan Koripojat will play on the road against Namika Lahti and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KTP: A.Williams 20+3reb+5ast, S.Barrett 19+4reb+2ast, D.Giles 17+2reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 17+1reb+3ast, J.Matinen 10+4reb+1ast, M.Dobras 8+2reb+1ast
FoKoPo: C.Burgess 27+9reb+5ast, J.Thorpe 14+8reb+4ast, A.Thornton 10+7reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 10+3reb+5ast, M.Molenius 8+5reb+1ast, J.Helenius 8
gschID: 194531


LrNMKY - Lapua 88-76

Bottom-ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-76 loss to fifth ranked LrNMKY (3-1) in Lappeenranta on Wednesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game was mostly controlled by LrNMKY. Lapuan Korikobrat was better in third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Warren Sports International) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) chipped in 30 points. Conley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Dwight Tolbert (195-86, college: Lander) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) added 24 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. LrNMKY moved-up to second place, which they share with KTP and Kauhajoki. Newly promoted Lapuan Korikobrat still closes the standings with four games lost. LrNMKY will face KTP-Basket (#3) in Kotka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lapuan Korikobrat will play on the road against UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: M.Gibson 30+2reb+3ast, J.Conley 20+18reb+4ast, G.Logins 13+10reb+2ast, C.Jones 7+5reb+1ast, T.Viertola 7+1reb, T.Turunen 3
Lapua: S.Haanpaa 24+8reb, D.Tolbert 17+17reb+4ast, A.Huuskonen 9+1ast, C.Commons 8+5reb+1ast, J.Turja 8+1reb+2ast, B.Holmes 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 194530


Salon Vilpas - Namika Lahti 64-68

Namika Lahti can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Salon, where they defeated Salon Vilpas (1-3) 68-64 on Wednesday. Salon Vilpas was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 16-10 charge of Namika Lahti, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Salon Vilpas to just 7 points in first quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Emmanuel Holloway (183-86, college: Illinois St.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals and power forward Louis Johnson (206-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who added 12 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Troy Barnies (200-89, college: Maine) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Namika Lahti left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Korihait and Salon Vilpas. Namika Lahti will meet at home higher ranked Forssan Koripojat (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Salon Vilpas will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: C.Latimer 19+2reb+2ast, E.Holloway 15+7reb+5ast, L.Johnson 12+14reb, A.Alanen 11+6reb+1ast, J.Hasquet 9+7reb, J.Koskinen 2+1reb
Salon Vilpas: T.Barnies 18+7reb, M.Hall 16+8reb+9ast, S.Atupem 13+8reb, J.Kataja 6+2reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 5+4reb+1ast, M.Sandberg 4+3reb
gschID: 194529


Kouvot - Kataja 67-66

Important game to mention about took place in Kouvola. Seventh ranked Kouvot (2-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (2-2) 67-66 in the fight for the fifth place. Joensuun Kataja was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 17-8 charge of Kouvot, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Chris Hester (192-79, college: E.Washington) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St., agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 5 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-89) added 15 points in the effort for Joensuun Kataja. Kouvot moved-up to fifth place. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with FoKoPo. Kouvot will play against league's second-placed Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: G.Clavell 21+7reb+2ast, C.Hester 19+10reb+1ast, I.Seppala 10+4reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 9+4reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 5+4reb+3ast, V.Taylor 3+3reb+1ast
Kataja: J.Lehtoranta 15+4reb, S.Lehtoranta 12+7reb, M.Morgan 10+2reb, A.Kanervo 8+4reb, J.Smith 7+4reb+3ast, P.Virtanen 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 194528


Pyrinto - Nilan Bisons 91-84

Undefeated leader Tampereen Pyrinto delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (1-2) 91-84. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Loimaan Korikonkarit won third quarter 28-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto shot 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Loimaan Korikonkarit only scored seven points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by Loimaan Korikonkarit helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was also dominated by American players. The winners were led by forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) supported him with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 8 rebounds by guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) did not help to save the game for Loimaan Korikonkarit. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 19 points for lost side. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Defending champion Loimaan Korikonkarit keeps the eighth place with two games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be Joensuun Kataja (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Salon Vilpas.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: L.Ulmer 22+6reb, D.Williams 18+12reb+10ast, K.Lowe 16+1reb, A.Lehto 16+3reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 9, J.Niemi 5+4reb
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 25+8reb+1ast, J.Ivey 19+3reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 8+1reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 8+6reb, R.McDade 8+5reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 194527


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Nolan RICHARDSON
  Ura B.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Richardson, Ura B.30.3 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET22.7 
 3. Coleman, ToPo22.3 
 4. Pyykkonen, JyWe21.5 
 5. Mua, Kerava ET21.0 
 6. Tarjanne, Jarvenpaa20.7 
 7. Salminen, TuNM.20.0 
 8. Young, Porvoon16.7 
 9. Suotamo, Espoo B.16.7 
 10. Hazrati, TuNM.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsene TOWA
  Kerava ET
  (191-F-81)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Towa, Kerava ET14.3 
 2. Stephens, Huima13.3 
 3. Syrjala, KaU Koris13.0 
 4. Itani, BC Jyvasky.11.8 
 5. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 6. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.7 
 7. Coleman, ToPo10.7 
 8. Mua, Kerava ET10.0 
 9. Young, Porvoon9.7 
 10. Salminen, TuNM.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarkko KYLLONEN
  Porvoon .
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.0 
 2. Kinnunen, KaU Koris4.0 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.4.0 
 4. Ginty, ToPo3.7 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET3.3 
 6. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.0 
 7. Tate, Porvoon2.7 
 8. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.7 
 9. Lindqvist, TuNM.2.7 
 10. Kukkonen, Ura B.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Little, Kerava ET4.3 
 2. Richardson, Ura B.3.0 
 3. Herrala, HBA-M.2.7 
 4. Andersen, Espoo B.2.7 
 5. Kyllonen, Porvoon2.3 
 6. Mua, Kerava ET2.0 
 7. Beatovic, ToPo2.0 
 8. Pyykkonen, JyWe1.8 
 9. Tate, Porvoon1.7 
 10. Nash, Ura Basket1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Harri KESKITALO
  JyWe
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Keskitalo, JyWe2.8 
 2. Stephens, Huima1.3 
 3. Markkanen, BC Jyv.1.3 
 4. Suotamo, Espoo B.1.3 
 5. Nuolivirta, HBA-M.1.0 
 6. Young, Porvoon1.0 
 7. Salminen, TuNM.1.0 
 8. Pyykkonen, JyWe1.0 
 9. Herrala, HBA-M.0.7 
 10. Rajala, HBA-Marsky0.7 



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  FRANCE   


Aaron Cel selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from French who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #1. This week's number one is former U20 international forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in Poland). Cel led PGE Turow to a victory over the eighth-ranked Anwil (1-2) 75-64 in the Polish TBL last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Cel scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (3-0) is placed first in the TBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Cel is currently third on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 2FGP: 82.4%(14-17). Cel has a dual citizenship: French and Polish. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Cel played also for the French U20 national team in 2007.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Croatia. He could not help Cedevita (0-1) in their last game. Despite Gelabale's very good performance the sixth-placed Cedevita was crushed 90-62 on the road by the leading Zalgiris in the group C of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Gelabale also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Cedevita this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Gelabale played for the French national team in 2012.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Serbia. He was not able to help Partizan (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Westermann's good performance Partizan (#5) was badly defeated 81-65 in Istanbul by the leading Besiktas in the group D of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Westermann also added 3 assists. It was his first game for Partizan this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Westermann played for the French U20 national team years ago.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #4. An experienced forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in a victory against the 15th-ranked Cajasol (0-3) crushing them 76-46 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (3-0) is placed first in the ACB. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. . Kirksay is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). This year he has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 3.0spg in the three games he played so far. Kirksay is a naturalized American. He used to play for the French national team back in 2008. Kirksay played also for Mulhouse in French league.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #5. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (2-1) 80-64 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and added 5 assists. Caja Laboral Vitoria (2-1) is placed sixth in the ACB. . This season Heurtel averages: 3.7ppg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the French U20 national team three years ago.

Kim Tillie
Kim Tillie
   #6. Forward Kim Tillie (210-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game. Despite Tillie's good performance Partizan (#5) was badly defeated 81-65 in Istanbul by the leading Besiktas in the group D of Euroleague. was badly defeated 87-68 in Barcelona by the much lower-ranked (#11) Regal FC. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Tillie also added 6 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball.. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Tillie is also a former international player as he played for the French senior team three years ago.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #7. International forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Umana Venezia (1-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 88-75 in Pesaro by the much higher-ranked Scavolini (#6). Diawara was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds. . Diawara has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the French national team earlier this year.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #8. Point guard Afik Nissim (186-81, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Eilat's victory against the eighth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (0-1) 78-74 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. Nissim recorded 5 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. It was his first game for Hapoel Eilat this season. His team is placed second in the Winner League. . Nissim used to play for the French national team earlier this year.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #9. Former international power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88, currently plays in Spain) helped Gescrap BB win their game against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (0-3) 72-65 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (2-1) is placed ninth in the ACB. . Moerman's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #10. Shooting guard Fabien Causeur (193-87, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Causeur couldn't help Caja Laboral (0-1) in their game against Olympiacos (1-0). He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Causeur recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Caja Laboral this season. Caja Laboral (#5) lost 81-85 in Athens to the higher-ranked (#3) Olympiacos in the group C of Euroleague. Causeur is international player as years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International swingman Mikael Maruotto (199-91, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Geneve Lions win their game against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno crushing them 93-72 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Geneve Lions this season. Despite Maruotto played previously for the Swiss national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #12. International center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Yakhouba Diawara in the Italian SerieA last game. Bryan helped Scavolini Pesaro win their game against the 13th-ranked Umana Venezia 88-75. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. This year Bryan's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3spg in the three games. He used to play for the French national team earlier this year.

   #13. International guard Alfredo Ott (193-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Leyma Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Ott scored 9 points. His team was defeated 85-76. Ott has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Ott played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the French national team roster. Strangely Ott has never played in France.

   #14. International power forward Elishay Kadir (200-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel J-M in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 11 minutes. It was his first game for Hapoel J-M this season. His team lost 82-88. Despite Kadir played previously for the Israeli national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #15. Former U19 international power forward Rudy Etilopy (208-88, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Liverpool Mersey Tigers in their game against Worcester Wolves in the British BBL. Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Etilopy was the top scorer with 10 points. He also added 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Liverpool Mersey Tigers this season. Etilopy used to play for the French U19 national team five years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has French passport:

   #1. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson, currently plays in Czech Republic) led USK Praha to a victory over the tenth-ranked BK Lions Hradec (1-4) 100-91 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Meno had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 18 rebounds in 33 minutes. USK Praha (5-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Meno's first year with the team. Meno is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Meno averages: 21.0ppg, 10.6rpg and 2.4apg in the five games he played so far. He has also Congolese passport.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Balkan League: Kumanovo post tough home win over Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Mornar Bar 71:69

Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed a late jumper to seal the Balkan League season opening win for Kumanovo. The FYR Macedonia team held off visiting Mornar Bar at home court. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) provided 26 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Kumanovo ensured a narrow 15:13 advantage after a low-scoring opening quarter. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. Kumanovo boosted the gap to 9 points at the interval 37:28. Mornar Bar revived the intrigue in the third quarter. The Montenegrin team dropped 21 points in the period and cut the deficit 5-point mark at the final break. Andrej Pajovic (188-G-92) finally drew things level at 69 with 10 seconds remaining. But Kumanovo relied on Kostovski and he sank a decisive bucket. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) accounted for 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) added 13 points for the winners. Andrej Pajovic answered with 14 points for Mornar Bar. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88, agency: TSS Management) and Mihailo Sekulovic (205-C-91) had 12 points apiece in the loss.

Kumanovo: Ivica Dimcevski 26, Uros Lukovic 15+16 boards, Marjan Janevski 13
Mornar Bar: Andrej Pajovic 14, Milos Djurisic 12, Mihailo Sekulovic 12



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  GEORGIA   


Giorgi Shermadini selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Georgians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89, currently plays in Israel). He led Maccabi T-A to a victory against the tenth-ranked Hapoel J-M (0-1) 88-82 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Shermadini recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Maccabi T-A this season. His team is placed fourth in the Winner League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Shermadini played for the Georgian senior national team years ago.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Poland). He was the major contributor in a Stelmet ZG's victory against the closely-ranked Siarka Jezioro (2-1) 92-84 in the Polish TBL last Sunday. Hosley scored 14 points, had 9 boards, passed 9 assists and added 3 steals. Stelmet Zielona Gora (3-0) is placed second in the TBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Hosley is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 17.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 88.2%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hosley played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Georgian national team in 2012. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Cantu (2-1) in their last game. Despite Markoishvili's very good performance Cantu was edged 65-64 on the road by the leading Banco di Sardegna Sassari. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Markoishvili also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Markoishvili's fourth year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg in the three games he played so far. Markoishvili played for the Georgian national team years ago.

Melvin Sanders
Melvin Sanders
   #4. Swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, college: Oklahoma St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to an overtime Sigma Barcellona's victory against the closely-ranked Nuovo Napoli (1-1) 100-97 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sanders also added 4 assists. Sigma Barcellona (2-0) is placed fifth in the Lega2. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Sanders' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg and 3.0apg. Sanders is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sanders is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #5. International point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a FIATC Joventut's victory against the 14th-ranked Assignia Manresa (0-3) 83-71 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Fisher scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (2-1) is placed eighth in the ACB. . This year Fisher has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Interesting that Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Georgi Tsintsadze
Georgi Tsintsadze
   #6. Point guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Budivelnyk win their game against the seventh-ranked Halychyna (4-2) 80-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists. Budivelnyk Kyiv (5-0) is placed first in the Superleague. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. Tsintsadze's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg and 2.2spg. He is international player as he played for the Georgian senior team years ago.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #7. International small forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Italian team Montepaschi Siena win their game against the seventh-ranked Montepaschi Siena (4-2) 92-82 in a derby game in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Sanikidze recorded 6 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Montepaschi Siena this season. His team is placed fifth in group B. . Sanikidze used to play for the Georgian national team earlier this year.

Will Thomas
Will Thomas
   #8. Power forward Will Thomas (203-86, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir to win against the 11th-ranked Mersin 85-73 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Karsiyaka this season. His team is placed sixth in the TBL. . Thomas is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Georgian national team earlier this year. Thomas played also for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #9. International point guard Jacob Pullen (183-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini in the Israeli Winner League last game. Pullen, who plays in the Israeli Winner League was not able to help Hapoel J-M (0-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Hapoel J-M lost 82-88 in Tel-Aviv to the higher-ranked (#4) Maccabi T-A. Pullen recorded 14 points and added 4 assists in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Hapoel J-M this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball.. Pullen is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Pullen is currently in the Georgian national team roster. However he has never played in Georgia.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #10. Center Georges Mdivani (204-85, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Rueil (1-2) in their game against Vendee Challans (1-3) in the French NM1 (third division). Mdivani recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rueil was badly defeated 92-74 in Challans by the lower-ranked Vendee (#11). . Mdivani's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 7.5rpg. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Naglis Palangos in their game against Siauliai in the Lithuanian LKL. Atuashvili cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team lost 63-72. This year Atuashvili's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team seven years ago.



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Bayreuth 4-0 
 2. EWE Baskets 3-1 
 3. Ratiopharm 3-1 
 4. ALBA 2-0 
 5. Brose Baskets 2-1 
 6. TBB Trier 2-1 
 7. Telekom Baskets 2-1 
 8. Art.Dragons 2-2 
 9. Neckar L'burg 2-2 
 10. Phoenix Hagen 2-2 
 11. s.Oliver Baskets 2-2 
 12. B.Muenchen 2-2 
 13. Bremerhaven 1-3 
 14. MBC 1-3 
 15. NY Phantoms 1-3 
 16. Fraport SKY 1-3 
 17. LTi 46ers 1-3 
 18. Walter Tigers 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 17: Neckar L'burg - EWE Baskets 64-79
Oct. 20: B.Muenchen - Neckar L'burg
Oct. 20: Phoenix Hagen - TBB Trier
Oct. 20: ALBA - Ratiopharm
Oct. 20: NY Phantoms - Bayreuth
Oct. 20: Walter Tigers - LTi 46ers
Oct. 21: Bremerhaven - Fraport SKY
Oct. 21: Telekom Baskets - Art.Dragons
Oct. 21: s.Oliver Baskets - EWE Baskets
Oct. 21: Brose Baskets - MBC
Oct. 19: Walter Tigers - ALBA


Federico Kammerichs selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Germans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Federico Kammerichs
Federico Kammerichs
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Federico Kammerichs (202-80, currently plays in Liga SudAmericana). Kammerichs led his Argentinian team Regatas Corrientes to a victory against the closely-ranked Malvin (0-1) 87-79 in the Liga Sudamericana last Tuesday. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was his first game for Regatas Corrientes this season. His team is placed fifth in the Liga Sudamericana. There are only two games left until the end of the Liga Sudamericana Preliminary Round. So now every game will be critical. It's Kammerichs' first year with the team. Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian. Despite he played previously for the Argentinian national team, Kammerichs played also for the German national team in 2010.

Robert Tomaszek
Robert Tomaszek
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Robert Tomaszek (204-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland). He contributed to a Energa Czarni's victory against one of league's weakest teams Rosa Radom (0-3) 94-84 in the Polish TBL on Sunday night. Tomaszek scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (1-2) is placed ninth in the TBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Tomaszek averages: 7.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.3% in the three games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish. Despite Tomaszek played previously for the Polish national team, he played also for the German national team in 2012.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League. Stojic could not help Base Oostende (1-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Base Oostende was defeated 85-81 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Liege Basket (#7). Stojic scored 12 points. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Stojic's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 85.7%, 3FGP: 55.6%. Stojic has both Croatian and German nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Stojic played also for the German national team in 2004.

Urule Igbavboa
Urule Igbavboa
   #4. Center Urule Igbavboa (203-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help LF Basket (1-3) in their game against 08 Stockholm (2-2) in the Swedish Basketligan, despite his very good performance last Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. But LF Basket lost 75-86 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) 08 Stockholm. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Igbavboa is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.0rpg. This year he also averages: 13.5ppg and 1.3apg in the four games. Igbavboa is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Igbavboa is currently in the German national team roster. He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #5. An experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido (0-4) in their game against Panasonic Trians (4-0) in the Japanese JBL. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Klette was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds. . Klette is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg. Klette used to play for the German U22 national team thirteen years ago.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #6. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams CAI Zaragoza (2-1) in their game against Valencia Basket (3-0) in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count it as his best performance. Toppert scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. CAI Zaragoza lost 73-83 in Valencia to the higher-ranked (#4) Basket. . This year Toppert's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 1.3rpg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert is a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Joachim Thoss
Joachim Thoss
   #7. Former international center Joachim Thoss (201-81, currently plays in Philippines) couldn't help Alaska Aces (1-2) in their game against Meralco Bolts (2-2) in the Filipino PBA. Despite his very good performance last Wednesday Thoss recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. It was his first game for Alaska Aces this season. . It's Thoss' first year with the team. Despite Thoss played previously for the Filipino national team, he is currently in the German national team roster.

Robert Sarovic
Robert Sarovic
   #8. Forward Robert Sarovic (205-78, currently plays in Romania) managed to help BC Timisoara in a victory against the eighth-ranked CSM Bucuresti (1-1) 86-68 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Sarovic scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. BC Timisoara (4-0) is placed fourth in the Division A. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. . It's Sarovic's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg in the two games. Sarovic used to play for the German national team earlier this year.

Kiril Wachsmann
Kiril Wachsmann
   #9. International power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto (1-1) in their game against CB Clavijo (1-1) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Wachsmann scored only 2 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Melilla Baloncesto was defeated 86-82 in Logrono by the lower-ranked CB Clavijo (#7). . Wachsmann has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the German national team earlier this year.

Lukas Varga
Lukas Varga
   #10. Guard Lukas Varga (183-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the closely-ranked Aarhus BC (3-3) 79-65 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. Varga scored only 4 points and added 4 passes in 27 minutes. Horsens IC (4-2) is placed third in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . Varga is currently fourth on the list of most steals with 2.3spg. This year he also averages: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg in the six games. Varga is international player as years ago he still played for the German senior national team.

   #11. International guard Phillip Holm (175-80, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Baerum Basket in their game against Centrum in the Norwegian BLNO. He recorded 5 points. His team was defeated 82-74. Holm belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5. This season he has very good stats: 12.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg. Holm used to play for the German national team earlier this year.

   #12. International forward Kostas Kotoulas (200-79, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Irakleio in their game against Pagrati in the Greek A2 (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Kotoulas recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Irakleio this season. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 85-66. He used to play for the German national team earlier this year.

   #13. International swingman Kevin Schweiger (193-87, currently plays in Denmark) helped Randers win their game against the fifth-ranked Naestved 87-80 in the Danish Ligaen last Wednesday. Schweiger recorded only 2 points. This season he averages just 2.8ppg. Schweiger used to play for the German national team earlier this year.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has German passport:

   #1. Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Bnei Hasharon's victory against one of league's weakest teams Hapoel Tel-Aviv (0-1) 96-88 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Bnei Hasharon this season. His team is placed first in the Winner League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Rice's fifth year with the team. Rice is currently third on the league's list of top scorers with 22 points. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German. Despite Rice's German passport, he previously played for the Israeli national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.



Joe Trapani (BBC Bayreuth) I Feel If Your Not Getting Better Each Day, Then Your Getting Worse - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll.) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Madison, Connecticut that is playing his first season for Beko BBL team BBC Bayreuth. He started his NCAA career at Vermont (NCAA) in 2006 an dplayed 26 games: 11.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 68.4%. He then completed his NCAA career at Boston College playing there form 2008-2011. In his senior year he played 34 games: 14.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 70.7%. In 2011, he turned professional playing at the e Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 14.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg. He then came to Europe to play for Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 3 games: 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg, left in Oct.'11, in Nov.'11 try-out at Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five), then moved to MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (Italy-Lega2): 12 games: 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 78.0%; in Mar.'12 signed at Maine Red Claws (D-League): 6 games: 3.2ppg, 3.7rpg. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball this past summer..

Welcome to Germany Joe. You played in Italy last season. What is your first impression of Germany and what has been something that you have learned about Germany that you didnt know before?

Germany seems like a beautiful place with a lot of nice architecture

You played for three Italian teams last season and a D-league team. How much of a whirlwind season was that for you as a rookie. When looking back how advantageous was having an experience like that as a rookie?

I went through a lot of transition last season and it was tough to overcome, but it has made me a more mentally tough competitor and has made me appreciate what I have here in Germany

BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco Van Den Berg has put together a very interesting squad in a very competitive Beko BBL. BBC Bayreuth will have a very potent front court with Gary Mcghee, Jason Cain and yourself. What will be your role?

Anything to help the team win games, score, rebound, play aggressive defense.


Scouting on your game has said that you are more of a sf than a pf. However you still had very good rebounding stats. Scouting also says you are less a banger and more of a perimeter man. Will you have any surprises ready for the first game concerning your playing style?

I feel that if your not getting better every day than your getting worse, I am always trying to improve in every facet of the game.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

My athleticism in transition

Gary Mcghee is a very spectacular player. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do on the court so far in pre season?

Dunking on someone


You have an Italian passport. Have you had any thoughts about possibly playing for the Italian national team if you were asked?

No I havent

You played at Boston College from 2008-2011. What wa sthe most importnat thing that head coach Al Skinner taught you that has prepared you for a professional basketball season?

Pace myself its a long season


How excited are you about playing against Tyrese Rice this season? What is your fondest memory of him at BC on and off the
court?

Its going to be cool playing against him, my fondest memory is when we beat Duke at home and the fans rushed the court.

Your ex teammate Reggie Jackson from Boston College could apply for the Italian passport. He plays for the Oklahoma Thunder in the NBA. What play on the court still lies in your memory concerning Joe Trapani and Reggie Jackson?

We had a lot of good plays together nothing stands out

Who was the toughest player that you battled against on the court in the NCAA that might be in the NBA or Europe now?

Tyler Hansborough


Who would win in their prime the Dream team or Team USA 2012?

If I had to guess then I would say the Dream team

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Corialanus

Thanks Joe for the chat.



Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bostjan NACHBAR
  Brose B.
  (207-F-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Nachbar, Brose B.21.0 
 2. Bryant, Ratiopharm19.8 
 3. Taylor, Neckar L.19.0 
 4. Brooks, LTi 46ers18.0 
 5. Taylor, Art.Dragons15.8 
 6. Ray, Ratiopharm15.5 
 7. Staiger, Neckar L.15.5 
 8. Chubb, EWE Baskets15.3 
 9. Guenther, Ratio.15.0 
 10. Haynes, Art.Drago.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm12.8 
 2. Gordon, Phoenix8.0 
 3. Burtschi, Bremerha.8.0 
 4. McGhee, Bayreuth7.8 
 5. Ewing Jr., Teleko.7.7 
 6. Theis, Ratiopharm7.5 
 7. NaNa, NY Phantoms7.5 
 8. Boone, s.Oliver.7.3 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen7.0 
 10. Harper, TBB Trier7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.7 
 2. Harris, LTi 46ers5.3 
 3. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.8 
 4. Jones, Fraport SKY4.0 
 5. Rice, B.Muenchen4.0 
 6. Bailey, Bayreuth4.0 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.0 
 8. Bell, Phoenix Hagen3.8 
 9. Jacobsen, Brose B.3.7 
 10. Burrell, Bremerha.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jacob BURTSCHI
  Bremerha.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Burtschi, Bremerha.2.8 
 2. Bernard, Neckar L.2.0 
 3. Jones, Fraport SKY1.8 
 4. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 5. King, s.Oliver.1.5 
 6. Valters, Art.Drag.1.5 
 7. Curry, MBC1.3 
 8. Stuckey, s.Oliv.1.3 
 9. Bell, Phoenix Hagen1.3 
 10. Zwiener, Bremerha.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm3.3 
 2. Pantelic, MBC2.3 
 3. Zirbes, Brose B.2.0 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen2.0 
 5. Gregory, Phoenix1.8 
 6. Turek, Neckar L.1.3 
 7. Fields, LTi 46ers1.3 
 8. Boateng, NY Phant.1.3 
 9. Ford, Brose Baske.1.3 
 10. Ortner, LTi 46ers1.0 



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Ryan Blankson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Ghanians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Ghanians who are currently playing abroad.

Ryan Blankson
Ryan Blankson
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ryan Blankson (201-80, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Uruguay). He led Union Atletica to a victory against the eighth-ranked Atletico Welcome (4-5) 81-67 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. Blankson recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds. Union Atletica (5-2) is placed fifth in Capital group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Blankson belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6. This season he averages: 9.9ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.5% and FT: 36.8%. Blankson is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Blankson played also for the Ghanian national team in 2012. Strangely he has never played in Ghana.

Amu Saaka
Amu Saaka
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Amu Saaka (198-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Furman, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division). Saaka could not help Saint-Quentin (2-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Saint-Quentin lost 73-81 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Chalons-Reims. Saaka was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 35 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Saaka's second season in pro basketball. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Saaka's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 85.7% in the four games he played so far. Saaka is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Saaka played also for the Ghanian national team in 2012. Apparently he has never played in Ghana.

Alhaji Mohammed
Alhaji Mohammed
   #3. The Ghanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville, currently plays in Spain). Mohammed was not able to help Blancos de Rueda (1-2) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (2-1) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 8 points. Blancos de Rueda was crushed 79-55 in Malaga by the higher-ranked Unicaja (#7). But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Mohammed's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 75.0%. He played for the Ghanian national team years ago.

Eric Boateng
Eric Boateng
   #4. Center Eric Boateng (208-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for New Yorker Phantoms (1-3) in their last game. Despite Boateng's good performance New Yorker Phantoms lost 78-89 in Hagen to the higher-ranked (#10) Phoenix. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Boateng also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Boateng's overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3bpg in the four games. He has a dual citizenship: British and Ghanian. Despite Boateng played previously for the British national team, he is currently in the Ghanian national team roster.

David Cournooh
David Cournooh
   #5. International guard David Cournooh (188-90, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Biancoblu Basket Bologna to win against the league leader Upea CdO (0-2) 86-81 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Cournooh scored only 4 points and added 5 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Biancoblu Basket Bologna (2-0) is placed second in the Lega2. . It's Cournooh's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.0apg. Cournooh is another player who holds two passports: Ghanian and Italian. He used to play for the Ghanian national team earlier this year.

Cedric Quarshie
Cedric Quarshie
   #6. Forward Cedric Quarshie (194-83, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point TV 1862 Langen's victory against the tenth-ranked Bayer Giants (0-3) 87-85 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Quarshie scored 8 points in 23 minutes. TV 1862 Langen (2-1) is placed fifth in Group South. . This year Quarshie's total stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. Despite he played previously for the German national team, Quarshie is also a former international player as he played for the Ghanian senior team two years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Ghanian passport:

   #1. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington, currently plays in Adriatic League) led his Serbian team Radnicki KG to a victory against the eighth-ranked MZT Skopje (2-2) 83-75 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bryan-Amaning's second season in pro basketball. Radnicki Kragujevac (1-3) is placed 12th in the Adriatic League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Bryan-Amaning's first year with the team. This season he averages: 6.5ppg and 5.3rpg in the four games he played so far. Bryan-Amaning has a dual citizenship: Ghanian and British. Despite his Ghanian passport, Bryan-Amaning currently plays for the British national team and is not eligible to play for the Ghanian team.

Other top Ghanian players, who play abroad:

Billy Ouattara (190-G-92) plays for Chalon/Saor in French ProA
Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-G-88) plays for M.Magixx in Dutch Eredivisie
Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85) plays for Flamengo in Brazilian Carioca
Paul Owusu-Frimpong (200-F-86) plays for SC Rist Wedel in German ProB
Asenso Ampim (198-F) plays for Antranik in Lebanese Division A
Michael Frimpong (180-PG-92) plays for Muenchen in German Regionalliga
Muniru Moro (208-C-70) plays for Hilversum in Dutch



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  GREECE   


Nick Calathes selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Greek players, who play currently abroad.

Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida, currently plays in VTB United League), who plays in Russia. He could not help Lokomotiv (0-2) in their last game. Despite Calathes' very good performance the seventh-placed Lokomotiv lost 74-81 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) CEZ Nymburk in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Calathes also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Calathes' first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Calathes averages: 15.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 64.7%(11-17) and FT: 33.3% in the two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Calathes played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Greek national team in 2012. Calathes used to play for 3-year contract with Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a 1-point victory over the fourth-ranked Unics Kazan (1-1) 52-51 in the VTB United League last Monday. Mavrokefalidis was MVP of the game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg (2-0) is placed first in group A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Mavrokefalidis has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 65.0%(13-20) and FT: 83.3%. Mavrokefalidis is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Stavros Toutziarakis
Stavros Toutziarakis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM, currently plays in Sweden). He led Solna Vikings to a victory over the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (3-1) 75-70 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Toutziarakis was the best player in that game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Solna Vikings (3-1) is placed third in the Basketligan. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Toutziarakis' first year with the team. Toutziarakis is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 10.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 15.5ppg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.8%(21-37) and FT: 54.1% in the four games. Toutziarakis played for the Greek U20 national team five years ago.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #4. Forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Armani Milano (1-2) in their game against Air Avellino (1-2) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Armani Milano was crushed 80-58 in Avellino by the higher-ranked Air Avellino (#9). But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Fotsis' overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the Greek national team earlier this year.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #5. International swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, also represented by FCM, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (0-3) 72-65 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Vasiliadis scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (2-1) is placed ninth in the ACB. . This year Vasiliadis' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.3apg in the three games. He used to play for the Greek national team earlier this year.

Nikos Barlos
Nikos Barlos
   #6. An experienced forward Nikos Barlos (203-79, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a C.de Latte BRE's victory against the 13th-ranked AcegasAps TR (1-1) 84-67 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Saturday night. Barlos was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Centrale del Latte Brescia (1-1) is placed ninth in the Lega2. . It's Barlos' first season with the team. Barlos has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team seven years ago.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #7. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Cimberio Varese's victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (2-1) 74-67 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Sakota scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Cimberio Varese (3-0) is placed second in the SerieA. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. . This year Sakota's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.0rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

Angelo Tsagarakis
Angelo Tsagarakis
   #8. Guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84, currently plays in France) helped Chalons-Reims win their game against the 12th-ranked Saint-Quentin (2-2) 81-73 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Tsagarakis was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Chalons-Reims (2-2) is placed sixth in the ProB. . This season Tsagarakis has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 2.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Tsagarakis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #9. International guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Zisis helped Gescrap BB win their game against one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (0-3) 72-65. He scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Zisis has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the three games. He used to play for the Greek national team earlier this year.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #10. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League) faced previously mentioned Loukas Mavrokefalidis in the VTB United League last game. Vougioukas, who plays in Russia was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan (1-1) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Unics Kazan (#4) was edged 52-51 in St.Petersburg by the leading Spartak in the group A of VTB United League. Vougioukas scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. . Vougioukas is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0bpg. Vougioukas is international player as years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. International guard Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (187-85, currently plays in Germany) helped Duesseldorf Baskets win their game against the closely-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule 76-57 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 11 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.3apg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Australian national team, Tzakopoulos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #12. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ian Vougioukas and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Kaimakoglou couldn't help Unics Kazan in their game against Spartak St.Petersburg. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was edged 52-51. Kaimakoglou has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Greek national team earlier this year.

   #13. International guard Kosta Karamatskos (197-86, currently plays in Germany) helped Kirchheim Knights win their n overtime game against the tenth-ranked Finke Baskets 119-115 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. Karamatskos recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg in the four games. Despite Karamatskos played previously for the German U20 national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #14. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (203-82, currently plays in VTB United League) faced previously mentioned Nick Calathes in the VTB United League last game. Tapoutos helped his Czech Republic team CEZ Nymburk win their game against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv 81-74. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Tapoutos has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish ACB. Lampropoulos scored 8 points in only 14 minutes. His team was edged 71-68. This year he averages only 8.3ppg in the three games. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team nine years ago.


Standings - A1

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 14: Olympiacos - PAOK 89-64
Oct. 14: Kolossos - AGOR 82-80 2OT
Oct. 13: Peristeri GS - Panelefsiniakos 77-75
Oct. 15: Ikaros - Apollon Patras 67-65
Oct. 13: Kavala - Ilysiakos 66-68
Oct. 14: KAOD - Panionios 62-64
Oct. 15: Aris - Panathinaikos 56-71

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 20: Panelefsiniakos - Kavala
Oct. 20: Apollon Patras - KAOD
Oct. 21: Ilysiakos - Kolossos
Oct. 21: Panionios - Peristeri GS
Oct. 21: PAOK - Ikaros
Oct. 21: AGOR - Aris
Oct. 22: Panathinaikos - Olympiacos


B' Division: Premier's top Guns - by Chris Mammides

After the first week of the official start of the Second Division's league the top guns of the division have started to produce numbers, so in this first week the following 5 players have scored over 24 points, as follows:

1. Vassilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) of K.O. Holargos who scored 31 points who was the main man in the victory of his team over Near East after two over-times

2. Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) of APS Aias Evosmou who scored 30 points and helped his team to beat

3. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Psyhiko Athens who scored 29 points in the derby against Panerythraikos and helped his team to start positive in its debute in the division

4. Kostas Bechlivanis (180-G-74) of GS Iraklis Thessaloniki, who scored 28 points, the veteran point guard is still in a very good shape and he proved that from the early beggining of the league

5. Kostas Marapidis (190-G-84) of Ionikos Ionias, the younger player of the top gunners, who scored 24 points and helped his team in the derby between the Ioniko's teams to begin its duties on a postiive way.



C' Division: Top scorers after the second week of the league (North) - by Chris Mammides

After the second week of the amazing league of the third division for the season 2012-2013 the top gunners certified their abilities and continue in the same motto their scoring duties. The top 5 scorers from both the groups in the North are as follows:

1. Vangelis Avgerinos (187-G-78) of AGS Ioanninon who scored 51 points and is leading in the table of scorers with 25.5 points per game but his team suffered allready two loses in these two first weeks of the league.

2. Markos Psaltou (201-F-84) of Argos Orestiko who scored 46 points in the first two games and it seems that he is doing his best start of his career as his team is unbeaten and is figuring in the top seat of the table.

3. Giannis Fotiadis (185-G-82) of HANTH who scored 45 points in these 2 starting games and he helped his team to win the premier game but lost the second game in the tough home court of Eleftheroupolis Kavalas

4. Kostas Saribalidis (182-PG-87) of Morena-All Day Coffee Bar Foinikas who scored 44 points in the first two games and helped his team to win both the games in these 2 weeks and to be at the top spot with Argos Orestiko

5. Stefanos Manousakis (180-G-82) of AMS Anagennisi Floga who scored 42 points in the two games
but couldn't be the change agent for his team as Anagenisi lost both its games these two first weeks of the league.



A2: The top scorers of the division - by Chris Mammides

The A2 league's first week is now past but the conclussion for the top gunners just started. After the first week of the league the 5 top scorers of the division are as follows:
1. Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-F/C-82) of Arkadikos who scored 27 points but couldn't help his team to win the game against Ermis Lagkada
2. Petar Cosic (186-G-85, agency: Interperformances) of Koroivos Amaliadas who scored 26 points and helped his team to beat OFI
3. Nikos Gikas (186-PG-91, agency: FCM) of Filathlitikos who scored 23 points and succeded a great road win in Serres against Ikaroi Serron
4.
Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81, agency: FCM) of AEN Kifissias who scored 21 points in the easy victory of his team against Agia Paraskevi
5. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada who scored 20 points in the win against Arkadikos
5. Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of Koroivos Amaliadas who scored 20 points and was with Cosic the top men in the victory against OFI
5. Giannis Papachristos (194-F-80) of TrikalaBC who scored 20 points but his team lost the home game against Lavrio
5. Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81, agency: FCM) of TrikalaBC who scored 20 points but his team lost the home game against Lavrio



Balkan League: Kavala edge Rilski Sportist in opener - by Eurobasket News

Kavala - Rilski Sportist 81:79

Kavala earned the first win in their debut Balkan League season. They held off Rilski Sportist at home court in the opener for both teams. Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley) nailed 20 points to lead the Hellenes.
Kavala earned a narrow 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Kavala did not loosen the grasp in the second quarter. They opened a double-digit lead in the second frame but Rilski were able to narrow the gap at 8-point mark at the interval 34:42. Kavala used a 9:1 run midway through the third term to clear off. But Rilski Sportist refused to give up. They cut the deficit to just 4 points 53:57 at the final break. Rilski eventually tied things up at 79 with 11 seconds remaining. Stefanidis sank two free throws to give the hosts a narrow lead. Kirov had a chance to win the game for Rilski but missed a three-pointer and Kavala ran away with victory. James Nunnally (200-G/F-90, college: UCSB) and Nemanja Mitrovic (197-G-90, college: Portland) posted 11 points each for Kavala. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) answered with 31 points for Rilski Sportist. Braxton Dupree (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Towson) had 18 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Kavala: Jeremy Fears 20, James Nunnally 11, Nemanja Mitrovic 11
Rilski Sportist: Terry Smith 31, Braxton Dupree 18+12 boards



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Sopron added Jeremy Wise - by Levente Szabo (T)

The management of Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC pulled another move after the season started and parted ways with rookie guard Jeff Jones while added to their roster experienced combo-guard Jeremy Wise (191-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi).

Jeremy graduated from Southern Mississippi in 2009 after having a really strong senior season averaging 16.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.7apg. He started his professional career in the D-league with the Bakersfield Jam where he recorded 16.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.1apg (FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 84.6%) in 45 games.

After a really successful rookie season he got a summer league invite from the Golden State Warriors but didnt earn a contract and went back to his D-league team Bakersfield Jam where he played another 53 games before leaving overseas to play in Italy. Jeremy Wise signed to Italy second division in 2011 and since then he moved a lot around the world: Philippines, Israel, Venezuela, Dominica and Ukraine.

The American combo is expected to have his debut with Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC this weekend on home court against Hungarian powerhouse Atomeromu SE Paks.



Zalakeramia-ZTE KK signs Donald Copeland, ex Bayamon - by Eurobasket News (T)

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (A Division) signed 28-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) point guard Donald Copeland (177-77kg-84, college: Seton Hall). Copeland played last summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 23 BSN games last season he had 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.8apg. Copeland helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played at Arecibo in Puerto Rican league earlier that season. In 3 Liga Americas games he recorded just 2.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Copeland also played 9 games in BSN where he recorded only 2.3ppg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. The other team Copeland played that season for was Bourg in French ProB. In 22 ProB games he recorded 10.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 5.3apg.
Copeland was also selected to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. Copeland has played also professionally in Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Philippines (Powerade Tigers), Poland (PGE Turow and Polpharma), France (JL Bourg).
He attended Seton Hall University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Asia Club Championship: Riyadi drub Duhok - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi - Duhok 96:51

Riyadi posted the third straight win at the Asia Club Championship. The Lebanese side overcame Duhok to improve at 3-0 record. Ahmad Ibrahim (202-G/F-92, college: Rice) nailed 33 points to pace the winners. Duhok fell at 0-2 record in the loss.
Riyadi secured a strong start. They cleared off to a 24:4 advantage at the first break. The Lebanese team fired 29 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. They ensured a 53:17 halftime lead. Riyadi maintained the lead throughout the third frame. The Lebanese powerhouse entered the fourth quarter up by 46 points. Riyadi never looked back in the final period and rallied to the victory at the end. Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Amir Saoud (188-G-91) added 10 points for the winners. Antonio Webb (178-G-84, college: Beth.-Cookman) answered with 17 points for Duhok. Kendall Dartez (207-C/F-80, college: Louisville) delivered 10 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Riyadi: Ahmad Ibrahim 33, Ahmad Ismail 16, Amir Saoud 10
Duhok: Antonio Webb 17, Kendall Dartez 10



Al Kahraba lands Xavier Keeling, ex Sokol de Antof. - by Simas (T)

Al Kahraba Electricity (D1) landed 24-year old American forward Xavier Keeling (201-104kg-88, college: St.Catharine). Keeling played most recently at Sokol de Antofagasta in Chilean DIMAYOR. He has played previously professionally in USA and Peru (Regatas) Keeling attended St.Catharine College until 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

The club also signed Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) who spent last season in Finland playing for Forssan Koripojat (1st Division). In 31 games, he averaged 17.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.3apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Balkan League: Galil Gilboa roll past Slavonski Brod - by Eurobasket News

Galil Gilboa - Slavonski Brod 66:59

Galil Gilboa earned the first win in the Balkan League season. The defending champions rallied past Slavonski Brod in the opener. Amit Simhon (197-F/G-89, agency: Ronsport) notched 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from Galil Gilboa.
Slavonski Brod looked better in the opening frame. The Croatian team posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. The visitors stretched the advantage in the second quarter. Slavonski Brod accumulated a 36:27 halftime advantage. Galil Gilboa erased the deficit in the third term. The Israeli team eked out a narrow one-point lead at the final intermission 48:47. The hosts limited their opponents to 12 points in the fourth quarter and posted the victory. Nimrod Tishman (189-PG-91) nailed 12 points, while Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) added 11 points for the winning side. Brice Massamba (208-F/C-88, college: UNLV) answered with 15 points for Slavonski Brod. Denis Toroman (194-G-82, agency: TSS Management) netted 12 points in the loss.

Galil Gilboa: Amit Simhon 13, Nimrod Tishman 12, Brandon Hunter 11
Slavonski Brod: Brice Massamba 15, Denis Toroman 12



Maccabi Kiryat Gat inks Albert Fisher - by Eurobasket News (T)

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (National League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent State, agency: Ronsport).

Kiryat Gats other American Harris will miss a month of action due to injury. That said, the Israeli team moved forward with Fisher on a monthly contract.
Fisher played most recently at Bejjeh in Lebanese Division A.
In 2010 Fisher played in Turkey for Akcakoca Poyraz and there he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 1st Team in 2010.



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Barsy Atyrau improved to 2-2 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Baltic league
TTU - Barsy Atyrau 61:87


Barsy Atyrau improved to 2-2 record in Group A of Baltic League. The team from Kazakhstan overcame Estonian TTU 87:61.
It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-2 record before this meeting. Barsy Atyrau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barsy Atyrau forced 19 TTU turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Zambalist Fredrick (183-G-86, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Barsy Atyrau players scored in double figures. Arnold Arnold (208-C-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Erik Keedus (198-F-90) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for TTU.
Barsy Atyrau keep a position of league leader. Barsy Atyrau will play against league's second-placed Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TTU will play against the league's leader Ventspils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



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Al Jahraa inks Torrington Cox, ex Al Ansar - by Simas (T)

Al Jahraa (D1) signed 27-year old Bahamas ex-international forward Torrington Cox (201-95kg-85, college: King). Cox played last season at Al Ansar in Saudi Arabian Premier League. He played in two countries last year (!!!). Cox helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played at Uhud in Premier League earlier that season. The other team Cox played that season for was Sagrados in Chilean Liga Nacional.
He was a member of Bahamas Senior National Team between 2007 and 2011. Cox also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Nassau (Bahamas) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were in 6 games: 7.2ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP-3 (61.5%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 35.3%.
Cox has played previously professionally in Mexico (Fuerza Regia and Meteoros) and Chile (CD Sagrados)
He attended King College until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Ventspils and Valmiera continue high in BBL - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils and Valmiera continue high in Baltic league as they won another games to remain undefeated.
Ventspils outscored Lithuanian Siauliai 83:75 for 2-0 record. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-75. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82, college: Hofstra) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and Papa Dia (208-F-87, college: SMU) added 14 points respectively for lost side.
Valmiera won over LSU-Baltai 68:66. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Players Group) fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kalvis Krumins chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Vidmantas Sragauskis produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and Arunas Vasiliauskas added 19 points respectively for lost side.
Rudupis edged Barons kvartals 88:57 on Tuesday for 4-0 record. Gediminas Orelikas fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Zygimantas Janavicius chipped in 7 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. Portuguese forward Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Salvis Metra added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Juventus meanwhile beat Jelgava 101:96. Darrick Leonard (190-G-84, college: Aurora) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Darius Gvezdauskas chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Sandis Silavs (195-G-88) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and Lauris Mizis added 19 points respectively for lost side.



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Asia Club Championship: Riyadi drub Duhok - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi - Duhok 96:51

Riyadi posted the third straight win at the Asia Club Championship. The Lebanese side overcame Duhok to improve at 3-0 record. Ahmad Ibrahim (202-G/F-92, college: Rice) nailed 33 points to pace the winners. Duhok fell at 0-2 record in the loss.
Riyadi secured a strong start. They cleared off to a 24:4 advantage at the first break. The Lebanese team fired 29 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. They ensured a 53:17 halftime lead. Riyadi maintained the lead throughout the third frame. The Lebanese powerhouse entered the fourth quarter up by 46 points. Riyadi never looked back in the final period and rallied to the victory at the end. Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) contributed 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Amir Saoud (188-G-91) added 10 points for the winners. Antonio Webb (178-G-84, college: Beth.-Cookman) answered with 17 points for Duhok. Kendall Dartez (207-C/F-80, college: Louisville) delivered 10 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Riyadi: Ahmad Ibrahim 33, Ahmad Ismail 16, Amir Saoud 10
Duhok: Antonio Webb 17, Kendall Dartez 10



Maccabi Kiryat Gat inks Albert Fisher - by Eurobasket (T)

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (National League) agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent State, agency: Ronsport).

Kiryat Gats other American Harris will miss a month of action due to injury. That said, the Israeli team moved forward with Fisher on a monthly contract.
Fisher played most recently at Bejjeh in Lebanese Division A.
In 2010 Fisher played in Turkey for Akcakoca Poyraz and there he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 1st Team in 2010.



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Lietkabelis and Rudupis keep the perfect records in Baltic League - by Eurobasket News

Lietkabelis and Rudupis keep the perfect records in Baltic League as they won their latest games. Lietkabelis at first overcame Juventus 95:79 and then won over Liepaja 86:62.
Rudupis edged Barons kvartals 88:57 on Tuesday for 4-0 record. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Zygimantas Janavicius chipped in 7 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Salvis Metra (195-G/F-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Juventus meanwhile beat Jelgava 101:96. Darrick Leonard fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Darius Gvezdauskas chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Sandis Silavs produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and Lauris Mizis (198-F-89) added 19 points respectively for lost side.
Ventspils outscored Lithuanian Siauliai 83:75. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-75. Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Aurimas Kieza produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and Papa Dia (208-F-87, college: SMU) added 14 points respectively for lost side.



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Asia Club Championship: Belent open win count - by Eurobasket News

Belent - Falcons 96:68

Belent clinched the first win at the Asia Club Championship in Beirut. The Turkmenistan side outgunned Falcons for 1-1 record. Pavel Averyanov (202-F-87) accounted for 18 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side.
Falcon ensured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The Turkmenistan team turned things around in the second quarter. They fired 29 points in the frame to post a 50:33 halftime advantage. Belent stayed in front in the third frame. They secured a 70:46 advantage at the final intermission. Belent cruised to the victory in the fourth quarter. Samender Juginisov (204-F/C-87) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Aleksandr Kozlov (200-F-82) netted 17 points for Belent. Nemekhbayar Battulga (G-81) answered with 18 points for Falcon. Temuujin Ariunbold (G-92) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Belent: Pavel Averyanov 18+18 boards, Samender Juginisov 18+11 boards, Aleksandr Kozlov 17
Falcons: Nemekhbayar Battulga 18, Temuujin Ariunbold 16



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Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. Berane 2010 0-0 
 2. Buducnost II 0-0 
 3. Gorstak 0-0 
 4. Gusinje 0-0 
 5. Pljevlja 0-0 
 6. S.Centar 0-0 
 7. Slobodan 0-0 
 8. Un.Mediteran 0-0 
 9. Zeta 0-0 
 10. Zeta 2011 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 20: Gusinje - Slobodan
Oct. 20: Gorstak - Pljevlja
Oct. 20: Berane 2010 - Buducnost II
Oct. 20: Un.Mediteran - Zeta 2011
Oct. 20: S.Centar - Zeta


Teodo won the season opener in Bijelo Polje - by Darko Pekic

BC Teodo Tivat won tonight in Bijelo Polje against BC Centar in the 2012/2013 season opener (65-61 for the guests). Actually, the team coached by Slobodan Savovic asked the Federation to play the Round 4 game before the official season opening (Saturday) because they will have a lot of duties in Balkan league in November. The game was tied and Centar even had a lead at the halftime (35-29) thanks to the newcomer Aaron Mitchell (187-G, college: Longwood) who led them, but the exprienced players of Teodo managed to decide it only in the last period. The club from Tivat will play in the 1st Round on Saturday against Ibar at home while Centar will play against Ulcinj in Southern Montenegro.


