EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/22/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  APBL   



NYC Jaguars Roster - by Justin Moore

The NYC Jaguars have released the roster for the upcoming season as they make the move from th EBA to the APBL here is a look at there roster below.

#13 Charles Morris (6'3''-F-85, college: Mt.St.Mary) 189 USA

#6 Muhammad Karim (6'3''-G-84) 174 USA

#10 Robert Pierce (6'6''-F, college: John Jay) 207 USA

#11 Nefty Martinez (6'7''-F) 215 Dominican Republic

#4 Roman Perez (6'1''-G-86, college: City Tech) 167 Dominican Republic

#23 Avery West 184 6'6 F 86 USA

#22 Joshua Potts 173 6'4 G 82 England

#17 Roniel Breadwood 172 6'2 G 87 USA

#24 Jamel Potts 176 6'5 G 83 England

#33 Dequan Massey 6'8 220 C 87 USA

#0 Juan Tavares 165 6'0 G 85 Dominican Republic

#21 Elton Barry (6'6''-F-84) 205 6'8 C 84 England

#15 Michael Fagan (6'4''-F/G) 186 6'3 C 84 USA



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  ARGENTINA   


Argentinian LigaA round 11 best performance: Cedric McGowan - by Eurobasket News

American forward Cedric McGowan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Olimpico LB, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Libertad S. (#1, 9-2) 75-69. Olimpico LB maintains the 2nd position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Olimpico LB will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game McGowan had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Olimpico LB's top player in his first season with the team. Cedric McGowan averages this season 13.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81) of Wuber-Est.Bahia. Blanchard had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Wuber-Est.Bahia to edge slightly higher-ranked Obras (#5, 4-5) 96-92. This victory allowed Wuber-Est.Bahia to move up to 6th position in South. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Blanchard is a newcomer at Wuber-Est.Bahia and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Wuber-Est.Bahia's star - American forward Marcus Fizer (203-F/C-78). Fizer scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Wuber-Est.Bahia, helping his team with a 96-92 win against slightly higher-ranked Obras (#5, 4-5). The chances of Wuber-Est.Bahia ranking at the top of South, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fizer could help Wuber-Est.Bahia to bring them higher in the standings. Fizer has a great season in Argentina. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (9th best). He also has FGP: 53.9% and 3PT: 53.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Williams (204-C-79) of Quimsa - 16 points and 9 rebounds
5. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Lanus - 12 points and 5 rebounds
6. Patricio Prato (196-G-79) of Lanus - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kavon Lytch (199-F-87) of Argentino - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86) of GECR Indalo - 19 points and 12 rebounds
9. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F/C-78) of Quimsa - 16 points and 5 rebounds

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



Penarol win U19 national league - by Facundo Iatzky

Penarol is not only the champion of Liga A, but now is also the champion of U19 national league. They beat 59 - 50 to boca jrs. in the final game of the Final 6 played in Mar del plata this weekend. Pablo alderete was the MVP of the tounament. It was an interesting tournament that allowed to watch many of the new promises of argentinean basketball. Matias Rodriguez (200-F-94) of Boca jrs was the top scorer of the tournament.
the champion roster was conformed by the following players: Pablo Alderete (195-F-93), Nicolas Madrid (190-G/F-94), Andres Mateo, Julian Morales (193-F-95), Ramiro Ciganek (180-G-93), Lucio Castellani, Nicolas Gimenez (203-F/C-94), Santiago Giorgetti (187-G-95), Pedro Monacchi, Franco Rissio. Head coach: Jose Bonfiglio

Final standings:
1- Penarol
2- boca jrs
3- Regatas corrientes
4- Sionista parana
5- Sportsmen Rosario
6- Anzorena mendoza


Standings - Liga B

Torneo Federal Standings
Buenos Aires
 1. Independ.T. 2-0 
 2. Estudian.O 1-0 
 3. Estudiantes LP 1-1 
 4. San Martin J. 0-1 
 5. Union Vecinal 0-2 
Capital Federal
 1. P.Echague 2-0 
 2. G. E. V. P. 1-1 
 3. Velez Sarsfield 1-1 
 4. Ramos Mejia 0-0 
 5. Ferrocarril O. 0-1 
 6. Villa Mitre 0-1 
Central Andina
 1. Barrio Parque 2-0 
 2. Esp.San Luis 2-0 
 3. El Chorrillero 1-0 
 4. Olimpia C. 0-1 
 5. Tiro Federal 0-1 
Cuyo
 1. Facundo 2-0 
 2. San Martin LR 2-0 
 3. Anzorena 0-1 
 4. Atenas Mend. 0-1 
 5. Rivadavia Mnd 0-1 
Entre Rios
 1. Firmat SF 1-0 
 2. Penarol Tala 1-1 
 3. Racing G. 1-1 
 4. Regatas U. 1-1 
 5. Rosario Tala 1-1 
 6. Ferrocarril C. 0-1 
NEA
 1. Hindu 1-0 
 2. Santa Rita 1-0 
 3. UNCAus S.Pena 1-0 
 4. F.Sarmiento 0-1 
 5. Regatas Res. 0-1 
 6. Tokio Deportivo 0-1 
NOA
 1. Talleres TV 2-0 
 2. Union Oran 1-0 
 3. Independ.T. 1-1 
 4. Nicolas Avellan. 0-1 
 5. Municipal Bordo 0-2 
Patagonia
 1. Deportivo R. 2-0 
 2. Hispano Am. 2-0 
 3. Perfora 2-1 
 4. Atletico Regina 1-2 
 5. Progreso Roca 1-2 
 6. All Boys SR 0-3 
Santa Fe
 1. Union SF 2-0 
 2. Sportmen 1-0 
 3. Argent.Firmat 1-1 
 4. Sportivo LP 1-1 
 5. Brown 0-1 
 6. Alma Juniors 0-2 



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ahmad IBRAHIM
  (202-G/F-92)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi20.6 
 2. Kozlov, Belent19.0 
 3. Gorgiss, Duhok18.8 
 4. Saoud, Al Riyadi18.4 
 5. Varda, Mahram15.8 
 6. Battulga, E.R. F.15.0 
 7. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.14.8 
 8. Kamrani, Mahram14.4 
 9. Davaadorj, E.R. F.13.8 
 10. Juginisov, Belent13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi7.8 
 2. Averyanov, Belent7.3 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.8 
 4. Dartez, Duhok6.8 
 5. Hameed, Duhok6.7 
 6. Abdel Nour, Al Ri.6.6 
 7. Juginisov, Belent6.2 
 8. Kardoust, Mahram6.0 
 9. Nabipour, Mahram6.0 
 10. Kozlov, Belent5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Samad NIK KHAHBAHRAMI
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nik Khahbahr., Mah.5.4 
 2. Kamrani, Mahram4.8 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi4.3 
 4. Munkhbayar, E.R. F.3.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi3.0 
 6. Bayriyev, Belent3.0 
 7. El Turk, Al Riyadi2.8 
 8. Aslani, Mahram2.8 
 9. Davarpanah, Mahram2.5 
 10. Martinez, Al Riya.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ali AL-JUBOORI
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Al-Juboori, Duhok3.5 
 2. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 3. Sahakian, Mahram2.4 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 5. Davarpanah, Mahram2.3 
 6. Kamrani, Mahram2.2 
 7. Woods, Al Riyadi2.0 
 8. Afagh, Mahram1.8 
 9. Aslani, Mahram1.6 
 10. Ibrahim, Al Riyadi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 2. Hameed, Duhok2.3 
 3. Dartez, Duhok1.7 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.3 
 5. Kardoust, Mahram1.0 
 6. Purevjav, E.R. F.0.8 
 7. Kozlov, Belent0.5 
 8. Ariunbold, E.R. F.0.5 
 9. Kamrani, Mahram0.4 
 10. Nik Khahbahr., Ma.0.4 



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Australian NBL round 3 best performance: Mika Vukona - by Eurobasket News

Fijian-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (198-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Breakers, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out Crocodiles (#8, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 73-71. Breakers is placed at 3rd position in Australian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Breakers will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Vukona has many years of experience at Breakers, through which he has constantly improved. Mika Vukona has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.0rpg) and assists (7th best: 3.3apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old former international swingman Brad Hill (198-G/F-86) of Taipans. Hill had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Taipans to another comfortable win outscoring Kings (1-2) 88-68. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Hill is a newcomer at Taipans, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Oscar Forman (205-F/C-82) of league's top team Hawks. Forman scored 10 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hawks, leading his team to a 84-66 easy win against Crocodiles (#8, 0-4). Hawks started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Forman turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Forman has a great season in Australia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luke Schenscher (216-C-82) of 36ers - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Seth Scott (208-F/C-81) of Tigers - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84) of Taipans - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Adam Gibson (188-PG-86) of 36ers - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. David Gruber (198-F-81) of Hawks - 14 points and 4 rebounds
9. Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) of Crocodiles - 11 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Kings - 26 points and 3 rebounds

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



NBL Round 3: Wollongong Hawks and Perth Wildcats keep leadership position - by Eurobasket News

After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the NBL and who belongs to weaker ones.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Wollongong Hawks as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Wollongong Hawks defeated bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles in Gwynneville 84-66. The game without a history. Wollongong Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Townsville Crocodiles' 20. They outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 47-30 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Oscar Forman (205-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) helped adding 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Todd Blanchfield (200-91) with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wollongong Hawks have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Wildcats. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will play next round against Kings trying to get back on the winning streak. Wollongong Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Adelaide 36ers in Findon.
Important game to mention about took place in Auckland. Fourth ranked New Zealand Breakers (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (0-4) 73-71 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Fijian-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (198-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Thomas Abercrombie accounted for 15 points. American point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) came up with 21 points for Townsville Crocodiles in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 36ers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Melbourne Tigers (#7) on the road in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Kings in Sydney and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sydney. 4th placed host Kings (1-2) were smashed by fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (2-2) 88-68. The best player for the winners was Jamar Wilson who scored 22 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Ben Madgen who recorded 26 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Cairns Taipans went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Kings dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Cairns Taipans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kings will play again against Cairns Taipans (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Melbourne was also worth to mention about. Leader Perth Wildcats (3-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Melbourne Tigers (0-3). Perth Wildcats managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. It was a good game for Matthew Knight who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Perth Wildcats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hawks. Melbourne Tigers at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Perth Wildcats will have a break next round. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against New Zealand Breakers (#3) in Auckland and look forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Findon was also quite interesting. 4th placed Cairns Taipans (2-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Adelaide 36ers (2-1). Adelaide 36ers managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Adam Gibson who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Adelaide 36ers moved-up to third place, which they share with Breakers. Loser Cairns Taipans dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face league's leader Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cairns Taipans will play at home against Kings (#6) in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Hawks - Crocodiles 84-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Wollongong Hawks as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Wollongong Hawks defeated bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles in Gwynneville 84-66. The game without a history. Wollongong Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Townsville Crocodiles' 20. They outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 47-30 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Oscar Forman (205-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) helped adding 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Todd Blanchfield (200-91) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wollongong Hawks have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Wildcats. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will play next round against Kings trying to get back on the winning streak. Wollongong Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Adelaide 36ers in Findon.
Top scorers:
Hawks: A.Deleon 15+8reb+4ast, D.Gruber 14+4reb+1ast, R.Martin 11+3reb+2ast, O.Forman 10+15reb+2ast, L.Hurdle 9+2ast, L.Davidson 9+6reb+2ast
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 18+2reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 14+8reb+2ast, G.Ervin 9+1reb+6ast, C.Cedar 8, M.Norton 4, B.Allen 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 182630


Tigers - Wildcats 65-74

The game in Melbourne was also worth to mention about. Leader Perth Wildcats (3-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Melbourne Tigers (0-3). Perth Wildcats managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-19. But Melbourne Tigers won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perth Wildcats forced 25 Melbourne Tigers turnovers. It was a good game for the former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. American power forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) added 16 points in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Perth Wildcats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hawks. Melbourne Tigers at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Perth Wildcats will have a break next round. Melbourne Tigers will play at home against New Zealand Breakers (#3) in Auckland and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: K.Lisch 16+2reb+3ast, M.Knight 14+8reb+1ast, S.Redhage 13+2ast, E.Bartlett 12, D.Martin 7+4reb+4ast, G.Hire 4+7reb+1ast
Tigers: K.Braswell 18+4ast, S.Scott 16+9reb+1ast, C.Goulding 16+4reb+2ast, L.Walker 6+2reb+1ast, M.Burston 4+2reb, A.Ballinger 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 182629


36ers - Taipans 85-81

The game in Findon was also quite interesting. 4th placed Cairns Taipans (2-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Adelaide 36ers (2-1). Adelaide 36ers managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for international point guard Adam Gibson (188-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and international swingman Clint Steindl (201-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers moved-up to third place, which they share with Breakers. Loser Cairns Taipans dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Adelaide 36ers will face league's leader Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cairns Taipans will play at home against Kings (#6) in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: A.Gibson 21+5reb+2ast, D.Johnson 16+6reb+4ast, L.Schenscher 15+10reb+2ast, S.Weigh 11+6reb+2ast, J.Cadee 9+3reb+7ast, A.Petrie 7+6reb+1ast
Taipans: C.Steindl 19+3reb+3ast, J.Wilson 16+7reb+2ast, C.Tragardh 14+7reb+1ast, A.Loughton 13+3reb, S.Edwards 8+3reb+1ast, B.Hill 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 182628


Breakers - Crocodiles 73-71

Important game to mention about took place in Auckland. Fourth ranked New Zealand Breakers (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging bottom-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (0-4) 73-71 on Friday evening. Townsville Crocodiles were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 15-9 third quarter run of New Zealand Breakers. It was an exceptional evening for Fijian-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (198-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. American point guard Gary Ervin (183-83, college: Arkansas) came up with 21 points and the former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Townsville Crocodiles in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 36ers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Melbourne Tigers (#7) on the road in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Kings in Sydney and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Breakers: M.Vukona 15+15reb+3ast, T.Abercrombie 15+4reb+2ast, D.Corletto 13+1reb+1ast, C.Bruton 9+3reb+1ast, W.Hudson 8+3reb+1ast, A.Pledger 6+7reb
Crocodiles: G.Ervin 21+4reb+3ast, T.Blanchfield 16+1reb, J.Holmes 11+10reb+1ast, P.Crawford 8+1reb, R.Hinder 7+1reb, M.Cedar 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 182626


Kings - Taipans 68-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sydney. 4th placed host Kings (1-2) were smashed by fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (2-2) 88-68. The game was mostly controlled by Cairns Taipans. Kings managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kings 38-24 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Cairns Taipans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. The former international swingman Brad Hill (198-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Five Cairns Taipans players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) who recorded 26 points and center Ian Crosswhite (210-82, college: Oregon) added 12 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Cairns Taipans went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Kings dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Cairns Taipans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kings will play again against Cairns Taipans (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 22+4reb+4ast, S.Edwards 14+6reb, B.Hill 14+12reb+3ast, C.Tragardh 14+3reb+3ast, A.Loughton 13+5reb+1ast, C.Steindl 8+3reb+1ast
Kings: B.Madgen 26+3reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 12+4reb+2ast, T.Garlepp 8+1reb+1ast, A.Bruce 5+3reb+6ast, J.Harvey 5+1ast, D.Lazare 4+3reb
gschID: 182627



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  AUSTRIA   


Benjamin Ortner Leaves The LTi Giessen 46ers For Italy - by Stefan Heinrich (T)

One day your playing in a small gym next to the cow pastures in Giessen and the next day your headed back to Italy where you have played your whole career. Austrian 29 yera old 206cm power forward/center Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) was playing his 8th professional basketball season with the LTi Giessen 46ers after having played his first seven in Italy, five in the Serie A and two years in the Serie 2. Today it was announced that he is headed back to italy to play for Euroleague club Montepaschi Siena. Ortner had had a three month contract with Giessen, but Siena offered him such a good deal now that he couldnt refuse. Ortner played four games for Giessen averaging 11,0ppg, 5,8rpg, 2,0apg and 1,0bsp.

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers



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  BELGIUM   


Thompson's 29 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Aalstar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 29 points for Aalstar in his team's victory, helping them to beat Leuven (#7, 1-2) 89-81. It allowed Aalstar to consolidate first place in the Belgian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Aalstar already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Thompson had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. Rider University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thompson is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 65.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87) of Verviers-Pep.. He is Serbian in his first season at Verviers-Pep.. In the last game Aleksandrov recorded impressive 24 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Verviers-Pep. lost that game 81-94 to Antwerp (2-1). 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. Aleksandrov is a newcomer at Verviers-Pep. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#8). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) of Spirou (#4). Allen scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Spirou, leading his team to a 66-64 win against Oostende (#6, 1-2). Spirou needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Allen has a great season in Belgium. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83) of Antwerp - 28 points and 5 rebounds
5. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lionel Bosco (176-PG-81) of Liege - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82) of Spirou - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87) of Leuven - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ioannis Iarochevitch (206-C-89) of Liege - 11 points, 4 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)


Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Kangor.-Boom 5-1 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 5-2 
 3. Waregem 5-2 
 4. St-Niklase 4-2 
 5. Excelsior 4-2 
 6. Houthalen 4-2 
 7. Gent Dragons 4-3 
 8. Oudenaarde 4-3 
 9. CEP Fleurus 3-3 
 10. Sprimont 3-3 
 11. Gembo BBC 2-4 
 12. M.Hainaut II 2-5 
 13. Tongeren 2-5 
 14. Essor Charleroi 1-5 
 15. Giants II 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 20: Tongeren - Gent Dragons 91-88
Oct. 21: Gembo BBC - Excelsior 89-82
Oct. 19: CEP Fleurus - Giants II 85-71
Oct. 19: M.Hainaut II - Oudenaarde 84-91
Oct. 20: St-Niklase - Sint-Jan Ant. 66-74
Oct. 21: Essor Charleroi - Waregem 62-74
Oct. 20: Kangor.-Boom - Houthalen 102-92

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 26: M.Hainaut II - Houthalen
Oct. 26: CEP Fleurus - St-Niklase
Oct. 27: Tongeren - Kangor.-Boom
Oct. 28: Essor Charleroi - Gembo BBC
Oct. 28: Sint-Jan Ant. - Gent Dragons
Oct. 28: Waregem - Excelsior
Oct. 28: M.Hainaut II - CEP Fleurus



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Igokea extends unbeaten run to 5-0 - by Miljan Veskovic

If anybody had any doubts about Igokea's results till 5th round then it's time to admit these aren't any "lucky circumstances". Beside the fact that this team played very good preseason games I think not many expected such a high-fly start of the season. Not just that they are on 5-0, they won 3 games on the road and we are talking about Adriatic League where you don't have easy matches. The last to fall was Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade 75:76. Just like every other game Igokea kept the things simple. 10 players in rotation, great commitment in defense and passing the ball to an open man. Coach Dragan Bajic and the management had clear ideas before the beginning of the season and first of all they created a strong group of guys and then strong group of players. They have great team chemistry and it's easy to see that on the court. The new players fitted perfectly and specially Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) who seems to be untiring on both sides of the floor. They don't have big ups and downs during the game and every player has it's own role, they don't have such thing as "starting five" because every player in a team is a starting five. Remembering the game from Kragujevac where Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) and Goran Gajovic (199-SF-88) gave crucial boost to a team victory or Filip Adamovic's (181-PG-88) role against Buducnost. And it's really enjoyable watch this team play. Let's hope they will continue their run keeping the things simple because that's the hardest thing to do.


KSBiH round one top performers! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH round one top performers! The top players from round one of Bosnian domestic league.

C Novak Popovic CAP: 10-11 from the field 22 points he dominated the inside of KK BOSNAs paint.

SG Marko Josilo VAR: 9-11 from the field 23 points with 5 steals in a one point loss.

F Bozo Djurasovic LEO: 21 points 14 rebounds 3 assists 3 steals in a win.

G Amin Hot VOG: 8-12 from the field, 4-5 from 3, 7-7 from the FT line, 9 rebounds 6 assists 4 steals and a block! A dominating, breakout game for the youngster!

F Mujo Tuljkovic VOG: 8-18 from the field, 21 points 11 rebounds and 4 assists in a win!

MVP: AMIN HOT



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - NLB

Carioca Standings
 1. Flamengo 5-0 
 2. Tijuca TC 4-2 
 3. Botafogo 1-4 
 4. Riachuelo TC 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 15: Botafogo - Tijuca TC 76-89
Oct. 17: Riachuelo TC - Tijuca TC 68-101
Oct. 19: Riachuelo TC - Botafogo 65-77
Oct. 19: Tijuca TC - Flamengo 60-75
Oct. 15: Flamengo - Riachuelo TC 110-59
Oct. 17: Botafogo - Flamengo


Pinheiros/Sky complete the sweep of quarterfinal series versus Liga Sorocabana - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky advanced into Paulista League semifinals. They swept the quarterifinal series versus Liga Sorocabana. Pinherios/Sky claimed an 85:78 victory in the third game. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) nailed 26 points to pace the visitors.
Pinheiros/Sky accounted for 26 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 45:37 halftime lead. Pinheiros/Sky stayed in charge throughout the third term. They accumulated a 66:56 lead at the final intermission. Liga Sorocabana fought bravely but came up short of victory at the end. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) netted 18 points, while Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) added 17 points for the winners. Arlindo Neto (187-G-86) replied with 23 points for Liga Sorocabana. Desmond Holloway (190-G-88, college: Co.Carolina) had 16 points in the loss.



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College basketball players 2012-13 - by David Edole

Seniors
Ray Victor G 6-1, Warner University
Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82, college: Clinton CC (NY)), F 6-5, Warner University

Sophomore
Leslee Smith F 6-8, Seward County
Daven Ottley F/C, 6'8", Sauk Valley CC

Freshman
Norville Carey F 6-5, Southern Mississippi
Killven Samuel G 6-2 Seminole State College
Wuli Frometa G 6'2" Sauk Valley CC
BJorn Caleb, Clinton Community College (Iowa USA)
Kimani Stevens, Clinton Community College (Iowa USA)
Dione Blyden, Clinton Community College (Iowa USA)

Women
Sheldeen Joseph G 5'7" Sauk Valley CC




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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round 1 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just started.

Balkan - Rilski Sportist 93-67

Balkan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Balkan looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Martin Marinov (190-85) fired 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian forward Uros Petrovic (205-90, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. Balkan's coach Petar Klechkov felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International Hristo Zahariev (197-90) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side.


Top scorers:
Balkan: U.Petrovic 17+3reb, I.Lilov 15+3reb+2ast, L.Lilov 13+4reb+2ast, S.Marinov 13+3reb+3ast, M.Marinov 11+6reb+5ast, T.Todorov 8+6reb
Rilski Sportist: H.Zahariev 22+5reb+3ast, T.Smith 10+4reb+5ast, S.Slaveykov 9+1reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 8+4reb+2ast, T.Gugino 8+5reb+2ast, B.Dupree 6+7reb+1ast


gschID: 192818


Tundja Yambol - U20 82-66

It looked good early as U20 took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tundja Yambol had a 23-12 second period charge getting the lead and U20 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-82. Tundja Yambol forced 28 U20 turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of international Martin Durchev (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. The former international point guard Julian Radionov (187-79) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Danish forward Tencho Tenchev (202-93) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for U20. U20's coach Lyubomir Minchev rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.


Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 17+8reb+8ast, S.Govedarov 16+2reb+2ast, S.Cholakov 11+4reb+2ast, P.Aleksiev 10+2reb+2ast, D.Cook 10+4reb, J.Radionov 10+6reb+6ast
U20: A.Simeonov 19+12reb+2ast, T.Tenchev 12+5reb, V.Galabov 9+3reb+1ast, K.Kirilov 7+6reb+1ast, G.Nikolov 4+3reb+1ast, D.Karamfilov 4+1reb+3ast


gschID: 192815


Cherno More - Chernomorets 79-69

It looked good early as Chernomorets took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Euroins Cherno More had a 28-9 second period charge getting the lead and Chernomorets was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-79. Euroins Cherno More had a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international point guard Asen Velikov (185-86) nailed 17 points and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Milcho Borisov (196-90) accounted for 18 points. Euroins Cherno More's coach Spas Natov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Kiril Raykov (196-87) came up with 23 points and Serbian guard Petar Rakovic (190-89) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat.

Top scorers:
Cherno More: M.Borisov 18+2reb+2ast, A.Velikov 17+2reb+6ast, L.Hall 11+6reb+1ast, G.Galiotos 8+11reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 8+3reb+2ast, A.Bojic 8+2reb+2ast
Chernomorets: K.Raykov 23+2reb+1ast, B.Boev 13+3reb+2ast, J.Tyler 12+13reb, P.Rakovic 7+6reb+7ast, I.Slavchev 5+2reb, K.Koev 5+1reb+3ast


gschID: 192816


Lukoil Academik - Spartak Pleven 100-74

The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven was better in third quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 24. Lukoil Academik forced 19 Spartak Pleven turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse) nailed 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 13 points and 7 assists. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Coach Marin Dokuzovski's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Center Denis Agre (203-88, college: Pepperdine) came up with 9 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 12 points respectively for Spartak Pleven in the defeat.


Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.Watkins 24+7reb, M.Abukar 14+4reb+1ast, B.Heath 13+1reb+7ast, D.Green 11+5reb+3ast, B.Avramov 9+2reb+5ast, T.Massamba 7+2reb+1ast
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 12+1reb+3ast, D.Marintchechki 12+4reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 12+1ast, T.Ostrev 9+3reb+3ast, D.Agre 9+10reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 8+1ast


gschID: 192819


Beroe - Levski Sofia 69-84

Levski Sofia outrebounded Beroe 43-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) stepped up and scored 23 points and 7 assists for the winners and international forward Dimitar Dimitrov (202-93, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) responded with 24 points and the other American import guard Will Walker (183, college: De Paul) scored 14 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories.

Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Marinovic 23+4reb+7ast, C.Kostov 11+6reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 11+11reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 8+2reb+1ast, S.Georgiev 7+4reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 6+10reb+1ast
Beroe: R.Holmes 24+3reb+1ast, W.Walker 14+4reb+8ast, S.Tsvetkov 10+5reb+2ast, V.Aleksandrov 8+3reb, M.Hart 8+7reb, M.Dimitrov 5+6reb


gschID: 192817


Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Academik BL 1-0 
 2. Academik PL 1-0 
 3. Spartak MVR 1-0 
 4. Thrace Univ. 1-0 
 5. Chavdar 0-1 
 6. Dunav 2007 0-1 
 7. Varna 0-1 
 8. Vidabasket 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 21: UE Varna - Spartak MVR 83-88
Oct. 21: Academik BL - Vidabasket 83-69
Oct. 21: Academik PL - Chavdar 76-58
Oct. 21: Thrace Univ. - Dunav 2007 72-53

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 28: Dunav 2007 - Academik PL
Oct. 28: Chavdar - UE Varna
Oct. 28: Spartak MVR - Thrace Univ.
Oct. 28: Vidabasket - Academik BL


Div A stats leaders

Men First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pangarov, Vidab. 28.0
2 Ivanov, Trac.Uni. 28.0
3 Traykov, Acad. BL 27.0
4 Stoyanov, Varna 25.0
5 Tanev, Spartak 25.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Aleksov, Trac.Uni 20.0
2 Penev, Acad PL 12.0
3 Vuchkov, Spartak 11.0
4 Nikolov, Dunav 11.0
5 Gospodinov, Spartak 11.0
Assists Per Game
1 Stavrev, Acad.PL 9.0
2 Donchev, Acad BL 7.0
3 K.Hristov, Acad PL 6.0
4 Tsonkov, Varna 6.0
5 Kolev, Vidab. 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Atanasov, Dunav 5.0
2 Hristov, Chavdar 4.0
3 Nikolov, Dunav 4.0
4 Dafinov, Trac.Uni 3.0
5 Tsenov, Spartak 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Aleksov, Trac.Uni 5.0
2 Pangarov, Vidab. 1.0
3 Radev, Varna 1.0
4 Arabadjiyski, Acad PL 1.0
5 Vuchkov, Spartak 1.0



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  CHILE   


Dimayor 2012: ROUND 9 RESULTS - by Daniel Valencia

Liceo Mixto and San Fernando are the leaders of Dimayor after round 9. Liceo defeated to Quilicura led by Claudio Gallardo (17), Universidad de Concepcion defeated to UDOC with Evandro Arteaga scoring 25 points, Catolica defeated to Virginio Gomez led by the americans Traimel and Fahnbulleh that combined for 57 points and 29 rebounds. These are the complete results.

Round 9

DUOC 65 - Universidad de Concepcion 110
Duoc: Pablo Pinto 18 pts. Valentin Cabello 15 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 25 pts. Eduardo Marechal 18 pts.

Universidad Catolica 104 - Virginio Gomez 74
Uc: Eric Traimel (201-F-88, college: N.Texas) 30 pts. Jeff Fahnbulleh 27 pts.
Ins: Antonio Davis 17 pts. Sharmani Spears 16 pts.

Quilicura 71 - Liceo Mixto 89
Qui: Chucky Frierson 24 pts. Timothy Jones 13 pts.
Lic: Claudio Gallardo 17 pts. Patricio Briones 15 pts.

San Fernando 97 - San Luis 83
Fer: Allan Sheppard 29 pts. Keneth Jones 20 pts.
San: Camilo Bustamante 21 pts. Giovanni Ballini 16 pts.


Standings - LIBSUR

DIMAYOR Standings
 1. San Fernando 9-1 
 2. Liceo Mixto 8-2 
 3. U.Concepcion 7-3 
 4. U.Catolica 5-5 
 5. Duoc 5-5 
 6. San Luis 3-7 
 7. I.P. Virginio 2-8 
 8. Quilicura 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 10

Oct. 21: San Fernando - Liceo Mixto 84-76
Oct. 21: U.Catolica - U.Concepcion 74-79
Oct. 21: Duoc - I.P. Virginio 73-61
Oct. 21: Quilicura - San Luis 67-65

Regular Season: Round 11

Oct. 27: Liceo Mixto - Duoc
Oct. 27: San Luis - U.Catolica
Oct. 27: U.Concepcion - Quilicura
Oct. 27: I.P. Virginio - San Fernando


Dimayor 2012: ROUND 10 RESULTS - by Daniel Valencia

San Fernando is the new leader of Dimayor after sunday night victory against Liceo Mixto, led by the americans Keneth Jones (198-PF-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Kentucky St.) and Allan Sheppard that scored 23 points each. Universidad de Concepcion defeated to Universidad Catolica with 28 points from Evandro Arteaga. Municipal Quilicura won its first game of the season, defeating to San Luis 67-65. These are the complete results of round 10.

Round 10

DUOC 73 - Virginio Gomez 61


Universidad Catolica 74 - Universidad de Concepcion 79

Uc: Jeff Fahnbulleh 29 pts. Eric Traimel 17 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 28 pts. Terrel Taylor 19 pts.

Quilicura 67 - San Luis 65
Qui: Chucky Frierson 19 pts. Timothy Jones 15 pts.
San: Rocco Cotroneo 25 pts. Jessan Gary 16 pts.

San Fernando 84 - Liceo Mixto 76

San: Keneth Jones 23 pts. Allan Sheppard 23 pts.
Lic: Patricio Briones 24 pts. Jonathon Avery 21 pts.



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  CHINA   


CBA Season Upon Us - by Alex Yam

It is getting closer to the start of another CBA season in China. This year is shaping up to be a interesting year, as former Houston Rocket, and China hero, Tracy McGrady has signed to play with the Qingdao Eagles, along with former NBA player Al Thornton, who signed with Guangsha. It seems each year, more and more fringe and former NBA stars are making the trek over the water.

China's league has gone from a has been league to something of a destination for many players, coaches and agents looking to do business. As many as 7-8 former NBA players are in China each season now, and the league has some of the brightest talent in professional basketball. The start of the season begins Nov 24th, and likely will run through mid-Feb, with playoffs to follow.

Some storyline to follow besides TMAC/Qingdao , would be can Beijing find the magic to repeat or will Guangdong, with the return of their favorite son, Yi Jianlian capture success once again? How will perennial powerhouse Xinjiang do, now with Von Wafer, and superstar big man James Singleton, will Shanxi led by swingman Marcus Williams, who is one of the top players in the entire league, and stalwort big man, Charles Gaines, lead Shanxi to a CBA finals berth?

All these questions and much more will be answered starting Nov 24th!



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Turi Svitavy Bring In Kris Douse - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

Since being rumored to be on the brink of financial crisis more than a week ago, Turi Svitavy have now pulled off back-to-back impressive victories over Jindrichuv Hradec and Pardubice. Adding to their renewed force will be second year forward Kris Douse (198-F-86, college: Point Park). Douse, 6-6, made his debut with Svitavy yesterday, logging two minutes off the bench against BK Pardubice. Douse, a native of Brampton, Ontario spent last season split between England and Iceland during his first professional season. In 18 games for the Liverpool Mersey Tigers he averaged 16.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists before heading to Keflavik where he appeared in 9 games and averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals. A strong rebounder, Douse played at three schools collegiality after attending Prep School in the USA at Laurinburg Institute; Nebraska, Delaware State and finishing at NAIA Point Park.

Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 19: Liberec - Kara Trutnov 90-59
Oct. 19: Sokol P. - Loko Plzen 86-80
Oct. 21: Proton Zlin - Ostrava 79-70
Oct. 21: Litomerice - Nymburk B 74-80
Oct. 16: U19 - Ostrava 68-74
Oct. 21: Sokol H.K. - JBC Brno 107-75
Oct. 19: Sparta Praha - Sokol V. 104-60

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 26: Loko Plzen - Ostrava
Oct. 26: Nymburk B - Proton Zlin
Oct. 28: Kara Trutnov - Litomerice
Oct. 28: JBC Brno - Liberec
Oct. 28: Sokol V. - Sokol H.K.
Oct. 26: Sokol P. - Sparta Praha


Czech Republic NBL round 6 best performance: Jan Tomanec - by Eurobasket News

Center Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for J.Hradec, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team J.Hradec moved-up to the 12th position in the Czech Republic NBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Tomanec had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at J.Hradec, through which he has constantly improved. Jan Tomanec has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.8rpg) and averages impressive 61.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Canadian Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) of BK Pardubice. Muirhead had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as BK Pardubice lost that game 85-97 to the lower-ranked Svitavy (#9, 2-3). This loss caused BK Pardubice to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Muirhead is well-known at BK Pardubice and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Radek Necas (205-F-80) of league's top team CEZ Nymburk. Necas scored 13 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of CEZ Nymburk, leading his team to a 72-65 win against the lower-ranked BK Decin (#7, 2-2). CEZ Nymburk started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Necas turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Necas has a very solid season. In 6 games in Czech Republic he scored 6.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84) of BC Kolin - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Pavel Bosak (192-G/F-82) of Chomutov - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rashaan Ames (184-PG-78) of NH Ostrava - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) of Svitavy - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Willie Kemp (188-G-87) of Levice - 18 points and 5 assists
10. Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Success Is A Struggle - by Greg Logins

Hello Fans,
Hope everyone is doing well. I am doing great still, just resting up the body for the day getting prepared to get back into action tomorrow morning.This previous week, we had two games and we ended up 1-1, which sets us up to 3-2 overall. It was a tough one for us on Friday rolling into KTP. We where up for the challenge, but failed to complete the mission, which was the win. We started off okay and managed to get a good tempo going for us, but with there fire power, they ended up taking over the game and winning. Individually I did not have a good game offensively, but I tried my best and did other things that helped the team out. As a ball player, there are nights when you may have a off game, but you have to dig deep down inside and bring something else to the table to try to help the team. The main thing is to just keep your composer and stay focused. As a team, we will learn from this loss, and continue to build on the things we need to work on. Each day in practice, we work hard building the things that we need to complete. Success comes from hard work, and struggle is involved. We manage to keep fighting and progressing as a whole, we will continue to have positive outcomes. Our next opponent is on Friday at home against Lahti. We have a full week to work hard, and get prepared to lace our sneakers up Friday night at home and get ready for war. That is all I have for today. Have a blessed day and hope everyone continues to read my blogs.

