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  ABA   



ABA forms relationship with Sports Management Worldwide - by Gianni Pascucci

Some days ago, the American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it has formed a relationship with Sports Management Worldwide, an online sports education company with a variety of courses designed to help students gain the knowledge, skills and contacts to help them get a career in sports. SMWW students are trained by sports professionals in the industry to assist professional teams in furthering their success on the court, in ticket sales, and much more.
"Interns are an integral part of the ABA business program," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "With nearly 90 teams this season, we have virtually hundreds of opportunities for young people studying sports management and sports marketing to gain on-the-job experience in things like press/media relations,
community relations, game day operations, marketing of sponsorships and tickets, making speeches to local organizations and many other things. The relationship with a fine organization like SMWW fits beautifully."
SMWW graduates David Greenidge is a former ABA coach and scout and Phase 2 Logger for Synergy Sports and Josh Keith-Url is Phase 2 Synergy Logger and SMWW Digital Video Editing course instructor. They have created a program to help SMWW students and professional teams alike.
"The SMWW Basketball Ambassador Program seeks to connect our students with professional basketball teams in the US and Canada for networking and job opportunities," stated Greenidge. "We believe the SMWW Basketball Ambassador Program can help ABA teams by expanding awareness of internships and other opportunities to our skilled, knowledgeable, passionate and hard working students.
To learn more about SMWW, visit www.sportsmanagementworldwide.com or email dgreenidge@smwww.com or joshu@smww.com or call 503 3939500



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Igokea 5-0 
 2. Partizan 3-1 
 3. Cedevita 3-1 
 4. Union Olimpija 3-1 
 5. Krka 3-1 
 6. Buducnost 2-2 
 7. KK Split 2-2 
 8. MZT Skopje 2-2 
 9. Szolnok 1-3 
 10. Siroki WWin 1-3 
 11. Radnicki KG 1-3 
 12. Zadar 1-3 
 13. Cibona 1-3 
 14. Crvena Zvezda 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: Crvena Zvezda - Igokea 75-76
Oct. 20: Cibona - Zadar
Oct. 20: Siroki WWin - Krka
Oct. 20: Buducnost - Partizan
Oct. 20: Radnicki KG - Szolnok
Oct. 20: KK Split - MZT Skopje
Oct. 22: Union Olimpija - Cedevita


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bader, Szolnok20.3 
 2. Travis, Zadar17.0 
 3. Rakocevic, Crvena16.8 
 4. Mimica, KK Split16.3 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split16.3 
 6. Blazic, Union O.16.0 
 7. Andric, Cedevita14.3 
 8. Worthington, Radni.13.8 
 9. Planinic, Siroki W.13.5 
 10. Bost, Buducnost13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marton BADER
  Szolnok
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Bader, Szolnok11.5 
 2. Sakic, Siroki WWin9.5 
 3. Sobin, KK Split8.0 
 4. Gordon, Partizan7.8 
 5. Savovic, Crvena Z.7.6 
 6. Musli, Partizan7.3 
 7. Page, Union Olimpi.6.8 
 8. Travis, Zadar6.3 
 9. Stojanovski, MZT S.6.3 
 10. Vujcic, KK Split6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MIJAJLOVIC
  MZT S.
  (193-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Mijajlovic, MZT S.5.8 
 2. Simon, Szolnok5.0 
 3. Rannikko, Union O.5.0 
 4. Markovic, Radnicki.4.0 
 5. Green, Cedevita3.8 
 6. Subotic, KK Split3.8 
 7. Carter, Cibona3.7 
 8. Hammonds, Igokea3.6 
 9. Vladovic, Krka3.5 
 10. Thomas, Partizan3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Cedevita
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Green, Cedevita2.5 
 2. White, Radnicki KG2.3 
 3. Strawberry, Cibona2.3 
 4. Prepelic, Union O.2.3 
 5. Persic, Siroki W.2.3 
 6. Kalve, Szolnok2.0 
 7. Travis, Zadar1.8 
 8. Salin, Union Olimp.1.8 
 9. Hammonds, Igokea1.8 
 10. Muric, Krka1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dejan MUSLI
  Partizan
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Musli, Partizan1.5 
 2. Kalve, Szolnok1.3 
 3. Bryan-A., Radnicki.1.0 
 4. Vujcic, KK Split0.8 
 5. Edwards, Igokea0.8 
 6. Sinovec, Radnicki.0.8 
 7. Ramljak, Zadar0.8 
 8. Nelson, Crvena Z.0.6 
 9. Katic, Crvena Z.0.6 
 10. Almond, Crvena Z.0.6 


Sead Sehovic replaces Calvin Watson on Szolnok roster - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok made a change in their imports department. They agreed on terms of contract termination with Calvin Watson (197-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas). The guard joined the at the start of the season. He appeared in four Adriatic League games posting 5.0 points, 2.5 boards and 2.3 assists per appearance. He will be replaced by Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89). The Montenegrin spent the last season with EWE Baskets. He notched 4.4 points, 1.9 boards and 1.1 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In 1Bundesliga the guard posted 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. Sead Sehovic has been the member of Montenegrin National Team since 2010. He posted 8.4 points, 3.3 boards and 1.5 assists per game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification.


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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
North
 1. Libertad S. 9-2 
 2. Olimpico LB 8-3 
 3. Regatas C. 7-4 
 4. Quimsa 6-5 
 5. Sionista 6-5 
 6. Atenas 4-7 
 7. Union Progr. 3-8 
 8. La Union 1-10 
South
 1. Penarol 9-2 
 2. Argentino 7-4 
 3. Lanus 7-4 
 4. Boca Jrs 5-5 
 5. Obras 4-5 
 6. Wuber-Est.Bahia 4-6 
 7. GECR Indalo 4-7 
 8. 9 de Julio 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

North

Oct. 19: Sionista - La Union 83-77
Oct. 19: Regatas C. - Union Progr. 79-69
Oct. 19: Olimpico LB - Libertad S. 75-69
Oct. 19: Atenas - Quimsa 57-78

South

Oct. 19: Obras - Wuber-Est.Bahia 92-96
Oct. 19: GECR Indalo - 9 de Julio 87-66
Oct. 19: Lanus - Argentino 85-72
Oct. 19: Boca Jrs - Penarol 65-73

Regular Season: Round 12

North

Oct. 21: Regatas C. - La Union
Oct. 21: Atenas - Libertad S.
Oct. 21: Sionista - Union Progr.
Oct. 21: Olimpico LB - Quimsa

South

Oct. 21: Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Oct. 21: GECR Indalo - Argentino
Oct. 21: Obras - Penarol
Oct. 21: Lanus - 9 de Julio


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Gutierrez, Obras19.1 
 2. Roby, Wuber-Es.18.9 
 3. Fizer, Wuber-Es.18.6 
 4. DeGroat, Boca Jrs18.0 
 5. Nelson, 9 de Julio17.9 
 6. Phillip, Union Pro.16.6 
 7. Pau, Olimpico LB16.0 
 8. Lewis, La Union15.7 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista14.9 
 10. De los Santo., Ar.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.12.1 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 4. Seawright, GECR I.9.5 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.9.2 
 6. Fierro, Atenas8.4 
 7. Lewis, La Union8.2 
 8. Nelson, 9 de Julio7.9 
 9. Fizer, Wuber-Es.7.8 
 10. Sanchez, Libertad.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.3 
 2. De los Santo., Arg.5.1 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa4.4 
 4. Cajal, Union Progr.4.2 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.2 
 6. Cequeira, Sionista4.1 
 7. Faggiano, Wuber-.4.0 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.3.9 
 9. Laprovittola, Lanus3.7 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ariel PAU
  Olimpico LB
  (186-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Pau, Olimpico LB3.1 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.5 
 3. Espinoza, Obras2.3 
 4. Aguirre, Quimsa2.1 
 5. Salles, Olimpico.1.9 
 6. Boccia, Lanus1.8 
 7. De los Santo., Arg.1.8 
 8. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.8 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.8 
 10. Phillip, Union Pr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.9 
 2. Mata, Penarol1.2 
 3. Battle, Lanus1.1 
 4. Sanchez, Libertad.0.9 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.0.8 
 6. Williams, Quimsa0.8 
 7. Calderon, Regat.0.8 
 8. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.7 
 9. Gutierrez, Obras0.7 
 10. Guaita, Atenas0.7 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. Estudian.Con. 5-0 
 2. San Mart.C. 5-0 
 3. Obera TC 4-1 
 4. San Isidro 3-2 
 5. Instituto Cor. 3-2 
 6. La Union 2-3 
 7. Union Sunch 2-3 
 8. Atl.Echague 1-4 
 9. Sarmiento 1-4 
 10. Alvear 0-5 
South
 1. Alianza Viedma 5-0 
 2. Ciclista 4-1 
 3. Sport Club 3-2 
 4. MH Basket 2-3 
 5. Banda Norte 2-3 
 6. Rocamora 2-3 
 7. San Lorenzo Ch. 2-3 
 8. Quilmes MP 2-3 
 9. Bragado 1-4 
 10. Huracan 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: Alianza Viedma - Quilmes MP 91-81
Oct. 19: Obera TC - Sarmiento 91-59
Oct. 19: Bragado - San Lorenzo Ch. 89-94
Oct. 19: San Isidro - Banda Norte 87-92
Oct. 19: Sport Club - Ciclista 84-80
Oct. 19: Estudian.Con. - La Union 81-76
Oct. 19: Rocamora - Atl.Echague 79-75
Oct. 19: MH Basket - Huracan 74-62
Oct. 19: Instituto Cor. - Union Sunch 73-63
Oct. 19: Alvear - San Mart.C. 61-74

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 26: Sarmiento - Alvear
Oct. 26: San Mart.C. - Obera TC
Oct. 26: Banda Norte - Instituto Cor.
Oct. 26: Union Sunch - San Isidro
Oct. 26: La Union - Rocamora
Oct. 26: Atl.Echague - Estudian.Con.
Oct. 26: San Lorenzo Ch. - Sport Club
Oct. 26: Ciclista - Bragado
Oct. 26: Huracan - Alianza Viedma
Oct. 26: Quilmes MP - MH Basket



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Douthit, PHI21.9 
 2. Wright, JOR19.2 
 3. Ahmad, UAE17.0 
 4. Yi, CHN16.6 
 5. Hoskin, LEB16.3 
 6. Haddadi, IRI15.4 
 7. Daghles, JOR14.8 
 8. Sitepu, IDN13.8 
 9. Rida, LEB13.6 
 10. Kawamura, JPN13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Douthit, PHI12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, JPN11.4 
 3. Haddadi, IRI11.4 
 4. Yi, CHN10.8 
 5. Hoskin, LEB10.1 
 6. Li Wei, MAS9.1 
 7. Kazemi, IRI8.9 
 8. Gorges, SYR7.6 
 9. Abbas, JOR7.1 
 10. Indrawan, IDN7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wuysang, IDN6.4 
 2. Guganeswaran, MAS4.9 
 3. Daghles, JOR4.6 
 4. Kamrani, IRI4.0 
 5. Yang, KOR3.9 
 6. Akl, LEB3.8 
 7. Shonaka, JPN3.7 
 8. Lee, TAI3.7 
 9. Haddadi, IRI3.6 
 10. Deep, SYR3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Yue SUN
  (206-SF-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sun, CHN1.8 
 2. Ahmad, UAE1.8 
 3. Daghles, JOR1.8 
 4. Lee, TAI1.7 
 5. Hirose, JPN1.6 
 6. Chang, TAI1.6 
 7. Wright, JOR1.6 
 8. Salem, UAE1.5 
 9. Wang, CHN1.4 
 10. Kamrani, IRI1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Haddadi, IRI2.9 
 2. Zaghab, JOR1.7 
 3. Douthit, PHI1.7 
 4. Yi, CHN1.4 
 5. Sun, CHN1.4 
 6. Singh, IND1.4 
 7. Kim, KOR1.3 
 8. Sitepu, IDN1.2 
 9. Hamowi, SYR1.1 
 10. Kim, KOR0.9 



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

9 Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 4-0 
 2. Mahram 3-1 
 3. Duhok 2-2 
 4. Belent 1-3 
 5. E.R. Falcons 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: Belent - Duhok 77-88
Oct. 19: Mahram - Al Riyadi 63-88

Semi-Finals: Round 6

Oct. 20: Al Riyadi - Belent
Oct. 20: Mahram - Duhok


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ahmad IBRAHIM
  (202-G/F-92)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi23.8 
 2. Kozlov, Belent20.0 
 3. Gorgiss, Duhok18.7 
 4. Juginisov, Belent16.0 
 5. Varda, Mahram15.5 
 6. Webb, Duhok15.3 
 7. Battulga, E.R. F.15.0 
 8. Davaadorj, E.R. F.13.8 
 9. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.13.8 
 10. Dartez, Duhok13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi8.8 
 2. Averyanov, Belent8.3 
 3. Dartez, Duhok8.0 
 4. Abdel Nour, Al Ri.7.8 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.8 
 6. Juginisov, Belent6.5 
 7. Nabipour, Mahram6.3 
 8. Kardoust, Mahram6.0 
 9. Kozlov, Belent5.5 
 10. Purevjav, E.R. F.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Samad NIK KHAHBAHRAMI
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.5.8 
 2. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.3 
 3. Kamrani, Mahram3.8 
 4. Bayriyev, Belent3.8 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi3.5 
 6. Munkhbayar, E.R. F.3.5 
 7. Webb, Duhok3.3 
 8. Aslani, Mahram3.3 
 9. Allanurov, Belent2.8 
 10. Davarpanah, Mahr.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ali AL-JUBOORI
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Al-Juboori, Duhok4.3 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.8 
 3. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.3 
 4. Afagh, Mahram2.3 
 5. Sahakian, Mahram2.3 
 6. Davarpanah, Mahram2.3 
 7. Kamrani, Mahram2.0 
 8. Woods, Al Riyadi2.0 
 9. Webb, Duhok1.8 
 10. Aslani, Mahram1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 2. Hameed, Duhok2.3 
 3. Dartez, Duhok1.8 
 4. Kardoust, Mahram1.3 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.3 
 6. Purevjav, E.R. F.0.8 
 7. Bayriyev, Belent0.5 
 8. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.0.5 
 9. Varda, Mahram0.5 
 10. Kozlov, Belent0.5 


Semifinalists are set in Beirut - by Eurobasket News

Belent - Duhok 77-88
Duhok clunched the second win at the Asia Club Championship in Beirut. The Iraqi team overcame Belent to finish at 2-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Duhok will take on Mahram, while Belent will face Riyadi in the semifinal round tomorrow. Belent ensured a strong start to the game. They piled up a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Duhok stopped the rot in the second period. The Iraqis narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark 36:39. Duhok went on a 23:12 run in the third stanza to ensure a 59:51 lead with ten minutes remaining. Duhok exploded with 29 points in the fourth stanza to seal the winning outcome at the end. Antonio Webb (178-G-84, college: Beth.-Cookman) provided 27 points, while Kendall Dartez (207-C/F-80, college: Louisville) contributed 19 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Aleksandr Kozlov (200-F-82) answered with 23 points for Belent. Samender Juginisov (204-F/C-87) had 18 points in the loss.

Mahram - Al Riyadi 63-88
Riyadi celebrated the fourth straight win at the Asia Club Championship. The Lebanese team overcame Mahram to remain undefeated at the end of preliminary round. Ahmad Ibrahim (202-G/F-92, college: Rice) came up with 29 points to pace the hosts. Mahram finished in the second spot at 3-1 record. Riyadi limited Mahram to just 6 points in the opening frame to secure an 11-point advantage after ten minutes. Riyadi extended the lead in the second stanza. The Lebanese side arrived at halftime 37:21 halftime advantage. Riyadi poured in 28 points in the third stanza to keep the visitors at bay. Riyadi headed into the fourth quarter up by 18 points and never looked back en route to the win. Ahmad Ismail netted 19 points, while Loren Woods had 12 points and 16 rebounds for Riyadi. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) answered with 21 points for Mahram. Mousa Nabipour (212-C/F-83) and Ratko Varda (215-C/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each in the loss.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Hawks 2-0 
 2. Wildcats 2-0 
 3. Breakers 2-1 
 4. Taipans 2-1 
 5. 36ers 1-1 
 6. Kings 1-2 
 7. Tigers 0-2 
 8. Crocodiles 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 19: Breakers - Crocodiles 73-71
Oct. 19: Kings - Taipans 68-88
Oct. 20: 36ers - Taipans
Oct. 21: Tigers - Wildcats
Oct. 21: Hawks - Crocodiles


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Lisch, Wildcats20.0 
 2. Johnson, 36ers18.0 
 3. Tragardh, Taipans18.0 
 4. Redhage, Wildcats17.0 
 5. Lazare, Kings16.0 
 6. Madgen, Kings16.0 
 7. Scott, Tigers15.5 
 8. Weigh, 36ers15.0 
 9. Knight, Wildcats15.0 
 10. Ervin, Crocodiles14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles10.0 
 2. Burston, Tigers9.5 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers9.0 
 4. Vukona, Breakers9.0 
 5. Martin, Wildcats8.5 
 6. Knight, Wildcats8.0 
 7. Hill, Taipans8.0 
 8. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 9. Lazare, Kings7.7 
 10. Scott, Tigers7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.7 
 2. Braswell, Tigers5.5 
 3. Gibson, 36ers4.5 
 4. Henry, Kings4.0 
 5. Martin, Wildcats4.0 
 6. Wilson, Taipans3.7 
 7. Redhage, Wildcats3.5 
 8. Ervin, Crocodiles3.5 
 9. Bruce, Kings3.3 
 10. Vukona, Breakers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Tigers
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Braswell, Tigers3.0 
 2. Ervin, Crocodiles2.5 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats2.5 
 4. Jackson, Breakers2.0 
 5. Schenscher, 36ers2.0 
 6. Vukona, Breakers2.0 
 7. Henry, Kings1.7 
 8. Williams, Taipans1.7 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.7 
 10. Wagstaff, Wildca.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Pledger, Breakers3.3 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers3.0 
 3. Forman, Hawks2.0 
 4. Scott, Tigers2.0 
 5. Garlepp, Kings1.7 
 6. Tragardh, Taipans1.7 
 7. Cadee, 36ers1.0 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats1.0 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
 10. Burston, Tigers1.0 


Fast Facts - Round 3 - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand Breakers vs Townsville Crocodiles

North Shore Events Centre

Friday 19th October 7:30PM


Head-to-Head Record

All-time record: 32 games played overall, Breakers 15 wins, Crocs 17 wins

At New Zealand: 17 games played, Breakers 7 wins, Crocs 10 wins

Streak: New Zealand have beaten Townsville in their past two match-ups, as well as five of their last six meetings. The Breakers are also 4-1 against the Crocs when hosting them in their past five clashes.

New Zealand

- New Zealand are playing their 150th home game. They have won 62% of their home games since they debuted in October 2003 but have most recently won 35 of their past 40 games in Auckland.

- New Zealand have called 7 venues home in their first 149 games with North Shore Events Centre hosting 109 of those (74 wins/35 losses). There were also 24 games at Trusts (9/15), 8 games at Vector Arena (7/1), 3 at Pacific Events Centre (0/3), 3 at Christchurch (2/1) and single visits to Wellington and Mystery Creek (both 0/1).

- The battle between Gary Ervin and Cedric Jackson will be a highlight in this one with Jackson showing he may even be better than last year. Jackson averaged 12.8 points last year but has scored 19 and 17 in his opening 2 games so far with assists currently the same (6.5) as his league leading pace last year. One of the main differences has been from the three-point line where he has hit 5-from-11 and 3-from-4 this year. Last campaign he only connected on 3 three-pointers in a game twice all year.

Townsville

- The Crocs have lost their opening 2 games of the year for the first time since 2004 and a loss in this one will record their worst start since they lost 5 straight in 2003. They did recover that year however due to a then league record 16-game winning streak to finish third on the table.

- Townsville should be fairly familiar with New Zealand as they played them in their last 4 games of last season - 3 of those being playoff games- making this the 5th time these teams have met in the Crocs last 7 games overall.

- Peter Crawford is playing game 243 for Townsville which equals Kelvin Robertson as second most games played in Crocs history. Crawford should be on target to reach club leader Robert Rose (258 games) easily this season if he can keep his consecutive games streak of 117 climbing. Currently he has the 3rd best consecutive run building behind Mika Vukona (119) and Stephen Weigh (198-F/G-87) (123). Crawford will grab second place alone on the Crocs list when he plays in Wollongong on Sunday.

Key Stat

A lot has happened since the Crocs travelled to New Zealand and won Game One of last years Semi-Final series, 99-82. The Breakers went on to take the Championship while Townsville have not won in 4 matches played since. That loss at Vector Arena is the only time the hosts have lost at that venue in 8 appearances.

Sydney Kings vs Cairns Taipans

Sydney Entertainment Centre

Friday 19th October 7:30PM


Head-to-Head Record

All-time record: 33 games played overall, Kings 28 wins, Taipans 5 wins

At Sydney: 16 games played, Kings 15 wins, Taipans 1 win

Streak: Sydney have won their past two games against Cairns, and eight of their past ten meetings.

Sydney

- Cairns were the highest finishing team that the Kings had a winning record over last season, with Sydney winning their series 2-1. The Kings also had winning records against the 2 bottom clubs Wollongong and Adelaide (3-1 each). In round 24 last year, Coach Heal took his Kings to Cairns and won 80-74 in a result that was primarily responsible for the Taipans missing the playoffs on a countback.

- Ian Crosswhite will be facing the team he played 111 matches for over the past 4 seasons. Last week he did not have a good night despite a win over the Tigers, fouling out in 16 minutes without making a field goal.

Cairns

- There are just 2 times this year when a team has back-to-back games on the road on consecutive nights - this weekend with the Taipans and a Breakers Sunshine Swing road weekend in Round 6. There are just 4 more times where teams have a home/away double on consecutive nights with Melbourne, Perth and Townsville the only teams who dont play consecutive nights this year.

- While Cairns play the Kings on the first game of their road double, they will have the advantage next week when these teams meet again and the Kings have to front up to the Taipans for a Sunday afternoon clash after playing the Friday night in Townsville.

- Last week Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Albany) scored a career low 4 points against the Hawks. He has only scored in single figures in 2 of the 27 games he played. In his last game against the Kings he posted a career best 27 points

Key Stat

Sydney has had the wood over Cairns in NSW since the Taipans were formed in 1999. The North Queenslanders had lost all 14 matches played in Sydney until November last year when the Taipans won at the Kingdome for the first time ever, 85-67.

Adelaide 36ers vs Cairns Taipans

Head-to-Head Record

All-time record: 40 games played overall, Sixers 20 wins, Taipans 20 wins

At Adelaide: 21 games played, Sixers 13 wins, Taipans 8 wins

Streak: Cairns have won their past six straight meetings with Adelaide

Adelaide

- Adelaide are coming off their second lowest score in their history (59 points at NZ). They are playing Cairns who scored just 58 in their home loss against the Hawks. Interestingly both scored 84-points in their opening games.

- Last week Marty Clarke continued his losing streak against the Breakers (0-9) but this week he gets the chance to redeem himself against the only other club he is yet to record a victory over. Clarke has had 6 straight losses against Cairns over the past 2 seasons.

- Jason Cadee will be playing game number 50 in his career after the first 47 were with the Blaze. He averaged 17:30 minutes last season at the Gold Coast but is playing 29 minutes in his first 2 games with Adelaide while starting games for the first time in his career.

- The Sixers are attempting to win consecutive home games for the first time since January 2011. Surprisingly, they have played 17 games all of last year and half the year before that - at Adelaide Arena since without winning consecutively.

Cairns

- The Taipans have won their last 3 games at the Adelaide Arena and a win in this one will put them in rare company indeed. Only 4 previous times in the 22-year history at the home of the Sixers has an opposition team recorded at least 4 straight away wins. The South East Melbourne Magic scored 6 consecutive wins at the Powerhouse between 1992 and 1996 with the Tigers winning 4 in a row twice (2000-2002 and 2010-2011). The Breakers have currently also won their past 4 games in Adelaide.

- Cairns have the opportunity to make franchise history with a victory in this game. It would be the first time that they have a current winning record against any other current club which now stands at 20-all with Adelaide. Of former clubs, the Taipans did have winning records against Singapore (3-2) and Gold Coast (10-9).

Key Stat

The 36ers last home win over the Snakes was back on 13 January 2010.

Wollongong Hawks vs Townsville Crocodiles

Wollongong Entertainment Centre

Sunday 21st October 2012 4:00PM


Head-to-Head Record

All-time record: 67 games played overall, Hawks 40 wins, Crocs 27 wins

At Wollongong: 33 games played, Hawks 24 wins, Crocs, 9 wins

Streak: Townsville have won their past three straight meetings with Wollongong, and four of their past five.

Wollongong

- Wollongong are looking to win their 3rd straight game to start the year something they have not been able to do since they won their first 4 games in 2005 (the season they went on to make the Grand Final).

- There were 3 teams that the Hawks could not beat last season. Perth, Gold Coast and Townsville. The only time they played the Crocs at the Sandpit it was a sad day for the franchise with the 57-72 defeat resulting in the Hawks lowest home score in their 35-year history.

Townsville

- Gary Ervin is returning to the court to play against the club he won the leagues MVP with in 2011. Ervin averaged 20.1 points and 4.5 assists with the Hawks with a career best 31-points scored three times. He was Wollongongs top scorer in 16 of the 27 games that he played in with 10 of those coming in the 14 games at The Sandpit.

- In just his second ever NBL game, Ervin won the game for the Hawks against the Crocs in Wollongong at the free-throw line with no time left on the clock. They won 71-70 and the victory helped propel them to a 7-1 start to the year.

Key Stat

The Crocs 15-point win on their last trip to Wollongong snapped a Hawks streak of six straight home victories over Townsville.

Melbourne Tigers vs Perth Wildcats

Hisense Arena

Sunday 21st October 2012


Head-to-Head Record

All-time record: 92 games played overall, Tigers 39 wins, Wildcats 53 wins

At Melbourne: 46 games played, Tigers 24 wins, Wildcats 22 wins

Streak: Perth have won their past two straight games against Melbourne, and 10 of the past 13.

Melbourne

- Hisense Arena is hosting its first NBL game since Game 5 of the 2009 Grand Final series in which the Dragons took the Championship over the Tigers in what was Chris Ansteys last game as a player. The Tigers called Hisense home for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

- Melbourne will be recording their 900th appearance in the NBL in their 30th season in this game. It is fitting that they are playing the Wildcats as they have played them more than any other team in their history and famously defeated them to win their first Championship in 1993.

- This game begins a run of 5 straight games at Hisense Arena for the Tigers who do not have to hit the road again until a trip to Auckland on November 30.