Balkan League: Kumanovo post tough home win over Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - Mornar Bar 71:69

Aleksandar Kostoski (186-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed a late jumper to seal the Balkan League season opening win for Kumanovo. The FYR Macedonia team held off visiting Mornar Bar at home court. Ivica Dimcevski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) provided 26 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Kumanovo ensured a narrow 15:13 advantage after a low-scoring opening quarter. The hosts stretched the lead in the second frame. Kumanovo boosted the gap to 9 points at the interval 37:28. Mornar Bar revived the intrigue in the third quarter. The Montenegrin team dropped 21 points in the period and cut the deficit 5-point mark at the final break. Andrej Pajovic (188-G-92) finally drew things level at 69 with 10 seconds remaining. But Kumanovo relied on Kostovski and he sank a decisive bucket. Uros Lukovic (212-C-89) accounted for 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) added 13 points for the winners. Andrej Pajovic answered with 14 points for Mornar Bar. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88, agency: TSS Management) and Mihailo Sekulovic (205-C-91) had 12 points apiece in the loss.

Kumanovo: Ivica Dimcevski 26, Uros Lukovic 15+16 boards, Marjan Janevski 13
Mornar Bar: Andrej Pajovic 14, Milos Djurisic 12, Mihailo Sekulovic 12



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  NBA   


Love to miss six weeks or more with broken hand - by Bryan Floyd

Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) is expected to miss six weeks after breaking the third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand during a workout on Wednesday morning.
Love will be re-evaluated on Thursday in New York. Yahoo sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Love will miss "4-6 weeks," but the Wolves' say he'll be out "6-8 weeks. Derrick Williams will have a chance now to prove he deserves a bigger role. Love should be back sooner rather than later, he is known as avery fast healer.



Full of action Tuesday around NBA - by Eurobasket News

Seven pre-season games were played on Tuesday around the NBA.
The Pacers claimed the second win as they rolled past the Hawks 102:98. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) came up with 20 points to lead Indiana. Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) delivered 20 points for the winners. Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) answered with 18 points for the Hawks. Tolliver netted 14 points in the loss.
The Brooklyn Nets celebrated the third consecutive victory as they eked out a 97:96 win over the Boston Celtics. Andray Blatche (6'11''-F/C-86) recorded 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Nets. Mirza Teletovic (6'9''-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points in the win. The Celtics fell at 1-4 record on pre-season despite a 29-point effort from Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas).
The Pistons overcame the Magic 112:86 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) nailed 19 points, while Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Paul Georgetown) contributed 15 points for the winners. Jones chipped in 22 points for the Magic as they suffered the fourth straight loss.
Nathan Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington) came up with 24 points and 13 assists to lead the Bulls past the Bucks 100:94. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) contributed 23 points in the second win for Chicago in pre-season. Jennings, Dalembert and Dunleavy finished with 13 points each for the Bucks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder opened pre-season win count with a 120:98 rout of the Bobcats. Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse) nailed 20 points to lead the Thunder. Perry Jones added 17 points for the hosts. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) answered with 21 points for the Pistons.
The Minnesota Timberwolves had little problems in a 114:81 win over Maccabi Haifa. Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) nailed 24 points, while Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) contributed 19 points for the Timberwolves. Pat Calathes (6'10''-G/F-85, college: St.Joseph's) and Paul Stoll (5'11''-PG-85) responded with 17 points each for Maccabi Haifa.
The Utah Jazz prevailed against struggling LA Lakers 114:80. Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) stepped up with 13 points, while Jefferson and Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) added 12 points each for the Jazz. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) answered with 31 points for the Lakers.



Leandrinho Barbosa joins Celtics - by Eurobasket News (T)

Boston Celtics added to their roster 30-year old Brazilian international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-92kg-82). Barbosa played last season at Indiana Pacers. In 33 NBA games last year he had 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the conference semifinals. Barbosa also played at Toronto earlier that season. In 42 NBA games he recorded 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg. The other team he played that season for was Flamengo in Brazilian league. In 3 Liga Sudamericana games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.0apg. Barbosa also played 3 games in NBA where he recorded also great stats: 17.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.0apg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Barbosa has been also a member of Brazilian international program for some years. He has played for Senior National Team since 2001 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2000. Barbosa represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdom) this year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 16.2ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 68.8%.
Barbosa has played previously professionally in Brazil (Palmeiras and Paschoalotto/Bauru) and NBA (Phoenix Suns).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @WojYahooNBA)



Knicks exercise third-year option on Iman Shumpert - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks like guard Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) and as expected, will keep him around for the near future. Knicks Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has exercised its third-year option on Shumpert. According to Alan Hahn of MSG Network, the third-year option is worth $1.7 million.
Shumpert, 6-5, 220-pounds, averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.71 steals (seventh in NBA) over 28.9 minutes in 59 games (35 starts) last season en route to being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He was selected in first round (17th overall) in 2011 NBA Draft. Shumpert is currently injured and will miss some of the regular season while he heals.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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  NORWAY   

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith THOMPSON
  Baerum B.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Thompson, Baerum22.8 
 2. Jones, Tromso21.4 
 3. Gabrans, Froya B.20.0 
 4. Thomas, Gimle BBK20.0 
 5. Stien, Asker Aliens19.0 
 6. Ble, Centrum18.8 
 7. Hinsch, Centrum17.6 
 8. Mostafa, Froya B.17.2 
 9. Silavs, Froya B.17.0 
 10. Wallace, Tromso17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Tromso15.8 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK11.6 
 3. Thompson, Baerum10.5 
 4. Mostafa, Froya B.8.8 
 5. Berg, Asker Aliens8.8 
 6. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.2 
 7. Harto, Baerum B.6.8 
 8. Ble, Centrum6.3 
 9. Elsafadi, Froya B.6.3 
 10. Lepovic, Centrum6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya B.
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Gabrans, Froya B.4.9 
 2. Mahnin, Centrum4.3 
 3. Stien, Asker Aliens4.2 
 4. Thomas, Gimle BBK4.1 
 5. Holm, Baerum B.3.3 
 6. Mjos, Baerum B.3.3 
 7. Issalhi, Tromso3.2 
 8. Mihaylov, Tromso3.2 
 9. Silavs, Froya B.2.9 
 10. Ble, Centrum2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald TIMUS
  Ammerud .
  (197-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Timus, Ammerud2.5 
 2. Elsafadi, Froya B.2.3 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso2.2 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.2.1 
 5. Thompson, Baerum1.7 
 6. Ferranti, Baerum B.1.5 
 7. Amoikon, Asker Ali.1.5 
 8. Nzeyimana, Froya B.1.4 
 9. Wallace, Tromso1.4 
 10. Jones, Tromso1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith THOMPSON
  Baerum B.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Thompson, Baerum1.8 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK1.6 
 3. Jones, Tromso1.0 
 4. Andreassen, Baerum0.8 
 5. Ferranti, Baerum B.0.7 
 6. Harto, Baerum B.0.7 
 7. Berg, Asker Aliens0.5 
 8. Sorensen, Ammerud0.5 
 9. Bwomono, Ammerud0.5 
 10. Nyborg, Centrum0.5 


Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Centrum 6-1 
 2. Gimle BBK 5-2 
 3. Tromso 4-1 
 4. Froya Basket 4-3 
 5. Baerum Basket 2-4 
 6. Ammerud Bskt 1-5 
 7. Asker Aliens 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 17: Asker Aliens - Centrum 66-106
Oct. 20: Centrum - Froya Basket
Oct. 21: Tromso - Gimle BBK
Oct. 21: Ammerud Bskt - Froya Basket
Oct. 23: Baerum Basket - Asker Aliens



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Miller, Global Port23.3 
 2. Chan, Rain or Shine22.5 
 3. Caguioa, Barang.19.7 
 4. Wilson, Air21 Expr.17.0 
 5. Isip, Air21 Express14.0 
 6. Canaleta, Air21 E.14.0 
 7. David, Global Port13.0 
 8. Baclao, Air21 E.11.0 
 9. Matias, Rain or Sh.11.0 
 10. Manuel, Global Po.10.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rico MAIERHOFER
  Barang.
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Maierhofer, Barang.12.0 
 2. Mamaril, Barang.9.7 
 3. Taha, Air21 Express8.0 
 4. Sena, Air21 Express8.0 
 5. Cruz, Rain or Shine7.5 
 6. Hatfield, Barang.7.3 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.7.0 
 8. Quinahan, Rain o.7.0 
 9. Matias, Rain or Sh.6.0 
 10. Deutchman, Global5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Miller, Global Port5.7 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.5.7 
 3. Norwood, Rain o.4.0 
 4. Wilson, Air21 Expr.4.0 
 5. Tang, Rain or Shine3.5 
 6. Mandani, Global Po.3.3 
 7. Arboleda, Air21 E.3.0 
 8. Hatfield, Barang.2.7 
 9. Quinahan, Rain o.2.5 
 10. Canaleta, Air21 E.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bonbon CUSTODIO
  Air21 E.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Custodio, Air21 E.2.0 
 2. Taha, Air21 Express1.5 
 3. Tang, Rain or Shine1.5 
 4. Chan, Rain or Shine1.5 
 5. Tenorio, Barang.1.3 
 6. Atkins, Air21 E.1.0 
 7. Cruz, Global Port1.0 
 8. Wilson, Air21 Expr.1.0 
 9. Caguioa, Barang.1.0 
 10. Miller, Global Po.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris ELLIS
  Barangay.
  (--)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ellis, Barangay.1.5 
 2. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 3. Baclao, Air21 E.1.0 
 4. Taha, Air21 Express1.0 
 5. Mamaril, Barang.1.0 
 6. Quinahan, Rain o.1.0 
 7. Deutchman, Global1.0 
 8. Wilson, Air21 Expr.0.5 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.0.5 
 10. Matias, Rain or S.0.5 


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 3-0 
 2. San Mig Coffee 2-0 
 3. Barangay Ginebra 2-1 
 4. Rain or Shine 2-1 
 5. Meralco Bolts 2-2 
 6. Alaska Aces 1-2 
 7. Petron Blaze 1-2 
 8. Barako Bull 1-2 
 9. Air21 Express 1-3 
 10. Global Port 1-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 17: Talk N Text - Air21 Express 96-89
Oct. 17: Global Port - Meralco Bolts 105-104
Oct. 21: Petron Blaze - Barangay Ginebra
Oct. 21: Air21 Express - Meralco Bolts
Oct. 20: San Mig Coffee - Talk N Text
Oct. 20: Rain or Shine - Global Port
Oct. 19: Barangay Ginebra - Barako Bull
Oct. 19: Alaska Aces - Petron Blaze



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EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga opens Round 2 with the win - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom Gdynia - Unicaja Malaga 75:77

Unicaja Malaga opens Round 2 with the win over Asseco Prokom Gdynia. The Spanish outfit stole a 77:75 victory for 1-1 record in Group B. The hosts meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
It was the only game that was played on Wednesday. Unicaja Malaga started with 28-22 in the first period and managed to keep 6-point lead at the halftime. Asseco Prokom Gdynia meanwhile won the third and the last quarters but it was not enough to win the game. The Polish team needed a 20-18 surge in the third quarter to reduce to 4 points entering the last stanza. Prokom also won the fourth period 16-14 but could not win the game. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) made two free throws for the winning side to bring 77:72, while Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) made the final result in the game.
Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) followed them with 10 points in a win. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) answered with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: CS Fullerton) posted 14. Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) delivered 11 and Robert Witka (205-F-81) notched 9.

Asseco Prokom Gdynia: Lukasz Koszarek 16, Frank Robinson 14, Adam Hrycaniuk 11, Robert Witka 9
Unicaja Malaga: Marcus Williams 18, Txemi Urtasun 14, Zoran Dragic 10



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Zalakeramia-ZTE KK signs Donald Copeland, ex Bayamon - by Eurobasket News (T)

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (A Division) signed 28-year old American (has also Puerto Rican passport) point guard Donald Copeland (177-77kg-84, college: Seton Hall). Copeland played last summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 23 BSN games last season he had 3.0ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.8apg. Copeland helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played at Arecibo in Puerto Rican league earlier that season. In 3 Liga Americas games he recorded just 2.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Copeland also played 9 games in BSN where he recorded only 2.3ppg and 1.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. The other team Copeland played that season for was Bourg in French ProB. In 22 ProB games he recorded 10.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 5.3apg.
Copeland was also selected to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. Copeland has played also professionally in Bosnia (Bosna ASA BHT), Germany (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Philippines (Powerade Tigers), Poland (PGE Turow and Polpharma), France (JL Bourg).
He attended Seton Hall University until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ROMANIA   


Zoran Milovic signs at Timba Timosoara - by Eurobasket (T)

BC Timba Timisoara (Division A) landed 35-year old Serbian power forward Zoran Milovic (204-77). Milovic moved there from SCM CSU Craiova (Division A) where he supposed to play, but the plans were changed. The last season he played for CSS Giurgiu (Division A). In 23 Division A games last year he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.2apg.
His team made it to the Macedonian Cup final in 2010.
Milovic was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team back in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Milovic has played also professionally in Cyprus, Greece (Apollon Patras), Montenegro (Lovcen and Mornar Bar), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje and Torus Skopje), Romania (Rapid Bucuresti, Brasov and Pitesti) and Serbia (Zdravlje, Sloga and Vrbas).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Timba Timosoara.

By Eurobasket Data Center



CSA Steaua Turabo 2 Bucuresti inks Milos Petkovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

CSA Steaua Turabo 2 Bucuresti (Division B) agreed terms with 21-year old Serbian power forward Milos Petkovic (201-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Petkovic moved there from CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (Division A) where he supposed to play, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. The last season he played for Kozuv (Prva Liga). In 9 Prva Liga games last year he had 12.0ppg and 4.3rpg.
His team made it to the Junior League Semifinals in 2009.
Petkovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SAINT KITTS   


PJIAE Sporting Club: A successful year of games - by Eurobasket News

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (October 1, 2012) The Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) Sporting Club has recorded a successful year of activities, rebounding after a two-year hiatus. In its latest accomplishment, the club pulled off a six-night Business Basketball Knockout with 10 teams from various businesses further cementing its relationship with the community.



NAGICO emerged champs of the September 24 - 29 tournament, while Halley Aviations and the government Fire Department secured second and third places, respectively. President of PJIAE Sporting Club, Evans J. Marsham said he feels very happy because all the activities done to date have been very successful. The feedback from the community and the various companies were positive, Marsham said.




The clubs Vice President Emile Levons explained that they felt the need to do something connected with the airport that involved interaction with each other outside of work. As for the events, they were successful. The turnout from the airport population and public was good so far and they are encouraging us to do more, Levons said.




The LB Scot Sports Auditorium was full almost every night during the hoops tournament. The other activities hosted this year by the PJIAE Sporting Club were an early morning walkathon on September 1, from the St. Maarten port in Pointe Blanche to PJIA; and a Softball Knockout in July.




The upcoming Airport Slam Games, from October 25 28, will close off the clubs activities for the year. According to Marsham, participation for these games, which will be held at the Great Bay Sports Auditorium and Jose Lake Ballpark, is expected from all of the territories of the former Netherlands Antilles. To date, Aruba and Curacao have confirmed their participation.



These games take place every year on a different island. The club is currently awaiting confirmation from the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba). We try to invite at least thirty people from each participating island, but we told the BES islands that even if they can send five or six people, that would be fine, Marsham stated.




He explained that it was because PJIAE Sporting Club knew it would be hosting the Airport Slam Games that the club was revived. The club was dormant during 2010-2011 after a very active 2009. The Airport Slam will be the last public event for the year because in November and December the airport has many activities.




The games during the meet are volleyball, indoor soccer, softball, and dominoes. According to Marsham, all the activities this year have fostered better camaraderie among staffers of PJIAE and the business community. The government Fire Department and Airport players are like brothers, and it is the same now with NAGICO and GEBE, because we meet at these games and interact.
Courtesy of: http://www.sknvibes.com



St.Kitts-Nevis announces National Basketball Team for 2nd Annual Sugar Creole Basketball Festival in Domnica - by Eurobasket News

BASSETERRE St. Kitts, October 10th 2012 - The St. Kitts Nevis National Male Basketball team will be travelling to Dominica to participate in the 2nd Annual Sugar Creole Basketball Festival from the 12th 15th October. Last years festival was held in St. Kitts and naturally our National Select dominated and beat the Dominica National Team. This year Martinique and the Dominica Under 23 National Male team has been added to the festival. St. Kitts will be playing Martinique Island Team on Friday 12th October, Under 23 Dominca National Team on Saturday 13th October and the much-anticipated rematch against Dominica National Team on Sunday 14th October. We are proud to announce our 2012 Male Open National Basketball Team:

Tambi Caines, Marlon Powell (183-G), Nashorn Maynard (196-F-86, college: Alaska-Fairb.), Troy Wattley (196-F) , Kimo Liburd (F), George Gaton Delvin Marshall , Kirt Herbert (193-G), Graeme Browne, Javed Williams , Brian Morris, Livan Lee, Javal Hodge, Justin Jeffers, David Sutton Head Coach, Bj Mumford Assistant Coach, Alister James Physio, Kenroy Tobias President / Team Manager.

According to Wallis Wilkin a member of the SKABA executive and Manager/Coach of the SKABA Champions Horsfords Ghetto Roots national teams participation in the Dominican tournament is the first step towards maintaining a vibrant and formidable national team.

Our national team has been dormant for the last 6 years and this Sugar Creole Festival is the perfect first step to re-establishing a consistent and regular national basketball team, said Wilkin.

The intention moving forward is to keep the team in tact and playing together as regularly as possible with a view of being a formidable force in regional basketball and at the CBC tournament. Even if it means spearheading the organization and re-establishment of sub regional tournaments like LIBA and the OECS championships. Our players need something to strive to and outside of college scholarships, representing the country has always been the goal and biggest motivation for most of our players and the national team must be in place if we are to keep our young players motivated and interested and thus raise the standard of the sport in the federation, Wilkin continued.

This will be the first time the St.Kitts-Nevis national team will be participating in a regional event since 2006 when they participated in the CBC Tournament held in Jamaica.

In related news the SKABA Super 8 Dwayne Sturge Memorial League will break until October 18th to accommodate the National Teams practice and visit to Dominica. The Super 8 began this past Sunday with Horsfords Newtown Ghetto Roots comfortably defeating the Kajola Kristada McKnight Trotters and the 2nd game between the National Bank Bird Rock Uprisers and the Challengers Exodus was suspended due to rain interruption.

Courtesy of: http://www.sknvibes.com



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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Uhud lands Derick Nelson - by Eurobasket Center (T)

Uhud Medina (Premier League) tabbed 26-year old American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT). Nelson played in the summer at Lansing Capitals (IBA) in the U.S. He played in the final of Finnish 1st Division in 2011. Nelson received also Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Forward of the Year award the same year. He has played previously professionally in Australia (Hobart Chargers) and Finland (Kouvot and Lapuan Korikobrat). Nelson attended Oakland University until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SERBIA   


B League Round 2 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Morava - Partizan II 77-67

Partizan II was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 25-11 charge of Morava, which allowed them to win the game. Center Srdjan Grujic (206-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Antonije Stojkovic contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Morava players scored in double figures. Morava's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Petar Aranitovic (192-94) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Mihajlo Andric (200-94, agency: Beo Basket) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Partizan II. M


Top scorers:
Morava: N.Stankovic 16+2reb, P.Mitic 14+1reb+5ast, A.Stojkovic 13+7reb+1ast, S.Grujic 13+15reb, N.Stojanovic 8+3reb+2ast, A.Ilic 4+1reb
Partizan II: P.Aranitovic 22+9reb, M.Andric 21+7reb, B.Babovic 10+3reb+1ast, N.Djordjevic 8+9reb+1ast, M.Djordjevic 6+2reb, N.Kovacevic 0


gschID: 198717


Radnicki OB - Beovuk 72 72-71

The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Radnicki OB made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Beovuk 72 turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. Forward Aleksandar Belanovic (203-77) notched 15 points to lead the effort and center Marjan Tasic (205-81) supported him with 12 points. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by Dusan Stankovic (-94) did not help to save the game for Beovuk 72. Forward Marko Babic (196-93) added 15 points for the guests. Four Beovuk 72 players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.

Top scorers:
Radnicki OB: A.Belanovic 15+2reb+2ast, V.Radojcic 13+3reb+1ast, M.Tasic 12+3reb+3ast, S.Kojic 7+4reb+1ast, D.Stojkanovic 7+9reb, I.Huskic 5+6reb+2ast
Beovuk 72: M.Babic 15+3reb+1ast, D.Stankovic 14+6reb+3ast, M.Riboskic 14+1reb, N.Simic 11+5reb+2ast, D.Pejic 7+2reb+1ast, V.Krstic 6+7reb+2ast


gschID: 198716


Napredak K. - Crnokosa 60-54

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Crnokosa won third quarter 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Napredak Rubin made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Guard Luka Milojevic (193-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Center Sasa Mihajlovic (203-75) contributed with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Srdjan Stojanovic replied with 14 points and guard Nenad Kasabasic (190-84) added 5 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Crnokosa.


Top scorers:
Napredak K.: L.Milojevic 17+5reb, M.Radivojevic 14, V.Radmanovac 7+5reb+3ast, S.Mihajlovic 6+5reb+5ast, M.Masalusic 5, V.Milincic 4+6reb
Crnokosa: S.Stojanovic 14+4reb, N.Bogdanovic 9+3reb, B.Stanojevic 8+4reb, S.Mukanovic 5+2reb+1ast, N.Kasabasic 5+6reb+2ast, N.Stanimirovic 4+1reb+2ast


gschID: 198721


Proleter Naftagas - Meridiana NS 62-69

It looked good early as Proleter Naftagas took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Meridiana NS had a 28-17 second period charge getting the lead and Proleter Naftagas were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-69. Meridiana NS forced 30 Proleter Naftagas turnovers. Proleter Naftagas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Ivan Djurovic scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Bojan Davidovac chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Nebojsa Knezevic (196-87) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and center Zoran Majkic (207-78) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Meridiana NS keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Napredak K. and Zeleznicar.

Top scorers:
Meridiana NS: I.Djurovic 21+5reb+2ast, M.Skoko 9+1ast, B.Davidovac 9+6reb+1ast, M.Savic 8+4reb+1ast, I.Zaric 6+2reb+1ast, M.Turanjanin 6+4reb
Proleter Naftagas: N.Knezevic 17+5reb+1ast, Z.Majkic 11+9reb+1ast, M.Martinovic 10+7reb+1ast, M.Tomic 8+1reb, N.Subotic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Vulin 4+4reb


gschID: 198720


Mladost Zemun - Zeleznicar 72-77

The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Center Nikola Vujovic (207-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Slobodan Stanojevic (201-85) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nino Celebic (187-90) replied with 28 points and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and Montenegrin power forward Nikola Vukovic (202-90) added 4 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Mladost Zemun.


Top scorers:
Zeleznicar: N.Vujovic 21+8reb+2ast, V.Jojic 11+2reb+4ast, U.Stupar 11+3reb+2ast, S.Stanojevic 9+8reb+3ast, M.Ognjenovic 9+1ast, S.Gugleta 8+7reb
Mladost Zemun: N.Celebic 28+4ast, M.Andrejevic 13+5reb, M.Dugosija 8+6reb+1ast, N.Banjanin 6+3reb+3ast, J.Kantar 5, A.Andrejevic 5+1reb


gschID: 198719


Napredak A. - Plana 75-60

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Napredak A. dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Plana's 34. Napredak A. forced 23 Plana turnovers. Dragoljub Sikman orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Slavisa Djukic contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Napredak A. players scored in double figures. Bosnian guard Ivica Vukotic (183-77) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Plana. Top scorers:
Napredak A.: D.Sikman 20+11reb, M.Vulic 15, N.Raicevic 12+1reb, S.Djukic 11+5reb+1ast, A.Miladinovic 8+4reb+2ast, D.Savic 4+2reb
Plana: N.Glisovic 15+5reb, I.Vukotic 13+7reb+4ast, S.Arnaut 9+2reb, P.Vuckovic 7+3reb, D.Ciric 5+1reb, M.Radic 5+2reb
gschID: 198718


Spartak - Mladost Cacak 86-64

It looked good early as Mladost Cacak took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Spartak had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and Mladost Cacak was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-86. Spartak brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was power forward Aleksandar Drakulic (198-85) who scored 15 points. Center Kemal Karahodzic (-89) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Spartak's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Goran Vucicevic (195-90) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Lazar Spasic (184-93) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Four Mladost Cacak players scored in double figures.