Thank You,

Greg Logins #4

NamikaHoops



Korisliiga Round 5: Kauhajoen Karhu loses to Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in Korisliiga and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds.

The game between third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (3-2) and fifth ranked Kouvot (3-1) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Kauhajoen Karhu was defeated by Kouvot in a tough game in Kauhajoki 73-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kauhajoen Karhu won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kouvot won last quarter 25-22. 24 personal fouls committed by Kauhajoen Karhu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Chris Hester (192-79, college: E.Washington) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for Kauhajoen Karhu. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kouvot have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with LrNMKY. Kouvot are looking forward to face UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play on the road against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for KTP-Basket (4-1) which hosted in Kotka 4th placed LrNMKY (3-2). Third ranked KTP-Basket had an easy win 96-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LrNMKY. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and Sefton Barrett chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 22 points and 8 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. KTP-Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Kauhajoki. KTP-Basket will play against league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LrNMKY will play against Namika Lahti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Lapuan Korikobrat's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Uusikaupunki, where they defeated UU-Korihait (1-4) 85-80 on Friday. Dwight Tolbert nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Ramon Dyer came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds for UU-Korihait in the defeat. Lapuan Korikobrat left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Korihait and Salon Vilpas. It was UU-Korihait's fourth loss in a row. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UU-Korihait will play against Kouvot (#3) in Kouvola.
Korisliiga top team - Tampereen Pyrinto (5-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Joensuun Kataja (2-3) 87-77. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Damon Williams who had a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Undefeated Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki.

In the last two games of round 5 Salon Vilpas was beaten by Nilan Bisons on the road 82-74. Namika Lahti destroyed FoKoPo on its own court 94-67.


Kataja - Pyrinto 77-87

Korisliiga top team - Tampereen Pyrinto (5-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Joensuun Kataja (2-3) 87-77. It looked good early as Joensuun Kataja took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tampereen Pyrinto took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. They made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) who had a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St., agency: Warren Sports International) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Johnell Smith (180-80, college: New Orleans) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Tampereen Pyrinto and four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 20+1reb, D.Williams 19+12reb+11ast, L.Ulmer 14+8reb+4ast, C.Lindbom 12+4reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 12+4reb+1ast, A.Lehto 4+2reb
Kataja: J.Flowers 22+13reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 16+2reb+3ast, J.Smith 14+3reb+6ast, J.Nenonen 14+6reb, J.Lehtoranta 6+2reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 194538


Kauhajoki - Kouvot 73-77

The game between third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (3-2) and fifth ranked Kouvot (3-1) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Kauhajoen Karhu was defeated by Kouvot in a tough game in Kauhajoki 73-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kauhajoen Karhu won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kouvot won last quarter 25-22. 24 personal fouls committed by Kauhajoen Karhu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Puerto Rican forward Gilberto Clavell (201-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Chris Hester (192-79, college: E.Washington) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import power forward Tremaine Ford (206-86, college: CS Northridge) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kouvot have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with LrNMKY. Kouvot are looking forward to face UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play on the road against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: G.Clavell 23+10reb+2ast, C.Hester 17+6reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 13+3reb+4ast, S.Vanttaja 11+5reb, V.Taylor 8+5reb+2ast, A.Perttu 2+2reb
Kauhajoki: T.Ford 16+6reb, J.Bullock 15+14reb+2ast, G.Watson 14+3reb+2ast, E.Skamo 10+2reb, N.Mattila 6+1reb+2ast, I.Vuori 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 194537


Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas 82-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit's (2-2) home victory over bottom-ranked Salon Vilpas (1-4) 82-74. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Salon Vilpas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who scored 31 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Troy Barnies (200-89, college: Maine) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Salon Vilpas lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kouvot (#3) in Kouvola and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 31+6reb+1ast, R.McDade 11+9reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 11+3reb, M.Nuutinen 9+2reb, J.Ivey 8+4reb+7ast, M.Koivisto 7+3reb+4ast
Salon Vilpas: M.Hall 19+6reb+4ast, T.Barnies 16+6reb+1ast, S.Atupem 10+3reb, M.Sandberg 9+7reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 9+1reb+1ast, J.Kataja 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 194536


Namika Lahti - FoKoPo 94-67

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Forssan Koripojat (2-3) was smashed on the road by ninth ranked Namika Lahti (2-3) 94-67. Namika Lahti dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Koripojat's 26. Namika Lahti forced 19 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Emmanuel Holloway (183-86, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Five Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Markus Molenius (203-92) added 12 points respectively for the guests. 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. Namika Lahti moved-up to seventh place, which they share with FoKoPo and Kataja. Namika Lahti's next round opponent will be higher ranked LrNMKY (#5) in Lappeenranta and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: E.Holloway 23+4reb+5ast, J.Hasquet 18+12reb+4ast, C.Latimer 17+2reb+3ast, A.Alanen 14+2reb+2ast, L.Johnson 11+10reb+1ast, J.Koskinen 7+4reb+2ast
FoKoPo: J.Thorpe 13+11reb+2ast, M.Molenius 12+4reb, C.Burgess 8+2reb+6ast, A.Thornton 8+8reb, S.Ikavalko 8+1reb+2ast, J.Helenius 8+1reb
gschID: 194534


Korihait - Lapua 80-85

Lapuan Korikobrat's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Uusikaupunki, where they defeated UU-Korihait (1-4) 85-80 on Friday. UU-Korihait was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Lapuan Korikobrat, which allowed them to win the game. Lapuan Korikobrat shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American forward Dwight Tolbert (195-86, college: Lander) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Ramon Dyer (201-84, college: Houston) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for UU-Korihait in the defeat. Four Lapuan Korikobrat and five UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Korihait and Salon Vilpas. It was UU-Korihait's fourth loss in a row. Lapuan Korikobrat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UU-Korihait will play against Kouvot (#3) in Kouvola.
Top scorers:
Lapua: D.Tolbert 23+15reb+3ast, S.Haanpaa 19+6reb+1ast, B.Holmes 14+4reb+5ast, C.Commons 13+9reb+1ast, J.Turja 8+1ast, A.Huuskonen 4+1reb
Korihait: D.Horton 15+1reb+3ast, V.Kopio 14+2reb+1ast, R.Dyer 13+9reb, C.Taft 12+2reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 11+4reb+5ast, P.Rainamaa 10
gschID: 194535


KTP - LrNMKY 96-64

An interesting game for KTP-Basket (4-1) which hosted in Kotka 4th placed LrNMKY (3-2). Third ranked KTP-Basket had an easy win 96-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of LrNMKY. The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to LrNMKY's 38. KTP-Basket forced 19 LrNMKY turnovers. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) scored 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KTP-Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Kauhajoki. KTP-Basket will play against league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LrNMKY will play against Namika Lahti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KTP: D.Giles 22+8reb+1ast, S.Barrett 17+3reb+4ast, A.Williams 15+4reb+4ast, J.Matinen 14+6reb, T.Heinonen 8+7reb+2ast, M.Pounds 7+1reb+2ast
LrNMKY: J.Conley 22+8reb+2ast, M.Gibson 17+3reb+1ast, G.Logins 6+8reb+1ast, T.Viertola 5+2ast, J.Heinikoski 5+1reb+1ast, A.Tapio 3+2reb
gschID: 194533



1st Division Round 4: Undefeated TuNMKY loses their first game against Kerava Energia Team - by Eurobasket News

After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the 1st Division and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated TuNMKY (3-1) on the court of fifth ranked Kerava Energia Team on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Kerava Energia Team 90-71. The game was mostly controlled by Kerava Energia Team. TuNMKY managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kerava Energia Team dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to TuNMKY's 34. Kerava Energia Team forced 23 TuNMKY turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard La Trice Little (187-79, college: Mercy) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and Cameroonian power forward Rudolf Mua (201-80) who added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. At the losing side forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Kerava Energia Team maintains fifth position in Division with 2-2 record. TuNMKY at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top place with one game lost. Kerava Energia Team are looking forward to face higher ranked KaU Koris (#3) in Karkkila in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TuNMKY will play on the road against the league's second-placed JyWe in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was HBA-Marsky's (#7) 18-point road victory against 6th ranked Espoo Basket in Division 90-72. The winners were led by guard Joni Herrala (190-94) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 assists and Julius Rajala supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Joonas Suotamo (209-86, college: Penn St.) did not help to save the game for Espoo Basket. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HBA-Marsky (2-2) moved-up to sixth place in Division. Newly promoted Espoo Basket dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. HBA-Marsky will play against higher ranked Jarvenpaa (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Espoo Basket will play against BC Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jarvenpaa (2-2) against fourth ranked KaU Koris (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Jarvenpaa was defeated by KaU Koris in a tough game in Karkkila 63-72. Sami Syrjala fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Jesse Mantyla produced 23 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. KaU Koris moved-up to third place in Division. Jarvenpaa at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. KaU Koris will meet Kerava Energia Team (#5) on the road in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against HBA-Marsky in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1st Division top team - Porvoon Tarmo (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Ura Basket (0-4) in Kaarina 102-83. It was a very good performance for Jerrah Young who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 7 blocks. Porvoon Tarmo maintains first position in Division with 4-0 record. Ura Basket at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Porvoon Tarmo's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#5) in Tampere. Ura Basket will play on the road against Aanekosken Huima (#8) in Aanekoski and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 4
In Division ToPo won against Oulun NMKY on the opponent's court 68-64.


Group A
Ura Basket - Porvoon Tarmo 83-102

1st Division top team - Porvoon Tarmo (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Ura Basket (0-4) in Kaarina 102-83. Porvoon Tarmo made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Ura Basket only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded Ura Basket 51-24 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Porvoon Tarmo brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 30 personal fouls committed by Ura Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American forward Jerrah Young (201-85, college: Toledo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 7 blocks. The other American import guard Isaiah Tate (192-89, college: George Mason) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Young is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Nolan Richardson (188-84, college: Midwestern St.) replied with 29 points and guard Miska Ahokas (200-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ura Basket. Four Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Porvoon Tarmo maintains first position in Division with 4-0 record. Ura Basket at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Porvoon Tarmo's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#5) in Tampere. Ura Basket will play on the road against Aanekosken Huima (#8) in Aanekoski and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: N.Richardson 29+2reb+3ast, B.Nash 15+3reb, L.Kuuluvainen 12, M.Ahokas 11+6reb+3ast, S.Latvala 9+3reb+5ast, J.Kukkonen 5+3reb+1ast
Porvoon Tarmo: J.Young 35+20reb, I.Tate 18+3reb+1ast, T.Hartikainen 11+2reb+1ast, D.McBride 9+2reb, J.Nissinen 9+9reb+2ast, J.Kyllonen 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 197464


Oulun NMKY - ToPo 64-68

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Oulun NMKY (1-2) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Torpan Pojat (2-2) 68-64. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 24-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Oulun NMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Quite impressive performance for forward Elias Kajander (196-80) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Devin Ginty (188-89, college: San Diego, agency: SDJ Sports) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ginty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. American point guard Frederick Russell (185-88, college: Philadelphia) replied with 28 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Dwight Coleman (203-84, college: Dallas Baptist) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Oulun NMKY. Torpan Pojat moved-up to fourth place in Division. Oulun NMKY at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Torpan Pojat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saynatsalon Riento (#3) in Jyvaskyla and it may be the game of the week. Oulun NMKY will play at home against the league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka (#2).
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: F.Russell 28+7reb+1ast, D.Coleman 13+11reb+1ast, J.Vanttaja 10+5reb+1ast, H.Vihavainen 5+4reb+1ast, T.Junila 4+3reb, S.Keinonen 3+7reb+1ast
ToPo: E.Kajander 16+8reb, M.Jamsa 12, D.Ginty 11+7reb+3ast, H.Coleman 10+8reb+1ast, T.Kulha 7+1reb, S.Niskanen 6+2reb
gschID: 197463


Group B
KaU Koris - Jarvenpaa 72-63

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jarvenpaa (2-2) against fourth ranked KaU Koris (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Jarvenpaa was defeated by KaU Koris in a tough game in Karkkila 63-72. The game without a history. KaU Koris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KaU Koris outrebounded Jarvenpaa 44-29 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Sami Syrjala (197-81) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Center Tomi Sakala (203-80) chipped in 7 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Jesse Mantyla (197-89) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Visa Tarjanne (193-93) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. KaU Koris moved-up to third place in Division. Jarvenpaa at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. KaU Koris will meet Kerava Energia Team (#5) on the road in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against HBA-Marsky in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jarvenpaa: J.Mantyla 23+8reb, V.Tarjanne 22+7reb, J.Viita 7+7reb+3ast, O.Laakkonen 7+1reb+1ast, S.Oja 4+3reb, T.Suortti 0+2reb
KaU Koris: S.Syrjala 29+11reb+3ast, J.Kinnunen 14+3reb+1ast, L.Jarvinen 9+6reb+5ast, T.Sakala 7+16reb+1ast, S.Ryynanen 6, T.Heiskanen 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 197468


Espoo Basket - HBA-Marsky 72-90

Very significant was HBA-Marsky's (#7) 18-point road victory against 6th ranked Espoo Basket in Division 90-72. The game without a history. HBA-Marsky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. HBA-Marsky forced 23 Espoo Basket turnovers. Espoo Basket was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by guard Joni Herrala (190-94) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 assists and Julius Rajala (205-94) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four HBA-Marsky players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Joonas Suotamo (209-86, college: Penn St.) did not help to save the game for Espoo Basket. Forward Marco Tammi (194-87) added 9 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HBA-Marsky (2-2) moved-up to sixth place in Division. Newly promoted Espoo Basket dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. HBA-Marsky will play against higher ranked Jarvenpaa (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Espoo Basket will play against BC Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Espoo Basket: J.Suotamo 12+11reb+2ast, J.Ohtonen 10+6reb, K.Nurminen 10+1reb+2ast, H.Sivula 9+3reb, M.Tammi 9+9reb, M.Metsamaa 7+1ast
HBA-Marsky: J.Herrala 26+6ast, H.Niemisto 13+4reb+2ast, O.Michelsen 13+4reb+1ast, J.Rajala 12+9reb+1ast, M.Kauhanen 8+7reb+1ast, J.Tahvanainen 4+1reb
gschID: 197467


Kerava ET - TuNMKY 90-71

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated TuNMKY (3-1) on the court of fifth ranked Kerava Energia Team on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Kerava Energia Team 90-71. The game was mostly controlled by Kerava Energia Team. TuNMKY managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kerava Energia Team dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to TuNMKY's 34. Kerava Energia Team forced 23 TuNMKY turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard La Trice Little (187-79, college: Mercy) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and Cameroonian power forward Rudolf Mua (201-80) who added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. Four Kerava Energia Team players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and forward Oskari Immonen (197-93) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Kerava Energia Team maintains fifth position in Division with 2-2 record. TuNMKY at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top place with one game lost. Kerava Energia Team are looking forward to face higher ranked KaU Koris (#3) in Karkkila in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TuNMKY will play on the road against the league's second-placed JyWe in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: S.Salminen 19+16reb+1ast, O.Immonen 15+5reb, V.Hanninen 11+3reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 8+1reb+3ast, P.Luomala 6+3reb, D.Hazrati 5+6reb+1ast
Kerava ET: L.Trice Little 18+9reb+7ast, R.Mua 18+12reb+2ast, A.Towa 17+10reb+1ast, A.Heiskanen 11+2ast, R.Juvonen 9+1reb+9ast, T.Lapila 7+5reb
gschID: 197466



Damon Williams' triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

39-year old forward Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Pyrinto and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He recorded a triple-double of 19 points addeding also 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team beat Kataja (#8, 2-3) 87-77. It allowed Pyrinto to consolidate first place in the Finnish league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Pyrinto already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Pyrinto, through which he has constantly improved. Colorado State-Pueblo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg,60.0% FGP and 56.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Kouvot. He is Puerto Rican forward in his first season at Kouvot. In the last game Clavell recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Kouvot to edge slightly lower-ranked Kauhajoki (#4, 3-2) by 4 points 77-73. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kouvot consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Clavell is a newcomer at Kouvot and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#9). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management) of Namika Lahti (#7). Hasquet showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Namika Lahti, leading his team to a 94-67 easy win against FoKoPo (2-3). The chances of Namika Lahti ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hasquet could help Namika Lahti to bring them higher in the standings. Hasquet has a very solid season. In 5 games in Finland he scored 11.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devonne Giles (203-F-83) of KTP - 22 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of Kataja - 22 points and 13 rebounds
6. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 31 points and 6 rebounds
7. Dwight Tolbert (195-F-86) of Lapua - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Emmanuel Holloway (183-G-86) of Namika Lahti - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Kauhajoki - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marquis Hall (183-PG-87) of Salon Vilpas - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



KORISLIIGA: Top teams winning on the road - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 5: Kataja (Joensuu) did well, when qualifying into EuroChallenge games, but after Team's American big man Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) got into injured list, it has been difficult. Tonight Pyrinto (Tampere) visiting at Joensuu and causing season's third loss to Kataja: 77-87 (36-31). Quarters: 24-14, 12-17, 17-23, 24-33. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) led Pyrinto (5-0) with 20 points and Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had his third triple-double this season (19pts/12rbs/11a)! Victory # 700 on top level in Finland. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) led Kataja (2-3) with a double-double 22pts/13rbs.
Kataja - Pyrinto 77-87 (36-31). (Jonte Flowers 22/13, Petri Virtanen 16, Juho Nenonen 14 - Kenneth Lowe 20, Damon Williams 19/12/11, Lamonte Ulmer 14/8. A: 913).

In Division 1A YMCA Oulu lost at home vs Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 64-68 (31-32). The game was tight, but visitor ToPo was stronger at the end. Elias Kajander (196-F-80) led ToPo with 16 pts. Ura Basket (Kaarina) got tired during the second half and Tarmo (Porvoo) won the fourth quarter 19-35 and the contest 83-102 (43-51). Tarmo (4-0) was led by F-Center Jerrah Young (201-F-85, college: Toledo), who scored 35 points and grabbed 20 rebounds (12 offensive rbs). Young blocked also seven shots in 33:33 minutes. Isaiah Tate (192-G-89, college: George Mason) added 18 pts. Guard Nolan Richardson (188-G-84, college: Midwestern St.) helped Ura Basket with 29 points.

YMCA Oulu - ToPo 64-68 (31-32). (Russell Frederick 28, Dwight Coleman 13/11, Jari Vanttaja 10 - Elias Kajander 16, Mikko Jamsa 12, Devin Ginty 11).
Ura Basket - Tarmo 83-102 (43-51). (Nolan Richardson 29, Bobby Nash 15, Lauri Kuuluvainen 12 - Jerrah Young 35/20/7b, Isaiah Tate 18, Teemu Hartikainen 11).



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  FRANCE   


Win or go home - by Daviin Davis

Many players and all Americans know this and if you don't you will find out quick . The game brings all of "us" players joy and we love the it. But there are things that can be fixed and we can start with clubs giving up on the import players so quick. We all know the local players almost never get released. The first ones to go are the imports (players from a different country then he is playing in) weather your having a good season or not if your team is losing you will be the escape goat. They will find a loop hole in your contract to get out of paying and at the end of the day when a player knows the club doesn't want him there why put up a fight to stay. I had to go through this my first year in Finland. I had a one month try-out period everything was good I got by that I was playing well but my team was losing and mind you this team was coming off a winning season the year before and ended up losing in the championship round. So we start the season having cut the first PG we started training camp with. After 2 loses to start the season we again cut the PG. at this point I was worrying about my job. I look up and we are 0-5 and again we cut the American PG. now every practice every missed shot every game is replaying in my head wondering what I can fix. Going on the road and getting our first win was great but I knew we needed more wins after a home win and a 20 point 7 Rebs game things were looking up for the team and me. I was so wrong I got a TEXT saying they was bring in a more experience player. To make this story short the guy that took my spot on the team was released a month later and the American 5 man was also sent packing. Know local players were sent home. So back to my point. Many of these men and women have family's firing them at a drop of a dime could kill there family's and there career for first or second year players . The way clubs use loop holes and dumb reasons to change players need to be looked into by somebody. I just want to warn new players and players that don't know things like this does go on its not all preaches and cream like many on the outside looking in may think. Players cant just leave a team because they dont like the city or coach or whatever. Players have to deal with whatever is going on because if the player tries to leave the club they will not pay for the flight home they will not release the player so he can play on another team. So why should the club be allowed to do this so easily. With me saying that players look into player unions in the country you are playing in. They have your back because without you there is not a union so just look into it they are very helpful.....

ADA BLOIS we are 4-0 after a good road win. We play a French cup game on oct.23 wish us luck!!!

Until next time TAKE CARE and GOD BLESS.....chosen last but best pick!!!



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  GEORGIA   


Welcome to Superleague 2012/2013 season! - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superleague just started.

Kutaisi - Samedicino 87-49

Kutaisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Kutaisi had a 34-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Samedicino-Academia's players. International center Richard Matiashvili (207-89) nailed 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and forward Rezo Didia (203-87) accounted for 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Guard Giorgi Gaprindashvili (190-88, college: Midland CC) came up with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Zurab Maisuradze (195-91) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Samedicino-Academia in the defeat.


Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 22+9reb+2ast, G.Barbakadze 13+8reb, B.Kvimsadze 13+4reb+8ast, R.Didia 12+7reb+7ast, L.Grdzelidze 10, Z.Pashayev 6+3reb+6ast
Samedicino: Z.Maisuradze 9+6reb+3ast, G.Gaprindashvili 8+7reb+4ast, L.Revazashvili 7+3reb, G.Revazashvili 6+4reb+1ast, I.Gabisonia 4+2reb+1ast


gschID: 204974


Olimpi - Sokhumi 97-78

Olimpi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 24 Sokhumi turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Olimpi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Levan Fatsatsia fired 25 points for the winners. Greek-Estonian point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Center Vakhtang Kadaria (205-89, college: Mineral Area CC) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Irakli Chlaidze (199-89) added 20 points respectively for lost side.


Top scorers:
Olimpi: L.Fatsatsia 25+4reb+2ast, S.Sokk 11+2reb+7ast, A.Dvalishvili 10+4reb, K.Tomaradze 10+1reb, N.Tenieshvili 9+2reb+3ast, N.Tutus 8+2reb+1ast
Sokhumi: I.Chlaidze 20+4reb+3ast, V.Kadaria 19+10reb+4ast, D.Dekanoidze 12+1reb+2ast, G.Shvangiradze 11+6reb+1ast, R.Nazmiev 9+6reb+4ast, G.Kopaliani 4+7reb


gschID: 204971


Dinamo Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 85-53

Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSU to just 7 points in first quarter. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to TSU's 24. Dinamo Tbilisi had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Lamar Karim (178-83, college: So.Poly State, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 assists for the winners and Serbian center Milan Oluic (210-84) chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach Irakli Khoshtaria felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Givi Bakradze (185-91) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Vakhtang Chkareuli (196-91) scored 6 points and 6 assists.


Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: L.Karim 28+4reb+4ast, M.Oluic 18+13reb, B.Chikviladze 11+8reb+2ast, I.Lezhava 10+4reb+3ast, T.Niniashvili 5+7reb+3ast
TSU Tbilisi: B.Givi 18+5reb+2ast, G.Tetelashvili 6+3reb+1ast, V.Chkareuli 6+4reb+6ast, I.Kobidze 5+6reb, G.Khaniashvili 5+4reb+1ast, G.Bakradze 4+8reb+1ast


gschID: 204973


STU Tbilisi - Rustavi 62-94

Energy Invest led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 26. Energy Invest forced 27 STU turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Vaja Janashia (203-93, college: High School) answered with 9 points and 7 rebounds and guard Luka Minashvili (190) added 11 points in the effort for STU. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: N.Bowie 21+4reb+4ast, K.Nelson 17+14reb+4ast, R.Atanelishvili 12+6reb, M.Abaishvili 10+1ast, L.Khmelidze 9+2reb, M.Chochua 8+3reb+3ast
STU Tbilisi: L.Minashvili 11+1reb+2ast, V.Janashia 9+7reb+2ast, A.Dzidziguri 9+2reb+2ast, G.Kvetenadze 8+4reb, T.Chachibaia 7+4reb+1ast, B.Koridze 6
gschID: 204972


MIA Academy - Batumi 92-65


The game was mostly controlled by MIA. Batumi was better in fourth quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 16 and had 23 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Batumi only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Batumi 54-28 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. MIA players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Batumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Chad Prewitt (206-80, college: Arizona St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nika Ramishvili (179-94) answered with 18 points and the former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Batumi.


Top scorers:
MIA Academy: Z.Antadze 15+7reb+4ast, K.Archibeque 14+8reb, C.Prewitt 13+10reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 10+1reb, M.Bokolishvili 10+2reb+4ast, R.Rogava 8+5reb+9ast
Batumi: N.Ramishvili 18+4reb+2ast, L.Keshelava 13+9reb+2ast, I.Maisuradze 11+2reb+4ast, A.Eliashvili 6+2reb, G.Nanitashvili 6+5reb+9ast, I.Emiridze 5+1ast


gschID: 204970



Sokhumi inks Ruslan Nazmiev, ex Severstal - by Eurobasket News (T)

Sokhumi Tbilisi (Superleague) agreed terms with 25-year old Russian-Uzbekistani guard Ruslan Nazmiev (200-93kg-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). Nazmiev moved there from Severstal in Russian Superleague where he supposed to play, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. The last season he played for Ural Ekaterinburg (Superleague). He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Nazmiev has played also professionally in Russia (CSKA Moscow, Unics Kazan, Unics Kazan U23 and CSKA Moscow U23).

By Eurobasket NEWS3 of Eurobasket.com



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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Ryan BROOKS
  LTi 46ers
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Brooks, LTi 46ers19.6 
 2. Nachbar, Brose B.19.5 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm18.2 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.8 
 5. Stewart, TBB Trier16.3 
 6. Taylor, Neckar L.15.6 
 7. Mitchell, NY Phant.15.4 
 8. Gordon, Phoenix15.4 
 9. Taylor, Art.Dragons15.0 
 10. Duggins, Walter T.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm11.6 
 2. Burtschi, Bremerha.8.8 
 3. Nash, Walter T.8.0 
 4. McGhee, Bayreuth7.6 
 5. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.4 
 6. Troutman, B.Mue.7.2 
 7. Boone, s.Oliver.7.2 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen7.2 
 9. Gordon, Phoenix7.2 
 10. Ewing Jr., Teleko.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.3 
 2. Joyce, EWE Baskets4.8 
 3. Harris, LTi 46ers4.8 
 4. Schaffartzik, ALBA4.7 
 5. White, Phoenix4.4 
 6. Burrell, Bremerha.4.2 
 7. Bailey, Bayreuth4.0 
 8. Redding, Walter T.4.0 
 9. Rice, B.Muenchen4.0 
 10. Jones, Fraport S.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jacob BURTSCHI
  Bremerha.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Burtschi, Bremerha.2.8 
 2. Djedovic, ALBA2.3 
 3. Halperin, B.Mue.1.8 
 4. Bernard, Neckar L.1.8 
 5. Anderson, s.Oliv.1.8 
 6. Wood, ALBA1.7 
 7. Duggins, Walter T.1.7 
 8. King, s.Oliver.1.6 
 9. Jones, Fraport SKY1.6 
 10. Valters, Art.Drag.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm2.8 
 2. Gregory, Phoenix2.6 
 3. Pantelic, MBC1.8 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen1.6 
 5. Zirbes, Brose B.1.5 
 6. Chikoko, TBB Trier1.3 
 7. Ford, Brose Baske.1.3 
 8. Turek, Neckar L.1.2 
 9. Fields, LTi 46ers1.2 
 10. Neumann, Brose B.1.0 


Kamil Novak Becomes General Secretary Of Fiba Europe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


After the bitter 74-68 loss in Bremerhaven where the Fraport Skyliners allowed a 8-0 run to decide the game, answers were being sought for another loss as the team was on the 18th place in the standings, no one had any idea that it was the last game as Sport director for Kamil Novak . The Fraport Skyliners announced early Monday morning that Kamil Novak has been named new general secretary of Fiba Europe. Novak had been sport director of the Fraport Skyliners since the 2005-2006 season and even was head coach for a game before Charles Barton came aboard in early 2006. The club announced also on account of some current short term contracts and unsolved future concerning a new multifunctional arena that the team will be not name a new sport director at present and use the saved money for the team. Manager Gunnar Wobke announced that he will be taking over the role of Novak until further notice. "We congratulate Kamil on getting this important position. We encourgaed Kamil in the last months to take the path of further development and now he has the chance. Even if we have lost a very loyal employe, we are excited about his new career chance", stressed Gunnar Wobke. Novak is looking forward to his new job. "I want to thank the Fraport Skyliners and especially Gunnar Wobke for the support the last years. I had 10 exciting years in Frankfurt with highs and lows. I learned alot in this time and will never forget it. Being named general secretary is a big honor and at the same time a huge challenge", stressed Kamil Novak .

Source: Fraport Skyliners





BBL Round 5: Undefeated BBC Bayreuth loses their first game against New Yorker Phantoms - by Eurobasket News

After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the BBL and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated BBC Bayreuth (4-1) in Braunschweig on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifteenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (2-3) 100-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BBC Bayreuth. The game without a history. New Yorker Phantoms led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. New Yorker Phantoms shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (185-93) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American guard Casey Mitchell (193-88, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 23 points. American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) responded with 12 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. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. BBC Bayreuth at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Ratiopharm and EWE Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms is looking forward to face league's second-placed EWE Baskets in Oldenburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Bayern Muenchen and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Berlin. 4th placed host ALBA Berlin (2-1) lost to third ranked ratiopharm Ulm (4-1) 88-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. International Philipp Schwethelm (201-89, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and John Bryant accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Spanish center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for ALBA Berlin in the defeat. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bayreuth and EWE Baskets. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the eighth place with one game lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Phoenix Hagen (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Walter Tigers has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat LTi 46ers (1-4) 88-80 on Saturday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Vaughn Duggins who scored 28 points. Jimmy Baxter produced 27 points for the guests. Walter Tigers (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place. It was LTi 46ers' fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Fraport SKY and MBC. Walter Tigers will meet bottom-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (#18) in the next round. LTi 46ers will play against Brose Baskets and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Muenchen where 9th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (2-3) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Bayern Muenchen (3-2) 81-69. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Chevon Troutman orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach Giannis Christopoulos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Art.Dragons. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be league's leader BBC Bayreuth on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against ALBA Berlin (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5: MBC lost to Brose Baskets on the opponent's court 73-85. Bremerhaven managed to outperform Fraport SKY in a home game 74-68. Art.Dragons managed to beat Telekom Baskets on the road 78-67. s.Oliver Baskets were defeated by EWE Baskets on its own court 64-72. TBB Trier beat Phoenix Hagen in a road game 83-78. Neckar L'burg lost to EWE Baskets at home 64-79.