Perth

- Rob Beveridge coached his 100th game for the Wildcats last week and should have memories of Hisense Arena where he recorded his first ever victory as NBL coach. In his second game with the West Sydney Razorbacks in September 2007, Beveridge spoilt the home opener of the South Dragons 116-106 with Troy Devries hitting a career best 31 points and current Wildcat Matthew Knight scoring 23-points and pulling in 14 boards in just his 2nd game.

- Matt Knight will be playing his 50th game as a Wildcat. After winning player of the week in round one, Knight recorded 10 points and 7 boards in a win at Townsville. He did clock up a milestone in his 104th NBL game last week it was the first time in his career that he had fouled out of a match.

Key Stat

The Cats have won 4 of the last 5 times they have travelled to Melbourne.
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



Robbins returns - by Eurobasket News

Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) is set to make his return from a wrist injury on Sunday against the Melbourne Tigers.

Robbins underwent surgery in July to repair tendon damage, and sat out the Cats first two games against New Zealand and Townsville, but is now ready to lead his side once again.

Im very relieved and excited to be back, he said.

It felt very good at training, its still not 100 per cent as far as pain relief goes, but it wont hold me back at all.

The Wildcats have a bye next week, and Robbins believes its important to get some court time before the week off.

I want to try and get all the demons that come with having a long term injury out this week, and then have a couple of weeks on the track and get my confidence up for Wollongong.

Its the first time this season that all ten contracted players will take the court for the Wildcats in 2012/13.

Coach Rob Beveridge said the decision for Robbins to play was left in the hands of his co-captain.

He mentally has to be ready to go, two days ago we said well give you 'til Friday morning and yesterday he came to me and said Im 100 per cent playing, so thats pretty exciting for the group, he said.

Well throw him in for a few minutes here, a few minutes there, hes going to have a few mental issues there about how hard he can go for the ball with that wrist, but its very exciting for the club.

Robbins makes his return to the line up in his home city, as the undefeated Wildcats take on the Melbourne Tigers on Sunday at Hisense Arena, at 11am WST.
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1. Ventspils 2-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 2-2 
 3. Naglis Palangos 1-1 
 4. Siauliai 1-1 
 5. TTU 1-1 
 6. Rapla 0-2 
Group B
 1. TU/Rock 4-0 
 2. Lietkabelis 2-0 
 3. Juventus 1-1 
 4. Liepaja 1-2 
 5. Jelgava 1-3 
 6. Valga 0-3 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 4-0 
 2. Barons kvartals 2-1 
 3. Sakalai 2-1 
 4. Nevezis 1-2 
 5. Tarvas 0-2 
 6. Tln Kalev 0-3 
Group D
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 2-0 
 2. Valmiera 2-1 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 4. Parnu 0-1 
 5. LSU-Baltai 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: Sakalai - Tarvas 89-66
Oct. 19: TU/Rock - Jelgava 85-66
Oct. 19: Nevezis - Tln Kalev 77-46
Oct. 19: Valmiera - Pieno Zvaigzdes 75-100
Oct. 20: TTU - Ventspils
Oct. 20: Liepaja - Juventus
Oct. 20: Siauliai - Barsy Atyrau
Oct. 20: Rudupis - Tln Kalev
Oct. 20: Barons kvartals - Tarvas
Oct. 21: Rapla - Ventspils
Oct. 22: Siauliai - Naglis Palangos


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris GULBIS
  Barons k.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Gulbis, Barons k.19.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev19.0 
 3. Milaknis, Rudupis18.3 
 4. Fredrick, Barsy A.16.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera16.3 
 6. Matyukevych, Bars.16.3 
 7. Orelikas, Rudupis15.8 
 8. Bergmanis, Barons15.7 
 9. Sinica, Sakalai15.3 
 10. Leppik, TU/Rock14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vadim MATYUKEVYCH
  Barsy A.
  (208-C-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Matyukevych, Bars.11.3 
 2. Okoye, Tln Kalev10.0 
 3. Chamberlain, Jelga.9.3 
 4. Gulbis, Barons k.8.7 
 5. Bishop, Nevezis7.7 
 6. Dimsa, TU/Rock7.5 
 7. Kiausas, Sakalai7.3 
 8. Sinica, Sakalai7.3 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera7.0 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ernestas EZERSKIS
  Liepaja
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Ezerskis, Liepaja6.7 
 2. Campbell, Tln Kalev5.3 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis5.3 
 4. Silavs, Jelgava5.0 
 5. Oja, Valga4.0 
 6. Krumins, Valmiera4.0 
 7. Fredrick, Barsy A.3.8 
 8. Kriisa, TU/Rock3.5 
 9. Ingram, TU/Rock3.3 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis3.5 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock3.5 
 3. Chamberlain, Jelga.2.7 
 4. Saage, TU/Rock2.3 
 5. Mizis, Jelgava2.3 
 6. Sinica, Sakalai2.0 
 7. Cerneckis, Sakalai2.0 
 8. Jakovics, Liepaja2.0 
 9. Petersonig, Valga2.0 
 10. Jasikevicius, Nev.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Nevezis
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.7 
 2. Ramasauskas, Saka.2.3 
 3. Rozitis, Barons k.1.7 
 4. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.7 
 5. Kiausas, Sakalai1.3 
 6. Matyukevych, Bars.1.3 
 7. Bricis, Liepaja1.0 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera1.0 
 9. Iljins, Valmiera0.7 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera0.7 



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Sozh Gomel 2-0 
 2. Grodno-93 1-0 
 3. Impuls BGUIR 1-0 
 4. Rubon 1-1 
 5. Tsmoki-Minsk II 1-1 
 6. Borisfen 0-2 
 7. Svisloch 0-2 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 19: Svisloch - Sozh Gomel 93-104
Oct. 19: Grodno-93 - Borisfen 85-61
Oct. 19: Rubon - Tsmoki-Minsk II 75-70

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 23: Sozh Gomel - Grodno-93
Oct. 23: Borisfen - Svisloch
Oct. 23: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.30.5 
 2. Kamarunas, Svisl.25.5 
 3. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel25.0 
 4. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.20.5 
 5. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.19.0 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch19.0 
 7. Sharipov, Svisloch16.5 
 8. Sivalko, Rubon15.5 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen15.5 
 10. Charykau, Sozh G.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aliaksandr SEMIANIUK
  Tsmoki.
  (207-F-93)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.13.5 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.9.5 
 3. Sharipov, Svisloch8.5 
 4. Hrumiantsau, Svisl.7.5 
 5. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.5 
 6. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.6.0 
 7. Tatur, Borisfen6.0 
 8. Kurapau, Tsmoki.5.5 
 9. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.5.0 
 10. Viaroukin, Sozh G.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vytautas KAMARUNAS
  Svisl.
  (179-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Kamarunas, Svisl.7.5 
 2. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.7.0 
 3. Shustau, Svisloch6.5 
 4. Charykau, Sozh G.5.5 
 5. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.5 
 6. Kryukov, Borisfen3.0 
 7. Akulich, Rubon2.5 
 8. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.2.5 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.2.5 
 10. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei SAPEGIN
  Rubon
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sapegin, Rubon5.0 
 2. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.4.5 
 3. Akulich, Rubon3.5 
 4. Tatur, Borisfen3.0 
 5. Kamarunas, Svisl.2.5 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.2.5 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel2.0 
 8. Patupchyk, Rubon1.5 
 9. Aheyenka, Borisfen1.5 
 10. Miakinin, Sozh Go.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergei MIAKININ
  Sozh Gomel
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 0
 1. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.0.0 
 2. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 3. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 4. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 5. Usovich, Borisfen0.0 
 6. Kopylov, Borisfen0.0 
 7. Sugonyako, Tsmoki.0.0 
 8. Kazlou, Tsmoki-M.0.0 
 9. Skidan, Rubon0.0 
 10. Kasarych, Borisfen0.0 


Premier League Round 2 review - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Premier League.

Rubon - Tsmoki-Minsk II 75-70

Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Rubon (1-1) 75-70. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rubon forced 27 Tsmoki-Minsk II turnovers. Russian guard Anton Indrikov (193-87) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Dmitri Akulich (190-86) chipped in 11 points and 4 steals during the contest. Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) responded with 22 points and forward Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-93) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds.


Top scorers:
Rubon: D.Sivalko 15+1reb, A.Indrikov 11+5reb+4ast, D.Akulich 11+4reb+2ast, M.Ovsepian 9+6reb+1ast, V.Ilyukevich 8+8reb, Y.Patupchyk 8+1reb+1ast
Tsmoki-Minsk II: R.Rutkauskas 22+4reb+2ast, A.Semianiuk 15+8reb+2ast, E.Sugonyako 10+5reb+1ast, A.Vashkevich 8, V.Ignatchik 6+5reb+6ast, S.Kazlou 5+5reb


gschID: 203531


Grodno-93 - Borisfen 85-61

Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Grodno-93 shot 29 for 47 from the free-throw line, while Borisfen only scored thirteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Borisfen 41-30 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) who scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Igor Konuyshenko (196-86) chipped in 16 points. Guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and Andrei Aheyenka (194-92) added 11 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.


Top scorers:
Grodno-93: I.Konuyshenko 16+1reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 12+7reb+2ast, K.Yafremov 10+7reb, A.Malkov 10+2reb, E.Ivanov 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Mishukov 8+6reb+1ast
Borisfen: S.Tatur 22+5reb+1ast, A.Aheyenka 11+2reb, V.Haidukevich 8+2reb+3ast, E.Kopylov 7+3reb, F.Kryukov 5+5reb+3ast, G.Usovich 4+5reb+1ast


gschID: 203529


Svisloch - Sozh Gomel 93-104

Sozh Gomel defeated Svisloch 104-93. The game was mostly controlled by Sozh Gomel. Svisloch was better in third quarter 36-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Svisloch only scored eleven points from the stripe. Svisloch was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Ukrainian power forward Sergei Miakinin (206-86) notched 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (185-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) supported him with 25 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 25 points and 10 assists by Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (179-89) did not help to save the game for Svisloch. The former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86) added 21 points and 9 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sozh Gomel keeps a position of league leader.


Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: S.Miakinin 28+7reb+1ast, S.Charykau 25+3reb+7ast, K.Sitnik 19+5reb+5ast, S.Dadukin 14+10reb+2ast, I.Kaliayev 9+3reb, P.Bliznets 6+3reb
Svisloch: V.Kamarunas 25+4reb+10ast, M.Shustau 21+1reb+9ast, I.Sharipov 15+8reb, A.Hrumiantsau 12+9reb, M.Strukau 7+1reb, A.Korneenkov 6+2reb+1ast


gschID: 203530



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Aalstar 3-0 
 2. Liege 2-1 
 3. Spirou 2-1 
 4. Antwerp 1-1 
 5. M.Hainaut 1-2 
 6. Oostende 1-2 
 7. Leuven 1-2 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 19: Leuven - Aalstar 81-89
Oct. 19: Liege - M.Hainaut 74-71
Oct. 19: Spirou - Oostende 66-64
Oct. 20: Verviers-Pep. - Antwerp


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  Spirou
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Walsh, Spirou22.7 
 2. Marnegrave, Leuven20.0 
 3. Allen, Spirou19.7 
 4. Thompson, Aalstar19.0 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut17.3 
 6. Aska, Leuven16.0 
 7. Mukubu, Liege15.3 
 8. Wilkinson, Oostende15.0 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende15.0 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Antwerp
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Thondique, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Aska, Leuven8.0 
 3. Qvale, M.Hainaut8.0 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar8.0 
 5. Mukubu, Liege7.7 
 6. Aleksandrov, Vervi.7.5 
 7. Wilkinson, Oostende7.3 
 8. Gillet, Liege7.0 
 9. Smith, Leuven6.3 
 10. Young, Aalstar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Anderson, Verviers.6.0 
 2. Raivio, Aalstar4.7 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.7 
 4. Walsh, Spirou4.0 
 5. Bosco, Liege3.3 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.0 
 7. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 8. Marnegrave, Leuven3.0 
 9. Tofi, Aalstar3.0 
 10. Anderson, Aalstar2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jerime ANDERSON
  Verviers.
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anderson, Verviers.2.5 
 2. Anderson, Aalstar2.3 
 3. Wright, Oostende2.3 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 5. Walsh, Spirou2.0 
 6. Reed, Antwerp2.0 
 7. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 8. Thompson, Aalstar2.0 
 9. Iarochevitch, Liege1.7 
 10. Randle, M.Hainaut1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian QVALE
  M.Hainaut
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Qvale, M.Hainaut2.0 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende2.0 
 3. Young, Aalstar1.7 
 4. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 5. Biggs, Antwerp1.0 
 6. Dukes, Leuven0.7 
 7. Hartsock, Aalstar0.7 
 8. Love, Antwerp0.5 
 9. Mwema, Antwerp0.5 
 10. Moris, Verviers.0.5 



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  BOSNIA   


Most compelling basketball in BiH this year maybe D2 league! - by Chris Mathieu


Bosnian D1 basketball is about to begin but maybe the most compelling basketball has already started in D2 league. Division one will be missing the top two teams who compete in Adriatic league until the final 6 leg of the regular season begins, Siroki WWin and Igokea. Division one still features former powerhouse KK BOSNA, Borac Nectar and last seasons surprise Caplijna. After the top three the talent and play is expected to drop off significantly.
The best young prospects reside in D2 with teams like KK SPARS who are leaps and bounds beyond other teams in Bosnia in terms of talent and organization.
Bosnian heritage franchises OKK Celik Zenica and the reformulated OKK Sloboda (formerly Sloboda Dita Tuzla) are both in D2 as well. KK SPARS feature some of the best talent in BiH in Adin Vrabac, Nedim Buza and some up and coming prospects as well as international talent Aleksej Nikolic and Serbian National team member Doko Salic.
Sloboda Dita Tuzla produced some of the best talent the world has seen in Mirza Delibasic and current NBA player Mirza Teletovic. More recent players Miralem Halilovic and Elemedin Kikanovic came from this franchise also.
Celik Zenica produced European talents like Emir Preldzic, Nedzad Sinanovic, Kenan Bajramovic and many, many others.
Hopefully two of these teams can move beyond their current level of competition and claim a spot in D1 at seasons end! Good luck to all the competitors in BiH this season!



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  BULGARIA   


Levski opened up NBL season with away win at Beroe - by Maria Mitzova

Levski Sofia started with a victory - 84:69 - in the visit to BC Beroe in the first game of the new season in the National Basketball League.

In a very competitive and interesting game, BC Beroe fought hard especially in the first half, but as usual Levski Sofia rose in the third quarter and broke down its opponent to finish without much hesitation.

BC Beroe returned after 42 years in the Bulgarian elite basketball and show that in time, may defeat many other rivals in the NBL. After the first quarter it was a tie - 20:20, and at the break the hosts were down by only four points - 37:41.


It was not until the 37th minute, that Levski Sofia got its first double-digit lead of the game. BC Beroe managed to cut it to seven points in th midst of the last period, but could not overturn it.

Despite playing at home, Georgi Mladenov boys did not show enough confidence in their shots. The American big men of BC Beroe were weak under the basket, and never stood a chance against Levski Sofia

BC Beroe put the crowd on their feet several times with attractive dunks and local fans supported hard the comeback attempt.

Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) was a class act for Levski Sofia overall, and Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) and Nikolay Varbanov ruled under both baskets.

Marinovic finished with 23 points and seven assists for Levski Sofia, Dimitar Dimitrov got a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Chavdar Kostov added 11 more points. All the players used by Titi Papazov managed to score in the game.

Reginald Holmes (193-G-87, college: Morgan St.) scored 24 points BC Beroe, 14 points plus eight assists added Will Walker, and Sergey Tsvetkov (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) got 10 points and five rebounds.

The first round continues on Saturday with the games Cherno More - Chernomorets and Lukoil - Spartak. Sunday matches to close the first week are Yambol - Tesy Bulgaria U20, and Balkan - Rilski sportist.



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  CHILE   


National Team News - by Daniel Valencia

The National Team Head Coach Guillermo Vecchio gave the list of 12 players for the upcoming series of games that the NT will held in the United States from October 23 to November 4. Erik Carrasco (181-PG-83) will be the leader of a team with a lot of young players.

Erik Carrasco
Felix Ibarra
Osven Ledesma
Cristobal Infante
Ignacio Carrion
Darrol Jones
Pablo Barraza
Diego Low
Ricardo Cardenas
Hardy Weissonn
Antonio Penna
Julien Bottin



Liga Nacional: ROUND 5 & 6 RESULTS - by Daniel Valencia

After six round in the first stage of Liga Nacional, CD Boston College Santiago and CD Sagrados Corazones are the leaders of the North Zone with a 5-1 record while Deportes Castro and Deportivo Espanol de Talca are the leaders of the South zone with a 4-1 record. These are the results.

Round 5

Sagrados Corazones 90 - Los Leones 78
Club Providencia 76 - Stadio Italiano 65
Boston College 90 - Puente Alto 62
Deportes Castro 81 - Espanol de Talca 75
ABA Ancud 83 - Deportivo Valdivia 78
Osorno Basquetbol 75 - Las Animas 55

Round 6


Club Providencia 75 - Colegio Los Leones 72
Puente Alto 90 - Sagrados Corazones 101
Boston College 82 - Stadio Iataliano 72
Deportes Castro 86 - Deportivo Valdivia 76
ABA Ancud 73 - Espanol de Talca83



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  CROATIA   


EuroLeague: EA7 Armani upset Cedevita in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - EA7 Armani 71:83

EA7 Emporio Armani registered the second straight win at the start of EuroLeague season. The Italian team fired past Cedevita in Zagreb tonight. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) came up with 17 points to pace the winners. Cedevita fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Emporio Armani grabbed a 19:16 lead at the first break. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Cedevita still trailed by three points at the interval 40:37. Things hardly changed in the third term. The intensive period saw EA7 Armani secure a three-point lead at the final intermission 56:53. The visitors poured in 27 points in the fourth frame. Cedevita could not match the effort and had to surrender at the end. Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) nailed 15 points, while Antonis Fotsis (209-F-81) contributed 13 points in the win. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 20 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

Cedevita: Mickael Gelabale 20, Bracey Wright 14
EA7 Armani: Keith Langford 17, Omar-Sharif Cook 15, Antonis Fotsis 13



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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos wins Super Cup Trophy - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos-Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia 79:68

Keravnos wins Super Cup Trophy before the start of the League. The team overcame Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia 79:68 to start the season with the title. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) nailed 30 points and was named MVP of the game.
Both teams scored 20 points each in the first period. Keravnos played better in the second frame and grabbed 43:37 at the halftime. The battle continued in the court as Etha Engomis Nicosia reduced to just 2 points at the end of the third period. Due to the final push in the last stanza Keravnos managed to take 11-point win.
Georgios Diamantopoulos (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) poured in 18 points for the winners and Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) added 9. Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) finished the game with 6 points. C.J. Williams (195-G, college: N.Carolina St.) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) and Taron Downey (186-G-82, college: Wake Forest) scored 11 each.

Keravnos: Tony Crocker 30, Georgios Diamantopoulos 18, Aleksandar Damjanovic 9, Bobby Maze 6
Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia: C.J. Williams 17, Donte Poole 11, Taron Downey 11



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: Liberec - Kara Trutnov 90-59
Oct. 19: Sokol P. - Loko Plzen 86-80
Oct. 16: U19 - Ostrava 68-74
Oct. 19: Sparta Praha - Sokol V. 104-60
Oct. 21: Sokol H.K. - JBC Brno
Oct. 21: Litomerice - Nymburk B
Oct. 21: Proton Zlin - Ostrava



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  EL SALVADOR   


Standings after the 11th Round - by Gianni Pascucci

Thanks to Jaime Arevalo we are now able to show the First Division-Clausura Standings updated after the last results. Despite its first loss to Chaleco, San Marcos is keeping the top of the table, UTEC, Denver and ExSal seem almost sure to advance to playoffs..

1. SAN MARCOS 10-1
2. UTEC 8-2
3. DENVER 7-3
4. EXSAL 7-3
5. CHALECO 5-6
6. ROLL ROYCE 2-9
7. LEONES 2-8
8. DELGADENCE-UES 1-10



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Fener.Ulker 2-0 
 2. Real Madrid 1-1 
 3. Khimky 1-1 
 4. Union Olimpija 1-1 
 5. Panathinaikos 1-1 
 6. Cantu 0-2 
Group B
 1. ALBA 2-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 2-0 
 3. Chalon 1-1 
 4. Unicaja 1-1 
 5. Asseco Prok. 0-2 
 6. Montepaschi 0-2 
Group C
 1. EA7 Armani 2-0 
 2. Zalgiris 2-0 
 3. Anadolu Efes 1-1 
 4. Olympiacos 1-1 
 5. Caja Laboral 0-2 
 6. Cedevita 0-2 
Group D
 1. Besiktas 2-0 
 2. CSKA 2-0 
 3. FCB Regal 2-0 
 4. Brose Baskets 0-2 
 5. Lietuvos rytas 0-2 
 6. Partizan 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

A

Oct. 19: Khimky - Real Madrid 86-85
Oct. 18: Panathinaikos - Cantu 78-76
Oct. 19: Union Olimpija - Fener.Ulker 75-81

B

Oct. 17: Asseco Prok. - Unicaja 75-77
Oct. 18: ALBA - Chalon 74-71
Oct. 18: Maccabi T-A - Montepaschi 70-68

C

Oct. 19: Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 98-72
Oct. 19: Cedevita - EA7 Armani 71-83
Oct. 19: Caja Laboral - Zalgiris 71-77

D

Oct. 18: Brose Baskets - Besiktas 71-86
Oct. 18: Partizan - CSKA 71-76 OT
Oct. 18: Lietuvos rytas - FCB Regal 49-67

Regular Season: Round 3

A

Oct. 25: Fener.Ulker - Real Madrid
Oct. 26: Pall. Cantu - Khimky
Oct. 26: Union Olimpija - Panathinaikos

B

Oct. 25: Chalon - Maccabi T-A
Oct. 25: Asseco Prokom - ALBA
Oct. 26: Unicaja - Montepaschi SI

C

Oct. 25: EA7 Armani - Caja Laboral
Oct. 25: Olympiacos - Zalgiris
Oct. 26: Anadolu Efes - Cedevita

D

Oct. 25: CSKA - Brose Baskets
Oct. 25: Lietuvos rytas - Partizan
Oct. 25: FCB Regal - Besiktas


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan FARMAR
  Anadolu .
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Farmar, Anadolu22.0 
 2. Weems, CSKA22.0 
 3. Schortsaniti., Pan.21.0 
 4. Jerrells, Besiktas21.0 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.19.0 
 6. Gelabale, Cedevita18.0 
 7. Tchicamboud, Cha.18.0 
 8. Hickman, Maccabi17.5 
 9. Thompson, ALBA17.0 
 10. Wood, ALBA17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Union O.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Baynes, Union O.12.0 
 2. Williams, Chalon11.0 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi9.5 
 4. Kasun, Montepaschi9.0 
 5. Eliyahu, Maccabi8.0 
 6. Bourousis, EA7 A.7.5 
 7. Tomic, FCB Regal7.5 
 8. Slaughter, Real M.7.5 
 9. Hines, Olympiacos7.5 
 10. Farmar, Anadolu7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Asseco P.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Blassingame, Assec.9.0 
 2. Planinic, Khimky7.5 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.6.5 
 4. Cook, EA7 Armani6.5 
 5. Koszarek, Asseco6.0 
 6. Tchicamboud, Cha.6.0 
 7. Farmar, Anadolu5.5 
 8. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 9. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.4.5 
 10. Green, Cedevita4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Teodosic, CSKA3.0 
 2. Slaughter, Real M.3.0 
 3. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.0 
 4. Gordon, Anadolu2.5 
 5. Schilb, Chalon2.5 
 6. Green, Cedevita2.5 
 7. Draper, Real M.2.5 
 8. Fotsis, EA7 Armani2.0 
 9. Musli, Partizan2.0 
 10. Erceg, CSKA2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Besiktas
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Falker, Besiktas2.5 
 2. Zoric, Unicaja2.5 
 3. Samardziski, Lietu.1.5 
 4. Savas, Fener.Ulker1.5 
 5. Thomas, Maccabi1.5 
 6. Loncar, Khimky1.5 
 7. Tomic, FCB Regal1.5 
 8. Cusin, Cantu1.5 
 9. Markota, Besiktas1.5 
 10. Kasun, Montepasc.1.5 


Results and Stats from Regular Season Round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Union Olimpija - Fener.Ulker 75-81
Fenerbahce Ulker secured the second win in EuroLeague Group A. They outscored Union Olimpija in Ljubljana today. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) posted 17 points to lead the visitors at 2-0 record on top of the standings. Union Olimpija fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Fenerbahce claimed a 25:20 lead after ten minutes. Union Olimpija picked up the slack and went on a run in the second quarter. The hosts snatched a 46:43 halftime lead. But Fenerbahce took the initiative in the third term. The Turkish team held the hosts to 15 points in the period to ensure a 2-point lead at the final intermission 63:61. Union Olimpja were held to 14 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) accounted for 14 points, while Omer Onan and Mike Batiste provided 13 points apiece in the victory. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Slovenian team. Klemen Prepelic netted 13 points in the loss.

Khimky - Real Madrid 86-85
Khimky survived a tough challenge from Real Madrid to nip the Spanish team at home court. The victory allowed Khimky gain 1-1 record in Group A as they caught up with Real in the ladder. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Khimky started the game strong. They secured a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Khimky secured a 42:35 halftime advantage. Khimky increased the tempo in the third period. The Russian side accumulated a massive 14-point advantage at the final intermission 69:55. Real went on a 16:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to surge ahead 72:71. Kresimir Loncar and Augustine made it 82:75 for Khimky late in the fourth stanza. Slaughter and Rudy Fernandez dragged Real within 2 points with under 40 seconds to go. Vitaliy Fridzon sank four straight free throws but Dontaye Draper answered with a three-pointer to put Real within one 85:86 with 8 seconds left. Monya committed a turnover but Rudy Fernandez could not convert a layup and Khimky secured the victory at the end. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 15 points, while Zoran Planinic and Vitaliy Fridzon added 12 points each in the winning case. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 14 points for Real Madrid. Felipe Reyes and Rudy Fernandez had 15 points apiece in the loss.

Panathinaikos - Cantu 78-76
Panathinaikos celebrated the opening win in EuroLeague season. They overcame Cantu in Athens tonight to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) delivered 19 points to lead the hosts to the win. Cantu fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Panathinaikos grabbed a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Cantu lived up to the challenge and answered straight back in the second frame. The Italian team silenced the crowd in Athens with a 26-point tally in the period to narrow the gap to a single point 44:43. Panathinaikos stressed defence in the third term. The Greek team limited Cantu to just 12 points in the quarter to take a 6-point lead into the fourth frame. Cantu managed to cut the distance to just two points late in regulation. Leunen had a chance to win the game for Cantu but missed a late three-pointer as Panathinaikos escaped with a tough win at the end. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) provided 12 points, while Andy Panko added 11 points for the winners. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) and Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) answered with 17 points each for Cantu.