Top scorers:
Spartak: A.Drakulic 15+1reb+2ast, D.Kuntic 12+4ast, M.Milisavljevic 10+1reb+1ast, K.Karahodzic 10+8reb, S.Pribic 9+1reb+1ast, R.Vukolic 8+5reb+4ast
Mladost Cacak: L.Spasic 17+1reb+2ast, S.Petkovic 15+2reb+2ast, G.Vucicevic 12+5reb+3ast, V.Sataric 10+2reb+1ast, M.Azanjac 4+5reb+1ast, M.Popovic 4+5reb


gschID: 198715


Standings - B Liga

B League Standings
 1. Meridiana NS 2-0 
 2. Napredak K. 2-0 
 3. Zeleznicar 2-0 
 4. Napredak A. 1-1 
 5. Partizan II 1-1 
 6. Morava 1-1 
 7. Proleter Naftagas 1-1 
 8. Spartak 1-1 
 9. Beovuk 72 1-1 
 10. Plana 1-1 
 11. Radnicki OB 1-1 
 12. Crnokosa 0-2 
 13. Mladost Cacak 0-2 
 14. Mladost Zemun 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Spartak - Mladost Cacak 86-64
Oct. 17: Morava - Partizan II 77-67
Oct. 13: Napredak A. - Plana 75-60
Oct. 13: Mladost Zemun - Zeleznicar 72-77
Oct. 15: Radnicki OB - Beovuk 72 72-71
Oct. 13: Proleter Naftagas - Meridiana NS 62-69
Oct. 13: Napredak K. - Crnokosa 60-54

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 20: Crnokosa - Spartak
Oct. 20: Meridiana NS - Napredak K.
Oct. 20: Zeleznicar - Proleter Naftagas
Oct. 20: Plana - Mladost Zemun
Oct. 20: Partizan II - Napredak A.
Oct. 20: Beovuk 72 - Morava
Oct. 20: Mladost Cacak - Radnicki OB


CSA Steaua Turabo 2 Bucuresti inks Milos Petkovic - by Eurobasket News (T)

CSA Steaua Turabo 2 Bucuresti (Division B) agreed terms with 21-year old Serbian power forward Milos Petkovic (201-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Petkovic moved there from CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (Division A) where he supposed to play, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. The last season he played for Kozuv (Prva Liga). In 9 Prva Liga games last year he had 12.0ppg and 4.3rpg.
His team made it to the Junior League Semifinals in 2009.
Petkovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Vrsac).

By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Nikola GLISOVIC
  Plana
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Glisovic, Plana21.5 
 2. Davidovac, Meridia.21.0 
 3. Celebic, Mladost21.0 
 4. Vujovic, Zeleznicar16.5 
 5. Andrejevic, Mlados.16.0 
 6. Jojic, Zeleznicar15.5 
 7. Aranitovic, Partiz.15.0 
 8. Gugleta, Zeleznicar15.0 
 9. Radivojevic, Napre.14.5 
 10. Knezevic, Prolet.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Srdjan GRUJIC
  Morava
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 14
 1. Grujic, Morava14.0 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.11.0 
 3. Milincic, Napredak10.5 
 4. Gugleta, Zeleznicar9.5 
 5. Vukovic, Mladost9.0 
 6. Davidovac, Meridia.8.0 
 7. Mihajlovic, Napred.8.0 
 8. Vukotic, Plana8.0 
 9. Martinovic, Prolet.7.0 
 10. Stojkanovic, Radn.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Perica MITIC
  Morava
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mitic, Morava6.5 
 2. Mihajlovic, Napred.4.0 
 3. Jojic, Zeleznicar4.0 
 4. Raicevic, Napredak.3.5 
 5. Vukotic, Plana3.5 
 6. Skoko, Meridian.3.5 
 7. Knezevic, Prolet.3.5 
 8. Bozovic, Prolet.3.0 
 9. Stojkovic, Morava3.0 
 10. Vucicevic, Mlados.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sanel MUKANOVIC
  Crnok.
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.0 
 2. Zaric, Meridian.3.5 
 3. Krstic, Beovuk 723.0 
 4. Djordjevic, Partiz.3.0 
 5. Djurovic, Meridian.2.5 
 6. Stanojevic, Crnok.2.5 
 7. Bogdanovic, Crnok.2.5 
 8. Subotic, Prolet.2.5 
 9. Davidovac, Meridia.2.5 
 10. Tomasevic, Meridi.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kemal KARAHODZIC
  Spartak
  (-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Karahodzic, Spartak2.5 
 2. Majkic, Prolet.2.0 
 3. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.0 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.1.5 
 5. Davidovac, Meridia.1.5 
 6. Stojanovic, Morava1.5 
 7. Glisovic, Plana1.0 
 8. Munjic, Crnokosa1.0 
 9. Markovic, Spartak1.0 
 10. Grujic, Morava1.0 


Zoran Milovic signs at Timba Timosoara - by Eurobasket (T)

BC Timba Timisoara (Division A) landed 35-year old Serbian power forward Zoran Milovic (204-77). Milovic moved there from SCM CSU Craiova (Division A) where he supposed to play, but the plans were changed. The last season he played for CSS Giurgiu (Division A). In 23 Division A games last year he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.2apg.
His team made it to the Macedonian Cup final in 2010.
Milovic was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team back in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Milovic has played also professionally in Cyprus, Greece (Apollon Patras), Montenegro (Lovcen and Mornar Bar), FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje and Torus Skopje), Romania (Rapid Bucuresti, Brasov and Pitesti) and Serbia (Zdravlje, Sloga and Vrbas).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Timba Timosoara.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - D1

Extraliga Standings
 1. Inter Bratislava 3-0 
 2. B.Bystrica 2-1 
 3. Levice 2-1 
 4. Nitra 2-1 
 5. Komarno 1-1 
 6. Handlova 1-1 
 7. Nova Ves 1-2 
 8. Prievidza 0-2 
 9. Svit 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Round 2

Oct. 17: Nitra - B.Bystrica 84-102


Oct. 20: Svit - Prievidza
Oct. 20: Inter Bratislava - B.Bystrica
Oct. 20: Handlova - Nitra
Oct. 20: Komarno - Nova Ves



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EuroLeague: Unicaja Malaga opens Round 2 with the win - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom Gdynia - Unicaja Malaga 75:77

Unicaja Malaga opens Round 2 with the win over Asseco Prokom Gdynia. The Spanish outfit stole a 77:75 victory for 1-1 record in Group B. The hosts meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
It was the only game that was played on Wednesday. Unicaja Malaga started with 28-22 in the first period and managed to keep 6-point lead at the halftime. Asseco Prokom Gdynia meanwhile won the third and the last quarters but it was not enough to win the game. The Polish team needed a 20-18 surge in the third quarter to reduce to 4 points entering the last stanza. Prokom also won the fourth period 16-14 but could not win the game. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) made two free throws for the winning side to bring 77:72, while Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) made the final result in the game.
Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) followed them with 10 points in a win. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) answered with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: CS Fullerton) posted 14. Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) delivered 11 and Robert Witka (205-F-81) notched 9.

Asseco Prokom Gdynia: Lukasz Koszarek 16, Frank Robinson 14, Adam Hrycaniuk 11, Robert Witka 9
Unicaja Malaga: Marcus Williams 18, Txemi Urtasun 14, Zoran Dragic 10



Albert Miralles selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Spaniards who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances). He contributed to an ALBA Berlin's victory against the -ranked Montepaschi Siena (-) 92-82 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Miralles recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 20 minutes on the court. It was his first game for ALBA Berlin this season. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group B. His team is placed second. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Miralles played for the Spanish senior national team seven years ago.

Taquan Dean
Taquan Dean
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Taquan Dean (193-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville). He contributed to a 3-point Aliaga's victory against the 13th-ranked Hacettepe University (0-1) 73-70 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Dean recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Aliaga this season. His team is placed first in the TBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Dean is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Dean played also for the Spanish national team in 2005. He used to play for Polaris World Murcia in Spanish league.

Gustavo Barrera
Gustavo Barrera
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Gustavo Barrera (194-85). Barrera was the major contributor in Hebraica's victory against the 14th-ranked Larre Borges (2-5) crushing them 83-60 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 10 passes. Barrera also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Hebraica Macabi (7-2) is placed second in Capital group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Barrera is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.4apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 63.4%(26-41), 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 76.9% in the nine games he played so far. Barrera has a dual citizenship: Spanish and Uruguayan. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Barrera played also for the Spanish national team in 2005.

Ignacio Ordin
Ignacio Ordin
   #4. An experienced point guard Ignacio Ordin (183-78) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to a victory against the 11th-ranked JL Bourg (2-2) 90-78 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 20 points and added 8 assists. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (4-0) is placed second in the ProB. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Ordin belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5. This season he averages: 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.8apg. Ordin used to play for the Spanish national team earlier this year.

Omar Quintero
Omar Quintero
   #5. International point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Huracanes (6-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Huracanes lost 78-88 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Halcones Rojos. Quintero was the second best scorer with 17 points in 39 minutes. It was Huracanes' third consecutive loss in a row. . Quintero is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 4.4apg. This year he also averages: 14.1ppg and 2.8rpg in the 11 games. Quintero is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Mexican. Despite he played previously for the Mexican national team, Quintero is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Pablo Ibon
Pablo Ibon
   #6. Forward Pablo Ibon (201-76) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Trouville (3-5) 102-85 in the Uruguayan LUB on Saturday night. He scored 13 points and added 3 passes. Atletico Aguada (0-0) is placed first in Capital group. Ibon's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Ibon's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.1ppg and 2.1rpg. Despite Ibon played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is also international player as he played for the Spanish senior team years ago.

Ariel Eslava
Ariel Eslava
   #7. International power forward Ariel Eslava (201-79) contributed to a Olimpico de La Banda's victory against the sixth-ranked Atenas (4-6) 74-67 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. Eslava scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (7-3) is placed second in North group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . This year Eslava's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.3rpg in the 10 games. Despite he played previously for the Argentinian national team, Eslava is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Rafael Lopez
Rafael Lopez
   #8. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to help Denain Voltaire (0-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Denain Voltaire was defeated 82-75 in Boulogne by the much higher-ranked SO Maritime (#3). Lopez recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. . Lopez has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Spanish national team earlier this year.

Carlos Fernandez
Carlos Fernandez
   #9. International forward Carlos Fernandez (197-87, college: IlIinois Tech) helped Worcester Wolves win their game against one of league's weakest teams Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-3) crushing them 98-48 in the British BBL on Saturday night. Fernandez scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Worcester Wolves (3-3) is placed fourth in the BBL. . This year Fernandez's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 3.4rpg in the five games. He used to play for the Spanish national team earlier this year.

Miguel Ortega
Miguel Ortega
   #10. Point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Randers (0-5) in their game against Aarhus BC (3-3) in the Danish Ligaen. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Ortega scored 18 points, made 7 passes and 4 steals. . Ortega is ranked third on the list of the most steals in the league. This season he has very good stats: 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg. Ortega is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the Spanish national team.

   #11. Former international forward Lluis Jacas (198-90) helped Eskilstuna win their game against the third-ranked Helsingborg 64-60 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Jacas has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg in the five games. He used to play for the Spanish national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Julian Rodriguez Lopez is a teammate of previously mentioned Lluis Jacas and both played together in the last Swedish Basketettan game. Lopez led Eskilstuna to a victory over the third-ranked Helsingborg 64-60. He was MVP of the game. Lopez recorded 17 points. He has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. Lopez used to play for the Spanish national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) couldn't help Wuber-Est.Bahia in their game against Penarol in the Argentinian LigaA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Sanchez recorded only 2 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 79-63. He has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 4.0apg in the two games. Sanchez used to play for the Spanish national team three years ago.

   #14. International guard Rodrigo Riera (184-72) couldn't help Cordon in their game against Tabare in the Uruguayan LUB. He scored 9 points. His team was edged 68-67. Riera has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Riera is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

   #15. Former international point guard Mario Diez (188-82) couldn't help Eco Orebro in their game against Sundsvall Dragons in the Swedish Basketligan. He scored 5 points in 21 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 92-72. Diez has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the four games. He used to play for the Spanish national team eleven years ago.



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Basketligan Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Basketligan, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The biggest surprise of round 4 was guest Sodertalje Kings' (3-1) easy road victory over 5th ranked 08 Stockholm (2-2) 84-68 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 08 Stockholm. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sodertalje Kings made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Sodertalje Kings outrebounded 08 Stockholm 35-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland, agency: JEMsports) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Tobias Borg (183-93) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Willy Beck (185-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) produced 13 points and 4 assists for lost side. Sodertalje Kings moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. 08 Stockholm at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Eagles. Sodertalje Kings is looking forward to face league's second-placed Uppsala Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. 08 Stockholm will play against Solna Vikings (#3) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Norrkoping. Second ranked Sundsvall Dragons (3-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (1-3) 77-74 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Worth to mention a great performance of Icelandic point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Hlynur Baeringsson contributed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Norrkoping Dolphins. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 3-1 record behind leader Boras, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Sundsvall Dragons will play against league's leader Boras Basket on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against Nassjo (#12) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Eco Orebro can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat KFUM Jamtland (1-3) 80-76 on Tuesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Terell Castle who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Boakai Lalugba responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Eco Orebro left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated KFUM Jamtland. It was KFUM Jamtland's third loss in a row. Eco Orebro will meet LF Basket (#9) in the next round. KFUM Jamtland will play against White Eagles in Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Boras Basket delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 7th ranked White Eagles (2-2) 100-89 in Stockholm. The winners were led by James Miller who scored that evening 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Boras Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Newly promoted White Eagles dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Boras Basket's next round opponent will be Sundsvall Dragons (#5) at home. White Eagles will play against KFUM Jamtland.
Bottom-ranked Nassjo (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-77 loss to fourth ranked Solna Vikings (3-1) in Nassjo on Tuesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Kelvin Lewis fired 26 points for the winners. Solna Vikings moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Nassjo still closes the standings with four games lost. Solna Vikings will face 08 Stockholm (#6) at home in the next round. Nassjo will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#10) in Norrkoping and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 4 LF Basket was defeated by Uppsala in a road game 96-89.
The best stats of 4th round was 25 points and 4 assists by Thomas Jackson of Uppsala.


Uppsala - LF Basket 96-89

There was no surprise when 8th ranked LF Basket (1-3) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Uppsala Basket (3-1) 96-89 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Uppsala Basket made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Strangely LF Basket outrebounded Uppsala Basket 39-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Thomas Jackson (175-80, college: Butler) fired 25 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international Johan Jeansson (198-85) chipped in 19 points. American guard Henry Dugat (183-87, college: Baylor) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and American-German center Urule Igbavboa (203-87, college: Valparaiso) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Uppsala Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser LF Basket keeps the eighth position with three games lost. Uppsala Basket will face Sodertalje Kings (#4) on the road in the next round. LF Basket will play against Eco Orebro (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: H.Dugat 19+7reb+2ast, U.Igbavboa 16+7reb+3ast, C.Ryan 15+7reb+2ast, A.Person 12+4ast, E.Henderson 10+4reb+2ast, J.Akesson 8+4reb+1ast
Uppsala: T.Jackson 25+1reb+4ast, J.Jeansson 19+4reb+2ast, S.Grundberg 15+3reb+2ast, R.Eriksson 14+4reb+2ast, R.Carter 10+6reb+8ast, A.Nordstrom 6+5reb
gschID: 181924


Nassjo - Solna 77-79

Bottom-ranked Nassjo (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-77 loss to fourth ranked Solna Vikings (3-1) in Nassjo on Tuesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Nassjo was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 26-19 charge of Solna Vikings, which allowed them to win the game. Nassjo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston) fired 26 points for the winners. Slovakian power forward Justin Sedlak (205-87, college: Florida Tech) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American forward William Walker (200-87, college: Bethel, IN, agency: Warren Sports International) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Kim Palmqvist (200-88) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Solna Vikings moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Nassjo still closes the standings with four games lost. Solna Vikings will face 08 Stockholm (#6) at home in the next round. Nassjo will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#10) in Norrkoping and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nassjo: W.Walker 21+10reb+5ast, K.Palmqvist 20+3reb+1ast, T.Ruach 19+2reb+1ast, M.Liljeqvist 8+7reb, S.Damjanovic 5+8reb+4ast, K.Ternell 2+1reb
Solna: K.Lewis 26+3reb, J.Sedlak 16+6reb+1ast, M.Levin 15+1reb+5ast, S.Toutziarakis 9+9reb+2ast, J.Nystrom 9+3reb+1ast, D.Johnson 2+3reb
gschID: 181929


Eco Orebro - Jamtland 80-76

Eco Orebro can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat KFUM Jamtland (1-3) 80-76 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 48-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bosnian point guard Terell Castle (182-72, college: Nicholls St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 4 assists and American forward Darris Santee (203-87, college: UNLV) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (202-81, college: Bucknell) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and American guard Darryl Hudson (195-85, college: Howard, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 19 points. Eco Orebro left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated KFUM Jamtland. It was KFUM Jamtland's third loss in a row. Eco Orebro will meet LF Basket (#9) in the next round. KFUM Jamtland will play against White Eagles in Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: D.Hudson 19+1ast, D.Klaric 14+2reb, B.Lalugba 13+6reb+2ast, L.Marolt 7+6reb+2ast, A.Karlsson 7, S.Hellgren 6+4ast
Eco Orebro: T.Castle 28+4ast, D.Santee 17+8reb+1ast, T.Whitworth 14+5reb+7ast, C.Grace 8+7reb+4ast, B.Barton 7+2reb+2ast, F.Urli 6+1ast
gschID: 181927


Eagles - Boras 89-100

Undefeated leader Boras Basket delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 7th ranked White Eagles (2-2) 100-89 in Stockholm. The game was mostly controlled by Boras Basket. White Eagles was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by White Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American point guard James Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored that evening 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Michael Palm (209-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) supported him with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Joseph Taylor (205-85, college: Wyoming) did not help to save the game for White Eagles. His fellow American import guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 16 points and 8 assists for lost side. Five Boras Basket and four White Eagles players scored in double figures. Boras Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Newly promoted White Eagles dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Boras Basket's next round opponent will be Sundsvall Dragons (#5) at home. White Eagles will play against KFUM Jamtland.
Top scorers:
Eagles: J.Taylor 23+12reb+1ast, M.Ljujic 16+5reb+1ast, S.Inan 16+5reb+5ast, O.Krayem 16+4reb+8ast, D.Kitanovic 9+3reb, A.Micovic 4+3reb+1ast
Boras: J.Miller 27+5reb+4ast, M.Palm 19+13reb+4ast, C.McKnight 15+5reb+2ast, T.Oglesby 14+1reb+5ast, H.Carlsson 12+2reb, J.Thomas 11+4reb+1ast
gschID: 181926


08 - Sodertalje 68-84

The biggest surprise of round 4 was guest Sodertalje Kings' (3-1) easy road victory over 5th ranked 08 Stockholm (2-2) 84-68 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of 08 Stockholm. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sodertalje Kings made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Sodertalje Kings outrebounded 08 Stockholm 35-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland, agency: JEMsports) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Tobias Borg (183-93) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Willy Beck (185-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) produced 13 points and 4 assists and Turkish guard Erkan Inan (192-89) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Five Sodertalje Kings and four 08 Stockholm players scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. 08 Stockholm at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Eagles. Sodertalje Kings is looking forward to face league's second-placed Uppsala Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. 08 Stockholm will play against Solna Vikings (#3) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
08: E.Inan 16+4reb, W.Beck 13+3reb+4ast, N.Hedstrom 11+4reb+1ast, J.Blom 10+6reb+1ast, I.Brown 9+4reb, B.Cvilak 7+1reb+2ast
Sodertalje: K.Simms 18+16reb+1ast, T.Borg 17+5reb+3ast, D.Pita 16+2reb, A.Chuk 11+6reb+4ast, T.Bizaca 10+4reb+2ast, A.Cavars 4+1reb
gschID: 181925


Norrkoping - Sundsvall 74-77

Important game to mention about took place in Norrkoping. Second ranked Sundsvall Dragons (3-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (1-3) 77-74 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Sundsvall Dragons made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Icelandic point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) contributed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American-British power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Norrkoping Dolphins. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 3-1 record behind leader Boras, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Sundsvall Dragons will play against league's leader Boras Basket on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against Nassjo (#12) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: O.Ayuba 20+7reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 13+4reb+1ast, R.Hanke 12+8reb, P.Hampton 10+4reb+5ast, J.Hughes 7+2reb, P.Ermolinskij 7+6reb+4ast
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 24+6reb+2ast, A.Wesby 16+1reb+3ast, H.Baeringsson 13+9reb+4ast, M.Cuffee 11+5reb+4ast, E.Salon 6+4reb+2ast, A.Nilsson 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 181928



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 26
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.26.0 
 2. Ely, Boncourt24.0 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon22.0 
 4. O''Bannon, SAV V.22.0 
 5. Toure, Geneve Lio.22.0 
 6. Capel, Boncourt19.0 
 7. Rutty, BBC Nyon19.0 
 8. McCrory, Starwings19.0 
 9. Draughan, Fribourg19.0 
 10. Brown, Geneve L.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 17
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon17.0 
 2. Barber, Lugano T.16.0 
 3. Aw, Neuchatel13.0 
 4. Kuburovic, SAV V.12.0 
 5. Dubas, Monthey10.0 
 6. Hodzic, Monthey9.0 
 7. Campbell, SAM M.8.0 
 8. Burrows, Starwings8.0 
 9. Kazadi, Fribourg7.0 
 10. Owens, BBC Nyon7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tony BROWN
  Geneve L.
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Brown, Geneve L.9.0 
 2. Parker, Geneve L.6.0 
 3. Kazadi, Fribourg6.0 
 4. Ewing, Lugano T.6.0 
 5. N''Diaye, Boncourt5.0 
 6. Jenkins, Starwings5.0 
 7. Barrett, SAM M.5.0 
 8. O''Bannon, SAV V.4.0 
 9. James, Geneve L.4.0 
 10. Petkovic, SAV V.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.0 
 2. Jenkins, Starwings4.0 
 3. Zivkovic, BBC Nyon4.0 
 4. Barrett, SAM M.4.0 
 5. Barber, Lugano T.4.0 
 6. Gordon, Lugano T.4.0 
 7. George, Lugano T.3.0 
 8. Petkovic, SAV V.3.0 
 9. Rutty, BBC Nyon3.0 
 10. Ely, Boncourt3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Clint CHAPMAN
  SAM M.
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Chapman, SAM M.4.0 
 2. Matter, Starwings3.0 
 3. Barber, Lugano T.3.0 
 4. Garrett, Fribourg2.0 
 5. Burrows, Starwings2.0 
 6. James, Geneve L.2.0 
 7. Gordon, Lugano T.1.0 
 8. Owens, BBC Nyon1.0 
 9. Blue, Neuchatel1.0 
 10. Stockalper, Lugan.1.0 


Standings - LNA

LNA Standings
 1. Boncourt 1-0 
 2. Fribourg 1-0 
 3. Geneve Lions 1-0 
 4. Lugano Tigers 1-0 
 5. SAV Vacallo 1-0 
 6. BBC Nyon 0-1 
 7. Monthey 0-1 
 8. Neuchatel 0-1 
 9. SAM Massagno 0-1 
 10. Starwings 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 19: Geneve Lions - Boncourt
Oct. 19: Monthey - BBC Nyon
Oct. 19: Neuchatel - Starwings
Oct. 19: Lugano Tigers - SAM Massagno
Oct. 19: SAV Vacallo - Fribourg



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Ankara DSI-ERA Sport Club basketball division has a new target - by Baha Kurtulus

Previous player in Ankara DSI Spor and in national team, Dogan Hakyemez became the coordinator of regional league ( EBBL ) team Ankara D.S.I. Era sport club basketball division. Hakyemez joined to the camping with the team in Bolu last weekend. The signature ceremony with sponsor ERA A.S. will be held at 9.30 at 19 th October in Ankara Swiss Hotel with the honorary participation of Devlet Su Isleri General Manager Mr. Akif OZKALDI.