Brose Baskets - MBC 85-73

Very expected game in Bamberg where 14th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (1-4) was defeated by seventh ranked Brose Baskets (3-1) 85-73. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Mitteldeutscher BC was better in third quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slovakian point guard Anton Gavel (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Slovenian forward Bostjan Nachbar (207-80) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Devin Uskoski (201-85, college: Rocky Mountain) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) added 20 points in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TBB Trier. Newly promoted Mitteldeutscher BC dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Brose Baskets' next round opponent will be LTi 46ers (#17) in Giessen which should be an easy win for them. Mitteldeutscher BC will play at home against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen.
Top scorers:
MBC: C.Timberlake 20+3reb+3ast, D.Uskoski 19+6reb+2ast, D.Pantelic 13+10reb+2ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 10+4reb+4ast, S.Wachalski 6+3reb, K.Beidler 5+5reb+1ast
Brose Baskets: A.Gavel 19+2reb+3ast, S.Ford 18+4reb, B.Nachbar 15+6reb+2ast, T.Gipson 15+5reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 8+3reb, C.Jacobsen 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 183851


Bremerhaven - Fraport SKY 74-68

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and 17th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners had identical 1-3 record. This time Eisbaeren Bremerhaven used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Frankfurt 74-68. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St.) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Quantez Robertson (189-84, college: Auburn) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (2-3) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with four games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be higher ranked TBB Trier (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: T.Scott 17+6reb+1ast, Z.Peacock 14, D.Dowell 8+6reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 8+7reb+2ast, D.Gibson 8+1reb+5ast, M.Nolte 4+4reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: J.Burtschi 16+12reb+1ast, S.Burrell 14+2reb+7ast, P.Zwiener 11+2reb+1ast, S.Morrison 11+6reb, S.Jackson 7+3reb+3ast, K.Waleskowski 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 183848


Telekom Baskets - Art.Dragons 67-78

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Bonn where 8th ranked Telekom Baskets (2-2) were defeated by ninth ranked Artland Dragons (3-2) 78-67. American power forward Andrew Drevo (202-81, college: Nebraska, agency: Warren Sports International) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with B.Muenchen. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be s Oliver Baskets (#10) in Wuerzburg. Telekom Baskets will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 14+7reb+1ast, P.Ewing Jr. 12+5reb+1ast, J.Jordan 9+7reb+3ast, K.Weems 8+3reb+1ast, B.Veikalas 8+1reb, D.McCray 7+2reb
Art.Dragons: A.Drevo 17+3reb, A.King 12+5reb+2ast, M.Haynes 12+4reb+2ast, B.Taylor 12+4reb+1ast, S.Kerusch 8+3reb, P.Popovic 6+1reb
gschID: 183849


s.Oliver Baskets - EWE Baskets 64-72

Everything went according to plan in Wuerzburg where third ranked EWE Baskets (4-1) beat 10th ranked s Oliver Baskets (2-3) 72-64. EWE Baskets forced 19 s Oliver Baskets turnovers. It was a great shooting night for EWE Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. EWE Baskets' coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. EWE Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ratiopharm and Bayreuth. s Oliver Baskets at the other side keep the tenth place with three games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be New Yorker Phantoms (#13) in Braunschweig which should be an easy win for them. s Oliver Baskets will play on the road against Artland Dragons in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: D.Anderson 13+7reb+1ast, J.McKinney 13+1reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 8+6reb+3ast, J.Little 6+2reb+1ast, A.King 6+4reb+1ast, O.Clay 5+3reb
EWE Baskets: J.Jenkins 25+5reb, R.Burrell 16+4reb, A.Chubb 10+10reb+1ast, R.Paulding 8+4reb+1ast, D.Joyce 6+2reb+5ast, R.Smeulders 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183850


NY Phantoms - Bayreuth 100-69

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated BBC Bayreuth (4-1) in Braunschweig on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by fifteenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (2-3) 100-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BBC Bayreuth. The game without a history. New Yorker Phantoms led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. New Yorker Phantoms shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Dennis Schroeder (185-93) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American guard Casey Mitchell (193-88, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 23 points. Five New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) responded with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import center Gary McGhee (208-88, college: Pittsburgh) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. BBC Bayreuth at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Ratiopharm and EWE Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms is looking forward to face league's second-placed EWE Baskets in Oldenburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Bayern Muenchen and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: G.McGhee 13+7reb+1ast, J.Cain 12+9reb+4ast, J.Trapani 9+2reb+1ast, P.Zeis 8, N.Simon 8, B.Wyrick 7+4reb+1ast
NY Phantoms: C.Mitchell 23+2ast, D.Schroeder 16+5reb+5ast, R.Kulawick 14+1ast, T.McFadden 12+2ast, I.McElroy 10+3reb+6ast, E.Boateng 7+3reb
gschID: 183846


ALBA - Ratiopharm 80-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Berlin. 4th placed host ALBA Berlin (2-1) lost to third ranked ratiopharm Ulm (4-1) 88-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. It looked good early as ALBA Berlin took an 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ratiopharm Ulm took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. They made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International Philipp Schwethelm (201-89, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Spanish center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) added 17 points respectively for ALBA Berlin in the defeat. Four ratiopharm Ulm and five ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bayreuth and EWE Baskets. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the eighth place with one game lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Phoenix Hagen (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ALBA: H.Schaffartzik 17+2reb+3ast, D.Thompson 15+5reb, A.Miralles 15+7reb+3ast, N.Djedovic 11+5reb, D.Wood 11+1ast, V.Avdalovic 7+2reb+3ast
Ratiopharm: P.Schwethelm 18+6reb+2ast, K.Nankivil 15+1reb+3ast, J.Bryant 12+7reb+2ast, P.Guenther 11+1reb+1ast, S.Esterkamp 10+5reb+2ast, A.Ray 8+1ast
gschID: 183845


Walter Tigers - LTi 46ers 88-80

Walter Tigers has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat LTi 46ers (1-4) 88-80 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LTi 46ers won third quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Walter Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St.) who scored 28 points. Center Kenny Frease (213-89, college: Xavier) chipped in 18 points. Guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida, agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 27 points and guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) added 26 points respectively for the guests. Walter Tigers (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place. It was LTi 46ers' fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Fraport SKY and MBC. Walter Tigers will meet bottom-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (#18) in the next round. LTi 46ers will play against Brose Baskets and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: J.Baxter 27+3reb+3ast, R.Brooks 26+2reb+2ast, A.Buechert 8+7reb, O.Fassler 7+2reb+3ast, E.Ovcina 5+5reb+5ast, D.Harris 5+2reb+3ast
Walter Tigers: V.Duggins 28+2reb+3ast, K.Frease 18+3reb+3ast, J.Young 12+2reb+3ast, R.Redding 9+2reb+10ast, T.Nash 8+13reb+2ast, D.Davis 4+1ast
gschID: 183847


Phoenix Hagen - TBB Trier 78-83

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Phoenix Hagen (2-3) was defeated at home by sixth ranked TBB Trier (3-1) 83-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Phoenix Hagen won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TBB Trier made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard David Bell (186-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 28 points and forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 19 points in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TBB Trier moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Brose Baskets. Phoenix Hagen at the other side keeps the tenth position with three games lost. TBB Trier's next round opponent will be Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#3).
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 28+1ast, L.Gordon 19+4reb+2ast, B.Kruel 11+3reb, D.Gregory 10+3reb, D.White 8+1reb+9ast, B.Schoo 2+3reb
TBB Trier: B.Stewart 28+1reb+2ast, J.Bucknor 10+6reb+1ast, N.Linhart 10+7reb+1ast, A.Seiferth 10+3reb, B.Harper 9+3reb+2ast, J.Howell 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 183844


B.Muenchen - Neckar L'burg 81-69

An interesting game took place in Muenchen where 9th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (2-3) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Bayern Muenchen (3-2) 81-69. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. EnBW Ludwigsburg was better in second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen forced 20 EnBW Ludwigsburg turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach Giannis Christopoulos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Art.Dragons. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be league's leader BBC Bayreuth on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against ALBA Berlin (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: J.Turek 25+8reb+1ast, D.Jackson 16+1reb, I.Elliott 12+5reb, W.Bernard 7+5reb+3ast, M.Weber 5+1reb+1ast, K.Taylor 2+1reb+3ast
B.Muenchen: B.Thomas 16+2reb+1ast, C.Troutman 16+9reb+2ast, R.Benzing 12+1reb, Y.Halperin 10+1reb+5ast, T.Rice 10+2reb+4ast, D.Greene 9+1reb
gschID: 183843


Round 3
Neckar L'burg - EWE Baskets 64-79

No shocking result in a game when third ranked EWE Baskets (4-1) won against on the road 9th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (2-3) 79-64. The game was mostly controlled by EWE Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EWE Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to EnBW Ludwigsburg's 22 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded EnBW Ludwigsburg 31-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kammron Taylor (188-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and power forward John Turek (206-83, college: Nebraska) added 10 points in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EWE Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ratiopharm and Bayreuth. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be New Yorker Phantoms (#13) in Braunschweig which should be an easy win for them. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against ALBA Berlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neckar L'burg: K.Taylor 16+1reb+4ast, J.Turek 10+4reb+1ast, M.Weber 8+3reb+1ast, L.Staiger 8+3reb+1ast, D.Weaver 6+3reb, D.Jackson 5
EWE Baskets: J.Jenkins 12+1reb+3ast, D.Joyce 11+3reb+3ast, R.Paulding 11+4reb, A.Chubb 9+7reb, R.Burrell 8+6reb, R.Smeulders 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183841



ProB Round 4: SG Schwelmer Baskets keep a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group North. SG Schwelmer Baskets smashed 9th ranked BSV Wulfen at home 100-76. The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. BSV Wulfen managed to win second period 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets outrebounded BSV Wulfen 46-21 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Undefeated SG Schwelmer Baskets (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. BSV Wulfen at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. BSV Wulfen will play next round against Recklinghausen trying to get back on the winning streak. SG Schwelmer Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Weissenhorn Youngstars (3-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Dragons Rhoendorf (4-0) 79-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Weissenhorn Youngstars. It was a key game for the top position in Group South as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. Worth to mention a great performance of American Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Tim Eisenberger contributed with 11 points for the winners. point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Weissenhorn Youngstars. Dragons Rhoendorf have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 4-0 record. Weissenhorn Youngstars at the other side keep the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Fraport SKY II and Hanau. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Fraport Skyliners II (#4) in Frankfurt in the next round. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play against Dresden and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where fourth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (3-1) edged by one point 6th ranked Licher Baeren (2-2) 77-76 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Larry Wright who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Jason Swanson responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Fraport Skyliners II have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Hanau and Weissenhorn. Loser Licher Baeren dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Fraport Skyliners II will meet league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Licher Baeren will play against TV 1862 Langen (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Braunschweig. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-2) to top-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (5-0) 74-72 on Sunday evening. Undefeated SG Schwelmer Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group North leader. Spot Up Medien Baskets at the other side keep the fifth place with two games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will have a break next round. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play again at home against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets (#1).
Important game to mention about took place in Hanau. Ninth ranked Leitershofen (2-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Hanau (3-1) 74-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hanau. Lindsey Hughey fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Hanau's coach Hans Beth rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leitershofen moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Hanau keeps the second position with one game lost. Leitershofen will face Bayer Giants (#11) in Leverkusen in the next round where they are favorite. Hanau will play on the road against TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach.

Rest of the games of round 4 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group North winless Stahnsdorf was defeated by Hannover in Hannover 89-76. Oldenburg was beaten by BSW Sixers at home 71-78. MTV Wolfenbuettel lost to Recklinghausen on the opponent's court 61-68. Rist Wedel managed to outperform Dorsten in a home game 77-67.
In Group South winless TSV Troester recorded a loss to Dresden on the road 87-77. Noerdlingen crushed Langen on its own court 101-82.


Group North
SU Medien - Schwelm 72-74

A very interesting game took place in Braunschweig. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (2-2) to top-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (5-0) 74-72 on Sunday evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group North leader. Spot Up Medien Baskets at the other side keep the fifth place with two games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will have a break next round. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play again at home against the league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets (#1).
gschID: 185115


Hannover - Stahnsdorf 89-76

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked RSV Eintracht (0-4) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Hannover Tigers (2-2) 89-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hannover Tigers. RSV Eintracht was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hannover Tigers forced 19 RSV Eintracht turnovers. American guard Ashanti Cook (188-84, college: Georgetown) fired 25 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Tobias Welzel (183-90) chipped in 28 points and 4 assists. Power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Hannover Tigers moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Recklinghausen and SU Medien. Loser RSV Eintracht still closes the standings with four games lost. Hannover Tigers will face Dorsten (#9) on the road in the next round. RSV Eintracht will play against Oldenburg and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: Y.Evans 22+10reb+4ast, T.Grauel 16+3reb+1ast, N.Schumann 11+1reb+3ast, M.Greene 8+3reb+2ast, M.Haucke 7+7reb+1ast, T.Modersitzki 6+5reb+3ast
Hannover: T.Welzel 28+2reb+4ast, A.Cook 25+4reb+5ast, T.Nared 9+1reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 8+6reb+5ast, J.Lodders 8+5reb+2ast, M.Williams 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 185117


Oldenburg - BSW Sixers 71-78

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BSW Sixers (3-1) defeated on the road 11th ranked Oldenburg (1-3) 78-71 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Oldenburg won third quarter 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BSW Sixers forced 20 Oldenburg turnovers. Oldenburg was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Tom Lipke (194-86, agency: Court Side) fired 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jeremie Simmons (188, college: Ohio St., agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 18 points (made all of his eight free throws). Five BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized American center Chris Heinrich (208-77, college: St.Louis) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Michael Taylor (193-87, college: Whitworth) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. BSW Sixers maintains third position in Group North with 3-1 record behind leader Dragons. Newly promoted Oldenburg dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. BSW Sixers will face Herten Lions (#4) on the road in the next round. Oldenburg will play against RSV Eintracht (#12) in Stahnsdorf.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: C.Heinrich 24+7reb+1ast, M.Taylor 17+3reb+5ast, K.Smit 14+5ast, P.Albrecht 6+5reb, A.Witte 5+4reb, A.Hartmann 3+3reb+3ast
BSW Sixers: J.Simmons 18+2reb+1ast, T.Lipke 15+5reb+2ast, P.Lieser 11+3reb+3ast, R.Schirmer 10+8reb, P.Harrison 10+3reb+2ast, D.Stawowski 5+2reb
gschID: 185116


Schwelm - Wulfen 100-76

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group North. SG Schwelmer Baskets smashed 9th ranked BSV Wulfen at home 100-76. The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. BSV Wulfen managed to win second period 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets outrebounded BSV Wulfen 46-21 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Julius Coles (193-89, college: Canisius) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Max Schulze-Pals (200-90) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. SG Schwelmer Baskets (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. BSV Wulfen at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. BSV Wulfen will play next round against Recklinghausen trying to get back on the winning streak. SG Schwelmer Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: A.Young 23+6reb+1ast, M.Schulze-Pals 16+5reb+1ast, A.Houston 13+2reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 8+3reb+1ast, M.Berger 7+5ast, P.Gunther 5+3ast
Schwelm: J.Coles 30+12reb+5ast, A.Kronhardt 19+12reb+2ast, D.Hamilton 15+7ast, D.Malinowski 11+3reb+1ast, S.Schroter 10+3reb, D.Fiorentino 8+8reb
gschID: 185114


Recklinghausen - MTV Wolfenbuettel 68-61

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Recklinghausen and 8th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel had identical 1-2 record. This time Recklinghausen used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Wolfenbuettel 68-61 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Recklinghausen outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. American forward Robert Franklin (195-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The other American import guard Patrick Carney (185-85, college: Chapman) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and center Frank Theis (200-82) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Recklinghausen (2-2) moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Hannover and SU Medien. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with three games lost. Recklinghausen will face BSV Wulfen (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play against the league's second-placed SC Rist Wedel.
Top scorers:
MTV Wolfenbuettel: F.Theis 21+5reb+1ast, H.Knopke 19+9reb+2ast, D.Nawrocki 13+3ast, T.Clark 4+9reb+3ast, J.Hanley 2+3reb+1ast, S.Martin 2
Recklinghausen: P.Carney 17+6reb+2ast, R.Franklin 15+14reb+3ast, S.Fuerst 9+3reb, B.Wolff 6+5reb+1ast, M.Bregulla 6+3reb+3ast, S.Germana 6+7reb
gschID: 185113


Rist Wedel - Dorsten 77-67

Very predictable result when top-ranked SC Rist Wedel (4-0) beat at home 7th ranked Dorsten (1-3) 77-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-67. Center Peter Huber-Saffer (208-80, agency: Court Side) fired 17 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Guard Marvin Boadu (193-89) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel's coach Sebastian Gleim used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import center Rickie Crews (205, college: Holy Family) added 19 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. SC Rist Wedel have a solid four-game winning streak. Despite that victory SC Rist Wedel went down to second position (Group North) due to points difference. Loser Dorsten dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Dorsten will play against Hannover Tigers in Hannover.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: R.Crews 19+11reb+1ast, C.Jones 18+7reb+6ast, G.Budde 8+2reb, G.Hagner 7+2ast, P.Spettmann 6+1reb, N.Pelaj 5+2reb+1ast
Rist Wedel: P.Huber-Saffer 17+8reb+2ast, M.Boadu 14+6reb+5ast, A.Johnston 13+2ast, D.Hopkins 11+4reb+3ast, I.Akpinar 7+1ast, P.Owusu-Frimpong 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 185112


Group South
Weissenhorn - Dragons 71-79

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Weissenhorn Youngstars (3-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Dragons Rhoendorf (4-0) 79-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Weissenhorn Youngstars. It was a key game for the top position in Group South as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Dragons Rhoendorf made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while Weissenhorn Youngstars only scored three points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of American Geddes Robinson (195-87, college: Utah Valley, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. point guard Tim Eisenberger (197-91) contributed with 11 points for the winners. point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (190-92) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and international Daniel Theis (203-92) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Weissenhorn Youngstars. Four Dragons Rhoendorf and five Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. Dragons Rhoendorf have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 4-0 record. Weissenhorn Youngstars at the other side keep the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Fraport SKY II and Hanau. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Fraport Skyliners II (#4) in Frankfurt in the next round. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play against Dresden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: T.Joenke 18+9reb+2ast, D.Theis 15+8reb+6ast, M.Heberlein 10+3ast, K.Gausa 10+4reb+2ast, P.Vojkovic 10+1ast, B.Butler 4+2reb
Dragons: G.Robinson 18+14reb+2ast, E.Tukiss 13+3reb, T.Eisenberger 11+4reb+3ast, N.Larsen 11+2reb+3ast, L.Steffen 10+3reb, V.Frankl-Maus 8+2reb
gschID: 186855


Dresden - TSV Troester 87-77

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked TSV Troester (0-4) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Dresden (2-2) 87-77 on Sunday. Dresden made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. TSV Troester was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) fired 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Power forward Alexander Heide (205-91) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Deandre Hall (198, college: Texas Southern) produced 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and guard Alexander Engel (188-93) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dresden moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser TSV Troester still closes the standings with four games lost. Dresden will face higher ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TSV Troester will play against the league's second-placed Hanau (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: T.Korndoerfer 13+2reb, A.Engel 13+2reb+1ast, D.Hall 13+9reb+5ast, S.Walde 12+1reb+1ast, J.Dippold 10+1reb+1ast, D.Dizdarevic 7+4reb
Dresden: J.Boucher 27+5reb+5ast, A.Heide 17+6reb, J.Benson 11+5reb+3ast, R.Haas 11+1ast, A.Jones 11+3reb+2ast, P.Rulke 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 186854


Noerdlingen - Langen 101-82

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Noerdlingen (1-3) outleveled at home higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (2-2) 101-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Noerdlingen. TV 1862 Langen was better in fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Noerdlingen shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. American guard Brandon Hogg (186-89, college: S.Indiana) fired 32 points and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Kedrick Johnson (193-83, college: Lee) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Four Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. Noerdlingen's coach Mario Matic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman P.J. Reyes (196, college: Charleston Un.) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds and guard Maxim Schneider (184-92) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Noerdlingen left bottom position moving up to tenth place in Group South. Loser TV 1862 Langen keeps the fifth position with two games lost. Noerdlingen will face higher ranked ifm Baskets Konstanz (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TV 1862 Langen will play against Licher Baeren (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Langen: P.Reyes 30+9reb+2ast, T.Jahn 14+4reb, M.Schneider 14+4reb+4ast, J.Domdey 7+2reb+3ast, M.Woody 6+5reb, G.Raebel 6+3reb+2ast
Noerdlingen: B.Hogg 32+4reb+6ast, K.Johnson 22+11reb+3ast, F.Brutting 21+1reb+4ast, S.Schmoll 16+4reb+2ast, J.Eichler 6+5reb+5ast, F.Sefranek 2+2reb
gschID: 186852


Hanau - Leitershofen 71-74

Important game to mention about took place in Hanau. Ninth ranked Leitershofen (2-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Hanau (3-1) 74-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hanau. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 25-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Leitershofen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Hanau's 22. American guard Lindsey Hughey (190-89, college: Weber St.) fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Rouven Haenig (198-86, college: Missouri Valley) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Hughey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Filmore Beck (189-91) produced 18 points and Marco Voeller (198-89) added 19 points and 5 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Hanau players scored in double figures. Hanau's coach Hans Beth rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leitershofen moved-up to fifth place in Group South, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Hanau keeps the second position with one game lost. Leitershofen will face Bayer Giants (#11) in Leverkusen in the next round where they are favorite. Hanau will play on the road against TSV Troester (#12) in Breitenguessbach.
Top scorers:
Hanau: M.Voeller 19+1reb+1ast, F.Beck 18+2reb+2ast, A.Sharda 11+1reb+4ast, R.Huelsewede 11+5reb+1ast, S.Koehnert 6+1reb+2ast, D.Michalczyk 2+2reb+5ast
Leitershofen: L.Hughey 18+6reb+1ast, J.Genck 15+1reb+1ast, R.Haenig 12+9reb+1ast, W.Gibler 9+6reb+2ast, P.Wischnewski 8+1reb, S.Montag 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 186851


Licher Baeren - Fraport SKY II 76-77

An interesting game where fourth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (3-1) edged by one point 6th ranked Licher Baeren (2-2) 77-76 on Saturday night. Fraport Skyliners II made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Larry Wright (188-87, college: Oakland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and center Johannes Voigtmann (208-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) who added 16 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jason Swanson (201-86, college: W.Alabama) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) scored 14 points. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures. Fraport Skyliners II have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Hanau and Weissenhorn. Loser Licher Baeren dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Fraport Skyliners II will meet league's leader Dragons Rhoendorf on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Licher Baeren will play against TV 1862 Langen (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: J.Swanson 21+15reb, J.Jones 14+2reb+1ast, J.Hirschberg 10+6reb, M.Perl 10+3reb+3ast, N.Valentic 9+4reb, D.Dorr 6+3reb
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 23+10reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 16+13reb+2ast, S.Daks 9+1reb+1ast, M.Merz 9+6reb+3ast, T.Oldenburg 8+3reb, J.Novak 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 186853


Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 20: Walter Tigers - LTi 46ers 88-80
Oct. 21: Brose Baskets - MBC 85-73
Oct. 20: B.Muenchen - Neckar L'burg 81-69
Oct. 20: ALBA - Ratiopharm 80-88
Oct. 20: Phoenix Hagen - TBB Trier 78-83
Oct. 21: Bremerhaven - Fraport SKY 74-68
Oct. 21: Telekom Baskets - Art.Dragons 67-78
Oct. 17: Neckar L'burg - EWE Baskets 64-79
Oct. 21: s.Oliver Baskets - EWE Baskets 64-72
Oct. 20: NY Phantoms - Bayreuth 100-69

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 27: Fraport SKY - Telekom Baskets
Oct. 27: Ratiopharm - Phoenix Hagen
Oct. 27: Neckar L'burg - ALBA
Oct. 27: MBC - Walter Tigers
Oct. 27: Art.Dragons - s.Oliver Baskets
Oct. 27: EWE Baskets - NY Phantoms
Oct. 27: TBB Trier - Bremerhaven
Oct. 28: Bayreuth - B.Muenchen
Oct. 28: LTi 46ers - Brose Baskets


ProA Round 5: Duesseldorf Baskets beat Oettinger Rockets Gotha by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of ProA 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 favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most exciting game of round 5 in the ProA took place in Gotha. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 13th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (1-4) to second ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (4-1) 72-70 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 16 points at the halftime before their 27-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Duesseldorf Baskets dominated on the defensive end, holding Oettinger Rockets Gotha to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Duesseldorf Baskets forced 20 Oettinger Rockets Gotha turnovers. American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach Murat Didin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Derek Selvig (210-89, college: Montana, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Duesseldorf Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Karlsruhe. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Duesseldorf Baskets is looking forward to face MLP Academics Heidelberg (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Kirchheim Knights (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (3-2) against tenth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Ehingen/Urspringschule was defeated by MLP Academics Heidelberg in Heidelberg 77-67. American players dominated the game. Forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Taylor Rohde chipped in 16 points. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach Tony Garbelotto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Jake Anderson (187-87, college: Iowa St.) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. MLP Academics Heidelberg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Ehingen/Urspringschule at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against league's leader Duesseldorf Baskets on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against BG Goettingen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked BG Goettingen (3-2) against sixteenth ranked USC Leipzig (1-4) on Saturday night. Host BG Goettingen was defeated by USC Leipzig in Goettingen 79-68. Chris Gadley nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Sullivan Phillips came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for BG Goettingen in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USC Leipzig left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser BG Goettingen dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. USC Leipzig will meet at home league's second-placed BG Karlsruhe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Goettingen will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SC Rasta Vechta's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked NBC (3-2)on the road game in Nurnberg 87-83. The best player for the winners was Dirk Madrich who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SC Rasta Vechta (1-3) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place. NBC at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. SC Rasta Vechta's next round opponent will be higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#10) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NBC will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11).
ProA top team - BG Karlsruhe (4-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (2-3) 89-71. BG Karlsruhe have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-1 record, which they share with Duesseldorf. Loser Crailsheim Merlins dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Crailsheim Merlins will play against NBC (#5) in Nurnberg.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: Kirchheim were smashed by Cuxhaven on the road 98-66. Finke Baskets won against Jena on its own court 98-92. ETB Wohnbau was outscored by Chemnitz in a road game 75-51.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 31 points and 9 assists by Jeremiah Kelly of Cuxhaven.


Heidelberg - Ehingen 77-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (3-2) against tenth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Ehingen/Urspringschule was defeated by MLP Academics Heidelberg in Heidelberg 77-67. MLP Academics Heidelberg made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Ehingen/Urspringschule turnovers. American players dominated the game. Forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and power forward Taylor Rohde (205-90, college: Alaska-Anch.) chipped in 16 points. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach Tony Garbelotto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Jake Anderson (187-87, college: Iowa St.) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. MLP Academics Heidelberg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Ehingen/Urspringschule at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against league's leader Duesseldorf Baskets on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against BG Goettingen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: D.White 18+7reb+1ast, T.Rohde 16+2reb, J.Dixon 9+2reb+2ast, K.Kuhn 8+5reb, C.Sargent 7+3reb, K.Barth 6+1reb
Ehingen: J.Anderson 16+7reb+3ast, A.Calvin 10+11reb+1ast, V.Matthews 10+3reb+1ast, T.Unterluggauer 10+8reb, M.Mueller 8+1reb+1ast, K.Ogbe 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 184380


Gotha - Duesseldorf 70-72

The most exciting game of round 5 in the ProA took place in Gotha. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 13th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (1-4) to second ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (4-1) 72-70 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 16 points at the halftime before their 27-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Duesseldorf Baskets dominated on the defensive end, holding Oettinger Rockets Gotha to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Duesseldorf Baskets forced 20 Oettinger Rockets Gotha turnovers. American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Duesseldorf Baskets players scored in double figures. Duesseldorf Baskets' coach Murat Didin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Derek Selvig (210-89, college: Montana, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jan Lipke (193-83, agency: Court Side) added 18 points in the effort for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Duesseldorf Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Karlsruhe. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Duesseldorf Baskets is looking forward to face MLP Academics Heidelberg (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Kirchheim Knights (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: G.Johnson 18+1reb+5ast, P.Flomo 15+9reb+1ast, S.Greene 13+7reb+1ast, N.Adamczak 11+2reb, M.Petric 7, T.Tzakopoulos 6+2ast
Gotha: D.Selvig 19+7reb+2ast, J.Lipke 18+1reb+1ast, D.Watson 14+1reb, T.Baker 8+6reb+3ast, T.Lathan 6+1reb+3ast, A.Kuppe 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 184384


NBC - Vechta 83-87

SC Rasta Vechta's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked NBC (3-2)on the road game in Nurnberg 87-83. NBC was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of SC Rasta Vechta, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. American guard Tyrone Brazelton (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) produced 29 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SC Rasta Vechta (1-3) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place. NBC at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. SC Rasta Vechta's next round opponent will be higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#10) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NBC will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#11).
Top scorers:
Vechta: J.Scott 18+3reb, D.Madrich 16+10reb, F.Stuckemann 12+4reb+4ast, R.Williams 11+9reb+5ast, J.Doerksen 11+5reb, A.Rudowitz 7+5reb+1ast
NBC: T.Brazelton 29+2reb+4ast, J.Reile 13+1reb+1ast, W.Chavis 10+1reb+2ast, R.Thompson 9+13reb, L.Fabrizius 6+1reb, S.Schroeder 5+1reb
gschID: 184383


Goettingen - Leipzig 68-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked BG Goettingen (3-2) against sixteenth ranked USC Leipzig (1-4) on Saturday night. Host BG Goettingen was defeated by USC Leipzig in Goettingen 79-68. BG Goettingen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for BG Goettingen in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USC Leipzig left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser BG Goettingen dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. USC Leipzig will meet at home league's second-placed BG Karlsruhe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Goettingen will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: C.Gadley 20+15reb, W.Simon 16+6reb+1ast, H.Marshall 16+2ast, N.Khartchenkov 15+9reb+1ast, K.Kranz 5, A.Macevicius 3+1reb
Goettingen: S.Phillips 18+7reb+3ast, A.Vargas 14+9reb+1ast, P.Guede 9+1reb+3ast, A.Hitchens 9+1reb, B.Davis 9+1reb, R.Harris 4+5reb
gschID: 184381


Cuxhaven - Kirchheim 98-66

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (3-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Kirchheim Knights (3-2) 98-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Cuxhaven BasCats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Cuxhaven BasCats looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Kirchheim Knights' players. American players dominated also this game. point guard Jeremiah Kelly (182, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 9 assists. Forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green) contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Krists Plendiskis felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Kirchheim Knights. Cuxhaven BasCats will face Science City Jena (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Kirchheim Knights will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#14).
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: J.Kelly 31+4reb+9ast, S.Thomas 24+9reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 13+5reb, O.Mackeldanz 8+1reb, M.Rockmann 4+3reb+1ast, M.Pratt 4+6reb+9ast
Kirchheim: C.Alexander 17+7reb+4ast, S.Adeberg 12+4reb, M.Smallwood 11+12reb, R.Tomasevic 9, G.Prodromou 6+2reb+1ast, C.Land 5+2reb
gschID: 184379


Finke Baskets - Jena 98-92

Very expected game when 14th ranked Science City Jena (1-4) lost to tenth ranked Finke Baskets (3-2) in Paderborn 92-98 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Science City Jena was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 35-28 charge of Finke Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. They made 36-of-41 free shots (87.8 percent) during the game. Science City Jena was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (188-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 assists. American swingman Jason Adams (197-89, college: Missouri So.) contributed with 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Aud is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 23 points and 6 assists and American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Science City Jena. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Science City Jena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Finke Baskets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Finke Baskets will face ETB Wohnbau (#13) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play at home against Cuxhaven BasCats.
Top scorers:
Finke Baskets: G.Aud 27+4reb+12ast, J.Adams 27+5reb, S.Dennis 16+8reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 15+3reb, M.Jost 11+7reb+1ast, V.Kittmann 2+2reb
Jena: L.Jeka 23+3reb+6ast, K.Barker 16+7reb+5ast, T.Schwartz 14+3reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 12+4reb, C.Roquette 12+4reb+1ast, S.Watts 11+6reb
gschID: 184378


Chemnitz - ETB Wohnbau 75-51

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked BV Chemnitz 99's (3-2) home victory over 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau (1-4) 75-51 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BV Chemnitz 99. ETB Wohnbau was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ETB Wohnbau was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St.) contributed with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. Forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 9 points in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. BV Chemnitz 99 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. ETB Wohnbau lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face SC Rasta Vechta (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Finke Baskets in Paderborn.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: D.Lawson 16+8reb+2ast, R.Cardenas 14+5reb, T.Ishizaki 12+1reb+3ast, A.Jones 11+4reb, J.Schmidt 11+3reb+3ast, J.Bynum 7+5reb+7ast
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 22+10reb, T.Harbut 10+2reb+1ast, A.Cook 9+4reb, J.Henley 6+4reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 4+1reb, M.Massing 0
gschID: 184377


Karlsruhe - Crailsheim 89-71

ProA top team - BG Karlsruhe (4-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (2-3) 89-71. BG Karlsruhe have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-1 record, which they share with Duesseldorf. Loser Crailsheim Merlins dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Crailsheim Merlins will play against NBC (#5) in Nurnberg.
gschID: 184382



German BBL round 5 best performance: Vaughn Duggins - by Eurobasket News

American guard Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wright St.) had a very impressive game in the last round for Walter Tigers, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, two rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat LTi 46ers (#17, 1-4) 88-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in . Walter Tigers is placed at 15th position in German BBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Duggins had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Walter Tigers and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vaughn Duggins averages just after three games 15.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American John Turek (206-F/C-83) of Neckar L'burg. Turek had a very good evening with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Neckar L'burg lost that game 69-81 to the higher-ranked B.Muenchen (#7, 3-2). This loss caused Neckar L'burg to drop to 12th position in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Turek is a newcomer at Neckar L'burg, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports) of LTi 46ers (#17). Baxter scored 27 points. Despite Baxter's great performance LTi 46ers lost 80-88 to slightly higher-ranked Walter Tigers (#15, 1-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. LTi 46ers can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Baxter he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Baxter has a very solid season. In 5 games in Germany he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Brooks (193-G-88) of LTi 46ers - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84) of Bremerhaven - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Barry Stewart (191-G-88) of TBB Trier - 28 points and 2 assists
7. Kenny Frease (213-C-89) of Walter Tigers - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Philipp Schwethelm (201-SF-89) of Ratiopharm - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81) of EWE Baskets - 25 points and 5 rebounds
10. Casey Mitchell (193-G-88) of NY Phantoms - 23 points and 2 assists

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



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Div.B Standing

B Standings
North Group
 1. Aias Evosmou 2-0 
 2. Iraklis 2-0 
 3. Stratoni 1-0 
 4. Marousi 1-1 
 5. Doxa Pefkon 1-1 
 6. Ionikos Ionias 1-1 
 7. Filippos Veroias 1-1 
 8. Ionikos N.F. 1-1 
 9. Anatolia 1-1 
 10. Egaleo 1-1 
 11. Metamorfosi 0-1 
 12. MENT 0-2 
 13. Periko/Arhelaos 0-2 
South Group
 1. AEK Athens 2-0 
 2. Amyntas Dafnis 2-0 
 3. Psyhiko 2-0 
 4. Aetos 1-0 
 5. Enosi 1-1 
 6. Panerythraikos 1-1 
 7. Holargos 1-1 
 8. Near East 1-1 
 9. Halkidas 1-1 
 10. Diagoras 0-0 
 11. Doukas 0-2 
 12. Esperos Patras 0-2 
 13. Perama Ermis 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

North

Oct. 21: Aias Evosmou - MENT 99-72

South

Oct. 21: Near East - Doukas 91-82
Oct. 21: Halkidas - Esperos Patras 87-71

North

Oct. 21: Egaleo - Anatolia 85-72

South

Oct. 21: Amyntas Dafnis - Enosi 83-75

North

Oct. 21: Filippos Veroias - Metamorfosi 80-66
Oct. 21: Doxa Pefkon - Ionikos Ionias 78-71
Oct. 21: Iraklis - Marousi 78-68

South

Oct. 21: AEK Athens - Kronos AD 64-42

North

Oct. 21: Ionikos N.F. - Periko/Arhelaos 60-57

South

Oct. 21: Panerythraikos - Holargos 59-51
Oct. 21: Perama Ermis - Psyhiko 52-80

Regular Season: Round 3

North

Oct. 27: Metamorfosi - Egaleo
Oct. 27: Anatolia - Iraklis
Oct. 27: Marousi - Aias Evosmou
Oct. 27: MENT - Ionikos N.F.
Oct. 27: Periko/Arhelaos - Doxa Pefkon
Oct. 27: Ionikos Ionias - Stratoni

South

Oct. 27: Diagoras - Halkidas
Oct. 27: Esperos Patras - Amyntas Dafnis
Oct. 27: Enosi - Near East
Oct. 27: Doukas - Panerythraikos
Oct. 27: Holargos - Perama Ermis
Oct. 27: Psyhiko - Aetos


Greek A2 round 2 best performance: Vaggelis Karaboulas - by Eurobasket News

Forward Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81, agency: FCM) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nea Kifisia, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, three rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team OFI (#13, 0-2) with 17-point margin 79-62. Nea Kifisia is placed at 4th position in Greek A2. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Nea Kifisia won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Karaboulas turned to be Nea Kifisia's top player in his first season with the team. Vaggelis Karaboulas has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.5ppg. Karaboulas is in league's top in and averages impressive 87.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old FYR Macedonian Djordje Jovanovic of Irakleio. Jovanovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Irakleio cruised to a 71-64 relatively comfortable win over Doxa Lefkadas (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Jovanovic is a newcomer at Irakleio, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#4). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) of Doxa Lefkadas (#8). Manousos scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Manousos' great performance Doxa Lefkadas lost 64-71 to Irakleio (1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Doxa Lefkadas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Manousos has a great season in Greece. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-F/C-82) of Arkadikos - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83) of Irakleio - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Babis Samothrakis (189-G-83) of Filathlitikos - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-F-93) of Filathlitikos - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Pagrati - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Kostas Paschalis (208-C-75) of Lavrio - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  HUNGARY   


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

28-year old point guard Donald Copeland (177-PG-84) had a great game in the last round for ZTE KK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He got a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Kormend (1-3) 101-92. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. ZTE KK is placed at 9th position in Hungarian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Copeland turned to be ZTE KK's top player in his first season with the team.

Second best performed player last round was Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87) of Kormend. He is Croatian forward in his first season at Kormend. In the last game Buljan recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Kormend lost that game 92-101 to slightly higher-ranked ZTE KK (1-3). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Kormend dropped in the standings to 11th position. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Kormend managed to get this year. Buljan is a newcomer at Kormend and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.7ppg (#1). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Laszlo Polyak (190-G-93) of Marso NYKK (#10). Polyak showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Polyak's great performance Marso NYKK lost 65-78 to the higher-ranked Kaposvari (#4, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Marso NYKK can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Polyak he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Polyak has a very solid season. In 2 games in Hungary he scored 15.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sean Carter (205-F/C-88) of FS Debrecen - 18 points and 14 rebounds
5. Brad Loesing (182-G-89) of PVSK Pannon - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
6. David Gaspar (196-SF-82) of ZTE KK - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Falco-Szova - 21 points and 6 rebounds
8. Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Kaposvari - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) of Soproni - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Ronald Moore (183-PG-88) of Albacomp - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

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



A Division Round 4: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of A Division 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 change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

A Division round 4 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Atomeromu (3-1) against eleventh ranked Soproni (1-2) 101-86 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Atomeromu. The game without a history. Soproni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jeremy Wise (191-86, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 assists. Guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Soproni's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Atomeromu. Soproni left bottom position moving up to eighth place. Atomeromu at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Albacomp. Atomeromu will play next round against strong Falco-Szova trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Soproni will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Undefeated Falco-Szova (3-1) recorded its first loss in Pecs. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked PVSK Pannon (2-2) 90-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Falco-Szova. American players dominated also this game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and Alex Legion who added 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. At the losing side power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Falco-Szova's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PVSK Pannon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Szedeak. Falco-Szova at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. PVSK Pannon will play against higher ranked Kaposvari (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Falco-Szova will play against the league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ZTE KK's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Kormend (1-3) 101-92 on Saturday. The winners were led by Donald Copeland who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. Even a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds by Zvonko Buljan did not help to save the game for Kormend. ZTE KK left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Kormend and Marso NYKK. ZTE KK will meet Marso NYKK (#10) in the next round. Kormend will play against the league's leader Albacomp having rather not much hope for a victory.
Bottom-ranked FS Debrecen is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Jaszberenyi (3-1) 82-68. Rastko Dramicanin fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Jaszberenyi's coach Sandor Foldi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Jaszberenyi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. FS Debrecen at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Jaszberenyi's next round opponent will be Szedeak (#7) in Szeged where they are favorite. FS Debrecen will play at home against Soproni (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Szeged supposed to be also quite interesting. Top-ranked Albacomp (3-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Szedeak (2-2). Albacomp smashed Szedeak 99-68 on Saturday. Albacomp have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Szedeak keeps the sixth place with two games lost. Albacomp will face Soproni (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4 Marso NYKK was beaten by Kaposvari on the road 78-65.