Group B
Asseco Prok. - Unicaja 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 made two free throws for the winning side to bring 77:72, while Jerel Blassingame 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 followed them with 10 points in a win. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) answered with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Frank Robinson posted 14. Adam Hrycaniuk delivered 11 and Robert Witka (205-F-81) notched 9.

ALBA - Chalon 74-71
Alba Berlin needs a strong finish to beat Chalon in EuroLeague Game 2. The German side erupted with 23-12 in the last stanza to take a 74:71 win at home. Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone looked better in the first half and managed to post two narrow victories in the first two quarters. The French side won the first period 25-24 and added 15-12 in the second quarter. Moreover Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone delivered 19-15 in the third frame and led 8 points after 30 minutes. Alba Berlin however made everything to stay tough in the game. Heiko Schaffartzik and Brian Randle (203-F-85) reduced to 60:66 early in the last stanza. Schaffartzik HEIKO cut it to 64:66, but Shelden Williams increased the lead for the French team to 4 points. RANDLE, BRIAN tied the game at 68:68 with 3 minutes to go as Alba Berlin dominated the court at that time. Schaffartzik HEIKO and DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) scored for 74:68, while SCHILB, BLAKE reduced to the final result in the game. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) paced all the winners with 24 points and DaShaun Wood notched 19. Heiko Schaffartzik followed them with 13 points. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) answered with 20 points in the losing effort, while Shelden Williams and Blake Schilb nailed 14 apiece.

Maccabi T-A - Montepaschi 70-68
Maccabi Tel-Aviv posted the second straight win at the start of Euroleague regular season. They held off Montepaschi Siena in Israel tonight. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) nailed 19 points for the hosts. Siena fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Montepaschi Siena strongly started the game. The Italian champions raced to a 20:14 lead at the first break. Maccabi stiffened defensively in the second quarter. The hosts held their opponents to 13 points in the second term to cut the margin to just 2 points at the interval 31:33. Maccabi erased the deficit in the third stanza. The home side snatched a 53:52 lead at the final intermission. Siena pulled back in front in the fourth frame. Ress made it 66:62 for the Italian team midway through the period. But Ricky Hickman came up with decisive points late in regulation. He sank four points to give Maccabi a 70:68 advantage with 4 seconds remaining. Marcelus Kemp (195-SG-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) had a chance to send the game into overtime but missed a buzzer-beating jumper. Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88, college: San Diego St.) posted 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Lior Eliyahu added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Marcelus Kemp answered with 16 points for Montepaschi. Bobby Brown netted 11 points in defeat.

Group C
Caja Laboral - Zalgiris 71-77
Zalgiris Kaunas stole the win from Caja Laboral Vitoria in Day 2 of EuroLeague. The Lithuanian team grabbed 2-0 record in Group C after 77:71 road victory. The Spanish outfit meanwhile dropped at 0-2 record. Caja Laboral Vitoria won the first period, but could not win the game. The guests replied with 17-10 in the second frame and took 5-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Zalgiris Kaunas added 17-16 in the third period as Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Fernando San Emeterio closed the period at 57:51. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) increased the lead to 10 points, but then the Spanish team managed to cut the deficit. Fernando San Emeterio cut it to 71:73, but Paulius Jankunas and Oliver Lafayette, made the final result in the game. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Rimantas Kaukenas nailed 15. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) finished the game with 13 points each for the hosts. Maciej Lampe nailed 12 and Fernando San Emeterio scored 9.

Cedevita - EA7 Armani 71-83
EA7 Emporio Armani registered the second straight win at the start of EuroLeague season. The Italian team fired past Cedevita in Zagreb tonight. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) came up with 17 points to pace the winners. Cedevita fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Emporio Armani grabbed a 19:16 lead at the first break. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Cedevita still trailed by three points at the interval 40:37. Things hardly changed in the third term. The intensive period saw EA7 Armani secure a three-point lead at the final intermission 56:53. The visitors poured in 27 points in the fourth frame. Cedevita could not match the effort and had to surrender at the end. Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) nailed 15 points, while Antonis Fotsis contributed 13 points in the win. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 20 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 98-72
Anadolu Efes celebrated the first win in EuroLeague regular season. The Turkish team overpowered visiting Olympiakos in Istanbul tonight. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 25 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds to orchestrate victory. It was all over for Olympiakos after the starting quarter. Anadolu Efes silenced the visitors with a 30:13 outburst in the first ten minutes. The hosts did not slow down in the second frame. They stretched the margin to as many as 22 points at the interval 54:32. Olympiakos showed character in the third quarter. The Piraeus team fired 25 points to cut the deficit. But Anadolu Efes picked up the tempo in the final frame and cruised to the victory. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) nailed 15 points, while Dusko Savanovic and Semih Erden netted 13 points apiece in the victory. Kyle Hines answered with 13 points for Olympiakos. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 14 points in the loss.

Group D
Brose Baskets - Besiktas 71-86
Besiktas JK Istanbul roll over Brose Baskets in Bamberg at the start of Day 2 in EuroLeague. The Turkish side did not have any difficulties reaching 86:71 win for 2-0 record in Group D. The German side fell at 0-2 record. Besiktas JK Istanbul immediately took the lead and won the first period 24-19. They continued their dominance and added 23-12 in the second quarter. Moreover the Turkish team needed 20-11 in the third quarter for a comfortable lead. Brose Baskets Bamberg only managed to win the last period 29-19 and reduced to final 15 points. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) paced all the winners with 27 points and Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 14. Damir Markota delivered 11, whilst Serhat Cetin and Patrick Christopher posted 9 each. Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Bostjan Nachbar had 11. Maik Zirbes and Teddy Gipson followed them with 10 points apiece.

Lietuvos rytas - FCB Regal 49-67
FC Barcelona Regal wins the defensive battle at Siemens Arena. The Spanish outfit overcame Lietuvos Rytas 67:49. FC Barcelona Regal trailed 1-4 in the opening tip but managed to take 7:6 later in the first period. Pete Mickeal closed the first period for 13:8 and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) increased to 19:12 midway through the second frame. Lietuvos Rytas was too far to give up and replied with 17-14 in the period to reduce to 27:25 at the halftime. Moreover Renaldas Seibutis gave Rytas 30:29 and Predrag Samardziski brought 32:31. FC Barcelona Regal pushed the tempo at the end of the quarter and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) closed the period at 47:36. The guests won the last stanza 20-13 and clinched the comfortable win. Juan Carlos Navarro top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) nailed 11. Erazem Lorbek delivered 9, while Nathan Jawai and Pete Mickeal had 8 each. Leon Radosevic (206-C-90) finished the game with 11 points in defeat, while Renaldas Seibutis scored 8. Nemanja Nedovic and Deividas Dulkys scored 7 points each in defeat.

Partizan - CSKA 71-76 OT
Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) leads CSKA to overtime win in Belgrade. He scored 30 points to help the Russian Champions beat Partizan mt:s Belgrade 76:71. CSKA Moscow started better and grabbed 14:13 lead at the end of the first period. The Russian champion won the second frame 25-18 and led 8 points at the halftime. Viktor Khryapa scored for 47:39, but the hosts managed to reduce to 3 points after three quarters. Dejan Musli and Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92) scored four points for 46:49 after 30 minutes. Moreover Leo Westermann cut it to 50:51, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) brought the lead back to three points. Dejan Musli and Leo Westermann gave the hosts 55:53 lead, but Sonny Weems scored four points in a row for 57:55 CSKA advantage. Davis Bertans and Milos Teodosic exchanged the three-pointers for 60:60 with less than 2 minutes to go. Bogdan Bogdanovic made two free throws at the end of the fourth period for 62:62 and sent both teams to overtime. He gave his side 67:63 later in extra time, but Sonny Weems made two free throws for 67:65. Milos Teodosic and again Sonny Weems gave the Russian team 71:69. Milos Teodosic made two free throws for 74:69, while Sonny Weems made the same for 76:71. Milos Teodosic scored 12 points and Nenad Krstic notched 9. Bogdan Bogdanovic answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Leo Westermann had 15. Davis Bertans posted 11 points in defeat.



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

26-year old swingman Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for CSKA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Partizan (#5, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team in overtime 76-71. CSKA maintains the 3rd position in Euroleague group D. But it's just the very beginning of the season and CSKA won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Weems had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be CSKA's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Arkansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Weems is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.0ppg) and averages solid 65.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86) of Anadolu Efes. He is American guard in his first season at Anadolu Efes. In the last game Farmar recorded impressive 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Anadolu Efes to another comfortable win outscoring Olympiacos (1-1) 98-72. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Farmar is a newcomer at Anadolu Efes and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 7.0rpg and 5.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of league's second-best ALBA. Thompson scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of ALBA, leading his team to a 74-71 win against #4 ranked Chalon in a game of the week. ALBA has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Thompson also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Thompson has a great season in Euroleague. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85) of Fener.Ulker - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87) of Besiktas - 27 points and 3 assists
6. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83) of Cedevita - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of ALBA - 19 points and 3 rebounds
8. Shelden Williams (206-F-83) of Chalon - 14 points and 13 rebounds
9. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) of Chalon - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Asseco Prok. - 16 points, 2 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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Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: KTP - LrNMKY 96-64
Oct. 19: Namika Lahti - FoKoPo 94-67
Oct. 19: Korihait - Lapua 80-85
Oct. 20: Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas
Oct. 20: Kauhajoki - Kouvot
Oct. 21: Kataja - Pyrinto


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons27.3 
 2. Gibson, LrNM.21.6 
 3. Holloway, Namika L.21.2 
 4. Jalonen, Korihait20.6 
 5. Conley, LrNM.20.2 
 6. Barrett, KTP19.2 
 7. Haanpaa, Lapua18.8 
 8. Hall, Salon Vilpas18.8 
 9. Bullock, Kauhajoki18.5 
 10. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 13
 1. McDade, Nilan B.13.0 
 2. Tolbert, Lapua12.2 
 3. Thorpe, FoKoPo10.7 
 4. Conley, LrNM.9.6 
 5. Hester, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Johnson, Namika L.8.4 
 7. Logins, LrNM.8.2 
 8. Atupem, Salon Vilp.8.0 
 9. Dyer, Korihait8.0 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 9
 1. Williams, Pyrinto9.0 
 2. Hall, Salon Vilpas5.3 
 3. Holloway, Namika L.4.8 
 4. Sarcevic, KTP4.4 
 5. Holmes, Lapua4.4 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.3 
 7. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.2 
 8. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.0 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo4.0 
 10. Gibson, 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.2.2 
 4. Williams, KTP2.0 
 5. Ford, Kauhajoki2.0 
 6. Conley, LrNM.2.0 
 7. Vuori, Kauhajoki1.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 9. Smith, Kataja1.8 
 10. Flowers, Kataja1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris COMMONS
  Lapua
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Commons, Lapua2.0 
 2. Barrett, KTP1.8 
 3. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.3 
 4. Taft, Korihait1.2 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 7. Ford, Kauhajoki1.0 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 9. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.0 
 10. Dyer, Korihait0.8 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 3-0 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 2-0 
 3. SayRi 2-1 
 4. Pyrinto II 1-1 
 5. Oulun NMKY 1-1 
 6. BC Nokia 1-2 
 7. ToPo 1-2 
 8. Huima 1-2 
 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

A

Oct. 12: Porvoon Tarmo - Huima 93-58
Oct. 14: ToPo - Pyrinto II 89-79
Oct. 19: SayRi - BC Nokia 87-99
Oct. 14: Tapiolan Honka - Ura Basket 124-82

B

Oct. 12: Jarvenpaa - BC Jyvaskyla 96-59
Oct. 14: HBA-Marsky - Kerava ET 89-99
Oct. 14: TuNMKY - KaU Koris 78-72
Oct. 14: JyWe - Espoo Basket 67-58
Oct. 17: BC Jyvaskyla - JyWe 57-69


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia30.3 
 2. Richardson, Ura B.30.3 
 3. Collins, SayRi23.3 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET22.7 
 5. Coleman, ToPo22.3 
 6. Pyykkonen, JyWe21.5 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET21.0 
 8. Tarjanne, Jarvenpaa20.7 
 9. Salminen, TuNM.20.0 
 10. Young, Porvoon16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia17.3 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET14.3 
 3. Stephens, Huima13.3 
 4. Syrjala, KaU Koris13.0 
 5. Itani, BC Jyvasky.11.8 
 6. Keskitalo, JyWe11.5 
 7. Coleman, ToPo10.7 
 8. Suotamo, Espoo B.10.7 
 9. Mua, Kerava ET10.0 
 10. Young, Porvoon9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Timo RIIHELA
  BC Nokia
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Riihela, BC Nokia4.3 
 2. Kyllonen, Porvoon4.0 
 3. Kinnunen, KaU Koris4.0 
 4. Herrala, HBA-M.4.0 
 5. Ginty, ToPo3.7 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET3.3 
 7. Hanninen, Jarvenp.3.0 
 8. Tate, Porvoon2.7 
 9. Viita, Jarvenpaa2.7 
 10. Lindqvist, TuNM.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 La Trice LITTLE
  Kerava ET
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Little, Kerava ET4.3 
 2. Thomas, SayRi3.0 
 3. Richardson, Ura B.3.0 
 4. Andersen, Espoo B.2.7 
 5. Herrala, HBA-M.2.7 
 6. Kyllonen, Porvoon2.3 
 7. Mua, Kerava ET2.0 
 8. Beatovic, ToPo2.0 
 9. Pyykkonen, JyWe1.8 
 10. Tate, Porvoon1.7 
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. Immonen, TuNM.0.7 
 10. Rajala, HBA-Marsky0.7 


Brennan's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Eric Brennan (201-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Tapiolan Honka and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Ura Basket (#9, 0-3) with 42-point margin 124-82. Tapiolan Honka is placed at 2nd position in Finnish 1st Division. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Tapiolan Honka won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Brennan turned to be Tapiolan Honka's top player in his first season with the team. Eric Brennan averages just after two games 25.0ppg and 11.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Nolan Richardson (188-G-84) of Ura Basket. He is American guard in his first season at Ura Basket. In the last game Richardson recorded impressive 41 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Ura Basket lost that game 82-124 to Tapiolan Honka (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Richardson is a newcomer at Ura Basket and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.3ppg (#2).

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80) of Kerava ET (#5). Mua scored 28 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kerava ET, leading his team to a 99-89 win against HBA-Marsky (1-2). The chances of Kerava ET not to end season at such low position in group B, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mua could try to bring Kerava ET's a little bit higher in the standings. Mua has individually a great season in Finland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. HL Coleman (202-F-74) of ToPo - 23 points and 16 rebounds
5. Jari Pulkkinen (203-PF-84) of Pyrinto II - 10 points and 21 rebounds
6. Jesse Viita (186-G-93) of Jarvenpaa - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of BC Nokia - 25 points and 19 rebounds
8. Ronnie Clark (195-F/G-81) of Tapiolan Honka - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Sami Syrjala (197-F-81) of KaU Koris - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Kerava ET - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists

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



1st Division Round 3 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in 1st Division and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games and favorites losing the games.

1st Division round 3 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader KaU Koris (2-1) against leader TuNMKY (3-0) 78-72 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in Division. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by KaU Koris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Oscar Lindqvist (188-90) who led his team to a victory with 30 points. Guard Dariush Hazrati (186-94) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Sami Syrjala (197-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for KaU Koris. TuNMKY keeps a position of Division leader. KaU Koris at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Porvoon Tarmo. KaU Koris will play next round against strong Jarvenpaa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. TuNMKY will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Kerava Energia Team on the road.
Undefeated Saynatsalon Riento (2-1) recorded its first loss in Jyvaskyla. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked BC Nokia (1-2) 99-87. It was a great evening for American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. Kraidon Woods helped adding 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was American guard C.J. Collins (180-88, college: McNeese St.) with 31 points and 6 rebounds. BC Nokia left bottom position moving up to sixth place in Division. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jyvaskyla: JyWe (#3) and BC Jyvaskyla (#8). BC Jyvaskyla was defeated at home 57-69 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was an exceptional evening for Ville Pyykkonen who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Samir Itani came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds for BC Jyvaskyla in the defeat. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JyWe (3-1) moved-up to second place in Division. Loser BC Jyvaskyla still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Pyrinto II (1-1) against eighth ranked Torpan Pojat (1-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Pyrinto II was defeated by Torpan Pojat in Helsinki 89-79. The best player for the winners was HL Coleman who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Pyrinto II's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Torpan Pojat left bottom position moving up to seventh place in Division. Pyrinto II at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. Torpan Pojat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Oulun NMKY (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pyrinto II will play against the league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
1st Division top team - Porvoon Tarmo (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Aanekosken Huima (1-2) 93-58. It was a good game for Jerrah Young who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Porvoon Tarmo maintains first place in Division with 3-0 record. Loser Aanekosken Huima dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will face Ura Basket (#9) in Kaarina in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 3:
In Division winless Ura Basket lost to undefeated Tapiolan Honka on the road 82-124. JyWe won against Espoo Basket on its own court 67-58. Kerava ET managed to outperform HBA-Marsky in a road game 99-89. Jarvenpaa rolled over BC Jyvaskyla at home 96-59.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds by Eric Brennan of Tapiolan Honka.


Group A
SayRi - BC Nokia 87-99

Undefeated Saynatsalon Riento (2-1) recorded its first loss in Jyvaskyla. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked BC Nokia (1-2) 99-87. BC Nokia dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Saynatsalon Riento's 34. They outrebounded Saynatsalon Riento 47-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Saynatsalon Riento was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. Kittitian power forward Kraidon Woods (205-88, college: Drake) helped adding 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was American guard C.J. Collins (180-88, college: McNeese St.) with 31 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import power forward Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Five BC Nokia and four Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. BC Nokia left bottom position moving up to sixth place in Division. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: B.Moultrie 25+19reb, K.Woods 19+11reb, T.Riihela 17+7reb+5ast, H.Jokinen 12+2reb, T.Kankaanpaa 11+4reb+1ast, V.Tuominen 9+2reb+1ast
SayRi: C.Collins 31+6reb, E.Thomas 20+5reb, J.Parkkinen 13+5reb+1ast, J.Maenpaa 13+8reb, T.Kuukkanen 5+2reb, K.Naukkarinen 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 197457


ToPo - Pyrinto II 89-79

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Pyrinto II (1-1) against eighth ranked Torpan Pojat (1-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Pyrinto II was defeated by Torpan Pojat in Helsinki 89-79. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. Pyrinto II was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Pyrinto II helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Elias Kajander (196-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jari Pulkkinen (203-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points, 21 rebounds and 5 blocks and guard Joni Harjula (189-83) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pyrinto II's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Torpan Pojat left bottom position moving up to seventh place in Division. Pyrinto II at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. Torpan Pojat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Oulun NMKY (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pyrinto II will play against the league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
ToPo: H.Coleman 23+16reb, E.Kajander 17+10reb, D.Ginty 13+9reb+4ast, M.Jamsa 12+1reb, T.Kulha 9+2reb, A.Jones 7+5reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 22+6reb+2ast, O.Heinonen 13+2reb+2ast, T.Savino 11+5reb, J.Pulkkinen 10+21reb, T.Palmi 9+3reb, T.Sukanen 4+5reb
gschID: 197456


Tapiolan Honka - Ura Basket 124-82

No shocking result in a game when leader Tapiolan Honka (2-0) crushed at home bottom-ranked Ura Basket (0-3) 124-82 on Sunday. The game without a history. Tapiolan Honka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Ura Basket's 38 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Tapiolan Honka forced 22 Ura Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 47-22 including a 29-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ura Basket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Eric Brennan (201-89, college: Kutztown) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import swingman Ronnie Clark (195-81) contributed with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. American guard Nolan Richardson (188-84, college: Midwestern St.) answered with 41 points (!!!) (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and point guard Santeri Latvala (186-91) added 11 points in the effort for Ura Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tapiolan Honka moved-up to second place in Division. Loser Ura Basket still closes the standings with three games lost. Tapiolan Honka will face Pyrinto II (#4) in Tampere in the next round. Ura Basket will play at home against the league's leader Porvoon Tarmo (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: E.Brennan 33+14reb+1ast, R.Clark 23+9reb, T.Iisalo 19+2reb+4ast, I.Sirola 12+6reb, N.Hoglund 8+2reb, J.Jarvinen 8+8reb+6ast
Ura Basket: N.Richardson 41+2reb+2ast, O.Virolainen 13, S.Latvala 11+4reb+1ast, B.Nash 7+7reb+1ast, L.Kuuluvainen 3+3reb+1ast, J.Kukkonen 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197455


Porvoon Tarmo - Huima 93-58

1st Division top team - Porvoon Tarmo (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Aanekosken Huima (1-2) 93-58. The game without a history. Porvoon Tarmo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Porvoon Tarmo dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken Huima's 42. Porvoon Tarmo forced 24 Aanekosken Huima turnovers. Porvoon Tarmo looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Aanekosken Huima's players. It was a good game for American forward Jerrah Young (201-85, college: Toledo) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Devon McBride (194-87, college: Kutztown) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Young is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. American guard Andre Stephens (180-87, college: S.Mississippi) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sami Mantymaa (192-88) added 13 points in the effort for Aanekosken Huima. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Porvoon Tarmo maintains first place in Division with 3-0 record. Loser Aanekosken Huima dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will face Ura Basket (#9) in Kaarina in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: D.McBride 23+3reb, I.Tate 15+5reb+5ast, J.Young 14+9reb+4ast, J.Nissinen 12+3reb+1ast, M.Holme 11+2reb+3ast, T.Rintala 10+3reb
Huima: S.Mantymaa 13+4reb, A.Stephens 10+9reb+1ast, K.Tribbett 8+4reb, M.Honkonen 6, S.Kajander 4+1reb+1ast, P.Ranta 4
gschID: 197454


Group B
BC Jyvaskyla - JyWe 57-69

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jyvaskyla: JyWe (#3) and BC Jyvaskyla (#8). BC Jyvaskyla was defeated at home 57-69 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by JyWe. BC Jyvaskyla managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game, while BC Jyvaskyla only scored five points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when JyWe made 11 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for forward Ville Pyykkonen (203-77) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Center Harri Keskitalo (210-90) accounted for 8 points, 15 rebounds and 9 blocks for the winning side. Forward Samir Itani (192-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and center Miikka Markkanen (200-93) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for BC Jyvaskyla in the defeat. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JyWe (3-1) moved-up to second place in Division. Loser BC Jyvaskyla still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
JyWe: V.Pyykkonen 20+8reb+1ast, J.Hautsalo 12+5reb+5ast, J.Nuutinen 12+4reb, H.Keskitalo 8+15reb+2ast, L.Luokomaa 6+4reb, A.Rantanen 6+4reb
BC Jyvaskyla: T.Manninen 14+2reb, S.Itani 12+16reb, M.Markkanen 11+10reb, T.Toyryla 9+4reb+2ast, A.Tarasanski 4+3reb+1ast, V.Lehtonen 3
gschID: 197462


TuNMKY - KaU Koris 78-72

1st Division round 3 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader KaU Koris (2-1) against leader TuNMKY (3-0) 78-72 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in Division. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by KaU Koris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Oscar Lindqvist (188-90) who led his team to a victory with 30 points. Guard Dariush Hazrati (186-94) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Sami Syrjala (197-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and center Tomi Sakala (203-80) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KaU Koris. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TuNMKY keeps a position of Division leader. KaU Koris at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Porvoon Tarmo. KaU Koris will play next round against strong Jarvenpaa trying to make it back to the top of the standings. TuNMKY will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Kerava Energia Team on the road.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: O.Lindqvist 30+3reb+3ast, D.Hazrati 18+5reb+1ast, T.Jaakkola 10+3reb, S.Salminen 10+12reb, O.Immonen 6+12reb, K.Huovinen 2+3reb
KaU Koris: S.Syrjala 25+10reb+2ast, T.Sakala 17+6reb, K.Tolvanen 14+4reb+1ast, L.Jarvinen 10+7reb+2ast, J.Kinnunen 2+3reb, T.Heiskanen 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 197461


JyWe - Espoo Basket 67-58

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Espoo Basket (1-2) lost to third ranked JyWe (3-1) in Jyvaskyla 58-67 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 43-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. JyWe dominated on the defensive end, holding Espoo Basket to just 6 points in third quarter. Strangely Espoo Basket outrebounded JyWe 42-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for center Harri Keskitalo (210-90) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Joni Hautsalo (175-91) contributed with 13 points for the winners. JyWe's coach Jarmo Raisanen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Joonas Suotamo (209-86, college: Penn St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Oscar Andersen (195-93) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Espoo Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JyWe moved-up to second place in Division. Espoo Basket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. JyWe will have a break next round. Espoo Basket will play at home against HBA-Marsky (#7) in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
JyWe: J.Nuutinen 14+2reb+1ast, J.Hautsalo 13+4reb+2ast, H.Keskitalo 12+9reb+3ast, V.Pyykkonen 10+4reb+2ast, M.Vilhunen 6+1reb, A.Rantanen 5+1ast
Espoo Basket: O.Andersen 14+5reb+1ast, M.Tammi 12+7reb+1ast, J.Suotamo 12+11reb+1ast, J.Domingues Del Villar 11+6reb, K.Nurminen 5+3reb+1ast, T.Rista 2+2reb
gschID: 197460


HBA-Marsky - Kerava ET 89-99

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-2) won against 4th placed HBA-Marsky (1-2) in Helsinki 99-89 on Sunday. The game without a history. Kerava Energia Team led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for Cameroonian power forward Rudolf Mua (201-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 18 rebounds. Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Five Kerava Energia Team players scored in double figures. Julius Rajala (205-94) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Mikael Kauhanen (202-94) added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for HBA-Marsky. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kerava Energia Team left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Division. Kerava Energia Team will face league's leader TuNMKY in Turun in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. HBA-Marsky will play on the road against Espoo Basket (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kerava ET: R.Mua 28+18reb+3ast, A.Towa 20+18reb+3ast, E.Sahlberg 17+1reb+3ast, L.Trice Little 15+6reb+3ast, A.Heiskanen 11+6reb, T.Lapila 8+1reb+1ast
HBA-Marsky: J.Rajala 23+13reb+1ast, M.Kauhanen 18+10reb+1ast, H.Niemisto 14+6ast, M.Nuolivirta 8+7reb+1ast, S.Nieminen 8+3reb, H.Ventoniemi 6
gschID: 197459


Jarvenpaa - BC Jyvaskyla 96-59

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked BC Jyvaskyla (0-4) was outscored on the road by sixth ranked Jarvenpaa (2-1) 96-59 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-59. BC Jyvaskyla was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Jesse Viita (186-93) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Visa Tarjanne (193-93) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Jarvenpaa players scored in double figures. Forward Samir Itani (192-90) answered with 4 points and 13 rebounds and center Miikka Markkanen (200-93) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BC Jyvaskyla. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jarvenpaa moved-up to third place in Division. Loser BC Jyvaskyla still closes the standings with four games lost. Jarvenpaa will face KaU Koris (#4) in Karkkila in the next round.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: V.Tarjanne 17+3reb+2ast, J.Viita 17+7reb+5ast, O.Laakkonen 14+3reb, J.Hanninen 12+4reb+2ast, R.Myyrylainen 9+3reb+1ast, H.Alatyppo 7+1ast
BC Jyvaskyla: K.Kuokkanen 14+1reb, M.Markkanen 11+5reb, O.Lehtonen 7+1reb, M.Manninen 7+3reb, V.Lehtonen 5+1reb, H.Kalteenmaki 4+4reb
gschID: 197458



KORISLIIGA: The first victory must be sweet - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 5: To win the very first time in Korisliiga (Top League) - that must be sweet and cool. Korikobrat (Lapua), playing first season ever on top level in Finland, took the first victory tonight in game # 5, but that didn't happen at the home court. Korikobrat was on the road in Uusikaupunki, when defeating local Korihait 80-85 (39-43). The hosts had six players in double digits, but that did not help Korihait (1-4) into victory. Korikobrat (1-4) was led by Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86, college: Lander) (23pts/15rbs) and Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) (19pts) and Coach Nenad Stefanovic was able to sigh with relief.
YMCA Lahti crushed visitor FoKoPo from Forssa 94-67 (53-35) and Emmanuel Holloway (183-G-86, college: Illinois St.) was playing again on his high level (23pts/5a). Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Montana) added a double-double 18pts/12rbs. In Kotka local KTP beat YMCA Lappeenranta 96-64 (44-30). Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) led KTP with 22pts. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) added 17pts. YMCA LPR had only two players over 10 points: Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri) (22pts) and Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) (17pts).