Aliaga lands Lionel Chalmers - by Eurobasket News (T)

Aliaga Petkim (TBL) tabbed 32-year old American guard Lionel Chalmers (184-86kg-80, college: Xavier). Chalmers has played for the last two years at Lokomotiv in Russian PBL league. In 13 Eurocup games last season he averaged 4.8ppg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Chalmers also played 13 games in VTB United League where he had 7.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Chalmers also played 15 games in PBL where he had 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Chalmers is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (AEK Athens)Italy (Benetton Treviso and Banco di Sardegna Sassari), Spain (Caja Laboral and CAI Zaragoza), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and Russia (Enisey Krasnoyarsk and Universitet-Yugra).
Chalmers attended Xavier University until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Asia Club Championship: Belent open win count - by Eurobasket News

Belent - Falcons 96:68

Belent clinched the first win at the Asia Club Championship in Beirut. The Turkmenistan side outgunned Falcons for 1-1 record. Pavel Averyanov (202-F-87) accounted for 18 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side.
Falcon ensured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The Turkmenistan team turned things around in the second quarter. They fired 29 points in the frame to post a 50:33 halftime advantage. Belent stayed in front in the third frame. They secured a 70:46 advantage at the final intermission. Belent cruised to the victory in the fourth quarter. Samender Juginisov (204-F/C-87) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Aleksandr Kozlov (200-F-82) netted 17 points for Belent. Nemekhbayar Battulga (G-81) answered with 18 points for Falcon. Temuujin Ariunbold (G-92) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Belent: Pavel Averyanov 18+18 boards, Samender Juginisov 18+11 boards, Aleksandr Kozlov 17
Falcons: Nemekhbayar Battulga 18, Temuujin Ariunbold 16



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Team preview: Syracuse Orange - by David Edole

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8514444/blue-ribbon-2012-13-college-basketball-preview-syracuse-orange
Blue Ribbon Yearbook

PF-Rakeem Christmas (206-F-91) (6-9, 242 lbs., SO, #25, 2.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 11.5 mpg, .573 FG, .571 FT, Academy of the New Church/Bryn Athyn, Pa.). Rakeem Christmas started 35 out of 37 games as a freshman. Most at power forward. He struggled, though, often coming out of games just minutes after the opening tip. He started but played just three minutes against Virginia Tech. Four minutes against Stanford. Two minutes against Florida. All before, well, Christmas.

In Big East play, Christmas suffered through a nine-game stretch where he never played more than eight minutes and logged more than four minutes just once. It was at the end of that stretch, in the final two games of the regular season, that Boeheim finally (mercifully) removed Christmas from the starting lineup, saving from the embarrassment of the seemingly inevitable early hook.

Then, Fab Melo got suspended. Christmas was suddenly back in the starting lineup, this time at center, as the Orange opened NCAA tournament play. In the Orange's four NCAA games, Christmas averaged 5.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 21.5 minutes of action. In the third round game against Kansas State, Christmas stood tall against the Wildcats' physical frontcourt, scoring eight points and hauling in a season-high 11 rebounds. In the Elite Eight loss to Ohio State, Christmas six points, two rebounds and two blocks.

Christmas' postseason production in the pivot gives rise to the possibility that as he returns to the starting lineup this season, it could be at center and not power forward.

"He can play both spots," Boeheim said. "Defensively, he's played a lot at power forward. I don't see any question about him being able to play both spots."

Should Boeheim decide to play Christmas at the four spot alongside freshman center Dajuan Coleman, the combination would give the Orange a strong rebounding frontcourt. But it would limit the Orange on offense.

"I think we'll use some double low-post stuff this year," Boeheim said. "We'll get two guys in the low post and play two big guys at once more often this year."



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Lawrence's 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hoverla and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 30 points for Hoverla in his team's victory, helping them to edge out BC Donetsk (4-2) 79-77. Hoverla is placed at 5th position in Ukrainian league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Hoverla will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Lawrence had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hoverla's top player in his first season with the team. St.John's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawrence is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.7apg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lynn Greer (186-PG-79) of Azovmash. He is American guard in his first season at Azovmash. In the last game Greer recorded impressive 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Azovmash lost that game 73-80 to the lower-ranked Halychyna (#7, 4-2). Azovmash managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Greer is a newcomer at Azovmash and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Halychyna (#7). Mitchell scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Halychyna, leading his team to a 80-73 win against the higher-ranked Azovmash (#3, 5-2). Halychyna needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Mitchell has a great season in Ukraine. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Lee (207-F-86) of Halychyna - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of Azovmash - 14 points and 3 rebounds
6. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84) of Halychyna - 13 points and 7 rebounds
7. Doron Perkins (188-PG-83) of BC Donetsk - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of BC Donetsk - 12 points and 8 rebounds
9. Nemanja Gordic (192-PG-88) of Azovmash - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ramel Curry (192-G-80) of BC Donetsk - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Superleague Round 10: Hoverla beats BC Donetsk by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Superleague took place in Donetsk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers BC Donetsk (4-2) to sixth ranked Hoverla (4-2) 79-77 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Donetsk. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hoverla made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by BC Donetsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. Forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 17 points and 4 assists for BC Donetsk. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hoverla moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Halychyna and BC Donetsk. Hoverla is looking forward to face higher ranked Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Donetsk will play at home against Halychyna in Lviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Azovmash (5-2) against seventh ranked Halychyna (4-2) on Wednesday night. Host Azovmash was defeated by Halychyna in a tough game in Mariupol 73-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Azovmash. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Michael Lee chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Azovmash's coach Aleksandar Kesar rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Halychyna moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Donetsk and Hoverla. Azovmash at the other side keeps the third position with two games lost. Halychyna will play against BC Donetsk (#6) on the road in the next round. Azovmash will play against Hoverla in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Azovmash - Halychyna 73-80

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Azovmash (5-2) against seventh ranked Halychyna (4-2) on Wednesday night. Host Azovmash was defeated by Halychyna in a tough game in Mariupol 73-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Azovmash. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But Azovmash won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Azovmash 39-27 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Michael Lee (207-86) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Bosnian point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. Azovmash's coach Aleksandar Kesar rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Halychyna moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Donetsk and Hoverla. Azovmash at the other side keeps the third position with two games lost. Halychyna will play against BC Donetsk (#6) on the road in the next round. Azovmash will play against Hoverla in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: L.Greer 19+8reb+6ast, N.Gordic 16+2reb+4ast, M.Raduljica 14+3reb, O.Pecherov 10+6reb, K.Natyazhko 5+2reb, I.Zaytsev 5+1reb
Halychyna: D.Mitchell 22+6reb+2ast, M.Lee 15+7reb+3ast, V.Vukosavljevic 13+7reb+1ast, S.Vasiljevic 9+1reb+5ast, G.Ikonic 8+6reb+1ast, O.Saltovets 6+4reb+1ast
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BC Donetsk - Hoverla 77-79

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Superleague took place in Donetsk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers BC Donetsk (4-2) to sixth ranked Hoverla (4-2) 79-77 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Donetsk. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hoverla made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by BC Donetsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. Forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for BC Donetsk. Four BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hoverla moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Halychyna and BC Donetsk. Hoverla is looking forward to face higher ranked Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Donetsk will play at home against Halychyna in Lviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: R.Curry 17+4reb+4ast, D.Perkins 12+6reb+6ast, D.Fischer 12+8reb+1ast, D.Lukashov 11+1reb+2ast, I.Radenovic 10+2reb+5ast, K.Ivanov 5+7reb+2ast
Hoverla: E.Lawrence 30+1reb+1ast, R.Pearson 17+5reb, K.Dykes 16+4reb+1ast, P.Sparks 7+5reb+3ast, Y.Frasenyuk 5+3reb, T.Peterson 4+4reb+1ast
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Rocks draw Sharks in Cup Round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Glasgow Rocks, Surrey Heat and One Health Sharks Sheffield completed the line-up for the BBL Cup quarter-finals with contrasting victories over the weekend.

A host of home-grown players all shone brightly in a fantastic advert for British basketball as the Rocks edged out Manchester Giants 88-85 at the Emirates Arena, to set up a last eight game in Sheffield.

Five of the top six scorers in a highly gripping and entertaining encounter were all British born and Sterling Davis (200-F-77, college: Tulane) Rocks survived a last second scare when Giants tried to force overtime. Scottish duo Keiron Archara and Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) both added to the patriotic feel in Glasgow with excellent performances for the Rocks whilst EJ Harrison top scored with 27 points for the winning team.

Sharks continued their good record in the Cup as Gage Daye poured in 19 points as they comfortably saw off Cheshire Jets 90-59. Mike Tuck added 16 points as the Sharks did most of the damage in the first half on their way to their first win of the season.

Heat were even more ruthless in their win at Mersey Tigers, never looking back after taking a 28-9 first period lead on the way to a 103-51 win in the north west. Chavis Holmes led the Heat with 19 points, supported by 16 each from Sam Cricelli and Julius Joseph.

There was also plenty of BBL Championship action over the weekend, with Heat completing a good weekend as a blistering final quarter performance propelling them to a 79-63 success against the Sharks.

Top scorer Martelle McLemore was the headline performer for the hosts, although he was supported well by namesakes Chavis and Frank Holmes.

Champions Newcastle Eagles continued their seemingly relentless pursuit of a fifth league title in six years with a 99-75 home win against neighbours Durham Wildcats. Joe Chapman led their scoring as eight three-pointers helped him to 30 points, including a staggering 25 in the first half as the Eagles took control. Charles Smith added 22 points and Damon Huffman scored 18.

Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy was understandably pleased with the result: We really clamped down defensively in the second quarter and we got some good looks in transition which led to easy scores and then Joe in particular got going. That really helped us break the game open.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders were made to work hard by London Lions before running out 89-83 winners. The visitors had the better of the first half, leading 45-37 going into the locker room 45-37 ahead at half-time, but a strong third period saw Riders outscore them 32-15, and they never looked back.

Worcester Wolves picked up a comfortable victory as they routed Mersey Tigers 98-48 at home. Alex Owumi continued his good debut season in the BBL with 19 points in less than 18 minutes as his side never looked back after a 22-0 run put them 25-4 ahead.

In the final game of the weekend, it proved one to forget for Jets who were routed 98-59 in brutal fashion by the Wolves who picked up back to back wins to move up the table. Paul James team could barely miss at some points during the game, with Daniel Belgrave on fire and lighting it up with a stunning five triples from just six attempts.

The quarter final line-up is as follows:

2 November 2012: One Health Sharks Sheffield v Glasgow Rocks

2 November 2012: Newcastle Eagles v Worcester Wolves

2 November 2012: London Lions v Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders

3 November 2012: Surrey Heat v UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



Matthew Bryan-Amaning selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from British players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington). He led his Serbian team Radnicki KG to a victory against the eighth-ranked MZT Skopje (2-2) 83-75 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Bryan-Amaning recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Radnicki Kragujevac (1-3) is placed 12th in the Adriatic League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Bryan-Amaning's first year with the team. This season Bryan-Amaning averages: 6.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(12-21) in the four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ghanian and British. Despite Bryan-Amaning played previously for the Ghanian national team, he played also for the British national team in 2012.

Darren Phillip
Darren Phillip
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield). Phillip led Union Progresista to a victory over the eighth-ranked La Union (1-9) 70-65 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Phillip recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Union Progresista (3-7) is placed seventh in North group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Phillip's first year with the team. Phillip is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Phillip averages: 16.6ppg, 12.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 84.3%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Phillip played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the British national team in 2012. Strangely Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.

Myles Hesson
Myles Hesson
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points). He was the major contributor in a Weissenhorn Youngstars' victory against the 12th-ranked TSV Troester (0-3) 93-77 in the German ProB (third division) on Sunday night. Hesson scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Weissenhorn Youngstars (3-0) is placed third in Group South. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Hesson is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 20.7ppg. This year his other stats are: 8.3rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(14-25), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 76.5% in the three games. Hesson played for the British national team years ago.

Devon Van Oostrum
Devon Van Oostrum
   #4. Guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93) was the main contributor in a Caceres Basket's victory against the league outsider Ourense (0-2) 85-76 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Van Oostrum scored 23 points and added 3 passes. Caceres Basket (1-1) is placed 11th in the LEB Gold. . It's Van Oostrum's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Van Oostrum averages: 15.5ppg and 4.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and British. Despite Van Oostrum played previously for the Dutch national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Laurence Ekperigin
Laurence Ekperigin
   #5. International forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help FCM Ferentino (0-2) in their last game. Despite Ekperigin's very good performance FCM Ferentino lost 85-90 at home to the higher-ranked (#10) Novipiu Casale. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Ekperigin's third season in pro basketball.. Ekperigin belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 24.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.0bpg and 3.0spg in the two games. Ekperigin is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ekperigin is currently in the British national team roster. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #6. Swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St.) contributed to Fribourg's victory against the eighth-ranked Neuchatel (0-1) 69-61 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Polyblank recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Fribourg this season. His team is placed first in the LNA. . Despite Polyblank played previously for the New Zealand national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

Gerald January
Gerald January
   #7. Former international center Gerald January (201-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Montevallo), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Larre Borges (2-5) in their last game. Despite January's very good performance the 14th-placed Larre Borges was crushed 83-60 in a derby game by the second-ranked Hebraica in the Capital group. He was the top scorer with 16 points. January also added 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was Larre Borges' fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. January has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3bpg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Despite January played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster. Interesting that January has never played in United Kingdom.

Sullivan Phillips
Sullivan Phillips
   #8. Swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) was not able to secure a victory for BG Goettingen (3-1) in their game against Crailsheim Merlins (2-2) in the German ProA (second division). He recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. BG Goettingen was defeated 76-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#9). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. . Phillips is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 6.0apg. Despite Phillips played previously for the Bermudas national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Oladapo Ayuba
Oladapo Ayuba
   #9. International forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins (2-0) in their last game. Despite Ayuba's very good performance the league leader Norrkoping Dolphins was edged 77-74 in Sundsvall by the lower-ranked (#3) Dragons. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Ayuba also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. . Ayuba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Norrkoping Dolphins' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg and 6.8rpg in the four games. Ayuba is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ayuba is currently in the British national team roster. However he has never played in United Kingdom.

Tafari Toney
Tafari Toney
   #10. Power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (2-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Toney's good performance Charleville-Mezieres was defeated 81-69 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. . Toney has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Toney played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the British senior national team. Toney used to play for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

   #11. International center Eric Boateng (208-85, also represented by Interperformances, college: Arizona St.), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms (1-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance New Yorker Phantoms lost 78-89 in Hagen to the higher-ranked (#10) Phoenix. Boateng was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Boateng's overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3bpg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Ghanian national team, Boateng is currently in the British national team roster.

   #12. International guard Kyle Johnson (195-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) couldn't help Sutor Montegranaro in their game against SAIE3 BO in the Italian SerieA. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 80-73. Johnson's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Johnson is currently in the British national team roster.

   #13. International point guard Justin Robinson (187-87, another player represented by Two Points, college: Rider) couldn't help the league outsider BC Kyiv in their game against Hoverla in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 14 points in 29 minutes. But his team lost 69-81. Robinson's stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.8apg in the five games. He is also British national team player.

   #14. International power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) is a teammate of previously mentioned Oladapo Ayuba and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Hanke couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins in their game against Sundsvall Dragons. Despite his good performance last Tuesday He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Hanke's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hanke played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster. Hanke used to play for SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks in British league.

   #15. Former international forward Nicholas George (199-82, another player represented by Two Points, college: VCU) managed to help Lugano Tigers in a victory against the closely-ranked BBC Nyon 85-66 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He recorded only 4 points and had 3 steals in 16 minutes. It was his first game for Lugano Tigers this season. George used to play for the British national team four years ago.



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Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
Central-East
 1. Guacharos 15-3 
 2. Tiburones 11-3 
 3. Rojos de Sucre 7-8 
 4. Estudiantes 7-9 
 5. Atleticos UCV 3-15 
Central-West
 1. Cent.Apure 14-4 
 2. Bravos 10-7 
 3. Aduaneros 8-9 
 4. Generales 5-12 
 5. Lanc.Cojedes 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 11

Oct. 19: Bravos - Cent.Apure
Oct. 19: Tiburones - Guacharos
Oct. 19: Atleticos UCV - Estudiantes
Oct. 19: Lanc.Cojedes - Aduaneros
Oct. 19: Generales - Rojos de Sucre
Oct. 20: Bravos - Cent.Apure
Oct. 20: Tiburones - Guacharos
Oct. 20: Atleticos UCV - Estudiantes
Oct. 20: Lanc.Cojedes - Aduaneros
Oct. 20: Generales - Rojos de Sucre



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Olimpia bring in Rannaveski Jana and Julia Avdeythuk - by Eurobasket News (T)

Olimpia bring in Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) and Julia Avdeythuk (185-F-88) for the upcoming season.
Jana Rannaveski played earlier for BC Star-TLU Tallinn (Meistriliiga, starting five) and was the third top-scorer with 15.7ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-1 (3.6apg), Steals-1 (3.4spg), 2FGP: 13.5%, 3PT-3 (44.1%), FT: 65.2%. In 2010-2011 she moved to BK Minsk-2006 (Belarus-Premier League, starting five) and in EuroCup had 5.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 45.5%. In BWBL her stats read 5.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 72.0%. In 2011-2012 she signed with Avenir Basket Chartres (France-NF1, starting five).
Julia Avdeythuk played for BGRU (Premier League, starting five). She appeared there in 2006 and improved a lot last season. In 2011-2012 for BrGU COR Victoria Brest (Premier League) her stats read 11.0ppg, Reb-4 (8.2rpg), Steals-4 (2.0spg), FGP: 42.2%, FT: 74.2%.



BK Gorizont Minsk add Alikina Kristina and Melnikova Tatsiana - by Eurobasket News (T)

BK Gorizont Minsk add Kristina Alikina (188-F-86, agency: LBM Management) and Tatsiana Melnikova (188-C-87) for the upcoming season. The player should debut tonight in the start of the season.
Tatsiana Melnikova played earlier for Minsk-2006, Berezina-RCOR Borisvo, LKS Siemens AGD Lodz (Poland-PLKK) and Politeh Basket Galitsiya Lviv (Ukraine-UPBL). In 2011-2012 she played for Suduva Marijampole (Lithuania-LMKL, starting five) and averaged 14.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 36.3%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 71.8%.
Kristina Alikina will debut in Belarus. In 2005-2006 she played for UMMC Ekaterinburg (A Superleague) and then got more experienced for Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk (A Superleague) and Dynamo Moscow (PBL, starting five). In 2011-2012 she moved to Vologda-Chevakata (PBL) and in EuroCup averaged 6.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 90.9%. In Russian League her stats read 6.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 81.0%.



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Standings - Women

Division I Standings
 1. Waregem 3-0 
 2. Point Chaud 2-1 
 3. Sint Katelijne 2-1 
 4. Kangoeroes-B. 2-1 
 5. Castors Braine 2-1 
 6. Belfius Namur 2-1 
 7. Willebroek 2-1 
 8. Spirou Monceau 2-1 
 9. Jeugd Gentson 1-2 
 10. Blue Cats 0-3 
 11. Houthalen 0-3 
 12. Tulikivi Deerlijk 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 20: Waregem - Willebroek
Oct. 20: Belfius Namur - Sint Katelijne
Oct. 20: Houthalen - Jeugd Gentson
Oct. 20: Castors Braine - Kangoeroes-B.
Oct. 21: Spirou Monceau - Point Chaud
Oct. 21: Tulikivi Deerlijk - Blue Cats



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Katerina Zohnova selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Czechs who are currently playing abroad.

Katerina Zohnova
Katerina Zohnova
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Katerina Zohnova (179-84). She contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Pall.Pozzuoli (0-1) crushing them 86-60 in the Italian A1 in Saturday night's game. Zohnova recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Umbertide this season. Her team is placed fifth in the A1. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Zohnova played for the Czech Republic senior national team years ago.

Gabriela Jandova
Gabriela Jandova
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Gabriela Jandova (190-73). She led ASC Theresianum Mainz to a victory over the 12th-ranked Rhein MB II (0-3) crushing them 103-59 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Saturday. Jandova was MVP of the game. She scored 29 points (!!!). ASC Theresianum Mainz (2-1) is placed third in North group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Jandova's ninth year with the team. Jandova is currently eighth on the list of top scorers. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Jandova averages: 17.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(20-35) and FT: 64.7%. She played for the Czech Republic national team in 2012.

Leona Jankowska
Leona Jankowska
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Leona Jankowska (190-77), who plays in the Polish PLKK. Jankowska could not help Widzew (0-4) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the bottom-ranked Widzew was badly defeated 71-54 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) Lider Pruszkow. Jankowska had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. She also added and 5 steals in 38 minutes. So far Widzew lost all four games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Jankowska belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4 with 18.8ppg. This year her other stats are: 6.8rpg, 1.3apg, 3.3spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 82.4% in the four games she played so far. Jankowska played for the Czech Republic national team years ago.

Martina Rejchova
Martina Rejchova
   #4. Center Martina Rejchova (195-83), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) was not able to help Viterbo (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance the ninth-placed Viterbo was defeated 59-47 at home by the higher-ranked S. La Spezia (#3) in the South group. Rejchova recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 17 rebounds. She also added and 3 steals. . It's Rejchova's first season with the team. Rejchova is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season she has very high stats. Rejchova averages: 19.0ppg, 18.0rpg and 2.0spg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

Tereza Brantlova
Tereza Brantlova
   #5. Former international guard Tereza Brantlova (172-82) was not able to secure a victory for Alba Iulia (2-3) in their game against Satu Mare (5-0) in the Romanian Division A, despite her very good performance last Friday. Brantlova recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes. But Alba Iulia lost 63-78 on their home court in Alba Iulia to the second-ranked Satu Mare. It was Alba Iulia's third consecutive loss in a row. . Brantlova has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0apg in the five games. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Katerina Bartonova
Katerina Bartonova
   #6. Point guard Katerina Bartonova (174-90) couldn't help Cadi ICG Software (0-1) in their game against Gran Canaria (1-0) in the Spanish LFB. Bartonova recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Cadi ICG Software this season. Cadi ICG Software was defeated 66-59 in Las Palmas by the second-ranked Gran Canaria. . Bartonova is international player as she played for the Czech Republic senior team years ago.

Petra Manakova
Petra Manakova
   #7. Former international power forward Petra Manakova (195-82, college: Oakland) was the major contributor in Amicale's victory against the closely-ranked Sparta (4-0) 83-70 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Friday night's game. She scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Amicale Steinsel (3-0) is placed first in the Diekirch League. So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season. . Manakova is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). She has very impressive stats this year: 23.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.3apg and 3.0spg in the three games. Manakova used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Katarina Flasarova
Katarina Flasarova
   #8. Guard Katarina Flasarova (171-85) couldn't help Herner TC (0-3) in their game against Rhein Main Baskets (1-2) in the German DBBL. She scored only 4 points. The bottom-ranked Herner TC was defeated 81-74 in Langen by the higher-ranked Rhein Main Baskets (#9). So far Herner TC lost all three games in the Regular Season. . This season Flasarova averages just 6.7ppg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) plays for Good Angels in Slovakian Extraliga
Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) plays for SKBD Rucon in Slovakian Extraliga
Marketa Zatloukalova (190-C-89) plays for SKBD Rucon in Slovakian Extraliga
Kamila Stepanova (193-C-88) plays for Basket Landes in French LFB
Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) plays for Antakya in Turkish TKBL
Tereza Barnetova (183-C-92) plays for Ostrava in Slovakian Extraliga
Tereza Sedlackova (183-F/C-92) plays for Ostrava in Slovakian Extraliga

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Czech Republic playing currently abroad. Go to Czech Republic Abroad Page to see completed list.



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Laina Mesila-Kaarmann selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Estonian players, who play currently abroad.

Laina Mesila-Kaarmann
Laina Mesila-Kaarmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-87, currently plays in Latvia). She led Eclex Tallinn to a victory over the fifth-ranked RTU-Merks (1-1) crushing them 108-53 in the Latvian LSBL in Saturday night's game. Mesila-Kaarmann was MVP of the game. She recorded 26 points (!!!), 3 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes on the court. Eclex Tallinn (2-0) is placed first in the LSBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mesila-Kaarmann has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 20.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(18-27) in the two games she played so far. Mesila-Kaarmann played for the Estonian senior national team years ago.

Viive Kai Rebane
Viive Kai Rebane
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Viive Kai Rebane (182-89, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann and both played together in the last Latvian LSBL game. Rebane contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked RTU-Merks (1-1) crushing them 108-53. She recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Rebane's first season in pro basketball. Rebane belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5. She has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 42.1% and FT: 75.0%. Rebane played for the Estonian national team in 2012.

Annika Koster
Annika Koster
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Annika Koster (185-92, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. But that was another game of her team in Latvian LSBL which we would like to mention. Koster contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Latvijas Universitate (0-2) crushing them 91-56. She had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Koster also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 29 minutes. Eclex Tallinn (2-0) is placed first in the LSBL. Koster is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 8.5rpg. This year her other stats are: 11.0ppg, 2.0apg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 58.3% and FT: 72.7% in the two games. Koster played for the Estonian national team years ago.

Mirjam Nikolai
Mirjam Nikolai
   #4. Guard Mirjam Nikolai (177-86, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Viive Kai Rebane (above) in the other team. Nikolai was the major contributor in a Eclex Tallinn's victory against the fifth-ranked RTU-Merks (1-1) crushing them 108-53. She recorded 17 points. Nikolai has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. She used to play for the Estonian national team earlier this year.