Soproni - Atomeromu 101-86

A Division round 4 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Atomeromu (3-1) against eleventh ranked Soproni (1-2) 101-86 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Atomeromu. The game without a history. Soproni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jeremy Wise (191-86, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 assists. Guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Soproni players scored in double figures. Soproni's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Atomeromu. Soproni left bottom position moving up to eighth place. Atomeromu at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Albacomp. Atomeromu will play next round against strong Falco-Szova trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Soproni will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Williams 19+2reb+4ast, N.Williams 16+8reb+4ast, D.Vojvoda 16+2reb+1ast, S.Idlet 10+3reb, A.Toth 9+4reb+2ast, J.Eilingsfeld 9+5reb
Soproni: J.Wise 22+3reb+7ast, D.Thomas 18+3reb+4ast, G.Toth 15+3reb, A.Molnar 13+3reb+4ast, F.Barovic 12+11reb, Z.Vesztergom 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 196858


ZTE KK - Kormend 101-92

ZTE KK's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Kormend (1-3) 101-92 on Saturday. Kormend trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 24 after three quarters before a 37-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 92-101 at the end of the game. ZTE KK made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by American-Puerto Rican point guard Donald Copeland (177-84, college: Seton Hall) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists and international David Gaspar (196-82, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) supported him with 18 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Even a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds by Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for Kormend. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) added 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for lost side. Five ZTE KK and four Kormend players scored in double figures. ZTE KK left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Kormend and Marso NYKK. ZTE KK will meet Marso NYKK (#10) in the next round. Kormend will play against the league's leader Albacomp having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kormend: Z.Buljan 31+10reb+3ast, M.Shaw 22+8reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 15+3reb+1ast, A.Brown 12+5reb+3ast, A.Rujak 8+6ast, G.Fodor 2+3reb
ZTE KK: A.Kovacs 19+4reb, D.Copeland 19+2reb+10ast, D.Gaspar 18+4reb+6ast, D.Hudson 17+3reb, T.Simovic 15+9reb+4ast, G.Baki 9
gschID: 196857


PVSK Pannon - Falco-Szova 90-81

Undefeated Falco-Szova (3-1) recorded its first loss in Pecs. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked PVSK Pannon (2-2) 90-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Falco-Szova. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Falco-Szova won second period 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PVSK Pannon made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Falco-Szova turnovers. Falco-Szova was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Brad Loesing (182-89, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. At the losing side power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Four PVSK Pannon and five Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. Falco-Szova's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PVSK Pannon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Szedeak. Falco-Szova at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. PVSK Pannon will play against higher ranked Kaposvari (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Falco-Szova will play against the league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: M.Fey 21+6reb, L.Kalman 14+6reb+5ast, J.Levy 13+8reb+4ast, B.Jancikin 13+1reb, T.Harazin 10+7reb, T.Ivosev 5+3reb+3ast
PVSK Pannon: B.Loesing 21+2reb+9ast, A.Legion 19+6reb, N.Toth 13+9reb, T.Hendley 12+9reb+2ast, A.Csabay 9+1reb, B.Bodor 7+2reb
gschID: 196856


Kaposvari - Marso NYKK 78-65

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Kaposvari (3-1) beat at home 7th ranked Marso NYKK (1-3) 78-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kaposvari led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Marso NYKK's 30. It was a very good performance for American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Roland Hendlein (203-86, agency: TSS Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Kaposvari players scored in double figures. Guard Laszlo Polyak (190-93) replied with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Marso NYKK. Kaposvari moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Marso NYKK lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Kaposvari will face PVSK Pannon (#6) in Pecs in the next round. Marso NYKK will play at home against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: L.Polyak 24+8reb+6ast, M.Berkis 20+5reb+2ast, B.Davis 18+8reb, J.Siska 2+2reb+1ast, M.Varga 1+1reb, B.Petrucsik 0
Kaposvari: C.Dunn 25+5reb+5ast, R.Hendlein 13+12reb, K.Swanston 13+11reb+1ast, B.Szoke 11+4reb, M.Spica 10+4reb+2ast, K.Kiss 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 196854


Szedeak - Albacomp 68-99

The game in Szeged supposed to be also quite interesting. Top-ranked Albacomp (3-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Szedeak (2-2). Albacomp smashed Szedeak 99-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Szedeak was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Szedeak to just 7 points in third quarter. Albacomp have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Szedeak keeps the sixth place with two games lost. Albacomp will face Soproni (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 196855


Jaszberenyi - FS Debrecen 82-68

Bottom-ranked FS Debrecen is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Jaszberenyi (3-1) 82-68. FS Debrecen was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 47-30 second half run of Jaszberenyi. Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Miljan Rakic (195-86, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi's coach Sandor Foldi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Sean Carter (205-88, college: Massachusetts) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Earl Pettis (195-87, college: La Salle) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Jaszberenyi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. FS Debrecen at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Jaszberenyi's next round opponent will be Szedeak (#7) in Szeged where they are favorite. FS Debrecen will play at home against Soproni (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: E.Pettis 20+4reb, S.Carter 18+14reb+1ast, D.Mladenovic 13, S.Fekete 9+2reb+2ast, V.Vas 4+2reb+1ast, G.Cseh 3+6reb+1ast
Jaszberenyi: M.Rakic 16+4reb+6ast, R.Dramicanin 16+13reb+2ast, B.Horti 14+6reb+1ast, G.Soos 12+2reb+1ast, R.Torok 7+4reb+2ast, M.Markovic 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 196853



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  ICELAND   

Standings - 1 Division

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 21: Augnablik - Reynir S. 92-75
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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 25: Hottur - Valur
Oct. 26: Reynir S. - Hamar
Oct. 26: FSU - IA
Oct. 26: Haukar - Thor AK
Oct. 26: Breidablik - Augnablik



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  IRAQ   


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

Duhok - Belent 73:58

Duhok finished their Asia Club Championship on a high note. The Iraqi team overcame Belent to clinch the third position at the tourney. Jenero Gorgiss (185-G/F-82) stepped up with 26 points to lead the charge.
Duhok posted a narrow 20:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The Iraqi team stretched the gap in the second quarter. Duhok accumulated a 39:31 halftime advantage. Duhok kept Belent at distance throughout the third term. They ensured a 52:41 lead at the final intermission. Duhok outgunned their opponents in the fourth quarter and celebrated a well-deserved victory at the end. Ali Al-Juboori (165-PG-87) provided 16 points in the victory. Toyli Bayriyev (188-G-84) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Belent. Aleksandr Kozlov (200-F-82) topscored with 18 points in the loss.

Duhok: Jenero Gorgiss 26, Ali Al-Juboori 16, Ali Hameed (206-C-84) 12+11 boards
Belent: Aleksandr Kozlov 18, Toyli Bayriyev 17



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 21: Torino - Agrigento 92-71
Oct. 21: San Severo - Reggio Calabr. 84-78
Oct. 21: Firenze - Lucca 84-66
Oct. 18: Chieti - Treviglio 80-81
Oct. 21: Latina Basket - Recanati 78-82
Oct. 21: Chieti - Mirandola 75-69
Oct. 21: Ferrara - Bari 74-72
Oct. 21: Bologna - Omegna 74-61
Oct. 21: Matera - Castelletto 70-51
Oct. 17: San Severo - Bari 65-66
Oct. 21: Perugia - Casalpusterlengo 63-58

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 27: Omegna - Latina Basket
Oct. 28: Treviglio - Perugia
Oct. 28: Lucca - San Severo
Oct. 28: Reggio Calabr. - Bologna
Oct. 28: Castelletto - Firenze
Oct. 28: Casalpusterlengo - Ferrara
Oct. 28: Mirandola - Matera
Oct. 28: Bari - Torino
Oct. 28: Agrigento - Chieti


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Biancoblu BO 3-0 
 2. Giorgo Tesi PT 3-0 
 3. C.de Latte BRE 2-1 
 4. LeGanberi FO 2-1 
 5. Novipiu Casale 2-1 
 6. Givova Scafati 2-1 
 7. Sigma Barcel. 2-1 
 8. AcegasAps TR 2-1 
 9. Pall.Trento 1-2 
 10. Nuovo Napoli 1-2 
 11. Prima Veroli 1-2 
 12. Tezenis VE 1-2 
 13. Fileni BPA Jesi 1-2 
 14. Aget Service IM 1-2 
 15. FCM Ferentino 0-3 
 16. Upea CdO 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 21: Sigma Barcel. - LeGanberi FO 92-94
Oct. 21: Fileni BPA Jesi - Biancoblu BO 87-90
Oct. 21: Givova Scafati - C.de Latte BRE 86-88
Oct. 21: AcegasAps TR - FCM Ferentino 84-79
Oct. 21: Nuovo Napoli - Aget Service IM 72-73
Oct. 21: Giorgo Tesi PT - Tezenis VE 67-51
Oct. 21: Prima Veroli - Pall.Trento 56-74
Oct. 21: Novipiu Casale - Upea CdO 101-71

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 28: C.de Latte BRE - Novipiu Casale
Oct. 28: Tezenis VE - Sigma Barcel.
Oct. 28: Biancoblu BO - Giorgo Tesi PT
Oct. 28: Aget Service IM - Fileni BPA Jesi
Oct. 28: FCM Ferentino - LeGanberi FO
Oct. 28: Pall.Trento - Nuovo Napoli
Oct. 28: AcegasAps TR - Givova Scafati
Oct. 28: Upea CdO - Prima Veroli


Nazionale A Round 5: Treviglio takes 4-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News

There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of Nazionale A 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 change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

Nazionale A round 5 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Bari (4-1) against eighth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (3-1) 74-72 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bari. Bari trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 29-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-74 at the end of the game. Naturhouse Ferrara made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for Bari. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Firenze. Bari at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Matera. They were replaced at the leadership position by Treviglio. Bari will play next round against Torino trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Naturhouse Ferrara will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Casalpusterlengo on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in San Severo. First ranked Bari (4-1) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (2-3) 66-65 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Luca Bisconti chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bari have a solid series of four victories in a row. Despite that victory Bari went down to second position due to points difference, which they share with Matera. Mazzeo San Severo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Bari will play against Torino (#6) at home in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Lucca (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Chieti between Treviglio and Chieti. Leader Treviglio (4-0) got a very close victory on the road over 14th ranked Chieti (2-3). Treviglio managed to escape with a 1-point win 81-80 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Riccardo Perego nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Emanuele Rossi came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Chieti in the defeat. Treviglio have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Chieti dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Treviglio will meet at home Perugia (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chieti will play against Agrigento (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Perugia's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (2-2) 63-58. The best player for the winners was Davide Poltroneri who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Casalpusterlengo's coach Cesare Riva rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Perugia (1-4) left bottom position moving up to sixteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Casalpusterlengo at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Perugia's next round opponent will be league's leader Treviglio on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game in Firenze was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Lucca (3-2) played at the court of sixth ranked Firenze (3-1). Firenze did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 84-66 on Sunday. Stefano Rabaglietti orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Firenze's coach Riccardo Paolini used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Firenze moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ferrara. Newly promoted Lucca dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Firenze will face Castelletto (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lucca will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#14).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: Reggio Calabr. was beaten by San Severo on the road 84-78. Latina Basket lost to Recanati on its own court 78-82. Agrigento was outscored by Torino in a road game 71-92. Matera rolled over Castelletto at home 70-51. Mirandola was defeated by Chieti on the opponent's court 75-69. Bologna beat Omegna in a home game 74-61.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Ousmane Gueye of San Severo.


Firenze - Lucca 84-66

The game in Firenze was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Lucca (3-2) played at the court of sixth ranked Firenze (3-1). Firenze did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 84-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Firenze. Lucca was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Firenze forced 25 Lucca turnovers. The former international guard Stefano Rabaglietti (190-83, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Firenze players scored in double figures. Firenze's coach Riccardo Paolini used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Davide Parente (188-83) answered with 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lucca. Firenze moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ferrara. Newly promoted Lucca dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Firenze will face Castelletto (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lucca will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#14).
Top scorers:
Firenze: S.Rabaglietti 18+4reb+4ast, S.Spizzichini 15+8reb+2ast, M.Caroldi 14+7ast, A.Capitanelli 11+8reb+1ast, D.Casadei 10+6reb, M.Sanna 9+6reb+1ast
Lucca: D.Parente 20+1reb+5ast, W.Santarossa 11+6reb+2ast, G.Sorrentino 10+2reb, R.Casagrande 8+4reb+1ast, R.Bottioni 6+3reb+1ast, M.Negri 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191651


San Severo - Reggio Calabr. 84-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Mazzeo San Severo and 18th ranked Reggio Calabr. had identical 1-3 record. This time Mazzeo San Severo used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Reggio Calabria 84-78 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Mazzeo San Severo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Naturalized Senegalese guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Reggio Calabr.Mazzeo San Severo (2-3) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Reggio Calabr. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with four games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will face higher ranked Lucca (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Reggio Calabr. will play against Bologna (#8) in Ozzano Emilia.
Top scorers:
San Severo: O.Gueye 36+6reb, A.Iannilli 16+14reb+2ast, R.Maggio 12+3reb+2ast, G.Sirakov 10+1reb+6ast, F.Centrone 6+8reb, I.Scarponi 4+2reb
Reggio Calabr.: L.Fontecchio 22+5reb+1ast, A.Fabi 16+1reb+2ast, G.Zampolli 13+6reb+2ast, M.Ammannato 7+1reb, M.Caprari 7+3reb+1ast, G.Mariani 6+9reb+4ast
gschID: 191647


Ferrara - Bari 74-72

Nazionale A round 5 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Bari (4-1) against eighth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (3-1) 74-72 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bari. Bari trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 29-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-74 at the end of the game. Naturhouse Ferrara made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and forward Marco Cardillo (196-85) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bari. Four Bari players scored in double figures. Naturhouse Ferrara moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Firenze. Bari at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Matera. They were replaced at the leadership position by Treviglio. Bari will play next round against Torino trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Naturhouse Ferrara will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Casalpusterlengo on the road.
Top scorers:
Ferrara: M.Benfatto 27+8reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 11+2reb+1ast, A.Campiello 10+6reb, S.Cortesi 9+3reb+1ast, M.Ferri 4+2reb+1ast, S.Casati 4+2reb+1ast
Bari: A.Ruggiero 18+12reb+1ast, L.Bisconti 15+1reb, D.Bonessio 11+6reb, T.Laquintana 10+5reb, S.Bonfiglio 9+4reb+1ast, M.Cardillo 9+8reb
gschID: 191643


Latina Basket - Recanati 78-82

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventeenth ranked Recanati and 15th ranked Latina Basket had identical 1-3 record. But Latina Basket was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Recanati 82-78 on Sunday night. Latina Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Latina Basket. Recanati (2-3) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Latina Basket dropped to the sixteenth position with four games lost. Recanati will have a break next round. Latina Basket will play on the road against Omegna (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Recanati: M.Tagliabue 23+11reb+2ast, A.Pierini 18+3reb, M.Gnaccarini 12+4reb+4ast, M.Pierangeli 9+3reb+1ast, S.Centanni 9+5reb+3ast, N.Benedusi 7+4reb
Latina Basket: T.Milani 14+6reb+3ast, R.Santolamazza 13+5reb+1ast, M.Micevic 10+9reb+1ast, R.Tavernelli 9+5reb+3ast, A.Cecchetti 8+7reb+1ast, T.Plateo 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 191648


Torino - Agrigento 92-71

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Torino (3-2) rolled over at home 4th placed Agrigento (3-2) 92-71 on Sunday. The game without a history. Torino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Agrigento turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Agrigento was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Torino players scored in double figures. Forward Fabio Mian (196-92) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) added 12 points and 4 steals in the effort for Agrigento. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torino moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Agrigento. Torino will face league's second-placed Bari on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Torino: M.Evangelisti 22+2reb, J.Wojciechowski 16+11reb, C.Tommasini 15+2reb+2ast, F.Baldi Rossi 15+15reb+2ast, K.Viglianisi 10+2reb, D.Parente 6+2reb+3ast
Agrigento: R.Castelli 12+4reb+1ast, F.Mian 12+5reb+1ast, P.Mossi 9+1ast, A.Quarisa 8+5reb, M.Giovanatto 8+1reb, D.Demartini 7+5reb
gschID: 191650


Matera - Castelletto 70-51

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Castelletto (2-3) was outscored on the road by third ranked Matera (4-1) 70-51 on Sunday. The game without a history. Matera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Castelletto turnovers. Swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) contributed with 16 points and 4 steals for the winners. Matera's coach Giovanni Benedetto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Alexander Simoncelli (188-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and center Marco Pazzi (203-79) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Castelletto. Matera have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Bari. Loser Castelletto dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Matera will face Mirandola (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Castelletto will play against Firenze (#4).
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Vitale 16+6reb+1ast, C.Sebastian Vico 16+3reb+3ast, A.Iannuzzi 13+4reb+1ast, M.Cozzoli 7, C.Cantone 7+1reb+1ast, C.Grappasonni 5+2reb
Castelletto: A.Simoncelli 14+4reb, F.Bolzonella 12+1reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 9+2reb+2ast, M.Pazzi 8+8reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 6+2reb, S.Hidalgo 2+1reb
gschID: 191649


Chieti - Mirandola 75-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Chieti and 13th ranked Mirandola had identical 1-3 record. This time Chieti used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Mirandola 75-69 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chieti made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Mirandola turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Mirandola was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Fabrizio Gialloreto (185-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Chieti players scored in double figures. point guard Jordan Losi (182-80, agency: Two Points) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and guard Michele Venturelli (188-82) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mirandola. Chieti (2-3) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Mirandola dropped to the sixteenth position with four games lost. Chieti will face higher ranked Agrigento (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mirandola will play against Matera (#3).
Top scorers:
Chieti: F.Gialloreto 23+4reb+1ast, S.Gatti 14+8reb+1ast, S.Rajola 11+9reb+3ast, E.Rossi 11+11reb+3ast, A.Raschi 10+8reb+3ast, M.Diomede 4+3reb
Mirandola: J.Losi 17+2reb+6ast, M.Venturelli 17+5reb, A.Pilotti 10+4reb, M.Fantinelli 7+1reb+4ast, L.Pignatti 6+4reb, G.Sgobba 5+4reb
gschID: 191646


Bologna - Omegna 74-61

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Omegna (1-3) lost to tenth ranked Bologna (3-2) in Ozzano Emilia 61-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bologna. Omegna was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) answered with 21 points and naturalized Ivorian guard Mohamed Toure (190-92) added 10 points in the effort for Omegna. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bologna moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Omegna dropped to the fifteenth position with three games lost. Bologna will face Reggio Calabr. (#19) in Reggio Calabria in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Omegna will play at home against Latina Basket (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bologna: V.Circosta 18+2reb+1ast, A.Piazza 16+2reb+4ast, R.Pederzini 15+5reb+3ast, M.Raminelli 9+5reb+3ast, A.Poti 8+3reb, J.Silimbani 6+6reb
Omegna: A.Saccaggi 21+1reb+2ast, M.Toure 10+2reb+2ast, P.Picazio 9+2reb+1ast, C.Villani 7+6reb, M.Farioli 6+4reb, M.Jovancic 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 191645


Perugia - Casalpusterlengo 63-58

Perugia's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Casalpusterlengo (2-2) 63-58. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Perugia dominated on the defensive end, holding Casalpusterlengo to just 6 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Francesco Santantonio (188-92) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) produced 14 points and power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Casalpusterlengo's coach Cesare Riva rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Perugia (1-4) left bottom position moving up to sixteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Casalpusterlengo at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Perugia's next round opponent will be league's leader Treviglio on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 21+7reb+2ast, C.Cutolo 10+2reb+1ast, S.Bonamente 9+2reb+1ast, F.Santantonio 9+5reb, U.Meschini 7+2reb, P.Chiarello 5+8reb+1ast
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 14, G.Ricci 10+3reb, T.Marino 9+2reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 7+6reb, F.Bellina 6+2reb+1ast, M.Venuto 5+3reb
gschID: 191644


Round 1
San Severo - Bari 65-66

Important game to mention about took place in San Severo. First ranked Bari (4-1) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (2-3) 66-65 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 18-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Daniele Bonessio (200-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Bari players scored in double figures. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Bari have a solid series of four victories in a row. Despite that victory Bari went down to second position due to points difference, which they share with Matera. Mazzeo San Severo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Bari will play against Torino (#6) at home in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Lucca (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bari: L.Bisconti 13+6reb+1ast, T.Laquintana 12+3reb, D.Bonessio 12+14reb+2ast, S.Bonfiglio 12+1reb+1ast, D.Barozzi 8+4reb, A.Ruggiero 6+4reb+1ast
San Severo: A.Iannilli 22+14reb+2ast, G.Sirakov 15+1ast, I.Scarponi 12+6reb+1ast, O.Gueye 8+7reb+4ast, R.Maggio 6+3ast, F.Centrone 2+3reb
gschID: 199663


Round 3
Chieti - Treviglio 80-81

A very close game took place in Chieti between Treviglio and Chieti. Leader Treviglio (4-0) got a very close victory on the road over 14th ranked Chieti (2-3). Treviglio managed to escape with a 1-point win 81-80 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The former international power forward Riccardo Perego (203-81) nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) accounted for 18 points. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Fabrizio Gialloreto (185-86) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for Chieti in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Treviglio have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Chieti dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Treviglio will meet at home Perugia (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chieti will play against Agrigento (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: R.Perego 24+9reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 18+3reb+3ast, D.Reati 14+7reb+2ast, N.Cazzolato 10+4reb+4ast, G.Maspero 7+6reb, R.Malagoli 6+2reb+2ast
Chieti: E.Rossi 23+6reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 20+4ast, A.Raschi 15+6reb+3ast, S.Gatti 13+6reb+1ast, M.Diomede 7+3ast, S.Rajola 2+6reb+6ast
gschID: 202738



Lega2 Round 3: Biancoblu Bologna and Pistoia remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in Lega 2 as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 3 in Lega 2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Casale where host Novipiu Casale (2-1) crushed league's leader Upea CdO (0-3) 101-71 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Novipiu Casale. Upea CdO managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Novipiu Casale made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Novipiu Casale's coach Giulio Griccioli felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Dominican center Otis George (205-82, college: Louisville) who recorded 20 points. Novipiu Casale moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Upea CdO still closes the standings with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Biancoblu BO who have the same record. Upea CdO will play next round against Prima Veroli trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Novipiu Casale will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked C.de Latte BRE in Brescia.
Undefeated Sigma Barcellona (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by eighth ranked LeGamberi Foods Forl (2-1) 94-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. It was a good game for American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Mattia Soloperto contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Sigma Barcellona. LeGamberi Foods Forl moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Sigma Barcellona. LeGamberi Foods Forl will play against FCM Ferentino (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sigma Barcellona will play against Tezenis VE (#12) in Verona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Jesi between Biancoblu BO and Fileni BPA Jesi. Leader Biancoblu BO (3-0) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (1-2). Biancoblu BO managed to escape with a 3-point win 90-87 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a great evening for Andrea Pecile who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 6 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was Michele Maggioli with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Biancoblu BO have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Giorgo Tesi PT. Fileni BPA Jesi at the other side dropped to the ninth place with two games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Biancoblu BO will meet at home league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fileni BPA Jesi will play against Aget Service IM (#14) in Imola.
A very interesting game took place in Napoli. It ended with only one-point home defeat of higher ranked Nuovo Napoli (1-2) to fourteenth ranked Aget Service IM (1-2) 73-72 in the game for the ninth place. It was an exceptional evening for D.J. Gay who led the winners and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Aget Service IM left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Nuovo Napoli. Aget Service IM's next round opponent will be Fileni BPA Jesi (#13) at home.
Important game to mention about took place in Scafati. Ninth ranked C.de Latte BRE (2-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Givova Scafati (2-1) 88-86 in the fight for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Givova Scafati. The best player for the winners was David Brkic who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. C.de Latte BRE moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Givova Scafati. C.de Latte BRE will face Novipiu Casale (#5) at home in the next round. Givova Scafati will play against AcegasAps TR in Trieste.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless FCM Ferentino was defeated by AcegasAps TR in Trieste 84-79. Prima Veroli was beaten by Pall.Trento at home 56-74. Tezenis VE lost to undefeated Giorgo Tesi PT on the opponent's court 51-67.


AcegasAps TR - FCM Ferentino 84-79

There was no surprise in Trieste where bottom-ranked FCM Ferentino (0-3) was defeated by thirteenth ranked AcegasAps TR (2-1) 84-79 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. AcegasAps TR forced 19 FCM Ferentino turnovers. FCM Ferentino was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Luca Gandini (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) chipped in 19 points. AcegasAps TR's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Giacomo Gurini (192-84, agency: Two Points) who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds and American-Guyanese forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 13 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AcegasAps TR moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. FCM Ferentino at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with three games lost. AcegasAps TR will face Givova Scafati (#6) at home in the next round. FCM Ferentino will play against LeGamberi Foods Forl (#4) in Forli and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
AcegasAps TR: J.Thomas 19+2reb+2ast, M.Ruzzier 16+4reb+2ast, L.Gandini 12+10reb+5ast, M.Meshcharakou 12+2reb, A.Filloy 9+3reb+1ast, M.Carra 6+2reb+2ast
FCM Ferentino: G.Gurini 22+6reb, D.James 13+12reb+2ast, A.Righetti 13+2reb+1ast, M.El Amin 10+3reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 8+7reb+2ast, M.Carrizo 6
gschID: 188766


Nuovo Napoli - Aget Service IM 72-73

A very interesting game took place in Napoli. It ended with only one-point home defeat of higher ranked Nuovo Napoli (1-2) to fourteenth ranked Aget Service IM (1-2) 73-72 in the game for the ninth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Nuovo Napoli won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Aget Service IM won last quarter 16-16. It was an exceptional evening for American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. The former international forward Marco Allegretti (204-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Czech center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, college: Iowa St., agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 15 rebounds respectively for Nuovo Napoli in the defeat. Four Nuovo Napoli players scored in double figures. Aget Service IM left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Nuovo Napoli. Aget Service IM's next round opponent will be Fileni BPA Jesi (#13) at home.
Top scorers:
Aget Service IM: D.Gay 19+6reb+2ast, P.Marigney 17+6reb+2ast, S.Zagorac 10+5reb, F.Masoni 8, M.Chillo 6+7reb, F.Foiera 6+3reb+1ast
Nuovo Napoli: M.Ceron 21+1reb, M.Allegretti 20+12reb+1ast, A.Warren 12+3reb+4ast, J.Hubalek 10+15reb, D.Clemente 9+5reb+9ast, D.Loncarevic 0+1reb
gschID: 188765


Fileni BPA Jesi - Biancoblu BO 87-90

A very close game took place in Jesi between Biancoblu BO and Fileni BPA Jesi. Leader Biancoblu BO (3-0) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (1-2). Biancoblu BO managed to escape with a 3-point win 90-87 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The game without a history. Biancoblu BO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 6 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Donato Cutolo (198-87, agency: Players Group) helped adding 20 points. Four Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Biancoblu BO have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Giorgo Tesi PT. Fileni BPA Jesi at the other side dropped to the ninth place with two games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Biancoblu BO will meet at home league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fileni BPA Jesi will play against Aget Service IM (#14) in Imola.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: D.Cutolo 20+3reb, D.Cournooh 17+2reb+1ast, A.Pecile 16+3reb+6ast, R.Harris 11+3reb+1ast, P.Verri 8+1reb, M.Vitali 7+2reb
Fileni BPA Jesi: M.Maggioli 38+11reb+2ast, E.Griffin 18+9reb+2ast, J.Valentini 13+4reb+2ast, R.Hoover 9+6reb+4ast, M.Santiangeli 4+3reb+1ast, S.Colonnelli 3+1reb
gschID: 188764


Prima Veroli - Pall.Trento 56-74

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Pall.Trento (1-2) defeated on the road higher ranked Prima Veroli (1-2) 74-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pall.Trento. Prima Veroli was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Prima Veroli to just 7 points in third quarter. Pall.Trento forced 20 Prima Veroli turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Pall.Trento's coach Maurizio Buscaglia used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (206-85, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Simone Berti (196-85) added 11 points respectively. Pall.Trento left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Prima Veroli. Pall.Trento will face Nuovo Napoli (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Pall.Trento: L.Garri 20+5reb+1ast, B.Elder 12+2reb+1ast, L.Dordei 12+5reb+2ast, A.Forray 8+1reb, M.Spanghero 8+1reb, L.Conte 8+2reb
Prima Veroli: T.Rinaldi 14+7reb+2ast, M.Jurevicus 12+1reb+2ast, S.Berti 11+4reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 8+5reb+1ast, E.Walker 8+2reb+2ast, L.Infante 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188763


Sigma Barcel. - LeGanberi FO 92-94

Undefeated Sigma Barcellona (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by eighth ranked LeGamberi Foods Forl (2-1) 94-92. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sigma Barcellona won third quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LeGamberi Foods Forl dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sigma Barcellona's 24. It was a good game for American swingman Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Mattia Soloperto (208-80) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five LeGamberi Foods Forl players scored in double figures. American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 27 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sigma Barcellona. LeGamberi Foods Forl moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Sigma Barcellona. LeGamberi Foods Forl will play against FCM Ferentino (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sigma Barcellona will play against Tezenis VE (#12) in Verona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LeGanberi FO: M.Soloperto 22+5reb, B.Spencer 18+3reb+4ast, B.Musso 17+5reb+1ast, T.Roderick 14+7reb+8ast, M.Todic 10+4reb+2ast, A.Tessitori 7
Sigma Barcel.: T.Bell 27+5reb+4ast, C.Callahan 27+8reb+1ast, T.Green 16+3reb+3ast, M.Giuri 7+2ast, R.Bucci 6+1ast, M.Sanders 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 188762


Givova Scafati - C.de Latte BRE 86-88

Important game to mention about took place in Scafati. Ninth ranked C.de Latte BRE (2-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Givova Scafati (2-1) 88-86 in the fight for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Givova Scafati. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-86. C.de Latte BRE made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) chipped in 18 points. C.de Latte BRE's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) added 19 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Five C.de Latte BRE and four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. C.de Latte BRE moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Givova Scafati. C.de Latte BRE will face Novipiu Casale (#5) at home in the next round. Givova Scafati will play against AcegasAps TR in Trieste.
Top scorers:
C.de Latte BRE: M.Jenkins 18+4reb+2ast, D.Brkic 18+8reb+1ast, J.Giddens 17+5reb+1ast, F.Loschi 15+2reb, J.Fernandez 11+3reb+5ast, A.Scanzi 4+1ast
Givova Scafati: P.Baldassarre 21+10reb+2ast, A.Porta 19+4reb+2ast, K.Mays 11+1reb+4ast, A.Ghiacci 10+7reb+1ast, F.Bushati 9+2reb+1ast, R.Slay 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 188761


Giorgo Tesi PT - Tezenis VE 67-51

Very expected game when 12th ranked Tezenis VE (1-2) was defeated on the road by leader Tuscany Pistoia (3-0) 67-51 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Tuscany Pistoia. Tezenis VE was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tezenis VE to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Tuscany Pistoia forced 22 Tezenis VE turnovers. The best player for the winners was power forward Fiorello Toppo (198-80) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia's coach Paolo Moretti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Massimo Chessa (188-88, agency: Two Points) who recorded 18 points and Nigerian-American power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI) added 6 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Biancoblu BO. Loser Tezenis VE dropped to the ninth place with two games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will face league's leader Biancoblu BO in Bologna in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tezenis VE will play at home against Sigma Barcellona (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giorgo Tesi PT: R.Cortese 17+8reb, M.Hicks 14+5reb+1ast, F.Toppo 10+13reb+2ast, G.Galanda 8+4reb, A.Graves 6+3reb+2ast, G.Meini 5+2ast
Tezenis VE: M.Chessa 18+2reb, C.Westbrook 12+3reb, R.McConnell 7+2reb+3ast, O.Lawal 6+11reb+1ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 4+6reb+3ast, G.Boscagin 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 188760


Novipiu Casale - Upea CdO 101-71

Round 3 in Lega 2 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Casale where host Novipiu Casale (2-1) crushed league's leader Upea CdO (0-3) 101-71 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Novipiu Casale. Upea CdO managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Novipiu Casale made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Casper Ware (177-90, college: Long Beach St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Novipiu Casale's coach Giulio Griccioli felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Dominican center Otis George (205-82, college: Louisville) who recorded 20 points and naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St., agency: Two Points) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Novipiu Casale moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Upea CdO still closes the standings with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Biancoblu BO who have the same record. Upea CdO will play next round against Prima Veroli trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Novipiu Casale will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked C.de Latte BRE in Brescia.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: R.Green 23+7reb+3ast, C.Ware 21+5reb+10ast, M.Malaventura 15+1reb+3ast, N.Martinoni 15+5reb+2ast, G.Ferrero 11+1ast, P.Butkevicius 7+6reb
Upea CdO: O.George 20+4reb+1ast, D.Mathis 12+3reb+5ast, A.Young 10+2reb, T.Battle 10+2reb+2ast, R.Rullo 9+2reb+1ast, A.Benevelli 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 188759



Best players of Italian Lega2 round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced former international center Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fileni BPA Jesi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 35-year old center had a double-double of 38 points and eleven rebounds, while his team was edged out by the league's best team Biancoblu BO (#1, 3-0) 90-87. Fileni BPA Jesi moved-up to the 13th position in the Italian Lega2. Fileni BPA Jesi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. In the team's last game Maggioli had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Fileni BPA Jesi, through which he has constantly improved. Maggioli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.0ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 65.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American point guard Casper Ware (177-PG-90) of Novipiu Casale. Ware impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Novipiu Casale to another comfortable win outscoring Upea CdO (0-3) 101-71. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Ware is a newcomer at Novipiu Casale and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Argentinian Antonio Porta (187-PG-83, agency: Players Group) of Givova Scafati (#6). Porta scored 19 points. Despite Porta's great performance Givova Scafati lost 86-88 to C.de Latte BRE (2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Givova Scafati needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Porta has a very solid season. In 3 games in Italy he scored 9.3ppg. Antonio Porta has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Troy Bell (186-PG-80) of Sigma Barcel. - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Craig Callahan (203-F-81) of Sigma Barcel. - 27 points and 8 rebounds
6. Mattia Soloperto (208-C-80) of LeGanberi FO - 22 points and 5 rebounds
7. Luca Gandini (205-C/F-85) of AcegasAps TR - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marco Allegretti (204-F-81) of Nuovo Napoli - 20 points and 12 rebounds
9. David Brkic (210-F/C-82) of C.de Latte BRE - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Giacomo Gurini (192-G-84) of FCM Ferentino - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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