Korihait - Korikobrat 80-85 (39-43). (Daniel Horton 15, Villematti Kopio 14, Ramon Dyer 13/9 - Dwight Tolbert 23/15, Samuel Haanpaa 19, Bryan Holmes 14/5a. A: 601).
KTP - YMCA Lappeenranta 96-64 (44-30). (Devonne Giles 22/8, Sefton Barrett 17, Antwine Williams 15 - Jason Conley 22/8, Matt Gibson 17, Greg Logins 6/8. A: 1045).
YMCA Lahti - FoKoPo 94-67 (53-35). (Emmanuel Holloway 23/5a, Jordan Hasquet 18/12, Cedric Latimer 17 - Jahmar Thorpe 13/11, Markus Molenius 12, Andrais Thornton 8. A:785).

In Division 1A Riento from Saynatsalo lost tonight at home vs BC Nokia 87-99 (36-44). C.J. Collins (180-G-88, college: McNeese St.) led SayRi with 31 points. Eryk Thomas (200-C/F-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 20 pts and Juuso Maenpaa (198-F/C-93) 13 pts. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) (BC Nokia) was tough again: 25pts/19rbs! Kraidon Woods (205-C/F-88, college: Drake) added 19pts/11rbs and Timo Riihela (193-G-80) 17 pts. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) has released American Forward Antywan Jones (198-F-86, college: Troy) (3,3 ppg - 8,0 rpg). Jones will be replaced by Marcus Capers (193-G-89, college: Washington State).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. ASVEL 2-0 
 2. Gravelines 2-0 
 3. Le Havre 2-0 
 4. Paris-Levallois 2-1 
 5. Strasbourg 2-1 
 6. Le Mans 1-1 
 7. Chalon 1-1 
 8. Cholet 1-1 
 9. Limoges 1-1 
 10. Poitiers 1-1 
 11. Nancy 1-1 
 12. Dijon 1-2 
 13. Roanne 1-2 
 14. Boulazac 0-2 
 15. Nanterre 0-2 
 16. Orleans 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 19: Strasbourg - Dijon 78-67 OT
Oct. 19: Roanne - Paris-Levallois 74-65
Oct. 20: Chalon - Nancy
Oct. 20: Le Mans - Orleans
Oct. 20: Boulazac - Poitiers
Oct. 20: Cholet - Le Havre
Oct. 20: Nanterre - ASVEL
Oct. 20: Gravelines - Limoges


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Anthony SMITH
  Poitiers
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Smith, Poitiers21.5 
 2. King, Le Havre21.0 
 3. May, Paris-Levallo.20.7 
 4. Nivins, Poitiers19.0 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac18.5 
 6. Williams, Paris-.17.7 
 7. Diot, Paris-Levall.17.7 
 8. Fitch, Strasbourg17.0 
 9. Lighty, Nanterre16.5 
 10. Moldoveanu, Le H.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uche NSONWU-AMADI
  AS.
  (208-F/C-78)
  Avg: 12
 1. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.12.0 
 2. Collins, Roanne10.7 
 3. Green, Orleans10.0 
 4. Monroe, Boulazac9.5 
 5. Nivins, Poitiers9.0 
 6. Akpomedah, Grave.8.5 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg8.0 
 8. Brown, Le Havre7.5 
 9. Passave-D., Nante.7.5 
 10. Williams, Chalon7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernard KING
  Le Havre
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. King, Le Havre8.5 
 2. Albicy, Paris-Le.8.3 
 3. Schilb, Chalon7.0 
 4. Pellin, Orleans6.5 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.6.0 
 6. Thompson, Le Havre6.0 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg5.7 
 8. Everett, Cholet5.0 
 9. Campbell, Stras.4.7 
 10. Cox, Paris-Levall.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brad WANAMAKER
  Limoges
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Wanamaker, Limoges3.5 
 2. Jomby, Cholet3.0 
 3. Linehan, Nancy3.0 
 4. Eldridge, Boulazac3.0 
 5. Williams, Paris-.2.7 
 6. King, Le Havre2.5 
 7. Schilb, Chalon2.5 
 8. Dobbins, Poitiers2.5 
 9. Diabate, Nancy2.5 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Amara SY
  AS.
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sy, AS.2.5 
 2. Fofana, Le Havre2.0 
 3. Sylla, Nancy1.5 
 4. Williams, Chalon1.5 
 5. Nivins, Poitiers1.5 
 6. Vebobe, Cholet1.5 
 7. King, Nancy1.5 
 8. Goree, Cholet1.0 
 9. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.1.0 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Antibes 4-0 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 4-1 
 3. Evreux 3-1 
 4. Le Portel 3-2 
 5. Chalons-Reims 3-2 
 6. Maurienne 3-2 
 7. St Quentin 3-2 
 8. Boulogne 3-2 
 9. Lille 3-2 
 10. Bourg 2-2 
 11. Charleville 2-2 
 12. Hyeres-Toulon 2-3 
 13. Rouen 2-3 
 14. Fos Ouest 1-3 
 15. Bordeaux 1-3 
 16. St Vallier 1-3 
 17. Nantes 1-3 
 18. Denain 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: St Quentin - Boulogne 92-84
Oct. 19: Lille - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 89-75
Oct. 19: Denain - Hyeres-Toulon 84-86
Oct. 19: Chalons-Reims - Rouen 78-71 OT
Oct. 19: Le Portel - Maurienne 77-66
Oct. 20: Evreux - Antibes
Oct. 20: Nantes - Bordeaux
Oct. 20: St Vallier - Fos Ouest
Oct. 20: Bourg - Charleville


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Brown, Maurienne24.4 
 2. Blue, Antibes24.0 
 3. McKines, Rouen23.2 
 4. Flowers, Denain20.0 
 5. Boddicker, Pau-La.19.8 
 6. Davis, Fos Ouest19.5 
 7. Carter, Bordeaux19.5 
 8. Siggers, Lille19.2 
 9. Booker, St Vallier18.3 
 10. Wood, Evreux17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Maurienne
  (198-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bing, Maurienne11.8 
 2. Lesieu, St Quentin10.4 
 3. Wood, Evreux10.3 
 4. Jackson, Pau-La.10.2 
 5. McKines, Rouen9.4 
 6. Rouse, St Vallier8.8 
 7. Jaiteh, Boulogne8.8 
 8. Coleman, Bordeaux8.5 
 9. Dials, Hyeres-Toul.8.4 
 10. Toney, Charleville8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  St Vallier
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Craven, St Vallier8.5 
 2. Huffman, Antibes6.8 
 3. Bassett, Rouen6.4 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel6.2 
 5. McIntosh, Hyeres-.5.2 
 6. Da Silva, Rouen4.8 
 7. Ordin, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 8. Dumas, Bourg4.5 
 9. Driss, Pau-Lacq.4.4 
 10. Ball, St Quentin4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Clevin HANNAH
  Evreux
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hannah, Evreux2.8 
 2. Craven, St Vallier2.8 
 3. Brown, Maurienne2.6 
 4. Poupet, Chalons-.2.6 
 5. Hoyaux, St Vallier2.3 
 6. Dumas, Bourg2.3 
 7. Gomez, Nantes2.3 
 8. McIntosh, Hyeres-.2.2 
 9. Flowers, Denain2.0 
 10. Pridotkas, Charle.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Moussa BADIANE
  Antibes
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Badiane, Antibes2.8 
 2. Johnson, Chalons-.1.6 
 3. Chism, Maurienne1.6 
 4. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.5 
 5. Williams, St Quent.1.4 
 6. Wesley, Rouen1.2 
 7. Henry, Nantes1.0 
 8. Badiane, St Quent.1.0 
 9. Fofana, St Vallier1.0 
 10. Gay, Le Portel1.0 



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Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Fenerbahce Ulker's victory against the fifth-ranked Khimky (0-1) 92-80 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. McCalebb recorded 17 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Fenerbahce Ulker this season. His team is placed second in group A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. McCalebb is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, McCalebb played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2012. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). Antic contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the fifth-ranked Caja Laboral (0-1) 85-81 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Olympiacos this season. His team is placed third in group C. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Antic has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite he played previously for the Bulgarian national team, Antic played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2012.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League). He contributed to a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the sixth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (1-1) 81-70 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Samardziski scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (1-2) is placed eighth in group A. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Samardziski averages: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 46.7% in the two games he played so far. He played for the FYR Macedonian national team years ago.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Croatian team Cedevita edge the 11th-ranked Zvezda (1-3) 68-66 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game. Green recorded 10 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (3-1) is placed third in the Adriatic League. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Green's first season with the team. Green is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). His overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.5spg. Green is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Green is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #5. International point guard Vlado Ilievski (190-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marques Green. But that was another game of his team in Euroleague which we would like to mention. Ilievski, who plays in Croatia could not help Cedevita (0-1) to beat Zalgiris (1-0). He recorded 8 points in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Cedevita this season. The sixth-placed Cedevita was crushed 90-62 on the road by the leading Zalgiris in the group C of Euroleague. Ilievski is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Ilievski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Bojan Krstevski
Bojan Krstevski
   #6. Power forward Bojan Krstevski (205-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to help Kavala (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Kavala was edged 68-66 at home by the second-ranked Ilysiakos. Krstevski recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Kavala this season. . Krstevski is a former U20 international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian team three years ago.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #7. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Ukrainian team BC Donetsk win their game against the seventh-ranked Kalev/Cramo (1-1) crushing them 67-46 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. He scored 6 points in 20 minutes. BC Donetsk (1-1) is placed fifth in group A. . This year Stojanovski's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team earlier this year.

Cedi Osman
Cedi Osman
   #8. Shooting guard Cedi Osman (195-95, currently plays in Turkey) led Pertevniyal to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Pi Koleji (1-1) crushing them 92-66 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Saturday. Osman scored 11 points. Pertevniyal Istanbul (2-0) is placed third in the TB2L. . Osman has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the Turkish U18 national team, Osman is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Jovan Zdravevski
Jovan Zdravevski
   #9. International forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80, currently plays in Iceland) helped Stjarnan win their game against the league outsider Keflavik (0-3) 101-83 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Thursday night. He scored 9 points and added 5 passes in 26 minutes. Stjarnan (2-1) is placed fifth in the Dominos League. . Zdravevski has been at the team for five years. This season Zdravevski's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.0apg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Icelandic national team, Zdravevski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Tomcho Sokolov
Tomcho Sokolov
   #10. Power forward Tomcho Sokolov (205-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Cedi Osman in the Turkish TB2L last game. Sokolov was not able to secure a victory for Pi Koleji (1-1) in their game against Pertevniyal (2-0). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Sokolov also added 4 rebounds. . Sokolov has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is international player as years ago he still played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Djordje Jovanovic couldn't help Irakleio in their game against Pagrati in the Greek A2 (second division), despite his very good performance last Saturday. Jovanovic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Irakleio this season. But his team was badly defeated by 19 points 85-66. Jovanovic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team earlier this year.

   #12. International guard Pance Ilievski (186-81, currently plays in Iceland) couldn't help KFI in their game against Fjolnir in the Icelandic Dominos League. He scored 7 points and added 4 passes. His team was crushed by 28 points 95-67. Ilievski has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team earlier this year.



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Phoenix Hagen Give Dino Gregory Contract Extension Until End Of Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Beko BBL club Phoenix Hagen have given Dino Gregory (200-F-89, agency: Two Points, college: Maryland) a contract extension until the end of the season. Gregory is a 23 year old 200cm forward from Baltimore, Maryland that will play his second professional season. Gregory last season played for Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 40 games averaging 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 73.0%. He had a try out contract with Phoenix Hagen and in his first four games averaged 5,8ppg, 3,0rpg, 1,0apg and 1,8bpg. He has shown not only stabilty under the basket, but has become a consistent defender as he had three blocks against MBC and four against Braunschweig. Gregory will have his hands full helping out under the boards this weekend against TBB Trier keeping Brian Harper and Andreas Seiferth in check.

Source: www.derwesten.de



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EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes dismantle Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Olympiakos 98:72

Anadolu Efes celebrated the first win in EuroLeague regular season. The Turkish team overpowered visiting Olympiakos in Istanbul tonight. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) nailed 25 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds to orchestrate victory.
It was all over for Olympiakos after the starting quarter. Anadolu Efes silenced the visitors with a 30:13 outburst in the first ten minutes. The hosts did not slow down in the second frame. They stretched the margin to as many as 22 points at the interval 54:32. Olympiakos showed character in the third quarter. The Piraeus team fired 25 points to cut the deficit. But Anadolu Efes picked up the tempo in the final frame and cruised to the victory. Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) nailed 15 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-PF-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) netted 13 points apiece in the victory. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) answered with 13 points for Olympiakos. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 14 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Jordan Farmar 25, Sasha Vujacic 15, Dusko Savanovic 13, Semih Erden 13
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Kyle Hines 13



SAV Vacallo adds Kakiouzis to their roster - by Eurobasket News

SAV Vacallo Basket (LNA) added to their roster 36-year old Greek ex-international center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-102kg-76, agency: Interperformances). Kakiouzis played last season at Acea Virtus Roma in Italian SerieA. In 22 SerieA games he recorded 7.9ppg and 4.1rpg. Kakiouzis also played at Vanoli Cremona in SerieA earlier that season. In 4 SerieA games he averaged 8.5ppg and 5.3rpg. The other team he played that season for was Gescrap in Spanish ACB.
Kakiouzis was a member of Greek Senior National Team between 1995 and 2007. He also represented Greece at the Olympic Games in Athens eight years ago.
Kakiouzis is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Le Mans), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Spain (Regal FC Barcelona and Cajasol), Greece (Aris and AEK Athens) and Italy (Montepaschi Siena).
Its very possible he may end his playing career at SAV Vacallo.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Henk Norel selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Henk Norel (214-87, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help one of league's weakest teams CAI Zaragoza (2-1) to beat Valencia Basket (3-0). Norel scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. But CAI Zaragoza lost 73-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Valencia Basket. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Norel has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23) and FT: 53.8% in the three games he played so far. He played for the Dutch senior national team years ago.

Kim Tillie
Kim Tillie
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Tillie was not able to help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance CAI Zaragoza lost 73-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Valencia Basket. was badly defeated 68-87 in Barcelona by the much lower-ranked Regal FC (#11). Tillie was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Tillie averages: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 41.2% and FT: 77.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French. Despite Tillie played previously for the French national team, he played also for the Dutch national team in 2012.

Devon Van Oostrum
Devon Van Oostrum
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93, currently plays in Spain). Van Oostrum led Caceres Basket to a victory over the league outsider Ourense (0-3) 85-76 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Van Oostrum scored 23 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. Caceres Basket (1-2) is placed 12th in the LEB Gold. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Van Oostrum's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Van Oostrum averages: 15.5ppg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 71.4% in the two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and British. Despite Van Oostrum played previously for the British national team, he played also for the Dutch national team in 2012.

Robin Smeulders
Robin Smeulders
   #4. Forward Robin Smeulders (207-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (2-2) 79-64 in the German BBL in Wednesday night's game. Smeulders scored 8 points. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (3-1) is placed second in the BBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Smeulders' overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He has both Dutch and German nationalities. Despite Smeulders played previously for the German national team, he is currently in the Dutch national team roster.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #5. International power forward Josh Duinker (210-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Devon Van Oostrum and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Duinker contributed to a Caceres Basket's victory against the league outsider Ourense (0-3) 85-76. He scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. It's Duinker's first season with the team. Duinker belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5 with 1.0bpg. This year he also averages: 7.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg in the two games. Duinker also holds two passports: Australian and Dutch. Despite he played previously for the Australian national team, Duinker is currently in the Dutch national team roster.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #6. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Leche Rio Breogan (1-1) in their game against River Andorra (2-0) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 5 points. It was his first game for Leche Rio Breogan this season. Leche Rio Breogan was defeated 90-86 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked River_Andorra (#3). . Schaftenaar is a former international player as he played for the Dutch senior team two years ago.

Bart Stolk
Bart Stolk
   #7. U20 international center Bart Stolk (206-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La Palma (13-14) in their game against CB Guadalajara (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for La Palma this season. But La Palma lost 65-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) CB Guadalajara. . Stolk used to play for the Dutch U20 national team earlier this year.

Stanley Ocitti
Stanley Ocitti
   #8. Power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Worcester Wolves to win against the eighth-ranked Cheshire Jets (1-2) crushing them 98-59 in the British BBL last Sunday. He scored only 2 points. Worcester Wolves (3-3) is placed fourth in the BBL. . Ocitti is currently second on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 9.8rpg and 2.0apg. Ocitti is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Dutch national team earlier this year.

Jonah Callenbach
Jonah Callenbach
   #9. International swingman Jonah Callenbach (194-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Fontedoso Carrefour (0-1) in their game against Lan Mobel ISB (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Callenbach recorded 5 points in 14 minutes. It was his first game for Fontedoso Carrefour this season. Fontedoso Carrefour was edged 74-73 in Azpeitia by the higher-ranked (#4) Lan Mobel ISB. . Callenbach used to play for the Dutch national team earlier this year.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #10. Power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Dnipro (1-5) in their game against BC Donetsk (4-3) in the Ukrainian Superleague. He scored only 4 points. Dnipro was badly defeated 67-50 on their home court in Dnepropetrovsk by the higher-ranked BC Donetsk (#7). It was Dnipro's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Kickert has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.8spg. He is international player as years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.



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Sead Sehovic replaces Calvin Watson on Szolnok roster - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok made a change in their imports department. They agreed on terms of contract termination with Calvin Watson (197-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas). The guard joined the at the start of the season. He appeared in four Adriatic League games posting 5.0 points, 2.5 boards and 2.3 assists per appearance. He will be replaced by Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89). The Montenegrin spent the last season with EWE Baskets. He notched 4.4 points, 1.9 boards and 1.1 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In 1Bundesliga the guard posted 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. Sead Sehovic has been the member of Montenegrin National Team since 2010. He posted 8.4 points, 3.3 boards and 1.5 assists per game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification.


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More IBL Players Heading to New Opportunities - by John Dominguez

Over the past eight seasons the International Basketball League has transitioned over 275 players into positions with the NBA D-League as well as international leagues overseas such as the Basketball Japan League, Chinese Basketball Association, Germany's Basketball Bundesliga, the Portuguese Basketball League and many more.

Several IBL players from the 2012 season have recently signed contracts to play overseas this winter in addition to other IBL alumni who can be found on many rosters overseas, with some already in action for their new teams:


Edmonton Energy:
Jermaine Bucknor (6'7''-F-83, college: Richmond) - TBB Trier (Germany BBL)

Rashaun Broadus (5'11''-PG-84, college: BYU) - Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania LKL)

Troy Gottselig (6'8''-F-87) - Astrum Levice (Czech Republic NBL)


Robbie Sihota (6'6''-F-87) - Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Netherlands Eredivise)

Stephen Sir (6'5''-G-82, college: N.Arizona) - CSM Bucharest (Romania Division A)


Jersey G-Force:
Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, college: Marist) - Oshawa Power (NBL Canada)

Nippon Tornadoes:
Daishi Hayakawa (6'9''-C-82) - Oita Heat Devils (Japan BJ League)

Atsushi Kanazawa - Fukuoka Rizing Head Coach (Japan BJ League)

Masaharu Kataoka (6'3''-G-85) - Kyoto Hannyarz (Japan BJ League)


Shinji Tomiyama - Chiba Jets Head Coach (Japan BJ League)

Olympia Reign:
Gjio Bain
(7'0''-C-85, college: S.Mississippi) - Summerside Storm training camp (NBL Canada)


Virgil Matthews (6'2''-G-83, college: Montana) - Erdgas Ehingen (Germany ProA)

Giovonne Woods (6'3''-G-86, college: Cent.Washington) (Olympia Reign) Kapfenberg Bulls (Austria Bundesliga A)


Orlando Venom:
William Boatwright (6'8''-F) - Gansos Salvajes (Mexico LNBP)


D.J. Ferguson (6'1''-PG-89, college: Flagler) - TSV OH Diesenhofen (Germany Regionalliga)

David Wood (6'2''-G-86, college: Palm Beach Atl.) - Gigantes Edomex (Mexico LNBP)

Portland Chinooks:
Brian Morris (6'5''-C/F-74, college: Humboldt St.) - Atletico Cordon (Uruguay LUB)

Salem Soldiers:
Paul Guede (6'5''-G/F-87, college: Portland St.) - BG Goettingen (Germany ProA)


Vancouver Volcanoes:
Durrell Nevels (6'6''-F-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) - Energy Invest Rustavi (Georgia Superleague)

Watch for updates during the off-season on IBL players, teams and partnerships at www.IBL.com.



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Skallagrimur 2-1 
 2. Fjolnir 2-1 
 3. Thor Thorl 2-1 
 4. Snaefell 2-1 
 5. Grindavik 2-1 
 6. KR 2-1 
 7. Stjarnan 2-1 
 8. KFI 2-1 
 9. IR 1-2 
 10. Njardvik 1-2 
 11. Keflavik 0-3 
 12. Tindastoll 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 19: Thor Thorl - Grindavik 92-83
Oct. 19: Tindastoll - KFI 83-86
Oct. 18: Keflavik - KR 83-85
Oct. 18: Njardvik - IR 80-82
Oct. 18: Fjolnir - Skallagrimur 70-91
Oct. 18: Snaefell - Stjarnan 110-94

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 25: Grindavik - Njardvik
Oct. 25: Stjarnan - Thor Thorl
Oct. 25: KR - Snaefell
Oct. 25: KFI - Keflavik
Oct. 25: Fjolnir - Tindastoll
Oct. 25: Skallagrimur - IR


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Jeron BELIN
  Njardvik
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Belin, Njardvik28.7 
 2. Valdimarsson, Stja.28.7 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan26.7 
 4. Broussard, Grind.26.0 
 5. Smith, Thor Thorl25.3 
 6. Palm, IR24.7 
 7. Vilbergsson, Skall.23.7 
 8. Zeglinski, Grindav.22.7 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.21.3 
 10. McQueen, Snaefell20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Van, Njardvik15.3 
 2. Diggs, Thor Thorl12.3 
 3. Miller-W., KFI11.0 
 4. Valentine, Tindast.10.3 
 5. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir9.7 
 6. Helgason, Stjarnan9.3 
 7. Quaintance, Skalla.9.0 
 8. Flake, Thor Thorl9.0 
 9. Magnusson, KR8.7 
 10. McQueen, Snaefell8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. Threatt, Snaefell9.0 
 2. Williams, IR7.7 
 3. Zeglinski, Grindav.7.3 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan6.7 
 5. Smith, Thor Thorl6.3 
 6. Miles, Tindastoll6.0 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.5.3 
 8. Bell, KR5.0 
 9. Ragnarsson, Thor T.4.7 
 10. Quaintance, Skall.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Haminn QUAINTANCE
  Skalla.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Quaintance, Skalla.4.5 
 2. Smith, Thor Thorl3.0 
 3. Hilmarsson, Thor T.2.7 
 4. Palm, IR2.3 
 5. Viggosson, Tindast.2.3 
 6. Jonsson, Thor Thorl2.3 
 7. Thomas, KR2.3 
 8. Broussard, Grind.2.3 
 9. Stefansson, Njard.2.0 
 10. Giltner, Keflavik2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert DIGGS
  Thor Thorl
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Diggs, Thor Thorl3.0 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.3 
 3. Craion, Keflavik1.7 
 4. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.3 
 5. Quaintance, Skalla.1.0 
 6. Hreinsson, Tindast.1.0 
 7. Spicer, Fjolnir1.0 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.0 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.1.0 


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Hamar 2-0 
 2. Hottur 2-0 
 3. Valur 2-0 
 4. Thor AK 1-0 
 5. Haukar 1-1 
 6. Breidablik 1-1 
 7. Augnablik 0-1 
 8. Reynir S. 0-1 
 9. FSU 0-2 
 10. IA 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 18: Valur - Breidablik 90-82
Oct. 19: Hamar - Haukar 82-76
Oct. 19: Thor AK - FSU 78-67
Oct. 19: IA - Hottur 73-89
Oct. 21: Augnablik - Reynir S.


Domino's league results - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Skallagrimur keeps on surprising people with how ell they start the season in the league. Last night they handed out Fjolnir first loss of the season and that was at Fjolnir home court.
Final score Fjolnir 70 Skallagrimur 91.Sylvester Spicer had 24 points for the home team while Carlos Medlock had 29 and Haminn Quaintance 20 for the winner.

Snaefell keeps putting up big scores everygame now and beat another top team Stjarnan 110-94. Asim McQueen leading scorer for the winner 28 and Jon Jonsson 19. For Stjarnan
former Snaefell player Justin Shouse 31 Marvin Valdimarsson 29 for Stjarnan.