Gerly Kostla
Gerly Kostla
   #5. International forward Gerly Kostla (180-80, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Mirjam Nikolai (above) in the other team. Kostla contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked RTU-Merks (1-1) crushing them 108-53. She recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Kostla has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0spg in the two games. She plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Marit Maaring
Marit Maaring
   #6. Guard Marit Maaring (178-91, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Gerly Kostla (above) in the other team. Maaring contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked RTU-Merks (1-1) crushing them 108-53. She recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Maaring has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg. She is U20 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

Heila Rosenfeldt
Heila Rosenfeldt
   #7. International guard Heila Rosenfeldt (173-83, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Annika Koster (above) in the other team. Rosenfeldt contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Latvijas Universitate (0-2) crushing them 91-56. She scored 13 points and added 3 passes in a mere 19 minutes. It's Rosenfeldt's first season with the team. Rosenfeldt is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 3.0apg. She also averaged so far 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5spg in the two games. Rosenfeldt is also Estonian national team player.

Oksana Miil
Oksana Miil
   #8. Guard Oksana Miil (172-86, currently plays in Latvia), who plays in the Latvian LSBL could not help KK Tallinna Ulikool (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her very good performance the bottom-ranked KK Tallinna Ulikool was edged 71-69 on the road by the second-ranked TTT Juniores. Miil was the top scorer with 26 points. She also added 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Miil has very high stats. She averages: 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. Miil plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Anastassia Ptitsona
Anastassia Ptitsona
   #9. U20 international point guard Anastassia Ptitsona (168-91, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Marit Maaring (above) in the other team. Ptitsona contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked RTU-Merks (1-1) crushing them 108-53. She recorded 8 points in 22 minutes. Ptitsona has been at the team for five years. This season Ptitsona's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in the two games. She is also in the roster of the Estonian U20 national team.

Trine Kasemagi
Trine Kasemagi
   #10. Center Trine Kasemagi (190-95, currently plays in Latvia), who plays in the Latvian LSBL was not able to help Audentese SG/Noortekoondis (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kasemagi's good performance Audentese SG/Noortekoondis was defeated 67-61 in Riga by the higher-ranked RTU-Merks (#5). She recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Kasemagi also added 4 blocks. It was his first game for Audentese SG/Noortekoondis this season. Kasemagi is U18 international player as years ago she still played for the Estonian national team.

   #11. International forward Kerli Haas (180-90, currently plays in Latvia), who plays in the Latvian LSBL was not able to secure a victory for Rapla KK (0-2) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Rapla KK lost 65-72 in Riga to the second-ranked TTT Juniores. Haas had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds in 40 minutes. Haas is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). She has very impressive stats this year: 21.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in the two games. Haas plays currently for the Estonian national team.

   #12. U20 international swingman Greeta Uprus (177-94, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Trine Kasemagi and both played together in the last Latvian LSBL game. Uprus, who plays in the Latvian LSBL couldn't help Audentese SG/Noortekoondis (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Audentese SG/Noortekoondis was defeated 67-61 in Riga by the higher-ranked RTU-Merks (#5). Uprus was the top scorer with 12 points. She also added 8 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). It was his first game for Audentese SG/Noortekoondis this season. Uprus is also in the roster of the Estonian U20 national team.

   #13. International forward Kerdu Arbet-Lenear (184-80, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Heila Rosenfeldt (above) in the other team. Arbet-Lenear contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Latvijas Universitate crushing them 91-56. She scored 8 points in only 12 minutes. It was his first game for Eclex Tallinn this season. Arbet-Lenear is also Estonian national team player.

   #14. U20 international point guard Birgit Piibur (162-94, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Trine Kasemagi. She played also in the last Latvian LSBL game facing Greeta Uprus (above) in the other team. Piibur couldn't help Audentese SG/Noortekoondis in their game against RTU-Merks. Despite her good performance last Sunday She was the second best scorer with 11 points. Piibur also added made 3 passes and 4 steals. It was his first game for Audentese SG/Noortekoondis this season. She plays currently for the Estonian U20 national team.

   #15. U20 international forward Janett Perv (179-91, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Oksana Miil and both played together in the last Latvian LSBL game. Perv couldn't help KK Tallinna Ulikool in their game against TTT Juniores, despite her very good performance on Saturday night. She had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. But her team was edged 71-69. Perv is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). She has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. Perv is also in the roster of the Estonian U20 national team.



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Targoviste signs Milka Bjelica, ex Wisla Can-Pak - by Eurobasket News (T)

CSM Targoviste (Division A) signed 31-year old Montenegrin ex-international forward Milka Bjelica (193-81, agency: LBM Management). Bjelica played last season at Wisla Can-Pak in Polish PLKK. In 20 Euroleague games last year she had 10.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. She also played 32 games in PLKK where she recorded 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. Bjelica helped them to win the title and the cup. A very impressive season as she Polish PLKK All-Star Game.
She was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 2nd Team in 2011.
Bjelica was a member of Montenegrin Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011. She also represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Poland last year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 7.7%, FT: 77.4%.
Bjelica is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Italy (Napoli BK Women, CA Romagna, Alghero and Taranto)Lithuania (VICI Aistes), Spain (Ros Casares) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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Heta Korpivaara selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Finns who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Heta Korpivaara
Heta Korpivaara
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Heta Korpivaara (186-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Germany). She led Heli Girls to a victory over the league outsider Wildcats Wolfenbuettel (0-3) 58-52 in the German DBBL in Sunday night's game. Korpivaara was MVP of the game. She scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Heli Girls Noerdlingen Donau-Ries (3-0) is placed first in the DBBL. So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Korpivaara has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 15.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 83.3% in the three games she played so far. Korpivaara played for the Finnish senior national team years ago.

Tiina Sten
Tiina Sten
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Tiina Sten (189-85, also represented by Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German DBBL. She could not help TSV 1880 Wasserburg (2-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sten's good performance TSV 1880 Wasserburg was defeated 95-89 on the road by the lower-ranked Rotenburg/Scheessel (#4). She scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Sten is currently first on the list of best blockers. She has very reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3bpg, 2FGP: 65.2%(15-23). Sten played for the Finnish national team in 2012.

Taru Tuukkanen
Taru Tuukkanen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center Taru Tuukkanen (190-77, another player represented by Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LFB. She was not able to help Caja Rural (0-1) in their last game. Despite Tuukkanen's good performance Caja Rural was crushed 95-72 in Rivas by the higher-ranked (#5) Ecopolis. She was the second best scorer with 14 points. Tuukkanen also added 2 blocks in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Caja Rural this season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Tuukkanen is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 2 blocks. She played for the Finnish national team years ago.

Dionne Pounds
Dionne Pounds
   #4. Forward Dionne Pounds (174-84, another player represented by Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Taru Tuukkanen and both played together in the last Spanish LFB game. Pounds, who plays in the Spanish LFB was not able to secure a victory for Caja Rural (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance Caja Rural was crushed 95-72 in Rivas by the higher-ranked Ecopolis (#5). Pounds recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Caja Rural this season. Pounds used to play for the Finnish national team earlier this year.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Saara Lehtoranta (170-F-90) plays for TG Neuss in German 2.Bundesliga
Janika Sundstrom (175-G-87) plays for Kvarnby in Swedish Damligan
Rita Haukkovaara (175-G-92) plays for Kvarnby in Swedish Damligan



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2.Bundesliga Round 3 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in 2.Bundesliga, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 3 in 2.Bundesliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Saarlouis where host TV Saarlouis Royals (3-0) beat league's leader BasCats Heidelberg (2-1) 74-68 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BasCats Heidelberg. It was a key game for the top position in South. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 20-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BasCats Heidelberg outrebounded TV Saarlouis Royals 46-29 including 29 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Merideth Marsh (169-88, college: Vanderbilt) who scored 37 points (!!!). Her fellow American import forward Colleen Planeta (188-88, college: Point Loma) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Erica Carlson (193-88, college: Dixie St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. BasCats Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TV Saarlouis Royals have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of South leader. BasCats Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Speyer and Jahn Muenchen. They were replaced at the leadership position by Saarlouis. BasCats Heidelberg will play next round against Friendsfactory Germering trying to make it back to the top of the standings. TV Saarlouis Royals will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Trier on the road.
Undefeated Quakenbrueck Dragons (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Baskets Grunberg (1-2) 65-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quakenbrueck Dragons. It was a good game for international forward Finja Schaake (179-92) who led her team to a victory with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Ama Degbeon contributed with 10 points for the winners. Baskets Grunberg's coach Philipp Sparwasser allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian center Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Quakenbrueck Dragons. Baskets Grunberg left bottom position moving up to sixth place in North, which they share with 5 other teams. Quakenbrueck Dragons at the other side keep the third position with one game lost. They share it with Hannover and Bielefeld. Baskets Grunberg will play against ASC Theresianum Mainz (#9) at home in the next round. Quakenbrueck Dragons will play against Goettingen (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where Hannover (#6) beat host Hagen Phoenix (#8) 61-56 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Alexa Mennen who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Elina Stahmeyer with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Hagen Phoenix's coach Ulrich Overhoff tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hannover (2-1) moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Quakenbrueck and Bielefeld. Loser Hagen Phoenix dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Hannover will meet at home league's second-placed ChemCats Chemnitz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hagen Phoenix will play against Dolphins Bielefeld (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss the game where fifth ranked Dolphins Bielefeld (2-1) against 4th placed TG Neuss (1-2) where Dolphins Bielefeld won on the road by fourteen points 71-57. It was an exceptional evening for Michaela Hawley who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dolphins Bielefeld moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Hannover and Quakenbrueck. TG Neuss at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Dolphins Bielefeld's next round opponent will be Hagen Phoenix (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. TG Neuss will play against SG BBZ Opladen (#7) in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Friendsfactory Germering (2-1) against seventh ranked Speyer / Schifferstadt (2-1) on Saturday night. Host Friendsfactory Germering was crushed by Speyer / Schifferstadt in Germering 92-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Friendsfactory Germering. The best player for the winners was Emma Duinker who scored 33 points (!!!) (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Friendsfactory Germering's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Speyer / Schifferstadt moved-up to third place in South, which they share with Jahn Muenchen and Heidelberg. Speyer / Schifferstadt will face KuSG Leimen (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Friendsfactory Germering will play against BasCats Heidelberg (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In North Goettingen lost to undefeated Chemnitz in a road game 60-80. Berlin beat Opladen at home 65-59. Winless Rhein MB II was destroyed by Mainz on the opponent's court 103-59.
In South Viernheim outscored Trier in a home game 81-54. Sandhausen managed to beat Leimen on the road 72-62. Wuerzburg defeated Keltern on its own court 61-54.
The best stats of 3rd round was 38 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds by Kellindra Zackery of Viernheim.


Group North
Chemnitz - Goettingen 80-60

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Goettingen (1-2) was crushed on the road by leader ChemCats Chemnitz (3-0) 80-60 on Sunday. The game without a history. ChemCats Chemnitz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-23 free shots (95.7 percent) during the game. ChemCats Chemnitz outrebounded Goettingen 34-19 including 23 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Candace Williams (183-88, college: New Hampshire) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Eryn Jones (172-90, college: Portland St.) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Polish forward Klaudia Grudzien (183-90) who recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American swingman Jenele Peterson (174, college: Whitman) added 20 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ChemCats Chemnitz have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of North leader, which they share with Berlin. Loser Goettingen dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. ChemCats Chemnitz will face Hannover (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Goettingen will play against Quakenbrueck Dragons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: C.Williams 39+6reb+1ast, E.Jones 12+5reb+5ast, K.Wohlberg 10+2reb, H.Heintz 7+4reb+3ast, M.Mihalyi 5+1reb+2ast, J.Groning 3
Goettingen: J.Peterson 20+4reb, K.Grudzien 15+5reb+6ast, D.Smith 8+1reb, A.Nicole Daub 6, J.Hirmke 4+2reb, M.Muller 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 182306


Hagen Phoenix - Hannover 56-61

An interesting game where Hannover (#6) beat host Hagen Phoenix (#8) 61-56 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-5 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Hannover dominated on the defensive end, holding Hagen Phoenix to just 5 points in third quarter. It was a great evening for American forward Alexa Mennen (185-87, college: N.Iowa) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Annika Schudak (160) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was swingman Elina Stahmeyer (180-91) with 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Kimberly Pohlmann (180-92) scored 10 points. Hagen Phoenix's coach Ulrich Overhoff tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hannover (2-1) moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Quakenbrueck and Bielefeld. Loser Hagen Phoenix dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Hannover will meet at home league's second-placed ChemCats Chemnitz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hagen Phoenix will play against Dolphins Bielefeld (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hannover: A.Mennen 22+16reb, A.Schudak 17+3reb+1ast, C.Christen 11+2reb+1ast, J.Bartsch 7+10reb+1ast, R.Cantu 2, A.Battersby 2+1reb
Hagen Phoenix: E.Stahmeyer 10+6reb, K.Pohlmann 10+3reb+1ast, F.Goessmann 9+1reb, F.Grasshoff 8+4reb, B.Bencker 6+5reb, V.Van der lugt 5+1reb
gschID: 182304


Berlin - Opladen 65-59

No shocking result in a game when leader Berlin (3-0) defeated at home 7th ranked SG BBZ Opladen (1-2) 65-59 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-59. Berlin forced 22 SG BBZ Opladen turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Janina Thurau (177-88) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Daniela Vogel (179-92) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Marie Gulich (192-94) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and center Mareike Nettersheim (186) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively. SG BBZ Opladen's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Berlin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in North with 3-0 record, which they share with Chemnitz. Loser SG BBZ Opladen dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Berlin will face Rhein MB II (#12) in Langen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. SG BBZ Opladen will play at home against TG Neuss (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Berlin: J.Thurau 25+5reb, D.Vogel 14+6reb+2ast, N.Rouault 12+6reb, L.Gohlisch 5+3reb+1ast, M.Powilleit 4+8reb, K.Greiner 3+1reb
Opladen: M.Nettersheim 20+8reb+1ast, M.Gulich 18+14reb, J.Kunel 8+4reb, M.Hafner 3+3reb+1ast, M.Kovacic 2+1reb, V.Jaecker 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 182308


Quakenbrueck - Gruenberg 54-65

Undefeated Quakenbrueck Dragons (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Baskets Grunberg (1-2) 65-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quakenbrueck Dragons. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 26-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for international forward Finja Schaake (179-92) who led her team to a victory with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Forward Ama Degbeon (183-95) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Baskets Grunberg's coach Philipp Sparwasser allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian center Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian guard Brittany Moore (168-89) added 18 points in the effort for Quakenbrueck Dragons. Baskets Grunberg left bottom position moving up to sixth place in North, which they share with 5 other teams. Quakenbrueck Dragons at the other side keep the third position with one game lost. They share it with Hannover and Bielefeld. Baskets Grunberg will play against ASC Theresianum Mainz (#9) at home in the next round. Quakenbrueck Dragons will play against Goettingen (#6) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gruenberg: F.Schaake 19+7reb+5ast, A.Degbeon 10+4reb, J.Brauer 8+3reb, L.Masek 8+4reb, N.Happel 6+1reb+2ast, E.Dzirma 6+6reb+1ast
Quakenbrueck: B.Moore 18+2reb, K.Kubat 11+6reb+2ast, H.Sunley-Paisley 10+9reb+2ast, K.Sokoll-Potratz 5+3reb+2ast, M.Koopmann 4+3reb+1ast, E.Knopp 2+2reb
gschID: 182307


Mainz - Rhein MB II 103-59

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked ASC Theresianum Mainz and bottom-ranked Rhein MB II had identical 0-2 record. This time ASC Theresianum Mainz used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Langen 103-59 on Saturday night. The game without a history. ASC Theresianum Mainz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rhein MB II to just 7 points in first quarter. ASC Theresianum Mainz dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Rhein MB II's 32. They outrebounded Rhein MB II 27-9 including 19 on the offensive glass. ASC Theresianum Mainz looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Rhein MB II's players. The best player for the winners was Czech center Gabriela Jandova (190-73) who scored 29 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Bulgarian guard Gergana Georgieva (180-87) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four ASC Theresianum Mainz players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Kristin Annawald (184-93) who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Lisa Janko (184-96) added 9 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. ASC Theresianum Mainz (1-2) left bottom position moving up to sixth place in North, which they share with 5 other teams. It was Rhein MB II's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with three games lost. ASC Theresianum Mainz will face Baskets Grunberg (#10) in Gruenberg in the next round. Rhein MB II will play at home against the league's leader Berlin and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mainz: G.Jandova 29+3reb+2ast, G.Georgieva 19+6reb+3ast, C.Berkhoff 15+2ast, K.Schnitzler 10+8ast, S.Ferri 8+1reb, A.Delp 8+7reb+1ast
Rhein MB II: K.Annawald 21+5reb+1ast, L.Janko 9+1ast, A.Kohler 7+1reb, M.Maier 6+1ast, S.Schmidt 6+1ast, F.Schmidt 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 182305


Neuss - Bielefeld 57-71

We should not miss the game where fifth ranked Dolphins Bielefeld (2-1) against 4th placed TG Neuss (1-2) where Dolphins Bielefeld won on the road by fourteen points 71-57. TG Neuss were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 43-26 second half run of Dolphins Bielefeld. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 TG Neuss turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by TG Neuss helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Michaela Hawley (185, college: Florida Southern) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Natascha Bunts (170) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side. American point guard Shacondra James (172, college: Cent.Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 11 steals and Lisa Krings (174) added 9 points respectively for TG Neuss in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dolphins Bielefeld moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Hannover and Quakenbrueck. TG Neuss at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Dolphins Bielefeld's next round opponent will be Hagen Phoenix (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. TG Neuss will play against SG BBZ Opladen (#7) in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bielefeld: N.Bunts 22+5reb+1ast, M.Hawley 20+8reb+2ast, K.Quakernack 13+5reb, A.Tusek 8+4reb, L.Schild 2, D.Atsur 2+2reb+2ast
Neuss: S.James 27+8reb+4ast, L.Krings 9+4reb, V.Jager 6+4reb, D.Skrobek 4+3reb, C.Skrobek 4+6reb, I.Krings 3+2reb
gschID: 182303


Group South
Viernheim - Trier 81-54

Everything could happen in Viernheim at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked TSV Amicitia and bottom-ranked Trier had identical 0-2 record. This time TSV Amicitia used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Trier 81-54 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by TSV Amicitia. Trier was better in fourth quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Trier to just 6 points in first quarter. TSV Amicitia held Trier to an opponent 22.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.9 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Trier 59-30 including a 45-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Kellindra Zackery (182, college: Newman) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds. Power forward Jeanne Wilson (190) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Johanna Beckert (165) who recorded 14 points and Luisa Anna Roth added 13 points and 4 steals respectively. TSV Amicitia (1-2) left bottom position moving up to eighth place in South, which they share with Sandhausen. It was Trier's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. TSV Amicitia will face higher ranked Gruner Stern Keltern (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trier will play against the league's leader TV Saarlouis Royals where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Viernheim: K.Zackery 38+24reb+2ast, A.Shaw 18+4reb, J.Wilson 16+16reb+1ast, K.Roos 5+2reb+1ast, S.Parsons 3+3reb+4ast, E.Ruhl 1+3reb+1ast
Trier: J.Beckert 14+2reb, L.Anna Roth 13+3reb, U.Maerz 9+4reb+2ast, L.Kern 6+4reb, K.Marx 6+3reb+1ast, J.Basten 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 182311


Saarlouis - Heidelberg 74-68

Round 3 in 2.Bundesliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Saarlouis where host TV Saarlouis Royals (3-0) beat league's leader BasCats Heidelberg (2-1) 74-68 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BasCats Heidelberg. It was a key game for the top position in South. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 20-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BasCats Heidelberg outrebounded TV Saarlouis Royals 46-29 including 29 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Merideth Marsh (169-88, college: Vanderbilt) who scored 37 points (!!!). Her fellow American import forward Colleen Planeta (188-88, college: Point Loma) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Erica Carlson (193-88, college: Dixie St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Sara Kranzhofer (172-96) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. BasCats Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TV Saarlouis Royals have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of South leader. BasCats Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Speyer and Jahn Muenchen. They were replaced at the leadership position by Saarlouis. BasCats Heidelberg will play next round against Friendsfactory Germering trying to make it back to the top of the standings. TV Saarlouis Royals will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Trier on the road.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis: M.Marsh 37+3reb+3ast, C.Planeta 14+6reb, L.Rahn 12+4reb, J.Adams 6+5reb+2ast, L.Edringer 5+2reb, M.Platte 0
Heidelberg: S.Kranzhofer 15+5reb+1ast, J.Young 14+6reb+1ast, E.Carlson 12+10reb, S.Heller 6, A.Oehler 6+3reb, S.Benavente 5+5reb
gschID: 182310


Leimen - Sandhausen 62-72

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked TG 1889 Sandhausen and bottom-ranked KuSG Leimen had identical 0-2 record. But KuSG Leimen was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Sandhausen 72-62 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by TG 1889 Sandhausen. KuSG Leimen was better in second period 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KuSG Leimen 48-31 including a 21-6 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Tricia Principe (174) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Canadian center Matteke Hutzler (188) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian guard Lauren Taal (175) who recorded 14 points and guard Jennifer Shinall (160) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively. KuSG Leimen's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TG 1889 Sandhausen (1-2) left bottom position moving up to eighth place in South, which they share with Viernheim. It was KuSG Leimen's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. TG 1889 Sandhausen will have a break next round. KuSG Leimen will play on the road against Speyer / Schifferstadt (#3) in Dudenhofen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sandhausen: T.Principe 30+12reb+1ast, M.Hutzler 21+10reb+2ast, S.Grunert-Baier 10+11reb+1ast, K.Janson 4+3reb+1ast, K.Auer 3+2reb+1ast, C.Ingerfurth 2+5reb+2ast
Leimen: L.Taal 14+2reb+2ast, R.Luepertz 13+2reb, L.Bieser 11+1reb+1ast, J.Shinall 9+5reb+2ast, L.Bentner 5, M.Kraus 5+10reb
gschID: 182313


Jahn Muenchen - Speyer 52-92

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Friendsfactory Germering (2-1) against seventh ranked Speyer / Schifferstadt (2-1) on Saturday night. Host Friendsfactory Germering was crushed by Speyer / Schifferstadt in Germering 92-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Friendsfactory Germering. The game without a history. Speyer / Schifferstadt led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Friendsfactory Germering's 44. The best player for the winners was Canadian swingman Emma Duinker (182-89) who scored 33 points (!!!) (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). Canadian forward Kathryn Verboom (179-86) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Speyer / Schifferstadt players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian forward Rhea Pascal (180, college: Amer.Internat.) who recorded 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Viktoria Wohlers (190) added 12 points respectively. Friendsfactory Germering's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Speyer / Schifferstadt moved-up to third place in South, which they share with Jahn Muenchen and Heidelberg. Speyer / Schifferstadt will face KuSG Leimen (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Friendsfactory Germering will play against BasCats Heidelberg (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Speyer: E.Duinker 33+3reb, K.Verboom 20+6reb+3ast, M.Muller 14+6reb, U.Gelbke 13+4reb+4ast, S.Harris 4+2reb+1ast, M.Weynandt 3+8reb+2ast
Jahn Muenchen: R.Pascal 13+6reb+1ast, V.Wohlers 12+1reb+2ast, J.Sommer 6+5reb, H.Eitel 5+1reb+3ast, S.Wessels 4+5reb, N.Schmidt 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 182312


Wuerzburg - Keltern 61-54

Everything could happen in Wuerzburg at the game between two tied teams. Both leader TG Chooza Ladybaskets and 4th placed Gruner Stern Keltern had identical 1-0 record. This time TG Chooza Ladybaskets used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Keltern 61-54 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in South. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TG Chooza Ladybaskets dominated on the defensive end, holding Gruner Stern Keltern to just 7 points in first quarter. TG Chooza Ladybaskets forced 19 Gruner Stern Keltern turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Jocelyn Bailey (182, college: Delaware) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Alex McGuire (173-87, college: Army) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Katharina Hronsky (170) who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Heather Karner (180-86, college: Youngstown St.) added 11 points respectively. Gruner Stern Keltern's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TG Chooza Ladybaskets (2-0) moved-up to second place in South. Loser Gruner Stern Keltern dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. TG Chooza Ladybaskets will face Bad Aibling (#6) on the road in the next round. Gruner Stern Keltern will play against TSV Amicitia in Viernheim.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: J.Bailey 19+7reb+1ast, A.McGuire 17+6reb+1ast, M.Pfister 10+12reb+1ast, F.Schneider 7+3reb+1ast, R.Jochimczyk 4+3reb+3ast, E.Barthel 3
Keltern: H.Karner 11+1reb+2ast, K.Hronsky 11+7reb, V.Seemann 8+2reb, S.Grigoleit 7+3reb, M.Rosche 6+8reb, J.Seemann 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 182309