Gueye's 36-point game gives him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old guard Ousmane Gueye (188-G-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for San Severo and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 36 points adding six rebounds for San Severo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Reggio Calabr. (#19, 1-4) 84-78. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in . San Severo is placed at 14th position in Italian Nazionale A. San Severo is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. In the team's last game Gueye had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He turned to be San Severo's top player in his first season with the team. Gueye has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Gueye is in league's top in and averages solid 2.4spg and 61.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) of Ferrara. He is a forward in his 2nd season at Ferrara. In the last game Benfatto recorded impressive 27 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Ferrara to edge the higher-ranked Bari (#2, 4-1) by 2 points 74-72. This victory allowed Ferrara to move up to 5th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Benfatto is well-known at Ferrara and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another San Severo's star - center Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84). Iannilli scored 22 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Iannilli's great performance San Severo lost 65-66 to the higher-ranked Bari (#2, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of San Severo ranking at the top of Round 1, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Iannilli could help San Severo to bring them higher in the standings. Iannilli has a great season in Italy. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) of San Severo - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Davide Poltroneri (195-SG-85) of Perugia - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81) of Bari - 18 points and 12 rebounds
8. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) of Treviglio - 24 points and 9 rebounds
10. Andrea Raschi (198-SG-79) of Chieti - 15 points, 6 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)


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  Sigma Barcel.
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Bell, Sigma Barcel.25.3 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.24.0 
 3. Green, Novipiu Cas.22.0 
 4. Allegretti, Nuovo21.3 
 5. Callahan, Sigma B.20.3 
 6. Thomas, AcegasAp.20.0 
 7. Spencer, LeGanber.19.7 
 8. Hubalek, Nuovo Nap.19.3 
 9. Gay, Aget S.19.0 
 10. Slay, Givova Scaf.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE12.7 
 2. Hubalek, Nuovo Nap.11.7 
 3. Ekperigin, FCM F.10.3 
 4. Brown, AcegasAp.9.5 
 5. Allegretti, Nuovo9.0 
 6. Griffin, Fileni B.8.7 
 7. Giddens, C.de L.8.7 
 8. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.0 
 9. Slay, Givova Scafa.7.7 
 10. Todic, LeGanberi7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nuovo N.
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Clemente, Nuovo N.5.3 
 2. Green, Sigma B.5.3 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.5.0 
 4. Gay, Aget S.5.0 
 5. Ware, Novipiu Casa.5.0 
 6. Mays, Givova S.4.0 
 7. McConnell, Tezen.4.0 
 8. Hoover, Fileni B.3.7 
 9. Brown, AcegasAp.3.5 
 10. Battle, Upea CdO3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Luca GARRI
  Pall.Trento
  (207-C/F-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Garri, Pall.Trento3.3 
 2. Spencer, LeGanber.3.0 
 3. Warren, Nuovo N.3.0 
 4. Mays, Givova S.3.0 
 5. Lawal, Tezenis VE3.0 
 6. Porta, Givova S.3.0 
 7. Bell, Sigma Barcel.2.7 
 8. McConnell, Tezen.2.7 
 9. Ekperigin, FCM F.2.7 
 10. Griffin, Fileni B.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Tezenis VE
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lawal, Tezenis VE2.7 
 2. Ekperigin, FCM F.1.7 
 3. Mosley, Biancobl.1.3 
 4. Griffin, Fileni B.1.3 
 5. George, Upea CdO1.3 
 6. Valenti, Aget S.1.0 
 7. Pascolo, Pall.Tren.1.0 
 8. Dordei, Pall.Trento0.7 
 9. Mocavero, Sigma B.0.7 
 10. Cittadini, Sigma0.7 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Ousmane GUEYE
  San Severo
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Gueye, San Severo20.4 
 2. Ferrarese, Trevigl.20.0 
 3. Losi, Mirandola18.4 
 4. Casadei, Firenze18.3 
 5. Parente, Lucca17.8 
 6. Evangelisti, Torino17.8 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari17.6 
 8. Pierini, Recanati17.6 
 9. Poltroneri, Perugia17.4 
 10. Chiumenti, Casalp.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.14.2 
 2. Rossi, Chieti10.2 
 3. Bonessio, Bari10.0 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Torino9.8 
 5. Benfatto, Ferrara9.8 
 6. Wojciechowsk., Tor.8.8 
 7. Ihedioha, Castelle.8.8 
 8. Perego, Treviglio8.8 
 9. Casadei, Firenze8.0 
 10. Raminelli, Bologna7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan LOSI
  Mirandola
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Losi, Mirandola6.8 
 2. Marino, Casalp.5.5 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.5.0 
 4. Piazza, Bologna5.0 
 5. Rajola, Chieti4.8 
 6. Cantone, Matera3.8 
 7. Mossi, Agrigento3.8 
 8. Caroldi, Firenze3.3 
 9. Mariani, Reggio C.3.2 
 10. Raschi, Chieti3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Bologna
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Piazza, Bologna5.0 
 2. Parente, Lucca4.8 
 3. Tavernelli, Latina4.2 
 4. Sanna, Firenze3.8 
 5. Caroldi, Firenze3.8 
 6. Bonamente, Perugia3.6 
 7. Cortesi, Ferrara3.3 
 8. Barsanti, Lucca3.3 
 9. Capitanelli, Firen.3.3 
 10. Perego, Treviglio3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matteo RAMINELLI
  Bologna
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Raminelli, Bologna2.0 
 2. Rossi, Chieti1.6 
 3. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 4. Sanna, Firenze1.3 
 5. Ranuzzi, Castellet.1.3 
 6. Pazzi, Castelletto1.2 
 7. Chiarello, Perugia1.2 
 8. Gagliardo, Latina1.2 
 9. Scarponi, San S.1.2 
 10. Iannilli, San Sev.0.8 



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JBL Round 3: Toyota Alvark improved to 6-0 record - by Eurobasket News

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

Round 3 in JBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Kariya where host Aishin Sea Horses (4-2) beat league's leader Toshiba Thunders (5-1) 89-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Toshiba Thunders managed to win third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Toshiba Thunders at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Toyota Alvark. Toshiba Thunders will play next round against strong Panasonic Trians trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aishin Sea Horses will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.
Another exciting game took place in Kariya where first ranked Toshiba Thunders (5-1) edged by two points 4th placed Aishin Sea Horses (4-2) 77-75. It was a good game for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Mamadou Diouf contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for Aishin Sea Horses. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Toshiba Thunders went down to second position due to points difference. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Panasonic T.. Toshiba Thunders will play against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round. Aishin Sea Horses will play on the road against the league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Saporro between Hokkaido L. and Tochigi Brex. Eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (1-5) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (1-5). Hokkaido L. managed to escape with a 3-point win 91-88 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Takehiko Orimo who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was Shunsuke Ito with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Tochigi Brex's coach Antanas Sireika tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Mitsubishi DD and Tochigi Brex. Hokkaido L. will meet Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. Leader Toyota Alvark faced 3rd placed Panasonic Trians. Guests from Fuchu (6-0) defeated host Panasonic Trians (4-2) 85-71. It was an exceptional evening for Kosuke Takeuchi who led the winners and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third place with two games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Aishin Sea Horses (#3) in Kariya, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. Leader Toyota Alvark faced 3rd placed Panasonic Trians. Guests from Fuchu (6-0) defeated host Panasonic Trians (4-2) 80-64. The best player for the winners was Jeff Gibbs who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Panasonic Trians keep the third place with two games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Aishin Sea Horses (#3) in Kariya in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Mitsubishi DD were defeated by Hitachi SR in Osaka 63-47. Bottom-ranked Hokkaido L. was smashed by Tochigi Brex at home 64-102. Mitsubishi DD won against Hitachi SR on the opponent's court 65-56.


Panasonic T. - Toyota Alvark 71-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. Leader Toyota Alvark faced 3rd placed Panasonic Trians. Guests from Fuchu (6-0) defeated host Panasonic Trians (4-2) 85-71. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians was better in fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyota Alvark forced 19 Panasonic Trians turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) who led the winners and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. International swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) came up with 24 points and Swedish Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Panasonic Trians in the defeat. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the third place with two games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Aishin Sea Horses (#3) in Kariya, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 24, K.Hirose 11+4reb, C.Maraker 11+8reb+2ast, J.Watkins 10+4reb+1ast, S.Kobayashi 9, Y.Abe 4+2reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: K.Matsui 13+1reb+1ast, P.Ricci 12+6reb, K.Takeuchi 12+8reb, T.Kumagai 9+3reb, J.Gibbs 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Okada 7+1reb
gschID: 183242


Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 89-74

Round 3 in JBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Kariya where host Aishin Sea Horses (4-2) beat league's leader Toshiba Thunders (5-1) 89-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Toshiba Thunders managed to win third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses moved-up to third place, which they share with Panasonic T. Toshiba Thunders at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Toyota Alvark. Toshiba Thunders will play next round against strong Panasonic Trians trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aishin Sea Horses will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: M.Diouf 20+8reb+2ast, N.Fazekas 20+6reb, N.Tsuji 14+3reb+4ast, T.Kurihara 5+5reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 5+2reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 4+1reb
Aishin SH: S.Kashiwagi 23+5reb+2ast, H.Hashimoto 14+1reb+1ast, R.Covile 14+11reb+3ast, T.Furukawa 14+3reb+2ast, J.Sakuragi 11+7reb+2ast, K.Young 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 183241


Hitachi SR - Mitsubishi DD 63-47

Everything could happen in Osaka at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Hitachi Sunrockers and 5th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins had identical 1-4 record. This time Hitachi Sunrockers used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Nagoya 63-47 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-47. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated on the defensive end, holding Mitsubishi Dolphins to just 4 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers (2-4) moved-up to fifth place. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face bottom-ranked Tochigi Brex (#8) on the road in the next round. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: M.Rolle 20+14reb, J.Uzawa 13+3reb, R.Hale 3+6reb+1ast, T.Tashiro 3+2reb, J.Abe 2+7reb+2ast, Y.Ueta 2+1ast
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 17+8reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 12+11reb+3ast, D.Kobayashi 12+2reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 10+2reb+1ast, T.Sakai 4+4reb, Y.Mitsuhara 2+1reb
gschID: 183240


Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex 91-88

A very close game took place in Saporro between Hokkaido L. and Tochigi Brex. Eighth ranked Hokkaido L. (1-5) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (1-5). Hokkaido L. managed to escape with a 3-point win 91-88 on Sunday evening. It was a great shooting night for Hokkaido L. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) helped adding 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international power forward Shunsuke Ito (204-79) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) scored 24 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex's coach Antanas Sireika tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Mitsubishi DD and Tochigi Brex. Hokkaido L. will meet Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 24+2reb+2ast, S.Ito 22+8reb+1ast, D.Yamada 14+4reb+1ast, T.Smith 13+4reb+1ast, A.Tajima 6+2reb+6ast, K.Takeda 6+4reb
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 32+2reb+5ast, D.Noguchi 19+6reb+3ast, J.Catron 17+16reb+4ast, R.Sakurai 10+9reb+3ast, T.Klette 4+4reb+1ast, H.Shishito 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183239


Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex 64-102

No shocking result in a game in Saporro where sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (1-5) smashed 8th ranked Hokkaido L. (1-5) 102-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tochigi Brex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Hokkaido L.'s 34. It was a great shooting night for Tochigi Brex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was international power forward Shunsuke Ito (204-79) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) chipped in 15 points. Five Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Daisuke Noguchi (196-83) who recorded 18 points and international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) added 9 points and 6 rebounds 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. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth place with 1-5 record, which they share with Mitsubishi DD and Hokkaido L. It was Hokkaido L.'s fifth loss in a row. Tochigi Brex will face higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: D.Noguchi 18+3reb+2ast, T.Klette 10+5reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 9+6reb+3ast, J.Catron 8+3reb, T.Orimo 7+2reb+3ast, M.Ito 3+1reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: K.Takeda 16+2reb+1ast, T.Smith 15+3reb+2ast, S.Ito 15+9reb+1ast, T.Amino 14+2reb+2ast, A.Tajima 10+3reb+3ast, D.Yamada 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 183236


Hitachi SR - Mitsubishi DD 56-65

Rather expected game in Osaka where 7th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (2-4) were defeated by fifth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (1-5) 65-56 on Saturday. Hitachi Sunrockers trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 56-65 at the end of the game. Mitsubishi Dolphins dominated on the defensive end, holding Hitachi Sunrockers to just 4 points in second quarter and to 14 points in first half. Mitsubishi Dolphins had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mitsubishi Dolphins made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Bahamas power forward Magnum Rolle (211-86, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85, agency: N.E.T.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Mitsubishi Dolphins went down to sixth position due to points difference, which they share with Hokkaido L. and Tochigi Brex. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against Tochigi Brex.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 19+12reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 15+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 9+9reb, D.Kobayashi 5+1reb+1ast, T.Watanabe 4+1reb+1ast, Y.Mitsuhara 3+1reb
Mitsubishi DD: M.Rolle 16+9reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 15+10reb+1ast, R.Hale 12+2reb, T.Tashiro 7+3reb, S.Kajiyama 4+2reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 4+1reb
gschID: 183237


Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 75-77

Another exciting game took place in Kariya where first ranked Toshiba Thunders (5-1) edged by two points 4th placed Aishin Sea Horses (4-2) 77-75. It was a good game for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Aishin Sea Horses. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Toshiba Thunders went down to second position due to points difference. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Panasonic T.. Toshiba Thunders will play against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka in the next round. Aishin Sea Horses will play on the road against the league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 22+16reb+5ast, T.Furukawa 14, S.Kashiwagi 10+5reb+2ast, R.Covile 10+4reb, K.Young 7+11reb, H.Hashimoto 6
Toshiba BT: M.Diouf 17+10reb, N.Fazekas 17+10reb+2ast, C.Moss 10+2reb, N.Tsuji 9+5reb+8ast, T.Kurihara 8+1reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 8+4reb+6ast
gschID: 183238


Panasonic T. - Toyota Alvark 64-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. Leader Toyota Alvark faced 3rd placed Panasonic Trians. Guests from Fuchu (6-0) defeated host Panasonic Trians (4-2) 80-64. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 16 points. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) who recorded 23 points and American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Panasonic Trians keep the third place with two games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Aishin Sea Horses (#3) in Kariya in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against the league's second-placed Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 23+3reb+1ast, J.Watkins 15+9reb+1ast, T.Onishi 11+3reb, H.Watanabe 5+1reb+2ast, C.Maraker 4+2reb, K.Hirose 3+6reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 16+4reb+2ast, Y.Okada 16, J.Gibbs 15+6reb+1ast, K.Matsui 11+2reb, T.Shonaka 8+1reb+3ast, K.Takeuchi 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 183235



BJ League Round 4: #1 Shinshu BW is defeated by Saitama Broncos - by Eurobasket News

BJ League Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Shinshu BW (2-1) in Nagano on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (1-2) 94-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shinshu BW. The game was mostly controlled by Saitama Broncos. Shinshu BW managed to win third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Saitama Broncos made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Randall Orr (207-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) who added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Saitama Broncos left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Chiba Jets and Miyazaki SS. Shinshu BW at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Saitama Broncos (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Okinawa GK's (#1) 18-point road victory against one of their biggest challengers Takamatsu FA 84-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Takamatsu FA. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The winners were led by Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Terrance Woodbury supported him with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with Akita NH and Shimane SM. Takamatsu FA at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Sixth-ranked Chiba Jets (1-2) gave a tough game to top-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (5-0) on Saturday. Iwate Big Bulls managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Dillion Sneed fired 23 points for the winners. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Joe Werner produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Undefeated Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Loser Chiba Jets dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Saitama Bron. and Miyazaki SS. Iwate Big Bulls will again meet at home Chiba Jets (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Chiba Jets will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-1) 74-64. It was a very good performance for Wendell White who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils moved-up to third place. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-1) 91-88 on Saturday evening. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Taj Finger who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Oita Heat Devils moved-up to third place. Loser Kyoto Hannar. still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 4: Sendai 89ers lost to Toyama Grouses on the opponent's court 72-82. Shimane SM managed to outperform Miyazaki SS in a home game 77-63. Winless Osaka Evessa recorded a loss to Shiga L-Stars on the road 76-64. Winless Fukuoka Rizing was defeated by Hamamatsu P. on its own court 72-76. Tokyo Cinq R. beat Niigata Albirex in a road game 71-68. Akita NH destroyed Gunma at home 98-60.


Oita H.Devils - Kyoto Hannar. 74-64

Bottom-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-1) 74-64. Oita Heat Devils forced 19 Kyoto Hannar. turnovers. It was a very good performance for American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Taj Finger (205-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. American-Panamanian forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego, agency: Top Notch Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks and American guard Masaharu Kataoka (190-85) added 16 points in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils moved-up to third place. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side 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:
Oita H.Devils: W.White 14+11reb+3ast, K.Mitomo 13+4ast, T.Finger 11+13reb, M.Lottich 11+1reb+1ast, K.Hatano 8+8reb+2ast, I.Kersulyte 7+4reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Kataoka 16+3reb+3ast, L.Pomare 10+11reb+1ast, D.Palmer 9+8reb+4ast, Y.Okada 8+3reb+1ast, H.Kantake 7, M.Cousin 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 200364


Oita H.Devils - Kyoto Hannar. 91-88

Bottom-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to sixth ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-1) 91-88 on Saturday evening. Kyoto Hannar. trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 32-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-91 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Oita Heat Devils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Taj Finger (205-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) who added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Marcus Cousin (211-86, college: Houston) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Oita Heat Devils moved-up to third place. Loser Kyoto Hannar. 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:
Oita H.Devils: T.Finger 23+5reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 17+4ast, N.Takushi 14+1reb+3ast, W.White 11+11reb+6ast, K.Mitomo 9+2reb+1ast, K.Hatano 6+4reb+3ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Cousin 22+13reb+2ast, J.Boyette 19+3reb+4ast, M.Kataoka 14+1reb+2ast, D.Palmer 10+6reb+1ast, L.Pomare 9+8reb+1ast, Y.Okada 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 200354


Toyama Grouses - Sendai 89ers 82-72

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Sendai 89ers (1-4) were defeated on the road by fifth ranked Toyama Grouses (3-2) 82-72 on Saturday. Sendai 89ers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Masashi Joho (183-82) who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American center Sam Coleman (208-87, college: Coppin St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and his fellow American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyama Grouses moved-up to third place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Sendai 89ers lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Toyama Grouses will face again Sendai 89ers (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 20+6reb+3ast, T.Mito 18+8reb+1ast, I.Brown 17+9reb+4ast, A.Garcia 8+12reb+1ast, T.Fujie 8+3ast, R.Horikawa 7
Sendai 89ers: S.Coleman 23+10reb, S.Willard 20+11reb, K.Coble 8+4reb, K.Clarke 6+6reb, T.Shimura 6+5reb+6ast, T.Komoda 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 200358


Iwate Big Bulls - Chiba Jets 78-77

Sixth-ranked Chiba Jets (1-2) gave a tough game to top-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (5-0) on Saturday. Iwate Big Bulls managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chiba Jets won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Iwate Big Bulls won last quarter 24-25. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) fired 23 points for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman D'Andre Bell (198-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 26 points respectively for lost side. Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Loser Chiba Jets dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Saitama Bron. and Miyazaki SS. Iwate Big Bulls will again meet at home Chiba Jets (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Chiba Jets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 23+4reb+2ast, R.Okosa 17+8reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 14+7reb+2ast, C.Dixon 8+10reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 5+2reb, K.Takahashi 5+2reb+4ast
Chiba Jets: D.Bell 26+2reb, J.Werner 17+12reb, S.Angounou 12+12reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 8, T.Kensuke 7+3reb+7ast, H.Sato 5+6reb+5ast
gschID: 200355


Shimane SM - Miyazaki SS 77-63

Very predictable result when top-ranked Shimane Magic (3-0) defeated at home 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-2) 77-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 42. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of center Jeral Davis (216-84) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who added 18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Shimane Magic's coach Zeljko Pavlicevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Shimane Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Okinawa GK and Akita NH. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the seventh place with two games lost. Shimane Magic will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 27+7reb, M.Parker 18+7reb+6ast, T.Yokoo 12+3reb+1ast, B.Puckett 8+5reb+1ast, B.Freeman 6+2reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 4+4reb+5ast
Miyazaki SS: M.Brown 21+6reb+3ast, D.Keller 19+9reb, H.Otsuka 10+1reb+1ast, D.Little 4+5reb+1ast, K.Ito 4+5reb, L.Cunningham 3+1reb
gschID: 200361


Shiga L-Stars - Osaka Evessa 76-64

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Osaka Evessa (0-3) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (2-1) 76-64 on Saturday. Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Osaka Evessa 35-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) who added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Shun Watanuki (178-87) scored 23 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth position with 2-1 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Osaka Evessa still closes the standings with three games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Osaka Evessa (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: W.Arnold 20+5reb+3ast, A.Aboya 16+4reb+2ast, R.Nixon 15+8reb+4ast, D.Gomez Camargo 7+7reb, J.Nakama 7+3reb, T.Fujiwara 6+2reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: N.Walkup 26+11reb+2ast, S.Watanuki 23+4reb, S.Konno 7+1reb+3ast, D.Cox 4, S.Takada 2, Y.Tachibana 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 200360


Shinshu BW - Saitama Bron. 82-94

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Shinshu BW (2-1) in Nagano on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Saitama Broncos (1-2) 94-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shinshu BW. The game was mostly controlled by Saitama Broncos. Shinshu BW managed to win third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Saitama Broncos made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Randall Orr (207-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) who added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Saitama Broncos and five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Chiba Jets and Miyazaki SS. Shinshu BW at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Saitama Broncos (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 36+10reb+5ast, R.Orr 19+8reb+1ast, A.Scott 14+9reb, Y.Kitamuki 11+5reb+2ast, T.Yamashiro 6+2reb+7ast, Y.Nobihura 4+1reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: S.Yosuke 16+2reb+3ast, W.Marshall 15+10reb+1ast, D.Curry 11+5reb+1ast, E.Morris 11+8reb+4ast, T.Goya 10+7reb+4ast, T.Utsunomiya 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 200359


Takamatsu FA - Okinawa GK 66-84

Very significant was Okinawa GK's (#1) 18-point road victory against one of their biggest challengers Takamatsu FA 84-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Takamatsu FA. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA was better in second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The winners were led by Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) supported him with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 14 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with Akita NH and Shimane SM. Takamatsu FA at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 25+5reb, A.McHenry 17+12reb+4ast, J.Newton 10+13reb+2ast, Y.Sugawara 10+1reb, T.Yonamine 8+1reb+5ast, S.Kinjo 6
Takamatsu FA: B.Penn 17+2reb, D.Lyons 14+4reb+3ast, P.Williams 13+11reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 10+2reb+1ast, R.Johnson 6+10reb, Y.Kishimoto 3
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Fukuoka Rizing - Hamamatsu P. 72-76

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (3-2) beat on the road bottom-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (0-3) 76-72 on Saturday. Fukuoka Rizing was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Jun Nakanishi (180-82, college: Santa Monica CC) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix moved-up to third place, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Loser Fukuoka Rizing still closes the standings with three games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play again at home against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#4) in Mikawa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 16+7reb+6ast, M.Ohguchi 11+3reb, J.Parmer 11+8reb+1ast, Y.Shiina 9+3reb, T.Kamishima 9+2reb+1ast, E.Fuqua 6+9reb+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: R.Warren 14+10reb+5ast, J.Nakanishi 11+5reb+3ast, Z.Johnson 9+4reb, S.Ishitani 9+1reb+1ast, A.Takeno 9+2reb+3ast, J.Peppers 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 200363


Niigata Albirex - Tokyo Cinq R. 68-71

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Niigata Albirex (0-3) was edged at home by seventh ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (2-1) 71-68 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) who added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. At the losing side American center Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont, agency: Top Notch Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 20 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tokyo Cinq R. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Niigata Albirex still closes the standings with three games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will have a break next round. Niigata Albirex will play again at home against Tokyo Cinq R. (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 24+10reb+1ast, C.Aoki 14+8reb+4ast, R.Barrett 10+8reb+3ast, A.Inoue 9+1reb, H.Takada 7+8reb, C.Sasaki 4+4reb
Niigata Albirex: N.Murry 15+7reb+5ast, C.Holm 11+20reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 9+1reb+2ast, K.Sato 9+2reb+4ast, R.Webb 7+5reb+2ast, Y.Sato 6
gschID: 200357


Akita NH - Gunma 98-60

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Akita Happinets (3-0) outleveled at home bottom-ranked Gunma (0-5) 98-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Gunma was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Akita Happinets dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Gunma's 34. They outrebounded Gunma 49-34 including a 42-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Akita Happinets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Gunma's players. Gunma was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Anthony Kent (208-83, college: Ball St., agency: Top Notch Sports) who added 11 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. At the losing side Vincentian center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Damien Brown (201-87, college: Averett) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Akita Happinets have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Okinawa GK and Shimane SM. Newly promoted Gunma still closes the standings with five games lost. Akita Happinets will face again Gunma (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: T.Cummings 16+8reb+1ast, D.Harris 14+3reb+4ast, K.Shoji 11+2reb+1ast, A.Kent 11+13reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 10+3reb+2ast, J.Demercy 8+9reb+2ast
Gunma: D.Brown 11+4reb+1ast, N.Williams 11+7reb, K.Tomori 9+2reb, S.Okada 8+1reb+2ast, K.Tsutsumi 7+5reb+2ast, Y.Suzuki 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 200356



BJ League Round 5: Toyama Grouses are defeated by Sendai 89ers - by Eurobasket News

BJ League 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 favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The game between third ranked Toyama Grouses (3-3) and ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (2-4) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Toyama Grouses were defeated by Sendai 89ers in Toyama 80-69. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Sendai 89ers made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American forward Kevin Coble (203-87, college: Northwestern) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sendai 89ers moved-up to seventh place. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Hamamatsu P.. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against Tokyo Cinq R. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Hamamatsu Phoenix (#4) was upset in Fukuoka by eighth ranked Fukuoka Rizing 106-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) nailed 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Reginald Warren accounted for 14 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for Hamamatsu Phoenix in the defeat. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#9) on the road in the next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Niigata Albirex has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Tokyo Cinq R. (2-2) 80-57 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Nile Murry who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Jonathan Jones produced 20 points and 9 rebounds 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. Niigata Albirex (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Takamatsu FA. Niigata Albirex will meet at home higher ranked Yokohama BC (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Iwate Big Bulls (6-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Chiba Jets (1-3) 99-88. Dillion Sneed orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with three games lost. Iwate Big Bulls' next round opponent will be Gunma (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Chiba Jets will play against Shinshu BW (#3) in Nagano.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Takamatsu FA (2-2) 95-69. Terrance Woodbury stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Akita NH and Shimane SM. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Okinawa GK will face Shiga L-Stars (#4) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5: winless Gunma lost to undefeated Akita NH on the opponent's court 57-100. Shimane SM managed to outperform Miyazaki SS in a home game 86-78. Winless Osaka Evessa recorded a loss to Shiga L-Stars on the road 74-67. Shinshu BW defeated Saitama Bron. on its own court 82-68.


Akita NH - Gunma 100-57

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Gunma (0-6) was crushed on the road by leader Akita Happinets (4-0) 100-57 on Sunday. The game without a history. Akita Happinets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akita Happinets outrebounded Gunma 49-36 including 35 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Gunma was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. American power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Akita Happinets. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Okinawa GK and Shimane SM. Gunma lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with six games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Gunma will play on the road against the league's leader Iwate Big Bulls (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 25+3reb+2ast, Y.Kikuchi 20+4reb+2ast, T.Cummings 16+10reb+3ast, J.Demercy 12+10reb+2ast, A.Kent 11+11reb+2ast, D.Harris 6+5reb+5ast
Gunma: L.Witcher 15+12reb, T.Granado 12+5reb, K.Tsutsumi 6+3reb+4ast, D.Brown 6+4reb, T.Tatsuhiko 5+4reb, Y.Suzuki 5+3reb+2ast
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Iwate Big Bulls - Chiba Jets 99-88

BJ League top team - Iwate Big Bulls (6-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Chiba Jets (1-3) 99-88. 30 personal fouls committed by Chiba Jets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Dai Oketani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman D'Andre Bell (198-87, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) added 20 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Chiba Jets. Five Iwate Big Bulls and four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with three games lost. Iwate Big Bulls' next round opponent will be Gunma (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. Chiba Jets will play against Shinshu BW (#3) in Nagano.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: D.Sneed 25+12reb+1ast, R.Okosa 18+12reb+3ast, T.Masato 15+6reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 15+1reb+4ast, N.Nakamura 11+7reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 7+6reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: D.Bell 22+9reb+3ast, J.Werner 20+13reb, R.Itakura 16+5reb+1ast, S.Angounou 11+12reb+2ast, H.Sato 8+1reb+4ast, S.Isshiki 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 200365


Fukuoka Rizing - Hamamatsu P. 106-96

Hamamatsu Phoenix (#4) was upset in Fukuoka by eighth ranked Fukuoka Rizing 106-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Hamamatsu Phoenix was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 38-22 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fukuoka Rizing especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) nailed 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida, agency: Top Notch Sports) accounted for 14 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern, agency: Top Notch Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists and forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Hamamatsu Phoenix in the defeat. Five Fukuoka Rizing and four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Toyama Grouses. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#9) on the road in the next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 29+7reb+2ast, A.Takeno 16+1reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 15+5ast, R.Warren 14+17reb+1ast, J.Ashby 11+7reb+1ast, Z.Johnson 10+1reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: K.Galloway 28+6reb+11ast, T.Kamishima 19+1reb+1ast, J.Parmer 17+5reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 16+2reb+1ast, A.Ohta 9+2reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 3
gschID: 200373


Takamatsu FA - Okinawa GK 69-95

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Takamatsu FA (2-2) 95-69. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American swingman Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American power forward Paul Williams (208-83, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. Takamatsu FA's coach Kenzo Maeda gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Akita NH and Shimane SM. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Okinawa GK will face Shiga L-Stars (#4) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: T.Woodbury 21+6reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 15+5reb+2ast, D.Larkai 14+10reb+2ast, A.McHenry 12+5reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 11+2reb+4ast, M.Yamauchi 9+2reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Williams 20+9reb+4ast, B.Penn 11+2reb, H.Kikuchi 10+2reb+2ast, R.Johnson 8+11reb, D.Lyons 8+6reb+2ast, M.Kita 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 200372


Shimane SM - Miyazaki SS 86-78

Very predictable result when leader Shimane Magic (4-0) defeated at home 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (1-3) 86-78 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Miyazaki Shining Suns won second period 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and point guard Kouki Yamabuchi (183-84) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. American guard Larriques Cunningham (198-88, college: Lee) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Marshall Brown (199-85, college: Missouri) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Shimane Magic. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Okinawa GK and Akita NH. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh place with three games lost. Shimane Magic will face Hamamatsu Phoenix (#5) in Mikawa in the next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play at home against Oita Heat Devils.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 19+11reb+5ast, B.Puckett 17+3reb+1ast, J.Davis 14+5reb+3ast, K.Yamabuchi 13+4reb+7ast, T.Yokoo 10+5reb, B.Freeman 10+2reb+1ast
Miyazaki SS: L.Cunningham 26+7reb, M.Brown 15+5reb+1ast, H.Otsuka 9+1ast, D.Keller 8+5reb+2ast, D.Little 8+5reb, K.Ito 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 200371


Shiga L-Stars - Osaka Evessa 74-67

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Osaka Evessa (0-4) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-1) 74-67 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-67. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shiga L-Stars. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Oita H.Devils and Shinshu BW. Osaka Evessa lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face league's leader Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 15+6reb+2ast, S.Ogawa 12+3reb, W.Arnold 10+4reb+3ast, D.Terashita 8+3reb+2ast, R.Nixon 8+9reb+4ast, J.Nakama 7+3reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: N.Walkup 24+7reb+5ast, M.Obuchi 19+4reb+1ast, D.Cox 11+4reb, S.Konno 4+2reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 4+3reb, S.Watanuki 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 200370


Shinshu BW - Saitama Bron. 82-68

Everything went according to plan in Nagano where fifth ranked Shinshu BW (3-1) beat 8th ranked Saitama Broncos (1-3) 82-68 on Sunday. The game without a history. Shinshu BW led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. Shinshu BW's coach Takatoshi Ishibashi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and forward Antwan Scott (205-79, college: Wake Forest) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Shinshu BW moved-up to third place, which they share with Oita H.Devils and Shiga L-Stars. Loser Saitama Broncos dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Shinshu BW will face Chiba Jets (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: J.Green 23+11reb+2ast, E.Morris 18+12reb+2ast, T.Goya 10+4reb+4ast, T.Saito 9+1reb+7ast, W.Marshall 8+5reb+2ast, S.Yosuke 8+4reb+2ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 30+12reb+1ast, A.Scott 18+7reb+1ast, R.Orr 7+6reb+1ast, T.Yamashiro 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 4+3reb+4ast, M.Haraguchi 2+3reb
gschID: 200369


Toyama Grouses - Sendai 89ers 69-80

The game between third ranked Toyama Grouses (3-3) and ninth ranked Sendai 89ers (2-4) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Toyama Grouses were defeated by Sendai 89ers in Toyama 80-69. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Sendai 89ers made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American forward Kevin Coble (203-87, college: Northwestern) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (209-88, college: Memphis) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers moved-up to seventh place. Toyama Grouses at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Hamamatsu P.. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against Tokyo Cinq R. (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: K.Coble 18+6reb+1ast, S.Willard 16+7reb+2ast, Y.Arai 11+1reb+1ast, K.Clarke 8+4reb+3ast, T.Shimura 7+4reb+5ast, T.Komoda 6+2reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 18+10reb+3ast, A.Garcia 11+11reb+1ast, J.Jacob 10+4reb, T.Mito 10+1reb+4ast, T.Fujie 8+1reb, M.Joho 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 200368


Niigata Albirex - Tokyo Cinq R. 80-57

Niigata Albirex has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Tokyo Cinq R. (2-2) 80-57 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Tokyo Cinq R. managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Niigata Albirex forced 19 Tokyo Cinq R. turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Hirohisa Takada (186-86) added 14 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. Niigata Albirex (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. keeps the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Takamatsu FA. Niigata Albirex will meet at home higher ranked Yokohama BC (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: R.Webb 15+9reb, N.Murry 15+9reb+5ast, Y.Ikeda 14+5ast, K.Sato 11+1reb+3ast, M.Gray 9+4reb, T.Misawa 6+3reb+1ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Jones 20+9reb+3ast, H.Takada 14+2reb+1ast, C.Aoki 7+2reb+1ast, R.Barrett 6+6reb+1ast, J.Carter 4+3reb, I.Milutinovic 4+5reb
gschID: 200367



Best players of Japanese JBL round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced naturalized American power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aishin SH and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 36-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Toshiba BT (#2, 5-1) 77-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Aishin SH is placed at 3rd position in American JBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Aishin SH will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 4-2 record. Sakuragi has many years of experience at Aishin SH, through which he has constantly improved. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sakuragi is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.2ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.3rpg), assists (4th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 51.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old international Shunsuke Ito (204-C/F-79) of Tochigi Brex. Ito impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Tochigi Brex was edged by Hokkaido L. (1-5) 91-88. 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. Ito is one of the most experienced players at Tochigi Brex and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#6). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Joevan Catron (198-F-88) of Hokkaido L. (#6). Catron showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hokkaido L., leading his team to a 91-88 win against Tochigi Brex (1-5). Hokkaido L. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Catron he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Catron has a very solid season. In 6 games in Japan he scored 11.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryvon Covile (206-C-84) of Aishin SH - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) of Hokkaido L. - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Joji Takeuchi (207-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) of Mitsubishi DD - 20 points and 14 rebounds
8. Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80) of Hitachi SR - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-PG-81) of Aishin SH - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - JBL

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 21: Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex 91-88
Oct. 21: Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 89-74
Oct. 20: Aishin SH - Toshiba BT 75-77
Oct. 21: Panasonic T. - Toyota Alvark 71-85
Oct. 19: Panasonic T. - Toyota Alvark 64-80
Oct. 20: Hokkaido L. - Tochigi Brex 64-102
Oct. 21: Hitachi SR - Mitsubishi DD 63-47
Oct. 20: Hitachi SR - Mitsubishi DD 56-65

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Toshiba BT - Panasonic T.
Oct. 27: Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR
Oct. 27: Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH
Oct. 27: Toshiba BT - Panasonic T.
Oct. 27: Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L.
Oct. 28: Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR
Oct. 28: Toyota Alvark - Aishin SH
Oct. 28: Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L.