Keflavik keeps on struggling and lost again and now at home to KR 83-85. KR player/coach Helgi Magnusson (195-SF-82, college: Catawba) came up strong late in the game and mate big three pointers twice and ended the game with 27 points. Darrel Lewis did his job for Keflavik 30 points. Michael Craion 27



Round 3 of Dominos League - by Eurobasket News

There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of Express L. and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round.

Express L. round 3 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of Grindavik (2-1) against eighth ranked Thor Thorl (2-1) 92-83 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Grindavik. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Thor Thorl led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Thor Thorl looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Robert Diggs (203-87, college: G.Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) contributed with 26 points and 9 assists for the winners. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle, agency: JEMsports) answered with 27 points for Grindavik. Thor Thorl keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Grindavik. Grindavik will play next round against Njardvik trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Thor Thorl will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Stjarnan on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Fjolnir (2-1) in Reykjavik. Hosts were rolled over by Skallagrimur (2-1) 91-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fjolnir. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-1 record before this meeting. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 4 assists. Haminn Quaintance helped adding 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. The best for the losing side was forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Skallagrimur keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Fjolnir. Skallagrimur will play against IR (#9) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fjolnir will play at home against Tindastoll (#12) in Sauoarkrokur and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Stjarnan (2-1) against seventh ranked Snaefell (2-1) on Thursday night. Visiting Stjarnan was defeated by Snaefell in Stykkisholmur 110-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stjarnan. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was an exceptional evening for Asim McQueen who led the winners and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Justin Shouse came up with 31 points and 8 assists for Stjarnan in the defeat. Snaefell keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Stjarnan. Snaefell will meet KR (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stjarnan will play against Thor Thorl (#3) in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Keflavik. It ended with only two-point home defeat of bottom-ranked Keflavik (0-3) to sixth ranked KR (2-1) 85-83 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Helgi Magnusson who scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). KR keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams. Keflavik at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. KR's next round opponent will be Snaefell (#4) in Stykkisholmur. Keflavik will play on the road against KFI (#8) in Reykjavik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Njardvik. Tenth ranked IR (1-2) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Njardvik (1-2) 82-80 in the fight for the ninth place. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for A.J. Williams who led his team to a victory with 4 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. IR left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Njardvik. IR will face league's leader Skallagrimur in Borgarnes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 3 KFI beat Tindastoll on the road 86-83.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Darrel Lewis of Keflavik.


Thor Thorl - Grindavik 92-83

Express L. round 3 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of Grindavik (2-1) against Thor Thorl (2-1) 92-83 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Grindavik. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Thor Thorl led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Thor Thorl looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Robert Diggs (203-87, college: G.Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) contributed with 26 points and 9 assists for the winners. American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle, agency: JEMsports) answered with 27 points and the former international swingman Johann Olafsson (194-86) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Grindavik. Thor Thorl keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Grindavik. Grindavik will play next round against Njardvik trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Thor Thorl will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Stjarnan on the road.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: A.Broussard 27+3reb+2ast, J.Olafsson 17+8reb+4ast, S.Thorsteinsson 13+8reb+3ast, S.Zeglinski 9+6reb+8ast, B.Brynjolfsson 7+6reb+2ast, D.Ingi Bustion 6+5reb
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 26+4reb+9ast, R.Diggs 25+17reb+3ast, G.Jonsson 15+6reb+1ast, G.Erlendsson 8+7reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 8+4reb+1ast, D.Flake 7+9reb+5ast
gschID: 180174


Tindastoll - KFI 83-86

No shocking result in a game when KFI (2-1) edged bottom-ranked Tindastoll (0-3) in Sauoarkrokur 86-83 on Friday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Serbian guard Momcilo Latinovic (198, college: N.Mexico Highlands) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward George Valentine (203, college: Winthrop) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) added 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Tindastoll. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KFI keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser Tindastoll still closes the standings with three games lost. KFI will face Keflavik (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tindastoll will play against the league's second-placed Fjolnir in Reykjavik and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: H.Viggosson 16+12reb+2ast, G.Valentine 16+12reb+3ast, H.Margeirsson 14+2reb, T.Johannsson 13+2reb+6ast, I.Miles 9+2reb+9ast, F.Hreinsson 7+3reb
KFI: M.Latinovic 28+7reb+1ast, M.Virijevic 21+10reb+1ast, J.Bradford Spencer 15+5reb+2ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 13+9reb+5ast, C.Miller-Williams 4+6reb+3ast, P.Ilievski 3+2ast
gschID: 180171


Fjolnir - Skallagrimur 70-91

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Fjolnir (2-1) in Reykjavik. Hosts were rolled over by Skallagrimur (2-1) 91-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fjolnir. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-1 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Skallagrimur. Fjolnir was better in second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Skallagrimur forced 20 Fjolnir turnovers. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 4 assists. Forward Haminn Quaintance (201-85, college: Kent St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) helped adding 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Four Skallagrimur players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Chris Matthews (193-85, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 13 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Skallagrimur keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Fjolnir. Skallagrimur will play against IR (#9) in Reykjavik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fjolnir will play at home against Tindastoll (#12) in Sauoarkrokur and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: S.Spicer 24+10reb, C.Matthews 13+3reb+4ast, A.Ragnarsson 10+4reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 8+2reb+1ast, J.Sverrisson 6+7reb+3ast, B.Rikhardsson 4+1reb
Skallagrimur: C.Medlock 29+3reb+4ast, H.Quaintance 20+10reb+5ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 11+4reb+3ast, T.Eiriksson 10+7reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 6+1reb+1ast, D.Asgeirsson 5
gschID: 180176


Njardvik - IR 80-82

Important game to mention about took place in Njardvik. Tenth ranked IR (1-2) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Njardvik (1-2) 82-80 in the fight for the ninth place. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for IR especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for point guard A.J. Williams (177, college: Cabrini) who led his team to a victory with 4 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. Guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Jeron Belin (198-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and power forward Marcus Van (201-85, college: Cent.Michigan) added 17 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Njardvik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. IR left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Njardvik. IR will face league's leader Skallagrimur in Borgarnes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: J.Belin 35+5reb+3ast, M.Van 17+13reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 12+2reb+5ast, A.Orrason 10+3reb+4ast, O.Petursson 2+3reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 2+1reb+2ast
IR: H.Magnusson 21+2reb, E.Palm 19+3reb+5ast, N.Sovic 16+3reb, H.Fridriksson 13+6reb+2ast, S.Claessen 6+4reb+2ast, A.Williams 4+10reb+14ast
gschID: 180175


Snaefell - Stjarnan 110-94

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Stjarnan (2-1) against seventh ranked Snaefell (2-1) on Thursday night. Visiting Stjarnan was defeated by Snaefell in Stykkisholmur 110-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stjarnan. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 110-94. Snaefell shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Asim McQueen (203-88, college: Tulane, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St.) accounted for 16 points and 11 assists for the winning side. Naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) came up with 31 points and 8 assists and swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) added 29 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Stjarnan in the defeat. Snaefell keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Stjarnan. Snaefell will meet KR (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stjarnan will play against Thor Thorl (#3) in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 31+3reb+8ast, M.Valdimarsson 29+10reb, B.Mills 12+8reb+3ast, F.Helgason 7+10reb, S.Valdimarsson 7+2reb, D.Jonsson 5+2ast
Snaefell: A.McQueen 28+7reb+2ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 19+2reb+2ast, J.Threatt 16+2reb+11ast, O.Torfason 11+5reb+1ast, H.Gunnarsson 11+2reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 180173


Keflavik - KR 83-85

A very interesting game took place in Keflavik. It ended with only two-point home defeat of bottom-ranked Keflavik (0-3) to sixth ranked KR (2-1) 85-83 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Keflavik was ahead by 12 points after three quarters before a 33-19 charge of KR, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Keflavik turnovers. Strangely Keflavik outrebounded KR 39-26 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international Helgi Magnusson (195-82, college: Catawba) who scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). International center Finnur Magnusson (208-85, college: Catawba) chipped in 16 points. Four KR players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) who recorded 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American forward Michael Craion (195, college: ORU) added 27 points and 12 rebounds respectively. KR keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams. Keflavik at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. KR's next round opponent will be Snaefell (#4) in Stykkisholmur. Keflavik will play on the road against KFI (#8) in Reykjavik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: D.Lewis 30+9reb+5ast, M.Craion 27+12reb+2ast, V.Valsson 10+4reb+6ast, K.Giltner 8+3reb, S.Hrafnkelsson 6+5reb+2ast, A.Gudbrandsson 2+4reb
KR: H.Magnusson 27+5reb+6ast, F.Magnusson 16+2reb+2ast, B.Bjornsson 12+1reb+1ast, D.Thomas 11+5reb+4ast, K.Acox 9+3reb, K.Bell 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 180172



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

25-year old forward Robert Diggs (203-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Thor Thorl and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Grindavik (2-1) 92-83. Thor Thorl is placed at 3rd position in Icelandic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Thor Thorl will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Diggs turned to be Thor Thorl's top player in his first season with the team. The George Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Diggs is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.3rpg) and averages solid 3.0bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, agency: Two Points) of Keflavik. He is naturalized American guard in his first season at Keflavik. In the last game Lewis recorded impressive 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Keflavik was edged by KR (2-1) 85-83. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Lewis is a newcomer at Keflavik and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Haminn Quaintance (201-F-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of league's leader Skallagrimur. Quaintance showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Skallagrimur, leading his team to a 91-70 easy win against #2 ranked Fjolnir in a game of the week. Skallagrimur confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Quaintance has a great season in Iceland. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Craion (195-F) of Keflavik - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Marvin Valdimarsson (198-G/F-81) of Stjarnan - 29 points and 10 rebounds
7. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of Njardvik - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Asim McQueen (203-F-88) of Snaefell - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeron Belin (198-F-88) of Njardvik - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. George Valentine (203-F) of Tindastoll - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Asia Club Championship: Riyadi finish preliminary round undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi - Mahram 88:63

Riyadi celebrated the fourth straight win at the Asia Club Championship. The Lebanese team overcame Mahram to remain undefeated at the end of preliminary round. Ahmad Ibrahim (202-G/F-92, college: Rice) came up with 29 points to pace the hosts. Mahram finished in the second spot at 3-1 record.
Riyadi limited Mahram to just 6 points in the opening frame to secure an 11-point advantage after ten minutes. Riyadi extended the lead in the second stanza. The Lebanese side arrived at halftime 37:21 halftime advantage. Riyadi poured in 28 points in the third stanza to keep the visitors at bay. Riyadi headed into the fourth quarter up by 18 points and never looked back en route to the win. Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) netted 19 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 12 points and 16 rebounds for Riyadi. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) answered with 21 points for Mahram. Mousa Nabipour (212-C/F-83) and Ratko Varda (215-C/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each in the loss.

Riyadi: Ahmad Ibrahim 29, Ahmad Ismail 19, Loren Woods 12+16 boards
Mahram: Mahdi Kamrani 21, Mousa Nabipour 10, Ratko Varda 10



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Asia Club Championship: Duhok rally past Belent for second win - by Eurobasket News

Duhok - Belent 88:77

Duhok clunched the second win at the Asia Club Championship in Beirut. The Iraqi team overcame Belent to finish at 2-2 record in the third position in the ladder. Duhok will take on Mahram, while Belent will face Riyadi in the semifinal round tomorrow.
Belent ensured a strong start to the game. They piled up a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Duhok stopped the rot in the second period. The Iraqis narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark 36:39. Duhok went on a 23:12 run in the third stanza to ensure a 59:51 lead with ten minutes remaining. Duhok exploded with 29 points in the fourth stanza to seal the winning outcome at the end. Antonio Webb (178-G-84, college: Beth.-Cookman) provided 27 points, while Kendall Dartez (207-C/F-80, college: Louisville) contributed 19 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Aleksandr Kozlov (200-F-82) answered with 23 points for Belent. Samender Juginisov (204-F/C-87) had 18 points in the loss.

Duhok: Antonio Webb 27, Kendall Dartez 19, Jenero Gorgiss (185-G/F-82) 18
Belent: Aleksandr Kozlov 23 Samender Juginisov 18



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Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UCC Demons 3-0 
 2. UL Eagles 3-0 
 3. DCU Saints 2-1 
 4. UCD Marian 2-1 
 5. Killester 2-2 
 6. Ballon Inter 1-3 
 7. B.Gais Neptune 0-3 
 8. Moycullen 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 19: Ballon Inter - Killester 65-89
Oct. 20: UL Eagles - UCC Demons
Oct. 20: DCU Saints - UCD Marian
Oct. 20: Moycullen - B.Gais Neptune


Superleague Preview : - by Patrick Maher


Basketball Ireland Weekly Preview

As the fourth week of the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague kicks off, the first game on the agenda will see Dublin Inter welcome Killester to the National Basketball Arena on Friday night.

Coming off the back of two tough defeats, Dublin Inter Head Coach, Audrius Jonusas, is looking forward to the support of their home crowd. We are excited for what should be a great encounter. It has been difficult to come away from the last two games unsuccessful but we are looking forward to proving that we can compete in the SuperLeague.

Jonusas continued, At the moment we are just training once a week due to players working commitments and travel. I have respect for all of the teams we compete against but we are looking for a win this weekend to get us back on track.

Killester also suffered a disappointing result last weekend when they fell at home to northside rivals DCU Saints.

Speaking about the result Darren ONeill Head Coach of Killester admitted, It was a tough loss last weekend. In the third quarter we only managed to score 4 points which just wasnt enough. We feel slightly undermanned without the aid of Jermaine Turner so we need to play hard this weekend and come out strong to get the win.

However, ONeill is confident in his side saying, On our night we are as good as anyone.

Saturday evening will see Moycullen take on Bord Gais Neptune in NUIG Kingfisher. This game will also see two teams that suffered downfalls last weekend meet, so all is to play for.

Moycullen Head Coach, Salva Camps welcomes the home fixture for his young side, With this weekends game at home we need to use that to our advantage and hopefully play well for our dedicated home crowd.

Camps paid credit to Bord Gais Neptunes experience and strong inside game but is confident that the encounter will be an exciting one as they enter the game with a full squad.

Likewise Bord Gais Neptune will be eager to return to the league this week in full force as they missed out on a win last weekend when they were beaten by two points by Cork rivals UCC Demons.

Speaking about his team, Head Coach Mark Scannell said, Its been a hard few weeks for us having lost three very close games that could have gone either way. Were getting their though and preparing well for this weekends game.

Scannell admitted, Moycullen is not an easy place to win and we know that first hand from our encounter their last season. Both teams are looking for their first win of the season so we have to put it all out there.

Local bragging rights are up for grabs in DCU Sports Complex on Saturday night as DCU Saints take on UCD Marian. Both teams are coming into the game off a successful weekend so will look to maintain their winning ways.

DCU Saints Head Coach, David Donnelly is looking forward to the clash, Our game against UCD Marian will be an exciting one for us. We are both levelled with two wins and one loss so it will be a tough game. They play a very high intensive defensive game and we need to prepare for that.

Donnelly continued, I am happy with our performance last weekend, we are getting better each week but know that if we are to win this weekend we need to play hard.

UCD Marian Head Coach, Sasa Punosevac echoed Donnellys views, Both teams are playing very similar basketball this season so the game will be an interesting one. Our defensive game is aggressive and offensively our inside players are scoring great numbers for us.

Punosevac admired DCU Saints and their coaching staff, I have full respect for Donnelly and what he achieved last season, DCU have two dominate foreign players but their Irish guards are also very experienced. It should be an interesting game!

In Limerick, UL Eagles will face UCC Demons as both teams go into the game undefeated after 3 rounds of the league. The Eagles and Demons rivalry has seen a number of great games in recent years and Saturday should add another entry to that list. And, whilst it is early days in a long league campaign only one team can remain undefeated after this game.

Head Coach of UL Eagles Mark Keenan said, This is the type of game you look forward to in basketball with both teams keen to preserve their winning run. Naturally I want UL Eagles to win and I believe we can do that provided we bring our top game with us on the night.

Keenan continued, Both teams will unsurprisingly enter the top of the table game with confidence, hopefully there will be a great crowd there from both side to witness this battle!

Paul Kelleher Head Coach of UCC Demons is looking forward to the task at hand, UL are huge inside so we will need to maintain a strong fixture on both defence and offense. We are in good form and so are they but we will need to be at our best defensively to put a stop to them. That will in turn give us the confidence on the other end of the floor offensively.

Upcoming Fixtures

Friday October 19th
Nivea For Men's Superleague
Dublin Inter v Killester, National Basketball Arena, 19:45

Saturday October 20th
Nivea For Men's Superleague
Moycullen v Bord Gais Neptune, NUI Galway, 15:45
DCU Saints v UCD Marian, DCU Complex, 19:00
UL Eagles v UCC Demons, UL Arena, 19:30

Mens Senior National Cup
Neptune v Ulster Elks, Neptune Stadium, 17:15

U20 Mens National Cup
Kubs v UCC Demons, Carrolls Arena, 19:30
St. Brendans v Maree, Mercy Mounthawk, 19:30

Mens Senior National Cup
Blue Demons v Ballon BC, Mardyke, 15:15

U20 Mens National Cup
Neptune v Fr. Mathews, Neptune Stadium, 14:00
Courtesy Elaine Caffery ....www.basketballireland.ie
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With round 4 of the men,s superleague scheduled for this weekend a point of note to date is the apparent lack of progress in terms of a return to 2 Americans per superleague team as was spotlighted in the media here a few months ago http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2012/0602/sport/plans-afoot-for-return-of-two-americans-on-court-196111.html .The critical issue in terms of growing the game here is an improvement in the product and to do this effectively a return to 2 americans is a must on the to do list.with the amount of talented wannabee pro players looking for an opportunity any opportunity to get a foot in the door of the pro ladder and launch themselves it,s not rocket science to put things together and facilitate this move given we are dealing with 8 teams and not 28 though for an effective strategy the principals should be the same.The emerging pattern regarding contenders even at this early stage already Last years Superleague and cup double winners U.L. Lions together with Cork,s U.C.C. Blue Demons are 3 for 3 each and likely to provide the most entertaining and competitive game at U.L. tomorrow evening with U.L. on their form of last season and with the home advantage the more likely team to secure the league points.Crucial here will though be the defensive assignments with both Killeen and Taylor capable of guarding Demon,s Graham probably equally though to spread any foul difficulties U.L. would do well to allow themselves to swith defensive assignments on Graham as both players can get into difficulty with fouls without adequate defensive pressure and help approach.Carlton cuffe now too back from U.L. with Demons with whom he played all his youth level basketball will be very familiar with U.L.,s team unit and it can give him an edge towards matching his high points tally against Neptune at the stadium last Friday night.the major difficulty for Demons can possibly be being competitive on the boards to keep U.L.from getting their running game going and also to limit killeen to as few put backs at the other end as possible.Demons will need a legetimate perimeter scoring game going to have Graham be effective with his inside game and to this end Niall O Reilly will need to up his percentage a degree or two to return to that of the level he achieved against Dublin inter a couple of weeks ago.Momentum critical to success in this now revised league top finishers implies league winners is the reward for which ever team comes out on top here saturday night.The Neptune / Moycullen game will probably give Neptune it,s first points this season given the narrow loss margins conceded to date in the 3 opening games and the fact the team will have learned to better conserve the energy levels of the more mature players,this said though not having a deep bench with experience may be difficult against a moycullen team capable of making capital of any team,s shortcomings with their scoring power.My guess here again is Neptune to win though by a very small margin.The Killester / Dublin Inter game given both teams performances to date also looks to be a very close affair and get,s underway tonight at the Tallagh Arena a venue which effectively will give Inter little home advantage though looking at them recently playing Demons they do have enough talent to compete to win if they can be more productive with their perimeter shooting.The biggest issue for Inter is availability of the panel of players for game nights.Killester for their part will be very hungry for points at this stage in an effort to remain in contention even again at this early stage of competition.This weekend,s final matchup is between DCU Saints and UCD Marian also tomorrow night and the outcome will decide possibly a further evening off of the individual teams positioning in the points ladder with one team closing in on the top and one team drifting a little but not too far.i expect a low scoring dogfight affair both teams focusing on defence and again very little between the teams by the time the final whistle is blown.
John Galvin (203-F-88, college: Fair Dickinson)



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Standings - B1

Nazionale A Standings
 1. Bari 4-0 
 2. Treviglio 4-0 
 3. Matera 3-1 
 4. Agrigento 3-1 
 5. Lucca 3-1 
 6. Firenze 2-1 
 7. Casalpusterlengo 2-1 
 8. Ferrara 2-1 
 9. Torino 2-2 
 10. Bologna 2-2 
 11. Castelletto 2-2 
 12. Omegna 1-2 
 13. Mirandola 1-3 
 14. Chieti 1-3 
 15. Latina Basket 1-3 
 16. San Severo 1-3 
 17. Recanati 1-3 
 18. Reggio Calabr. 1-3 
 19. Rieti 0-0 
 20. Perugia 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 21: Ferrara - Bari
Oct. 21: Perugia - Casalpusterlengo
Oct. 21: Bologna - Omegna
Oct. 21: Chieti - Mirandola
Oct. 21: San Severo - Reggio Calabr.
Oct. 21: Latina Basket - Recanati
Oct. 21: Matera - Casalpusterlengo
Oct. 21: Torino - Agrigento
Oct. 21: Firenze - Lucca

Round 1

Oct. 17: San Severo - Bari 65-66

Round 3

Oct. 18: Chieti - Treviglio 80-81


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Daniele CASADEI
  Firenze
  (199-F/G-81)
  Avg: 21
 1. Casadei, Firenze21.0 
 2. Chiumenti, Casalp.20.7 
 3. Ferrarese, Trevigl.20.0 
 4. Losi, Mirandola18.8 
 5. Bolzonella, Castel.17.8 
 6. Ruggiero, Bari17.5 
 7. Pierini, Recanati17.5 
 8. Parente, Lucca17.3 
 9. Ferri, Ferrara17.0 
 10. Evangelisti, Tori.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.14.3 
 2. Bonessio, Bari11.0 
 3. Ihedioha, Castelle.10.5 
 4. Benfatto, Ferrara10.3 
 5. Rossi, Chieti10.0 
 6. Perego, Treviglio8.8 
 7. Casadei, Firenze8.7 
 8. Baldi Rossi, Torino8.5 
 9. Raminelli, Bologna8.5 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Losi, Mirandola7.0 
 2. Marino, Casalp.6.7 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.6.3 
 4. Rajola, Chieti5.3 
 5. Piazza, Bologna5.3 
 6. Mossi, Agrigento4.5 
 7. Cantone, Matera4.5 
 8. Vico, Matera3.3 
 9. Spizzichini, Ferra.3.3 
 10. Raschi, Chieti3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Bologna
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Piazza, Bologna5.8 
 2. Parente, Lucca5.0 
 3. Tavernelli, Latina4.3 
 4. Caroldi, Firenze3.7 
 5. Ranuzzi, Castellet.3.7 
 6. Losi, Mirandola3.5 
 7. Bonamente, Perugia3.3 
 8. Barsanti, Lucca3.3 
 9. Cortesi, Ferrara3.0 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matteo RAMINELLI
  Bologna
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Raminelli, Bologna2.3 
 2. Chiarello, Perugia1.5 
 3. Capitanelli, Firen.1.3 
 4. Ranuzzi, Castellet.1.3 
 5. Sanna, Firenze1.3 
 6. Rossi, Chieti1.3 
 7. Pazzi, Castelletto1.3 
 8. Gagliardo, Latina1.3 
 9. Scarponi, San S.1.0 
 10. Ricci, Casalpus.1.0 


EuroLeague: EA7 Armani upset Cedevita in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - EA7 Armani 71:83

EA7 Emporio Armani registered the second straight win at the start of EuroLeague season. The Italian team fired past Cedevita in Zagreb tonight. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) came up with 17 points to pace the winners. Cedevita fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Emporio Armani grabbed a 19:16 lead at the first break. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Cedevita still trailed by three points at the interval 40:37. Things hardly changed in the third term. The intensive period saw EA7 Armani secure a three-point lead at the final intermission 56:53. The visitors poured in 27 points in the fourth frame. Cedevita could not match the effort and had to surrender at the end. Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) nailed 15 points, while Antonis Fotsis (209-F-81) contributed 13 points in the win. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 20 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) chipped in 14 points in the defeat.

Cedevita: Mickael Gelabale 20, Bracey Wright 14
EA7 Armani: Keith Langford 17, Omar-Sharif Cook 15, Antonis Fotsis 13



I Set The Record!!! - by Dwight Coleman

I participated in the Finnish Cup Quarter-Finals. I came away with three number 1 rankings. 38 points, 14 rebounds, and player efficiency where all #1 http://www.basket.fi/sarjat/pelaajat/pelaaja/?season_id=62553&player_id=2771813 . My next game is Sunday October 21, 2013. Thank you for supporting my blog I will be posting the stats Immediately after the game. The next game is a tribute game to my skills trainer back in Dallas, Tx Coach Bobby Bobcat Kirby. This is our three year anniversary working together. And the reason I KNOW I am closing the gap in talent level between myself and the top 1% of players!