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket News

2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Berlin 3-0 
 2. Chemnitz 3-0 
 3. Hannover 2-1 
 4. Quakenbrueck 2-1 
 5. Bielefeld 2-1 
 6. Goettingen 1-2 
 7. Opladen 1-2 
 8. Neuss 1-2 
 9. Mainz 1-2 
 10. Gruenberg 1-2 
 11. Hagen Phoenix 1-2 
 12. Rhein MB II 0-3 
South
 1. Saarlouis 3-0 
 2. Wuerzburg 2-0 
 3. Speyer 2-1 
 4. Heidelberg 2-1 
 5. Jahn Muenchen 2-1 
 6. Bad Aibling 1-1 
 7. Keltern 1-1 
 8. Sandhausen 1-2 
 9. Viernheim 1-2 
 10. Leimen 0-3 
 11. Trier 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

North

Oct. 20: Goettingen - Quakenbrueck
Oct. 20: Bielefeld - Hagen Phoenix
Oct. 20: Hannover - Chemnitz
Oct. 20: Gruenberg - Mainz
Oct. 20: Rhein MB II - Berlin
Oct. 20: Opladen - Neuss

South

Oct. 20: Trier - Saarlouis
Oct. 20: Keltern - Viernheim
Oct. 20: Heidelberg - Jahn Muenchen
Oct. 20: Bad Aibling - Wuerzburg
Oct. 20: Speyer - Leimen



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Standings - Women

Express L. Standings
 1. Keflavik 4-0 
 2. Snaefell 4-0 
 3. Valur 3-1 
 4. KR 2-2 
 5. Njardvik 2-2 
 6. Haukar 1-3 
 7. Fjolnir 0-4 
 8. Grindavik 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 17: Snaefell - Grindavik 86-55
Oct. 17: Valur - Haukar 70-68
Oct. 17: Fjolnir - KR 61-75
Oct. 17: Njardvik - Keflavik 53-86

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 24: Grindavik - Valur
Oct. 24: Keflavik - Snaefell
Oct. 24: Haukar - Fjolnir
Oct. 24: KR - Njardvik


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 31
 1. Jones, Fjolnir31.0 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik26.0 
 3. Evans, Haukar21.8 
 4. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.17.3 
 5. Hinriksdotti., Kef.17.3 
 6. Amundadottir, KR17.0 
 7. Kjartansdott., Sna.15.0 
 8. Hartman, KR14.8 
 9. Skuladottir, Grind.14.5 
 10. Gunnarsdotti., Sn.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Siarre EVANS
  Haukar
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Evans, Haukar20.3 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik18.5 
 3. Sigurdardott., Sna.10.8 
 4. Kjartansdott., Sna.10.8 
 5. Hinriksdotti., Kef.10.3 
 6. Einarsdottir, KR9.8 
 7. Saevarsdotti., Nja.9.7 
 8. Amundadottir, KR9.5 
 9. Auguste, Valur9.3 
 10. Gudmundsdott., Fj.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hildur SIGURDARDOTTIR
  Snaef.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sigurdardott., Sna.5.5 
 2. Jonsdottir, Snaefe.5.3 
 3. Hardy, Njardvik4.3 
 4. Auguste, Valur4.3 
 5. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.4.3 
 6. Hartman, KR3.8 
 7. Sigurdardott., Nja.3.3 
 8. Jenkins, Keflavik3.0 
 9. Sverrisdotti., Val.3.0 
 10. Kjartansdott., Sn.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lele HARDY
  Njardvik
  (182-SF-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Hardy, Njardvik5.5 
 2. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.4.8 
 3. Auguste, Valur4.0 
 4. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.3.8 
 5. Jonsdottir, Snaefe.3.0 
 6. Skuladottir, Grind.2.8 
 7. Hinriksdotti., Kef.2.5 
 8. Thorsteinsdo., KR2.3 
 9. Einarsdottir, KR2.3 
 10. Amundadottir, KR2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Signy HERMANNSDOTTIR
  Val.
  (183-C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hermannsdott., Val.3.7 
 2. Saevarsdotti., Nja.2.3 
 3. Ragnarsdotti., Fjo.1.8 
 4. Jonsdottir, Snaefe.1.3 
 5. Sveinsdottir, Hau.1.3 
 6. Hinriksdotti., Kef.1.0 
 7. Johannsdotti., Fjo.1.0 
 8. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.1.0 
 9. Kristinardot., Kef.0.8 
 10. Amundadottir, KR0.8 


Dominos League Round 4: Valur defeats Haukar in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Express L. and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Express L. took place in Reykjavik. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Haukar (1-3) to fourth ranked Valur (3-1) 70-68 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alberta Auguste (180-F-85, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Unnur Asgeirsdottir (175-90) who added 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Valur's coach Agust Bjorgvinsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American swingman Siarre Evans (178-88, college: E.Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 22 rebounds. Valur have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Haukar at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Valur are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Grindavik (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Haukar will play against Fjolnir in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Reykjavik: KR (#6) and Fjolnir (#7). Fjolnir was defeated at home 61-75 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The winners were led by the former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (181-88, agency: Promotex) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and Helga Einarsdottir supported her with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Even 30 points by American guard Britney Jones (172-87, college: UAB) did not help to save the game for Fjolnir. KR (2-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Njardvik. Fjolnir at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Grindavik. KR will play against Njardvik (#5) at home in the next round. Fjolnir will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Njardvik. 4th ranked host Njardvik (2-2) was smashed by top-ranked Keflavik (4-0) 86-53. Sara Run Hinriksdottir fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Lele Hardy produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Snaefell. Defending champion Njardvik keeps the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with KR. Keflavik will meet at home league's second-placed Snaefell in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Njardvik will play against KR in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top-ranked Snaefell blasted bottom-ranked Grindavik (0-4) in Stykkisholmur 86-55 keeping the perfect record after 4 rounds. Grindavik is still unable to win any game. It was a very good performance for Hildur Sigurdardottir who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Grindavik's coach Johann Olafsson gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Snaefell have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Keflavik. Newly promoted Grindavik still closes the standings with four games lost. Snaefell's next round opponent will be league's leader Keflavik on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Grindavik will play against Valur (#3) in Reykjavik and looks forward to get finally their first victory.


Njardvik - Keflavik 53-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Njardvik. 4th ranked host Njardvik (2-2) was smashed by top-ranked Keflavik (4-0) 86-53. Keflavik dominated on the defensive end, holding Njardvik to just 7 points in third quarter. They held Njardvik to an opponent 23.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.6 percent accuracy of the winners. Keflavik forced 25 Njardvik turnovers and outrebounded them 53-40 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Sara Run Hinriksdottir (165-96) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-87) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Five Keflavik players scored in double figures. American Lele Hardy (182-88, college: Clemson, agency: Merit Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and center Salbjorg Saevarsdottir (182-91) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Snaefell. Defending champion Njardvik keeps the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with KR. Keflavik will meet at home league's second-placed Snaefell in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Njardvik will play against KR in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: P.Gunnlaugsdottir 21+3reb+4ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 15+11reb+2ast, I.Kristinardottir 15+7reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 13+8reb+3ast, B.Valgardsdottir 12+8reb+2ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 2+2reb+4ast
Njardvik: L.Hardy 19+16reb+3ast, S.Saevarsdottir 10+11reb+3ast, G.Bjort Juliusdottir 7+2reb+3ast, I.Vilbergsdottir 7+5reb+1ast, E.Gretarsdottir 4, E.Sigurdardottir 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 180060


Valur - Haukar 70-68

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Express L. took place in Reykjavik. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Haukar (1-3) to fourth ranked Valur (3-1) 70-68 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alberta Auguste (180-85, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Unnur Asgeirsdottir (175-90) who added 15 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Valur's coach Agust Bjorgvinsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American swingman Siarre Evans (178-88, college: E.Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 22 rebounds and guard Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (175-90) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Haukar players scored in double figures. Valur have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Haukar at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Valur are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Grindavik (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Haukar will play against Fjolnir in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valur: K.Sigurjonsdottir 22+4reb+1ast, U.Asgeirsdottir 15+9reb+3ast, A.Auguste 10+12reb+7ast, H.Jonsdottir 8+2reb, G.Sverrisdottir 8+2reb+3ast, R.Benonisdottir 3+2reb+1ast
Haukar: M.Halfdanardottir 20+4reb+2ast, G.Gunnarsdottir 14+7reb+6ast, D.Samuelsdottir 14+4reb+3ast, S.Evans 12+22reb+3ast, M.Sigurdardottir 6+2reb, L.Henningsdottir 2+4reb
gschID: 180061


Snaefell - Grindavik 86-55

Top-ranked Snaefell blasted bottom-ranked Grindavik (0-4) in Stykkisholmur 86-55 keeping the perfect record after 4 rounds. Grindavik is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Snaefell led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Grindavik's 30. Snaefell players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Grindavik's players. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Hildur Kjartansdottir (183-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. The former international forward Petrunella Skuladottir (177-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and forward Harpa Hallgrimsdottir (180-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Grindavik. Grindavik's coach Johann Olafsson gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Snaefell have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Keflavik. Newly promoted Grindavik still closes the standings with four games lost. Snaefell's next round opponent will be league's leader Keflavik on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Grindavik will play against Valur (#3) in Reykjavik and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: A.Jonsdottir 21+3reb+5ast, H.Sigurdardottir 18+13reb+7ast, H.Kjartansdottir 17+13reb+3ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 14+2reb+3ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 5+4reb+1ast, R.Karlsdottir 5+1ast
Grindavik: P.Skuladottir 31+11reb+2ast, H.Hallgrimsdottir 8+7reb+1ast, J.Lois Sicat 4+1ast, B.Magnusdottir 4+1reb+1ast, S.Gretarsdottir 3+1reb+2ast, H.Hallgrimsdottir 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 180059


Fjolnir - KR 61-75

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Reykjavik: KR (#6) and Fjolnir (#7). Fjolnir was defeated at home 61-75 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Fjolnir was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 41-26 second half run of KR. The winners were led by the former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (181-88, agency: Promotex) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Helga Einarsdottir (186-88) supported her with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Four KR players scored in double figures. Even 30 points by American guard Britney Jones (172-87, college: UAB) did not help to save the game for Fjolnir. Center Bergdis Ragnarsdottir (184-92) added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for lost side. KR (2-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Njardvik. Fjolnir at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Grindavik. KR will play against Njardvik (#5) at home in the next round. Fjolnir will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KR: S.Amundadottir 23+11reb+3ast, P.Hartman 20+1reb+5ast, G.Thorsteinsdottir 14+5reb+2ast, H.Einarsdottir 14+15reb+2ast, B.Einarsdottir 3+4reb+2ast, H.Halfdanardottir 1+1reb+1ast
Fjolnir: B.Jones 30+2reb+3ast, B.Ragnarsdottir 14+10reb+2ast, F.Gudmundsdottir 7+15reb+1ast, H.Eva Valdimarsdottir 4+4reb, E.Emilsdottir 4+3reb+2ast, H.Johannsdottir 2+8reb
gschID: 180062



Icelandic Express L. round 4 best performance: Hildur Sigurdardottir - by Eurobasket News

Former international guard Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-G-81) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Snaefell, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Grindavik (#8, 0-4) with 31-point margin 86-55. Snaefell maintains the 2nd position in Icelandic Express L.. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Snaefell already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Sigurdardottir's second year at Snaefell and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Hildur Sigurdardottir averages this season 13.0ppg, 10.8rpg and 5.5apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Lele Hardy (182-SF-88, agency: Merit Sports) of Njardvik. Hardy had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Njardvik lost that game 53-86 to league's leader Keflavik (#1, 4-0). This loss caused Njardvik to drop to 5th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hardy is well-known at Njardvik and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#2). Her other stats are also decent: 18.5rpg and 4.3apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Petrunella Skuladottir (177-F-85) of Grindavik (#8). Skuladottir got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. She went also for eleven rebounds . Despite Skuladottir's great performance Grindavik lost 55-86 to the league's current leader Snaefell (#2, 4-0). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. Grindavik can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Skuladottir she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Skuladottir has individually a great season in Iceland. After only 4 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.5ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Siarre Evans (178-G/F-88) of Haukar - 12 points, 22 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Hildur Kjartansdottir (183-G-94) of Snaefell - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sigrun Amundadottir (181-C/F-88) of KR - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alda Jonsdottir (179-G-79) of Snaefell - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Helga Einarsdottir (186-F-88) of KR - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Salbjorg Saevarsdottir (182-C-91) of Njardvik - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sara Run Hinriksdottir (165-F-96) of Keflavik - 15 points, 11 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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Irtysh announced Tamara Seregina, Angelina Yuskova and Anna Vinokurova - by Eurobasket News (T)

Irtysh announced Tamara Seregina (182-F-90), Angelina Yuskova (170-G-90) and Anna Vinokurova (191-C-92) to continue with the squad in 2012/2013 season. All players showed their best in the first two games of the new season.
Irtysh Pavlodar-PNHZ confirmed in their roster 22-year old forward Tamara Seregina. She helped them to win the title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the cup final. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected Asia-Basket.com All-League Domestic Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Domestic Player of the Year. Seregina represented Kazakhstan at the Asian Championships in Omura (Japan) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 13.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 64.3%.Seregina has played previously for another Kazakhstan team: BK Almaty
Irtysh Pavlodar-PNHZ confirmed in their roster 22-year old Russian guard Angelina Yuskova. A very impressive season as she was named to Asia-Basket.com All-League 2nd Team.
Irtysh Pavlodar-PNHZ also confirmed in their roster 20-year old center Anna Vinokurova. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Vinokurova represented Kazakhstan at the Asian Championships in Omura (Japan) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 7.0ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 57.1%. Vinokurova has played previously professionally in other teams (azakhstan Women U18 National Team)Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan Women U18 National Team).



BK Almaty Alma-Ata keep Kucheryavykh, Fedotova and Udarceva - by Eurobasket News (T)

BK Almaty Alma-Ata keep Kucheryavykh, Fedotova and Udarceva for the upcoming season. The player already started the new season.
BK Almaty Alma-Ata confirmed in their roster 25-year old Russian guard Stanislava Fedotova (175-G-87). She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was voted Asia-Basket.com All-League Guard of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Fedotova has played also professionally in Russia (Mytischi-MGUL).
BK Almaty Alma-Ata re-signed 38-year old Annan Kucheryavykh (177-G-74). Kucheryavykh represented Kazakhstan at the Asian Championships in Omura (Japan) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg. Kucheryavykh has played previously for another Kazakhstan team: Irtysh.
BK Almaty Alma-Ata confirmed in their roster 22-year old forward Julia Udarceva (176-F-90).



Astana Tigers open new season with back-to-back victories - by Eurobasket News

Astana Tigers tipped off the new season with consecutive victories. They defeated Okzhetpes twice.
The first game ended with the Tigers taking a 69:65 victory. Ganna Zaritskaya came up with 17 points for the hosts. Astana built a 13-point halftime lead and withheld all comeback efforts from the visitors in the second half. Anastassiya Alishauskaite (172-G-88) delivered 14 points for the winners. Irina Polunina (176-G-79) answered with 14 points for Okzhetpes. Ekaterina Karnova (165-PG-87) netted 10 points in the loss.
Next game had a different scenario but the same outcome. Astana Tigers found themselves trailing by a single point heading into the fourth frame 35:34. But they used a 17:10 run in the fourth quarter to steal a narrow win at the end. Ganna Zaritskaya provided 13 points, while Elena Staschuk (192-C-85) and Anastassiya Alishauskaite had 10 points apiece in the victory. Viktoriya Shishkalova (190-F/C-88) replied with 10 points and 13 rebounds for Okzhetpes.
BK Almaty exchanged victories with Irtysh. The first game ended with BK Almaty claiming a 67:65 victory. Chernova nailed 18 points, while Stanislava Fedotova (175-G-87) produced 15 points for the winners. Tamara Seregina (182-F-90) scored 20 points for Irtysh in the loss.
Irtysh however bounced back in the second game posting a 79:77 win. Zuldys Baydusenova (189-F-83) netted 17 points and pulled down 9 boards for the Pavlodar team. Yuliya Korotkaya (173-G-77) had 15 points in the win. Stanislava Fedotova came up with 21 points for BK Almaty.


Standings - Women

D1 Standings
 1. Astana Tigers 2-0 
 2. BK Almaty 1-1 
 3. Irtysh 1-1 
 4. Okzhetpes 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 16: BK Almaty - Irtysh 77-79
Oct. 15: Astana Tigers - Okzhetpes 69-65
Oct. 15: BK Almaty - Irtysh 67-65
Oct. 16: Astana Tigers - Okzhetpes 51-45

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 23: Astana Tigers - Irtysh
Oct. 24: Astana Tigers - Irtysh
Oct. 24: Okzhetpes - BK Almaty
Oct. 23: Okzhetpes - BK Almaty



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. ASEM 0-0 
 2. CK Politeh 0-0 
 3. Femina-USEFS 0-0 
 4. Rishkan 0-0 
 5. Sperantsa 0-0 
 6. USM 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 26: CK Politeh - Sperantsa
Oct. 27: Rishkan - ASEM
Oct. 28: Femina-USEFS - USM



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Sthefany THOMAS
  Gimle
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Thomas, Gimle20.1 
 2. Udenze, Gimle18.6 
 3. Breivik, Ulriken15.0 
 4. Hammer, Ammerud13.2 
 5. Henriksen, Gimle12.3 
 6. Karlstad, Ulriken11.8 
 7. Sand, Ammerud10.3 
 8. Gulbrandsen, BC As.10.2 
 9. Skorpen, BC Asker10.2 
 10. Fadnes, Ullern10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justina UDENZE
  Gimle
  (189-C-89)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Udenze, Gimle18.9 
 2. Breivik, Ulriken8.0 
 3. Hammer, Ammerud7.4 
 4. McCarthy, Ullern7.3 
 5. Granheim, BC Asker7.3 
 6. Thomas, Gimle6.7 
 7. Gnaly, Ullern6.3 
 8. Ifejilika, Oslo T.6.3 
 9. Kristiansen, Ulrik.6.2 
 10. Grindelid, Ammerud6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kristine SKORPEN
  BC Asker
  (170-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Skorpen, BC Asker4.3 
 2. Fadnes, Ullern3.8 
 3. Udenze, Gimle3.3 
 4. Thomas, Gimle3.0 
 5. Henriksen, Gimle2.9 
 6. Muren, Ullern2.8 
 7. Aas, Ammerud2.8 
 8. Gnaly, Ullern2.5 
 9. Hammer, Ammerud2.4 
 10. Lovik, Ammerud2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Sthefany THOMAS
  Gimle
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Thomas, Gimle4.1 
 2. El-Masrouri, Oslo3.7 
 3. Nesse, Ammerud2.8 
 4. Grimstad, Ulriken2.6 
 5. Andersson, Ullern2.5 
 6. Gulbrandsen, BC As.2.5 
 7. Breivik, Ulriken2.4 
 8. Hammer, Ammerud2.4 
 9. Granheim, BC Asker2.2 
 10. Karlstad, Ulriken2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sara GRINDELID
  Ammerud
  (183-F-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Grindelid, Ammerud1.5 
 2. McCarthy, Ullern1.3 
 3. Nesse, Ammerud1.2 
 4. Breivik, Ulriken1.2 
 5. Henriksen, Gimle1.0 
 6. Udenze, Gimle0.9 
 7. Hammer, Ammerud0.8 
 8. Fadnes, Ullern0.8 
 9. Reagan, BC Asker0.7 
 10. Kyrkjebo, Gimle0.6 


Kvinneligaen Round 6: Ulriken is defeated by Ammerud - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Bergen between third ranked Ulriken (2-3) and fourth ranked Ammerud (3-3) on Sunday night. Ulriken was defeated by Ammerud in a tough game at home 47-54. Ulriken trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 15-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 47-54 at the end of the game. Ammerud dominated on the defensive end, holding Ulriken to just 5 points in third quarter. They also forced 32 Ulriken turnovers. The former international guard Anna Hammer (180-89) scored 16 points, 5 assists and 7 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sara Grindelid (183-82) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Lise Breivik (181-93) with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Ammerud moved-up to third place. Ulriken lost third consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Ammerud will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ulriken will play again on the road against Ammerud (#3) in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Gimle's (#1, 7-0) victory against 4th ranked Ammerud (3-3) 80-45. Nigerian center Justina Udenze (189-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 23 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Sthefany Thomas supported her with 22 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Even 10 points and 6 rebounds by the former international guard Anna Hammer (180-89) did not help to save the game for Ammerud. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Gimle (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Ammerud at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. Gimle will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud will play at home against Ulriken in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BC Asker has finally registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Oslo Tigers (1-5) 77-37 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Kristine Nyegaarden who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. BC Asker's coach Ola Gravem Knutsen felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe who recorded 8 points and 6 rebounds. BC Asker left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Oslo Tigers. BC Asker will meet league's second-placed Ullern in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oslo Tigers will play against Ulriken (#4) in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



BC Asker - Oslo Tigers 77-37

BC Asker has finally registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Oslo Tigers (1-5) 77-37 on Wednesday. The game without a history. BC Asker led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oslo Tigers to just 4 points in second quarter. BC Asker dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Oslo Tigers' 30. BC Asker forced 26 Oslo Tigers turnovers and outrebounded them 47-28 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Kristine Nyegaarden (176-95) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Elin Gulbrandsen (173-94) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four BC Asker players scored in double figures. BC Asker's coach Ola Gravem Knutsen felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe (-83) who recorded 8 points and 6 rebounds and forward Claire Brown (-87) added 4 points and 7 rebounds respectively. BC Asker left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Oslo Tigers. BC Asker will meet league's second-placed Ullern in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oslo Tigers will play against Ulriken (#4) in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Asker: K.Nyegaarden 16+8reb+2ast, E.Gulbrandsen 16+7reb+2ast, T.Messel 14+2reb+2ast, S.Granheim 12+9reb+1ast, K.Lindholm 7+4reb+3ast, A.Bergan 4+1reb
Oslo Tigers: A.Grand 9+2reb, E.Mannikkoe 8+6reb+2ast, I.Reithaug 6+2reb, S.El-Masrouri 6+4reb, C.Brown 4+7reb, U.Ifejilika 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 178311


Ulriken - Ammerud 47-54

The most important game in the last round took place in Bergen between third ranked Ulriken (2-3) and fourth ranked Ammerud (3-3) on Sunday night. Ulriken was defeated by Ammerud in a tough game at home 47-54. Ulriken trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 15-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 47-54 at the end of the game. Ammerud dominated on the defensive end, holding Ulriken to just 5 points in third quarter. They also forced 32 Ulriken turnovers. The former international guard Anna Hammer (180-89) scored 16 points, 5 assists and 7 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sara Grindelid (183-82) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Lise Breivik (181-93) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Stine Karlstad (172-95) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ammerud moved-up to third place. Ulriken lost third consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Ammerud will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ulriken will play again on the road against Ammerud (#3) in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ammerud: A.Hammer 16+4reb+5ast, S.Grindelid 13+8reb+1ast, M.Sand 12+2reb+1ast, T.Nesse 8+10reb+1ast, S.Da Silva 4+2reb+1ast, I.Lovik 1+3reb+2ast
Ulriken: S.Karlstad 12+6reb, L.Breivik 12+9reb, H.Kongestol 7+4reb+1ast, M.Kristiansen 5+4reb+2ast, S.Solberg 5+2reb, V.Tveito 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 178310


Gimle - Ammerud 80-45

Very significant was Gimle's (#1, 7-0) victory against 4th ranked Ammerud (3-3) 80-45. The game without a history. Gimle led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud's 30. They outrebounded Ammerud 48-31 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Nigerian center Justina Udenze (189-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 23 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Argentinian-American guard Sthefany Thomas (173-89, college: Clemson) supported her with 22 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Even 10 points and 6 rebounds by the former international guard Anna Hammer (180-89) did not help to save the game for Ammerud. Center Marianne Sand (184-93) added 10 points and 5 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. Gimle (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Ammerud at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. Gimle will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud will play at home against Ulriken in Bergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gimle: J.Udenze 22+23reb+6ast, S.Thomas 22+3reb, J.Flaaten 13+3reb+2ast, S.Kyrkjebo 6+7reb+1ast, V.Lillestrom 5+4reb+1ast, S.Aune 4+2reb+2ast
Ammerud: A.Hammer 10+6reb, M.Sand 10+5reb, K.Kroge 9+5reb, T.Nesse 4+3reb, S.Grindelid 4+1reb+4ast, R.Elahi 3
gschID: 178309


Standings - Women

Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Gimle 7-0 
 2. Ullern 3-1 
 3. Ammerud 3-3 
 4. Ulriken 2-3 
 5. BC Asker 1-5 
 6. Oslo Tigers 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 13: Gimle - Ammerud 80-45
Oct. 17: BC Asker - Oslo Tigers 77-37
Oct. 14: Ulriken - Ammerud 47-54

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 20: Oslo Tigers - Ulriken
Oct. 21: Ammerud - Ulriken
Oct. 21: Ullern - BC Asker