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba19.8 
 2. Smith, Hitachi SR19.8 
 3. Watkins, Panasoni.19.8 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.17.7 
 5. Orimo, Hokkaido L.16.5 
 6. Ito, Tochigi Brex15.8 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.2 
 8. Rolle, Mitsubis.14.7 
 9. Noguchi, Hokkaido.14.2 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.13.5 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH12.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 4. Diouf, Toshiba BT8.5 
 5. Smith, Hitachi SR8.3 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota8.2 
 7. Ito, Tochigi Brex7.8 
 8. Young, Aishin SH7.5 
 9. Fazekas, Toshiba7.3 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Naoto TSUJI
  Toshiba BT
  (185-G/F-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tsuji, Toshiba BT5.0 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.7 
 3. Shinoyama, Toshi.4.5 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH4.3 
 5. Kawamura, Tochigi3.3 
 6. Ito, Toyota Alvark3.3 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.8 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubis.2.8 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.5 
 10. Tajima, Tochigi B.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.5 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.5 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.5 
 4. Diouf, Toshiba BT1.3 
 5. Hirose, Panasoni.1.3 
 6. Kobayashi, Hitac.1.3 
 7. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.3 
 8. Ito, Toyota Alvark1.3 
 9. Tsuji, Toshiba BT1.3 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel WATKINS
  Panasoni.
  (211-C/F-77)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Watkins, Panasoni.2.3 
 2. Covile, Aishin SH1.7 
 3. Fazekas, Toshiba1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.2 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota0.8 
 6. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 7. Smith, Hitachi SR0.7 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.0.7 
 9. Asayama, Aishin SH0.7 
 10. Klette, Hokkaido0.7 



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Kapshagay and BK Almaty exchange wins - by Eurobasket News

Kapshagay and BK Almaty opened 2012/13 D1 season. The teams played back-to-back games with Kapshagay hosting them.
The first one ended with the hosts claiming a 60:45 victory. The teams stayed close in the first half. Kapshagay led by just a single point at the interval 27:26. But the home side went on an 18:8 run in the third term to clear off for good. Vladislav Tonchenko (185-G-89) came up with 14 points for Kapshagay. Konstantin Marzan (204-C-88) and Maxim Shepil (197-G-86, agency: New Trend Agency) added 10 points each for the winners. Ivan Gilyevych (205-F/C-82) answered with 17 points for BK Almaty.
The second game had a different scenario. BK Almaty gained a 37:35 halftime lead. They boosted the gap to 5 points at the final intermission 59:54. The visitors did not allow Kapshagay to erase the deficit and clinched the victory at the end. Vasili Savchenko (190-PG-87) nailed 19 points, while Ivan Gilyevych and Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83, agency: Promotex) had 15 points apiece in the winning case. Maxim Shepil answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Kapshagay.



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LBL Round 4: Latvijas Universitate defeats Jekabpils in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 4 in the LBL took place in . This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Jekabpils (1-3) to fourth ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-1) 84-81 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 31-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Jekabpils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Zanis Peiners (204-G-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvijas Universitate have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Jurmala. Newly promoted Jekabpils keep the eighth position with three games lost. Latvijas Universitate is looking forward to face Liepaja (#5) on the road in the next round. Jekabpils will have a break next round.
LBL top team - VEF Riga (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked U18 (0-3) 96-71. The winners were led by Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) who scored that evening 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Kristaps Janicenoks supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Even 18 points by forward Armands Ginters (190-95) did not help to save the game for U18. U18's coach Nikolajs Mazurs gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 3-0 record. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked U18 (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to fourth ranked Jurmala (3-1) 72-60 on Sunday evening. Roberts Mednis fired 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Davis Geks produced 16 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jurmala moved-up to second place, which they share with LU. U18 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Turiba (0-2) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to fourth ranked Jurmala (3-1) 76-68. It was a very good performance for Roberts Mednis who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jurmala moved-up to second place, which they share with LU. Turiba at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Jurmala will have a break next round. Turiba will play at home against Ventspils (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 12 rebounds by Todd O'Brien of Jekabpils.


U18 - Jurmala 60-72

Bottom-ranked U18 (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to fourth ranked Jurmala (3-1) 72-60 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Jurmala. U18 managed to win fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Atis Ozols (199-81) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Davis Geks (190-95) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Armands Ginters (190-95) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jurmala moved-up to second place, which they share with LU. U18 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: R.Mednis 20+5reb+3ast, J.Dilevka 10+5reb+1ast, A.Ozols 10+6reb+2ast, D.Coders 8+4reb+4ast, U.Vilums 7+2reb+3ast, E.Slesers 5+4reb+2ast
U18: D.Geks 16+7reb+2ast, A.Ginters 11+4reb+1ast, A.Pasecniks 8+1reb, J.Bitenieks 7+1reb+1ast, R.Stradnieks 5+2reb+1ast, J.Paipa 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 197981


U18 - VEF Riga 71-96

LBL top team - VEF Riga (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked U18 (0-3) 96-71. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by U18's players. The winners were led by Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) who scored that evening 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by forward Armands Ginters (190-95) did not help to save the game for U18. Center Andzejs Pasecniks (211-95) added 15 points for lost side. U18's coach Nikolajs Mazurs gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 3-0 record. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: D.Zavackas 18+2reb+2ast, K.Janicenoks 16+4ast, K.Berzins 14+4reb, W.Daniels 12+2reb+4ast, A.Strelnieks 10+4reb+5ast, D.Bertans 9+1reb+5ast
U18: A.Ginters 18+1reb, A.Pasecniks 15+4reb, R.Paze 12+2ast, I.Zvigurs 9+9reb, D.Geks 6+2reb, J.Engers 3
gschID: 197980


Jekabpils - LU 81-84

The most exciting game of round 4 in the LBL took place in . This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Jekabpils (1-3) to fourth ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-1) 84-81 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 31-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Jekabpils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Zanis Peiners (204-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and guard Kristaps Dargais (198-90) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Latvijas Universitate's coach Arturs Visockis-Rubenis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward P.J. Hill jr. (182-87, college: Ohio St.) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import center Todd O'Brien (213-89, college: UAB) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Latvijas Universitate have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Jurmala. Newly promoted Jekabpils keep the eighth position with three games lost. Latvijas Universitate is looking forward to face Liepaja (#5) on the road in the next round. Jekabpils will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 20+4reb+6ast, H.Rubenis 19+2reb, K.Dargais 17+8reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 11+2reb+2ast, I.Aizpurs 6+4reb, K.Strazdins 5+7reb
Jekabpils: P.Hill jr. 24+6reb+4ast, T.O'Brien 18+12reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 15+8reb, A.Vitols 9+2reb+1ast, M.Hlebowicki 9+7reb, O.Virsis 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 197979


Jurmala - Turiba 76-68

Bottom-ranked Turiba (0-2) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to fourth ranked Jurmala (3-1) 76-68. The game without a history. Jurmala led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Turiba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for center Roberts Mednis (204-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Davis Coders (188-92) contributed with 19 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. Forward Karlis Apsitis (200-92) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Matiss Rudmiezis (190-91) added 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Turiba. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jurmala moved-up to second place, which they share with LU. Turiba at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Jurmala will have a break next round. Turiba will play at home against Ventspils (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: D.Coders 19+2reb+3ast, R.Mednis 14+11reb+2ast, A.Ozols 12+7reb+2ast, K.Brown 10+3reb+1ast, E.Slesers 8+3reb+2ast, U.Vilums 7+2ast
Turiba: K.Apsitis 21+8reb+2ast, M.Rudmiezis 13+9reb+5ast, G.Sipolins 10+6reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 9+7reb+3ast, U.Strauss 4+6reb, J.Kalnins 3+2reb
gschID: 197978



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Standings - NKL

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 20: Statyba - Silute 99-66
Oct. 20: Radviliskis - Triobet 92-71
Oct. 20: Zalgiris-Sabonio - Perlas-MRU 87-75
Oct. 20: Zanavykas - Gargzdai 82-67
Oct. 20: Suduva-Mantinga - Mazeikiai 80-71
Oct. 20: Dzukija - Olimpas 79-73
Oct. 20: S.Marciulionio - Ezerunas-Karys 75-77
Oct. 20: Nafta Universitetas - Meresta 71-93
Oct. 20: Birstono - Delikatesas 67-61

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 26: Gargzdai - Birstono
Oct. 26: Silute - Olimpas
Oct. 26: Perlas-MRU - Dzukija
Oct. 26: Meresta - Zanavykas
Oct. 26: Ezerunas-Karys - Statyba
Oct. 26: Triobet - Zalgiris-Sabonio
Oct. 26: Mazeikiai - Nafta Universitetas
Oct. 26: Delikatesas - S.Marciulionio
Oct. 26: Statyba - Radviliskis


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

24-year old guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Delikatesas and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Suduva-Mantinga (#8, 3-2) with 24-point margin 74-50. Thanks to this victory Delikatesas moved-up to the 4th position in the Lithuanian NKL. They are still close to the very top. Delikatesas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. It's Kvedaravicius' second year at Delikatesas and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Aivaras Kvedaravicius averages this season 14.8ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija. He is Polish center in his first season at Dzukija. In the last game Trybanski recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Dzukija cruised to a 75-67 relatively comfortable win over Gargzdai (#18, 0-5). This victory allowed Dzukija to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Trybanski is a newcomer at Dzukija and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Dainius Navickas (195-G/F-78) of Ezerunas-Karys (#12). Navickas scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Ezerunas-Karys, leading his team to a 89-81 win against Nafta Universitetas (2-3). The chances of Ezerunas-Karys ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Navickas could help Ezerunas-Karys to bring them higher in the standings. Navickas has a very solid season. In 5 games in Lithuania he scored 11.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mantas Virbalas (203-C/F-88) of Perlas-MRU - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mantas Kazonas (201-F-89) of Olimpas - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) of S.Marciulionio - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82) of Meresta - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Mindaugas Reminas (190-G-86) of Dzukija - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-PG-91) of Statyba - 15 points and 5 assists
10. Mantas Martinkus (186-G-91) of Gargzdai - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Lithuanian NKL round 6 best performance: Edgaras Stanionis - by Eurobasket News

Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zanavykas, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Gargzdai (#18, 0-6), the league's bottom-ranked team 82-67. Zanavykas is placed at 4th position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Zanavykas will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Stanionis had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Zanavykas' top player in his first season with the team. Edgaras Stanionis has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.7ppg. Stanionis is in league's top in and averages impressive 55.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82) of league's leader Meresta. Gaidamavicius had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 assists. Of course he lead Meresta to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#16, 2-4) 93-71. This victory allowed Meresta to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 5 matches. Gaidamavicius is a newcomer at Meresta, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-F-80, agency: Court Side) of Radviliskis (#13). Trepocka scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Radviliskis, leading his team to a 92-71 easy win against Triobet (2-4). The chances of Radviliskis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Trepocka could try to bring Radviliskis' a little bit higher in the standings. Trepocka has a very solid season. In 6 games in Lithuania he scored 15.2ppg. He also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 55.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Milinskas (202-F-90) of Triobet - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84) of Olimpas - 28 points and 10 rebounds
6. Deividas Keburys (202-C-90) of Meresta - 19 points and 8 rebounds
7. Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of Dzukija - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Mantas Virbalas (203-C/F-88) of Perlas-MRU - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Antanas Udras (202-F-92) of Perlas-MRU - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-C-80) of Suduva-Mantinga - 14 points and 6 rebounds

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



NKL Round 6: Mazeikiai loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the NKL and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the NKL leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Mazeikiai (4-2). They were defeated by eighth ranked Suduva-Mantinga (4-2) 80-71 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Suduva-Mantinga moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Mazeikiai. Mazeikiai will play next round against Nafta Universitetas trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Suduva-Mantinga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to tenth ranked Zanavykas (4-2) 82-67. Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) notched 31 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Marijus Uzupis supported him with 14 points. Zanavykas' coach Giedrius Zibenas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-91) did not help to save the game for Gargzdai-Bremena. Zanavykas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Gargzdai-Bremena at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Zanavykas will play against league's leader Meresta in Pakruojis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Birstono (#14) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Vilnius between Ezerunas-Karys and S.Marciulionio. Twelfth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (3-3) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked S.Marciulionio (3-3). Ezerunas-Karys managed to escape with a 2-point win 77-75 in the fight for the ninth place. The best player for the winners was Remigijus Sugintas who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Ezerunas-Karys' coach Mindaugas Kildisius used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Arvydas Gydra who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Olimpas and S.Marciulionio. Ezerunas-Karys will meet at home league's second-placed Statyba in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. S.Marciulionio will play against Delikatesas (#5) in Joniskis and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in where higher ranked Delikatesas (4-2) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Birstono (2-4) 67-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delikatesas. It was a good game for Paulius Petrilevicius who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Birstono's coach Marius Kiltinavicius allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Birstono moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Birstono's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) on the road where they are favorite. Delikatesas will play against S.Marciulionio (#11) in Vilnius.
Second ranked Statyba (5-1) crushed at home 15th ranked Silute (1-5) by 33 points 99-66, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Ovidijus Varanauskas scored 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. 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 four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Meresta. Silute lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventeenth place with five games lost. Statyba will face Radviliskis (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Silute will play against Olimpas (#10).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Olimpas lost to Dzukija on the opponent's court 73-79. Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to outperform Perlas-MRU in a home game 87-75. Meresta rolled over Nafta Universitetas on the road 93-71. Radviliskis crushed Triobet on its own court 92-71.


Zanavykas - Gargzdai 82-67

Bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to tenth ranked Zanavykas (4-2) 82-67. The game was mostly controlled by Zanavykas. Gargzdai-Bremena was better in third quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zanavykas dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Gargzdai-Bremena's 24. Guard Edgaras Stanionis (193-88) notched 31 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Marijus Uzupis (197-93) supported him with 14 points. Zanavykas' coach Giedrius Zibenas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-91) did not help to save the game for Gargzdai-Bremena. Forward Marius Grigaitis (196-91) added 17 points and 9 rebounds. Zanavykas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Gargzdai-Bremena at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Zanavykas will play against league's leader Meresta in Pakruojis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Birstono (#14) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zanavykas: E.Stanionis 31+7reb+3ast, M.Uzupis 14+1reb+1ast, V.Sumskis 9+4reb+1ast, E.Molosciakas 9+5reb+1ast, L.Valantinas 8+2reb+3ast, P.Parachomikas 4+2reb
Gargzdai: D.Matutis 23+7reb+2ast, M.Grigaitis 17+9reb+1ast, L.Jonuska 8+2reb, L.Lucinskas 7+6reb, D.Tarolis 5+7reb+1ast, M.Martinkus 3+3ast
gschID: 201198


Suduva-Mantinga - Mazeikiai 80-71

There was a change at the NKL leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Mazeikiai (4-2). They were defeated by eighth ranked Suduva-Mantinga (4-2) 80-71 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Osvaldas Macernis (196-82) scored 18 points. Five Suduva-Mantinga and four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Suduva-Mantinga moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Mazeikiai. Mazeikiai will play next round against Nafta Universitetas trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Suduva-Mantinga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Zibuda 19+2reb, A.Mineikis 16+8reb+2ast, M.Kalvelis 14+6reb+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 11+4reb+5ast, P.Knyza 11+5reb+3ast, K.Pupinis 5+7reb+1ast
Mazeikiai: O.Macernis 18+4reb+3ast, R.Giedraitis 16+8reb+5ast, A.Kojenets 14+2reb, A.Mikutis 10+4reb+1ast, V.Pikalavicius 6+6reb+2ast, M.Sidlauskas 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 201192


Dzukija - Olimpas 79-73

Everything could happen in Alytus at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Dzukija and 6th ranked Olimpas had identical 3-2 record. This time Dzukija used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 79-73 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dzukija made 8 blocks. Olimpas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Tauras Skripkauskas (196-86, college: Charleston) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll., agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Dzukija players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Dzukija (4-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Olimpas dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Dzukija will face Perlas-MRU (#12) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olimpas will play on the road against Silute.
Top scorers:
Dzukija: T.Skripkauskas 21+7reb, M.Reminas 17+2reb+1ast, B.Harrison 15+6reb+4ast, C.Trybanski 14+10reb+1ast, P.Sakinis 6+5reb+2ast, D.Zoruba 4+2reb
Olimpas: A.Maneikis 28+10reb+1ast, I.Razutis 11+1reb+1ast, R.Venskus 10+4reb, J.Kazakauskas 9+8reb+4ast, M.Kazonas 7+5reb, M.Norvaisas 3+3reb
gschID: 201199


Statyba - Silute 99-66

Second ranked Statyba (5-1) crushed at home 15th ranked Silute (1-5) by 33 points 99-66, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Statyba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Silute's 40. Statyba forced 24 Silute turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including 22 on the defensive glass. Point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) scored 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four 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. The best for the losing side was power forward Gytis Pakalniskis (205-89) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Evaldas Saulys (193-93) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Statyba have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Meresta. Silute lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventeenth place with five games lost. Statyba will face Radviliskis (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Silute will play against Olimpas (#10).
Top scorers:
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 17+2ast, D.Tarvydas 17+1reb+1ast, A.Zarskus 13+5reb, V.Luksa 12+5reb+1ast, L.Kazlauskas 9+3reb+4ast, K.Brusokas 9+9reb+1ast
Silute: G.Pakalniskis 17+6reb+2ast, E.Saulys 14+5reb+2ast, A.Kaubrys 12+4reb+1ast, V.Pancerevas 9+1reb+4ast, A.Kuncaitis 5+2reb+1ast, K.Macijauskas 4
gschID: 201197


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Perlas-MRU 87-75

Rather predictable result in Kaunas where ninth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (4-2) defeated 11th ranked Perlas-MRU (2-4) 87-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris-Sabonio. Perlas-MRU was better in third quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris-Sabonio forced 21 Perlas-MRU turnovers. Perlas-MRU was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (200-93) scored 13 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Justas Tamulis (194-94, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 4 steals during the contest. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was power forward Mantas Virbalas (203-88) with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Antanas Udras (202-92) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Perlas-MRU lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio will face Triobet (#15) in Jonava in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perlas-MRU will play at home against Dzukija in Alytus.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Dimsa 14+2reb+3ast, J.Tamulis 14+3reb+3ast, V.Kariniauskas 13+2reb+6ast, A.Gudaitis 13+5reb, P.Sorokas 10+6reb, L.Lekavicius 7+1reb+3ast
Perlas-MRU: A.Udras 19+8reb, J.Elvikis 19+2reb+1ast, M.Virbalas 15+10reb+2ast, E.Pundzius 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Kelys 10+2reb+4ast, V.Kazonas 0+4reb
gschID: 201196


Nafta Universitetas - Meresta 71-93

Not a big story in a game in Klaipeda where 14th ranked Nafta Universitetas (2-4) was rolled over by third ranked Meresta (5-1) 93-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 22 points. Meresta dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Nafta Universitetas' 30. Meresta forced 20 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Deividas Keburys (202-90) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Coach Dainius Bertulis's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was point guard Deividas Anuzis (181-92) with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Karolis Timofejevas (194-91) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Meresta have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Statyba. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the twelfth place with four games lost. Meresta will face Zanavykas (#4) in the next round. Nafta Universitetas will play against Mazeikiai (#3).
Top scorers:
Meresta: T.Gaidamavicius 20+5reb+13ast, D.Keburys 19+8reb+1ast, L.Radavicius 17+1reb+5ast, I.Vaitkus 11+4reb+1ast, A.Gurklys 7+1reb, L.Kivyta 7+4reb+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: D.Anuzis 18+9reb+5ast, K.Timofejevas 18+3reb+3ast, D.Norkus 14+6reb+2ast, V.Chodosovskis 12+8reb, D.Jokubaitis 3+1reb+1ast, T.Mazelis 2+3reb+6ast
gschID: 201195


S.Marciulionio - Ezerunas-Karys 75-77

A very close game took place in Vilnius between Ezerunas-Karys and S.Marciulionio. Twelfth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (3-3) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked S.Marciulionio (3-3). Ezerunas-Karys managed to escape with a 2-point win 77-75 in the fight for the ninth place. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 27-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ezerunas-Karys made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 S.Marciulionio turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Remigijus Sugintas (200-87) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Marius Kugauda (191-76) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Ezerunas-Karys' coach Mindaugas Kildisius used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Arvydas Gydra (206-89) who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Marius Pociukonis (190-82) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Olimpas and S.Marciulionio. Ezerunas-Karys will meet at home league's second-placed Statyba in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. S.Marciulionio will play against Delikatesas (#5) in Joniskis and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Sugintas 20+5reb+1ast, J.Narusis 13+2reb+2ast, M.Kugauda 12+5reb+3ast, M.Janisius 10+6reb+3ast, R.Jukonis 8+3reb, D.Navickas 6+5reb+1ast
S.Marciulionio: M.Pociukonis 17+2ast, G.Staniulis 12+5reb+1ast, T.Rakauskas 11+2reb+5ast, A.Gydra 11+7reb+1ast, T.Lekunas 9+6reb+1ast, P.Lescinskas 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 201194


Radviliskis - Triobet 92-71

There was a surprise result when seventeenth ranked Radviliskis (2-4) outscored at home higher ranked Triobet (2-4) 92-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Triobet was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radviliskis looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Coach Algis Pipiras's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) with 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Radviliskis moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Triobet. Radviliskis will face league's second-placed Statyba in Vilnius in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: V.Trepocka 24+5reb+3ast, J.Jurgo 19+9reb+2ast, L.Kutra 14+1ast, R.Rauktys 10+3reb+4ast, E.Kaupaitis 7+2reb+3ast, L.Pipiras 7+7reb+3ast
Triobet: T.Milinskas 20+8reb, P.Vaitiekunas 14+3reb+1ast, M.Linkevicius 12+12reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 8+1reb+1ast, T.Sebeziovas 7+3reb+6ast, A.Lencevicius 6+2reb
gschID: 201193


Birstono - Delikatesas 67-61

An interesting game took place in where higher ranked Delikatesas (4-2) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Birstono (2-4) 67-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delikatesas. Delikatesas was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 19-12 charge of Birstono, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for forward Paulius Petrilevicius (201-91) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Paulius Kleiza (195-88) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Birstono players scored in double figures. Birstono's coach Marius Kiltinavicius allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) replied with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Deividas Girdvila (196-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Delikatesas. Birstono moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Birstono's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#18) on the road where they are favorite. Delikatesas will play against S.Marciulionio (#11) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Birstono: D.Sabeckis 18+1reb+2ast, M.Lukminas 15+3reb+2ast, P.Kleiza 14+5reb+3ast, P.Petrilevicius 12+9reb+2ast, S.Raupys 4+2reb+2ast, K.Mikulicius 2
Delikatesas: D.Girdvila 21+5reb, A.Kvedaravicius 15+9reb+6ast, A.Montrimavicius 15+5reb+1ast, P.Klemas 4+6reb+3ast, I.Lianzbergas 4+2reb+1ast, M.Keras 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 201191


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Edgaras STANIONIS
  Zanav.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Stanionis, Zanav.20.7 
 2. Maneikis, Olimpas20.0 
 3. Virbalas, Perla.18.5 
 4. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.17.8 
 5. Tarvydas, Statyba16.7 
 6. Skripkauskas, Dzuk.16.5 
 7. Pociukonis, S.Marc.15.8 
 8. Macernis, Mazeikiai15.8 
 9. Matutis, Gargzdai15.7 
 10. Kleiza, Birstono15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija11.0 
 2. Virbalas, Perla.10.0 
 3. Linkevicius, Triob.8.5 
 4. Krestinin, S.Marc.8.5 
 5. Udras, Perlas-MRU8.2 
 6. Kazakauskas, Olimp.8.0 
 7. Jurgo, Radviliskis7.8 
 8. Macernis, Mazeikiai7.8 
 9. Gudaitis, Zalgir.7.8 
 10. Anuzis, Nafta U.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Meres.
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Mer.8.5 
 2. Harrison, Dzukija6.2 
 3. Zurna, Radviliskis5.7 
 4. Anuzis, Nafta U.5.5 
 5. Varanauskas, Stat.5.3 
 6. Klemas, Delikatesas5.2 
 7. Kelys, Perlas-MRU4.6 
 8. Razutis, Olimpas4.5 
 9. Rakauskas, S.Marc.4.5 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., De.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Olimpas
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Razutis, Olimpas3.2 
 2. Tamulis, Zalgir.3.0 
 3. Macernis, Mazeikiai3.0 
 4. Klemas, Delikatesas2.5 
 5. Kelys, Perlas-MRU2.4 
 6. Paliukenas, Staty.2.3 
 7. Matutis, Gargzdai2.3 
 8. Virbalas, Perla.2.2 
 9. Giedraitis, Mazeik.2.2 
 10. Kleiza, Birstono2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija5.0 
 2. Krestinin, S.Marc.3.0 
 3. Virbalas, Perla.2.7 
 4. Gudaitis, Zalgir.2.3 
 5. Staniulis, S.Marc.2.0 
 6. Kaubrys, Silute1.6 
 7. Kalvelis, Suduva.0.8 
 8. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.0.8 
 9. Vorotnikovas, Trio.0.8 
 10. Pupinis, Suduva.0.8 



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McDaniel, Black S.26.6 
 2. Bryant, Black Star24.6 
 3. Kennedy, Residence24.4 
 4. Pellum, Residence23.8 
 5. Green, Soleuvre23.8 
 6. Simpson, Etzella22.4 
 7. Schumacher, T7121.6 
 8. Smith, Sparta21.4 
 9. Ulin, Sparta20.8 
 10. Powell, Contern20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SIMPSON
  Etzella
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Simpson, Etzella14.6 
 2. Golson, Amicale11.0 
 3. Svitek, Basket Es.10.8 
 4. Gary, Musel Pikes10.4 
 5. Powell, Contern10.0 
 6. Sharry, T7110.0 
 7. McDaniel, Black S.9.4 
 8. Fisher, Amicale9.3 
 9. Pelham, Soleuvre8.8 
 10. Wurtz, Musel Pikes8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (181-PG-82)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ulin, Sparta4.8 
 2. Schwartz, Musel P.4.8 
 3. Schartz, Amicale4.8 
 4. Schmit, Musel Pikes4.0 
 5. Green, Soleuvre3.8 
 6. Rajniak, Basket E.3.6 
 7. Biever, Basket Es.3.4 
 8. Jeitz, Amicale3.4 
 9. Smith, Sparta3.2 
 10. Bryant, Black Star3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Contern2.8 
 2. Simpson, Etzella2.4 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.4 
 4. Bryant, Black Star2.2 
 5. Sharry, T712.2 
 6. Green, Soleuvre2.0 
 7. Delgado, Etzella1.8 
 8. McDaniel, Black S.1.8 
 9. Jeitz, Amicale1.6 
 10. Ruffato, T711.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. McDaniel, Black S.1.8 
 2. Sharry, T711.6 
 3. Gary, Musel Pikes1.0 
 4. Fisher, Amicale0.8 
 5. Pelham, Soleuvre0.8 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.0.7 
 7. Golson, Amicale0.6 
 8. Smith, T710.5 
 9. Weisen, Soleuvre0.5 
 10. Frazier, Contern0.4 


Standings

Diekirch League Standings
 1. Etzella 5-0 
 2. Sparta 5-0 
 3. Amicale 4-1 
 4. Contern 3-2 
 5. Musel Pikes 2-3 
 6. T71 2-3 
 7. Soleuvre 2-3 
 8. Residence 2-3 
 9. Basket Esch 0-5 
 10. Black Star 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 20: Sparta - Soleuvre 90-81
Oct. 21: Etzella - Basket Esch 83-65
Oct. 20: Residence - Black Star 82-78
Oct. 20: T71 - Amicale 77-80
Oct. 20: Musel Pikes - Contern 54-56

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 27: Black Star - Etzella
Oct. 27: Residence - T71
Oct. 27: Basket Esch - Sparta
Oct. 27: Contern - Amicale
Oct. 28: Soleuvre - Musel Pikes


Diekirch League Round 5: Etzella keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Etzella as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Etzella defeated bottom-ranked Basket Esch in Ettelbruck 83-65. The game without a history. Etzella led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Etzella outrebounded Basket Esch 34-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Anthony Simpson (203-87, college: Kent St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international swingman Nelson Delgado (188-80) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Etzella's coach Amadeo Dias used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) produced 20 points and 5 assists for the guests. Undefeated Etzella (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Sparta. Basket Esch at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Black Star. Basket Esch will play next round against strong Sparta trying to get back on the winning streak. Etzella will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Black Star in Mersch.
Another exciting game took place in Stadrbredimus where fourth ranked Contern (3-2) edged by two points 5th ranked Musel Pikes (2-3) 56-54. American forward Leon Powell (200-88, college: SE Missouri St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Rene Wolzfeld contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Laurent Schwartz (180-89) answered with 17 points for Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Contern maintains fourth place with 3-2 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Contern will play against higher ranked Amicale (#3) in Steinsel in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Musel Pikes will play on the road against Soleuvre in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Dudelange between Amicale and T71. Third ranked Amicale (4-1) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked T71 (2-3). Amicale managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Saturday evening. Reggie Golson stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Ryan Sharry responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Amicale maintains third place with 4-1 record behind leader Etzella. Loser T71 dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Amicale will meet Contern (#4) on the road in the next round. T71 will play against Residence in Bereldange and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Black Star (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-78 loss to eighth ranked Residence (2-3) in Bereldange. The game was dominated by American players. Marcus Kennedy nailed 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Residence moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Black Star lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Residence's next round opponent will be T71 (#6) in Dudelange. Black Star will play at home against the league's leader Etzella (#1) in Ettelbruck and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 5 Soleuvre lost to undefeated Sparta in Bertrange 81-90.
The best stats of 5th round was 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Billy McDaniel of Black Star.


Etzella - Basket Esch 83-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Etzella as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Etzella defeated bottom-ranked Basket Esch in Ettelbruck 83-65. The game without a history. Etzella led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Etzella outrebounded Basket Esch 34-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Anthony Simpson (203-87, college: Kent St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international swingman Nelson Delgado (188-80) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Etzella's coach Amadeo Dias used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) produced 20 points and 5 assists and Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Etzella (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Sparta. Basket Esch at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Black Star. Basket Esch will play next round against strong Sparta trying to get back on the winning streak. Etzella will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Black Star in Mersch.
Top scorers:
Etzella: A.Simpson 23+14reb+2ast, W.Arre 18+1reb+1ast, N.Delgado 13+3reb+5ast, T.Giver 8+2reb+1ast, J.Delgado 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Wolff 5+1reb
Basket Esch: M.Rajniak 20+4reb+5ast, S.Svitek 17+8reb+3ast, C.Donnersbach 10+2reb+1ast, A.Rodenbourg 9+3reb, L.Ruppert 5+2reb+1ast, E.Kesseler 2+3ast
gschID: 192296


Musel Pikes - Contern 54-56

Another exciting game took place in Stadrbredimus where fourth ranked Contern (3-2) edged by two points 5th ranked Musel Pikes (2-3) 56-54. The guests were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-3 Musel Pikes' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 56-54 at the end of the game. Contern forced 19 Musel Pikes turnovers. American forward Leon Powell (200-88, college: SE Missouri St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Rene Wolzfeld (194-91) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Laurent Schwartz (180-89) answered with 17 points and American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Contern maintains fourth place with 3-2 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Contern will play against higher ranked Amicale (#3) in Steinsel in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Musel Pikes will play on the road against Soleuvre in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Contern: R.Wolzfeld 15+6reb, L.Powell 12+11reb, R.Birenbaum 11+3reb+1ast, C.Jones 9+6reb+2ast, E.Frazier 6+6reb, S.Kuhlmann 3+2reb
Musel Pikes: L.Schwartz 17+3reb+2ast, B.Gary 9+12reb+1ast, G.Schmit 7+7reb+2ast, J.Kox 7+1reb+1ast, T.Steffen 5+2reb, L.Majerus 5+7reb
gschID: 192295


T71 - Amicale 77-80

A very close game took place in Dudelange between Amicale and T71. Third ranked Amicale (4-1) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked T71 (2-3). Amicale managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Saturday evening. T71 was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Amicale, which allowed them to win the game. Amicale shot 22 for 34 from the free-throw line, while T71 only scored four points from the stripe. American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and international Samy Picard (196-88) chipped in 23 points. American forward Ryan Sharry (203-89, college: Middlebury, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and international point guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 11 points. Amicale maintains third place with 4-1 record behind leader Etzella. Loser T71 dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Amicale will meet Contern (#4) on the road in the next round. T71 will play against Residence in Bereldange and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Amicale: S.Picard 23+2reb+1ast, R.Golson 22+12reb+1ast, E.Jeitz 10+4reb+4ast, C.Schartz 9+3reb+4ast, L.Fisher 8+10reb, B.Melcher 5+1reb
T71: R.Sharry 24+8reb+2ast, B.Kieffer 13+2reb, T.Schumacher 11+2reb+2ast, K.Smith 8+4reb+3ast, D.Controguerra 6+1reb, G.Ruffato 6
gschID: 192294


Sparta - Soleuvre 90-81

There was no surprise in Bertrange where 6th ranked Soleuvre (2-3) was defeated by leader Sparta (5-0) 90-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Soleuvre won third quarter 27-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sparta players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Soleuvre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Kasey Ulin (181-82, college: Dickinson St.) nailed 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Torye Pelham (198-87, college: S.Mississippi) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Mychal Green (193-83, college: Ohio) added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Soleuvre in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Sparta. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Etzella. Soleuvre at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Sparta's next round opponent will be Basket Esch (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Soleuvre will play against Musel Pikes (#5) in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: J.Hublart 20+4reb+5ast, L.Smith 20+13reb+3ast, K.Ulin 19+9reb+8ast, P.Arbaut 15+4reb+1ast, D.Gindt 9+5reb+1ast, A.Schammo 5
Soleuvre: T.Pelham 28+14reb+2ast, M.Green 22+8reb+5ast, D.Benseghir 15+5reb+2ast, D.Berthle 12+5reb+1ast, C.Weisen 2+4reb, G.Mellina 2
gschID: 192293


Residence - Black Star 82-78

Bottom-ranked Black Star (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-78 loss to eighth ranked Residence (2-3) in Bereldange. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) nailed 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Darrion Pellum (198-87, college: Hampton) accounted for 28 points. Power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) came up with 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and point guard Terry Bryant (185-85, college: SE Louisiana) added 15 points respectively for Black Star in the defeat. Residence moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Black Star lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Residence's next round opponent will be T71 (#6) in Dudelange. Black Star will play at home against the league's leader Etzella (#1) in Ettelbruck and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Residence: D.Pellum 28+4reb+1ast, M.Kennedy 25+9reb+2ast, P.Koster 11+4reb+4ast, M.Schmit 9+1ast, T.Abdiu 7+1reb+1ast, I.Tomas 2+4reb
Black Star: B.McDaniel 39+7reb, T.Bryant 15+3reb+3ast, C.Ruppert 11+3reb+2ast, C.Weiler 5+2reb, P.Arbaut 4+3reb+1ast, C.Muller 3+1ast
gschID: 192292



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LNBP Round 15: No surprise as #1 Halcones UV Xalapa defeats Lechugueros - by Eurobasket News

LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Lechugueros (5-10) 122-100. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones UV Xalapa. Lechugueros managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones UV Xalapa shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. It was a great evening for American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) helped adding 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) with 28 points and 8 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. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Lechugueros lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Halcones Rojos (#3) in Veracruz in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lechugueros will play on the road against Abejas (#7) in Guanajuato and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Tampico was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Panteras (9-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Huracanes (7-6). Panteras managed to secure a 7-point victory 105-98. It was an exceptional evening for Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Ricardo Melendez accounted for 28 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Huracanes in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panteras moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Pioneros. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Panteras will play against Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas in the next round. Huracanes will play at home against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in where higher ranked Pioneros (9-6) were upseton the court of fifteenth ranked Gansos (2-13) 100-91 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pioneros. The best player for the winners was Shannon Shorter who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Joaquin Villanueva who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gansos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Osos. Loser Pioneros keep the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Panteras. Gansos will meet at home higher ranked Guerreros (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pioneros will play against Soles (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Abejas lost to Halc.Rojos on the opponent's court 63-77. Osos unfortunately lost to Toros in a home game 71-84. Fuerza Regia managed to beat Gigantes on the road 77-73. Guerreros were defeated by Soles on its own court 75-88. Barreteros beat Corr.Victoria in Zacatecas 101-96.