Dwight "Sweet Milk" Coleman
Finnish Three Point Champ



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Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Toshiba BT 5-0 
 2. Toyota Alvark 5-0 
 3. Panasonic T. 4-1 
 4. Aishin SH 3-2 
 5. Mitsubishi DD 1-4 
 6. Tochigi Brex 1-4 
 7. Hitachi SR 1-4 
 8. Hokkaido L. 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 20: Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 75-77
Oct. 19: Panasonic T. - Toyota Alvark 64-80
Oct. 20: Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex 64-102
Oct. 20: Hitachi SR - Mitsubishi DD 56-65
Oct. 21: Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex
Oct. 21: Hitachi SR - Mitsubishi DD
Oct. 21: Aishin SH - Toshiba BT
Oct. 21: Panasonic T. - Toyota Alvark


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.21.8 
 2. Smith, Hitachi SR20.4 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba19.7 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.4 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH16.0 
 6. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.0 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.2 
 8. Klette, Hokkaido L.14.0 
 9. Rolle, Mitsubis.13.6 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.15.4 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH13.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.2 
 4. Diouf, Toshiba BT8.7 
 5. Smith, Hitachi SR8.4 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota8.2 
 7. Young, Aishin SH8.0 
 8. Fazekas, Toshiba7.7 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.4 
 10. Covile, Aishin SH6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido.5.5 
 2. Tsuji, Toshiba BT5.3 
 3. Shinoyama, Toshi.5.0 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.8 
 5. Ito, Toyota Alvark3.6 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 7. Igarashi, Mitsubis.2.8 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.4 
 9. Nishimura, Hitac.2.2 
 10. Watkins, Panasoni.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.8 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.8 
 3. Tsuji, Toshiba BT1.7 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba1.3 
 5. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.3 
 6. Hirose, Panasoni.1.2 
 7. Ito, Toyota Alvark1.2 
 8. Asayama, Aishin SH1.2 
 9. Smith, Hitachi SR1.2 
 10. Kobayashi, Hitac.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.6 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.6 
 3. Young, Aishin SH1.0 
 4. Fazekas, Toshiba1.0 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.0 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota0.8 
 7. Klette, Hokkaido L.0.8 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 9. Asayama, Aishin SH0.8 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT0.7 


Draelon Burns' triple-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Draelon Burns (194-G-85, agency: Top Notch Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Yokohama BC and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 3.
He recorded a triple-double of 12 points addeding also 14 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Saitama Bron. (#10, 0-2) with 17-point margin 88-71. Yokohama BC is placed at 4th position in Japanese BJ League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Yokohama BC won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Burns turned to be Yokohama BC's top player in his first season with the team. Draelon Burns averages just after two games 18.0ppg, 12.5rpg and 9.5apg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Parker (202-F-81) of league's second-best Shimane SM. He is American forward in his 2nd season at Shimane SM. In the last game Parker recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Shimane SM to another comfortable win 81-64 over Fukuoka Rizing (0-2) being unquestionably team leader. 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. Parker is well-known at Shimane SM and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kevin Galloway (200-F-88, agency: Top Notch Sports) of Hamamatsu P. (#4). Galloway showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hamamatsu P., leading his team to a 89-72 easy win against Oita H.Devils (#6, 1-1). Hamamatsu P. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Galloway has a great season in Japan. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 12.3rpg (2nd best) and assists with 4.3apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jared Carter (216-C-86) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Elbert Fuqua (211-C-83) of Hamamatsu P. - 21 points and 12 rebounds
6. Masayuki Kabaya (183-G/F-82) of Yokohama BC - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Karron Clarke (198-F-85) of Sendai 89ers - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jermaine Green (203-F-80) of Shinshu BW - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Wayne Marshall (211-C-86) of Shinshu BW - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86) of Iwate Big Bulls - 11 points and 17 rebounds

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



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Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 2. BC Astana 0-0 
 3. BK Kapshagay 0-0 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 0-0 
 5. Tobol 0-0 
 6. BK Almaty 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 19: BK Kapshagay - BK Almaty 60-45
Oct. 20: BK Kapshagay - BK Almaty
Oct. 23: Kaspiy Aktau - Tobol
Oct. 24: Kaspiy Aktau - Tobol



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  LEBANON   


Mahram to face more losses than just Riyadi's game? - by Ahmad Kerdi

After the huge loss to The asian champions Al Riyadi, Mahram club could be facing much more troubles than than the big frustration and fear of losing the " most likely to be" final on Sunday facing Al Riyadi again.
Mahram's new troubles would be a result of their game facing Riyadi since team players and coach showed very little respect and fair play starting with Mohamad Samad Nikkha Bahrami not even standing while the Lebanese Anthem being played before he hit Egyptian player of Al Riyadi Ismail Ahmad with his elbow and took a first warning from the referee but never stopped and suddenly pushed Riyadi's head coach Slobodan Subotic which resulted in disqualifying the player.
The incident was also followed by another push this time from Samad's teammate Mahdi Kamrani who pushed Riyadi's second assistant coach Ahmad Farran.
The Iranian team then wanted to withdraw from the game before Mr.Hagob Khatsharian Secretary General of the Asian Basketball Federation interfered and asked the iranian team to continue the game but received a bunch of insults and curses from the iranian coach and both kamrani and Samad not showing any sign of respect for Mr. khatsharian nor his position or the Asian Federation.
Last but not least during the press conference Iranian coach Mustafa Hashemi refused to be seated normally next to Riyadi's coach and was about to leave the room before one of Fiba's Officials asked him to stay.
These actions can be sentenced severely by the Asian Basketball Federation as expected which will be another disaster for the Iranian Champs and Asian first runner up of last year. And most probably this year as well.



Asia Club Championship: Riyadi finish preliminary round undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi - Mahram 88:63

Riyadi celebrated the fourth straight win at the Asia Club Championship. The Lebanese team overcame Mahram to remain undefeated at the end of preliminary round. Ahmad Ibrahim (202-G/F-92, college: Rice) came up with 29 points to pace the hosts. Mahram finished in the second spot at 3-1 record.
Riyadi limited Mahram to just 6 points in the opening frame to secure an 11-point advantage after ten minutes. Riyadi extended the lead in the second stanza. The Lebanese side arrived at halftime 37:21 halftime advantage. Riyadi poured in 28 points in the third stanza to keep the visitors at bay. Riyadi headed into the fourth quarter up by 18 points and never looked back en route to the win. Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) netted 19 points, while Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 12 points and 16 rebounds for Riyadi. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) answered with 21 points for Mahram. Mousa Nabipour (212-C/F-83) and Ratko Varda (215-C/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each in the loss.

Riyadi: Ahmad Ibrahim 29, Ahmad Ismail 19, Loren Woods 12+16 boards
Mahram: Mahdi Kamrani 21, Mousa Nabipour 10, Ratko Varda 10



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
 1. Mazeikiai 4-1 
 2. Statyba 4-1 
 3. Meresta 4-1 
 4. Delikatesas 4-1 
 5. Dzukija 3-2 
 6. Olimpas 3-2 
 7. S.Marciulionio 3-2 
 8. Suduva-Mantinga 3-2 
 9. Zalgiris-Sabonio 3-2 
 10. Zanavykas 3-2 
 11. Perlas-MRU 2-3 
 12. Ezerunas-Karys 2-3 
 13. Triobet 2-3 
 14. Nafta Universitetas 2-3 
 15. Silute 1-4 
 16. Birstono 1-4 
 17. Radviliskis 1-4 
 18. Gargzdai 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: Ezerunas-Karys - Nafta Universitetas 89-81
Oct. 19: Olimpas - Birstono 87-61
Oct. 19: Delikatesas - Suduva-Mantinga 74-50
Oct. 19: Perlas-MRU - Statyba 72-101
Oct. 19: Meresta - Zalgiris-Sabonio 71-54
Oct. 19: Gargzdai - Dzukija 67-75
Oct. 19: Silute - Zanavykas 67-69
Oct. 19: Mazeikiai - Radviliskis 65-73
Oct. 19: Triobet - S.Marciulionio 118-94

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 20: Birstono - Delikatesas
Oct. 20: Suduva-Mantinga - Mazeikiai
Oct. 20: Radviliskis - Triobet
Oct. 20: S.Marciulionio - Ezerunas-Karys
Oct. 20: Nafta Universitetas - Meresta
Oct. 20: Zalgiris-Sabonio - Perlas-MRU
Oct. 20: Statyba - Silute
Oct. 20: Zanavykas - Gargzdai
Oct. 20: Dzukija - Olimpas


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Mantas VIRBALAS
  Perla.
  (203-C/F-88)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Virbalas, Perla.19.2 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.19.0 
 3. Stanionis, Zanav.18.6 
 4. Maneikis, Olimpas17.3 
 5. Tarvydas, Statyba16.6 
 6. Pancerevas, Silute16.6 
 7. Gydra, S.Marciulio.16.2 
 8. Sakinis, Dzukija15.8 
 9. Kleiza, Birstono15.8 
 10. Pociukonis, S.Mar.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija11.2 
 2. Virbalas, Perla.10.0 
 3. Krestinin, S.Marc.8.8 
 4. Macernis, Mazeikiai8.6 
 5. Gudaitis, Zalgir.8.3 
 6. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.2 
 7. Kazakauskas, Olimp.8.0 
 8. Linkevicius, Triob.7.8 
 9. Sumskis, Zanavykas7.8 
 10. Vaitiekunas, Trio.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Dzukija
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Harrison, Dzukija6.6 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.6.3 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.6.0 
 4. Anuzis, Nafta U.5.6 
 5. Zurna, Radviliskis5.6 
 6. Klemas, Delikatesas5.6 
 7. Razutis, Olimpas5.2 
 8. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.8 
 9. Sidlauskas, Mazeik.4.6 
 10. Rakauskas, S.Marc.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Olimpas
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Razutis, Olimpas3.8 
 2. Kadzevicius, Meres.3.0 
 3. Macernis, Mazeikiai3.0 
 4. Klemas, Delikatesas3.0 
 5. Paliukenas, Staty.2.6 
 6. Kleiza, Birstono2.6 
 7. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.5 
 8. Matutis, Gargzdai2.2 
 9. Virbalas, Perla.2.0 
 10. Giedraitis, Mazei.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija4.6 
 2. Gudaitis, Zalgir.3.0 
 3. Staniulis, S.Marc.2.7 
 4. Krestinin, S.Marc.2.6 
 5. Virbalas, Perla.2.4 
 6. Kaubrys, Silute1.5 
 7. Gydra, S.Marciulio.1.0 
 8. Rackauskas, Silute1.0 
 9. Pikalavicius, Maze.0.8 
 10. Kaminskas, Olimpas0.8 


Relphorde leaves Naglis Palangos - by Eurobasket

24-year old American forward Marcus Relphorde (198-101kg-88, college: Colorado) left Naglis Palangos (LKL). In 2 Baltic League games this season he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played 3 games in LKL where he was the best scorer with impressive 19.7ppg and recorded 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 3.0spg (leader !!!).
The last season Relphorde played at LF Basket in Swedish Basketligan. In 20 Basketligan games last year he was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.9ppg and averaged 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Relphorde also played at Canton Charge in D-League earlier that season. In 9 D-League games he had 11.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
He attended University of Colorado until 2011 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



EuroLeague: Zalgiris Kaunas stole the win from Caja Laboral Vitoria - by Eurobasket News

Caja Laboral Vitoria - Zalgiris Kaunas 71:77

Zalgiris Kaunas stole the win from Caja Laboral Vitoria in Day 2 of EuroLeague. The Lithuanian team grabbed 2-0 record in Group C after 77:71 road victory. The Spanish outfit meanwhile dropped at 0-2 record.
Caja Laboral Vitoria won the first period, but could not win the game. The guests replied with 17-10 in the second frame and took 5-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Zalgiris Kaunas added 17-16 in the third period as Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) and Fernando San Emeterio closed the period at 57:51. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) increased the lead to 10 points, but then the Spanish team managed to cut the deficit. Fernando San Emeterio cut it to 71:73, but Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston), made the final result in the game.
Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Rimantas Kaukenas nailed 15. Oliver Lafayette delivered and Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) finished the game with 13 points each for the hosts. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) nailed 12 and Fernando San Emeterio scored 9.

Caja Laboral Vitoria: Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) 13, Brad Oleson 13, Maciej Lampe 12, Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) 9
Zalgiris Kaunas: Tremmell Darden 17, Rimantas Kaukenas 15, Oliver Lafayette 12, Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) 11



NKL Round 5: Radviliskis hand first loss to undefeated Mazeikiai - by Eurobasket News

There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of NKL and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Mazeikiai (4-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by eighteenth ranked Radviliskis (1-4) 73-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. Mazeikiai trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-73 at the end of the game. Radviliskis made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Mazeikiai turnovers. Forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Darius Gricius (195-86) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) answered with 20 points for Mazeikiai. Radviliskis left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with Silute and Birstono. Mazeikiai at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Radviliskis is looking forward to face higher ranked Triobet (#13) in Jonava in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mazeikiai will play on the road against Suduva-Mantinga (#8) in Marijampole and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Dzukija (3-2) 75-67. Polish center Cezary Trybanski (218-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winners and Bryan Harrison chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Mantas Martinkus (186-91) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Dzukija moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Gargzdai-Bremena at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Dzukija will play against Olimpas (#6) in the next round. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Zanavykas (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Silute between Zanavykas and Silute. Tenth ranked Zanavykas (3-2) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked Silute (1-4). Zanavykas managed to escape with a 2-point win 69-67 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Edgaras Stanionis nailed 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Arturas Kaubrys came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Silute in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zanavykas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Silute lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Radviliskis and Birstono. Zanavykas will meet at home bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Silute will play against the league's second-placed Statyba in Vilnius.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between S.Marciulionio (3-2) and Triobet (2-3), which took place in Jonava. Higher ranked S.Marciulionio was outleveled in a road game by thirteenth ranked Triobet 118-94. The best player for the winners was Martynas Linkevicius who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Triobet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. S.Marciulionio at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Triobet's next round opponent will be Radviliskis (#17) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. S.Marciulionio will play against Ezerunas-Karys (#12) in Moletai.
The game between 9th ranked Perlas-MRU (2-3) and fourth ranked Statyba (4-1) in Vilnius on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Vilnius outscored Perlas-MRU 101-72. Ovidijus Varanauskas orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 assists. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Statyba have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. Statyba will face Silute (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Perlas-MRU will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#9) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: Nafta Universitetas was beaten by Ezerunas-Karys on the road 89-81. Olimpas destroyed Birstono on its own court 87-61. Suduva-Mantinga was outscored by Delikatesas in Joniskis 74-50. Meresta managed to beat Zalgiris-Sabonio at home 71-54.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by Aivaras Kvedaravicius of Delikatesas.


Triobet - S.Marciulionio 118-94

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between S.Marciulionio (3-2) and Triobet (2-3), which took place in Jonava. Higher ranked S.Marciulionio was outleveled in a road game by thirteenth ranked Triobet 118-94. The game was mostly controlled by Triobet. S.Marciulionio was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Triobet shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by S.Marciulionio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Marius Pociukonis (190-82) produced 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Triobet moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. S.Marciulionio at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Triobet's next round opponent will be Radviliskis (#17) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. S.Marciulionio will play against Ezerunas-Karys (#12) in Moletai.
Top scorers:
Triobet: M.Linkevicius 23+9reb, T.Sebeziovas 21+3reb+6ast, P.Vaitiekunas 19+4reb+1ast, T.Milinskas 16+5reb, A.Lencevicius 16+4reb+6ast, R.Juknevicius 9+4ast
S.Marciulionio: T.Rakauskas 20+2reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 17+8reb, M.Pociukonis 17+4reb+5ast, P.Lescinskas 17+2reb, T.Lekunas 12+6reb+2ast, E.Zinevicius 7+6reb
gschID: 201190


Perlas-MRU - Statyba 72-101

The game between 9th ranked Perlas-MRU (2-3) and fourth ranked Statyba (4-1) in Vilnius on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Vilnius outscored Perlas-MRU 101-72. The game was mostly controlled by Statyba. Perlas-MRU was better in fourth quarter 32-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Statyba dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 38. Point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 assists. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Five Statyba players scored in double figures. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Mantas Virbalas (203-88) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Zydrunas Kelys (188-87) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Perlas-MRU. Statyba have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. Statyba will face Silute (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Perlas-MRU will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#9) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Statyba: D.Tarvydas 17+2reb, O.Varanauskas 15+1reb+5ast, T.Rinkunas 13+1ast, V.Luksa 13+4reb+3ast, K.Brusokas 10+6reb, T.Zioba 10+1reb
Perlas-MRU: M.Virbalas 20+8reb+2ast, Z.Kelys 15+3reb+4ast, A.Udras 14+4reb+2ast, J.Elvikis 8+5reb+1ast, V.Buzas 6+4reb, E.Pundzius 4+1ast
gschID: 201187


Silute - Zanavykas 67-69

A very close game took place in Silute between Zanavykas and Silute. Tenth ranked Zanavykas (3-2) got a very close victory on the road over 15th ranked Silute (1-4). Zanavykas managed to escape with a 2-point win 69-67 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) nailed 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and forward Marijus Uzupis (197-93) accounted for 18 points. Center Arturas Kaubrys (205-83) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Aidas Virsilas (180-86) added 12 points respectively for Silute in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zanavykas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Silute lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Radviliskis and Birstono. Zanavykas will meet at home bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Silute will play against the league's second-placed Statyba in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Zanavykas: M.Uzupis 18+4reb+1ast, E.Stanionis 15+8reb+2ast, P.Parachomikas 8+4reb, L.Valantinas 8+1reb+1ast, R.Ostreika 5+2reb, V.Vaiksnis 5+3reb
Silute: A.Kaubrys 12+7reb+1ast, A.Virsilas 12+4reb+1ast, V.Pancerevas 11+1reb, G.Pakalniskis 8+5reb+1ast, D.Lavonne Brents 7+2reb+1ast, E.Sosnovskis 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 201186


Ezerunas-Karys - Nafta Universitetas 89-81

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (2-3) beat 12th ranked Nafta Universitetas (2-3) in Moletai 89-81 on Friday. Ezerunas-Karys forced 22 Nafta Universitetas turnovers and had a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Nafta Universitetas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Dainius Navickas (195-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Remigijus Sugintas (200-87) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ezerunas-Karys' coach Mindaugas Kildisius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Deividas Anuzis (181-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Donatas Norkus (196-90) added 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Nafta Universitetas. Five Ezerunas-Karys and four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Nafta Universitetas. Ezerunas-Karys will face higher ranked S.Marciulionio (#7) in Vilnius in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: D.Navickas 16+5reb+3ast, R.Sugintas 15+8reb+1ast, G.Kulbis 13+2reb+2ast, M.Kugauda 11+5reb+3ast, M.Janisius 10+7reb+3ast, J.Narusis 5+1reb+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: V.Chodosovskis 22+5reb+1ast, K.Timofejevas 21+2reb+3ast, D.Norkus 13+12reb+4ast, D.Anuzis 10+11reb+9ast, V.Tarolis 6+1reb, J.Petrauskas 5+2reb
gschID: 201189


Gargzdai - Dzukija 67-75

Bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Dzukija (3-2) 75-67. Gargzdai-Bremena was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 43-32 second half run of Dzukija. They outrebounded Gargzdai-Bremena 45-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Polish center Cezary Trybanski (218-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winners and American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll., agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Dzukija players scored in double figures. Guard Mantas Martinkus (186-91) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Laurynas Lucinskas (201-93) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Dzukija moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Gargzdai-Bremena at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Dzukija will play against Olimpas (#6) in the next round. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Zanavykas (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dzukija: M.Reminas 18+4reb+4ast, P.Sakinis 15+8reb+2ast, C.Trybanski 14+16reb+1ast, B.Harrison 14+8reb+7ast, T.Skripkauskas 10+5reb+1ast, G.Kurtinaitis 4+3reb+1ast
Gargzdai: M.Martinkus 19+5reb+2ast, L.Lucinskas 15+5reb, D.Matutis 13+5reb+1ast, D.Tarolis 8+5reb+1ast, L.Jonuska 4+3reb+1ast, M.Sekstins 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 201185


Olimpas - Birstono 87-61

Very expected game when 16th ranked Birstono (1-4) was smashed on the road by eighth ranked Olimpas (3-2) 87-61 on Friday. The game without a history. Olimpas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Olimpas outrebounded Birstono 39-27 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Olimpas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Forward Mantas Kazonas (201-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Olimpas players scored in double figures. Donatas Sabeckis answered with 14 points and Nigerian forward Azeez Oladimeji (204-89) added 5 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Birstono. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olimpas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Birstono lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost. Olimpas will face Dzukija (#5) in Alytus in the next round. Birstono will play at home against Delikatesas (#4) in Joniskis.
Top scorers:
Olimpas: A.Maneikis 19+7reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 17+8reb+2ast, M.Norvaisas 14+3reb, J.Kazakauskas 11+11reb+3ast, T.Domarkas 9+1reb+3ast, E.Jocys 7+1reb
Birstono: D.Sabeckis 14+4reb+1ast, V.Valiulis 11+3reb, P.Kleiza 9+2reb+2ast, T.Mickevicius 7+1reb+1ast, S.Raupys 6+2reb, K.Mikulicius 6+2reb
gschID: 201184


Delikatesas - Suduva-Mantinga 74-50

Everything could happen in Joniskis at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Delikatesas and 6th ranked Suduva-Mantinga had identical 3-1 record. This time Delikatesas used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Marijampole 74-50 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Delikatesas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Suduva-Mantinga's 24. They outrebounded Suduva-Mantinga 40-26 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Antanas Montrimavicius (199-87) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Delikatesas players scored in double figures. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Paulius Knyza (190-91) added 12 points in the effort for Suduva-Mantinga. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Gintautas Zibuda gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Delikatesas (4-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Suduva-Mantinga dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Delikatesas will face Birstono (#16) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Suduva-Mantinga will play against the league's leader Mazeikiai (#1).
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: A.Montrimavicius 18+5reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 16+11reb+6ast, D.Girdvila 13+5reb+1ast, P.Klemas 10+3reb+6ast, I.Lianzbergas 7+4reb, M.Pukinskas 7+8reb
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Mineikis 12+8reb+2ast, P.Knyza 12+4reb, A.Zibuda 8+3reb, M.Kalvelis 7+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 5+3reb+3ast, T.Kliucinykas 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 201183


Mazeikiai - Radviliskis 65-73

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Mazeikiai (4-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by eighteenth ranked Radviliskis (1-4) 73-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Mazeikiai. Mazeikiai trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-73 at the end of the game. Radviliskis made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Mazeikiai turnovers. Forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Darius Gricius (195-86) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Five Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) answered with 20 points and guard Andrius Mikutis (193-88, college: John Brown) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mazeikiai. Radviliskis left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with Silute and Birstono. Mazeikiai at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Radviliskis is looking forward to face higher ranked Triobet (#13) in Jonava in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mazeikiai will play on the road against Suduva-Mantinga (#8) in Marijampole and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: D.Gricius 15+4reb, V.Trepocka 14+2reb+1ast, E.Kaupaitis 14+4reb, L.Pipiras 11+2reb+1ast, J.Jurgo 10+10reb, L.Kutra 3+2reb+3ast
Mazeikiai: M.Sidlauskas 20+3reb+2ast, O.Macernis 14+6reb, A.Mikutis 9+9reb+2ast, V.Pikalavicius 8+7reb, R.Grinius 6+5reb+1ast, R.Giedraitis 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 201182


Meresta - Zalgiris-Sabonio 71-54

Everything could happen in Pakruojis at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Meresta and 5th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio had identical 3-1 record. This time Meresta used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kaunas 71-54 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Meresta have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Zalgiris-Sabonio keeps the fifth place with two games lost. Meresta will face Nafta Universitetas (#14) in Klaipeda in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play at home against Perlas-MRU (#11) in Vilnius.
gschID: 201188



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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81, currently plays in France). He led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a victory against the 13th-ranked Boulazac Basket (0-2) 80-73 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Sy scored 11 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 3 shots in 28 minutes on the court. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (2-0) is placed first in the ProA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Sy's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2.5bpg, 2FGP: 26.3%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 83.3% in the two games he played so far. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Sy is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St., currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division). He could not help Saint Vallier (1-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Diarra's very good performance Saint Vallier was badly defeated 102-82 on the road by the leading Olympique Antibes. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Diarra also added 4 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Diarra averages: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 62.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Diarra played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Oumar Sylla
Oumar Sylla
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Oumar Sylla (201-84, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division). Sylla was not able to help ifm Baskets Konstanz (1-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed ifm Baskets Konstanz was crushed 95-66 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Hanau in the Group South. Sylla was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 29 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Sylla has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 66.7% in the three games. Sylla played for the Mali national team three years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #4. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (178-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Rueil (1-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Rueil was badly defeated 92-74 in Challans by the lower-ranked Vendee (#11). Saounera recorded 13 points and added 5 passes. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Saounera's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.0apg and 2.0spg. Saounera has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Saounera is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Yohann Sangare
Yohann Sangare
   #5. International guard Yohann Sangare (193-83, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (0-2) in their game against Sluc Nancy (1-1) in the French ProA. He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Sangare scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. The bottom-ranked Chorale de Roanne lost 45-58 in Nancy to the higher-ranked (#12) Sluc. . This year Sangare's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.5apg in the two games. He also holds two passports: Mali and French. Sangare plays currently for the Mali national team.

Bakary Konate
Bakary Konate
   #6. Power forward Bakary Konate (208-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La Palma (13-14) in their game against CB Guadalajara (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for La Palma this season. La Palma was defeated 72-65 at home by the higher-ranked CB Guadalajara (#3). . Konate is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team four years ago.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Nianta Diarra (200-F/C-93) plays for STB Le Havre in French ProA
Drissa Ballo (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Sambou Traore (199-PF-79) plays for Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA
Issa Coulibaly (198-F-95) plays for JDA Dijon in French ProA
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84) plays for 1 De Agosto in Angolan Division I
Negueba Samake (211-C-90) plays for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in French ProB
Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95) plays for Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA
Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83) plays for Blois in French NM1
Mahamadou Drame (188-SG-86) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Modibo Diarra (208-C/F-80) plays for Saint John Mill Rats in the NBL Canada

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



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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 13-1 
 2. Toros 11-2 
 3. Halc.Rojos 11-3 
 4. Soles 10-4 
 5. Pioneros 9-5 
 6. Panteras 8-6 
 7. Abejas 8-6 
 8. Huracanes 7-5 
 9. Barreteros 7-7 
 10. Corr.Victoria 7-7 
 11. Fuerza Regia 6-7 
 12. Lechugueros 5-9 
 13. Guerreros 4-10 
 14. Osos 2-12 
 15. Gansos 1-13 
 16. Gigantes 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 14

Oct. 18: Corr.Victoria - Panteras 91-84
Oct. 18: Huracanes - Barreteros 91-81
Oct. 18: Halc.Rojos - Lechugueros 87-78
Oct. 18: Guerreros - Pioneros 83-90
Oct. 18: Gigantes - Toros 82-105
Oct. 18: Osos - Fuerza Regia 78-92
Oct. 18: Halc.Xalapa - Abejas 123-95
Oct. 18: Gansos - Soles 102-107

Regular Season: Round 15

Oct. 20: Corr.Victoria - Barreteros
Oct. 20: Huracanes - Panteras
Oct. 20: Guerreros - Soles
Oct. 20: Gansos - Pioneros
Oct. 20: Gigantes - Fuerza Regia
Oct. 20: Osos - Toros
Oct. 20: Halc.Rojos - Abejas
Oct. 20: Halc.Xalapa - Lechugueros


Allen's 33-point game gives him LNBP Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old point guard Myron Allen (182-PG-79) had a great game in the last round for Corr.Victoria and receives a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Corr.Victoria in his team's victory, helping them to beat Panteras (#6, 8-6) 91-84. Corr.Victoria maintains the 10th position in Mexican LNBP. Corr.Victoria 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 7-7 record. In the team's last game Allen had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Corr.Victoria's top player in his first season with the team. Myron Allen averages just after three games 22.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 5.3apg.