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Bruszewski's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Becca Bruszewski (185-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last week for league's best team Quebradillas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 17.
She had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Morovis M. (#3, 13-6) in overtime 80-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Quebradillas to consolidate first place in the Puerto Rican BSNF. Quebradillas have a solid 16-4 record. Bruszewski turned to be Quebradillas' top player in her first season with the team. University of Notre Dame graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bruszewski is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.7ppg), assists (2nd best: 3.2apg) and averages solid 50.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Dominic Seals (188-F-87) of Aguas B.T.. She is American forward in her first season at Aguas B.T.. In the last game Seals recorded impressive 17 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Aguas B.T. lost that game 65-79 to slightly higher-ranked Juncos V. (#4, 8-10). Aguas B.T. managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Seals is a newcomer at Aguas B.T. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#8). She also registered 10.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Yolanda Jones (184-F-84) of league's second-best Carolina G.. Jones scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was a key player of Carolina G., leading her team to a 85-71 easy win against the lower-ranked San German (#5, 8-10). Carolina G. is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Jones has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (6th best). Yolanda Jones has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angelina Williams (183-F/C-83) of Morovis M. - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Pamela Rosado (165-PG-86) of Morovis M. - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Frances Lee Flores) of Aguas B.T. - 13 points and 11 rebounds
7. Kaihla Szunko (187-F-88) of Carolina G. - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Yasmine Holmes) of Juncos V. - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (191-C-81) of Juncos V. - 8 points and 15 rebounds
10. Renee Taylor (158-G-85) of Juncos V. - 23 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Targoviste signs Milka Bjelica, ex Wisla Can-Pak - by Eurobasket News (T)

CSM Targoviste (Division A) signed 31-year old Montenegrin ex-international forward Milka Bjelica (193-81, agency: LBM Management). Bjelica played last season at Wisla Can-Pak in Polish PLKK. In 20 Euroleague games last year she had 10.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. She also played 32 games in PLKK where she recorded 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. Bjelica helped them to win the title and the cup. A very impressive season as she Polish PLKK All-Star Game.
She was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 2nd Team in 2011.
Bjelica was a member of Montenegrin Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011. She also represented Montenegro at the European Championships in Poland last year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 7.7%, FT: 77.4%.
Bjelica is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Italy (Napoli BK Women, CA Romagna, Alghero and Taranto)Lithuania (VICI Aistes), Spain (Ros Casares) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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Standings - Women

A Standings
 1. Crvena Zvezda 3-0 
 2. Jagodina 2001 3-0 
 3. Srbobran 2-1 
 4. Sabac 2-1 
 5. Vrbas Medela 2-1 
 6. Radnicki KG 1-1 
 7. Student 1-2 
 8. Beocin 1-2 
 9. Proleter ZR 0-0 
 10. Celarevo 0-2 
 11. Sumadija KG 0-2 
 12. Stara Pazova 0-3 
Play in international cups:
 1. Partizan
 2. Radivoj Korac
 3. Vojvodina
 4. Vozdovac
 5. Vrsac

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 17: Srbobran - Sumadija KG 88-69
Oct. 17: Sabac - Crvena Zvezda 79-87
Oct. 17: Stara Pazova - Jagodina 2001 68-80
Oct. 17: Radnicki KG - Beocin 65-69 OT
Oct. 17: Student - Vrbas Medela 62-71

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 20: Sumadija KG - Celarevo
Oct. 20: Beocin - Proleter ZR
Oct. 20: Crvena Zvezda - Radnicki KG
Oct. 20: Vrbas Medela - Sabac
Oct. 20: Jagodina 2001 - Student
Oct. 20: Srbobran - Stara Pazova


Stats Leaders - 1A women

Points Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  Crvena Z.
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Stanacev, Crvena19.7 
 2. Grubor, Jagodina.19.7 
 3. Radosevic, Srbobran17.3 
 4. Nikolic, Stara Paz.16.3 
 5. Cosic, Sabac16.0 
 6. Domazet, Srbobran16.0 
 7. Crvendakic, Crvena16.0 
 8. Marinkov, Beocin15.5 
 9. Ilic, Student15.0 
 10. Rajic, Vrbas M.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelica DOMAZET
  Srbobran
  (188-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Domazet, Srbobran9.0 
 2. Grubor, Jagodina.8.7 
 3. Kovacic, Jagodina.8.3 
 4. Dzuver, Vrbas M.8.0 
 5. Ilic, Student7.3 
 6. Djordjevic, Jagodi.7.0 
 7. Terzic, Stara P.6.3 
 8. Jovovic, Vrbas M.6.3 
 9. Marinkov, Beocin6.3 
 10. Bjelajac, Beocin6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandra STANACEV
  Crvena Z.
  (167-PG-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Stanacev, Crvena10.0 
 2. Grubor, Jagodina.6.7 
 3. Radosevic, Srbobran5.3 
 4. Price, Vrbas M.4.7 
 5. Cukic, Vrbas M.4.3 
 6. Musulin, Stara P.4.0 
 7. Zolotic, Sabac3.7 
 8. Djordjevic, Jagodi.3.0 
 9. Popovic, Student2.3 
 10. Nikolic, Stara Pa.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olga STEPANOVIC
  Sabac
  (178-SG-94)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Stepanovic, Sabac3.3 
 2. Stojanovic, Stude.3.0 
 3. Price, Vrbas M.3.0 
 4. Niksic, Crvena Z.3.0 
 5. Cica, Beocin2.7 
 6. Popovic, Student2.7 
 7. Adamovic, Sabac2.3 
 8. Stanacev, Crvena2.3 
 9. Cukic, Vrbas M.2.3 
 10. Radosevic, Srbobr.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dragana VUKOVIC
  Stara P.
  (190-C-78)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Vukovic, Stara P.1.3 
 2. Vuckovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 3. Dzuver, Vrbas M.1.3 
 4. Domazet, Srbobran1.0 
 5. Velisavljevi., Sab.1.0 
 6. Cosic, Sabac1.0 
 7. Marinkov, Beocin0.8 
 8. Subasic, Sabac0.7 
 9. Grubor, Jagodina.0.3 
 10. Radosevic, Srbobr.0.3 


Aleksandra Stanacev number one in second round - by Tamara Ruzic

Serbian perspective young guard Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Red Star from Begrade, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, 14 four assists and 3 rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to crush Student with 95-56. Red Star is placed at 1st position together with Jagodina and Sabac in Serbian Division A. The season is still on an early stage. In the team's last game Stanacev had a 65.0% from 2-point range and got four thre-pointers out of 4 attempts . She turned to be Red Star's top player in her second season. Stanacev is former player of Sivac Bosko Filipovac . She was member of U16, U18, U20 Serbian national team





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Laia Palau selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Spanish players, who play currently abroad.

Laia Palau
Laia Palau
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Laia Palau (178-79, currently plays in Poland). Palau contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked PTK Pabianice (0-3) crushing them 89-39 in the Polish PLKK last Saturday. She recorded 6 points and added 6 passes. CCC Polkowice (4-0) is placed second in the PLKK. So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Palau's first year with the team. Palau is currently second on the league's list of best passers. This season she averages: 10.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.0apg, 2.3spg. Palau played for the Spanish senior national team years ago.

Celia Menendez
Celia Menendez
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international center Celia Menendez (188-90, currently plays in Belgium). She led R.Spirou Monceau to a victory against the closely-ranked Blue Cats (0-3) 61-56 in the Belgian Division I on Sunday night. Menendez scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Spirou Monceau Charleroi (2-1) is placed eighth in the Division I. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Menendez's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5spg and FT: 57.1% in the two games she played so far. She played for the Spanish U20 national team in 2010.

Tamara Abalde
Tamara Abalde
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Tamara Abalde (190-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB. Abalde could not help one of league's weakest teams Basket Landes (2-2) to beat Charleville-Mezieres (2-2). She was the second best scorer with 9 points. Abalde also added 4 rebounds. But Basket Landes was defeated 42-35 on the road by the higher-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#9). . It's Abalde's first season with the team. Her total stats this year are: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 57.1%. Abalde played for the Spanish national team years ago.

Cristina Ouvina
Cristina Ouvina
   #4. Guard Cristina Ouvina (174-90, currently plays in Poland) managed to help TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow in a victory against the closely-ranked AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (4-1) crushing them 58-36 in the Polish PLKK last Saturday. She recorded only 2 points, 3 assists and 4 steals in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (4-0) is placed third in the PLKK. So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season. . This year Ouvina's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg and 3.0spg in the three games. She used to play for the Spanish national team earlier this year.

Gabriela Ocete
Gabriela Ocete
   #5. Former U20 international guard Gabriela Ocete (170-88, currently plays in France) contributed to Tarbes' surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Perpignan (2-2) 60-53 in the French LFB on Saturday night. Ocete recorded 11 points. Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (1-3) is placed 12th in the LFB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. . Ocete has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg. She used to play for the Spanish U20 national team four years ago.

Valentina Aragonese
Valentina Aragonese
   #6. Forward Valentina Aragonese (173-79, also represented by Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Ancona (0-0) in their game against Ragusa (2-0) in the Italian A2 (12th division). Aragonese scored 6 points in 29 minutes. The first-placed Ancona was badly defeated 67-48 at home by the second-ranked Ragusa in the South group. . Aragonese has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. Despite she played previously for the Chilean national team, Aragonese is also a former international player as she played for the Spanish senior team four years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Spanish passport:

   #1. Lorena Infantes (171-PG-81, agency: Regeneracom Sports, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Orvieto's victory against the eighth-ranked Parma (0-1) 57-54 in the Italian A1 in Sunday night's game. She recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was his first game for Orvieto this season. Her team is placed third in the A1. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.

Other top Spanish players, who play abroad:

Silvia Dominguez (167-PG-87) plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russian PBL
Elisa Aguilar (172-G-76) plays for Spartak Vidnoye in Russian PBL
Laura Garcia (175-G-81) plays for Union Hainaut in French LFB
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish TKBL
Nuria Martinez (176-PG-84) plays for Kayseri in Turkish TKBL
Anna Montanana (186-F-80) plays for Istanbul Universitesi in Turkish TKBL
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) plays for Tarsus Bld in Turkish TKBL
Cindy Lima (194-C-81) plays for Tarsus Bld in Turkish TKBL

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Spanish playing currently abroad. Go to Spanish Abroad Page to see completed list.



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Standings - Damligan

Damligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 3-0 
 2. Sallen 2-0 
 3. Telge 2-0 
 4. Solna Vikings 2-1 
 5. Kvarnby 1-1 
 6. Visby 1-1 
 7. Mark Basket 1-1 
 8. Northland 0-1 
 9. Udominate 0-1 
 10. 08 0-2 
 11. Eos 0-2 
 12. Jarfalla 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 17: Norrkoping - Solna Vikings 72-53
Oct. 19: Northland - Jarfalla
Oct. 19: Kvarnby - Udominate
Oct. 20: Eos - Norrkoping
Oct. 20: Visby - 08


Stats Leaders - Damligan

Points Per Game
 Ashley KEY
  Mark Basket
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 28
 1. Key, Mark Basket28.0 
 2. Egnell, Norrkoping19.7 
 3. Hersler, Telge18.5 
 4. Bacon, Solna Vikin.17.7 
 5. Enjebo, Jarfalla17.0 
 6. Robinson, Telge16.5 
 7. Andersson, Solna V.15.7 
 8. Brooks, Solna Viki.15.3 
 9. Glaser, Kvarnby15.0 
 10. Johansson, Norrk.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devona ALLGOOD
  Telge
  (190-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Allgood, Telge12.5 
 2. Key, Mark Basket11.5 
 3. Andersson, Solna V.10.0 
 4. Brown, Kvarnby9.0 
 5. Massamba, Norrk.9.0 
 6. Bacon, Solna Vikin.7.7 
 7. Johansson, Norrk.7.5 
 8. Stjarnstrom, Telge7.5 
 9. Jerebko, Mark B.7.5 
 10. Wencis, Visby7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sofie PERSSON
  Sallen
  (165-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Persson, Sallen5.0 
 2. Brown, Kvarnby4.5 
 3. Nordstrom, Sallen4.5 
 4. Reyhanian, Jarfalla4.0 
 5. Tornberg, Eos4.0 
 6. Kallman, Norrkoping4.0 
 7. Broman, Mark B.4.0 
 8. Robinson, Telge3.5 
 9. Kjellgren, Sallen3.5 
 10. Smart, Kvarnby3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tamar GRUWELL
  Norrkoping
  (173-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gruwell, Norrkoping4.0 
 2. Key, Mark Basket4.0 
 3. Johansson, Norrk.3.5 
 4. Tattersdill, Sallen3.0 
 5. Allgood, Telge2.5 
 6. Robinson, Telge2.5 
 7. Nordstrom, Sallen2.5 
 8. Egnell, Norrkoping2.3 
 9. Aasa, Norrkoping2.3 
 10. Halvorsen, Sallen2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna V.
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Andersson, Solna V.2.7 
 2. Stjarnstrom, Telge2.0 
 3. Gustavsson, Sallen1.0 
 4. Enjebo, Jarfalla1.0 
 5. Alexandersso., Sal.1.0 
 6. Buaka, 081.0 
 7. Egnell, Norrkoping0.7 
 8. Johansson, Norrk.0.5 
 9. Persson, Sallen0.5 
 10. Prytz, Jarfalla0.5 



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Champion Faces Biggest Rival For Winning Presidential Cup - by Can Ozay

Tonight, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul faces biggest rival Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul for winning Presidential cup in Ankara. Before the 20th Presidential cup game, both teams have won Presidential cup third times. Also in last year both teams clashed for 2011 Presidential Cup too and Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul won the last year cup by seven points margin.
According to Turkish federation website Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) does not play against Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul but Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) may play limited time.



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VI Pride women's league round up - by David Edole

ST. THOMAS-- Behind a double-double of Edidiong Utibe (167-PF-96), Xclusive outlasted Lady Bandits 52-42 in the V.I. Pride women basketball League last Sunday. Utibe was brilliant from the charity stripe as she nailed 12 of 15 attempts as she finished the game with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Ranai Evans added 11 points and six boards and Germequa Bell pitched in with seven for Xclusive. The cousin tandem of Akia Frett and Sherelle George led the Lady Bandits with 12 and eight points respectively. The Lady Bandits also got a boost from Lynia Liburd who tallied nine points and eight boards. With the win, Xclusive now sits with a 2-0 record and the Lady Bandits dropped to 0-2.
In the first game of the day, it was Best ah de Crop routing University of the Virgin Islands, 45-32. The Best ah de Crop showed up with only five players and concluded the game with only four players for most of the second half. Kyshma Clarke sustained an injury with 41.5 seconds left in the second period. Rena Stephens took over the slack and scored 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead BADC. Jenecia Stephens added ten points but took 16 shots (only made three) and Tamara Petersen and Clarke each contributed eight. The win by BADC sets up a clash of the undefeated this Sunday as they take on Xcusive. BADC will be without Angelina Prince and star guard Clarke.
Charlene Cypre had a big game for UVI when she put up 22 points and grabbed 12 boards. Kenisha Charles added six and Melanasia Hendrickson chipped in with five.

VI Pride Women Standings
BADC 2-0
Xclusive 2-0
Lady Bandits 0-2
UVI 0-2




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Standings - UBL - by Simas

Higher League Standings
 1. Bar Regina-B. 0-0 
 2. Dynamo 0-0 
 3. Elizabeth-Basket 0-0 
 4. Frankivsk-Hal. 0-0 
 5. Interkhim 0-0 
 6. Tim-Scuf 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 20: Dynamo - Elizabeth-Basket
Oct. 20: Interkhim - Bar Regina-B.



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Dominique Allen selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from British players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Dominique Allen
Dominique Allen
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Dominique Allen (192-89, college: ORU). She led Meccanica NB to a victory over the tenth-ranked Calabria (0-2) 63-56 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Sunday night's game. Allen was MVP of the game. She scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Allen's first season in pro basketball. Meccanica Nova Bologna (1-1) is placed seventh in South group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Allen's first year with the team. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Allen averages: 18.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 47.2% in the two games she played so far. She played for the British senior national team years ago.

Louella Tomlinson
Louella Tomlinson
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Louella Tomlinson (193-88, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.Mary's, CA). Tomlinson contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked College Italia (0-2) crushing them 79-45 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Sunday. She scored 14 points and blocked 3 shots; not bad, considering it's only Tomlinson's second season in pro basketball. Saces Dike Napoli (1-1) is placed eighth in South group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Tomlinson's first year with the team. Tomlinson is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league. This season she has very high stats. Tomlinson averages: 16.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.5bpg, 2FGP: 64.7%(11-17) and FT: 76.9%. She has a dual citizenship: Australian and British. Despite Tomlinson played previously for the Australian university national team, she played also for the British national team in 2012.

Rachel Vanderwal
Rachel Vanderwal
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-83, college: Boston U.). Vanderwal was the major contributor in an UL Aughinish's victory against the closely-ranked Singleton (0-1) crushing them 61-34 in the Irish Superleague on Saturday night. She scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. University of Limerick Aughinish (2-0) is placed third in the Superleague. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Vanderwal is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in UL Aughinish's roster. Vanderwal is currently second on the list of top scorers with 18.5ppg. This year her other stats are: 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 75.0% in the two games. Vanderwal is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British. Despite she played previously for the Canadian national team, Vanderwal played also for the British national team in 2012.

Mary Durojaye
Mary Durojaye
   #4. Forward Mary Durojaye (187-90, college: Robert Morris), who plays in the Italian A1 could not help Priolo (0-1) to beat C.U.S. Chieti (1-0). Her contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. Durojaye recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Priolo this season. Priolo was defeated 71-60 on the road by the leading C.U.S. Chieti. . Durojaye is also British university national team player.

Azania Stewart
Azania Stewart
   #5. International center Azania Stewart (195-89, college: Florida) was not able to help Caja Rural (0-1) in their game against Rivas Ecopolis (1-0) in the Spanish LFB. She did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Stewart recorded only 2 points in 11 minutes. It was his first game for Caja Rural this season. Caja Rural was crushed 95-72 in Rivas by the higher-ranked (#5) Ecopolis. . Stewart is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. She used to play for the British national team earlier this year.

Other top British players, who play abroad:

Shona Thorburn (178-G-82) plays for Aix-en-Provence in French LFB
Katie Harris (174-G-90) plays for Logan Thunder in Australian WNBL
Chantelle Handy (191-C-87) plays for Mersin in Turkish TKBL
Zane Alilujeva (185-C-87) plays for Liepajas in Latvian LSBL
Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) plays for Helios in Swiss LNA



Nottingham signs Brown just out of college - by Eurobasket News (T)

Nottingham Wildcats (EBL) signed 22-year old American forward Shamia Brown (180-90). Brown just graduated from High Point (NCAA). In 33 games last season she had very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg and 2.2spg. She helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
As mentioned above Brown is just out of college, so it will be her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Uzbekistani Irina Polunina and Guzal Burieva stay with Okzhetpes - by Eurobasket News (T)

Uzbekistani Irina Polunina (176-G-79) and Guzal Burieva (177-G/F-89) stay with Okzhetpes for the upcoming season.
Irina Polunina entered her 4th season with Okzhetpes Kokshetay. She appeared there in 2009-2010 and became one of the leaders. In 2011-2012 for Okzhetpes Kokshetay (Kazakhstan-D1, starting five) Irina Polunina became the third top-scorer with 15.0ppg, 5.8rpg, Steals-3 (2.4spg).
Guzal Burieva will play for the second straight season. In 2011-2012 for Okzhetpes Kokshetay (Kazakhstan-D1) she showed 2.3ppg, 1.8rpg.
In the new season Irina Polunina debuted with 14 points. Astana Tigers tipped off the new season with consecutive victories. They defeated Okzhetpes twice. The first game ended with the Tigers taking a 69:65 victory. Zaritskaya came up with 17 points for the hosts. Astana built a 13-point halftime lead and withheld all comeback efforts from the visitors in the second half. Irina Polunina answered with 14 points for Okzhetpes. Karnova netted 10 points in the loss.



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  VENEZUELA   


U15 Women's South America championship in Venezuela - by Yelitza La Torre (T)

The U15 women's South American championship will be held in Barquisimeto City, Lara State of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The tipoff is schedule for November 19 of 2012 and it will be played until November the 23- 2012
Additional to the host country, 5 more South American countries Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru are going to be chasing the cup of this important U15 women's basketball tournament.



D1 STANDING

LINABAFE Standings
Central
 1. Bucaneras 12-1 
 2. EPB 8-4 
 3. Estudiantes 1-9 
 4. Sel.Nac. U15 0-7 
West
 1. Yaracuyanas 10-0 
 2. Guerreras 8-2 
 3. Aguilas 6-4 
 4. Potras 2-8 
 5. Juveniles 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 17: Bucaneras - Sel.Nac. U15
Oct. 17: EPB - Estudiantes
Oct. 20: Yaracuyanas - Petroleras
Oct. 20: Estudiantes - Bucaneras
Oct. 20: Aguilas - Lanceras
Oct. 21: Yaracuyanas - Petroleras
Oct. 21: Estudiantes - Bucaneras
Oct. 21: Aguilas - Lanceras



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  WNBA   


Minnesota's 83-71 win evens WNBA finals - by Eurobasket News

Indiana F. - Minnesota L. 71-83
Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half to help the Minnesota Lynx surge past the Indiana Fever, 83-71, at Minneapolis to even the WNBA finals at one game apiece. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) led the way as usual for Indiana with 27 points and eight rebounds, but the Fever's defense faded after a dominant start. The series now moves to Indiana. Game 3 is on Friday and Game 4 is on Sunday.


Courtesy of: http://www.latimes.com



Cappie Pondexter named to 2012 All-WNBA First Team - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) was named to the 2012 All-WNBA First-Team, the league announced today. It marked the third selection (2009, 2010) to the First-Team for Pondexter, who was fourth in overall votes.
Voting for the All-WNBA First- and Second-Teams was conducted by a panel of 41 national and local sportswriters and broadcasters at the conclusion of the regular season. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First-Team vote and three points for each Second-Team designation. Pondexter, who ranked third in the WNBA in scoring (20.4 ppg), also finished eighth in free throw shooting percentage (.867, 144-of-166) and was tied for tenth in assists (4.3 apg).
A three-time All-WNBA Team selection, Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) of the Connecticut Sun led all vote-getters with 196 points. Forwards Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) of the Los Angeles Sparks (176) and Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) of the Indiana Fever (161), as well as guard Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) of the Minnesota Lynx (95) round out the First-Team. This marks the seventh First-Team honor for Catchings and the second for both Charles (2011) and Parker (2008). For Augustus, who had previously been selected to the Second-Team on three occasions (2006, 2007, and 2011), it marked the first time she earned a spot on the First-Team. Charles, who earned All-WNBA First-Team acclaim in 2011 and Second-Team honors in 2010, finished the 2012 campaign with her third consecutive WNBA rebounding title (10.5 rpg). She also set a new Connecticut single-season scoring record, averaging 18 points. In the process, Charles guided the Sun to the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 25-9 record, the league's second best mark behind the defending champion Lynx (27-7). A prolific scorer and rebounder, Charles ranked atop the WNBA in double-doubles for the third straight season, sharing the 2012 lead with the Sparks' Parker. Catchings, the WNBA's Most Valuable Player a year ago, this season extended her own league record for WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile honors, winning the award for a fifth time. Catchings led the current Fever squad to a 22-12 mark in the regular season, averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.1 steals. She has since guided the Fever to the WNBA Finals. The runner-up to Charles as the 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, Parker led Los Angeles back to the playoffs, where the Sparks reached the Western Conference Finals. Parker finished the regular season ranked first in the league in blocks (2.3 bpg), tied for first in double-doubles (18, along with Tina Charles), third in rebounds (9.7 rpg), and seventh in scoring (17.4 ppg). Augustus, the MVP of the 2011 WNBA Finals, finished the 2012 regular season as Minnesota's leading scorer. It marked the third consecutive season and the sixth time in her seven campaigns with the Lynx that she led the club in scoring. She also ranked fourth in the league in three-point shooting percentage (.437, 45-of-103) and ninth in scoring (16.6 ppg). Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) (102 points) and Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) (95 points) highlight the 2012 All-WNBA Second-Team. Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) (91), Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) (88), and San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) (67) round out the Second-Team. In honor of being named to the All-WNBA First- and Second-Teams, each player will receive a Tiffany & Co. designed trophy. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to each member of the First-Team, while each member of the Second-Team will receive $5,000.

Below are the complete results of the 2012 All-WNBA Team voting:

2012 ALL-WNBA FIRST-TEAM

Candace Parker - Los Angeles Sparks Forward 176

Tamika Catchings - Indiana Fever Forward 161

Tina Charles - Connecticut Sun Center 196

Cappie Pondexter - New York Liberty Guard 128

Seimone Augustus - Minnesota Lynx Guard 95

2012 ALL-WNBA SECOND-TEAM

Maya Moore - Minnesota Lynx Forward 102

Sophia Young - San Antonio Silver Stars Forward 67

Sylvia Fowles - Chicago Sky Center 95

Kristi Toliver - Los Angeles Sparks Guard 91

Lindsay Whalen - Minnesota Lynx Guard 88

Courtesy of: wnba.com