Halc.Xalapa - Lechugueros 122-100

LNBP top team - Halcones UV Xalapa (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Lechugueros (5-10) 122-100. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones UV Xalapa. Lechugueros managed to win third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones UV Xalapa shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. It was a great evening for American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) helped adding 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) with 28 points and 8 rebounds and American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Halcones UV Xalapa and four Lechugueros players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Lechugueros lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Halcones Rojos (#3) in Veracruz in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lechugueros will play on the road against Abejas (#7) in Guanajuato and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: B.Camara 28+8reb+1ast, J.Penny 16+14reb+4ast, J.Thomas 14+4ast, G.Preer 11+2reb+4ast, L.Ortiz 8+2reb+3ast, E.Martin 8+2reb+1ast
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 27+8reb+7ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 22+2reb+5ast, V.Mariscal 17+2reb+4ast, D.Pearson 15+9reb+3ast, F.Harris 14+3ast, G.Vargas 12+4reb+7ast
gschID: 188538


Halc.Rojos - Abejas 77-63

Very expected game in Veracruz where 7th ranked Abejas (8-7) were defeated by third ranked Halcones Rojos (12-3) 77-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones Rojos. Abejas managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones Rojos dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Abejas' 22. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) chipped in 7 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Abejas players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Halcones Rojos. They maintain third place with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Abejas lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Barreteros. Halcones Rojos will meet league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Abejas will play against Lechugueros (#12) in Leon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Abejas: E.Phelps 19+10reb, M.Mattis 12+9reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 12+6reb+1ast, R.Andrade 11+4reb+1ast, L.Morinia 4+1reb, V.Buelna 4+1reb
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 17+8reb+1ast, L.Davis 11+2reb+2ast, M.Mitchell 9+1reb+5ast, N.Alonzo 9+3reb+1ast, C.Rivera 8+4reb+4ast, F.Cruz 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 188537


Osos - Toros 71-84

Very predictable result when second ranked Toros (12-2) defeated on the road 14th ranked Osos (2-13) 84-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-71. Toros outrebounded Osos 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Toros' coach Jose Martinez used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Toros. They maintain second place with 12-2 record having just three points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Osos lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keep the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Gansos. Toros will meet Fuerza Regia (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Osos will play against Gigantes (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osos: J.Smith 20+8reb, O.McCullough 13+2reb+1ast, K.Gayden 13+5reb+5ast, M.Helton 10+4reb+3ast, E.Zuniga 6+2ast, G.Moron 4+3reb
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 29+5reb, R.Rougeau 15+7reb+3ast, A.Henning 12+6reb+1ast, W.Pagan 12+1reb+1ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 6+2reb, B.Angley 6+1reb+8ast
gschID: 188536


Gigantes - Fuerza Regia 73-77

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Gigantes (1-14) were defeated at home by eleventh ranked Fuerza Regia (7-7) 77-73 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But Gigantes won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Regia made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game, while Gigantes only scored six points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American forward Eric Hicks (198-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: KMG Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) chipped in 15 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward John Ruffus (207-81, college: Fayetteville St.) who recorded 29 points and British V.Islands-Vincentian center John Gardiner (203-83, college: Sam Houston St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Fuerza Regia and five Gigantes players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia moved-up to tenth place. Gigantes lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Fuerza Regia will meet at home league's second-placed Toros in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gigantes will play against Osos (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: J.Ruffus 29+3reb+1ast, J.Gardiner 12+7reb, J.Avalos 10+2reb, A.Morris 10+4reb+2ast, S.Liggins 10+4reb+5ast, J.Inzunza 2+1reb+4ast
Fuerza Regia: G.Grays 16+3reb+1ast, O.Efejuku 15+3reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 13+7reb, E.Hicks 11+10reb+2ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 8+2reb+2ast, G.Stokes 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 188535


Gansos - Pioneros 100-91

An interesting game took place in where higher ranked Pioneros (9-6) were upseton the court of fifteenth ranked Gansos (2-13) 100-91 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pioneros. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 34-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gansos made 35-of-46 free shots (76.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Royce Gaye (193-88, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Joaquin Villanueva (207-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gansos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Osos. Loser Pioneros keep the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Panteras. Gansos will meet at home higher ranked Guerreros (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pioneros will play against Soles (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: J.Villanueva 15+11reb, J.Gutierrez 15+7reb+3ast, S.Soriano 13+3reb+1ast, M.Williams 13+3reb+2ast, A.Scott 13+3reb, J.Harris 8+2reb
Gansos: R.Gaye 23+5reb, S.Shorter 22+11reb+5ast, G.Silva 18+2reb+2ast, A.Zarco 17+4reb+3ast, C.Duran 14+4reb, E.Loubet 4+2reb
gschID: 188534


Guerreros - Soles 75-88

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Soles (11-4) beat on the road 13th ranked Guerreros (4-11) 88-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Soles. Guerreros managed to win third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Soles forced 19 Guerreros turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St., agency: SDJ Sports) who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Michael Hunter (178, college: Cal-Irvine) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Soles and four Guerreros players scored in double figures. Guerreros' coach Marcelo Elusich rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Soles. They maintain fourth place with 11-4 record. Newly promoted Guerreros keep the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Soles will meet at home Pioneros (#6) in the next round. Guerreros will play against Gansos (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guerreros: C.Lee 22+6reb+1ast, A.Alamo 15+4reb+2ast, M.Hunter 14+6reb+4ast, T.Gabbidon 11+8reb+2ast, G.Burris 4+4reb, D.Toralva 4
Soles: K.Gransberry 22+16reb, A.Franklin 18+9reb+3ast, R.Martinez 16+8reb+3ast, J.Griffin 15, C.Edwards 10+6reb+6ast, J.Flores 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 188533


Huracanes - Panteras 98-105

The game in Tampico was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Panteras (9-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Huracanes (7-6). Panteras managed to secure a 7-point victory 105-98. Huracanes were ahead by 15 points at the halftime before a 59-37 second half run of Panteras. They outrebounded Huracanes 36-20 including a 23-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Panteras especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (179-83, agency: Paris Global Sports) accounted for 28 points and 4 assists for the winning side. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 21 points respectively for Huracanes in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panteras moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Pioneros. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Panteras will play against Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas in the next round. Huracanes will play at home against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: M.Morrison 21+3reb+2ast, M.Pilgrim 21+3reb, O.Quintero 14+7reb+5ast, M.Ayala 13+3ast, R.Zamora 11+5reb+2ast, R.Marshall 9+1ast
Panteras: R.Melendez 28+2reb+4ast, N.Miller 26+6reb+2ast, A.Garcia 17+16reb+1ast, K.Malpica 15+3reb+6ast, E.Ayileke 10+6reb+3ast, A.Villalobos 5
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Corr.Victoria - Barreteros 96-101

Everything could happen in Ciudad Victoria at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Barreteros and 10th ranked Correcaminos had identical 7-7 record. But Correcaminos were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Zacatecas 101-96 on Saturday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Correcaminos won fourth quarter 28-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barreteros made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Barreteros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Lamont Sumpter (183-86, college: McMurry) chipped in 25 points. Five Barreteros players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Barreteros (8-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Abejas. Loser Correcaminos dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Barreteros will meet at home higher ranked Panteras (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Correcaminos will play against Huracanes (#9) in Tampico and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: R.Alexander 27+12reb+2ast, L.Keeler 25+1reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 19+8reb+2ast, M.Allen 8+3reb+2ast, A.Olivas 8+5reb, F.Sanchez 4+2reb
Barreteros: L.Sumpter 25+3reb+2ast, J.Habel 23+17reb+1ast, J.Horton 19+3reb+4ast, R.Loera Almanza 10+2reb, A.Chacon 10+2reb+1ast, C.Silva 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 188531



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
 1. Lovcen 1-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 1-0 
 3. Sutjeska 1-0 
 4. Teodo Tivat 1-0 
 5. Ulcinj 1-0 
 6. Centar BP 0-1 
 7. Danilovgrad 0-1 
 8. Ibar Rozaje 0-1 
 9. Jedinstvo 0-1 
 10. Primorje 0-1 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 20: Teodo Tivat - Ibar Rozaje 98-86
Oct. 20: Sutjeska - Danilovgrad 90-60
Oct. 21: Ulcinj - Centar BP 84-55
Oct. 21: Jedinstvo - Mornar Bar 76-85
Oct. 20: Lovcen - ABS Primorje 72-62

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 27: Primorje - Ibar Rozaje
Oct. 27: Mornar Bar - Teodo Tivat
Oct. 27: Danilovgrad - Jedinstvo
Oct. 27: Centar BP - Sutjeska
Oct. 27: Lovcen - Ulcinj


EBL Round 1: Home teams grabbed expected wins - by Darko Pekic

The Elite Division in Montenegro officially started yesterday and there were no surprises- home teams grabbed their wins without any problems. Teodo defeated the newcomer Ibar Rozaje in Tivat in front of 600 spectators that enjoyed in a really nice high scoring game (98-86). Both teams had some inspired players and two former college teammates Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) and Brandon Roberson (180-PG, college: Missouri Baptist) that played on the oposite sides and both had great nights. Roberson led his team with 26 points while Johnson contributed to his team's win with 18 points in less than 20 minutes on the floor (following a quadriceps injury that stopped him for a week). Johnson was assisted under the basklet by Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) who scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 12 points and had 8 rebounds to help the team from the Adriatic cost to get their 2nd League win (after the win against Centar in Bijelo Polje).

Lovcen proved once again that a young team could do miracles. They defeated Primorje 1945 in Cetinje (72-62) and started the season with a win. The game was decided after the first quarter when Lovcen got a 28-12 lead. The newcomer Armin Bilic (195-G/F-94) scored 15 points for the home team while Stefan Arapovic (191-G/F-90) scored the season high 14 points for the guests.

Sutjeska defeated Danilovgrad at home with no problems (90-60). Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) had a great game with 26 points for Sutjeska while in Danilovgrad Zeljko Jovanovic (200-G/F-83) and Filip Patkovic (200-F-90) were better than others with 18 and 16 points each.



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  NBA   


Amar'e Stoudemire out 2-3 weeks with ruptured cyst in left knee - by Milord Nikolic

Amar'e Stoudemire's knee has been a concern since his microfracture in 2005 on that same left knee. The injury has come under extensive scrutiny based on his insurance status related to the knee. Stoudemire will miss the start of the regular season, but the injury does not require surgery. It does, however, sound incredibly gross. The Knicks' biggest question going into this season has been how Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony would fit together. The duo have horrendous plus-minus numbers, fueling analysis to suggest Anthony should play more at the four spot and wondering if Stoudemire should even come off the bench, something Mike Woodson has flatly ruled out. With Stoudemire out, we're going to see how Anthony looks at the forward position and if the spacing changes help with getting Anthony more looks in the post where he's deadly. But it definitely takes a chunk out of the offensive firepower of the Knicks, who were not expected to be elite in the first place. Raymond Felton was looking to pick up where he left off with Stoudemire in the pick and roll. The Knicks did pick up a number of front court players including Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas along with shooter big Steve Novak, so they have some options. But in reality, this just means more of what the plan has been all along. More Melo. And it sets up an interesting scenario in which the Knicks' results without Stoudemire, either way, can have a lasting impact on how this team comes together.


Nets exercise Marshon Brooks option - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Brooklyn Nets have exercised the third-year contract option on Marshon Brooks (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Providence), Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Brooks is now signed through the 2013-14 season.
Brooks was selected 25 th overall by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, and then traded to the Nets for the rights to the 27 th pick, JuJuan Johnson, and the Nets 2014 second round pick. Last season the 6-5 guard appeared in 56 games, with 47 starts, averaging 12.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. Brooks shot .428 (274-640) from the field and .764 (113-148) from the line. The Providence alum scored a career-high 24 points twice last season, vs. Orlando (2/2/12) and Miami (4/16/12). Brooks participated in the Rookie/Sophomore game during All-Star Weekend and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Los Angeles Lakers waive Ronnie Aguilar and Reeves Nelson - by Eurobasket News (T)

The Lakers waived Ronnie Aguilar (7'1''-C-87, college: Colorado St.) and Reeves Nelson (6'9''-F-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: UCLA).
Ronnie Aguilar started his pro career last season. He played for the Bakersfield Jam. The centre averaged 2.2 points and 4.2 boards per game in D-League. He notched 0.8 points and 0.5 boards per game in the pre-season action with the Lakers.
Reeves Nelson averaged 1.3 points and 4 boards in pre-season action. The forward tipped off his pro career last December. He joined Zalgiris Kaunas. The forward tallied 4.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in VTB League. In LKL his stats read 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. Reeves Nelson participated at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. He notched 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Lakers.



Seven pre-season games on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

The Heat secured the third pre-season victory. They outgunned the Spurs at the American Airlines Arena 104:101. Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) posted 15 points, while Dwayne Wade added 13 points in the victory. Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) answered with 17 points for the Spurs.
The Hawks held off the Mavs 110:94 behind 17 points from Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia). Ivan Johnson and Louis Williams netted 13 points apiece for the hosts. Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) netted 15 points in the loss.
Indiana overcame Memphis 83:80 for the third victory. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) and Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) came up with 14 points apiece in the winning case. Gerald Green netted 18 points for the Pacers. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) answered with 15 points for the Grizzlies.
The Celtics toppled the Knicks 109:98. Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) nailed 25 points, while Jason Terry finished with 22 points in the victory. Christopher Copeland (6'8''-F-84, college: Colorado) answered with 34 points for the Knicks.
Detroit held off Charlotte 85:80 as Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) delivered 16 points. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) and Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) registered 15 points in the victory. Kemba Walker chipped in 15 points for the Bobcats.
The Wizards fired past the Bucks 102:94 as Trevor Booker nailed 22 points. Price and Jordan Crawford accounted for 17 points each for Washington. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Bucks.
The Utah Jazz rolled past the LA Clippers 99:91. Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Jazz. Gordan Hayward netted 13 points in the win. Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) dropped 22 points for the Clippers.



Racism or Nationalism - by Julius Johnson

Marko Jaric is a proud Serb, this much we know.
He loves his country and defends its honor.

In response to accusations that Serbian fans subjected Danny Rose a black England player to racist monkey chants, Jaric tweeted:
"Could Englishmen teach us about human rights?
They invented hooliganism and slavery.
"I know my people, I know that we are not racists. The fans, especially in Eastern Europe, will go to every point to try and piss you off. If its skin color theyre going to call you that, if its something else, trust me, theyre going to find something to get to you. But I know that it is not because we are racist."

What can we call the actions of the Serbian fans? Was Jaric accurate?

1) Did the English Invent Slavery?
Slavery's roots can be traced back to the Code of Hammbuabi (c. 1760 BC). So Jaric, far from a historian, was a few years off on his accusation against the British.

2) Did the British invent hooliganism?
Well, the actual word was possibly first widely used in the late 1800s in Britain to describe street gang behavior. And in the 1970's the word was used to describe rowdy crowds at British football games. But crowd violence at sporting events was recorded as long ago as the year 532 when the Nika Riots broke out in Constantinople, when two chariot racing factions nearly burned down the half the city. So Jaric may have been correct about the word "hooliganism", but was again off some year on his claim.

3) Are Serbians racists?
No. The actions of a few should not condemn the many. Jaric is correct.

4) Were the monkey chants of some Serbian fans a racist provocation?
Not much question about this one. The taunts were rooted in the "belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race" Jaric is correct that Serbian fans were trying to get under the skin of Danny Rose. Problem is that they couldn't get past the skin of Danny Rose. One cannot hide racism behind the cloak of gamesmanship or nationalism. Jaric is mistaken.

Wikipedia and the Merriam Webster Dictionary were used a reference material in this article.





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  NCAA1   


College of Charleston accepts invitation to Colonial Athletic Association - by Milord Nikolic

The College of Charleston is on its way to the Colonial Athletic Association following the Board of Trustees 12-5 vote in favor of the move. The board has given school President George Benson the OK to begin negotiating a contract with its new conference, according to ESPN.com. College of Charleston will leave the Southern Conference for the CAA in 2013-14, a move that could result in a $600,000 exit fee for failing to provide two years notice. The Cougars will be allowed to participate in the Southern Conference championship for the remainder of their time in the league, which wouldnt happen in the America East, CAA or Horizon League because of conference provisions.


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  NORWAY   

Standings - 1Div.

1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 3-0 
 2. Varden 3-1 
 3. Persbraaten 1-1 
 4. Hoybraten 1-2 
 5. Sverresborg 1-2 
 6. Fyllingen BBK 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 20: Persbraaten - Miners 73-74
Oct. 21: Varden - Fyllingen BBK 68-55
Oct. 21: Sverresborg - Hoybraten 62-67
Oct. 20: Varden - Fyllingen BBK 53-50

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: Hoybraten - Sverresborg
Oct. 28: Miners - Sverresborg



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  PHILIPPINES   


2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: October 21, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

A few days after they got robbed right inside the Mall of Asia Arena, the Meralco Bolts rebounded by finishing strong and beating the Air21 Express. Sol Mercado and Mac Cardona combined for 42 points to lead the Bolts, now at 3 wins and 2 losses, while Reynel Hugnatan and Jay-R Reyes paired up for 17 points and 24 rebounds down low.

Meralco employed great defense here, limiting all but one Express player to single digits (John Wilson netted 16 points), while also forcing 19 Air21 turnovers. Meralco coach Ryan Gregorios wards shot a blistering 41% from beyond the arc, highlighted by a combined 10 treys from Mercado, Cardona, and Ronjay Buenafe.

In the second game, the Boosters relied on steady execution in the second half to turn back the tough-fighting Ginebra Kings. Alex Cabagnot came through this time around, seemingly responding to the call-out made by teammate Arwind Santos after their previous loss, scoring 25 points while dishing out 9 assists. For his part, Santos recorded a monster double-double, scoring 22 markers, collaring 17 rebounds, and blocking 2 shots. Former Gilas standout Chris Lutz, who engaged Ginebra ace Mark Caguioa in a word war throughout the match, also did well, putting up 18 points. Former Green Archer Joseph Yeo, meanwhile, hit 4 triples on his way to finishing with 16 markers.

Caguioa led the Kings with 23 points, but he shot just 9-of-25 from the field. LA Tenorio also had a good game, bouncing back from his subpar performance last Friday by recording 15 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. It was all for naught, however, as Ginebra fell for the third time in a row after winning its first two assignments.

Game Recaps:
MERALCO BOLTS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 85-72

Meralco notched a win that somehow eased the pain on its horrific experience from its previous trip at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bolts vented their ire on the Air 21 Express for an 85-72 win in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup, coming out winners this time at the state-of-the-art venue in Pasay City.

We defended well today. We defended our things well and the numbers put up by Air 21 are not so significant, said Meralco head coach Ryan Gregorio, who was among Bolts member victimized by thieves who ransacked their locker room last Wednesday, during halftime of their 105-104 loss to GlobalPort.

After that harrowing experience, we were able to bounce back strong, came out with better focus, competed and played good basketball.

Gregorio blamed himself on their one-point loss to Batang Pier but his players came out with better focus and determination for 48 minutes to claim their third win in five matches.

With Meralco management deploying its own security personnel for the locker room, the Bolts were able to concentrate on the battle on the court.

Solomon Mercado finished with a game-high 24 points spiked by five three-pointers, while Mark Cardona and Ronjay Buenafe contributed 18 and 13 points, respectively, for the Bolts

Reynel Hugnatan also came up huge for Meralco with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

John Wilson was the lone Air 21 player in double figures with 16 points. The Express win-loss record dropped to 1-4.

Air 21 was in the thick of things early in the fourth quarter, trailing 63-59, before Hugnatan and Cardona joined forces for a decisive 16-3 burst to pull away from a tight contest with 5:13 left in the game.

Were lacking consistency right now. We can compete in certain level but we cant execute down the stretch, said Express coach Franz Pumaren. I guess the players are still feeling each other.

MER 85- Mercado 24, Cardona 18, Buenafe 13, Hugnatan 10, Reyes 7, Nabong 6, Artadi 5, Salvacion 2, Hodge 0, Borboran 0
A21 72- Wilson 16, Taha 9, Canaleta 9, Sena 8, Isip 8, Omolon 7, Reyes 4, Baclao 3, Atkins 2, Escobal 2, Ritualo 2, Arboleda 2
QS: 18-14, 43-33, 63-56, 85-72

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 98-95

Arwind Santos scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, while Alex Cabagnot added 25 points as Petron snapped its two-game Philippine Cup losing streak with a 98-95 victory over Ginebra Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The victory came just two days after Santos called out his teammates for lacking heart. In earlier comments to InterAKTV, he specifically mentioned Cabagnots play.

After the game, Santos stood by his statements.

Alam niya naman kung bakit ako nagsalita ng ganoon. Alam niya naman ang pagkatao ko, said Santos.

Sana yung pagkakabitaw ko ng salitang yun, sana magtuloy-tuloy pa. Sana maintindihan nila ako. Sabi ko kay Alex, Prove it to me.

Petron was up in the fourth quarter, 89-80, on a layup by Joseph Yeo, before Ginebra rattled off an 11-2 run to come within two points. A putback by Willie Wilson a couple of plays later tied the game at 95-all.

Petron regained the lead on a layup by Joseph Yeo, before LA Tenorio threw the ball away in the ensuing possession with less than 10 seconds to go. Ginebra sent Cabagnot to the line, and the Boosters point guard split his free throws.

Mark Caguioa had one last shot to tie the game for Ginebra, but his three-point attempt hit the back of the iron, allowing Santos to collar the rebound to seal the win.

Cabagnot added eight assists, while Chris Lutz had 18 points. Yeo chipped in 16 points, including four three-pointers.

I think Petron plays better with an injured lineup, said Boosters coach Olsen Racela, who lost veteran Danny Ildefonso during the game due to a dislocated left shoulder. The team is already without top pick June Mar Fajardo, who underwent an operation for his swollen scrotum.

It really shows the character of the team. Everyone is helping out, added Racela.

It was Ginebras third consecutive loss after winning its first two Philippine Cup assignments. Petron moved into a tie with the Gin Kings in the standings with similar 2-3 win-loss records.

PET 98- Cabagnot 25, Santos 22, Lutz 18, Yeo 16, Pena 6, Washington 4, Ildefonso 4, Lanete 2, Mallari 1, Sison 0, Miranda 0
GIN 95- Caguioa 23, Tenorio 15, Raymundo 14, Ellis 8, Wilson 8, Maierhofer 7, Mamaril 7, Helterbrand 7, Maliksi 5, Jensen 1, Hatfield 0
QS: 20-25, 48-49, 74-68, 98-95

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble.)



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  POLAND   

2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Niesobski, Sudety25.5 
 2. Kolka, GTK Gdynia23.5 
 3. Derkowski, GTK G.20.5 
 4. Dwernicki, Wisla A.20.3 
 5. Nowak, AZS A.19.7 
 6. Wrobel, GTK G.19.7 
 7. Kuczynski, Tur B.19.7 
 8. Grod, Notec19.0 
 9. Wojcik, Alba C.18.7 
 10. Podkowinski, GTK18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert CETNAR
  Rosa I.
  (197-F-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Cetnar, Rosa I.13.0 
 2. Bzdyra, Tychy11.5 
 3. Pruefer, Suchy Las11.0 
 4. Pawlowski, Pogon P.10.5 
 5. Kaczmarski, Tychy10.0 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.7 
 7. Czepiec, Wisla A.9.7 
 8. Wojdyr, Wilki Mors.9.7 
 9. Chodkiewicz, Wscho.9.5 
 10. Jaskiewicz, Trefl9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Andrzej PASZKIEWICZ
  PWiK P.
  (180-G-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Paszkiewicz, PWiK9.0 
 2. Zajaczkowski, Leg.7.5 
 3. Derkowski, GTK G.7.0 
 4. Kowalski, Nysa K.6.7 
 5. Dwernicki, Wisla A.6.3 
 6. Zabielski, Tur B.6.0 
 7. Wrobel, GTK G.5.7 
 8. Schenk, Rosa I.5.7 
 9. Kucia, Pogon P.5.5 
 10. Stoklosa, Wilki M.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jakub DERKOWSKI
  GTK G.
  (179-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Derkowski, GTK G.5.5 
 2. Brembly, Trefl I.4.7 
 3. Paszkiewicz, PWiK4.5 
 4. Piros, Pulaski War.4.5 
 5. Kucia, Pogon P.4.5 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum4.3 
 7. Stoklosa, Wilki M.4.3 
 8. Jarosz, MKS S.4.3 
 9. Warmuz, AZS A.4.0 
 10. Jozwiuk, Tur B.3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikodem SIRIJATOWICZ
  SMS P.
  (187-G-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sirijatowicz, SMS3.5 
 2. Cetnar, Rosa I.3.0 
 3. Zywert, SMS P.3.0 
 4. Orlicki, Wisla A.2.7 
 5. Wisniewski, Novum2.5 
 6. Nowerski, Legia2.5 
 7. Jaworski, Wschowa2.5 
 8. Wojcik, Alba C.2.3 
 9. Zakrzewski, Tur B.2.3 
 10. Lepczynski, Pogo.2.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Piotr PLUTA
  MOSiR K.
  (192-G-81)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Pluta, MOSiR K.17.8 
 2. Dluski, AZS Kutno17.0 
 3. Olejnik, Stal Ostr.16.4 
 4. Kikowski, Slask W.15.6 
 5. Celej, Start Lublin15.6 
 6. Czerwonka, SKK S.15.4 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.15.0 
 8. Bierwagen, Astori.14.8 
 9. Mlynarski, Sokol L.14.3 
 10. Stepien, Spojnia14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam METELSKI
  AZS P.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Metelski, AZS P.13.2 
 2. Zurawski, Stal O.11.2 
 3. Diduszko, Slask W.10.0 
 4. Dluski, AZS Kutno9.2 
 5. Chodkiewicz, SKK S.7.4 
 6. Mielczarek, AZS R.7.2 
 7. Mlynarski, Sokol L.7.0 
 8. Luszczewski, Start7.0 
 9. Basinski, SKK S.7.0 
 10. Kolowca, Polonia6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Grzegorz GROCHOWSKI
  MKS D.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Grochowski, MKS D.7.8 
 2. Wilczek, Start Lub.6.8 
 3. Laczynski, MOSiR K.5.2 
 4. Lewandowski, Astor.5.0 
 5. Brek, AZS Kutno5.0 
 6. Musijowski, Polonia5.0 
 7. Pacocha, AZS Radex5.0 
 8. Hybiak, AZS P.4.8 
 9. Basinski, SKK S.4.4 
 10. Baran, Sokol Lan.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Michal BARAN
  Sokol Lancut
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Baran, Sokol Lanc.4.0 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.3.8 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.3.8 
 4. Musijowski, Polonia3.6 
 5. Hybiak, AZS P.3.4 
 6. Wilczek, Start Lub.3.4 
 7. Busz, UMKS K.3.0 
 8. Sulinski, Znicz B.2.8 
 9. Aleksandrowi., Zni.2.8 
 10. Makuch, UMKS K.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Wiktor GRUDZINSKI
  Spojnia
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Grudzinski, Spojnia2.8 
 2. Laczynski, MOSiR K.2.4 
 3. Kulon, Slask Wrocl.2.4 
 4. Diduszko, Slask W.2.2 
 5. Musijowski, Polonia2.2 
 6. Mazur, AZS Kutno2.0 
 7. Kukielka, Polonia1.8 
 8. Glabas, AZS Kutno1.8 
 9. Fafara, UMKS K.1.8 
 10. Basinski, SKK S.1.6 


2Liga Round 3: Trefl II Sopot hands first defeat to GTK Gdynia - by Eurobasket News

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

Undefeated GTK Gdynia (1-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Trefl II Sopot (1-2) 84-83. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But GTK Gdynia won fourth quarter 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded GTK Gdynia 47-19 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was David Brembly (197-93) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Aleksander Lebiedzinski (194-93) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Filip Put (195-93) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Trefl II Sopot left bottom position moving up to seventh place in Group A, which they share with MKS Skierniew. Newly promoted GTK Gdynia keeps the sixth position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was between leader SMS PZKosz and leader Korsarz Gdansk where SMS PZKosz (3-0) crushed Korsarz Gdansk (2-1) on the road with 26-point difference 83-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Korsarz Gdansk. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. It was a good game for power forward Kacper Borowski (203-94) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Mateusz Migala contributed with 12 points for the winners. Forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) answered with 14 points for Korsarz Gdansk. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SMS PZKosz have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of Group A leader. Korsarz Gdansk at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Warka between MCKiS Jaworz. and Pulaski Warka. Leader MCKiS Jaworz. (3-0) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked Pulaski Warka (0-2). MCKiS Jaworz. managed to escape with a 3-point win 59-56 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a great evening for Slawomir Klocek who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Patryk Przyborowski with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. MCKiS Jaworz. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group C with 3-0 record, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. Loser Pulaski Warka still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Legia. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Warszawa. It ended with only two-point home defeat of bottom-ranked Legia (0-2) to sixth ranked AZS AGH Alstom (2-1) 77-75 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Grzegorz Dudzik who led the winners and scored 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. AZS AGH Alstom moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with Rosa II Radom and PWiK Piaseczno. Legia at the other side still closes the standings with two games 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 Katowice: AZS AWF K-ce (#8) and Mickiewicz (#6). AZS AWF K-ce (2-1) won against visiting Mickiewicz (1-2) 89-75. The best player for the winners was Kamil Wojciak who scored 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). AZS AWF K-ce's coach Miroslaw Stawowski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS AWF K-ce moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with WKK Wroclaw and GTK Gliwice. Loser Mickiewicz dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. AZS AWF K-ce will face higher ranked Sudety (#3) in Jelenia Gora in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mickiewicz will play at home against the league's leader Pogon Prudnik (#1).

Other games of round 3 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A winless Notec was defeated by Basket Pila in a road game 90-80. Winless Suchy Las was smashed by Wilki Morskie at home 50-71. MKS Skierniew. lost to Ksiezak Lowicz on the opponent's court 77-86.
In Group B HK Zory managed to outperform Tychy in a home game 70-61. Winless Nysa Klodzko lost to undefeated Pogon Prudnik on the road 74-88. Winless Alba Chorzow was defeated by GTK Gliwice on its own court 72-79. Sudety beat WKK Wroclaw in Jelenia Gora 84-73.
In Group C Rosa II Radom destroyed Novum Lublin at home 90-59. Wisla AWF Kr. unfortunately lost to PWiK Piaseczno on the opponent's court 70-82. Winless Handlopex AZS lost to undefeated Tur Bielsk Pdl. in a home game 59-70.
The best stats of 3rd round was 33 points (!!!) and 4 steals by Lukasz Niesobski of Sudety.