Second best performed player last round was Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Fuerza Regia. He is American forward in his first season at Fuerza Regia. In the last game Hicks recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Fuerza Regia to another comfortable win 92-78 over the lower-ranked Osos (#14, 2-12) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Fuerza Regia keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Hicks is a newcomer at Fuerza Regia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) of Guerreros (#13). Alamo got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Alamo's great performance Guerreros lost 83-90 to the higher-ranked Pioneros (#5, 9-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Guerreros can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Alamo he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Alamo has individually a great season in Mexico. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Miller (193-G-87) of Panteras - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Halc.Xalapa - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Toros - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Halc.Xalapa - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Gansos - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Corr.Victoria - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Soles - 26 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)



LNBP Round 14: Top-ranked Halcones UV Xalapa wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The round 14 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Abejas (8-6) 123-95. The game without a history. Halcones UV Xalapa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to Abejas' 62. They outrebounded Abejas 51-33 including a 24-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Halcones UV Xalapa looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 21 passes made by Abejas' players. American forward Devon Pearson (198-F-84, college: SMU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for Abejas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Abejas at the other side dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Panteras. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Lechugueros (#12) in Leon in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Abejas will play on the road against Halcones Rojos (#3) in Veracruz and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Panteras (8-6) and Correcaminos (7-7), which took place in Ciudad Victoria. Higher ranked Panteras lost to tenth ranked Correcaminos in a road game 84-91. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ronald Selleaze chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Correcaminos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Barreteros. Panteras at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Abejas. Correcaminos will play against Barreteros (#9) in Zacatecas in the next round. Panteras will play on the road against Huracanes in Tampico and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Lechugueros were beaten by Halc.Rojos on the road 87-78. Osos lost to Fuerza Regia on its own court 78-92. Toros outscored Gigantes in Nuevo Laredo 105-82. Gansos recorded a loss to Soles at home 102-107. Pioneros defeated Guerreros on the opponent's court 90-83. Huracanes beat Barreteros in a home game 91-81.


Halc.Xalapa - Abejas 123-95

LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Abejas (8-6) 123-95. The game without a history. Halcones UV Xalapa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to Abejas' 62. They outrebounded Abejas 51-33 including a 24-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Halcones UV Xalapa looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 21 passes made by Abejas' players. American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Roman Andrade (188, college: N.Mexico Highlands) added 21 points and 7 assists in the effort for Abejas. Both teams had five 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. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Abejas at the other side dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Panteras. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Lechugueros (#12) in Leon in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Abejas will play on the road against Halcones Rojos (#3) in Veracruz and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 23+7reb+2ast, D.Pearson 19+15reb+3ast, V.Mariscal 19+4reb+6ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 15+5reb+3ast, P.Meza 14+5reb+5ast, A.Parada 14+8reb+3ast
Abejas: R.Andrade 21+4reb+7ast, M.Mattis 20+12reb+3ast, E.Phelps 19+7reb+3ast, S.Pettigrew 16+6reb+2ast, L.Morinia 11+1reb+4ast, V.Buelna 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188530


Halc.Rojos - Lechugueros 87-78

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Halcones Rojos (11-3) beat 12th ranked Lechugueros (5-9) in Veracruz 87-78. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-20 Lechugueros' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-78 at the end of the game. Halcones Rojos made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The former international forward Noe Alonzo (200-83, college: Grand Canyon) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American forward Jamaal Thomas (202-80, college: Angelo St.) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones Rojos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Lechugueros at the other side keep the twelfth place with nine games lost. Halcones Rojos will play against Abejas (#7) in Guanajuato in the next round. Lechugueros will play on the road against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: N.Alonzo 18+5reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 15+3reb+1ast, C.Rivera 12+7reb+5ast, F.Cruz 11+3reb+1ast, A.Solares 9+3reb, L.Davis 8+2reb+1ast
Lechugueros: J.Thomas 23+3reb+4ast, B.Camara 12+9reb+1ast, J.Penny 12+6reb, A.Sanchez 11+3ast, C.Turley 9+2reb+2ast, L.Ortiz 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 188529


Osos - Fuerza Regia 78-92

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Osos (2-12) lost at home to eleventh ranked Fuerza Regia (6-7) 92-78. It looked good early as Osos took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fuerza Regia had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Osos were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-92. American forward Eric Hicks (198-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: KMG Sports Management) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) responded with 24 points and his fellow American import forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia maintains eleventh position with 6-7 record. Osos lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Fuerza Regia will play against bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) in the next round where they are favorite. Osos will play against the league's second-placed Toros and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: E.Hicks 26+11reb+1ast, O.Efejuku 25+7reb+2ast, G.Stokes 11+3reb+1ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 6+4reb+1ast, G.Grays 5+3reb
Osos: O.McCullough 24+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 15+5reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 13+2reb+3ast, K.Gayden 13+9reb+2ast, M.Helton 8+4reb+2ast, G.Moron 3+7reb
gschID: 188528


Gigantes - Toros 82-105

Very predictable result when second ranked Toros (11-2) rolled over on the road bottom-ranked Gigantes (1-13) 105-82. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Gigantes was better in fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 20 points during the contest. American power forward John Ruffus (207-81, college: Fayetteville St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Sam Liggins (178, college: Alders.-Broad.) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Toros and four Gigantes players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-2 record having just three points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Gigantes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Gansos. Toros will play against Osos (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Gigantes will play against Fuerza Regia in Monterrey to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Toros: R.Rougeau 24+7reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 20+4reb+1ast, W.Pagan 15+3reb+3ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 15+4reb, A.Henning 14+2reb+1ast, Q.Gonzalez 6+7reb+1ast
Gigantes: S.Liggins 23+5reb+4ast, J.Ruffus 22+10reb+4ast, J.Gardiner 12+10reb+1ast, A.Morris 11+1reb+3ast, Z.Alvidrez 9+3reb+1ast, J.Avalos 3+2reb
gschID: 188527


Gansos - Soles 102-107

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Gansos (1-13) lost at home to fourth ranked Soles (10-4) 107-102. Gansos were ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 29-14 charge of Soles, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Gansos' 40. Strangely Gansos outrebounded Soles 38-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Gansos were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) scored 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. Guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) responded with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Royce Gaye (193-88, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Four Soles and five Gansos players scored in double figures. Gansos' coach Luis Andres Garcia tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-4 record. Gansos lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Gigantes. Soles will play against Guerreros (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gansos will play against Pioneros in Cancun to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Soles: K.Gransberry 26+8reb+1ast, C.Elliott 21+2reb+4ast, J.Griffin 21+1reb+3ast, R.Martinez 14+6reb+3ast, A.Franklin 12+2reb+1ast, J.Luis Bucio 9+3reb+4ast
Gansos: S.Shorter 31+7reb+4ast, R.Gaye 22+12reb+3ast, A.Zarco 18+4reb+1ast, G.Silva 13+4reb+2ast, C.Duran 10+2reb+2ast, G.Abraham 6+4reb
gschID: 188526


Guerreros - Pioneros 83-90

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Pioneros (9-5) defeated on the road 13th ranked Guerreros (4-10) 90-83. Guerreros were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 51-39 second half run of Pioneros. They also forced 21 Guerreros turnovers. Guerreros were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, college: High Point) scored 22 points and 4 steals (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Mike Williams (201-85, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pioneros have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Guerreros keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Pioneros will play against Gansos (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guerreros will play against Soles in Mexicali and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: A.Scott 22+2reb+2ast, M.Williams 14+6reb, J.Smith 13+4reb+1ast, F.Fisher 11+3reb, J.Harris 11+2reb+1ast, J.Villanueva 7+2reb
Guerreros: A.Alamo 32+10reb+3ast, T.Gabbidon 19+5reb+1ast, G.Burris 10+5reb, C.Lee 7+1reb+1ast, M.Hunter 7+2reb+3ast, F.Calixto 6+1reb
gschID: 188525


Huracanes - Barreteros 91-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Barreteros (7-7) lost to ninth ranked Huracanes (7-5) in Tampico 81-91. The game was mostly controlled by Huracanes. Barreteros was better in fourth quarter 27-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Barreteros 45-22 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Huracanes players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) responded with 13 points and 5 assists and forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) scored 16 points. Five Barreteros players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes moved-up to eighth place. Barreteros at the other side dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. They share it with Corr.Victoria. Huracanes will play against higher ranked Panteras (#6) in Aguascalientes in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Barreteros will play on the road against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: M.Morrison 21+10reb+2ast, A.Johnson 18+6reb+3ast, O.Quintero 15+5reb+5ast, R.Zamora 8+7reb+1ast, M.Pilgrim 8+7reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 6+3reb+1ast
Barreteros: J.Habel 16+4reb, J.Horton 13+4reb+5ast, R.Johnson 13+1reb+1ast, L.Sumpter 11+1reb+5ast, C.Silva 10+2reb, R.Loera Almanza 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 188524


Corr.Victoria - Panteras 91-84

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Panteras (8-6) and Correcaminos (7-7), which took place in Ciudad Victoria. Higher ranked Panteras lost to tenth ranked Correcaminos in a road game 84-91. It looked good early as Panteras took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Correcaminos took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Correcaminos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Barreteros. Panteras at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Abejas. Correcaminos will play against Barreteros (#9) in Zacatecas in the next round. Panteras will play on the road against Huracanes in Tampico and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 33+6reb+3ast, R.Alexander 18+7reb, R.Selleaze 17+11reb+3ast, A.Olivas 10+2reb, L.Keeler 8, E.Hare 3+1reb
Panteras: N.Miller 25+6reb+3ast, R.Melendez 24+6reb+3ast, A.Garcia 15+8reb, F.Verdugo 7, E.Ayileke 6, K.Malpica 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 188523



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Erste Basketball League 2012/2013: Preview - by Darko Pekic

The new season in Erste Basketball League will officially start to Saturday and according to the results achieved in the preseason its going to be an interesting one. Eurobasket.com did an analysis of all teams participating in the Elite Divisions and published a poll for all visitors who were able to share their opinion about potential surprises this year. The poll was online for a month and here are the results- 1st Teodo (57%), 2nd Sutjeska (18%), 3rd Ulcinj (8%). Lets now see all teams in alphabetical order:

BC Centar Bijelo Polje

The newcomer proved in the preseason and in the season opening against Teodo that they would not be an easy task for any team in the League. The roster is reinforced with US point guard Aaron Mitchell (187-G, college: Longwood) and together with the old faces Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) and Dusan Korac (210-C-91) he will try to lead the team to mid table finish this season. When they find some team chemistry they will surprise many teams this year.

BC Danilovgrad

The club from Danilovgrad had a lot of financial difficulties last season and they struggled during the most part of the season. They made some changes during the summer and probably they will add some players duing the season so its hard to talk now about their potential.

BC Ibar Rozaje

Another newcomer in the League who is expected to bring some new energy and revive basketball in the Northern part of Montenegro. The biggest signing is Brandon Roberson (180-G, college: Missouri Baptist) who worked out with some ACB teams during the summer, but there is also Zivojin Grubovic (207-C-85) who came from Mediteran Podgorica. It will be hard to beat them in Rozaje this year but most players do not have D1 experience so they will probably have many ups and downs during the year.

BC Jedinstvo

Jedinstvo is another team which will need to strengthen its roster during the year because they were pretty much inactive during the signing season. As things stand now, they will fight to avoid relegation but the situation can change during the season depending on the newcomers and their financial situation because the Municipality made a promise during the summer that they would reorganize the club soon.

BC Lovcen

One of the clubs with biggest tradition, former Balkan league Finalist, BC Lovcen enters the season with an even younger team than they had last year. They force under the basket and one of the most valuable players in the League, Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) moved to Poland and the Club replaced him with Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) who also had a great season in Podgorica last year. Youngsters such as Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) and Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) will get a chance for sure and Lovcen can make some surprises this year because nobody puts pressure on them.

BC Mornar Bar

Mornar will play again in two championships- Balkan League and domestic league, but this season they decided to cut their budget costs and concentrate on promoting youth players. The newcomers are Nemanja Milosevic (204-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) from Buducnost, Milos Djurisic (194-G-88, agency: TSS Management) from Ulcinj and Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances) from Teodo but coach Mihailo Pavicevic will also count on junior national team members such as Andrej Pajovic (188-G-92) and Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) and former player of Red Star Belgrade Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket). They are expected to perform well and finish in the top part of the table even this year.

BC Primorje 1945

The club from Herceg Novi saw some changes in the management and the time will show the effects of that decision. In any case, the Club got some reinforcements ( Vaso Popovic (184-G-94), Bojan Ratkovic (181-PG-92) etc) and although their real strength is still unknown they will look to surprise some stronger teams and achieve a mid table position this year.

BC Sutjeska

The curiosity about this team is that all players are born and raised in Niksic and its their tradition because last year their reached the League Finals with all 12 players raised in Niksics youth teams which is something worth to be mentioned. Sutjeska saw the departure of its two best players- Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) and Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) but with the new blood they got they will be a strong candidate for the Top league finish.

BC Teodo

Teodo will participate for the first time in its brief history in an international competition- Balkan League, and in order to represent the town in a good way, the ambitios management led by Misko Lucic decided to bring a new coach (Slobodan Savovic ) and some experienced players and strengthen the roster. As things stand now, Teodo will be very strong under the basket with Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket), a 37 year old who is probably the biggest start in the League at the moment, and Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.), former All Star player in Portugal and Forward of the Year in 2010. Along with Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) who played for Teodo last year and experienced Bojan Boskovic (203-C-85) it is probably the best frontcourt in the League. The club also can count on Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) and the captain Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) in the backcourt so Teodo is expected to achieve the Top League position before the Play-offs start but it will depend a;so a lot on the tiredness level because they also play in the Balkan League this year.

BC Ulcinj

Ulcinj did not have a successful season last year and the management led by Ilir Taflaj decided to make some changes before the season start. The club parted ways with some experienced players and brought new names such as Dusan Milosevic (198-G-91, agency: BeoExcell) and Lazar Simonovic (185-G-82) hoping that this year they would be able to promote some youngsters from their youth team as well. They are expected to fight for Superleague promotion even this year.



Sead Sehovic moves to Hungary - by Darko Pekic

Szolnok made a change in their imports department. They agreed on terms of contract termination with Calvin Watson (197-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) who will be replaced by Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89). The Montenegrin spent the last season with EWE Baskets. He notched 4.4 points, 1.9 boards and 1.1 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In 1Bundesliga the guard posted 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance.

Sead Sehovic has been the member of Montenegrin National Team since 2010. He posted 8.4 points, 3.3 boards and 1.5 assists per game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification. During the summer he joined Montegranaro (Italy) but the team failed to provide financial guarantees and he moved to Mornar Bar to keep in shape and eventually play until he finds a better opportunity. He did not make a single appearance though because the call from ambitious Hungarian side arrived before the season start.



Brion Rush selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Brion Rush
Brion Rush
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Brion Rush (186-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St., currently plays in Euroleague). Rush led his French team Chalon/Saor to a victory over the 18th-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia (0-3) 81-74 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Rush recorded 17 points and had 4 steals (made all of his five free throws). ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (1-1) is placed fourth in group B. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Rush has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 37.5%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Rush played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team. Strangely Rush has never played in Montenegro.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, also represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the sixth-ranked Cedevita (0-2) 83-71 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Cook scored 15 points and added 6 passes in 28 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (2-0) is placed first in group C. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Cook is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 6.5apg. This year his other stats are: 10.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 66.7% in the two games he played so far. Cook is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Cook played also for the Montenegrin national team in 2012. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine). Sehovic was the main contributor in Khimik's victory against the eighth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (3-3) 79-71 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Friday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Sehovic scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (6-1) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Sehovic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 72.2%(13-18), 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 95.7%(22-23). Sehovic has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Sehovic played also for the Montenegrin national team in 2012.

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #4. Power forward Vladimir Dasic (208-88, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Brose Baskets (0-2) 86-71 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 6 points in 15 minutes. Besiktas Istanbul (2-0) is placed first in group D. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Dasic's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team earlier this year.

Maksim Sturanovic
Maksim Sturanovic
   #5. Former U21 international center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an overtime Radnicki Basket's victory against the eighth-ranked KK Jagodina (1-1) 95-87 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night. Sturanovic scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Radnicki Basket Beograd (2-0) is placed third in the A League. . Sturanovic has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team five years ago.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #6. Power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (1-2) 87-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Todorovic scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (1-2) is placed 11th in the ACB. . This year Todorovic's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 5.0rpg in the two games. He is U21 international player as he played for the Montenegrin team years ago.

Radomir Marojevic
Radomir Marojevic
   #7. International center Radomir Marojevic (207-81, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Konstantin (1-1) 83-67 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Marojevic scored 14 points. KK Vojvodina Novi Sad (2-0) is placed fifth in the A League. . This season Marojevic averages: 9.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team earlier this year.

Ivan Ivanovic
Ivan Ivanovic
   #8. Forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked CS Farul Constanca (0-2) crushing them 95-70 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Ivanovic was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 22 minutes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (2-0) is placed second in the Division A. . Ivanovic's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Ivanovic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #9. International power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (2-1) 83-73 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 3 assists. Valencia Basket (3-0) is placed fourth in the ACB. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. . Dubljevic's stats this season are: 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team earlier this year.

Nikola Dragovic
Nikola Dragovic
   #10. Forward Nikola Dragovic (206-87, college: UCLA, currently plays in Italy) helped Air Avellino win their game against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (1-2) crushing them 80-58 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Dragovic scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sidigas Avellino (1-2) is placed ninth in the SerieA. . Dragovic is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.7rpg. This year he also averages: 15.7ppg and 1.7spg in the three games. Despite Dragovic played previously for the Serbian university national team, he is also international player as years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) helped BC Vienna win their game against the eighth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers 86-79 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. Rakocevic was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for BC Vienna this season. Rakocevic used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Slobodan Pejovic (192-86, currently plays in Serbia) helped Tamis win their game against the 13th-ranked Smederevo Vizura 88-71 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. Pejovic has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg in the two games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2009.

   #13. International point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84, agency: New Trend Agency, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Cherkasy win their game against one of league's weakest teams BC Odessa crushing them 98-74 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Koljevic was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and added 8 assists. Koljevic averaged so far 12.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team earlier this year.

   #14. International swingman Milos Borisov (198-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Serbian team Radnicki KG win their game against the eighth-ranked MZT Skopje 83-75 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Borisov recorded 16 points in a mere 19 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. Borisov used to play for the Montenegrin national team earlier this year.

   #15. International swingman Vasilije Seferovic (193-85, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Maksim Sturanovic in the Serbian A League last game. Seferovic, who plays in the Serbian A League could not help KK Jagodina (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance KK Jagodina was defeated in an overtime 95-87 on the road by the higher-ranked Radnicki Basket (#3). Seferovic scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Seferovic is currently fourth on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Seferovic averages: 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team earlier this year.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the league outsider Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (0-3) crushing them 100-79 in a derby game in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Real Madrid (3-0) is placed third in the ACB. 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. Mirotic is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mirotic averages: 19.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.3spg in the three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he currently plays for the Spanish U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.



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Wizards exercise contract options on Wall, Booker, Seraphin, Crawford, Vesely and Singleton - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has exercised the fourth-year contract options on John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky), Trevor Booker (6'7''-F-87, college: Clemson), Kevin Seraphin (6'9''-C-89) and Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) while picking up the third-year contract options on Jan Vesely (6'11''-F-90) and Chris Singleton (6'8''-F-89, college: Florida St.). Wall, Booker, Seraphin, Crawford, Vesely and Singleton are now signed through the 2013-14 season. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
We have been able to bring in and develop this core group of talented, mature young players over the last several years, and were pleased to have them all signed through next season, said Grunfeld. Combining them with the veterans weve added gives us a solid foundation that can be competitive now while allowing us to continue to build towards future success. Wall was selected first overall by Washington in the 2010 NBA Draft. Last season, the 6-4 guard appeared in all 66 games and averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 36.2 minutes per contest. He became the sixth fastest player in NBA history (124 games) to reach the 2,000 points/1,000 assists plateau. In 135 career games, including 130 starts, Wall has averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 37.0 minutes per contest.
Booker was selected 23rd overall by Minnesota in 2010 before his rights were traded by the Timberwolves to Washington on draft night. In 50 games (32 starts during the 2011-12 season) the Clemson alum averaged career-highs with 8.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 25.2 minutes per game. He averaged 10.6 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting .518 from the floor over his last 29 games of the season. In 115 career games, including 46 starts, Booker has averaged 6.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per contest while shooting .539 from the field and .639 from the stripe.
Seraphin, originally drafted 17th overall by Chicago in 2010, was traded to Washington along with Kirk Hinrich and cash considerations in exchange for the rights to Vladimir Veremeenko. Last season the native of Cayenne, French Guiana, appeared in 57 games while averaging 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 20.6 minutes per contest. In 21 games as a starter, he averaged 14.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. In 115 career games, including 22 starts, Seraphin has averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 15.7 minutes.
Crawford was selected 27th overall by New Jersey in 2010 before his draft rights were traded to Atlanta along with the draft rights to Tibor Pleiss in exchange for the rights to Damion James on June 24, 2010. He was then traded to Washington along with Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans and first-round draft pick in exchange for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong. In 2011-12, the Xavier product appeared in 64 games (32 starts) and averaged career-highs with 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 27.4 minutes. In 106 career games, including 50 starts, Crawford has averaged 13.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.2 minutes.
Vesely was drafted sixth overall in 2011 by Washington. The Ostrava, Czech Republic native appeared in 57 games as a rookie, including 20 starts. He posted averages of 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per contest. The 6-11 forward shot .537 from the field and .532 from the line on the season, including 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over the last 15 games of the season.
Singleton was selected by Washington with the 18th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Florida State alum appeared in all 66 games, becoming the first Wizards rookie to appear in every contest since the 1981-82 season. He averaged 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Friday's pre-season action around NBA - by Eurobasket News

The Raptors improved on 3-1 record in pre-season edging the Knicks 107:88 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Raptors. Kyle Lowry added 17 points for the winners. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) answered with game-high 24 points for the Knicks.
Orlando celebrated the first pre-season victory as they held off Indiana 112:96 at the Amway Center in Florida. Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) posted 21 points, while Jameer Nelson contributed 15 points and 7 assists to lead the Magic. Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) answered with 23 points for the Pacers.
The Nets suffered the second straight loss as they surrendered against the 76ers 96:106. Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) fired 24 points and collected 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Dorell Wright had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the Nets.
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 24 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the Bulls past the Timberwolves 92:81. Richard Hamilton contributed 15 points in the win. Andrei Kirilenko (6'10''-F-81) and Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87, college: Villanova) nailed 12 points apiece in the loss.
The Oklahoma City Thunder gained the second straight win as they overcame the Suns 107:97 at the Bok Center in Tulsa. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) posted 22 points, while Westbrook was helpful with 18 points and 12 assists for the Thunder. Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F/G-87, college: Syracuse) reacted with 15 points for the Suns.
The Lakers continued their losing skid as they suffered the fifth straight loss in pre-season. They surrendered against the Kings in Las Vegas 98:103. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) nailed 19 points, while DeMarcus Cousins added 18 points to pace Sacramento. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) had 22 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the Lakers.
The Warriors toppled the Trail Blazers 101:97 at the Rose Garden. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) stepped up with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors. Klay Thompson provided 19 points in the win. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 18 points for the Trail Blazers.



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Kirk Penney selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey). He led TED Kolejliler to a victory over the closely-ranked Tofas (1-1) 81-72 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Penney was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It was his first game for TED Kolejliler this season. His team is placed eighth in the TBL. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Penney is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St., currently plays in Switzerland). He was the major contributor in Fribourg's victory against the sixth-ranked Neuchatel (1-1) 69-61 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Polyblank recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Fribourg this season. His team is placed first in the LNA. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Polyblank has a dual citizenship: British and New Zealand. Despite he played previously for the British national team, Polyblank played also for the New Zealand national team in 2004.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Mika Vukona (198-82, currently plays in Australia). He contributed to a 2-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-3) 73-71 in the Australian NBL in Friday night's game. Vukona recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals. New Zealand Breakers (2-1) are placed third in the NBL. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Vukona belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. This season he averages: 8.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 42.3% and FT: 44.4%. Vukona is another player who holds two passports: Fijian and New Zealand. Despite he played previously for the Fijian national team, Vukona played also for the New Zealand national team in 2012.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #4. Center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Pledger contributed to a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers (1-1) 73-59. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Pledger also added 3 blocks in 23 minutes. New Zealand Breakers (2-1) are placed third in the NBL. It's Pledger's fourth season with the team. He is the league's best blocker with 3.3bpg. This year Pledger also averages: 9.7ppg and 5.7rpg in the three games he played so far. He used to play for the New Zealand national team earlier this year.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #5. International swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Abercrombie was the main contributor in a 2-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-3) 73-71. He was the best player in that game. Abercrombie scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Abercrombie is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in New Zealand Breakers' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg and 3.7rpg. Abercrombie plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #6. Guard Everard Bartlett (198-86, currently plays in Australia) helped Perth Wildcats win their game against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-3) crushing them 82-58 in the Australian NBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points in 16 minutes. Perth Wildcats (2-0) are placed second in the NBL. . It's Bartlett's first season with the team. This year Bartlett's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 1.5apg in the two games. He is international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team years ago.

Marcel Jones
Marcel Jones
   #7. International forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A could not help Pitesti (0-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jones' very good performance Pitesti was defeated 84-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Craiova (#11). He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. . This season Jones has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Jones played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the New Zealand national team roster. Jones used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.

Jeremiah Trueman
Jeremiah Trueman
   #8. Power forward Jeremiah Trueman (206-87, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Everard Bartlett and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Trueman managed to help Perth Wildcats in a victory against the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles (0-3) crushing them 82-58. He scored only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. This year Trueman's total stats are: 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team earlier this year.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #9. International guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Webster helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers (1-1) 73-59. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Webster has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Karl Noyer
Karl Noyer
   #10. Guard Karl Noyer (193-88, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Worcester Wolves win their game against the eighth-ranked Cheshire Jets (1-2) crushing them 98-59 in the British BBL last Sunday. Noyer scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Worcester Wolves (3-3) is placed fourth in the BBL. . Noyer has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.7rpg in the three games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Corey Webster (above) in the other team. Boucher helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Adelaide 36ers 73-59. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Boucher has averaged so far 2.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team five years ago.

   #12. International swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Henry helped New Zealand Breakers edge the league outsider Townsville Crocodiles 73-71. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. This year Henry averages just 1.0ppg in the two games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team earlier this year.

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

   #1. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in an Union Olimpija's victory against the sixth-ranked Cantu (0-2) 84-71 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (1-1) is placed fourth in group A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Baynes is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 12.0rpg. He also averaged so far 15.0ppg in the two games he played so far. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Despite his New Zealand passport, Baynes currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the New Zealand team.



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Alade Aminu's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Turkey). He led Karsiyaka to a victory over the 11th-ranked Mersin 85-73 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Aminu was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Karsiyaka this season. His team is placed sixth in the TBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Aminu played for the Nigerian senior national team years ago.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy). He was the main contributor in a Cimberio Varese's victory against the closely-ranked Montepaschi Siena (2-1) 74-67 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Ere was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Cimberio Varese (3-0) is placed second in the SerieA. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ere is currently second on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ere averages: 22.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(11-18) and FT: 78.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Despite Ere played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Ndudi Ebi
Ndudi Ebi
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports, currently plays in Italy). Ebi contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (1-2) crushing them 80-58 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. He was the top player that evening. Ebi had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks and 5 steals in 35 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (1-2) is placed ninth in the SerieA. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Ebi is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.3bpg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 58.3%(14-24) in the three games he played so far. Ebi played for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #4. Guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Fuerza Regia (6-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Fuerza Regia was defeated 107-101 on the road by the lower-ranked Guerreros (#13). Efejuku was the top scorer with 32 points. He also added 4 assists. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This season Efejuku has very high stats. He averages: 22.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.6apg. Efejuku is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Jamaican. Despite he played previously for the Jamaican national team, Efejuku is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #5. Former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Juvecaserta (1-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Juvecaserta was badly defeated 82-65 in Biella by the higher-ranked (#8) Angelico. Akindele was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. . Akindele has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3apg in the three games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Uche Nsonwu-Amadi
Uche Nsonwu-Amadi
   #6. An experienced power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming, currently plays in France) managed to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to win against the 14th-ranked Boulazac Basket (0-2) 80-73 in the French ProA on Friday night. Nsonwu-Amadi scored only 4 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 5 assists. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (2-0) is placed first in the ProA. . It's Nsonwu-Amadi's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.0ppg, 12.0rpg and 2.5apg. Nsonwu-Amadi is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team three years ago.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #7. Former international power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Lottomatica Roma's victory against one of league's weakest teams Trenkwalder RE (0-3) 77-66 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes. Acea Virtus Roma (2-1) is placed seventh in the SerieA. . Lawal is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. He also averaged so far 7.0ppg and 5.0rpg in the three games. Lawal has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Lawal is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #8. Forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in Toros' victory against the league outsider Gigantes (1-13) crushing them 105-82 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Thursday. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Toros Nuevo Laredo (11-2) is placed second in the LNBP. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . This season Ofoegbu has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Ofoegbu played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Benjamin Eze
Benjamin Eze
   #9. Former international power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Montepaschi Siena's victory against the 16th-ranked Montepaschi Siena (1-13) 92-82 in a derby game in the Euroleague on Friday night. Eze recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. It was his first game for Montepaschi Siena this season. His team is placed sixth in group B. . Despite Eze played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Reggie Okosa
Reggie Okosa
   #10. Power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle, currently plays in Japan) helped Iwate Big Bulls win their game against the eighth-ranked Sendai 89ers (1-3) 67-63 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game. Okosa scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls (4-0) are placed first in Eastern group. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. . Okosa has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.8apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Okosa played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Russia) helped Spartak Primorie Vladivostok win their game against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv 78-64 in the Russian PBL last Thursday. Efevberha scored 18 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 34 minutes. Efevberha is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). This year he has very good stats: 13.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg in the two games. Efevberha holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Efevberha is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Alex Owumi (196-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Worcester Wolves win their game against the eighth-ranked Cheshire Jets crushing them 98-59 in the British BBL on Sunday night. He scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Owumi's stats this season are: 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.8apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Owumi played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #13. Former international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Italy) helped Tezenis VE win their game against the seventh-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi 67-58 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 30 minutes. Lawal is the league's best rebounder and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This year his overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 13.5rpg, 2.5bpg and 2.5spg in the two games. Lawal holds both American and Nigerian passports. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Lawal is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #14. Former international power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Turkey) helped Tofas win their game against the closely-ranked Mersin 71-68 in the Turkish TBL last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds. Elonu also added 2 blocks. Elonu is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very solid stats this season: 12.0ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.5bpg. Elonu used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international center Ike Udanoh (203-89, college: Wayne St., MI, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Larre Borges (2-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the 15th-placed Larre Borges was crushed 83-60 in a derby game by the second-ranked Hebraica in the Capital group. Udanoh was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. This year Udanoh's total stats are: 9.3ppg and 6.1rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.



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  PANAMA   


Antonio Garcia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Antonio Garcia
Antonio Garcia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan, currently plays in Mexico). He was the major contributor in Panteras' victory against the closely-ranked Abejas (8-6) 87-71 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Saturday night's game. Garcia had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 37 minutes on the court. Panteras de Aguascalientes (8-6) is placed sixth in the LNBP. Garcia is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.4rpg. He also averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 66.0%(62-94) and FT: 66.7% in the 12 games he played so far. Garcia is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Levour Warren
Levour Warren
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Levour Warren (196-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in Italy). He led Air Avellino to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Armani Milano (1-2) crushing them 80-58 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Warren scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sidigas Avellino (1-2) is placed ninth in the SerieA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Warren has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 65.0%(13-20) and FT: 87.5%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Warren played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Panamanian national team in 2005. Strangely Warren has never played in Panama.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, agency: Court Side, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Italy). He led Tuscany Pistoia to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked LeGamberi Foods Forlž (1-1) crushing them 84-57 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Hicks scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (2-0) is placed third in the Lega2. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Hicks' first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hicks averages: 19.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 66.7% in the two games. He is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Gabriel Giron
Gabriel Giron
   #4. Guard Gabriel Giron (192-88, currently plays in Mexico), who plays in the Mexican LNBP (second division) could not help Fuerza Regia (6-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Giron's good performance Fuerza Regia was defeated 107-101 on the road by the lower-ranked Guerreros (#13). He recorded 14 points. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Giron's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican. Despite Giron played previously for the Mexican national team, he is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #5. International forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas, currently plays in Japan) led Shiga L-Stars to a victory over the seventh-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-1) crushing them 75-53 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Gomez Camargo was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Shiga Lakestars (1-1) are placed fifth in Western group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Gomez Camargo has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. He plays currently for the Panamanian national team.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Houston Rockets in the NBA
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) plays for Uniceub/BRB in Brazilian NBB
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for 9 de Julio in Argentinian LigaA
Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) plays for Maldonado in Uruguayan LUB
Daniel King (203-F-87) plays for Maldonado in Uruguayan LUB
Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86) plays for Kyoto Hannaryz in Japanese BJ League
Carlos Rockshead (195-F-69) plays for Talsi in Latvian LBAL
Derick Simmons (200-F-72) plays for Hapoel Beit Eliezer in Israeli Artzit



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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 17: Talk N Text - Air21 Express 96-89
Oct. 19: Alaska Aces - Petron Blaze 88-86
Oct. 19: Barangay Ginebra - Barako Bull 82-92
Oct. 17: Global Port - Meralco Bolts 105-104
Oct. 20: San Mig Coffee - Talk N Text
Oct. 20: Rain or Shine - Global Port
Oct. 21: Petron Blaze - Barangay Ginebra
Oct. 21: Air21 Express - Meralco Bolts


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Miller, Global Port23.3 
 2. Caguioa, Barang.20.0 
 3. Manuel, Global Port10.7 
 4. Maierhofer, Barang.9.3 
 5. Raymundo, Barang.9.0 
 6. Mamaril, Barang.9.0 
 7. Tenorio, Barang.8.8 
 8. Jensen, Barang.8.3 
 9. Salvador, Global P.8.0 
 10. Deutchman, Global7.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rico MAIERHOFER
  Barang.
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Maierhofer, Barang.9.5 
 2. Mamaril, Barang.9.3 
 3. Hatfield, Barang.7.0 
 4. Deutchman, Global5.7 
 5. Salvador, Global P.5.7 
 6. Miller, Global Port5.7 
 7. Tenorio, Barang.5.0 
 8. Manuel, Global Port4.0 
 9. Caguioa, Barang.4.0 
 10. Raymundo, Barang.3.8 
Assists Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Barang.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Tenorio, Barang.5.8 
 2. Miller, Global Port5.7 
 3. Mandani, Global Po.3.3 
 4. Hatfield, Barang.2.3 
 5. Caguioa, Barang.2.3 
 6. Maierhofer, Barang.2.0 
 7. Maliksi, Barang.1.8 
 8. Salvador, Global P.1.7 
 9. Cortez, Barang.1.5 
 10. Helterbrand, Bara.1.3 
Steals Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 1
 1. Miller, Global Port1.0 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.1.0 
 3. Manuel, Global Port1.0 
 4. Caguioa, Barang.0.8 
 5. Lingganay, Global0.7 
 6. Mandani, Global Po.0.7 
 7. Maliksi, Barang.0.5 
 8. Hatfield, Barang.0.5 
 9. Deutchman, Global0.3 
 10. Vanlandingha., Gl.0.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy MAMARIL
  Barang.
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Mamaril, Barang.1.8 
 2. Ellis, Barangay.1.7 
 3. Deutchman, Global1.0 
 4. Hatfield, Barang.0.5 
 5. Raymundo, Barang.0.3 
 6. Maierhofer, Barang.0.3 
 7. Jensen, Barang.0.3 
 8. Tenorio, Barang.0.3 
 9. Guevarra, Global P.0.3 
 10. Caguioa, Barang.0.3 



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 2-0 
 2. Khimky 1-0 
 3. Spartak SP 1-0 
 4. Spartak-Prim. 1-1 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 1-1 
 6. N.Novgorod 1-1 
 7. Lokomotiv 1-1 
 8. Triumph 0-1 
 9. Unics 0-1 
 10. Enisey 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 14: CSKA - Enisey 77-52
Oct. 19: Krasnie Krilya - N.Novgorod 66-61
Oct. 18: Lokomotiv - Spartak-Prim. 64-78

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 24: Triumph - Spartak-Prim.
Oct. 25: Spartak SP - Lokomotiv
Oct. 28: N.Novgorod - Lokomotiv


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Troy GILLENWATER
  Sparta.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Gillenwater, Spart.20.0 
 2. Simmons, Krasnie18.5 
 3. Jasaitis, Lokomotiv15.5 
 4. Calathes, Lokom.15.0 
 5. Efevberha, Sparta.13.5 
 6. Nicholas, CSKA13.5 
 7. Trotter, N.Novgorod13.5 
 8. Maric, Lokomotiv13.0 
 9. Brezec, N.Novgorod12.0 
 10. Krstic, CSKA11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Troy GILLENWATER
  Sparta.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Gillenwater, Spart.11.5 
 2. Brezec, N.Novgorod10.0 
 3. Maric, Lokomotiv9.5 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA8.0 
 5. Calathes, Lokom.7.0 
 6. Panin, N.Novgorod6.5 
 7. Antonov, N.Novgor.6.5 
 8. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.0 
 9. Simmons, Krasnie5.0 
 10. Balashov, Krasni.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.5 
 2. Trotter, N.Novgorod4.5 
 3. Komarovskiy, Eni.4.0 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA3.5 
 5. Efevberha, Sparta.3.0 
 6. Delaney, Spartak-.3.0 
 7. Panin, N.Novgorod2.5 
 8. Nicholas, CSKA2.5 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA2.5 
 10. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.0 
 2. Surovtsev, Sparta.1.5 
 3. Nicholas, CSKA1.5 
 4. Rich, Enisey1.5 
 5. Efevberha, Sparta.1.5 
 6. Balashov, Krasni.1.5 
 7. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.5 
 8. Jasaitis, Lokomotiv1.5 
 9. Calathes, Lokom.1.5 
 10. Dowdell, Enisey1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hasan RIZVIC
  Enisey
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rizvic, Enisey1.5 
 2. Brezec, N.Novgorod1.0 
 3. Savrasenko, Lokom.0.5 
 4. Shashkov, N.Nov.0.5 
 5. Soloviev, Spartak-.0.5 
 6. Gillenwater, Spart.0.5 
 7. Thomas, Krasnie0.5 
 8. Panin, N.Novgorod0.5 
 9. Zabelin, Spartak-.0.5 
 10. Erceg, CSKA0.5 


Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Ataman 3-0 
 2. Univ.Surgut 3-0 
 3. TEMP-SUMZ 2-0 
 4. Ural Ekaterinb. 2-0 
 5. Dynamo Mo. 2-1 
 6. Planeta-Univ. 2-1 
 7. Severstal 2-1 
 8. Avtodor S. 1-1 
 9. Ruskon-Mord. 1-1 
 10. AltajBasket 1-2 
 11. Rjazan 1-2 
 12. Novosybirsk 0-2 
 13. Sojuz Zaretchny 0-3 
 14. Spartak V. 0-3 
 15. Volgograd 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 19: Dynamo Mo. - Volgograd 89-63
Oct. 18: Ural Ekaterinb. - Avtodor S. 80-72
Oct. 19: Planeta-Univ. - Rjazan 75-69
Oct. 19: Severstal - Sojuz Zaretchny 74-70
Oct. 19: AltajBasket - Univ.Surgut 60-79
Oct. 19: Spartak V. - Ataman 54-70
Oct. 20: Ruskon-Mord. - TEMP-SUMZ


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 21
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.21.0 
 2. Monroe, Ural E.19.0 
 3. Zagnoyko, Ataman19.0 
 4. Chernov, AltajBas.17.3 
 5. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.15.7 
 6. Amelin, Planeta-Un.15.7 
 7. Rindin, Univ.Surgut15.5 
 8. Toropov, Avtodor S.15.5 
 9. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan15.3 
 10. Boyko, Volgograd15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr MANIKHIN
  Planeta-.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Manikhin, Planeta-.11.0 
 2. Makshantsev, Novo.10.0 
 3. Pavlov, Ataman9.0 
 4. Pavlov, Ataman9.0 
 5. Kurtsevich, Ataman8.7 
 6. Kondrashin, Sever.8.0 
 7. Sayapin, Novosybi.7.5 
 8. Khomyakov, Sojuz7.3 
 9. Lekavicius, Univ.S.7.0 
 10. Nikolaev, Ural E.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.7.5 
 2. Chernov, AltajBas.6.7 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.6.5 
 4. Filin, Avtodor S.5.0 
 5. Urazmanov, Dynamo5.0 
 6. Aleksandrov, Ata.4.7 
 7. Korchagin, Dynamo4.3 
 8. Uskov, Rjazan4.3 
 9. Mateyunas, Avtod.4.0 
 10. Tokarev, Novosybi.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anton AGEEV
  Univ.Surgut
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ageev, Univ.Surgut3.5 
 2. Mateyunas, Avtod.3.0 
 3. Kiryanov, TE.3.0 
 4. Diatchkov, AltajBa.2.7 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.5 
 6. Klyuchnikov, Rusko.2.5 
 7. Monroe, Ural E.2.5 
 8. Gusev, Avtodor S.2.5 
 9. Kurtsevich, Ataman2.3 
 10. Chernov, AltajBas.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr RINDIN
  Univ.Surgut
  (225-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rindin, Univ.Surgut2.0 
 2. Sayapin, Novosybi.2.0 
 3. Pavlov, Ataman1.7 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.1.5 
 5. Morgunov, Dynamo1.5 
 6. Kurtsevich, Ataman1.3 
 7. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 
 8. Tokarev, Novosybi.1.0 
 9. Altunin, Dynamo M.1.0 
 10. Pisarchuk, Sever.1.0 


Standings - Higher League

Higher League Standings
Group Center
 1. BK Tambov 0-0 
 2. Desna Bryansk 0-0 
 3. Dynamo Kursk 0-0 
 4. Kamit-Univ. 0-0 
 5. Rodniki Izh. 0-0 
 6. SBSK 0-0 
Group East
 1. BK 1716 0-0 
 2. Irkutsk 0-0 
 3. Neftekhimik T. 0-0 
 4. Parma 0-0 
 5. Stary Sobol NT 0-0 
Group South
 1. Dynamo-MGTU 0-0 
 2. Dynamo-Stavr. 0-0 
 3. Elbrus Cherk. 0-0 
 4. Sogdiana-Skif 0-0 
 5. Volzhan.-GES 0-0 


PBL Round 2 review - by Eurobasket News

Krasnie Krilya - N.Novgorod 66-61

Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked Krasnie Krilya (1-1) 66-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Nizhny Novgorod won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American-Hungarian point guard Obie Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) responded with 11 points and 4 assists and Serbian Dragan Labovic (208-87, agency: Alti Sport) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.


Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: C.Simmons 19+5reb, A.Miles 11+7reb+6ast, O.Thomas 9+3reb+1ast, N.Balashov 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Vasiliev 7+3reb+1ast, D.Kulagin 6+2reb+1ast
N.Novgorod: D.Labovic 13+5reb, O.Trotter 11+4reb+4ast, F.Videnov 10+3reb+1ast, P.Brezec 8+10reb, S.Antonov 6+5reb, I.Savelyev 6+2reb+2ast


gschID: 200706


Lokomotiv - Spartak-Prim. 64-78


Host Lokomotiv was defeated by Spartak-Prim. in Kuban 78-64. The game was mostly controlled by Spartak-Prim.. Lokomotiv was better in third quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-88, college: N.Mexico St.) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (197-84, college: CS Northridge) supported him with 18 points. Even a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds by Australian center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) did not help to save the game for Lokomotiv. Lithuanian Simas Jasaitis (202-82) added 18 points for the hosts.


Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: T.Gillenwater 23+17reb, M.Efevberha 18+3reb+3ast, P.Delaney 12+5reb+4ast, A.Surovtsev 8+6reb+1ast, K.Nesterov 4+2reb, I.Syrovatko 4+3reb
Lokomotiv: S.Jasaitis 18+3reb+1ast, N.Calathes 12+7reb, A.Maric 10+12reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 7+4reb+4ast, M.Grigoryev 7+5reb, J.Baron 3


gschID: 200705


CSKA - Enisey 77-52

The game without a history. CSKA Moscow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Drew Nicholas (193-81, college: Maryland) who scored 14 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Viktor Khryapa (203-82) chipped in 4 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Andrei Komarovskiy (196-85) produced 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Alexei Kotishevskiy (197-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) added 10 points respectively for the guests.


Top scorers:
CSKA: D.Nicholas 14+2reb+4ast, N.Krstic 10+3reb+1ast, A.Ponkrashov 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Erceg 9+4reb+1ast, S.Weems 8+1reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 5+2reb+1ast
Enisey: A.Kotishevskiy 10+1reb+1ast, Z.Dowdell 10+2reb, M.Krivosheev 8+2reb, A.Komarovskiy 6+5reb+4ast, E.Kikanovic 6+3reb, H.Rizvic 5+5reb


gschID: 200704



Gillenwater number one in Russia for round 2 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Spartak-Prim., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Lokomotiv (1-1) 78-64. Spartak-Prim. is placed at 4th position in Russian PBL. Spartak-Prim. 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. Gillenwater turned to be Spartak-Prim.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former New Mexico State University star has very solid stats this year. Gillenwater is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.5rpg. Gillenwater is in league's top in and averages impressive 68.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of N.Novgorod. Brezec had a very good evening with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as N.Novgorod lost that game 61-66 to Krasnie Krilya (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Brezec is a newcomer at N.Novgorod, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.0ppg (#9). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Chester Simmons (196-G-82) of Krasnie Krilya (#5). Simmons scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Krasnie Krilya, leading his team to a 66-61 win against N.Novgorod (1-1). Krasnie Krilya needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Simmons has a great season in Russia. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 5.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Simas Jasaitis (202-SF-82) of Lokomotiv - 18 points and 3 rebounds
5. Aaron Miles (186-G-83) of Krasnie Krilya - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA - 4 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Drew Nicholas (193-G-81) of CSKA - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA - 10 points and 3 rebounds
9. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) of Lokomotiv - 10 points and 12 rebounds
10. Maxim Krivosheev (207-F/C-88) of Enisey - 8 points and 2 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)



EuroLeague: Khimky survive thriller against Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - Real Madrid 86:85

Khimky survived a tough challenge from Real Madrid to nip the Spanish team at home court. The victory allowed Khimky gain 1-1 record in Group A as they caught up with Real in the ladder. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) posted 16 points to lead the charge.
Khimky started the game strong. They secured a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Khimky secured a 42:35 halftime advantage. Khimky increased the tempo in the third period. The Russian side accumulated a massive 14-point advantage at the final intermission 69:55. Real went on a 16:0 run midway through the fourth quarter to surge ahead 72:71. Kresimir Loncar and Augustine made it 82:75 for Khimky late in the fourth stanza. Slaughter and Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) dragged Real within 2 points with under 40 seconds to go. Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) sank four straight free throws but Dontaye Draper answered with a three-pointer to put Real within one 85:86 with 8 seconds left. Monya committed a turnover but Rudy Fernandez could not convert a layup and Khimky secured the victory at the end. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 15 points, while Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) and Vitaliy Fridzon added 12 points each in the winning case. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 14 points for Real Madrid. Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) and Rudy Fernandez had 15 points apiece in the loss.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 16, Paul Davis 15, Zoran Planinic 12, Vitaliy Fridzon 12
Real Madrid: Felipe Reyes 15 Rudy Fernandez 15, Jaycee Carroll 14



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EuroLeague: Fenerbahce rally past Union Olimpija in Ljubljana - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija - Fenerbahce 75:81

Fenerbahce Ulker secured the second win in EuroLeague Group A. They outscored Union Olimpija in Ljubljana today. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) posted 17 points to lead the visitors at 2-0 record on top of the standings. Union Olimpija fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Fenerbahce claimed a 25:20 lead after ten minutes. Union Olimpija picked up the slack and went on a run in the second quarter. The hosts snatched a 46:43 halftime lead. But Fenerbahce took the initiative in the third term. The Turkish team held the hosts to 15 points in the period to ensure a 2-point lead at the final intermission 63:61. Union Olimpja were held to 14 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89) accounted for 14 points, while Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) provided 13 points apiece in the victory. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Slovenian team. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) netted 13 points in the loss.

Union Olimpija: Aaron Baynes 14+12 boards, Klemen Prepelic 13
Fenerbahce: Bo McCalebb 17, Bojan Bogdanovic 14, Omer Onan 13, Mike Batiste 13



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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. Anyang KGC 3-1 
 2. SK Knights 3-1 
 3. ET Land 3-1 
 4. Samsung Th. 2-2 
 5. Mobis Phoebus 2-2 
 6. LG Sakers 2-2 
 7. Goyang Orions 2-2 
 8. Dongbu Promy 1-3 
 9. KCC Egis 1-3 
 10. Sonic Boom KT 1-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 20: Mobis Phoebus - SK Knights 69-73
Oct. 20: Samsung Th. - Anyang KGC 66-77
Oct. 20: Sonic Boom KT - KCC Egis 54-71
Oct. 21: LG Sakers - ET Land
Oct. 21: Goyang Orions - Dongbu Promy
Oct. 21: KCC Egis - Mobis Phoebus


KBL Round 3: ET Land Elephants keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

KBL Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked ET Land Elephants as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ET Land Elephants smashed 4th placed Goyang Orions in Inchon 85-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ET Land Elephants looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 22 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Goyang Orions at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers. Goyang Orions will play next round against Dongbu Promy trying to get back on the winning streak. ET Land Elephants will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked LG Sakers in Changwon.
Undefeated Samsung Thunders (2-1) recorded its first loss in Seoul. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked SK Knights (2-1) 82-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 6 assists and 6 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Aaron Haynes accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) came up with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Samsung Thunders in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SK Knights moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Samsung Thunders. SK Knights will play against Mobis Phoebus (#4) in Ulsan in the next round. Samsung Thunders will play at home against Anyang KGC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Quite upsetting was Dongbu Promy's (#7) 28-point home defeat in a game versus eighth ranked LG Sakers who smashed hosts . The best player for the winners was Rodrique Benson who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Eric Sandrin who recorded 18 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. LG Sakers (2-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Goyang Orions. Loser Dongbu Promy dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. LG Sakers will meet at home league's leader ET Land Elephants in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dongbu Promy will play against Goyang Orions (#7) in Daegu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Anyang. It ended with only two-point home defeat of leader Anyang KGC (2-1) to ninth ranked Sonic Boom KT (1-2) 86-84 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. It was a good game for Darian Townes who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Sonic Boom KT left bottom position moving up to eighth place. Anyang KGC at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. Sonic Boom KT's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked KCC Egis (#10) in Jeonju. Anyang KGC will play on the road against Samsung Thunders (#5) in Seoul.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ulsan. 3rd placed host Mobis Phoebus (2-1) lost to third ranked ET Land Elephants (3-1) 84-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mobis Phoebus. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a great evening for Tae-Jong Moon who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. ET Land Elephants keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus dropped to the second place with one game lost. ET Land Elephants will face LG Sakers (#6) in Changwon in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against the league's second-placed SK Knights (#2) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 3 Goyang Orions were destroyed by LG Sakers on the opponent's court 79-58. Dongbu Promy managed to outperform KCC Egis in a home game 70-53.


ET Land - Goyang Orions 85-66

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked ET Land Elephants as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ET Land Elephants smashed 4th placed Goyang Orions in Inchon 85-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ET Land Elephants looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 22 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and international power forward Jin-Soo Choi (202-89, college: Maryland) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Goyang Orions at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with LG Sakers. Goyang Orions will play next round against Dongbu Promy trying to get back on the winning streak. ET Land Elephants will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked LG Sakers in Changwon.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: L.Williams 22+13reb+2ast, J.Choi 14+10reb+1ast, T.Akins 13+1reb+4ast, D.Kim 5+2reb+5ast, J.Chun 5+1reb+1ast, S.Hwan Park 3+1reb
ET Land: C.Powell 24+7reb+3ast, T.Moon 22+7reb+3ast, D.Casto 17+5reb+1ast, H.Lee 7+1reb+8ast, H.Lee 5+1reb, B.Cha 4+2ast
gschID: 194144


Dongbu Promy - LG Sakers 67-95

Quite upsetting was Dongbu Promy's (#7) 28-point home defeat in a game versus eighth ranked LG Sakers who smashed hosts . The game without a history. LG Sakers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. LG Sakers outrebounded Dongbu Promy 34-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. LG Sakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kim Young Hwan chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Yun-Ho Choi (187-86) 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. LG Sakers (2-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Goyang Orions. Loser Dongbu Promy dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. LG Sakers will meet at home league's leader ET Land Elephants in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dongbu Promy will play against Goyang Orions (#7) in Daegu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: E.Sandrin 18+5reb+3ast, Y.Choi 9+2reb+1ast, D.Lee 8+1reb+2ast, M.Suk 7, V.Thomas 6+3reb+2ast, J.Kim 5+1reb+1ast
LG Sakers: K.Young Hwan 16+1reb+7ast, R.Park 14+2reb+2ast, R.Benson 11+10reb+3ast, C.Young Jung 8+1ast, W.Yaung 8+2reb+6ast, I.Clark 7+11reb+4ast
gschID: 194143


SK Knights - Samsung Th. 82-65

Undefeated Samsung Thunders (2-1) recorded its first loss in Seoul. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked SK Knights (2-1) 82-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. The game was mostly controlled by SK Knights. Samsung Thunders was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that e