Group A
GTK Gdynia - Trefl II Sopot 83-84

Undefeated GTK Gdynia (1-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Trefl II Sopot (1-2) 84-83. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But GTK Gdynia won fourth quarter 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded GTK Gdynia 47-19 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was David Brembly (197-93) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Aleksander Lebiedzinski (194-93) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Filip Put (195-93) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists and guard Robert Kolka (184-93) added 21 points and 4 steals respectively. Four GTK Gdynia players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Trefl II Sopot left bottom position moving up to seventh place in Group A, which they share with MKS Skierniew. Newly promoted GTK Gdynia keeps the sixth position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
GTK Gdynia: R.Kolka 21+4reb+1ast, F.Put 20+4reb+4ast, J.Derkowski 18+2reb+6ast, P.Zolnierewicz 10+3reb+2ast, M.Zolnierewicz 5+1reb, J.Pietkiewicz 3+1reb
Trefl II Sopot: A.Lebiedzinski 20+6reb+1ast, D.Brembly 16+11reb+4ast, K.Szymanski 12+1reb+1ast, L.Jaskiewicz 11+8reb+2ast, K.Piechaczek 8+6reb, P.Dzierzak 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 192005


Basket Pila - Notec 90-80

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Notec (0-2) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Basket Pila (2-1) 90-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Basket Pila. Notec was better in fourth quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basket Pila forced 19 Notec turnovers and outrebounded them 44-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Notec was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Lukasz Krzeminski (200-80) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Zbigniew Malinowski (185-84) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Basket Pila players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Artur Gliszczynski (178-81) added 21 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Basket Pila moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with 3 other teams. Notec at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Notec: M.Grod 22+9reb+2ast, A.Gliszczynski 21+1reb+5ast, H.Wierzbicki 12+7reb+1ast, P.Szmelter 9+1reb, P.Rychlowski 7+6reb+1ast, M.Majer 4+4reb+1ast
Basket Pila: L.Krzeminski 20+5reb+5ast, B.Rabe 14+3reb, M.Zajac 13+4reb, Z.Malinowski 11+5reb+2ast, M.Rudnik 7+6reb+1ast, B.Pochocki 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 192006


Korsarz Gdansk - SMS PZKosz 57-83

Another exciting game was between leader SMS PZKosz and leader Korsarz Gdansk where SMS PZKosz (3-0) crushed Korsarz Gdansk (2-1) on the road with 26-point difference 83-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Korsarz Gdansk. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The game was mostly controlled by SMS PZKosz. Korsarz Gdansk was better in third quarter 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Korsarz Gdansk to just 7 points in first and second quarters and to 14 points in first half. SMS PZKosz dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Korsarz Gdansk's 30. It was a good game for power forward Kacper Borowski (203-94) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Mateusz Migala (199-94) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) answered with 14 points and guard Pawel Strychalski (189-86) added 8 points in the effort for Korsarz Gdansk. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SMS PZKosz have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of Group A leader. Korsarz Gdansk at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: M.Chudy 14+2reb, M.Nitsche 9+1reb, P.Strychalski 8+2reb, J.Golebiewski 7+3reb, J.Zalucki 6+2reb, D.Grujic 5+1reb
SMS PZKosz: K.Borowski 23+2reb+2ast, J.Garbacz 13+1reb, M.Migala 12+2reb+1ast, M.Witlinski 7+1reb, K.Zywert 7+1reb+3ast, L.Kaczmarski 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 192004


Suchy Las - Wilki Morskie 50-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Wilki Morskie (2-1) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Suchy Las (0-3) 71-50 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Wilki Morskie. Suchy Las was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Suchy Las to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Suchy Las 52-30 including a 42-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Suchy Las were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Pawel Kowalczuk (207-80, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: Promotex) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Center Piotr Wojdyr (217-90, agency: Promotex) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Piotr Wieloch (180-94) who recorded 18 points and 5 steals and forward Mateusz Brek (187-94) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. 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. Wilki Morskie moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Suchy Las still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Suchy Las: P.Wieloch 18+4reb+2ast, M.Wielechowski 10+5reb, M.Brek 10+5reb+1ast, J.Fiszer 5+1reb, D.Szymczak 5+3reb, M.Marek 2+5reb
Wilki Morskie: P.Kowalczuk 12+11reb+1ast, M.Stoklosa 10+2reb+3ast, M.Adamkiewicz 10+4reb, P.Wojdyr 10+8reb+1ast, S.Milczynski 8+8reb+1ast, R.Bojko 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 192003


Ksiezak Lowicz - MKS Skierniew. 86-77

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Ksiezak Lowicz and 4th placed MKS Skierniew. had identical 1-1 record. This time Ksiezak Lowicz used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Skierniewice 86-77 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in Group A. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-77. Ksiezak Lowicz made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 MKS Skierniew. turnovers and outrebounded them 34-20 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. MKS Skierniew. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) who scored 22 points and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Ksiezak Lowicz's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mariusz Wojcik (197-79) who recorded 17 points and swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Ksiezak Lowicz and four MKS Skierniew. players scored in double figures. Ksiezak Lowicz (2-1) moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser MKS Skierniew. dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: M.Wojcik 17+4reb+3ast, M.Lapinski 16+5reb, L.Makolski 14+2reb+3ast, R.Jarosz 10+2reb+3ast, J.Zielinski 8+3reb+1ast, M.Krawiec 6+1reb+1ast
Ksiezak Lowicz: B.Wluczynski 22+2reb+4ast, K.Kromer 17+7reb, B.Bartoszewicz 15+6reb, P.Malona 14+12reb+1ast, R.Wojciechowski 10+3reb+4ast, T.Smorawinski 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 192002


Group B
HK Zory - Tychy 70-61

Rather predictable result when leader HK Zory (2-0) beat at home 7th ranked Tychy (1-2) 70-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. HK Zory forced 20 Tychy turnovers. Tychy was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Grzegorz Zadecki (193-83) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Lukasz Ochodek (195-82) chipped in 19 points. HK Zory's coach Lukasz Szymik used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Tomasz Bzdyra (196-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and forward Lukasz Kaczmarski (193-80) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively. HK Zory moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Sudety. Newly promoted Tychy keeps the seventh position with two games lost. HK Zory will face GTK Gliwice (#4) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tychy: T.Bzdyra 15+13reb, D.Malek 12+4reb+1ast, G.Remin 8+2reb+1ast, L.Kaczmarski 7+10reb+1ast, P.Olczak 7+6reb, L.Bodych 6+3reb
HK Zory: G.Zadecki 19+9reb, L.Ochodek 19+2reb+1ast, K.Kupczak 8+3ast, M.Marczyk 7+8reb+4ast, K.Zielinski 7+4reb+2ast, J.Rduch 6+2reb
gschID: 192176


Pogon Prudnik - Nysa Klodzko 88-74

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Nysa Klodzko (0-3) was defeated on the road by leader Pogon Prudnik (3-0) 88-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Pogon Prudnik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Pogon Prudnik's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Jaroslaw Bartkowiak (202-85) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Marcin Kowalski (182-82) added 7 points and 10 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pogon Prudnik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group B with 3-0 record. Loser Nysa Klodzko still closes the standings with three games lost. Pogon Prudnik will face Mickiewicz (#7) in Katowice in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nysa Klodzko will play at home against Alba Chorzow and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: J.Bartkowiak 16+7reb, B.Jozefowicz 14+1reb+1ast, B.Ratajczak 14+5reb+1ast, R.Ciesla 13, M.Kowalski 7+4reb+10ast, A.Barycza 6+5reb
Pogon Prudnik: J.Pawlowski 25+12reb, M.Lepczynski 16+7reb+3ast, S.Kucia 12+1reb+10ast, M.Lipinski 10+4reb+4ast, T.Lakis 7+1reb+1ast, K.Bolibrzuch 6+2reb
gschID: 192175


Alba Chorzow - GTK Gliwice 72-79

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked GTK Gliwice (2-1) won against on the road bottom-ranked Alba Chorzow (0-3) 79-72 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alba Chorzow won third quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alba Chorzow was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Forward Emil Podkowinski (192-88) chipped in 21 points. Four GTK Gliwice players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Adam Spychala (197-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Lukasz Wojcik (189-84) added 21 points and 4 steals respectively. GTK Gliwice moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with WKK Wroclaw and AZS AWF K-ce. Loser Alba Chorzow still closes the standings with three games lost. GTK Gliwice will face league's second-placed HK Zory at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alba Chorzow will play against Nysa Klodzko (#11) in Kloszko and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Alba Chorzow: L.Wojcik 21+1reb+2ast, K.Morawiec 17+3reb+1ast, A.Spychala 17+11reb, T.Gembus 7+6reb+4ast, P.Podbial 4+4reb+4ast, M.Pawlik 2+1ast
GTK Gliwice: E.Podkowinski 21+2reb+1ast, T.Wrobel 20+3reb+11ast, P.Szymanski 13+2reb, M.Damulewicz 11+7reb, M.Bacik 6+6reb+3ast, M.Soehrich 5+1reb
gschID: 192174


AZS AWF K-ce - Mickiewicz 89-75

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Katowice: AZS AWF K-ce (#8) and Mickiewicz (#6). AZS AWF K-ce (2-1) won against visiting Mickiewicz (1-2) 89-75. The game without a history. AZS AWF K-ce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. AZS AWF K-ce outrebounded Mickiewicz 38-26 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mickiewicz was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Kamil Wojciak (193-85) who scored 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Kamil Nowak (196-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. AZS AWF K-ce's coach Miroslaw Stawowski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Michal Batorski (199-88) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Lukasz Kosmowski (196-83) added 13 points respectively. Four Mickiewicz players scored in double figures. AZS AWF K-ce moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with WKK Wroclaw and GTK Gliwice. Loser Mickiewicz dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. AZS AWF K-ce will face higher ranked Sudety (#3) in Jelenia Gora in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mickiewicz will play at home against the league's leader Pogon Prudnik (#1).
Top scorers:
Mickiewicz: M.Batorski 20+8reb+3ast, D.Kolakowski 15+2reb, L.Kosmowski 13+4reb+1ast, R.Sebrala 10+2ast, M.Jagiela 7+3reb+2ast, M.Strzelecki 5+2reb+1ast
AZS AWF K-ce: K.Wojciak 21+2reb+3ast, P.Jurczynski 19+2reb+4ast, K.Nowak 14+10reb+2ast, M.Piotrkowski 9+6reb, T.Milewski 9+11reb+1ast, B.Stawowski 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 192173


WKK Wroclaw - Sudety 73-84

There was a minor upset when second-best WKK Wroclaw (2-1) was defeated at home by leader Sudety (2-0) 84-73 on Saturday. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. The game was mostly controlled by Sudety. WKK Wroclaw was better in third quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Sudety especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Lukasz Niesobski (185-85) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 4 steals. point guard Michal Kozak (179-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jan Grzelinski (178-94) who recorded 18 points and the former international swingman Bartosz Diduszko (198-87) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four WKK Wroclaw players scored in double figures. WKK Wroclaw's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sudety moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with HK Zory. Loser WKK Wroclaw dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. Sudety will face AZS AWF K-ce (#6) in Katowice in the next round. WKK Wroclaw will play against Wschowa.
Top scorers:
WKK Wroclaw: J.Grzelinski 18+4reb+2ast, B.Diduszko 16+5reb+2ast, A.Grygiel 12+2reb+1ast, M.Lopatka 11+5reb, A.Lenczuk 5+1ast, M.Platek 3+6reb+5ast
Sudety: L.Niesobski 33+3reb+3ast, R.Niesobski 20+2reb+3ast, M.Kozak 13+10reb+4ast, J.Wilusz 8+3reb+2ast, P.Minciel 7+7reb, J.Czech 3+2reb
gschID: 192172


Group C
Rosa II Radom - Novum Lublin 90-59

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Rosa II Radom and 5th ranked Novum Lublin had identical 1-1 record. This time Rosa II Radom used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Lublin 90-59 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Rosa II Radom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rosa II Radom outrebounded Novum Lublin 49-19 including a 37-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Novum Lublin's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rosa II Radom made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Robert Cetnar (197-88) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Filip Zegzula (185-94) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Rosa II Radom players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Bartlomiej Karolak (194-92) who recorded 15 points and point guard Michael Gospodarek (186-91) added 8 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rosa II Radom (2-1) moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with AZS AGH Alstom and PWiK Piaseczno. Loser Novum Lublin dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: B.Karolak 15+1reb, P.Gospodarek 10+1ast, M.Gospodarek 8+2reb+3ast, C.Majtyka 7+2reb+1ast, A.Mysliwiec 6+5reb, S.Prazmo 5+5reb
Rosa II Radom: R.Cetnar 17+15reb+1ast, F.Zegzula 16+5reb+4ast, J.Stanios 11+7reb+3ast, J.Schenk 11+3reb+6ast, K.Mamcarczyk 9+2reb+3ast, M.Zweglinski 6+1ast
gschID: 192091


Legia - AZS AGH Alstom 75-77

A very interesting game took place in Warszawa. It ended with only two-point home defeat of bottom-ranked Legia (0-2) to sixth ranked AZS AGH Alstom (2-1) 77-75 on Sunday evening. It looked good early as Legia took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then AZS AGH Alstom had a 23-14 second period charge getting the lead and Legia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-77. AZS AGH Alstom forced 25 Legia turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Legia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for guard Grzegorz Dudzik (190-84) who led the winners and scored 17 points. Forward Damian Kalinowski (201-91) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four AZS AGH Alstom players scored in double figures. Forward Piotr Nawrot (195-84, college: Williston St. JC) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Marcin Nedzi (204-89) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Legia in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. AZS AGH Alstom moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with Rosa II Radom and PWiK Piaseczno. Legia at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Legia: P.Nawrot 19+6reb+2ast, T.Jaremkiewicz 11+1ast, M.Nedzi 10+9reb, L.Zajaczkowski 8+1reb+5ast, A.Czujkowski 8+1reb+2ast, J.Pawlak 5
AZS AGH Alstom: G.Dudzik 17+3reb, L.Warmuz 11+2reb+3ast, M.Hajduk 11+1reb+1ast, D.Kalinowski 10+8reb, M.Szewczyk 8+1reb+1ast, P.Stecko 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 192088


PWiK Piaseczno - Wisla AWF Kr. 82-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked PWiK Piaseczno and 7th ranked Wisla AWF Kr. had identical 1-1 record. This time PWiK Piaseczno used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Krakow 82-70 on Sunday night. Wisla AWF Kr. was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 26-12 charge of PWiK Piaseczno, which allowed them to win the game. PWiK Piaseczno outrebounded Wisla AWF Kr. 45-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78, agency: Promotex) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Grzegorz Jankowski (183-88) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four PWiK Piaseczno players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) who recorded 21 points and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Jacek Sulowski (192-79) added 19 points respectively. Wisla AWF Kr.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PWiK Piaseczno maintains third place in Group C with 2-1 record behind leader Pogon Prudnik, which they share with AZS AGH Alstom and Rosa II Radom. Loser Wisla AWF Kr. dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Wisla AWF Kr.: J.Dwernicki 21+4reb+7ast, J.Sulowski 19+3reb+1ast, S.Czepiec 10+10reb, D.Depta 6+2reb, J.Krawczyk 5+2reb+2ast, M.Ejiofor 4+5reb
PWiK Piaseczno: P.Lewandowski 18+9reb+1ast, G.Jankowski 15+6reb+6ast, M.Wojtynski 14+2reb+1ast, T.Borkowski 13+8reb+1ast, W.Bocianowski 7+1reb+2ast, D.Zapert 7+11reb+2ast
gschID: 192087


Handlopex AZS - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 59-70

Very predictable result in Rzeszow where leader Tur Bielsk Pdl. (3-0) beat bottom-ranked Handlopex AZS (0-3) 70-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tur Bielsk Pdl.. Handlopex AZS was better in third quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tur Bielsk Pdl. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Handlopex AZS was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Aaron Weres (196-91) who scored 29 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Kamil Zakrzewski (193-77) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and guard Rafal Glapinski (183-82) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively. Handlopex AZS's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Tur Bielsk Pdl. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of Group C leader, which they share with MCKiS Jaworz. Loser Handlopex AZS still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: R.Glapinski 14+1reb+7ast, S.Biela 11+1reb+2ast, P.Mis 10+11reb+2ast, D.Kielar 7+1reb+1ast, S.Skop 7+4reb+2ast, M.Osiniak 2+6reb
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: A.Weres 29+8reb+3ast, M.Wysocki 12+7reb+2ast, K.Zakrzewski 9+8reb+5ast, L.Kuczynski 9+6reb+2ast, P.Brzozowski 5+1reb+1ast, A.Zabielski 5+5reb+7ast
gschID: 192090


Pulaski Warka - MCKiS Jaworz. 56-59

A very close game took place in Warka between MCKiS Jaworz. and Pulaski Warka. Leader MCKiS Jaworz. (3-0) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked Pulaski Warka (0-2). MCKiS Jaworz. managed to escape with a 3-point win 59-56 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MCKiS Jaworz. outrebounded Pulaski Warka 42-31 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Slawomir Klocek (191-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 5 rebounds. Center Lukasz Bak (209-81, agency: Promotex) helped adding 10 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Patryk Przyborowski (196-90, agency: Promotex) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Konrad Kapturski (197-83) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. MCKiS Jaworz. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group C with 3-0 record, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. Loser Pulaski Warka still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Legia. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pulaski Warka: P.Przyborowski 18+5reb+2ast, K.Kapturski 11+10reb, M.Piatek 10+7reb, P.Adamczyk 9+1ast, D.Mieczkowski 8+2reb+6ast, J.Stefaniuk 0+1reb
MCKiS Jaworz.: S.Klocek 13+5reb+1ast, L.Bak 10+7reb+1ast, S.Dusilo 9+3reb, D.Grochowski 8+6reb+3ast, D.Goldammer 6+5reb, T.Ejsmont 4+5reb
gschID: 192089


Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. MKS DG 4-1 
 2. Slask Wroclaw 4-1 
 3. AZS Kutno 4-1 
 4. P.Cukier SIDEn 4-1 
 5. Stal Ostrow 3-2 
 6. MOSiR Krosno 3-2 
 7. Znicz Basket 3-2 
 8. SKK Siedlce 3-2 
 9. Sokol Lancut 3-2 
 10. UMKS Kielce 2-3 
 11. Spojnia 2-3 
 12. Polonia 2-3 
 13. Start Lublin 1-4 
 14. Astoria Bydg. 1-4 
 15. AZS Radex 1-4 
 16. AZS PP 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 20: SKK Siedlce - Astoria Bydg. 88-78
Oct. 21: MKS DG - MOSiR Krosno 86-77
Oct. 20: AZS Kutno - AZS PP 81-67
Oct. 20: Stal Ostrow - Polonia 80-92 OT
Oct. 21: Znicz Basket - AZS Radex 74-63
Oct. 20: Sokol Lancut - Spojnia 62-59
Oct. 20: UMKS Kielce - P.Cukier SIDEn 55-69
Oct. 20: Start Lublin - Slask Wroclaw 52-85

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 27: P.Cukier SIDEn - AZS Kutno
Oct. 27: Stal Ostrow - Start Lublin
Oct. 27: Slask Wroclaw - SKK Siedlce
Oct. 27: AZS Radex - UMKS Kielce
Oct. 27: MOSiR Krosno - Znicz Basket
Oct. 27: Spojnia - MKS DG
Oct. 27: Astoria Bydg. - Sokol Lancut
Oct. 27: Polonia - AZS PP


Standings - 2 Liga

2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. SMS PZKosz 3-0 
 2. Basket Pila 2-1 
 3. Wilki Morskie 2-1 
 4. Korsarz Gdansk 2-1 
 5. Ksiezak Lowicz 2-1 
 6. GTK Gdynia 1-1 
 7. MKS Skierniew. 1-2 
 8. Trefl II Sopot 1-2 
 9. Notec 0-2 
 10. Suchy Las 0-3 
Group B
 1. Pogon Prudnik 3-0 
 2. HK Zory 2-0 
 3. Sudety 2-0 
 4. GTK Gliwice 2-1 
 5. WKK Wroclaw 2-1 
 6. AZS AWF K-ce 2-1 
 7. Mickiewicz 1-2 
 8. Tychy 1-2 
 9. Wschowa 0-2 
 10. Alba Chorzow 0-3 
 11. Nysa Klodzko 0-3 
Group C
 1. MCKiS Jaworz. 3-0 
 2. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 3-0 
 3. Rosa II Radom 2-1 
 4. PWiK Piaseczno 2-1 
 5. AZS AGH Alstom 2-1 
 6. Novum Lublin 1-2 
 7. Wisla AWF Kr. 1-2 
 8. Legia 0-2 
 9. Pulaski Warka 0-2 
 10. Handlopex AZS 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 20: Basket Pila - Notec 90-80
Oct. 21: Rosa II Radom - Novum Lublin 90-59
Oct. 20: AZS AWF K-ce - Mickiewicz 89-75
Oct. 20: Pogon Prudnik - Nysa Klodzko 88-74
Oct. 20: Ksiezak Lowicz - MKS Skierniew. 86-77
Oct. 21: GTK Gdynia - Trefl II Sopot 83-84
Oct. 21: PWiK Piaseczno - Wisla AWF Kr. 82-70
Oct. 21: Legia - AZS AGH Alstom 75-77
Oct. 20: WKK Wroclaw - Sudety 73-84
Oct. 20: Alba Chorzow - GTK Gliwice 72-79
Oct. 20: HK Zory - Tychy 70-61
Oct. 20: Handlopex AZS - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 59-70
Oct. 20: Korsarz Gdansk - SMS PZKosz 57-83
Oct. 20: Pulaski Warka - MCKiS Jaworz. 56-59
Oct. 20: Suchy Las - Wilki Morskie 50-71

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: Nysa Klodzko - Alba Chorzow
Oct. 27: GTK Gliwice - HK Zory
Oct. 27: Sudety - AZS AWF K-ce
Oct. 27: Mickiewicz - Pogon Prudnik
Oct. 27: Wschowa - WKK Wroclaw


1Liga Round 5: MKS DG keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of 1Liga 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 extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked MKS DG as it allowed them to take a leadership position. MKS DG defeated 5th ranked MOSiR Krosno in Dabrowa Gornicza 86-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of MOSiR Krosno. It was a key game for the top position in the league. MOSiR Krosno trailed by 22 points after 3 quarters before a 30-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. They outrebounded MOSiR Krosno 37-25 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. MKS DG looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by MOSiR Krosno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (178-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Center Maciej Maj (201-88) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) answered with 21 points and 4 assists for MOSiR Krosno. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. MOSiR Krosno at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. MOSiR Krosno will play next round against Znicz Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. MKS DG will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Spojnia in Stargard.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Stal Ostrow (3-2) against thirteenth ranked Polonia (2-3) on Saturday night. Host Stal Ostrow was defeated by Polonia in Ostrow Wlkp. in overtime92-80. Forward Tomasz Zablocki (202-78, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Grzegorz Kukielka chipped in 19 points. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Polonia moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Spojnia and UMKS Kielce. Newly promoted Stal Ostrow dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Polonia will play against bottom-ranked AZS PP (#16) in Pozoan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stal Ostrow will play at home against WIKANA Start (#13) in Lublin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1Liga top team - Slask Wroclaw (4-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked WIKANA Start (1-4) in Lublin 85-52. Krzysztof Sulima nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Lukasz Wilczek came up with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for WIKANA Start in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Slask Wroclaw have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-1 record, which they share with 3 other teams. WIKANA Start lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Astoria Bydg. and AZS Radex. Slask Wroclaw will meet at home SKK Siedlce (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. WIKANA Start will play against Stal Ostrow (#5) in Ostrow Wlkp..
Bottom-ranked AZS PP is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked AZS Kutno (4-1) 81-67. The best player for the winners was Jakub Dluski who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. AZS Kutno have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted AZS PP still closes the standings with five games lost. AZS Kutno's next round opponent will be P.Cukier SIDEn (#4) in Torun. AZS PP will play on the road against Polonia (#12) in Przemysl and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Lancut. Ninth ranked Sokol Lancut (3-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Spojnia (2-3) 62-59 on Saturday evening. Michal Baran orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Sokol Lancut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Spojnia keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Sokol Lancut will face Astoria Bydg. (#14) in Bydgoszcz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spojnia will play at home against the league's leader MKS DG (#1) in Dabrowa Gornicza.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: AZS Radex was beaten by Znicz Basket on the road 74-63. SKK Siedlce won against Astoria Bydg. on its own court 88-78. P.Cukier SIDEn managed to outperform UMKS Kielce in Torun 69-55.


Znicz Basket - AZS Radex 74-63

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Znicz Basket (3-2) beat 13th ranked AZS Radex (1-4) in Pruszkow 74-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Znicz Basket. AZS Radex was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Znicz Basket forced 21 AZS Radex turnovers. AZS Radex was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Lukasz Bonarek (198-93) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Znicz Basket players scored in double figures. point guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) answered with 17 points and power forward Igor Trela (206-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for AZS Radex. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Znicz Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser AZS Radex keeps the thirteenth position with four games lost. Znicz Basket will face MOSiR Krosno (#6) on the road in the next round. AZS Radex will play against UMKS Kielce (#10).
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: M.Matuszewski 16+3reb, L.Bonarek 14+5reb+1ast, P.Szymanski 13+8reb+1ast, A.Sulinski 12+2reb+3ast, M.Aleksandrowicz 10+5reb+4ast, K.Czosnowski 5+4reb
AZS Radex: L.Pacocha 17+3reb+3ast, M.Majcherek 11+4reb, I.Trela 9+10reb+1ast, M.Raczynski 9+1reb+2ast, T.Balcerek 7+2reb, K.Mielczarek 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 191396


MKS DG - MOSiR Krosno 86-77

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked MKS DG as it allowed them to take a leadership position. MKS DG defeated 5th ranked MOSiR Krosno in Dabrowa Gornicza 86-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of MOSiR Krosno. It was a key game for the top position in the league. MOSiR Krosno trailed by 22 points after 3 quarters before a 30-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. They outrebounded MOSiR Krosno 37-25 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. MKS DG looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by MOSiR Krosno helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Grzegorz Grochowski (178-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Center Maciej Maj (201-88) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Kamil Laczynski (180-89) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and center Lukasz Paul (206-89) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for MOSiR Krosno. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. MOSiR Krosno at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. MOSiR Krosno will play next round against Znicz Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. MKS DG will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Spojnia in Stargard.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 16+3reb, M.Maj 14+5reb, G.Grochowski 12+8reb+13ast, L.Grzegorzewski 9+4reb+3ast, P.Zielinski 9+6reb, P.Zmarlak 8+4reb+2ast
MOSiR Krosno: K.Laczynski 21+3reb+4ast, L.Paul 14+7reb, P.Pluta 11+3reb+1ast, M.Salamonik 8+5reb+1ast, S.Nowak 6+3reb+2ast, D.Oczkowicz 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 191395


Stal Ostrow - Polonia 80-92 OT

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Stal Ostrow (3-2) against thirteenth ranked Polonia (2-3) on Saturday night. Host Stal Ostrow was defeated by Polonia in Ostrow Wlkp. in overtime92-80. Stal Ostrow was ahead by 12 points after three quarters before a 20-8 charge of Polonia, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 19-7. Polonia made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Forward Tomasz Zablocki (202-78, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Grzegorz Kukielka (192-83, agency: Promotex) chipped in 19 points. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Stal Ostrow players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Polonia moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Spojnia and UMKS Kielce. Newly promoted Stal Ostrow dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Polonia will play against bottom-ranked AZS PP (#16) in Pozoan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stal Ostrow will play at home against WIKANA Start (#13) in Lublin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Polonia: T.Zablocki 24+3reb+1ast, G.Kukielka 19+4reb+1ast, M.Musijowski 16+3reb+3ast, B.Bal 8+2reb, D.Wyka 7+4reb+1ast, M.Kolowca 4+6reb
Stal Ostrow: W.Zurawski 14+12reb+2ast, L.Olejnik 12+4reb+1ast, M.Dymala 11+5reb+1ast, M.Kalowski 11+1reb+2ast, W.Szawarski 8+4reb+1ast, K.Chmielarz 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 191401


Start Lublin - Slask Wroclaw 52-85

1Liga top team - Slask Wroclaw (4-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked WIKANA Start (1-4) in Lublin 85-52. The game without a history. Slask Wroclaw led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to WIKANA Start's 28. They outrebounded WIKANA Start 46-28 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Krzysztof Sulima (202-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and point guard Marcin Flieger (182-84, agency: Promotex) accounted for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Slask Wroclaw players scored in double figures. point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) came up with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for WIKANA Start in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Slask Wroclaw have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-1 record, which they share with 3 other teams. WIKANA Start lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Astoria Bydg. and AZS Radex. Slask Wroclaw will meet at home SKK Siedlce (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. WIKANA Start will play against Stal Ostrow (#5) in Ostrow Wlkp..
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: K.Sulima 18+11reb, M.Flieger 15+8reb+5ast, R.Hyzy 13+9reb+2ast, P.Kikowski 12+4reb, T.Ochonko 10+2reb+3ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 7+1reb+1ast
Start Lublin: P.Kowalski 14+2reb, T.Celej 9+4reb, P.Luszczewski 8+9reb, L.Wilczek 7+9reb+5ast, L.Szczypka 6+1reb+3ast, M.Sikora 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 191400


SKK Siedlce - Astoria Bydg. 88-78

Very expected game when 14th ranked Astoria Bydg. (1-4) lost on the road to eighth ranked SKK Siedlce (3-2) 88-78 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SKK Siedlce. Astoria Bydg. was better in fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SKK Siedlce dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Astoria Bydg.'s 34. They outrebounded Astoria Bydg. 36-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Astoria Bydg. was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Marcin Chodkiewicz (200-82, agency: Promotex) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) answered with 19 points and swingman Filip Malgorzaciak (194-93) added 17 points in the effort for Astoria Bydg.Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. SKK Siedlce moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Astoria Bydg. dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. SKK Siedlce will face league's second-placed Slask Wroclaw on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Astoria Bydg. will play against Sokol Lancut (#9).
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: A.Czerwonka 22+2reb, R.Basinski 17+4reb+3ast, T.Deja 12+3reb, M.Rapucha 9+2reb+3ast, M.Chodkiewicz 9+14reb+1ast, R.Sobilo 7+1reb+1ast
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 19+4reb+2ast, F.Malgorzaciak 17+1reb+2ast, S.Laydych 11+3reb, D.Szyttenholm 9+2reb+3ast, P.Robak 7+2reb+1ast, A.Andryanczyk 5
gschID: 191399


AZS Kutno - AZS PP 81-67

Bottom-ranked AZS PP is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked AZS Kutno (4-1) 81-67. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Kutno. AZS PP was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding AZS PP to just 7 points in second quarter. AZS Kutno made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Wojciech Glabas (207-90) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four AZS Kutno players scored in double figures. Center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. AZS Kutno have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted AZS PP still closes the standings with five games lost. AZS Kutno's next round opponent will be P.Cukier SIDEn (#4) in Torun. AZS PP will play on the road against Polonia (#12) in Przemysl and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
AZS Kutno: J.Dluski 22+6reb+3ast, W.Glabas 14+8reb+1ast, G.Malecki 11+1reb+2ast, D.Brek 10+3reb+7ast, S.Rduch 9+1reb, H.Mazur 6+8reb
AZS PP: M.Sobkowiak 16+4reb, A.Metelski 14+9reb+1ast, P.Stankiewicz 10+5reb+1ast, P.Hybiak 7+1reb+5ast, P.Gacek 4+4reb+3ast, L.Ulchurski 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 191398


UMKS Kielce - P.Cukier SIDEn 55-69

Very predictable result when fifth ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (4-1) won against on the road 11th ranked UMKS Kielce (2-3) 69-55 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by P.Cukier SIDEn. UMKS Kielce was better in second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UMKS Kielce to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded UMKS Kielce 39-27 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. P.Cukier SIDEn's coach Eugeniusz Kijewski used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Lukasz Fafara (194-84) answered with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Hubert Makuch (179-85) added 14 points in the effort for UMKS Kielce. P.Cukier SIDEn keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted UMKS Kielce dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. P.Cukier SIDEn will face AZS Kutno (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UMKS Kielce will play against AZS Radex (#15) in Szczecin.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: P.Smigielski 17+4reb+4ast, S.Sikora 11+5reb+3ast, M.Kowalewski 11+8reb+1ast, J.Jarecki 6+3reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 6+2reb, A.Perka 6+5reb+1ast
UMKS Kielce: H.Makuch 14+1reb+1ast, A.Kijanowski 10+5reb, A.Busz 9+3reb+1ast, M.Wrobel 6+5reb+1ast, L.Fafara 6+7reb+6ast, P.Bacik 4+1reb
gschID: 191397


Sokol Lancut - Spojnia 62-59

Important game to mention about took place in Lancut. Ninth ranked Sokol Lancut (3-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Spojnia (2-3) 62-59 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Michal Baran (185-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Piotr Halas (190-87) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-81) added 12 points in the effort for Spojnia. Sokol Lancut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Spojnia keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Sokol Lancut will face Astoria Bydg. (#14) in Bydgoszcz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spojnia will play at home against the league's leader MKS DG (#1) in Dabrowa Gornicza.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: M.Baran 18+5reb+5ast, K.Gawrzydek 12+5reb, P.Halas 12+4reb+4ast, D.Pieloch 7+4reb+1ast, T.Fortuna 5+3reb+1ast, M.Klima 4+3reb+4ast
Spojnia: T.Stepien 22+7reb+1ast, B.Szczepaniak 12+3reb+1ast, L.Ratajczak 8+2reb, H.Pabian 6, W.Grudzinski 5+6reb+2ast, A.Soczewski 4+1reb
gschID: 191394



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LPB Round 1: Academica defeats leader Galitos-Tley - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LPB just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round.

Galitos-Tley - Academica 64-69

The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. 26 personal fouls committed by Galitos-Tley helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Marco Goncalves (206-84) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Academica players scored in double figures. The former international guard Antonio Tavares (183-75) answered with 19 points and American forward Perry Stevenson (206-87, college: Kentucky) added 8 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks in the effort for Galitos-Tley.
Top scorers:
Academica: A.Hallman 17+16reb+5ast, F.Sousa 16+4reb, J.Balseiro 14+4reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 12+8reb, D.Simoes 4+4ast, B.Costa 3+2reb
Galitos-Tley: A.Tavares 19+3reb+3ast, J.Ferreira 14+6reb, T.Lopez 13+3ast, P.Stevenson 8+13reb+3ast, P.Pinto 5+1reb+2ast, D.Neves 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 185973


Vitoria SC - Barcelos 92-84

The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Charlie Swiggett (185, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 assists. The former international forward Paulo Cunha (200-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian forward Matic Sirnik (200-91) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Marko Loncovic (200-91) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Barcelos. Five Vitoria SC and four Barcelos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: C.Swiggett 22+4reb+7ast, P.Cunha 17+10reb, J.Silva 16+2reb, I.Almeida 16+9reb+2ast, A.Bessa 14+1reb+5ast, D.Swetalla 7+7reb+2ast
Barcelos: M.Sirnik 22+7reb+3ast, M.Loncovic 19+5reb, N.Oliveira 18+3reb+1ast, R.Coelho 12+5reb+5ast, C.Fechas 6+1reb+3ast, S.Duarte 5
gschID: 185971


Ovarense - Alges 84-62

The game was mostly controlled by Ovarense. Alges was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Alges to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Alges 36-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. Power forward Mario Goncalves (208-80) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-90) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Four Ovarense players scored in double figures. International Rui Quintino (194-83) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Diogo Correia (182-90) added 14 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Ovarense: J.Miguel Barbosa 20+3reb+4ast, M.Goncalves 16+12reb, N.Morais 14+2reb, F.Neves 13+1reb+2ast, C.Cordeiro 13+8reb+1ast, S.Coll 6+7reb+3ast
Alges: D.Correia 14, R.Quintino 13+6reb+2ast, D.Ventura 9+2reb, D.Vieira 8+5reb+1ast, J.Cardoso 8+5reb, A.Pires 4+4ast
gschID: 185969


Fisica - Lusitania 60-67

Fisica was ahead by 12 points at the halftime before a 43-24 second half run of Lusitania. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fisica to just 4 points in third quarter. They also forced 19 Fisica turnovers. American center Marcel Momplasir (205-81, college: Rhode Island) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and guard Daniel Monteiro (182-82) chipped in 19 points and 6 steals. At the losing side naturalized Sao Tome and Principe power forward Ekjersey Viana (203-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Carlos Dias (197-79) scored 9 points.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: D.Monteiro 19+3reb+3ast, A.Sobrinho 18+1reb+1ast, M.Momplasir 12+13reb+2ast, D.Nevels 7+7reb, M.Camara 6+8reb+4ast, C.Dias 3+3reb
Fisica: E.Viana 16+22reb+4ast, C.Dias 9+4reb+1ast, C.Barroca 8+2reb+2ast, M.Salvador 7+2reb+4ast, A.Catarino 6+2reb+1ast, R.Rodrigues 6+2reb
gschID: 185972


CAB Madeira - Benfica 66-68

CAB Madeira was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Benfica forced 22 CAB Madeira turnovers. The former international forward Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Joao Gomes (201-85) accounted for 8 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Jaime Silva (187-80) came up with 10 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and the former international swingman Fabio Lima (197-88) added 15 points respectively for CAB Madeira in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Benfica: H.Evans 15+5reb+2ast, R.Franklin 10+3ast, C.Andrade 9+6reb+1ast, E.Evora 8+1reb, J.Gomes 8+9reb, S.Doliboa 7+4reb
CAB Madeira: F.Lima 15+3reb, J.Silva 10+4reb+7ast, J.Guerreiro 10+6reb, J.Coelho 9+6reb, S.Jackson 8+3reb, A.Pinto 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 185970



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Darby number one in Romania for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

American guard Louis Darby (196-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Rovinari, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Timisoara (#4, 2-1) in overtime 90-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rovinari is placed at 2nd position in Romanian Division A. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Rovinari already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Darby had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Rovinari and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Long Beach State University star has very solid stats this year. Darby is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.7ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Montenegrin Goran Martinic (184-PG-87, agency: BeoExcell) of CSM Bucuresti. Martinic had a very good evening with 34 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead CSM Bucuresti to another comfortable win 93-80 over Ploiesti (1-2) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Martinic is one of the most experienced players at CSM Bucuresti and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#1).

Third on the list of top players last round was another CSM Bucuresti's star - Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86). Shepherd scored 27 points. He was another key player of CSM Bucuresti, helping his team with a 93-80 easy win against Ploiesti (#11, 1-2). CSM Bucuresti needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Shepherd has a great season in Romania. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) of Pitesti - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) of Pitesti - 16 points and 6 assists
6. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82) of Ploiesti - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Gaz Metan - 20 points and 11 rebounds
8. Branko Cuic (197-G-78) of Targu Mures - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Sean Barnette (198-F-86) of U.Mobitel.CN - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists<